An Andean Experience at CIRQA in Arequipa

August 15, 2022

Arequipa view, Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Relaxing massage at Cirqa, Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Exploring Arequipa, Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Rooftop, Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com Room at Cirqa, Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Formally, the word 'Cirqa' comes from ‘circa’ which refers to its meaning with a certain moment or period in time. It is written with a 'Q' as in the city's name, Arequipa. We had the pleasure of lodging for one full day and one night at this wonderful property in the heart of this city. Staying at CIRQA a Relais & Châteaux hotel was such a treat as it is not just a chic place to rest but it is also a site with great historical significance. The hotel's architecture combines sillar stones that are unique to the formation of this city as it is also nicknamed, Arequipa - La Blanca Ciudad (The White City).

For the majority of our stay, we loved hanging in the common area as it is always well-ambiance with relaxing music and the staff is always ready to offer up something calming to drink. Our room was cozy and we had a wonderful night of rest. We also took advantage of the spa and had one of the best massages that we both have had in a long time. The property also comes with a super hip rooftop where we enjoyed drinks on our first evening after our massages. All of the amenities along with the thoughtful staff that remains really connected with you during your stay make you feel incredibly welcomed. After being in many luxurious accommodations, I've come to realize that what sets some apart from others is replicating that feeling of being cozy at home, and anything you may ask for doesn't come off as an inconvenience.


Front door Cirqa, Cirqa a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the center of Arequipa Peru / FOREVERVANNY.com
Wearing: The Frankie Shop blazer, Urban Outfitter bodysuit, Reformation skirt, Common Project sneakers and Yuzefi pretzel bag.


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Camera Gear Used: Nikon D600 (body only) with 50mm F1/4 and 24-70mm F3.5 lens. CIRQA by Andean Experience - Relais & Châteaux
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A Vacation Dress to Repeat

July 22, 2022

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The general awareness of sustainable fashion brands and conscious consumption of clothing has increased tremendously in recent years. As someone who has been quietly advocating for a more thoughtful approach to participating in this ever-changing fashion industry, I'm really happy to see this shift in mindset. Personally, I think it’s extremely important to consider our consumption of clothing first and foremost while urging for a more sustainable fashion industry. At the end of the day, most fashion brands are businesses and the principle of any thriving business is products and demands.

Plus, let's say you're one of those people who don't believe in the fact that your small action will make a dent in the world, then I suggest looking inward and seeing if being more considerate about your consumption improves your day to day life. One of the reasons why I've always been passionate about fashion is that, I think it extremely poetic that, no matter who you are, you are always dressed in something specific about your life.

I can safely assume that for anyone who has started their journey on creating a staple wardrobe or have established a capsule wardrobe, that getting dressed has gotten much easier and that you now find joy and full comfort in the clothing that you naturally gravitate to. And I'm sure you have started to understand how important it is to have a wardrobe that is easy to access and reliable on a day to day basis.



Dress by Rixo - in Bali (left) and Mexico City (right).


That said, one thing that I don’t think is talked about enough is a sustainable vacation wardrobe. It’s very common and quite honestly understandable in this day and age to think about going on a trip and being excited to wear all your cutest clothes (that are most likely going to be new). I can't say that I'm 100% not guilty of this either, but seeing how some of my favorite dresses (like the bubble-gum pink dress I'm wearing above) have been repeating themselves on all of my trips in these past couple of years, I noticed a few patterns that I want to share to help you start collecting those vacation pieces to be more conscious of your travel/vacation clothing purchases.



Opposites Attract

While my day to day style consists of very basic and neutral pieces, I noticed that the pieces that I do end up packing (usually as back-up outfits) are louder and are definitely more statement pieces. I think this speaks volume to personal psychology as generally, I want to feel more "dressed up" than my usual when I'm away. I believe this could work opposite for those who have a more colorful and bolder style in the reverse way. I would definitely say if your everyday style is prints and color, a really good solid neutral maxi/midi dress could be that piece that you can safely count on for all of your future travels. And of course, vice-versa if you are like me.


Weather-proof

Ok, I don't mean that your dress is also a windbreaker- so hear me out. I think when purchasing a dress, it's really important to think about how versatile it can be worn. Whenever a dress arrives to me, I always try it on with several different types of shoes, layering pieces (such as jackets, sweaters, and blazers), and either tucked in as a top or worn as a skirt. Having a dress being able to simply go with two different type of shoes already guarantees that it can be worn with knee boots under for fall weather, or with sneakers/sandals in a more tropical location.


Get It On Sale

This one isn't mandatory but happens to be something that I noticed between all of my favorite dresses, and yes, they were all bought on sale. When talking about sustainability, no one really mentions about how inaccessible some brands might be and how that's directly unsustainable for our means of living (depending on your income and tax bracket of course). But, I find that waiting a period of time makes a dress that much more special knowing I have had it in my cart, and have been thinking about it all season long. And that extra attention to the piece helps me make sure that it's not an impulse buy as well. Plus, since I'll be repeating it for trips to come, I don't feel too bad about not being able to wear it right away.


Dress by Preen By Thornton Bregazzi - in Tokyo (left) and Lisbon (right).


Dress: Solid&Striped (in lime)
Shoes: Common Projects (in white)
Bag: Bottega Veneta Mini Pouch (in raffia)

Photo by Shun S.


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Lima, Lately

May 9, 2022

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A month flew by so fast that I finally found the time to say hello from Lima officially on the blog. I wasn't expecting things to move as quickly as they have been going so far, but if you're keeping up with me on Instagram, we just got back from Bolivia last weekend and it got a bit chillier here already despite the "tropical" weather that I was looking forward to. I packed so many dresses and skirts but instead, I ended up wearing all of my long sleeves and denim jackets for the past couple of weeks. I picked up this beige ribbed knit top from Proenza Schouler on a super good end-of-season sale. I loved the slight shimmer in the knit, and it honestly is why it makes this, seemingly a colder weather top, somewhat more appropriate to wear all year round and across warmer weathered days. I've worn it before with darker denim and a more dressed-up pair of shoes, but I love how it works casually with my everyday AGOLDE white denim and usual sneakers too.

I'm excited to keep exploring Lima and update this space with more looks/outfits that I'm inspired by this city to put together in the upcoming months. Hope you're ready to see all of the bougainvilleas in the background because there are a lot of them here (I'm not complaining at all though).


Top: Proenza Schouler Ribbed Knit Top
Pants: Agolde Tapered Denim
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Bottega Veneta Mini Pouch


Photo by Shun S.


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Beige Valladolid Days

April 1, 2022

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It's about time I share this final Valladolid appreciation post with one of the nicest weathered days we had before moving. I've been back in New York for the past few weeks and am still not fully caught up with the fact that my six-months Spanish chapter came to a close. These photos were taken at this little corner of our town that I passed by every single morning on the way to class. Not pictured is, of course, my tote bag that consisted of my notebooks and daily essentials, but I'm sure you get the gist.

While living in Spain for the past half-year or so, my perspective on luxury goods and fashion definitely changed a little bit. Nothing too crazy from things I already knew before, but my appreciation for dry cleaning and tailoring services will stick with me for the rest of my life. I've been on the hunt for the perfect camel coat for years but stubbornly haven't committed to one since I haven't come across one that I could see myself wearing for at least the next five years or so. But I did find this slightly oversized, cocoon beige short coat that I immediately fell in love with. My favorite part is that it's a cashmere blend with a liner for extra warmth. Everything else in this outfit is pieces that I've had for longer than a few years each, I know, I can see this jacket being this type of piece for me too in this outfit and how it fits so well with everything.



Beige Cocoon Coat: 12 Storeez via Farfetch
Top: Topshop
Pants: GRLFRND Denim
Shoes: ATP
Bag: Chanel WOC


Photo by Shun S
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A Day in Cadiz, Spain

February 28, 2022


Desperate to escape our cold little town in Valladolid, our friend decided that we would take a quick road trip (by quick, I actually mean 6 hours) to Cadiz. Cadiz is a coastal town in Spain, full of palm trees and beaches, and even though it wasn't that much warmer, it felt a whole 10 degrees hotter, hence my dress paired with a coat through the entire day.

I've had this linen Sleeper dress for a while now, and I always find it to be the easiest thing to throw on whenever I'm packing light for a weekend trip somewhere. Of all the dresses I have in my wardrobe, this one is probably one of the most versatile all year round. This puff sleeve linen white dress also works as a lounge piece, and that's exactly what it was when we would take our 'siesta' during that weekend. For going out, it dresses up my usual white sneakers and any oversized jacket. While it was nice to stroll around Cadiz with this outfit, I'm looking forward to taking it on more tropical places in the next few months.




Cocoon Beige Coat: 12Storeez via Farfetch
Dress: Sleeper via Toward
Shoes: Common Project (another white option)
Mini Bag: Bottega Veneta Mini Pouch
Accessories: Pearl Strand Earrings (similar pearl and gold)

Photo by Shun S.
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