Chilling in Style

Beauty Fashion & Survival
December and January had record low temperatures.  During February cold fronts are expected to knock the temperatures down , but not to the extreme levels we saw in late December and the first half of January.

What to do when it’s freezing outside?  Layer, layer, layer! The combination of possibilities is limitless.

Not super savvy when it comes to layering? Here I rounded up some street style looks to inspire you.



THE LOOK:   Top: Saks; Coat: Talbots; Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana; Over-the-knee-high Suede Boots: Unisa; Hair Cut & Highlights: Claudia Soriano; Location:  Canton Street, Roswell, Georgia; Photo: MC Brownfield from Spanx.




THE LOOK:  Coat:  Theory; White shirt: Dillard’s; Pants:  Joseph Ribkoff;  Belt: Gucci; Sunglasses:  Y3; Fur Vest.  Leather clutch:  Incandela;  Hair & Highlights:  Claudia Soriano; Photos: MC Brownfield from Spanx; Location: Canton St. Roswell, Georgia.






THE LOOK:  Coat:  Zara; Leather Jacket:  BCBG MAXAZRIA; Leggins:  Dillard’s; Belt:  Gucci; Purse:  Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses: White House Black Market; Haircut & Highlights:  Claudia Soriano; Photos:  MC Brownfield from Spanx; Location:  Canton St. Roswell, Georgia.





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“Flaming June”

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When I slipped into this beautiful silk dress by Stella Nolasco I felt like “Flaming June”.  The beauty of the surroundings together with the very flow of the dress left me mesmerised.

I believe Raquel Pérez-Puig, a prominent Puerto Rican architectural photographer, surely captured the moment.

Flaming June is a painting by Sir Frederic Leighton, produced in 1895. Painted with oil paints on a 47-by-47-inch (1,200 mm × 1,200 mm) square canvas, it is widely considered to be Leighton’s magnum opus, showing his classicist nature. It is thought that the woman portrayed alludes to the figures of sleeping nymphs and naiads the Greeks often sculpted.


The actresses Dorothy Dene and Marie Lloyd, who were depicted in paintings by various Pre-Raphaelite artists, have been variously credited with modelling for the work.

Flaming June disappeared from view in the early 1900s and was only rediscovered in the 1960s. It was auctioned shortly after, during a period of time known to be difficult for selling Victorian era paintings, where it failed to sell for its low reserve price of US$140 (the equivalent of $1,126 in modern prices). After the auction, it was promptly purchased by the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where it currently resides.

Source: Wikipedia




Vestido:  Stella Nolasco; Makeup & Hair: Alfredo Monterola; Photographer:  Raquel Pérez-Puig;  Location: LL


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New Year’s Eve Resort Style

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This is the perfect dress to wear if you get invited to a destination wedding or a resort New Year’s Eve party.  Lovely design by our magnificent Puerto Rican designer, Stella Nolasco, from her “Politano di Mare” fashion show.



Dress:  Stella Nolasco; Make-up & Hair: Alfredo Monterola; Photos: Raquel Pérez-Puig; Location: LL

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Spanish Airs

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From Stella Nolasco’s Spring/Summer Fashion Show.  I love this particular dress because it does have a Spanish air to it. Sophisticated yet totally “décontracté”.


Dress:  Stella Nolasco; Makeup & Hair: Alfredo Monterola; Photos: Raquel Pérez-Puig

Location: LL

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Resort Christmas

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av_final_64t7356This beautiful and colorful dress by Stella Nolasco will make you look amazing at any resort party or destination wedding.


Dress: Stella Nolasco; Makeup and Hair:  Alfredo Monterola; Photographer:  Raquel Pérez- Puig;  Location: LL

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Blue as in Happy

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Dress: Stella Nolasco Spring/Summer Collection; Makeup & Hair: Alfredo Monterola; Photo: Raquel Pérez Puig; Location: LL

I love the color blue.  It brings me peace so I wear it a lot.  I think it blends perfectly with most skin colors.  Blue as in sky, yes.  But also our crystalline waters in the Caribbean are blue. It strikes me as funny when people say they feel “blue” when they’re feeling down.  I’m blue when I feel relaxed, when I’m in love, when I’m in complete  harmony with the universe.  So blue it is for me. Blue as in peaceful. Blue as in calm. Blue as in happy.

I wish you blue.


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Dress: Stella Nolasco; Makeup & Hair: Alfredo Monterola; Raquel Pérez-Puig; Location: LL

A while ago I was interviewed by a very good friend and ex-co-worker and she asked me if life had been good to me.  “Life is life”, I answered, “and I have decided to make it good.”

On a day like today,  I want to give thanks for all my blessings.  Last year, I was at my extended American family’s home celebrating Thanksgiving feeling quite miserable.  It was my first Thanksgiving without my husband who had passed away only five months earlier after battling disease after disease for three consecutive years.  Ten years ago today, we had gotten married and had promised each other to be together “Till death do us part.”

But life is so fascinating and oh so unexpected if you only stop to contemplate all that surrounds you.  If you realize that we find ourselves in a temporary place and that we have the responsibility  to make the best of it.  This Thanksgiving I am happy because I decided to make life a happy place.  I took charge of my life, as I always do.

At this very moment I am surrounded by family, health, was given the opportunity to  combine all my skills to create a community of women who inspire me and I’ve looked up to them for advice.  Women who also might feel lonely either because they are going through an empty nest syndrome, have lost a loved one, have been left by their significant other (and maybe it was his loss)  and have welcomed me into their hearts and  have made me part of their lives.

I am very blessed.

I know life is very unpredictable.  I have been there.  Tomorrow is tomorrow and I will deal with what comes my way then.  I want you to do the same.  But now, today,  I  give thanks to God and to the fact that I have been given this unique and magnificent opportunity to connect with so many people in such a positive manner.

May God bless you all and may you also be aware of all the beauty and blessings that surround you.

 Open your eyes, open them wide and let that lovely light shine in.

This is our opportunity. We only have one life.

Let’s make it a memorable one.



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Festive Airs by Stella Nolasco

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Right out of the oven from her latest Spring/Summer magnificent fashion show, lovely dress for the Holidays.

Dress: Stella Nolasco; Makeup & Hair: Alfredo Monterola, Photo: Raquel Pérez-Puig; Location: LL


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Resort Looks by Mont Carpe Diem

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Marie Tere et Moi wearing Resort Look by Mont Carpe Diem (787) 539-4848





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Mont Carpe Diem is a charming paradise in absolute tranquility. Luxury & relaxed for nature lovers. A quiet oasis to renew your body and soul. Surrounded by nature in a peaceful and private atmosphere. Mont Carpe Diem is a farm resort located in the Puerto Rican tropical rainforest on the border ranges between Aguas Buenas, Bayamón, and Guaynabo, away from crowded areas yet not too far from the city. 30 minutes from Plaza Guaynabo.

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Two charming luxury cabins in the woods overlooking nature, with large windows which give them a fresh air of captivating tranquility. With air conditioning and private bathrooms. The cabins are uniquely designed combining warm elements with French country style influences. Paintings by the owner enhance their walls. Both are near the pool bordered by nature.

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The natural environment of the farm is a habitat for certain species of birds, coquis, peacocks and doves, our quotidian guests! It is a wonderful place to just relax in the cabin, by the pool, or in the Balinese house structure by our little pond listening to the perfect sounds of nature, spotting an occasional lizard or peacock or taking a relaxing massage.



We welcome our guests to our home to have the involvement of living as a member of our family, to have a real experience of local life. The main house is adorned with the owner’s painted art, charming objects and stunning views. It is provided with cable TV / Netflix, WI-FI internet. Large loft kitchen with ocean and forest view from our enormous open terrace.

You can dine finely in the open air of the Caribbean. A variety of refreshing drinks, as well as our “Quick Menu”, are available to our guest at any time with light and simple dishes. Also, delicious gourmet homemade dishes, made using traditional recipes and influences of some of the richest cuisines in the world such as the French, Italian, Spanish, Eastern, and Asian; of course, the Caribbean, are available with prior notice in the “Menu Gourmet”. The ingredients used to make our dishes are bought fresh every day. It is for this reason that we kindly request to our gently guest, inform us in advance what they want to eat from “menu Gourmet”


Our spices are fresh from our garden or directly brought from France and the Middle East. You can collect fresh eggs from our chickens to prepare your breakfast every morning.


Our farm-hotel is ideal and oriented for nature lovers, outdoors sports, young adults, Senior Citizens, corporate brainstorming, honeymooners, couples, friends, family reunion, wedding celebrations and anniversaries. If you choose Mont Carpe Diem it’s almost certainly because you are the type of traveler looking to get away from the heavy touristic zones and will love to have a more authentic, personal experience. We, the owners of Mont Carpe Diem, will be available to satisfy our customers with very personalized service. You can design your stay here, tailored exactly to your likings. We will fulfill your every desire.

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As part of our amenities are the hiking, the aqua-aerobics exercises, stretching, and physical exercises out of water guided by a professional of physical culture and sports.

There isn’t anything within walking distance from Mont Carpe Diem but you can visit the local restaurants and bars to enjoy our famous cuisine and hospitality a few miles away by car.

Only 25 minutes from the city of Guaynabo, malls, restaurants and commerce’s, 40 minutes from Old San Juan, 30 minutes from Bacardi’s factory, 50 minutes from El Yunque rain forest and beautiful Luquillo beach with our famous local food “Kioskos”. 30 minutes approx. from Ocean Park beach and one hour from the natural reserve Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo and the Bioluminescent bay as well as marinas and the ferry to Vieques and Culebra islands.

The property is completely private in a closed farm. Pool, walking paths, forest, a small lake with Balinese house structure, parking, etc., belongs to the property. Our guest can feel free to enjoy each of these spaces within our property. The neighborhood is safe and quiet.

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You can find guides and information about places to visit, local cuisine restaurants, beaches, and adventure and navigation options. Books, maps, and pamphlets of places to visit are available for our guests. Main highways are just a 35 minute from Mont Carpe Diem. Exploring Puerto Rico requires a car rental.

Our rental agreement must be signed in order to rent the cabins.

For additional information about pricing, services, and packages depending on the season, contact: or call us: (787) 539- 4848  / (787) 459- 5620