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Dress/Vestido: Rachel Zoe (c/o RTR) or purchase here, Earrings/Aretes: Lulu Frost (c/o RTR), Sunglasses/Lentes: RayBan, Shoes/Zapatos: Christian Louboutin (similar style)

WINK! I mean how cute is this sequins eyelash inspired dress? While in Chicago I attended what I personally believe to be the best summer event in Chicago, BLU at Shedd Aquarium where I wore this sequins mini. My husband and I ( and a few of our friends) have been attending the same event for the past 5 years and knowing I would be seeing some familiar faces I wanted to wear a new dress yet wasn’t ready to invest on a new piece and opted out for renting this dress, yes I said RENT this dress from Rent the Runway. RTR offers the most amazing collection of dresses for either a black tie event, cocktail and everyday occasions. Dresses start as low as $30 for a 4 day rental and can go as high as $600. I know what many of you are thinking! What about size and fit? When shopping online I’m always concern about how things will fit me and RTR has come up with the smartes solution, they will actually send you a backup size. I usually order a 4 and a 6 as my backup size. For those of you in Chicago you can now visit their Chicago store location for a more personal experience. Have any of you tried Rent the Runway before? I would love to hear your experiences!

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El fin de semana pasado mientras estaba en Chicago mi esposo y unos amigos fuimos a una de las mejores fiestas de Chicago, al evento del Shedd Aquarium. Queria usar un vestido nuevo pero a la mima vez no estaba lista para invertir en un nuevo vestido así que rente este vestido de lentejuelas por la pagina Rent the Runway. Si, lo leyeron bien! Lo RENTE! Rent the Runway ofrece todo tipo de vestidos para rentar, desde vestidos para un evento de gala, cocktail o simplemente vestidos diarios. Uno puede rentar vestidos por 4 días costando $30 hasta $600. Se que algunos de ustedes debe estar pensando sobre como se aseguran si el vestido les va a quedar. Y RTR les manda el mismo vestido en dos diferentes tallas para asegurarse que uno de esas tallas les quede. Para los que están en Chicago pueden ir a visitar la tienda y tener una experience mas personal o abajo pueden ver mis vestidos preferidos de Rent the Runway. Gracias por leer y saludos desde Washington DC.

Location: Chicago, IL

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 Top/Camisa: Chicwish c/0,  Skirt/Falda: Chicwish c/o ( similar style), Shoes/Zapatos: Kate Spade

Happy Monday Everyone and greetings from Washington DC! After spending a few days in Chicago my husband and I took a late flight on Sunday to D.C. I will be in D.C. until Thursday and then spending the weekend in New York. Can you guys keep up with my schedule? haha I wore this feminine look out for lunch with a few of my girlfriends while in Chicago  and received tons of compliments. Their jaw dropped (literally) when I told them the price of this cute printed Chicwish daisy skirt. Have you guys heard or bought anything from Chicwish before? They really offer some affordable fun pieces. I wanted to add a pop of color to my outfit and wore these absolutely beautiful and bright hot pink heels from Kate Spade. Their “licorice pumps” come in tons of different colors ( as you know I’m a big fan of the nude) and when I spotted these pair on Shopbop I had to get them! These heels are an easy way to add a little “flavour” to any outfit, either with jeans and a white shirt or a white cocktail dress. I would highly recommend them! Below are a few of my favorite Chicwish pieces, from personal experience I would recommend sizing up when ordering pieces from them and allowing two weeks for delivery. Thank you for reading and I look forward to reading your comments.

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Feliz Lunes a todos! Les cuento que ahorita mismo estoy en Washington DC y el Viernes salgo para NYC y despues me regreso a Chicago por dos semanas. Un horario medio loco no? haha Use este mismo look durante un almuerzo con unas amigas en Chicago y a todo el mundo le gusto el look. Cuando les dije a mis amigas cuando costaba esta falda de flores no me podian creer. La camisa y la falda son de la marca Chicwish, la han escuchado? La verdad es que ofrecen cosas economicas, a la moda y super lindas. Para darle un poco de color combine el look con estos tacones rosados de la marca Kate Spade. Estos tacones, “Licorice” vienen en diferentes colores ( me encanta el color hueso) y la verdad es que es una manera super facil de darle un “pop” a cualquier look. Abajo comparto unas mis prendas preferidas de Chicwish, les recomiendo ordernar una talla mas grande de lo normal y normalmente el envio se tarda dos semanas. Muchas gracias por leer y espero ver sus comentarios sobre este look! Saludos!

Location: Chicago, IL

Cyprus

Cape Greco Swim

The beaches of Cyprus

Cape Greco in Ayia Napa ( I mean look at that water)

Salamis Ruins Cyprus

Turkish side Cyprus

(Turkish side)

Pano Lefkara Cyprus

Lefkara Cyprus

blue houses everywhere

(The picturesque town of Lefkara)

Paphos Cyprus

round towels for the beach

(Paphos)

Tombs of kIngs Paphos Cyprus

(Tombs of the Kings)

Hello Everyone! I’m currently on my 14 hour journey back to Chicago and I wanted to share a few pictures from my weekend in Cyprus. I will be honest and say that even though I was excited to explore a new destination and love my time in Cyprus I probably wouldn’t go back any time soon. Of course my husband and I did so much more than go to the beach, we explored a lot of the their historic sites ( as seen below) and crossed the border to the Turkish side. A few things things I wanted to share with all of you:

1. We landed in Ayia Napa which offered some beautiful beaches around Cape Greco. Beautiful shades of turquoise water and a nice swim.

2. We crossed the border to the Turkish side, about an hour and a half of a drive, where our passports were checked and it really felt like we had left the island and made it to Turkey. Extremely quiet, poor and almost abandoned. I really felt that some of the amazing historic monuments were left completely abandoned and not as well taken care off as they could.

3. Drove to the small picturesque town of Pano Lefkara, mostly known for its lace and silverware. I have to say this was a beautiful surprise to our trip. As we walked the narrow streets of Lefkara we saw older women outside their shops working and making lace and unique embroidery. As we walked around the town we noticed the traditional architecture, stone houses, colorful doors, clay pots and more.

4. Paphos, Greek side is perhaps one of the most popular destinations in the island.  We swam in the popular “Birthplace of Aphrodite” and as the legend goes Aphrodite ( the goddess of love and beauty) rose from the waves. In Paphos we also walked around one of the major archeological sites the  “Tombs of the Kings.” In very simple terms these are undergournd tombs decorated with pillars where very important people were buried.

5. A few things that surprised me the most was the tourism in Cyprus. Mostly Russians and British my husband and I were the minority. Wherever we would go they would first try to speak Russian to my husband ( blond hair blue eyes) and then asked where we came from. Even though I was very disappointed in the food ( I was craving some traditional Greek food) I was pleasantly surprised by the local Cyprus wine.

I hope you enjoy following my travels and if any of you have any questions or feedback please let me know! Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to sharing some pictures of my time in Chicago with all of you.

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Top/Camisa: Stradivarius (similar), Shorts: findersKeepers (also love these), Shoes/Sandalias: SplendidPurse/Cartera: Chanel (similar style)

Hope everyone had a great weekend. A quick hello as I’m currently flying back to Abu Dhabi from Cyprus and then packing again for my trip to Chicago on Tuesday. I love the bold stripes on these flare finderKeepers shorts. These shorts are definitely more on the shorter and flirty side and are perfect for your next summer vacation. I wanted to add a pop of color and pair the shorts with these yellow sandals. These sandals are an easy way to add a little “flavour” to any outfit, either with jeans or a casual summer dress. I kept the outfit summer chic with a white tee and this fab Chanel cross body bag. Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to reading your comments. I’m getting ready to travel back to the US for about three weeks and I couldn’t be more excited…are any of you traveling over the month of August?

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Como pasaron el fin de semana? Les cuento que hoy estoy viajando de regreso a Abu Dhabi de Cyprus y llego a volver a empacar ya que salgo el Martes en la noche para Chicago. Me encantan las rayas de estos shorts de la marca findersKeepers y la verdad es que estos shorts son un poco mas corto de lo normal y un poco mas coquetos…al igualmente perfectos para el verano. Para darle un poco mas de color al look combine los shorts con estas sandalias amarillas. Estas sandalias son una manera de darle un poco de “flavour” a cualquier look, con jeans o un vestido casual. Que les parece este look casual? Muchas gracias por leer y espero ver sus comentarios.

Location: Abu Dhabi, Photos by: Lacey Sexson

oh Capri

Hotel Luna Capri

(Entrance to our hotel)

Marina Grande Capri

 (Marina Grande)

tour around the island Capri

beaches of Capri

Faraglioni rock formation

JK Capri Hotel

 (JK Capri  Hotel)

View from Anacapri

 (View from Anacapri)

walking the streets of Capri

Punta Tragara Hotel Capri

(Punta Tragara Hotel)

Hello everyone and greetings from Cyprus. Even though my husband and I are currently spending the weekend in Cyprus I wanted to share the final pictures of our trip to Italy. After spending three nights in the Amalfi Coast we took a ferry to the island of Capri. We had someone from our hotel meet us at Marina Grande who later informed us we needed to take a funicolare to our hotel. Have any of you taken a funicular before? We walked about 10 minutes to our hotel and were mesmerize by how beautiful the entrance once (picture below) and the amazing views to the famous Faraglioni Rocks. A few highlights I wanted to share are:

  1. I was surprise by how small yet fashion forward Capri was. Besides the unique and high-end shopping people were not afraid to dressed up for dinner. The shopping in Capri included one of a kind Salvatore Ferragamo purses exclusively made for the Capri market to local family owned stores and vintage stores offering pieces from the first Moschino collection. AMAZINGGGGG
  2. Make sure to try limoncello and eat gelato!
  3. Take a boat around the island and see the Blu Grotto.
  4. Visit the so fashionable J.K. Place Capri Hotel; amazing interior, great views and outstanding service.
  5. Take a chairlift to the small town of Anacapri, enjoy the great views and walk around the different Villas.
  6. Seat down and enjoy a bottle of Chianti ( our favorite Italian wine) while people watching! My husband loved this! Haha
  7. Have dinner at the Punta Tragara hotel (picture below).

Personally Capri was the highlight of our trip but I know some of our friends might not say the same thing, so before booking any trips I would suggest reading a few blogs and reviews and I highly suggest researching and booking your hotel in advance. As always, if any of you have any questions or want more detailed recommendations feel free to email me.  Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has a great weekend.

shopping for Cyprus

By the time you read this I will be in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This week marks the end of Ramadan and therefore a holiday weekend in the UAE. My husband and I decided to pack our bags for a quick weekend getaway. We will be spending two days in Ayia Napa ( Turkish side) of the island and Paphos (Greek) side. I’m definitely looking forward to enjoying the beach and learning more about this small but historic island. If any of you have visited or have any recommendation please let me know. Also next week I will be traveling to Chicago ( finally) for about three weeks and I honestly couldn’t be happier to spend some time back in one of my favorite cities and enjoying some time with my family and friends. You can follow more of my travels here. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for some pictures of Cyprus!

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Dress/Vestido: Yumi Kim ( different colors, romper version), Purse/Cartera: Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes/Zapatos: Jimmy Choo, Bracelet/Pulsera: Jules Smith 

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. I have something to confess…you know how some people love to take pictures of floors and doors while they travel. I mean we have hashtags like #ihaveathisthingwithfloors and #doorsoftheworld…well I have a thing with garage doors in the UAE. This is exactly what the background of these is,  as well as here and here. The doors of the houses in this part of the world are simply beautiful, some of them have a touch of gold and the most unique shapes. If any local is reading this I apologize if you ever see me creeping around your house…haha. Trying to keep cool in this 110 degree weather I bought this floral silk dress from one my favorite brands Yumi Kim. If you are looking for a colorful, easy breezy  summer dress then Yumi Kim is your brand to go. Personally I have always size down when using Yumi Kim and got a small on this dress instead of a medium. Yumi Kim offers the most colorful prints and I’m also a big fan of her rompers. See a few of my favorite pieces below.

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Feliz Lunes a todos! Les tengo algo que confesar…saben como a unas personas les gusta tomar fotos de los pisos o puertas mientras viajan. También usan hastags como #ihaveathisthingwithfloor o #doorsoftheworld bueno a mi me gustan las puertas y rejas de las casa de Abu Dhabi. He usado estas puertas como mi fondo en estas foto y también aquí y aquí. Son bastante dramáticas, con un toque de dorados y cambien con diferentes símbolos. Asi que si cualquier persona de Abu Dhabi que este leyendo esto les pido perdon si me han visto por sus csasas tomándome fotos. Mientras sobrevivo el calor intenso de Abu Dhabi use este vestidito super comodo de la marca Yumi Kim. Esta marca siempre tiene los estampados mas coloridos y de diferentes colores, vean abajo unas de mis piezas preferidas. Gracias por leer y espero escuchar sus comentarios.

Location: Abu Dhabi, Photos by: Lacey Sexson 

Amalfi Coast

You have probably seen thousands of pictures of the Amalfi Coast on Pinterest, Instagram and magazines and I have to say it is even more beautiful in person. The Amalfi Coast has a total of thirteen different towns around its narrow streets and coastal mountains. While we were in the Amalfi we visited perhaps the two most famous towns, Positano and Ravello.  Each uniquely different, both offering breathtaking views and delicious food and wine. Let’s go ahead and start with Positano. We hiked the famous Path of Gods trail from our hotel to Positano, about two and half hours. and around 17,000+  steps down to get to Positano. Let’s just say my husband and I were extremely sweaty after this.

Path of Gods hike to Positano

the best view of Positano

Le Sirenuse Restaurant in Positano

Positano, Italy

We finally made it to the famous Le Siranuese restaurant where we celebrated our hike with  a bottle of prosecco!

the best beaches of Positano

One of the things I loved about Positano were just how colorful and vibrant everything was. After lunch we strolled around the busy streets, eating gelatto and drinking limoncello.

Infinity Terrace at Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

Limoncello in Italy

lost in Ravello

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

the streets of Ravello Italy

We loved Ravello because it was a bit more quiet and private than the Amalfi and Positano. We walked to Villa Cimbrone where we enjoyed arguably the best views of Ravello. You can have lunch at Villa Cimbrone as well as walk around their gardens. Another must-see place is Hotel Caruso. Hotel Caruso has a dreamy infinity pool and great views for drinks. You really don’t need more than four hours in Ravello, unless your like my husband and I and have 2 hours lunches…haha. One of the things that surprised me the most was the amount of lemons in the Amalfi area, yes lemons! Wherever we walked we saw lemon trees, the area is known for their production of limoncello liqueur which I so happily discovered I like….haha!!! Thank you for following along and I hope everyone has a great weekend. I can’t wait to show you pictures of Capri next Friday!

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Top/Camisa: Lilly Pulitzer,  Culottes/Pantalones: Topshop ( love these),  Shoes/Zapatos: Jimmy Choo ( similar), Purse/Cartera: Mario Hernandez

Tulip print culottes? YES! Culottes have really become my go-to piece this summer! I love how comfortable they are, they are different, edgy and can easily be dressed down or up. I honestly have around three different pairs of culottes in my closet and I’m hoping to get these and these. I bought these cheerful pair from Topshop a while back and finally wore them out for a meeting in Dubai. The material is extremely light ( perfect for the 120 degree weather) and honestly made everyone around me smile. The print is so busy so I kept the outfit clean with a simple silk blouse ( must-have) and nude heels. I would highly recommend investing in a pair of nude heels, I wear mine all the time, with jeans or dresses. These ones from Kate Spade are my all-time favorite. Thanks for reading amigos! Hope everyone is having a great week.

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Tulipanes en mis culottes? haha! La verdad es que los culottes se han convertido en unos de mis prendas preferidas en mi closet. Me parecen super comodos, algo diferente y muy facil de combinar. Use este mismo look para una reunion en Dubai y realmente senti que la gente miraba y sonria, nose si se estan riendo de mi o tal vez los culottes tan coloridos hacia a la gente sonreir. Ya que los culottes son tan llamativos use una camisa blanca y sencilla y unos taconnes color hueso. Los tacones color hueso son una inversion ya que normalmente se pueden usar con todos, desde un vestido a un par de jeans. Les recomiendo estos de Kate Spade. Muchas gracias por leer y espero ver sus comentarios!

Location: Abu Dhabi,  Photos by: Lacey Sexson

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Topshop A-line striped dress

Dress/Vestido: Topshop (also here),  Shoes/ZapatosVince (more colors)  Sunglasses/Lentes: DIORPurse/Cartera: Gucci

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Living in Abu Dhabi it’s easy to forget even the major American Holidays such as 4th of July. Even though my husband and I attended a bbq with a few of our expat friends we definitely missed being back in Chicago. Over the weekend I wore this nautical inspired striped A-line dress and received tons of compliments. This dress has  become a Topshop staple and has been recreated in different colored stripes and materials. The best thing about this dress? It’s under $100! This dress is perfect for any summer outing, it can be dress down like I did with these summer must-have Vince platform sandals or dress up with wedges or nude heels. I honestly cannot say how much I love these espadrilles inspired sandals…Vince is definitely one of my favorite shoe brands due to their durable leather and how comfortable they are! These sandals come in different colors ( the white ones are amazing) and I’m also thinking about getting the wedge version. The leather adds a touch of sophistication to the rustic platform. Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to reading your comments.

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Feliz Lunes a todos! Les cuanto que mientras estamos en Abu Dhabi es muy fácil olvidarse de los días feriados en Estados Unidos. Aunque mi esposo y yo pasamos el 4 de Julio con unos amigos la verdad es que nos hizo falta estar en Chicago. Durante el fin de semana use este vestido de rayas super económico de Topshop. El vestido es perfecto para el verano, es comodo y fácil de combinar. Yo quería un look casual así que use estas sandalias de la marca Vince, pero el vestido tambien se puede usar con plataformas o tacones para la noche. Estas sandalias de Vince la verdad es que han sido unos de los mejores zapatos que he comprado este ano, son super comodos, modernos y tambien vienen en diferentes colores. Que les parece este look? Muchas gracias por leer y espero ver sus comentarios.

Location: Abu Dhabi,  Photos by: Lacey Sexson

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