CUBA | Part 2: Havana

La Habana, Habana Vieja, Centro Habana, y Vedado. Thanks for checking out my arbitrary mash-up of images taken as I wandered through these various parts of Cuba's capital, Havana. This is where I spent the last days of 2017 and celebrated the turn of a new year. Enjoy :)

*Havana ooh na na*

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Thanks again to Sea to See Travel for an amazing tour through Havana. You can check out pics from our excursion through Viñales here.

CUBA | Part 1: Viñales

I recently had the chance to visit and explore Cuba for the first time. And like any place on one's bucket list, it's fairly easy to overindulge in a gluttonous amount of photo opps — especially when the subject is so full of depth, texture, and history. When I returned home I was slightly overwhelmed with the load of images and video clips captured that I could and would only be able to savor & digest each moment in that of small sound bites. So I decided to break up my trip into small servings to share..

With that said, here is CUBA | Part 1: Viñales.  

 obligatory selfie

obligatory selfie

 Hotel Los Jazmines en Viñales

Hotel Los Jazmines en Viñales

 poolside haven

poolside haven

 casa y restaurante de alberto el vitamina (A must visit!)

casa y restaurante de alberto el vitamina (A must visit!)

 alberto!!! :)

alberto!!! :)

 roadside resfreshments right off the vine

roadside resfreshments right off the vine

 another must!

another must!

 our rides courtesy  sea to see travel

our rides courtesy sea to see travel

 alberto's tobacco farm and dry house

alberto's tobacco farm and dry house

 Generation Z: USA meets Mexico meets cuba

Generation Z: USA meets Mexico meets cuba

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:)

 Two-way street

Two-way street

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no caption needed

 rolling cohibas with the local tobacco plantation

rolling cohibas with the local tobacco plantation

 Monte cristos y Romeo & Juliets as well, dipped in honey

Monte cristos y Romeo & Juliets as well, dipped in honey

 "We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands."

"We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands."

 A favorite moment: the sun setting in Viñales

A favorite moment: the sun setting in Viñales

 Room with a view

Room with a view

 Cubano <3

Cubano <3

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I want to give a special thanks to Sea to See Travel for creating such a memorable experience! This collection of pics is just a small snapshot of our trip. A peek into Havana, Colón, Matanzas, and the people, places, things (and everything in between) coming soon! :)

DALE ERAMO x KRISTIN AYTONA (PART 1)

Before I knew of or met interior designer Dale Eramo, I had already idolized his larger than life presence through his commercial work as the former Merchandising Director for Christian Louboutin; think Saks Fifth Avenue brandshop launch with neon lights and cascading blue teardrop glass chandelier (or) the highly anticipated introduction of Christian Louboutin Beaute with mesmerizing window displays of an imaginary city called Loubiville. Luckily for me, I was introduced to Dale and since then have become friends with the visionaire. While I am now just as drawn to his energy and thirst for life on a personal level, I never take for granted being in the company of such a talented force — my eyes and ears will always sparkle with delight any time he speaks from his creative vision. 

Last Spring I met up with Dale at the home of a personal client; a spacious brooklyn loft with each room denoting a particular, singular personality from the next, while seamlessly forming one cohesive living space with a bold but playful array of patterns and textures in every corner. Check out some of the photos I took which include a few of my favorite moments: the Kelly Wearstler wallpaper anchored in the bedroom, "Blood Sweat and Tears" book by Bruce Weber and Gibson electric guitar on display in the office, the minimalist mixture of a wooden bowl centerpiece on a oversized steel dining table, and pops of floral detail complementing each space. 

Interiors: Dale Eramo
Photography: © Kristin Aytona

 

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Thank you so much for joining me here on my revamped site, KAYTONA.COM. I'm so happy to finally share a one-stop-shop destination featuring projects and creations that I've poured myself into. Please be patient as I migrate (blog and other) content from the different sites I've built over the years to this new space. It takes a bit of time, but I am happily deep within the process. In the meantime, you can check out my archive of blog posts HERE and HERE. Thank you once again. I see you and all your love and support — know that it is always appreciated beyond words!