Jul 31, 2014

Earth tones

Remember last week I said I was praying mother nature would allow me to take pictures? Well this is what I was able to squeeze in that day after multiple stops at the park, just when I got all happy and settled, two clicks were enough for all hell to break loose, I had to ran to my car and stick my camera still mounted on the tripod as best as I could, and then jump in to avoid looking like I was thrown in a pool.

Let me tell you, rain here in Florida is no joke, given it only lasts 10-15 minutes but it usually comes out of nowhere and it goes just as fast, but this past days you can tell from the air and the sky that the sun is having a hard time shinning through, if that meant that we can wear layers, and maybe a light jacket and sweater I would actually enjoy the rain during the day a lot, but the problem is that it is still very hot and humid, so if you can pull off rain boots and shorts or a skirt I am truly and from the bottom of my hear jealous of you; since I can't I will my best to enjoy rainy days this means jumping in puddles with my boots like a 5 year old,  and pair them with earth colored outfits, so if I splash myself it won't be that obvious.

To keep this outfit interesting I piled some bracelets and this necklace that I got from Macy's clearance section for $12  and an envelope clutch that is a little bit brighter than the rest of the outfit, I have to say for puddle jumping I am pretty pleased.
Cream pants - green top - envelope clutch - rain boots - statement necklace

Cream pants - green top - envelope clutch - rain boots - statement necklace
Cream pants - green top - envelope clutch - rain boots - statement necklace
Top: Express - old (Green sleeveless top) / Pants: Old Navy / Boots: Charlotte Russe - old (Animal print rain boots) / Bag: old / Necklace: Lucky Brand via Macys / Earrings: Forever 21 - old / Bracelets: Forever 21Chloe & Isabel

Cream pants - green top - envelope clutch - rain boots - statement necklace

Cream pants - green top - envelope clutch - rain boots - statement necklace

Cream pants - green top - envelope clutch - rain boots - statement necklace

Statement jewelry

Linking with Jacqueline, Agi, Ashley, TaraLauren and Alisa


Jul 30, 2014

Purple & Chrome

This purple bubble hem dress has been hiding in my closet for quite sometime, I bought it on clearance at Marshalls for like $10 and I love it because it's one of those easy and simple outfits that you can just throw on and be right at the door in a couple of minutes, I agree that I could have skipped the necklace since it makes the neckline a bit heavy, but I only noticed it after I took the pictures, and I figured I might as well share that I still make a lot of mistakes when experimenting with fashion.

The bag on the other hand is absolute perfection, I have been wanting a metallic satchel for the longest time and this purple chrome one from Vince Camuto has me head over heels, it's even better since I can still fit most of my stuff in it, and considering I saw it online 50% off, and then actually found it in the store 75% off, I have to say I am pretty pleased with myself.

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag
Dress: Marshalls/ Sandals: BCBG  via Macys/ Bag: Vince Camuto via Macys / Watch: Michael Kors via Macys / Bracelets: Aldo - old

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag

Purple shift dress - Chrome bag

Happy hum day, stay dry and cross your fingers that the "activity" in the Atlantic dissolves instead of turning into a storm.

Linking with Shanna

Jul 28, 2014

BENSON

Remember this picture?? Well, I don't look anything like that anymore, after 3 months in the hands of Adopt-A-Bull I went from that chubby (unhealthy), tick infested, eye discharge, oozing skin mess, to the most handsome thing you have ever seen in your whole life (maybe second to your own babies, I'll give you that)


They have taken care of me, I have a clean bill of health, the tumor was removed (you can read about that here), my skin is doing great, my allergies are under control with some yummy food (this also means my farts are less deadly) and I am ready to find a forever home, I know this will be the death of my foster mommy, I mean, look at that last picture, I sure have her wrapped around my wiggly butt. But think about it this way, if I find a loving home she will be able to foster another bully, and I know is no fun living in the streets.

So, to make me look even more adorable (like that's even possible), this awesome Pet Photographer, Paola, donated her time to make sure all the available dogs get their pictures taken so that people out there know what they are missing, we all need to find homes, and we need to help raise awareness of how important it is to adopt a pet instead of buying from pet stores. Believe it or not a lot of cities in South Florida have already banned the sale of puppies in stores and are being encouraged to partner with rescues and local shelters to help all of us find new homes.

Today I have a huge favor to ask you, I know most of you blog readers loooove your online shopping and the amazing sales they have all the time (I have seen my mommy's packages in the mail) and I know a lot of you have rescue dogs (Jackie and Carylee) and if they are not rescued dogs, you still love them the same. Well, there is this application, IGive, that tracks your purchases at several retailers and donates a percentage to your charity of choice, I would love if it was Adopt-A-Bull, but if there is another one that is closer to your heart, by all means please chose that one, all you have to do is register and install the button, and the App will ask you the first time you shop after registering to confirm your beneficiary, that is all, you can even use it with Ebates, since you will be shopping directly from the retailers website. The only one that won't allow you to do that is Amazon, but it's fine, we will take all the other ones (Gina they have your beloved Express with 2%) like Macy's, Nordstrom, Forever21 (Shanna I know you love this one), Fossil, Hilton,  (for your vacay), Kate Spade, Tory Burch, the list is endless, and the best part is you don't even have to check if they are approved, all you have to do is register and spend all your hard earned money, and benefit some bullies :)

PS: I forgot to tell you, during the month of July they are giving $5 to your beneficiary for every person that signs in, and whoever gets the most friends to sign in can win a $1000 gift card, so pleeease register, pretty please (can you really say no to this face?)

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

Adopt-A-Bull - bulldog

If you live in the South Florida area and would like to have that handsome pet of yours look like a million bucks (Christmas card material, I tell you) take a look at Paola's Facebook page, and give her a call, you will be in love with her, and the pictures, I might be biased by the treats she gave me, but you can see the pictures for yourself. 

                                                                                         - Benson-

Linking with Carylee, Elena, Lauren, Molly, CharnelleRhea and Gina


Jul 23, 2014

Kimono


I've had this pictures for a few weeks now (hence the long hair) and since mother nature has been PMSing lately I haven't been able to take many pictures in this crazy rain, so I decided to make use of this set of pictures. 
I've had this pants for a little over..... 10 years, can you believe it? I bought them here while on vacation, the first time I ever went to Macys, I had to have them hemmed because they were too long, but considering that was the only alteration, I am very pleased that I they still fit me after such a long time. This kimono is also an oldie (not sure if a goodie) that I bought at Kohls last year, it's the only thing I have ever bought there I just don't seem to have much luck finding anything there (insert sad face), and I really haven't used it much, so I was pleased when I saw kimonos making a comeback, it sure gave me an opportunity to take it out of the corner in my closet where it had been all this time.

I promise I will find a way to take pictures in this crazy rain, worse case I will share Benson's pictures from his photo shoot, yes, he will have his picture taken on Friday by a local pet photographer that has donated her time to take pictures of all the available bullies from Adopt-a-Bull to help us find them forever homes, so stay tuned.

Pink pants - kimono - Emma & Sophia
Pants: Guess (pink jeans) / Top: Gap / Kimono: Kohls - old / Shoes: Charlotte Russe / Bag: Local store (white studded bag) / Earrings: Emma & Sophia $18 / Bracelets: Emma & Sophia - old white bangle - silver one bought on vacation in Savannah

Pink pants - kimono - Emma & Sophia

Pink pants - kimono - Emma & Sophia

Pink pants - kimono - Emma & Sophia

Pink pants - kimono - Emma & Sophia

Pink pants - kimono - Emma & Sophia

Linking with Shanna


Jul 21, 2014

Poshfind

I took this pictures last Friday at a little shop that I have been eyeing on my way home, normally in the mornings I take the highway, but in the afternoon since I am in no rush I take inter-city roads, they are less congested and sometimes you find cool places along the way, I am quite not that adventurous when it comes to taking blog pictures (most of them are right outside my house), but that doesn't stop me from looking around on my way home.
This little shop has the cutest little wooden boat sitting outside next to this pretty colored wall, and I thought I'd give it a chance, the only thing I didn't take into consideration was the sun, unfortunately there was no way I could get the boat in the picture without putting my camera in the middle of the busy street, so the aqua wall will have to do for now, besides the red light backed up the traffic next to the store and I still feel kind of weird taking pictures of myself in public, so next time... 

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals
Dress: French Connection via Poshmark (embroidered shift dress) / Bag: Michael kors / Sandals: Marc Fisher via Macys / Watch: Michael Kors/ Bracelet: old / Sunnies: Forever 21

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

I found this French Connection dress on Poshmark a couple of days ago for $8 ($13 with shipping) and I couldn't be happier, I love the embroidered detail, the big pockets and how light it is, I do need a slip for it since it's a little see through, but besides that this is such a perfect find. 
I was always a little skeptical about places like Poshmark and Thrift stores, they are not very popular where I grew up (they might be now, but not in my time), we always viewed second hand stores as a place where people shop when they can't afford other stores, it might have a lot to do with the fact that Colombia was not a very trend/season focused Country, we don't have 4 seasons, so our wardrobe remains very steady all year round, we tend to buy more basic pieces than to follow trends, so when someone discards a piece of clothing it has been very loved and very worn; bottom line you would never find pieces with the tags attached at a second hand store, here on the other hand people go through clothes at an amazing trend, love it today, to the salvation army tomorrow, so it is possible to find great pieces, like this one at ridiculous prices. I guess I have embraced the American shopping way with full force, but I also have learned to do it in a smart way, where I don't spend all my money on it, kind of proud of myself if I may say so.

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

Embroidered dress - blue bag - sandals

Linking with Carylee, Elena, Molly, Charnelle, Agi and Lauren 


Jul 17, 2014

Chambray and shorts

This post is full of awesome finds, the shorts are from J Crew Factory's sale a couple of weeks ago, like $25, but even better if you live close to a store they are currently having an extra 60% off clearance items, and they have a few shorts, bracelets and tops that I have been craving, mine even had their infamous skirt (not in my size unfortunately); then we have this chambray top that I have worn more than I can recall (even here on the blog, over a dress, with a a pair of coated jeans, and the trendy denim on denim ), then we have this bag that I scored on major sale + a coupon at Macys, and last but not least this awesome bracelet from Szidonia Collection.

Szidonia owns a great Etsy store full of awesome finds, like this wrap bracelet I wore I few days ago, they are so versatile, the color combination is great and they also have a metal chain that I am pretty sure can be customized to your liking, gold or silver. The suede material makes it easy to pair with more casual outfits, and the multi-band makes them an arm party on their own; she also has some Tibetan bracelets, and I am for sure drooling over this black sandalwood one, and this wooden stack bracelet, they remind me of bracelets I used to find on this fair we had in Medellin the 1st Saturday of each month, tons of local artists would come together to sell amazing hand made pieces, so unique and fun to have, this is what this store is like, with the advantage that it is not limited to 1 day a month, so make sure you check her Etsy store, specially since she is having a buy 2 get 1 free with free shipping on the wrap bracelets, and follow her on Twitter to keep up with her latest pieces and just to indulge in pretty jewelry.
Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats
Shorts: J Crew Factory / Top:  Marshalls / Shoes: Target - old / Bag: Michael Kors via Macy's / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Szidonia Collection c/o / Necklaces: Forever 21 - Jane (both old)

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Chambray shirt - floral shorts - flats

Linking with Agi, Tara, Ashley, Tara (Mix & Match Fashion) and Jacqueline