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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FAQ: Answers

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So do any of you remember all those FAQ's you lovely readers submitted? Of course you don't remember, it has been SO long since then! I'm so so soooo sorry I didn't get to answer your questions until now! But anyway, here are my answers (finally):

What is fashion like in Panama versus the U.S.A.?
Well, my only experience with U.S. fashion was my two years of college in Towson, Maryland during 2009 and 2010. From what I could see, the average American likes to be comfortable in what he/she wears. I could see that Americans would wear a lot of jeans, cardigans, and wedges/flats.

Here in Panama, women (in general) like to dress up and always look their best. Yes, most Panamanians wear jeans just like Americans do, but they like to dress it up with high heels, nice blouses, and chic accessories. Fashion is so accessible here that women from all brackgrounds can dress nicely.

In Panama however, there are certain items that are not quite common like tights and hats. So whenever I wear these items, I get lots and lots of stares! (Sometimes good ones, sometimes bad ones... haha).

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Where do you get the inspiration for your colorful outfits?
I think the main reason why I wear so much color is because I'm a very positive, cheerful, and upbeat person. So wearing color just seems natural to me! I do however get a lot of inspiration from fellow bloggers ;)

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What's your favorite color to wear?
Out of all the colors, I feel that I look best in green. But for some reason, I don't wear green that often. I would say that I most often wear white mixed with some other bright color.

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How do you decide which pieces to splurge on versus save?
Most of my clothes (probably like 95%) is very very affordable. I find that a good rule of thumb is to splurge when it comes to classic pieces that never go out of style such as a little black dress, a black blazer, a white collar shirt, a pair of black and/or nude pumps, etc. Those pieces will always be considered fashionable, so it is worth getting quality. On the other hand, I usually buy more economical pieces when it comes to trends that come and go.

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Thanks for all the great questions guys!  
If you have any other questions, please feel free to write in the comment section below or shoot me an email at thejoyoffashion (at) hotmail (dot) com

Monday, July 30, 2012

Nerdy Plaid and Nerdy Glasses

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When: Monday July 30, 2012

Skirt: El Costo (Panama)
Heels: Present from my friends

Work + Movie date to watch Batman, the Dark Knight Rises with my boyfriend

Lately I seem to always wear my geek-chic glasses whenever I wear one of my several plaid skirts. Something about the plaid pattern makes me want to dress up like a nerd (a fashionable nerd, but a nerd no less). You don't believe me? Check this outfit and this one! I can't seem to stop! hehe

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Here are all the ways in which I've worn this skirt:

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Last week on Instagram...

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Follow me on Instagram @mariemcgrathpty

Here is a peek of last week's fun activities:
1. Being my silly self with my silly friends ;)
2. My kitty chasing the computer mouse... ADORABLE!
3. Another one of my kitties looking dashing early in the morning
4. I am just smitten with my Happy Face purse from!!
5. Eating some Arroz con Leche (its basically rice pudding)
6. Wearing some cute Froggy accessories.
7. Eating empanadas on our way to the beach
8. Playing with toy shoot guns was SOOOO much fun!
9. & 10. Relaxing in the jacuzzi
11. Ready for the beach with my red beach hat
12. Found this Beagle and couldn't help playing with him
13. & 14. Playing Uno and eating delicious BBQ.
15. Sipping piƱa coladas...
16. Playing with a Graffiti App on my iPhone... it was quite fun :)
17. Eating yummy desserts with my friends.
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Happy Birthday to Alejo!

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This past weekend we all went to the beach to celebrate my boyfriend's 24th Birthday! Yaaii!! I know I don't talk much about my boyfriend, but he truly is a wonderful person. I'm so happy to have him in my life and I wish him many Happy Birthdays to come ;)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ribbit Ribbit

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When: Wednesday July 25, 2012

Lacoste top: Present from my boyfriend
Shoes: Via Vai (Panama)
Frog ring: Present from one of my best friends
Frog necklace: Present from my sister

Work + Movie date with my boyfriend


I decided to wear a bunch of froggy accessories today. I didn't realize I had so many frog items until I actually started to gather them together (oh and btw, I have even more froggy accessories that I forgot to wear). I guess deep down inside I must be a frog lover or something ;)

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Here are all the ways in which I've worn this collar shirt:

  Pink & White shirt Remix

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


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When: Tuesday July 24, 2012

Dress: Dorians (Panama)
Jean jacket: Saks (Panama)
Heels: Via Vai (Panama)

Work + Worked on some small projects around the house

As soon as I saw this Smiley purse on, I knew I had to have it. As many of you have probably noticed by now, I'm a very cheerful, peppy, and positive person; so it feels only natural to own a Happy Face purse right?! Plus, it's just so darn cute I couldn't resist ;)
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