Monday, April 23, 2018

CUBA: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

If you follow me on INSTAGRAM (shame on you if you don't...kidding...sorta) than you know I recently spent some time in Cuba and I had an eye opening, fantastic trip submerged in the culture and surrounded by the people. I'm kicking off this travel series by sharing some photos that super talented local photographer and filmmaker Manuel (BOOK HIM HERE) took of me and my crew + sharing the 10 things Americans should really know before they go. Enjoy!
(Read about these girls on my IG)
(Feliz de estar en La Habana)
(My dad talking to one of his many Mason brothers he ran into in Havana! He was basically a celebrity there.)

(My Cuba Crew)

1. The easiest way to travel to Cuba as an American is under the category Support for the Cuban People. In a nutshell this means you are interacting with locals and staying away from government/military owned entities which include all (or most) hotels. So stay in an Airbnb a.k.a casa particular where the owner or a staff is living there with you to engage with. Dine at paladars, which are restaurants within a family home. Take a cooking class or a dance class. Have a beach clean up day. Go to artists markets.The options are endless!

2. Bring a copy of your itinerary showing your Support for the Cuban People. Delta didn’t ask me any questions, but my friend who traveled on United was grilled a bit about why she was going when she arrived for her flight.

3. You need a visa but most airlines offer them. I got mine for $50 when I checked in online at delta.com and picked it up at the gate. Easy breezy!

4. You also must have travel insurance, but again most airlines include it in the ticket price and your boarding pass serves as your insurance card, but double check with your airline.

5. Have any prescriptions in their original package and have a copy of the prescription with you. No one checked ours but I read online where some people ran into issues, so better safe than sorry.

6. Figure out how much money you’ll need and bring $100 or $200 more than that because US debit/credit/atm cards CAN NOT be used in Cuba, so when you run out of money you might as well head home :) I cut it very close!

7. Even with the dollar being weaker than the euro, you're money will go further if you convert to euros first, because Cuba charges a 14% fee to convert dollars to CUCs (the local currency) AND euros are much stronger than the CUC. I think by converting my money I saved around $50.

8. Bring wipes just to be safe! There's toilet paper, but not everywhere! Hahahahaha.

9. Snacks and small toiletry items like toothbrushes or nail polish remover aren’t easy to find so plan accordingly and bring everything you need with you. I didn't and my poor nails were busted the whole trip. But trust and believe, I had my snacks!  

10. Print addresses, phone numbers, confirmation #s and emails of EVERYTHING since WiFi is not readily available. This is not the trip to wing it when you get there. Planning is key, but leave some room to take recommendations from locals!


And in case you missed it, you can book your photo tour with Manuel HERE, and get my two piece skirt set HERE.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

MALIBU

If you are not from California, you might not know that there is a small beef between Southern California, and Northern California. I don’t get it. I never have. I am an Oakland (Northern) California girl all day, but I love me some SoCal. They have better beaches, and weather (and men) #sorrynotsorry. And for all reasons listed, I headed to Malibu recently for a change of scenery.

 I’ll let the photos speak for themselves (with the help of a couple of captions).

(wearing zara camel coat, leopard sweater from nordstorm (VERY SIMILAR), sunnies from nordstrom, SPANX FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS, ADIDAS NEO CLOUDFOAM)

STAY AT THE SURFRIDER MALIBU

The rooms are nice (and pricey) but the best part is the rooftop lounge.

EAT AT MALIBU FARM
 And get the cauliflower pizza (i added sausage) and frozen rose a.k.a f'rose.


Eatin' crab out in Malibu at Nobu. Thank you Drake for the excellent recommendation!

GO TO ROSENTHAL WINERY 

I can't speak to the actual wine but the photo ops outside alone  are worth a visit

And speaking of photo ops...
There are plenty in this beautiful beach side town. I'll be back. 

But in the meantime, I’m headed up, up and away again this week to a place that requires a passport, and barely has WiFi. Who wants to take a wild guess where I’ll be? 


let's get social
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BIG BIRDIE

 
I don't know if this is something I'd wear in my real life, but I was going to the Museum of Ice cream (which is very pink) and I needed something that wouldn't clash, but would also stand out. Insert grey Big Bird bomber here. What do you guys think? Should this be a one time wear (it was very inexpensive) or can I get away with it IRL?

wearing: FLUFFY FUR COAT $32, top from nordstrom, banana jeans, CHARLES DAVID CHIEF MOTO BOOTIES (HIGH TOP VERSION), shinola watch (VERY SIMILAR)

let's get social

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

V-DAY



Who says you can't wear jeans on Valentine's Day and who said you can't wear tartan after Christmas? Clearly not me. Happy Valentine's Day my love(s).

wearing: faux fur from amazon, j crew tartan top, articles of society jeans, jean michel cazabat
worn: wine tasting

let's get social

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SPRING PREVIEW

It's been 75 & sunny. I think I'll just ease on into spring with my floral kimono and pearl jeans! 

wearing: $15 KIMONO FROM AMAZON, anthropologie jeans (SIMILAR OPTION), nine west booties, nordstrom sunnies

let's get social

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Monday, January 29, 2018

BLACK + WHITE + COCKTAIL

I hate shopping. Yep, you read that correctly. I HATE SHOPPING. Especially in a store, and especially when I'm shopping for something specific.  It's a totally different story if I get an email that says "Take an extra 30% off" and I click through and I buy a random sweater. That, I quite enjoy. 
But when I find out that I am going to a gala in less than 2 weeks, I don't want to have to go shopping for a dress because of course with my luck, I won't find one. 
Lucky for me I have a closet full of things just sitting there waiting for the perfect occasion to make their debut. And the occasion for this half-cape black and white cocktail dress was the 100 BLACK MEN Gala. So the lesson is, when people tell you don't buy it if you don't need it, don't listen. Because you'll be struggling and stressing trying to find the right dress or right top or right shoes, when you could be stress free in 6 months or 12 months shopping in your own closet. 
Now if you can't afford it, please don't buy it—that's a whole 'nother story :) Otherwise, happy shopping!

wearing: dress from bloomingdales by halo (GOOD OPTIONSIMILAR), chirsitain louboutin heels, aldo bag, DAVID YURMAN OVAL LINK BRACELET, shinola watch (SIMILAR)

let's get social

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