Colombia Travel Guide

Hi friends! ❤ I just got back from an amazing Summer trip to the beautiful country of Colombia. It was my second time visiting, and I fell even more in love the second time around. I toured the cities of Bogota, and Cartagena. I could honestly say this one my absolute, favorite trips. The people, and the culture were truly the highlight. Can’t wait to go back! I miss it already.

Tips from the locals:

  • The country name is Colombia, not Columbia.
  • Outside of tourist locations, do not consistently have your phone out, it increases the chances of someone robbing you.
  • Do bargain with street vendors, it is common in their culture.
  • English courses are required in Colombian schools, so you’ll be able to get by if you do not speak Spanish.

Tips from an outsider (me):

  • Have fun, and don’t be afraid to explore! Being open, and respectful to other’s cultures is the best thing you go do while being abroad.
  • It’s always Spring in Bogota, so pack a jacket if you plan on visiting.
  • It’s always Summer in Cartagena meaning every day is over 90 degrees in Fahrenheit. So pack all your swim suits, and crop tops!

B O G O T A , CO

This is the capital of Colombia, so it’s mainly business. However, they still have tons of sights to see!

Candelaria

These cobble stone streets, and brightly colored houses are located in downtown Bogota. Candelaria is the historic center of the capital, serving as the origin of the city, and was built in 1538! I spent hours roaming these streets. I’m a New Yorker at heart, so I felt right at home, and yes I did it in high heeled boots. 🙂

Plaza de Simon Bolivar is within Candelaria. The Plaza is named after one of the revolutionaries that freed the Colombian people from Spain. One thing I took note of while on my trip, was that all throughout the country their freedom was broadcasted. The people themselves although distinct from one another were all unified, and identified as one. It was a beautiful thing, and I hope one day the U.S. could follow in their steps.

C A R T A G E N A, CO

Okay now Cartagena was where I really fell in loooovvvee. It’s always Summer here so it’s clearly my kind of city! It was humid, but the bearable type. This part of the country is the most traveled to destination in Colombia, and for good reason. The historic city is filled with sites, history, and blue waters.

Isla Baru, is an Island within Cartagena. It was by far one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. You can visit the Island by bus, which is what me and my group did. The water was C L E A R, and the perfect temperature. It was luke warm, which was still refreshing. One of the highlights was getting to ride a jet ski! The locals of the island rent them out, as well as boat rides. We rented one, and it was pretty scary (but exciting) just because I noticed there was no life guard on duty. However, due to an abrupt halt me and my friend fell off the jet ski straight into the Caribbean sea. For a second I feared for my life, until the life jacket pulled me up, and I saw some locals immediately pull up in their boats to check to see if we were okay. So even though there was no official life guard, the people of the island still look out for one another, and that warmed my heart. ❤

This was el Centro Historico. This part of the city is Cartgena’s oldest town. The whole area is surrounded by stones walls, which were built in the 1500s to protect the city. I felt like if I had stepped into colonial Europe! The streets were cobble stone, and each home had a uniquely vibrant color. Being able to tour such a big part of history had me geeking out! We had ice cream on one of the building’s rooftops (at Crepes & Waffles a must when in Colombia) and it felt like a dream.

Those are my top MUST SEE places when visiting Colombia. I’ve had lots of friends ask me about my travel experience here as a foreigner, and I can’t praise this place enough. I left with a new admiration for life. If it isn’t already, Colombia needs to be on your travel bucket list.

Postcards from Spring

Shaul & Top from Fashion Nova// Shorts Thrifted// Bag from Urban Outfitters// Boots from Charlotte Russe

Happy Spring babes! This is actually the most wonderful time of the year. Everything is blossoming, and the weather is absolutely perfect.

This look was inspired by festival season. I’ve never actually been to one, but if I ever did it would be JUST for the outfits lol. However, I do live in Southern California, so this kind of extraness is pretty typical on a fine Spring day 🙂 I’ve been obsessed with these white boots! Cowgirl details are a major trend this season. Contrary to the past year’s skin tight boot, this season’s popular trend is the wide legged type.

White is always a safe, Spring color. I wore a laced shaul with simple basics under to help exemplify the boots. Which I am clearly obsessed with. Sandals are not the only shoe you can wear when the warmer weather rolls around. Try adding a stylish boot to your Spring outfit to give it a trendy flare.

Feliz primavera chulas! Este tiempo del ano es realmente el mas lindo. Todo esta floreciendo, y las temperaturas son absolutamente perfectas.

Este vesturario fue inspirado por Coachella. Nunca e hido pero si un dia voy, seria solo por la moda lol. Pero, si vivo en California, entonces este tipo de vestuario es totalmente apropiado. Los detalles de una caballera estan muy en la moda. Al contrario de las botas de los anos pasados, que eran muy apretadas. Esta temporada son mas amplios, como este bota blanca.

El color blanco es un color perfecto para la primavera. Empareje el cordón con algo sencillo abajo para ayudar lucir las botas (que obviamente amo tanto!!). Sandalias no son los únicos zapatos que se pueden usar en los tiempos del sol. Intenta usar unas botas a tus vestuarios para darle un detalle de moda.

How to Style Cargo Pants

Sweater and jacket from Forever 21// Cargo pants from Fashion Nova// Shoes by Doc Martin// Bag from Dollskill

First blogged look of the year is 90’s/2000’s couture. Cargo pants are super trendy this season! They’re sold either patterned, plain or with chains. I got mine from Fashion Nova, and have worn them in various ways. In this particular look the style is grunge, street.

I don’t really like to wear any form of pants unless they’re high waisted. I suppose that is one trend from the 2000’s era that has not reemerged into the fashion world. It’s honestly just not as flattering as a higher jean might be. The pants are pretty baggy, but are also high waisted! So I paired it with a crop sweater to show that I have a waist, and that I am not a potato sack. Pairing the outfit with Doc Martins gave it the militant look I was going for.

Anytime I throw my hair up, I instantly feel empowered (so weird right?), It’s like making the statement that- yeah I have long hair, but I can put it up and get s*** done.

linked the cargo pants below, I got mine in a size extra small.

El primer look del ano en mi blog es de la moda de los 90’s/2000’s. Esta temporada pantalones tipo cargos han estado muy populares. Los venden simples, con cadenas, o con patrones diferentes. Yo recibe los mios de Fashion Nova, y los e estilado de varias formas. En este look el estilo es grunge, punk.

No me gusta usar pantalones de cintura baja. Eso si es un trend de los 2000’s que no ha regresado al mundo de la moda. Es que los pantalones bajos no adulan la figura muy bien. Estos cargo’s son demasiado holgados, pero si tienen cintura alta. Entonces los empareje con un sueter corto para dar me un poco de figura y no ver me como un bolsa de papas. Los zapatos Doc Martins le dieron el look militar a mi outfit entero.

Cada vez que pongo me pelo pa arriba, me siento con mucho poder (extrano no?), es como que estoy diciendo que-si tengo pelo largo pero lo puede poner en un chongo y hacer lo que me la gana!

♡ Aqui esta el link para estos pantalones cargos, los mios son en la medida extra pequeno.

2019 Goals: Self Growth

Hello babes!

It feels so good to be back. The Holidays were a crazy time, and I fell off the groove of blogging. Life can get so crazy sometimes that we forget to do what we love. Which brings me to my #1 resolution this year:

  1. Make time for the things I love –  I go to school full time, work part time, and try to maintain a social life with whatever I have left. I’ve maintained pretty active on my instagram @lionlizz but posting a picture vs. actually writing a blog is the easy way out. I created my blog to break down the details of my styling, which I love expressing. It’s also a great portfolio to showcase my art, and I want to stop neglecting it. So starting now, my blog is a top priority.
  2. Work on my fitness– Okay, I know this is like everybody’s goal, but it really is mine too! It’s kind of ridiculous that my tuition fees for my university include a state of the art gym, and I’ve only ever been once…lol. I eat pretty healthy and remain active throughout the day, I just don’t go to the gym. So starting now, I’ll work on attending more often.
  3. Do two internships– My graduation date is approaching and I want to be prepared when the time comes. It’s already required that I do at least one internship, but I would love to make more connections. I’m majoring in communications so I’m actually really excited to get some more hands on experience (maybe even dip my toes into the fashion world)!
  4. Grow in my Faith– Life gets h a r d sometimes. I often receive messages on how my “happiness” is so inspiring, but it isn’t always like that. There’s times when everything seems to be going wrong. No one ever talks about the depression twenty something year olds can fall into when transforming into their young adult lives. I’ve found peace when I trust in God and let him take control. Growing my relationship with my faith is a priority this year, and not just something I fall back on when I’m feeling weak.
  5. Stay consistent– I want my actions to speak for me this year. I could write all day about what I want to do, but what I a c t u a l l y do could be a different story. I’m going to periodically read this blog post to maintain the passion I have to grow spiritually, physically, and mentally. This year is all about self growth and becoming the best version of myself.

At the end of the year I’ll reflect on my goals and write about what I did, or did not fulfill. I wish you all the best on your endeavors this year whatever they might be. ♥️ Just know that you are strong, and you are capable.

All my love,

Liz

Hola queridos!

Por fin he regresado! Los ultimo meses del ano se pusieron un poco frenticos. La vida se puede poner tan ocupada que nos olividamos a dedicar el tiempo a nuestros aficiones. Bueno eso me trae a mi meta #1 de 2019:

  1. Dedicar tiempo a lo que amo– Soy un estudiante, trabajo y trato de mantener un vida social. Estoy muy activa en mi instagram @lionlizz, pero subiendo una photo y escribiendo un blog entero son totalmente diferentes cosas. Inicie mi blog para exprimir mi amor por la moda, y escribir en detalle como los construe. Tambien es una gran forma de mostrar mi arte, y ya no lo voy a mal tratar. De ahora en adelante mi blog es una prioridad.
  2. Ir al Gym– Si, ya se que es basicamente la meta de todos, pero tambien es la mia! Es ridiculo que en la matriculas de mi universidad esta incluyendo el gym… y solo ha ido una vez. Como saludable y soy activa durante el dia, solo que no voy al gym. Entonces de ahora en adelante voy a intentar a ir mas frecuente.
  3. Hacer dos Internados– Ya casi llega el tiempo para que me graduao, y quiero lo mas experiencia possible. Mi major es en comunicaciones estoy muy emocionado para tener mas conexiones. Tal vez hasta algo en el mundo de la moda!
  4. Crecer en mi Fe– La vida se pone dificil. Recibe mensajes que dicen que mi felicida les da mucha inspiracion…pero no siempre es asi. Ninguna persona habla sobre la depression que les puede pegar a adolescentes cuando estan transformando en sus vidas adultas. Yo he encontrado paz cuando tengo confianza en Dios. Creciendo en la relacion de mi Fe es una prioridad para mi este ano, y no solo algo que uso cuando me siento debil.
  5. Ser consistente- Quiero que mis acciones hablen para mi este ano. Puedo escribir lo que quiera, pero lo que hago puede ser una historia completamente diferente. Voy ha leer este blog durante el ano para mantener la pasion para crecer espiritualmente, fiscamente, y mentalmente.

Al final del ano voy a reflejar en mis metas y lo escribir sobre lo que he cumplido. Les deseo todo lo mejor este ano. ♥️ Solo sepan que son fuertes, y capaz.

Todo mi amor,

Liz

Patterned Pants

Pants & Top from Fashion Nova// Boots From Nordstrom’s

If it’s not already obvious, Bratz dolls are and forever will be my fashion inspo. The fact that they do NOOOT care what’s trending and mix it up with different patterns and colors is something I’ve always admired. Also, their chunky shoes were always ADORABLE! I have pretty big sized feet for my height so they showed me big hair and big feet could be used as a fashion statement. That’s why I fell in love with these rubbery platform shoes my mom gifted me. ❤

Pattern pants are a favorite staple piece right now. Whether I dress them up or down they’ll add detail to any look. Why dress bland when there’s so much color in the world?! The pants were extremely high waisted (which I loved! Anything that highlights the waist is a must for me) so I paired it with a silky, knotted top.

Si no es obvio Bratz dolls siempre han sido mis inspiraciones. A ellas nunca les importa lo que está en la moda sino se ponen lo que les de las ganas. Emparejan diferentes patrones con colores y es muy admirable. También los zapatos que usan siempre me han inspirado a estar con confianza con mi talle te de zapato (qué es grande por mi altura). Y por eso me enamoré con estas zapatos gruesos que me dio mi mamá ❤

Pantalones con patrones son mis favoritos orita porque los puedes emparejar con outfits de día o noche. Porque vestirte en colores simples cuando hay tanto color?! Los pantalones eran de cintura alta (mi favorito estilo de pantalones!) y los puse con una blusa de seda.

Cheetah Girl

Jumpsuit from Fashion Nova// Beret and Jacket from Forever 21

Cheetah girl cheetah siissssstuuuuuuuh. If you sang that then I love you and we’re now best friends. Animal print has been so trendy this fall and I am here for it. Colors can get old but patterns make outfits fun. When my friends saw this one piece they were like “omg you could be a cheetah for Halloween!” lol no. I’m going to wear this in a regular outfit because it deserves that. Why would I want to feel fierce one night of the year? I swear I felt cheetahlicious confident in this all day.

I toned it down with a light, denim jacket (if you don’t have one, you should! It’s a timeless staple piece) and my hair down. Simple details like that can really make a difference. For instance, if I would’ve had my hair up I would have felt too exposed. I also threw on this beret to add some chic vibes.

The old myspace caption “Rawr :D” would really be appropriate. Comment that on the picture I just posted on my instagram @lionlizz so I know where my blogger fam at ❤

El imprimir de animales especialmente de las chetahs, ha estado muy en la moda. Colores simples se pueden poner un poco aburridos but diferentes diseños son divertidos para implantar en diferentes vestuarios. Cuando mis amigas vieron traje me dijeron “oh perfecto, los puercos usar para Halloween!” Jaja no. Me encanta usar piezas únicas. Especialmente si son así de feroz 😉

Calme el look con una chaqueta de mezclilla, les recomiendo si no tienen una que inviertan en conseguir una porque es muy versátil! Puse mi cabello pa bajo para que no me sientera tan expuesta. Y añadí este beret para darle un look de chic.

Me siento como que el caption “Rawr :D” de los días de MySpace es perfecta para estas photos. Vayan y comentan eso en la photo que acabe de poner en my instagram @lionlizz para que sepa cuales son mis subscriptores de mi blog ❤

Brooklyn, NY

My little California eyes were NOT ready for these NY views! I literally felt like I was strolling through a Jennifer Gardner movie. New York is really as magical as it’s depicted in film.

Dress from Naked Wardrobe// Shirt from Forever 21// Shoes Fenty by Rihanna

Layers can work ANY season! You just have to accommodate to the weather, of course. I turned this simple, black dress into a fun Summer look by just adding an undershirt. The puffy sleeves on the blouse added the right amount of detail.

My Pumas have a been a life saver this Summer! New York is ALL about walking…I walk about 6 miles a day. I don’t know how, but I do LOL. So I needed something comfy but cute to get me through life this Summer. I enjoyed the change in scenery and life style, but I was excited to see Brad soon (my 2016 Toyota Prius lol).<3

Capas funcionan bien entre cada estacion! Solo necessitates que asseguarte que es de acuerdo con el clima. Simplemente anadiendo una blusa bajo este vestido, cambio completamente lo sencillo del vestido. Las mangas de la blusa tenien el detalle perfecto.

Mis Pumas han sido un salva vidas este Verano! Nueva York es purrrrooo caminar…en un tipico dia camino como 6 milas. No se como, pero lo hago JAJA. Entonces neccesitaba algo comodo y lindo para el verano. Me encanto el cambio de vida, pero estoy muy emcionada de poder ver Brad (mi 2016 Toyota prius) ❤ JAJA

POLKA DOTS

Dress and wedges from Forever 21

My style changes with the days, the seasons and of course my mood. Lately I’ve been feeling really chic and colorful! Patterns have been catching my eye and polka dots are super trendy this Summer. I actually have this dress in blue, shown in my birthday post, here, the fit was flattering + comfy. So when I saw it in orange polka dots I HAD to get it! Oh did I mention it was only $15? YES GIRL, make your way on over to your local Forever 21. 

This dress was supper cheap and I was out in the streets of NYC with all the confidence haha. It really doesn’t matter about the brand or the price, as long as you feel good, that’s all that matters. 🙂 The wedges are also from Forever 21, don’t they just scream SUMMER?! I felt like my feet were presents! The peachy dress and soft blue really worked well together because they are both pastels, and with the same chic vibes. They were totally complementary of one another. 

Follow me on instagram, @lionlizz to see all my Summer adventures ❤ 

Mi estilo cambia con los días, temporadas y claro que con mi estado. Recientemente me ha gustado mucho ropa con patrones. Y polka dots estar muy en la moda este verano. También tengo este vestido en azul que use en mi cumpleaños, aquí, me encanto el fit y que era gusto. Así qué cuando lo vi en este color anaranjado odio que lo compre! Oh y solo era $15! 

El vestido era super barato y estuve estrenadolo en las calles de NYC con toda la confianza haha. Verdaderamente no importa la marca ni el precio, si te sientes bien eso es todo lo que importa 🙂 Los zapatos también son de Forever 21, me encantan para looks del Verano! Me sentí como que mis pies eran regalos jaja. El vestido anaranjado y azul se vieron bien juntos porque los dos eran el la familia pastel, se complementaron. 

Follow me en instagram @lionlizz, para ver todas mis aventuras del Verano ❤

FASHION NOVA x LIZ

Shorts thrifted// Top from H&M// Shaul from Fashion Nova// Purse from Steve Madden

Summer in New York is perfect, but it’s far different from Cali. Fashion Nova recently sent me a few pieces from their swim collection and I was actually sad I wouldn’t be wearing them on California beaches this Summer. BUT then I remembered I’m in the Fashion Capital of the world, so I could definitely be creative and make use of my new goodies 🙂

The shaul is actually a Bikini cover up but it worked well with simple pieces. The shaul has lots of fine detail, with an angelic feel so I wanted everything under to be light + fresh. Be sure to check out the rest of their collection on Fashionnova.com! ❤

El Verano en Nueva York es perfecto, pero es demasiado diferente de California. Recientemente Fashion Nova me mando algunas piezas de su collection swim y estaba un poco triste que no iba estar estrenándolos en las playas de Cali. PERO entonces me recordé que estoy en el capital de la moda, así que necesitaba que ser creativa!

La blusa blanca es un cover up para bikinis pero me encanto como se vio con algo simple. Es muy angélico así que quería el resto del look que fuera fresco y neutral. Vayan a ver el resto de la collection en Fashionnova.com! 🙂