Indie Republic Design

Careyes


I might as well have gone to heaven...

I was able to go travel to Costa Careyes, Mexico, and I might as well have gone to heaven. The tropical flora, beautiful vistas, and brightly painted, Mediterranean-style casitas were all snapshots of my dream home. Everything was complimented by wicker, palapa roofs, open spaces, and surfaces that invited you to walk around barefoot. There were organic elements abound, and you were never a far walk from the water. The pool overlooking the Pacific ocean was so beautiful that at first glance didn't seem real.   

Fashion: With places like Mexico, where you know you'll be in a bathing suit all day, the two main items I like to pack are pareos and hats. That is my summer uniform. Pareos are great because they serve multiple purposes. You can wear them as a skirt, a cover up, a top, and more. For example, you can wear the pareo as a skirt to the beach and then tie it up as a dress for lunch. Dresses are another easy item to wear over bikinis. Below I am wearing a black spaghetti dress that to my surprise fit in perfectly with the plants of Careyes. 
 

 

Art Basel

Art Basel is one of my favorite trips of the year, because it combines fashion, art, design, and, of course, Miami. Every time I go to Miami I tell myself that I will move there someday. We stayed at The Standard Spa, which is undoubtedly my favorite hotel in the world. It is tucked away in a jungle that overlooks the Biscayne Bay. You can walk around in your white robe at any time of the day, with no judgement (I am slightly obsessed with robes). Whether its the underwater music at the pool, the delicious food, or the heavenly spa, The Standard is absolute heaven. I can spend all day there lounging around and not want to do anything else. 

I love going to Art Basel because of the breadth of amazing work on display. A color pattern in someones painting might give me an idea on how I’m going to style my next shoot, and the festival essentially becomes an endless sea of inspiration. On Thursday, we attended a book signing for Carlos Betancourt, who works with mixed media. I enjoyed listening to what his influences are and how he began his journey into art. We attended the convention center that is Art Basel’s main hub, but this year the street art amazed me more than anything else. Street art and street style is such an empowering thing, and it was on full display in Miami, especially in the Wynwood district.  Personally, I would love it if every wall in the world was covered in street art. The world would be such a brighter place. For about five blocks in Wynwood, every single wall is covered with bright colors and murals by artists famous and anonymous alike. Street art is so special, because it gives everyone the opportunity to engage in art, and you dont have to pay for a ticket to go into a museum or an exhibit. For the past three days that I’ve been here looking at art, I feel like I have been exercising my brain, my curiosity has delved deeper, and my eagerness to create has grown stronger.