Red, white, and no clue by Ivan Morelos

Today is a very anticipated, yet dreaded day, which will redefine and go down in American history. The 2016 election will come to a culmination tonight and we will have a new President of the United States. From the very beginning this election has caused an entire nation to openly discuss and participate in various ways. I have seen both positive and negative opinions rise up and it has really opened my eyes to the reality that we live in. This is a free country and we are entitled to our opinion, and so that leaves each and every one of us responsible for participating and being part of the change we want. All I hope for is the best for this country and its future generations. 

One thing I do know is that patriotism and pride for the US has always been as symbolic in the past as it is now, and will be in the future. Stars and stripes have emblazoned trends from low to high fashion. It is a symbol that continues to grow and represent so many different ideologies and cultures. In pride and glory as well as sadness and sorrow, the American Flag thrives and stands tall to provide valor, perseverance, and justice as it continues to be a part of not only the US, but the entire world.

So whatever the turnout is tonight, let's rejoice in some of the greatest celeb red, white, and blue looks. #PlugItIn

What Are Those? by Ivan Morelos

Growing up Mexican-American, I was exposed to the Western-Cowboy style from a very early age. This is commonly known as "Paisa" or "Chuntaro" style. It is a trend that has been around for years and continues to develop, especially in Mexico and predominantly Mexican neighborhoods in the U.S.  As a child, my parents dressed me in the traditional boots, hats, and belts. There was also an abundance of denim. Lots and lots of denim. Maybe this is where my current affection with the Canadian tuxedo comes from. Anyways, seeing all of the men and women in my life dress in this particular way definitely influenced my current personal style. I remember thinking how the women always looked so put together and embraced loud colors and bold styles. And then there were the men. Eccentric and on-the-verge of flamboyant silk-shirts. Extremely tight, form-fitting Levis. Over the top belts and belt buckles. Matching cowboy-style hats. But most prominent in my memory are the boots. Python, ostrich, crocodile, and other exotic leathers made into elaborate cowboy boots. All men had a pair, even the young boys, including myself. Every party or special event included a matching head-to-toe look.

Over the years I grew out of this style as my teenage years kicked in and I moved more towards American trends. I still attended family parties and these looks continued to thrive. The culture behind some of these looks is one that doesn't seem to be dying out. Here is where high fashion comes in. As an avid follower of all fashion trends and styles, there is one that just always seems to get a re-birth and is introduced time and time again. Western and Cowboy looks have been in and out of the fashion world for years now. Styles re-invented, mixed with other trends, and traditional pieces, making their way back every season.

With these styles being so fashionable and embraced worldwide its clear to me that it's not going anywhere anytime soon. But of course the Mexicans had to reclaim their culture and take it to the next level. One of the craziest turns in this particular style over the last couple of years has been due to the introduction of "Tribal Music" in various regions of Mexico. Younger generations have kept the traditional looks, but have tweaked and updated them to make them more modern and cool. Mexican pointy boots are the latest trend to hit southern Mexico states again, with groups of young males striving to out-do each other in length and swag. Formal competitions where dance teams show off their matching looks and dance to carefully choreographed "Tribal" music have become a popular pass time and obsession. These styles of boots have become more outrageous and eye-catching. Never did I imagine that it would get to this point (no pun intended). I'm curious to see how far they will take this. It looks like things are just starting.

Although I may not be down to sport a pair of these outlandish boots, I'm definitely going to reconsider tapping into my old wardrobe for some updated Western looks. In the meantime, enjoy some dope Tribal beats below. #PlugItIn

Slumber Party, and you're invited! by Ivan Morelos

Last week I gave you my thoughts on Tinashe and her most current undertaking in the music industry. Today I give you even better news. First of all, the video for "Just say" dropped this morning and I'm living for it! Tinashe giving me looks upon looks and delivering sexy choreo for days. Is it possible that I can love this song any more? I say, yes!

Watch Tinashe slay in the video below.

But wait, there's more! This morning Britney posted a photo of her and Tinashe on her Instagram with lyrics from her song "Slumber Party" as the caption. Not too long after that, Tinashe re-posted the photo and confirmed a collaboration. I think it's safe to say that there will be a girl's night in and Britney and Tinashe are both hosting. I don't know about you, but I'm super excited and I'm ready for it all.

I'll bring the mud masks. #PlugItIn