Best Work Bag/ Portfolio/ Carryall/ Ever

This is the best ever lady office bag.  It even turns into an oversized clutch.  I mean, it´s genius! 
That´s what she said...

The only risk in having it would be taking too much work back home.  Talk about motivation!  Don´t think I don´t know us who buy exercise apparel to jump start a work out.  Seriously.

It even makes me wanna go back to work.



The Essential Button-Down Shirt: Three Tips for Impecable Styling

1.  Accessories are key
2.  Take risks with proportions 
3.  In case we are not on the same page, shoes are accessories (as well as sunglasses and watches).  

Have you noticed how shoes make a button-down-shirt look disguise a want-to-show-off-my-shoes-and-make-it-seem-effortless look?



Dreamy Coffee Place... java and water, perfect combo.

I shot this pic during a walk in Helsinki and I thought this place was dreamy.  All the while, the tour guide lady kept insisting that coffee is sacred to the Finns.  No matter how crude her hyperboles got we were not impressed.  Not only because we are from Panama, but because she had already left us aghast with the Finish fascination with visiting the sauna.  She attests people have weekly sauna reservations they do not miss for the world and that provide a valid excuse for missing a dinner party should there be a scheduling issue with the sauna slot.   As closing statement to her point, she attests divorce disputes get really nasty over who gets the sauna.  After that, do not give me more examples of comunal fascination with anything because it will all start to sound suspicious.

Well, she got me....

The second I learned this place was a coffee shop.

You know what this means right? Right. We are doing it all wrong in Panama.

Granted that the weather and mosquitoes might be an issue, but Citronella and a Matthew McConaughey facial mist has never hurt anyone.

Now somebody serve me coffee on the water while a big boat cruises through the canal.


Jet Set Dreams


Breaking the rules of styling.

foto by Cristina Arias

It is preposterous to attempt a how-to guide to breaking rules on anything, but the more you hear frases like, you can mix prints but mix a geometric print like lines or squares with the floral or animal prints and try to get the prints to vary in size... Then, my friends, you are being lectured on yet another "rule."

Style gurus and taste makers have a keen eye for breaking rules and then breaking the rule that constrains the exception.  But I´ve decided that there are a certain number of "permissions" that we should allow ourselves instead, which can stylistically elevate a look exponentially. 

Permission to

leave home without earrings
mix metals
mix époques
wear a broach
wear flats with evening wear
tuck in your shirts and don´t wear a belt
wear custom jewelry to a formal event
wear pants to a formal event
go without jewelry to a formal event
............................. I think I have a hangup on how some women dress to formal events and my overall hidden agenda would be for some ladies to under-do it a bit.  No, ok, a lot.