Hands down one of the best experiences in my life was the day we spent at the Ran Tong Elephant Sanctuary. These amazing creatures are rescued by the facility from trekking camps, logging work and circus shows. The relationships they have with the staff was really beautiful to see, it was like they were all family. We had the privilege of hanging out with the “toddlers” in the morning which are elephants that are 3 or 4 years old and also got to see a baby that was just 2 months old. In the afternoon we spent the day with our 27 year old elephant Bodi who we got to ride bareback down to a river and give him a mud bath. When it was time to leave I got a little teary eyed because they are truly such majestic creatures with beautiful spirits. It was an honor to be able to spend the day with them!
The wrap dress is the perfect staple for every size and body type. All hail Diane Von Furstenberg! It accentuates the smallest part of your waist and is one of the easiest outfits to throw on. I found this floral print wrap dress at F21 for $24.90 and paired it with these Sam Edelman pumps I found on sale at Nordstrom for $71.
It’s never too late to rediscover a passion or stumble upon a new one. I realized at (almost) 30, Interior Design is something I need to circle back to. I started right out of high school and as life would have it my career path took a 180 turn. Being reintroduced to my passion over the past year has been so refreshing because it reinstated my confidence in what feeds my soul. Getting the confidence to step out of your comfort zone is the biggest challenge because we all have times in our lives where we are scared to rock the boat. The unknown is the most exciting thing about the process though… what if you go out there and kill it? You are never to old to start a new “career” chapter so go ahead and push yourself a little!
Have you ever thought of going to Lima? Think again. If you do though, you MUST visit the fabulous flagship museum by Mario Testino. My friend and I decided to lay over in Lima for a night and after several glasses of champagne, the Mario Testino gallery became one of the highlights of our entire trip. With his amazing photography ranging from Vogue to Vanity Fair, we were in awe of this little gem we found. Not to mention it’s a non-profit with the proceeds helping Peruvian development and culture.
For those of you that have been, you know the “I left my heart in Paris” withdrawals are real. It’s not just the food, culture or overall ambiance you feel when you are there, it truly does stay with you when you leave. Maybe it’s the heart locket or mystery surrounding the couples names on the locks, but this is one of my favorite picture I snapped there.