Busy day yesterday… had a unique opportunity to help host a small contingent of middle school students from Aspira Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School here in Miami at Hispanicize. Each one of the 10 students were invited by Bing to get a chance to shadow media professionals involved in the conference. After a McCafe break my student Denise assisted me with checking in on sponsors, attending my staff meeting and even sat in on a quick meeting with Natalie Boden (Boden PR… check them out). She also had an opportunity to swing by the Strayer University’s booth to talk about her higher education goals. She also had a unique opportunity to find out all about having the myths of Eye Health with our friends over at Transitions Lens. Since I am a proud ambassador of Transitions, I also shared a behind the scenes look at what it takes to do an activation at a conference. I know that this young lady is going places… she is one smart chica!
Special Thanks to Matt Walleart from Bing and Principal Jorge Trujillo for creating this amazing opportunity for these kids.
As we were moving quickly thru our day… I encountered a few fellow Guayabera aficionados and snapped some pics with them (check them all out on Instagram)
For those that asked, here is more info about the Guayabera I wore today… Today’s selection was 100% Crisp Linen Lime Green Short Sleeve Guayabera – Nicknamed Cienfuegos … proof that you just can’t improve on a classic.
For the uninitiated a Guayabera – [gwahy-uh–ber–uh; Spanish gwah-yah-be-rah] is a men’s shirt popular in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Central America, South America), Southeast Asia, and throughout Africa.
Guayabera Culture was born from the love of a humble shirt – the Guayabera. Nothing looks like one, nothing fits like one, because nothing else is, a Guayabera. Always in style by being simultaneously modern and vintage, this shirt celebrates love, life, tradition, and culture.
My wardrobe selection for the casual events at Hispanicize have been handpicked by Adrian and Daphne, owners of Guayabera Culture.
Nostalgia, memories, smiles.
Four simple pockets that go way back in time, if you grew up around men who wore Guayaberas, you will definitely understand.
Folklore states about 300 years ago a Guava Farmer (guayabero) in the Sancti Espiritus province of Cuba, asked his wife to sew utility pockets onto his work shirt so he had a place to carry his cigars, handkerchief, and other little instruments he used throughout his day. The shirt caught on with other local guayaberos for its practicality; they even used the lower pockets to carry guavas (guayabas). Little did they know a style of shirt would be christened – The Guayabera.
Cuba claims its invention, Mexico claims its invention, as do the Philippines. Regardless of origin, the guayabera is the quintessential symbol of Latin America. We will let the nations battle over bragging rights and simply enjoy wearing the Guayabera.
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Disclaimer: The following is part of a sponsored campaign with Sofrito Media Group & Guayabera Culture. If you know me… you know that there is nothing I rather wear… that said, all opinions expressed and Guayaberas worn are truly representative of my #JibaroStyle ((Punto))