Guatemala – Travel Series – Day 1

I’m finally able to upload my first Youtube video from Guatemala! There was literally no wifi in Guatemala that was good enough to upload to Youtube or to my blog. It even took half a day to upload a picture to my Insta story. I’ve basically been without good wifi now for 2 weeks, so please excuse my delay. The good news though, is that I have so much content to show you guys.

This is the first episode of the Guatemala Travel Series. There will be 3 or 4 more episodes in this series. So stay tuned if you want to see me climb volcanos and have dinner with the locals.

For more pictures from Guatemala, check out my Instagram: @Fashioncams

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Our apartment in Guatemala

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, but the Wifi in Guatemala has been non-existing. I do however have a bunch of content to share with you guys. So excuse the delays in some posts!

Guatemala has surpassed my expectations! What a beautiful country, with great nature, atmosphere, and people, and don’t get me started on the amazing food. I felt like we left New York in a rush, so it was nice to come to a country that was so calm and warm, some places in Antigua actually felt like time was standing still. Jon and I are both super social people, so just being away from everything for a few days felt pretty good. The only thing that was a bit stressful was the Wifi situation, I really wanted to post to my blog and Youtube, but there was no way to do that. I was almost not able to upload pics and stories to Instagram.

Anyways, back to my headline. Here are some pictures of where we stayed in Guatemala. We had rented a beautiful Airbnb in Antigua, and I couldn’t have been happier. Ricardo our Airbnb host was super nice and eager to help us with whatever we needed. His staff was also super sweet, it put a smile on our face every morning when we ran into them outside.

Safety was a small concern we had before we got there, but when we arrived we saw that the apartment complex was hidden behind a secure gate. A lot of people were telling us that Guatemala was dangerous, and even on the US government site, it said we should reconsider traveling. I can’t talk for all of Guatemala, but in Antigua where we were, it felt super safe. I even left my credit card in the ATM the first day, but the old women that worked in the shop next door kept it safe for me ♥

Where in the world is your favorite Airbnb?

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Vintage Metallica

Tee H&M | Shorts Vintage Levis | Belt Bik Bok | Bag Forever 21 | Watch Guess

These denim shorts are definitely coming with me to Asia, I know I wear it a lot, but it’s my favorite! It works with everything, a cool band tee, or I can pair it with a nice top when I’m going out. While we’re talking about packing for Asia, I have no idea where to start. I wanted to make a video for you guys showing you what I am going to pack. My Amazon delivery with my latest gear just got delivered to me, so I will show you that too. Stay tuned for the video!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day, here in New York the weather is still super hot and sunny! Unfortunately, I have too much to do, so I can’t be outside until we leave lol. But whatever, I’m sure I will get enough sun in Asia anyways ♥

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Why I’m leaving New York

First, I’ve been wanting to publish this blog and my Youtube Channel for a while now. I was not happy enough about how the site looked, I was wondering if my content was good enough and I basically wanted it all to be perfect. But I decided to say fuck it, launch all this with a raw feeling, and then my blog post, and Youtube videos would just improve as I learn and you guys would be able to join me on that journey, and watch me grow. Isn’t that more fun? ♥

Second, I have also been wanting to share this news with you guys for a while, but I wanted to wait until everything was 100% in place. There are still a few things that need to be organized, but I could not hold it in anymore, and we are leaving in 9 days!!! My feelings are all over the place, it’s a mix of anxiety, curiosity, and happiness. New York will always be my home, but as I said in the video, I’m in my mid 20ies and now is the perfect time for me to go out and explore the world. I have no obligations, no kids, no job, I’m free! Am I doing the right thing, I have no idea… All I know is that this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, and it’s finally happening.

Our first stop will be Antigua in Guatemala, we rented an Airbnb there for 5 days. I have some friends that been there before and they recommended a few fun things we should do there. Antigua seems like a beautiful city with a rich culture and landscape, I’m really excited to see the pyramids and volcanos. I will make a separate blog post about where we are staying, how much we paid etc. We are staying there from the 12th – 16th of August. Stay tuned, there will be happening a lot in here, and also on my Instagram and Youtube!

The second stop will be in Tulum, Mexico. My 2 sisters and one of their boyfriend, are coming with us too. So for Antigua and Tulum, we rented a place that can fit 5 people. Tulum was a bit more expensive than Antigua, but that was also because we wanted a bit more of a luxury feeling there. We will stay there from the 16th – 22nd of August, then we are headed to Mexico City to fly to Bangkok.

We are not sure if we should spend 1-2 days in Bangkok, or if we should leave immediately to our “final” destination – Koh Samui. Have any of you been in Thailand before? Should we spend a few days in Bangkok, or not worth it? Your suggestions are highly appreciated! Regardless of that, we rented the Airbnb in Koh Samui for 1 month, from the 23rd of August to the 24th of September. I will show you all the pictures from the Airbnb very soon. It’s so cheap there, we might end up staying there forever if we like it, haha.

After that, we want to go to the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali and all the other places in South East Asia. We don’t have a solid plan, so there will be some alternating along the way! As I’m sitting here in my room in New York, all this seems very overwhelming. But what is the worst thing that can happen? People always traveled, and for me, it’s one of the most important things in my life to learn about new cultures, meet new people, and explore what the world has to offer. Having too much of a routine life can also be dangerous, suddenly you’re 50 years old and haven’t explored anything. Traveling has always been a big part of my family, and that is something I’m very grateful for.

Anyways, I wanted to include the dates in this post, in case any of you are there at the same time it would be fun to meet up! Also, as I mentioned above, suggestions about places to see, things to do, people to meet, is all very appreciated. I should stop typing now, and try to figure out what I should pack?! Talk to you guys soon!

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Ora Organic x The Vitamin Shoppe

Last weekend  I was lucky enough to be invited to Brooklyn Grange to celebrate the new Ora Organic products finally launching at The Vitamin Shoppe. The rooftop farm is one of the largest rooftop soil farms in the US. They have all the fresh organic produce a plant-based girl needs.

I loved the venue SO much! I mean, the view, the smell, the lighting, literally – I might want to have my future wedding here !I was in my right element. Sorry for the hype, but this is one of the nicer events I’ve attended. The view that met us when we walked out the door on the roof was just breathtaking, the Manhattan skyline showing itself from its best side. To get to the main area of the roof (the bar),  you had to walk between tall sunflowers and bright green kale.

The cocktail menu included 4 drinks that all had the Ora Organic products in them, so the drinks were healthy(ish)! Image how easy it would be to take your supplements if they came in good drinks like this every time? I wish… In the meantime, I will just use their products in my smoothies.

I had the “Shiso Fine” cocktail, and I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about their drinks, they literally looked too healthy. BUT, it was amazing! I actually ended up having two of them… Max, their bartender was an award-winning cocktail specialist, so I guess that had something to do with the spectacular taste.

It was an intimate dinner, we were probably around 30 people, so I felt very privileged to be there. It was a three-course meal, salad for the appetizer, the entre was combined of a bunch of different things, summer squash rolls, roasted eggplant, peppered farro, and other small options, the dessert was a tartar with fresh berries etc. Most of the ingredients were from the farm, so it was super fresh.

I also met some really cool people, the guests and event organizers were all very sweet. It was fun to be surrounded by like-minded people, who share a lot of the same values as me. The girl in the picture above is Ally – @hellokalequeen, she is a plant-powered digital storyteller ♥

To sum it all up, this was a well-organized event that went beyond my expectations. Also, look at all the great products we got, I’m going to use this is my smoothies every day! Super excited to try the different flavors. The event was held at a good hour too, so we got to see the most beautiful sunset. If you want to see more from the event, visit @ora.organic and @vitaminshoppe on Instagram.

Side note: I’m really happy that plant-based and organic products are becoming more popular and getting more publicity. Let’s be real, going vegan is one of the top things you can do to lower your carbon footprint. It’s all about being open-minded, I’m not saying you have to go vegan overnight, but every small thing you do helps. Start with meatless Monday and at the same time try to educate yourself on top of that, watch something easy and accessible like Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, or Earthling. Good luck!

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