Palm Print Jumper in Puerto Rico

I was looking through my blog posts for this year, and noticed that this post was NEVER published, and I was in shock because it’s one of my favorite impromptu shoots! My hair was blue and purple, we had spent a lovely vacation in Puerto Rico only 4 months after the devastating Hurricane Maria. Now that hurricane season has started up again, my friends & family back home have been low key anxious about this season, which is set to be even worse than last year, yet the island is not even close to recovered from the previous devastation which was less than a year ago. This location where we shot is the Market Square in the city we live in before moving to Texas. We used to get our fresh veggies here, always dined at an amazing local restaurant, shopped hats, and even picked up the best typical candies in town. We make it a point to always visit this place, it’s our place in town! And now that the island is trying to recover, we are even more focused on supporting local businesses, especially if we love the place! Anyway, I love this romper because of the tropical palm print. Even though it’s gloomy and rainy this week, I want a little sunshine in my feed. Have a great week, everybody!
Estuve mirando mis entradas del blog de este año y me di cuenta de que esta nunca fue publicada y me sorprendió porque fue una de mis sesiones de foto sin planificar que me encantó! Mi cabello estaba azul-violeta, y estábamos pasando unas vacaciones muy bonitas en Puerto Rico, solo 4 meses después de la devastación del Huracán Maria. Ahora que ha vuelto la temporada de huracán mis amistades y familiares están de punta, ya que se estima que este año va a ser peor que el pasado y la isla aún no se ha recuperado de la destrucción que ocurrió menos de un año atrás. Estas fotos se tomaron en la Plaza del Mercado de Bayamón, cerca de donde vivíamos antes de mudarnos a Texas. Aquí yo compraba vegetales y frutas frescas, comíamos en un restaurante criollo riquísimo, conseguíamos sombreros y dulces artesanales. Cuando visitamos a Puerto Rico, siempre tenemos que parar aquí, es nuestro lugar favorito en el pueblo! Y ahora que la isla se intenta recuperar, nos enfocamos mas en tratar de apoyar el comercio local, lo cual es fácil si amamos el lugar. De todos modos, me encanta este romper por el estampado tropical. Aunque esta semana esté nublado y lluvioso, les quiero compartir un poco de diversión! Que tengan una linda semana!

Sustainability is the New Black

This post is very special to me! I am so proud to be able to collaborate with a High Fashion Designer from Puerto Rico on a truly beautiful project initiated by students of my Master’s Alma Mater. As I shared in my post on my Ted Talk 2 years ago, I studied a Master of Sciences in Natural Resource Conservation & Management at the Ana G. Mendez System’s, Metropolitan University. I knew I wanted to eventually unite my passion for fashion with sustainable practices, but I didn’t really know what that would look like. Flash forward and by the power of the Universe I was aligned with Bea Rodriguez Suarez, a prominent fashion designer out of Puerto Rico. She’s been in the game for over 18 years and has presented collections at New York Fashion Week, Barcelona, Vancouver, and Cannes. With an established career and atelier in the fabulous Miramar neighborhood in San Juan, PR, Bea is currently teaching Fashion Design at the International School of Design of the University of Turabo, also part of the Ana G. Mendez System. Somehow the Universe brought us together and I am so happy, because I had been looking for continuous ways to support the island where I was raised and support the local fashion community while still keeping true to my love for the environment. Her recent project with her students, she had them present their Thesis based on sustainability, circularity, ethics, and local innovation.
Eight Fashion Design Thesis presentations had been worked on since August 2017, and as they went through the Hurricane Maria  crisis from September to December, having all kinds of burdens and difficulties their way, they still managed to accomplish their investigation. Truly admirable work ethic and passion was displayed on behalf of these incredibly talented students! From proposing an upcycled thread based off discarded jeans to high end embroidery training for local artisans and even a fashion truck park proposal to assist local shop owners who were affected by the natural disaster, these thesis presentations were beyond their time and have a true passion to elevate the Puertorican economy with their vision. I personally sat in the Hilo a Hilo presentation by Ambar Garcia via Facebook Live, and was absolutely blown away! She proposes to recycle worn out denim by extracting the cotton fibers and carding/spinning new upcycled threads. Her product is called “Hilo a Hilo” and her clients would be able to knit their creations with those threads. She plans to diversify by creating her original weaving patterns and make new super cool textiles for sale as well. The t-shirt I’m wearing in this post was designed by Ambar, and even though the jeans aren’t upcycled, I’m wearing the OLDEST pair of jeans I own. Years ago, I almost threw them out, but for whatever reason, I decided to keep them, and after 14 years, somehow I still fit in them! I know that when the time comes, they will be too worn out to wear and now that I know that turning them into new thread is an option, this is a total game changer. 
I am so excited to be able to work with this incredible group of talented women from Puerto Rico and will continue to support them in any way I can. Stay tuned for more on their projects, because I have every intention of continuing to share them with you and hopefully you guys are able to discover and support these amazing fashion innovators from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico!
Esta entrada es muy especial para mi! Estoy muy orgullosa de tener la oportunidad de colaborar con una diseñadora de Alta Moda de Puerto Rico en un hermoso proyecto iniciado por estudiantes de mi Alma Mater de maestría. Les había mencionado en mi entrada sobre mi Ted Talk hace 2 años, que estudié una Maestría en Ciencias en Conservación y Manejo de Recursos Naturales en la Universidad Metropolitana de Sistema Ana G. Méndez. Siempre supe que eventualmente iba a unir mi pasión por la moda con prácticas sustentables, pero no tenía idea de cómo lo iba a lograr. Gracias al Universo, me alineé con la diseñadora de modas, Bea Rodríguez Suárez. Con más de 18 años de experiencia y múltiples presentaciones en New York Fashion Week, Barcelona, Vancouver y hasta Cannes y una atelier en Miramar, Puerto Rico, hoy día Bea también es profesora de Diseño de Modas en la Escuela Internacional de Diseño en la Universidad del Turabo, también parte del Sistema Ana G. Mendez. De alguna manera, el Universo nos unió y estoy tan contenta porque he estado en búsqueda de diferentes maneras de apoyar a la comunidad de la moda en la Isla, aunque ya no resida allí. En este proyecto con sus estudiantes, para sus presentaciones de tesina el enfoque era sustentabilidad, circularidad, ética e innovación local.

Ocho presentaciones de tesina en Diseño de Modas fueron trabajadas desde agosto de 2017, y mientras se pasaba la crísis del Huracán Maria entre septiembre y diciembre, pasando obstáculos aún así lograron culminar sus investigaciones. Esta muestra de pasión y perseverancia de parte de estos increíbles talentos es verdaderamente digna de admiración. Proyectos desde convertir mahones descartados en hilos nuevos, propuestas de adiestramientos a artesanxs locales en bordados de alta costura, hasta propuestas para un lote de “Fashion trucks” para ayudar a comerciantes locales quienes fueron afectados por el desastre natural, mostraron una gran pasión por elevar a la economía puertorriqueña con su visión. Yo tuve el honor de estar presente en una de las presentaciones a través de Facebook Live y quedé impresionada de sobremanera! El proyecto de Ambar García se llama Hilo a Hilo y propone la construcción de hilos con deshechos textiles en Puerto Rico. Según la revista Indice, 400 millones de libras de textiles son descartados en Puerto Rico nada más y sólo el 15% son reciclados. Estas estadísticas inspiraron a Ambar a proponer un sistema de reciclaje de textiles efectivo a través de la creación de un filamento de mahones reciclados. Aparte de su proyecto que distribuye hilos nuevos, Ambar también piensa crear sus patrones originales y textiles divertidos para la venta. La camisa que llevo puesta fue diseñada por ella y aunque mis mahones no son reciclados, sí son los mahones MAS VIEJOS que tengo. Llevan 14 años conmigo, y aunque hace tiempo los iba a botar algo me dijo que no lo hiciera. Los encontré escondidos en mi closet y no puedo creer que todavía me sirvan! Yo sé que algún día van a estar demasiado desgastados para usar y ahora que sé que se pueden utilizar para una nueva creación me siento mucho mejor.

Estoy súper contenta de poder trabajar con este grupo de mujeres talentosas de Puerto Rico y de continuar apoyándolas de cualquier manera en que yo pueda. Manténganse al tanto de sus proyectos porque tengo toda la intención de continuar compartiéndolos con la meta de que ustedes también las puedan apoyar!

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Ruffles & Waves

As a snowstorm rolls into Texas tonight, I’m over here dreaming of sun, sand and surf! Take me back to Puerto Rico, please! Alas, I must work while I plan my next big trip. In the meantime, I’ll mentally travel to the beach with these photos my husband took while we played in Buyé Beach, just minutes away from our AirBNB Condo in Cabo Rojo, PR. How’s your week going?

Mientras entra una tormenta de nieve a Texas esta noche, aquí me encuentro soñando con playa, sol y arena! Cuanto quisiera regresar a Puerto Rico! Ni modo, porque tengo que trabajar mientras planifico mi próximo gran viaje. Mientras tanto, haré un viaje mental hacia la isla con estas fotitos que tomó mi esposo mientras jugábamos en Playa Buyé, a sólo unos minutos de nuestro apartamento en Cabo Rojo que conseguimos a través de AirBNB. Y tu semana, como va?

Bottoms: Victoria Secret (Discontinued)
Sunnies: Chic’tique

Post-Hurricane Maria Travel to Puerto Rico: How You Can Help

By now, many of you are aware that 2017 brought one of the worst Hurricane Seasons of history, ravaging through South Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. If you follow me on social media, you’ve very likely seen my posts on updates throughout the season, mainly because I live in Texas, have close family in Florida and in Puerto Rico. The natural disasters have all affected me very deeply. During Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico the hardest, I was able to maintain communication with my mother, my in-laws and some friends who would send my husband and me constant updates while we heard the howling winds in the background. We’d receive live feed of the rains and destructive winds in real time, and all we could do was pray for the safety of our loved ones. I even had a missed call and a voicemail from my best friend (which didn’t come through until 7 days later) that she, her husband and her dogs were waiting on the second floor balcony of a neighbor’s home, to be rescued by the Army National Guard because the dam had been opened without warning, flooding multiple subdivisions of her community. The day after the Hurricane, which lasted over 8 hours, we lost all communication with our loved ones. There was no way to call, text or reach via inbox for weeks. 3.6 million people were completely cutoff from the world. The level of anxiety that the Diaspora like myself experience was excruciating! Even writing this piece brings up so many feelings of pain and desperation, but as the tears roll down and cloud my vision, it is crucial that I share this with you all. 
I am happy to report that my family, friends and all my my loved ones are safe, with minimal to none when it comes to damage, but not everyone on the island was as fortunate. Four months after Hurricane Irma and Maria, my Parents-in-law still don’t have power, like millions of others on the island. I shared the post-Maria stats in a recent post, after Thanksgiving, which included several organizations you can support remotely. 

Here are the current stats:
114 days after Maria
Status.pr reports:
*81% power generation
*55% of island has electricity 
*97% of the island has water (boil advisory remains)
Right after the Holidays, we went to visit the Island for a family wedding. The bride was determined to celebrate her union and have her family and closest friends be present. I applauded her tremendously, while dreading the trip. One, I feared that I would be overcome with emotion by seeing the island in such a dreadful condition as it’s been presented by the media, and, two, I didn’t want to be posting how much I could enjoy myself while there were still so many people suffering, without homes and struggling due to lack of services. For the last 4 months, I’d been very active raising money for local organizations in Puerto Rico, volunteering in several collection centers, sorting canned goods, clothing and basic necessities to send back to the island, but this felt different. Being there, in person and seeing it firsthand felt like it would be too painful to watch. We pushed through and made it to the island. I teared up just a tad when we landed after seeing from the plane how so many trees were leveled and buildings destroyed, but I took a deep breathe and thought to myself, “this trip will be good”. I decided then and there, that we would make the best out of it, and so we did. Our trip was short, so there was no room for us to do any volunteer work, which I thought I might do for a few hours in some spare time, but between family/friend visits and the wedding on the opposite side of the island, it just was not possible. So, I did the next best thing. I supported local businesses only. Supporting tourism and the local economy will be what helps the island get back to normal and even thrive. Here’s how you can do it, too!

  1. Skip the Starbucks

Yes, I know that your Venti Caramel Machiatto is absolutely necessary, but Puerto Rico’s locally grown coffee is imported Globally and is probably one of the best coffees in the world. Check out the local coffee shops and Panaderías for amazing coffee and breakfasts for a fraction of the price of these national companies. And you support the local business owners that are trying to keep afloat amidst the chaos. 

2. Choose AirBNB or Locally Owned Bed & Breakfasts

Big named, International hotels are great with all of the amenities, and give jobs to locals, yes this is true. But when you choose to stay at a locally owned Bed & Breakfast your money stays in Puerto Rico. Again, you’re supporting the local economy and the people who have invested time and money into these homes or condos. They probably are renting out the property on AirBNB for income they might not be receiving otherwise, due to lack of jobs. Many businesses have shut down operations after Maria and people are in a very tight financial situation. P.S. Our accommodations in Cabo Rojo were a find on AirBNB and were spectacular!
Green Bowls, Acai Bowl

3. Eat Local

We chose to only eat from local restaurants. Puertorican cuisine is world renowned thanks to Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmer and Adam Richman on the Travel Channel, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss certain restaurants I grew up dining in. We had the best seafood, rice & beans, Mofongo (even though Plantains were extremely scarce), the freshest fruit and even gourmet Latin Fusion. You won’t find better food on the island than in a hole in a wall restaurant! I guarantee it! Here are some of the restaurants we supported this time around:
  • JC’s Bar & Grill in Guaynabo serves the most amazing mushroom risotto, grilled chicken with guava sauce and my husband’s favorite, the skirt steak with mushroom sauce and rice & beans with sweet plantain. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
  • Doña Ana’s in the Bayamon Market is filled with history and serves up your rice & beans in tiny cast iron pots. Cute and delicious!
  • Pizza e Birra in Miramar, San Juan is located right in the heart of the Financial district. A gem that serves, that’s right, Pizza & Beer. They have a fantastic beer selection and fresh pizza topping with veggie friendly options! Great place to hangout with your friends!
  • Cafe Lab by Latte que Latte in Guaynabo is a little off the beaten path, this hidden coffee spot really hit the spot with a semi industrial and bohemian feel. The coffee was delicious and I loved their hummus panini on Puertorican sweet bread (Pan Sobao). They also have poetry slams and open mic nights. What a cool place!
  • Green Bowls in Cabo Rojo for your healthy options. We loved this place so much we went twice for breakfast while we stayed in Cabo Rojo! Their Acai Bowl was so delicious! My family had some of their organic egg dishes like the veggie scrambles and omelets and they loved it! They have mostly organic ingredients, all locally farm fresh and are vegetarian/vegan friendly. Their Chai Latte with organic Almond Milk made me too happy!
  • Cuesta Blanca in Cabo Rojo is a Santiago family tradition. I started dating my husband 13 years ago, and I’ve been going to this restaurant on New Year’s Day for about 12 years. They know us by now! The name translates to White Hill because it’s literally up a hill and you definitely need a GPS to find it, but once you do, it’s like reaching heaven! The food and the family feeling is unparalleled. I can’t visit the island without going there!
Café Lab by Latte que Latte serves their signature Cinnamon Cookie with every coffee.
So, if you plan on visiting Puerto Rico, do it! Don’t feel bad about enjoying your stay. Puertoricans are extremely resilient and happy people. They are still partying, eating and celebrating life in the Caribbean. Some scenes are definitely hard to watch, but the best you can do to help the island get back to it’s splendor and rising above these incredible feats, is by supporting tourism, the local economy and it’s people. If you have an opportunity to volunteer and help, that’s wonderful. But if you’re on a tight schedule like I was, you can still help. Every little bit helps. 
Man playing accordion in Old San Juan. Photo taken by me on iPhone 7 Plus

Giving Thanks Also Means Giving Back

Hello, lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! I spent mine in Houston, TX with friends from Puerto Rico and it was so great! That feeling of familiarity is absolutely necessary when you’re so far from home. Last year, we spent Thanksgiving in Mexico City, and since it’s not really celebrated as a Holiday, hubby and I ended up having dinner at a quaint seafood restaurant. I was just thankful to have my husband be able to visit me while I was working in Mexico. This year, I yearned for some family time and a real Thanksgiving dinner. We had a wonderful time with our friends’ family and they even had Veggie Friendly options in the menu, which was great since I’m still trying to follow a plant-based diet. 

We also had a chance to explore a little bit of Houston and visited the Buffalo Bayou Park, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey floods. We could see the damage but there was great restoration progress. It was nice to see how Houston is getting back on its feet. My biggest hope is to see my beautiful island of Puerto Rico, which was hit by TWO back to back hurricanes this season, Irma and Maria, do the same. I am still so grateful to the Universe that my family and friends back home are ok and their homes did not suffer any substantial damage. They were very fortunate, especially in comparison to so many people who lost everything. It is sad, but us Caribbeans are a resilient people, and Puerto Ricans always maintain high spirits no matter what. I’ve been doing everything I can to help, even though I’m far from home. Helping from far is difficult, but not impossible. Through different organizations like Unidos por Puerto Rico, AT&T Employee Resource Groups, and Puerto Rico Rising, I’ve been able to give back to my island. If you wish to contribute please consider these organizations, who have already made great strides in trying to help the people get back on their feet, but there is still so much work to be done! 

Here are the current stats:
67 Days after Maria 
Status.pr reports:
*58% power generation (generation doesn’t mean consumption; the government doesn’t provide that number)
*93% of people have water (boil advisory in effect)
*1,154 survivors remain in the 42 shelters that are still open

To help Puerto Rico with other local organizations on the island. Please consider these:

Casa Pueblo 
Bori Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief 
Friends of Culebra Animals

For a more comprehensive list of local organizations that are verified as reliable, check out my sister-in-law’s blog here.

Thank you for stopping by 

None of us can exist in isolation. Our lives and existence are supported by others in seen and unseen ways, be it by parents, mentors or society at large. To be aware of these connections, to feel appreciation for them, and to strive to give something back to society in a spirit of gratitude is the proper way for human beings to live.

-Daisaku Ikeda

Puerto Rico Diary Part 4: The Door to San Juan

It’s officially been a month since we returned from our fabulous vacation to Puerto Rico and it feels like it’s been a year. I think we should have stayed the full 2 weeks, but it just wasn’t possible. It’s like it’s never enough time, we haven’t visited enough people or gone to enough beaches. In an attempt to enjoy our very last day there, we went to Old San Juan and just enjoyed a lovely Brunch. Until next time Borikén! I’m already planning my next vacation.

Oficialmente ha pasado un mes desde que regresamos de nuestras vacaciones en Puerto Rico y se siente como si ha pasado un año. Me hubiera gustado quedarme las 2 semanas completas, pero realmente no era posible. Nunca hay suficiente tiempo, como que no hemos visitado a todo el mundo o suficientes lugares o playas. En un intento de disfrutar hasta el último minuto, fuimos al Viejo San Juan a disfrutar de un rico Brunch. Hasta la próxima Borikén! Ya estoy planificando nuestro próximo viaje.

What I wore / Llevaba puesto:
Fringe Clutch: Charming Charlie
Gladiator Sandals: Go Jane
Heart Sunglasses: Aldo

Puerto Rico Diary Part 3: Castles and Cemeteries

The San Felipe Castle, also known as El Morro, sits on a hill facing the North most point of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was designed to defend the port in the Spanish Colonial era and was built between 1539-1587. The Fort still stands today and is the most highly visited location in Puerto Rico. Both tourists and locals frequent this spot for many reasons. Tourists go into the castle to take the historical tours and locals enjoy a lovely Sunday afternoon of kite flying and picnicking on the grounds that surround the castle. My best friend Kat and I love to go for wine picnics, lol. This time, she dared me to climb the wall overlooking the National Cemetery to watch the sunset. I hadn’t done that in over 12 years. It was absolutely stunning! I’m gonna miss her so much! Until next time, dear friend…
El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, tambien conocido como El Morro, yace sobre una colina hacia el punto extremo norte de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fue diseñado para proteger los puertos en la era del Colonialismo Español y construido entre 1539 y 1587. El Fuerte aún sigue de pie y es la atracción turística más visitada en Puerto Rico. Tanto turistas como locales frecuentan el lugar por múltiples razones. El turista tiende a tomar los tours históricos guiados y los locales “vuelan chiringa” y hacen picnic en las tardes los Domingos. Mi mejor amiga, Kat y yo nos gusta hacer picnics con vino, jeje. En esta ocasión, ella me retó a trepar la pared  que mira sobre el Cementerio Nacional para ver el atardecer, cosa que no había hecho hace más de 12 años. Fue verdaderamente espectacular! Que mucho la voy a extrañar! Hasta pronto, querida amiga…

What we wore / Llevábamos puesto
Kat:
Zara dress – Sold out (Get similar here)
Floral crown from Charlotte Russe
Me:
Dress by Socialite from Nordstrom Rack

Verano Viral Puerto Rico 2015

More on our amazing trip to Puerto Rico. Although it looks like we did a lot during this trip, we actually rested and relaxed a lot! Our friends and family were mostly occupied with work during the day, but some were able to take some time off to spend the day with us, which we are so grateful for. When we couldn’t hang with friends, hubby and I went to the beach, road-tripping or walking around San Juan looking for restaurants we loved. The weather was warm and sunny the entire time we were there so we wanted to be outside as much as possible. We just love the fact that we have a home on the island and we can come back to this Tropical Paradise whenever we want. Here’s a short video that pretty much sums up our trip. Enjoy!
Más sobre nuestro grandioso viaje a Puerto Rico. Aunque parece que hicimos demasiado durante este viaje, realmente descansamos bastante! Nuestros familiares y amistades se encontraban mayormente ocupados con trabajo, pero cuando podían sacaban el tiempo para pasar el día con nosotros, por lo cual estamos muy agradecidos. Cuando no podíamos estar con ellos, esposo y yo fuimos a la playa, de gira por la isla, o caminando por San Juan en busca de nuestros restaurantes favoritos. El clima estaba cálido y soleado todo el tiempo que estuvimo allí, así que queríamos estar afuera la mayoría del tiempo posible. Simplemente, nos encanta el hecho de tener un hogar en la Isla y poder regresar a este Paraíso Tropical cuando querramos. Les comparto un corto video, que resume nuestro viaje. Que disfruten!


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Puerto Rico Diary Part 2: VSJ

It’s been a week since my return from my much needed vacation in Puerto Rico and I’m going through serious withdrawal. One of my favorite places to visit every time I go back home is Old San Juan. Sure, it’s a little touristy, but it’s so rich with over 500 years of history and beautiful hidden corners. I have so much fun discovering buildings I hadn’t seen before or rediscovering places I hadn’t visited in so many years. The cobblestone streets, colorful old Spanish buildings with restaurants, bars, and homes just make me feel like I’m in a historical paradise. For this shoot, Kat and I are wearing shorts (I had a polka dot romper). It was the hottest day while I was there and it actually broke records, so you can imagine how quickly we ran from bar to bar grabbing a cold drink between takes. 

Ha pasado una semana desde mi regreso de mis vacaciones necesarias en Puerto Rico y ya estoy extrañando. Uno de mis lugares favoritos que tengo que visitar cada vez que regreso es el Viejo San Juan. Claro, es un poco turístico, pero es tan rico con sobre 500 años de historia y bellezas escondidas. Me divierte tanto descubrir edificios nunca antes vistos y redescubrir lugares que no había visto en años. Las calles de adoquines, edificios coloridos antiguos de estilo español con sus restaurantes, barras y residencias me hacen sentir que estoy caminando en un paraíso histórico. Para este shoot, Kat y yo llevábamos pantalones cortos (yo con un romper de puntos). Fue el día más caluroso de mi visita, hasta rompió récord. Así que se pueden imaginar cuán rápido escapamos del calor brincando de local en local en busca de una bebida refrescante entre tomas.

What we wore / Llevábamos puesto
On Kat:
Lace trimmed Tulip Shorts (similar here)
Small bucket bag from H&M
On me:
Polka Dot Romper by Gabrielle de la Garza
Let’s Party Clutch from Forever 21
Fringed Heels: People StyleWatch – Sosha from JustFab
Necklace: Perry Street – Olivia Necklace from Rocksbox
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Puerto Rico Diary Part 1: Flowers and Best Friends

The Beautiful Kat
Hey, Lotuses! I just returned from my annual vacation back home to Puerto Rico and I’m tanned and relaxed. (No, I didn’t just grow a foot taller.) For the first installment of my PR series, I’d like to present to you all one of my best friends in the world, the incomparable Kat. We’ve been like sisters since 2006 and I’ve been dying to feature her on the blog for the longest time. She is the epitome of Boho Chic. Our style is different but we have always complemented each other perfectly. For our girls day out we started by strolling around the lovely, exclusive neighborhood of Ocean Park. This tree lined, coastal community is filled with gorgeous houses that are very distinctive. We even spoke to one proud home owner who let us take photograph her incredible bougainvillea bushes she was so  rightfully proud of. 

Hola, mi Lotos! Acabo de regresar de mi viaje anual a Puerto Rico y estoy quemadita y relajada. (No, no acabo de crecer un pie de altura.) Para la primera instalación de mi serie de PR, les presento a una de mis mejores amigas del alma, la incomparable Kat. Hemos sido como hermanas desde el 2006 y he estado loca por incluirla en el blog desde hace tiempo. Ella es la epítome del estilo Boho Chic. Tenemos diferentes estilos, sin embargo nos complementamos perfectamente. Para nuestro gran día de chicas, comenzamos por darnos una vuelta por la hermosa y exclusiva urbanización de Ocean Park. Esta comunidad costera esta llena de casas bellas y muy distintas. Hasta hablamos con una dueña de casa que nos permitió fotografiar sus hermosas trinitarias, de las cuales ella estaba muy debidamente orgullosa.

Ghost Bicycle Installation in front of the Puerto Rico Art Museum 

Stay tuned for more on the Puerto Rico Diary Series and more featuring Kat, as well! Until next time!

Manténganse al tanto para más de mi Serie: Diario en Puerto Rico y más artículos incluyendo a Kat! Hasta pronto!

What we wore / Llevábamos puesto:
On Kat
Dress by Valija Gitana
Heart Shaped Sunnies from Aldo
Flower Crown from Charlotte Rousse

On Me:
Shoes: Just Fab
Necklace: Rocksbox
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