Burning Man Journey

This year I experienced Burning Man for the first time. Words and photos couldn’t even begin to explain this adventure, but for a blog post’s sake I will try.

Burning Man is NOT a festival. Burning man is a community, a temporary city that only exists once a year. A cultural movement based on 10 practical principles.

Sure, you might run into what looks like a festival while inside the community of Burning Man, but they don’t actually book acts or performances. What happens in Burning Man is up to the attendees. You can be whoever you want, dress however you want, you are an active citizen of Burning Man during this week. A community that values you for WHO YOU ARE, not what you have. Money doesn’t exist, neither do egos or judgement. Everyone is expected to be involved and volunteer, collaborate, and be creative. One of my favorite fundamental values is cleaning up after yourself, leaving with what you brought in and taking all your trash. No one is hired to clean up afterwards. It was so amazing to me that 70,000 humans live here for a week and when they leave, there is NO TRACE. In Burning Man, they believe in leaving a place in better condition than the one you found it in. Beautiful.

I spent 4 days in Burning Man and probably only saw 15% of it. There are so many things ¬†happening all at once. Of course, there are fascinating parties all around, but there is also SO MUCH MORE. Aside from the parties, Burning Man is about Love, Relationships, and Reflection. There is a temple in the middle of the playa, one of the only places to experience true tranquility and calmness. The temple is a symbol of love and remembrance. I noticed it was also filled with so much sadness, but a truly beautiful kind of sadness. So many people come here to honor loved ones they have lost, and leave a little piece of that person, or pet, to show their devotion. The first time I passed by I was intimidated to go in. Within my first step towards the entrance chills ran through my body and I saw a photo of a man taped on one of the walls, I knew someone lost that person. I immediate got teared up and turned away. On my last day at Burning Man I had the strength to walk inside and fill myself with the energy. It was the most beautiful yet overwhelmingly sad places I had walked into. Everyone was mourning something, but they were mourning together. You realize that you are not the only person going through difficult times, everyone shares their sadness and offers their love to everyone around them. Hugging, holding hands in a circle and meditating, and crying on strangers shoulders… it was an incredible sight.

Moving on from the emotional aspect… you can find workshops, meditation groups, virtual reality domes, bike obstacle courses (I know because drunk Cindy went on it thinking she’s a pro and is still suffering from a sprained ankle), Sunrise parties, human car washes, ART ART ART ART ART ART and more astonishing ART, insane art cars that roam around with dozens of people on them, and so much Love!

Visually, I thought day time at Burning Man looked like a Mad Max dessert type of vibe. Suddenly, at night, I felt like it turned into a video game. Darkness takes over with the exception of neon lights that fill up the space in the sky and art cars lit up to look like actual dragons, sharks, pac-man, etc, moving around seamlessly in the darkness.

I think everyone should experience Burning Man at least once in their lifetime. If you’re still not convinced, check out my photos below:

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Burning Man X PLT

I’ve teamed up again with PRETTYLITTLETHING to create this photo story with some festival inspo for Burning Man! The last festival inspo look book I did with them was for Coachella and their stuff was amazing! Their festival range always has so many unique items for any type of festival. For this inspo I chose three very different style Burning Man outfits that can be found on their site ūüôā

In dust we trust”

Burning Man is where my pants aren’t”

Please note: shag jacket, pink boots, black cuffs and silver goggles are personal accessories.

 

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Satin Love

Dress: Meshki

Belt: Pretty Little Thing

Shoes: Public Desire

Bag: Chanel




Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro was nothing short of amazing! It was as picturesque as I’ve seen in so many pictures growing up. I stayed in Ipanema Beach at the Fasano hotel, which I HIGHLY recommend. Most celebrities who visit Rio stay in this hotel which is how I knew about it from stalking countless celebrity IG pages, the views from the pool are unreal!

While I was here I had a couple photoshoots on Ipanema beach and even made time to visit the Jesus Statue. Hope you enjoy my photos!

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Krabi, Thailand.

The next part of my trip to Krabi was probably the most memorable. The resort we stayed in Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, is accessible only by boat as it is completely surrounded by huge limestone cliffs. When you arrive by boat it looks like a secluded oceanfront hotel in the middle of the jungle, absolutely stunning and so different from anywhere I’ve ever stayed. From there, you can grab a long tail boat to go to the other beaches around Krabi. We loved Phra Nang Beach & Railey beach, they are pictured below with the random cliff shooting out of the beach water. You can actually swim up to this cliff and there is a small area with sand that makes you feel like you are stranded in the most beautiful deserted mini island. The views here are nothing short of spectacular, as were the views from our balcony. Many people take day trips from Phuket to see these beaches as they are continuously voted the most beautiful beaches in the world, but I decided a day tour wasn’t enough and stayed 3 nights nestled away beneath the trees.
As most of you saw on my social media, I had a very remarkable morning one of the days. After going on a morning run and feeding a banana to a monkey hiding beyond the trees, we arrived to our villa to see an entire colony of monkeys waiting in our patio. We went inside the villa and the monkeys were hanging from the door knobs trying to break it! It was the coolest yet slightly frightening experience ever. Of course, I finally decided to make friends with the monkeys and walked outside with them (my boyfriend slammed the door behind me) haha. Eventually when some of the monkeys left and everything settled down a bit, we walked out and fed them and had them jumping all over us. One of the monkeys sat on my boyfriends shoulder literally just chilling and didn’t want to come down. Once we came back inside, we sat there just looking at a family of monkeys who adopted our balcony as a home and all cuddled together (pictured below), it was so beautiful. After my monkey adventure I found out they can actually be quite dangerous, so please, use caution when playing with monkeys. A scratch or bite will you give you rabies, which have no symptoms and are fatal. Monkeys are funny & cute and hard to ignore, but be smart with your encounter. Don’t tease the monkeys or feed one when theres many around¬†or it might cause them to get aggressive.
Hope you all enjoy and this post inspires you to take a little getaway beneath the trees!
Outfit details at the end.

XOXO,

Cindy Prado

 

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Black Crochet Swimsuit: Plumeria Swimwear

White Dress and Red Flower Dress: Instyl Shop