SUNSETS: *like an after office but not quite

Sunsets are the summer version of an after office drinks hangout, although you can swap the previous office time for beach time. There are drinks, there’s a DJ, there’s the same people you probably saw all day, there’s the wakko that loses it and dances on top of the bar at already 6.30pm, and there’s the ones trying to get lucky, or at least find someone that will accompany to the night club later.

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the awful lot of similarities, sunsets are way more fun, for starters, they’re one of my favourite things to see in Punta del Este, I mean it’s on the discourse of any real estate agency here, the unique Punta del Este sunsets.

 

 

 

Today I’m coming to one laters with a friend where another friend will be DJ’ing. So when she told me the location I immediately thought I gotta think of an outfit, oh well, location is a nudist beach; say what?! Well how about that?

 

 

I later found out that the nudist part is just on the title of the beach, and unfortunately I won’t be rocking my body harness in any sandy beaches today. Feel like joining?

 

 

 

ALL GARMENTS: MILHOUSE

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Namasté babes!

 

 

DOUBLE RAINBOW: milhouse

As always, I started of this outfit with one piece and built the rest of the pieces and accessories around it. While browsing my favourite multi-brand boutique in Punta del Este MILHOUSE, I found this gorgeous colorful Dioresque bikini bra by Pastiche, a Uruguayan brand which has totally stepped up their game and to my view, their designs uphold true artistic value.

 

 

 

 

It gave me all the summer feels, but I felt like I was stepping way out of my comfort zone.

 

 

 

I decided to give it a go anyways, and found a matching scarf and cardigan to go with it, by then 3/4’s of the outfit were done. I mean, go big or home right? Finally I opted for a black front buttoned down midi skirt I picked up at MILHOUSE boutique as well from another Uruguayan store, SantoMar.

 

 

 

Despite the colorful palette, the silhouette of this look screamed american royalty aka Ralph Lauren vibes, so as soon as I had this babies in my hands I headed down to the Yatch Club to shoot it.

 

Mixing colours, patterns and textures can be a bit of a risky business, but I’ve been trying more and more to play with a bolder colour palette lately, I guess the sun gets me jolly dolly.

 

 

 

 

ALL GARMENTS: MILHOUSE

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Namasté babes!

 

HORTENSIA: Post Beach SkinCare

As you all know, I am a beach side kindda gal, quite frankly I love roasting under the sunshine reggae and doing photosynthesis for hours.

 

Just as much as we prepare our skin for going under the sun, we need to nourish after it’s been exposed, and what better way to do so than with Korean Skin Care goodies.

 

 

 

HORTENSIA carries an incredible array of products that help rehydrate sun exposed skin, and bring back elasticity, luminosity and moisture. Korean skin care brands are globally known leaders when it comes to face masks.

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously I’m a sucker for Asian skin care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was recently kindly gifted these masks from Kocostar by Hortensia which I have to say have absolutely revolutionized the way I used to do masks, for starters they’re way easier to use, you can apply them to whichever area needs a little extra aquatic love, wether it be your face, necks, arms, wanna have soft baby cheeks? Hey I’m not blaming you! I would too. There’s no mess at the time of removal, they smell delicious, they’re asian, yes I know I said that before is just that is a really important part for me.

 

 

 

If by any chance you happen to be doing your photosynthesis in Punta del Este like myself, you’ll find their summer pop up beach shop in Parada 30 Brava. They’re also in Montevideo and they have an online shop [i suggest the last one..for those of you who wanna join the lazy people club I’ve been meaning to found].

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATERMELON SLICE MASK SHEET: KOCOSTAR HORTENSIA 

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Namasté babes!

LINE OF FIRE: staycation | uruguay

Given that I will be leaving my beloved Uruguay soon again, I started to get all that FOMO I did not get the past months while being here, and decided to explore the beauties of the motherland, I’m a beachside gal with the countryside at heart.

 

For someone utterly obsessed with traveling, sometimes I take for granted the millions of tourists that land in my lands every year. Don’t get me wrong, they do not go unnoticed, the inexistent winter supermarket queues suddenly become a thing, clubs and night bars come to life, and believe it or not, even the traffic lights get turned on during summer.

 

 

 

 

As you may know from my about page I suffer from a restless wanderlust gene

 

As usual, there was a need to dress the part. I wanted to wear my graduation dress which I bought off a super cute concept store in Chelsea London, last summer, but I thought how do I pull off an upwards U$S 1000 silk dress and take it to the countryside?

 

 

So I thought ok, layers, layers and textures are the key to solving this [oh so first world] problem. Started off with La Marca 1967 denim patch jacket in blue and white, which immediately vibed countryside to me, I told myself: cowgirl let’s cliché the f*ck out of this outfit and tie a red scarf to your Balenciaga bag, had chosen the bag cus it was suppoused to rain and this baby comes with a special coating for summer showers. Skies cleared laters I learnt sometimes we all just need a little staycation, for what we call home and routine, can all of a sudden become adventures and newness.

 

 

 

 

SILK DRESS: Baar & Bass

 

THE NEXT BALENCIAGA I WANNA GET CUS MINE SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE: Balenciaga

 

GOLD COWGIRL MULES: Victoria M Ortiz

 

RING & EARRINGS: Bijoux Brigitte

 

BRACELET with disscount!!: Céline

 

WATCH: Michael Kors

 

DENIM JACKET: La Marca 1967

 

 

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Namasté babes!

 

HOW TO STYLE: Cropped Tops

 

 

If the top is flowy, I’d suggest keeping the bottoms tight, weather it be skinny jeans or a bodycon skirt, unless you  wanna go for that 70’s show look, which is totally ok if that’s how you roll; or you wanna look like Britney on I’m not a girl not yet  woman.

 

 

 

 

The one I chose here had a V neckline, hence a necklace with a centre stone made the outfit flow much nicer than if I would have gone for a chocker necklace, no matter how instyle they are at the moment, sometimes it’s better to pay attention at the shapes we are trying to create or break rather than guiding ourselves by a trend.

 

If the top had had a crew neck (round neckline) then a chocker, earrings or a longer necklace would have been more suitable.

 

 

 

 

 

Kept the rest of my jewellery to a minimum, and decided to let my latest bag obsession be the star.

 

 

The key to layering when wearing a cropped blouse is to wear something flowy enough to play around with it and be able to show more and less skin depending on the movement of the moment, a fringed black cape like the suede one I chose here played two major roles, firstly it toned down the whole carnivalesque print in the outfits, and secondly it allowed for a flirtatious play of I show I don’t show skin, which I’m all about on a summer night.

 

 

BLACK DENIM JEGGINGS: Asos

CROPPED FLOWER BLOUSE: Limite

GOLD COWGIRL MULES: Victoria M Ortiz

BLACK VELVET MARMONT BAG: Gucci

RING & EARRINGS: Bijoux Brigitte

BRACELET: Céline

WATCH: Michael Kors

 

 

 

Namasté babes!

 

 

GYPSYLUXE: denim & wanderlusting | uruguay

 

Locations inspire me, they give me a starting point for building cute outfits. I started off with this denim jacket by La Marca 1967

 

Being lucky enough to live right in front of the sea the natural and most comfortable thing to have done would have been to just throw some big golden earrings matching the buttons in the jacket, put on white bikini bottoms, and cross to the beach to shoot.

 

 

 

 

SO THIS IS HOW IT WENT DOWN: I think gypsy I think Esmeralda (The hunchback of Notre Dame), I think Esmeralda I think flowy dresses and emerald stones, I think flowy I think flowers (bingo I got the dress) I think emerald I think my Hermes scarf, I think scarf I was in gypsy mode and bingo, I got the head piece. There’s always that millennial touch so my clear glasses and logomania Gucci Bag were a must to top the outfit, I think countryside I think booties, I think 35 degrees weather I think better not do booties, I think countryside I think booties, I compromised with cowboy mules. BREATHE.

 

 

 

 

 

I have a thing for dressing the part..

 

 

 

Truth is, the moment I held this soft denim jacket I immediately pictured myself as a gypsy, a LuxeGypsy, of course. So I decided to go explore the Uruguayan countryside, the chic way.

 

 

 

 

Spent hours driving and discovering the Uruguayan countryside these days, there’s something so peaceful about all the silence; to be fair, on a day it catches me a bit crossed it might drive me crazy [all those voices in her head], but for the most part it’s quite relaxing.

 

 

 

 

DENIM JACKET: La Marca 1967

SUNFLOWER DRESS: Asos

SCARF: Hermés

GOLD COWGIRL MULES: Victoria M Ortiz

BLACK VELVET MARMONT BAG: Gucci

RING & EARRINGS: Bijoux Brigitte

BRACELET: Céline

WATCH: Michael Kors

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Namasté babes!

 

BLUE BELLE: & a sneaky furrry ball

A photo says a thousand words, well here’s five

 

 

Some call it “outfit diaries” but I prefer honesty, just not feeling very verbal today

 

 

 

 

BABY BLUE ROMPER: Zara (SOLD OUT –> SIMILAR HERE)

GOLD COWGIRL MULES: Victoria M Ortiz

BLACK VELVET MARMONT BAG: Gucci

RING & EARRINGS: Bijoux Brigitte

BRACELET: Céline

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Namasté babes!

OLD SCHOOL KIRA KIRA: sequins & gucci gang

Diana Vreeland once said “The eye must travel“, I believe “The eye will always travel to the light“, [yes I did just quote me-self].

 

 

What better way to catch all that shine and wrap it in your outfit than a good old sequin piece.

I inherited this black vintage beauty from my grandma almost ten years ago.

 

 

STYLING TIP: I think the key for wearing your sequins is matching them with completely different but complementing textures; like satin, velvet, silk, taffeta or anything that will stand out on its own and aid on making the sequin embellished garment stand out as well [not that all those sparkles won’t do the job]

 

One of my personal faves is matching black sequins with leather trousers, I feel like a sexy rock n roll star whenever I pull that look

 

 

 

It’s the been real life all sparkles look since 2500BC [nerd alert], before we saw the world through the glamorous lens of KiraKiraApp

 

 

@ Rent a Dress PDE I found so many gorgeous pieces for the holidays, for going out and for all the glam parties I’ve been attending to this year which you already know of if you follow my stories on Instagram

 

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I also found cool clutches and fancy shoes, if you’re around in Punta I strongly recommend going to their showroom, promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

LITTLE BLACK KIRA KIRA JACKET: Grandma = Vintage

SATIN MAXI DRESS: h&m

SEQUIN BODY SUIT: Rent a Dress PDE

SEQUIN PLAYSUIT: Rent a Dress PDE

BLACK STILETTO PUMPS: Gucci

GOLD STUDDED CLUTCH: Rent a Dress PDE

BLACK VELVET MARMONT BAG: Gucci

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Namasté babes!

 

 

 

 

5 TIPS ON SUMMER WEDDING GUEST STYLING: how to look your best without overshadowing ‘her’

Narurally, every bride wants to be the apple of everyone’s eyes on her wedding day, chances are she spent days if not months designing, trying on and dreaming of the day she walks down the isle all eyes on her, fair enough, she deserves to be the star.

 

 

As a Go Big Or Go Home type of party goer, I like my outfits to match my partiesque-personality, however after attending so many weddings last year, I’ve come to realise that the show you put on a wedding with your outfit, hair and make up has certain guidelines in order to maximise your guest show potential while being respectful of the main outfit of the party.

 

1 – THE GOWN IN QUESTION

 

 

Summer weddings are an invite to patterns in gowns, summer weddings are an invite to flowers in gowns, summer weddings are an invite to colour, to have fun, and in this occasion for me, to experiment with new textures (tafetta) and colours (bright yellow gold).

 

 

 

Opting for something trendy is the way to go for me, when you’re a guest with no tittle in the wedding (the tittled ones being bridesmaids, mother of the bride, aunt of the bride, in which case I would suggest opting for a timeless silhouette) you are the one in charge of referencing the decade of the wedding, I mean not in charge of, but you get where I’m going.

 

And what says millennial and 2017/18 more than puffy big belled sleeves, off the shoulder dresses, and mini stiff silhouettes.

 

 2 – WHAT TO DO WITH THE HAIR

 

 

First off I like to start by the dress, once I know what I’ll be wearing, then I work around it for the hair.

In these photos occasion, I wore a stiff taffeta dress, having barely any movement to my outfit I wanted to add it on the hair, this way I’d have something in my outfit to accompany my moves on the dancefloor.

 

 

I’m a low high maintanance kindda gal, ok even I don’t believe that, what I mean is I have my high maintanance go to’s which become low maintanance once you’ve mastered them and can quickly pull them off, I hope this makes sense lol, I went for my natural voluminous waves, for which you can watch my step by step tutorial on how to achieve these HERE, I like to make mine last using the COLAB HAIR DRY SHAMPOO.

 

 

You can also go for an updo if your dress has a very deep back cleavage, a half pony with a princess cut dress, and even throw in some braids if you wanna add a romantic boho side to the whole look, I find braids very suiting for beach and country side summer weddings as well.

 

My rule of thumb for guests wedding hair is: HAIR APPLIQUÉS WITH PEARLS, DIAMONDS AND WHITE FLOWERS ARE A NO NO; leave that to ‘her’, and of course her mother, her aunts, her bridesmaids.

 

 

3 – THE ULTIMATE NO MAKE UP (i just used 25 products) MAKE UP LOOK

 

 

We all know summer weddings can get hot and sticky, this can make a full face of make up sound very unappealing, but fear not, I have a tutorial on my flawless base and lasting go to summer make up look HERE, which is what I used on this ocassion and switched the lippie from a nude one to a matte long lasting liquid lipstick in dark red which matched the flowers in my dress; I believe the make up in the wedding day should pull together all the outfit, and matching your lippie to a little detail in your gown is a great way to achieve this.

 

On this occasion I was headed to a night time wedding, and that is how I could get away with a bold make up look, however if your summer wedding takes place during the day, I would suggest switching the liquid liner for a soft eyeshadow, and adding some shimmer to the eyelook while keeping the lips softer in pink, coral or my fave go to: nude.

 

 

4 – BLING BLING

 

 

I like my bling to match my soul, black, joking; I like my bling to match the outfit’s ‘theme’ I may be going for, I can get quite theatrical when attending parties and very much into a theme; I guess it’s my way to cater for my multiple personalities.

 

 

 

Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of it but I wore a big black fan which came in handy cus it was the hottest night this summer here in Punta del Este, it made me feel like a flamenco dancer; to that I added big rounded hoop earrings which matched the whole Spanish Babe look I was going for.

 

My Gucci black velvet marmont bag (affordable dupe here) added that extra gold BLING to go with the earrings.

 

 

 

 

 

5 – PICK YOUR THEME WISELY

 

 

Here I went for a Spanish Inspired Babe look.

In order to pick your theme I would suggest picking one Item and working the rest of your statement pieces around it.

I opted for overall bold statements I could get away with due to it being a night wedding, and normally try to keep them to under 6 items that somehow all go together in one theme;

  1. big puffy sleeves
  2. big black fan
  3. big gold hoop earrings
  4. logo mania trend
  5. funky heeled snakeskin shoes
  6. bold deep red lippy

 

Another reason I could get away with wearing all of them is because I wasn’t really wearing all of them at the same time.

 

If you think about it, you’re not gonna be carrying your purse through the party all night long, same goes for the fan I used, although I must admit it did accompany me to the dancefloor and made for an awesome dancing prop.

 

 

 

 

HAIR:The Southern Dutchess on YouTube Tutorial

MAKE UP: The Southern Dutchess on YouTube Tutorial

DRESS: Asos

SNAKESKIN BOOTIES: Similar Here

BAG: Gucci

 

 

 

Namasté babes!