On my visit to Montreal, Diana of Four Brown Girls was kind enough to spend a day with me. She showed me around her city and highlighted Griffin Town and Saint Henri, two culturally rich neighborhoods on the rise.
I’m thankful for new perspectives when shooting with Jen Sosa.I’m thankful for talented street Artists in Downtown LA’s Art District. I’m thankful for the public piano at Arts District Co-Op. I’m thankful for the opportunity to explore amazing places with amazing people.
What are you thankful for?
Among my summer whites, stripes and other classics is this neon orange dress or an equally vibrant one. Over the years I have accumulated a few great reasons to pack a vibrant dress when traveling somewhere new and will share 3 with you today.
1.) It is easy to find me or describe me to a stranger if I get lost or loose my group.
2.) It makes otherwise boring backgrounds more fun to photograph.
3.) It is a conversation starter and alerts new friends that I am an extrovert.
Photography by Jennifer Sosa | Styling by Buki Peters | Shot in Downtown Los Angles, CA
I usually wear this dress on my first day in a new city because that is when I tend to wander off the most and find everything unfamiliar very interesting.
Would you pack a stand out dress like this when you travel? Why or Why not?
Around this time every year, I begin my preparations for the fall season by taking inventory of my summer shoes and bags to see if they need fixing before storing them away. I wasn’t always this diligent with the care of my accessories that is until I began going to my local Cobbler.
Alfa Shoe and Luggage Repair shop has been in business for over 30 years. Greg, the owner is a Cobbler with plenty of experience and wisdom about the care of shoes and accessories . After many years of visiting Alfa Shoe and Luggage Repair, I have learned several useful tips from Greg for caring for my leather goods and below are 5 simple ones to remember. Practice preventative care.
Similar to your health, preventative care is always best. Store leather bags in a dry and cool environment. Re-enforce the soles of shoes that are precious to you so they do not wear quickly.
Protect and Preserve.
Easily prevent liquid stains by capping pens and keeping a tight lid on all liquids in and around your leather bag. During the Fall and Winter months, put leather protector spray or lotion on leather boots to repeal moisture.
Lighten your Load.
Only carry essentials in your handbag or brief case, do not over load it or the straps will be strained and begin to rip.
Stay above ground.
Whenever possible, place your handbag on a clean smooth surface. Keep it off the floor because if it gets a stain it may be difficult to decipher the origin of this stain.
Many thanks to Greg and Alpha Shoe and Luggage Repair for these tips that have helped me over the years to maintain my vintage leather bags, I hope they help you also!
Do you have any other tips you use when caring for your leather accessories? Please share below in the comments section.
A White T-Shirt and Jeans when worn well is a classic look that can almost be as fail proof as wearing a little black dress (LBD) out to dinner. Most of us wear this combination (white T-shirt and Jeans) because it is a comfortable and familiar look and both are true. They a classic casual look but how do you elevate this look so it doesn’t turn out sloppy? It all has to do with the fit and the fashion.
1.)The fit of the shirt should be comfortable (not so tight that it looks like your second skin and not so loose that it can fit another person. And the fit of the jeans should also be comfortable enough to walk in but not so relaxed that it bunches over your shoes. After you have considered your fit, then the fashion part comes into play which is the fun part. 2.)The fashion part is how I make the look unique to me. I accessorized with a colorful scarf, a metallic belt and shoes which helped me personalize this common clothing combination. Lastly, I put on a blazer that I can wear to an evening outing or dinner.
Wearing: Kit and Ace T-Shirt , Mango Denim, H&M Blazer, Vintage Scarf, J.Crew Belt and Nordstrom Sandals.
Style Tip: When wearing classic combos stand out with the fit and fashion of your look.
What are some classic combinations you wear often?
I have wanted hike Old Rag for a while now but what I did not realize was that I would some hiking and a lot of climbing. To be exact, I was pulling myself up rocks by my hands then crawling through crevices and over boulders.
Although you see me smiling most photos, I was very focused and serious through most of the Old Rag crawl (I mean hike) because I had to concentrate so I did not fall into the valley. Old Rag is known for two things: 1) The unique obstacle climbing/hiking combination. 2) The gorgeous views. You can see for miles and various look outs. I enjoyed the first part of the Old Rag experience which was the climbing/crawling uniqueness but did not get to see the gorgeous 30 mile views at the summit due to heavy fog. In this particular instance, the fog worked to my advantage though because it made looking down not as scary as it would have been on a clear day hence my fear of heights was lessened. Another advantage to climbing on a foggy day was the cool weather and the lack of crowds. I’m so glad I did not have people waiting behind me as I tried to crawl through crevices or jump over spaces between boulders. I finally reached the summit and joyfully thanked God I survived the climb. After resting a few minutes, I stood up feeling tougher now than I had early that morning because of course I had just climbed Old Rag . Yay!!!
I did it and I could now actually smile authentically at the top of the mountain. Once my chest deflated, I swiftly proceed to return to the bottom of the mountain but this time, I went the easy way. The way you don’t see until you summit of course but I wouldn’t have done it any other way.Local Luv tips to Hiking Old Rag Mountain:
+ Wear hiking boots or shoes with grip: you’ll need them on the Boulders.
+ Pack light: The less weight you have the easier it will be for you to maneuver around.
+ Leave your huge camera behind: You may end up damaging it on the climb.
+ Concentrate on Climbing: Focus and attention is imperative so you do not slip and fall.
+ Avoid hiking in the rain: The rocks can be very slippery and difficult to grip.
+ Enjoy the journey and savor the views: Have fun, this is a unique hike.
xx, Buki Peters
Over the years, I have learned to travel light because I do not like to check my bags and I like being able to lift my luggage on my own on the outbound trip. The return trip may have accumulated a few extra pounds so I am more open to help.
Another reason I pack light is because it allows me to challenge my styling skills to see how many different outfits I can come up with using a limited number of clothes. So I stick to classic clothing pieces ( a white button down, denim, white sneakers, a Chambray shirt etc.).
On my recent trip to Montreal, Canada I packed as I usually do and ended up wearing an all denim outfit. It was comfortable classic denim on denim look that was easy to style because I concentrated more on my accessories for a relaxed look.
What does your travel wardrobe consist of ?
I have just come back from Montreal, Canada and there are few words to describe how lovely my time there was. I met up with two local bloggers who kindly showed me around the city so I could in turn show you! I will be sharing City guides and Locals Luv tours soon! In the meantime, enjoy the snapshots below of my moments in Montreal!
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