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Local Shopping in Old San Juan

Shopping, Travel, LifestyleMaría Elena RodríguezComment

Honestly, I visited Old San Juan this past Saturday with the intention of just eating brunch at Caficultura, one of the best places to drink coffee in the city. But then, as it always happens, I felt inspired to walk through the pavers of this old colonial city and visit all the local shops I love so much that I can only find in Old San Juan. 

Needless to say, if you've ever felt a lack of inspiration in your life, there's no better way to cure it than visiting Old San Juan. This city has je ne sais quoi that can only be described as magic. It is not just the beautiful architecture and spectacular views of the San Juan Bay... it's more about the people and their energy.

Each local shop you visit in Old San Juan makes you feel like you are visiting an old friend and you feel opened to strike conversations with them. And I don't know about you, but this doesn't happen to me at any shopping mall.

Don't get me wrong, we all know local shopping, specially in this Island where our sales tax is up to 11.5% is not easy, but I believe local shopping is the best way to have a simpler lifestyle. Since it is, in some cases, slightly more expensive but much higher quality, you'll be buying less of what you don't need and more of what you do need. See? It is not that hard.

But let's get to the point. :) Here's the end result of my most recent local shopping experience:

Collective Request

I've been following this online store almost since they first opened. Their Instagram account is to die for and I always wanted to buy something from their store. So when I saw their new store in Calle Luna #201 it was a pleasant surprise to see super affordable quality clothing. And don't even get me started on their dainty gold jewelry! They are definitely on my wish list. 

I ended up buying this oversized Canadian Tuxedo in just $16! 


If you love minimal design you will fall in love with this store. This tiny store has a modern and chic vibe that brings joy to your life. If you're like me, you will be wandering around for a while just discovering from the simplest gold brass jewelry to the most beautiful article of clothing. 

Since I was looking for some nice hoop earrings, I decided to go for these chic and unique ones, to give a little twist to my standard look. Then I saw this beautiful pen and it just spoke to my soul. 

Pure Soul

These are two stores in Old San Juan that are the epitome of lifestyle for me. One of them focuses on boho chic clothing and accessories and the other one on decoration and living. Every time I visit one of these stores I end up with one of two things: with a slimmer wallet or super inspired!

Between all of the beautiful things I saw, I found this adult coloring book and journal (as if I don't have enough of them already). Just like their names, these items feel like they are for the soul. I have to admit the size of this coloring book was key to my purchase because I can just throw it in my handbag and pretend I have the free time in my day to use it! Ha! Then I saw this notebook that says "always be inspired" and I just knew I needed it to write down every blog idea that comes to my mind. 

As you may have seen from this post, in Old San Juan every store has a story. Just do a quick Google search and you'll start seeing its magic. ;)

What are your favorite local shops?



How to Relax and Get a Good Night Sleep

Lifestyle, BeautyMaría Elena6 Comments

There are few things that I love more than having some me time on a work night, let me tell you. And I'll go ahead and say it: I'm weird and I absolutely love having alone time.

The thing is I'm a morning person because evenings are my time to disconnect from reality, put on some good music and actually enjoy myself until I fall asleep. Which is not easy when you work in PR/ Advertising, people!

Something that I learned from my mom, is to make my bedroom feel as if I was staying at a luxury hotel. This doesn't mean you have to go all out buying expensive stuff. The trick is to embrace that is your place, your me time

and you should try to do whatever makes you feel most at ease. So this are the steps that I like to take:

  • Browse through Spotify for a chill station - It's usually some Melody Gardot or Calma Carmona who help me wine down.
  • Having a luxurious nighttime routine is key - I treat myself with some good skin care products and relaxing body lotions.
  • Fuzzy socks! I really can't get a good night sleep without them. 
  • Writing - I try to do this every night, but I usually do it when I'm really stressed. It helps me "dump" all of my bad thoughts. 

What do you do to get a good night sleep? Let me know so I can add it to my nighttime routine! :)

XO, Elena