A Monet

Printed dress Monster Girl similar here- Light blue bow flats Gio Zanotti - Brown Madison tote bag Coach 

It was over fifteen years ago. I was in a department store and saw this pretty dress on the mannequin, it was the last one they had. Tried it on and immediately fell in love with it and took it home. One of the things I admired was the Monet like pointillism print and the vintage vibe. Wore it to a good friend's morning wedding with cream heels and then maybe once more. 
Today as I looked for something to wear, I saw it and tried it on. It was too short to wear to work so I layered it over a slip to create a longer visual effect but it did not work. I wore it to run some errands and then to the supermarket. Fifteen years ago I would have never imagined that a dress I wore to a wedding would be worn for such trivial things.  

Nothing like I imagined

Black jeans NYDJ - Burgundy printed blouse Regatta - Black heels Christian Siriano for Payless -
Black quilted bucket bag Moschino

I thought this outfit looked so sharp in the mirror and I actually felt good in it. Then, reality hit when I downloaded the pictures, it was nothing like I imagined. Then again, it was Friday afternoon and I was as beat as could be... sometimes you have to give yourself a break.

Purple lace

Purple lace dress Lovely Day USA, similar, another similar one here - Black printed tights 

Black quilted bucket bag Love Moschino, almost identical here 

Black patent bow flats Kate Spade, similar here 


Meet the the purple lace dress. Here is the story of yet another a garment that has been hanging in the closet unworn for at least 7 years. If I recall correctly I bought it for a Christmas celebration and then wore it to a family dinner, that's itI know I tried it on about two months ago but decided not to wear as it was too short. Then it just hung there until today when I decided to add tights and wear it to work. While its not a favourite, it got me through the day.

Vest: take 2

Houndstooth print vest Classiques Entier, similar - Black heels Christian Siriano for Payless 

Black long sleeve dress Zara, similar - Black quilted buck bag Love Moschino, similar

I've mentioned this wrap vest before, and how I have yet to find a way I love to wear it.  The last time I wore it (link above) many of you suggested other ways I could style it, one of them being over a black fitted dress. I was able to find this black dress from Zara in my closet, which has only been worn once. The dress is a bit fitted on the top, quite revealing and not comfortable to wear, I actually had to layer it over a black slip to make it work. I am the first to admit I did not love the results, but you cannot say I did not try ;)  
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Wind & I

Blue pencil skirt To The Max, similar here 

Triangle print vintage or like top no brand 

Brown leather Madison bag Coach - Nude patent heels Flexi, similar

Orange rust tone enamel cuff, look at this one from Kate Spade on sale  

The wind and I had some interaction today, she wanted to be in all of my pictures. Sometimes you have to let it be ;) 

Style Pill Inspired

Black and white polka dot skirt and top set Liz Claiborne, similar dress here and here, also similar skirt here  

Black satin flower print kimono H&M -  similar here and  one in lace here

Black heel shoes Christian Siriano for Payless - Black leather vintage belt Cèline Paris, another belt by Céline here 

Black quilted bucket bag Love Moschino, almost identical here by Moschino, very similar by Gucci here 

Its been forever since I did an "inspired by" post. Years ago I pinned this look from My Style Pill on to my Pinterest Outfit Inspiration board however I never replicated the look, until today. The polka dot two piece skirt and top set along with the floral print kimono seemed odd at first. However after adding the vintage belt and heels it suddenly became alive... 

7 ago

This is a quick throwback to exactly the same day as today but, seven years ago ! The jeans, top, hand bag, shoes, they are all gone... you can read full post here


White jeans Polo Ralph Lauren - Printed scarf top Feline, similar in blue - Brown flats Franco Sarto - 
Brown tote bag Madison Coach, similar  
White jeans seemed appropriate for a Saturday full of things to do. This pair in particular dates to before 2009 and according to my blog search since then its been worn 40 times. This is probably one of the garments that gets the most wear in my closet. This is very likely its last wear too, no matter what I wash it with , its begun to yellow and the waist begins to feel too low. While I do not recall what I paid for it, I am pretty sure that CPW is down to cents. What's the item from your closet you wear the most ?
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Sunglasses meet trousers

Black velvet trousers Express, similar - Pink button down shirt - Zebra heels Bershka - Black quilted bucket bag Moschino 

Of all the things I've matched in my outfits I think its the first time I have coordinated trousers with sunglasses. These two items are of black velvet and the idea of pairing them became today's look.

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Five a.m.

Black trousers - Black cardigan H&M similar - Black quilted bucked bag Moschino, similar - Taupe shoes Breckelle's 

White button down polka dot shirt Available - Black rose brooch, similar 
I got dressed at 5:00 am today and quickly headed to the Managua airport to catch a plane back home. I landed a few hours later and had the driver drop me off at the office, all I can say is that it was a very long day. 
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Blue dress Charlotte Russe - Red tote bag Victorinox - Straw hat 

Walking around bright white domes, blue skies... it's the colonial city of León in Nicaragua, specifically the roof top of the colonial church of Asunción.

The moment I stepped barefoot (you're asked to remove your shoes) on the white floor and looked up, I was totally in awe. 
The bright whiteness reminded me of a white field of snow, being on a cloud or a sight of Mykonos, although I've never been to Mykonos. 

The sole idea of discovery was a thrill. 
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Outfit Globalisation

Black and white polka dot pleat skirt and top Liz Claiborne, similar skirt here and here - Black cardigan H&M, similar  
Red velvet heels Melissa similar - Black quilted bucket bag Love Moschino, almost identical here and here 

As mentioned yesterday I packed polka dots and flower brooches for this business trip. Today it was all about this two piece set that actually looks like a dress. Its easy to wear, does not need to be ironed and fits marvellously well. Interestingly, the polka dot top and skirt were hand me downs, the red velvet shoes I bought in Brasil, the flower brooch is from an artisan market in Buenos Aires, the cardigan (made in China) bought at H&M during a NYC trip, the bag, the newest of them all, a Moschino quilted bucket bag was purchased in Panama. Talk about outfit globalisation.

Polka dot travel capsule

Black trousers - Blue polka dot shirt - Black cardigan H&M - Blue flower brooch - Taupe heels Breckelle's -
Quilted bucket bag Love Moschino 

When packing for my trip to Managua I thought I would focus on polka dots and flower brooches as a theme for my travel capsule.  First of all because I love polka dots, second I have not worn them in a while and third they all worked with my black cardigan. As for the flower brooches, I figured they would distract anyone from paying attention to me wearing the same black cardigan day after day. Tricks of the trade ;) 
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I am the first to admit its been ages since I got a "blogger award" however it was really nice to receive one as it reminded me of when I began blogging years ago and to keep that spirit alive I will happily abide.

The Unique Blogger Award Rules:

1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you :


2. Answer the questions ask by the person who nominated you;

My answers to Cris:

*. If you could pick a person anywhere in time and in history to have a 30 minute conversation. Who would you pick? 
It would probably be a relative I did not meet, a great grandfather or great-great grandmother.

**. If you could change 1 thing in the world. What would it be?
Stop the production of plastic.

***. What makes you happy? 
Achieving goals.

Feel free to choose an answer and leave your reply.

Travel trips I learned the hard way..

My job demands some traveling through an extensive region which is the main reason I am frequently on the road. My last trips include Colombia, Mexico and Nicaragua. A few years ago for a guest post I put together a list of travel tips, based on experience, some of which I learned the hard way.

1. Take a summer scarf with you. Helps on planes when it gets too cold. If it rains you can cover your hair, if its too sunny you can also cover up. It can even double as a skirt. Possibilities are endless. It's the one item you won't regret packing. In Morocco my scarf kept sand out of my mouth.

2. Pack your sunglasses. They make you instantly chic. Cover your tired eyes. Protect your eyes from the sun.  In colder climates they keep your eyes from drying up while your are out walking. If your hair is not having a good day, they help you keep it in place as it doubles as a head band.

3. Take a secure taxi or where possible an Uber. If you have more than one bag to take care of as you arrive your destination don't take the metro or you might end up like me in Paris, robbed at the first metro station - because I wanted to save a few € or like in Colombia where taking a random taxi in the street made me pray like never before. Do not expose yourself.

4. Take deo, toothbrush, underwear and top in your carry on bagSo you won't end up like me, sleeping in someone else's piyamas, borrowing a top from a complete stranger and wearing the same underwear 2 days in a row after sleeping on the floor of the Punta Cana airport in the Dominican Republic.

5. Pack small valuables, like earrings, in your carry on hand bag. So you won't get them stolen from a checked bag like me on a trip back home from Caracas, Venezuela where they also stole my perfume, toothpaste and deodorant!

6. Take a big light fabric tote with you. It does not take precious space in your bag and comes in really handy. Worked marvels for me in the Barcelona, Buenos Aires, anywhere... Pick pockets are not too fond of these as you keep them close to your body. First place in it your wallet and camera, so it's at the bottom of the bag. You can throw in there a bottle of water and your scarf, also throw in any small purchases. So your hands are free :)

7. Common sense. If you're not going to do it at home, don't do it elsewhere ;) 

Originally posted here.
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Not a goal

High waisted black skirt PuntoCom - Black and white Hello Kitty print top Forever 21   

Black quilted bucket bag Moschino - Black velvet pumps Juicy Couture
The high waisted skirt makes one last appearance, because as I said here the idea of it hanging in the closet unworn for over seven years is not acceptable and not a closet goal. Although I am not sure what my closet goals are, items that take up space and collect dust is not one of them. 
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Wear enough

Blue pencil skirt To The Max, similar - Burgundy printed vintage blouse Regatta - Yellow shoes Tsubo - Doctor's bag Venezia

Sometimes when I come across a garment I have not worn in a while I just ask myself if I don't wear it enough why it's still around. Like this blue pencil skirt which dates back to 2010 worn 4 times in 7 years. It's certainly a classic but the waist is big and the hips not much. The slit in the back is rather small for the length of the skirt which makes it a bit restraining when it comes to walking or getting into the car. So the odds are it's also going to the give away pile, although I'll probably give it one more try.
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Black velvet procrastination

Black velvet trousers Express, similar - Triangle print vintage blouse - Burgundy booties Nine West, similar - Doctor bag Venezia 

Guess what I found in my closet, altered to fit yet never worn ? A pair of black velvet trousers from Express. Purchased in December and worn until August, how's that for procrastination ?