Tourist-ing in my home town
Tourist-ing in my home town

Sometimes I feel that I don’t go back home enough. I love my hometown but most of my family lives in Miami, so I only go back very little.  On my recent visit to Santo Domingo I was feeling a little nostalgic. I visited the Zona Colonial, this is the area where I went to fine art school and where I spent most of my time doing studies while in architecture school. This part of the city holds a special place in my heart, walking thru the narrow cobblestone roads, surrounded by the coral stone and brick old buildings with beautiful rustic doors, made me remember of a time where things where more simple.

For this outing I was wearing a comfy outfit perfect for the tropical climate, khaki short shorts, an embossed fabric crop top and slip-ons to walk around.

Pictures by Margaret Minervino

Accesories from Plum Flower Creations and Taudrey
Accessories from Plum Flower Creations Aurora necklace with a vintage palm pin brooche and Social Media Necklace c/o Taudrey
Zona Colonial Rustic Door
Zona Colonial Rustic Door
Wearing comfy shorts and a bar iii top see below to shop the look
Wearing comfy shorts and a bar iii top see below to shop the look


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Pop-up shop at West Elm Dadeland

This Saturday at West Elm Dadeland from 1-5pm
This Saturday at West Elm Dadeland from 1-5pm

This Saturday, join me at West Elm at Dadeland for a locals Pop-up shop in store from 1-5 pm. Come by say hi! Shop my illustrations prints and meet me. I will be giving some tips on how to create your own gallery wall using the West elm frames and my artwork.

More details at the West Elm – Dadeland Facebook Page.

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Sunset, Palm trees and a little bit of courage

Palm tress and sunsets
Palm trees, sunsets and stripes

I think I’m an open minded girl. When I started this blog one of my no-no’s was to style and show off swimwear. But don’t get me wrong I’m very happy with my curvy body, but come on in reality every girl is somewhat self-conscious.  Aside from that I wanted to share as part of my little vacation to Las Terrenas in Dominican Republic, this super cute one-piece from ROXY Swimwear. I had seen it on last years Miami Swim Week’s private showing for ROXY, and I adored the sunset yellow, oranges and purple colors against silhouetted palm trees, this represents everything a tropical vacation is!

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CHARRIOL Forever Young Bangles X The Architect of Style

Fun with the CHARRIOL Forever Young color bangles and The Architect of Style girls.
Fun with the CHARRIOL Forever Young color bangles and The Architect of Style girls.

Fun with the CHARRIOL Forever Young color bangles and The Architect of Style girls.

You know how much I love my arm candy, curating it to perfection to enhance my outfits. I think I own more bracelets than any other jewelry accessory. I have partnered up with CHARRIOL a luxury fine jewelry and accessories brand from Geneva, Switzerland, to show you how much fun their newest colorful line Forever Young Cable Bangles are. These whimsical bangles and bracelets inspired me to draw a fairy tale like girls playing around the collection. Continue reading

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Tassels & Frills

A romper and lace up sandals
A romper (Lioness playsuit via  I SHINE 365) and lace up sandals (similar here)

Wearing too many frills may look a little fru fru, I prefer to wear subtle ruffles, so when I saw this cute playsuit romper at local miami store I SHINE 365, I needed to have it.

The frills give it a feminine look and the low v-neck which makes it a super sexy outfit, maybe for a date night or a night out. Also as it is so short, I wanted to give my legs some focus and wore it with Schutz lace up sandals with tassels, along  with a yellow bag (to give it a pop) and some dainty jewelry.

PS. Also how cute is my white and navy dots mani… some of my girlfriends are saying they look like dominoes. What do you think?

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A Bobbi Brown inspired illustration

Lipsticks in every color
Lipsticks in every color

Last thursday i got the chance to meet Bobbi Brow PRO team artist Rogelio Reyna, while he gave me and some other bloggers a private preview of the Makeup Lessons and gave us some really cool make up tips. I am amazed by the quantity of colors of lipstick that Bobbi Brown has and  felt a little inspired and drew this illustration. Continue reading

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A few new illustrations and a sweet treat!

Paris Girl
Some yummy Macarons from MacarOn Cafe  & my Paris Girl Illustration (available here)

I have been working on the online illustrations shop and I just added a few new girls and also some really colorful ones with designer shoes.

So go ahead and check them out! You can use code SHIPSKETCH for free shipping in all orders until June 6th. (The Architect of Style Illustrations Shop) Continue reading

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Off-shoulders and ladylike

An off-shoulder crochet romper from Miami local  Neptunes Boutique
An off-shoulders crochet romper from Miami local store Neptunes Boutique in Soft Melon

When I think of an off-shoulders top, I think of a “campesina” (peasant) costume I wore as a child, today’s look is far from that. I wanted to keep this outfit simple and wore it with minimal jewelry. I love the soft pastel color of this romper, the crochet detail on the drop down sleeves and tassels completes this ladylike look.

This might be a trend that my not stay here for to long,  but it is perfect for summer. You can see more of my picks of this spring trend and an illustration on this post.

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A lace swim cover-up

Lace swim coverup
A little lace never hurt anybody

Sometimes the only thing you need is that perfect cover-up. On my recent trip to the Caribbean I wore this lace cover-up from Solitaire Swimwear. It’s almost like a dress and along with my new favorite mini boater hat, oversized sunnies and some island local handmade beaded turquoise stone necklace, I looked swim perfect.

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A caribbean getaway & a beach hoodie

At the beautiful Las Terrenas beach town in  Dominican Republic
At the beautiful La Villa at Cocoloba, Las Terrenas in Dominican Republic

With my really busy and hectic lifestyle a vacation it is always a must. Even if its just to be out for a few days outside of work/blog etc.  I recently went to Las Terrenas, one of my favorite beach towns in the Dominican Republic. I stayed in this amazing modern villa, located 10 min away from the beach, on a private hill. I spent time getting some needed R&R, hanging by the pool with a sangria in my hand with my best friend Margaret. I call this the perfect Caribbean beach getaway weekend. Continue reading

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