Met Gala 2015: The Best

Every year we anxiously wait for that one night that takes us to far away lands or time periods. We certainly do not own time machines or supersonic airplanes (yet!), but the Met Gala achieves to make us gasp and dream and fly away, year after year. With decadent fashion and the more than exclusive guest list, the MET gala/party/every fashion girl’s dream come true, is certainly fun to watch.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s  annual gala is meant to raise money for the benefit of the Costume Institute and it also serves to mark the opening of the yearly exhibit.This year’s exhibition theme : China, through the looking glass intertwines Chinese culture, history, art and fashion into one exquisite display. Its theme was also the focal point of the gowns and fashion choices of its guests.

From demure to daring, from safe to all out extravagant, this year’s fashion choices did NOT disappoint. I loved how the predominant colour were red and nude. It created a powerful contrast among the ladies. Some certainly stuck to the Chinese theme while others decided to shine with their own style. Here are my favorite choices! Who were your #metgala2015 favorites?


Kate Hudson wearing Michael Kors


Diane Kruger wearing Chanel


Our very own Puerto Rican princess Joan Smalls wearing Roberto Cavalli


Puerto Rican Queen Jennifer Lopez wearing Versace


Kendall Jenner wearing Calvin Klein Collection


British Top Model Rosie Huntington Whiteley wearing Versace


Kim Kardashian West wearing Roberto Cavalli


Emily Ratajkowski wearing Custom Topshop


Amal Clooney wearing John Galliano


Jessica Hart wearing Valentino


Sofia Vergara wearing Marchesa


THE QUEEN Beyonce wearing Givenchy (my favorite of the night!)

Until next year Met Gala!

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OOTD : Fashion Round-up

Here are these week’s round up of some of the best outfits from recent weeks. I love the pops of colour, printed pants and new designers that have arrived in Puerto Rico! I hope you enjoy!

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We finally have Ted Baker London in Puerto Rico!!!! I am LOVING the fit on these dresses and they are perfect for a sunny day out or a classy date night! Loving the prints and the baby blue colour!

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Isn’t this red trench coat from Burberry perfect? I am definitely adding this little number to my wish list. I have always said that when I buy a trench coat it HAS TO BE Burberry!

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I got to create two outfits out and I love the pops of colours on both! I am obsessing over the Joie Navy Blue Blazer because it is casual and perfect for layering over basically any colour top and both the Ted Baker top and Eileen Fisher boyfriend jeans give life to this outfit. The outfit on the right is full Red Valentino. Aren’t those printed yellow pants everything!? Absolutely in LOVE!

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As you all probably know by now, DVF is my favourite designer and one of the women I admire the most. Wearing one of her iconic dresses truly makes you feel like the woman I want to become. This romper is so fun and cute!! I love it !

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Sunday Inspiration : Cobalt Blue

I am absolutely enamoured by the vibrant cobalt blue colour and for this week’s Sunday Inspiration I have created a cobalt blue mood board in preparation for the colourful spring ahead!

I hope you enjoy! Happy Sunday!

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Travel Diary: Chiang Mai

For this week’s travel diary, I will be sharing with you a few pictures of an amazing trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand. This amazing town reminded me of home when I was very, veeeeery far away. The temperature was ideal and there was greenery and mountains everywhere! My favourite part of the trip was getting to meet and spend an entire day with elephants and BABY ELEPHANTS at the Patara Elephant Farm! We learned how to care for these gentle giants and the important role they play in our world. It was truly an amazing and inspiring experience.





We also got to visit the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai. We did inquire about the care of these tigers in captivity and we were assured by several sources (we researched online as well) that they were not drugged or mistreated. All these tigers are domesticated and therefore used to human interaction and the trainers are very clear when guiding you with instructions on how to engage. After all, they are wild animals so precautions are needed. The Tiger Kingdom was very well kept and clean and we even had the opportunity to see some newborn tigers, although you can’t touch them for health reasons.





This was an amazing experience that I believe everyone should have at least once in a lifetime!
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Beauty Wednesday: Hydration

Whether in the Summer or Winter months, we all need hydration. Living in a tropical island, hydration is especially important when exposed to the sun on a regular basis. I am a huge fan of hydration ( although I must confess, drinking more water is NOT at the top of my list, but should be) I have tried a number of products in order to achieve that top notch hydration and these are a few of my favorites year round!



Weleda Skin Food: I love how this deeply moisturising all-in-one cream makes my skin feel. Not only is it perfect for the body, it works wonders when applied to the face. I usually use it before a flight, as my skin can get pretty dry and it moisturizes throughout. It is quite heavy in texture but it sinks into the skin quickly. A Little goes a long way.


Rosehip Oil : I have previously talked about how much I love Rosehip Oil. Now, my skin is combo to oily normally, and this oil does not make me break out . I love how it smells and how light it feels on my skin. It is perfect for daily use, either day or night . My preferred brand is : A’kin Rose Hip Oil.


THIRSTYMUD™ HYDRATING TREATMENT GlamGlow: I am IN LOVE with this deep hydrating mask. It smells amazing, it leaves your skin feeling perfect, and it can be used in so many ways! My personal favourites are either pre-flight or overnight. I will definitely be indulging in the full-sized version.



Dream Cream (Lush): I have also raved about this cream and will definitely be taking it with me for my next tropical vacation. It feels amazing on the skin and it provides daylong hydration.


King of Skin (Lush): I received this little gem as a birthday gift last year and became obsessed with it. It is a “butter bar” and it acts as a moisturizer for the skin during shower time. Use it after washing and lightly rinse it off. Pat dry (gently so the skin absorbs the oil) and it will keep you smooth with no need of lotion!


Buffy (Lush): This exfoliating shower bar is also perfect for hydration. Taking away dead skin cells and leaving the skin moisturised afterwards is perfection in my book! It is not harsh exfoliation (perfect for sensitive skin) and the cocoa and shea butters in Buffy will leave the skin hydrated! No need for lotion after either!

What are your favorite products for hydration?

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How to Style: Shorts & Playsuits


For all my northern friends, Spring  is upon us and pretty soon the sun will shine and warm your skin. I promise!  This spring, shorts and playsuits will be must- haves in my closet. When travelling, I will be bringing a combination of both in different styles and colors. These pieces are perfect for warmer weather because you can either dress them down for a day outing, the beach or simply to lounge around or pair them up with high heels, wedges, a statement necklace and a clutch and you are good to go for a night out! Overall shorts are also a piece I am looking forward to styling  and I can’t wait to wear them! Who said overalls are for 5 year olds!? Ok, they are, BUT, the new overalls going around town, look really pretty on grown up women!  I have added two inspiration mood boards to show my favorites of the season and how I will possibly be styling my pieces!


I am all in for prints this  spring season, especially tribal and floral printed shorts! A good lace short can do no wrong whether is day or night, and how can we forget the basic jean shorts that can be styled with so many different blouses and basic shirts. A statement necklace can really dress it up as well! Just remember the golden rule, if you show legs, cover up top, Less is Always more!


The playsuits that I have added to my wardrobe this spring are both printed and solid bright colors! For a spring/summer vacation, a simple white playsuit is essential because you can pair it with so many other colors and that can save space in your luggage! The more flowy a playsuit is, the more I like it, since being comfortable is what I crave most! Aren’t this inspiration playsuits delightful? The black playsuit reminds me of the LBD, so that means, we need one just like it!

What style is your favorite? Shorts or Playsuits? How would you style overalls?

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Fashion Tuesday: Monochrome Olive

For this week’s #OOTD I decided to go for the monochromatic look and use one of my favourite colours of the season : Olive. Although in Puerto Rico it is perpetually “hot”, this look can be easily worn with jeans and an olive toned sweater as opposed to the short sleeve blouse I am wearing. I love this look for the weekend or a laid back night out. There are tons of festivals happening here year round and this look is perfect to maintain a stylish edge while keeping it cool during hot days out.

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IMG_2648Blouse: New Look/Vest: Seven by Lu/Shorts: Forever 21/ Skinny Belt: Gap/ Crossover Bag: ASOS

Photography: Danny Fernández

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Beauty Favorites: Lush Cosmetics

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LUSH IS COMING TO PUERTO RICO. Yes, all in caps because that is how big my excitement is. Coming to the Mall of San Juan, our newest high-end mall that is set to open in March 2015, Lush has finally arrived to make our skincare problems go away. I have been a Lush fan ever since I first moved to Florida in 2009 and have visited their stores in the USA, Canada and in Lush’s  motherland, England. Yes, Lush comes to us directly from Poole, England and not only makes its products using fresh and natural ingredients, but also helps and supports diverse charities along the way. I am super excited to share with all of you, my top favorite products and I can’t wait to stock up on them as soon as the store opens. Not only is Lush famous for their amazing products, but also their customer service is consistently one of the best out there and that is truly something I am looking forward to experiencing here in Puerto Rico. Lush, Welcome to Puerto Rico and thank you for bringing me a piece of England as I miss it terribly. FINALLY!!


The Sacred Truth: This is my favorite fresh face mask. It contains fresh papaya that brightens your skin and feels amazing when applied fresh out of the fridge. The fresh face masks must be kept in the refrigerator and this is perfect for our hot climate. Nothing beats having a cool mask on your skin on a hot night. I heard it was discontinued because of reformulation so I am hoping to have my hands on another tub very soon! I must find a new favorite fresh face mask in the meantime!



Herbalism: This was the first product I ever tried from Lush and it was an eye opener in terms of how well my skin adapted to this cleanser. As you can tell, I am all for brightening products and this one achieves that. It is gentle on the skin but powerful enough to leave everything clean. My skin loved this product, and so did I.


Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion: When I lived in England,  I spent close to 9 months without tanning, ( for an island girl like myself that is LONG!). I went on a trip to Thailand where I spent ALL of my time getting as much sun as  humanly possible and upon returning my body was super dry and peeling. Lush’s Dream Cream was the only moisturiser that actually worked and it calmed my skin. I highly recommend this for dry skin types.

Buffy: This body butter/exfoliator was  also one of my first Lush purchases ever and I have loved it since Day 1! It is incredibly moisturising when used in the shower and provides gentle exfoliation and afterwards you do not need worry about moisturising!

I love Juicy: This is my favorite clarifying shampoo. Whenever I feel that my hair needs to get rid of product build up or simply when I want it to look and feel really clean I reach for this shampoo! This will probably be the first product I purchase again at the new store as I have not found a clarifying shampoo like this one.

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Rub Rub Rub: This body exfoliator will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. Its sea salt components acts as an astringent as well, although it is not recommended for facial use. Use it once or twice a week and your skin will thank you.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight: This AMAZING shower “smoothie” will leave you smelling of roses the entire day! Its creamy consistency makes it easy to apply in the shower and hydrated afterwards. THIS IS MY FAVORITE LUSH ITEM EVER! AND EVER! AND FOREVER. I am obsessed with the smell and I hope that Lush brings out a cream with this scent because it will be the best thing ever.

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Lush Liverpool

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OOTD: Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday to me! It’s been a great year, academically, I graduated with my MA in Translation and Intercultural Communications from the BEST UNIVERSITY IN ENGLAND, the University of Surrey (Go Stags!), I visited magnificent locations that I could only dream of when I was a child and met some incredible people along the way. I started The Striped Complex, my little space in the cyberspace and I got to share some of my favorite things with all of you. Someone told me that this year will be one of transitions and change and it certainly seems that way (in a great way!) I can only hope and work for this new year to be one filled with health, personal growth, success, wonderful memories, and lots of love (Mr. Right, I know you are out there!). Here’s to being 26 and feeling amazing!

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 To celebrate I decided to create a very casual #OOTD with my favorite things: a sequin blazer that fits perfectly, my favorite shorts, a basic white tee that I practically live in and my favorite heels of the moment. I can see myself wearing this outfit both during the day and at night. Who said sequins were meant for the night?

Blazer: Mango/Tee: H&M/ Shorts: Forever 21/ Heels: Sole Society

Photography: Danny Fernández



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Birthday Wish List: Beauty

“My 26th birthday is quickly approaching (Feb. 17th) and I have made a list of things I would love to treat myself with! I love beauty and all things skincare related and these are the top items I am dying to try out! Some of these I have already tested and absolutely love (GlamGlow’s  ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment is absolutely perfect and the Narciso Rodriguez For Her  is my favorite perfume of all time and I ran out! *sad face* ).  I wanted to share with all of you some of these amazing items and if you have tried them, let me know how they have worked for you!” Bday Wish List- Beauty
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