La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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For my birthday I decided to treat myself and went to visit my friends in Costa Rica. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Most of my trip was spent in a little town called La Fortuna set on the foot of an inactive volcano. This volcano had been very active two years prior and you can still see smoke coming out of the top! This town is an amazing oasis where you come in contact with nature in all its glory. That is one thing I loved about Costa Rica: how civilisation has respected the natural surroundings. You can literally breathe fresh air wherever you may go, whether its in the capital of Costa Rica, San José or in the natural hot springs of La Fortuna.

My friends and I stayed at the wonderful Montaña de Fuego Hotel , where we had an amazing experience thanks to Jeffrey Cervantes Calderón, Guest Services Manager (THANK YOU!). Everyone on the staff was welcoming and so nice, from check in to check out! It is definitely a place I recommend and that hopefully soon I will be coming back to visit and enjoy all the fun activities that La Fortuna has to offer.

Among the leasure activities that can be enjoyed around the pool area and hot springs, that include a fun mud bath (your skin will feel soooo soft afterwards) there are plenty of adventurous activities fit for all types of thrill seekers. On the day of my birthday I went ziplining, tubing, rappelling and horse back riding along the mountain (my favorite part).

If you are planning a visit to Costa Rica, then you definitely need to visit La Fortuna and Montaña de Fuego!

Here are some pictures in the gallery below to show you just how amazing La Fortuna is!

*pictures taken from Google Images and myself*

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Drug Store Haul!

Physicians Formula

Warm Nude Shimmer Strips All-In-One

This product is perfect for beginners because it is so versatile and the back has instructions on how to use! The strips can be used as individuals or as a whole and work as eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, highlighter and bronzer. In LOVE!

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Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Fakeout Mascara:

The first time I tried this mascara I forgot to curl my eyelashes. However, even with my forgetful moment this mascara immediately showed volume and length!

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Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil:

Let’s be real, I got this because of the cute packaging. The bronzer has shimmer, so if that’s a no for you, stay away. Although I don’t like shimmer in my bronzers, this as a blush gives such a beautiful natural glow.

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Baked Blush Rose D’Oro:

Such a perfect baked blush! Will work on so many skin types and colors, definitely a must try!

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Bella Sand and Bella Cappuccino:

Although these eyeshadows are not as pigmented as other eyeshadows, they are such amazing transition shades. I packed one onto the other and I was even asked by two strangers what eyeshadow I was using. If you are a all natural girl, this is for you!

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Color Icon: Eye Shadow Trio

Packed with pigment for such a low price! This is also helpful for beginners by stating which eyeshadow should be used in the brow bone, crease and eyelid. 

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Love Nicole

NYFW Favorite: Stella Nolasco

As Puerto Ricans, we are extremely proud of those who excel not only in our country but also of those who shine bright outside of our little island. During NYFW two of our biggest fashion stars showed the world what Puerto Rican fashion was all about: Stella Nolasco and Luis Antonio.

During New York Fashion Week 2014 one designer really stood out: Stella Nolasco. Her collection titled The Saint of my Devotion, featured an array of textures and fabrics that captured the essence of spring and summer in Puerto Rico. As a Puerto Rican, born and raised in the island, I can testify to the fact that spring in Puerto Rico is all about bright colors, sheer fabrics and lace. Stella brought all these factors and combined them to create one beautiful collection. The show, produced by PR giant Kelly Cutrone from Peoples Revolution, went as seamless and flawless as one would expect!

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The ready to wear pieces had me dreaming of clear sexy nights in Old San Juan, and the gowns were perfect in every way. Each piece hugged the model’s body in all the right places and I can only assume that it will be the same on the client’s body.As piece after piece came down the runway I was left wanting them all!

The Lincoln Center was left screaming for more as where fashionistas all around the world. I will definitely love to visit her atelier soon to see this gorgeous pieces first hand! It was definitely my favorite collection of all and I am so proud that it was done by a Puerto Rican! Good Job Stella! Stylish Treasures is proud of you!

Here are a some of my favorite pieces of the collection and a video to show you just how beautiful it all came together! Enjoy!

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The blue jumpsuit on the right was my FAVORITE piece of the collection!

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Enjoy the entire show!

Stylish Treasures is now a bicoastal blog, with Nicole based in London and me based in Puerto Rico. Taking this opportunity, we want to showcase to our lovely readers, what Puerto Rican fashion is all about. Although Nicole will still bring you the very best of fall & winter and British fashion, from now on, we will also bring you to the front row of the biggest fashion events in Puerto Rico  and give you an inside look on our eternal summer fashion style! The best of both worlds!

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*pictures taken from Google Images*

OOTD

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” For this outfit I wanted to combine a laid back look with the glitz and glam of sequins. I love sequins and they are not that easy to style with. I kept the top and the trousers neutral and added the gold sequined jacket and the purse for that extra sparkle. I kept my makeup simple and the bold lip compliments the lights in the outfit. I will definitely be incorporating basic pieces with sparkle in the near future!”

Top: Bought in Thailand
Jacket: Charlotte Rousse
Pants: Topshop
Purse: Primark
Shoes: New Look

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“For this look I leaned towards effortless and comfortable. The skirt is an interesting length, which works well for girls of any height. While the basic white t-shirt is something anyone could have. I paired with the right accessories, like this Zara statement necklace and Primark pointy heels. This look is perfect work attire, yet it can still be rocked during afternoon cocktails with your colleagues!”

Skirt: Forever 21
Basic Long Sleeve: Gap
Statement Necklace: Zara
Bracelets and Heels: Primark
Purse: Coach

love nicole and andrea

Unreal Experiences

A couple of weeks ago, Nicole and I had one of those encounters, you would never in a million believe that actually happen, unless you experience them in the flesh. By chance (or luck!) we met Matt Daniel- Baker, magician and mind reader, at the Hilton Wembley in London. Let me clarify that I was very skeptical about mind reading and things like that. I always expect to discover or find the source of the trick.  What started as a few card tricks that were pretty great, ended up being one of the most mind boggling and coolest experiences we have ever had. Words can not describe our shock at what was happening before our very eyes. Luckily, we have a video to show you all how amazing the power of the mind is and that indeed these things happen! We could only wish we would have captured our entire interaction with Matt, as our faces would have proven how amazing this encounter was. 

Here it is! Enjoy!

 

Matt Daniel-Baker is available for bookings and you can find him at:
http://www.themagician.tv

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OOTD- Colorful Palette

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“Dont be afraid to play with colors. I love mixing colors and using bold pieces to make a statement. The skirt and top made a great color combination, but the Bershka statement necklace, and Mario Hernandez colorful purse is what brings the outfit together. I kept it light with the New Look heels so the eyes wander from my statement necklace down to my purse. My tip? Try to make the eyes go from one piece to another smoothly even if you are playing with bold pieces.”

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: H&M
Heels: New Look
Necklace: Bershka
Purse: Mario Hernandez Colombian Designer

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” I have owned this skirt for such a long time and never knew how to style it. As I am preparing to move, I found it in my closet and decided to play with it. I paired it up with a black bandeau to keep all the attention on the flowy skirt and style it with a leather jacket, to give it a rocker-ish vibe. I love this leather(faux) jacket, as it keeps me warm and goes well with virtually anything!”

Jacket: Mango
Bandeau: ASOS
Maxi Skirt: Gatsby
Shoes: New Look
Purse: Marruecos Colombian Leather

love nicole and andrea

Sephora and MAC Haul!

Urban Decay All Nighter – Makeup Setting Spray

This is the second time I purchase this product. I can’t leave the house without setting my makeup with this. Love it!

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NARS – Sheer Glow Foundation (Medium / Dark)

This IMMEDIATELY evened my skin tone. The foundation is sheer and buildable coverage. When in hot weather, I set with a translucent powder however in cold weather the foundation can be used by itself. Leaves my skin hydrated, softer and immaculate.

Note: This foundation is best for normal, normal-to-dry and dry skin types.

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MAC – Mineralize Loose Foundation (Medium / Dark)

If you are a girl that does not wear a lot of makeup, this is for you! It is medium buildable coverage, which means it is soft and light, however, its able to cover redness and dark circles. This loose foundation is perfect to wear on its own, or set a liquid foundation.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

How did I ever live without this? This kit includes everything you need for perfectly groomed eyebrows including stencils, brow powder, highlighter and brush! If you don’t know where to start with your eyebrows, this is the kit for you!

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Laura Mercier – Secret Brightening Powder

I HAVE to set my concealer with a translucent powder, but the ones I have gotten in the past caused flashback. Not this! Although it adds an invisible lightening boost it does not appear on camera.

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NARS – Radiant Creamy Concealer (Biscuit)

I’M IN LOVE! Are you ready for how amazing this concealer is? It is: long wearing, crease proof, paraben-free, alcohol free, fragrance free, and non comedogenic. The formula is lightweight but is easily buildable, and goes on so smooth that it conceals and highlights at the same time, its just perfect!

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MAC – Sheertone Shimmer Blush (Sunbasque)

One of Jacklyn Hills favorite blushes is my new love. A blush and a bronzer in one! This won me over!

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Love Nicole