Bratislava Travel Blog || Miss Universe Slovakia with La Casa Hermosa

The pageant world is so amazing because it’s all about the empowerment of women and it’s a global thing so it gives me the opportunity to travel all over the world! Iva Ivanova, the owner of La Casa Hermosa called me about a month ago to tell me that she needed me to go to Bratislava, Slovakia with her for the Miss Universe Slovakia pageant. If you asked me a month ago where I would want to go in the world, Slovakia would not be at the top of my list because I know nothing about it. I am so glad my career brought me there because my experience in Slovakia was amazing! Watch my full Bratislava, Slovakia Vlog here:

We spent the first two days sightseeing in Bratislava. 

Shirt & Backpack: ZARA Madrid
Faux Fur Coat: ZARA Lincoln Road
Shoes: Fashion Nova

That evening we went to SKY bar in Bratislava which was gorgeous! They had amazing food and drinks, fresh squeezed juices (I had a mixed juice drink called Bax Bunny), and incredible views of the city. I recommend making reservations because this place is always full.

Day 2, the day of the Miss Universe Slovakia finals, we went to watch the rehearsals for a little bit before getting ready. I liked seeing the rehearsals because you can get a peek of the show in a relaxed environment. We met up with Georgina Vaughan, the official photographer of Miss USA, Miss Slovak Republic, and now Miss Universe, her friends Jaffet, and the Miss Universe Slovakia staff at the rehearsals.

The finals night made us feel like princesses in a castle! Everything was so glam and luxurious! Since Iva’s company, La Casa Hermosa is the official gown sponsor of Miss Universe Slovakia, we got VIP seating (and treatment!) for the event. This pageant was like watching a TV show because they shared the entire process on how they selected the finalists in a production. Unlike traditional pageants, there was not top 5, or on stage question. The evening gown portion was pre-taped beautifully.

Iva wanted an edgy hairstyle so got creative with her hair and did a sleek pulled back look on her. I think the hair style really highlighted her earrings and La Casa hermosa gown!

I rarely wear my hair up but I wanted to do a clean and edgy look too so I decided to show off my new black hair with a high pony full of extensions!

Miss Universe Slovakia 2017 is Vanessa Bottanova! She won in my absolute favorite gown ever! Every time I go to La Casa Hermosa I adore it and wish I could get it lol! Iva let me try on the dress after the pageant and I didn’t want to take it off.

The next day, we went to Vienna Austria because it’s a quick, 1 hour train ride from Bratislava! Watch out Vienna Vlog here:

We were also blessed with a 22 hour layover in Brussels so we went out sightseeing in Belgium!

I have my next international trip booked-Can you guess where we are going? Hint: It’s in Asia

I can’t wait to share my next travel vlog with you!

XX

Lisa

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Brussels, Belgium Travel Blog

My second vlog following my Vienna, Austria vlog is my Brussels, Belgium trip! Our trip to Europe was all about La Casa Hermosa and Miss Universe Slovakia (my Slovakia vlog is next!), but since we wanted to explore we took advantage of our TWENTY hour layover-Slay-over in Brussels. This was my first time flying Brussels airlines and it was ok, the planes were pretty dated so I got nervous when there was turbulence but the food and service was great! Watch my full Brussels Travel Vlog below:

We stayed in Brussels for the night and since the trip was so rushed, we didn’t do a lot of sightseeing but we did go to the Atomium, which is like Belgium’s Eiffel Tower and got some pictures! After the Atomium we were starving so we went to the city center for dinner. We both had traditional Belgian food at a cute restaurant called Orts. We were wide awake from jet lag, so after dinner we had some drinks (I rarely drink but Brussels was a good reason to drink :)) at the bar in a restaurant called Spago. After that, we got hot chocolate at McDonalds and walk around. There was so much to see and so many cute restaurants! By the way, McDonalds in Europe is amazing! The food is actually really good and the one in Belgium had Macarons on the menu. I thought that was so awesome!

Here is my Vienna Vlog in case you missed it!

Up next is my Slovakia Vlog! I can’t wait to share it with you because Bratislava was super magical.

XOX

Lisa

 

Vienna, Austria Travel Blog

Hey dolls!

As you may know I have been traveling all over Europe. The purpose of my trip was to promote La Casa Hermosa at Miss Universe Slovakia 2017, but the competition was one evening and we had so much time to explore Europe! We decided to take a day (more like half day) trip to Vienna, Austria, which was only an hour train ride away from where we were staying in Bratislava.

Here is the full Vienna Travel Vlog so you can live the experience with me!

Since it is late October, the weather was pretty chilly but it wasn’t freezing. I had a light faux fur coat on and I never got cold. Iva Ivanova, the owner of La Casa Hermosa, had a relative in Vienna and he was so sweet-he spent the day with us showing us everything to see in Vienna. Again, the trip was super rushed but I feel like we had just enough time! I know I want to come back and stay longer at some point, and of course meet some of my LadyCode sisters in Vienna!

 

 

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:

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

FASHION IN LIMA: 

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!

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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 🙂

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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: https://ladycodeblog.com/2017/01/09/date-night-look-lima-peru/

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.
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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!
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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.

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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!

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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!

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XOXO

@Lisa_Opie

 

Ibiza Travel Diary: Closing Weekend Experience 2016

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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.

 

 

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Swimsuit: Vizcaya Swimwear https://www.vizcayaswimwear.com

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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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

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

XOX

Lisa

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.

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Big Ben!
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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.

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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!

 

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Those gorgeous gates!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: