Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Summer is Almost Over- Kinda

:: Outfit Details ::

Blazer:: 4SI3NNA 
Sunglasses:: Linda Farrow 
Crop top:: TopShop, only $10 
Shorts:: 7 For All Mankind 
Bag:: (Currently on sale!) Sirena Tosh
Belt:: Gucci
Shoes:: (Sold out) Lulus | Shop nude mules here

Labor Day Weekend is this weekend! Living in Miami, that doesn't mean anything as far as a season change because it is Summer here almost 365 days a year. But for most of you, Fall is coming, in which I am very envious, because that's my favorite season! 

A blazer is a great piece to have when transitioning your Summer wardrobe to Fall. I have a whole section for blazers in my closet. From different colors to different textures, it's good to have options! My blazer is by 4SI3NNA from Lulu's. (It runs small so order a size up- trust me!) I have just discovered this line, and they have super cute clothing! Click here to shop

My denim shorts are by 7 For All Mankind. Here is a similar pair by GRLFRND.(Add a cute belt are you've instantly dressed your look up.) You can also pair your blazer with a cute pair of your fave distressed jeans. My neutral straw bag is the "Isabella" bag from my handbag line, Sirena Tosh. (Use code "USA30" for 30% off your order!) 

Shop my outfit by using the links above. Shop similar blazers at the end of this post!

Photography: Genesis Bonilla  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Colorful Cartagena, Colombia with Allure Chocolat By Karisma

I visited Colombia for the first time EVER last week, and I stayed in a very colorful and historic city called, Cartagena. Cartagena is an absolutely beautiful and brilliant city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The culture, the architecture, and the land is all so amazing. Cartagena is right on the Caribbean Sea and is so rich in history.

 I stayed at the very modern and conveniently located hotel, Allure Chocolat by Karisma. Located in the heart of Cartagena, Allure Chocolat exudes the utmost charm. This waterfront hotel boasts a rooftop infinity pool with truly spectacular city views. Located just ten minutes walking distance from the Walled City or "Old City", Cartagena, and attractions such as San Felipe de Barajas Castle, it has so much to offer!

The breathtaking rooftop pool was my favorite part of the hotel. With views of modern skyscrapers and the beautiful ocean- it was picture perfect!  

The other side of the rooftop faces the city, and the clock tower entrance into the "Old City". In the morning, breakfast is served on the beautiful rooftop, and it is truly the best way to start your day. Don't forget to try the Colombian coffee! 

Once you're inside the "Walled City" in Old Cartagena, every corner and store front has so much personality. Every colonial street is so mesmerizing, just like a scene from a movie. (In fact, Will Smith was just there weeks before filming a movie!)

The wall that surrounds the city is made of stone and was built in the 16th Century to protect the city and it's people during war. There are actually very large canons on top of some portions of the wall that face the ocean. 

Since I visited Cartagena in late July, it was very hot. Their weather is much like Miami's- humid and hot. If you don't mind the heat, then I recommend visiting during the Summertime.  

There is soooo much to do and see, and you can also get to know the culture by speaking to the locals. I don't speak Spanish fluently, but I enjoyed practicing my Spanish the entire trip. Not to worry, lots of locals speak basic English. I especially loved the ladies walking around in bright colored dresses who balance fruit on their heads in giant bowls. I have never seen that before!

The one thing I didn't get the chance to do is go out on a boat. I spent so much time in Old Cartagena exploring and taking pictures, I didn't have anytime to visit the isles nearby by boat. But, there's always next time! 

Of course, I always hear the question: Is Cartagena safe because it is in Colombia? I felt very safe at all times. The whole area is a tourist area, and it's mostly all tourists and locals who work in the tourist industry walking around. There are families and people of all ages everywhere, it was just like traveling to any other city. Just like any other trip out of the country, I would not recommend leaving the main part of the city and venturing out unless you have a guide with you.

Just like all of my trips, I enjoy discovering restaurants and trying local food. I enjoyed the fresh fruit at local stands and pretty much everything I ate on this trip. My hotel had a fantastic restaurant with delicious food called "Red Knife Restaurant" that is also open to the public.

Every building, street corner, and view has so much character and history. Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I highly recommend visiting Cartagena, Colombia because no matter who you are, you will find something you love.