The Joy of Fashion

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

{Outfit}: Plaid Shirt and Lilac Skirt

Cute plaid shirt outfit
Cute plaid shirt outfit

Monday January 17, 2017

Hey guys! Here's what I wore for our last day vacationing in Boquete! I went with something casual with plaid and comfy sneakers. Easy peasy!

Today we discovered the cutest little shop that creates hand painted home decor. All the items from the shop were bursting with bright and cheerful colors; so naturally I wanted to buy EVERYTHING! I managed to hold myself back and only (only!) buy a cute little birdhouse, a hand painted bench, and some TJOF (The Joy of Fashion) decorative letters. I'm loving how these decorations really add nice little pops of color throughout my home!

Hola chicos!! Este es el look que lucí para nuestro último día de vacaciones en Boquete! Decidí irme con un outfit casual con estampado de cuadros y zapatillas cómodas. Sencillito!

Hoy descubrimos una tienda encantadora que pinta a mano decoraciones para el hogar. Todas las piezas de la tienda estaban pintadas con colores vibrantes, así que (obviamente!) quería comprármelos TODOS! Logré controlarme un poco y solamente me compré una casita de pajaritos, una banquita colorida, y unas letras de TJOF (The Joy of Fashion). Me encanta como estas decoraciones le añaden toques de color a mi hogar!

Cute hand painted shop in Boquete, Panama
Cute hand painted shop in Boquete, Panama
Cute hand painted shop in Boquete, Panama
Cute purple skirt outfit
Cute hand painted shop in Boquete, Panama
Cute purple skirt outfit
{Top: Tommy Hilfiger (Panama)  ;  Skirt/Falda: El Titan (Panama)  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: Target (USA)  ;  Hat/Sombrero: Used to be my mom's/Solía ser de mi mamá  ;  Belt/Correa: Forever21  ;  Earrings/Aretes: Boquete Fair/Feria de Boquete}

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

{Panama}: Fresas con Crema in Volcán

Cute outfit with red Jessica Simpson booties
Adorable fruit sweater from the Tommy Hilfiger Spring Summer 2016 Collection

Sunday January 16, 2017

Hi guys! On our second to last vacation day in Boquete, I decided to dust off my red booties and give them a whirl! Paired with a bright pink skirt and an adorable fruit patterned sweater makes for one cute outfit, am I right?!

Today we took a day trip up to Volcán to visit their flower gardens, enjoy the beautiful scenery of farm animals, AND (of course!) to enjoy some delicious strawberries with cream!! 

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! En nuestro penúltimo día de vacaciones en Boquete, decidí desempolvar mis botines rojos y finalmente lucirlos! Combinados con una falda rosada y un top con estampado de frutas termina siendo un look bastante adorable, no les parece?!

Hoy nos fuimos a turistear el área de Volcán para visitar sus jardines de flores, disfrutar de los paisajes con animales, y (por supuesto!) comer unas deliciosas fresas con crema!! 

Cute pink skirt outfit
Colorful Spring Outfit
Tourism in Volcan Panama
Tourism in Volcan Panama
Tourism in Volcan Panama

The Chiriquí provence is the only one in Panama with cool enough weather to grow strawberries; so it has become tradition to enjoy a variety of strawberry inspired desserts in this area. In particular, strawberries and cream are a MUST have when visiting Chiriquí!

La provincia de Chiriquí es el único en Panamá con el clima lo suficientemente fresco para cultivar fresas; así que se ha vuelto tradición disfrutar de una variedad de postres con fresas en esta provincia. En particular, las fresas con crema son un "MUST-have" cuando visitan Chiriquí!

Delicious Fresas con Crema from Chiriquí,Panama
Delicious Fresas con Crema from Chiriquí,Panama
Delicious Fresas con Crema from Chiriquí,Panama
Delicious Fresas con Crema from Chiriquí,Panama
Delicious Fresas con Crema from Chiriquí,Panama
{Top: Tommy Hilfiger (Panama)  ;  Skirt and Ring/Falda y Anillo: Forever21  ;  Jessica Simpson Booties/Botines: Stevens (Panama)}

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Sunday, February 19, 2017

{DIY}: Cute Kisses Dress Tutorial

This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial
This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial

Hi guys!! Yes I know, Valentine's day was maaaany days ago, sorry for posting this so late! But even though this adooorable kisses dress is indeed inspired by Valentine's day, I would definitely wear this dress all year round! 

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Sí ya se, San Valentín ya fue varios días atrás, mil disculpas por publicar esto tan tarde! Pero aunque sí es verdad que este vestido de besos es inspirado por San Valentín, definitivamente es una pieza que yo luciría a lo largo del año! 

This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial
This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial

To put this dress together, all you need to do (you guessed it!) is to kiss a white dress over and over. I switched between red and pink lipstick so that I would get a variation of saturated and unsaturated kisses. After every 3 or 4 kisses, I would reapply the lipstick and start again. Easy peasy!

In terms of setting the lipstick, I first let the dress air dry completely. Then I tried heat sealing the lipstick by putting the dress in the dryer on low for about 20 minutes. The lipstick looks dry and sealed enough for me to wear the dress without leaving lipstick everywhere I sit, but when it comes to washing I'm probably going to hand wash it carefully and spot treat it.

Para armar este vestido, todo lo que necesitas hacer (sí, ya lo adivinaron!) es besar una y otra vez a un vestido blanco. Yo utilicé lipstick rojo y rosado para tener una variedad entre besos saturados con color y otros más suaves. Después de cada 3 o 4 besos, me volvía a aplicar lipstick a los labios y empezaba a besar de nuevo. Es así de fácil!

En cuanto a sellar el lipstick en la tela, primero deje que los besos se secaran completamente al aire libre. Luego traté de sellarlo con calor al secar el vestido en mi secadora en nivel bajo por como 20 minutos. El lipstick se ve lo suficientemente seco para que me pueda poner el vestido sin miedo de manchar las sillas donde me valla a sentar. Pero para lavarlo, probablemente lo lave a mano con mucho cuidado y me enfocaré más que nada en sacar manchas solamente.

This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial
This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial

I am sooooooo smitten with how this dress turned out, AND I love the idea that this dress is custom made with my very own kisses!!!

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and I wish you a wonderful weekend :)

Estoy enamoraaaaaada de cómo quedó este vestido, y me fascina la idea de que el vestido es personalizado con mis propios besos!!

Espero que ustedes también hallan disfrutado de este tutorial, y les deseo un excelente fin de semana ;)

This adorable kiss dress is easier to make than you think! Click through for tutorial

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{Panama}: Feria de las Flores y del Café, Boquete

Beautiful flowers at the Flower and Coffee Fair in Boquete, Panama
Beautiful flowers at the Flower and Coffee Fair in Boquete, Panama

Hi guys!! Here are some pics of the beautiful flowers we saw at the flower and coffee fair during our vacations in Boquete. Every year they have an amazing display of flowers in all the colors of the rainbow! It was lovely to walk around and explore all the different shops while eating yummy fair food and refreshing piña coladas...especially with our Lila bear!

In terms of my outfit, I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to give the overalls trend a chance! I tried on a bigillion overalls and never really liked how they looked on me, especially because I'm so used to wearing dresses that hide my wider hips. But I finally found this lighter, more baggier version at Forever21 that I feel does a great job at balancing out my proportions while remaining chic and practical! Do you ever wear overalls?

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Aquí les muestro algunas fotos de todas las bellezas que vimos en la feria de las flores y del café durante nuestras vacaciones en Boquete. Todos los años tienen una gran variedad de flores en todos los colores del arcoiris!! La pasamos de maravilla explorando todas las tienditas mientras disfrutamos de piña coladas y comidas de feria... especialmente con nuestra osita Lila!

En cuanto a mi look, decidí probar algo fuera de mi área de confort luciendo la tendencia de los overalls! Me he probado sin mentirles un millón de overalls y no me ha gustado cómo me quedan, especialmente porque estoy acostumbrada a vestidos que disimulan mis caderas. Pero finalmente encontré esta versión más clara y ancha en Forever21 que siento que hace un buen trabajo balanceando mis proporciones y a la vez luciendo chic y práctico. Ustedes han usado overalls?
Beautiful flowers at the Flower and Coffee Fair in Boquete, Panama
Beautiful flowers at the Flower and Coffee Fair in Boquete, Panama
Outfit with Denim overalls from forever21
Outfit with Denim overalls from forever21
Beautiful flowers at the Flower and Coffee Fair in Boquete, Panama
Beautiful flowers at the Flower and Coffee Fair in Boquete, Panama
Outfit with Denim overalls from forever21

One of my favorite parts of the fair was all the folkloric dancing!! I have a fascination with the Panamanian pollera, especially with the gorgeous tembleques they wear in their hair.

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's day and thanks for stopping by!

Una de mis partes favoritas de la feria fue toda la danza folklorica!! Siempre me ha fascinado la pollera Panameña, especialmente los hermosos tembleques que lucen en su cabello.

Espero que todos hallan disfrutado San Valentín ayer, y muchas gracias por visitar mi blog!

Hermosa Pollera de Panamá
Hermosa Pollera de Panamá
Hermosa Pollera de Panamá
Hermosa Pollera de PanamáHermosa Pollera de Panamá
Hermosos tembleques de la pollera Panameña
Cute denim overalls outfit
Cute denim overalls outfit
{Top and Overalls/Camisa y Overalls: Forever21 (Panama)  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: Target (USA)  ; Hat/Sombrero: Usted to be my mom's/Solía ser de mi mamá  ;  Bracelets/Pulsera: El Costo (Panama)}

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Photos by // Fotos por: Gabriel Sukenik

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger