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Sep 12, 2016

FALL 2016 "MUST HAVES"

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.

LA CATRINA STYLE FALL 2016 "MUST HAVES" 

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.
8. ANYTHING ROSE GOLD! yes, A N Y T H I N G.
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!??

xx
Ari

Aug 25, 2016

[Out and About] Seattle: Cloudy & Quirky

[ View from Victor Steinbrueck Park, right next to the Pike Place Market]
When in Seattle there is so much to do, I visited a few days and it seriously felt like I didn't get enough time to explore as much as I would have liked.  Regardless, I am sharing a little about what I was up to in Seattle and my (very honest) thoughts.
PIKE PLACE MARKET: here you can see, eat and drink your way through. LOVED the vibrant flowers, the smell of yummy pastries in the morning and the loud sound of the hustle and bustle.  HATED the crowds, so I would highly recommend to get there as early as possible to avoid the busy periods.
[as you can see in the photo above, suuuuuuper crowded Pike Place Market]
A CAN'T MISS: Seattle Coffee Works (great coffee) & Biscuit Bitch (great bitches aka. biscuits)
SKIP the ride up to the Space Needle, instead go in search of the best views and angles of it from different areas of the city.  
Go in search of the GUM WALL, super gross.
Catch some nighttime drinks at The ZIG ZAG CAFE, finding it is a mission all to itself.  Once there, it's the perfect kind of cozy after a long day of exploring the city.
Check out the CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS exhibit, super colorful & next to the SPACE NEEDLE
& last but not least FIND the FREEMONT TROLL!
[view from Kerry Park]
Cloudy and quirky, until next time Seattle!
Up next, Portland.

xx

Ari

Aug 22, 2016

[Out and About] Seattle Travel Day One: Alki Beach

 This summer I headed to Seattle and portland. We originally only planned for Seattle, but eventually extended the trip and were able to visit two cities by planning to fly in to Seattle, stay for a few days, rent a car, drive down to Portland and fly back home from PDX.  Why not? We were already so close.  I had visited both Seattle and Portland years ago as a child, but it's not the same as exploring the cities as an adult. I will be sharing the highlights of both cities in a series of blog posts.  First up... Seattle!


[Alki Beach where I found the perfect photo opps with complete Seattle skyline in the back, including the space needle]
[beach access off one of the parks on Alki Trail]
When I travel, even though my BF finds it annoying I always, always compose lists of what I want to do, see and eat! First on the list was a visit Alki Beach to catch the Sunset.  Alki Beach is a waterfront beach area, the westernmost part of Seattle located on Elliot Bay.  We took an Uber from our hotel in Downtown Seattle, a fun drive over the West Seattle Bridge.  Having a fun driver that bumped some RiRi helped too.  A fun and fast drive later, let's just say we made it right on time for sunset.

[more amazing views on the waterfront]

As soon as we got dropped off, I was in awe of the views.  As the sun started setting more and more, you could see the reflection of the city lights on the water and as the water moved the lights seemed to flicker to the sound of the water.  SO beautiful, relaxing and special.

[the perfect view from the Marination Mai Kai Patio]
We decided to hop on the ferry (water taxi) at Seacrest Dock in order to get back to Downtown Seattle, but not before grabbing a quick drink at Marination Ma Kai.  We sipped on our drinks in a hurry as we to took in the view from the the perfectly casual patio at Marination and then on to the water taxi we went.

[taking in the view from the water taxi]
Again, we couldn't have timed our water taxi ride back to the city more perfectly,
allowing us to witness one of the most beautiful and magical sunsets.
[trying to capture it all]

[the gorgeous sunset we witnessed]
[view from the Pier 50 terminal, where the water arrived back to downtown]
[arrived back to this view at Pier 50]
If you are like me and live for chasing the best views and the most magical sunsets, then this spot is a must when in Seattle.  The best part of it all is that it's super accessible and affordable.  The ride back on the water taxi was about $5-$6! Yeap. CHEAP!

More Seattle and Portland highlights to follow.
xx
Ari

Aug 19, 2016

[Out and About] Seattle

 
I am back on it! The blogging bug got me once more.  It's been too long, but so happy & excited to be back.  Eager to share some fashion but also a lot more lifestyle & travel content from now on.

Seattle Trip Photo Diary coming Monday [8-22-16]  Stay tuned Xx