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Cuba with Billabong Diary.

July 17, 2015

One of my dreams was fulfilled. Last month, I had the opportunity to visit a country that has been on my bucket-list for the longest, Cuba. Can’t even begin to express the joy and excitement I anticipated when I found out about the trip. All I could think and imagine were the beautiful people with endless stories to tell, the classic cars around every corner, the loud and vibrant music, the delicious homemade rice and beans with meat, and most importantly, the hope. Peoples hope to continue to look forward and remain positive.

I teamed up with Billabong to visit this beautiful country and showcase some of my favorite Billabong pieces while exploring the city. We spent four days between Habana and Varadero Playa which was a great mix of city and beach.

Our time in Habana was spent roaming around the neighborhoods, talking to locals, taking photos of cars, people and walls/buildings. The streets in Habana were filled with so much charm, at times I felt like certain streets told a story. It definitely felt like you were walking back into time. Almost every single wall was deteriorating, but I love how the wear showed character and history. The little kids playing soccer or roller blading on almost every corner brought me so much joy because you could see happiness and not one care in the world in their eyes. It was amazing.

We then drove about 2.5 hours away from Habana to explore the beach, Varadero. Probably one of the most beautiful and clean beaches I’ve been to date. From the cristal clear water, to how luke warm it was, to how soft the sand was, Varadero was a dream! Our hotel was right infront of the beach so after having breakfast every morning, we walked down to the beach to enjoy a dip and the sun. There were awesome caves just below our hotel that were easy to swim to so we hung out under the rock caves and talked about life. One of my favorite experiences to date.

We experienced a beautiful week in Cuba where we met some of the most sweetest people and talked/learned more about Cuban way of life through their eyes and words. I got to take a precious memory with me that will live in my heart forever. Cuba is a beautiful place and I’m so thankful I got to experience it with great company.

thank you billabong for an unforgettable trip.

Happy I got to work again with my friend Grant Legan on this trip. He has such a unique eye.

 Photography by Grant Legan / instagram

DAY 1:

Wearing:
BILLABONG ‘Take me Away’ dress
BILLABONG ‘Even Waves’ beach tote

 

DAY 2:

Wearing:
BILLABONG ‘midnight dreaming’ tank
BILLABONG ‘midnight dreaming’ cropped pants

Wearing:
BILLABONG cropped baja poncho
BILLABONG ‘Peace not War’ shorts

 

DAY 3:

Wearing:
BILLABONG ‘Sea Goddess’ dress

 

DAY 4:

Wearing:
BILLABONG ‘One love, One sea’ tank
BILLABONG ‘georgia striped’ bikini bottom

 

Wearing:
BILLABONG ‘Dazed Dreamer’ kimono
BILLABONG ‘Work Hard’ tank

Wearing:
BILLABONG ‘GI Geo’ onepiece rashguard

124 Comments Write a Comment
  1. Mariel Parton says:

    this photo diary is just perfect...your outfits are summer perfect and these photos of Cuba is just so pretty <3 http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Nora says:

    Wauww what an amazing photo's! And really all the looks are so pretty! Love the brand billabong! With love, Nora / 1310bynora.com

  3. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    love all these looks! http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

  4. Valeria says:

    Your outfits are perfects for holiday summer, this photo diary is just wonderful:) Valeria http://milanparis.blogspot.fr

  5. Jade Mercedes Fraser says:

    This looks incredible! You're so right, the images really do seem to tell so many stories and that beach is just gorgeous! I just went to Mexico and it was beautiful in the same sense, so much rich history and culture. I had never really considered Cuba before but I am definitely adding it my bucket list. The Billabong clothes are gorgeous too <3 thanks for sharing! Jade x My Blog: http://www.jadewithenvy.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Sarah says:

    Loving all of these, especially that Take Me Away dress! x Sarah http://www.bohochiccafe.com

  7. Lorena says:

    Really nice photo diary. Amazing views and outfits. kisses http://girlswearblack.blogspot.com.es

  8. Cristina says:

    I love your Cuba photo diary! Both the outfits and photos are amazing! http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

  9. yasmina | BEINGYASMINA says:

    Love it all! The dresses and badingsuit are amazing :hearteyes: X

  10. Natali says:

    Cuba has always been on the top of the list of places that I'd love to visit someday. Thank you for sharing all of these stunning photos! http://lartoffashion.com

  11. Grace says:

    What an amazing trip! These photos are beautiful. And I love your Day 3 dress! SO perfect for a getaway! http://sometimesgracefully.com

  12. Anna says:

    Love these amazing photos ! You look perfect. And Cuba is on the top of my dream travel list.

  13. Céline (theblondpowder) says:

    Nice ! :) But if you only went to La Habana and Varadero and slept in a hotel you didn't really experience Cuba. Varadero is such a touristic bubble, I didn't like it and spent only one day/night during my road trip in Cuba last november. I hope that you will have the chance to go back to Cuba and visit Trinidad, Vinales, Playa Giron, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Cayo Jutias (best beach ever ! Only locals go there)... and this time I advice you to stay at locals' houses, it is the best, especially for the food (Yummy !) and the kind people ! (I know that this time everything was organized by Billabong so you couldn't choose ;) ) Kisses from Paris ;) Céline

  14. Justyna F (Elfie) says:

    The trip must have been truly amazing, especially that you managed to talk to locals & could see those kids playing carelessly in the streets... The photos are also great! :) I wish I could go there one day...

  15. Lauren says:

    Love this lookbook! I love the summertime feel! xo Lauren www.earthtostyle.com

  16. Shae says:

    Gorgeous photos! This white dress is darling! Cuba is high on my bucket list too. Shae @ Current Habits

  17. Ľubka says:

    nice pictures ! i would love to go to Cuba :) so jealous ! http://fashion-and-beauty-diary.blogspot.sk/

  18. Liv says:

    Love the dress. You look great. Liv www.livforstyle.net

  19. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style says:

    Such beautiful photos! You look stunning btw! http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

  20. Quinn says:

    These are all gorgeous beachy looks! Love love this www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  21. SweetMona Blog de moda says:

    amazing pictures, beautiful places! http://sweetmona.com/blog/perlas/

  22. Kate says:

    Wow, these photos are amazing! Kate Come see what I've been up to lately! www.lamiabellavita.com

  23. claudia says:

    Gorgeous pics and very nice looks! Love the post! xx Claudia www.trendenciesblog.com

  24. Sof says:

    I love your blog. you are such an inspering person. I want to visit cuba too. It is avery interesting country. The pictures are awsome and I like your outfits ;) Greetings from Germany Sof http://lovelipstix.blogspot.de/

  25. mediamarmalade says:

    Love this post, all the pics are stunning, and love the outfits too Mel x http://www.mediamarmalade.com/

  26. Liz says:

    love all these looks -- amazing post giveaway on my blog! http://hashtagliz.com

  27. Danielle says:

    Love every photo! Beautiful country! www.spring2spring.com

  28. QueenLina says:

    This is trip I really wanna do.. All the outfit are really Cuba-appropriate :* http://landing-in-fashion.blogspot.co.uk/

  29. Danielle says:

    Love all the photos! Beautiful country! www.spring2spring.com

  30. Kate says:

    These photos are gorgeous! This must have been an incredible trip. xx champagnedaydream.blogspot.com

  31. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely stunning travel diary, you're so lucky you got to visit Cuba looks amazing! Lovin the Billabong pieces too :) x StephC http://sstephcc.blogspot.com/

  32. Lauren says:

    Absolutely amazing! My boyfriend is Cuban, although born in Miami (obvs) and we would love to vaycay there one day x www.wonkylauren.com

  33. Ania says:

    What what a wonderful combination of summer style and great holiday destination! Completely in love and Billabong just has this free Summer spirit in it! www.stylecharmer.com

  34. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Beautiful images captured. The vintage culture of the town reflected a tradition of joy and carefree living. Casually adorable looks, gorgeous sceneries. A destination of old town and delightful fashion ... not to be forgotten. :) La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  35. Nicole says:

    Gorgeous Pictures! xx http://nicolemboya.blogspot.se/

  36. melissa says:

    Looks like fun! xo, Melissa MissyOnMadison.com

  37. Beatrice Balaj says:

    These photos are so beautiful! Reminds me of Grand Theft Auto.. Or Miami? I've never been :) Xx, http://sacosha.blogspot.com

  38. Cristina Monti says:

    These photos are stunning! Love all of these looks, you look amazing. http://www.thebohoflow.com/ http://www.thebohoflow.com/ With love, C

  39. Rosie says:

    These photos are so stunning! I would love to visit this beautiful place! Rosie www.rosiemay.co.nz

  40. Pinja says:

    I'd love to visit Cuba some day, it looks so interesting!

  41. Monika says:

    So beyond beautiful! You're so lucky! I loved the dress from day 1 and the pants from day 2. The colors there were amazing and it really did look like it was frozen in time. -M www.violetroots.com

  42. Heidi says:

    What an incredible experience and such gorgeous pieces! Wishes & Reality

  43. Monica Sepulveda says:

    I think it is one of the most beautiful post I have read, the pictures are amazing but what you wrote it is very beautiful and touching. Wanting to go to Cuba more than ever.

  44. Agnes says:

    So many cute outfits, Cuba looks so nice! Agnes x http://blvckbee.com

  45. Carly Conners Kenihan says:

    Such great photos-love Billabong:) xx Carly http://bunbunbook.com

  46. Xưởng may quần áo says:

    Wow, the beautiful girl! And the outfits are perfect on the summer! quần jean giá sỉ

  47. Shirlyn says:

    Amazing photos! Your friend Grant Legan is really talented. Love all the rustic doors, rundown alleys and buildings, and brightly-colored cars which exude a touch of nostalgia. Cute outfits by Billabong too. https://sartorialisttoujours.wordpress.com/

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  49. Shopinista says:

    Love Love Love this post! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures! I love the black and white headband, where is is from? http://www.shopinista.net/

  50. Sara Nuša says:

    Great post, the photos are so beautiful! http://sarawritesadiary.blogspot.com/

  51. stephanie says:

    Amazing shoots and style <3 www.stepfromsteph.blogspot.com

  52. Iman says:

    Love all the picture, how not too actually! Such an inspiration!! and wearing one of my favourite brand! #surfgirls x Iman

  53. Madinelle says:

    Your picture is very huge! I never seen Cuba like this! I want to go to Cuba because of you! And I went to Positano too in July and it's was very beautiful too! :)

  54. laureen says:

    Waouuuuuh !! Tu as vraiment trop de la chance. Les photos sont magnifique ! xx http://stansmithwho.blogspot.fr

  55. nat says:

    loving the picks and looks x http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

  56. Sanja says:

    Super casual looks! http://sunmoonstyle.blogspot.co.at/

  57. Silvana says:

    I’m one of those people who have wanted to go to Cuba forever- since I was a teenager! Your pictures are incredible!

  58. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous photos! Great looks!

  59. Alanda says:

    So many amazing photos, love all the outfits http://www.whiteandcapsule.com/ xxxxx

  60. Prudence Yeo says:

    Love all the casual chic vacation outfits especially the white dress, such a pretty piece! Prudence www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  61. Natalia says:

    You are a great inspiration. Great style

  62. Deanne says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! Cuba has been on my must-visit list for a long time now, and your beautiful photos are fueling the fire for us to go.

  63. Stephanie Ka says:

    Like in paradise! Stephanie http://veja-du.de

  64. Whit says:

    Wow wow wow wow wow wow! This has got to be my favourite Julie post EVER! What an experience, what a place, what photographs! He is certainly very talented and captured moments brilliantly! I love your outfits, all the colours, and the emotions your pics transmit... Can't wait to visit Cuba!! Love, Whit http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

  65. Marjorie says:

    Amazing pics. Cuba is a breathless place! xx www.mybeautrip.com

  66. Sabina Im says:

    I love your outfits - especially the first one. The trousers look like denim ( They are denim right? ) yet more lightweight and breezy ! Perfect for the winter. I always associated billabong as a brand that caters towards teens and young adults. Your post has inspired me to think again and check out Billabong ! Great post !

  67. Gracious Store says:

    "most importantly, the hope. Peoples hope to continue to look forward and remain positive." There is nothing that can keep anyone going than hope and that is the sole reason why we can wake up and live for the next day HOPE"

  68. Anna says:

    Where are your Day 3 black tie up shoes from?

  69. Kristie says:

    looks amazing. Beautiful pics! Http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

  70. amoriosdelamoda says:

    amazing post! beautiful place! kiss amoriosdelamoda.blogspot.com

  71. Frenchies Under The Sun says:

    Amazing diary and love Billabong for longtime now, really nice collaboration! Thx for sharing! HTTP://FRENCHIESUNDERTHESUN.BLOGSPOT.COM xoxo

  72. Julia says:

    What a dream trip! I love the beautiful and vibrant colors alone, can't imagine how much more I'd fall in love with during an actual visit :D Julia ExploresMore.com

  73. Carla says:

    I absolutely love your pictures! I totally get that Cuba Vibe after seeing these :) Definitely want to Cuba now! www.carlaoneway.blogspot.de

  74. Tara says:

    These are dreamy pictures. So beautiful. I am obsessed with the shoes from day 2. I think they are espadrilles with a couple straps of thick leather. Can you please tell me the brand? I am trying very hard to figure out where to get these adorable shoes from. Thank you!

  75. Morgan Janae says:

    I love your photos! I've been following your blog for years now; in fact, yours was one of the first I'd ever seen, and it's still to this day one of my favorites. Amazing job! No personal promotion, just want to give you kudos.

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