Cuba 2017 Travel Blog + Vlog

I just got back from my trip to Cuba yesterday, and I’m so excited to share my experience in Varadero and Havana Cuba with you. I haven’y created a travel vlog in a while so I’m sooooo happy to finally have a vlog for you to watch!

Here is the full Cuba Vlog:

Here are some important details from my trip:
-We took a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to Varadero on Southwest
-You can purchase a visa at the airport at check in. This process takes about 10 minutes
-Our hotel we stayed at is the Barcelo Sol y Mar all inclusive resort. The food was terrible, but the location was great and it is walking distance to downtown Varadero where you can find more decent food 🙂
-We took a Cubatur day trip to Havana with a bus tour. It was a good experience, bring plenty of water and snacks, maybe an umbrella for rain or for shade (it gets HOT) and good walking shoes.

The beach in Varadero was AMAZING! The water was crystal clear and the sand was super soft.

Old Havana has a mixture of neighborhoods that are luxurious and gorgeous and remind me of modern day Spain, to some areas that look like they have not been updated since the 40’s.

Antique cars are EVERYWHERE. They at so much color and culture to Cuba and I loved seeing the unique cars, especially ones with polka dots or pink ones.

Che Guevarra is a very popular figure in Cuba, you can see images of him like this one everywhere.

Our tour guide told us that Cohiba and Montecristo are the best Cuban cigars. I didn’t purchase or try any but visiting a cigar shop in Cuba is a must.




Travel Blog: Lima, Peru 2017

I spent 9 days in Lima, Peru to bring in the New Year with my boyfriend Franz, who is originally from Peru. This was my third time in Peru, but my first blog and vlog! I was so busy enjoying the easygoing vibe and colorful energy of Lima so I barely had time to vlog, but I did come up with a fun little clip. Check out my Lima Peru vlog below to visit Peru with me:

A closed restaurant in Asia, Peru
Playa Chupikalla, our beach community
Typical Peruvian food: Tequenos, Lomo Saltado, Yuca A La Huancaina


In Playa Asia, many areas are either dirt, gravel, or sand, so most women wear wedges, chunky heels, or flatforms when going out. Metallic footwear was trending this year and luckily I fit right in with my chunky gold heels from Lola Shoetique.

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My swimsuit is from Vizcaya Swimwear, Peru is where Vicaya’s first swimsuits were made!


My New Year’s Eve glam look

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Franz spoiled me with business class on my flights! I really got to relax and enjoy my trip thanks to the hospitality from AeroMexico and Delta 🙂


On my last evening in Peru, Franz took me to Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant located in the Inca ruins! Check out my blog post about this look here:

Date Night Look // Lima, Peru

I spent 9 days in Lima, Peru for the holidays, and I just got back a few days ago! It was my third time visiting Peru since my boyfriend, Franz, is originally from there. Thankfully it was summer there so I was able to wear summer clothes and spend some time at the beach!

Watch my full Lima 2017 vlog here:

Right before rushing off to the airport to go home to New York, Franz treated me to an amazing dinner at the Inca ruins of Huaca Pucllana. I spent the majority of my trip with no makeup on, in a bikini, at the beach, so this was one of the few times I got glammed up during my trip!

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DRESS: Fashion Effects Store

DUSTER: Boohoo

SHOES: Charlotte Russe

CLUTCH: Boohoo


Travel Blog: Madrid, Spain 2016

Happy 2017 Dolls!

2016 has been a CRAZY year and I’ve clearly been behind on my posts. I’m playing catch-up now that I’m home from Peru, and here is my first travel blog of the year! This is from my trip to Madrid last fall.

Live the experience with me in my Madrid Travel Vlog:

My favorite sightseeing spot in Madrid was Plaza Mayor, a cute plaza where we had some tapas and coffee.

I also loved Mercado de San Miguel, a market that had EVERYTHING. WE went to Cafe Del Art in the market, a Portugeuse-inspired coffee shop that also served sangria made with port wine!

For an afternoon snack we went to Chocolateria San Gines, a place that serves churros with melted chocolate, as you may have seen in the vlog above.


For dinner, we went to El Sur. I found this place on Yelp! and it was ranked as one of the best places to have tapas in Madrid. Omg, they were right because the Sangria and Tapas were incredible!


Our time in Madrid was short since we were just passing through on our way back home to New York from Ibiza, but it was perfect!





Ibiza Travel Diary: Closing Weekend Experience 2016


We took a 3 hour flight out of London directly to Ibiza (London to Ibiza… JLo anyone?) and arrived in the Spanish Island at 10:00am! We checked in and headed straight to the beach!

The hotel we stayed at was the New Hotel Algarb. It was a standard hotel in Ibiza and had the perfect amenities: Pool [parties], a GORGEOUS beach with a view, and our room had a wrap around balcony. The location was perfect and right off the strip.



Swimsuit: Vizcaya Swimwear

After a very short time at the beach we started getting hangry and cranky from all the overnight traveling so we headed out for tapas and coffee. We ended up at La Griferia after searching on Yelp! for an authentic Spanish restaurant, and their almost perfect rating did not disappoint. Like Punjab in London, I ended up eating here every day while I was in Ibiza.

Tortilla Espanola

After dinner we got ready to go out to Amnesia Ibiza for their closing party. Tickets were super easy to purchase: You can either buy them from vendors on the street, or form the hotel. We found that our hotel offered the best price after looking around.

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Amnesia was amazing! Watch my vlog to see the full experience:

We headed home a little bit early around 3:30 am so that we could wake up and enjoy our last full day on the island.



As you may have seen on the Ibiza Vlog, we rented a scooter to explore the island. We found a gorgeous private beach to spend the rest of the day at and then headed back to Playa Den Bossa for dinner… At La Griferia, of course 🙂


Swimsuit & Sunglasses: Vizcaya Swimwear
Swimsuit: Vizcaya Swimwear | Use code LADYCODE20 for 20% off!

Live the experience with me by watching my Ibiza Travel Vlog here:



Travel Blog: London 2016

My second stop after Iceland was London! I’ve never been to London so I was super pumped to go, even though it was only for a few days.

On the first day, we went to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, and then Kingly Court. For dinner we went to an Indian restaurant called Punjab. Punjab was so delicious we ended up eating there both nights of our stay in London.

Big Ben!
A cute little London street

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We booked a 1/2 day trip to Stonehenge on Golden Tours. The bus pickup from our hotel was 8:05 AM. We were running late and by 8:07, the bus was already gone. Luckily, the man at the front desk said we can catch the same bus from Victoria Station. We had to rush and take a taxi the station. Luckily, we made our bus! The bus ride to Stonehenge from London is about 2 hours. Our tour gave us 2 hours at the stones, which was JUST enough time to see the stones. Watch my Stonehenge Vlog to live the full experience with me.


We took the tube to Hyde Park and walked to Buckingham Palace through the park. The palace is gorgeous but it was pretty crowded and full of tourists!


Those gorgeous gates!
Click on the photo for my London Lookbook

We also took time to see the London Bridge. It was nothing special to me, but the view of the Tower Bridge from the London Bridge was spectacular.



Watch my full London & Stonehenge experience on YouTube:

Click HERE to read my London Lookbook post and get my outfit details

Iceland Review: The Blue Lagoon + Flying Icelandair

A-Listers such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber rave about Iceland, its beautiful culture, and of course the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal hot springs. When I found out that I had the opportunity to attend the Miss Universe Iceland pageant as their official swimwear sponsor via Vizcaya Swimwear, I jumped on the opportunity!

I took a direct flight on Icelandair from JFK (New York City) to KEF (Reykjavik). Although Icelandair is considered a low cost carrier, it was very pleasant. Each seat had personal screens where we could track our flight, play games, watch movies and TV shows, and a USB port attached to charge any mobile devices. The seats were very comfortable, but my flight did hit several bumpy patches of turbulence. Overall, I enjoyed the flight to Reykjavik and would definitely recommend Icelandair to travel to Iceland.


On my first day, we went to the Blue Lagoon. It is a 45 minute drive out of Reykjavik. I definitely recommend renting a car while in Iceland because there is so much to see and do! There is plenty of street parking in Reykjavik and there was plenty of parking directly in front of the entry for the Blue Lagoon as well. Once at the Blue Lagoon there is a path that leads you to the main building where you can check in. A towel and a locker is included with your entry, and you can also pay extra to rent a robe and slippers. Leave your jewelry at home because if you wear jewelry in the lagoon, it will turn black from the deposits in the water! A staff member also instructed us to put conditioner in our hair and then put it up in a bun to prevent your hair from coming into contact with the water. Again, the deposits in the water will dry your hair out.

Inside the lagoon there is plenty of space to float around! All of the water is warm but some parts of the lagoon are hotter than others. There is a swim up bar in the water that serves anything from smoothies, to beer, to yogurt! I had a strawberry skyr smoothie and it was just amazing!

There is another swim up bar in the lagoon: This one offers two face masks. One mask is the mud from the lagoon that will shrink your pores and clear your skin, and the other mask is an algae mask that will revitalize an hydrate your skin. It is recommended to wear both masks for about 10-15 minutes each.


There is also a waterfall with fresh water flowing into the lagoon, two natural steam baths, and a sauna. One steam bath is inside of a cave and it is a phenomenal experience! They also have an indoor area where you can bathe in the lagoon.

Inside the main building there is a café, a gift shop, and a restaurant. It is recommended to make a reservation if you plan to dine in the restaurant. The food was amazing and I recommend trying everything while you are there. I’m not a big fan of bread but their bread was really, really good.

Showers in the locker rooms have shampoo and conditioner provided. The locker rooms also have vanities and hair dryers.


The entire experience kept us for about 3-4 hours, and afterwards I felt more relaxed than I feel after a day at the spa! We all slept like babies on the car ride back to Reykjavik!

Watch my full Iceland Vlog here to live the experience with me:



Travel Blog: Iceland Lookbook

Hi dolls!

I was in Iceland a few days ago to attend the Miss Universe Iceland Pageant, where my swimwear line Vizcaya Swimwear was the official swimwear sponsor! I filmed a vlog of the entire trip and I will do a blog post of the entire trip, but first I wanted to post my lookbook from my visit to Iceland.

The first day I was there, it was not that cold. It was chilly, but not freezing! We went to the blue lagoon and it was amazing. More details on the Blue Lagoon will be in my following post ❤


Jacket: Ci Sono

Top: Forever 21 NYC

Pants: Boohoo

Shoes: Adidas

After the Blue Lagoon, Franz and I walked around downtown Reykjavik and had coffee. The weather was still mild so I wore this cute sweater dress with thigh high boots.

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Rose Sweater Dress + Hat: Boohoo


For the Miss Universe Iceland meet and greet, I interviewed some of the contestants for PageantLIVE so I wore this chic white dress with a choker!


Dress: Boohoo

Clutch: Gydja Collection Iceland

For the Miss Universe Iceland finals, I wanted something that would make a statement but wouldn’t draw too much attention from the girls competing. I chose this black dress and paired it with my signature wig! PS: Can you spot Zach Young and Andrew Van De Kamp from Desperate Housewives in the photo!?


Dress: Boohoo

I’ll be posting soon with a full travel blog and vlog of my Iceland trip! In the meantime, follow my crazy Eurotrip on snapchat: lisalopie ❤




Travel Blog: Las Vegas for Miss USA with PageantLIVE

Hi loves,

The past 3 weeks have been a whirlwhind and I admit, I have been slacking on LadyCode! It’s busy season for my swimsuit line, Vizcaya Swimwear, so I have been channeling most of my energy towards that right now. Last week as you may have seen on my Snapchat [lisalopie], I was in Vegas covering Miss USA for PageantLIVE. It was an amazing week, I was face to face with Pia Wurtzbach, Olivia Jordan, Ashley Graham, Nervo, and THE BACKSTREET BOYS! I even got a snap that Brian photobombed, and a AJ complimented my hair. This trip was absolutely amazing so watch my vlog below to catch the behind the scenes PageantLIVE action from Miss USA 2016!

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At the Mac Duggal pool party with Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik
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After Miss USA with Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber!
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I met Nervo on the red carpet and they said they loved my hair 🙂

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Travel Blog: Miss Florida United States 2016 Weekend

Let’s face it: Mondays stink. They especially stink when I travel for a weekend and come back. I spent the weekend in NYC but the weekend before that, I did a huge Florida tour for Miss Florida United 2016! Vizcaya Swimwear was the swimwear sponsor of the pageant, and I was also there covering for PageantLIVE and Crowned Magazine.

Since I knew some of the reigning titleholders, the weekend was super fun and you can catch all of the action in my latest YouTube video, my Miss Florida travel vlog!

Hotel breakdown:


Hyatt Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale: 

This hotel was very nice and offered amazing first impressions. It does not have beach access and some of the rooms are a little bit dated, as well as the pool furniture. The service was excellent and the property was gorgeous.


The Shores Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach: 

I loved this hotel. Everything about it was luxurious and the service was excellent. The beach was choppy in Daytona compared to Miami. I loved that this resort had a bonfire and a huge jacuzzi! Our room was gorgeous, but the bathroom did not have a bathtub. Room service was pricy but worth it-the food was delicious. Just remember that they tack on an 18% gratuity on all checks so unless you want to tip extra, it’s already included.

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The Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood/Miami Beach:

The Diplomat is all about lavish first impressions. The rooms are gorgeous and everything s chic, modern, and brand new. The rooms were spacious and ours had a jacuzzi! However, they charge for almost everything. I asked for a fork for my Chipotle and they charged me $3 for a delivery charge to the room. They also charge for beach chairs on the beach. The service in general was not that great but I enjoyed the resort!