The Joy of Fashion

-- A Cheerful Personal Style Blog --


Hi everyone!!

My name is Marie McGrath and I'm a silly joyful girl who loves fashion! I was born and raised in Panama, in Central America, a warm tropical country that I call home.

I created The Joy of Fashion back in 2009 as a way for me to share my passion for fashion and life. Here you can find photos of my daily outfits, as well as beauty tutorials, crafts and DIY projects, styling tips, and so much more. You will probably come to realize that everything I post is filled with bright colors, joy, and a touch of silliness. Life is about being happy and having fun, and I definitely want to express that in everything that I share ;)

Hola a todos!!

Mi nombre es Marie McGrath y soy una mujer positiva y contenta que le encanta la moda! Nací y fui criada en Panamá en Centroamérica, un páis tropical y cálido a la cual llamo mi hogar.

The Joy of Fashion fue creado en el 2009 para darme un lugar donde puedo compartir mi pasión por la moda y la vida. Aquí podrán encontrar fotos de mis outfits diarios, tutoriales de belleza, consejos para vestirse con estilo, manualidades, y mucho más. Ya se darán cuenta de que todo lo que publico en mi blog está lleno de color, alegria, y con un toque chistoso. La vida es para ser felíz y divertirse, y me gusta transmitir ese mensaje en todo lo que comparto ;)

I've loved fashion ever since I was a little girl, dressing up in my sisters formal gowns and walking around the house in heels that were way too big for me. During my teen years, I started modeling for local photo shoots, TV commercials, and runway shows. A couple of years later, I studied Business Administration in Towson University in Maryland (USA). I graduated in 2010, and then moved back to Panama to be close to my family. Since then, I've been working as a Purchasing Manager in the family business. I also work as a part-time stylist for fashion photo shoots and styling events.

So take a look around and hopefully you will like what I do. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at

La moda siempre me ha fascinado! Cuando era niña, me encantaba ponerme los vestidos formales y tacones de mi hermana y caminar así por toda la casa. Cuando era adolescente, empecé a trabajar como modelo para sesiones de fotos, comerciales de televisión, y desfiles de moda. Unos años después, estudié Administración de Empresas en la Universidad de Towson en Maryland (USA). Me gradué en el 2010, y regresé a Panamá para estar cerca a mi familia. Desde entonces, he estado trabajando como Gerente de compras en la empresa familiar. En ocasiones también trabajo como "stylist" para sesiones de fotos y asesoría de moda.

Los invito a explorar mi blog y espero que les guste lo que hago. Si tienen alguna pregunta o sugerencia, no duden en contactarme por correo al



  1. Hi Marie,

    First of all, I LOVE your blog! Your outfits are so inspiring to me personally and your pictures you post for them are beautiful.

    I'm looking for some friendly advice... I recently just created my own blog specifically for fashion, food and DIYs/crafts. I was wondering if you had any advice or pointers based on your personal experience to keep in mind for when writing a blog post? Just so I don't feel like I'm aimlessly writing things... lol

    Thank you for taking the time to read my comment! ILY and keep posting amazingness on your blog!



    1. Hello Melissa!

      Thank you soooooo much for your kind words, it means a lot to me to hear you enjoy my blog and my style. Hooray!!

      Congratulations on deciding to start your own blog, that is amazing! Fashion, food, and diy's are three of my favorite things EVER, so be sure to send me a link, I would love to follow you!! And of course I would be more than happy to help you in anything I can.

      In terms of blog posts, I personally like to make my blog more visual than written, so I keep my text short and sweet and post several photos. In terms of what to write about exactly, I usually like to give a short explanation on why I chose to wear what I did. Try writing as if you are having a friendly conversation with a friend. Also, if you don't have a fancy shamncy camera, that doesn't matter at all! The cameras that come incorporated on phones are actually pretty awesome these days. My recommendation would be to take photos with natural lighting because the colors look sooo much better than if you take them indoors. The best time of the day to take photos is between 8-10am, or 4-5:30pm because that way the sun doesn't create harsh shadows (aka 12 o clock noon).

      Apart from that, other recommendations I can give you is to be patient and perseverant. Starting a blog is difficult and it can be discouraging when at first you don't receive the feedback that you desire. Don't let it get you down, continue to post and try to be active in the community (visiting other blogs, commenting, etc.) and before you know it you will make new friends!

      If you have aaaaany questions or just want more tips and recommendations, please feel free to shoot me an email at any time at . Congrats again and thank you so much for all your support Melissa!

    2. Hi Marie!

      Thank you so much for all the feedback, tips and tricks! Especially about when it is best to take pictures during specific times in the day. I never would have guessed!

      I'm very excited you want to follow me! Here is the link to my blog:

      I've only done one post so far, but I love blogging already. :)

      Thank you for responding to my comment; I find it really encouraging, especially coming from such an inspiration as yourself!

      Thank you so much again, and ILY and your blog!


  2. Es un honor estar con ustedes, me alegra en gran manera, apreciar cada diseño, y la belleza que tiene cada una de ustedes, mil gracia por mostrar al mundo lo mejor, pase por este blog, con la idea de crear el mio, y no se como hacerlo, como me encantaria tenerlo en sus paginas, un abrazo, y las mejores felicitaciones, al mundo de la moda, soy JUAN LEÒN DE LA VEGA, COMO SIEMPRE UN PLACER


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