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After Seeing Hat Prices, This Mexican Milliner Wanted To Make Them Affordable

You might not know Gladys Tamez… but you’ve definitely seen her hats. The Mexican-born, L.A.-based hat designer has fitted the heads of several big names in the entertainment industry.

Gladys Tamez is the milliner (hat maker) to the stars.


You’ve seen her hats on Jennifer Lopez…


… Alicia Keys…


… Kylie Jenner…

@kyliejenner in the "Saint Pierre" ?✨| Styled by @monicarosestyle ? @dee_larsen (? @wearetherhoads) #GladysTamezMillinery

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… Kate Del Castillo…

Thanks for the ? @katedelcastillo in the "Libra" ?✨ @olguitasegura ??✨ #Mexican #Mexicano #GTMStudioVisit #HatMaker #TheZodiacCollection

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…and, most famously, Lady Gaga.


“Gaga told me she loves pink,” Tamez told PeopleStyle. “I brought several samples, several designs and we agreed to have one, and then two and then more and more.”

Like, Lady Gaga might be obsessed with Tamez’s hats.


The L.A.-based fashion powerhouse is a proud Mexicana.


Tamez was born and raised in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and her home country still holds a very special place in her heart.

“I grew up in and around the ‘fiesta brava’ in Mexico, and that pageantry, drama and regalia had a huge influence on me,” Tamez told Divine Living. “I’m very proud to have just started selling my hats at the boutique LOL Tulum and for all the recognition I’ve gotten in Mexico. Mexico is magic, tragic and yet full of hope and positivity. My homeland and its diverse cultures continue to inspire and inform my designs.”

Tamez has incorporated her love of mysticism in one of her most successful collections: Zodiac.

"Zodiac Collection" This Collection was inspired by the Zodiac. The 12 Zodiac symbols are derived from the suns travels through the constellations. Each hats design is derived by the characteristics represented by each Zodiac and how astrological and cosmological complexity is matched only by the inner life of sentient life on earth. The 12 designs are symbols of our primal nature and the universal desires of health, fortune and love. The Zodiac speaks to all our loves, hopes, dreams as well as our flaws, quirks and habits both good and bad. With the Zodiac all of us are drawn to and fro like tides by the power of the universe and the inescapable physics of this life on earth. #TheZodiacCollection #GladysTamezMillinery We will be displaying the 12 signs over the next 12 days. There will be 1 winner who follows all 12 days that will win their sign or a sign for a friend at the end. Stay tuned!

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“I’m a mystic; I believe in signs. For two years I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate the zodiac sign in a collection,” Tamez told Racked LA about her Zodiac collection. “Each hat features the lines of a different zodiac sign. I used the zodiac colors, too, but styles also come in black. The collection is doing very well. I’m so happy about that.”

For Tamez, a hat is more than just the latest must-have accessory, it is a physical manifestation of one’s inner being.


“A hat can say everything,” Tamez told Los Angeles Magazine. “A hat can say if you’re fun, if you’re risky, if you are mysterious.  If you have questions about someone, their hat will tell you [the answers].”

But the person wearing the hat also has the power to transform how the hat is perceived.


“I also love to see how people transform and represent a hat,” Tamez told Los Angeles Magazine. “Sometimes, when I create a hat I have a vision of how it should look on a person, but then someone will wear it and transform the hat so beautifully, in ways I wouldn’t have thought of.”

But, most importantly, Tamez wanted to make a hat line that people afford which is evident in her pricing.

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“After seeing Saint Laurent’s extra-wide brim hat going for $1,400, we wanted to create an iconic collection at a price point that people could afford,” Tamez, who has hats available for less that $300, told Racked LA. “Of course, some of our hats do go up to $3,000, but you’re paying for quality.”


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From Slip Dresses To Rompers– All Of The Best Buys For Your New Work-From-Home Look

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From Slip Dresses To Rompers– All Of The Best Buys For Your New Work-From-Home Look

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The only good thing about being diligent about social distancing? There is no dress code when it comes to working from home.

Still, there’s no denying that for many of us work-from-homers, comfort-first attire can be a bit of a bummer and at times a blow to self-esteem. After all, wearing sweats and your favorite old t-shirt might be fun but underneath they’re reminders that our broken routines are a symptom of a worldwide health crisis. Oh yeah… and who really feels their red-carpet best when they’ve got bedhead, dragon breath, and worn pajama bottoms on?

For some help with creating new healthy habits during this time, we found the cutest and comfy work from home pieces! Check them out below!

Target’s Women’s Satin Slip Dress – A New Day

This knee-length slip dress has a simple silhouette and a sweet V-neckline that gives the perfect feminine flair. Wear it with a cardigan and socks and you’re ready to go. For $24 you can but it here.

Zara’s Striped Knit Dress

This knit dress with scoop neck and long sleeves is super stretchy– perfect for curling up at home on your laptop. For $49.50 you can but it here.

Nordstrom’s IDOL Tattoo Print Satin Slipdress

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This satiny mini designed with a drapey cowl neck and an eye-catching collage print is the perfect throw up dress. For $24 you can but it here.

Everlane’s Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress

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Long slip dresses are a closet essential and this one comes in Everlane’s very own wrinkle-resistant, drapey Japanese GoWeave. With a little slit up the side, it makes for the perfect slip-on to make you feel comfy and chic at home. For $88 you can but it here.

ASOS DESIGN shirred romper with frill sleeve

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This one comes in a classic cut, frill sleeves and side pockets to keep whatever you need on hand! For $40.00$22.00 you can but it here.

Madewell’s Tie-Strap Overlay Cover-Up Romper

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Made of airy fabric and simple but colorful textural stripes, this romper is the kind of thing you’ll want to wear all day. For $78.00 $46.80 you can but it here.

Ruffle Detail Strapless Jumpsuit

Looking to channel Camila Cabello and her looks? Wear this sunny strapless piece on your isolation walks. For $59.00 $35.404 you can but it here.

Savior Cardi B And Her Fave Brand Fashion Nova Are Giving Away $1,000 An Hour

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Savior Cardi B And Her Fave Brand Fashion Nova Are Giving Away $1,000 An Hour

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When it comes to tackling the Coronavirus pandemic, the fashion world is really turning out, mi gente.

In a recent post to her Instagram account, Cardi B announced that she has paired up with Fashion Nova to help people in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Starting this coming Thursday, on April 9, Fashion Nova Cares With Cardi B will be giving away $1,000 per hour those affected by the outbreak. The give away is reported to last up until May 20.

The donations will go to 24 winners each day and will be given to them at their discretion.

That’s right. Pay your bills, pay your rent, even buy some self-care products or some games to help endure the days of isolation and boredom.

Both Cardi B and Fashion Nova’s founder and CEO issued official statements about their giveaways.”People are struggling to pay rent, buy food, medicine and other essentials for themselves and their families. We all feel compassion and concern for those affected by the Coronavirus, Richard Saghian, Fashion Nova’s CEO and founder, said in an official statement. “Fashion Nova Cares with Cardi B will provide people with necessary relief to help them get through this crisis. As a community-driven brand, we are inspired by the kindness and generosity of others and we wanted to do our part to help those in need.”

“Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” Cardi said in a separate statement of her own. “Fashion Nova Cares and I have come with a way to help the many families in need.”

Qualifying for the giveaway is pretty easy.

In order to qualify, you’ll have to visit fashionnova.com/cares and enter your email address and phone number. You can also share your own personal stories. For more information on Fashion Nova Cares with Cardi B, go to the Fashion Nova website on April 9.