Verky Arcos Fashion Director

A writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature.
                                               
As the Fashion Director, she prepares each issue’s fashion lineup, pulls merchandise, styles and writes the fashion content for both the magazine, contributes to Latina.com and works closely with the business team on fashion business development. In addition to her fashion responsibilities, she has written her own weekly Bridal Blog, “A Modern Latina Bride,” where she shared her experiences, inspiration, and advice with readers as she went through her journey of planning her own wedding. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish.
 
Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. At Island Def Jam, Verky coordinated and produced various album packaging photo shoots for music artists like Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and The Killers. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

Joan Smalls at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin in July 2012
Model Joan Smalls Reveals Her Summer Must-Haves & Shopping Tips

Model Joan Smalls is surrounded by clothing every day (obviously). Thankfully for us, she's decided to impart her fashion wisdom so that we can all look a bit more put together. Read about her summer must-haves and shopping tips below!

What's your favorite season in terms of fashion?


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Ashley Stewart Snakeskin Maxi Dress
10 Trendy Plus-Size Fashion Pieces

All we can say is, finally! Retail stores are starting to catch on and realize that not all plus-size apparel should look like something our abuelas would wear. Lucky Brand has recently ventured into the plus-size world, along with other brands that are bringing us up-to-date fashion curvy women can be proud of. Here are our favorite finds!


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Steal Her Style: Odette Annable’s Minimal Chic Look

Latin beauty Odette Annable attended a tech event looking effortlessly stylish in neutrals. Want to recreate her look? These picks should do the trick. 


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Trendy One-Piece Swimsuits Under $100
Trendy One-Piece Swimsuits Under $100

While one-piece swimsuits were once seen as an abuela's bathing suit, they're now the new "it" suit. Here are some options that will keep you looking cute on the beach or by the pool.


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Steal Her Style: Alessandra Ambrosio (And Her Little One!)
Steal Her Style: Alessandra Ambrosio (And Her Little One!)

We wish we had the great genes that Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandria Ambrosio seems to possess. Even after her second child, she looks amazing! Celebrating at a birthday party, she wore a fun, colorful summer dress with adorable daughter Anja in tow dressed just like mami. Here’s how to get this look with your baby girl.


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Selena Gomez, Fragrance Launch at Macy's Herald Square in June 2012
10 Cute Sea-Inspired Fashion Pieces

For the launch of her new fragrance Selena Gomez wore a sleek bustier, shorts, and blazer inspired by the sea. The aquatic print is perfect for a summery look, and since the warm-weather is already here, we thought we’d give you some aquatic options to bring in the new season in style. 


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Add Some Pep to Your Wardrobe with These Peplum Pieces
Add Some Pep to Your Wardrobe with These Peplum Pieces

At Disney's Let it Shine premiere, Bella Thorne wore a brightly colored peplum dress that gave the young starlet a more grown-up look. The peplum trend that was once a thing of the past is back in full gear, making a comeback in trendy prints and styles that will make any girl look fab. Here are some for you try.


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Aubrey Plaza Red Pants 2012
Get the Look: Aubrey Plaza’s Polished Funky Look

Funny girl Aubrey Plaza not only has a sense of humor, but she also has her own sense of style – mixing staples with trendy and funky pieces in an effortless way that makes her stand out of the crowd. Simply put, we like her style, so we thought we’d steal it.


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Model Joan Smalls at the HSN Special Screening of Snow White & the Huntsman
Model Joan Smalls on Growing Up: “I Had Skinny Legs. In Puerto Rico That is Not a Good Look.”

Model Joan Smalls left Puerto Rico to move in with her aunt in Queens, New York and become a model -- but she still has Puerto Rican pride. Here we chat with her about her homeland, growing up, and her “skinny legs.”

Were you into fashion growing up?

“A little. I was kind of a tomboy growing up and I went to public school, so we wore uniform everyday. My only fashion trick was wearing my skirt short, and that would get me in trouble.”

Who is your style icon?


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8 Sheer Pieces You Need in Your Closet
8 Sheer Pieces You Need in Your Closet

At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, see-through embellished gowns stole the spotlight. These gowns made the celebrities look sexy and glam – while still covering all the right places. Add some drama to your wardrobe with these cool pieces. 


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