Welcome to Moda Musings!  My name is Mayra Cruz and I created this blog as an online source where fashionistas and non-fashionistas alike can come and muse on fashion, trends, culture and art and how it appeals to our aesthetics and affects style and self-expression.

I am currently a graduate student at the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy, pursuing a Masters in Advanced Footwear Design.  I have a background in art education with a bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  I am a native of Brownsville, Texas of Mexican-American heritage which is an important influence on my cultural identity and my personal aesthetics.

Moda Musings is not my first blog and in 2003 I founded The Art of Brownsville Blog which grew into an important online source for local artists and art advocates in the South Texas and Northern Tamaulipas region.  Due to work commitments, I discontinued blogging and currently The Art of Brownsville continues to thrive under the direction of artist Gabriel Treviño.

I look forward to my new venture in blogging with Moda Musings and hope you will visit often and contribute with your comments, pictures and ideas.  It is my goal that Moda Musings not only become a source for trends and fashion, but also a place to find inspiration and where ideas can take shape.

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