TBT: Favorite Looks of The Striped Complex

“For #TBT  I wanted to reminisce on my top favorite looks so far on the blog. I am currently working on ways to make this little space on the internet, one that reflects not only my personal style but also one that brings you inspiration and information on everything Fashion, Beauty and Travel. These three looks reflect my style and how I have adapted from wearing boots and sweaters and scarfs everyday while living in England to being home and adapting my style to living in Puerto Rico. The setting for this photo shoot is Old San Juan, one of my favorite places in the world. It is full of history, romanticism and beautiful sights. A must visit for everyone! The outfit details will be found in the direct links beneath each outfit.”

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Photography by: Danny Fernández

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How to start blogging: Books

I have been following and enjoying blogs for the last 3 years. They were my little escape from outside troubles. I looked up to these fabulous women not only for new tips on how to do my makeup, or how to pair up my favorite blue heels, but also I followed these blogs and discovered that it was something I could achieve as well. I mean, I loved makeup, I loved shopping and I have travelled, so why not put it all up in one place for the world (aka my friends) to see?  When I  decided to put forward this wonderful idea, I had to research… ALOT! I had no clue on where to start! Coming from a journalism background, I was still trying to find my “niche”, that special something that made me want to write and create. One night, I went online for inspiration on where to find my inner Carrie Bradshaw/Elizabeth Gilbert.. I had the degree.. I just needed the push! I found courses in both Fashion and Travel Journalism in London and decided to take them. BEST DECISION EVER! I learned so much about what it takes to become a fashion journalist and a travel writer! Not only that, but I also attended a blogging seminar with the creator of the Shop Girl Diaries, Emily Benet and I learned a lot on how to actually start a blog!( If you are ever in London and she’s giving her blogging seminars, TAKE IT!) Along the tips and information I have learned, there where a few books I picked up that truly helped me understand and guided me through this process. Frankly, I prefer a good book that will allow me to go back on the information that I need anytime I want. I am still learning, but with the help of these books and keeping up with the latest in fashion/travel/beauty/everythingILove I think I am on the right track! I hope these books help you as much as they have helped me!

General Blogging:

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1. Get Rich Blogging (Zoe Griffin): Now, I know it is very difficult to “get rich blogging” but this book is full with useful tips on everything from how to start a blog all the way to tips for every blogger imaginable (fashion,food, parenting, celebrity news etc). I definitely recommend it!

2. English for Journalists (Wynford Hicks): Yes, I know English.. it is my second language and some people find it hard to believe that it is not my mother tongue. However, in writing it always helps to have refreshers on pointers and rules of the English language that I may or may not have forgotten from way back in 5th grade. Even for native speakers, a good guide book helps clean up your blog and make it look professional.

Fashion:

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1. In Fashion (Anne Marie Iverson): This book was on my suggested readings for my Fashion Journalism course and it has been a great help. The introduction is by the great Diane von Furstenberg and it covers all aspects of fashion, not just writing about it. It provides great insight on how to start your fashion career!

2. Fashion: The ultimate book of Costume and Style: During one of my fashion journalism classes we were asked to watch a catwalk and describe everything we saw coming down the runway. I freaked out! I knew that I liked what I saw but I had no idea on how to describe it! I saw all the patterns and colour schemes and fabrics, and I knew they reminded me of something, but that something had no name in my mind. I asked one of my colleagues and she suggested this marvelous and HUGE book. It covers the history of fashion, like no other, from prehistory up until modern times. It has an amazing illustrated glossary as well as reference to help with writing! I love it!

3. Decades of Fashion (Harriet Worsley): This picture book covers everything from La Belle Epoque to present times. It is illustrated as well with the right amount of information to explain each era!

Travel:

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1. Travel Writing (L. Peat O’neil) : This book on travel writing is great to give you an idea on what it takes to become a travel writer. As I learned in class, travel writing is not quite the same as travel journalism, although they both hold hands when it comes to the final product. This book gives you examples and practice guides to help you achieve your dreams of telling the world about your dream travel story.

2. Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing: Lonely Planet compiles in this book its best tips and great advice from its writers, editors, and agents. What’s better than getting expert advice, than from Lonely Planet’s finest? These are just some of the books I have used and still use for reference when it comes to blogging and journalism. I am an avid reader so throw in monthly travel and fashion magazines and a few visits to some of my favorite blogs and I am all set!

Next book review will be all about the books that inspire me, that make me want to be a better person and in return, a better blogger. If you have other suggestions, feel free to comment and share!

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Thailand: Photodiary Part 1

During the summer I had the opportunity to visit Asia for the first time! It was a trip of a lifetime. Our first stop was Thailand! My friends and I spent 2 weeks enjoying the sun and the heat after what seemed like the longest winter in England. Our first stop in Thailand was Bangkok, the capital. With over 60 million inhabitants, Bangkok is definitely a busy city. The beauty of it, however, lies in its rich buddhist culture which is ev  er present in every corner.  We stayed at the Galleria 10 Sukhumvit and we could not be happier with the hotel and the staff! We were very happy during our stay and the hotel was beautiful and truly affordable! Although we did not spend enough time in the city, I enjoyed and learned very much! Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our stay!  Stay tuned for more pics of the trip!

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Black Friday Favorite: Oh My Love

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One thing I loved about living abroad  is all the stores and brands I discovered! They expanded my closet and my fashion knowledge beyond anything I had tried or known before. One of the brands I discovered was Oh my Love! It is an East London brand that creates the most beautiful figure enhancing dresses! I have purchased quite a few items from their collection and they fit me beautifully! Perhaps one of my used items was their grey  padded clutch!

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Oh my Love is holding a 30% off  EVERYTHING sale through Sunday and the best part: THEY HAVE SHIPPING TO THE US! If you are looking for something exclusive and different for this holiday season, an item your friends will fawn over, head over to Oh my Love! Remember to use discount code for 30% off : BACKTOBLACK .

I’ve chosen some of my favorite looks to get you inspired!

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Oh My Love Take Charge Black Mesh Panel Long Sleeve Short Playsuit

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Oh My Love Cross The Line Bottle Green Open Back Midi Dress

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The Fringe Blue Suede Tassle Shoulder Bag

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Empire Green Pendant Collar Necklace

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Oh My Love Lose Yourself Blue & Silver Reverse Sequin Jacket

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Oh My Love Touch It Black Square Neck Peplum Mini Dress

I am very much looking to purchase these gorgeous items  for the holiday season! Happy Shopping!

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Photo Diary: Bacardi Triangle

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the exclusive Bacardi Triangle in El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Yes, this event took place right in my backyard. It was 3 nights filled with some of the funnest and most amazing moments I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. I can’t go without saying that this past Halloween was probably the best one to date. The whole vibe of the place was awesome, everyone seemed like they were enjoying themselves and having an amazing time! Saturday during the day we went to a pool party at the hotel and had a blast, dancing to music and playing in the pool with a giant volleyball. At  night I had the most fun at Palomino, a private island part of El Conquistador, where Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris played. I had never seen them live and they did NOT dissappoint! Since pictures are much better than words, I will leave you with some of this weekend!

This was my first time staying at Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which is right next to El Conquistador, where all the fun and parties where at. Let me just say,  the views were stunning and the staff was amazing! They made our little getaway very special! I can’t wait to come back!

Enjoy the pictures!

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Beauty Review: Lancôme

This post is in Spanish and originally appears in EgoModa, for which I write for. Durante el Festival Travesía D’ Moda y Belleza en Sears, he descubierto algunos productos que rápidamente se han convertido en mis favoritos y que continuaré utilizando. Con la compra de $35.00 dólares o más en productos Lancôme, recibirás de regalo una linda cartera con productos en tamaño promocional y de viaje, perfecto para probar productos antes de adquirirlos o guardarlos para ese “weekend getaway” especial. En el post de hoy, les presento mis favoritos de estos productos a seleccionar con tu compra. $T2eC16VHJHYE9nzpeCqeBRFSo5JWK!~~60_35 Lancôme Limpiadora Creme Radiance: La limpiadora Creme Radiance, perfecta para piel normal/combination ( como la mía), se ha convertido en mi nueva favorita. Su consistencia es cremosa y espesa y con un poco puedes cubrir tu rostro! Desde la primera vez que la utilizé, noté que elimina todo rastro de maquillaje y deja la piel suave y limpia. ¡Definitivamente es un must en mi rutina de limpieza facial! Utilizando la limpiadora junto al Clarisonic, ahora disponible en Sears, podrás obtener una limpieza más profunda y una leve exfoliación. images-1 Bienfait Multi- Vital SPF 30: Este hidratante facial es perfecto para pieles secas y normales, ya que su consistencia cremosa penetra la piel y la hidrata a lo largo del día. Tiene SPF 30 por lo que proteje la piel de los rayos del sol. Me encanta utilizarla sin maquillaje para esos días en los que estoy en la calle aunque también funciona debajo del maquillaje. photo 2 Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 shadow & Liner Palette: ¡ Estoy ENAMORADA de esta paleta de sombras! Tiene colores neutrales y metálicos, y ¡la pigmentación de los colores es increible! Se puede utilizar tanto de día como de noche y los colores difuminan perfectamente. El Festival Travesia D’ Moda y Belleza finaliza el 9 de noviembre así que aprovecha y ve y busca tu regalo! ¡No te lo puedes perder! signature andrea

Weekend Travel Essentials

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Weekend Travel is one of my favorite things to do. Leave Friday come back Sunday… ahhhhh spend the weekend away from real life. As I have had many, and I mean many Weekend Getaways, I have perfected the art of packing those weekend essentials without over packing and maintaining my style. This last weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Bacardi Triangle at El Conquistador in Fajardo! What an amazing weekend! Here’s what I packed for that little getaway! Stay tuned for pictures of this epic weekend featuring Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, an amazing villa, bikinis, friends and lots of Bacardi!

1. Weekend Bag: First things first, a weekend bag is the most important part of your trip! A nice sturdy bag will allow you to pack your outfits and toiletries and will fit in any overhead bin if you are flying or the back of your car if it’s a road trip. For this particular trip I decided to go with a small carry-on as I was taking my Halloween costume and clothes for the parties.

2. Toiletries: In terms of toiletries you do not need to take our full size items on a weekend trip. Its unnecessary and a pain to carry. Stock up on your favourite items that come in travel size and take them with you! If you are not sure if a particular item comes in a travel size, ask for a sample at the store! Those usually last a couple of days that is just what you need for your trip!

3. Makeup: Unless you are going to an important event, makeup should be kept down to the basics: foundation, powder, concealer, ONE basic eyeshadow palette, blush, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick. It sounds like a lot, but to makeup junkies like myself, these are the basics. If I know I’m not going to be going anywhere too fancy or that requires too much makeup, I will bring my BB cream and some powder. I have travel sizes for my primer and mascara so those come with me as well!

4. Outfits: PLAN AHEAD! I used to over pack, A LOT! Now I plan my outfits ahead of time and take only what’s necessary. I usually take a pair of jeans and a skirt and change the blouses and shirts and I try to use the same pair of shoes for all my outfits. If I know I will be going out then I add a pair of heels. Trust me, when you plan ahead you will feel so proud when you see all of your wonderful clothes and shoes fit in the weekend bag, with space to spare!

5.Comfy clothes: Whether you are arriving my plane, train or car, nothing sets the bad mood as uncomfortable clothes do. Remember, you will probably be sitting for a good two hours, and you want comfortable items to move around or at least give your body space to breathe while you are sitting down. Take an outfit to go to your destination, and one to come back. A pair of leggings, a t-shirt and my trusty Chuck Taylors always does the trick!

Now what are you waiting for? Go pack that bag and head out for the best weekend ever! Don’t forget your camera!! Where is your next weekend trip? Do you have any favorite tips when you are going away?

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