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I’ve been MIA for a while, but it doesn’t mean that I’ve been inactive or anything else. Quite the contrary, I’ve been more than busy this last Quarter, and I’m grateful for it!
Even though Thanksgiving is not a festivity we celebrate in my country, I’ve always believed that we should be grateful for everything that happens in our lives. Since I came to Miami, I’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving and, this year I decided to write this post about what I’m grateful for.
After 40 years of our High-School Graduation, I re-connected with my friends!
First of all, I’m grateful for a wonderful reunion with my high-school friends that happened just at the end of summer. We graduated from high-school in 1977, and I lost contact with most of them but thanks to technology we’re in touch every day. Most of them are still living in Venezuela, and four of us are here in Miami. What is amazing is that it seems like we never lost contact, and that is something that happens when friendship is real, and people are authentic. They met yesterday in Caracas, and those of us who are living abroad were on constant alert of their photos and videos on our WhatsApp chat. Even though it has been 40 years, I recognized everyone; they look spectacular! Now we’re planning a reunion here in Miami.
Wearing Magama Earrings- All Photos @edsmitter[/caption]
I’m Grateful For My Miami Friends!
On the other hand, I’m grateful to get to know amazing women here in Miami. Most of them are millennials, and I love to meet with each of them. Among them are bloggers, designers, boutique owners, fashion stylists, photographers, event planners and PR pros.
Last October 19th, I organized with my business partner, Ana Maria, a Fashion Trunk Show to benefit SenosAyuda Foundation, a nonprofit organization, created in the US to raise funds from institutional and individual donors to sustain the programs that benefit women with breast cancer in Venezuela. These programs are managed by AC Fundación SenosAyuda, as well as by other similar organizations committed to providing breast cancer patients all the medical and psychological support they need to survive in the best possible conditions.
I asked some influencers to support us in spreading the word about the event, and every one of them accepted. I’m super grateful to each of them for their commitment and eagerness to help, considering how full their agenda is. Our Influencers for this trunk show were:
Danié Gómez-Ortigoza, journalist, story-teller and a real Miami Style icon. Danié was the first to tell me that she’ll be more than happy to help. She is a real activist for all the charities that benefit women and was actively involved in promoting different initiatives to aid Mexico, her country of birth after the earthquake. She was in Mexico City when it happened. Check her IG @journeyofabraid for her unique styling and inspiration. Danié is also a great mom!
Angeles Almuna is also a fashion icon, stylist, creative, blogger and fashion contributor to many publications. But the most remarkable fact about Angeles is that she is a breast cancer survivor and was in the middle of her Second Fashion Fights Cancer Annual event at the Miami Design District to benefit Glam4Good, which was something very demanding for her. For me, Angeles is a constant inspiration, not only because of her exquisite taste and styling but for her braveness, her generosity, and her humanity. Check her IG @angelesalmuna
Daniella Morgenstern, @danirulis, a Venezuelan Fashion blogger who is expecting her first baby and was also working on another project to raise funds for her mother’s foundation fundana.org. She also works full time at a plastics company, but she helped us spread the word and spend a few hours at the Pink Trunk, showing all her followers every designer and encouraging them to come and join us.
Michelle Badillo, is a Venezuelan TV personality, health& wellness blogger, with one little kid. She’s a great mom and a beautiful woman on the outside, and on the inside, she has a beautiful soul. Michelle immediately said yes, as she does whenever there is an opportunity to help our fellow Venezuelans who are suffering so much for lack of food and medicines. Her blog is a wonderful source for getting tips on healthy living, yoga, and obviously style. @michellebadillooficial
Fati Cordeiro, @fashioneuropa is a super stylish Instagrammer, who was born in Venezuela but left when she was five years old and grew up in Portugal. Fati returned with her husband and kids to live in Venezuela where her family has a business and came to live in Miami about a year ago. She told me that her husband said to her “You’ve got to support this initiative.” And she did.
On the other hand, I’m also grateful to all the designers that participated and donated a portion of their proceedings to the cause. Check them all because their lines are all to die for, here are the links to their websites:
All these women, influencers, and designers are talented, entrepreneurs from different countries who didn’t hesitate to contribute to help those Venezuelan women with breast cancer who are facing daily lack of treatments and essential medicines.
I’m grateful to have them all in my life now and proud to call them my dear Miami friends.
I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have opened to me in this great country.
And last, but not least, I’m grateful for my life partner José, my family, and my new business partner, Ana Maria De Piña.
And thank you all my readers for being there and read my blog posts, I promise I’ll be more consistent and post more frequently!