Month: July 2015

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ René Daniella

“I traveled to Brazil with my childhood friend a couple years ago. We both have massive curly hair and wear our afros everywhere. I thought we would fit in when we got to Brazil because people all over the world are always asking me if I am Brazilian! When we were at the iconic Iguaçu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, the tourists there could not get enough of my hair. Not exaggerating, we must have been stopped to take over 100 photos with different tourists mesmerized by our hair. I thought it was so funny considering how breathtakingly beautiful the waterfalls are! To think they even noticed us against that backdrop is amazing. I seriously wonder how many family vacation albums we are in haha!” – René Daniella // @ownbyfemme   059/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Matthew Rodriguez

“Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine someone putting a plate of food in front of you. You don’t recognize what it is. You swear you’ve never seen anything like it before in your life. You take a bite with slight trepidation. A tingling occurs. Your pupils dilate. It’s delicious. You register a shock: You’ve eaten this before at one point in your life. You don’t remember when you ate it, but with equal certainty that you expressed about not having ever seen anything like this prior to the first bite, you now are unequivocally certain you’ve had this before. The taste triggers vague, nebulous recollections of your childhood from the quiet corners of your mind and then just as quickly they disappear. No other documentation exists that validate those memories other than your own conviction of your thoughts. This plate of unfamiliar food is suddenly the only thing that tells you, “Yes, those memories exist.”  This occurred to me on one of my most memorable trips and experiences when I returned to a place that was …

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Lotta Zachrisson

“I’ve had so many incredible travel experiences, but I’ve noticed that the stories I come back to over and over again, are usually the ones when things don’t go according to plan… One of those was when I arrived at Cochin Airport in India after a month-long yoga retreat in Kerala and was told I could not leave the country without a specific police stamp in my visa (a fine print I had managed to overlook). After finding out that I could not get the stamp that day as it was Sunday, and that I actually couldn’t get it at Cochin at all since I had entered India through Trivandrum (6 hours away) and needed to go back there to probably spend another day in umpteenth different lines in order to get that necessary stamp of approval, I decided that as long as my flight had not left, I would do everything in my power to get on it! The security staff said “no”, the check-in personnel said “not possible”, the airline representatives said “no …

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Freya Dowson

“I would tell myself not to worry, adventure is coming and to just enjoy the moment and wait for it to arrive…When I was younger I used to wish for travel, to dream about it, and even though I did a lot of traveling as a child, I wanted to know that I would be able to continue to do it as an adult. But once travel is in your blood, it becomes part of who you are, and no amount of worrying about what the future will bring can change that. Now I travel the world, as a blogger and also as a photographer for not for profits and am loving every minute of it. I didn’t set out to have this career path, it feels more like it came to me – like it was always meant to happen…” – Freya Dowson // @nishaantishu   056/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project

V-To San Francisco with love-Jetsetterproblems

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ V

“My journey through San Francisco was only supposed to last a year. It has now been 3 years. A combination of childhood memories, a desire for a new beginning, to carve my way through Creative Tech, and a yearning to find true love in this gentle City by the Bay. I bought a one-way ticket to SFO and flew up from Los Angeles with a sublet and a duffel bag.  For the first 6 months, I was a gypsy. Hopping from sublet to sublet, Bernal Heights to the Castro. I was boosted by a crazy leaseholder and found refuge in a quirky woman’s guesthouse in Marin County. I found a job and eventually moved into the first place of my own in San Rafael. I was dating but was still trying to figure it all out. I had always had a fascination with fortune and in San Francisco there was no shortage of fortune-tellers and energy healers. I really just wanted an answer. Who was this guy? When would I meet him? Where the hell …

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Megan Southerland

“Waking up just where you want to be…whether it be in your own bed, on a beach someplace quiet, or next to your favorite person…nothing starts a day better than that feeling…Immediately followed by a good cup of coffee of course! One of my favorite mornings still traces back to Formentera…when the sun was ablaze and the water was just right…” – Megan Southerland   054/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project

Steve Cohen

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Steve Cohen

“I was in Bajawa, Indonesia, looking to explore the indigenous interior of Flores. I met a local who knew of a harvest festival at a remote village. We picked up a German tourist en route, then spent three hours trekking by motorbike past the jungle covered valleys, looming volcanoes, and wild rivers of Flores… We arrived to find the young men in a field surrounded by an enthralled crowd, but we immediately became the main attraction. I learned through my guide that we were the first westerners to visit the town. The men were boxing with a sacred object made from a sharply notched rope block dipped in sacrificed pigs blood, one blow from which easily broke skin… While I opted not to partake in this passage of manhood, enough rounds of palm “wine” and prodding by the locals was beginning to work up my courage. Fortunately, the festival wound down and I was invited by the chief to feast with the men on the rare delicacy of pork stew…” – Steve Cohen   053/100 …

Mid-life crisis 100 day project

Mid-Life Crisis Averted!

The journey from 25 to 50 days of confessions was a spirited test of endurance. The continuous momentum I was able to gather at the beginning of my challenge with lining up subject after subject, who readily respected deadlines and the collaborative creative process, vanquished and I was left stuck and muddled in a path that only seemed to lead to frustration. I agonized about whether my questions were engaging enough…I wondered if I was too passive or assertive with follow-ups…I pondered about whether I was crazy for taking this task on in the first place… Yet, every time I questioned whether my project was effective with my initial intent of connecting, inspiring and redefining cultural norms through shared travel experiences, I was reminded of its significance via little nudges in the form of a kind note of appreciation from one of my subjects, inbox inquiries from strangers wanting to be part of the project and general enthusiasm over the idea popping up in water-cooler conversations. It became apparent that I didn’t have a choice …

Vintage 70s Travel

Travel Style: Vintage 70s

70s fashion has always inspired me to be more audacious with mixing bold prints, patterns, colors and high & low statement pieces in an unruly manner. One weekend this summer, I teamed up with photographer and Jetsetter Problems motley crew member, Cesarin Mateo and kindred fashionista, Kivvi Rachelle Roberts to explore the streets of lower Manhattan through a retro lens. Here’s a photo set from our session, “Wild & Free: The Rebirth” which was influenced by the unabashed attitude of 70s fashion set to the raw, gritty grooves of a Curtis Mayfield soundtrack…   Creative Direction: Khadijat Oseni, Cesarin Mateo & Kivvi Rachelle Roberts Photography: Cesarin Mateo Models & Styling: Khadijat Oseni & Kivvi Rachelle Roberts Apparel Credits: On Khadijat – BCBG (Boots), H&M (Belt), Missoni (Scarf), Urban Outfitters (Romper, Sunglasses, Stockings), Zara (Trench Coat), Vintage (Jewelry) On Kivvi – A.P.C. (Pants, Wedges), Miu Miu (Sunglasses), Zara (Top), Vintage (Jacket, Earrings, Scarf)   Instagram | Twitter