Indian Diaries Pt. 3: Q&A

DRESS: (c/o) Gal Meets Glam/SANDALS: similar here/EARRINGS: Zara, more options here/BANGLES: from Indian market

As I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago, I’ve received a ton of questions ranging from India to what lens I use from how I pack to what app I use for my IG Stories, so I thought, “let’s get to it…all of it on the blog today!”

But before I dive in, please know I am not an expert on India nor do I know all the answers or fully understand the creative bursts that make up the wonderment of this culture. I am just happy to highlight + share with you some personal tips from my own experience in India. I hope there’s something you can take away from it, too!

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Cartagena Pt. 2: Q&A

DRESS: Zara (more options here)/EARRINGS: Mercedes Salazar/TOTE

IT’S BEEN A MINUTE.

Like, woah. I know, I know. It’s taken me months to share this post. Blame it on the travels.

In case you missed it, I shared a blog post on where to shoot in Cartagena in March because I received SO many questions about it! (I also published a post about where I stayed in Cartagena here.) Today I’m answering some of your commonly asked questions like best places to eat, shop and stay.

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Sunny, for a Second

CAMI, PANTS, SANDALS, FLOPPY HAT, EARRINGS: (c/o) River
Island

Ah, that time of year where summering around is “officially” welcomed. Sure living in S. Florida is summertime year round but lately, the past few weeks have been a toss up of rolling thunder and rain. Talk about a complete contrast.

At last, the sun is finding her way back to us. Knock on wood, hope I’m not speaking too soon. (UPDATE: as I hit publish, the rain came back. Ugh.)

In response to the brief moments of sunshine, I could not help but quickly gravitate towards one of my favorite fast-fashion UK brands – River Island. If you’re not familiar with River Island from some of my previous blog posts (click here and here) – think: fun, on-trend and always new with styles fitting for me and you. *sings song*

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Islamorada Beauty

BATHING SUIT: Luli Fama in partnership with Zappos

Ah, Islamorada! My favorite destination in the Keys! Nestled between Key Largo and Key West, Islamorada is a quick three-hour drive from West Palm Beach where you will find palms for days and a serene beach front. We stayed at a small resort called The Moorings where we rented a quaint bungalow for the holiday weekend. It came equipped with everything from a brand new full-size kitchen to beach cruisers. And the view?! Don’t even get me started… the second you opened the two french doors, you walked right outside into the most gorgeous beach. I’m already counting down the days until my next visit! If you’re a young couple looking for a romantic getaway or have a small family, the Moorings is the place for you!

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Breath of Fresh Air

DRESS: here/SANDALS: love these!/BAG: affordable options here and here/EARRINGS: similar here, here and here

I can’t tell you how refreshing it feels to stay in one spot for more than two weeks at a time! I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with my boyfriend, get (somewhat) organized again and mentally decompress from packing – unpacking – packing – unpacking. Although I’m leaving again this week for another destination, it won’t be far from home. Just three hours south! Yep, you guessed it. I’m headed to the Keys…

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Indian Diaries Pt. 2

(continued from Indian Diaries Pt. 1…)

I arrived to Jaipur one part sad, one part happy. I was sad because I didn’t want to leave Udaipur. However, happy to explore Jaipur – the famous “Pink City” of India.

Our driver, Dev, met us at the Jaipur airport and didn’t say much. He just grabbed our luggage and threw it on the roof of his car (without ties, mind you). “Are you sure our luggage is safe up there,” we asked. “Yes, of course…” Four hundred speedbumps later, a few prayers and a bout of nausea – we made it safely to our new hotel. Yes, it paled in comparison to the unreal Taj Lake Palace (then again, most hotels will do that from now on) but still managed to be a cute, charming and a very suitable option for India. It was called Alsisar Haveli

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Alright, Alright, All-White

SWEATER, PANTS, SANDALS, EARRINGS, SUNGLASSES: (c/o) Ann Taylor

I’m back. From jet lag that is.

Last week, I mentioned in “Indian Diaries Pt. 1” how going to India was not only spur of the moment but a huge investment for me. (Quite frankly, all my trips are a huge investment for me!) But if there’s one thing I’ve figured out it’s this: you can’t put a price tag on memories. I’ll dive deeper into this subject + more from my trip to India later so please hang tight! In the meantime, leave your questions in the comment section and I’ll try to answer them in Pt. 2.

So today I’m taking a quick break from India content to share this outfit from Ann Taylor. Sure, it’s another all-white ensemble but I figured with Memorial Day right around the corner, that you would appreciate it!

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Indian Diaries: Pt. 1

DRESS: (c/o) Johanna Ortiz/SANDALS: Topshop

I’ll admit it. When Chelsae Anne (my photographer) asked me to join her + her crew in India during their month-long journey throughout Asia, I said “Chels, you’re crazy…” Only to take a step back and realize this was an opportunity of lifetime. Exhausted from traveling nearly every week the past two months, I put on my big girl pants, called my travel agent while I was in Mexico with my boyfriend and said, “book the ticket.” I didn’t check my bank account. I didn’t think twice about flying halfway across the world by myself. I simply thought, “go.” So, I sourced outfits for what would be one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever shot at and a week later, found myself en-route to mystical India…

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Chic Versatility

ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT: (c/o) La Blanca Swimwear via Bloomingdale’s

PAPERBAG PANTS: similar here, here and here/SCARF: old/BEACH BAG: Free People, similar here/SANDALS: more options below!/EARRINGS: vintage Valentino

Was it a week ago? Two weeks ago? One month ago? I don’t know, can’t remember. Time seems like a blur lately (but in a good way) so please excuse me for not knowing!

As I slipped into my bathing suit in Cartagena, I realized I didn’t bring a cover-up with me so I grabbed a midi skirt and ran downstairs to meet Chelsea, my photographer, for breakfast and a quick photoshoot. Only to realize that my outfit was pretty cute! “Who would have thought a bathing suit could double as a top?” I thought. Chelsea encouraged me to shoot the swimsuit (with the midi skirt). The pictures came out great! I loved it so much, I decided to post it to IG and the response was fantastic.

Which left me dreaming up the many possibilities of swimsuits…

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