Summer of Wanderlust – Cartagena

Though my feet have never touched down in Cartagena, I have fallen in love with the charming cobblestone streets dotted with popsicle hued buildings.  Flowers billowing out of window sills and women selling rainbows of fruit on every corner.

I feel like it’s a city made for me. It’s colorful, a little spicy, a lot romantic, all wrapped in a tropical paradise.  Cartagena is definitely on my must visit list, but until then I’ll just let it inspire me to live this summer in full color!

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{Skirt/Top/Shoes/Thrifted, Belt/Target, Earrings/Vintage from All Things & More, Necklace/Party garland bought in India worn as a necklace, Mixed bangles/From India, Handbag/Bought in Mexico}

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{Jumpsuit/Ashley Stewart/Thrifted, Top/Shoes/Belt/Thrifted, Necklace/Bought in China, Earrings/From Thailand via Tenzin Beads, Bangles/From India, Bag/From Indonesia}

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(Dress worn as a skirt/Ms.Tina, Top/Hat/Scarf/Thrifted, Heels/Lola Shoetique, Bag/Vintage, Earrings/H&M, Bangles/From India}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Maasai Mara

As we pulled up the Maasai village deep in the heart of the Mara, the land was dotted with bright pops of red and blue.  The Maasai wear the traditional shuka, a cotton piece of fabric that can be worn in a variety ways.  The bold red color a camouflage against the surrounding earth.

Strands of millions of tiny beads drape each woman’s neck and they are breathtakingly regal.  Like other women I have seen in places like Rajasthan, India,  I am blown away by their beauty and fearless embrace of color.  They are jewels scattered across the vast landscape.

This week’s look book is inspired by these sacred people and their unparalleled adornment.

You can read more about my travels to Kenya, here.  If you are looking for more Africa inspired fashion, check out this and this.

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{ Short Set/ Macy’s, Skirt worn as a cape/Thrifted, Necklace/ Bought in India, Sandals/ Forever 21}

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{ Top/Thrifted, Skirt / Runway Boutique L.A., Shoes / Target, Hat / Melrose Trading Post, Necklace / Bought in India, Mixed Bangles / Thrifted & from India}

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{ Pants/I.N.C. International Concepts, Dress/Rose Bowl Flea Market, Shoes/Target, Necklace / Bought in Kenya, Mixed Bangles / Thrifted, from Kenya}

 

Summer of Wanderlust – Luxor Look Book

There is nothing quite like the Egyptian sun.  When the day is long and the sun dips to the horizon, a glow is cast across the land, bathing the ancient and the new in its warmth, as if to connect the past with the present in a single moment.

Blessed to have visited Egypt twice, my favorite city by far is Luxor.  It is home to so many archeological treasures and offers the ultimate journey into ancient Egypt.  On the East Bank of the Nile lies the extensive Luxor and Karnak Temples, where you can get lost in a maze of massive columns covered in hieroglyphics and walk among giant statues of kings past.

Head to the West Bank and you will find the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second female pharaoh of Egypt and the extraordinary Valley of the Kings where the tombs of pharaohs are burrowed into the mountains.

Luxor is a gift. It was my honor to stand in the presence of history and lay my eyes on another time.  This look book is inspired by the glimmer and mystery of this amazing city and I hope you enjoy it!

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Sandals/Forever 21, Belt/Target, Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Thrifted}

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{Dress/Ross, Belt/Thrifted, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Bought in Egypt, Earrings/Bracelet/Bought in Mexico}

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{Pants/Top/Scarf/Bought In India, Belt/Target, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Turban/Santee Alley}

Summer of Wanderlust – Mexico City Inspired Look Book

Mexico City is an explosion of color, set against an ornate colonial backdrop.  It’s the oldest capital city in the Americas, founded by the Aztecs in the 1300s and has seen many incarnations in the years since.

It’s a bustling city that wears its history on its streets and in its architecture. This week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book is inspired by the vibrancy of everyday life and the brilliant colors of this city, from the markets to the museums.

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{Dress/Hat/Vintage (Thrifted), Shoes/Nine West, Belt/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Bag/Bought in Mexico}

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{Dress/Thrifted, Shoes/Franco Sarto (Thrifted), Earrings/H&M}

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{Blouse/CasaOtomi, Skirt/Salvation Army in Bucharest, Romania, Belt/From Mexico (Thrifted), Scarf/Bag/Vintage, Shoes/ Vintage from Runway Boutique L.A.}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Alice Springs Look Book

Alice Springs is a small, outpost town from which you can discover the vast, sun kissed landscapes of the Australian Outback.  Mustard mountains burrowed into red earth, dotted with sage colored brush, nature’s paints on the canvas of the Outback.

This is a sacred space where ancient landscapes and ancestral stories are protected by the Aboriginal people for generations to come.  It’s a place of solitude, vastness, connection and contemplation, a planet all it’s own residing on this stretch of earth.

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{Pants/INC International Concepts, Dress worn as a top/Fashion To Figure, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Necklace/Bought in India, Hat/Bought on a cruise, Mixed Bangles/From India & Thrifted}

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{Skirt/Ralph Lauren (Thrifted), Top/Thrifted, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Layered Necklaces/Sistas Jewelry, Bracelets/Bought in India}

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Pants/Michael Kors, Top/Jacket/Boots/Thrifted, Necklace/Anukah Accessories, Hat/Bought on a cruise}

Summer of Wanderlust – Manaus Look Book

Manaus may not be a city you’ve heard of, but it’s one where adventure awaits.  The capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, it’s the departure port for river cruises and expeditions into the Amazon rainforest.  It’s a colonial city set among the lush landscape and this week I am taking inspiration from the dense foliage and brilliant colors of the wildlife for this week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book.

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[Dress/Belt//Target, Top/A.n.a. (Thrifted), Shoes/I.N.C. International Concepts, Necklace/DIY, Bracelets (From the Philippines), Earrings/Santee Alley}

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{Top/I.N.C. International Concepts, Skirt/Vintage (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Vintage (Thrifted), Belt/Target, Shoes/Lola Shoetique}

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{Shorts/Torrid, Robe/Marshall’s, Shoes/Necklace/Thrifted, Belt/From Guatemala, Earrings/Tenzin Beads}

Summer of Wanderlust – Havana Look Book

It’s that time of year again where we are gearing up for summer trips or wanderlusting over far off locales. Summer can be a time of lazy dreaming or active adventure. No matter where I’m headed, I find each destination inspiring.  The sights, sounds, colors and designs I encounter around the world always make their way back home with me and into my every day fashion.

Each week this summer, I’ll be sharing a look book inspired by a different city around the world.  I’m using each city as my creative muse and sharing outfit ideas that you can try whether you’re hoping on a plane this summer or chillin at the backyard barbeque.

We are kicking it off with Havana, Cuba! A city trapped in time, painted in warm hues and layered patina.  The streets are oozing with soul and the rhythm of the island dances with the soft ocean breezes.  Sunshiny days give way to sultry, sticky nights without skipping a beat.

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{Dress/Lane Bryant, Bag/Target, Sandals/Marshall’s, Bracelets/From India, Earrings/Sunnies/Santee Alley, Hat/Goodwill}

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{Blouse/Asos via The Plus Bus, Skirt/Chico’s (thrifted), Wedges/BCBG (thrifted), Hat/Goodwill, Earrings/Fan/From the Philippines}

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{Dress/Vintage (thrifted), Tutu Skirt/H&M (thrifted), Hat/Vintage Hollywood Hat Company (thrifted), Shoes/Franco Sarto (thrifted), Belt/Ross, Earrings/Santee Alley}

Be sure to tag #SummerofWanderlust on IG if you try any of these looks or create your own travel inspired outfits! I’d love to see them!

 

 

Join the Journey to Morocco

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see the sunrise in the Sahara Desert? Or what treasures you could find in the maze of the medina in Marrakech?  Well, now is your chance to turn that dream into a reality!

Join the Journey to Morocco, October 7-15, 2017 with IAMSHEGLOBAL.  Guided by travel agent and global style blogger, Sheena Dersidan, this small group, arts and culture based journey is your chance to explore the land, discover the culture, and connect with the people of Morocco.

Highlights include:

  • Sunset Camel Ride
  • Spend the night in a Bedoin Camp in the Sahara Desert
  • Gourmet dinners at exclusive restaurants, Gastro MK & Riad Dar Moha
  • Sunrise hike in the Atlas Mountains
  • Explore Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marakkech
  • Visit the medina & tanneries of Fes
  • Connect with local artists
  • Drive through the Atlas Mountains
  • Marjorelle Gardens in Marrakech
  • and much more!

Space is extremely limited.  Click the links below for the full itinerary and booking forms.  Feel free to contact IAMSHEGLOBAL@gmail for more information.

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Shop for the perfect pair of slippers in the medina.
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Dine in Marrakech’s exclusive restaurants.

 

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Immerse your self in the smells and colors of the markets.

 

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Watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert from your Bedoin Camp.

 

 

2017 Morocco Itinerary

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Join travel agent & global style blogger, Sheena Dersidan as your personal guide on this Journey to Morocco.

Join the Journey to South Africa

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Have you always dreamed of going on safari?  Well, now is your chance!

Join the Journey to South Africa, August 26-Sept 3, 2017 with IAMSHEGLOBAL.  Guided by travel agent and global style blogger, Sheena Dersidan, this small group, arts and culture based journey is your chance to explore the land, discover the culture, and connect with the people of South Africa.

Highlights include:

  • Jazz Safari
  • High Tea At Mt. Nelson Hotel
  • Mandela Walking Tour
  • Cape Malay Meal
  • Cape Winelands Tour
  • Langa Township Visit
  • Cable Car Ride to the top of Table Mountain
  • Guided Game Drives
  • Walking Street Art Tour
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Traditional Cooking Class

Space is extremely limited.  Click the links below for the full itinerary and booking forms.  Feel free to contact IAMSHEGLOBAL@gmail for more information.

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Visit and connect with locals in Langa Township.
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We’ll spend an afternoon sipping artisan wine and taking in the scenery of the Cape Winelands.
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Shop for handmade artisan crafts at Green Market Square!

 

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We’ll take in a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.

 

2017 South Africa Itinerary

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Join me, as your personal guide on this Journey to South Africa!

 

 

Shop Stop – Runway Boutique L.A.

You know when you dream about the perfect shop that could literally be your dream closet? Where every item is something you would wear and every corner is full of so many goodies that your arms are overflowing when you finally make your way to the register? Well, my dreams came true when I finally visited Runway Boutique L.A. last month!

I have been following the shop on IG for a few years and finally got to experience it in real life and it is such a treasure I had to share it with you.  Owner, Fatima Dodson has curated a truly eclectic shop full of vintage, contemporary and unique handmade items.  There are amazing pieces everywhere you look and while her regular prices are very reasonable there are also fun sale racks and trunks to browse through.

I made out like a bandit on my first visit to the shop and I can’t wait to go back!  If you are in Los Angeles and looking for one of kind gifts or that unique piece to add to your wardrobe, look no further and if you are ever visiting Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and make a stop at this wonderland. You can thank me later.

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I asked Fatima to share a bit more about the shop and you can read our conversation below.

Q. What inspired you to open Runway Boutique L.A.?

A. My mom was a designer and artist and growing up she made my clothes. I have always loved fashion especially unique items. I started out styling my friends and then worked doing styling and costumes in the film industry.  I love mixing vintage and contemporary fashion and I wanted to share that with more people so I opened my shop.

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Q. You have a literal runway in the middle of the shop. Do you have fashion shows?
A.  Yes, it’s a functioning runway. A couple times a year we have fashion shows. I love stories so there is usually a theme behind them. It’s also been a place for up and coming designers to showcase their work.
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Q. You have such a beautifully curated selection of items with such variety.  How do you decide what makes it into the shop?
A. I always look at fabrication, material, structure and how a garment is made as well selecting items with color and print. We are known for having lots of prints and colors.  Californians are laid back and classic in how they dress and I wanted to encourage them to incorporate prints and colors into their wardrobe so the store is full of that.
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Q. Do you sell only vintage or new items as well?

A. We sell vintage, new, contemporary and handmade. Combining these creates a unique style. I don’t think one should wear vintage head to toe, but rather mix items that enhance one another. I provide workshops at the shop on how to mix and match, to show people how to incorporate items into their wardrobe. We help people find something new, something different. The store is merchandised as a treasure hunt, with various items mixed together to inspire you.

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Q. What’s your advice to someone who has never worn vintage? How can they incorporate it into their current wardrobe?

A. First, wear something you are comfortable in, that identifies with your style and colors you like. Its very important to mix and accessorize a vintage piece something modern so you don’t look like you stepped out of another era.

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Q. Your shop is full of one of a kind pieces. How often are new items added to the shop?

A. We get new items daily. Our turn over is fast. We sell on Instagram and online, as well as in the shop so items move fast. We have clients that come in a few times a week and there is always something new.

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Q. You and I discussed the idea of curating one’s wardrobe. How would you recommend someone start the process of curating their wardrobe to reflect their style?

A. I would start with organizing your closet. Color coordinating helps you see what you have a lot of, what you gravitate towards, what accessories you have and what you don’t wear any longer.  Often times we forget we have some amazing pieces that are lost in our closet.  If you are looking to experiment and change up your wardrobe I suggest finding inspiration from images that you would like to try and save them. With this lookbook you can start to incorporate items into your existing wardrobe. Don’t copy the looks, just pull inspiration from them and make them your own.

Q. Your inventory is very thoughtful, with a balance of prints, colors, textures and styles. Is Runway Boutique for every woman?
A. Yes. We do have classic pieces for more conservative dressers and wild prints for the more adventurous. Our clientele is very diverse and has grown over the years. Runway Boutique L.A. is for those women who are open to trying something new with fashion. Those that are maybe afraid to step out of the box or afraid of rejection. My hope in having this shop is to encourage women trying something new and to show them how being open and taking risks in one part of your life can lead to changes in other parts of your life. It’s not just about fashion, it’s about empowerment.
You can visit Runway Boutique L.A. at 807 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or shop on their website.  I also recommend following on Instagram to stay up to date on all their amazing events!
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Owner of Runway Boutique L.A., Fatima & myself at the ‘Shop My Closet” event last month!
If you check out Runway Boutique, I’d love to know what you think and if you have a favorite shop you think I should check out I’d love to hear about it in the comments!