COLOR INSPIRATION: Argentina!

I often joke with friends about my "greatest regrets."  From NOT piercing my nose to NOT buying that vintage Scandinavian vase at the flea to NOT ordering the right cocktail off a super complicated mixology menu (why didn't I pick that delicious looking one with all the cucumber slices?!?...as much as I want to like jalapeno bitters, they're always too spicy for me).

One of my "bigger regrets" is NOT visiting Argentina when my good friend, Allison, was living in Buenos Aires in 2009.   However, this year, I finally made up for it by heading there with my boyfriend, Paul, to visit his family for Christmas.  Most of our time was spent in Rosario, a lovely port town about 3 hours north of Buenos Aires.  We had about 5 days total in BA, half of which had me laid up in a hotel room with food poisoning, but Paul was the ultimate tour guide!!  He managed to cram in all of BA in a matter of 2 days.  From Recoleta, to La Boca, to Belgrano, to all the Palermos (Hollywood, Soho and Chico), to driving outside the city to see San Isidro and El Tigre. 

The colors in this country are absolutely amazing.  Below are some of my favorites from the trip.

LA BOCA:

One of the many barrios in BA, I had this on my list simply because I wanted to take photos of the colorful houses.  It's pretty touristy, so we were only there about 15 minutes (enough for a few snaps), but well worth the visit.  I'm in LOVE with this vibrant palate against the blue sky!!

BUILDINGS, TILE & ARCHITECTURE:

My favorite color combo of the trip in Pasaje Pan.

My favorite color combo of the trip in Pasaje Pan.

Legit old school tiles in a toy store in Victoria. 

Legit old school tiles in a toy store in Victoria. 

Stained Glass in Pasaje Pan.

Stained Glass in Pasaje Pan.

I'm not quite sure people need to see my feet this close, BUT I really do love those tiles!!

I'm not quite sure people need to see my feet this close, BUT I really do love those tiles!!

One of the many beautiful homes in Palermo Chico.

One of the many beautiful homes in Palermo Chico.

CAFE/RESTAURANTS:

New restaurant in Rosario with cute decor called MALALA.

New restaurant in Rosario with cute decor called MALALA.

Speakeasy disguised as a flower shop.  An industrial refrigerator door opens to a stairwell, which leads to the underground bar.

Speakeasy disguised as a flower shop.  An industrial refrigerator door opens to a stairwell, which leads to the underground bar.

Sweet (grandma chic) cafe decor in Rosario.

Sweet (grandma chic) cafe decor in Rosario.

Lastly...speaking of regrets, I've decided I really want to add to my single ear lobe piercings and get 2 more per ear.  Unlike that nose piercing that I NEVER got...I actually have do this!  At first, I was going to do it here in Argentina (b/c... what a fun thing to do on a trip), but I know myself and I would probably get an infection or second guess the placement of each hole with the piercing person (and that's hard to do with a language barrier).  So, I'll be holding myself to it and getting them done my first week back in LA.  If you know of any great piercing places, let me know!! #noregrets ;)