Puddle Skipping

 Isabel Marant Spring 2013 & Stella McCartney Spring 2013
In Spanish "Cropped Pants", they fall above the ankles, are called Puddle Skipping.  Funny name ha?  The pants themselves are also pretty funny-looking.  One of the best qualities of cropped pants is how young and fresh they look compared to regular long pants and how much slimmer they can help us look especially when worn as a one-color suit.  
Chloe Spring 2013 & Rachel Roy Spring 2013
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Wearing that room: Home office

I've been having so much fun organizing my home, we just got our furniture after 4 long months of waiting for the shipment, and since I love fashion so much I've been baptizing each room with a fashion designer's name.  Here is a list of one of the coolest-looking home offices I've seen lately (and not so lately) and here are the designers who I would pair them with.  Enjoy and have a happy mid-week!
Home office images from Elle Decor.  From top to bottom Balmain, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Jil Sander.
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Pyramid Mania

Since I posted that beautiful family room with studded paneling walls yesterday I realized that even though not everybody is keen to be bold and panel their walls with pyramids, many still like to add small touches of it to their lives.  Studded fashion is far from ending, you know!  Fendi Spring 2013 collection let that known very clear.  We'll be seeing more of it in the coming year.  If you are willing to get on the wagon, here is a list for you.  enjoy!  Valentino Flap bag, stud hip, Iphone case, pyramid statement necklace, Valentino pyramid sunglasses, pyramid leather cuffRockstud leather gloves, Fendi Spring 2013 shoe collection
Above, Fendi Spring 2013 shoe collection.  I'm so waiting for these babies to go on sale like an Apple fan waiting for the next new gadget. Yes, I want my feet to look like a Crocodile with scales. 
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The eye has to travel

Diana Vreeland said "The eye has to travel." Either we take these wise words literally and start traveling the world appreciating the different cultures and architecture or we decide to take her advice in a more comfortable yet intellectual way and start reading and searching in whatever it is we are interested in, we should all be prepared for something Diana did not warn us.  Disappointment and board.  You see I have discovered that I love to shop.  Who can't live without shopping?  If not for pleasure then for the need of replacing something, but there is always something to buy.  But, I get bored to death when I go into a store and all I find is the same things.  When I look at the racks and all I see are the same shapes I've seen all my life.  Nothing stands out in form, shape or fabric!   The thing is that I don't have thousands of Dollards to spend on a Lanvin top or on a Balenciaga revolutionary piece of clothing.  So I'm left with what I can afford like the rest of the world.  Living here in SP doesn't make things any easier, we don't have Marshall's, Century 21 or famous warehouse sales.  We can't even shop online internationally unless you are willing to spend the same amount twice for shipping.  I'm not kidding!   So I've been asking myself, is it really that hard to make a sleeve a bit more puffy, grander?  Is it really that hard to add some geometry to a uninteresting piece of garment.  Since I don't know anything about fashion patterns I couldn't answer myself until I saw this house designed by Kelly Wearstler and then I thought is it easy to pull this off?  Not quite! It takes years of experience and knowledge to be able to trust your mind that everything you are putting on paper and in your thoughts is going to work successfully on practice.  I know many people would not like this style but this home to me looks a lot like the clothes I would like to wear.  It's a perfection in modernism and geometry.  Every piece of furniture is sculptural yet they look livable and comfortable.  It's a home that for sure no one else would have.  So, is it easy to be successfully innovative, no it isn't!  Enjoy!
I adore the ceiling fixtures Kelly used throughout the house.  The floors, some painted others inlaid, are amazing. 
In love with this bathroom. 
In the living room, there is a harmonious color palette.
This is my favorite room.  The pyramid-paneled walls are to die for and this is what I meant when I said that all the furniture are very sculptural but they all look very comfortable.
The fabric that Kelly chose for the Paul Evans chairs make them look as if they were meant to be together. 
Oh... and what girl wouldn't want this as her office.  I'll take it!
The kitchen floor is beautiful and there is so much modern symmetry in this room it's ridiculous.  Again comfort!
Can you believe this is a pool pavilion?  I can have this entire assemblage in my living room right now.
Everything I love in here, especially the ceiling.
This daughter's bedroom is another eye catching with that amazing wall treatment.  Wallpaper?
I know that there is no other tone that makes people look prettier than gold.  So this dressing room got me sold!
Perfect geometry again. 
All images via Architectural Digest.
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Friday eye candy: Chic Arm Party

Above, my own arm candy.
“Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful” Coco Chanel
Images from top by me, Tumblr Arm Party, Snapette, Pinterest Jewelzzz and Fabsugar
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How to get rid of black head and enlarged pores.

As much as we hate when men on the streets go fooii..fooiiio... or complement on our looks, let's face it, once we are past our thirties and we start to see that rarely happening then we start wondering... uhm!  Everybody wants to look their best and every woman wants to look younger than their age.  I started using anti aging serum about a year ago and I've used many different ones from Oil of Olay to the ridiculously expensive ones like Skinmedica anti aging serum.  Even though I have a pretty nice skin I have combination skin which means that I've been dealing with blackheads and enlarged pores, mostly on my nose for most of my adult life and if your skin is like mine and you use serum plus anti aging night cream then you know that it'll only get worse!  I have found a very simple and common sense solution to cure this problem for once and for all while at the same time I use my creams more smartly.   I simply don't use cream on my nose, not at nights not during the day (listen, your nose will not get wrinkly anyway).  The only product I use on my entire face is sunblock.  I've been implementing this for the past six months and my skin is as clean as a baby's.  I've noticed that my creams last longer now since I end up using less.  I also put my night creams on early, if I'm not going out at night, so they'll work for a longer time. 

For night I use.
Givenchy VAX'IN serum and it's not bad, but I'm really looking forward to start using Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 of which I've heard wonders.
On top I use Shiseido Bio-Performance super restoring cream for the night.  It's a bit more oily than I like.  I prefer SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream which is smoother and the skin absorbs it much more quickly.
I have an obsession with my eye area.  I think that's where age shows the most.  My eye area is hyper sensitive so I wasn't able to use retinol products until I tried RoC Retinol correction SENSITIVE eye cream and it's the one that I like the most so far. 
I use Kiehl's Midnight recovery concentrate for my neck and decollate.  I also use it on my hands before bed and I love how soft and better my hands look.  

For the day.
I apply a bit of Givenchy VAX'IN serum only where I really need it.  (forehead and eye area)
SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex.
And Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion 50+ face and body.  I love the liquid consistency of this.

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9 Fashion Pieces you need in you wardrobe now

Here is a small list of must-have fashion pieces I put together for the fashionable girls who like to be au courant with fashion trends.  I tend to add one or two trendy pieces to my wardrobe once in a while just to keep me from being boring or predictable.  Not that it works all the time but, I don't mind learning from my mistakes - and trust me it happens often!  In no special order, A bomber jacketa statement sweater, a pair of masculine loafers, a lace up or military boots, fancy pants, a small shoulder bagfunky sun glasses, statement necklace and continuing with the baseball theme a baseball cap.  Enjoy!
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How to create The Best Gallery Walls

how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blog
I'm especially exited today because after four long living-with-rental-furniture-months we are finally getting our stuff tomorrow.  It's play time! I have a pretty clear idea of where things are going to go, but boy can't that change? One thing that I'm certain though is the gallery walls I want to create around the house.  I'm a big fan of picture cluster walls and I've realized that when there is a lot of different ways to create them and/or to display them, each produces a different background.  From a complete harmonious and balanced display, to careless and Bohemian one to a more eclectic grouping.  Each and everyone translates the personal lifestyle of their owners, as it should be.
For creating a harmonious and balanced gallery wall is good to keep things simple and hang each picture at a same distance vertically and horizontally speaking.  One thing to keep in mind is to keep all frames and matting in the same color. 
black and white gallery wall via belle vivir blog
a gallery wall in a kitchen with colorful dowings framed in white frame
I posted this kitchen designed by Pablo Paniagua (above) more than three months ago.  The entire house is worth to see but I love the art in this kitchen
how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blog
This photographs hanging from a metal cord is a great idea to keep your walls undamaged.
For a more careless bohemian look, using old frames and not being a perfectionist freak (aka every picture perfectly straight) would do. 
how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blogblack and white picture and drowings framed in different thickness and shades of black and white gallery wall via belle vivir blog
how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blog
And last but not least is the Eclectic gallery wall.  While using different frames and probably matting as well, it's always a good idea to keep a somewhat similar distance between them as well.  Enjoy! 
how to create a gallery wall via belle vivir blog
a gallery wall with different sizes of portraits via belle vivir blog
a gallery with fames of many different sizes on the wall via belle vivir blog
images from AD, House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Babble
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Friday eye candy: Chic color outfits and rooms

According to Valentino, Style "is to have class and courage" and if the master says it I totally agree.  There is no finding of your own style unless you have courage to try different things while having an open mind.  Ultimately class has everything to do with taking care of yourself and getting to know yourself in every level.  Have a very courageous weekend!
Images via Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Elle Decor
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