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Style Sheet: Roma

Arisbet Cantu

Fontana di Trevi in the Piazza di Trevi - Roma, Italy

Fontana di Trevi in the Piazza di Trevi - Roma, Italy

Remember the movie, 'When In Rome', about a young career woman named Beth who made a wish at the Trevi fountain when she was conflicted about meeting the right man. Having walked away from my own tragic romance, Rome was the place to go. I'll have to tell you that story later. But also, who 'walks away' from a tragic romance by flying to 3 countries? This girl.

Rome is incredible.

Get ready for an amazing time. First let me start off by saying that at luggage claim, I witnessed an Italian girl who thought she lost her luggage, and suddenly ran to my section of the luggage claim, found it and cried out with laughter, "Mama mia!!!". Yes, that happened. I thought, 'Nooooooo....she didn't.' And one experience after the other, quickly fell in love with the people. 

I've been to Sicily before, but like any other country, each area is different in Italy. I also learned that culturally, there are divisions among people depending on the area. Those from Milan, I heard, are more aristocratic than those from Rome.  The similarity is how stylish everyone is. Some of these chics walk around on cobblestone in heels! I'm not that talented. I recommend you take comfortable flats or walking shoes. It can get chilly in the evening so bring a scarf or shawl / light sweater. The Renaissance-era center of the city has beautiful structures including the Pantheon, with plenty of laid-back dining. This is where I spent my time introspecting and getting my thoughts together before heading home so of course I brought my journal. 

Hit the Streets

Walking around in Rome can be hectic but I highly recommend you just stride and stop by to grab small bites here and there to taste different things. You'll see little shops that you can just walk into and pick up food.  Definitely have some gelato and street pizza! 

Of course, be mindful of your things, especially when walking around at night. I stick with a cross body handbag that I can hold in front of me. I'm not typically paranoid so I don't hide my money in my bra or anything like that, LOL. Especially here, I didn't see the need. Men will hang around and stare if you're alone, obviously. I made it a point to just be friendly and say hi to people I encountered. Clearly, I am one in the sea of tourists with a camera. 


2nd to soccer, shopping is the sport of the Italians. I really only bought jewelry, souvenirs for friends and family and this iconic Italia sweater below. Check out the shops inside Galleria Alberto Sordi. There are also little small shops around. Seriously this Italia sweater is so comfy and keeps you so warm, I love it. The first time I bought one was in Sicily when I didn't go prepared with a jacket. As freezing as it was in that hill top the jacket kept me super warm as though I was wearing a heavy coat! I picked up two in Rome and gifted one to my little sis. This is what it looks like, and they have different options for colors: 

If you buy it from a small business shop, which is where most of these are, you can haggle to discounted prices on almost everything from this jacket to souvenirs. I spoke Spanish, hoping they think I'm from Spain. When I speak English in certain countries/areas, they really over-price everything. 

If you buy it from a small business shop, which is where most of these are, you can haggle to discounted prices on almost everything from this jacket to souvenirs. I spoke Spanish, hoping they think I'm from Spain. When I speak English in certain countries/areas, they really over-price everything. 


I booked to have a nice dinner out. I went to Baccano Ristorante, it was very delicious. I did not sit at the bar though, which is easier to do when you're alone because you get to meet people. I didn't really want to talk to anyone and just enjoy the moment and have conversations with God. So I faced an empty chair. Break ups are hard, especially when you feel you invested so much and were left with nothing. I spoke to a good guy friend prior to this trip, and here is something he shared with me which I have applied and shared with other women. I've termed it 'THE RATE OF EXCHANGE'.

He said, "If I gave you $5 and you turned around and gave me $10, I would never leave. I'd stay - or leave, then come back and know that I'll always get more than I give."


This is how I expanded on it: If you give the guy $10 (100% commitment, time, energy, etc) every time he gives you $5 (50%), he's going to keep coming back. True. The guy would realize you may even end up paying him double, $20, when he gives you the same $5 - with time. And that is what you're doing when you give more in a relationship than you get. And often, women stay stuck there for a long time, without any real commitment from him over years time. You would never engage in that type of exchange when it comes to money - it's illogical and unreasonable. So don't do it with the more valuable things in life, your heart, your love, your mind, your time, your energy - your soul. That's why many women are left feeling like they've lost themselves after a damaging relationship.

  1. Step back, write down the facts.

  2. Consider 'The Rate of Exchange'. 

  3. Make a good decision your future self will thank you for. 

I had the lasagna and some wine, as I had been eating out earlier grabbing bites here and there. The wait staff were incredibly nice, of course, great service. Stop by and check it out!

I had the lasagna and some wine, as I had been eating out earlier grabbing bites here and there. The wait staff were incredibly nice, of course, great service. Stop by and check it out!

"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." Proverbs 4:23

During my dinner with God, I had a solid time of prayer too. And when I was done, I walked away and left those private concerns in the streets of Rome. 

Safe journeys.



Style Session: Date Night After Work

Arisbet Cantu

Dress as you would dress if you were going on a date with a guy you LIKE. Keywords: you like this guy.

Meet Van, she's single, under 30 and she's from Dallas. She mainly wears traditional and sporty clothes but would like to wear creative, artistic, romantic and feminine styles that better express who she is. 




Tips prior to styling:

First - never apologize to anyone for the way you look. You are still you, just own it and smile. If you’re planning on going on a date right after work, pack a changing bag the night before. You can wear dark denim jeans because if you must wear jeans dark denim look dressy. Then pack a wrinkle free top and dressy shoes of your choice. If you want nicer accessories for the date, pack those too. The solid black top is fine, you can tuck it into your jeans, add a belt, throw on a dressy blazer and accessorize.

TIP: Getting ready for date night can be hard but it doesn't have to be. Whether you recently met the guy or have known him for some time, just be comfortable with what you wear. There's no rule that says you have to dress up or pack on the make-up. If you're not comfortable in heels, find dressy flats or dressy sneakers. If you feel awkward in tight fitted dresses, wear a loose fit romper or flowy casual dress. Because if you wear things you are not naturally comfortable in, you won't have the best time and you may come across as not confident, awkward, or nervous. 


She mentioned she liked a glamorous look. Our sequin vest paired with a solid bodycon dress is the easiest thing to make you look amazing with no time! This is a good outfit if the date is to a casual concert at the Door or an evening out at a patio.

ACCESSORIES:  Rose Gold watch and Rose Gold Bangles with Gold Glass Earring Studs. 

MAKE UP: Wear a bright red lip and shimmery bronze / browns, medium blush and gold eye shadow colors with eyeliner and mascara.

DV: You seem to wear a lot of natural tones. Would you ever wear bold colors? Like neon green, you know just brighter bold colors?
Van: No! I would to the gym maybe but not outside of the gym. 

2. MODERN LUXE ON THE PATIO DATE NIGHT (our nature...and yes it's a winner.)

DV: OMG you look so happy in this one!!!
Van: I KNOW! I don't know why! ( LOL)
DV: Because this is you

She mentioned she liked comfortable loose fitting clothing and materials that are flowy and soft. This gorgeous shawl is all of the above (available for purchase in store) and has bold colors that pop on her skin tone, and bring a modern edgy design to her style. She doesn't wear hats, but clearly she should. This white summer hat is perfect for a summer patio dinner date in Dallas. Her goals were to deliver the message that she is fun, fashionable and friendly (approachable). This outfit accomplishes all of these goals for her. 

ACCESSORIES: White Summer Hat, Rose Gold watch and Rose Gold Bangles

MAKE UP: If we were to say wear fuchsia lip gloss she would say NO. But in the summer, and paired with these colors, it's perfect. She can wear it as heavy or as light as she'd like. It really compliments her skin tone. Pair it with ivory, nude and neutral color eye shadows, a thick liner and mascara. In this picture she has a basic thick eyeliner on her upper eyelid - but if she really wanted to step it up a bit, she could do a thick winged eyeliner.  


Van mentioned a style she would like to wear but does not wear at the present time is romantic. A great way to do romantic is red lace! This snug red lace dress is the right dress to wear salsa dancing with a guy you like. It flatters her figure in a nice way and she looks incredibly gorgeous. We had to curl her hair for this one. Side note: don't wear clunky heels, or high heels to salsa night. Find cute shorter heels with ankle straps, your feet will thank you the next day. 

ACCESSORIES: Our Gold Bracelet with Ruby Red Gem, Gold Druzy stone ring, our black lace choker and The Jackie (gold) evening bag

MAKE UP: Wear a smokey eye, with eyeliner, mascara, light facial contour and a bold red lip color. 

AND Just for fun, a Saturday brunch date...

If It's Saturday, brunch is the best time to get to know a guy in Dallas. It's casual, you can feel most comfortable, and if the date doesn't go well, you can still make plans for a fun time with friends Saturday night. LOL! Kinda kidding...But also, brunch demands you talk and get to know each other over every-day food. I'd hit the next button if he doesn't like tacos, wouldn't you?

Van's wearing our DV Paisley pant (dressy sweatpants are the best), off the shoulder denim top, white summer fedora and one of our over-sized handbags to help with the day's shopping or errands. A nice touch is the neck tie scarf. It's light and ties the whole outfit together well. We also did a loose braid to the side. *Optional, she can also tie it on the handbag. 

MAKE UP: A natural nude colored matte lip, minimal natural make up tones. 

All items can be purchased in store and most items can be purchased online. Stop by the boutique, shop these items and hang out!

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DARE TO DREAM - Brunch Series

Arisbet Cantu


I thought the other day, "What would the world look like if we as women decided to purposely cheer each other on?"

We cannot escape comparison. We are in a constant comparison and competitive culture. Women are pressured more than ever to compare themselves to others’ lives, by the image portrayed on social media. We want to be with the most beautiful, talented, etc. Just imagine if we had a society of women who cheered each other on? Women who make space in our lives for God and develop inner beauty with greater detail and attention than our exterior beauty?

1. This is Not a Competition

Please know this: you are gorgeously unique and irreplaceable without having to lift a finger. The fact is none of us are exactly alike – not just in appearance but in thought, personality and talent. A blogger asked me the other day, “Oh you’re ok with allowing another boutique to join your event?” and I said, “ABSOLUTELY. Why would I be threatened? They are not me, and I am not them. They could never be me and I would never want to be them.” When competition is nurtured, our confidence is challenged and we as a community of women become weaker. Set aside the competitive nature and think of how to nurture a collaboration with the women who are part of your work and personal life. There is more than enough space in any marketplace, neighborhood, organization or networking circle for each one to shine.

2. Keep Substantial Relationships

Yea, so go ahead and break up with that bad relationship. Break up with the “bestie” you’ve had for years that does nothing to help you grow. It’s definitely harder than breaking up with a guy, but SO WORTH IT! Seriously. Your relationships should reflect who you strive to become. I tweeted a link to an article I read from Khloe Kardash where she explained this importance. In her experience with an ex chic friend, she explained “I ultimately decided to end our friendship because I only believe in mutual friendships and this one was far from that. The main issue was that she was someone that could never be alone and yet wouldn’t be there for me when I needed her,” she says. (Follow the boutique Twitter for more).

3. Love and Pursue Humility

The most confident women I know are SO humble. Think about the areas in your life that you are TERRIBLE at, and humility comes very easily. LOL. Joking! But the thing about humility is that it allows others to share their gifting and talent with you more freely. Your touch of humility removes any pressure of false-confidence and further removes any intimidation among those in your circle. It allows others to approach you in a more authentic and sincere manner and you’ll see that people you never thought would look to you for advice will candidly share their flaws and short-comings because they know you are so comfortable with yours! Again kidding but kind of not.

4. Inspire, Compliment and Encourage

Genuinely, of course. I learned in my travels as a missionary that genuine compliments are key when wanting to connect with strangers. I was in a women’s prison at one point – with very hard hearted women who had probably been to hell and back in order to receive their sentence. I have learned that women, especially, desire words of affirmation and flattery. I don’t know that we would all admit to that but in my experience I’ve found it to be true. Words of encouragement could save your friend from giving up on her dream or help her find solutions to her problem. Many of us do not talk to each other when we are going through something very difficult. Why do we do that!? So as you read this, set a reminder to check up on those you love daily/weekly and see how they are doing. Set a lunch, coffee, dinner or break date with someone with the sole purpose of either inspiring, complimenting or encouraging them. GO.

Words of inspiration? I like to share quotes, scriptures, and advice. Yes, let’s use words to inspire (like now), but inspiration becomes contagious in the lives of others when they observe your behavior and are left in awe.

5. Make Peace

Ugh, why me right? Who likes to be the peace-maker after a disagreement – especially the times when you were not at fault. Men call us “catty” and “drama-queens” because there seems to always some type of disagreement or issue going on among women. Being a peacemaker is a beautiful quality to keep abreast of any wrong-doing among your group. We all fail at one point or another and it’s nice to have someone take that role and re-connect a divided group. Disagreements come and go. I believe most of the things we argue about are so insignificant, you need to just let it go and hit the NEXT button. Go ahead, NEXT.

Also, make peace with yourself. This is the hardest thing of all for some, if not most, of us. If there is absolutely anything that you are not at peace about with yourself, please take the time to address it and settle it. You will walk away for that settlement a better you for the world that desperately needs you at 100.

Want more? Join us at Brunch at Bishop – the annual Spring Women’s Book Club series hosted by me (Arisbet Cantu) and Monica Zepeda (Teacherpreneur and Professional Counselor).

Email for registration. 

And stay motivated.