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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TBT: Favorite Looks of The Striped Complex

“For #TBT  I wanted to reminisce on my top favorite looks so far on the blog. I am currently working on ways to make this little space on the internet, one that reflects not only my personal style but also one that brings you inspiration and information on everything Fashion, Beauty and Travel. These three looks reflect my style and how I have adapted from wearing boots and sweaters and scarfs everyday while living in England to being home and adapting my style to living in Puerto Rico. The setting for this photo shoot is Old San Juan, one of my favorite places in the world. It is full of history, romanticism and beautiful sights. A must visit for everyone! The outfit details will be found in the direct links beneath each outfit.”

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IMG_7168Outfit Details: OOTD: Old San Juan

Photography by: Danny Fernández

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How to start blogging: Books

I have been following and enjoying blogs for the last 3 years. They were my little escape from outside troubles. I looked up to these fabulous women not only for new tips on how to do my makeup, or how to pair up my favorite blue heels, but also I followed these blogs and discovered that it was something I could achieve as well. I mean, I loved makeup, I loved shopping and I have travelled, so why not put it all up in one place for the world (aka my friends) to see?  When I  decided to put forward this wonderful idea, I had to research… ALOT! I had no clue on where to start! Coming from a journalism background, I was still trying to find my “niche”, that special something that made me want to write and create. One night, I went online for inspiration on where to find my inner Carrie Bradshaw/Elizabeth Gilbert.. I had the degree.. I just needed the push! I found courses in both Fashion and Travel Journalism in London and decided to take them. BEST DECISION EVER! I learned so much about what it takes to become a fashion journalist and a travel writer! Not only that, but I also attended a blogging seminar with the creator of the Shop Girl Diaries, Emily Benet and I learned a lot on how to actually start a blog!( If you are ever in London and she’s giving her blogging seminars, TAKE IT!) Along the tips and information I have learned, there where a few books I picked up that truly helped me understand and guided me through this process. Frankly, I prefer a good book that will allow me to go back on the information that I need anytime I want. I am still learning, but with the help of these books and keeping up with the latest in fashion/travel/beauty/everythingILove I think I am on the right track! I hope these books help you as much as they have helped me!

General Blogging:


1. Get Rich Blogging (Zoe Griffin): Now, I know it is very difficult to “get rich blogging” but this book is full with useful tips on everything from how to start a blog all the way to tips for every blogger imaginable (fashion,food, parenting, celebrity news etc). I definitely recommend it!

2. English for Journalists (Wynford Hicks): Yes, I know English.. it is my second language and some people find it hard to believe that it is not my mother tongue. However, in writing it always helps to have refreshers on pointers and rules of the English language that I may or may not have forgotten from way back in 5th grade. Even for native speakers, a good guide book helps clean up your blog and make it look professional.




1. In Fashion (Anne Marie Iverson): This book was on my suggested readings for my Fashion Journalism course and it has been a great help. The introduction is by the great Diane von Furstenberg and it covers all aspects of fashion, not just writing about it. It provides great insight on how to start your fashion career!

2. Fashion: The ultimate book of Costume and Style: During one of my fashion journalism classes we were asked to watch a catwalk and describe everything we saw coming down the runway. I freaked out! I knew that I liked what I saw but I had no idea on how to describe it! I saw all the patterns and colour schemes and fabrics, and I knew they reminded me of something, but that something had no name in my mind. I asked one of my colleagues and she suggested this marvelous and HUGE book. It covers the history of fashion, like no other, from prehistory up until modern times. It has an amazing illustrated glossary as well as reference to help with writing! I love it!

3. Decades of Fashion (Harriet Worsley): This picture book covers everything from La Belle Epoque to present times. It is illustrated as well with the right amount of information to explain each era!



1. Travel Writing (L. Peat O’neil) : This book on travel writing is great to give you an idea on what it takes to become a travel writer. As I learned in class, travel writing is not quite the same as travel journalism, although they both hold hands when it comes to the final product. This book gives you examples and practice guides to help you achieve your dreams of telling the world about your dream travel story.

2. Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing: Lonely Planet compiles in this book its best tips and great advice from its writers, editors, and agents. What’s better than getting expert advice, than from Lonely Planet’s finest? These are just some of the books I have used and still use for reference when it comes to blogging and journalism. I am an avid reader so throw in monthly travel and fashion magazines and a few visits to some of my favorite blogs and I am all set!

Next book review will be all about the books that inspire me, that make me want to be a better person and in return, a better blogger. If you have other suggestions, feel free to comment and share!

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Thailand: Photodiary Part 1

During the summer I had the opportunity to visit Asia for the first time! It was a trip of a lifetime. Our first stop was Thailand! My friends and I spent 2 weeks enjoying the sun and the heat after what seemed like the longest winter in England. Our first stop in Thailand was Bangkok, the capital. With over 60 million inhabitants, Bangkok is definitely a busy city. The beauty of it, however, lies in its rich buddhist culture which is ev  er present in every corner.  We stayed at the Galleria 10 Sukhumvit and we could not be happier with the hotel and the staff! We were very happy during our stay and the hotel was beautiful and truly affordable! Although we did not spend enough time in the city, I enjoyed and learned very much! Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our stay!  Stay tuned for more pics of the trip!

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