Brights

Sun, sea, friends, mocktails and bright colors. Those are the ingredients for a perfect start of the day! When friends come to visit you, you take a day off (especially if it's a Monday!) and just enjoy life with them! And that's exactly what happened here. Drink at one of the most beautiful hotels on the island, followed by a dip in the crystal clear waters and a yummy lunch was just what we all needed :)

Panama hat: H&M - Jacket: Vince Camuto - Top & Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch - Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti - Bag: Céline

Quality time

In honor of Mother's Day, my brother and I took my mom out for a walk, a little window shopping and an ice cream date yesterday. The weather was absolutely perfect, the sun was shining yet it wasn't too hot nor humid. When we walked by this cute little bench in front of this pink flower explosion we couldn't help ourselves and decided to stop and take some mother daughter pictures :D I am so glad I got to spend some quality time with her and show her how thankful I am to have her!
So of course I also wanted to dedicate this post to her, the woman who taught me everything I know and that has been there for me through thin and thick. She is my biggest inspiration and my best friend and she deserves all the happiness in the world! I hope one day I'll be as awesome a mom as she is to me!

On my mom: Bag: Céline - Dress: Ted Baker - Shoes: Nina Ricci - Sunglasses: Bulgari
On me: Bag: Céline - Dress: Shein - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Sunglasses: Céline

Just look at how happy she is with her ice cream! haha while I'm just trying to take a decent picture of the ice cream before it melt completely!

Strawberry, passion fruit and yogurt ice cream, my absolute favorite flavors!

Wishing all the beautiful mothers out there a happy Mother's Day! You are our real heroes!

Off the shoulders

A short stop during the little road trip we took this weekend is all I needed to snap these pictures. We were headed to a restaurant/lounge on the beach with music and awesome decor and I was feeling all the coachella vibes because that place always makes me feel like I'm at a music festival. Hence this look. Except that we're not in the desert here.

Choker, top and shorts: Forever 21 (in stores now!) - Bag: Céline - Shoes: Chanel

My workout routine

A few years back I cringed every time anyone mentioned to me going to the gym or out for a run. "It's gonna be fun!" they said, and all I could think of is how much I hated running! But through the years I started learning how to love a good workout. It's all about loving yourself and your body really. I like to take care of myself with beauty products, dressing up in beautiful clothes and wearing make up that makes me feel like my best self, but true beauty and confidence comes from within. And that's what working out is all about. It's incredible how beneficial even half an hour a day of exercise is to your body and mind.

So today I wanna share with you my "lazy girl" workout routine as well as a few things that motivated me to get my butt moving!

First of all to get me in the mood to exercise and start my run with a smile I always opt for really cute work out gear! It's an instant mood lifter: if I like what I'm wearing I'll automatically be happier to do anything!
Recently I've been obsessing over these two outfits by Peony. Peony's garments are cute and comfy and can dressed up or down very easily, just by switching out your top!
Peony is a contemporary athleisure brand that unites femininity and athleticism: luxurious fabrics and original prints create premium quality pieces that aim to take women from work to work out.

And of course during my run I also like to think of ways to reward myself after all this effort. There are two ways I like to spoil myself after a really long workout: either by taking a hot bath complete with bath bombs and candles or simply by making a fresh fruit smoothie (my favorite combo is cashew milk, avocado, banana and honey).

So this was my sporty look for work on Friday. I always go for a run on Fridays (as well as Mondays and Wednesdays) so I opted for my Peony rose print leggings and paired them with a flowy lace top and my Nike Roshes.

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Rose print sportsbra and leggings.
I especially love how these leggings even have a small pocket to put your phone in!

After I'm done with my run (typically I run for 5 to 6 miles) I cool down by walking a little. I'm so lucky to be living on this wonderful island and having stunning views during my workouts!

At the end of my run I end up stretching and meditating by the water on my favorite secret spot of the island. The scenery is breathtaking here and there is rarely anybody else besides me.

And I always come back here on Sunday mornings to do some yoga. The sound of the waves crushing into the rocks is so calming and soothing. I really love it here.

All sportswear by Peony. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

Days like these

As soon as I got back to Guadeloupe, Stephany (from @stephanyayinda), a super talented freelance photographer and dear friend of mine, came to visit me! I hadn't seen her in 6 months and I was so happy to finally be reunited with her! We decided to head to one of the nicest hotels and spas of the island for a yummy lunch on her first day here. Of course I jumped on the occasion to dress up a little and wear this gorgeous baroque dress and my trusted Emilio Pucci golden pumps. These are so extremely comfortable, it's unbelievable! I have worn them for many nights out and danced for 6 straight hours in them and my feet barely hurt at the end of the night! Seriously God sent!

Dress: Shein - Sunglasses: Céline - Shoes: Emilio Pucci - Bag: Chloé

Brooch: Chanel - Bracelets: The Peach Box - Link bracelet: J. Crew - Ring: YSL

And on to the delicious food! I decided to get a cheeseburger (hello cheat day!) with fries and salad and Stephany went for a beef carpaccio with a side of fries! Can you tell we're obsessed with this place's french fries? The are SO GOOD!

NYC Day 3

My final day in the city was all about friends and good times! It started with the most delicious brunch ever at Ladurée in Soho with my girls Yana and Audrey. There I got my ultimate favorite treat: french toasts with raspberry coulis and rose infused whipped cream. If those sound like heaven to you, I can confirm that they really are!

Bags: Chloé - Ring: YSL - Bracelets: The Peach Box - Watch: Marc Bale

Of course I couldn't leave Ladurée without a box of macarons to go!

After brunch and a little bit of window shopping in Soho, we headed to the upper west side. I love the vibe that the lush green spaces and renowned performing arts venues give to this area. The immaculate brownstones and impeccable storefronts lend this neighborhood a surprisingly village-like vibe.

My favorite shopping spots in the Upper West side are Century 21 and the Bloomingdales Outlet store. I always end up making one in a lifetime designer finds at ridiculous prices there! I love to go to Shake Shack if I'm ever craving burgers and yummy milkshakes and Levain Bakery's cookies are a must try if you're ever in this area!

My look for the day was edgy but comfy.

Biker jacket: Céline - Lace up shirt: Shein - Pants: 7 for all mankind - Shoes: Isabel Marant

We wanted to get a couple of those delectable Levain Bakery cookies (the chocolate chip and walnut ones are my FAVEE!) but the line was insanely long! So we decided against it. When we got tired of walking and shopping around we stopped for cupcakes at Georgetown cupcakes. The perfect sweet ending to a perfect day!

Sunglasses: Dior So Real & Rayban

NYC Day 2

My second day in the city was even crazier and jam-packed than the first one! It started with a pampering appointment at the CARAVAN Styling Studio, located at the Gregory hotel which is right around the corner from Herald Square. There I met up with Valerie, a beauty junkie and connoisseur who got me ready for the photoshoot I had planned in the afternoon by taking care of my nails, hair and make up.
Let me just tell you that she's simply amazing at what she does! I was in love with my braided hair and my make up never looked so good!

Caravan Studio has some amazing products from their awesome partners! PIXI Beauty, Color Club Nail lacquer, Pop Beauty and OGX Beauty just to name a few!

I really loved the quirky luxe vibe of the studio!

How fun are these fashion dollls from a New York city based fashion designer/artist??
Can you name them all? (Let me just tell you that I spent like an hour trying to!)

Nails were a struggle. I had been on a 5 hours flight then day before which really weakened my nails and a lot ended up breaking. So all my nails were different lenghts. But Valerie quickly trimmed them and make them look very cohesive! I chose white for my mani, which I think is a perfect color for spring and looks extremely good on a tan hand!

The space is filled with powerful positive messages just like this mirror art installation by Bottled Brooklyn which promotes self empowerment.

After a couple of hours I was fabulous and photoshoot ready! But since it was still too early i decided to shop a little bit and take care of the beautiful day by walking around the city.

Needless to say that this Forever 21 outfit came home with me!

Once again my favorite thing to do while walking around in the city is to look up.

But sometimes the cutest things are just right in front of you! Like, can we talk about this pastel pink Vespa and polka dot helmet?? #GOALS

After all this walking it was finally time for food! We stopped at 12 Chairs Cafe and ordered a feast for ourselves! Shakshuka with a greek salad, mini lamb kebabs, guacamole, french toasts and pancakes with fresh fruits and the most delicious fresh squeezed lemonade! Everything was absolutely amazing! I definitely recommend this spot!

After we got our energy back it was finally time to shoot my look. Loved the vibe of this hotel ever since I walked by it a year ago.

Coat: Shein - Sweater: Brooks Brothers - Skirt: Forever 21 - Bag and espadrilles: Chanel - Sunglasses: Rayban Clubmasters

Bracelets : The Peach Box - Watch: Marc Bale

A Dutch braid, a fishtail braid and two classic braids intersect to create this beautiful hairstyle.

NYC Day 1

No city in the world feels more like home than NYC. Last week, thanks to a fortunate turn of events, I ended up taking an impromptu trip and flying to the big apple! This getaway wasn't planned at all (I literally got my tickets 12 hours before my departure thanks to a friend that works for the airline) but I managed to quickly pack up my things and alert all my friends that I was going to see them very soon!

As soon as I landed at JFK I dropped off my bags at my friend's place in Brooklyn and headed to the city to meet up with her! We chose Union Square as our first stop because it's one of our favorite places in the city.
Tons of good food places (my favorites are Desi Shack for indian food, Chopt' for delicious salads, Edo for sushis and of course Chipotle for mexican!), great shopping spots (from Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Sephora and MAC to Beacon's closet, one of the best thirft store out there!) and a beautiful park perfect for pictures and relaxing in the sun. I was so lucky to find beautiful weather in the city and spring was in full bloom.

My outfit for my first day in NYC was the same outfit I was wearing in the plane, so comfort was key for me. I opted for an all denim ensemble and added neutral colors.

Denim shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch - Jeans: J. Crew - Espadrilles and bag: Chanel - Biker jacket and sunglasses: Céline.

We had (an absolutely DELICIOUS!) lunch at Desi Shack (no surprise there!). I got a basmati rice bowl with veggies and paneer and Yana got the chicken tikka. Both dishes were to die for and we got mango lassis to tone down the spiciness of the sauce.

Had been waiting for this moment for over 6 months!!

Can't get over the prettiness of NYC buildings. Wherever we walk around, I am always looking up.

We ended up walking to Washington Square park from Union Square because we wanted to check out Crossroads, another very interesting thrift store. Washington Square park is another one of my favorite spots in the city. From there you can see the Empire state building, the Flatiron building, you can get yummy burgers and shakes at Shake Shack (my faves though are the cheese fries!!) and you can top it all with ice cream from Eataly.

After all the walking and shopping, we were starving so we headed to the east side to Antico Noé for dinner, our last stop for the day. This was our first time there and we got to discover the centuries-old tradition behind these delicious internationally acclaimed paninis. I had the opportunity to taste some of the best paninis I've ever had (like the #21 or #23) and fell in love with the vegetarian one. The mix of grilled veggies and homemade pesto sauce in between two layers of soft on the inside yet crunchy on the outside Italian bread took me back to my Italian childhood days and immediately made of Antico Noé my new favorite sandwich shop in the city.

A little piece of Italy in NYC.

Beach day

Another Sunday, another beach day! Personally I can never get enough of white sand, crystal clear waters and rows and rows of palm trees, even after having lived here for almost 10 years on and off. Nothing beats this view. And of course what could look better on a golden tanned skin than white lace? The best way to make any beach outfit more interesting is to add pop of colors here and there: I chose a bright coral lipstick, a statement necklace and colorful flip flops and bag!

Beach bag: Victoria's Secret - Beach cover up: Alfani - Sunglasses: Ray Ban - Necklace: Zara

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Blue

Like the bright above skies, like the crystal-clear waters that surround this beautiful island and like this flowy Zara skirt I wore the other day. Just add to the equation some white lace, a pair of oversized black sunnies, a panama hat and some palm trees and you got yourself a perfect day.

Hat: H&M - Sunglasses: Céline (similar here) - Bikini: Target - Skirt: Zara

Bracelet: The Peach Box

More summer, less Mondays

There not much to add to the title of this post really, it says it all. I can't believe I live in this paradise on Earth and I am grateful for every sunny day, every pretty palm tree, all the sandy toes and salty hair moments, the blue skies and even bluer water. So I just wanted to share a little piece of it with you and in an attempt to brighten your day a little bit, because there is just no way you could ever have a bad day here!

Top: Topshop - Skirt: Marshalls - Espadrilles: Chanel - Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster - Bracelets: American Eagle Outfitters.

Oxblood & lace

New York City will never cease to surprise me! One second you are walking down the pretty streets in the west village lined with historical houses and the second after it looks like you've been transported to a small village in the South of France or Italy, with cobblestone on the ground and colorful little houses and restaurants all over! Another thing that never fails to surprise me is Forever 21: I used to shop there a lot and only go there rarely now. However I can never manage to leave empty handed. When I saw this dress last week in stores for less $30 I couldn't let it pass! It looks much more expensive that it is in my opinion, plus the quality is great and the open back is so subtle and sexy!
Oh also, can we talk about these Aquazzura look-alike heels that I snagged for less than $35?! I'm in love!

Dress: Forever21 - Shoes: Necessary clothing - Bag: YSL - Cuff: Hermes - Sunglasses: Dior

Downtown Funk

Even though I am in the Caribbean already I still have a couple of looks from NYC to share with you guys. This was last week, when my friend Yana from Bergdorf Princess and I went to the city for a girls' date complete with shopping and eating out. The weather was perfect, a bit chilly when windy but just warm enough to still be able to wear skirts with no tights. I am feeling the 70s vibes lately, listening to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars over and over again and it also shows in my outfit and hairstyle choices!

Bag: Louis Vuitton - Top: Shein - Skirt: Marshalls - Shoes: Steve Madden - Faux fur: Lulus

Ring: YSL - Watch: Michael Kors - Bracelet: The Peach Box

Live the life you love, love the life you live

New York City is so full of surprises! I left my house thinking I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot this cute fall outift: it turned out this mural was way harder to find than anticipated! We ended up walking up and down Manhattan for the whole morning before arriving in this area of the city where the term urban jungle really came to life. It's located in a park where among bushes and trees you'll find tons of different panels with super cute and unique art.
Also, the weather here has been unreal! Really warm for this time of the year, which is the perfect for wearing all these outifts without tights!

Shirt: J. Crew - Skirt: Shein - Boots: DSW - Faux fur: Banana Republic - Bag: Givenchy

Ring: YSL - Watch: Aibi Watches - Pearl bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Love these beautiful handmade Reign Pearl Earrings by Veronika!

Fall Florals

With fall in full swing I can't help myself but going to as many parks as I can and wander around, amazed by how everything is changing! This spot in Central Park has to be one of my favorites for beautiful pictures all year round: in the spring and summer it's blooming with a myriad of colorful flowers, in the fall it has all these gorgeous warm tones and in the winter the bridge covered in snow is the prettiest thing you'll ever see!
That's why as soon as I received this stunning floral dress from the new Shabby Apple fall collection I knew I had to immerse myself in nature to fully capture its beauty. Florals are the print your fall wardrobe needs: seriously, from dark and romantic to bright and warm you cannot go wrong with floral prints this season!
I really love how this particular dress is cut: the knee-length makes it very ladylike and more fall appropriate and the fitted top portion of the dress perfectly balances out the skirt's shape.

Dress: Shabby Apple - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Bag: Balenciaga City

The scenery in Central Park was absolutely breathtaking!

Earth tones

Another beautiful day in the city! My friend and I decided to go to lunch and take a stroll in Washington Square park in the NYU area. Of course we ended up doing a little shopping afterward and I found a gorgeous and super glamorous black faux fur that I can't wait to show you guys. I was a bit chilly out (especially when the wind was blowing!) but the sun felt so good and warm! This time of year can be tricky because you never know if you'll end up being cold or super hot by the middle of the day! My secret is to always bring a chunky scarf with me: it's a real live-saver believe me!

Blouse: Zara (old) - Pants: 7 for all mankind - Shoes: Ugg - Trench coat: Shein - Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM - Sunglasses: Miu Miu via Ditto

I really love and cherish every single moment spent in this beautiful city. When I look around I am just so incredibly grateful for being able to live in New York!

Life is beautiful, dress accordingly!

New York's weather has been so good to us lately! These fall days have been beyond wonderful: very crisp mornings, warm afternoons and the sun has been shining over the warm-colored leaves of the trees all around the city making everything so magical! That's what inspired me to go ahead and wear this pretty dress. At first I wanted to wait for that special occasion in the future, for which this dress would have been perfect, but I changed my mind and decided to honor the gorgeous time of the year but going all out!
I simply love how the city is changing, along with the seasons and I am rediscovering lots of picturesque spots all around Manhattan, like this beautiful building, house of the old police headquarters.

Dress: Shein - Flats: Zara - Bag: Saint Laurent - Bracelet: Hermès - Sunglasses: Dior

Chunky knits and thigh-high boots

Fall shopping has to be one of the most exciting things to do at this time of year (#ShopaholicAnonymus)! I absolutely love thick and soft materials to layer and play with and all the warm earthy colors we can find in stores right now. Yesterday the weather was so beautiful so we decided to take a walk in the park and I, of course, jumped on the occasion to wear all my fall items I recently purchased. Burgundy is a staple at this time of year: to let this gorgeous color stand out I paired it with neutrals. A cream comfy chunky sweater and these suede knee-high boots with a trendy block heel that add instant sophistication to any outfit!

Sweater: Shein - Skirt: Shein - Boots: DSW - Bag: Saint Laurent - Lips: Milani Cosmetic Carabet Blend 40

I love the half-tuck trick: it helps making your waist look smaller and it adds dimension to any outfit!

H Bracelet: Hermès - Ring: YSL - Watch: Michael Kors - Nails: Essie "Happy Wife Happy Life"

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What are some of your favorite fall clothing pieces? Let me know in the comments down below!

Mixing textures

New York City is starting to get a little chillier day by day which means that layering season is finally here! Don't get me wrong I absolutely love summer and all its cute and colorful summer dresses but the crisp weather brings on so many possibilities with layering, mixing and matching.
Different colors, varying textures and disparate details bring instant sophistication to any outfit.
Here I embraced the lace-up-everything trend on my top, the fringe-rage on my shoes and added a soft touch of suede on my pants while pairing everything with smooth leather and cozy faux fur. The result was a toasty, snuggly outfit that I'll probably be wearing a lot this season!

Top: Shein - Fur: Lulus - Pants: 7 for all Mankind - Shoes: Steve Madden - Bag: Givenchy - Sunglasses: Karen Walker via Ditto (don't forget to use the code "shopwearrepeat" for a free month of designer sunglasses on ditto.com!).

Can't get over the cuteness of these shoes! But also, they tickle me when I walk! Hahaha