MESTIZA IN CARTAGENA
Posted on 23 February 2016
This past weekend my husband Bryant and I adventured down to South America for a wedding in the coastal Colombian city of Cartagena. It was so much fun to be transported to a place steeped in such a rich cultural history and tradition. The pictures in this post truly don't do the experience justice.
It was the very first time Bryant and I have been on a vacation since our honeymoon almost two years ago, and as some of you must know, life happens, so we were so excited for this mini adventure. Having some of our nearest and dearest friends there to share the experience made it that much more special. Here are a few snaps of our journey.
On the first evening I decided to wear the cha cha cha top (coming soon) with a pair of wide leg pants. Walking around the streets of Cartagena that evening my friend Anna and I came across a lady selling these bright and beautiful flower crowns. It was the perfect way for us to get into the spirit of the weekend!
The next day Bryant and I sampled some of the city's delicious food. The restaurant, El Gobernador, was probably one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and their food was so incredible. I felt guilty for showing up in my swimsuit, flip flops and sarong (not pictured for obvious reasons). They were gracious enough to let us dine there anyway.
That night was the welcome dinner and I spotted one of our favorite Mestiza girls wearing our beloved shimmy shimmy dress! I wore the black maya maya jumpsuit and sadly this was the best picture we could muster.
The next day we all went to the beach in Baru, about an hour outside Cartagena. Beautiful bright pink flower petals and a bountiful buffet of fresh fruit greeted us at the beach party. There was also an array of bright blue hammocks for those who wanted to lounge a bit before the dancing party began!
A rare but necessary selfie. I had my make up done, a smokey eye as per usual. I also repurposed the flower crown as a bright hair accessory.
One of the few decent pictures Bryant and I managed to get together the entire night! He wore a traditional barong tagalong, crafted in a silk piña and hand embroidered all over. For warmer climates it is the more conformable option. We rarely go to events where Bryant gets to don our cultures traditional garments, so I was especially thrilled. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend to remember.