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Montreal Pride 2017 and the First Canada Pride: PHOTOS

After nearly two weeks of celebrating Canada’s LGBT movement and the community in Montreal during its annual Pride festivities, hundreds of thousands gathered for the Fierté Montréal (aka Montréal Pride) parade on Sunday where 270 different groups marched. Among those marching were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the openly gay Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, which was historic as it was the first time a foreign head of state was participating in a Canadian pride parade.

This year’s celebrations were quite special for it not only being Fierté Montréal’s tenth anniversary, but also Montréal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th. These two milestones for the city and nation also brought on a new concept for the nation, a Canada Pride, and it made sense for Montréal to hose the first edition. Canada Pride will occur every four years across different places in the country.

Enjoy more photos from Fierté Montréal below, plus more about the events:

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30 Photos That’ll Make You Want To Visit Iceland

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Fresh from a week in Iceland with Gray Line Worldwide, I got a chance to go through my photos and picked out a bunch that hopefully will inspire you to visit the beautiful island country. 

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When planning the trip with Gray Line, I of course made sure to include the Blue Lagoon on my list of to-dos, and to see different national parks, waterfalls, the glacier and other natural wonders Iceland has. Some surprises to me were the unique horses, the amazing food (hands down the best dairy I’ve ever had), and how cool the black sand beaches were.

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Billy Reid Spring 2015 Collection and Backstage Moments

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For his upcoming spring collection Billy Reid presented with a runway show at the Refectory in the Highline Hotel, New York once again. I got a chance to be backstage, but first, the clothes.

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The spring 2015 collection is said to be built from the concept of easing silhouettes and softening the structure and fabrics of the garments to create a modern, urban take on unstructured soft dressing. This resulted in comfortable outfits with light tailoring for a relaxed-chic looks as show by the above. Patterns played a role of course, as did oversized T-shirts, airy outwear, and long shorts and cropped pants paired tassel loafers, Espadrilles, K-SWISS leather sneakers or other footwear.

I’ll be sharing my favorites from the collection once NYFW wraps up, but in the meantime here’s my photo diary of being backstage at Billy Reid spring 2015. My favorite photo has to be the model selfie I stumbled upon when they were getting ready to rehearse, and possibly also Billy cooling off the models before the show by pressing iced cold cans on their necks. See those, grooming, dressing and more moments below:  Read the rest of this entry

Travel Inspiration: Bogota, Colombia – La Candelaria & Monserrate

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Following last week’s Travel Inspiration photo series with Cartagena de Indias, be inspired to hop on the next flight to venture down to Colombia to experience the  metropolitan life of Bogota (four hours from LAN Airlines‘ Miami hub). Below, enjoy a set of over 30 images of Bogota’s oldest district, La Candelaria, and the surreal mountain escape of Monserrate (pictured above)—just a cable car away.

Picture yourself in place of my accompanying travel bag on this journey, the Bleecker Legacy Weekend Tote, shown in a couple of the photos below, and make sure to check out my story on luxury travel in Colombia for Latina.com.

Bogota, Colombia:

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As the oldest part of Bogota, La Candelaria is full of history and character. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles, and the neighborhood is home to hostels, universities, libraries and museums. Among the museums, I got to visit the Botero Museum (containing the full-figure works by painter/sculptor Fernando Botero, and works by Monet and Picasso from Botero’s private collection) and the Gold Museum (housing 36,000 pieces in gold, wood, shell and stone organized in its three floors).

But before venturing to these and the streets of La Candelaria, the first stop in your journey should be Monserrate, a mountain part of the Andes Mountains at over 10,000 feet above sea level. Monserrate is both a pilgrim destination and tourist attraction where you’ll find a 17th-century church, restaurants and countless souvenir stands with native crafts, herbal remedies, food, drinks and more. You can climb to the mountain top, but a quicker (and more restful) way is by a cable car or cliff railway.

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Travel Inspiration: Colombia’s Cartagena de Indias

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Forget everything that immediately comes to mind when you think of Colombia. The country has been improving its image, especially in many major cities of business and travelers  (with tourism tripling since 2006). On a trip for Latina.com, I got to experience the relaxed Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena for short) and the thriving metropolitan life in Bogota.

Continuing our Travel Inspiration photo series, see select images that’ll make you want to hop the next flight to Colombia. Both Cartagena and Bogota are accessible by a two-to-four hour flight from LAN Airlines‘ Miami hub, depending where you go first.

To accompany me, I selected the handsome and strong Bleecker Legacy Weekend Tote from Coach which proved to be perfect for any weather as we experienced tropical rain the first day in Cartagena, sun with high humidity the next, and Bogota’s unpredictable weather patterns brought a little of all the elements. Picture yourself in its place in a couple of the photos below, and stay tuned for the post on Bogota as well.

Cartagena, Colombia:

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A rainy morning, our journey starts high above all of Cartagena in Cerro de La Popa, a convent that attracts tourists for being the highest peak in town and providing spectacular city views at just under 500 feet above ground. Read the rest of this entry

A Picture’s Worth And Travel Inspiration For First Timers To London + Paris

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A hundred years old, the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is undoubtedly cliché. However, we can’t deny that it still holds true for photographs that are laced with memory and depth.

While we have our smartphones to snap our daily happenings, the quality and detail of photo that comes from an actual camera still trumps the lens of an iPhone. A camera is also like a third eye that can provide a different perspective to what you would normally see, especially if your digital camera still has a viewer, and can create truly beautiful shots.

I remember my first trips to both London and Paris back in winter 2008 and spring 2010, respectively. In full  tourist mode, which I at times still find myself during each visit, I snapped hundreds of photos of iconic cities to always remind myself I was there (since at the time I didn’t know if I would be able to go back). Read the rest of this entry

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