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Monday, January 25, 2016

{Panama}: Flower and Coffee Fair, Boquete Chiriquí

Breathtaking View from Boquete Chiriquí, Panama

Sunday January 10, 2015

Hi guys! A couple of weeks ago, me and Gabe decided to take a mini staycation by driving up to Boquete in Chiriquí for a couple of days. Here are some photos of our first day in Boquete where we got a sneak peek of the amazing flower display for the upcoming Flower and Coffee fair that takes place in this town every year. The rich saturated colors of the sea of different types of flowers were absolutely breathtaking; especially with the mountains and river backdrop.

-- En Español -- Hola chicos! Hace un par de semanas, Gabe y yo decidímos tomarnos unas mini vacaciones y conducimos a Boquete en Chiriquí para descansar un par de días. Aquí les comparto algunas fotos de nuestro primer día en Boquete donde pudimos ver un adelanto de las flores hermosas sembradas para la Feria de las Flores y del Café que toma lugar en este pueblo todos los años. Los colores saturados de los diferentes tipos de flores estaban absolutamente hermosos; especialmente junto al paisaje de montañas y ríos.

This floral maxi dress is perfect for Spring!
Gorgeous flowers in Boquete, Panama
Relaxing Vacation in Boquete, Panama. Click through for more photos!
Beautiful Flowers at the Feria de las Flores in Boquete, Panama
Beautiful Flowers at the Feria de las Flores in Boquete, Panama
Beautiful Flowers at the Feria de las Flores in Boquete, Panama
Beautiful Flowers at the Feria de las Flores in Boquete, Panama
Relaxing Vacations in Boquete, Panama. Click through for more photos!

Boquete is simply the perfect place to get away from the city and unwind. The weather is cooler, the breeze is lovely, the town is simple and quaint, and the views are spectacular. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is visiting Panama.

Boquete sencillamente es el lugar perfecto para escaparse de la ciudad y descansar. El clima es más fresco, la brisa es deliciosa, el pueblo es sencillo y pintoresco, y las vistas son espectaculares. Sin duda se lo recomendaría muchísimo a todos los que vengan a visitar a Panamá.

Cute Pony on my vacations in Boquete, Panama
Cute and Friendly dog on vacations at Boquete, Panama
Cocktails by the fire at Panamonte, Boquete Panama
Boquete in Panama is a fantastic vacation spot for locals and tourists! Click through for more details
{Dress, Jacket, and Shoes/Vestido, Chaqueta, y Zapatos: Forever21  ;  Necklace/Collar: c/o Onecklace.com}

Photos by/Fotos por: Gabriel Sukenik

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Saturday, January 23, 2016

{Sneak Peek}: My 1st City Apartment in Panama

Gorgeous view of Panama City at Night

Hello everyone!! If you follow me on Instagram (@mariemcgrathpty), you probably already know that I recently received the keys to the first apartment I have ever purchased!! Can I get a hip, hip, hooray?!?! It is a 2 bedroom junior penthouse apartment in a building located in San Francisco (referring to of course an area in Panama City by that name, not in California, lols!). Plus, it is just a couple of blocks away from my office (goodbye Panama traffic!). 

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Si me siguen en Instagram (@mariemcgrathpty), seguro ya saben que hace poco recibí las llaves del primer apartamento que he comprado en mi vida!! Weeeee!!! Es un apartamento de 2 habitaciones, junior penthouse, dentro de un edificio localizado en San Francisco (refiriéndome por supuesto a un área en la Ciudad de Panamá con ese nombre, no en California... jaja). Además, el apartamento queda a tan solo un par de cuadras de distancia de mi oficina (adiós tráfico horroroso de Panamá!).

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

I am super duper excited to be decorating my apartment and making it the chic and colorful world that I yearn to live in. You can definitely expect all sorts of colors, flowers, and fun details to be a part of my home decor. I can't wait to share with all of you every step of the way as well as DIY projects and decorating tips. For starters, here are a couple of sneak peeks of my new apartment before furnishing it:

Estoy super emocionada por decorar y amueblar mi apartamento para crear ese mundo chic y elegante en el que siempre he soñado vivir.  Por supuesto que pueden esperar de mi apartamento todo tipo de colores vivos, flores, y detalles divertidos. Estoy ansiosa por compartir con ustedes cada paso de este camino como también tutoriales y tips de decoración. Para empezar, aquí les muestro un adelanto de cómo se ve mi apartamento antes de amueblarla:

Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama

I was SOOOO excited the day I finally received the keys, that I decided to celebrate by sipping champagne while watching the sunset from my new balcony. The view from my apartment is absolutely magical, overseeing both the ocean and the city. I could not feel more blessed and happy for this amazing opportunity!! Hoooorrraaayyy!!! Thank you for letting me share this important step in my life with all of you :)

Yo estaba tan pero tan emocionada el día que por fin me dieron las llaves que decidí celebrarlo tomando champaña y viendo el atardecer desde mi nuevo balcón. La vista desde mi apartamento es realmente mágico porque se puede ver tanto el mar como la ciudad. No puedo creer lo afortunada y bendecida que soy por tener esta oportunidad tan increíble! Weeee!! Gracias por permitirme compartir con ustedes este paso tan importante en mi vida ;) 

Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Apartment with a beautiful view of Panama City, Panama
Cheers to a new Apartment!

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Thursday, January 21, 2016

{Outfit}: Rainbow Bright Shoes

Loving these bright and bold rainbow heels!
Bright outfit with rainbow heels!

Hi guys!! I've had these super fun rainbow heels in my closet for a couple of months now puzzled on how to wear them. I kept trying to pair them with black or white, but I felt it was too safe and expected. So one day I woke up and thought "Go Bright, or go home sista!" and decided to pair these bright heels with an even brighter neon orange dress. And you know what?! I absolutely loooove it. I am all about color, so this outfit feels incredibly "me".

How would you wear these heels? Any tips you would like to share?

Hola chicos!! He tenido estos divertidos tacones de arco iris en mi closet por varios meses sin saber cómo usarlos. Traté varias veces de combinarlos con blanco o negro, pero me parecía muy poco original. Hasta que una mañana me desperté y sentí que era hora de atreverme a hacer un look con impacto combinando estos zapatos brillantes con un vestido aun más brillante en naranja neón. Y saben qué? Me encaaaanta cómo se ve! Mi estilo se basa en colores vivos, así que me sentí muy "yo" en este look. 

Cómo te pondrías tú estos tacones? Tienes algun tip que quieras compartir?

Beautiful Cateye makeup for Spring and Summer!
This studded Xoxo clutch goes with just about everything!
Pair a simple orange dress with bold heels for a bright and fun outfit!
{Dress/Vestido: Used to be my sister's/Solía ser de mi hermana  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: Sammydress.com  ;  Bag/Bolsa: Present from my mom/Regalo de mi mamá  ;  Earrings and Rings/Aretes y Anillos: Forever21 (Panama)}

Photos by/Fotos por: Vanessa Richani

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Monday, January 18, 2016

{Outfit}: Bold Statement Accessories

Cute outfit using a simple LBD
Loving this scarf hairstyle to look cute in the Summer heat!

Hi guys! You wanna know what my favorite part of making outfits is?! The accessories!! I love how bold accessories can really transform a simple outfit into something special. Check out today's look for example, I took a classic LBD (Little Black Dress) and spruced it up with these beautiful jewelled earrings and retro floral scarf. Doesn't get much easier than that ;)

-- En Español -- Hola chicos! Quieren saber cuál es mi parte favorita de crear outfits?! Los accesorios!! Me encanta como unos buenos accesorios pueden realmente transformar un atuendo sencillo en algo especial. En mi look de hoy, por ejemplo, usé un vestido negro clásico y le di vida con estos hermosos aretes morados y esta bufanda retro en mi cabello. Un look muy sencillo de hacer y que se ve excelente ;)

Gold and black accessories look great with a simple Little black Dress
This hairstyle is quick and easy for those hot summer days!
Cute outfit with a Little black Dress
{Dress/Vestido: El Titan (Panama)  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: BBB (Panama)   ;  Earrings/Aretes: Asos.com  ;  Scarf/Bufanda: Lush (Panama)  ;  Bag/Bolsa: Sammydress.com  ;  Bracelet/Pulsera: Forever21 (Panama)}

Photos by/Fotos por: Vanessa Richani
Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

{Outfit}: Booties and Belted Scarves

Cute and colorful outfit for Fall
One great way to wear a scarf is to belt it over a dress!

Hey there guys!! Here is a colorful outfit I put together for a cozy day at our El Valle house. Boots and booties are perfect for weekends in the countryside because they keep my feet warm and dirt free (plus they look adorbs!). I paired them with a simple orange outfit and this pretty floral scarf my mom gave me a couple of years ago. I felt bright and cozy all day long ;)

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Aquí les muestro un look colorido que armé para un fin de semana relajado en nuestra casa de El Valle. Botas y botines me parecen perfectos para fines de semana en el campo porque mantienen mis pies calientitos y libres de sucio (además se ven adorables!). En esta ocasión los combiné con un look sencillo en naranja y esta linda bufanda de flores que me regaló mi mamá hace un par de años atrás. Me sentí colorida y cómoda todo el día en este look ;)

Booties are a must-have for Fall! Click through for more outfit inspiration
Colorful outfit for fall!
Cute accessories for Fall!
{Dress, Earrings, and Rings/Vestido, Aretes, y Anillos: Forever21 (Panama)  ;  Cardigan/Abrigo: Zara  ;  Shoes and Bag/Zapatos y Bolsa: Aéropostale (Panama)  ;  Bracelets/Pulseras: Stevens (Panama)}

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Sunday, January 10, 2016

{Outfit}: Green plaid and Stripes

Cute outfit for Fall! Just add black tights and boots for winter

Hi guys!! Here is a cute outfit in green that I put together mixing plaid and stripes together. Every time I combine several prints in one look, I try to keep the accessories real simple in neutral colors like black or beige. Another good trick is to add a little sparkle with gold accessories that are simple enough to not overpower the outfit, but unique enough to add interest.

Wishing you all a great weekend!!

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Aquí les muestro un look en verde que armé mezclando rayas y cuadros juntos. Cada vez que combino varios estampados en un mismo look, trato de mantener los accesorios bastante sencillos en colores neutrales como negro o beige. Otro buen truco es añadir un poco de glamour con accesorios dorados lo suficientemente sencillos para no sobrecargar el look, pero también lo suficientemente únicos para darle interés a tu outfit.

Les deseo a todos un excelente fin de semana!!

Cute outfit with an oversized cozy sweater
Cute plaid outfit for Fall!
Cozy Sweater Weather
{Sweater and Skirt/Sueter y Falda: Forever21  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: Zara (Panama)  ;  Necklace/Collar: Sammydress.com  ;  Clutch: Asos.com  ;  Earrings/Aretes: Claire's (Panama)}

Photos by/Fotos por: Vanessa Richani
Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger