LONG STORY SKORT….

day-to-nightLet’s face it, there are those times when looking effortless actually has to be effortless.  This last Saturday was just that for me.  I would’ve been happy posting up on the couch for the entire day but I forced myself to join society. When I was shopping in Bangkok I noticed a lot of the girls wearing skorts, or little short skirts that have shorts attached underneath.  I’ve loved skorts since my pre-teen years.  I love skirts, but I love them even more with the comfort of a short underneath to protect from any possible wardrobe malfunctions.  This cream polkadot skort was a perfect choice for my day-to-night/ low-effort needs on Saturday.  Paired with an adorable Townsend sweater, gold flats, and a bow belt I was sweet in my skort for lunch and errands on the go.  A quick switch of the top to a bright tropical blouse with a good strong shoulder, pink studded belt back to my trusty studded leopard heels, big earrings, and a black blazer for the chilly walk home and I had a sassy evening ensemble. Even luckier for me I scored a gem of a vintage Lanvin purse recently on Etsy that worked perfectly with both looks so that I didn’t have to do the old purse transfer. Next time you have a long day ahead of you or you are feeling a bit less than excited to pull yourself together, reach for items that can pull double duty to save a bit of energy but keep yourself looking fabulous throughout the day.
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SUMMERTIME TREATS

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I can always tell when I didn’t get enough r&r over the weekend when I am day dreaming of poolside activities at the office on Monday.  The sun, floating in the pool, and my favorite… fruit filled beverages.  There are few things I find more delightful than a well crafted summer cocktail. I love to cook and eat healthy… but I cocktails are my guilty pleasure. Come on, a girl has to live a little. When I find myself in need of an escape I start researching new and exciting concoctions on tastespotting.com.  Here are a few on my list of drinks I am dreaming of… and will make in the near future!!! I may even make one tonight!!!
Coconut-Cloud-Martinia-500x500I bet this coconut one tastes exactly like summer…

DSC03674Pineapple-Mint Ginger Fizz…. refreshing and tropical mmmmmm….

Tequila-Paloma-14A Paloma is always sure to please…

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OUT IN THE WEST TEXAS TOWN OF EL PASO….

IMG_3536Every time Eloy and I make a trip to El Paso we make it a point to take a little time to be tourists.  We have visited Tombstone on the way, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, and now Rosa’s Cantina.  Remnants of the old west can be found all over New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas and although Rosa’s Cantina is not necessarily an old west saloon, the fact that Marty Robbins immortalized it in the form of a Western Ballad make it a bit special (listen here). Over Christmas by brother started singing the song and it quickly filled up what ever silence was available… especially in the car.  Eloy chimed in that the famed Rosa’s still existed and it was decided… we had to make a stop. Rosa’s sits on the outskirts of El Paso near the Rio Grande and the border of New Mexico. It is definitely the type of place you could imagine cowboys arriving on horseback to. We will have to go back to enjoy a drink at Rosas’s as we made our stop on our way out of town and much earlier than opening time. We hopped out to bare the heat for a few quick photos of me in my tourist-tastic outfit and hit the road for our long drive through the desert.IMG_3501IMG_3527IMG_3511IMG_3506IMG_3537

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KOH PHI PHI

IMG_0526Since returning from Thailand the most common question is what my favorite place was.  It is difficult to say what my favorite place is in Thailand, each place had it’s own high points and charm. However, if I were to pick based on natural beauty I would have to say Koh Phi Phi.  Although a bit overrun by tourism, Phi Phi is a jewel.  It is a diver’s paradise and the islands jetting up out of the deep emerald waters are impressive.  With the help of our friends Scott and Shelly that we made on our ferry ride from Krabi, we rented a long boat for the day to explore the surrounding islands. Our long boat tour revealed why so many back packers make their way to this tiny island that was devastated by a tsunami in 2004.  As the long boat pulled away from the shore, the outlying islands became clearer and revealed caves at the bases of the tall rocks shrouded in dense jungle.  Hugging close to the cliffs our Thai captain lead us into a secluded lagoon for swimming and snorkeling. Although the day was quite overcast the water was still warm and after some initial anxiety jumping off the boat into the sea became second nature.  Ducking below the water’s surface we could see that we were completely surrounded by vibrant tropical fish and giant clams and urchins lined the sea floor. Climbing back on the boat we made our way to Maya Beach.  Maya Beach, made famous by the movie “The Beach”  is as stunning in person as it is in photographs, so the long swim from the boat to the rope ladder to get on the island was worth the trouble.  Maya Beach is what you think of when you imagine the beaches of Thailand, white pristine sands and turquoise waters.  After soaking in the beauty of the beach we were off for more snorkeling and a quick stop at Monkey beach. We quickly learned that while monkeys look cute, they are not to be trusted and started on our way back to the island for a bit of nightlife and street eats. Aside from a long boat tour, taking a hike up to the highest point on the island is well worth braving the heat for.  Eloy and I made our way to the top following the tsunami evacuation signs early in the morning before the heat of the day hit and we were able to get a full view of the island and a few photos of course. From high above all the tourists and commerce are hidden from view and Phi Phi can be seen for its true beauty. If traveling to Thailand taking the time to visit Phi Phi is a must see.
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YES TOUCAN

IMG_3476Every time I am in El Paso I have to stop by Red Door Vintage. I always score big there and this time it felt like fate that I find this treasure of a dress. Even though the dress is vintage the tropical toucan print is popular at this moment. The black and purple pops in the dress work back perfectly to a pair of Alexander Wang sandals found at Buttons and Bows in DTLA. Gold jewelry, pearl earrings from Thailand, pearl belt from Hong Kong, a leather zig-zag clutch I found years ago in Greece, and a “Chanel” perfume bottle phone case work together to accessorize the look.  Neutral and metallic accessories help to take this summer day dress to night and pearls always add a touch of feminine class. The best thing about the dress is that the slim silhouette and side slits make it sexy but the length and neckline keep it classy.  It fits perfectly, it’s comfortable and light for summer days, and it was an absolute steal.  At this point I know I am probably preaching to the converted… go shop vintage!!!
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HAPPY 4TH

IMG_3389Hello and happy 4th of July from El Paso Texas!  It seems to me that there is no better place to celebrate independence day than Texas.  The sky is so blue in El Paso and makes for the most gorgeous back drop for photos. Today I am feeling festive and free in a red, white, and blue star spangled skirt I found in Bangkok paired with navy Nikes, aqua crop top, and silk scarf Eloy got for me on his last trip to Hong Kong. The flowy skirt and top are nice for keeping cool in the desert heat and are also ultra feminine.  The scarf adds a bit of classic American pin up flare and the Nikes are comfortable and cool as always.  I am ready to celebrate being an American!!! Have a happy and safe 4th!!!
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THAI SILK

ROBEPhoto by Tschka Moran Photography (facebook)

I have always loved working with fabric and textiles.  I grew up sewing, crocheting, and crafting so artisans are very special to me. Our world is manufactured by machines in mass, but a few true craftsmen still remain creating the most special of treasures. Thailand has a reputation for creating the most beautiful silks, and especially Chang Mai which is why visiting the silk factory in the handicraft village in Chang Mai was such a treat. Of course silk is produced by silk worms, spun, then woven, but seeing the process first hand gives a deeper appreciation for what it takes to make an elegant robe like the one I had to purchase. The amount of time and effort it takes to produce one yard of silk is incredible and it is clear why it is and has been so prized. The process for creating the silk doesn’t seem like it has changed all that much since Europeans started importing it back to the West. What is amazing is that such stunning textiles come from worms. Green worms, about 2 1/2″ long, that are just trying to become moths. With the help of skilled craftsmen, the worms’ cocoons are transformed and from something so small , something so valuable is born. Truly incredible.
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