Monday, June 27, 2016

ONE PIECE & GO


Busy is probably the most overused word in the dictionary.  However we're all  busy in our own right and that's why the jumpsuit should be a staple in everyone's closet. On those days when you're running late, or have 5 million things going on, or don't know what to pack, the jumpsuit allows you to just one piece and go! And be chic while you're doing it. Happy Monday you busy people. 

WEARING: bar III jumpsuit (CUTE OPTION), necklace from DSW, isola shoes
WORN TO: a day party in LA this year, and my birthday party last year


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Monday, June 20, 2016

BECKY

Can you guess who makes my blouse?
Yep, you guessed it! Rachel Roy a.k.a Becky With The Good Hair. I think I'm too old to be part of the Beyhive, but I do love me some Beyonce and I almost burned this shirt after Rachel's infamous "Good hair don't care" post. However, I'm not that crazy. I love this shirt and all my Rachel Roy stuff and every piece shall remain safe and sound in my closet where they belong.

WEARING: rachel roy top, banana republic pants, NINE WEST BOOTIES UNDER $50
WORN TO: work 


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

HELLO YELLOW

I've had this jacket over a year and I still haven't worn it anywhere other than to this blog shoot. I LOVE bright in your face yellow, but there is something intimidating about this jacket. I feel like I need the perfect occasion to wear it and that just hasn't come yet. Any suggestions? If you guys can't help me I'll just wear it on my next next Target run :) 

WEARING: zara jacket, gap jeans, jean michel cazabat pumps
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BABY ALPACA

It seems a little odd to be posting a wrap when we unofficially started summer this week, but with the temperamental weather in the Bay Area, this baby alpaca poncho/wrap can be worn year-round. Plus, I couldn't wait until fall to wear & show off my souvenir to myself from Peru. It's soft, versatile, lightweight but warm and unique. Everyone wants to know where I got it, and I proudly say Peru!

WEARING: poncho made & bought in peru, banana republic pants, zara heels
WORN: to work 


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Monday, May 23, 2016

MACHU PICCHU

After one day in Cusco, we got up relatively early and took a 2 hour private car ride to a train station in Ollantaytambo to then catch the 1.5 hour PeruRail Train to Aguas Calientes. The ride was picturesque and we really got a chance to see how folks live outside of the tourist area. And like Cusco, Machu Picchu Pueblo or Aguas Calientes (the charming town before you head up the hill) stole my heart!
Fashionista spotted from the car ride
Lots of colorful buildings throughout the shanty towns
2 hours later we made it to the train!
And 1.5 hours after that, all smiles at the train station in Machu Picchu Pueblo a.k.a Aguas Calientes. 
I wish you could hear how peaceful the water is flowing downstream. 

I wish I had more time in this town but shortly after arriving, I took the 20 minute bus ride up to...
MACHU PICCHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And if you can believe it, it's even more incredible in person!
Some folks hike for days. I opted for the 20 minute hike to the "top" :) And yes, I still needed a break or two on the way up.
And that my friends, was my journey to Machu Picchu! I enjoyed the whole trip so much, I'd do it again :)

**Simply Chic Travel Tips: Machu Picchu**
Several people told me to take the early trip to Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise. If you do the math that would have required me to leave my hotel in Cusco at some ungodly hour (2 or 3 a.m.) and I was not about that life. So I left around 8 a.m., got to MP around noon and that was perfect for me. If the sunrise is that important to you, I'd say take the 4 hour journey a day before and stay in Aguas Calientes. I don't know how great the accommodations are there, but as you can see the town is really lovely! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CUSCO

As I stated before, the road to Machu Picchu is not an easy one but it's such a beautiful journey. We took a flight from Lima to Cusco, which is closer but still far from Machu Picchu and I fell in love with this town! It is rich in culture with great architecture and the people are much friendlier than they are in Lima. Here are some pictures of Cusco.
First & foremost drink the coca tea to adjust to the 11,000 ft altitude. It won't make you high ;)
The view from my super cute HOTEL 
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin a.k.a Cusco Cathedral
Cobblestone streets and walls
And last but not least, my last meal in Cusco at PACHAPAPA may or may not have included cuy, known to us as guinea pig :-/

**Simply Chic Travel Tips: Cusco**
The altitude is seriously not a game. I personally have altitude issues so I was worried, and while I never got sick to my stomach, there was more than one occasion where I got very winded and needed to sit or lay down. Drink the tea, take the diamox and walk very slowly & avoid stairs if you can. 

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Monday, May 9, 2016

ROAD TO MACHU PICCHU

I'm sure I said this before somewhere on here, but I have this problem where I see something pretty or interesting in a picture and I feel like I need to see it in real life. So for all the people who asked me, "Why Peru", the answer is simple...Machu Picchu! I had to get there, but I had no idea getting there was not an easy feat and I had no idea I would love Peru as much as I did.

I didn't do a great job of using my camera, but please enjoy these (mostly) iPhone snaps. 

The road to Machu Picchu started with a full day in Lima...
Specifically with breakfast at HAITI with the best bacon & egg scramble you could even begin to imagine. And of course a Pisco Sour because when in Rome, right?
(super affordable & beautiful)
(Parque Kennedy a.k.a Cat Park)
(El Beso Statue in Parque del Amor)
Aside from Pisco Sours, Lima is known for its vibrant art scene, parks & PDA! Ha! I've never seen so many couple so in love (or lust) in one place which makes this famous El Beso statue most appropriate. 
Am I in California, or maybe Miami? Nope, it's Miraflores! This is the most popular section of Lima to stay in because it's close to the action and while I enjoyed this area  I will say it's not tremendously rich in culture and could easily be mistaken for any major metropolitan US city.
And then you turn the corner and run into a building that reminds you that you are in a different country. This one was my fav in Miraflores.

**Simply Chic Travel Tips: Lima**
Brush up on your Spanish before you head to Lima. This is the least English speaking city I've been to, and the people aren't that friendly or helpful. 

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