Darling of the Week (Carla Ortiz)

Hola! I’m Carla Ortiz, founder and editor of fashion and cocktails blog Haute Cocktail. Next month, I’ll be graduating from the Academy of Art University with a MFA in Fashion Journalism, and I can’t wait! As this chapter closes, I’m looking forward to working on my career full-time as a fashion writer and stylist. A couple of my obsessions are cupcakes, anything sparkly, stars (I have a hidden tattoo!), astrology, music (I sing and I’m learning to play the piano), martinis and traveling (Next stops… Puerto Rico and Colorado!).

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I am wearing:

An old one shoulder cotton-knit dress from Infinito.
 
The most versatile item in my closet:
 

This will sound cliche, but all my little black dresses are always great to dress up or down, and wear all year long.

Beauty must-haves… Moisturizer, concealer, eye liner, blush/bronzer and a great perfume!

One thing every girl should have:

A flattering black dress that fits perfectly.

What are you listening to right now:

Pandora on shuffle… At the moment ‘I’ll Be’ from Edwin McCain is playing.

The one thing I can’t leave the house without:

Sunglasses and my phone… and the keys to get back in, of course!

Favorite place to eat in the city:

I live on Hoboken, NJ and I love The Brass Rail, Marty O’Briens and Hoboken Bar & Grill.

In NYC I recently discovered Murray’s Cheese Bar (I love cheese, so this place was a culinary dream come true) and would have ordered a whole pistachio cake for myself at The Lambs Club. Great food and drinks there, too!

Ideal friday night plans:

My ideal Friday would be to dress up and go out to try a new fun restaurant, and then spend the night with friends enjoying some drinks while doing something fun like playing board games or singing karaoke. This could be either at a cool lounge/bar or at home. (I actually throw a lot of impromptu get-togethers that involve one or all of them.)

All time favorite book/movie:

 
Book: I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time over candlelight during a hurricane back home and Devouring the Da Vinci code in around three days.
Movie: I was just discussing this at a BBQ! I had to go with… Gone with the Wind, Dirty Dancing and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

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