Guess what? I’m going to Puerto Rico at the end of the month! So excited for some warm air, sunshine, and most of all, to stroll the colorful streets of Old San Juan. It’s the historic colonial section of San Juan, and it’s actually a National Historic District Landmark. My friend Will just went and his pictures are making me SO excited – it looks incredible. Did you know that Old San Juan is actually the second oldest city in the Americas? So cool. If you guys have any recommendations for Puerto Rico, please share!
And now for this week’s links:
The modernization of Architectural Digest (above, editor in chief Amy Astley’s office) – interested to pick up a copy of the newest issue.
A fun interview with Helen Dealtry on the quarterlane blog (lovely photos as well).
How Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel spends his Sundays.
Love the pretty lace detailing on this blouse.
Just started listening to this on Audible – anyone read it?
Gap’s mid-rise skinnies are my favorite – they’re just high-waisted enough without being obnoxious. Just ordered them in black.
My new favorite Instagram.
Would you ever hire a financial planner? I never really considered it until reading this.
Jana Bek is bringing her beautiful swirl patterns to a wall near you – love it!
This New York City apartment is just gorgeous.
I keep trying to work up the (I don’t know – courage? Wherewithal?) to travel alone – good food for thought on that here.
A chocolate museum in NYC. Yes and yes.
Interesting…Amazon has a new home decor sister site called Canopy, where you can curate favorite items (kind of like Pinterest), and then purchase them directly through Amazon.
Have a great weekend! xoxo
So exciting! I’ve always wanted to go to Puerto Rico, all the colorful streets look so beautiful. Can’t wait to see your photographs. And now I’m off to read that Amy Astley profile. Thanks for sharing 🙂
So excited to put my camera to work – it’s been way too long during this dreary winter. Thanks Diana! Have a great weekend 🙂
Hi Jackie, we are so excited to launch our brushstroke wallpaper! Thank you so much for the shout-out! XX jana
You’re welcome! Can’t wait to see it 🙂
You shouldn’t be apprehensive about travelling alone. I do it all the time. I went to Paris alone and I’m going to London next week alone. I actually prefer traveling solo as opposed to traveling with a group. Of course, my favorite way to travel would be with some gorgeous guy who was madly in love with me, but hey, until that happens, I plan on seeing the world – by myself if necessary. You just have to be on your guard and street-smart about where you go in a new city. Do your research and you’ll be fine. If you live and/or work in NYC, as you and I do, then traveling to other countries, or cities should be a breeze.
The only countries I plan to travel to one day but won’t go alone are Japan and Brazil. Japan because of the language barrier and Brazil because of the language barrier and extremely high crime rate. but other than that, I’m off solo. 🙂
Thanks Gretchen. I know, so many people travel alone and seem to have a great time – I just worry that I might get bored or lonely, but I guess I won’t know until I try. I’m a pretty independent person so I do think I’ll do it!
Ooh! You’re coming to my city. Are you staying exclusively in San Juan or are you visiting any other cities?
Recommendations: (bare with me it might be a little long.. :))
Santaella (Elevated Puertorrican food ) A little bit on the expensive side but totally worth it.
Asere ( If you like Cuban food this is the place to go to)
Caficultura (great coffee and brunch in the heart of Old San Juan)
Casa Cortes (everything on the menu has chocolate; it’s amazing!)
Sr.Paleta ( Mr. lollipop in English; delicious artisanal ice cream pops)
Cafe Manolin (authentic puertorrican food; it’s a puertorrican institution)
Luca (Kinfolk vibe)
Collective Request (curated clothing boutique)
Things to do:
Paddleboarding at the Santurce lagoon
El Morro (you can fly kites here)
Eat piraguas (there like a snowcone but better)
Sit and people watch in old san juan
Most of the things that I mentioned here are at or near Old San Juan.
I probably have way more recommendations, but I’ll keep it short. ha!
If you have questios about anything feel free to contact me.
Thank you SO MUCH for these recs! I haven’t really done any research so this is amazingly helpful. I appreciate it so much! Might be visiting all of these places (definitely the sweet shops especially!).
Oops forgot to say – we’re staying in a hotel right in San Juan and then probably taking a day to explore Old San Juan. So excited!