Cara founded her blog as a creative outlet to share her thoughts, inspirations & personal style. She continues to share bits and pieces of her favourite things in life, from travel to fashion to lifestyle under Cara Jourdan. She is passionate about style and adventure and hopes to inspire her readers through chronicling all of the things she loves!
One of my favourite moments in Costa Rica was when we headed out on a boat with Tropical Explorers and went swimming in Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste Region ~
We headed out on quite a wavy day, so our driver warned us that it might be more difficult to spot the dolphins than usual but - We got super lucky, and saw so many!! We spent almost an hour floating in the water with the dolphins zoomed & jumped around us - They came so close to the boat, and it was really cool to see them dive down into the water ...So magical
Then we decided to go for a swim ourselves, and there is nothing better than jumping into the ocean on a warm day - So refreshing. xo
Four Seasons hotels are always dreamy, but the Four Seasons Costa Rica was beyond! The grounds were just beautiful, working into the landscape so naturally, and the beach was so gorgeous!
I also loved that there were so many animals to spot! Lizards, Parrots and even monkeys - We were shooting on the beach and the little guy in these photos decided to come hang out with us for awhile, it was so cool to just watch him climb around on the trees and have a little flower snack.
I definitely never wanted to leave the Four Seasons Paradise - I am already excited to head back to Costa Rica and especially to the resort!
Nothing better than watching a the sunset on the beach! So beautiful.
I am obsessed with sets lately, and really love POSSE because all of their pieces are made from natural materials and this linen set is a dream for travel.
Also living in my CJxMA Melanie Auld Modern Hoops, they are my most favourite earrings and I almost never take them off. The only ones I will replace them for are the new Mini Modern Hoops that Mel just released, so easy to wear and perfect for everyday.
If you visit Mal Pais in Costa Rica, definitely make a trip to Montezuma! There are tons of water falls that you can visit, and the trails are so lush with tons of birds & monkeys to see, it is beautiful!
Casa Chameleon has a main hotel in Mal Pais (as well as another property in the Guanacaste area), but we stayed at one of their three Private Villas -and it was amazing!
Mal Pais is the one of the more lush area's in Costa Rica (even though it was the dry season while we were visiting, there were still so much greenery it was gorgeous) and the Ocio Villa makes you feel like you are staying in the middle of the jungle~You can hear the birds chirping in the morning (as well as the howler monkey's!) and you wake up looking out over the ocean, it is the happiest spot.
Our villa was a dream home - The inside/outside living is always my favourite way to be, with a living & dining room outdoors and a wall of doors in the bedrooms that fully open so you can have an open bedroom with an ocean view. Breathtaking!!
We also have a full kitchen set up at our villa so we were able to have lots of drinks & snacks on hand as well when we didn't feel like venturing out of our little paradise. It would be the best spot for a family get together or wedding - There are three villa's in total at Casa Chameleon, so if you rented all three it would make the ultimate getaway spot for a group!
My favourite part about the villa was definitely the pool - It was huge and overlooked the amazing view - We spent as much time as we could there relaxing and just enjoying the feeling of being in nature.
Because the villas themselves are so private, we had an ATV to get us around which was so much fun! At first I was so nervous, but an hour into driving I never wanted to get off!
We drove to have breakfast in the morning at Casa Chameleon (where I had the best Huevos Rancheros I've ever had, I ate them every morning along with fresh fruit & fresh juice, it was amazing! Also, the staff took amazing care of us and were always so friendly & welcoming) and we drove our ATV to the beach (about a 15 minute drive down the hill) and into the cutest town, Santa Teresa (more on that coming up).
I definitely never wanted to leave our Ocio Villa, it was one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in, and I loved every minute!
The Fairmont Pacific Rim is my home away from home, and the perfect spot for a stay-cation in Vancouver - It is my absolute favourite!
When I want to feel a million miles away, I head to the Fairmont Pacific Rim. My shoulders instantly drop when I walk in their doors - The Fairmont Pac Rim staff is so amazing and takes care of everything (sometimes before you even know you need it!) and their rooms & suites are just breathtaking. The views are just magical! It is so relaxing to be able to look out at the ocean.
If I need a little getaway, or to relax in their spa (it is also my favourite in the city, but it books up quickly for massages so make sure to call ahead! Also, their therapists are the absolute best, you can't go wrong with any service here, they are all amazing) or have a bite in their gorgeous Botanist Restaurant or have the most delicious Sushi in their Lobby Lounge or grab a coffee at Giovane (this is also my favourite spot to find gifts, so many cute items in their shop) they just offer everything!
They also have the most beautiful shop by Granville Island Florist in their lobby, so honestly, you never have to leave once you have arrived at the Fairmont Pacific Rim!
L.A has so many picture perfect spots - Old signs, cool café's & restaurants, and even the US mail trucks are perfect for photos! Just a few moments in the city wearing my new favourite Isabel Marant Etoile Dress from LuisaViaRoma - I love it so much I even got it in red, too! Is it comfy yet so cute. LOVE.
Photo by Allison Kuhl Misa Los Angeles Pink Dress & Blue Dress
Santa Monica is one of the most beautiful areas in L.A, and I absolutely love getting to stay right by the ocean. This last trip I was lucky enough to get to stay directly across the street from the ocean at the beautiful Fairmont Miramar, and it was such an unforgettable stay!
The Fairmont Miramar has several different room types that you can choose, from a traditional hotel room to a more apartment feeling room to where we stayed, the bungalows - Which are by far and away my favourite! The bungalows are situated behind the pool, surrounded by lush greenery (even in January) and palm trees -just walking to the bungalow area instantly makes you feel like you are on vacation!
Staying in the bungalow made me feel like I had my own private beach house ~They are beautifully designed and decorated so you feel like you have your very own super cool L.A home away from home. It was so lovely waking up each morning and having a cup of coffee on our deck, hearing the waves crash from the beach - It was such a dream, and it is the only room I will book from now on when I stay! So happy.
The Fairmont Miramar was also our one stop shop for food as well - The Fig Restaurant was so delicious and was where we had breakfast every morning before heading out to explore L.A for the day. The staff was so accommodating & so friendly, the location was beautiful (it is right beside the pool and there is indoor and outdoor seating, and the interior is decorated beautifully!) and the food, well, the food was so delicious. I had a bowl of fresh berries everyday with yogurt & honey- So good!!
My favourite spot, at the Fairmont Miramar, though? The Bungalow!! It is the coolest bar/restaurant I have ever visited, and even if you are not staying at The Fairmont Miramar, it is a MUST visit.
The location is so cool - You walk through the gate and it feels like you are entering a friend's REALLY nice home ~
They have multiple rooms filled with the coolest decor I have seen (they have vintage couches & artwork including original Playboy magazines which I just loved) that have pool tables, dart boards, areas to sit & lounge, and areas just to hang out, and then they have an entire outdoor area that feels like a luxurious L.A backyard, with twinkling lights intertwined throughout the trees and a fun surfer vibe bar with couches and chairs surrounding the area to encourage you to just hang out and relax.
They have delicious (strong!) cocktails & the best thing on the menu ever- A plate of cookies!! I can spend hours here, and we were lucky enough to get some time before it opened to take some shots around the rooms & at the bar, so you can really get a feeling for what the space looks like in the daytime. So cool.
A few things I didn't get to get a picture of, but that we also loved was the Glam + Go Bar, a new blow dry bar situated right inside the Fairmont so you can get your hair freshened up when you get back from the beach before you go out for the night - and they also have really fun sit down scooters that you can use to buzz around the Santa Monica pier & area...Really fun & makes exploring the area between Santa Monica & Venice beach really easy.
Thank you so much to the Fairmont Miramar for having us - It was such an amazing experience and they took such fantastic care of us~ We will be back soon!
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