They say you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl. Boy, is that true.
It’s been 4 years since I first stepped onto Puerto Rican sand – literally. 5 cats and 15+ new pairs of shoes later, I have more clearly defined my own style – in fashion and in life. The scarcity of my metropolitan style on this island has motivated me to become more fashion conscious and seek inspiration from the rest of the world, which would be nearly impossible without the wonderful world-wide-web. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across refreshing stock of shoes at Galeria’s fashion show in Plaza Las Americas.
Hosted by the beautiful Alexandra Fuentes and styled by Willie Rosado, the show was a hit. A variety of wine and sushi trotted around the store while a great turnout of shoppers shopped. My eyes lit up as I spotted studs, touches of gold, color blocking, gladiator straps, and clear vinyl shoe elements throughout – trends that are über popular in Europe and the U.S. Labels like See by Chloe, Carrano, and Jeffrey Campbell were dispersed around the store. Many of the other shoes seen were inspired by high-fashion names like Tom Ford, Valentino, and Givenchy, with more “down-to-earth” prices. What more could I have asked for? Finally, a place for me to release my shopping demons.
I left happy with some new Carrano sandal/pumps that are sure to be a conversation piece every time I wear them. It’s unfortunate (but probably better for my wallet) that it’s taken me 4 years to find a store that caters to all types of fashionistas, but better now than never, right?
Photo credit: Stephanie Segarra