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Travel Street Style

The Sartorialist is in London this week, and as I’ve watched him post pictures of people here (as he travels), I’ve been inspired to stray from the regularly scheduled program (and what has begun to look like a sanctuary of vanity) to show you some of my favorite outfits I’ve come across in the past few months…
Enjoy!

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Spotted at the MoMA, New York.

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Scandalous socks near Piccadilly Circus, London.

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This charming man was sitting at a café near Charing Cross Station, London.

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This woman’s triumvirate of light blue tones matched with SEE THROUGH heels had me shaking with glee (hence the poor quality). Spotted in Stockholm’s Grand Hotel.

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I loved this father/daughter duo wearing the same colors in Stockholm. Also — those pigtails <3.

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Purse or hatbox? Vienna, Austria.

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Cuffed trousers in Berlin.

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Pink and Blue at Portobello Market, London. (Apologies again for the quality, but it was too good to  leave out!)

Haiti Part 2, Roughing with Pastels

 

I think it’s becoming too obvious, so I might as well out with it. When in the Caribbean, I have slyly drawn upon some colonial fashion. I know, I know it’s spitting in the eye of what I stand for, but there’s something about those fresh, cool billowy fabrics that seems so appealing when you’re standing in 98 degree heat. That being said, I left my pith helmet at home (along with my monocle), but today’s outfit definitely pays homage to a French lady standing on her veranda somewhere.

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Marj (my roommate) and I sharing tea at Catholic Relief Services

We went to visit Catholic Relief Services, and went on-site to see the new Haitian hospital they are building. After the earthquake, the original was only left with two buildings of the entire complex standing. Again, it was really too bad no one knew anything about engineering. I had mixed feelings about the project. On the one hand, the design was really impressive. It allowed the hospital to expand and theoretically provide services that were inaccessible before the earthquake. On the other hand, expanding the hospital to the planned magnitude significantly increased costs. The representative from CRS admitted they didn’t know where they would get the money to keep it running. Hurricane money has trickled up significantly in the last 5 years, ever careening into the next natural disaster. While state-of-the-art facilities are a blessing, I wonder if perhaps the people wouldn’t be better off with something sustainable… Is that too practical? On the other hand, maybe “if you build it, they will come.” It’s a bit of an experiment which only time will solve.

DSC_0086DSC_0091 2On the whole, it was exciting to see all the programs CRS has going in Haiti. Little did I know when I chose Notre Dame, that within a year I would be posing as a poster child for any Catholic organization, much less a worldwide nonprofit!
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Shirt: Vintage (estate sale)
Pants: Zara (bought off Poshmark for a song)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Scarf: Talbots
Earrings: Gift
Bag: Givenchy (by way of Ebay)
Watch: Target
Shoes: Bass

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A quick ode to these shoes. I would recommend that any ardent traveller get an equivalent. These babies have gone with me from Amsterdam to the Azores, Ireland to India, and now Haiti. Because they are leather they are super comfortable. I prefer them to tennis shoes (which only serve to remind me how nauseously American I am). They are good for climbing rocks or hunting tigers (hunting as in trying to spot). In my opinion, they are a more fashionable, durable alternative to Keds with the added advantage that the dirtier they get, the better they look.

Chronicles from Haiti, Part 1: Blazin’ Travels (and E2E)

Most of the time we were in Haiti was spent racing from one NGO to the next. Given our program, most of the NGOs we spoke with were partners or close to Notre Dame. These ranged from bigger outfits like NPH and CRS (more to come!) to smaller much more localized efforts. One of the most intriguing people that we talked to, in my opinion, was Dustin from E2E (Engineering to Empower). With the goal of providing affordable long-term housing opportunities for Haitians, E2E has designed a structurally sound, cost-effective home which can whether both hurricanes and earthquakes.

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As you can see, right now they are hard at work building the first model, testing their prints. We got to go on-site and see some of the differences and additions to infrastructure. Unfortunately, none of us had the remotest background in engineering, so a lot went over our heads. To check out the sight (and walk through the Leogane city center) I wore this (in attempts to keep cool). The linen didn’t breath quite as well as I’d hoped, so I might save it for somewhere a bit cooler. The top of the head bun, however, converted me. It’s the perfect way to look fashion conscious, while realistically sweating up a storm.

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Details:
Blazer: Zara (S/S: 2013)
V-Neck: Marni
Khakis: Zara
Shoes: Clarks (British line)
Necklace: Primark (1 pound!)
Glasses: Disney

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Work Site Color Palette

I paired the blazer with a few other things to show how it can be dressed up or down with accessories:

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Packing for Paradise: Realistic Tips for the Impractical Traveller

Hello all! Sorry for my extended hiatus! Since posting last, I have finished exams, been to Haiti and back, and roadtripped across the country. I return to you a veritable wealth of opinions (however faulty) and I will begin at the beginning: how to pack for a 7+ day trip out of the country. Whether you’re sailing down the blue danube or charting your own course through the Andes, here are some tips for your consideration.

1. Sleep on a Palette.

DSC_0020DSC_0015For a 9 day trip, you can choose two palettes (in case of mood swings). As a base for each, I found a silk scarf that would pretty much match all the clothes. For you, this might be a hat, shoes, or funky necklace, I just like a scarf because it is so versatile (hair? turban? bracelet? belt? neck?).

2. Eliminate Shoes!

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Can you guess which is which?

I think this is always the hardest part of packing, and usually am staring at 6 different pairs that I want to cram into my suitcase. In the case of a tropical destination, I think you can pare it down to three (or a tight four if you can’t live without flip flops)!
1. adventure shoes- perfect for the jungle trek or dusty road
2. practical beachwear- these are shoes you can walk in, but also wouldn’t mind wearing to the beach (generally some kin to Keds works well)
3. fancy, but not too fancy- these are the shoes you could wear to a nice dinner but also out shopping without cramps (for a sunnier venue, I’d recommend something like black espadrilles or nicer flats).

3. Be versatile: In the above picture I included:

— 3 pairs of shoes
— 3 pairs of pants (1 MUST be jeans.. in Haiti pants are more acceptable than shorts, but depending on your destination, this is very easily variable)
— 2 dresses (one fancy *just in case*)
— 3 scarves
— 2 skirts (which can double as coverups)
— 1 blazer
— 1 cardigan
— 6 shirts
— 1 tank top
This is a lot of different types of clothing so that you can mix and match for any situation. You only have options if you give yourself options. It’s great to accessorize and wake up old looks by throwing in new sunglasses or switching up your scarf (at least that’s what Audrey did).

4. Don’t forget the basics

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(of course I added a scarf)

Absolute musts: a pair of jeans, a white shirt (of some kind), and a light jacket (rain or otherwise). With these three items, you can virtually fit in anywhere that’s casual.

Further, though not pictured, make sure to remember:

  • underwear
  • towel (if you bring a cheap one this can be left in the hotel and its place stuffed with souvenirs!
  • Pajamas!

5. Tag, You’re It!

When you’re putting the finishing touches on that otherwise neutral suitcase. Spice up the outside! This isn’t even style advice– this is to save you embarrassing encounters at baggage claim. About a year back, I found this darling luggage tag. As you can see it’s made its rounds with me, but I have no trouble identifying my bag.

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Hope these tips were helpful! Good luck zipping those suitcases, and more on outfits in Haiti to come! I’m too lazy to list where all the clothes are from, so message me in the comments if you’re curious, and I’ll be sure to respond.

Throw Back Thursday: Vizcaya

IMG_3406It was last year, around this time, and I was deeply, madly, unabashedly in love with a certain pair of Anthropologie shorts. So much so, that I still have the picture I took as reference so that I could show the workers what they looked like (just in case) as I began the long wait for what is the double markdown (or bi-annual sale on the sales) at Anthro. IMG_1443

Well, mere moments after I finally got the shorts of my dreams, we threw ourselves in the car and went to Miami (clearly in the honeymoon phase). I’m afraid that today, besides telling you that my shoes were Clarks, watch was Target, shirt was GAP, and glasses were Disney, this isn’t about fashion. This is a travel blog.

Allow me to take you to one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been:

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from Instagram.

Vizcaya. Nestled down a verdant road across from the planetarium in Miami is a palisade befitting Fitzgerald’s musings. All at once a coral cove, deserted beach, Victorian jaunt, and tycoon’s mistress, Vizcaya sits on the coast pleasantly secluded from downtown Miami, but with a perfect view of the skyscrapers in the not-so-distance.

IMG_3253 2Built in 1914 on 180 acres, Vizcaya was the European-inspired brainchild of American harvesting magnate James McCormick-Deering. They wouldn’t let me take pictures of the inside (I did manage one or two equally sneaky and shaky ones that aren’t worth showing), and I would like to note that these were all taken on my Iphone. With that in mind, try to envision how much better the real thing is…

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Instagram ftw

IMG_3271The entrance to the pool:

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From Instagram

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I particularly loved this man-made island-functioning-as-a-dock right outside the sitting room.

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The Atrium. I just wanted to sit there and write poetry. Alternatively, it seems like the perfect arena to reenact the Liesal/ Kurt Sixteen Going on Seventeen love scene if anyone would like to oblige my ever present need to jump across benches.

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From Instagram.

Too bad there were no benches. I suppose that would make a good subject for a terrible poem.IMG_3299 IMG_3300 The Gardens:IMG_3306IMG_3309IMG_3311IMG_3324 IMG_3328I know this is a bit different than the regularly scheduled program, but it was so beautiful (and my shorts were so en pointe— even after two markdowns), I thought it might make for a nice stroll down memory lane.

Shared to TrendSpin on TheFashionCanvas and Simbaco’s Instagram Travel Thursday (on that note, I’m @bexwrecks on instagram if you’d like to follow me).