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#TravelTuesday - Colors of Casco Viejo, Panama


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It has been over six months since my trip to Panama but the vivid colors of their architecture and culture are still fresh in my head. In today's post I am sharing about Casco Viejo. It has some amazing views, unique art, charming little shops, restaurants and bars.

History of Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo was once the hub of Panamanian culture and civilization. It was founded in 1673, after the former capital Panama Viejo burnt down and was looted during a pirate attack. It was however, later abandoned when modern Panama City sprouted its skyscrapers across the bay.

In 1997 the UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site and gave financial incentives for restoration projects. Twenty years later, the historic district is still a work in progress, but that’s exactly where it's charm lies. 

Walking the streets of this quarter is one of the most unique and satisfying experiences one can have: you can witness the burned-out shells of old, dilapidated, cracked buildings along-side the chic new coffee houses, gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels, and some of Panama’s hottest clubs and bars. Thankfully the restoration has been done in a way that it preserves the old architecture and feel of the existing buildings instead of demolition and building them up from scratch. 

Before the reconstruction, Casco was a place of gang wars and street violence. Now it’s relatively safer. Just make sure you don’t wander in dark alleys or alone at night, though the Tourist Police is on patrol in large numbers in Casco and will probably stop you from heading out of the safe areas.

What to do in Casco Viejo

You can easily walk all of Casco in less than a day. But there’s so much to see and do here, you should spend a couple of days exploring the churches, palaces, plazas, restaurants, cafés, markets, and streets, and alleys. 

Shopping: There are a few crafts markets which sell souvenirs and handmade crafts, as well as jewelry, pearls and colorful, traditional tapestries called molas. 

Plazas: Casco Viejo has plenty of large open-air plazas where locals and tourists alike hang out, relax, and enjoy a coffee or beer. Check out Plaza Bolívar, which is surrounded by beautifully restored buildings from the 19th century. Plaza Herrera has a more local and rough feel. And directly in front of the Catedral Metropolitana in the very heart of this barrio is the popular Plaza de la Independencia (also called Plaza de la Catedral).

Churches: Panama is a Catholic country, so you’ll find a lot of beautiful old churches here. Some are impressive from the outside (Catedral Metropolitana, San Francisco de Asis), others from the inside (San José), while others are beautiful both in and out (La Merced). 

Food: I happen to have had some of the most delicious meals here. Casco has a wide variety of great dining options. I especially enjoy my meals at The Dining Room in American Trade Hotel, CBP Capital Bistro Panama, and L'Osteria. 

Nightlife: If you like to party, Casco has a wide selection of great bars and clubs. One of the most popular one is the rooftop bar at Tantalo.


Below are few pictures taken all around Casco Viejo
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Art of Pajama Dressing


You know, how I maintain my stand on trends? i.e. I don't do trends. Well, that's not entirely accurate. I should have probably said, I don't purchase trends! But if I happen to already own the pieces and/or it suits my style I am happy to indulge in it (trends) every now and then. 

I have been following this trend (online) for a while. (I have a whole board dedicated to it.) I was extremely intrigued by it's element of comfort and ease. I couldn't wait to try it for myself but of course I was not about to go purchase a pajama set to do so. Until ... I found a set in my wardrobe that felt appropriate and stylish enough to be worn outside the privacy of my bedroom.

If you too would like to give this trend a try, here are my tips to make it work: 
- pick a print / stripes 
- style it with a killer pair of heels
- accessorize with a designer or statement clutch
- finish it with dramatic make up or a pair of sunglasses

And continuing with my love for cotton from the previous outfit post, this pair of pajamas is also Indian cotton from Anokhi (another one of my favorite Indian stores).  

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Pajama Set - Anokhi (India) // Similar
Sunglasses - Prada // Almost Similar
Bag - Chanel // Similar
Shoes - Coach // Similar

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Are Your Sun Lenses UV Protected?

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This post was sponsored by Essilor as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


I recently learned that light reflected on a smooth, flat surfaces (like a road, water, snow or sand) can create a blinding glare and that this glare can seriously impair our vision and cause potential hazards. We take care of every part of our body from hair, skin, even nails but some how ignore the eyes. That's where Xperio UV™ polarized sun lenses comes in. Their technology virtually eliminates the glare so that we can see the world more clearly. Apparently 94 percent of people (myself included) don’t realize the sun can be just as harmful to their eyes as it is to their skin! 

Xperio UV polarized sun lenses are a complete outside solution that includes maximum UV protection, scratch resistance and easy cleanability. They take protection a step further – they protect your eyes from glare and harmful UV rays with maximum UV protection on both the front and back of the sun lens, as up to 50 percent of UV rays that reach the eyes come from reflection off the back surface of the lens.

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I have been wearing my sunglasses fitted with Xperio UV lenses for all of past week and I was pleasantly surprised at what a difference they made to the clarity of my vision. I wore them during the day while being on-the-go and then again over the weekend at the beach. I really liked the fit and the color of my sunglasses, as it is all-season-friendly (as a fashion blogger I wear my sunglasses year round!). 

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If you have not get tried UV protected lenses I would strongly recommend you check out the Xperio UV website for their polarized sun lenses. They come in lots of colors, fit into a wide variety of frames and are even available with your prescription. With a variety of lens colors and coatings, you can choose the lens that matches your personal style.

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Did you know - June 27th - is National Sunglasses Day? I didn't but since I love wearing sunglasses so much, I sure am going to participate! Join in with me and celebrate with a fun pair of stylish sunnies fitted with Xperio UV lenses that will both protect your eyes and complete your look!

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Why Is Moisturizing Important To Me?


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You know what I find fascinating? - The fact that random incidents from my childhood have become such strong etched memories. Some are significant and some are mundane but they are all crystal clear in my head like it was just yesterday. My moisturizing story is also one such insignificant slice of past which stayed with me all throughout the years. When I was about ten years old, I was asked to sleep over at my aunt's place who was newly married then and was not comfortable being alone when my uncle was traveling. It was then that I noticed that she moisturizes twice daily. The only other female I ever had close proximity to at that age was my mom. I knew from her that we were supposed to moisturize every morning after shower. But applying moisturizer (or rather oil in my aunt's case) at night was an alien concept to me. I never asked my aunt why she did so, or had any conversation about it but the memory of that observation has stayed with me. It was then that I learned that moisturizing was apparently an important aspect of having silky soft skin.


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I won't claim that I started paying attention to my beauty regime at ten but definitely by my late teens I was quite particular about my skin, hair and over all body's upkeep and health. You can say, that I learned early on that the secret to keeping the whole body soft and healthy looking lies in moisturizing.

I have been using Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Nourishing Monoi Oil for the past two years and have not looked back since. It not only keeps my skin moisturized throughout the day, it also cut down the 'getting-ready-time' into half. After showering, your skin cells expand, providing an easy pathway for moisture to instantly lock into just-showered skin. And if you have read my previous post you know how easy it is to apply.


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I recently tried the Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Restoring Argan Oil and loved it just as much. And I do not know how that is even possible but it slides on smoothly and provides 4 times the hydration. The reason I have become such a loyalist towards Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is that, my skin never felt this soft and healthy when I moisturized the old way, i.e. after shower! Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers absorbs instantly providing all-day softness and the hydrating oils leave a lightweight feel.

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You can find all the Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizers at your local Walmart in the Skin Care Aisle. And if you like the Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Cherry Almond Essence head there soon, as it is exclusively available at Walmart.
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What is your Moisturizing Story? 
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Love For Indian Cotton


I love cotton. To be specific: Indian cotton. I know I have said this before, but like all good things, this needs to be repeated - Indian cotton is the best. There is something about the fabric that cools me down and makes me feel comfortable no matter what the temperature.

Here's a random fact: The origins of cotton production and use go back to ancient times. The first evidence of cotton use was found in India and Pakistan, and dates from about 6,000 B.C. Scientists believe that cotton was first cultivated in the Indus delta.

I always stock up on my summer wear whenever I visit India. Dresses, Maxis, Tunics and Kaftans - all my summer and/or beach essentials. One of the shops* that I visit on my each India trip is Fab India. That's where I found this gem. It was love at first sight. I tried it on and it was perfect. Not to loose not too fitted, just the way I like it. I especially loved the sleeves and the subtle embroidery. It was indeed it's simplicity in style that I fell in love with. I cannot wait to wear it over and over again this summer. 

*(Other shops are Anokhi, Biba, Global Desi, and Cotton World)

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Dress - Fabels via Fab India // Other Option 
Watch - Daniel Wellington // Same
Sunglasses - Armani Exchange // Similar
Shoes - c/o Shoedazzle // Other Option

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Weekend Vibes At Dacha Beer Garden


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Ever since moving to the DC area we have been going out for lunch/brunch over the weekends whenever the weather is good. I can't stand the winter chill and wind and my husband can't stand the scorching heat and humidity which leaves us with a mere three or four weekends when we can be outdoors during the daytime. 

So this particular spring weekend we made our way to the Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw District in D.C. It was one of the first sunny weekends after a rather long winter. We had a smooth drive into the city without any traffic and found parking relatively easily. I nudged my husband to take my outfit pictures before we entered Dacha.

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Luckily there wasn't any queue and we found a table with ample sunshine. My husband ordered himself a beer (or two?) and I ordered a cold brew (coffee). I had also ordered an Avocado Toast. It unfortunately did not meet my expectations. It looked super pretty and instagrammable (see above) but for $14 a toast I found it rather steeply priced and not all that flavorsome. I did enjoy my cold brew though. 
 
What I liked about Dasha was it's outdoor seating and the overall vibe of the place. I can see it being a great hang out place (if I lived in the area), especially during the spring/summer time. It has plenty of umbrellas for shade and also heat lamps and blankets for when it is chilly. They do have a wide variety of beers which are anywhere from moderately priced to super expensive but you have a choice. 

We might return for beer and vibe but will probably grab a bite else where! 

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Five Tips To Stay Refreshed During Summer Time

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Summer is just around the corner though the temperatures have already started soaring high. I am not complaining. I was long done with winter and the layers. I am ready for summer. In fact prepared for it. Once you are in the sunny state of mind you cannot not enjoy the summer shine. This post is a collaboration with Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drink 13.7 oz Single Serve item only (not available in 4-pack) which is NEW at Walmart.

Below are five easy ways to stay refreshed during the summer time: 

1. Take early morning or evening walks to unwind
This is probably the best time to spend outdoors and get some fresh air. It will help you either prepare for the day ahead or unwind from the day's work. 

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2. Choose soft flowing fabrics
Comfort is supreme all year round but wearing light flowing fabrics is paramount during summers. I choose cotton, viscose or rayon. The more breathable the better. 

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3. Take a swim
... where is not important, as long as you are in water. Swimming pool, lake, ocean whatever is closer to you, make time to take a dip.  

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4. Eat lot of fruits
Juicier the fruit the better. Watermelon and mangoes are my favorite during summer time. Perfect way to energize in the middle of the day. Although I always carry an apple in my bag as it is an easier on-the-go option.

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5. Drink a refreshing beverage 
Sipping a cold refreshing beverage right out of the bottle is an ideal summer time treat. Since I am on-the-go during most afternoons, the hottest part of the day, I prefer carry a drink in my bag for a refreshing coffee-fix on a hot summer day. 

There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in traffic or buried in work and not having access to a cold beverage. Good news: Starbucks has a brilliant solution - Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® [Coffee Drink 13.7 oz Single Serve] that you can get (i.e. stock up on in bulk) at your nearest Walmart. Head to the Boxed Juices/Drink Mixes aisle, grab a bottle, refrigerate it and grab and go before leaving your home. 

It is a bonus that there is also a Starbucks Rewards offer for Walmart shoppers to Buy 3 Ready to Drink products get 35 stars (In-store only, receipt verification).

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