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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

{Home}: Grand Reveal of My Dream Apartment, Part 1

Ever wonder what a blogger's home looks like? Click through to find out!

Ok guys, the day is FINALLY here when I show all of you photos of my dream apartment makeover!! As you all know, I worked really hard each and every day for the last 6 months in order to decorate the 1st apartment I've ever purchased. I'm going to divide this grand reveal into two parts so I don't overwhelm you with photos. Today I'll be showing you my new living room, my  new dining room, and my new kitchen makeover!

Lets start with my living room and dinning room shall we?! Check out these amazing before and after photos!!:

-- En Español -- Ok chicos, finaaaaaalmente ha llegado el día en que les muestro fotos de mi apartamento después de decorarlo!!! Como todos ustedes ya saben, he trabajado requete duro los últimos 6 meses tratando de amueblar y decorar el apartamento entero para convertirlo en el espacio de mis sueños. Voy a dividir las fotos en dos posts para no abrumarlos con tantas cosas a la vez. Hoy les estaré mostrando algunas fotos del makeover de mi sala, comedor, y cocina!! 

Para empezar, aquí les mostraré mi sala y mi comedor. Échenle un vistazo del Antes y Después y seguro se sorprenderán!:

Click through to see the full apartment makeover to a colorful wonderland!
Click through to see the full apartment makeover to a colorful wonderland!
Click through to see the full apartment makeover to a colorful wonderland!
Click through to see the full apartment makeover to a colorful wonderland!

I mean, can we talk about this flower wall and how awesome it looks?! I painted this wall myself inspired by a Lilly Pulitzer print I saw on the internet (believe me, it took a LONG time, but the results were worth it!). I decided to keep the furniture simple in all-white so that all the focus would be on the floral mural. I absolutely LOVE the end result, it feels like I'm living in a colorful Wonderland of my own ;)

Podemos tomar un momento para hablar sobre lo genial que quedó esta pared de flores?! Este mural lo pinté yo misma inspirada en un estampado de Lilly Pulitzer que vi en Pinterest (me tomó mucho tiempo, pero me encanta como se ve!). Decidí mantener los muebles bastantes sencillos en blanco para que el mural de flores sea el centro de la atención. Me encaaaaaanta el resultado final, es como vivir en mi propio País de las Maravillas! 

Don't be abraid to add a lot of bright colors to your living room space!
Beautiful Dining Room decor in white and aqua
Colorful picture frames are a great way to add pops of color throughout your home
Colorful Living Room Decor

The kitchen was one of my least favorite parts of my apartment when I first purchased it. The cabinets used to be this cheap looking faux dark wood with some big bulky silver handles... yuck. All the dark colors of the furniture made the narrow kitchen look even more narrow. Wondering how it looks after I worked my magic?! Check out this before and after:

Cuando compré el apartamento, la cocina sin duda alguna era uno de los cuartos que menos me gustaba porque los armarios estaban hechos de un material barato que trataba de imitar el aspecto de madera. Estos cajones oscuros hacían que la cocina que ya era pequeña se viera aun más pequeña. Se preguntan cómo quedó al final??? Pues échenle un vistazo a este Antes y Después:

Click through to see the full makeover of this kitchen!
Click through to see the full makeover of this kitchen!

I decided I wanted the entire kitchen to be as white as possible so that the room would look wider and easier on the eyes. To accomplish this, I hired someone to paint my cabinets white as well as adding some french glass cabinet doors in one part. 

Next I worked on painting (that's right, painting!) the kitchen countertop myself so that it would have this white marble effect. Last but not least, I added cute little candyland details in pink and blue throughout the kitchen to add a girly touch. LOVE how this room totally was transformed!

Decidí que quería una cocina todo en blanco para que se viera más amplio y fresco. Para lograrlo, contraté a unos señores que me pintaron todos los armarios de blanco como también me hicieron unas puertas francesas de vidrio. 

Luego decidí pintar (así es, PINTAR!) yo misma el sobre de la cocina para que tuviera este efecto de mármol blanco. Por último, pero no menos importante, añadí varios adornos en azul y rosado inspirados en Candyland para darle un toque femenino al cuarto. Estoy fascinada de cómo se transformó por completo la cocina!

Click through to see the full makeover of this kitchen from drap to fab
Click through to see the full makeover of this kitchen from drap to fab
Click through to see the full makeover of this kitchen from drap to fab

And there you have it everyone! What do you think of my new apartment decor?!?! Soon I'll be posting tutorials on how to do many of these makeovers yourselves at home. Aaaaand make sure you stay tuned to see my new CLOSET, bedroom, and balcony makeover later this week! Hooray!

Y allí lo tienen chicos! Qué les parece la decoración de mi nuevo apartamento?? Muy pronto estaré publicando tutoriales de cómo hacer estos makeovers ustedes mismos en casa. Asegúrense de quedarse en sintonía para ver mi nuevo CLOSET, recámara principal, y balcón en otro post de esta semana!! Woohoo, que emoción!!

Click through to see the full makeover of this kitchen from drap to fab

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Thursday, June 23, 2016

{Outfit}: If you like Piña Coladas

Super cute Pineapple dress for Summer
Loving this pineapple outfit for the Summer

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!!!

Ok ok, now that I got that out of my system, how are you guys doing today?! I'm feeling great wearing this awesome pineapple dress and comfy sandals combo. I kept this outfit pretty simple this time, but I can already picture myself pairing this dress with many of my fruity collection of clutches in the near future... I mean, who wouldn't want to look like a fruit punch, am I right?! That just sounds delicious and super fun, who's with me?!

Do you own any fruity pieces in your closet?


Vive en una piña debajo del mar...
BOB ESPONJA!

Ok, ok, no me pude resistir, ténganme paciencia please! jajaja. Cómo les va chicos? Yo me siento requete felíz usando este vestido genial de piñas combinado con unas sandalias cómodas. En esta ocasión mantuve mi look bastante sencillo, pero ya me puedo imaginar en el futuro combinando este vestido con mis clutches en forma de frutas... Digo, a quién no le gustaría verse como un fruit punch?!?! Eso suena delicioso y super divertido, no les parece?!

Ustedes tienen alguna pieza frutal en sus closets?

Super cute Pineapple dress for Summer
Super cute Pineapple dress for Summer
Super cute Pineapple dress for Summer
{Dress/Vestido: Tommy Hilfiger (Panama)  ;  Shoes, Sunglasses, and Earrings/Sandalias, Lentes y Aretes: Forever21  ;  Bag/Bolsa: Guess (Panama)}

Here are a couple of other fruity outfits I've worn:
Aquí otros outfits frutales que me he puesto:
Click through for more fruity outfits!Click through for more fruity outfits!
Click through for more fruity outfits!Click through for more fruity outfits!

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Sunday, June 19, 2016

{Outfit}: Boho Poncho and Booties

 Loving this boho outfit for Coachella!
Gyspy inspired outfits are great for Summer!

Hi guys!! Today I set aside my usual pink frilly style and decided to wear this cool boho outfit in black (a color you rarely see me wear here on the blog, am I right?!). Something about combining a poncho, a floppy hat, and a pair of booties made me feel like a mix between a cowboy and a gypsy... and who wouldn't love that combo?! haha. 

Wishing you a lovely Father's day!! Thanks for stopping by :)

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Hoy dejé a un lado mi estilo rosadito fresa usual y decidí ponerme este look bohemio en negro (un color que rara vez me ven usar aquí en mi blog, cierto?!). No se porqué, pero combinando este poncho, con un sombrero grande, y unos botines me hizo sentir como una mezcla entre un gypsy y una vaquera... y a quién no le encantaría esa combinación?! jaja.

Deseándoles a todos un Felíz Día del Padre!! Gracias por visitar mi blog ;) 

This red booties are the perfect pop of color to a neutral outfit
Boho outfit with a poncho
These boho bangles are the perfect Summer accessory!
{Top, Shorts, and Hat/Top, Shorts, y Sombrero: Forever21  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: Stevens (Panama)  ;  Bag/Bolsa: Shop-Panama  ;  Earrings/Aretes: Sammydress.com  ;  Bracelets/Pulseras: El Titan (Panama)}

Get the look: //Róbate el look:



Here are other ways in which I've worn this floppy hat:
Aquí otras formas en que me he puesto este sombrero:
Click through to see 3 other ways to wear this chic floppy hat!Click through to see 3 other ways to wear this chic floppy hat!Click through to see 3 other ways to wear this chic floppy hat!
Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Thursday, June 16, 2016

{Outfit}: Mixing Floral Prints for Spring

Mix two floral prints for one bold Spring outfit!
Pretty hair and makeup for Spring

Hi guys!! Panama doesn't really have the 4 seasons, but sometimes I like to play pretend and dress up as if we did. The rainy weather we have been having as of late made me wake up feeling it was Spring! And what could be more spring appropriate than wearing florals you may ask? Well my dears, wearing TWO floral prints of course! hahaha. 

Insert today's blooming look featuring two floral prints all in one outfit! What makes this combo "work" is that the two prints have a color in common (royal blue). To recreate this same look at home, be sure to through in a couple of supportive accessories in the same color (like my royal blue heels) to tie the entire look together. And voila, you are a vision in floral Spring ;)

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Aunque Panamá en realidad no tiene las 4 estaciones del año, a veces me gusta de igual forma fingir que los tenemos y vestirme de la temporada. El clima super lluvioso que hemos tenido últimamente me hace sentir que estamos en primavera! Y me pregunté, qué podría ser más apropiado para Primavera que un buen estampado de flores? Bueno chicos, eso sería usar DOS estampados de flores! jaja.

Y de allí nació este look usando dos estampados de flores en un mismo outfit! El secreto para que esta combinación luzca chic es usar dos estampados que tengan un color en común (en este caso, azul). Si quieren recrear este outfit en casa, también recomiendo muchísimo usar accesorios en el mismo color (como mis zapatos azules) para crear un sentido de balance. Y listo chicos! Con eso ya serán una visión de flores para primavera ;)

Great way to mix prints for Spring!
Pair a floral Kimono with a floral dress for a unique Spring outfit
Florals always look beautiful for Spring
This romantic braid hairstyle is pretty and easy to do for Spring and Summer
{Dress and Shoes/Vestido y Zapatos: Forever21  ;  Kimono: Estampa (Panama)  ;  Murano Necklace/Collar de Murano: Bought on a trip to Venice/Lo compré durante un viaje a Venecia  ;  Clutch: Saks (Panama)  ;  Ring/Anillo: Stevens (Panama)}

Get the look: //Róbate el look:



Here are other ways in which I've worn this dress:
Aquí otras formas en que me he puesto este vestido:
Click through to see 2 other ways to wear this floral maxi dress!Click through to see 2 other ways to wear this floral maxi dress!
Photos by: //Fotos por: Gabriel Sukenik
Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger

Monday, June 13, 2016

{Outfit}: Pink Dress and Blue Heels

Pretty Pink Dress Outfit
Love this pretty pink and blue Tommy Hilfiger bag!

Hi guys!! Can I get a shoutout from my fellow bloggers in saying that getting good content for a blog can be challenging at times, especially with an 8 to 5 job?! Do i hear an Amen?! haha.

I'm so sorry I haven't been able to post as regularly as I usually do guys, you have all been so incredibly patient and I reeeally appreciate it!! Moving into my new apartment has been an incredible experience, but it has been challenging to figure out what will be my new go-to spots for daily outfit photoshoots. I am yet to discover many in the area that are private enough to avoid gross whistling men (ain't nobody got time for that!). 

With that in mind, I present to you the first photo spot I've discovered in my new apartment area... my rooftop! hahaha (so original, I know). But hey, at least the simple white background lets you focus on the bright cheerful colors of today's outfit, am I right? Always look at the glass half full my friends, that's the secret of a happy life ;)

Do you encounter similar challenges in taking photos for your own blogs?

-- En Español -- Hola chicos!! Primero que todo, me vuelvo a disculpar con ustedes por no poder publicar material con la misma regularidad que lo hacía antes. A mis compañeros bloggers, a ustedes también les parece difícil crear contenido todo el tiempo, especialmente si tienen un trabajo de 8 a 5? Ustedes sí me entienden!! jaja.

Mudándome a mi nuevo apartamento ha sido una experiencia absolutamente maravillosa que me ha traído mucha felicidad y sentido de independencia. Pero también ha sido un reto encontrar nuevas locaciones donde me pueda tomar mis fotos de outfits que sea lo suficientemente privado para evitar silbidos de hombres tercos (no gracias!).

Con esto en mente, les presento el primer spot que he encontrado en mi nuevo apartamento para tomarme fotos de mis outfits... mi azotea!! jajaja (super original, ya lo sé). Pero bueno, por lo menos el fondo sencillo en blanco los permite ver con más claridad los colores brillantes y alegres de mi look de hoy, cierto?! Tenemos que siempre ver el mundo como si el vaso estuviera mitad lleno en vez de mitad vacío, ese es el secreto de vivir una vida felíz ;) 

¿Se encuentran ustedes con problemas similares cuando toman fotos para sus propios blogs?

Dainty earcuff give outfits the perfect touch of sparkle
Combine a bright pink dress with an equally bright pair of shoes to make a colorful Summer outfit!
Pretty and Dainty love bracelet

Get the look: //Cómprate el look:


Here are other ways in which I've worn this dress:
Aquí otras formas en que me he puesto este vestido:
Click through to find 2 other ways to wear a simple pink dress!Click through to find 2 other ways to wear a simple pink dress!
{Dress/Vestido: Saks (Panama)  ;  Shoes/Zapatos: Dresslink  ;  Tommy Hilfiger Bag/Bolso: TJ Maxx (Miami)  ;  Earrings/Aretes: Forever21 (Panama)  ;  Bracelet/Pulsera: Aéropostale (Panama)}

Marie McGrath, Panama Fashion Blogger