Straw bag

For a chic effortless summer look my go-to pieces are white eyelet or lace dresses with straw hats and bags. There are so many options of straw bags right now. I especially like a round shape, as well as blogger favorite arc bag by LA brand, Cult Gaia. They striked gold with this bag when it became so popular and now sold out for months. I bought it at ShopStyle.

My other bag favorites: Free People / Asos / Eugenia Kim / Moda Operandi /Misa bags / Rebecca Minkoff / San Diego hat company / Coco bag

My straw hat is from Asos (sold out), but they have other very affordable pretty options. I also have this medium width brim hat available at Nordstrom

Pearl Embellished Shoes

Pearls have always been a symbol of elegance and timeliness. Aside from being a beautiful feminine accessory they’ve been used by many designers as an embellishment on clothing, collars, bags and lately shoes. Designers like Chanel (link here) and Nicholas Kirkwood (link here) used pearls in their shoe designs for many years (as seen worn by me in the past). But when Miu Miu embellished their slides and flats (link here), the trend became so popular then fast fashion brands like Zara created theirs, they quickly were sold out everywhere (you can get them on ebay link here).

I got these beautiful slides from River Island and these sandals from Jeffrey Campbell

Netting and Mesh

Are you on this trend yet? I’ve always liked mesh and netting clothing for layering and I am glad it’s in trend now, which means it’s available and affordable from fast fashion retailers. Here are the links to my look (my shirt is old) and other items I recently bought:

Boots (I can’t believe this price myself and they are super comfortable)

Shirts I like : Asos / NastyGal / PixieMarket /

Dresses I like : Self-Portrait 1   / Self-Portrait 2 / Revolve X by NBD  /

Maxi dress and straw bag

Love the look of maxi ruffle dress with a trendy straw or wooden bag. My snake print ruffle dress is by Roberto Cavalli and I have it for years and a blue dress is by Zara from last season, but I like these ruffles dresses from Free People for a similar feel, I actually want to buy all three :

Wrap ruffles blue dress / White midi dress / All day Maxi dress

Round straw bag I bought in Cartagena at the local boutique, but I sound a similar here and here and Cult Gaia bags in many colors here.

See my other post for the looks with this bag.

Rosario Islands, Columbia

While in Cartagena we stayed at Movich hotel in the center of old town with the most magnificent view of the city from its rooftop with the pool. We also rented a boat for two days to do island hoping. Rosario islands are about 45 minutes from the city port by boat. The water is amazing and clear, the sand is soft and warm. While on islands we were offered the most delicious snapper, shrimps and langoustines caught and cooked right in front of our eyes. They were served with coconut rice and fried plantains. What a treat. Also on islands we got a great message and shopped for beautiful pearls, sea shells and other beauties that the nature offers on these islands. We didn’t want to leave, everything was so good.  As I was sitting on the beach half of my legs in the water I felt so happy and wished I could put that feeling in the bottle and bring it with me to New York. But as I am writing this, the feeling is still there in my heart and I have pictures for the memories.

PS to shop my outfits go these links : Red ruffles swimsuit / Black onepiece / Cross-over onepiece / Leaf print beach dress / Embellished bikini /


I love to travel and see new things and places, but what travel most importantly offers me is a new way of seeing myself. When I am surrounded by unfamiliar setting I become more mindful and this trip was no exception. As I was going through the pictures to select the ones I want to share here, I was mesmerized once again how beautiful, unique and in a way, untouched Cartagena is. It’s not as grand as Paris or Florence with its art and history but it is as romantic. It transforms you to another era with its vibrant architecture, colonial style heritage buildings, intricate balconies adorned with blooming pink flowers and the doors, those colorful doors that invite you to sit by them on the footsteps, to pause and to take it all in.

PS To shop my look: Black Jumper / Ark Bag / White outfit (old)

NYFW 2017 – Shopstyle

One of the most exciting events I love to attend during New York Fashion week is the fashion blogger mingle by ShopStyle. So thankful for them for getting all these beautiful creative women together to meet, to shop, to share inspirations, to enjoy NY skyline and to toast this beautiful life.

Few pictures from the event.

To shop my look: Sweater / Skirt / Chanel Shoes (similar here) / Clutch / Shearling coat is vintage Versace (not available anymore)