As a proud Colombian, I consider Cartagena one of the most special places to visit. The colorful streets, the fresh fruits and seafood, the history behind the city and its walls, and the never-ending nightlife are some of the things I enjoy when I go there. During my last trip to Cartagena, I went to meet the new TPC Cartagena at Karibana Golf and Beach Resort. The luxury spot gives you an exclusive view of the water from the hills of the golf course. CLICK HERE to read the full feature on BELLO Mag.
Cartagena – @HauteFrugalista Express Crop Top| Jose Cuello Skirt| Marc Jacobs Handbag| Tory Burch Sunnies| Forever 21 Jewelry| Coach Wedges
For my outfit in “La Ciudad Amurallada” I had to represent my roots, so I paired an Express crop top with an abstract-printed soft denim skirt from Colombian designer Jose Cuello. I really liked his designs because he knows how to mix bright colors and bold prints in light fabrics, with incredible style and class. Even though it was extremely hot- thank God for cold coconuts-, a traditional sombrero vueltiao’ was the ideal addition to my look.
Visiting Paris for Fashion Week is one of my favorite things to do, and having the chance to see so many collections up-close, is definitely a dream come true. The Palace of Versailles is always a must go-to place for many reasons. It is an enchanting spot that makes you feel in between the old and new world. It reminds you of the beauty and decadence, and the tragedy behind one of the most beautiful places in France.
You can breathe and feel the history and the love that accompanies the tumultuous story of Napoleon and Marie Antoinette.
I think this transfers to fashion. There is a reason why French women are notable for their effortlessly chic way of dressing. They mix textures, patterns and colors without fear, but with plenty of class. The level of craftsmanship and attention to details seeing on a Parisian runway are above anything you could imagine. Even up-and-coming designers work with a standard of perfection and sophistication that do not need to be called Couture in order to look and feel like they are.
My love affair with France goes beyond Paris Fashion Week. It started when I was really young and my mom would talk to me about the world, different cultures and languages. Something I’m diligently doing with my own children! The love grew when I began studying art history, literature and philosophy… That was the moment I learned that there is nothing like experiencing the cultural side of a city, and its nearby towns. Giverny, located in the northern side of France, is home to Claude Monet’s museum and famous gardens. Surrounded by beautiful water lilies dancing on the creeks, and flowers delicately moving with the breeze, I would have to say that is one of those places that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Paris, France. Museum of Claude Monet
Admiring the nature of this very quaint village, is to reminisce of the romantic impressionist paintings Monet left us. As a huge art fanatic, I have to admit that visiting his home made me understand why he was so infatuated with depicting the “seemingly” common process of flora transformation, which is in reality nothing short of breathtaking. Continue reading →
Today we ring in a new year, and I can’t help but look back into what 2014 brought into my life. Many changes in my personal life, growth in my professional life, and tons of new experiences that have shaped me and made me stronger. I had many struggles and difficult moments, but with each of them, came a hug or kiss from my kids. They’re the ones making me move forward into a positive direction, and encouraging me to continue appreciating what really matters in life.