Best of Travel 2014

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From 2 hour drives outside of my home in Los Angeles deep into the desert, to 24 hour plane rides to opposite ends of the world; and everywhere in between.

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Best of Travel 2014

  • It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a year and although I’ve been taking the past two weeks off for the holidays there’s no way I’d forget my best of 2014 posts! First up… travel. I’ve been extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to travel the world the past few years. Something, at one time not too far in the past, I could have only dreamed of. Logging nearly 150,000 flight miles this year alone, I calculated it all out (yes I’m weird like that). I spent at least one hour a day in a plane. :/ And yes I still hate flying.

    My life has changed in ways I could have never imagined and looking back at all of these photos gives me chills to think I was actually able to experience all of this beauty and culture. From 2 hour drives outside of my home in Los Angeles deep into the desert, to 24 hour plane rides to opposite ends of the world; and everywhere in between. There are so many places still that I can’t wait to visit but these are some of the highlights of my year in travel.

  • 1) Hong Kong: It was my first trip ever to Asia and I was blown away by the beauty, culture and also modernization of Hong Kong. On one end you have central HK booming with fabulous trendy restaurants, nightlife, art and boutiques (not to mention everyone speaks English), and right across the water you have Kowloon with it’s nightmarkets, traditional cuisine and flurries of locals picking up fresh fish and meat from the wet markets. To see my full Hong Kong post go here.

     

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Yardbird

    Lunch: Elephant Grounds for Coffee and Pressed Juices for Juice

    Drinks: Sevva

    Place to shop: Kowloon Night Markets and Lane Crawford

    Must do: Hike up to The Peak to see the view

  • 2) Bali, Indonesia: I think it’s safe to say I left my heart in Bali. What an absolutely breathtaking place. It’s so much larger than I realized with endless amounts to see I could have spent weeks exploring. You have beach life Bali- swimming, sun, surf, cliffs and coves, and then you have have mountain life- jungles, yoga retreats, rafting, rice fields. Oh the list goes on.

    You can see my Bali beach post here! And since I never finished my post about Ubud and the jungles of Bali a lot of these photos have never been seen before. White water river rafting through the jungle was maybe the most incredible experience of my life.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Mexicola in Seminyak

    Lunch: Alchemy in Ubud

    Drinks: Singlefin in Uluwatu and Deus Ex Machina in Canguu

    Place to shop: Markets in Ubud

    Must do: White water rafting in Ubud, sunsets at Rockbar

  • Tulum, Mexico: This is a place to visit as soon as possible before it gets too touristy- because it’s happening very quick. It’s island-life charm is undeniable. Resorts where shoes are optional and your room is a beach front hut on the sand. White beaches for miles, bike rides, real coconut water, fresh smoothies, outdoor restaurants with colored lights strung everywhere, fresh seafood galore- it is really straight out of a tropical paradise dream.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Hartwood, Be Tulum

    Lunch: Posada Margherita

    Drinks: Smoothies at Ahau

    Place to shop: Don’t- just take your shoes off and relax.

    Must do: You don’t have to do anything, that’s the beauty of it. Just drink a margerita out of a coconut and turn off your phone.

  • Paris, France: Oh Pari! City of love- or really the city of shopping and fashion! I’m very lucky to get to go to Paris quite often for work. Although most of my trips are business I’ve really gotten the chance to explore as well by taking a day or two every trip for myself, from of course shopping, museums, all the notable landmarks and even Versailles.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Moustache, Caviar Kaspia ($$$)

    Lunch: L’Avenue

    Drinks: Hotel Costes

    Place to shop: Everywhere!! Colette, Rue St Honore

    Must do: Bike ride along the Seine and throughout the city.

  • New York, NY, USA: My home away from home! Really the most vibrant, lively, non-stop city in the world.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Chalk Point Kitchen, Perla, Rubirosa, Lure

    Lunch: Cafe Gitane, Bar Pitti

    Brunch: The Smile, Jacks Wife Frieda, Hundred Acres,

    Drinks: The Bowery, Soho House, The Mercer

    Place to shop: Kirna Zabete, Intermix, Barneys, 5th Avenue

    Must do: Meet people! Try restaurants and bars, explore!

  • Panarea, Sicily, Italy: My obsession with Italy started years ago long before my blog and every summer I’ve got to visit a new part of Italy I hadn’t seen before- from Rome, to Milan, Venice, Florence, all over Tuscany, all down the Amalfi coast. And this summer, Sicily. Well Panarea and Vulcano to be exact. The crystal-clear, deep blue Mediterranean meets white cobblestone streets, lined with vivid bougainvillea, lemon trees, and orange blossoms; all lingering below staggering volcanic cliffs. An absolute reminder of all that is beautiful in the world.  You can see my full Panarea post here.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Hycesia

    Lunch: Hotel Cincotta

    Drinks: Wine anywhere!

    Place to shop: Not a place for shopping.

    Must do: Rent a boat and ride along the Mediterranean – you can rent a small boat for 100 euros a day.

  • Milan, Italy: Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time in Milan, sometimes staying a month at a time. Although my Italian skills are progressing slowly my friends and love for the city are not. Some of my closest friends in the world live in Milan and once you visit it’s easy to see why- the Italian culture is just so welcoming. Of course the city is beyond inspiring in the fashion world as well, being the home base for nearly every major Italian fashion brand- the city just breathes fashion. Of course I would like that.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Drogheria Milanese

    Lunch: Camillo in Piazza Cavaour,Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone

    Drinks: Ceresio 7, and to party: Plastic

    Place to shop: Via della Spiga

    Must do: Visit the Duomo.

  • Marrakesh, Rabat & Essaouria, Morocco, Africa: I did such in depth Morocco posts that you just have to read them! So I’m not even going to write anything here. If you have any interest in going to Morocco read both my posts because I share everything!!

    Morocco Post 1 |  Morocco Post 2

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Comptoir Darna Marrakech

    Drinks: La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech

    Place to shop: The Souks in Marrakech Center

    Must do: Visit the spice markets in the Medina, see the goats in the trees on the drive to Essaouira.

  • Death Valley, Desert, California: Sometimes you don’t have to travel a world away to find amazing places. Southern California is one of those very rare unique places in the world where in a few hours drive you can go to the beach, the snow, the mountains, or the desert. Driving out to the desert, from Coachella to Palm Springs and even to infamous Death Valley is one of my favorite things to do. The roads are endless and at every turn you find something amazing.

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Whatever burger joint you can find.

    Lunch: Not a lot of options! Pack your own. Picnic!

    Drinks: Dirty old trucker bar, but it’s part of the journey.

    Place to shop: Forget about it.

    Must do: Take lots of photos, hike, explore, get lost. Go to Devil’s Golf Course (pictured above.)

  • Antelope Valley, Poppy Reserve, California, USA: Another gem near to my home (about a 2 hour drive) that I discovered this year. It really was spectacular to see. But California poppies are only in bloom in April/May so it’s a short span!

  • Home Sweet Home, Los Angeles, California: “Oh how beautiful it is to travel, until he comes home to rest his head on an old familiar pillow.”  The more I am blessed with the opportunity to travel the more I realize there is nowhere in the world like Southern California. I grew up here so I took for granted so many things. The smile it puts on your face to wake up everyday to sunshine is something I wouldn’t change for the world. People ask me all the time why I don’t move to New York- and although I love to travel and work there as much as possible, I wouldn’t give up California for the world!

    Quick 5 Favorites:

    Dinner: Gjelina in Venice, Nobu in Malibu (the most beautiful restaurant in LA) The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, Chateau Marmont West Hollywood, Sugarfish in Hollywood, Pace in West Hollywood, Son of A Gun in West Hollywood

    Lunch: The Ivy for a scene, The Little Door in West Hollywood, Cafe Midi in Hollywood, Earthbar for smoothies, Erewhon for organic groceries

    Drinks: Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, The Basement in Venice, Oscars Cerveteca in Venice,

    Place to shop: Just One Eye, Intermix, Reformation, Barney’s, Maxfield

    Must do: Drive along PCH through Malibu

     

    I hope you enjoyed this little journey around the world with me! And if you are feeling really adventurous you can check out my Best of 2013 Travel– where I talk about my trips to Rio De Janeiro, San Paulo Brazil, all over Greece- Mykonos, Athens, Santorini, Ukraine, and more.

    Not a day, minute or second goes by that I’m not thankful for everything I’ve been able to experience. Thank you to everyone I met along the way, your kindness and generosity, everyone who stops me on the street to say hello, everyone who leaves me sweet motivating comments. I love you all!

42 Comments

  1. glamdevils says:

    Omg the photos are so awesome! I can’t believe that you visited all these amazing location in just one year. I’m sooo jealous ;-)

    xx Mira

    http://www.glamdevils.com

  2. wow you’ve visited so many awesome places and the pictures are just breathtaking. Paris and new York are definitely number one on my wishlist.

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

  3. jasmin says:

    wow such amazing pictures and wait to be in marrakesh in 2 weeks. Happy new year shea.
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  4. sasa says:

    It’s been a great 2014! I love the Hong Kong photo the most:)

    Shall We Sasa

  5. Leticia says:

    I remember about 3 years ago when you lived close to me in WeHo and took pics with that old blue car on De Longpre…
    Amazing to see how far you’vecome! I will always be a big fan ;) xo

  6. Liz says:

    I love looking at your travel posts — so inspiring

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  7. Sasha says:

    Wow you’ve visited amazing places!
    xx
    SASHA

  8. Looks like a very adventurous year. How fun! :)

  9. Jessica F says:

    Happy New Year Shea! Looks like 2014 was an adventure for the books! I love following you around the world with all the amazing pics you post. Keep at it girl! You really have accomplished a lot for yourself.
    Love ya!

  10. Stephanie says:

    My favorite post from you by far. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos, places and must-do´s for these fantastic cities. I will definitely be referring to them when I get the chance to visit them.

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

  11. Laura says:

    Amazing post dear! Those photos are breathtaking

    Xx
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  12. Getup & Go says:

    Gorgeous pictures! What amazing opportunities! xx

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  13. Jeanne says:

    What a stunning photo diary!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
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  14. WOW! SO beautiful. The photos are jaw dropping and make me want to hop on a plane immediately! Congrats on all your success!

  15. Eden says:

    You’ve seen some amazing places! Great collection of photos. I’ll be going to Paris for the first time next month. Great shot of the Eiffel Tower :)

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  16. Wow what a truly amazing year you’ve had! I’m so jealous of all of the lovely places you have visited! I used to live in Hong Kong and absolutely loved it!
    xox
    Camille
    http://nomoreboringclothes.blogspot.com/

  17. M A R T A says:

    Very beautiful and inspiring looks! Lovely style!

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  18. wow amazing pictures, love your style!
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  19. Ella says:

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking. Bookmarked all of your tips!
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  20. Diana says:

    WOW amazing photos!!

    ~~~Diana~~~
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  21. Camila says:

    My dream is to travel the world and I am so envious of you right now… But I was excited to see the first picture of the Morocco series because I’ve actually been at that exact location!

    http://www.modeography.com/

  22. Prudence Yeo says:

    Gorgeous and absolutely awesome images! All your outfit posts are extremely beautiful and the scenic traveling pictures are breath-taking too! Makes me dream of traveling the world now, so inspirational!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

  23. Laëtitia says:

    That’s a lot of dreamy places to visit, you’re so lucky !!

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  24. Stephanie says:

    Love it Shea! Your photos are always gorgeous and your style is brilliant. You’re such an inspiration!! Congrats on a great year!

  25. Whitney says:

    Beautitful pictures & beautiful places, so inspiring! You’re definitely a very lucky girl!! :) Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings to Peace Love Shea!!!

    Love,
    Whitney

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

  26. so many incredible travels this year! i love all these pictures though they stir up my wanderlust like no other and i love that you shared your favorite places and things to do in each place, how fun!

    xo mary-katherine
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  27. Wonderful photos from your trips! Bali and Mexico are the most attractive places for me at the moment, hopefully I´ll get a chance to travel there in the nearest future.
    PS: Your hair are amazing, would love to read how and with what you are taking care of them.

    Have a wonderful New Year!
    TF / http://www.todaysfavorites.com

  28. Joanne says:

    This post gave me chills. It makes me want to travel so much more.

    Petite Side of Style

  29. Such beautiful photos! You’ve been to so many places. I love Mexico, dying to go to Tulum!

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    xxFTF

  30. Nissi Mendes says:

    Lovely Pics!! I like this blogpost.

    xx, nissi

    http://www.nissimendes.ch

  31. Caitlin says:

    Your travel photos are so stunning! I’m trying to learn photography, hopefully I can get this good one day :)

  32. These photos are beyond amazing! I hope I visit those beautiful places too.. one day ;)

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  34. Hi! Gorgeous images. Do you use a package from VSCOcam to edit?

  35. Gorgeous photos! Jealous of your fabulous trips this year!

  36. Anonymous says:

    very amazing and lovely pictures

  37. krishan says:

    very amazing and lovely pictures

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