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Lauren Santo Domingo's Guide to Cartagena

Lauren Santo Domingo

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

 

Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director.


 

Photo courtesy of Lauren Santo Domingo

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