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Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Merry Christmas Together

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Christmas this year was nothing short of wonderful. As I mentioned the other day, my brother who lives in Europe decided to spend Christmas in Panama this year (for the first time in about 5 years), so everything was extra special this year with his presence.

My parents really outdid themselves this year with Christmas decorations and presents. I still feel like a kid waking up on Christmas morning and running out to see what "Santa" left under our tree.
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We ate treats...
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...opened presents...
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...and we thanked and hugged each other.
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My Boyfriend surprised me this year with a HUGE monkey plushie!!! (For all you new readers, my boyfriend and I call each other monkeys and love all things monkey). I am in love with this ginormous monkey!! We've named him Gorilon, which means Big Gorilla in Spanish.
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I'm not the only one who loves my new monkey, my grandmother also loved it too!
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We also took advantage that the entire family was together to take a family picture. We were all just so happy to be together.
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By far, this year was one of the best Christmases we have ever had. Having my brother Mike here for the holidays was the best blessing we could have ever wished for. I am so happy that we are all together :)
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Red was the logical choice

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When: Friday December 23, 2011

Red top: Forever 21 (U.S.A.)
Floral skirt: Conway (Panama)
Red belt: Madison (Panama)
Beige heels: Via Vai (Panama)
Beige clutch: Present from my boyfriend's family (From this designer)

Work + Continued wrapping presents and putting up last minute Christmas decorations.

You know how I decide what to wear sometimes? I take a look at previous outfits I have made! Today for example, I decided to wear a very red outfit since I wore a very green outfit last Friday. It only seems logical (and fun!) to dress in red and green colors during the holiday season!
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Here are all the ways in which I've worn this floral skirt:
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Sammy has the Christmas spirit

When: Wednesday December 21, 2011

Black dress: Zara (Panama)
Black belt: ? (Panama)
Black sequin heels: Zara (Panama)
Checkered purse: Borrowed from my mom
Panda ring: From this seller on eBay

Work + Helped my mom wrap Christmas presents

I'm not sure if I have mentioned it on my blog before, but my sister brings her dog Sammy to work everyday. He brings so much joy to our work environment, everyone loves him! Well today, my sister decided to dress Sammy with an adorable Christmas shirt!

How cute is he huh?!!? Adoooorable!

Here are all the ways in which I've worn this black dress:
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Incomplete family portrait

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When: Tuesday December 20, 2011

White collar shirt: Madison (Panama)
Grey trousers: Madison (Panama)
Black belt: ? (Panama)
Burgundy pumps: Lela Rose for Payless (U.S.A.)
Black Liz Claiborne purse: TJ Maxx
Glasses: Madison (Panama)
Polar Bear ring: from

Work + Date with my boyfriend to eat an ice cream cone and drive around the city

This year, my father came up with the wonderful idea of taking a picture of our family so that we can make online Christmas cards to send to our coworkers and distributors. Although the pictures turned out great, it was still incomplete without my brother Michael who lives in Europe.
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...But you want to know the good news?! My brother Michael is coming for Christmas this year!!!! (he hasn't been in Panama for Christmas for over 5 years!)
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Having my brother here in Panama is by far the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for! He arrives on Saturday and I just can't wait! So so happy! :)

Here are all the ways in which I've worn this white collar shirt:
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Versatile yellow skirt

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When: Monday December 19, 2011

Yellow skirt: El Titan (Panama)
Ralph Lauren striped top: Birthday present from my boyfriend
Black Nine West belt: TJ Maxx (U.S.A.)
Black pumps: La Onda (Panama)
Black Liz Claiborne purse: TJ Maxx (U.S.A.)
Bunny ring: From

Work + Some last minute Christmas shopping with my boyfriend

Last year I decided I needed a couple of classic looking skirts, so I decided to buy this yellow skirt as well as twin orange and lime green skirts. I would have never guessed that the yellow skirt would be the one I wear the most (and by far!) Wanna guess how many times I have worn it since last year?
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... no idea? I've worn it 14 times!! That might not sound like many times to you, but I don't wear almost anything that often. I feel so proud of myself for being able to remix this yellow skirt in so many ways!

What is the color of the skirt you wear the most?

Here are all the 14 ways in which I've worn this yellow skirt:
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DIY: Paperclip necklace

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I finally got around to posting this DIY! Sorry for the delay guys!

Here is cute and fun craft: A paperclip necklace! Yes that's right, a necklace completely made of paperclips. I love how easy, quick, and quirky this DIY is!

Craft: Paperclip necklace

Source: Inspired by Glitter N' Glue

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For this craft, all you will need is:
  1. Lots of paper clips!

Here are the steps to completing this craft:

1. Make a strand of clips of each color: The first thing you need to do is separate the clips by color and then clip them together in long strands. Each color strand should be one clip longer than the previous strand. So for example, the closest strand to your neck would have 12 clips, the next color would have 13, the next 14, and so on.
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2. Attach all strands to one paperclip: Next step is to attach each strand of paperclips to one single paperclip. Make sure to attach them in the order in which you want to display them.
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3. Adjust length as desired: The 3rd and final step is to add as many paperclips as you want to get the desired length. I attached 4 clips to the back of the necklace, but you can add as many as you want!
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As easy as 1, 2, 3!

So there you have it folks, go ahead and try making a paperclip necklace! It's easy, quick, and fun! Plus, it costs less than $1 (Or make it for free by using office supplies at work).
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Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and let me know if you give it a try!