Pinstripes and Jumpsuits
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Wearing:  Armani Exchange Blouse | Greylin  Jumpsuit  | Sam Edelman  Shoes

Wearing: Armani Exchange Blouse | Greylin Jumpsuit | Sam Edelman Shoes

If you've read my previous posts, you probably noticed my random thought topics. Unfortunately this week has been too much on me, so I wrote a post on facebook instead. Today's blog post is simply an outfit one. Wide-leg jumpsuits make for the ideal transitional weather wear, they’re effortless, comfortable, and sometimes chic - especially when you can layer a turtleneck under or throw a bomber jacket over. In this case, I took my silk pin-striped dress and layered the jumpsuit over it. 

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Instagram hiatus

I haven't been writing, aside from my Colombia trip, it has been a little over a month since I've posted.. so why not start by writing about my brief little pause from social media and the internet. I didn’t want to announce my hiatus; that seemed counter-intuitive and honestly, I found it liberating to just let it go. The reason isn't very clear I think social media just got overwhelming and with my mom's birthday around the corner, Instagram (especially) felt unimportant. I wanted to revive my mental control. It wasn't about self-esteem or paying more attention to life. I guess I needed to see whether I was taking photos and going out because I enjoyed it or because I felt like that's what I needed to share. I told myself “I am not going back until I feel like I am back.” At the drop of a hat, I deleted everything, granted it was only for a few weeks, but at the time it felt like I ventured off into unknown territory. The thought “Oh sh*t, what if I miss something really important?” actually never crossed my mind. I was surprised. 

Will It allow you to be more present.

I will say yes to this. Not that I stop listening to friends because I'm too busy watching a video or something. But after taking a photo or video I felt the need to post it right away... and for what? I realized when I stopped posting that I truly love taking artsy photos and scenic shots. Snapping a photo and then continuing my day was so liberating. So I chose to continue that habit and not post right away. 

will It make you happier.

Being completely cut off? Probably not. I definitely love to keep in touch with friends and random people on social media. I try to text, call, and comment as much I can. I never thought I was missing out on the moments or obsessed with a social media addiction. For me, it was just overwhelming and a little self-conscious of what I was posting, how often I was posting, whether I was being judged for who I am or the assumptions drawn from what I post. After cutting off for a little bit, I realized I like what I post, I enjoy taking photos, I enjoy the design and aesthetics of it all. I post for me and that makes me happy. 

Social Media will always be around. 

I’m not saying this because I think everyone should get offline, but rather because, if you are like me, feeling like the noise of social media is a little deafening and you want to break away, I’m here to tell you yes.  Even if it’s just a week or a month, you might learn something about why you do what you do and share what you share.  The fact is that social media will still be here, for decades to come. And most importantly, I’m telling you this to remind you that you are more amazing than the number likes on your last post, I guarantee it. 

It helped? I am back so it did help, but I did feel anxiety the first day I tried posting again. 

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Wearing:  Theory Top | Milly  Pants  | Kohl's  Hat

Wearing: Theory Top | Milly Pants | Kohl's Hat

It has been crazy hot in NYC lately – which calls for the lightest of layers (even when we don’t want to be in shorts). A great pair of loose trousers can be just the piece you need to keep cool when running around the city.

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Travel Guide: Cartagena, Colombia

CARTAGENA DE INDIAS IS A GEM OF THE CARIBBEAN COAST, A FAIRY-TALE CITY OF ROMANCE, PRESERVED HISTORIC BEAUTY, CLEAR BEACHES, AND DECADENT FOOD. I TRAVELED TO THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY FOR 4-DAY TRIP. CARTAGENA'S OLD TOWN IS A MAZE OF COBBLED ALLEYS, BALCONIES COVERED IN BOUGAINVILLEA, AND MASSIVE CHURCHES THAT CAST THEIR SHADOWS ACROSS LEAFY PLAZAS.

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Cartagena, Colombia

WHERE TO GO OUT: 

  • Alquímico: coolest 3-story bar, with rooftop

  • Demte: Hip bar in Gestemani

  • La Movida: club for dancing *would only do this one night

  • La Jugada: club for dancing (less intense than La Movida)

Where to shop:

  • St. Dom – upscale amazing Colombian designers

  • Agua De Leon – also local designers / amazing accessories

  • Casa Chiqui – home decor and accessories

BEST CAFE:

  • Epoca Cafe

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Vera: upscale for lunch or dinner

  • Alma: romantic and late-night for dinner

  • Cuzco: great music / food for dinner

  • Chachara: cool artsy vibes for casual dinner

  • La Cevicheria: Ceviche lovers must-go-to for lunch

We walked around the Old Town every day – there are AMAZING street vendors selling hand-made pieces and shops to walk into. Bargain everywhere you go and make sure you try the mango off the street!

#OOTD Cartagena, Colombia Trip
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Wearing: F21 Dress 

Wearing:  F21 Dress | William Sonoma  Hat

Wearing: F21 Dress | William Sonoma Hat

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Wearing: H&M Swimsuit Similar | F21 Pants Similar | Cult Gaia Bag

Wearing:  Rebecca Vallance  Dress

Wearing: Rebecca Vallance Dress

Wearing:  AMUR  T  op

Wearing: AMUR Top

Colombia! What a beautiful country. It's been a solid three weeks since I got back from this trip and I'm still dreaming of it. Stay tuned for the Cartagena, Colombia itinerary.