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THE DRESS AND THE VILLA – CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

I am still pinching myself after Cannes Film Festival. The south of France is truly magical. It’s a place I want to revisit and continue exploring. Endless beaches. Gorgeous little towns. Delicious, fresh food you can’t get anywhere else. I will be rolling out many stories with you from my Cannes getaway with Away and Grey Goose within the next few weeks, but I thought I’d share a little quick sneak peek at our stunning villa: Palais Away. Our villa was perched up high in the hills, with insane views of the ocean and the town below, glittering in the night. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the fresh air and buzz of the bees every single morning. I can only imagine how calm and quiet the town must be outside the film festival. Right now, Cannes has instantly been transformed into a Hollywood red carpet. Imagine going from hotel to hotel where everyone is sporting a black tie and dazzling, sparkling gowns. The more glamorous, the better. The gowns I wore were all super special to me and designed by one of my very best friends. Take a peek at this romantic number. A super low back, a full skirt, and sexy scarf hanging down the back. This is a shape that really accentuates the female body, making it swoon-worthy from every single angle and with every turn. It has a vintage touch thanks to the luxurious fabric and beautiful off-white color. It’s a dress that I want to keep in my closet forever and forever, just for the memories and stories behind it. Here I am in a  little hidden spot in the front of the villa. With spring, the property was in full bloom. There was so much green! I felt like I was living out a novel. had officially found my own secret garden.

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Rancho Chilamate

It was a super hot afternoon at Rancho Chilamate in Nicaragua. This intimate Eco Lodge has 4 guest of rooms and a pool…located just a 10 minute horseback ride to the beach. I couldn’t help but stop and admire the ranch’s gorgeous horses as I took them on a little walk around the property. I’ve admired horses forever, and very rarely got close to them. My parents always said that this mystical creature was my spirit animal…and not only because I was long and lean with straight hair down to my bum. We had a black stallion painting in my home growing up and I’d stare at it….admiring it’s strength and beauty. It’s also because I’m born in the Chinese Year of the Horse! In my mind, they represent beauty and the freedom to run with the wind. For this afternoon, I blended in with my surrounding with a full linen look and sun hat. Nicaragua was hot and dry this past month as the rainy season will come in the summer months ahead. But I couldn’t have been happier. I plopped down by the pool with a Toña cerveza and looked up at the blue sky. I didn’t want to be anywhere else.

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SILK STRIPES IN PARIS

The view from the rooftop restaurant at Terrass Hotel is insane. Dylana and I had a luxurious night in Paris with pasta, wine, and a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. Montmarte is a special place. I am blown away whenever I stroll through this part of town, especially by night. For my last night in Paris, I kept things as comfortable as possible. Think a silk pajama-esque shirt and pant with a fun play on layering. This is a uniform I could live in. Silk has been my fabric of choice for as long as I can remember. I could certainly use this for my 9am calletime tomorrow. I’m keeping things quick and short tonight as I’ve got a really long week ahead! I love that it’s possible to wear out what you wore to bed the previous night, don’t you agree?

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THE SWEATSHIRT AND LUXURIOUS SKIRT IN PARIS

The sweatshirt just got majorly elevated thanks to a new designer I love: Maggie Marilyn. Check out these finger length sleeves of my sweatshirt draping casually and a bit messily over a most decadent ruffled skirt (that is actually a dress!), also by the brand. I slipped on a pair of Christian Louboutin heels to complete the look because Paris Fashion Week makes me want to go that little extra mile when it comes to luxury. Red bottoms for the win! Now this is a look that I want to get up and go do things in. And trust me, Team Suarez has been doing a lot lately. We never stop! It’s come to a point where I have to pencil in the normal stuff like dinner with friends and simply attending a workout class. And trust me, I always make time for the normal stuff because it’s the best part of my day. Every one of my days is different and it seems every one of my hours has a “schedule” and sometimes I just want to click the pause button. There are weeks where I could be living in a hotel in a new city, or here in home base of NYC…early mornings checking emails, afternoons shooting, followed by evening meetings and press events. Team Suarez has been extra busy lately, but never busy enough for what’s important to feel on top of our game.

I’ve been spending my “off duty” time finding my balance, feeling clarified and more centered. I’m beginning to become more free and less “planned” when it comes to getting dressed and shooting looks. The more my business grows, the more responsibilities I take on. Getting dressed and shooting and being a part of the creative process suddenly becomes the fun and easy part of my job. With being back home, I love finally being back in my routine of desk time, fitness time, boyfriend time, and friend time. I love to go, go, go yet sometimes wish I didn’t have to always check my clock. With that, I’ve really become more aware of how I can add a little more wellness into all parts of my life so that I can feel balanced, strong, and mentally inspired. With what I do, self-care is more important than anything. I like trying new things and seeing how it has a positive impact on my daily life: think more family time, vitamin boosters in my smoothies, and that extra hour of sleep. It’s the little things that keep me going to feel good….giving me the energy to accomplish so much more on the daily. Now, I can’t wait to hit the snooze button for a hot second. But let’s get one thing off the agenda, what am I going to wear tomorrow?

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