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Palazzo Party

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“What a cool plaid skirt over there!” was what I thought when I first spotted this palazzo pant at a wholesale shop in Guangzhou. I didn’t know it was pant until I brought it home since wholesalers don’t let you try the pieces there. Well, I was more than happy to find that out! Surely this girl here is no material Continue Reading →

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Christmas 2016

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First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Sorry for the late post, though. I did, however, wished you guys the best on my Instagram. It’s been a while since I celebrated Christmas at my hometown Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. If you’ve been following me for a while, you would have noticed how I mostly travel during Christmas. Last year was spent in California and the previous one, Miami. Yesterday, was a day spent by the beach in a restaurant called El Pelicano Beach Club in Boca Chica. Love the food and the scenery it provides. Plus, this beautiful sunshine is priceless. Argh, it’s sad to think I won’t be able to do this as often when I move to Hong Kong for college! Sure there are a lot of beachfront restaurants too but the vibe is different. I’ll miss the people here.

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The End

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December? I am so excited! For 2017, of course. At the end of every year, I would usually say “Wow, this one passed by too fast!” but for this 2016, those word won’t come out from my mouth. I can’t even force them. This year passed ridiculously slow. Maybe there were more cons than pros this time?
Not sure. Well point is, I am glad it is going to end soon.

As I always say, it’s sad that I am not able to wear huge fur coats no matter how much I love them due to where I live. The most wintery thing I can go for are booties and that’s more like fall. Continue Reading →

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17th Birthday

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In a blink of an eye, I am just one year away from being legal. So far, I am thankful for what all these years of life have brought me. Not only do I feel lucky to have been born in such an amazing family but also being able to surround myself with friends that I truly love and appreciate. I would describe my 16th year as one Continue Reading →

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Dig Deep

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Today, I am finally done with the busy days of filling out college applications! Which also means new content. Amidst all the work and stuff, last week I was still able find time and shoot a few outfits. If you didn’t know, now you know: I don’t shoot every single day. I plan my outfits and have a day to shoot for one or more posts. So, usually the process goes like this: I go to my closet find the combos I Continue Reading →

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It’s time to Chill, Again.

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Seriously, the best perk of living in the Caribbean the ease to escape to a resort for a few days. No matter how chill you try to be in the city, it’s different when you are in a place with so much green and blue. I was invited to Emotions Resort in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthday. I needed this vacation so bad! It’s been a while since I slept 8 hours per day which is what I always try to do. These 3 days helped me recover 2 weeks of sleep. Not kidding. Continue Reading →

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Fall Fringes Babe

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I love this top but truth is: I barely wore it (until recently). I only wore it if was hanging at any fashion event, special occasion or wearing it with a ponytail. It’s so annoying when people confuse the fringes with my hair! See, that’s the problem with me: I am very self conscious or at least, I used to. You could see me spending half an hour, if not a complete hour thinking whether I would be underdressed or overdressed; whether it was the right occasion or not. Continue Reading →

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Show Off Your Shoulder!

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Summer is almost over, which means we are finally kissing good bye to sweaty days. Yay! Truth is, you can’t really tell the difference between summer and fall in the Caribbean besides the fact that it only gets windier. But still, you wouldn’t survive without shorts. Or rompers. Or off the shoulder tops. Or anything but jeans. Continue Reading →

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My Ultimate Summer Look

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Growing up I never liked floral and lacy details due to the fact they are so itchy to me whenever I sweat; which means all the time. What else can I say? I live in the Caribbean and I have always been a pretty active girl. The choker I am wearing on this look? Until last month, it was my worst nightmare! I wear it now because I love being up to date with fashion trends. Maybe that’s the reason why I had such a tomboy style growing up. The cutest girl dresses usually had tons of lacy details. Continue Reading →

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The Number One Go To Combo

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Unconsciously, I have been doing this for a while. It became conscious probably a few days ago when I was scrolling through my own outfit posts on IG. I am addicted to the red and blue combo. We see it everywhere, we are tired of it but you have to admit that when you were a child, you loved it. I personally hate seeing this red and blue combo elsewhere other than on outfits. I have never heard of someone saying β€œThe blue color doesn’t suit me”. I mean, you liking it or not is a different thing. Have you ever seen someone wearing red and not look chic nor elegant? Please email me a photo, I must to see that. Plus, red is proven to be a color that is naturally attractive. Maybe the reason why lipsticks started with the color red?

In this outfit, I am wearing a top from Bershka which balances the look out by giving a tomboy touch, a short from Calvin Klein, a handbag from DKNY to match with the shorts and strappy heels from Bershka to finish off the look with a bit of neutrals. I am really in love with this DKNY handbag first because there’s nothing that can’t fit in there and it’s so simple yet elegant. Continue Reading →

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H&M Jumpsuit Comparison

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There are so many times where we don’t even have glance at a price tag being somehow convinced that a piece is too expensive. Girl, you seriously don’t know how many discounts you have missed! Well, except in the case of Louis Vuitton. But still, it’s always good to look at the tag or ask for the price. Miracles do happen. As I was wandering through an H&M outlet store, I found this elegant jumpsuit at the $15 dollars Continue Reading →

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How to Embrace Your Body – Start Here!

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We are often told by the media that bellies are tad ugly. I am not used to go to places where I have to show off some skin with people other than my family because of one simply reason, I don’t like people seeing and criticizing my body. Growing up, people often told me how chubby and fat I was. As more judgements were received I slowly developed a new perspective for my body. Can’t deny it took me time but I did it when I started having thoughts of: Why do I have to starve to thin just because others say so? Isn’t staying healthy Continue Reading →

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Bipolar

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When it comes to personal style, mine changes every second. My tastes are so bipolar; sometimes I just feel like having a plaid shirt wrapped around a casual outfit while there are times where I can literally spend hours on the closet trying on all the possible combinations until finally getting to the perfect one. Perhaps, that can explain why I am always shopping: to satisfy my extremely temporal style ideals. As you can see, Continue Reading →

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Plaid Shirt: A Different Way To Style

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As many of you know, I’m all about versatility. Plaid shirts are no exception and in fact, to me, they are my number one piece in my closet. Dresses, shorts, jeans… are all possible ways to style the plaid shirt with. You can either tie the shirt around your waist or wear it as an outwear with the sleeves rolled up to your elbows (as maximum). Kick asses by playing chic wearing heels or keeping it casual with any flats or sneakers. Continue Reading →

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Grand Canyon West Rim – Skywalk Worth It?

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A bitter cold and huge fog marked the day when we finally paid a visit to The Grand Canyon West. Initially, we wanted to visit the South Rim as most of the reviews favoured it, however, due to the long driving hours it was going to take us from Las Vegas, we leaved it for another time.

First off, just the fact that it is a canyon, already makes it awesome for me. I’ve been wishing to see something like this so long ago. So much history was involved in this. Fortunately, we had the chance to Continue Reading →

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LACMA, Los Angeles and Other Spring Trends

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Visiting LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum) was thought to be a must during my trip to LA. There’s really no place more photogenic than this and you guys know how obsessed I am with photogenic places; hence the reason I blog. After scoring a ‘sold out’ notice from The Broad Museum, LACMA seemed to be the next option. We arrived, boom, saw the lights, woohoo, got into the museum, bleh and that was it. Not to Continue Reading →

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How to Survive A Day In Heels

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Whether I am just touristing, meeting up with someone or just taking a breathe outside, heels are always present on my outfits (and if not, then 93% of the times are) — I don’t get to wear them 12 hours a day but I do, most of the times 3-5 hrs a day since I’m always at meetings after I get back from school. When we think of heels, most of the times we associate them with stilettos and a few months before, I really couldn’t imagine myself walking a full day in Steve Madden stilettos. I would start to walk like a zombie in just a few minutes. But no, heels are also wedges, mid heels, platforms and so on. I have to Continue Reading →

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Trends: Mixing and Matching

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When you mix and match different colors and trends, don’t you always wish they come out as desirable as you picture them to be? That relieve, that satisfaction when they do; I can’t be the only one. 50% of these outfit was bought online during Black Friday which arrived two weeks later and fall was already gone. This was my original “ideal” outfit for fall as front button skirts were such a trend. And when trends come, it’s hard to tell when they are going to be gone –which is also why you’ll never find me purchasing more than two pieces of the same style. I guess lucky us (suede, front button skirts lovers), the trend hasn’t been gone and it seems to be that it is here to stay (woohoo!). Continue Reading →

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Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas – Your Ultimate Guide

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year’s Valentine’s Day I want you to evoke your best self whether you have a date or not. You just never know when you are going to stumble across Mr. Perfect on the street right? Let’s celebrate this special day by wearing colors such as red, pink and white. If skirts and dresses sound too cheesy for you, try pants and add small accents of the previously mentioned colors on your outfit. Below are just a few ways to style your pieces that will still your heart. And soon you will see that Valentine’s day is not only for the girly ones. Continue Reading →

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Downtown Las Vegas | Fremont Street Experience

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Las Vegas: Check. Off from my bucket list. Upon arriving to Las Vegas after the eternal eight hours that took us from LA , I immediately felt the dryness of the place. The sun was still up, shining beautifully upon us. It wasn’t there for long enough though. We arrived to our hotel around 4:30pm and when we finally got into our room, I looked out: boom, I noticed it looked like a 10:30pm in Los Angeles at Continue Reading →

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Primm, Nevada – Route 66

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On our road to Las Vegas from Los Angeles almost immediately after the long day in Santa Monica we couldn’t help but make a few stops. Man, it was a long ride! Before heading to Las Vegas, I swear I googled the drive time again and again and the counter kept showing me it was only going to take 4 and a half hours from LA to Las Vegas. So as usual, I picked some snacks from the dollar store I told you guys about that was near our hotel in LA and really thought I was ready. I should’ve definitely picked more.

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Santa Monica Trip Diary – Days in California

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Hey guys! As many of you might have already seen on my social media accounts, I have been enjoying my longest trip to the States to date last Christmas (writing “last christmas” sounds like it was so long ago but no, I mean Christmas 2015). We, me and my parents, arrived to LA the 19th of December at 11pm and arrived to the hotel by 1:00am of the 20th. We decided to take a 8 day tour to most of the places in California and Nevada before having 7 more days by ourselves in LA since it would’ve been very exhausting if we did it the other way around.

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A bit of Leather – OOTD

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There are always a few pieces in your closet that aren’t used that often because you can’t think of any other ways to wear them aside from a common jean. Trust me, you are not alone. It might be frustrating sometimes as you will think it is a waste. Throughout time I have learned that the more you stare at something, the more ideas come through your head involving that thing. I bought this top without knowing

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Top Things to Do in SamanΓ‘, Dominican Republic + Vista Mare

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Lately if you have been following me on Snapchat (@kkwen) you know I have been very busy road tripping. Our family just felt this sudden urge to explore and get to know better the country we are living at. It is tiring but nothing is better than to learn and appreciate new corners of the world. Upon arriving to this beautiful place in SamanΓ‘, Dominican Republic called Vista Mare, I was definitely blown away by this view! The white houses reminded of a little Greece. Coincidentally,

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In Essentials/ Looks

What to Wear for Fall – Colors, Trends and More

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Transitioning your wardrobe seasonally can be frustrating and sometimes even expensive. I personally don’t update my closet four times a year but only twice as I live in the Caribbean. I mix up Spring and Summer trends and Fall and Winter trends. Because it is time to change up, before you do so, keep in mind that it is not about the items you purchase but how you put them together.

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A weekend in a Ranch – Day Three – New Friends, Experience, +

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Day 3, our last day! So many memories were made that I didn’t want to leave. I had the chance to make n amazing new friends, try amazing new things, and explore amazing places. Usually, I am not this type of person who likes living together with people other than my family (sometimes I even rather to be alone) but this experience has definitely changed my view towards this. I didn’t like it so much as I like having my own freedom while doing my things. I tend to get this weird pressure of doing things out of my daily routine whenever I am around a big group of friends. Continue Reading →

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A Weekend in a Ranch – Day Two – Kayak, Zipline and More+

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Day two, our best day yet…and not. I woke up pretty early, probably around 6AM; had a look out at the window and appreciated quietly the serene scenery while others were still asleep. After a while of appreciation and coziness, I finally decided to descend from the torturous bunk bed’s stairs and get ready for the day ahead. Because we were going to kayak that day, I decided to wear my bikini under my outfit. Fortunately, the swimwear is pretty versatile so I could wear them without the straps. The next

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A Ranch for a Weekend – Day 1

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Last week, I finally paid a visit to Rancho Don Rey, a ranch located in Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic. Somewhere our school have been tries to convince its students every year to visit. It never really interested me until this year; probably because I feared insects too much and I felt I was too young. I still fear them though, but I guess the older you get, the more you want to challenge yourself and live new experiences. Luckily, none showed up but little frogs, nothing to die about. During this weekend, I had a chance to fully reconnect with nature (I tried, even though it sounds kind of ironic as I never leaved my phone out of my hands). Now that I really think about it, I’ve never been so surrounded by such a pure scenery.

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In Looks

Faux Leather Fringes and Boyfriend Jeans

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I have always wanted to pull off a thick sweater while drinking some kind of coffee at home while also, watching Netflix and feeling the coziness. I can; only if I have the AC turned on to its lowest. And sometimes, not even like that; definitely a disadvantage of living in the Caribbean. I could (and actually should) forget about wearing leather pieces, jackets, and boots as they aren’t common in fall because literally, it is summer year round. However because most of the shops are international brands, they

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Tips for a day in a Theme Park + Disney Inspired Outfits

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When it comes to theme parks, the first things that come through our minds are Disney, Mickey and all the other related characters. They were all part of our childhood/adulthood; you’d probably be lying if you say no. This is part of the many reasons why you should visit Disneyland or Disney World at least once in your life. And because of this, you don’t want to be wearing your casual go-to outfit. The day you are visiting is supposed to be a special day; a memorable one (ha, hence the $100+ bucks). Instead, try wearing something related or something that will remind you about your trip to Disneyland or Disney World afterwards. Continue Reading →

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Vivid Red Shorts

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Woah, never really thought I would find a way to wear these extremely bright red shorts. They have been buried somewhere really deep in my closet ever since last year. I always thought these red shorts were too bright to pair with any of my tops and it would also grab too much attention hence color and even worse when this beautiful bright Caribbean sun shines upon it.

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The High Low Dresses Trend

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β€œAhhhhhh I’m finally here!” is the usual feeling I get whenever I arrive to the beach. Around two weeks ago I was in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic staying at the Bavaro Princess Resort. I had this urge of going to the beach the whole summer and was finally able to satisfy my self with this trip.

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Wearing Dress Shirts The Chill Way

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Who said dress shirts can only be worn formally? Let’s rephrase, not formally but certainly not in the chill way. As I was packing for a trip to the Bavaro Princess Resort in Punta Cana, I stumbled across this very practical sleeveless dress shirt. I thought besides wearing it with a skirt, let’s give a shot wearing it with some sort of comfy pants aside from jeans. Not sure about you but I definitely wouldn’t be wearing jeans on any of my outfits while in a resort; where I am supposed to be chilling. Plus I wouldn’t be able to stand it with this awfully hot weather. Surely not an awful

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Polka Dots Perfection III – Long Sleeves Top

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Peeps, I am sure that many of you are wondering why the heck am I wearing long sleeves in summer and even worst, in the Caribbean where this hot climate literally knocks off. Luckily, this long sleeve top is made out of cotton which makes it very comfortable and fashionable to wear on every season. Long sleeves top does not equals hot. It really depends on how you style them. Today’s outfit is the third way I am

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Polka Dots Perfection II – Long Sleeves

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Owning a least one long sleeve blouse is definitely a must in your wardrobe whether is has some kind of pattern or plain color. They can really go with anything –even they can get a little expensive sometimes depending of the fabric. Therefore, your bottom, shoes and accessories choices must be similar enough to give the outfit a defined style. As many of you might have already noticed, this is not the first time I wear

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Nostalgic Fringe

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Every time I wear this fringe shorts it reminds me of my last trip to seven different island on a cruise in the Caribbean. Not only this, the shirt I am wearing on today’s outfit was bought on one of my favorite islands called Guadaloupe ultimately making this entire look remind me about that trip. Favorite, first

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go Backless

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Despite my huge all-time obsession with backless tops and dresses, I didn’t usually wear them unless I was going to some special event. Maybe because I used to fear drawing too much attention. However, lately, I am so in love with them that I don’t fear wearing them to wherever I am going. (I do have a story of how this transition happened, but that’s another post). These tops can be worn casually or especially and they definitely give the outfit a touch of chic + sexiness. To not go all blue, in this outfit, Continue Reading →

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Plain White

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It has been quite a long time since the last time I wore these heels. I find it quite hard to match cork platforms shoes with any outfit. However, I have finally found the perfect blouse that goes with these wedges when I bought it last week! Thanks to the denim shorts the look Continue Reading →

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Pointy on Point

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Besides my love to crop-tops and snake textured pants, I also adore pointy shoes. Not the ones as pointy as the ones that look like they could hurt somebody but the ones that are a little roundish. I would call them pointy on point. Because I got huge feet, I don’t usually wear Paris Hilton-like pointy kind of shoes. It makes them look even larger even though as always, they help the outfit look way classier. I envy people who own average size feet. It is

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Gray on top of Denim

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Lately, I’ve gotten an obsession with high waisted denim shorts. They look awesome with any kind of top. I personally, always wear them with crop-tops. I really love denim shorts with broken holes like the one I am wearing here. Especially when you balance them up with any sort of heels or sneakers. Moving on to the

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The Flattering Skirt

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The type of skirt I am wearing here — high waisted flared skirt or skater skirt — is the kind that I would always pair up with crop-tops or any blouse that would look good when it’s tucked in. In this outfit of the day, the top gives a touch of tomboy style while the skirt and the sunglasses a

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In Essentials/ Looks

Festival Season Style Guide: Our favorite Picks

Festival Season is finally here! Meaning, Coachella’s here too! We have created a guide with our favorite picks from very affordable shops mixing the boho and chic style where you can get inspiration from for your festival look. We are getting you to show off the best out of yourself and get ready to see turning heads. Before you jump into the slideshow, here’s a reminder: whether you are going to one of those huge music festivals or just planning to have an awesome weekend getaway, besides staying stylish, make sure to always pack enough to enjoy the most of your trip. Get into the slideshow right away to get some outfit ideas and happy shopping!

 

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Looking Back: 2014

It’s been a year already?! I still remember myself posting my looking back post of 2013 in Tumblr.

So many amazing things happened thanks to all of you! I couldn’t be more grateful for the people who joined me in this journey over the past 12 months. I can’t really choose my favorite moment, all of them were.

Here, I am going to share with your guys some of my 2014 highlights:

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Okay, first things first, I uploaded my first ever makeup and outfit video in Youtube. This is a selfie at the pre-shoot if that’s how you call it. πŸ™‚ Continue Reading →

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Rocking stripes

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A year passes in a blink of an eye! I still can’t believe I’m already 15! It’s a tradition here in the Dominican Republic to make a huge party for your 15s. I decided to have a small dinner with some really close friends and after I post this, with my family. Continue Reading →

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Rocking a Cut-Out Dress

Since it’s throwback thursday, I’m here showing you guys a dress I got for Christmas 2013 and used for the 1rst of January of this year.

Cut-out dresses are such a trend that everyone should try.

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I’m here wearing a Forever 21’s cut-out dress and my smile! Oh! Aldo’s bag and Marypaz’s heels. The heels match perfectly with the back of my dress. So things can pair up perfectly, find patterns in your outfit!