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The amazing thing about California is getting to live in my lightweight cottons and my silks. I’m all about the way my clothes feel on me. They have to be soft. They have to be luxurious. And they have to move wherever I move. Right now, Dylana and I cannot get enough of everything by Carolina K. Each dress and billowing blouse comes with a free, whimsical air. Each piece, made for a fairytale. Some may describe her clothes as bohemian luxe…which it totally is. But sometimes I feel the word “bohemian” has been overused in the fashion world. I prefer “eclectic, earthy, and real.” Bohemian, to me, is more of a mood. A lifestyle. There are many ways to look at the term “bohemian” but here, it’s more about living and breathing life in it’s most natural, untouched state. Like here, in the stunning seaside of Carmel. Everywhere I turned was like out of a storybook. Trees so tall, I had to squint to see the tips of it’s branches. The air so crisp from last night’s rain. The scent of wood coming from the log cabin’s fireplace. Pure magic. Though I find an off-shoulder white dress to be completely beautiful,  I immediately brought it back down to earth with my favorite pair of punked out Dr. Martens. Leave it to the Suarez Sisters to throw in something completely unexpected with a pretty dress.


// Carolina K white dress //


// Carolina K silk blouse, Zadig et Voltaire scarf, Dr. Marten shoes //

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I bought this amazing vintage Pakistani dress from the Salvation Army in Birmingham, Alabama last month. For a mere $3 bucks I must say! I love it’s mirrored detailing and beautiful floral embroidery. Amongst the old boring dresses, this red stunner stook out like a sore thumb. I immediately threw it into my shopping cart. We packed our plastic bags filled with our thrifted finds into the trunk before our next destination. TENNESSEE. At this time, I was reading Beautiful Ruins, one of my now favorite books, in preps for my upcoming trip to Italy. Windows down, and the hair blowing my face. It was hard to focus on the pages of my book in a car full of excited girls, dancing to the music blaring in our car. We had just crossed the Tennessee border and spotted this adorable field of grass and flowers on the side of highway. The perfect reason to stop and take a little breather. With a cold bottle of Pop, we were ready for our next adventure in Nashville. I really don’t want summer to end.


// Vintage dress, Fendi sunglasses, Lolli swimsuit, Teva flatforms //




It’s been a while since I’ve taken a proper road trip. And a trip through the South has forever been on my bucket list! So me and my 3 babes: Dylana, Stephanie, and Raych had one destination on our mind. And that is: BONNAROO. We threw our Teva sandals in our travel bags and planned to hit 3 major must-see cities: New Orleans, LA, Birmingham, AL, and Nashville, TN! All before the craziness of Bonnaroo! Once we got off the plane, we couldn’t keep ourselves calm. Anticipating our adventures on the road, who we were going to meet, what we were going to do. And most importantly, what we were going to wear! The heat in the South was like a wave that shocked our bodies. But legs covered in mosquito bites wouldn’t stop us! We got in our car, checked into the Omni Hotel in the French Quarter, threw on our jumpsuits and Teva Flatform sandals (my new favorite style) and hit in the streets in search of coffee and beignets. New Orleans is charming and beautiful. The candy colored rows of shops in the French Quarter were picture perfect. But my friend, a local from the Garden District brought us to ByWater. It’s a little mini-Brooklyn just outside the French Quarter. We ended our one night in New Orleans with unlimited wine, cheese, Po Boys, and jazz. Lots of jazz. The music in New Orleans is insane, and it never stops. Not in the streets. Nor in the bars. The energy is inspiring. There’s true soul in New Orleans. One of the best places to go dancing. The only rough thing about being on the road is falling in love with a city, and having to leave merely 24 hours later. After one more morning of beignets, the Southern warm rain was falling, so we packed our bags and slipped on a fresh pair of Teva sandals to our next destination: Birmingham, Alabama.


// TEVA flatforms //



I was blown away by Birmingham’s luscious green trees and beautiful open roads. We spent the night curled in a cozy bar as the rain came to a stop, sleepy from our first long day on the road. There’s one thing I love about the South and that is the beautiful lakes. We spent the next morning under the hot sun at Oak Mountain State Park. All I felt like wearing was my one piece swimsuit, a great pair of Teva sandals, and giant sunhat. Dipping ourselves into the warm lake felt refreshing and exhilarating. I could have sat there all day. But we had places to go, and a tight timeframe! Bonnaroo is waiting! Singing “Sweet Home Alabama” we gathered our things before hitting up Saw’s BBQ for some classic chicken sandwiches and mac n’ cheese. Southern food really is something else. Let’s just say our bellies were pleasantly fully our entire trip! When traveling, I always indulge.

Bonnaroo was only a few more days away. And I was savoring every single moment in our hotel beds, knowing that tent life was going to be INSANE at the festival. We packed up, and hit the road late that evening to NASHVILLE. I’ve always dreamed of Nasvhille. The heavy accents, the Country music. The booze. Still in our bathing suits and soaked Teva sandals from the lake, we hit the road. We arrived in Nashville just before dark, and hit Broadway. The main street full of bars, neon lights, and people. Lots of people. Who knew we’d be just passing through Nashville during the Country Music Awards? Broadway street was pure insanity. We ended our night sipping IPA’s at Wanna B’s karaoke lounge. Raych and I hit the stage to Nicky Minaj’s “Super Bass,” Extremely breaking up the endless country tunes sung one after another. Walking back to our hotel with nothing but smiles and dreaming of our pillows. One. More. Day. On. The Road.


// TEVA originals sandals //



BONNAROOOOOOOOOOO! I can still hear the crowds from the weekend screaming “BonnaROOOOO!” over and over on the campgrounds. At this point, I was already onto my 5th pair of Teva sandals. Each worn to the bone, and with love of course from all of our days on the road. 3 cities down, now 4 full days of Bonnarooo to go! We pulled up and unloaded next to our tent. VIP camping definitely felt like a luxury with showers, bathrooms, and amazing charging stations. BUT, a small tent with 4 fashion ladies looked more like an explosion than VIP. Pink Teva sandals over here. Flatform sandals over there. Where’s my pair? But we had no time to waste. We threw on whatever we could get our hands on first, and made our way to the festival. Of every festival I’ve been to, Bonnaroo felt the most authentic. Hippies all over the campground, and never in my entire life have I seen so many Teva sandals. It felt like Bonnaroo was Teva City! Especially when you entered The Grind: the Teva coffee shop over at Pod 7 in the middle of the campground. Where you could listen to surprise gigs and DIY your sandals. For me, it was a lot like a resting spot. This wooden building the only place to shade yourself from the burning Tennessee sun. But everything about Bonnaroo felt real. The people. The campground. Everyone is there for the music. No matter how dirty you may get. No matter how cold your tent gets at night, you still want to get up and dance to Billy Joel, and run around with your top off (!) Every day, my skin got more and more tan, but my energy was still up. I survived legit camping (even if it was VIP) and I had the time of my life. Exploring new places, hearing new music, and meeting new people. It was the absolute dream road trip. I can’t wait to take my Teva sandals on another wild adventure again soon.