K: This was perhaps our favorite day of vacation. It was our first morning and after a short thunderstorm in the morning, Brandon and I prepared to tour the city of Old San Juan. With colorful houses lining the streets, ocean views, gorgeous flowers, and charming restaurants to cool off in, we felt like we could stay forever. If you’ve missed our last few posts, be sure and check out 7 Reasons Why You Should Go to Puerto Rico and our review of the Condado Vanderbilt.
B: Our first morning in Puerto Rico was a blast. We started the day off right with a manatee sighting, following it with a lengthy stroll through the straight streets of Old San Juan. We loved that the streets and sidewalks were not crowded with pedestrians. Several residential streets contained no street signs, tourists, or automobiles, allowing our imaginations to wander towards what variety of languages were spoken, and what kind of people lived in the historic past of the large three and four storied dwellings.
On a lighter note, short sleeved pants and short sleeved shirts were a necessity for the duration of our stay. The almost daily rain storms sweeping across and past the island brought a healthy supply of humidity which only increased the already warm tropical ambient temperatures. Katherine and I both love polka-dots, and are willing to post them as much as possible to help bring their trendy days back.
K: Straw bags have been trending all season, but for me, some of them were just way too expensive to justify. I know that the trend will come and go, so I searched for a more affordable option on Etsy. I stumbled upon a cute little Etsy shop with a woman from China who was making the bags at a fraction of the price, but with a high quality feel. If you’re still in need of a straw bag and want to partake in the trend, this bag is absolutely amazing. It’s even lined and has a little drawstring at the top so that you can seal your items away. I carried it the entire trip and even took it down to the beach as our beach bag.
On a separate note, this skirt…I saw it in Ann Taylor and was so disheartened when they didn’t have my size. As I strolled through the store, I noticed that it was also in the petite section. I’m 5’5″ and can occasionally get away with wearing petite, depending on the clothing item. This skirt ended up being a perfect fit and as we walked the streets, I found that I loved having it just a bit shorter so that it didn’t drag the ground. This kept it from getting filthy and wet after the small rainstorm that blew in. The palm print is gorgeous and seemed to fit our surroundings perfectly. I’ve linked a few other maxi skirts below since they’re such a great option for keeping cool in the summer heat.
B: Puerto Rico is full of cats. They are literally all over Old San Juan. It just so happens that Katherine and myself are big fans of cats, and we found ourselves petting, picking up, and talking to nearly every cat we came across. Katherine could not help herself with this cute little kitty. She held it, named it, and proclaimed that we needed to take her back to our home. When Katherine came to her senses, she realized the baby kitty needed her mother, and we let the kitty happily carry on with kitty cat life.