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CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Italy, my favorite place in the world. I’ve been several times at this point, but I still have so much  more to see there. This recent trip I decided to explore Cinque Terre for the first time. Cinque Terre is made up of 5 small seaside villages on the west coast of Italy. I bought train tickets from Milan to Riomaggiore on the last train out of Milan at night, and the whole trip was supposed to be around 3.5 hours total. I ended up getting off at the wrong station around Genoa and there were no trains the rest of the night, so I had to take a taxi from Genoa to Riommagiore which was around 1.5 hours and 200 EURO. Just my luck, but part of the fun, huh? I arrived in Riomaggiore around 2am (hours later than I was supposed to) and it was a ghost town. If only there was a hidden camera to see me in the middle of the night with two of my huge suitcases nearly sliding down …

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CARTAGENA

I went on a trip to Cartagena last year and did a brief blog post about it. I just came back from another recent trip, so I thought I’d write an updated post on my experience the 2nd time around. Old Town Cartagena is a breathtaking and vibrant city. Inside the walled city, colorful buildings line the narrow streets, fruit and street food vendors sit on every corner, and smiling Palenqueras (Colombian fruit ladies) are waiting to pose for pictures with you…(for 20 mil Colombian pesos of course). It’s strange when you go back to a place for a second time, it never really quite feels like the first. Traveling for a living has taught me a lot. I’ve learned that traveling to a place as a tourist with the excitement of being somewhere new, is a completely different experience than really spending time and immersing yourself in the every day life of the local culture. I’ve been on both sides several times. I would visit somewhere new and I would just be so excited to …

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CARNIVAL 2018, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

My first Carnival experience was in Jamaica of last year (2017). I went with the Jamaican Tourism Board, and it was a wild experience. I told myself I would go to Carnival the following year either in Trinidad or Brazil. I ended up choosing Trinidad because my friends who go every year told me I should start there first before going to Brazil. I knew nothing about Carnival in Trinidad, so when my friend started asking me all these questions like “Are you playing Mas? What band are you playing with?” I had no clue what he was talking about. Apparently there is Carnival lingo I had to learn before making a fool of myself before I got there lol. I quickly learned that Carnival in Trinidad was completely different than Carnival in Jamaica. CHOOSING A BAND: The right way to do Carnival is to join a band. There are a bunch of different bands to choose from, and let’s be honest, the most important thing about Carnival besides the dancing and the music is the costume. …

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TEL AVIV FASHION WEEK

I just came back from spending a few weeks in Israel. I went for Tel Aviv Fashion Week, hosted by the Israel Board of Tourism and it was such an incredible experience. I grew up visiting my family in Israel, so I had been many times before but this was my first fashion week experience there! Israel has such amazing fashion designers and I was very proud to support and be a part of the most important fashion movement of the year there. I even got to see one of my favorite wedding dress designers live, Galia Lahav! I had a few other blogger friends on the trip with me and we were such a fun group. Below is a snippet of some fashion week fun, and stay tuned for my full Israel VLOG, where I went all over Israel… coming soon. I’m so excited about it! Peep fashion week video + a few pics below. Video directed by Solmaz Saberi FEW RUNWAY LOOKS        

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JOSHUA TREE

I just came back from a road trip to Joshua Tree for my first time with all my best girl friends. We rented a house and stayed for 2 nights and just had some great girl bond time together. We spent a few hours at Joshua Tree National Park but it was raining and really cold so we didn’t spend too much time there. It’s so beautiful and I definitely want to visit again in the summer time! It was around a 3 hour drive from Los Angeles. My road trip fit! Wearing Candies available at Kohl’s. Shop my look now here! Also you can shop more looks on Candies Instagram here

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SANTORINI, GREECE

I love summers in Europe. After I went to Italy this summer I went to Greece for a few days and visited Santorini and Mykonos. I had been to both places before in 2010, but wanted to go back again because I loved it. This time around was a different experience, but was still amazing in its own way. I flew from Naples, Italy straight to Santorini. I stayed in Fira for two nights and in between Fira and Oia for the other two nights. If I went back again, I would have stayed in Oia instead of Fira. Fira is great to go out for a night or visit for a day but the best place to stay in Santorini is Oia in my opinion. Oia is picture perfect- everywhere you look is like a postcard. There are charming shops, restaurants and boutique hotels on the cliffside and the views are incredible. Make sure to venture down the steps to the sea and have dinner by the water. There is a killer lobster pasta at …

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Whenever I go on a long trip, I usually start off in New York to break up the flight time. I spend a few days there, get a few meetings and work in, visit my sister who lives there, and then head somewhere from the East Coast. This was the trip before I headed to Italy, Greece and Croatia in August. I stayed at The Time Hotel in Manhattan for a few days, and headed to Italy from there. I ate at a really bomb place in Brooklyn called Emily which is known for their burger and pizzas. I will do a separate blog post on it 🙂 I also visited Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center for an amazing view of Manhattan. ($32 general admission to go to the top) I am going on another long trip in a few weeks to Europe, and will  be back in NYC again- I love it there. Below are a few pictures from my trip in August. HANGING WITH MY SISTER HANGING OUT AT THE TIME …

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ANOTHER SUMMER IN ITALY

Italy is one of my favorite countries in the world. It has sentimental value to me because that is the first place I went after I quit my job at E! for 5 years, to take the risk of starting my own brand and build an empire. I bought a one-way ticket to Naples and never looked back. This was last summer, and since then its been a year with lots of traveling, grinding and no sleep. It’s been challenging but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. I had ups and downs and times where I felt extremely discouraged but knew I had to keep going. It’s been a monumental year with my growth as a brand, and although I haven’t reached my full potential or anywhere near where I want to be yet, I know I made the right decision and am headed in the right direction. I hope people will soon see my overall mission, and respect my movement. I recently came out with my own swim line and it has been doing …