Mouthwash:Chicisimo is such a wonderful accomplishment! It's quite an astonishing feat, really. About how many hours a week would you say you spend updating it?
Maria: Well, that's not easy to respond to. I am quite adicted to personal style blogs, I love them, I love personal style pictures, so I spend a lot of time visiting blogs and enjoying new styles. I update Chicisimo in between those visits. I spend all my day doing this. I love it!
Mouthwash: Does anyone help you with Chicisimo?
Maria: Yes! I started alone back at the end of 2008 in San Francisco. Not long ago, my hubby started helping me: he's the geek one in the couple, I love [the] fashion.
Mouthwash: From all the outfits you see from week to week, are you seeing a favorite trend of the moment? What catches your eye?
Maria: Good question! Chicisimo is just a reflection of the personal style community and therefore we see all kind of trends. We can't forget these girls are true fashionistas and a lot are beyond trends: some wear the latest trends, others wear what will become trends in next seasons... What is important is to be happy with your style, and I see a lot of that - also summer dresses worn now in winter. What catches my eye? Diversity! I love to see girls trying new things!
Mouthwash: Do you have a(ny) favorite designer(s)?
Maria: No! I like a lot of them, but I don't have a personal favorite. A while back, it used to be Giorgio Armani! Now, I go through tons and tons of collections and select what I like in each of them. Later, I remember the specific piece but I forget about the designer :(
Mouthwash: Tell us 3 items in your fridge that you couldn't do with out.
Maria: Fruits, vegetables and cold water are my 2010 resolution. But what I truly love is chocolate, cockies, icecream, coke and candy. The problem is: I cant control myself with this stuff!
Mouthwash: Would you be willing to give a snap-shot of the must have items in your purse? ie, items you couldn't leave the house without?
Maria: My wallet and keys are the two only items I always have with me. I don't take my sunglasses, or make-up, or brush. I can't even remember to take my cell with me. I'm a disaster!!!
Mouthwash: What's some of the music you are listening to now?
Maria: I listen to all types of music, but I'm lately listening a lot to Madonna, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, old songs of La Oreja de Vangogh and Michael Jackson. And you'll laugh, but having the little girls (3, 4 and 5 years old) Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and similar songs are part of my everyday life.
Mouthwash:Thank you so much Maria for taking the time to do an interview with Amber's Mouthwash!
Vintage leather fringe jacket and clogs, turquoise Buddha ring, Gap dress.