Over the weekend, I went to Orlando for the BlogHer 2017 conference with a few of my blogger friends. While being in Orlando, we took some time to experience the Disney Magic, and went to Walt Disney World. The Disney theme parks are a magical place. I got myself the iconic Minnie ears headband and embarked on walking into the parks. We started by going to Animal Kingdom and trying out, the new Pandora area base on the Avatar movies. A truly must see for anyone. This is probably one of the most amazing virtual rides I have been on. Then we hoped to Magic Kingdom, where we snapped these pictures.
I took a quick 24 hour trip to Portland, Maine, to see a little snow and eat some yummy lobsters. I love the idea of being in a place for just a day, because you have to quickly move around and see as much as possible and visit the right places to feel the sense of the town or city that I am traveling to.
If you follow me on social media, you can tell that I visit New York City often. I can’t say it enough how much I love this city. At some point in my life, I thought of moving there, but I remain in South Florida where nothing beats the weather. Every time I go to New York, I have a few places I make it a point to visit. One of them is the MET museum to see their yearly CFDA fashion exhibit. This time around they have the Manus X Machina exhibit, showcasing the different manufacturing processes like embroidery, lace and some high end ones made from fiberglass. Also while at the museum if it is spring or summer, I go up to the rooftop bar and order a glass of prosecco and from there enjoy the pretty views of Manhattan and Central Park.
I have been on a sneakers kick lately, they are so comfortable specially when running errands or walking around a city while traveling. I’m usually not a sneakers wearing kinda girl, I only wear them when I’m exercising, but I have found a new certain kind of love for them. I wore this almost all black outfit with a gray coat during my last trip to New York City, the weather was a little cold for what I am used to, but I managed.
I have always liked travelling, the idea of taking a plane and waking up in another city excites me. Since becoming single I have always dreaded the idea of travelling by myself. But don’t get me wrong I love my time alone it gives me time to think, but for me usually travel included a companion.
Living the fear behind I booked a plane ticket to NYC. I know this city well, so it felt like home. Walking up and down Madison Ave, I did a little shopping, I reconnected with a few friends that I haven’t seen in a while, I had a nice meal at a trendy restaurant by myself and went to the MET to see a fashion exhibit.
With all and all I got over the fear of travelling alone and I have already booked my next flight.
Sometimes I feel that I don’t go back home enough. I love my hometown but most of my family lives in Miami, so I only go back very little. On my recent visit to Santo Domingo I was feeling a little nostalgic. I visited the Zona Colonial, this is the area where I went to fine art school and where I spent most of my time doing studies while in architecture school. This part of the city holds a special place in my heart, walking thru the narrow cobblestone roads, surrounded by the coral stone and brick old buildings with beautiful rustic doors, made me remember of a time where things where more simple.
For this outing I was wearing a comfy outfit perfect for the tropical climate, khaki short shorts, an embossed fabric crop top and slip-ons to walk around.
Pictures by Margaret Minervino
With my really busy and hectic lifestyle a vacation it is always a must. Even if its just to be out for a few days outside of work/blog etc. I recently went to Las Terrenas, one of my favorite beach towns in the Dominican Republic. I stayed in this amazing modern villa, located 10 min away from the beach, on a private hill. I spent time getting some needed R&R, hanging by the pool with a sangria in my hand with my best friend Margaret. I call this the perfect Caribbean beach getaway weekend.
I think I was born with a suitcase on my hands. As soon as I have the chance to get on a plane and fly away to any location, I’m ready to go. I have to say, I love to travel.
I have been to Europe and many places in the United States but I have never visited South America. This is the first time I got to go south, and had the great opportunity to visit the metropolitan city of Buenos Aires, in Argentina.
I was enamored with the architecture of the city as it is a patchwork of an array of European styles, from neoclassical to baroque, to more contemporary buildings all in the same urban fabric one next to each other.
For most of our trip the weather was cloudy and mildly cold for me (meaning 70 F degrees), probably something not that typical at this time of the year as it is summer in Buenos Aires. I packed a semi-summer wardrobe with light clothes and shorts. As for shoes I spent most of my trip wearing a pair of MIA Shoes Daydreamer sneakers. They were so comfy and where perfect for all the walking around we did. Also they saved my toes from the rain. I loved that they look stylish with anything skinny jeans or shorts, and they are not your traditional travelers white sneakers.
I did the touristy thing and roamed around the city. One of my favorite stops was the Teatro Colon, this is one the best Opera houses in the world, its architecture is magnificent and trust me doing the inside tour is a good idea. For shopping visit the neighborhood of Palermo where there are many local designer stores and if you are like me and love leather bags & shoes stop by PRUNE (you’ll thank me).
Overall I had a great time learning about this city, their people, food and lifestyle. So much that I have adopted drinking sparkling water with my morning coffee and having a little dulce de leche with a piece of toast.
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Pictures by David Pulgar Photography
A few weeks back I took a small trip to the west coast of Florida to the city of Tampa. I have been waiting for the weather to change in this side of the state so I can finally start wearing fall outfits and boots.
I lieu of not having that weather I used the excuse of traveling to wear a transitional fall outfit, even if it was not so far away, the temperature is a bit cooler. We walked thru downtown and stopped by the University of Tampa campus. The campus main building is impressive with a beautiful ornate architecture showing off details of the Moorish revival era. The spaces are so grand that it made the perfect place to take pictures of the bold stripes outfit I was wearing that day.
Pictures by David Pulgar Photography
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Browsing through the stores looking for a gift I noticed this beautiful white backpack with black and golden zippers from Marc by Marc Jacobs and figured out that I need a grown-up backpack. Definitely not a school girl or Hello Kitty backpack nor a Jansport (although I never owned any of these). I am in the search of a fashionable one not necessarily brand name but something that would last and not break.
When travelling cross country or just near by, the ease of carrying a backpack for comfort and utility makes it a winner as a travel gear. Lately I have been travelling plenty and each time besides my carry-on, I have to carry a purse, a camera bag, tablet and sometimes my laptop bag. The entire ordeal seems almost impossible and also not allowed by most airlines. Then sporting a bag that holds everything its a great idea.
Fellow blogger OJ and CIGS recently introduced me to Harper Ave backpacks as their designs are based on real-life architects master pieces she knew I would fall in love with them immediately. The Le Corbu backpack (shown far right) depicts the minimalistic approach and openness of concrete structures that Le Corbusier (a french architect from 1920’s) did.
And for my last pick I checked out Belen Echandia’s Copenhagen leather backpacks (shown far left), they are more traditional looking but I can imagine how it would look like it will age well and I could pass on to the next traveler after I’m old.