el sabor del amor y del dolor

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.. Sam Cooke on the record player tonight. #anothersaturdaynight #selfie #ftm #chicano #selfie #browntrans #brownanddown


Feeling brown and feeling down. Valentine’s day, 2014. #chicano #transguy #elcatrinconsafos #80degreesinfeb


I follow a couple of blogs on tumblr, my favorites being broke and bespokethis fitsput this on and barrio dandy.  Mostly I go to these blogs to both admire and learn a bit more about my own take on menswear and my own personal style.  Often I’ll find out about brands or companies that are small businesses and producing some very innovative and just plain awesome accessories and clothing items.  

I try really hard to get the best deals I can on the clothes, shoes accessories that I buy, meaning I may keep an eye on an item until it goes on sale, or I look for something similar in thrift shops and/or at local stores around where I live.  I’m an assistant professor and the pressure of student loan payments, car payments and a mortgage really force me to be stylish on a budget.  I like to think that I get away with looking good, I have the patience to look for a deal both on the internet and in thrift stores.  I’m also really lucky to have had a mother and grandmother who are pretty skilled seamstresses, so I know how to spot quality and luxurious fabrics from watching them do their thing.  Neither of them made menswear, but they really taught me how to pay attention to craftsmanship and texture of fabrics and quality of things like buttons on a garment.  

I rarely splurge on items, but this week I encountered Kent Wang's Pocket Squares from this post by put this on.  I immediately spotted the pocket square (pictured above) featuring the Aztec Calendar, or sun stone and I just had to have it.  This is a splurge for me, as I have never spent more than $15 on a pocket square.  This Kent Wang pocket square is indeed worth the $45.  It is beautifully printed with immaculate attention to detail, as you’ll see above.  I’m not sure what I will wear it with, but is definitely the star piece of my slowly growing pocket square collection.  The image is printed on silk, and made in France.  

If you look around the Kent Wang website, you’ll notice that it indeed is a modern haberdashery.  There is a variety of menswear items that appear to be very high quality.  While a majority of the items are way outside my price range, I’m happy I indulged and purchased this very unique item.  

I couldn’t imagine a more fitting pocket square for a catrin, it’s a perfect piece of swag for the down and brown chican@ dandy with a penchant for sumptuous adornments.  

A post with actual written content on my fashion oriented blog. 

blackbean-stickyrice said: There is something deeply, intensely familiar about your stories from your family. Thank you for writing them.

Thank you for reading and for taking the time to write, it is much appreciated. 

much love to you.

Gotta luv la adelina anthony

Got my pin up tattoo redone, along with the flowers (covering up the word “amor” that used be over the pin up).  Absolutely in love with how it turned out

Another class I’m offering in the Spring at the University of Arizona

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One of the classes I’m offering in the Spring at the University of Arizona

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DIY pocket squares: deconstruct silk ties you find at thrift stores ($2-5). Buy a tie that has colors and patterns, textures you like, use a seam ripper to deconstruct and cut the fabric scraps into as close to a square as possible (or not) tuck unfinished edges into your pocket and zas! #elcatrinconsafos #foulard #silk #paño

Finally able to wear this Double breasted Italian linen blazer - I got on deep discount from Suit Supply for $99 #suitsupply #teachingoutfit #elcatrinconsafos #dapper #doublebreasted

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