Gucci FW2016


Alessandro Michele’s collection for Gucci  kicked off the Fall/Winter 2016 shows of Milan Fashion Week. And, listen, they did not disappoint. I want everything Alessandro put his hands on.






I love the colors and the vintage silhouettes; the cinched waists and flowy midi dresses. I'm gonna embody this Gucci Girl look this fall; just you watch.

You can view the rest of the collection here.

xo,
jana-lynn

Côte des Arcadins, Haiti

Less than an hour away from Port-au-Prince, the impeccable white sand beaches, clear waters, and picturesque landscapes of La Côte des Arcadins await you. The coastline is home to 4-5 resorts, including two that I had the pleasure of visiting: Royal Decameron Indigo Resort and Wahoo Bay Beach Resort.


The Royal Decameron Indigo Resort is an all-inclusive resort with amazing views of the mountains, white sand beaches, and plenty of pools. Dining is buffet style in the dining hall but there are a few restaurants scattered around the property that you can dine in. There are unlimited alcoholic beverages, beer, wine and soft cocktails at all the bars and restaurants. They have TONS of activities and excursions which guests can participate in - such as snorkeling, Barbancourt Rum Factory tour, day trip to Sans-Souci Palace & the Citadel, day trip to Basin Bleu, and many, many, more. Many of these tours leave early in the morning so I would highly suggest booking on arrival to the resort. You can see a list of all their tours here.




While spending time on the coast, we chartered a boat with the good folks over at Haiti Excursions and spent a wonderful afternoon swimming, canoeing, partying, and relaxing at the beautiful sandbars located near Gonâve Island, a satellite island of Haiti located northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve.



Pétionville, Haiti

Pétionville is a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Founded in 1831 by then president Jean-Pierre Boyer, it was named after Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770–1818), the Haitian general and president later recognized as one of the country's four founding fathers.





During our time in Pétionville, we stayed at the beautiful Hotel Kinam, a modern boutique hotel equipped with shops, great restaurants, a heavenly backyard, and one of the best views of the beautifully colored Jalousie neighborhood.

i love a good paint class

...so much so that I took two classes in one week. lol. 



The ArtJamz class I took was an interesting experience. Instead of the usual instructor-led experience, they allowed us to chose our own pictures from an onsite catalog - or just make something up - and the "instructor" just walked around and helped us design and create our vision. It was a little frightening at first but I ended up really loving it! The picture I chose to recreate was Keith Haring's 'Pop Shop III See No Evil' (1989).





My friend Orpa hosted a paint night and I just HAD to attend (if you're privileged enough to be her IG friend on Instagram then you have seen how amazing her work is - I mean, she even painted me one time). Clearly, still life portraits aren't my forte but... now I know what I have to work on! Give me a couple more months and paint sessions and I will wow you really good. I had an awesome, awesome experience and I can't wait to do it again!

Next up? Contemplating this Mardi Gras mask class next week. Might make this a once a month thing :)

xo,
jana-lynn