OJ AND CIGS - A Personal Style Blog By Jana Rose Carrero

YRU White Walking

01.30.15

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oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

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oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesica laver flores style fashion street downtown editorial portraits miami nyc puerto rico blog blogger photographer photography art graffiti urban yru shoes zara dress silver hair platinum blonde

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Photos by Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively | Dress: Zara | Shoes: YRU “Dream” Platform Mule
 

Another fantastically dreamy photo series with Yesi that is really one of my faves to date. If you’re following on Instagram, it’s no secret I have a thing for walls. Colorful ones, interesting ones, murals, textures…So Yesi and I came across this white brick building in a quiet corner of Downtown Miami that happened to have cool murals behind it. Eye-catching backdrops and random locations really make me giddy, especially when there’s quite a juxtaposition between that and the outfit, or anything standing in front of it, rather. Here I am in my fresh white YRU platforms and a midi dress I picked up from Zara, standing really close to the garbage. Sure, I’ll pop a squat in my sheer dress and sky-high shoes, cuz that’s how I roll. Anything to spice up the shot, to make things more interesting, because I enjoy a little edge and grit. I’m obsessed with these YRU babies though, and am planning on styling them differently for another shoot very soon (posted this pic of them once and it got tons of feedback). What do you think? They’re surprisingly comfortable & light! The struggle is keeping ‘em white! ;)

 

A Statement

01.23.15

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Photos by Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively | Statement Necklace: Aldo Accessories | Dress: H&M | Brogue Shoes: Zara

Dark and stormy best describes this series of portraits shot by Yesi, for two reasons. One: I come across dark and broody. Two: I keep hearing, “you look like Halle Berry’s ‘Storm’ character in X-Men.” ha.

On to my sartorial musings…I’ve always been into contrasting aesthetics, like this flowy feminine dress with boyish brogues. But this STATEMENT NECKLACE THOUGH! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this gem at Lincoln Road’s Aldo Accessories store. It looks just like a Dylan Lex, minus the hefty price tag. The simplicity of the overall look served as the perfect canvas for this statement piece. Although I’ve been on a Berlin-esque minimalistic x athleisure vibe lately, I always enjoy making a statement and turning heads (I mean, look at my hair for God’s sake). Follow me on Instagram to catch some outtakes and daily snaps.

Grey Matter

01.18.15

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Photos by: Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively | Top: Addison NY | Vest: H&M | Pants: Express | Clear Backpack: American Apparel | Sneakers: Adidas “Gazelle” | Cuff Earring: Vanessa Mooney via Joanna Paige | Cuff Bracelet: Madewell

Strolled around sleepy downtown Miami one early Saturday morning, feeling like a million bucks, because not only was I in the hands of one of the coolest female photographers I know, I had a fresh head of silver grey hair and my 14 year old Adidas Gazelles on my feet. I had rescued them from the heaps of forgotten high-school era relics sitting in my old closet at Mom’s house in Puerto Rico. For those who don’t know, I had a collection of Adidas back in the day. All colors. How I wish I could find them all! They were the best for everyday kicks, plus I used to go to tons of ska/rocksteady (yep) shows, and they were the best to skank the night away in the pit (look it up, not to be confused with “moshing” or “being skanky” lol).

Anywho, these pics were taken just a couple days after my 29th trip around the sun (January 1st is my birthday) – and Yesi always manages to capture such beautiful detail shots and candids. Stay tuned for more and keep up with me and my silver hair antics on my Instagram!

The Simple Things

12.30.14

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Photos by Kivvi Roberts | Hazel Dress by The Reformation | Coat (old) by H&M similar here | Boots (old) by Zara similar here

Here it is…the platinum blonde hair reveal finally on the blog! I know, I know. I can feel you shaking your head at me. Even though I had it done over Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico by my long time friend and hair stylist Laura Om, and you’ve probably already seen it on Instagram, I am finally getting around to blogging about it. That being said, I must apologize for the dusty radio silence on here. Things have been crazy not only with work, but also with travels. I’ve also been considering a shift in blog content. Perhaps to include more lifestyle and travel. Bear with me, and keep up with every day stuff on my Instagram!

Back to the platinum blonde hair. As cliché as what I’m about to say sounds, this makeover has completely changed my life. It’s changed the way I feel about myself and how I carry myself. It’s also made me appreciate the simple things and develop an affinity for minimalism. Moving forward you’ll see me playing with basic pieces and different silhouettes, a lot of monochromatic, black, and white. And most probably a bold lip. Love the bold lip. What do you think? Be honest. I’ve had the beachy carefree brown locks my entire life, so I know this is drastic. But I can’t help it, I crave change! Change is good!

Another reason it’s taken me so long for the grand reveal on the blog, is because I needed to be in the right time and place in order to convey the right images…so during my recent travels to New York City, I met up with the lovely Kivvi for the first time ever to take these. Even though we both attended University of Miami years ago, we had never met before. Thanks to a mutual friend, we connected online and wandered the West Village streets together for this series of portraits. Kivvi has an amazing eye, aesthetic, and overall vibe; and like me, finds beauty in simplicity. She used the following quote to sum it up:

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth

I hope you dig my new look, and that you’ve had a wonderful holiday. As 2015 approaches, along with my 29th trip around the sun (I’m a New Year’s baby), I welcome a new year of bold moves, more gratitude, new friendships, more traveling and yes, consistent blogging. How about you? Remember, it’s the simple things.

Hustle Sauce – The Struggle Is Real

11.12.14

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“The struggle is real” – A (generally) ironic saying often used in place of the saying, “first world problems.” Denotes a situation where the user wishes to express that they are encountering some sort of undesirable difficulty, but dealing with it. With irony, it has a comical effect of dramatizing a non-critical, yet undesirable situation. (via Urban Dicitionary).

How many times do you use #thestruggle or #thestruggleisreal in conversation these days? Well, this shirt is for you! Thanks to Miami designer Steph Canto of Hustle Sauce, she’s bringing clever mottos and eye-catching typography to high quality apparel, perfect for a street-style edge.

This is the first part of the series, where boy did I make friends. Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively went behind the lens to capture these shots at the Domino Park on Calle Ocho, Miami. Such a mélange of Caribbean characters, from Dominican to Puerto Rican to Cuban, all convening for their favorite game! Needless to say, they were excited to have us shoot there. Stay tuned for the second part of the series, where I get to hang with my beautiful blogger pals Annie Vazquez of The Fashion Poet and D’ana Nuñez of Collections and Volumes!

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