Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Juan // Condado


Free People dress // SHOP SIMILAR
Converse sneakers // SHOP HERE
Gentle Monster sunglasses
Liebeskind leather bag // SHOP SIMILAR

Puerto Rico really was a dream. A city so vibrant in color and culture. Natalie and I spent the majority of our trip in San Juan, with our home base in Condado, where the nightlife and foodie culture is centered. A bit touristy, but it's where the locals hang out, too, and just a few blocks off the main street you'll find yourself in a peaceful reverie of gorgeous Spanish-style homes mixed in with the modern apartment buildings. Natalie and I had many hours spent with our cameras around our necks, zig zagging our way through the palm tree lined residential streets to capture moments through bougainvillea wrapped iron fences and past a larger-than-life growth of ferns. The weather was a comfortable sort of perfect, with a slight breeze so you never really sweated too much or too little. The rum is always endlessly flowing, and every hour is an hour in need of a sweet pick me up from the local food stands (pina colada anyone?). Every sight is framed with the blades of palms and bright blue skies, except for when it rains for an hour out of the day. But even when it rains, you don't mind getting drenched and just going on with your day with damp locks. The locals are friendly and always want to say hello or ask where you are from. The weekends are full of life, and every moment is spent at the beach or a music festival (it was jazz music this time!) or a market full of color from the produce of the island. You'll leave Puerto Rico with a brand new adoration of plantains that you never knew you had, and anything fried to perfection that gives the fried chicken you're used to back home a run for its money. The locals love to fry everything, and it will taste phenomenal. It feels like I ate more in my week in Puerto Rico than I have all year! And this was our impression just in our first hour in San Juan. Can I just say WOW?!? So much more to share from our travels :) 

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Unknown said...

great dress -- and this place seems really cool!

AVY said...

Love the slightly cold colors here.

/ Avy

Taimemode said...

How beautiful your pictures are, it gives me the idea of going on holidays ;)

Emily said...

The place looks amazing hope you had lots of fun!


Mindy said...

Puerto Rico looks so beautiful! Can't wait to see more from your trip!

Mindy | Blonde Nouveau

Lauren Dimesky said...

Your photos are inviting and simply stunning!

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Stephanie said...

amazing pics really lovin the captures of the city!


Unknown said...

Cute dress. I really like your pics!
Bises, LisaLou

Unknown said...

The way you described it you made me wanna go there and enjoy the sun and the sea and the palm trees :D
Love your dress and its vibrants colors! :)

Kristina said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a great time! :)

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Unknown said...

San Juan is so pretty and so green everywhere and the ocean OMG lovely

Jeanne said...

Love your striped dress! Gorgeous place Dylana!

ANNALISA said...

the picture of natalie with the ananas drink is amazing!


Unknown said...

Oh, everything looks so amazing, even the chicken :D

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Unknown said...

What lovely pictures, i love it!

Holly Read said...

Wow, it looks and sounds amazing! Glad you had a lovely time, I would love to go there someday!
Summer x

Mariel Parton said...

Puerto Rico looks and sounds amazing Dylana, your photos are gorgeous and I hope I can visit the place sometime the future and see these in person <3

Unknown said...

that dress is so cute!

xx nikki

Unknown said...

Cute dress; really nice pictures.


Unknown said...

Great photos & stripey dress!

Hayley xx

Michelle Lee said...

looks so fun!