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Lauren Santo Domingo's Guide to Cartagena

Lauren Santo Domingo, the founder of online fashion boutique Moda Operandi, considers herself an unofficial guide to Cartagena, Colombia (her wedding to Colombian-born Andres Santo Domingo—held in the ancient walled city—was the society event of 2008). The top stops each time she visits? “I love the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa ($$), which has an airy, sleek vibe,” she says. And La Vitrola ($$$), a Havana-inspired jazz club, “makes the best ropa vieja I’ve had.” Here, what she brings along whenever she visits.

Lauren’s List

• “You can find handwoven mochila bags everywhere in Cartagena, and each is unique.”
• “Opening Ceremony’s cat-eye frames are the new aviators ($165).”
• “EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen ($20) hydrates my skin after the long flight.”
• “Stella Jean’s full skirt ($570) is just the right amount of hippie.”
• “My lightweight, 21-inch leather Globe-Trotter trolley case ($1,920) holds all I need.”
• “Top off this Été maillot ($105) with a breezy skirt and you’ve instantly achieved ‘beach chic.’”

Hotels
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

Restaurants
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

 

Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director.


 

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