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what to pack for London in the summer

what to pack for London this summer

Jet setting to London this summer? Trust me, you’re going to want to do some research on what to pack for London. I referenced Google, friends and travel bloggers for advise on a London packing list before the trip, and decided to make this list of my own based on personal experience on multiple trips to the city. London is a place of beautiful architecture, bustling culture and of course, the prestigious royal family. Rolling green hills, old world architecture, and refined country style was my first experience of London, spending most of the time on the countryside visiting SOHO farmhouse in a dreamy, storybook setting. My most recent travels took me back to the city, staying in and around the main city center of London. There were views of all of the major icons including Big Ben, Buckingham palace, London Eye, Westminster and so much more. We had the chance to see the insider’s view of the Royal Windsor Horse Show from the river along the Queen’s back garden, and were surrounded by press as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally gave their first reveal of little baby Archie while we were in the city.

luxury fashion bogger in london

London is unique to US travels, as fashion is different, traffic is a bit more of a jam, and it rains… a lot. Amidst the beauty, rush, and amazing pot roast, I put together a few packing tips to help you avoid some of my own faux pas moments navigating through the city. After traveling through several countries in Europe and Asia, I’ve got my packing down to a science in order to keep the load light, while finding everything I need tucked neatly in a carry on. Here are one travel blogger’s tips on what to pack for a trip to London.

cashmere sweater from grana

1: Lightweight sweater

Somehow, it’s easy to forget that London is further north than anywhere in the US, including NYC and Maine. Even in the summer times, it gets a bit chilly, especially in the evenings. The average temperature in June is just a high 70º, with lows in the 50º’s. When traveling to London, pack a light sweater that’s neutral enough you can pair it with most of your outfits, or grab a couple if you’re not traveling in the heart of summer. I brought a lightweight, very warm luxury cashmere cardigan from Grana. It’s my go-to grab for a neutral layer that goes with just about everything, and I wore it nearly ever day during my trip in late May.

2: Pack a rain jacket

London has a reputation for being a rainy city. There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, the Met Office Climate data records an average rainfall of 106.5 days in a year. That’s nearly 30%, so if you’re there a few days, the odds are, it’s going to rain. The good news is, it really doesn’t rain that much. Most days hold just a light sprinkle, with a majority of partly sunny hours even when it does rain. However, if you’re traveling to London and staying more that a day or two, pack a rain jacket. There are moments when it downpours, and you’re not going to want to get stuck without some cover. Don’t want to pack a bulky umbrella? Duck your head and make a dash for the nearest pub to grab a pint and meat pie until it passes. You won’t be disappointed.

t&n flats review

3: Sensible, comfortable shoes

As most countries in Europe, plan to do a lot of walking. Even if you decide to rent a car, parking is limited, and you’ll find yourself taking quite a trek even for a coffee in most cases. London isn’t as dressy as Milan or other fashion capitols. For the most part, dress is casual, and a comfortable pair of flats, boots or sneakers are going to be the best option for footwear during your travels. I packed along this pair of ballet flats from T&N.

You may have heard of T&N flats from press in Vanity Fair, Lucky Magazine or other mega fashion powerhouses. They’re revered as some of the softest ballet flats you’ve ever worn, and I must say, I agree. Most ballet flats tend to rub the back of my heels, these were comfortable even after hours of walking in London city.

t&n ballet flats review

T&N ballet flats are an affordable luxury essential that work perfectly to provide effortless style during your London travels. The quality is excellent, leather buttery soft, and the extra footpad grips on the bottom make them perfect for walking the slippery, wet streets of London. They have a variety of colors that are available for any look or occasion. Subtle gold accents give them a bit of feminine personality as well.  If you’re not familiar with the brand already, there are quite a few positive T&N flats reviews out there, and you can also check out my T&N ballet flats review that covers the comfort, sizing, brand story and more.

fashion blogger in london

4: Casual, timeless clothes

If you’re going to be in London in summer, pack casual. This is not a city of stilettos and evening gowns. While Londoner’s have a classic, iconic sense of fashion, they’re far from flowery, and tend to be based off of comfortable, luxury basics. You’ll find what the fashion forward girls of London are wearing in articles from Who What Wear that features a variety of street style looks from big name luxury fashion bloggers. You can find them, however, don’t expect it to be the norm. I found this article from Career Daily that gives a much more accurate take on what London girls are wearing. Jeans, blouses, blazers, luxury accessories and sensible shoes all in neutral shades is the ideal dress to blend in the casual, fashionable atmosphere of the London streets.

I traveled with a girlfriend who always wears bright colors and mixed patterns… she got a lot of stares. Not to say that’s wrong, if you don’t mind sticking out, embrace your crazy and rock what makes you feel good! But don’t expect the locals to understand.

For my trip, I packed several timeless essentials from David Lerner. I’ve been a huge fan of their casual office to cocktail essentials for years. This long maxi dress was the dressiest piece I wore, and the rest of the trip I found myself in leather leggings, bodysuits and jeans.

dior saddle bag

5: Luxury handbag

Speaking of luxury accessories, the London fashion scene has a strong rooted sense of quality and luxury in a few key items that tie their looks together. Don’t expect them to be flaunting labels like luxury fashion bloggers do in the US. Europeans understand the true meaning of luxury is an experience of the finer things for one’s own pleasure and enjoyment. A silk blouse and Italian leather handbag hold a lot more value to them as something that can be felt and enjoyed, rather than a “Gucci” plastered t-shirt with rhinestones.

Having said that, go ahead and pack your favorite luxury handbag as a chic go-to accessory to layer over your casual attire. My top pick was the new Dior saddle bag in navy, that could be worn with every outfit on the trip.

healthish water bottle

6: Re-fillable water bottle

As with any trip that will require a lot of walking, I encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle with you as you stroll the city. I brought this one from Healthish that even let’s you know how you’re doing on your recommended water intake per hour. You’ll rarely see me without it, and I can usually get through 4-5 full bottles a day. Hydration is so important, and I have no intention of sacrificing health for forgetfulness to stay hydrated. The design is also minimal and chic, perfect for the London backdrop.

dermalogica rapid reveal peel review

7: Travel face masks

In addition to staying hydrated, make sure you’re taking care of your skin. If you’re going to be in London city, they do an excellent job of keeping the city clean. However like any big city, transportation vehicles, commercial waste, and general pollution may leave your skin feeling dry or dirty. I felt the same working in NYC so I went prepared. I brought these portable face masks from Dermalogica to help get the grime off at the end of the day. These little rapid reveal peels from Dermalogica are clinically proven to enhance radiance and visibly reduce fine lines. I’ve used many of their products before, so it was an easy choice for me. It’s a mini refreshing luxury to enjoy when you get back from your room after a long day exploring the city, or a nice way to kick off the morning while you’re enjoying coffee in the room. The travel case and small bottles made this treatment TSA friendly and a nice treat to indulge your skin. 

london beauty

8: UK Power adapter and power bank

Don’t forget the UK has different power outlets! Bring an adaptor or two to charge your devices. If you’re planning a long day out, a portable power bank isn’t a bad idea to carry with you in case you need a quick charge between stops. While I’m not an advocate of living on your phone, you’ll want it charged to help you find the best restaurants, views, and of course, you’re way home at the end of the day. You can even use Google maps to help you take the tube around the city like a true local.

travel documents to pack for london

9: Travel documents

Hopefully if you’re traveling to London, you already know to pack the basics, but for the sake of being all-inclusive, be sure to pack all necessary international travel essentials like your passport, cash and credit cards activated for your trip so you don’t get stuck without a means of currency. If you’re bouncing around from country to country in Europe, most countries do accept Euros even if it’s not their official currency. Just don’t expect change back in the same currency. London’s local currency is the pound, and you can find the best rates at ATMs rather than the high-charged exchange stations in the airports. Do pull some cash at the airport, since it will be a guaranteed ATM location. Most places will take cards, but often times taxis, food stands and other local indulgences will only accept cash.

A few things I packed and didn’t end up using…

Don’t pack heels. Or if you’re adamant on doing so, keep it to one pair. I brought 3, and didn’t wear a single one. Flats are definitely the way to go, and you won’t find the locals braving the streets in unreasonable footwear. I also over-packed summer clothes and formal wear expecting the temperatures to be a bit warmer – the safe side of London is casual, sophisticated layers. I packed a small pouch of jewelry and ended up wearing only the same minimalist essentials the whole week. Jewelry is small to pack, but it can weigh down your bag. Pack as little as what’s necessary.

walking in london

To keep it simple, if you’re wondering what to pack for London, keep it minimal, timeliness and comfortable. You’re going to want to spend the most time exploring the city, soaking in the rolling green countryside, and drinking as many pints with meat pie as you can. Don’t get weighed down with access, and enjoy your trip! If you have questions, send me a message, I’d love to help you with tips for your holiday.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with T&N, David Lerner NY, Dermalogica, Healthish and others. Most items have been gifted. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

time is the new luxury

time is the new luxury

The fluorescent bulbs flickered and let out a hum. The sound of keys repeated like rain falling on the earth. A faint smell of coffee and someone’s perfume lingered in the air. I stared blankly at the white wall. Once a source of inspiration, it seemed so empty in the moment. Redundancy is creativity’s mortal enemy, but avoiding redundancy is often a lack of structure and discipline. Where does one really find balance?

nyc time

The endlessly growing pile of magazines and spreadsheets didn’t look much different than the year before. There were a few extra documents showing areas of growth in the past year. A few new processes had been made to create a higher level of efficiency and accurate testing. We were watching some new brands and following this year’s marketing trends. Things were progressing forward as they should be, but something was missing. A lack of excitement perhaps, lost sight of the high aspirations for each year. Strangely, those aspirations were met and exceeded, only the vision was lost. It was another day at the office, taking over the fashion world one shoe at a time.

But it wasn’t just the office. Things that used to captivate felt like daunting tasks. My feet were heavy walking to the car to run errands. The spring landscape felt less bright as the shade of monotony clouded the sky. Even the sparkling refreshment of brut could not quench my thirst. What is this blanket of fog that can cloud our lives?

foggy nyc city

In fact, there was a beautiful earth somewhere under that barrier. I had traveled more places in the world in that past year than I had ever been. I had grown closer with my friends and family. I indulged more frequently in the spoilage of life from designer bags to exotic vacations. Life was beautiful to anything but the naked eye.

Why is it that no matter how we progress in life, we choose to constrain ourselves in a desire to want more. Something different. Something better. While the pursuit of betterment is a quality to admire, the disregard for the ordinary is ungrateful and disgusting. So what is the missing piece.

luxury coffee break living

We are glued to our screens searching for anything new, exciting, exhilarating – often missing out on life itself. I have found, the truth is that time is the new luxury. We all have more than one being could ever care to possess. We get to experience more of the world as transportation makes travel easy, and the world small. We have every essential basic and more. Even hobbies and frivolous desires are met in today’s consumer world. Yet, there is no joy in possessing every piece of our heart’s desire. There is no happiness that comes from packing in every possible experience into life.

True transient happiness comes from time. Our world has become cluttered. Like a privileged child’s playroom with toys scattered around the floor with no regard for their care. Like a shallow river so full of stones that the current is never smooth and no one can pass through the water, we fill our lives in every crevice, until there is room for nothing else. How can we expect to enjoy what life has to offer if we’re too busy to see, notice or value it?

time is the new luxury with white husky

Value in and of itself is such a novel concept. While the use of the world as a verb is related to monetary worth, the noun is quite different. Monetary value often rings the contradiction in our mind. Something cheap, readily available, and over marketed. Merriam Webster defines value as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.”

In order to understand the value of time, we must regard it. Value it. Cherish it, and acknowledge its worth. Time is not just a few more millimeters of space on your watch. It’s all we have here on earth. We trod on it. We fill it will unimportant burdens, like filling a luxury Prada handbag with sand and gum wrappers. Time has value.

luxury fashion handbag

How does the value of time become luxury? As the coffee continues to brew, paperwork continues to pile, and abundance of activities and material positions start to fill our time with the numbness of overload, time becomes more rare. Like a gem or an ancient artifact, it’s almost impossible to have in abundance. Time is limited. It has value. Time is a luxury.

Glancing up from the screen, the world looks completely changed. If time is a luxury that holds such value, how carelessly we fritter it away. How many small things we allow to come between us and a truly enriched life. How many layers of fog we create and fill up the beautiful sky. Lighten your load friends. See life in a new light. Live life like time is a luxury. Create some for yourself, and break the chains of needless monotony.

fashion blogger wears heeled sandals and blue levi jeans

three ways to wear heels – stepping up summer fashion trends

When the world goes one way, fashion inevitably starts to go the other. In case you missed the memo, dress is back. With athleisure now fully saturated into both European and American markets, the consumer has started to get bored, and they’re reaching back to their archives for a compromise away from athleisure style. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere soon. But while athleisure strays away from fashion and moves toward traditional sport brands like Nike, Puma and Adidas – 2019 summer fashion trends are leaning towards the ultimate return of the feminine evolution – heels.

heeled sandals with casual style and levi jeans

photography:MY MOM | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | shoes c/o:JO MERCER | classic blue levi jeans c/o:SHOPBOP | black jeans c/o: PARKER SMITH | leather biker jacket c/o:ALL SAINTS

 

Don’t worry ladies, we know you got used to the comfort of sneaker styles and flat-bed sandals. So let’s start simple. Kitten heels fill the largest category of the return of heels for spring and summer 2019, while only the bravest are bringing back the pumps and stiletto heels. Minimal feminine silhouettes mark the evolution of the trend, replacing gaudy platforms of years past. Simplicity is key with a faint 90’s vintage flair. To illustrate the movement for you, I reached out to Australian brand Jo Mercer to show you three ways to wear heels this summer.

jo mercer shoes review with white heeled sandals

Jo Mercer shoes review

First, a bit about the brand. I worked with Jo Mercer for the first time just a few weeks back, on a brief, single-post campaign. They were kind enough to send a couple of pairs of shoes for me to try out at that time, and I so fell in love with the brand – they were the first I contacted for this spring and summer footwear trend edition. Why? The Aussie fashion scene is well marked for being leaders of the modern, minimalist fashion movement. Jo Mercer’s summer collection was just what I was looking for to exemplify the trend of minimal, feminine, low-heel shoes that we’ve started to see everywhere.

jo mercer shoe lineup

Their quality is also exceptional. They focus on luxury fashion that fits into the niche of what day in my dreams represents, from a minimalist lifestyle approach of less is more – focusing on quality essential items. Their collections are designed with premium genuine leathers and engineered both for quite luxury and comfort. Note to understand my full support of the brand, they have not paid me for the post, only provided my selection of footwear to pair with these luxury summer outfits.

“Our shoes are engineered for real life. A Jo Mercer shoe has to meet a certain standard to be included in the range; the leather must be of fine quality, the heel balanced and the fit unparalleled. Trends inform our designs, fashion influences our collection whilst our customers defines the range. To create what you desire, without compromise, is our aim.”Jo Mercer

To illustrate three ways to wear heels this summer, I’ve selected three different styles from their collection, to give you a range of luxury, minimalist outfit ideas. Featured below are the Phoenix high sandal heel, Amore high heel mule sandal, and the Leah mules in beige snake print. More details on each in the outfits outlined below.

High heel sandals: The luxury of minimalist comfort in Levi jeans and a boxy tee

The first look features Jo Mercer’s Phoenix high sandal in white leather paired with an oversized t-shirt and classic Levi blue jeans. Levi’s are the minimalist fashion enthusiast’s go-to for casual style, and this summer will be no exception. The boxy tee is a new interpretation of modern boho style, and creates a look that’s ultra relaxed. Heels are great for this look, as they keep your casual wardrobe items from looking sloppy. A heeled sandal is the perfect feminine touch. This minimal silhouette features 3 straps with a wood-look 9.5cm heel, giving a great boost in height. I wore this look throughout the day, including for the shoot, errands, a bit of shopping and dinner late that night – happy to say they were comfortable until day’s end.

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This is an outfit you’ll probably see me in Monday – Friday, because there’s really nothing more comfortable and practical for running my life on the go. Time and comfort are luxuries everyone can afford, and this is one way I splurge on myself.

Kitten heels: Day to night with black skinny jeans

The next look is also casual, but slightly more sophisticated with a skinny crop black jean from Parker Smith, and a fitted white tank paired with high to mid-heel sandals. This is a great everyday look that can take you from errands to cocktails with a release of the bun. With a mostly monochrome, luxury fashion blog – black and white dominate my wardrobe. A subtle hint of nude is a refreshing way to keep the look modern and bright. The shoes are Jo Mercer’s Amore high heel mule sandal in ivory leather. Also featuring thin, feminine straps, it’s an ideal match to dress-up casual styles, or to pair with summer sophisticates. Kitten heels are a big 2019 summer fashion trend, and these are just the right height for that effortless luxury look.

casual day to night style with white tank and black jeansblack parker smith jeans and jo mercer heeled sandalsstrappy low heel sandals by jo mercerparker smith jeans

This crossbody has also become a new staple. Purchased from Shopbop, this Marc Jacobs bag is convertible, with two straps that make it either a crossbody or a belted bag. I’ve worn it both ways, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen it plenty already. The jeans are also a major call-out. Parker Smith has long been a standing favorite of mine for denim brands. Offering the right amount of stretch and fray hems, they find their way into my attire on a weekly basis.

Snake print mules: You don’t own me t-shirt dress and biker jacket

Last but not least, I couldn’t share an update on 2019 heel trends without talking about the mule. Mules have come and gone, and to every woman’s delight, they’re back in for the season. Mules are a truly effortless luxury, with an open back that lets you slide in on the go. This pair of Leah mules from Jo Mercer is an exceptional specimen, crafted in a snake-print leather. The heel height is 11cm, giving you an incredible boost while maintaining a comfortable feel. Animal prints including leopard print, tiger and snake print are a mega material trend that started this past fall / winter and carried over into the new season. This style is versatile, and a great transitional piece you can wear all year round.

fashion blogger wears luxury all saints jacket and jo mercer mulesjo mercer snake skin print mules reviewjo mercer review leatherfashion blogger in casual biker jacket style and jo mercer shoes

While you can wear mules with everyday jean or casual denim looks, I prefer to wear them cocktail stile to balance the full coverage of the shoe itself. Showing a bit of leg, I’ve paired them with a t-shirt dress and my most worn leather jacket from All Saints. A t-shirt dress may not be the first thing you think of when I say “cocktail attire”, but alas the world has gone casual, and I’m happy to go with it. Just because you’re wearing heels doesn’t mean you need to be in a gown. These three looks are all casual luxury styles that you can wear everyday, while still sporting some of your favorite comfort pieces. With a capsule wardrobe and a few core essentials, casuals do become our office wear, evening wear and everything in between.

luxury fashion blogger wears all saints biker jacket, t-shirt dress and jo mercer mules

More on 2019 fashion trends and the return of heels

I spoke with marketing guru, Elle regarding the 2019 fashion trends and the return of heels. As a leader in the luxury fashion community, it was insightful to have her perspective on the shift from total athleisure to a balance of true sport and feminine heel styles.

Her statement: “The culture of footwear is shifting, and the sneaker trend has become less of a trend and more of a staple. Women have the right to wear whatever they want and having worn imbalanced, awkward and ill-fitting stilettos before, the restriction that comes with this footwear is all too familiar.

The return of the heel will be introduced on Women’s terms. Therefore I predict that the importance of wear-ability will become paramount. Fit, construction and materials will become the definition of luxury, not the height and circumference of the heel. These are the shoes designed for real-life” – Elle Bugge, Marketing at Jo Mercer

What are you thoughts on the return of heels into spring and summer fashion trends for 2019? I’ve put together so many different summer looks with these three pieces, and can’t wait to continue wearing them throughout the summer as versatile key pieces. If you’ve started making investments on key luxury essential items for your capsule wardrobe, be sure to check out Jo Mercer and their collection of minimalist luxury fashion essentials from low to mid heels, sandals, flats and sneakers.

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getting back to the basics

A quiet hum of the dryer beats softly in the background. You can hear the birds above the white noise. A bright light shines through the ample windows. Spring has arrived, and with it a moment of stillness. After weeks on the road traveling between Nashville, Vegas, Atlanta, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Milan – this time at home feels like a haven of its own. No rowdy traffic, no drunken alleyways, no meetings or spewing stress of colleagues – it’s just me, the birds and the creaking ghost of the house (whom I’ve lovingly named Ralph).

minimalist fashion blogger in basic tshirt and vinyl leggings

photography:NICK PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | vinyl leggings c/0:COMMANDO

 

It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of perfection both at work, at home, and managing life as a fashion blogger. These moments are ones that I cherish the most. The moments that allow us a clear vision and stable mind help us to reset and focus on our current existence. The next few weeks will pass here in this place, deep in the heart of Virginia. Though the rush of the fashion world will continue, evenings will be spent in gratitude, finding a place of rejuvenation for the next rush of travels in May.

There are a few ways I kickstart getting back to the basics in times like these. Pursuing a more active lifestyle is one, and the gym has seen my face a few times this week for the first time in months. Physical activity can help relieve stress, and generates a rush of endorphins that keep your body on a high.

minimalist white tshirt style with vinyl leggings

Living a more minimalist lifestyle can also remind us of what things are important. This is the time to rid yourself of the unnecessary. As a part of this tradition, I will be cutting back to a more capsule wardrobe, saving only the essentials I would imagine myself re-buying were they not in my closet already. Basic t-shirts, classic denim, and versatile items like these vinyl leggings will make the cut, while occasion dresses and fast-fashion pieces will be relocated to new homes.

fashion girl relaxing in basic white tshirt and vinyl leggings

I often imagine this purge as a weight lifted. Ridding yourself of unneeded positions, emotions, and struggles that you’ve held on to is the most relieving feeling one could imagine. Learning to let go can be a challenge, but more than worth it in the end. I hope this spring finds you lighter, brighter, and more beautiful than before. Remember to enjoy simplicity amidst life’s rush. It’s time to get back to the basics.

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Costa Rica sunshine and the true meaning of luxury

Something about the sun warms not only our skin, but also the soul. Hello blog world. The last couple of months have taken me to Nashville, Vegas, Atlanta, Milan, Lugano, and Costa Rica. Wrapping up an intense travel season, I have a moment to reflect on the adventures had and memories made. Here’s another snippet from Costa Rica – an annual international travel tradition with myself and a few friends.

travel costa rica in a luxury villasummer fashion trends gingham top and white levi denim shorts

photography:JOSH WOLFE MUSIC | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | denim shorts:LEVI | location:VILLA TRANQUILA, COSTA RICA

 

Each year, we choose a new destination where we enjoy all of the local food, sights and leisure we can soak up in 10 days. Each a true luxury to experience, this was no exception. Our caravan of 18 companions flew into San Jose, where we spent a night at a resort enjoying late night bites, a local casino, and a night view of the tropical poolside. The stop was quick, as the earliest shuttle transported us to the beaches of Tamarindo early the next morning.

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With such a large entourage, we opted for the Villa Tranquila, a mantion that slept 18-24. On site we enjoyed the an excellent, friendly staff including an in-house chef, concierge, and local activities including pool, beach surfing, golf course and more. If you’re traveling in a large group, it was definitely the way to go. Our concierge arranged everything from travel to meal plans, and helped us organize our excursions in a way that took the load of the primary planners (myself included). These photos are from the villa itself – a mansion of beauty just a few minutes from the downtown nightlife area of Tamarindo. Costa Rica is much bigger than most people realize, so excursions were up to 3 hours away.

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This particular day, we spent only enjoying what our home away from home had to offer. Surrounded by mature palms and tropical flowers galore, it was a perfect paradise. The morning was spent leisurely poolside, where we arranged for 4 private masseuses to provide hour long massages. Travel is meant to be an experience, and this was a luxury almost no one wanted to pass on. Cocktails were had, and fresh bowls of local ceviche never diminished. Our chef kept the mix of local fish, shrimp, tomato, fresh avocado and pico ever-ready in case we needed a mid-afternoon snack. Ceviche is a favorite tropical indulgence, and I’m always sure to include it on the menu plan. We also had prepared homemade salsa and guacamole. The avocados there are rich and creamy – a decadence not to be missed. The local Imperial beer has a sort of beachy taste with a fresh squeeze of lime. I opted for more than a few splashes of champagne.

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While I believe vacations are a time-luxury that should be spent in pure relaxation to fully enjoy the indulgence of free time – we snuck away for just a few moments to snag a couple of pictures to share. Don’t let the pictures deceive you, I was barefoot most of the day. Working a full-time career while managing life as a luxury fashion blogger sometimes difficult to get away. But when on vacation, I truly believe in some disconnect from the digital world of fashion. I recently participated in an interview regarding luxury research that brought up the concept of the summer fashion trends and the evolution of luxury. Shifting away from material goods, the greatest luxury our consumers can enjoy today is time, and an experience worth remembering. Luxury fashion is meant to hold its value in essential staples that you’ll use year after year. It’s not intended as a culture to hoard material goods. Remember, a minimalist lifestyle enjoyed to the fullest is far more rewarding than a collection of luxury fashion you’ll never wear.

Instead, focus on living a luxury lifestyle, focusing on life essentials, and soak in every moment you can. Costa Rica was certainly that for me, and I hope you can enjoy the same.

happy fashion blogger in costa rica