Jan 25, 2017

[Ari de Vaga] en Tequila Jalisco

Colorful corners at Hacienda Herradura, in Amatitan Mexico.
The second stop during my Mexico vacation was the magical little town of Tequila Jalisco, which happens to be the geographical region where TEQUILA originates from!  While in the area I took a tour of Hacienda Herradura over  400 years old and one of the originating tequila producing haciendas of Jalisco.  After that,  I visited and strolled the town's "centro" and enjoyed the lovely view of the town's church and jardin area.

Tequila is about half an hour away from the city of Guadalajara, making it the perfect destination for a day trip from Guadalajara.  It was very interesting to learn about the history of Tequila, the process of the distillery and of course I enjoyed the tequila tastings very much!  By the way and FYI..... I learned that taking tequila shots is NOT the proper way to drink your tequila! You are actually supposed to sip and enjoy your tequila in a similar way to the way you enjoy a glass of wine.  Gracias Tequila, for teaching me the proper way to enjoy tequila and for helping me expand my tequila collection.  Salusita! Cheers!
 Piñas from the blue agave plants, before they go into the oven to be cooked for 24 hours, in order to extract the nectar.
Blue agave plants with the large ovens in the background at Hacienda Herradura.

Jan 18, 2017

[Ari de Vaga] The Feeling of Zacatecas

 Feeling very accomplished by the fact that I was able to squeeze in an outfit photo session while I was on vacation in the city of Zacatecas, Mexico. Take in mind that by "photo session" I mean an "official" mini- photo shoot using my professional camera and NOT my iPhone!  I was feeling very inspired to be back in Zacatecas, plus the setting and backdrop options were just gorgeous at the turn of every corner.  To be honest, I would have liked to have been able to stay more days to explore the city and shoot more photos, which only means I have to make my way back soon.  Another confession, it feels a little weird to be back in front of the camera shooting outfit pictures for the blog.  It's been a really long time and even though I never had the "posing"down before, it's going to take me a while to get back in the groove of things.  In the meantime, please enjoy my awkward posing and all, as always!  This location felt very, very special to me and truly, it's more about the breathtaking backdrop, the moment captured and the beautiful feeling of connection with my roots and a lot less about the outfit.
Location: Ex- Templo de San Agustín, Zacatecas Mexico (dates back to 1575)

Jan 10, 2017

[Ari de Vaga] Zacatecas Cuidad de Mi Corazon

My LOVE for this city is more than obvious I spent all my time snapping away, here are some of my favorites captures.
The second stop while on my Mexican vacation was the capital city of Zacatecas, Zacatecas. Both of my parents are from the state of Zacatecas, Mexico and as a child I visited quite often since ALL of our family vacations where to the state of Zacatecas. Year after year we always visited the same small and rural area my parents originated from and spent their childhood in.  I didn't get to explore the capital city of Zacatecas (the largest city in the state) until I was a teen and let me tell you....I  instantly fell in love with the city because of its colonial charm.  So naturally, I had to make it back after what seems like an eternity of not visiting.  I am very, VERY proud to share that the city of Zacatecas earned recognition as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.  The city was founded in 1546 with it's breathtaking baroque architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.  I can go on and on forever because I am and will forever be in love with this city, but I will stop by saying that it's a magical destination.  If I have peaked your interest feel free to check out the city's tourism page for a lot more information.  More on my Mexico trip to follow!


Ariana Cabral

Jan 8, 2017

[Ari de Vaga] Sierra de Valparaiso, Zacatecas Mexico

Destination: Paraiso Resort La Sierra, Valparaiso Zacatecas Mexico
This has been a long time in the making, more dedicated travel and destination posts for the blog.  Yes, this started as a "fashion" blog, but the older I get the more I am addicted to travel and the more I want to share about it.  In addition majority of my spending money goes to my travel fund.  Meaning that my new motto is "shop less, travel more".  Call it maturing or whatever, but I find a lot more value in collecting experiences and moments than accumulating closets full of "stuff".  Of course, I still love to shop and all that, however trying to shop smarter and having a carefully edited wardrobe that is both functional and affordable is my new thing.   I have decided to incorporate more of my travel adventures here on the blog and what better timing to get going than now that I have a fresh new start this year and I just got back from a very beautiful Mexico trip.  I visited the "homeland" Zacatecas, Mexico the state that both my parents are from,  the state of Jalisco and spent a few days beach side in Los Cabos.  I will be sharing about all the different places I was able to explore while on this trip.  I must say this was a very special trip, my Mexican culture is a huge part of who I am, so it felt great to be back in Mexico and to take in all the beautiful sights, colorful inspiration and delicious food Mexico has to offer.
On this trip, I made stops in Zacatecas city capital of the state of Zacatecas, Tequila, Guadalajara & Tlaquepaque all in the state of Jalisco and lastly San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas in Los Cabos.  
My first stop was Valparaiso, Zacatecas.  A very small town, which happens to be my father's hometown and to be honest the only reason why I visited.  I had been to this town many, many times before as a child on our family vacations thinking there wasn't anything new to see, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are a lot of eco-tourism opportunities just minutes outside the town.  I was able to spend the day up in a log cabin in the Sierra of Valparaiso with gorgeous views all around. This was very unexpected and a new discovery for me.  I intend to visit again but with more time to spend and with my entire family to explore the gorgeous and untouched Sierra de Valparaiso. There are more cabins similar to this one available to rent out as vacation homes through the Paraiso Resort Website.  Above I have shared some of my favorite photos from the Sierra.  More Mexico adventures to follow! 

Ariana Cabral

Sep 12, 2016


Fall is around the corner.  One of my favorite fashion seasons is the "Summer- to Fall" transition period.  Even though this is not an official "season" I like to think so.  Why must I always make such a big deal of summer to fall?  It's fun! The weather is perfect (or at least here in LA) warm in the day and cool at night, to allow us the freedom to mix and match summer pieces with fall pieces.  I am planning on sharing a summer to fall fashion guide, in the meantime here is a Fall Fashion Must Have List, featuring a few items that will put you on the fast track to fall style. These items are the perfect versatile additions to your closet, that will mix easily with summer favorites and effortlessly will carry into fall & even winter.


1. BOMBER JACKET you can go the basic route w/ a green one, or go "fancy" w/ silk, satin & embroidered details.
2. an OFF- SHOULDER LEOTARD will be like a blank canvas, versatile & essential     
3. VELVET (SQUARED HEEL) BOOTIE the IT boot of the season!
4. LEATHER BELT w/ a WESTERN VIBE to pair w/ everything!
5. THE "MOM JEAN" highly criticized, but a must.
6. THE CAMI- DRESS to dress up or to dress down.
7. SADDLE BAG CROSS-BODY the perfect everyday bag.
9. THE MULE yes it's BACK! 
10. WRAP DRESS feminine & flattering.                                           
11. ADIDAS SNEAKER loving the original colorways, but mix it up with a powder pink or gold!
12. HIGH RISE BLACK SKINNY JEANS the perfect & flattering basic.

shop some of my picks below:

Sep 6, 2016

[Out & About] OREGON: Downtown Portland & Multnomah Falls

Here it is! a little photo diary of my trip to Portland Oregon. I must say it was a short stay, I would have extended
my stay in Portland at least by two days if time would have permitted. Nonetheless, I was able to get a little taste
of PDX and the beautiful greenery that surrounds the city.
  Arrived to the city and was pleasantly surprised by a cute farmers market right in the middle of Pioneer Courthouse Square. 
Stayed at the Sentinel and of course, I had to make my rounds.  My first stop was Stumptown Coffee & Roasters conveniently 
located at the Ace Hotel.  The second stop was none other than Voodoo Doughnut.  Check out the goods below.
I really loved the street cart vendors all around downtown PDX.  Stopped by to grab some coffee and a quick bite every morning, it was nice to get friendly service plus a nice chat here and there with the local shop owners & workers. 
Coffee, coffee, coffee at every corner.  One of the reasons I really enjoyed PDX!
For dinner: Pok Pok   //  for a light late night bite & wine/ brew: Clyde Common
ZERO sales tax = mini shopping spree at Nike!
Laid back, chill & sporty was the vibe I rocked throughout my stay in PDX.
Now for the GREEN!  Portland is surrounded by so MUCH GREEN, which means we had to get out and explore nature.  This was mainly the reason why the boyfriend and I opted for a car rental, which we did not regret one bit.  Part of the whole experience of exploring the outdoors in Oregon was driving around and getting to our destination.  Having the freedom to roam and explore as we pleased, stop at any sight that caught our attention was what made our visit so special and memorable.  Multnomah Falls is located about 30 minutes away from Portland, a super easy drive and so worth it.  
Upon arriving, we were greeted by this beautiful and breathtaking view! Visitors have the option to take in the view from the bottom of the waterfall, walk up to the bridge, hike up about a mile to the top of the falls, or hike up about 6 miles to the top of the mountain.  Being that we were limited on time and did not plan to stay there the entire day we chose to hike up the one mile to the very top of the waterfall.
The hike up was pretty steep, but very "do-able" and great workout with so many great scenic views and photo opportunities.
Once we made it to the very top, we took some time to relax and explore. In LA (unfortunately) we are currently experiencing a drought. Therefore, I was beyond excited to be surrounded by SO MUCH GREEN. 
On our way back to the city we took the Historic Columbia River Hwy west, allowing us to make quick stops at Wahkeena Falls, Shepperd's Dell Falls, Latourell Falls and a final pit stop at the Vista House at Crown Point where we were able to take in a gorgeous 360 degree view of the surrounding area, as shown below.
Short and sweet is how I would describe my trip to Oregon.  However, beyond pleased that I had the opportunity to detach from the LA hustle and was able to get in touch with nature.  I will be back for sure, but next time be assured that I will schedule a lot more days filled with outdoor adventures and exploration.

Until next time! Where to next!??