During my time in Bangkok, I went to visit Wat Arun Temple. Even though it was hot, I knew I had to wear something that would cover my legs and shoulders to enter the temple. I chose to wear my striped self-tie waist pants from Evernew which I absolutely love! I thought the perfect match for these pants was a white top. Going to a temple, I chose to wear a white deep V-neck long sleeve bodysuit. I was going to be walking all day so I chose to wear my beige flats from GUESS. This outfit was classy, comfortable, and airy. I stayed cool throughout the day because of how thin the top was and how flowy the pants were.
Top: Forever 21 – White Long Sleeve Bodysuit. Small
Bottom: Evernew – Avery Striped Petite Wide Leg Pants. EUR 32
I grew up in the Philippines, so I naturally go to the beach a lot since I’m surrounded by 7,107 islands. Since I was a child, I swam in pools, snorkeled in the ocean, made sand castles on the beach, and was constantly in a swimsuit getting sunburnt. Once I became a teenager, I became a licensed PADI Scuba Diver and enjoyed free diving as well. The ocean is naturally beautiful and doesn’t need much to be. It’s blue with pops of color from lively coral. I like to blend into nature and the way to do that is by wearing a simple solid color or shade. None of this rainbow or patterned swimwear! I like wearing black, grey, white, nude, or pastel colors that are pleasing to the eye.
Recently, I bought minimalist swimwear from Mimosa Swimwear to wear during my beach travels around the Philippines. I believe that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Check out their Instagram! – @mimosa.swimwear.
I always search for the women’s petite section in stores because small almost never fits me. I’m 5’5″ with vital stats of 32C – 25 – 34 (chest – waist – hips). Sometimes, XS is even too big for me depending on the brand. I have difficulty shopping for dresses that will hug my body. It’s not that I want extremely tight outfits, but they are more flattering for my body type. This is because when I wear loose tops, I look like a tent because of my cup size. I wish I could wear loose things but it just never works out for me.
This store is one of my favorite places to get dresses and tops since they have size XXS! I bought the XXS navy blue and white striped Kimi Scooped Bodycon Midi Dress below at Cotton On, High Street, BGC, Philippines. They have the same design in many colors so I will be going there to buy more! This is the perfect summer dress because it’s stretchy, light, flattering, and sexy. I matched the dress with my Aldo Villarosa Leather Block Heel Sandals.
Click below to see the prices on the Cotton On and Aldo websites.
I went to Kenya on September 28 to October 6, 2017 with my family. A few days before my flight I fumbled through my closet because I had no idea what clothes to bring! I checked the weather and it said it would be cold at night and hot during the day with a chance of light rain. I decided to bring a little of everything. During my time in Kenya, I learned that the whole country is elevated 1700 meters above sea-level so it’s a lot colder than I thought. The coolness was a nice surprise because when you think about Kenya, or Africa in general, you imagine it’s dry and hot. From my experience in Kenya, I’d suggest bringing:
Below are photos of my family and I in our daily outfits.
Morning game drives were after breakfast from 7am until 11:30am. The morning game drives were cold, so I wore a top with a September Jacket (Medium/light thickness), pants, closed shoes, and accessories.
It gets warmer at noon so when you head back to your lodge for lunch, you can switch to a top with the option of a light jacket or button down shirt as a cover up. During lunch to near dinner you can also wear shorts.
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I visited a Maasai Village where a group of Maasai people lived. As I saw women walking around hunched over carrying pounds of firewood on their backs, I asked the son of the Chief Maasai what the responsibilities of the women were. He told me that they do chores such as cooking and milking, building and maintaining the houses as well as fetching water, collecting firewood, raising the children, milking the cattle and cooking for the family. So then I asked, what the men do and he said they protect the village and deal with trade. At the end of the experience through the village, we were brought to an open area in the back of the houses where the women were sitting on blankets with a spread of Maasai art and accessories for sale. Not only were the women in charge of everything in the village, they were also in charge of creating products and selling them to create income. I felt sad to see the men joking, laughing and sitting around while the women were hard at work. There was no balance in genders in this type of community. As I spoke to some of the Maasai women, I learned of how strong, independent and inspiring they really were with the situation they were born in. I was extremely impressed by them. #maasaivillage #kenya #maasaimara #africa #experience #learn #travel #world #life #women #strength
During game drives you will spend all of your time in the car as it is illegal to exit the vehicle near animals, plus you never know when a hyena is hiding in a ditch nearby. Choose to be comfortable as you will be sitting majority of the time.
Don’t forget to bring resort-wear for when you are lounging around your Lodge by the pool or for dinner.
I’d suggest not bringing any jewelry/accessories to Kenya. Instead, you could support the local Maasai people by buying their accessories and wearing their beautiful hand-crafted creations!
I absolutely enjoyed my Kenya Safari Vacation and prefer this over seeing any city. I came home so relaxed and full of energy as I saw life in action. It’s heart filling to see animals truly wild and free. I can finally cross this off of my bucket list!
Also keep an eye out for my Kenya Safari Vlog! I’ll post it on my youtube channel JuliaQuis soon! Thank you for reading!