A Glad Day in Nicaragua
Hi! I'm Jennifer. Some of you may know me from Hill City Bride or Clutch Magazine, but what many of you don't know is that I adore wandering the globe. I've actually been many places and have started on the journey of travel writing (see my blog: Travel Like A Prince.)
I will admit that on more than one occasion, I have told Renee about my adoration for the style choices she makes for her store. When I am packing, I know that I can pull out my Gladwear and always be sure to look put together and feel good wherever I go.
I love to mix and match! Most of the Gladiola items I've chosen to feature have been in my closet for a while, but I wanted to focus on the fact that buying from Gladiola Girls equals making an investment in your look. The pieces last a long time while still looking great!
Recently I traveled to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua on a writing assignment with Traverse Journeys to cover a yoga retreat, which also included surfing (I got up!) and philanthropic work at Barrio Planta Project.
Welcome to a "Glad" day in Nicaragua!
Our days began with yoga at 6:30, but luckily the time zone was two hours behind Virginia, so getting up wasn't too difficult. That being said, I still needed a spot of coffee and a moment to relax and wake up.
My Free People sleepwear was perfect for lounging in the hot conditions. I adore the fact that Free People is creative with their subtle touches - pretty straps, fun patterns and a half black/half white palette made me feel so feminine. I adore that this sleep dress washes and wears so well. It still looks almost new!
Doing yoga on the porch at Elementos del Sur was relaxing and invigorating. Our yogi really helped with clearing my mind and allowing me to focus on positive changes. It was a great way to start the day.
My Johnny Was bag was perfect for carrying my mat, towel and water to class. The yoga pants are mine, but the Free People bralette added support and was modest and pretty enough to wear on its own in the heat. Popping a Z Supply t-shirt on top - tied to the side - was appropriate for yoga.
While in Nicaragua surfing, heading to the beach, and swimming in the pool were fun ways to keep cool in the heat. The pool was delightful, and I truly enjoyed roaming the beach collecting colorful rocks, shells and sand dollars.
With my fair skin and the intense sun, a floppy hat was a must. This one from Gladiola Girls packs and wears so well! It's been shoved in a suitcase, twisted and sweated upon and still looks fab. My shirt from Dylan added just enough sun protection for walking to and from the beach, and the perforated pattern allows for breathability.
Whether hitting the town for lunch or roaming the lovely streets, packing a bit of casual wear is always a smart idea. Looking stylish while being comfortable were big priorities for me!
It is very humid in San Juan del Sur, so taming my curly locks was a challenge. I had fun creating a fauxhawk with tiny rubber bands accented by a hair clip made our of kimono fabric. Beaded Lily & Laura bracelets slide on and off so easily.
I DIYed my cutoff jean shorts and topped them with one of my favorite shirts from Johnny Was. I always get compliments when I wear it! The bit of crop in the top allows for a fringe belt - also a Gladiola purchase. the L'Artiste shoes add in just a bit of height while staying on securely and being comfortable. My Johnny Was tote served multiple purposes and was convenient for holding souvenirs.
A Night Out With The Girls
Whether for dancing, dinner or drinks, getting a fresh shower and heading out for the night is a fabulous way to end a day of travel.
For me a wrinkle free, comfy dress does the trick. This one by Effie's Heart is made of jersey material with an adorable pattern. An updo wrapped with a vintage scarf adds in a bit of dressiness, and L'Artiste sandals are adorable for dancing the night away. Salsa or Mambo, anyone?
I hope this inspires you to take Gladiola Girls with you wherever you go. Whether it's a bag, shoes, accessories or clothing, you can grab and go from your closet and be confident no matter how near or far you travel. Happy wandering!
P.S. Special thanks to my husband, Earl, for being my travel companion and photographer!