Monday, August 24, 2015

Sheer Lace

Lace crop top, balconette bra and longuette skirt: YAMAMAY
Pumps: Very Prive' LOUBOUTIN similar here
"It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes." 

Actually lace can be affordable, too, like my lace outfit, that I sported at a party in Lugano last Sunday night, as in these (blurred) "backstage" pics.  I was inspired by some glam sheer lace celeb outfits (Kim Kardashian is one of the best at rocking this style) and found this very interesting and relatively inexpensive sheer lacy set by the new Yamamay Fall collection. The crop is really sheer, so I added a balconette bra (if you are not so brave or for more formal occasions you can opt for a black tank for more coverage) and matched it with its pairing longuette skirt. The result is pretty classic, but the see-through effect adds some visual interest.... As you know, I love to dress up and I'm happy when I can do it without spending a fortune, so that I can save some money for other shoes or statement pieces...

Note to self: I went for these classic loubies, but some lace-up sandals should be more edgy.

Thanks for visiting.


Spikey V.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Boho-Chic Vibes in Tarifa

Maxi dress and bikini: MISS BIKINI
Flip flops: HAVAIANAS

Atlantic Ocean, sand dunes and Roman ruins.

Baelo Claudia Roman ruins in front of Playa de Bolonia
Tarifa is in the southernmost part of Spain, just in front of Morocco.

I went to Andalusia in Southern Spain with my boy on the last week of May for a short vacation and really enjoyed this trip and the fantastic weather there (blue sky, warm sun, gentle sea breeze, 26-30 degrees, no rain*). We were based in Estepona, close to Marbella, which had an amazing development in the last years as a vacation and investment destination for (wealthy) visitors from across Europe, Arabic states and America. I had fun playing in some impressive golf courses**, jogging and walking by the long seaside, visiting the area and chilling out at our hotel, a luxury, cosmopolite set, where I could sport some evening outfits without feeling a bit too much. (I definitely like to dress up :-) )

I also enjoyed visiting Tarifa, which is located in the southern stretch of Spain, just in front of Africa, and it's very different from Marbella: it attracts some surfer tribes for its windy spots and the hippy cool set for its laid-back, relaxed vibes. We also stop by the beautiful Playa de Bolonia, between the Atlantic waves, sand dunes and old Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia and sipped a chilled beer in the little chiringuitos in the beach.

My outfit for the visit to Tarifa and Playa de Bolonia was really easy: a maxi-dress and bikini by Miss Bikini, one of my favorite swimwear brand. Exceptionally (:-) ), I wore no heels but just some flip flops, this was okay for this relaxed day in Tarifa and the beach. Later, back to our resort, I styled this maxi-dress again paired with some gladiator sandals and ethnic jewels for some extra summer glam.

* The area is known as Costa del Sol and very warm later from June to August.
** The same area is also known as Costa del Golf