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line & dot pink dress

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Dress/Vestido: Line & Dot (also love this one),  Shoes/Zapatos: Jimmy Choo,  Earrings/Aretes: BCBG (absolutely love these)

Hello Amigos! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I took these beautiful pictures earlier this week in Dubai around the Burj Al Arab. I had a few errands to run that afternoon so I knew I wanted to be comfortable, hint this loose fit dress from Line & Dot. I love the pleats of the dress and they way it moves with the wind, especially as I walked around the beach. I love the delicate gold-tone tassels on the back, which adds to the overall flirty look. This dress also comes in white and lime and the maxi version has an elegant flair to it. If you’re looking for a more fitted look I would recommend to size down. Jovana ( my photographer) and I waited for the sun to set over the Gulf and as you can see by the last picture I was having way too much fun. The pier on the back is a popular restaurant in Dubai called The Pier Chic which offers some espectacular sunset views. Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think of the dress on the comments below—

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Hola Amigos! Me tome estas fotos en Dubai alrededor del Burj Al Arab. Tenia varias deligencias que hacer ese día así que quería estar cómoda y este vestido de la marca Line & Dot es super comodo y colorido. Me encantan los pliegues del vestido y como se mueve con el viento, en especial mientras caminaba en la playa. El vestido se amarra por atrás y tiene unos pequeños detalles dorados que le dan un toque coqueto al look. Este vestido cambien viene en blanco y verde y también vienen en largo que lo hace ver much mas elegante. Jovana ( mi fotógrafa) y yo esperamos hasta el atardecer y como pueden ver por la ultima foto yo  estaba disfrutando de la playa. El muelle que ven atrás es uno de los restaurantes mas populares en Abu Dhabi ya que tiene tremenda vista y es super romántico. Muchas gracias por leer! Déjenme saber que les parece este look abajo en los comentarios—

Pictures by Jovana Obradovic  

 

it’s always summer somewhere

BCBG colorful dress

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Dress/Vestido: BCBG,  Shoes/Zapatos: Anzo Anglioni (similar),  Hat/Sombrero: ZARA (similar)

Someone asked me the other day what I missed the most about Chicago…and besides my family and friends (of course) one of the things I miss the most about Chicago are the seasons. Even though I have only been in Abu Dhabi for a little bit over a month I miss feeling the cold morning breeze…I miss wearing some killer fall boots and dressing with layers. That being said, I am not complaining about the endless summer weather in the UAE or being able to wear such cute and colorful dresses as the one below. I wore this very tropical dress for lunch with my husband in Dubai. I love that the dress is form fitting and still classic and chic. The delicate high-low bottom adds a little “flavour” to the outfit and love the way it moves when I move. I added my signature accessory: an oversize fedora for a fun and vibrant look. Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has a great start to their week!!

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Hace poco alguien me pregunta que es lo que mas extraño de Chicago…y aparte de mi familia y amigos (claro) lo que mas extraño es el cambio de temporadas. Aunque solo he estado en Abu Dhabi por un mes todavía extraño el frío viento de la mañana, usar unas botas altas para el otoño y mas. No es que me este quejando de Abu Dhabi, ya que me encanta el calor y siempre poder usar vestido como este. Use este vestido super tropical para un almuerzo con mi esposo. Me encanta que el vestido es justo al cuerpo pero todavía es clásico. Los pliegues del  vestido son super modernos y le dan un toque de “flavour” al look. Agregue mi accesorio preferido; este sombrero para un look divertido y vibrante. Muchas gracias por leer!!

Grocery shopping in Abu Dhabi

Happy Friday Amigos! I’m excited to share another lifestyle post with all of you. One of the first things we did after landing in Abu Dhabi was visit a few grocery stores and see what the type of food we would be able to find. After visiting at least 5 different groceries stores, I can tell you that grocery shopping in Abu Dhabi is an experience. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to find everything you’re looking for in just one location so therefore you end up visiting 2 or even 3 different stores to cross off your entire list. I frequently stop by Waitrose (British brand), though their fresh fruits are more on the higher price range. Secondly is Carrefour: it’s much bigger and a bit intimidating when you first go in, but it is also the place where you can buy your potato chips and then shop for a plasma TV all in one day. Let me show you a few pictures…

Strawberries = $7:    $1 = 3.6 Dirham. So yes…those are $7 strawberries.

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Pork: Pork is only sold in selected supermarkets. As I made my way around Spinnys (another supermarket) I noticed a sliding door with the words “non Muslim” on the top. Of course my curiosity got the best of me, so I pressed the button to the left and made my way in. Sure enough there it was…a separate section for pork. You can find your usual items such as bacon, pork ribs and sausages, but what I didn’t understand was some of the other items they had stocked …for example pop tarts! Haha

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Magazine stand: There is definitely not a lack of magazines. I am usually able to find the Australia, American, Middle East and British version of any magazine.

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Camel Milk: need to say more?

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Spices: Don’t know what half of these spices are but they sure photograph well! haha  I will make it my mission to learn where all these spices come from and how to use them…

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Thank you so much for reading! What do you think about my grocery experience? haha –

Shopbop Friend and Family

Shopbop is easily my number one destination when it comes to online shopping. They offer free express shipping, no sales tax and countless of brands. As I get ready to start shopping for the holiday season I like making a list of all the presents and personal items I want to purchase. First on my list are some cute beanies or fedoras for winter and a new winter jacket. I’ll be taking advantage of Shopbop’s sale- they are  offering 25% OFF of your entire purchase with the code Family25 — Happy Shopping!

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amanda uprichard dress

amanda uprichard

amanda uprichard silk dress

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Dress/Vestido: Amanda Uprichard (love this one), Shoes/Zapatos: Jimmy Choo ( similar)

I took these fun pictures outside the famous and the wonderful Palace Hotel in Dubai. I wore this Amanda Uprichard later that night for the first day of Middle East Fashion Week and received tons of compliments. I’ve always been a fan of the bright bold colors Amanda Uprichard has to offer. This color  in particular reminded me of the blue waters of Aruba…doesn’t it? I love the flirty pleats and the shoulder pads add a little “flavour” to this comfortable mini dress. I added these colorful Jimmy Choos that went perfectly with the dress. Below are some of my favorite Amanda Uprichard dresses…which color do you like the most? Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

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Me tome estas fotos afuera del famoso y espectacular Palace Hotel en Dubai. Despues en la noche use este mismo vestido de Amanda Uprichard para el primer dia de la semana de la moda en Dubai. Siempre me han gustodo los colores que la disenadora Amanda Uprichard ofrece; son siempre bastante llamativos. Este color en particular me acuerda las playas de Aruba…no les parece? Me encanta los pliegues del vestido y los hombros le dan un poco de “flavour” al vestido. Combine el vestido con estos tacones tri-colores de Jimmy Choo que van perfecto con el vestido. Abajo estan unos de mis vestidos preferidos de Amanda Uprichard…que color les gusta mas? Muchas gracias por leer.

 

Lilly Biltmore Maxi

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lilly pulitzer colorful maxi

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lilly pulitzer maxi dress

Dress/Vestido: Lilly Pulitzer (love this one and this one), Shoes/Zapatos: Anzo Anglioni (similar)

Hello amigos! I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I wore this Lilly Pulitzer Biltmore dress to brunch with my husband last weekend in Dubai. This dress represents what my style is all about; elegant, sexy and colorful. The blue, green and pink colors on the dress and the resort white make this dress a perfect bright combination. The two front slits and lace trim add to the form fitting sexy silhouette. This dress can easily be worn down with gold sandals or wedges for an afternoon lunch. I will say this dress is definitely a bold piece; at one point my husband whispered that everyone was starring at us…we could only conclude people in Dubai had not seen such colors on one dress…haha. Check below for some of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer pieces….Let me know what you think of this dress in the comments below… thank you for reading!

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Espero que todos hayan tenido un buen fin de seaman! Use este vestido de Lilly Pulitzer el fin de semana pasado en Dubai. Este vestido representa mi estilo en general; es elegante, un poco sexy y colorido. El azul, verde, y rosado en el vestido combinan perfectamente y hacen este vestido bastantemente llamativo. El corte en los dos lados de la pierna le da un toque de sexy al look. Este vestido se puede usar con sandalias doradas o plataformas para un look mas formal. Abajo pueden ver mis vestidos preferidos de Lilly Pulitzer…muchas gracias por leer!

Columbus Day Sales

Below are some of my favorite Columbus Day sales…happy shopping!

J.Crew ( 30% OFF full-priced items)

Madewell  (30% OFF fall-ready styles)

Ann Taylor (40% OFF your entire purchase)

tank dress

melissa sandals

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Dress/Vestido: Addison,  Sandals/Zapatos: Melissa (similar) and love these 

While walking the Dubai Mall ( one of the largest malls in the world) I came across these fun cheerful sandals by Melissa. In case you were wondering that’s an oversize heart on my sandals! These jelly sandals can be worn as shown below or backless by tying the ribbon on the front. I always like adding a little “flavour” to my outfits and these unique sandals are definitely an easy way to spice up any outfit. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thank you so much for reading…

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Mientras caminaba el Mall de Dubai ( unos de los malls mas grandes del mundo) enconctre estas sandalias super unicas de la marca Melissa. Por si acaso se estan preguntando, las sandalias tienen in corazon encima. Las sandalias se pueden usar como las tengo puestas o amarrando la cuerda hacia el frente. Siempre me gusta agregarle un poco de “flavour” a cualquier look que uso, y estas sandalias le dan un toque diferente a cualquier look. Muchas gracias por leer! Espero que tengan un buen fin de semana…

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Shorts/Chores: Rugby (very old), Shirt/Camisa: Gap (similar), Shoes/Zapatos: Kate Spade (also love these), Purse/Mochila: Mine ( handmade Colombian mochila)

So casual it hurts! One of my favorite trends this year has been the “sneaker, stylish tennis shoes” trend.  Even though I love wearing heels I’ve enjoyed finding ways to wear my sneakers for other occasions besides going to the gym. For example, I wore these navy sneakers from Keds by Kate Spade while touring around Abu Dhabi; they are extremely comfortable and go with pretty much everything in my closet. I wore this cheerful shorts and classic white linen shirt by Gap for overall “girl on the go” look. What do you think about this look overall? Would you wear sport shoes outside of the gym?

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Este look es super casual! Unas de mis tendencias preferidas este ano son los “los zapatos para correr a la moda”. Aunque me encatan usar tacones me ha gustado combinar los zapatos para correr con otras prendas de vestir que no son para el gym. Por ejemplo, use estos zapatos de Keds y Kate Spade para caminar y conocer la ciudad de Abu Dhabi, los zapatos son super comodos y combinan con todo en mi closet. Combine el look con estos coloridos shorts y esta camisa blanca de lino para un look super casual. Que les parece el look? A ustedes les gusta la tendencia de los zapatos deportivos? Abajo pueden ver unos de mis zapatos preferidos…

 

leopard skirt

leopard skirt

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leopard maxi skirt

Skirt/Falda: Mango (similar, similar), Top/Camisa: ZARA (similar, similar), Belt/Correa: H&M, Shoes/Zapatos: Christian Louboutin (similar)

Hello Amigos! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. As I still find my way around Abu Dhabi one of my favorite things is admiring the combination of modern architecture combined with older, tradition landmarks as see in the pictures above. I took these pictures at the Al Maqtaa Fort which is over 200 years old, surrounded by water. I thought the black and gold touches made for a good combination with the rustic wood…what do you think? This leopard skirt by Mango is definitely a statement piece and to keep the outfit classic and chic I wore a simple black blouse for an overall modern look. I added a bold gold belt to add a pop of color and traditional black pumps. Let me know what you think in the comments below…thank you for reading.

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Hola a todos! Espero que haya tenido un buen fin de semana.  Mientras todavía me familiarizo con Abu Dhabi me encanta caminar y admirar la architectura. Hay una gran combinación de edificio modernos con edificios mas tradicionales como en las fotos de arriba. Me tome estas fotos en el Al Maqtaa Fort que tiene mas de 200 anos en Abu Dhabi. Pense que el negro y el toque de dorada hacen un buen contraste con el marrón y la madera rústica de la puerta…que les parece? Esta falda de leopardo es sumamente llamativa y sexy así que para mantener el look clásico combine la falda con una camisa sencilla. Le agregue esta correa dorada para darle un poco de color. Déjenme saber que les parece en los comentarios….gracias por leer.

 

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