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BY KELSEY WHITE

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Cartagena, Colombia

TravelKelsey White9 Comments

Cartagena is one of the most picturesque and culturally inspiring cities I have ever visited. Colombia has been on my bucket list for a long time and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit! What's not to love? Colorfully painted streets, historic architecture, warm weather, and the lively energy of the city as a whole. Many people worry that Colombia is not a safe tourism destination, but I felt completely safe and had the most incredible experience while visiting. I HIGHLY recommend looking into booking a trip! A little about my stay...

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SOMETHING BEACHY- cartagena, colombia
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Foray partnered with the brand Maaji for this getaway, hosting a group of bloggers to help bring awareness to the brand. Jill Wallace, Nicole Isaacs, Julia Friedman, Racquel Natasha, Kaitlynn Carter, and myself all came along for the journey. Maaji is a Colombian based resort & activewear label known for their reversible swimwear and bright, colorful prints. I was a fan of the brand before, but knowing the roots and the kind people behind the brand made me fall in love with it even more. 

SHOP MAAJI

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We stayed in a beautiful 4 bedroom villa right in the heart of old town Cartagena, complete with a dreamy rooftop lounge. Unfortunately, this house is not available for booking, but I've listed a few alternative recommendations below! 

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SHOP CARTAGENA STYLE

The Maaji team organized a full itinerary of activities for us to experience while we were in Cartagena. It was an awesome benefit to have local knowledge from the team for the best spots in town. I've included some of my favorite places below!

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CARTAGENA CITY GUIDE

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AIR BNB

Cartagena Villa (10 bedrooms, great for groups)

Casa Los Suenos Villa (5 bedrooms)

Private Villa (5 bedrooms)

Colonial Style Villa (7 bedrooms)

Oceanside Villa (5 bedrooms, beautiful rooftop lounge and pool area)

Casa Pombo (10 bedrooms, great for special occasion)

HOTELS

Tcherassi Hotel - Designed by Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi

Casa San Augustin

ATTRACTIONS

Take a boat the is islands - Islas de Rosario, Baru.

Cafe Del Mar - Go to watch the sunset and have drinks.

Walk/bike ride the old city streets.

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DINING

Don Juan 

Maria 

El Kilo - Cute decor with gorgeous marble bar and great drinks. 

MisturaPeruvian Japanese food + music.

Bohemia

Juan del Mar Amazing street entertainment and shows while dining outside in the plaza. Order every kind of pizza!

Pasteleria MilaThe best desserts in town. Try the cuatro leches.

Vera Restaurant at Silvia Tcherassi Hotel

Club Pesca Restaurant

Epoca Cafe - Cute, casual cafe to grab a coffee or lunch.

Crepes & Waffles - Casual dining, ice cream & juices.

SHOPPING

St. Dom - Discover local Colombia designers. The store carries both women's & mens clothing and accessories. Everything is SO cute. 

Street Shopping - For local souvenirs. 

NH Galeria - High end fashion, art, and interior design. 

Lucy Jewelry - For Emeralds! Columbia is the world's largest producer. 

Abaco Liberia & Cafe - Books on the best art, photography, and architecture in Cartagena. 

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SOMETHING BEACHY- cartagena, colombia

NIGHTLIFE

El Baron - The best cocktail bar in Cartagena. 

La Movida - We went drinking and dancing almost every night here! They play the best Reggaetone music in the back room. 

La Jugada 

Cafe Havana - For a night of salsa dancing!

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I will DEFINITELY be coming back to Colombia soon and hope to visit the city of Bogata. The people, the weather, the culture....Colombia you have my heart forever!

You can shop all looks from the trip HERE on Foray. Please leave any comments or questions below. Happy to help with travel recs xx

Esperanza Resort

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Ah Cabo, you never disappoint! Growing up in Southern California, Mexico has become my go to destination for a quick, beachy getaway. 

I recently stayed at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas with Becca Tilley and Kaitlynn Carter for a last minute getaway. The hotel was gracious enough to host us for the weekend and we had the best experience staying there. My room was one of their newly renovated casitas that had a beautiful view, complete with a jacuzzi on our balcony. Can you say dreamy!?

The service at Esperanza is 5-star and the staff goes above and beyond expectations to make you feel special. The hotel grounds are spacious, peaceful, and luxurious - perfect for a special occasion or relaxing girl's weekend! There are also a a variety restaurants on the property that service fresh and local cuisine. We quickly became friends with the executive chef, Guillermo who cooked the most amazing meals every night!

There are a ton of activities to do around the resort and in town. We especially enjoyed beach yoga, spa massages, tequila tasting, and camel riding. Yes, camel riding - hah! I have to say this was the highlight of our trip because we were laughing uncontrollably the entire time. 

We also checked out Esperanza's newly opened property, Chileno Bay. The vibe is a little more modern and laid back compared to Esperanza's classic, luxury feel. The clean, all white design and Instagram worthy bar are just a few of the things that draw in a hip crowd. This hotel just opened, but I have a feeling I'll be seeing it all over Instagram real soon!

Thinking of planning a trip to Cabo soon? DO IT! Here are a few of my recommendations:

STAY

Esperanza Resort, Chileno Bay

PS - When you book the "Bed & Breakfast Package", you will receive a complimentary margarita welcome amenity and a $100 spa credit! To book, call (855)-661-7800 and mention my name to receive these extra perks!

EXPERIENCE

Beach Yoga @ Esperanza, The Spa @ Esperanza, Tequila Tasting, Camel Ride with Cabo Adventures

DINE

Cucina Del Mar, La Terraza Americana, Las Estrellas, The Lounge Bar, La Palapa

SHOP

Solana @ Esperanza Resort

NIGHTLIFE

Mixology

SHOP CABO

Sundance 2017

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Park City, round 2! Foray Collective made their annual trip to Park City for Sundance Film Festival this year and it was an absolute blast. We rented a cozy Air BNB in Heber and hosted Becca Tilley, Marianna Hewitt, and Brittany Xavier (aka Thrifts and Threads). Kaitlynn Carter, Sophie Elkus, and Witney Carson were also in town for the weekend, so we were able to hang with them a bunch too!

Sundance is a crazy time in Park City. Main Street is filled with chaos and industry people buzzing around town. We made our way to handful events like the Robert Redford Sundance Kickoff Party, Nylon x Dream Hotels EventTone it Up Wellness Lounge, TAO Pop Up, and Chefdance. We also visited the Midway Ice Castle Park which is an absolute MUST to go see. The Montage Deer Valley also has a cute s'mores station set up everyday at 4:30pm that is open to the public. 

It was snowing hard every day which made for amazing photos, but man, it was a hassle getting around town. We had some good laughs trying to navigate the snow - where is a guy when you need one?!!

Foray will definitely be coming back next year (and hopefully seeing more movies!) I'm already missing our cozy cabin and all of my girls! 'Til next year.... 

PARK CITY GUIDE

EAT: HandleHarvest, Chimayo, Tupelo, High West Distillery, Atticus Tea + Coffee

GO: Montage Deer ValleyMidway Ice Castles, Park City MountainGorgoza Tubing Park

Featured Brands:  Mackage, Marc Fisher, 525 America, Lauren Moshi, Eye Buy Direct

Shop the trip on FORAYhttp://bit.ly/SHOPSundance2017

PACKING LIST

Photography + Video by Nicole Moser

South Hampton, NY

TravelLindsey Cavanaugh10 Comments

A summer weekend in The Hamptons with Foray Collective. 

I just got back from The Hamptons—South Hampton to be exact, and it was the most perfect end-of-summer vacay. It's a classic American destination that lives up to every ounce of hype it gets.

I went with the Foray Collective crew - @kaitlynn_carter, @caraasantana, @margoandme, @beccatilley, and @racquel_natasha. It was my first time meeting Jenny aka Margo and Me and she is amazing - super genuine, sweet, funny, and SERIOUSLY stylish. All influencers stayed at Chris Burch's (as in Tory Burch's former husband) estate, Chris also owns Nihiwatu Resort on Sumba Island (#1 resort in the world where Kaitlynn and Brody got engaged) and I'm dying to go there.

The estate is in an upscale, quiet, and incredibly charming neighborhood and the grounds were massive. We're talking rose gardens (I couldn't get over the landscaping throughout), beautiful rooms, and the dreamiest pool area. It was basically a magical playground for adults. We had a chef who served farm-to-table goodness 24/7—plus wine, obviously.

We arrived Thursday and walked straight to the beach, then to Wolffer Estate Vineyard for sunset + more wine. Dinner and drinks were back at "our" house that night.

Friday, we took a catamaran out from Sag Harbor. We brought sandwiches and a cheese platter (essential!) and the girls color-coordinated bathing suits from Solid and Striped. They are my favorite brand to wear in The Hamptons because the Americana vibe is fitting and uber chic. We sipped rose and danced on the boat all day—it was the ultimate girl time! On the way back, we hit up Grindstone Coffee + Donuts which is a must if you're ever in Sag Harbor. MMMM!

Saturday, Foray hosted a 'Secret Garden Soiree' at our estate. We had about 60 people join and everything was in the backyard. There was a lounge area on the grass with boho pillows and blankets—the coziest summer afternoon. We had everything from a monkey to famous magician Sean Borland, who freaked us out (in the best way) all day. The event was a total success and too much fun!

After the party, the whole crew went to a packed dinner at Moby's in East Hampton. I'd highly recommend the margarita pizza and summer squash, plus the cocktail list was beyond amazing.

Sunday was our last day and we were sooo sad to leave. I HAD to stop at Tate's Bake Shop (I love their gluten-free cookies and buy them at Whole Foods on the reg). Becca and I swooped up coffee + GF blueberry muffins before saying our goodbyes.

I'm already daydreaming about Summer 2017 in The Hamptons. For now, back to the West Coast!

PS - You can shop ALL of my looks from the trip HERE.

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San Francisco, CA

Lifestyle, Outfit, TravelLindsey Cavanaugh1 Comment

An memorable adventure to San Francisco with bebe and Foray Collective. 

Another #FORAYgetaway for the books! This past weekend I traveled to San Francisco for the first time with some of my favorite ladies for a branded content trip with bebe. Kaitlynn Carter, Jill Wallace, Jessi Malay, Cara Santana, Racquel Natasha, and the creative team from Bebe all joined in for the festivities. Friday

we flew to SF and checked into our beautiful rooms at

The Clift Hotel

. We explored the city and went to the iconic Painted Ladies houses (where Full House was shot).   When happy hour arrived, the girls gathered for drinks and appetizers in The Redwood Room at The Clift Hotel.  Fun fact - the entire room is created from of a single redwood tree!  Afterwards, we made our way to

The Dorian

for a beautifully set up welcome dinner with the team. The night continued on with drinks, photo ops, dancing, and more drinks. :)

The next day, we found our way to the ocean and explored Sausalito. Sausalito feels like a mixture of Newport Beach and Santa Barbara. The town had bicyclists zipping up and down the streets, cute boutique shops, and locals trotting along the oceanside boardwalk. We shot some photos around the area and took a mini detour to the Golden Gate Bridge which was awesome to see. On Sunday, Foray and bebe hosted a #backtobebe brunch at Marlowe. The brunch was held in a quaint, private room in the back of restaurant. The table placement cards were fashion sketches of each girl - so cute!  Cara Santana suggested we play a game to REALLY get to know one another that was so much fun.  She asked us questions below as we went around the table.  At the end, she told us what the answers revealed about ourselves:

1. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 

This describes how you see yourself.

2. What is your dream car to drive? 

This is how you see your life partner. 

3. How would you landscape your dream home? 

This describes the type of friendships you value. 

4. What body of water would you be? 

This describes your sex style. 

Needless to say, the weekend was memorable not only because of the experiences, but the girls involved. I am so lucky to know such a driven, smart, and beautiful group of ladies working in the fashion industry.  It really makes me proud to be in this business.  Til' the next #FORAYgetaway!

Shop all outfits by bebe here:

Off Shoulder Sweater Top

Bag Waist Palazzo Pants

Front Cross Strap Bodysuit

Tie Wrap Trench Coat

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