24 horas en la vida de Shark in Stilettos|24 hours in the life of Shark in Stilettos by Cinthia Contreras

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Fundadora y CEO de Shark in Stilettos

Leslie Ardolino, Realtor

Describe tu estilo y blog: My estilo es un poco edgy, un poco rock and roll con una pizca de profesionalismo. Cuando estoy vendiendo casas me vas a encontrar en jeans chupín, tacones y t-shirt de alguna banda, con una chaqueta formal o rocking un fedora con algún vestido.

Siempre he permitido que mi personalidad se muestre a través de mi vestimenta.

When did you start? He sido corredora de bienes raíces por siete años. El apodo “Shark en Stilettos” lo adquirí de uno de mis clientes. El nombre se pegó. Me regalan afiches de la película “Tiburón”, con el tiempo, el apodo dio origen a la marca que lancé hace un año.

Porqué? Lo que comenzó como un apodo ha evolucionado en algo mucho mas grande. SINS es sin duda una extensión de la mujer que soy. Pero, tambien creo que hay una Shark In Stilettos en CADA mujer. No importa la edad, raza, procedencia, todas podemos encontrar algo en común la una con la otra. Todas hemos caído (he caído muchas veces, figurativa y literalmente… hey los stilettos pueden ser complicados especialmente cuando los mezclas con cockteles) y si estas leyendo esto quiere decir que te levantaste. No importa la razón de tu caída, estas aquí. Hay una magia en saber que te puedes caer, pero tambien sabiendo que no importa que, eres lo suficientemente poderosa para levantarte y seguir. Cuando realmente crees esto, te vuelves imparable. Hay una Shark in Stilettos en CADA mujer… y ésta marca fue creada para recordárnoslo. No hay nada de malo en ser agresivas, en tener opiniones y en no retractarse! Muchas veces estos rasgos son vistos como negativos en una mujer, nos tildan de brujas o nos dicen que somos "demasiado" ¡ésta marca está aquí para decir las Brujas Construyen Imperios! ¡Ese se ha convertido en nuestro lema y ahora en una colección completa!

Background: He estado en ventas toda mi vida. Desde los regalos de mi madre hasta vendiendo en tiendas. !Siempre estaba vendiendo algo! Así que la transición de corredora de bienes raíces a establecer una tienda en línea hizo sentido para mí.

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Rutina Diaria:

6 AM Levántate y brilla.

6-7 AM Tomo café, reviso mi correo y actualizo mis historias en instagram.

7-8 AM Alisto a mis dos hijas para ir al colegio.

8-9 AM Proceso y envío todas las órdenes del día anterior y reviso la meta de ventas.

9-12 AM Redes sociales. Subo contenido a instagram y facebook para ambos negocios, actualizo mis historias nuevamente, le respondo mensajes a la audiencia, hago publicidad si es necesario y analizo las estadísticas de mi instagram y facebook.

12- 12:30PM Almuerzo, escucho música o algún podcast mientras reviso el correo nuevamente. Más café.

12:30- 2:00PM Tiempo para mi negocio de bienes raíces. Llamo clientes viejos, actuales y pongo en perspectiva nuevos clientes. Reviso listados vencidos.

2- 2:30PM Subo más contenido a las redes y respondo mensajes rápidamente.

2:30- 4:30PM Tiempo para diseñar, trabajo haciendo mercadeo para ambos negocios o uno, dependiendo de la necesidad. Preparo y creo contenido para las redes.

4:30- 5:30PM  Hora “libre” dependiendo de la necesidad de los negocios. Hago llamadas, reviso correos o continúo trabajando en el mercadeo.

6- 8PM Ceno y posiblemente me convierta en taxista de mis hijas para llevarlas a alguna actividad.

8- 8:30PM Pongo a mis hijas a dormir.

8:30- 10PM Si veo televisión lo hago con mi laptop o celular encima. Hago otro empuje social y le respondo a mi audiencia. Hago más historias para instagram. Reviso las ventas del día y agrego más cosas a mi lista de quehaceres del día siguiente. 

10- 11 PM Bruja, estoy cansada. A dormir!

Profession: Founder/CEO of Shark In Stilettos

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Describe your style and blog: My style is a bit edgy, a bit rock n roll with a hint of professionalism. When Im selling homes you could find me in skinny jeans, heels, a band tshirt with a suit jacket over it or rocking a fedora with a dress. I’ve always allowed my personality to show through my clothes! 

When did you start? I have been a Realtor for 7 years. I was given the nickname Shark In Stilettos from a client of mine. The name stuck. I would get Jaws posters as gifts and over time the nickname birthed the brand which I launched a year ago.

Why? What started as a nickname given to me has evolved into something so much more. SINS is no doubt an extension of the  woman I am. But, I also believe there is a Shark In Stilettos in EVERY woman. No matter our age, race, or backround we can all find things in common with one another. We have all  fallen down (I have fallen down many times, figuratively & literally...hey stilettos can be tricky especially mixed with cocktails) and if you are reading this you got back up. No matter what it was that caused the fall, you are here. There is magic in knowing you may fall, but also knowing that no matter what, you are powerful enough to pick yourself back up, and carry on. When you truly believe that you become unstoppable. There is a Shark In Stilettos in EVERY woman...and this brand was created to remind women of that. It’s ok to be aggressive, to have opinions and to not back down from what you believe in! Often times these traits are viewed as a negative for women. We get branded as a Bitch or told we are “too much”. This brand is here to say Bitches Build Empires! That  has become our slogan and now an entire collection! 

Your background- Ive been in sales my entire life. From my moms gift growing up to different retail jobs. I was always selling something! So the transition to real estate and an ecommerce business made perfect sense for me. 

Daily routine:

6 AM Rise & Shine

6-7 But first, coffee, emails & update Insta story

7-8 Get my two daughters ready & off to school

8-9 Process & ship all orders from the previous day. Review sales goal. 

9-12 Get social- Post on Insta & FB for both businesses, update Insta story again, engage with audience, run ads if needed, review FB & Insta analytics. 

12-12:30 Lunch and a podcast or music while I check emails again. More coffee. 

12:30-2:00 Real Estate block- call past clients, current clients, prospect for new clients, review expired listings.

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Shark in Stilettos

2-2:30- Social Posts and quick engagement

2:30-4:30 Design Block- work on marketing for both businesses or just one depending on need. Set up and create future social posts.

4:30-5:30 “Free” hour depending on the needs of the businesses. I may make calls, check email or continue to work on marketing.

6PM-8PM  Dinner & possible taxi driver to take kids to sports/activities. 

8-8:30 Kids to bed

8:30-10 If I watch TV I always have my laptop or phone in my hand. I do another social push and engage with my audience. Add to insta stories. Review the days sales and add things to tomorrows to do list. 

10-11 Bitch, Im tired. Lights out.  

Instagram: @SharkInStilettos


My favorites|Mis Favoritos by Cinthia Contreras

As a blogger, I receive a lot of product from diverse brands and the truth is, that not everything I get I like or end up using, after trying them. But here I’ll highlight the ones I actually use and love!


Santal 31: I’m a fan of the brand and a lover of this specific fragrance. That "I live in a city vibe" is impossible to miss.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian:

Baccarat 540: I smelled Baccarat on one of my friends and fell in love with its exoticism  and sensuality. Totally unforgettable.

Oud Silk Mood: This is a sophisticated, subtle, elegant and discreet fragrance. I got interested in it when I read OUD, which is one of my favorite ingredients in a perfume or cologne.

La Mer:

This face moisturizer speaks for itself, this brand has been around for a while but not many people knew about it, This is youth and hydration in a vase. It has a thick, whipped cream texture and because of that, you don’t need to apply much. I used it at night. When I started using it my face stayed dryness and breakout free from the beginning.


I received a lot of products from this brand and I use them, for my daytime routine. This brand is water base and light.


I don’t like to experiment with hair products because normally the end results are the same, my hair gets oily and dandruff starts showing up right way! But I took a shoot with this brand because the interface of the website is a series of questions about your hair type and issues, based on that they create a customized line. I loveeeeee the smell and so far no oily hair or dandruff.


I received a lot of hair products from this but I use the leave in Damage Remedy it leaves your hair smooth and shiny. Also, I liked the calming boy oil and hand cream.

Daniel Wellington:

The watches are so classic and simple that you can wear them pretty much with any look and at any occasion.


This online clothing shop sent me a few pieces and I have to admit that the quality of these dresses despite the price is very impressive. The fitting is also very good. I ended up buying more dresses, the shipping though takes too long, be sure to order ahead.


This is a sportswear brand. The fabric is strong and plays the role of a girdle, is not transparent, so you can bend down knowing that you are not showing your underwear.

Stephanie Kantis:

This jewelry brand is very high quality and stylish. The finishing and packaging of the pieces are very pristine and well done.  Her designs are Statement Pieces.

 Stephanie Kantis

Stephanie Kantis



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Francis Kurkdjian 





 Daniel Wellington

Daniel Wellington



24 Horas en la Vida de Florencia Secchi: @FSstudiodesign by Cinthia Contreras

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Florencia Scchi

Encantadísima y super emocionada de entrar al equipo de Shine con una sección que nos va a permitir conocer más a algunos de mis personalidades favoritas y espero que se conviertan en la de ustedes tambien!

Creo que es un poco difícil definir en una sola palabra mi profesión. Trabajo en el sector de la moda en distintos campos; trabajo con actrices y personajes de la alta sociedad como su consultora de imagen, también trabajo claramente como influenciadora, asesorándo marcas en las creación de sus colecciones o ayudándolos con las producciones fotográficas para las campañas publicitarias.

Mi estilo es chic Europeo, pero puede ser también sofisticado y elegante cuando la ocasión así lo requiere. Por lo general elijo prendas con líneas simples pero de corte sastre, siempre las combino con accesorios particulares y originales, que encuentro en los  mercados vintage. Sigo tendencias pero prefiero innovar y dar siempre mi toque personal. 

Soy de la idea que menos es más y eso también lo aplico a la hora de elegir mis atuendos. Prefiero tener pocas prendas pero que sean de altísima calidad y realización óptima. Para mí la moda es arte y como tal la valoro. No me quedo simplemente con el producto sino que me gusta conocer e investigar el origen de cada prenda, porque les puedo asegurar que el proceso creativo y productivo de cada marca te hace amar y valorar esta industria.

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Con el trabajo que hago no todos mis días son iguales, entre citas, viajes y Fashion Week, mi agenda varía bastante, así que voy a tomar como ejemplo un día normal, cuando estoy mi ciudad (Milán)

6:30 AM - Suena mi despertador, que claramente apago, para dormir 15 minutos más (no se porque siempre hago esto).

6:45 AM - Suena mi segunda alarma, ya si me despierto! Reviso mi Instagram rápidamente, me ducho y me visto con la ropa que he dejado lista la noche anterior.

7:20 AM - Despierto al resto de mi familia y les preparo desayuno.

8:05 AM - Dejo a mi hijo en el colegio y me dirijo a mi restaurante favorito a desayunarme con mi inseparable “cappuccio e pezzo dolce” (capuccino y croissant) junto a mis amigas donde hablamos sobre futuros viajes.

9:00 AM - Voy a mi oficina, leo mi correo, reviso mi agenda y preparo todo el material necesario para mis citas de la mañana.

9:45 AM/13:00 PM - Este es el lapso de tiempo que cambia cada día. Básicamente lo utilizo para mis citas con los diseñadores en sus showrooms, reuniones con las agencias de comunicaciones, consultorías con las marcas, sesiones fotográficas para mis posts o como asesora para algún cliente.

13:00 PM – Mis almuerzos suelen ser ligeros y rápidos, por lo general una ensalada con verduras de estación, pero a veces me doy el gusto de un almuerzo sustancioso con una buena pasta. La cocina Italiana es sublime y tratar de comer “ligero y veloz“ aquí no es fácil.

14:00 PM - Por lo general me dirijo a la casa de mis clientes, donde coordinamos la agenda con los eventos a los que tienen que asistir o les llevo los vestidos, para proceder a hacer la prueba de vestuario.

15:30 PM - Vuelvo a mi oficina y me conecto en FaceTime o Whatsapp con mis clientes del exterior (Surámerica) para preparar sus looks para eventos o apariciones en TV. 

16:45 PM - Busco mi hijo al colegio, merendamos juntos y luego vamos al parque o a alguna muestra de arte.

18:00 PM - Es la hora que me ocupo de Instagram. Preparo el material para compartir en mis redes sociales, publico las fotos, preparo los artículos y respondo los mensajes. 

19:30 PM - Aperitivo con amigos! Un coctel en buena compañía para finalizar mi jornada laboral.

20:00 PM - Esta es mi hora favorita del día porque se la dedico a mi familia; cenamos juntos en casa o en algún restaurante, luego vamos al cine o simplemente estamos todos juntos contándonos lo que hicimos durante el día.

22:00 PM - Es el momento de acompañar a Giorgio a dormir. Le cuento alguna historia y nos damos los últimos mimos del día. 

22:30 PM - Me preparo para ir a dormir, hago mi rutina de belleza nocturna y preparo mi atuendo del día siguiente.

23:00 PM - Dedico esta hora y media a leer o mirar vídeos en Instagram y Facebook, buscando material inspirador.

00:00 AM - Finalmente duermo! 

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El Diario de mis Senos|Diary of my Breast by Cinthia Contreras


A ver como comienzo la historia. Soy creyente total del ejercicio y la buena alimentación pero tengo que admitir que hay partes del cuerpo que no hay forma de arreglarlas sin recurrir a la cirugía plástica, bummer pero es la realidad.

Meses despues de ver una foto en instagram de una de mis amigas de la infancia con un escote no identificado, ahora me encuentro como tutancamon sin poder levantar los brazos, despues de pasar por mi propio procedimiento de embellecimiento.

Desde muy jóven desarrollé un complejo profundo con mis amigas los senos! Y siempre supe que en algún momento de la vida me las iba a mejorar pero era solo un “deseo” y nunca tomé acción sobre ello hasta el día que ví la foto de vamos a llamarla Candelaria y la llamé para que me diera todos los detalles acerca de su proceso, cirujano plástico y el número de contacto.

Después de analizarlo por un par de días decidí comunicarme con Monserrat que resultó ser la hija del cirujano Rafael Lluberes Freites. La pobre Monse por meses se dedicó a responderme cada pregunta rápidamente y coordinar fechas, ya que la que elegimos primero tuvo que ser pospuesta gracias a una gripe que no me dejó en paz por meses.

Obvio exploré otras opciones y países, (si algo he aprendido es a buscar opciones y medirlas). Hice una investigación amplia y profunda sobre los diferentes cirujanos y países que me iban recomendando, pero sin lugar a dudas mi elección fué la primera opción, no solo porque la recomendación vino de Candelaria sino tambien porque me dan confianza los doctores que no tienen ningún problema en rechazar y decírle NO a pacientes, cuando no se pueden realizar un procedimiento.

Meses de desacuerdo con mi familia acerca de realizarme este procedimiento, una serie de complicaciones personales que seguían surgiendo, la preocupación de estar limitada para trabajar, las sesiones de fotos para el blog, sacrificar la semana de la moda en New York, vivir sola y la gripe aquella casi impiden que cumpla esta meta. Es insólito el hecho de que cada vez que uno desea al que puede cambiarnos la vida positivamente, todo se alínea para ponertela difícil,  pero es justo ahí donde tenemos que tomar el salto de fé, seguir, dejar los miedos y salir de nuestra zona de comfort, porque aunque suene vanal “Oh una cirugía plástica”, esto algo que tenía la certeza me iba a hacer feliz y a mejorar mi vida. “ Porqué gastar dinero en eso, con la lucha que me da conseguirlo?” “es necesario?” son otras preguntas que te torturan pero de nuevo si sabes que te va a mejorar la vida solo hazlo.

  La clinica

La clinica

Este artículo tiene como propósito compartir las primeras semanas de mi aventura. La ansiedad, dolor, y mi progreso. Cada persona reacciona diferente pero definitivamente hay un patrón general.

Tres elementos SUMAMENTE importantes a tomar en cuenta antes de emprender este viaje:

1. Preparación absoluta mental de que no importa que tan activa seas, en estos días se tiene que sí o sí permanecer en reposo total e ir retomando poco a poco tu estilo de vida regular, no incluídos cargar pesado, halar ni levantar los brazos.

Cada desarreglo retrasa el proceso y representa un riesgo en el resultado final y en tu salud.

2. Un soporte fuerte, dígase, familiar, pareja, amigo, enfermer@, de quien sea, pero tiene que ser una persona que esté contigo 24/7 encargada de tu cuidado, medicamentos y alimentación.

En mi caso el chucho le tocó a mi madre y por coincidencia a una de sus amigas llamó la noche antes de mi cirugía y terminó instalándose con nosotras en la casa y en el hospital. Han estado pendientes desde levantarme de la cama hasta el aseo personal. Creo que mi cuidado ha sido extremo e intensivo por parte de ellas porque como resido en New York y tengo una vida excesivamente ajetreada, así que la urgencia de enviarme para atras los más avanzada en mi recuperación posible era muy latente y la frase “Cinthia baja los brazos” se volvió el tema musical de mí viaje.

3. Ser puntual con los medicamentos. La alarma de celular es muy útil.

El Diario:

Enero 24: Día de la cirugía.

Día 1: Miércoles:

Mi última comida fue la noche anterior a las 9PM porque tenía la cirugía a las 7AM, pero me terminaron haciendome el procedimiento a las 11:30 am. Entre el hambre, la ansiedad, los nervios y el sueño casi colapso.

Durante la espera en el quirófano, el anestiólogo me explicó la diferencia entre el dolor de la cirugía y el provocado por la presión de los implantes en el pecho. Que tenía que tratar de identificarlos porque el dolor de los implantes no se va con los analgésicos (vaaaaaya) y no me podían estar aplicando calmantes para quitar una molestia que realmente no se va.

Cuando desperté, efectivamente la sensación aplastante de los implantes no me permitía respirar apropiadamente y tenía la presión bajita. Pasé la noche dormida en una posición medio sentada y luego para ayudar a bombear más sangre al corazón y subirme la presión, me elevaron las piernas.

  El dr. Rafael Lluberes

El dr. Rafael Lluberes

Día 2: Jueves

Ay día dos! El peor de todos! El aplaste, el dolor de la cirugía y la dificultad para respirar se agravaron. Me levanté a las 2 am llorando y tratando de agarrar aire de donde sea, porque sentía la presión de los músculos recibiendo y adaptándose a los cuerpos extraños.

Horas despues y con una buena dosis de analgésicos pude conciliar un poco el sueño.

Esa mañana fue todo un reto para poder pararme de la cama, gracias a los mareos, las náuseas y la sudada de yegua mustang que me provocaba el estar de pie. Luego de tres intentos, la enfermera tuvo que medicarme y tuvimos que esperar varias horas más, hasta que por fin pude levantarme y proceder irme a casa y aguantar el sin duda peor día.

Día 3: Viernes

Es un respiro comparado con el día dos, ya no mas mareos al levantarme y se comienza a respirar mejor. Los músculos siguen contrayéndose fuertemente, acomodándo los implantes, pero definitivamente me sentí mejor que el día anterior. Dormir mucho y tratar de moverse lo menos posible ayudan bastante a calmar los malestares.

Día 4: Sábado

Comienza la comezón! Y lo mejor que se puede hacer es mantenerse en lugares frescos. La ansiedad de sentir todas estas sensaciones nuevas dentro de tu cuerpo y sin poder ver porque estas vendada, por lo menos en mi, comenzó a crear una película de terror que hizo su debut el día 5.

  Con Monse

Con Monse

Día 5: Domingo

Tuvimos la grandiosa idea de salir a comer y en el aquí y allá despues de un rato empecé a sentir que se me estaban endureciéndo los senos, los implantes subiéndose a la boca y en mi mente la incisión derecha se me estaba abriendo (hablando de drama). Tuvimos que desesperadamente irnos a paso doble a buscar el carro mientras me agarraba los senos porque según yo se me estaban por salir los implantes, y mientras tanto a mi pobre madre casi dándole un cíncope.

Día 6: Lunes

Con la ansiedad al 100% ya cualquier dolor en mi mente era el final del mundo no parte del proceso.

El dolor y la molestia durante los días 5 y 6 comienzan a concentrarse en la parte superior del seno, el escote y las áxilas. Voy a mencionar el dolor en mi omóplato derecho hoy pero la verdad es que comienzó justo despues de la cirugía.

Durante este día curiosamente en una de las levantadas de la cama, me volvió el mareo, sudor y nauseas del segundo día. Nada grave pero cabe destacarlo, para que te asustes si te sucede.

Día 7: Martes

Por finnnn cita con el médico, para quitar la venda, curar y ver el progreso de la obra de arte!

TARAMMM! Quitan el vendaje, revisan las heridas y la cara de felicidad de la enfermera y el doctor al ver mi progreso, eliminaron la sicósis. Este día sustituyeron el vendaje por un brasier especial y me recomendaron seguir con los mismos cuidados.

Luego de mi visita decidí ir al salon de belleza a quitarme el efecto araña que tenía en el cabello a pesar de la incomodidad que me produjo el brasier.

Direcciones del medico para poder arreglarme el cabello:

-  No tirar la cabeza muy para atras

-   No entrar a la secadora

-    No permitir que te halen el cabello

-    Evitar recibir mucho calor

Al trancurrir el día, la incomodidad del brasier seguía aumentando fuertemente hasta el punto, de que esa noche otra vez se pasó en desvelo y a punta de masajes en el brazo derecho y ejercicios de respiración para poder conciliar el sueño.

  Mi enfermera curadora

Mi enfermera curadora

Días 8-15

Mi cuerpo mágicamente se adaptó el brassier y volvió la paz.

El día que me pusieron la banda para hacerle presión a los implantes y se encapsulen mas rápido casi muero tambien pero, como con el brassier el cuerpo se ha ido más o menos adaptando.

Todo suena tortuoso y es desesperante estar limitada pero como decimos vulgarmente “Un gustazo, un trancazo”.

Mi proceso de sanación ha continuado progresando sin dificultades, tomando las precauciones avisadas por el doctor y un poco más por si acaso jaja.

Más recomendaciones:

- Has tu cita con el doctor Rafael Lluberes, es un escultor. El servicio, trato y seguimiento son impecables.

- Si vas a trasladarte hacia la República Dominicana para hacerte la cirugía, reserva tu vuelo con silla de ruedas incluída.

- Lleva poco equipaje, difícil en mi caso, porque con este blog no puedo viajar sin laptop y sin cámara, tambien se me termina pegando llevar looks. Lo que hice fue mandar la maleta con la ropa por aduana, en mi cartera la cámara y la laptop en su respectivo bultico.

- Si puedes comprar la banda que presiona los implantes para bajen mas rápido, te recomiendo que lo hagas, duele y es una molestia pero todo para que la cirugía sea un éxito.

- Como no se pueden levantar los brazos, lo recomendable es poner todo a tu alcance en la casa antes de la cirugía, para que no te quedes “Y ahora?” como me quedé yo cuando volví a mi apartamento en New york.

- Antes de irme a República Dominicana dejé todo limpio, organizado y la ropa lavada para estar en paz a mi regreso.

Si tienes más preguntas, estoy abierta a responderlas.


Diary of my Breast:

Let’s see how I’m going to start this story. I’m a believer in exercising and eating well but there are body parts that you need plastic surgery in order to make them look better, bummer but that is the reality.

Months after seeing on Instagram of one of my friends from childhood with a non-identify décolletage here I am like Tutankhamen going through my own beautification procedure.

When I was young I developed a profound complex with my friends “the boobs”, I always knew that at some point in my life I was going to make them look better but it only was a “wish” and I never took an action about it until the day I saw, let’s call her Candelaria and called her to ask every detail about her procedure, surgeon, and contact number.

After a few days analyzing it, I decided to communicate with Monserrat who happened to be the daughter of the plastic surgeon Rafael Lluberes Freites. Poor Monse dedicated herself for months to respond every single question I had promptly and to select dates since the first one had to be postponed due to the flu that wouldn’t leave me alone for months.

Obviously, I explored other options and countries (if there is something I’ve learned, is to look for options and weight them). I did an exhaustive research about different surgeons and countries that friends recommended but without the shadow of a doubt, my selection went back to the first option, not only because the recommendation came from Candelaria, but also because I like when doctors have no issue saying NO to patients when a procedure can’t be perform. 

After months of disagreement with my family about doing this surgery, a series of personal complications that kept coming up, the concern about having to work with the limitations of this long recovery, the photo-shoots for my blog, sacrifice New York Fashion Week, living on my own with no help and the flu mentioned before, almost prevent me from accomplishing this goal. It is so ridiculous the fact that every time you want to do something that can potentially change your life positively, everything start aligning to make it difficult, but that is the exact moment where we have to take the “leap of faith” and keep going, leave of the fears behind and get out of our comfort zone, because even though “oh a plastic surgery” might sound cold and shallow, this is something I had certainty it was going to make me happy and improve my life. “Why should I spend my money on this, with the hustle I go through to get it?” is this necessary?” are other questions that will torture you but again if you know this is something that will make you happy, just do it.

The purpose of this article is to share the first weeks of my adventure. The anxiety, pain, and progress. Each person reacts differently but there is definitely a general pattern.

There are three elements extremely important to take in consideration before you embark this journey

1. The absolute mental preparation that it doesn’t matter how active you might be, these days yes or yes you have to remain in total rest and take on your regular lifestyle little by little, not including heavy lifting and pulling of lifting your arms.

Every disorder results in a delay in your recovery and might risk your final result and health.

2.    You really need a committed support system; a family member, friend, better half or nurse. Someone who can be with you 24/7 taking care of you.

My mother was in charge of my care and by coincidence, a friend of her called precisely the night before my surgery and ended up staying with us the whole time. My care has been particularly meticulous because since I live by myself in New York mother wanted to send me back as healed as possible. The soundtrack of my trip was “Cinthia put your arms down!”

3. You must be punctual with your medication. The alarm on your phone can be very useful.

The Diary:

January 24: Surgery Day

Day 1: Wednesday

My last meal was the night before at 9 PM because I had surgery at 7 AM, but it ended up happening at 11:30 AM. Between the hunger, anxiety, nerves, and lack of sleep, I almost collapsed.

While waiting in the operating room, the anesthesiologist explained me the difference between the pain provoked by the surgery and the one provoked by the pressure of the implants in the chest. I had to try and identify them because the pain provokes by the implants doesn’t go away with painkillers (oh crap!).

When I woke up, the crushing sensation of the implants wouldn’t allow me to breathe properly and my heart pressure was low. I spent the night sleeping half sit and my legs slightly elevated to increase my blood pressure.

Day 2: Thursday

Oh day 2! The worst of all! The crushing, pain and difficulty to breathe got worst. I woke up at 2 AM crying and trying to catch air from anywhere because I could feel the pressure of the muscles receiving and adapting to the foreign bodies. 

Hours later and with a good dose of painkillers I could fall asleep.

Trying to get me off the bed was a challenge that day, thanks to the dizziness; nausea and mustang mare sweating that produced me being on my feet. After three attempts, the nurse had to medicate me and we had to wait a few more hours until I was finally able to stand up and go home to put up with definitely the worst day.

Day 3: Friday

This day is heaven compared to day 2, no more dizziness and I started breathing better. The muscles keep contracting and accommodating the implants, but I felt better than the day before. A lot of sleep and very little body movements alleviate the discomfort.

Day 4: Saturday

The itchiness starts and the best you can do is to keep yourself in fresh spaces.

The anxiety of feeling all these new sensations inside your body and being unable to see what is going on because you are bandaged at least in me started creating a horror movie that made its debut on day 5.

Day 5: Sunday

We had the grandiose idea of having lunch out and after a little while walking I could feel my breast getting hard, the implants coming to my mouth and in my mind, the right incision opened up (speaking of drama). We had to desperately go to the car while I was holding my breast because I thought the implants were literally falling off, in the meantime my poor mother almost had syncope.

Day 6: Monday

With the anxiety at a 100% any pain in my mind were the end of the world and no part of the process.

During days 5 and 6 the pain and discomfort started concentrating on the top of the breasts, cleavage, and armpit. I’m going to mention the pain in my right shoulder blade now but the truth is that is started right after surgery.

This day I also had difficulty to stand up from the bed at some point during the afternoon, just like the second day, not a big deal but important to highlight so you don’t get scared if it happens to you.

Day 7: Tuesday

Finally appointment with my doctor to remove the bandage, clean the wounds and check the progress of the work of art!

TARAMMM! They took off the bandage, check the progress and the happy faces of both my nurse and doctor eliminated my psychosis. The bandage was substituted by a post-surgery bra and I was recommended to keep the same care I was having.

After my visit, I decided to go to the hair salon to eliminate the spider effect I had in my hair.

Directions from the doctor to go to the hair salon:

- Don’t throw your head back

- Don’t use the rounded big hair dryer

- Avoid hair pulling

- Avoid excessive heat

Throughout the day the discomfort of the bra kept growing to the point that that night we couldn’t sleep and mother had to massage my arm and back while I was doing breathing exercises.

Days 8-15

My body magically adapted to the bra and the peace returned.

The day they put the band on me to push down the implants faster I almost died too but, just like with the bra the body has been more or less adapting.

Everything sounds tortuous and it is exasperating to be limited but as we say vulgarly "Un gustazo, a trancazo".

My healing process has continued to progress without difficulty, taking the precautions advised by the doctor and bit more just in case jajaja.

More recommendations:

- Make your appointment with doctor Rafael Lluberes, he is a sculptor. The service, treatment, and follow-ups are impeccable.

- If you are thinking about having surgery overseas, reserve your flight with a wheelchair.

- Travel light.

- Since you are not supposed to lift your arms, leave everything in your home easy to reach before the surgery.

- If you can purchase the band to push down the implants, do it. It hurts but it helps.

- Before I left for Dominican Republic, I left my apartment clean and did the laundry, so I could continue to rest once I was back.

If you have questions, let me know.

Millennial's Monsters by Cinthia Contreras

I’m starting to believe that we millennials are genetically unbalanced… Why?

Don’t get me wrong about my following words, I wrote before millennials are a rare breed that strive for greatness and that is fantastic, but until what point? I haven’t had a conversation with someone in my age box and younger (myself included) that doesn’t have these horrible constant feelings of; desperation to know what is going to happen with our lives and how we are going to end, wondering every second when is shit going to stop hitting so often and so hard, nonconformity with anything we do, emptiness no matter what we accomplish or where we go, unhappiness, hopeless, terrible insecurities, discouragement because we want to do so much reach so many goals but life keeps throwing balls at us, bored, unrest, scared, lost… jaded. Wondering every second of your existence why if we did everything in life right, school, college, after college, the clean life, etc, we are stuck in a crappy job that wont lead anywhere unless we keep pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing to reach reach reach reach in another direction, and that is fine but again to what point? Pushing so much and not letting things happen only leads you to more misery and a clouded mind! what's the rush anyway? Can you relate? Welcome to the club.

I am not saying that we have to settle with whatever or be fine with complacency but come on! How are we supposed to see the good things even the big ones, when we are always hammering ourselves because we haven’t reach someone else's level? To then find that this person you think reached the seventh heaven is as miserable and even maybe more than us. But what is causing all this damage? Social media? Having too much access to others “fantasy” life? Marketing sleights? Books? Technological speed?

We are virtually impaired to enjoy the moment because all we look forward to is the future or having someone else’s life. There is not longer a “step by step” there is just right here right now, taking leaps and diminishing ourselves to reach other people's level.

Seeing and feeling how we are just turning into ungrateful robots is alarming, and the virus has spread widely since there are so many cushions, mugs, posters and memes telling you to “Be Happy” “Be Grateful” “Be Kind To Yourself” “Live Love” “Don’t Give Up” “You Can Do It” again things telling you what to do or reminding you that you are not another body in the world. We are just in such a hurry that we even want to force LOVE into our lives but we don't have the time and the courage to cultivate it.

Has it always being like that and I just didn’t notice?

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Jace Lipstein: Grungy Gentleman by Cinthia Contreras

Jace Lipstein is the designer for Grundy Gentleman, a fashion brand for men, described by Jace as a luxury/casual done right. A brand made not to confuse its target orients when they stand up in front of a Grungy Gentleman rack.

This interview was a complete experiment, with the purposed of having let's say, an organic conversation; I was elaborating the questions as the conversation was happening, it was over the phone, I was mega nervous and when that happens my accent strength elevates. We are in the "Organic Era" and this is as real as it gets!

I hope you all spooners enjoy.

Spotting Trends: Spring|Summer 2018 by Cinthia Contreras

   Francesca Liberatore

Francesca Liberatore

Finally excited about some 2018's Spring|Summer trends, actually looking forward to it!

Between the loose clothing, cross body bags, fanny packs, light colors or flat shoes, I don't know for which one I should be more excited about! I guess next year is going to be the year for comfort but with style and chicness overload! Ah and let's don't forget SEE-THROUGH it stayed for next season.

Designers placed a pure and delicate femininity back to their collections, insignias on their pieces and bugs ornaments for a more joyful view and feel.


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Photo by me

I felt so identified with this article that I had to share it with all of you. For years I have been practicing the art of eating better and working out, except for a period of time around 2012-2014 where after endless visits to doctors trying to find out the reason why I was gaining the outrageous amount of 7 pounds per month, losing my hair, depressed, etc I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism  not longer after I moved to New York (like this city is not hard enough as it is, add this to the list! Ugh).

For years I tried different methods to lose the pounds I gained, personal trainers, diets, bootcamp, programs, etc nothing worked, I entered a few forums with people with this disease and that pretty much killed my hopes to ever look good again but the drive and strength that we millennials, have allowed me to keep trying and trying, until I found a lifestyle that works for me, a limited one I have to admit, but better that, than being miserable and avoiding mirrors.

When I was doing my research about how to start a blog and what people were really interested in seeing and one of my friends sharply answered "pretty people" and specifically from her I wouldn't expected that answer, but she was right and I am still dealing with this virtual reality.

Now my beauty interest is not only focused in a good diet or working out, it has extended to hair products, body oils, face care and lately googling about laser hair removal, teeth whitening, targeted treatments and I can't believe I'm admitting this but lip injections! for a better angle on my pictures and a sexier feeling (not happening) but I did found myself in sephora looking for a lip plump balm jajaja which of course didn't do anything but make my lips tingle

This search for beauty and need to look good to feel good, I thought it was because of how social media has impacted our lives and constantly triggering us with these absorbent beauty out there. But this impulse to fix what wasn't good in earlier generations and find creative solutions to make possible to lead a better life  comes from within, and Molly Young describes it in the following paragraphs.    


In a word: Hell, yeah! Never has been a group of people so committed to eating healthier, working out harder, or looking better. Molly Young asks her generation: What's so wrong with ordering that second margarita?

Tuesday, 8 p.m., at a bar in Soho on a warm presumer day. I had plans to meet a colleague for drinks after work. After work-drinks, in my experience, are circumscribed ritual: Each person orders one cocktail over the course of a polite hour, or maybe two glasses of wine just enough alcohol to make conversation slightly more fun but not enough for either party to say or do anything remotely compromising. Te colleague, whom I'll call Emma, arrived already sipping from a bottle of moss-colored celery-kale juice with the price sticker ($10.99) still attached. 

"Are you on a cleanse?" I asked, because the whole point of toting around a bottle of green juice is for people to ask whether you are on a cleanse and then for you to grimace and say, "Yes, and I'm dying."

"No," she said. "I'm just trying to inject myself with as many nutrients as possible. I was thinking I'd just ask the bartender to pour a shot in here", she said, jiggling the bottle. "Really?'

"God, no," Emma said, laughing. "I'm not drinking."

Of course Emma is 29 and wears sunscreen every day. She is not gluten-intolerant but avoids it anyway, just to be safe. She cycles through a wardrobe of luxury athleisure gear that I would value at roughly $5,000 on the basis of the instragram photos in which she wears these items to branded fitness classes. I'm certain she's had preventive Botox. I'm pretty sure she's had subtle lip injections. The idea that she would drink on a weeknight was, to her, literally laughable.



Emma may be a particularly privileged case- Botox isn't cheap- but she is not unusual in her preference for juice and HIIT sessions over drinks and social cigarettes. Millennials are obsessed with "wellness": We exercise more, smoke less, and eat healthier than previous generations. Companies like Twitter and Facebook attract young workers with perks like on-site acupuncture and farmer's markets, and households headed by millennial parents are the top purchasers of organic groceries. We're on track to be the glowiest cohort of all time. Still, I put "wellness" in quotes because I'm not entirely sure there's agreement on what that word mean, despite the fact that I, a confirmed millennial, have two meditation apps on my phone and consume more greenery than most herbivorous mammals and haven't had a glass of cow-derived milk in half a decade. (I can't prove that my generation is responsible for getting Starbucks to offer almond milk nationwide, but I have string suspicion about it.) Wellness, after all meant something entirely different 40 years ago. Young people in the 1960's knew that cigarettes were bad, but they didn't know how bad. Drugstore foundation did not come with SPF. You couldn't buy tooth-whitening strips on Amazon. There weren't thousands of Youtube tutorials on Pilates arms and barre butts available for free at the tap of a finger. People basted themselves in mineral oil-based solutions and laid out in the sun as a recreational activity, heedless of the (dermatologically catastrophic) consequences. These days, our knowledge base immense, and our self-beautification possibilities are endless. 

"Young patiences are very concerned with preventive methods," says Melissa Doft, a plastic surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, who treats some of New York City's sparkliest specimens. "They always question what they can do to help delay aging and protect themselves. my first recommendation is to always wear sun protection and never start smoking." As Dorf's advices suggests, it can be hard to tell the difference between our pursuit of health foe its own sake and the pursuit of health for beauty enhancing purposes. "Stay out of the sun and don't smoke" is irreproachable as medical advice, but it's also the credo of every crow's-feet-fearing woman I know. Our shopping habits bear this out- 40 percent of millennials  either currently use wrinkle creams or plan to start using them soon. 

"The millennial personality is centered around individualism, high expectations, self-confidence, burnishing an image, "says Jean M. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of Generation Me, a scholarly look at the 23- to 37- old set. Sounds good on the surface, right? But a total lack of irresponsibility may not be the straight path to success that is sounds like. For all modern history, youth has been a time period designated specifically for screwing up. We have a whole vocabulary of phrases devoted to the concept: "youthful indiscretions," "growing pains,"sowing wild oats." overnight and sprinkle them with goji berries than to sow them. (Tinder notwithstanding, a recent study suggested that millennials are actually having sex with fewer people than Gen Xers did at the same age.)

Whatever the underlying motivations, I can't help but wonder whether this wellness obsession signals a shift in social values. In 10 or 20 years, will we look back on our youth with virtuous approval rather than than rueful romance? Are we quicker to embrace health than fun these days? And if so, why? 


"I think that image preservation has a lot to do with millennials' coming into the job market in the recession and being very concerned about presenting the right image to employers," says Twenge. She also acknowledges that our obsession with exerting self-control could be a reaction to the economic and cultural instability simmering around us: "Millennials" have very, very high expectations for jobs and education, yet reality has not really gotten any easier."

In response, we make decisions where we can, dutifully applying sunscreen and eating our vegetables. This risk aversion leads to unquestionably good behaviors, yes, but also to ones that oddly conservative or limiting. The point of making mistakes, after all, is that you learn from them. You become a more complicated and empathetic person, a person whose imperfections and blunders give way to a nuanced perspective on all the facets of living. I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to choreograph her life to become that person; it either happens or it doesn't. I'm equally certain that green juice doesn't help.

Molly Young for Allure


Fall Color Palette by Cinthia Contreras


Anna Sui

Photo by me

I never really cared about wearing the latests trends or wearing specific colors depending on the season, that was maybe because I hail from an island that pretty much have the same weather the whole year or maybe because all I really cared about was being at the beach surrounded by sand and blue crystal waters!

Now living in a completely different city where you have to yes or yes change your wardrobe every three months, changed my point of view and lifestyle (bummer for the bank account) and now with this blog even is more imperative for me to keep up with what is going on in the fashion industry and that can be kind off exhausting, don't get me wrong I love fashion (after my internship at Buenos Aires Fashion Week, which was my first encounter with fashion and the beginning of my amazing journey and understanding on what fashion is) but I used to admire it on others, I didn't necessarily needed to keep up with it on me.

This tone of green

is my favorite for Fall

What do I want to know now, COLORS for Fall!

Every season the team at the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colors shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create The PANTONE Fashion Color Report where we highlight the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming season. For the first time ever we have added London Fashion Week to our seasonal color reportage.


“There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.”

Color Palette for New York

“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth, “ says Eiseman. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterrum and Tawny Port.”


PANTONE 17-1558 Grenadine

A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter.

PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port

Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.

PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum


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Photo by me

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray

The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.

PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce

This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.

PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime

Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.

PANTONE 17-4041 Marina

Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness.

PANTONE 17-1145 Autumn Maple

A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.

Color Palette for London

“Led by a vivid Flame Scarlet, the color palette for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 is comprised of strong classics colors complemented by a few unpredictable shades for the autumn and winter seasons,” noted Eiseman. “Unexpected combinations such as Royal Lilac and Otter Brown or Lemon Curry with Bluebell are eye-arresting and create an unusual color dichotomy.”



PANTONE 18-1662 Flame Scarlet

A vivid, powerful red, this strong shade leads the way in for Fall in London.

PANTONE 12-2904 Primrose Pink

An embracing and gentle pale pink shade.

PANTONE 16-1331 Toast

Toast brings a comforting, warmhearted presence to the autumn winter season.

PANTONE 14-4121 Bluebell

This tranquil blue reflects connection and a soothing sense of peace.

PANTONE 18-3531 Royal Lilac

An enchanting purple, Royal Lilac provides a theatrical linkage to the other colors in the palette.

PANTONE 18-1018 Otter

A country color that comes to the city, Otter adds an earthy grounding and a sense of rootedness.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony


Just as we saw in New York, the dependable and anchoring Navy Peony is a mainstay for the season. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

PANTONE 16-1338 Copper Tan

Copper Tan, a burnished shade known for its welcoming warmth.

PANTONE 15-0751 Lemon Curry

Exotic and spicy, Lemon Curry adds a touch of piquancy to the seasonal color story.

PANTONE 16-0639 Golden Olive

A staunch yet stately green Golden Olive provides sturdiness.



Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.

As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic people will never be worth your time and energy — and they take a lot of each. Toxic people create unnecessary complexity, strife, and, worst of all, stress.

“People inspire you, or they drain you — pick them wisely.” – Hans F. Hansen

Recent research from Friedrich Schiller University in Germany shows just how serious toxic people are. They found that exposure to stimuli that cause strong negative emotions — the same kind of exposure you get when dealing with toxic people — caused subjects’ brains to have a massive stress response.

Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people drive your brain into a stressed-out state that should be avoided at all costs.

Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus, an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to brain cells, and months of stress can permanently destroy them. Toxic people don’t just make you miserable — they’re really hard on your brain.

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to identify toxic people and keep them at bay.

It’s often said that you’re the product of the five people you spend the most time with. If you allow even one of those five people to be toxic, you’ll soon find out how capable he or she is of holding you back.

You can’t hope to distance yourself from toxic people until you first know who they are. The trick is to separate those who are annoying or simply difficult from those who are truly toxic. What follows are ten types of toxic drainers that you should stay away from at all costs so that you don’t become one yourself.

1. The gossip

“Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Gossipers derive pleasure from other people’s misfortunes. It might be fun to peer into somebody else’s personal or professional faux pas at first, but over time, it gets tiring, makes you feel gross, and hurts other people.

There are too many positives out there and too much to learn from interesting people to waste your time talking about the misfortune of others.

2. The temperamental

Some people have absolutely no control over their emotions. They will lash out at you and project their feelings onto you, all the while thinking that you’re the one causing their malaise. Temperamental people are tough to dump from your life because their lack of control over their emotions makes you feel bad for them.

When push comes to shove though, temperamental people will use you as their emotional toilet and should be avoided at all costs.

3. The Victim

Victims are tough to identify because you initially empathize with their problems. But as time passes, you begin to realize that their “time of need” is all the time. Victims actively push away any personal responsibility by making every speed bump they encounter into an uncrossable mountain. They don’t see tough times as opportunities to learn and grow from; instead, they see them as an out.

There’s an old saying: “Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.” It perfectly captures the toxicity of the victim, who chooses to suffer every time.

4. The self-absorbed

Self-absorbed people bring you down through the impassionate distance they maintain from other people. You can usually tell when you’re hanging around self-absorbed people because you start to feel completely alone.

This happens because as far as they’re concerned, there’s no point in having a real connection between them and anyone else. You’re merely a tool used to build their self-esteem.

5. The envious

To envious people, the grass is always greener somewhere else. Even when something great happens to envious people, they don’t derive any satisfaction from it. This is because they measure their fortune against the world’s when they should be deriving their satisfaction from within.

And let’s face it, there’s always someone out there who’s doing better if you look hard enough. Spending too much time around envious people is dangerous because they teach you to trivialize your own accomplishments.

6. The manipulator

Manipulators suck time and energy out of your life under the façade of friendship. They can be tricky to deal with because they treat you like a friend. They know what you like, what makes you happy, and what you think is funny, but the difference is that they use this information as part of a hidden agenda.

Manipulators always want something from you, and if you look back on your relationships with them, it’s all take, take, take, with little or no giving. They’ll do anything to win you over just so they can work you over.

7. The dementor

In J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, Dementors are evil creatures that suck people’s souls out of their bodies, leaving them merely as shells of humans. Whenever a Dementor enters the room, it goes dark, people get cold, and they begin to recall their worst memories. Rowling said that she developed the concept for Dementors based on highly negative people—the kind of people who have the ability to walk into a room and instantly suck the life out of it.

Dementors suck the life out of the room by imposing their negativity and pessimism upon everyone they encounter. Their viewpoints are always glass half empty, and they can inject fear and concern into even the most benign situations. A Notre Dame University study found that students assigned to roommates who thought negatively were far more likely to develop negative thinking and even depression themselves.

8. The twisted

There are certain toxic people who have bad intentions, deriving deep satisfaction from the pain and misery of others. They are either out to hurt you, to make you feel bad, or to get something from you; otherwise, they have no interest in you. The only good thing about this type is that you can spot their intentions quickly, which makes it that much faster to get them out of your life.

9. The judgmental

Judgmental people are quick to tell you exactly what is and isn’t cool. They have a way of taking the thing you’re most passionate about and making you feel terrible about it.

Instead of appreciating and learning from people who are different from them, judgmental people look down on others. Judgmental people stifle your desire to be a passionate, expressive person, so you’re best off cutting them out and being yourself.

10. The arrogant

Arrogant people are a waste of your time because they see everything you do as a personal challenge. Arrogance is false confidence, and it always masks major insecurities. A University of Akron study found that arrogance is correlated with a slew of problems in the workplace.

Arrogant people tend to be lower performers, more disagreeable, and have more cognitive problems than the average person.

How to protect yourself once you spot ‘em

Toxic people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it — their behavior truly goes against reason, so why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix?

The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally, and approach your interactions with them like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink if you prefer that analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos — only the facts.

Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine, and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.

Most people feel as though because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve identified a toxic person, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when and where you don’t.

You can establish boundaries, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you’re bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to cross them, which they will.

Travis Bradberry is the coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart.

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.

Ready-Couture: The 490 Billions Sales. by Cinthia Contreras

Michael Cinco Dubai

Organizers of Arab Fashion Week (AFW) assert that the next evolutionary step of fashion apparel is "Ready-Couture,"  which bridges the gap between Ready to Wear (RTW) and Haute Couture while maintaining the origins of high fashion and its client- designer relationship roots.

The term was first coined by the Arab Fashion Council in 2014, and then put into practice during AFW in the fall of 2015.

This year the Arab Fashion Council, is convening key industry stakeholders to hold a first annual congress during AFW to start the process of determining regulations for Ready-Couture. The congress will meet on May 16 at The Meydan Hotel in Dubai. The agenda includes lunch, a roundtable discussion and a board resolution and the "act signing" to set the regulations.

In a position paper on the topic, organizers of the congress on Ready-Couture said that via an analysis of  the market and its history, "it becomes clear" that there is a gap between Ready to Wear and Haute Couture.

There is a clear rise for an in between line which is Ready in terms of production but Couture in terms of quality and look, authors of the research paper said. "In today's world the same 10,000 euro dress is being sold in 100 plus point of sales around the world. However, the luxury client (mainly former Haute Couture client) is looking for more privacy and exclusivity at that price point. In 2017, he or she also looks for more special responsibility and care for ecology. Those fashion houses that produce what is in-between, are marginalized in a gap accompanied with illusion, lack of support and regulations. 

The authors of the report said that Ready-Couture addresses these concerns by "diminishing 'á-la-chaine production', and a re-establishing a more privileged designer/client relationship that has been lost with Ready to Wear and evolution of the fast fashion."

The researchers also noted that Ready-Couture is also the economic model that fits the Middle Eastern and Asian markets the best, knowing that the designers of those regions create custom garments for their clients in need of adjustments or personalizations, as opposed to mass producing and respect to traditions and personal preferences.    

Antonio Marras



Arab Fashion Week "Ready Couture" by Cinthia Contreras

The Meydan

Antonio Marras

A bit late but sure, here I bring you the details on the catwalks of Arab Fashion Week, the only platform in the world that presents a new concept "Ready Couture". This year the location was the convention center of the Meydan hotel, a bit removed from the center but hey another area of ubai that I had the opportunity to meet. Meydan serves as the setting for horse races and all equestrian events in Dubai. I heard in the elevator that in the stables of this place is the most expensive horse in the world, a million dollars if I did not listen bad !!! Good God, what will it be that feed him or what mixture of genes does he have ?!

Getting back to fashion ... Marchesa was part of the list of designers who presented their collections, with two parades, ready couture and bridal. Except for Quan Smith, which was pure leather, all the collections had in common; The romanticism, femininity and extravagance that are already characterizing this fashion week. If you have some super event and you need one you can take inspiration here and if you have the money to buy them you know the names of these designers!

Not even the Middle East was saved from see-through trend! My favorites are the Sylwia Romaniuk, with some sets of palazzo type pants that are to die for. Layers, organza, lace adorned with applications in plumeria, rhinestones and flowers; Sensual V-neck and halters, impeccable sensuality management and extensive collections is what you'll see in this section:  http://www.cinthiaspoon.com/international-1/2017/5/30/arab-fashion-week-resort -2017  

Un poco tarde pero seguro, aquí les traigo los detalles sobre las pasarelas del Arab Fashion week, la única plataforma en el mundo que presenta un nuevo concepto “Ready Couture”. Este año la locación fue el centro de convenciones del hotel Meydan, un poco retirado del centro pero hey otra área más de Dubai que tuve la oportunidad de conocer. Meydan le sirve de escenario a las carreras de caballos y todos los eventos equestres en Dubai. Escuché en el elevador que en las caballerizas de este lugar se encuentra el caballo más caro del mundo, un millón de dólares si no escuché mal!!! Dios santo, con que será que lo alimentan o qué mezcla de genes es que tiene?!

Volviendo a la moda… Marchesa formó parte de la lista de diseñadores que presentaron sus colecciones, con dos desfiles, ready couture y bridal. Excepto por La Quan Smith, que fue puro leather, todas las colecciones tuvieron en común; el romanticismo, femineidad y la extravagancia que ya estan caracterizando esta semana de la moda. Vestidos vestidos y más vestidos, si tienes algún super evento y necesitas uno te puedes inspirar aquí y si cuentas con el dinerillo para poder comprarlos ya sabes los nombres de estos diseñadores!

Ni el medio oriente se salvó del see-through trend! mis favoritos los de Sylwia Romaniuk, con unos conjuntos de pantalones tipo palazzo que son de morirse. Capas, organza, encajes adornados con aplicaciones en plumería, pedrería y flores; sensuales cuellos en V y halters, un manejo impecable de sensualidad y colecciones extensas es lo que verán en esta sección: http://www.cinthiaspoon.com/international-1/2017/5/30/arab-fashion-week-resort-2017  

Sylwia Romaniuk

La Quan Smith

Women by Cinthia Contreras

 More images on the "PHOTOGRAPHY" section

More images on the "PHOTOGRAPHY" section

A while back a person with patience and a lot of explaining dedicated itself to change a little bit the perception I had about Muslim women and made me open my eyes to how the new generations are evolving in a positive way just like us. The fascination and curiosity awoke in me led me to take a plane to Dubai and write in a few occasions about the subject.

As part of my research, I chose to attend to a fashion week organized by Muslims (I couldn’t miss that) and experiment on my own what I have heard and read. For me has been very rewarding to have discover that these women are just like us, not somekind of alien or victims. These women are strong very strong, brave, discipline, passionate, loving, ambitious, respectful and choose a lot of them to dress in certain way out of a deep devotion and faith to their religion and beliefs, others chooses not to dress in abayas and hijabs and others more fashionistas are reinventing these costumes and creating looks worthy of being imitated.

This fascination, curiosity and discoveries led me to produce a photoshoot, WOMAN inspired by experiences I have had in a women world that was completely unknown to me and very similar to ours.

Hace un tiempo una persona se dedicó con paciencia y mucha explicación a cambiar un poco la percepción que yo tenía sobre la mujer Musulmana y a abrir mis ojos ante la evolución que están experimentando las nuevas generaciones y de como estas mujeres se están destacando positivamente al igual que nosotras. La fascinación y curiosidad sobre el tema que se despertaron en mí, llegaron al punto de hacerme tomar un avión con destino a Dubai y a escribir en varias ocasiones sobre el tema.

Como parte de mi investigación elegí asistir a una semana de la moda organizada por musulmanes (eso no me lo podía perder) y experimentar por mi propia cuenta lo que había escuchado y leído. Para mí ha sido muy gratificante el haber descubierto que estas mujeres son como nosotras, no extraterrestres o víctimas, sino mujeres fuertes muuyyy fuertes, valientes, disciplinadas, apasionadas, ambiciosas, que sienten, que desean, aman, respetan y ELIGEN muchas de ellas vestir de cierta forma por sus creencias, devoción y respeto a su religión, algunas eligen no vestir con abayas y hijabs y otras mas fashionistas están reinventando estas indumentarias y creando looks dignos de ser imitados.

Esta fascinación, curiosidad y descubrimientos me llevaron a producir un photoshoot, WOMAN inspirado en mis experiencias alrededor en un mundo de mujeres que era completamente desconocido para mí y muy semejante al de nosotras.

Transient Garden by Cinthia Contreras

Jardin Transitorio: New York Fashion Week Fall|Winter 2017

Y así comenzó el fashion week, con una de las tormentas de nieve mas fuertes que he visto desde que me mudé a New York! El tipo de viento que empuja pero el hey show tenía que continuar y así fue! Nicholas K fue el primero en presentar su colección. Una colección con un aire gitano moderno y accesorios que le daban la bienvenida al año lunar.

No estoy segura si el problema soy yo o que, pero la mayoría de los shows y colecciones que vi me parecieron super monotonos, los 15-20 minutos que dura un show me la pasé bostezando detras de la cámara y orando para que ser terminara. Muy pocas colecciones llamaron mi atención e hicieron brillar mi cerebro y curiosamente fueron aquellas que cargaban mucho color (de lo que ya no soy muy fanática, pero al parecer voy a ser) las que mezclaron texturas y materiales, tonos rojos, complejos y exquisitos bordados florales pero no del tipo dulce y tierno sino del tipo rock star! En esa lista estuvieron Desigual, Anna Sui, Jeremy Scott, Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller y Adam Selman.


I'm not sure if the problem was me or what the heck but a lot of the shows and collections during New York Fashion week were so boring that I spent the 10-15 minutes the shows last pretty much yawning behind the camera and praying for them to be over. Very few collections caught my attention and made my eyes and brain pop, and for some reason they all happened to have a lot of color which I'm not a fan anymore (but apparently I'm going to be again), textures, layers which I love but I suck at doing, all tones of red and leather and the complexes and exquisite embroideries. The mix of flowers and leaves with a lot of rock and roll involved got me seriously excited about next fall and turned me into a groupie of some brands I can't afford but hey we will always have Zara...



Premoniciones by Cinthia Contreras

Para ser sincera la sensacion que senti al ver muchas de las propuestas en las  pasarelas de la semana de la moda Newyorquina masculina para otoño/invierno 2017 fue un poco de temor! Las colecciones parecian sacadas de una guerra o de la pelicula The Purge; la música, máscaras, el camuflaje y los detalles inspirados en la milicia Alemana, generaron un ambiente un tanto mórbido, como una premonición a lo que nos espera (Dios nos libre) o algún tipo de demostración en contra de las tantas barbaridades que están sucediendo. Algunos diseñadores como Landlord se concentraron en revivir la moda callejera de los 90's, con chaquetas, pantalones y camisetas oversized, cadenas enormes, camisas de cuadros y pañuelos en la cabeza a lo Mc Hammer-Snoop Dogg. Otras colecciones (mis favoritas) mantuvieron un estilo conservador y clásico como fue el caso de Uri Minkoff que mantuvo una colección inmaculada y acentuada. Deveaux, Matiere y NP-Elliott se quedaron en las montañas con suéteres tejidos con estampados tribales.

Happy 2017 by Cinthia Contreras


1st sunset of the year, one more year, to do what I didn't on 2016, to finally go aggressively after that photo show during the fashion week in Dubai, to get back the lost muscles at the gym  (which by the way I already started), to go back to school specifically Parsons (which I already enrolled), to finally take that helicopter ride over the city that I'm so ecstatic to do, to work more on my blog rather than getting a heart attack  every time Instagram decides to fuck everything up, to plan more trips which is my favorite thing but I'm not doing much and most importantly find the way to enjoy life and be less worry about everything.  

Jack Klauber: UN:DO by Cinthia Contreras



I have to admit that going to a presentation where bullets were part of the décor, got me wondering where the heck am I? Gangster association? Organized group? some kind of in memory of tribute? Until I had the chance to have a conversation with the designer behind the brand Jack Klauber about the social message behind these collection where pieces were actually shot with a gun and how he went from working in catering pouring wine and doing coat check to create his own fashion brand.               

1. Where do you come from?

I’m originally from Chicago, after I graduated from high school I moved to California and on September 2012 right after hurricane Sandy I moved to New York.

2. Did you go to school to form yourself as a fashion designer or are you empirical?

I’m more of a fashion entrepreneur, I have the eye but to execute the technical part I have to team up with the right people. I’m designing my collection based on what I want in my closet.

One of the main things about my brand is the social message that it brings but the most important thing it has is the fit, we spent many months working on the perfect fit and I couldn’t do that alone.

3. When did you officially launch your brand?

November 15, 2016 with the collection UN:LOAD

4.  How did you come up with the name UN:LOAD?

Our debut collection is focused on raising money and spreading awareness to stop gun violence. The issue of gun rights has pervaded American society from our history books to our daily news. And while the right to bear arms is hotly debated by politicians and concerned citizens alike, gun violence continues to run rampant through our communities. Guns are too deeply embedded in our country’s culture to simply get rid of, so let’s instead revolutionize the way we think about them.

5. How do you define your style?

My style is very minimalistic, almost gender neutral, a bit futuristic

6. Why you chose the name UN:DO to represent your brand?

The idea is to un do these problems in the world and the reason why I have the colon between un and do is because we want to undo something but we also want to do something about it that is why this collection is called UN:LOAD and the next collection is going to be UN:CHAINED, which is going to be about human trafficking.

7. Where are you going to be selling your brand?

Mainly on our website www.undonyc.com and I’m making contacts with some boutiques in New York and some in Miami Beach

8.  How many pieces did you manufacture for this collection?

We have a limited edition of 500 pieces for this first released.

9. What type of materials did you use for this collection?

We used 2 types of materials. Sustainability is very important to us so we used a material called bamboo and cotton modelo blend.

10. What is the target you want to reach?

People who care about fashion, but also about care about the environment and social causes

11. What inspires you?


 Jack Klauber

Jack Klauber


Moons and Planets: Amy Zerner by Cinthia Contreras

Moons and Planets: Amy Zerner

And most unexpectedly, walking through the corridors and charming boutiques of Bergdorf Goodman with friends, I ended up meeting Amy Zerner, a magical character, with an infinite creativity and a believer in the fashion that heals and enhances your aura.

Leaving the area of the shoes, we see this monumental girl walking and talking with the clients, in the most beautiful and brilliant golden Kaftan I've ever seen! It turned out that this was the way it came to the designer to attract audiences to the space where she keeps her incredible creations. And here we are 2 days later talking to Amy about her brand.


- I come from a family of artists, so creating is in my blood, when I was little with markers and crayons I liked to mix different types of media. At college I started playing with textiles and when I graduated I started working for a well-known Broadway producer, producing murals in upholstery for the first performance of the play Chicago. I used to go to my closet with scissors, to cut and sew different types of fabrics, and in this way I developed my own technique of upholstery for media, and as I found it difficult to explain in meetings that I created "upholstery collage for different media" I started to paste reduced versions of these pieces in my jackets so that when they asked me what it was, I turned and pointed my back so they could understand and appreciate my art.

In 2000 a friend who worked as a personal shopper in Bergdorf introduced to the buyer the only 6 jackets I had, they chose them instantly and so began this new adventure, where I have learned a lot over time. I think that you should always be open to greater goals and different career opportunities, sometimes you think that as an artist you must have an art gallery, but another opportunity to present your art to the world in a different way arises and you take it. When I was a little girl I drew queens and princesses and now I sale to queens and princesses, it is amazing how you think it manifests itself.

My designs are not preconceived, every day I go into my studio and see what comes out of me, it's like a journal and that's what makes each piece unique. Sometimes I get ideas of the different types of women who come to Bergdorf from all over the world, it's like my gallery.

My niche is very special and different I do not have what to compare it with, my clients collect my designs as works of art, they are philanthropic, they have wings! One of them had years collecting my designs and when she passed the University of the North of Texas took the collection of clothes of this woman and placed it in the museum of textiles. For me it is very gratifying to know that my work is in a safe space like that.

I am inspired by the magic, the mystic, the connection and interconnection, which I symbolize with sanctuaries, things going through veils and sparkle, is very cosmic.

And so ended the conversation with this positive and leisurely woman. I hope you learned and enjoyed it!

Lunas y Planetas: Amy Zerner

Y de la manera más inesperada, paseando por los pasillos y aluciantes boutiques de Bergdorf Goodman con unos amigos, teminé conociendo a Amy Zerner, un personaje mágico, con una creatividad infinita y creyente en la moda que cura y resalta tu aura.

Saliendo del área de los zapatos, divisamos a esta monumental chica caminando y conversando con los clientes con el Caftán dorado más hermoso y brillante que haya visto! Resultó que esa fue la manera que se le ocurrio a la diseñadora de atraer público hacia el espacio donde guarda sus increíbles creaciones. Y aquí estamos 2 días despues conversando con a Amy acerca de su marca.


- Vengo de una familia de artistas, por tanto crear está en mi sangre, desde pequeña con marcadores y crayones me gustaba mezclar diferentes tipos de medios. En la universidad comencé a jugar con textilería y cuando me gradué comencé a trabajar para un conocido productor de escenografías de Broadway produciéndole murales en tapicería para la primera presentación de la obra Chicago. Iba a mi armario con tijeras, cortaba y cosía diferentes tipos de telas, y de esta forma desarrollé mi propia técnica de tapicería para medios, y como se me hacia dificultoso explicar en reuniones que creaba “collage de tapicería para diferentes medios” comencé a pegar versiones en tamaño reducido de estas piezas en mis chaquetas para que cuando me preguntaran qué era lo que hacía, voltearme y señalarles mi espalda y así pudieran entender y apreciar mis arte.

En el 2000 una amiga que trabajaba como personal shopper en Bergdorf le presentó al buyer las únicas 6 chaquetas que tenía, las eligieron al instante y así comenzó esta nueva aventura, donde he aprendido mucho con el pasar del tiempo. Pienso que siempre hay que estar abiertos a mayores metas y diferentes oportunidades profesionales, a veces crees que como artista debes de tener una galería de arte, pero otra oportunidad de presentarle tu arte al mundo de una manera diferente surge y la tomas. Cuando era pequeña dibujaba reinas y princesas y ahora le vendo a reinas y princesas, es increíble como lo que piensas se manifiesta.

Mis diseños no son preconcebidos, todos los días entro a mi estudio y veo qué sale de mí, es como un diario y eso es lo que hace que cada pieza sea única. A veces obtengo ideas de los diferentes tipos de mujeres que vienen a Bergdorf de todas partes del mundo, es como mi galería.

Mi nicho es muy especial y diferente no tengo con qué compararlo, mis clientas coleccionan mis diseños como obras de arte, son filántropas, tienen alas! Una de ellas tenía años coleccionando mis diseños y cuando falleció la Universidad del Norte de Texas tomó la colección de ropa de esta mujer y la colocó en el museo de textilería. Para mí es muy gratificante saber que mi trabajo se encuentra en un espacio seguro como ese. 

Me inspira lo mágico, lo místico, las conexión e interconexión, la cual simbolizo con santuarios, cosas recorriendo velos y destellos, es muy cósmico.

Y así culminó la conversación con esta positiva y pausada mujer, espero que haya aprendido y disfrutado.

Published: https://issuu.com/revistaflow/docs/flow_magazine_edicio__n_diciembre_2_960201662ca9d7/30



 Upholstery in the jacket

Upholstery in the jacket

 Amy and her designs

Amy and her designs





Blogueo+Balance: @Natisaal by Cinthia Contreras


Siempre me dio curiosidad saber cómo hacen las blogueras para llevar una vida personal normal en una profesión tan demandante de tiempo como lo es bloguear y en esta ocasión elegí a una de mis fashionistas favoritas dado el colorido y variedad de looks que presenta en su página. Natisaal de origen argentino justo viajaba a New York la temporada en la que la contacté, (serendipity).

A mí se me hace un poco temeroso tener encuentros con estas chicas ya que al igual que una caja de pandora no sabes con lo que vas a lidiar y la verdad es no fue decepcionante entrevistar y compartir con Nati, una chica pausada y con un evidente conocimiento profundo de una carrera en la que lleva 4 años de ejercicio.

Con un background en Diseño De Moda y Textil, Nati siempre sintió la necesidad de compartir sus conocimientos con el público y de ahí le vino la idea de abrir un blog sobre moda y belleza donde, nos muestra las últimas tendencias y nos abre las puertas de su hogar para mostrarnos sus múltiples colecciones (esta chica si que se toma la moda bien en serio)


Nati lleva 11 años de relación!!!! Y me cuenta que en los últimos años debido al blog ha sido un reto poder llevar un balance entre su matrimonio y el público al que tanto se le debe, ya que nos responde a TODOS dándonos las gracias por nuestros comentarios y enviándonos emojis con besitos.

- Mi pareja ha sido mi apoyo, mi fotógrafo, mi empuje, y ahora he incluído a mi madre al clan ya que es la persona en la que más confío para darme soporte con lo que es cierre de contratos y lo que seaaaaa que necesite.

- Amo bloguear, amo vestirme pero ultimadamente lo que deseo es dedicarme a escribir para publicaciones como Vogue.

Síguela --> @natisaal

Preparándonos para New York Fashion Week: Rosa Crespo by Cinthia Contreras

Rosa Crespo

Rosa Crespo @Imrosacrespo

Ya estamos en el mes de la moda! Tiempo para refrescarnos, de tomar notas, de inspirarnos admirando las tendencias que vendrán y de disfrutar y analizar como cada fashionista adoptó e interpretó aquella tendencia mostrada el año anterior.

Estoy entrando a un mundo nuevo llamado Blogger, un mundo complejo y extremadamente competivo, del que de estoy tratando de aprender y qué mejor que acercándome a otros bloggers?

Anteriormente Fashion Week para mí como fotografa era solo “andar” cómoda, pero ahora tengo que preocuparme un poco por como luzco y por esta razon seleccioné a Rosa Crespo la creadora de @imrosacrespo, para que nos contara cómo se prepara antes de las semanas de la moda.

Rosa comenzó su blog en el 2013, cuando estaba estudiando moda en Londres y se vió en este abrumador y fascinante mundo, el cual quiso compartir con una comunidad que ha ido creciendo rápidamente y por si sola. Define su estilo como conservador pero “fashionable”, - no sigo tendencias, hago mis propias combinaciones, - me inspiró de los editoriales impresos que aunque ya estan siendo desplazados por el internet, el hecho de hojear una revista le agrega un valor invaluable a mi inspiración.

- He estado asistiendo a semanas de la moda desde el 2009, preparo mis looks meses antes ya que una semana antes de los shows no vas a encontrar piezas vintage o diferentes que te harán sobresalir, durante estos días, no te vistes para tí, te vistes para una audiencia y especialmente para los fotografos, me cambio hasta 8 veces de al día dependiendo del show al que asista. Los accesorios son TODO, un sombrero, una clutch, un peinado, el color de esmalte, etc son los detallitos que te pueden hacer marcar la diferencia y provocar que los fotografos se avalanchen sobre ti!