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!

 

 

Summer of Wanderlust – India Inspired Look Book

To describe India in a few words is like trying to put the universe in a box. It just can’t be done.  To do it justice, one must visit and immerse themselves in the cacophony of sights, sounds, smells and colors. It’s brilliant and jarring, chaotic and magical.  In my two visits I have only scratched the surface of its mystery.

These looks are inspired by many of the pieces of jewelry and clothing I have purchased when traveling to India and also by the easy, comfortable way I would dress when I am there.  Light layers, exotic prints and bold colors are the heart of Indian design and they are the center of this look book!

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{Pants/Michael Kors via Macy’s, Top/Sandals/Ross, Necklace/Handmade by me, Bracelet/Santee Alley, Bag/I bought in Jodhpur, India}

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{Pants/Necklaces/Bangles/I bought in India, Shoes/Ross, Blouses/Thrifted, Ring/Thrifty Upenyu on Etsy}

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{Dress/Single Dress Plus, Top/The Plus Bus Boutique, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Ring/Target, Earrings/Vintage}

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{Skirt/Necklace/Bought in India, Blouse/Shoes/Thrifted, Ring/Earrings/Santee Alley}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Morocco Inspired Look Book

Only two weeks left in our Summer of Wanderlust and I’ve left some of my favorite countries for last.

This week’s look book is inspired by Morocco.  My husband and I took a private tour by car through the vast landscapes of Morocco in 2006 from the forest through olive groves to a night spent in a Bedoin camp, watching the sunrise in the Sahara Desert.

Buying rugs in the desert, drinking mint tea, getting lost among mounds of spices in the markets of Marrakech, eating our share of tajine, covering my hands in henna, discovering beautiful details around every corner, meeting amazing artisans, uncovering hidden courtyards.  It was a magical journey and I can’t wait to return.  Until then, I leave with a little Moroccan inspiration.

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{Kaftan/Ross, Sandals/Target, Bangles/From India, Earrings/Macy’s, Necklace worn as a headpiece/Santee Alley}

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{Pants/Love Culture, Kaftan/Thrifted, Sandals/Marshall’s, Necklace/Macy’s}

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{Dress/Depop, Scarf/Worn as a belt/Target, Red Belt/Made in Morocco (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in India, Shoes/Forever 21}

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Heels/Michael Kors, Bracelet/Necklace worn as a headpiece/From India, Earrings/Santee Alley}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Greece Inspired Look Book

I have always dreamed of traveling to Greece, a land where the blue of the sky dances with the blue of the sea for as far as the eye can see.  This October I am blessed to be able to make that dream a reality so I thought I should get some outfit planning in the works.

This look book is inspired by the iconic Greek colors of blue and white in easy, flowy fabrics, paired with unique sandals and a healthy sprinkling of gold.  Channeling my inner Greek goddess with bare shoulders and billowing silhouettes, I am ready for my island adventure.

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{Dress/Hemant & Nandita via Gwynnie Bee, Sandals/Michael Kors, Bracelet/Bought in India, Earrings/Vintage}

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{Pants/Michael Kors, Duster/Ralph Lauren via The Plus Bus Boutique, Blouse/Thrifted, Bracelets/Sandals/Santee Alley, Belt worn as a necklace/Target, Earrings/Bought in India}

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{Dress/Ross, Belt/JCPenny, Earrings/Sandals/Santee Alley}

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{Jumpsuit/The Plus Bus Boutique, Shawl/Remnant fabric, Belt/Thrifted, Necklace/Bought in India, Bracelets/Sandals/Santee Alley}

 

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