Girl in Ipanema

We left Houston at the start of July for The World Cup in Rio de Janeiro with my husband. It was a to-do on our bucket list and as true die-hard soccer fans this was the opportunity  since his best friend lives in Rio and offered us a place to stay. It was the most magical and sensory-filled trip that we had taken in a while: the samba music on the streets, the beautiful Portuguese language at every corner, soft, white beaches, coco gelado (aka cold coconut water!) at the beach all day every day,  caipirinhas at every meal and the melting pot of cultures united by the same passion: soccer. #YesPlease.

So naturally, I wanted to look as colorful and tropical as possible. I scoured cover ups and bathing suit aisles for the brightest, cutest and most affordable pieces to pack. After all, everything I think about when I hear Brazil is carnival and its technicolor costumes. This was one my favorite cover-ups; a hot pink mesh-y dress by Jessica Simpson that I found at Macys for $20!

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As you can see, the cover up is super flattering and it hugs me in all the right places. It was versatile enough to wear at the beach-front restaurant and so easy to take off at the beach. And personally, if you’re curvier like me, I rather wear bright colors than hide beneath a black bathing suit and cover up. I get more compliments wearing color than anything else!

(Thank you to my hubby so patiently took so I could make this first fashion post a memorable one!)


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  • Lia Zavala

    Beautiful and coloful, my favorite combo! Lovely post. I would love to hear (read) about more stories in Brazil! So, i encourage you to share them with us. Loved the redesign btw. XOXO.

    August 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM Reply
    • Nicole

      Thanks Lia! I’ll share more pics, I promise 🙂

      August 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM Reply
  • Shelley Cohen

    Gorgeous colors on an even more gorgeous gal! Loved this post and the beautiful pics, Nicole. xx

    August 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM Reply
    • Nicole

      Thanks Shelley! Subscribed to your newsletter btw.Hopefully, see you soon? xoxo, Nicole

      August 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM Reply
  • Ashlynn B

    Omg I loooove the colors! You’re so bright and beautiful!!! I would totally wear that outfit too! Sounds like you had a blast! I haven’t traveled in a long time, but it’s nice to travel through posts like these!

    August 5, 2014 at 12:44 AM Reply
    • Nicole

      I totally recommend Rio as a destination. Thanks for the love! Nicole

      August 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM Reply
  • Guyanese Sista

    Love all the colours and the way the light reflected in your sunglasses.

    August 5, 2014 at 7:33 AM Reply
    • Nicole

      Thank you!

      August 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM Reply
  • Natalie K

    Love how colorful all the pictures are! Love your outfit!
    Almost died of joy when I found out that I could add it to my home screen
    On my phone and it becomes an app!

    August 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM Reply
  • Valerie Cooper

    Absolutely love the pictures!! Amazing colors!!! You look beautiful!!

    August 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM Reply
    • Nicole

      Thank you!

      August 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM Reply
  • Yareni

    Nicole me muero por ese collar, de donde? Cuanto? Como? Un abrazote, bello tu blog muñeca, orgullosa de ti

    August 11, 2014 at 2:57 AM Reply
    • Nicole

      Hola Yareni! Lo compre en un sitio que se llama Es un sitio donde boutiques tienen ciertos articulos en rebaja. Lo compre hace 3 meses. Te aviso si los vuelvo a ver en rebaja!

      August 12, 2014 at 3:28 AM Reply
  • Shasie

    Super cute ootd! I love the fit of the coverup and the bright colors! And you already know I need that necklace!

    Live Life in Style

    August 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM Reply
  • Ale Zelaya

    Me encantan los coloressss, te miras bellas Ms. Nikki

    August 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM Reply
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