I fell in love with Cartagena

posted on: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 Just one week ago I returned from one of the best trips of my life. 

 If there was one word to describe Cartagena, Colombia it would be Magical. I have been around the world and back, but there was just something about this city that captured my heart.  Unfortunately for most - Colombia holds a dark stigma due to the countries long history of violence and crime. Never once did I feel in danger or threatened by any means, quite the complete opposite actually!

After a sleepless red eye flight we arrived to our villa which was centrally located within the " old walled city " This little town not only holds so much history , but so much character and charm at the same time with all the colorful architecture and bougainvillea flowers overflowing on balconies..... every bloggers dream - there was not one corner that was not photogenic!

 The Maaji house was like walking into a dream.  The villa was incredibly beautiful,  never have I seen houses designed this way where the pool was situated in the courtyard of the house with surrounding lounge areas, a beautiful dining area kitchen , bedrooms on the second floor, and Incredible rooftop for all day - I was ready to spend the next 5 days here!

Restaurants to try : 

Don Juan - A mix of Caribbean an Latin - Vegetarian friendly, fresh local fish and seafood . I recommend the octopus, falafel , ceviche and sea bass was to die for !

Mistura -  Had the most incredible atmosphere and to my taste buds the most incredible sushi selection. I am not one for deserts usually because I can't eat dairy , but I let it go this time with the Suspiro LimeƱo. 

Nightclubs -  La Movida - was too much fun we ended up here two nights in a row ! everyone dances in Colombia it truly is so uplifting .

Outfit Details - Top Lulus // Skirt : GRLFRND Denim skirt // Bag: Salar Milano // Sunnies:  Preverse

Probably one of the most memorable moments of the trip was the day we spent on the Island Baru. Doing absolutely nothing but taking in the beauty of the white sandy beach and turquoise waters. Believe it or not we had the entire beach to ourselves ! Maaji had an entire set up for up with giant pillows, bamboo beds and tequila shots of course !

The Perfect South American outfit

Outfit Details // Dress: Rat & Boa // Bag : Furla

For those of you who have the major itch to travel like me South America is a must see!

Thank you Maaji Swimwear and Foray Collective for a trip I will always remember 

Colombia I miss you so much ! Already planning my next trip back - which will most definitely include Bogota and or Medellin and of course back down to Cartagena and the islands  :)

xoxo Racquel 

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So ready for Spring

posted on: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Good Evening lovers! Reporting Live from cold NYC!

After months of traveling and being in Toronto - I am so ready to head back to sunny California. I don't know about you guys , but mentally I am so ready for Spring.  If you follow me on Instagram you will know how much I love Guess clothing. Macy's carries the most amazing RTW Collection for  all of you ready to transition out of winter.  Ive put together this effortless look that is perfect to wear during the day or even at night! This black  off the shoulder textured top shows off your neckline in the most classic way - Pair simply with these timeless GUESS ORIGINALS 1981 jeans to create that ultimate IT GIRL look ! Since this look is so simple and classic I couldn't help but pair it with a vintage bag and booties :)

Hope you all have the most beautiful week!

xo Racquel 

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Keeping it Cozy in Chichwish Toronto style

posted on: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

After a much needed break , and one surgery later I am back! I apologize for being completely off the radar , but health always comes first! 

Toronto will always be home, and hold incredibly special place in my heart. A developing city full of life, culture and versatility. 

  I finally got outside after almost two weeks of bed rest, it was my time to shine again, so I threw on a cute little outfit before heading to lunch with one of my oldest friends Tran, in Yorkville.  One of the most immaculate neighborhoods in the city that has a touch of historic charm and modern seduction. Not to mention all of the high end fashion stores are situated along Bloor St. If you are ever visiting Toronto - I would highly suggest adding this to your bucket list!

Layering is an absolute  must this season especially up north. Most find it hard to express their fashionable side when the weather is below 0 degrees!  I snatched this super cozy Ivory two sided Sweater via Chicwish.
The criss cross detail is astonishingly eye catching and shows off the perfect amount of back cleavage. It can go with just about anything....... jeans , tights even denim shorts for those of you in warmer climates.  This little army green corduroy skirt believe it or not is absolutely ideal for the winter time when paired right! 

 Never be afraid to bare your sexy side with some fish nets stockings, thigh high boots and an Oversized Coat to complete the look!

Have a fabulous week loves !

xo Racquel 

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New Year New Me with Express

posted on: Monday, January 9, 2017

From a numerological standpoint, 2017, when you add the numbers up: 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 and that is then distilled down to: 1 + 0 = 1
So, in 2017 we’re in a 1 year!

According to numerology, ONE is the number of beginnings. Something brand new that expresses uniqueness. This year is incredibly important to me. In order for things to change, I am making a promise to myself to break old habits and start fresh!
I’ve partnered up with Express to bring to you some of my new year’s resolutions, and a fresh clean look to go along with a very clean slate!
Number 1 on my list is to focus on myself, which has been a struggle of mine this past year especially when work becomes extremely overwhelming.
Number 2, heading to my Pilates and barre class at least 2-3 times a week is an absolute must! If you feel great on the inside it will always show on the outside! Being more positive, and loving myself - ultimately I believe this brings oneself to true happiness! 
Last but not least I made it a priority to spend more time with my loved ones. My life is so fast-paced, you can easily get caught up and sucked in - but I will never allow it to takeover me! This resolution was inspired by this super cozy look. I will be spending the whole month of January back at home in Toronto to reset and recharge.
I paired this super comfy grey off the shoulder oversized sweater that matches perfectly with these light-washed destroyed denim. I am obsessed with this pair via Express they fit to perfection and will match just about anything, you can also wear them during the day or dress them up for the night. This cross-body bag gives that chic classic touch to the look. Sneakers are the new high heel, at least in my books! so don't be afraid to slap on a pair of sneakers to an outfit that is dressy ;) Hope you all had a beautiful NYE!

What is your new year’s resolution?

Outfit Details: Sweater, Jeans, Cross-body bag (similar), Sneakers (similar)

Thank you Express for partnering with me on this post!
xo Racquel

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