Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hello, As Told By Women! My name is Mariela Torres. I am the founder of Killem With Chic. The name came after seeing this quote, CHIC - Creating Happiness, Inspiring Confidence. I thought, "That's the sort of movement I'd like to create.” I started it in April 2015 in my hometown San Diego after a ten year long relationship ended; during this period my mom also passed away and everything got put into perspective, it ultimately inspired me to follow my dream so I quit my job and went all in with nothing but $400 and a deep desire to empower women. I design all of our apparel, write for the Le Chic Blog, host the I Don't Give A Chic podcast and coach the Spiritual Girl Gang Mastermind group starting in January 2018. I hope to inspire other women to live their lives brave, free, and to pursue their passion with a sense of confidence and purpose.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Stay true to your innerself and you will benefit in all ways. I got this very great piece of advice not by a guru, or a monk, or a shaman but by a fortune cookie message. Lol. It really resignated with me, it meant if I stay connnected to myself and trust my intuition then I will be guided in all areas of my life.
What’s your dream job?
CEO of Killem With Chic of course! Taking the brand global. Empowering women worldwide in shifting their mindset and helping boost their confidence and self esteem.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Focus on yourself, babygirl. RELAX, you are ok. Do what makes your soul happy. Learn to love yourself so intensly that no one or nothing can influence your emotions.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
“The woman you’re becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces, and material things. Choose her over everything.”
What do you love most about yourself?
How comforatble I am in my own skin. I am authentic and will be myself no matter who is around or where I am at.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Meditating and vibrating higher. When I am in this positive state it’s like everything just flows and if an obsatcle arises it doesn’t affect me. I stay focused and I’m able to move foward easily.
What do you forsee for your brand?
I want to awaken, empower, and teach others how to vibrate higher. Although that has nothing to do with fashion, with awareness my reality completely shifted. This awakening gave me courage to leave a 10 year relationship, quit my steady paying job and start the Killem With Chic brand. In January I am branching out into the coaching world to support women and lead The Spiritual Girl Gang Mastermind group.
More About Mariela
Mariela has been in the fashion industry for over 10 years; after a spiritual awakening, letting go of a 10 year relationship and passing of her mother she decided to quit her job and start Killem With Chic. She loves fashion, meditating, reading, being in nature, art, decor, pizza and a craft cocktail.