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Fashionista Travel – Peru

Posted in explore, fashionista finds, Peru, travel by fashionista514 on October 8, 2009
So I’ve been back home now for about a week and man o man is it good to be back!!! I have been catching up with friends over coffee and prepping for thanksgiving with the fam this Sunday 😉
These are a good overview of the last of my Peru pics… prepare yourself for quite the pic heavy post! In total I think we took about 1,500 pictures while on our trip between two cameras and a blackberry… damn blackberries have amazing pic quality… seriously, some pics from the phone turned out better than on the cam… long live the blackberry!!!
Showin’ off on top of Macchu Picchu… the view made it totally worth the 400 meter climb 😉

Babes lookin’ super cute in his G&R tee… macking away on his crackberry in the middle of the mountains…

This cave was awesome… it was part of the Inca trail, but suuuuper narrow. We were crawling on all fours and barely fit through… needless to say we were smelling wonderfully of sweat with dirt and dust all over us… and the sunburn that is peeling away my skin still now was yet another souvenir from our mountain hike ;p Everything – worth it.

Macchu Piccu behind me… so small!

My Anne of Green Gables look…

Babe lookin’ mighty fine…

See that huge protruding mountain in the back??? That’s the one we climbed!!! I must say, considering I normally hike up mall escalators in my louboutins I am mighty proud to say I conquered that in Uggs!

Snow capped mountains. Gorgeous.

Bad hair day… heheheheheh… I’m sooooo funny…

we stopped at an old beautiful hacienda (rich farm that was transformed into a hotel)… Paul Simon used to live in the same village for three years!!! SOLD!!!

Llama bisous!

Surreal clouds

I NEED a baby sheep/goat/whatever this super cute thing is…



Can’t wait to get back into the outfit posts, the 514 fashion, giveaways and product reviews! I’m back bitches!

Thank you all for following me through my travels and being patient with the irregularity of my posting 🙂 You guys rock my socks… xox


Fashionista Travel Peru – Downtown Cusco

Posted in adventure, fashionista finds, food, travel by fashionista514 on October 8, 2009
There are no words to translate the beauty of Downtown Cusco… so with that, I will leave you with my picture story… enjoy 🙂

Fashionista Finds – All Around Lima

Posted in adventure, appreciate, artwork, babe, colorful, details, embroidery, fashionista finds, friends, life, Peru, travel, vlad by fashionista514 on September 29, 2009
So today´s post is a lot of randomness… but I hope you will enjoy my Peruvian loves… above is the posse I have been chillin´with! I never knew that I would make such good friends on a volunteer mission… score!

Visited a much loved Italian restaurant here in Lima… Mama Lola´s! Delicious in-house pizza´s and home made pastas… fresh, tasty and simplistic… hitting all the right spots… they also let you write on the walls, sooooooo… of course I had to represent!!!
Who knows… maybe someone will look it up randomnly from eating here… I will keep you posted! This world works in strange and mysterious ways, I don´t doubt the possibility…
If the walls could speak, this is what they would look like.
Everybody gets to that ¨point¨while on vacation with their significant other where throwing them off the cliff seems like an amicable option… here I demonstrate with the babe :p Hehehehehehehe….

Yes… so that cliff pic was obviously taken before this one…

Incan ruins! They are so meticulously built and beautiful. Positioned towards the sea and the sun… they must have been absolutely gorgeous intact back in the day.

Beautiful alley

How beautiful is this message? Written on the walls of Mama Lola’s Italian Restaurant. Oh romance… {sigh}

Some super cool cactus plants

They look alive don’t they?!?

Our own version of Rum and Coke 😉 Yuuummmmms!

I am SUPER envious that they have Mc Donalds takeout… Montreal!!! Wake up!!! What are you waiting for?!?!

Alright, now I don’t know if this has any association whatsoever to, but if it does (and even if it dosn’t), go directly here now. A site not to be missed *thank you*

Possibly the most beautifully constructed sandwich of our time.

Market finds!

Felted wool purses

Vlad living out his alter ego as Mexican Wrestler “Whacko Paco”

Coolest fruit basket. Ever. Eat it grandma!

I’m off to bed now… catching a flight in a few hours up to Cuzco *Macchu Picchu town* Going to be very tired… but ready for all the shopping and natural beauty of the mountains! This week is all about being a tourist, so get ready for some pic heavy posts full of Peru’s best.


Fashionista Finds – Peruvian Delights!

Posted in adventure, appreciate, beauty, fashionista finds, friends, learning, life, love, Peru, travel, wow by fashionista514 on September 24, 2009
First off, I want to say a big warm thank you to all who left a positive comment on my last post! I was not expecting to get that strong of a response and I am truly flattered with everything everyone had to say! I would like to thank the anonymous hater for writing that comment… it really showed me who my cyber friends are and that I have an awesome support system right here in my own “backyard”. Love you guys… really, I cannot say it enough. You made my day and made me smile to the point of no return. YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Best followers in the WORLD!!!
So… I have to be brief, as the internet cafe is closing soon and the internet is so slow here it took about an hour to upload all these pics… leaving not much time for chit-chat. Also… Vlad is falling asleep right beside me and constantly reminding me that he wants to go to sleep… can someone please tell me what is so different about having kids or a bf?!? I still end up feeling sometimes like a babysitter ;p
Alright! Finally some Peruvian fashion finds! We stumbled upon a complete bridal mall when we were in downtown Lima… these are some of the super cool, super imaginative dresses on display. How effing cool?!!?

Love the “nipple daisies”

What an awesome theme for a wedding… tacky… yes… but love love love the concept!

Peru has some of the most beautiful architecture I have ever seen. I have never been to Europe aside from London, however I imagine a lot of the style and influence comes from Spain… lots of Baroque styling and pastel colors. The balconey’s here are to die for! All hand carved with handmade glass. Gorgeous!

Beautiful knockers for oversized doors. Makes me wish I owned a door worthy of one!

Chillin’! Vlad and I actually fell asleep here for about an hour the first day in Lima… we were soooo tired and jetlagged! There was a flute player right across the street who played lullaby-like tunes until we dozed off.

Street signs! Love the font!

My own bag, with little peoples on it!!!

I picked up a red pair of these flats… I adore them and they were something like $12.oo USD! Crazy, and handmade in Peru!

Hopefully I will get to see a live llama by the time the trip is over ;p

Syl and Babe

Okay, really… this is not as disgusting as I made it look here. Deserts here are a lot of jello’s, puddings, and flans… really yummy stuff!

Did I mention how much I am ADORING the food here?!?!

Roast beef, rice and potato puree… super yums! Rice and potatoes seem to be a big thing here… I’m all for it!

Uggs… they get me through the day – don’t hate on ’em!

Mini biker taxis

Making friends! Woot Woot!!!

More pictures and adventures to come when the mission part of our journey is done! We will be having more free time soon to play tourists and show you guys a bit more of the beautiful Peru!

Oh… and in case you may have forgotten…



Dearest Hater…

Posted in Fashionista, hater, My thoughts exactly..., rant, SHUT UP ALREADY, travel by fashionista514 on September 23, 2009
So here is a comment I received in response to my last blog post…

Anonymous said…
“You should consider yourself ridiculously lucky that you even have the option of thinking of going to a spa while you are in a developing world where children do not have the option to even see a doctor. Talk about needs. Your coach booties could probably comfortably feed a family for one month possilby more. My suggestion? Quit complaining and realize that you are not there for yourself but are there for those that need your help. Or else get the fuck out and quit blogging like you care about anything else but a free trip. But don’t worry, I’ll still be reading your trainwreck of a blog. It is ridiculously entertaining.”

Now I don’t usually waste my time on Haters, but this comment seemed amusing enough to address…

First up… I DO consider myself to be EXTREMELY priviledged in this life I lead. I never take it or anything around it for granted. So you all know (as I realize this may not always be clear) everything I have, I have worked for. My clothes, my lifestyle, my freedoms. So please knock off the whole judging me as a spoiled brat princess who gets everything handed to her shit. It’s really getting pretty old. I do what I can for those who are in need to the best of my ability. Same goes for back home, and in life in general. Yes, I am human and I DO bitch. When I am jetlagged, tired, on the rag and feeling sick I am not at my best. Does that take away from my efforts of helping pass 600 people a day and giving them eyesight? Does that make me have to live my life in modesty when I can experience and enjoy things that others can’t? I would think of myself as MORE of a fool if I didn’t take advantage of everything my life has to offer. It would be a life half lived. A life wasted. A life someone else could have lived to the fullest. As for the spa… I’m a girl… tell me… really what do you expect? You obviously have never been… I think you too would change your mind about “allowing yourself” to fantasize about them when you were feeling under the weather if you just tried it out already 😉 I never once mentioned it being my priority… just something I can’t wait to do when I get home. This is a FASHION blog, not a humanitarian organization. I shouldn’t even technically be blogging about any of this as it has no relation whatsoever to the content I keep. I WANT to share this. It is IMPORTANT to me despite what you may think. The hours are long and it is hard work, I never said I wanted out! Before you ASSUME it was a free trip, you should know that I paid to be here. Every meal, every night stay, every taxi, every flight, even the training. So don’t come up here on my little corner of the internet and tell me that I have my priorities mixed up and I don’t give an eff about anything other than myself. You who hides behind the computer screen criticizing my efforts under the name Anonymous. If you are involved in your own things, I commend you. If you aren’t, I commend you – I am not one to judge. To each their own. One word of advice… next time you decide to trash my wall, at least have the courage to voice your opinions with your name and face behind them. You might even consider transforming all that pent up negative energy you save to dish out on my blog into some positive love vibes to spread around. God knows with people like you in the world we need it.

As for calling my blog a trainwreck… well that’s just in bad taste… I sincerely hope you continue to follow my blog and be ridiculously entertained by it forever more… oh, and for future reference, I really don’t have time to constantly justify my shit… so if you or anyone else tries this again your comment will just get a big fat delete in the face. Enjoy!


Fashionista Travel – Peruvian Alpaca Excitement!

Posted in fashion, fashionista finds, Peru, travel by fashionista514 on September 16, 2009
For those of you who don’t know… and how would you really… In two days I will be flying off to Peru! This week has consisted of a lot of unpacking from Hawaii, doing insane amounts of laundry, paying bills, catching up with friends and family, repacking and finalizing work stuff for the next two weeks to come. I am psyched though, and Saturday is creeping up on me faster than I’m realizing!
So why all the crazy travelling in such a short time frame? Well, Hawaii was a rather unexpected treat (although we had been keeping that time slot open for our road trip down to Florida), and Peru was originally supposed to be Romania! The trip got swapped! My boyfriends dad works very closely with an organization that takes donated recycled prescription eyeglasses and travels to the poorest corners of the globe to allow people who can’t afford it proper eye care. So, I will be working while I am there as a volunteer (while enjoying a few days off to sight see the infamous Machu Picchu and stock up on lovely local Alpaca fashion finds ;). I am really looking forward to helping out and experiencing the locals (hopefully they won’t pick pocket me… I hear that is very common where we will be going).
The best part is that when I get back there are more trips on the near future horizon! I will be heading off to Beverly Hills for one of my best friends weddings in the Hollywood Hills, then off to my Aunt’s Ranch in the desert hills of San Diego! November I will be realizing yet another dream when I will be off to attend a Dubai tradeshow (some days, I really, REALLY love my job ;). Sooooo… I will be in Dubai for about a week and a half! I am psyched… what a way to end the year with a bang! Fashionista Travelista… and of course I will be blogging during the whole of my globetrotting…

Now, I will not be bringing my computer with me to Peru as there is a good chance that it could get stolen and internet is not really a confirmed luxury I will necessarily have. I will be blogging as much as I can (if I can) from my phone… so please excuse if my posts aren’t as pic heavy as usual and the layout or format is looking kinda shitty. I will not be able to see what it looks like from where I will be (if I even get any cellphone reception from the Andes… here’s hoping!)

One of the coolest thing about going to volunteer for this cause in my opinion is that I will be helping out a lot of the local artisans who have diminishing eyesight and whose jobs it is to create the beautiful scarves, ponchos and embroideries that make Peruvian fashions so beautiful and unique. Their sight is essential to the detailled work they do and fine art they produce. So really… this is fashion related! Everything is everything…

I have been packing for the always changing climate of the mountains. Because of the altitude, during the day it can be quite nice over there however the nights are known to get very cold. As in zero degrees celcius cold. As in BRRRRRRR!!! As in I can’t wait to finally be in a place where I don’t feel ashamed to wear my Uggs :p
Since we also won’t be in the greatest of areas (very poverty stricken), my clothes have to be very minimalistic, practical and bland. The last thing you want is to stick out while you are over there (and the fact that I am tall and white is already two tourist strikes against me). So… jeans, tanks, wool sweaters, vests, hoodies, running shoes, no jewellery whatsoever and some warm thick socks are just my ticket. I kept to toned down natural colors… white, beige, black and grey. The key is to blend in and be warm!

I will be bringing alot of very colorful stuff back though (this is my true nature 😉
Looking forward to seeing some Alpaca Llamas!!! They are sooo cute, but watch out! They spit like camels!!!

This is what Peru’s Llama’s will look like when I am through with them!!! I will be robbing all of the land of their Alpaca luxuries 😉

Fashionista Food – Hawaiian Delights

Posted in fashionista food, travel by fashionista514 on September 12, 2009
It was a shrimp FEAST!!! Oahu has some deeeelicious shrimp shacks all along the northern coast… and shrimps happen to be one of my many favorite things 😉
That said, here is one texting SOS to it’s East Coast buddies that I have arrived… that… or maybe this is really what I look like and it’s me twittering ;P Hehehehehe… you will never know… Montrealer or crustacean blogger…
Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yummmmmm…. YUMMMMMM!!! Yuuuuuuummmmmm…. Yuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmuuuummm… get my point???

Butter Garlic shrimpettes… yuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm….. YUUUUUMMMMMM… Super YUUUUM (okay, I am officially salivating at my own post)

Steamed prawns… I feel like Bubba from Forest Gump (I WISH I lived in a floating shrimp shack… genie!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!)

Shrimp graveyard… my guilt… oh well… I’m not THAT sorry ;P

Alright Americanos out there… here is my beef with you… WTF?!?!?! Seriously, wtf is this shit??? Like, are you THAT thirsty??? Impossible… this is just downright DISGUSTING and you should be ashamed of yourselves if you can down this in one sitting by yourself! This took the two of us like TWO DAYS to finish… SO DISGUSTING! Please… just don’t!!!

… on the other hand… if you have a family of four to feed… go the hell for it!!!

Just sayin’…

Happy Weekend!!! Woot Woot!!!

514 Outfit Post from Hawaii – Fashionista Beach Finds

Posted in 514 Outfit Post, fashionista finds, shopping, travel by fashionista514 on September 9, 2009
Life is a beach… and then you die… or at least I wish that is how that saying goes 😉

Nature Vs. Corporation

Our coconuts fit perfectly in these american sized cupholders…


Local fruit

Shave Ice!!! Last time I had this (and it was nowhere as good) was at Disney on Ice (Aladdin if you must know)! Hawaii has some great tropical flavors that can’t be beat though…

LOVE this bus!!! Knock knock… can I please LIVE HERE???

Natural beauty… shells and nuts make beeeaauuutiful tropical necklaces 😉
These are lamps… completely made of shells! Picked one up for the home 🙂

Fell in love with this hand embroidered jacket in a local beachside shop… bright colors, studs, embroidery and cool geometric patterns… perfect combo!

Please, PLEASE will you let me in to your hippy surfer scene Hawaii??? I need a VW bus soooo bad!

What I’m Wearing
  • Zara jumpsuit
  • Browns sandal flats
  • Thomas Sabo Necklace
  • Gucci Watch
  • John Hardy hoop earrings
  • Ray Ban Aviators

I’m Huuuuungry!!! Time for some Cheesecake Factory eats (yet again… Yuuuuuummmm….)

514 Outfit post from Hawaii – Enchanted Japanese Garden

Posted in 514 Outfit Post, beauty, Fashionista, fashionista finds, favorite, travel by fashionista514 on September 8, 2009
Take a good look… this is where zen lives.

Today was a day filled with endless, natural, complex beauty. Time took to reunite with a lost part of my soul. Time to reconnect with all things missed when you live and breathe your life in the city. Today was a real reminder that although I am a downtown girl at heart, I am equally a country bumpkin that wishes she could just be chillin‘ with animals all day…
We visited the beautiful Valley of the Temples Memorial in Oahu this afternoon and found this gorgeous slice of zen right here in paradise. A beautiful rendition of a traditional Japanese temple and it’s sacred grounds.
I can’t even begin to express how much all of these little critters helped to enlighten my mood. Morning hardships (waking up too early on vacation, stomach ache from Mc Donalds ODing, my phone being reset and losing all my contacts, etc…) turned to dust got carried away with the breeze…

The birds, the koi fish (man are they gorgeous – and huge!), the turtles, swans and even peacocks (although they were hiding) were astounding. Everything free to roam as it pleased… and in SUCH a stunning surrounding!

I felt like a little girl again…feeding the animals at a petting zoo… reading their personalities and appreciating all the little things that make them so important and special. Love shared between two mortal beings. Wanting to connect with another who’s perspective is a mystery. A common respect and caring… I guess a feeling of wanting to nurture and protect another living thing. Either this place set off my maternal clock or mother nature/Aphrodite instilled a feeling within me… I guess I’ll never know…

I absolutely adore the feeling of feeding and holding birds in my hand. They are such delicate animals symbolic of freedom in my eyes… Their physical ability to fly inspires my own life motto to always remain true to myself and be free. In spirit, in life and most importantly in my heart. I truly believe that where freedom starts, passion follows and love lasts.

Say hello to my little friend… this loosey goose/swan was a true buddy. Very chill to hang with… I can now say I made friends with the locals in Hawaii 😉

I have feather envy… what a beautiful shape… it’s like the curly hair of featherdom!

I also had the opportunity to go snorkeling today (first time ever!) Man o MAN did I fall in love. Hard. I spent the afternoon swimming with four sea turtles who were the COOLEST, most chill and relaxed guys I could have hoped to hang with. They gave me a personalized tour of the ocean coral reefs 😉 Shout out to my tourtels!!! I will be back to ride on your back demain…. hehehehehe… turtle HARASSMENT!!!

Goosey likes my new Coach bag… to eat???
What I’m Wearing
  • Armani Exchange black tee
  • Bebe chain and crochet vest
  • Abercrombie & Fitch denim shorts
  • Browns snake sandal flats
  • Coach purse
  • Thomas Sabo charm necklace
  • John Hardy bamboo hoop earrings
  • Ray Ban classic aviators

Happy Day to you all :)))))

Fashionista Finds – Hawaii

Posted in fashionista finds, shopping, travel by fashionista514 on September 7, 2009
Shop shop shopping! Here are a few of my favorite finds here on the strip…
Quicksilver one peice bathing suit paired with fresh orchid lei and Russian Red MAC lippy…
What they say is true… the dark side DOES have cookies… AND hot chocolate!!! 😉
So very, very true…

I found a LUSH!!! I was in one of the malls and let my nose guide me to this marvelous natural mecca of fresh cosmetics!!! The salesgirl was AWESOME and we bonded over a shared fetish of red lipsticks and pin-up looks 😉 Thanks for your help girl!!!
Hello Cartier…

I think I would be happy being transformed into another peice of furniture if I got to live here for the rest of my existence…

I am still tripping over this hat… I wanna get it so bad, but honestly the pic makes it look much better on me than it actually is 😦 Booo hooo… but I love you Coach!!! Apparently Hawaiian tourists do too… cause there is like five or six of them in a ten block radius…

A Marc by Marc Jacobs STORE?!?!?!? Shows exactly how starved I am in Montreal for all things MJ related (… speaking of MJ (the real one), his music is being played everywhere here! The whole world really does love Michael 😉

Hello loverrrr… where have YOU been all my life???

Pucci baby!!! Forever bringing mod fashion back!

Hello Cartier… again…

I would quite possibly DIE for this ring.

Speaking of human sacrifice… this tiki man lighter looks about ready to finish me off! Can’t get enough of the crazed glowing red eyes!!!

Mobiles… so pretty

Hello Kitty invades Hawaii!!! The tropical look really does suit her…

One of the coolest things I have found here… Island Girl cosmetics!!! They are so pretty, cheap and smell amazing! I bought some neon nailpolishes that I will soon get around to painting my nails with and posting…

Hope everyone is having a great labor day weekend!!!