Tambor Tropical Travel Guide: Hidden Gem of Nicoya Peninsula

Table of Contents 1. Property 2. Pool   3. Rooms 4. The Beach One thing about Maxim and I when we travel, we like to immerse ourselves into a place and get down to the nitty gritty of what truly makes it special. We’ll check out the more touristy areas of course but what really gets … Continue Reading

Arenal Volcano Travel Guide: Hotels, Activities & Hot Springs

Table of Contents 1. Getting to Arenal Volcano 2. Staying at Casa Luna 3. Explore the Area 4. Hot Springs 5. Where to Eat After our lovely stay at Finca Rosa Blanca in the suburb of San Jose, we headed North into the Mountains of Costa Rica. The area we were headed to was Arenal … Continue Reading

Patrick Cupid: Brand Spotlight in Costa Rica

I learned of Patrick Cupid, a talented designer from NYC, while writing up an article “5 Black Male Fashion Designers Who Are Slaying The Game” as part of my “Going Against the Grain: Black-Owned Brands Spotlight” series last summer. Here is what I wrote about Patrick and his eponymous brand back then: “Patrick Cupid makes playful … Continue Reading

Costa Rica: All White Outfit Aesthetic

Here is a Costa Rica outfit idea for you, Gems. Nothing says summer better than a crisp all-white outfit. Here, I paired a white tank top with white high-waisted jeans and a fun sun visor. Threw on a pair of white sandals and added some golden hoops, rings and cuffs with my trusty vintage chain … Continue Reading

Costa Rica Travel Guide: Finca Rosa Blanca – A Unique Inn & Organic Coffee Farm

Table of Contents 1. Rooms 2. Pool & a Jacuzzi with a View   3. Lush Property 4. Coffee Farm Our first stop in Costa Rica was at Finca Rosa Blanca, a rustic-chic hotel on a coffee farm in Santa Bárbara, in Heredia Province. It was the perfect place to begin our exploration of this beautiful country. … Continue Reading

Brand Spotlight: Hydrate with Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

Outside is the move this summer and the THIRST is REAL! I plan on being the walking epitome of “beach bum” ’cause I’ve been Thirsty af for long summer days laying out on the beach – indulging in a good book, cooling off in the water and catching the sunset all while staying hydrated with … Continue Reading

My Skincare Routine with Camille Rose

|| Step by Step Skincare Routine  || https://opalbyopal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OpalbyOpal-x-Camille-Rose-60-second-Blog-Use-V2.mp4 Sharing my current skincare routine with Camille Rose Beauty – a Black-Owned brand that started in 2011 by Janell Stephens, that’s been an absolute favorite of mine! This new skincare lineup is hands down one of my favorites. It actually gives visible results and leaves my skin feeling nourished from … Continue Reading

OOTD: Formal Black Jumpsuit Outfit

– Get the Look: – Jumpsuit: Rachel Zoe (buy here) Sandals: AGL (buy here) Bag: Furla (similar here) DANGER ⚠️ High Voltage ⚡️ Today is a new day. Yesterday’s mistakes cannot affect today’s possibilities unless you dwell on them. Carpe Diem, Gems! What opportunities will you seize this week? https://opalbyopal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OpalbyOpal-Black-Look-on-Orange-Wall-Blog-Use.mp4 More Black Jumpsuit Inspiration + … Continue Reading

Brand Spotlight: Walmart Fashion

I am taking Walmart Fashion to new heights with these affordable summer essentials. An easy-breezy skirt set, a statement mini bag and of course, some comfy dad sandals. Even more, this full look is just under $125. Top: $15 Skirt: $19 Bag: $24 Shoes: $65 Style: PRICELESS Get the Look: Top: Scoop (Walmart) Skirt: Scoop (Walmart) … Continue Reading

Modern Decorative Pillows for Any Living Room

Featured: Dot Dash Pillow & Signal Pillow by Block Shop How to select modern decorative pillows for any space: Adding Decorative pillows to your home is an easy and simple way to refresh your home decor. They fit right at home on any couch or bed. In the living room, bedroom or any cozy nook. … Continue Reading