Puerto Rico Adventures

It’s been long overdue since I’ve shared some of my travel adventures with you all! I’ve been traveling a lot for the past couple of months, and finally found some time to gather some photos from Puerto Rico.  I went to Puerto Rico in March and boy was it such a fun experience.  I went to celebrate my friends bachelorette party.  It was a refreshing alternative to the usual bachelorette party in Vegas. Plus, it was a perfect excuse to visit another country and make a vacation out of it.IMG_7075 IMG_7081We stayed at the beautiful La Concha Resort. Perfect spot close to bars and restaurants. IMG_7070I am ALL about excursions, exploring, and going on new adventures.  My girls and I took a day trip to visit the El Yunque Rain Forest. El Yunque is the sole tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System.  They don’t call it a rain forest for nothing either.  When we got there, it immediately started raining.  You can plan day trips out to visit this beautiful place filled with a wide variety of native plants and wildlife. IMG_7122 IMG_7129IMG_7127I can never get tired of palm leaves.  They are definitely my kind of shade.  I absolutely loved being engulfed in so much lush greenery and being one with nature. IMG_7138IMG_7157 IMG_7201 IMG_7151 IMG_7163 IMG_7166 We also got to check out Luquillo Beach for a day of R&R.  It was a perfect little beach for some fun in the sun.  Stay tuned for more Puerto Rico pics from Old San Juan!

 

 

 

Peru Part II – Sacred Valley

Sacred Vally Cusco RLRBI’ve finally got around to post Part II of my Peru adventure this past November!  If you missed Part I, check it out here.  This time I’ll be sharing my SACRED VALLEY adventures.  Work has been super crazy busy for me these past two weeks, that I’ve been left to feel nothing but nostalgic over all my travels. I really reallllly miss Peru. It was so peaceful, relaxing, and a reminder for me that there is so much beauty in a simple life.

Pisac Ruins Peru DSC_0554You know, just frolicking around the ruins.Pisac ruins cusco peruPart of my tour of the Sacred Valley was a stop at the Pisac Ruins. If you are ever in the Cusco region, I definitely suggest you check these ruins out. They were breathtaking and our guide enriched us with so many facts and history about this area. The inca civilizations were so self-sufficient and brilliant engineers.  I fell in love with the stone walls – the colors, shapes, everything!  The placement of each stone had a symbolic meaning.

Peruvian cornI’m drooling over the Peruvian corn.  The oversized kernels are described as chewier, starchier and less sweet than other types of sweet corn.  Peru harvest numerous types of corn.  They are distinct from all the others because of their huge kernels.

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Ollantaytambo Ruins Peru RLRN Ollantaytambo ruins RLRBWe then explored the Ollantaytambo Ruins. To get to these ruins were about 30 minutes from Pisac.  Prepare to walk up a ton of stairs to get to the top.  However, it was all worth it.  Again, the architecture and construction of all these ruins never ceases to amaze me.  It was love at first sight.

DSC_0563 Pisac Ruins RLRB cusco IMG_4593 Pisac market rlrb Last stop of our Sacred Valley tour was the Pisac Market.  Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week. There are local buses departing from Cusco every 15 minutes for the one hour ride to Pisac village.  One thing I am OBSESSED with are all the Peruvian textiles.  I meaaaaaan, if I could buy this whole market, I probably would.  I appreciate and adore all the efforts that go into making handmade products.  There is so much more history and meaning towards them.  The style and they way they mix colors are amazing.  I love the bright funky colors and designs.  You know I did some damage at this market. 🙂

Stay tuned for more of my Peru adventures…..!!!

 

Moraga Steps and Turtle Hill

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Jacket – Madewell + Jeans – AG Jeans + Scarf – RLRB + Shoes – Converse

Happy 2nd week of 2015!  Anybody sticking to their resolutions so far?  I decided to continue a positive attitude and work on things with more focus this year…. plus, travel and explore more.  I also do want to attempt to blog more often.  I know I always fall off the band wagon, but I def want to carve out more time for this in 2015!

Anyhoo, there’s nothing more beautiful than artsy mosaic steps and an awesome view of the city during a radiant sunset. A couple unconventional spots you can check out whenever you are in San Francisco are the Moraga Steps and Turtle Hill.  Turtle Hill is right up the hill from the artsy Moraga Steps.  For all you looking for a great photo op, this is the place to be.

Located on 16th Avenue (between Noriega St & Moraga St) in the southern part of San Francisco, this area draws a crowd all day long and depicts a good picture of the artistic community that San Francisco creates. Inspired by the famous stairs in Rio De Janero, these steps were meticulously created to build a beautiful walkway for the whole city to enjoy.

Conveniently up the hill is Turtle Hill. A great spot to just get away from the hustle and bustle, to clear your mind, or enjoy a scenic view of the city. I personally can never get tired of a sunset. You never know what new colors the skies will illuminate everyday.   They are also daily reminders of how beautiful the world can be. #itsthelittethings

Hope you all have a great week!

Muir Woods

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I spent the holidays in San Francisco and got the opportunity to explore areas that I always wanted to check out, but never had the time to.  Since I was in the Bay Area for over a week, it was the perfect time to hit up Muir Woods National Park.   I love to explore new areas, go on hikes, and be outdoors.   The crisp and sunny weather also permitted my friends and I to have a beautiful hike around the red woods.  Muir Woods holds lots of history that stems back to 1945.  The redwoods themselves dominate the scene, but there are also various plants all over the forest floor and the canopy above our heads.

The redwood trees are over 200 years old.  At the park, you could choose from various trails that range in distance.  Being engulfed around so many skyscraper-high trees felt extremely calm and serene.  There’s something about natures natural beauty that rejuvenates me.  The hike at Muir Woods was not too long and not too short.  Perfect for a Saturday stroll.  If you are ever in the San Francisco area for a short trip, here are:

Five places to visit in San Francisco:

1) Muir Woods – For the outdoor, adventurous side in you.

2) Moraga Steps – For the colorful mosaic steps. Will have a blog post about my time here soon!

3) Twin Peaks – For a clear view of the city.

4) Golden Gate Bridge – For what San Francisco is known for all over the world.

5) Dolores Park – For the chill, laid-back side in you that wants to have a picnic and people watch.

There is so much more this city can offer.  It’s def my second home!

2014 You Were Awesome

This year has been hands down one I will never forget.  Here is my recap of the most memorable memories of 2014.  This year has taken me to some incredible places, amazing adventures, once in a lifetime experiences, and a new perspective on life.  It was definitely a year of travel for me.  I went to Thailand, Bali, and Peru this year and I couldn’t have been more blessed to have the opportunities and friendships to share all my adventures with.  For me, traveling feeds my soul.  Immersing yourself in a totally different environment and culture helps you recharge from your normal routined life.  The best thing about traveling is also experiencing natures breath-taking beauty around the world and appreciating the little things.

2014 not only brought me around the world, but also allowed me to become a first time Auntie!  This little bundle of joy has been the best gift of the year.  Cheers to 2015 and I look forward to more amazing memories, endeavors, and adventures! Can’t wait 🙂

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Peru Part I – Cusco

After weeks of traveling, crazy work schedules, and holiday shopping/parties, I’ve finally been able to carve out some time to share with you all some pictures from my trip to Peru this past November.  I’ve definitely been bit by a travel bug this year!  From Thailand to Bali to Peru – I just want to explore, go on adventures, meet different types of people, and learn about other cultures.  To be honest, Peru was kind of a spur of the moment trip for me.  Luckily I have crazy girlfriends just like me that are down to travel and globe trot the world with me.  Thus, with the thought of experiencing Machu Picchu, within a matter of two months, here I was in Peru!  There are just too many adventures that we partook in Peru that I decided to break up my posts to focus on the four cities we explored.  First up – CUSCO also known as CUZCO.

Cusco is such a cute and beautiful town, full of culture and amazing architecture. We stayed at Hostal Into Wasi which was perfectly located down the street to Plaza De Armas, which is the place to be if you are visiting Cusco.  It’s in close proximity to everything.  Plaza De Armas is a plaza where you can go shopping, wine and dine, and bar hop.

Hostal Into wasi Cusco Hostal Into Wasi Cusco peruI absolutely loved the boutique vibe of this hotel.  It was affordable, decent, and very accommodating.Coca Tea Leaves Travel Peru CuscoI didn’t think I’d be a victim to altitude sickness, but boy was I wrong! Altitude sickness is no joke!  If you ever do venture into Cusco, be prepared for the high altitude.  I would suggest that you take it slow the first day in order to acclimate yourself.  All the hotels most likely will offer you coca tea as well.  Above, is the coca tea my friends and I consumed every morning, in between our excursions, and right before we went to bed.  The raw coca leaves helps alleviate the tingly, light headed feeling you get in places of high altitude.Plaza De Armas Cusco Cuzco Peru travel Cusco Peru Travel RLRB Plaza De Armas Cuso Peru TravelPlaza De Armas was breath-taking.  From the pebbled stone floors, to the detailed architecture of the buildings,  I saw beauty everywhere and in everything.  Cusco Sunset Plaza De Armas Peru RLRB Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Peru Sunset Cusco Plaza De Armas RLRB blogCusco during a vibrant pastel sunset is even better.  It was love at first sight.Cusco Peru Textile RLRBTextiles I do adore! Cusco Plaza De Armas streetstyle Travel Streetstyle Travelstyle PeruWho wouldn’t fall in love with a city this beautiful?  The vibrant blue door was a great pop of color for this streets of Cusco.  It was the perfect backdrop to sneak in a picture.  Peru Rugs Textile RLRB designI really had to restrain myself from buying all these frazadas and rugs.  I would go back to Cusco just for all the beautiful, handmade, and authentic fabrics.  Cocoa Cacao Museum Cusco Cuzco Peru Cocoa Museum Cusco Peru Travel RLRBLast but not least, if you are visiting Cusco and have a major love for chocolate, you must visit the Choco Museum.  For those of you that don’t already know, I have the biggest sweet tooth ever.  Chocolate is my weakness.  At the Choco Museum you get to learn the history of cocoa and its origins.  You can also take a class and make your own chocolate.  I can rightfully say, by the end of our visit to the museum, I was chocolate wasted.

Stay tuned for more of my Peru adventure diaries!  Happy Monday!

 

Fabrics I Do Adore

There’s no doubt that my sister and I love to collect any dope, cool, fun fabrics we come across.  My sister likes to make clothes, pillows, and pretty much anything with the fabric we find. RLRB fabric chinese cultural aztec RLRB fabric indigo vintage authentic chinese fabricThe fabric above and below are vintage and from China.  These fabrics are from traditional Chinese dresses.  As you can see from the fabric below, you can tell that this used to be a pleated garment.  To us, sometimes imperfections in some fabrics, are perfection and what makes it unique.  We cannot tell you how much we are obsessed with these finds!aztec fabric handmadeBali fabric RLRBMy loot from my Bali trip.  Since my sister just moved and is re-decorating her space, she’s been in search for unique fabric that she can turn into pillows.  Since I visited a couple fabric stores in Bali, I scored the fabrics above.

Happy Sunday Everyone!