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Wow ! ok so Cuba was everything and more than what I expected. It is so true when they say to never judge a book by its cover or in this case from what others say about it.

I can’t begin to tell you how terrified I was to go to Cuba even though it had been on my bucket list. I got so ambushed by all the crazy things people would tell me from their experience that I already had this idea in my mind that it was actually nothing to what I actually saw…except one thing.

FOOD: let’s just say I survived off of ham and cheese sandwiches and candy I brought with me. However, on the very last day we did find 2 great restaurants they you can literally go to every day and stuff your face. will mention below.

Here are my tips and recommendations when you visit Cuba.

*remember this is my experience, my opinions. Your negative opinions about mine can click on the x above(won’t detail which side since I don’t know if you are using a PC or Mac…k bye)

  1. Yes, food is governed and spices aren’t on the shelves as they would be here, so you get what you can get.

Almost anywhere you can get ham and cheese Sandwiches but the best ones were from the Plaza Hotel and they are inexpensive and the best part is that there is WIFI !!! This is a big plus for anyone who need to stay in contact with the outside world.

We found two great restaurants during our last day there and for the best home cooked meals I would go to Zoilas down the street from the Plaza Hotel… I recommend the fried fish and the tostones.

you can eat fruits too lol (ps I totally forgot to pay for the banana afterwards…oops)

Our favorite place was Lamparilla 361. it was like we were back home in the west village. Super duper aesthetically pleasing, drinks were fantastic, food was sooo good and the bill was decent. YOU CANNOT MISS GOING HERE !! you won’t get Cuba vibes but at this point my stomach was more important hehe.

2. Where to stay– Airbnb is your best bet to make sure accommodations for your sleeping arrangements are set. They are greatly priced and some even offer breakfast and call you cabs if needed from people they already have contact with. This is so helpful for safety and trust concerns. Government owned hotels are much more expensive and service isn’t the best as they are ran by the government… think DMV. lol

views from my room during my stay

Our apartment during our stay was super clean, no weird bugs, and we had air conditioner, hot water, and 24/7 lights. I don’t know why I was so deceived by this one. lol I had the total opposite in my mind.

3. WIFI-if you have family back home like children and such like me then I recommend waking up early and heading to the phone company office to buy wifi cards that hold an hour each of internet. the most you are allowed to purchase per day per person is 3 so I would rack up for the day. Lines get really long during the day and they close early so you should take this one seriously. They are 2 dollars each so don’t let anyone up-sell you on the streets. If for some reason the calling company is closed , locals who are loitering are very helpful in directing you to someone who sells them on the low (slang for under the table).

wifi card

The best signal is found at the parks. hotels aren’t the best. and those are the only places you will find connection. You cannot walk around and expect wifi. You must be stationed somewhere where there is a router or government antenna.

4. LOCALS ON THE STREET. there really isn’t anything bad to say about this because I truly understand the hustle. All the locals are soo pleasant, so educated and absolutely so well mannered. Cuba is a communist country so the people don’t have much access to the wants, rather than the needs that the government provides. Therefore, they go out and hustle the tourists…which I totally respect. There are soooo many of them outside trying to hustle you and trying to recommend places to eat because they get a percentage rate from the restaurant or places, if they end up taking you there. It’s your choice if you go but don’t be alarmed they don’t do it with ill intentions, they are helping you out by you helping them out make a little cash to bring home. If you say no thank you they will tell you to have a great day and even give the biggest genuine smile. I promise I have never met such kind educated humans in my life till I arrived In Cuba.

Our amazing driver recommended by our AirB&B host

5. streets are super safe at night, crime is pretty non existent. we were walking around after 1am in the dark and all we saw were pleasant locals, tourists and bars. around the area.

6. ENJOY ALL THE DRINKS AND CIGARS YOU CAN !

7. Don’t forget to take all the photos you can, ride the vintage cars, and most importantly live through your own experience, thats the only way you can truly live the culture.


For a quick look at my time in Cuba, see my vlog on youtube. its short and sweet. will try to vlog more on my next trip.

Thank you again to my amazing clients who have become my dearest friends Glamdapper for including me in their adventures !


March 26, 2019 0 comment
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I think even I impressed myself this week. I was so happy with the way this set came out.

Meet my new client who helped make these great FABIOLA… @fvy.gold on IG. I first have to dish about her because WOW!!! This girl is 16 y’all and birthday is today btw… HBD GIRL ! Not only is she super young super beautiful, but she’s smart, sweet, and stylish… she picked out her own looks for her session, she definitely has a sense of style that not many young teenage girls have.

Thank you momma Susana for reaching out and letting me capture your amazing daughter. Let’s do it again soon!

 

November 27, 2018 0 comment
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Love the smell of new clients with great style !!! Welcome Madeline, I truly had an awesome time getting to capture your great style. This by far has been one of my favorite look these past couple of months.

Please check her insta and her blog… she shares so many goodies, click here.

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November 25, 2018 0 comment
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I just wanted to give you a little insight on how I go in to every photoshoot. I’ve come to learn that my style of photography is all about scenery.

The landscape is just as important as the subject.

If I don’t have a good location filled will dynamic backdrops then I don’t feel like I’m doing my job. My creativity is driven by art and by interest. Not everything needs to be over the top interesting, but something needs to trigger me to get that shot I envision.

When I went to shoot with Lisette from @liiraven, I had no idea what backdrop I was going for but I knew which location would provide me with them according to each of her outfits.

You can see here how important it is for me to shoot with interesting backdrops.

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October 28, 2018 0 comment
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I am having wayyyy to much fun styling these shoots. I am so fortunate to be able to do all the things I always wanted but never thought I would ever be able to. Take it from someone who believed that dreams are just for when you are sleeping. I worked my butt off for all this. Now all I dream of is for some actual sleep. Lol

Enjoy the photos and my YouTube video on this shoot.

October 13, 2018 0 comment
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I have had the pleasure of working with Erika on a few campaigns now and I’m so happy with how well we work together. Erika is a successful lifestyle blogger / influencer and everything she promotes is super relatable. From values, to tips, and even her great sense of style. I suggest you go follow her and check out her amazing website… BYERIKABATISTA

The images below are from our session about two weeks ago. There is a video below with some behind the scenes of that day. Check it out and don’t forget to subscribe, thaankkkksss!

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September 23, 2018 0 comment
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I wrote on a recent IG post all about investment and what it should mean to an individual.

After getting all the dets from Kyrz about this amazing dress, it took a whole other meaning than that of just a very expensive materialistic item that will be hanging in her closet.

It meant so much more to me in a sense where it opened up my eyes a bit on me and my investments. I barely invest in myself and probably on all the wrong things. This dress meant opportunities, freedom, and most importantly self care for mind, body, soul, and business.

I will definitely approach quick, inexpensive, low quality decisions with a more responsible, long term worth decision.

Without further or do, here is my muse… the Mochi dress that’s got my panties in a bunch in all the right ways lol

May 17, 2018 0 comment
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