Kate Spade multi stripe dress

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade kite bow back dress

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade black and white Kite dress

Chic Flavours wearing Spade black and white stripe Kite dress

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade Maise bag

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade multi stripe black and white dress JPG

Dress/Vestido: Kate Spade New York (also here),  Purse/Cartera: Kate Spade New York (loan via Kate Spade Abu Dhabi Mall),  Shoes/Zapatos: Valentino (similar), Sunglasses/Lentes: Illesteva (also love these)

Happy Monday everyone! Tom and I had the most amazing weekend in the Seychelles, definitely one of the most romantic places we have ever visited. You can see more of my travels on Instagram and I will be doing a recap of my trip later this month. While in Abu Dhabi I wore this exact same outfit for lunch with a few friends and received tons of compliments. This Kate Spade New York multi stripe dress is a timeless and versatile piece. Add a pair of wedges for the perfect summer look, black heels as seen above for a more classic style and add flats or sneakers for a casual on-the-go weekend look. The fit of this dress is extremely comfortable, I love the side pockets and feminine silhouette. Funny fact about this dress is that every dress is slightly different; with a different pattern on the stripes. It takes a few seconds to notice the difference in the patterns but definitely something to keep in mind before making the purchase. I added a pop of color with this classic Kate Spade Maise bag, I also like this baby light blue color and this one. This week will probably go down as one of the craziest busiest week ever; I am back in Abu Dhabi, I’m repacking and getting ready for fashion week, flying to NYC Tuesday night, I land Wednesday afternoon and I’m attending the first show (BCBG) at 10:00 AM on Thursday. Can you guys keep up? Hopefully on IG or Snapchat (chicflavours)! Hope everyone has a great AND productive week ahead.

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Feliz Lunes a todos! Pase el fin de semana mas increible al lado de mi esposo en Seychelles, uno de los lugares mas romanticos que hemos visitado. Pueden ver mas de mis fotos en Instagram y a final del mes hare un post con todas mis fotos. La semana pasada use este mismo vestido para almorzar con unas amigas. Este vestido es clasico y super versatil; se puede usar con plataformas para el verano, tacones como los míos para un look clásico, y hasta gomas o flats para un look deportivo. El vestido es super comodo y los bolsillos a los lados son ideales. Algo curioso de este vestido es que cada uno es un poco diferentes, las rayas y el estampado tiende cambiar un poco. Le di un poco de color al look con esta cartera Maise amarilla, también me gusta este color y este. Les cuento que esta semana va a estar de locos, voy a llegando a Abu Dhabi y estoy empacando para la semana de la moda en Nueva York, aterrizo el Miércoles en la tarde y mi primer show es a las 10:00 AM el Jueves. Pueden ver mis experiencia en la semana de la moda en mi Instagram o Snapchat (chicflavours). Saludos!

Location: Abu Dhabi  Photos by: Ekaterina

hemant and nandita top

Chic Flavours wearing colorful embroidered Hemant and Nandita top

Chic Flavours wearing Hemant Nandita embroidered top

Hemant and Nandita colorful top

Top/Camisa: Hemant and Nandita (loan via Sauce Loves), Jeans: Topshop (also love these), Shoes/Zapatos: Valentino (similar), Purse/Cartera: Kate Spade,  Sunglasses/Lentes: Illesteva

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! A quick hello as I am currently in the Seychelles celebrating my second year wedding anniversary! After moving to the UAE a little bit over a year ago (time flies) I’ve had the opportunity to learn about new designers, trends and brands I wasn’t familiar with while living in Chicago. One of the brands that instantly caught my eye was Hemant and Nandita. Hemant and Nandita is an Indian designed label, mixing traditional Indian prints and colors with a modern twist. I first discovered the brand at Sauce Loves in Abu Dhabi and ended up buying this dress; I’ve never received so many compliments on a dress before. This time around I fell in love with this colorful and playful top. The dramatic tassels add a pop of color to the outfit and makes this top perfect for a summer or a casual beachy look. You can shop for similar styles below. Thank you so much for your love and support!

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Saludos desde Seychelles! Les cuento que mi esposo y yo estamos acá celebrando nuestro segundo ano de casados. Después de mudarme a los Emiratos Arabes he aprendido sobre nuevas marcas, tendencias y tiendas. Una de esas marcas es Hemant and Nandita, diseñadores de la India, que cominan colóres vivos y tradiciones de la India con estilos modernos. La primera vez que descubri la marca fue en la tienda Sauce Loves en Abu Dhabi cuando termine comprando este vestido; y la verdad es que siempre me preguntan donde lo compre. Esta vez me enamore de esta camisa, sencilla con colores vivos. Esta camisa es perfecta para el verano o un look playero, pueden ver camisas del mismo estilo abajo. Espero que todo tengan un buen fin de semana. Saludos y muchas gracias por leer.

Location: Abu Dhabi  Photos by: Ekaterina

Alexis white lace dress

Chic Flavours wearing Alexis white embroidered midi dress

Chic Flavours wearing Alexis white midi dress

Chic Flavours wearing Alexis Alanna lace midi dress JPG

Chic Flavours wearing Alexis white lace Alanna dress

Chic Flavours wearing Alexis white lace midi dress

Chic Flacours wearing Alexis white lace midi dress

Dress/Vestido: Alexis (also here) loan via Sauce Loves,  Purse/Cartera: Kate Spade New York (also here), Shoes/Zapatos: Schutz (old) similar style

I FOUND IT! The most romantic, beautiful and feminine white dress in the history of white dresses…haha! I spotted this Alexis white midi dress while visiting my favorite store in Abu Dhabi, Sauce Loves. This dress is one of those pieces that will make you stop and literally say (in the middle of the store)…”WOW!” The lace hem and semi-sheer shoulders are romantic and sexy (without trying to hard). This dress is extremely comfortable (I wore a size medium) and perfect for any Spring or Summer cocktail party. This dress is fitted on the top allowing the full and dramatic skirt to have a playful movement while walking or spinning…yes I tend to do that! I know this dress is on the pricey side; if you’re looking for a similar white lace dress I can recommend this shift dress and this lace knitted dress. I added a pop of color to the outfit with this mini “luggage cross body bag” from Kate Spade New York. This is one of the many playful new arrivals at Kate Spade. The leather strap details add a unique vintage touch to this mini bag, which includes a shoulder strap for a more casual look. Thank you so much for reading and I can’t wait to read your comments on this dress.

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Lo consegui! El vestido blanco mas romantico, femenino y lindo en la historia de vestidos blancos…haha! Cuando vi este vestido en la tienda de Sauce Loves en Abu Dhabi les juro que en plena tienda y en voz alta dije, “WOW!” El encaje es algo romantico, sexy y elegante! Este vestido es super comodo y es perfecto para cualquier evento durante  la primavera o verano. El vestido es un poco ajustado en la parte de arriba, creando volumen en la falda que crea un movimiento ideal al caminar. Se que este vestido podra considerarse un poco caro, asi que si estan buscando vestidos similares (y mas económicos) les recomiendo este y este. Le di un poco de color al atuendo con esta mini carterita de Kate Spade New York. Les cuento que mi esposo y yo vamos saliendo de viaje y me pueden seguir en Instagram o Snapchat (chicflavours) para ver a donde nos vamos. Muchas gracias por leer y saludos!

Location: Abu Dhabi  Photos by: Ekaterina

What to wear on Valentine’s Day

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade striped sequin sleeveless shift dress

Chic Flavours wearing red sequin stripe sleeveless shift dress

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade sequin red stripe dress

Chic Flavours wearing the perfect red Kate Spade Valentine dress

Chic Flavours wearing Les Petits Joueurs purse

Chic Flavours wearing Kate Spade sequin shift dress

Dress/Vestido: Kate Spade New York (also here),  Shoes/Zapatos: Valentino (similar),  Purse/Cartera:  Les Petits Joueurs (loan via Sauce Loves)

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and if you’re anything like me you’re wondering what to wear! Something beautiful, a little sexy but not tacky, a red or black dress, comfortable and something that will make your significant other say, “wow”…right? Who’s with me? While visiting the Kate Spade New York store in Abu Dhabi Mall I spotted this sequins shift dress and I totally knew it would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit. The shift silhouette allows this dress to be comfortable and a bit loose; perfect for a night out and yes…eating. The red and pink stripes are playful and feminine and this dress can easily be styled for any other cocktail or date night setting besides Valentine’s Day. A few other dresses that would make for the perfect date night attire are: this form fitted red midi dress, this red lace dress (amazing fit) and this white fitted dress. I will actually be in NYC attending New York Fashion Week during Valentine’s Day so my husband and I are taking a trip to the Seychelles later this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day and our second wedding anniversary! Stay tuned for more on our trip…I would love to hear what most of you have planned for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for all your comments and support last week and I look forward to hearing from you.

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El dia de los enamorados es en pocas semanas y si son como yo esta buscando el vestido perfecto. Algo bonito, un poco sexy pero no grosero, tal vez rojo o negro, un vestido que haga a tu pareja decir, “wow” …verdad? Cuando visitaba la tienda de Kate Spade New York en el Abu Dhabi Mall (en los Emiratos Arabes) vi este vestido de lentejuelas y supe que era el vestido perfecto para el dia de los enamorados. Este vestido es comodo, y las lentejuelas rosadas y rojas hacen el vestido femenino y super coqueto. Tambien se puede usar para cualquier otro evento aparte del día de los enamorados. También les recomiendo este vestido rojo, este vestido de encaje (queda espectacular puesto) y este vestido blanco. Que planes tienen ustedes para el día de Los Enamorados? Muchas gracias por leer y espero ver sus comentarios. Saludos desde Abu Dhabi!

Location: Abu Dhabi  Photos by: Ekaterina

black faux leather leggings

Chic Flavours wearing a tuxedo blazer during the winter

Chic Flavours wearing a tuxedo jacket

Chic Flavours wearinBlank Denim black leggings

Chic Flavours wearing Blank Denim faux leggings

Jacket/Chaqueta: Club Monaco (old) similar, Leggings/Pantalones: Blank Denim (under$100), Shoes/Zapatos: Valetino (similar), Purse/Cartera: Kate Spade

Happy weekend amigos! Getting back to my routine in Abu Dhabi has been a bit harder than expected, just because I was back in the U.S. for such a long time. I’ve been extremely jet lag, waking up at 4:00 every day…but if you follow me on Snapchat (chicflavours) you know I’ve been trying to fight it off with my morning workouts. While in D.C. I wore my go-to black faux leather leggings from Blank Denim. These leggings are extremely soft and comfortable and great quality considering the affordable price tag. These leggings can easily be styled with heels as seen above, sneakers for a casual day or flats; definitely a must have during the fall and winter season. I will say, these leggings are a bit low-rise and they keeping coming down when I seat, definitely a nice tip to know before making a purchase. I paired up this classic tuxedo jacket (I’ve had for at least 5 years) and classic black pumps for an overall timeless out on the town look. Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Esta semana la verdad es que ha sido una loquera! Se me ha hecho un poco difícil ponerme al tanto con mi rutina en Abu Dhabi, y bueno eso es porque pase tanto tiempo en Estados Unidos. Me he parado a las 4 de la mañana todos los días por la diferente de horario, pero bueno poco a poco. Mientras en Washington D.C. use este mismo look con estas leggings negras de la marca Blank Denim. Son super comodas, se pueden usar con tacones como en la foot o con zapatos para correr para un look casual. Algo que si les voy a comentar es que estas leggings caen un poco bajo en la caderas. Cada vez que siento a comer  siento que se me bajan, pero bueno un dato para antes de comprarlas. Combine las leggings con esta chaqueta de tuxedo (llevo anos con ella) y tacones negros. Muchas gracias por leer y espero que todos tengan un buen fin de semana!

Location: Washington D.C.  Photos by: Emma McAlary 

winter short suit

Chic Flavours wearing Stuart Weitzman Highland boots

Chic Flavours wearing ASOS short suit

Chic Flavours wearing Stuart Weitzman Highland black boots

Jacket/Chaqueta: ASOS,  Shorts/Chores: ASOS,  Boots/Botas: Stuart Weitzman and here (similar budget friendly), Purse/Cartera: Gucci 

This week has gone by extremely fast, so much has happened! I was in Dubai yesterday for a few meetings, I’m getting ready for my trip to the Seychelles next week and trying to get together all my outfits for NYFW. Lot’s of cafecito for me! While in D.C. I wore this exact same outfit and received tons of compliments. This short suit is playful, feminine and I love that both the jacket and shorts can be worn seperatetly. The jacket can be worn with either a pair of jeans, black or white pants. It was pretty cold in D.C. so I wore my go-to black turtleneck and these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots. You can see how I previously styled these boots here. These boots can be styled with dresses, jeans, and shorts as seen below. I’m also loving this similar cute short suit here; the scallops details on the jacket are amazing. What are your thoughts on the this matching short suit? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Esta semana se ha pasado volando! Ayer me pase todo el dia en Dubai, me estoy preparando para mi viaje a Seychelles la próxima semana y sobretodo tratando de organizar mi horario para la semana de la moda en New York. Mientras estube en Washington D.C. use este mismo look y varias personas me preguntaron que de donde lo había comprado. Los “trajes” cortos son super coquetos. Lo que mas me gusta de este look es que la chaqueta y los shorts se puedes usar seperados. La chaqueta se puede usar separada con unos jeans, o pantalones negros o blancos. Combine el look con esta camisa negra y botas de Stuart Weitzman. Aca pueden ver como use estas botas en mi ultimo post, la verdad es que van con todos; desde vestidos, shorts o jeans. Tambien me encanta este traje corto muy similar. Que les parece este look, les gusta los trajes cortos? Déjenme saber!

Location: Washington D.C.  Photos by: Emma McAlary 

distressed skinny jeans

Chic Flavours wearing Blank Denim distressed skinny jeans

Chic Flavours wearing a bright red coat

Chic Flavours wearing affordable Blank denim distressed skinny jeans

Chic Flavours wearing Licorice nude Kate Spade heels

Chic Flavours colorful winter oufit inspiration

Jeans: Blank Denim,  Shoes/Zapatos: Kate Spade and hereCoat/Chaqueta: Zara (similar here and here),  Sweater/Sueter: Equipment Sunglasses/Lentes: Dior 

How was everyone’s weekend? As my search for the perfect pair of jeans continues I decided to give these Blank Denim distressed skinny jeans a try. I love the edgy, shredded knees style; after reading the reviews on Shopbop I wasn’t sure about what size to order but I still went ahead and decided to give them a try. Personally these jeans run true to size, they are meant to be a mix between boyfriend and skinny jeans. They can easily be styled up or down depending on the occasion. These were my first pair of Blank Denim jeans; I love the affordable price tag and good quality. I paired them with my go-to nude heels from Kate Spade and this blood orange coat from Zara. I’ve had this coat for a few years now and receive tons of compliments whenever I wear it, it’s definitely eye catching and a way to stand out from a sea of black coats. I’ve tagged a few similar coats below…hope everyone has a great weekend and I look forward to reading your comments. Do you have a go-to brand when it comes to jeans? Would love to read your recommendations!

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Como pasaron el fin de semana? Todavía estoy en búsqueda de unos jeans perfecto así que decidí probar estos jeans de la marca Blank Denim. Me encanta que son un poco sueltos y con huecos. Despues de leer las opiniones de otras personas que compraron los mismos jeans en Shopbop no sabia exactamente que talla comprar, pero aun así decidi probarlos. Personalmente me parecen que corren normal (ósea tu talla normal), y por el precio me pareció super buena la calidad y espero probar mas jeans de esta marca. Combine los jeans con estos tacones huesos de la marca Kate Spade y esta chaqueta color naranja (con un poco de rojo) de la marca Zara. Llevo años con esta chaqueta y cada vez que me la pongo alguien me pregunta de donde es. La verdad es que llama la atención, especialmente cuando la mayoría de las otras chaquetas de invierno son negras. Cual es su marca preferida de jeans? Me encantaría escuchar sus comentarios. Gracias por leer y espero que todos tengan una buena semana.

Location: Washington D.C.  Photos by: Emma McAlary 

The must see places in Portugal

Botanic Gardens da Ajuda in Lisbon Portugal

visit the tower of belem in Lisbon Portugal(Belem Tower)

Happy Sunday Amigos! Hope everyone is doing well (crazy weather in the U.S.) and having a great weekend so far. I’m currently back in Abu Dhabi, my husband and I were lucky enough to leave Washington D.C. before the Jonas storm started. Back in November my husband and I took an unexpected trip to Portugal. We visited Portugal during the off season and booked our flights and hotels within 24 hours, we weren’t sure what to expect. Nontheless, we packed our bags and welcomed this adventure with open arms.

We landed in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon or Lisboa, where we stayed in the most unique and beautiful hotel, Palacio Ramalhete. I highly recommend this property; we were welcomed with a glass of prosecco (always a good way to start); it is family owned, has a great location, unique design and decoration. The staff was friendly and happy to help us with directions and suggestions on where to go. Lisbon is covered in beautiful tiles everywhere you go, good wine and nice welcoming people. Some of the must-visit places in Lisbon are:

  • Belem Tower
  • Jeronimos Monestary
  • Jardim Botanico da Ajuda
  • National Tile Museum (make sure to check the days and times)
  • Pink Street (yes, the street is actually pink, party and pub scene)
  • Take a cab to Cascais (beach area) and enjoy the beautiful beaches

Visit the monestary in Lisbon Portugal

Jeronimos Monastery Lisbon Portugal

Perhaps the most adventurous part of our trip was driving to Comporta. One of the beach areas in southern Portugal. Comporta reminded me of The Hamptons and Nantucket except with better, quality beaches. In Comporta we stayed at an eco-friendly “house” where our actual room and living room were seperate. The living room area was in a separate white “house” where the floor was actually sand.  I definitely recommend this hotel for a romantic and secluded vacation. Our chic “house” includes breakfast and bikes for us to use. Must-visit and do’s in Comporta are:

  • Comporta Cafe: perhaps the best seafood I have tried
  • Restaurante Sal
  • Watch the spectacular sunset
  • Try some vinho verde: young Portuguese wine

Casas Na Areia Comporta Lisbon(Casa Na Areia)

beach in Comporta, Portugal

Sunset time in Comporta, Lisbon

For our final night in Portugal I dragged by husband to Sintra, one of the most breathtaking and magical places I’ve ever visited. Something you should know about me is that I really try to avoid the “popular touristy” areas and I actually love to explore the hidden gems every city has to offer. I was a bit hesitant to visit Sintra but ohhh I’m so glad we did. Sintra was known as a royal sanctuary, filled with castles, palaces and private villas. Below are a few of my favorite places in Sintra:

  • Pena National Palace: completely breathtaking! Rich in color and size! It’s a little bit of a hike so wear your most comfortable shoes.
  • Quinta da Regaleira: Amazing gardens, featuring hidden tunnels, fountains and wells.
  • Sintra National Palace
  • Queluz National Palace

Quinta da regaleria II, Sintra Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

ceramic and tile shopping in Sintra Portugal

well in Quinta de Regaleira(Quinta da Regaleira)

Castle Pena II in Sintra Portugal(Pena National Palace)

Portugal never use to be on my list of places to visit, but after our trip in November I can affirmatively say it is one of my favorite trips yet. I look forward to perhaps going back in the summer season. Have any of you travel to Portugal before? Any exciting trips ahead in 2016? My husband and I are heading to the Seychelles in February, then I’m heading to New York for fashion week and back to Abu Dhabi for the month of March. Remember you can follow more of my travels on Instagram or Snapchat (chicflavours). Thank you for reading and I look forward to reading your comments.

the best hooded parka jacket

affordable hooded jackets

the best causal winter outfit inspirations

Stella McCartney silver platform shoes

Topshop hooded Parka with Faux Fur Trim

Jacket/Chaqueta: Topshop,  Shirt/Camisa: J.Crew (available in 15 different colors), Jeans: McGuire Denim,  Shoes/Zapatos: Stella McCartney, Sunglasses/Lentes: Illesteva

After confessing to all of you that I only own a total of 3 pair of jeans I decided to branch out and try new brands and purchase a few different pairs. I love this design from McGuire Denim, the bleach splatter is unique and different but unfortunately I thought it was a little tight on my thighs. Nonetheless these jeans are stylish and different. I paired these jeans with these unique silver platforms from Stella McCartney I got over Christmas. I have to say I wore these shoes twice, once for the outfit pictures above and here and after coming home I noticed a huge scratch on the right shoe, which left a black mark on the shoe. I immediately called the store and mentioned this issue and they stated the metallic shoes are extremely delicate. I decided to return them and get a different pair, I will of course share my new pair of Stella McCartney shoes with all of you. I added this Topshop (size down) hooded parka jacket for a casual and chic look. I was pleasantly surprise with the quality of this jacket. It is warm and stylish, the color is more beautiful in person and I love the dramatic faux fur trim. A also love this hooded parka jackets from J.Crew and this one. Thanks you so much for reading and greetings from Washington D.C.

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Después de confesarles que solo tengo 3 pares de jeans decidí probar otras marcas y tratar de comprarme otros pares. Este jean de la marca McGuire Denim me llamo la atención ya que tiene cloro salpicado, muy único y diferente. Personalmente pensé que me quedo un poco apretado en las piernas pero en general se los recomiendo. Combine los jeans con estas plataformas platiadas de la marca Stella McCartney que me regalaron estas Navidades. He usado estos zapatos dos veces, tomando estas fotos y en este atuendo y al llegar a la casa me di cuenta que tenían un rasga y el zapato estaba negro. Enseguida llame a la tienda donde me dijeron que estos zapatos son extremadamente delicados. Decidí regresar los zapatos y cambiarlos por otro estilo, los mantendré al tanto. Para mantener el atuendo casual combine esta chaqueta de la marca Topshop que la verdad me quede sorprendida de la calidad. Es bastante calurosa, el color es mas bonito en persona y me encanta la capucha. Se las super recomiendo, queda un poco ancha así que les recomiendo una talla mas pequena de lo normal. Muchas gracias por leer y saludos!

Location: Chicago, IL  Photos by: Photos by: Meagan Shuptar

how to wear white in the winter

How to wear all white during winter

grey beanie for winter

light grey coats for winter

ASOS affordable grey waterfall coat

licorice too Kate Spade heels

how to wear white during winter

Coat/Chaqueta: ASOS,  Sweater/Sueter: Equipment,  Jeans: J.Brand,  Shoes/Zapatos: Kate Spade,  Purse/Cartera: Carolina Herrera, Beanie/Hat: Tory Burch

There is something unique about an all white winter outfit. I love the elegance and how simple and chic it is. I paired these high-waisted skinny jeans from J.Brand with a classic off-white sweater from Equipment. This ASOS coat stood out among the hundreds of other coats available because of the dramatic collar and draped details. This coat is on the lightweight side and I would recommend sizing down a size. To keep the all white theme I added these nude classic ‘Licorice Too’ pumps from Kate Spade. These are my second pair of ‘Licorice Too’ pumps from Kate Spade and I absolutely love them. These heels are comfortable and available in different colors. I am wearing the suede ‘light camel’ version which can be very delicate but you can also find the nude patent here. What do you think about the all white look for winter? Yes or No? Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has a great week!

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Como pasaron el fin de semana? Hay algo muy único de un atuendo todo blanco para el invierno. Me parece algo elegante pero a la misma vez sencillo. Combine estos jeans blancos de la marca J.Brand con este suéter sencillo color hueso. Esta chaqueta de la marca ASOS me llamo la atencion ya que tiene el cuello abierto y dramatico. Les cuento que esta chaqueta corre un poco grande así que les recomiendo una talla mas pequeña de lo normal. Para mantener el look blanco combine estos tacones ‘Licorice Too’ de la marca Kate Spade. Los míos son de gamuza que son un poco mas delicados pero también les recomiendo estos patentes. Les gusta el look todo blanco para el invierno? Muchas gracias por leer y espero que todos tengan una buena semana!

Location: Chicago, IL  Photos by: Photos by: Meagan Shuptar

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