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#MySTYLE embracing your sexiness KNOWING YOUR BODY to learn what to wear and how to do it TURN STYLE INTO IDENTITY feel confortable into your own skin SEXY & IRRESISTIBLE wearing the right jewelry accessories STYLE + ATTITUDE a key formula to build your signature look

Spring 2018 | New York City Building your style and own identity

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02 | KNOWING YOUR BODY to learn what to wear and how to do it

07. | SEXY & IRRESSISTIBLE wearing the right jewelry accessories

05. | TURN YOUR STYLE INTO IDENTITY feel confortable into your own skin

11. | STYLE + ATTITUDE a key formula to build your signature look

“Understanding our own body is the key to learning what to wear and how to do it. There is a huge difference between what we think is right vs. what we actually project based on how our body’s shape and personal style are connected.” – Cover: Rachel Mayer | Photograhy: Diego Rios Production coordinator: Mark Ninomiya | Production assistant team: Jim Murphy, Ed Werfelman, Gerard Russo | Style & Accessories: Nando Medina | Models: Rachel Mayers, Yessica Sandoval and Alana Suarez. New York City | Copake Lake-NY | Vegas-NV

K NOWING YOUR BODY

to learning what to wear and how to do it As a human beings that we all are, it is no an easy task to criticize our own body. But certainly it is a necessary task, to learn about our figure. Statistics have shown that 96% of women have a negative body impression, not seeing them as beautiful. Certainly a high percentage of women are being extremely critical about themselves. This result may be based on different aspects and some of them are insecurity and/or low self esteem. Such a negative aspect is nothing else that an opportunity that we have of learning about our body shape, tone skin, and hair, a pre-requisite before start building our style. That knowledge will become a tool to understand how to dress it to. For years I have been advising different type of women who used to dress completely wrong due to the lack of knowledge about their body features.

How I can learn about my body? Know your body and avoid guessing

To build your style and create a signature-identity, knowing your body and avoid guessing comes first. Let’s start with the basic steps and understand what they mean. Use a measuring-tape and a good friend to help you getting the right info of those difficult areas. Keep in mind the more accurate is the information; the better your style will be built.

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Bust: standing up and totally straight, wrap the measuring tape

around your back and across the fullest part of your breasts to the middle of them. Pull the measuring tape as taut as you can without changing the shape of your breasts. Avoid squishing; otherwise you will be far from the right goal. Hips: holding the measuring-tape at one hip, below your hipbone, at the fullest part of your hip. Then, keeping the tape flat, wrap it around the largest part of your butt, your other hip, and bring it back to the meeting point. Write down the information showed in the measuring-tape. Shoulders: this is the hardest measurement to do by yourself, so you really should ask someone to help. Place the measuring-tape at the tip of one shoulder and wrap it all the way around you like a shawl until it meets back at the same shoulder; the tape should skim the top of the shoulders closely, it almost slips off. This is the widest circumference of your shoulders. Waist: wrap the measuring-tape around your torso, at the smallest part of your natural waist in a natural breathing and corporal posture. It should wrap flat around your back without buckling and meet just above your belly button. Write down the information showed in the measuring-tape Once you get the information after measured yourself [shoulders, bust, waist and hips], use those numbers to find out your silhouette shape. That will be the first part of this process, before move forward with tone skin and hair. NandoMedina.com


This NM’s bold statement necklace is an easy way to add interest and personality to your style and identity. This unique sparkling piece will instantly glamourize your outfit, making sure you stay fashion-forward. Perfect to wear during those formal evening events where you will bold the night. For more information, visit NandoMedina.com

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1. Rectangle: when your shoulders, bust and hips are around the same size, with no defined waistline. Your shoulder, bust and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust measurements. For example, if your shoulders measure 36 inches, your waist will be 27 inches or more. 2. Inverted Triangle: when your shoulders or bust are larger than your hips. Your shoulder or bust measurements are more than 5% bigger than your hip measurement. For example, if your shoulders measure 36 inches, your hips will be 34 1/4 inches [34.25”] or probably smaller. Building your style and own identity

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3. Triangle: when your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your hip measurement is more than 5% bigger than your shoulder or bust measurements. For example, if your shoulders measure 36 inches, your hips are 37 3/4 inches [37.75”] or larger. 4. Hourglass: when your shoulders and hips are around the same size, with a very defined waistline. Your shoulder and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Your waist is at least 25% smaller than your shoulder, hip and bust measurements. For example, if your shoulders and hips measure 36 inches, your waist is 27 inches or smaller. 3


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TURN ST YLE INTO IDENTITY feeling confortable into your own skin We all should know that there is great power in fashion style; that is why celebrities spend thousand of dollars when coming to red carpet and other events. Some experts in phycology believe in the personal power that we should be harnessing to express our sense of self and communicate it to the world, building our personal “brand/identity” along the way. Dressing to impress is not just for the day we have an interview, a big presentation or a date. “Fashion is a very powerful social tool, and one that every person should reflect on and use to their advantage”, said Anna Akbari, Visual Sociology Ph.D., from NYU. She, as well as Nando Medina, both thinks that stylists and personal branding is not just for celebrities—and surprisingly, everybody can actually save money revamping their wardrobes.

The connection between fashion and power The connection between fashion and power is not about a particular garment, outfit or a specific designer. Rather, Powerful fashion is about cultivating a balance between expressing individuality [standing out, looking different and getting noticed], demonstrating group belonging [expressing confidence, showing you are part of the group]. Definitely you want your sense of self to be communicated, but you must also be mindful of your audience, season, and current situation. Usually people who say they dress for themselves are doing themselves a disservice—you definitely do notwant to come across as intimidating or disrespectful through your visual self-expression. It is not about ignoring personal preferences, but rather visually acknowledging that you also exist within a structured social environment into a balance, which is necessary. Building your style and own identity

tips about how to turn style into your personal identity: 1. Seek Inspiration, not imitation: jot down the names of your favorite fashion style icons, doing a little research via Pinterest, Google, or Instagram to gather inspiration from their look. Pulling different types of inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike. Remember, seek for inspirations, do not try to fit in somebody else skin, you want to be original and organic in terms of look.

Build your style to embrace your identity. Empowering your life using fashion, as a tool to navigate its potential challenges will help to build your own style-signature. Many individuals who consider themselves “fashion agnostic”, claim that they never think about what they are wearing. Which experts like Dr. Akbaru founds too bad—because everyone else is paying attention, you are not invisible as you may think. Building your style in fashion is the key to express your individuality within the context of assumed dress codes appropriated through different circumstances or event. If you cannot communicate who you are as a brand/identity and the type of person who would identify with your core values and aesthetic, then you will not be able to make a statement to them.

How to turn style into identity? The impact of a personal identity goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with great confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what you are wearing. For that reason, Nando Medina wants to share here seven

2. Clean-Up and Clean-Out: take a good and deep look at your closet, including the pieces you most like. Toss what you have not worn in the last year to start fresh. Then you can begin rebuilding and refining your wardrobe with a style that truly reflects where you are in your life and career; remember always what you want to project as a personal image. 3. Shop Smarter: learn how to experiment with the latest fashion trends, the smart way—hunt for trendy deals discount at stores like TJ Maxx and Forever 21 for example; pay good attention to aspects such as hems, test the zippers, etc. 4. Take your Goals and Lifestyle Into Consideration: a perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity, but also be tailored to your lifestyle. Consider always the persona you want to project to the world. You want your style to reflect your personality, making sense in your field of work and/ or group, your overall lifestyle, the city you live in and most important, aligned with your long-term goals. Are you trying to make a statement as an individual? Are you trying to make it in a particular industry? Do you want to get better job? 5. Always confidence over dress size/look: always be conscious of your figure, remember, you don’t 5


want to imitate. Since no one can see what the size tag reads on the inside of your dress, then, let’s avoid focusing on fitting into the smallest size possible. Avoid the smallest-size mindset, because a number should not make you confident—how you feel in your own skin does. And when you feel your best, you stand taller, fashionable, smile wider, and people will notice for sure. If you have confidence, knowing and understanding how you look like when wearing what you put-on, you can make anything to look good. Wear what makes you feel confident into the right parameters, knowing your body-shape always. 6. Stock-Up on Accessories: definitely accessories are, without a doubt, the easiest way to pull any look together regardless of the vibe you want to achieve or project. You can update jeans and a white t-shirt with a bold NM’s necklace or pair layered, delicate fashion jewelry with a dress for a sexier feel. A cool ear cuff or stacked rings can give you an instant edge, and pearls can make you look sophisticated. Add a patterned or solid color scarf, or pull out a bright clutch to add more of your personality. 7. Trust Your Instincts and Be Authentic: definitely something that makes you feels confident and beautiful will never out of style. The single most important thing when developing your style is to be true to yourself. Do not focus on the size or the designer label; this will ended sending away your creativity. Keep experimenting with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good, and most important, in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, your goals, and personality.

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Own your style, be proud of it, and embrace fashion as a way to express who you are and/or who you want to be, how you want to be perceived by others. Necklines suggested to wear with this piece.

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SEXY & IRRESISTIBLE

wearing the right jewelry accessories One of the greatest advantages that women have is the fact of having lots more clothing options in between styles and types, compared to what men have. And even when today’s male fashion industry is starting to develop more, women fashion tend to have the upper hand in terms clothing options. This fact is clearly playing a big role, influencing today’s personal and business relationships. That is what we call the Power of Style; used to spice up business relationships, love and/or sex life. Of course, every human being is different; meaning some of them may react differently to your style or may not work for them. However, for others just seeing you dressed in a particular way and unique style should be enough to get that desired reaction, “eyeson-you”. Do not forget that confidence is the best garment, prints can be your best friends, and accessories add the final touch to your fashion statement. Here are nine of the clothes that a man find most attractive in a woman, plus how to accessorize them to reach an impactful look, advised by Nando Medina: 1. Skirts + Jewelry Chain Waist: short skirts that allow showing more of your bare legs, are always a plus. Additionally, the tighter the skirt, the more they can get in terms of the full image of your body silhouette underneath. This, adorned with a delicate chain waist will be a great combo to make your styling statement. 2. Lingerie + Delicate Chocker: the ultimate type of clothing to create a seductive and sexy style signature is a pretty lace bra that peeks through your blouse or that he can see just a hint of it. It is a perfect teaser piece that combined with a sexy and delicate choker will become a killer tool. Building your style and own identity

3. Heels + Jewelry Ankle Bracelet: this piece of clothing has something empowering about wearing them. They make your buttocks and legs look even better than they already are, adding stylish to your posture as long as you know how to wear your outfit with attitude. Heels enhance certain parts of a woman’s body, which helps to bring attention to your presence. When wearing heels in a casual style, probably with tight jeans or leggings, an accessory that add even more power to your look will be a jewelry ankle bracelet, a

delicate and thin chain for an extra sparkle touch. 4. Leggings + Jewelry Chain Waist and Ankle Bracelet: these are considered basically another layer of skin. Hugging your legs close and fitting you perfectly, not only do they have a tight fit, but also luckily, they are comfortable while being sexy. They need to be worn wisely since they are a view of every part of you legs. Leggings are perfect for movie dates, or even for casual nights out, 7


and the best are the thick ones to avoid losing your style when exposing your underwear. This is another clothing piece that looks great in combination of a chain waist and ankle bracelet when wearing heels mostly but not necessary. 5. Tank Tops + Ear Cuff with Layered Rings: bare shoulders in different styles are a great way to make a style statement. No matter the type of tank to wear, there is always a good way to turn this piece of clothing in a great allied. You will be showing off your sexy arms, back, and even a little bit of cleavage since most tank tops are kind of flow and loose. This clothing piece is very versatile in terms of what to wear with it. From short to long necklaces, chokers in a casual way, and/or ear cuff with layered rings. 6. Dresses + Long or Short Necklaces: according to some studies, man express that, there is something sexy about seeing a woman in a dress. No matter the type of dress there is something about it that has a feminine, sexy, beautiful, classy, flirty, elegant, and glamor-

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ous look to it. However, if you want to wear something that will blow everybody’s mind, consider wearing a tight form fitting also known as “Body Con Dress”. They are designed to show off your shape–but remember, not everyone has the confidence to pull off this super tight style. The body conscious dress or body con, should not leave you feeling self-conscious about your body and style. They can be short, very revealing to show cleavage and sexy legs. Not to mention, the dress will hug every inch of your body, wear it wisely. There are several accessories that you can wear to complement your style, they will go accordingly with the type of neckline dress wearing [formal, casual orsemi-formal, V-neck, boat, strapless, etc.]. Long and short necklaces will be a good choice. 7. Crop tops + Delicate Choker + Bangle Bracelets: not only are crop tops beautiful, but also very sexy. Showing some skin is always a plus, when doing it wisely. Depend of the crop top neckline you may be able accessorize your outfit wearing a

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delicate choker or short statement necklace with a layered bracelets. 8. Lace + Short or Long Necklaces based on Dress’ Neckline: there is something about lace that men love. It is sexy, classic, timeless, glamorous, and elegant, while also daring. Wearing a see-through lace shirt with a nice “Bralette” or tank top underneath will wake-up the man’s curiosity and attention to see what’s hiding under it. 9. Shorts + Layered/Bangle Bracelets: denim shorts are girls and boyfriends best friends. The look that denim style provides is timeless and also very sexy, especially when the shorts are the ones that look distressed, worn a thousand times. Wearing those with a plain shirt or even a tight tank is a great casual style. As we mentioned before, everybody have a different reaction/perception to some clothing pieces, it is the style what make the difference, how you wear those, the attitude you add to those pieces, the way they are accessorized to build your style signature and persona.

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Short necklace statement Layered/ bangle bracelets

Layered/ bangle bracelets Ear cuff w/layered rings

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A great casual piece, bangle stack bracelets to perfectly suit your style and rock this season’s layering trend. All new modern textured pieces, delicate dazzle, layered bangles to create your own fashion statement. For more information, visit NandoMedina.com

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Getting the right dress is a key, but the jewelry is what will break your look. You want to make a big statement, whether you choose to wear a little jewelry or a lot, you want to make sure that you are putting the right emphasis in the right place when accessorizing your outfit. a. Mix your metal pieces b. Pick comfy shoes when you can

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c. Keep your nails polish d.Avoid to matching everything e. Always accessorize a little

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f. Jeans are more than dress-down clothes g. When in doubt, pick a longer necklace h. Your wrists should never be naked i. Check your hair to make it work with your style, both need to fit

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A magnificent goddess look through this Greek style made of weightless light fabric, in a bright blue tone perfect for a fresh spring look; the semi-draped top area adds a romantic and gentle look to the outfit. A red silk drapery is part of this outfit a, complementing from the back and attached to the waist. Accessorized with a classic touch wearing silver and crystals stretch cuff bracelet and long twisted crystal earrings for a charming and sexy look; a perfect evening gown with statement accessories for a unique look. Design and style by Nando Medina 10

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STYLE + AT TITUDE

a key formula to build your signature look Let’s start with the well-known quote from Coco Chanel, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” That followed with Nando Medina’s, “Seek for inspirations, not imitations” will be a good way to this topic about the right formula to create your signature-look, based on Style + Attitude. Fashion forward shapes, textures, colors, and style to keep your look just the way you want it. We all would like to have the budget for a designer wardrobe but instead we will need to use the right tools and sense about getting the look right. Finding the right style, colorful patterns designs to give your look confidence is a good way to start, after have learned about your body features. Then attitude will deliver flair to any outfit; pair your outfit with accessories to build the perfect look, while maximizing style, comfort, and of course, attitude. As Shawn Ashmore said, “Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality”, what you wear says a lot about you, how you wear it is what make the difference and your own statement.

A good way to start this process is thinking of yourself as a blank canvas to portrait the outfit and accessories you will wear. From that view, check how do you look like, what mood that outfit and accessories bring to you, what is that portrait projecting about you. You can keep adjusting your portrait to different variations. Some of the main parameters to keep in mind when building your identity are: – Colors: always checking those that go with your body complexion, skin tone, type of occasion/event, season/time, and very important, your goals. One great example of how colors are used in personal goals is RED; used to project confidence. Some others want to project self-assured without being too bold — that is when white or a light color tones combined with dark accent colors is appropriate, having in mind always seasons. That is the case

of Tiffany for example, light blue + chocolate brown. – Context and Goals: imaging yourself like dressing a mannequin, having in mind the scenario you will be part of it and what is the role you will play within that scenario, what is your goal while attending that event, how you want to be perceived? – “Framing” Yourself: since you are building your own style and identity/ brand, your outfit and accessories should showcase you projecting out the best of you. Don’t forget, “perception turns into reality for those out there.” We all need to know that “Fashion” and “Style” are not synonymous of each other, fashion is what is trendy out there, but style is how you ownership that trendy aspect making it look yours even when somebody else may have the same outfit and accessories; that is where attitude play the big role.

Attitude is a settled way of thinking and feeling, reflecting our behavior. That is why what we wear whether we are aware of it or not, is a key part of our style and identity — simply because when we look good, we feel good and when we feel good, we look good, a reciprocate formula. Confidence is always attractive for either-gender, situation and business field.

This sexy multilayer stretch cuff bracelet with crystals is a seductive piece to add a goddess style to your look. Perfect for evening events and/or cocktail parties. For more information, visit NandoMedina.com

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