Black Friday Favorite: Oh My Love

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One thing I loved about living abroad  is all the stores and brands I discovered! They expanded my closet and my fashion knowledge beyond anything I had tried or known before. One of the brands I discovered was Oh my Love! It is an East London brand that creates the most beautiful figure enhancing dresses! I have purchased quite a few items from their collection and they fit me beautifully! Perhaps one of my used items was their grey  padded clutch!

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Oh my Love is holding a 30% off  EVERYTHING sale through Sunday and the best part: THEY HAVE SHIPPING TO THE US! If you are looking for something exclusive and different for this holiday season, an item your friends will fawn over, head over to Oh my Love! Remember to use discount code for 30% off : BACKTOBLACK .

I’ve chosen some of my favorite looks to get you inspired!

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Oh My Love Take Charge Black Mesh Panel Long Sleeve Short Playsuit

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Oh My Love Cross The Line Bottle Green Open Back Midi Dress

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The Fringe Blue Suede Tassle Shoulder Bag

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Empire Green Pendant Collar Necklace

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Oh My Love Lose Yourself Blue & Silver Reverse Sequin Jacket

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Oh My Love Touch It Black Square Neck Peplum Mini Dress

I am very much looking to purchase these gorgeous items  for the holiday season! Happy Shopping!

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Photo Diary: Bacardi Triangle

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the exclusive Bacardi Triangle in El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Yes, this event took place right in my backyard. It was 3 nights filled with some of the funnest and most amazing moments I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. I can’t go without saying that this past Halloween was probably the best one to date. The whole vibe of the place was awesome, everyone seemed like they were enjoying themselves and having an amazing time! Saturday during the day we went to a pool party at the hotel and had a blast, dancing to music and playing in the pool with a giant volleyball. At  night I had the most fun at Palomino, a private island part of El Conquistador, where Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris played. I had never seen them live and they did NOT dissappoint! Since pictures are much better than words, I will leave you with some of this weekend!

This was my first time staying at Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which is right next to El Conquistador, where all the fun and parties where at. Let me just say,  the views were stunning and the staff was amazing! They made our little getaway very special! I can’t wait to come back!

Enjoy the pictures!

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Beauty Review: Lancôme

This post is in Spanish and originally appears in EgoModa, for which I write for. Durante el Festival Travesía D’ Moda y Belleza en Sears, he descubierto algunos productos que rápidamente se han convertido en mis favoritos y que continuaré utilizando. Con la compra de $35.00 dólares o más en productos Lancôme, recibirás de regalo una linda cartera con productos en tamaño promocional y de viaje, perfecto para probar productos antes de adquirirlos o guardarlos para ese “weekend getaway” especial. En el post de hoy, les presento mis favoritos de estos productos a seleccionar con tu compra. $T2eC16VHJHYE9nzpeCqeBRFSo5JWK!~~60_35 Lancôme Limpiadora Creme Radiance: La limpiadora Creme Radiance, perfecta para piel normal/combination ( como la mía), se ha convertido en mi nueva favorita. Su consistencia es cremosa y espesa y con un poco puedes cubrir tu rostro! Desde la primera vez que la utilizé, noté que elimina todo rastro de maquillaje y deja la piel suave y limpia. ¡Definitivamente es un must en mi rutina de limpieza facial! Utilizando la limpiadora junto al Clarisonic, ahora disponible en Sears, podrás obtener una limpieza más profunda y una leve exfoliación. images-1 Bienfait Multi- Vital SPF 30: Este hidratante facial es perfecto para pieles secas y normales, ya que su consistencia cremosa penetra la piel y la hidrata a lo largo del día. Tiene SPF 30 por lo que proteje la piel de los rayos del sol. Me encanta utilizarla sin maquillaje para esos días en los que estoy en la calle aunque también funciona debajo del maquillaje. photo 2 Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 shadow & Liner Palette: ¡ Estoy ENAMORADA de esta paleta de sombras! Tiene colores neutrales y metálicos, y ¡la pigmentación de los colores es increible! Se puede utilizar tanto de día como de noche y los colores difuminan perfectamente. El Festival Travesia D’ Moda y Belleza finaliza el 9 de noviembre así que aprovecha y ve y busca tu regalo! ¡No te lo puedes perder! signature andrea

Weekend Travel Essentials

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Weekend Travel is one of my favorite things to do. Leave Friday come back Sunday… ahhhhh spend the weekend away from real life. As I have had many, and I mean many Weekend Getaways, I have perfected the art of packing those weekend essentials without over packing and maintaining my style. This last weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Bacardi Triangle at El Conquistador in Fajardo! What an amazing weekend! Here’s what I packed for that little getaway! Stay tuned for pictures of this epic weekend featuring Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, an amazing villa, bikinis, friends and lots of Bacardi!

1. Weekend Bag: First things first, a weekend bag is the most important part of your trip! A nice sturdy bag will allow you to pack your outfits and toiletries and will fit in any overhead bin if you are flying or the back of your car if it’s a road trip. For this particular trip I decided to go with a small carry-on as I was taking my Halloween costume and clothes for the parties.

2. Toiletries: In terms of toiletries you do not need to take our full size items on a weekend trip. Its unnecessary and a pain to carry. Stock up on your favourite items that come in travel size and take them with you! If you are not sure if a particular item comes in a travel size, ask for a sample at the store! Those usually last a couple of days that is just what you need for your trip!

3. Makeup: Unless you are going to an important event, makeup should be kept down to the basics: foundation, powder, concealer, ONE basic eyeshadow palette, blush, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick. It sounds like a lot, but to makeup junkies like myself, these are the basics. If I know I’m not going to be going anywhere too fancy or that requires too much makeup, I will bring my BB cream and some powder. I have travel sizes for my primer and mascara so those come with me as well!

4. Outfits: PLAN AHEAD! I used to over pack, A LOT! Now I plan my outfits ahead of time and take only what’s necessary. I usually take a pair of jeans and a skirt and change the blouses and shirts and I try to use the same pair of shoes for all my outfits. If I know I will be going out then I add a pair of heels. Trust me, when you plan ahead you will feel so proud when you see all of your wonderful clothes and shoes fit in the weekend bag, with space to spare!

5.Comfy clothes: Whether you are arriving my plane, train or car, nothing sets the bad mood as uncomfortable clothes do. Remember, you will probably be sitting for a good two hours, and you want comfortable items to move around or at least give your body space to breathe while you are sitting down. Take an outfit to go to your destination, and one to come back. A pair of leggings, a t-shirt and my trusty Chuck Taylors always does the trick!

Now what are you waiting for? Go pack that bag and head out for the best weekend ever! Don’t forget your camera!! Where is your next weekend trip? Do you have any favorite tips when you are going away?

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OOTD: Old San Juan

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” I just love the contrasting colors of the playsuit with the colorful streets and house-fronts of Old San Juan. They just go hand in hand. This playsuit is perfect for Petite girls, because well, it is made FOR petites by Topshop! I am obsessed over the bright colors and proportionate patterns and the cut out details of the piece. I am also wearing these fabulous cork heels and let me just point out, I hate white shoes. They remind me of nurses shoes and it is still a huge no for me. However, when I saw these , I had to try them on and I LOVE THEM and they are super comfy too! They perfect for daytime and for a casual night look! Needless to say, they are my new favorites!”

Playsuit: Topshop/ Heels: Nine West/ Purse: Tous
Photography: Danny Fernández

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Petite Celebs: Eva Longoria

In our pint-sized world, inspiration usually comes from our taller sisters. We tend to follow the trends that sometimes may not be meant for us. Insert petite celebrities. Googling a bit to prepare this post, I was amazed by the amount of celebrities who join the 5’4 and under ranks! Eva Longoria fits the mould perfectly!  Her style is very much inspiration worthy. It is  timeless, effortless and fun and even better, she is LATINA!  It shows us how we can also rock any style as long as it is proportionate and adequate to our body type!

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Here’s some Eva Longoria inspiration for your nights of Pinterest binge-scrolling!

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Eva’s effortless Day look is one I love. Her pops of colors and prints combined with solid colors do not overpower her frame.

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I love monochromatic looks and these go perfectly with her height and skin tone. I want to believe we are similar in both categories, therefore I am trying out these looks ASAP! Notice how Eva uses nude shoes, which help elongate her legs and figure. That is a very good tip for all petite girls! Use shoes in a shade complimentary to your skin color to create the illusion of longer legs!

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These evening gowns are EVERYTHING! Goes to show you that with the right tailoring, any dress can look gorgeous on a petite dress. Solid colors are a petite girls best friend because they create continuity on the frame.

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I love how Eva uses to very tricky trends and absolutely rocks them. Boyfriend Jeans and midi skirts can be tricky to style. The key lies in the right fit and length. By using a fitted top with the boyfriend jeans and a fitted  top and blazer with the midi skirt, her figure is not lost and her height is not shortened.

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Of course I had to include my favorite print, the stripes.. I am in love with both skirts and how beautiful they look on her!

Don’t forget to check out the first post of  The Petite Diaries, where I share some styling tips for us petite gals!

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What’s in my beach bag?

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.09.55 AMSummer is here, and as an island girl, my beach bag goes with me everywhere. You never know when that sudden urge to hit the sand and the water may strike. Now that I am back in Puerto Rico, my beach bag is ready to go back into action. Throughout the years, I have become an expert at packing just the right amount of things to keep me comfortable, entertained and protected while catching that tan. Here are my essentials when packing my beach bag.

Beach Bag & Towel: Well this is a no-brainer! A beach bag is the first thing to have when packing.. A beach bag! A nice, big sturdy bag is what you need that will not only help keep the sand out but also can withstand the water and wind. Weather conditions are a little harsher at the beach, therefore, the materials used for the bag should be able to handle it. The designated beach towel should also serve not only to dry oneself but also to lay in the sand. That’s why they also come in bigger and sturdier materials.

Sunscreen: Now, I am a fan of tanning at the beach, but I am very aware of the risks of sun damage, especially to the face. I have a strong sunscreen designated for this area that is oil-free and light in substance to maintain the skin blemish free as well. We all know the no-no that is to apply tanning lotion to the face! I also lightly apply sunscreen on my shoulders and upper back to further protect them from sun burn.

Tanning Lotion: My absolute favorite tanning lotion is Bain de Soleil. It has SPF 4 ( low, but my skin tone is on the tanner side, so I do not need as much coverage as fair skin types) and it provides a beautiful even tan that will last. Misting Spray: Since it gets so hot and humid at the beach, I find it very helpful to bring a misting spray to keep my face and body cool. I do tend to get very dehydrated at the beach and this is a way of giving my body some moisture. My current favorite is Avene Thermal Spring Water.

Sunglasses and Hat: Although I love the beach, too much sun can be a little annoying and can give me a bit of a headache. That is why sunglasses and a hat are essential to me, not only protect my face and my eyes, but also provide shade and prevent a headache. Remember to remove the sunglasses when tanning face front, you do not want that hilarious sunglass tan line!

Magazines, Books, Ipod: I always bring magazines with me to the beach. Whether is to do some research for my next post or to read a bit of gossip (we all love celebrity gossip, don’t lie!). I also bring my Ipod in case I feel like relaxing. A book can also keep you entertained for hours. 

Snacks: For snacks at the beach I like to bring fruit, because they do not need refrigeration and they are full of water (especially watermelon) keeping you refreshed and hydrated. I also like to bring water and some adult beverages :).

Miscellaneous: In my bag I always carry lip balm with SPF in it, since my lips tend to get dry pretty quickly. I also carry a comb and detangling spray and some hair ties, to keep my hair (prone to worst of tangling) as manageable as possible. The summer is the perfect time to recharge batteries for what is left of the year, make new friends and have some me time. Enjoy the most of it and have some fun!   Share with us, what’s in your beach bag? signature   Dont forget to follow me at:

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Trend Report: Stripes for A/W 14

Judging by the amount of striped clothing items I own, it is pretty safe to say that it is my favorite print (hence the name of this blog!). Here at The Striped Complex, it will be a print you will see over and over again, styled throughout all seasons!

 I love a classic look above all and stripes just shout simplicity and chic to me. During the last year, I have learned to incorporate this pattern into my wardrobe staples and learned how to style and accesorize accordingly. Not only that, but I have even learned how to mix prints using stripes as a focal point. Stripes go well with virtually any patterns, but leopard and florals are my favorite to style with. For autumn and winter, stripes can be a little tricky. We are hidden under bulky sweaters and heavy coats but it is all matter of focusing the attention on those little stripes, one way or the other. These are some inspiration I have gathered from Pinterest and they show exactly how I would style and will be styling stripes during the upcoming autumn and winter seasons. I hope you enjoy!

Fall Inspiration:

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Winter Inspiration:

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All year round inspiration:

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What’s your favorite season to wear stripes?

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NYFW- Stella Nolasco

As a Puerto Rican, I am extremely proud of those who excel not only in my country but also of those who shine bright outside of my little island. During NYFW two of our biggest fashion stars showed the world what Puerto Rican fashion was all about: Stella Nolasco and Luis Antonio. During New York Fashion Week 2014 one designer really stood out: Stella Nolasco. Her collection titled The Saint of my Devotion, featured an array of textures and fabrics that captured the essence of spring and summer in Puerto Rico. As a Puerto Rican, born and raised in the island, I can testify to the fact that spring in Puerto Rico is all about bright colors, sheer fabrics and lace. Stella brought all these factors and combined them to create one beautiful collection. The show, produced by PR giant Kelly Cutrone from Peoples Revolution, went as seamless and flawless as one would expect! StellaNolascoSS2015-1535x580 The ready to wear pieces had me dreaming of clear sexy nights in Old San Juan, and the gowns were perfect in every way. Each piece hugged the model’s body in all the right places and I can only assume that it will be the same on the client’s body.As piece after piece came down the runway I was left wanting them all! The Lincoln Center was left screaming for more as where fashionistas all around the world. I will definitely love to visit her atelier soon to see this gorgeous pieces first hand! It was definitely my favorite collection of all and I am so proud that it was done by a Puerto Rican! Good Job Stella! The Striped Complex is proud of you! Here are a some of my favorite pieces of the collection and a video to show you just how beautiful it all came together! Enjoy! 10653648_700107046750733_3001365742505417736_n

The blue jumpsuit on the right was my FAVORITE piece of the collection!

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Enjoy the entire show!

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

 

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For my birthday I decided to treat myself and went to visit my friends in Costa Rica. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Most of my trip was spent in a little town called La Fortuna set on the foot of an inactive volcano. This volcano had been very active two years prior and you can still see smoke coming out of the top! This town is an amazing oasis where you come in contact with nature in all its glory. That is one thing I loved about Costa Rica: how civilisation has respected the natural surroundings. You can literally breathe fresh air wherever you may go, whether its in the capital of Costa Rica, San José or in the natural hot springs of La Fortuna.

My friends and I stayed at the wonderful Montaña de Fuego Hotel , where we had an amazing experience thanks to Jeffrey Cervantes Calderón, Guest Services Manager (THANK YOU!). Everyone on the staff was welcoming and so nice, from check in to check out! It is definitely a place I recommend and that hopefully soon I will be coming back to visit and enjoy all the fun activities that La Fortuna has to offer.

Among the leasure activities that can be enjoyed around the pool area and hot springs, that include a fun mud bath (your skin will feel soooo soft afterwards) there are plenty of adventurous activities fit for all types of thrill seekers. On the day of my birthday I went ziplining, tubing, rappelling and horse back riding along the mountain (my favorite part).

If you are planning a visit to Costa Rica, then you definitely need to visit La Fortuna and Montaña de Fuego!

Here are some pictures in the gallery below to show you just how amazing La Fortuna is!

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