Kirsten Alana • Photographer

Kirsten Alana • Photographer

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Photographer & Passionate Storyteller • Next in: Austria • Home is NYC w/ @dante.vincent • inquiries: kirsten@godandbeauty.com
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I was just thinking yesterday how bummed I was that summer feels like it's almost over and then I remembered I'm spending nearly all of September in California. ☀️ It's not the land of eternal summer because it actually has so many different climates within its borders but it does have some parts that are very warm year round! 🌴 Here's to hoping that as I explore it from top to bottom, there are more warm days, than cold!! 🌊 Now, who lives in California and can tell me what I should make sure *not* to miss this time around? • • • VisitCalifornia calilove californiadreaming thisisadventure summerlivin mcwayfalls shotoniphone iphonephotography

1 Days ago
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Did anyone else wake up on this second Monday of August and feel suddenly like summer is over and yet there weren't nearly enough of these moments in the last few months?! I'm already talking with my agent at @gnbinfluence about October/November/December projects and last week I booked a speaking gig in January. Time is flying too fast!!!! On the other hand, I'm excited about what's coming up. With my new focus and with the clients I already had booked, I think there are some awesome stories that I will get to bring you over the next few months. As well as beautiful travel photos from Austria and California. I'm hoping to include a brand pictured here because @hydroflask believes as I do that we need to get rid of plastics. I bought the bottle I'm using at the beach in this photo and then it was stolen! While I owned that bottle I'd been able to drastically cut down on my use of plastic bottles and had almost entirely stopped using them. The goal is to get back there and do even better this time with new @hydroflask products that will enable me to carry more than just water in a reusable container. What are some other ways I can reducereuserecycle ? What are some ways you're making this happen in your life? ♻️ Now Hydroflask didn't sponsor *this* post but I'm promoting them because I love their products and personally buy them. Learn more via their hashtag: LiveRefreshed Thanks for taking this photo @dante.vincent 🙏🏼

2 Days ago
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WorldElephantDay today was the culmination of several weeks of work for @amarula_official that began with a trip to Kenya where I met @paula_kahumbu and her colleagues from @wildlifedirect which The Amarula Trust supports with their DontLetThemDisappear campaign. It was amazing to reunite with her today in my home city where Amarula sponsored a life-sized ice sculpture of an elephant which melted as the day grew warmer, a symbolic representation of what will happen if we do not protect these gentle giants and stop poaching. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to participate in this campaign and though I have been paid to do it, I find I've never had my heart so moved by any job I've done before now. When the day was almost over and the ice sculpture began to break apart from the melting, I found I was almost as upset as I was when I first began to understand how dire the situation is for the African Elephant. So beginning with this project, I'm marking a new chapter in my career where I will be dedicating as much time as I can to causes such as this one. I'm not interested in being political, I simply want to do as much good as I can with whatever time I have left. I hope you will continue to join me and for those who began to follow me years ago only interested in travel - be assured there is much travel still planned. After all, the world is a big place and there are many people + animals + issues that need attention all over the place. BeTheChange GiveBack MadeFromAfrica 🌎🌍🌏 Oh and if you want to get involved - I've placed a link in my profile to 6 ways you can help SaveTheElephants 🐘

4 Days ago
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While trying to write about my trip to Kenya this week, I hit a wall. I was playing the comparison game, feeling like my words could never be as good as others. I was worried my photos weren't as powerful as the trip itself was. I was letting self consciousness block me completely and shut down my ability to just create. I was also feeling very trapped inside the apartment. So I dragged the blanket I was given by @amarula_official that was made in Africa, a bottle of Amarula and another cup of coffee -- through the window out onto our fire escape, and I just sat there for a bit. In what can only be described as a miracle, the nearby construction noise quieted, a breeze kicked up and if I closed my eyes while I was drinking that spiked coffee like we would in Kenya when we paused during drives, I could almost feel like I was back in Amboseli. It was enough to kick start my creativity so in a burst of inspiration I pulled my laptop through the window too and started writing. I hope to have the blog post finished today. Just in time for WorldElephantDay tomorrow. [Hilariously, I also had doubt again about sharing this photo. It didn't "fit in my grid" and I guess it still doesn't. But I think we all worry way too much about how things look here on IG. In general even. So I'm posting this anyway!] 🐘 DontLetThemDisappear arandablankets

5 Days ago
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I'm borrowing words from @mariselerm to share with you what we learned about the Maasai while in Africa with @amarula_official because the way she summarized it is better than anything I've been able to write and I've been trying, so from her: "The of Kenya carry a heavy responsibility as part of their culture and heritage. They believe they are the custodians of wildlife and nature, living to protect our natural heritage. Elephants are their forefathers- beings to aspire to and to respect. The believe we should strive to be more like elephants - peaceful, strong and wise with strong family connections." As WorldElephantDay approaches on August 12, and in the news the world seems to be spinning rapidly out of control, I'm thinking of that last sentence in particular. I wish we as human beings would be more peaceful and would be more driven to choose wisdom over emotion. I wish we would stop getting in our own way placing profit and fear over all other concerns. 🐘 I'll be in NYC on World Elephant Day showing my support for @paula_kahumbu & @wildlifedirect as they continue the fight to end illegal poaching and if you're interested in joining in, keep an eye on the Amarula feed for information about their public events. 🐘 DontLetThemDisappear MadeFromAfrica

7 Days ago
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4/4 sponsored • One of my favorite things about our stay at @thesavoylondon was its proximity to The Thames. It afforded us that lovely view from our Suite, of the river and the city, all the way from St. Paul's to Westminster and Big Ben. Because The Savoy is also located between two bridges that can take you right across the river by foot, it gave us lots of opportunities to explore that amazing view from the ground easily and quickly, not just just from our Suite. I'd never stayed in any hotel so close to The Thames while in London before so I think I clocked more time on each bank than I ever have before. No matter which you choose, there's something to love. On the North side where The Savoy is located, lovely landscaped parks provide an escape from crowds and welcome serenity. It made me wish we'd had time to do a picnic. On the bustling South Bank where @dante.vincent captured this photo of me, there is no shortage of live entertainment, street art and food options. There are even book sellers not unlike the ones in my other favorite European city [Paris]! I'm spoiled for life!! What more could a girl ask for?! 😝😍 FairmontMoments • • • VisitLon ThisIsLondon fairmonthotels travelmindset iexplore lovegreatbritain southbankdreams

8 Days ago
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3/4 sponsored • Whereas our Suite at @thesavoylondon was serene and calm with its pastel palette and watercolor views of London, my hours in The American Bar and Beaufort Bar downstairs were a riot of bright colors and bold flavors. A [completely welcome and fun] assault on the senses of taste and sight. I wanted to test the experience at these bars because I’d heard tell of their menus being more like Stories than a run down of ingredients. Both live up to the hype, and then some, with actual illustrated books laying out the multitude of options you have from which to order. Both books are works of art not unlike the cocktails they list for consumption. The American Bar focuses on England’s history and regions while Beaufort Bar comprises a more hollywood-ized version of larger cocktail culture. Stories in their book recall the lives of Marilyn Monroe and Fred Astaire. I took this photo in The American Bar as Dominic served up the second of three total cocktails that I tried in a theatrical manner working with the elements of the vessel itself, the smells as well as the taste of the cocktail, to depict the Industrial Age. My first cocktail was an Art Deco masterpiece paying homage to the iconic fountain at the entrance of The Savoy, once fitted to be a serving vessel for a green cocktail during one of the many fabulous parties the property has hosted during its illustrious centuries of existence since it opened as the first true luxury hotel in Britain. The American Bar was chosen as the 2 best cocktail bar in the world in 2016 by the world’s 50 Best Bars list and I can assure you it deserves that spot and then some. Say hello to Dominic for me if you find yourself there any time soon! FairmontMoments • • • 50bestba TheAmericanBar TravelMindset fairmonthotels TheSavoy ThisIsLondon LoveGreatBritain cocktails🍹 iexplore TheSavoyLondon

9 Days ago
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2/4 sponsored • Our 6th floor Suite at @thesavoylondon has a spectacular view of The Thames which @dante.vincent & I both have taken to just staring at during all hours of the day and night. (See his feed for a gorgeous version from this vantage point, at sunset.) It's so good it almost makes us not want to leave the hotel! This is just one small portion of it, the part that looks at The Eye, Westminster and Big Ben. Right now, runners participating in today's IAAF World Championship Marathon are passing underneath our window and people are kayaking in the Thames. Double decker buses are passing every few seconds on Waterloo Bridge. Across the river, South Bank is already crowded with people listening to live music, eating from food carts and shopping at the pop up book fair. Even though it's Sunday, a "day of rest", London is alive and well and full of life. We can see it all happen from our window! But we should probably leave eventually and do some living ourselves... 😉 FairmontMoments • • • TravelMi iexplore TheSavoy TheSavoyLondon FairmontHotels ThisIsLondon LoveGreatBritain

10 Days ago
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1/4 sponsored • Woke up in London on a plane in a cramped economy seat with a screaming child only a few feet away, one of the worst situations for a migraine sufferer like me...so this pretty, caffeinated welcome to our suite @thesavoylondon, a @fairmonthotels property, is very welcome. Our Butler has already started our trip off on the right note. I'm here with @dante.vincent for just two nights but any time at all in a property this luxe is enough for me when I can share it with my love. It's such a treat to be able to get away just the two of us since I'm so often traveling for work all alone or with a large group and I've been away so much this year already. I've also always wanted Danté to get to know London so he can love it the same way I do. Hoping this stay at The Savoy will do the trick. Wait till you see our view of The Thames.... FairmontMoments

12 Days ago
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There are just 10 days left till WorldElephantDay on August 12! Before my trip to Kenya with @amarula_official, I didn't understand how bad the plight of the African Elephant is. But it's bad. An elephant is slaughtered illegally for the ivory in its tusks on average every 15 minutes somewhere on the continent of Africa. This means we lose more than 90 elephants a day and there are less than 400,000 left for us to enjoy seeing when we go on Safari or just visit any country in Africa for any other reason. Some countries now have no elephants left at all!! Can you imagine a trip to Africa without elephants? What kind of trip would that be?! If we don't do something, in our lifetime they will be gone. In Kenya where @wildlifedirect has been so instrumental because of the work @paula_kahumbu and her team are doing, the problem is not as severe as it is elsewhere. They've been able to affect real, lasting and measurable change that has helped make it possible for the elephant population to flourish in Amboseli. Yet there is so much more work to be done. For instance in neighboring Tanzania and down in South Africa where Amarula is from, the situation is dire and the support from locals to keep elephants safe is just not there. Paula and her team need our support in order to continue their work helping other countries make the choices Kenya has made. I hope my photos and Stories have caused you to want to help if you didn't already and I hope you'll join me in giving these gentle giants your support on August 12 and every day. 🐘 DontLetThemDisappear MadeFromAfrica 🐘

14 Days ago
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It's August already?! Time sure has flown by since I returned from my sponsored trip to Kenya with @amarula_official for the DontLetThemDisappear campaign. When we were in Amboseli time seemed to take on a more relaxed quality, to bend and stretch as if operating on a different plane than time does back home. Sometimes we'd park for hours just to observe elephants. Or we'd stop moving for long enough to really watch the setting sun color the sky in every shade of ochre, not just look up at the sky and marvel at the colors for a fleeting moment before shoving on into rush hour crowds like I do in NYC. Just such a prolonged pause is what @truthslinger captured here during Sundowners on top of a hill in Amboseli. The flat expanse of the park is laid bare before me and to our left is Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mutua had graciously given of his time to take one photo for me, and then one turned into ten and we kept moving, trying all the different vantage points and all the different light. After more than half a dozen trips to Africa I can tell you this is what happens, you come to a place where you live inside MadeFromAfrica moments that you never want to end.🙏🏼 (And you never want your glass of Amarula to empty! 😝) If only such a stretching of time was possible! 🐘 Since it's not, that means there are less than 2 weeks left till WorldElephantDay and I hope you'll join me in finding every way possible to be part of the fight to save these gentle giants. 🐘 Once my giveaway concludes tomorrow, I'll replace that linkinprofile with a link to some resources that will help you if, like me, you want to join @paula_kahumbu and @wildlifedirect in saving African Elephants.

15 Days ago
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When @LensCrafters asked how I SeeGoodDaily, I agreed to this sponsored post because their message is right on for me. Really this is exactly why I do what I do! I share places that aren’t always on the big “TOP 10 LISTS” and I share the destinations I do visit in ways I hope aren’t completely typical... Because I want you to see the world differently through my feed. I want you to see good where you might not, until I pointed it out. I want you to expand your view of the world we live in to include people and places that might be outside your comfort zone but not in the mega obvious ways. I leave the extreme travel and the eating of bugs or the participation in high adrenaline extreme sports to others because I am not trying to make you afraid. Rather, I am trying to inspire you to see there isn’t anything to be afraid of. That’s why my captions are long, why I tell stories, why I don’t follow every single trend in this app but instead try to blaze my own trail as much as possible! So will you tell me: how do you see good daily?

16 Days ago
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During my recent trip to Curaçao, I packed Birdie by @olikalife, a perfect match for all my other accessories. ad I’ve recapped my experience with the product plus my stay at @sbrcuracao on the blog. It’s the post just before the giveaway which is currently the linkinprofile From OLIKA: “Named “The World’s Most Beautiful Hand Sanitizer,” by Fast Company, Birdie contains the cleaning power of a hand sanitizing spray, which includes 20mL of soothing essential oils and nourishing aloe vera leaf juice, while housing ten textured dry wipes to capture dirt and grime in his base. Complemented by the intrinsic beauty of minimalist Scandinavian design, the first-of-its-kind hand sanitizer spray from OLIKA boasts a simple signature fragrance with a sophisticated blend of aromatic notes inspired by nature, including aloe vera leaf juice and the essential oils of bergamot, lemon and spearmint.” It just so happens Aloe is one of Curaçao’s main exports! OLIKAlife BirdiebyOLIKA • • • Birdie Handsani BirdieBoys Birdsofafeather Keepitclean

17 Days ago
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Christmas in July concludes with this travel-themed giveaway! 🌲✈️🌴 I'm excited to partner with @smallluxuryhotels to give away a 2-night stay at any one of their 500 properties in 80 countries. This is @palehallhotel which is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) in Wales. You could use your winnings to stay here, at a property in Kenya where I just was or even Seychelles where I dream of visiting! • You will also receive a $100 gift card to @Delta (my fav airline), a personalized bag from @leatherology that is perfect for traveling, a travel wallet from @poppybarley, a travel journal, a travel-sized toiletries kit & one of my favorite adapter sets. • To enter: you'll have to follow the linkinprofile or my daily Stories to sign up for my newsletter. Of course a like + comment here would show future sponsors that you all love (and want more) giveaways 😉 but the only requirement is signing up for my newsletter. As an added incentive, I will donate $1 to @wildlifedirect for every entry so you will get to help save African Elephants! • This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host and official sponsor alongside SLH. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, you confirm you are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to anyone with a valid mailing address + email in the USA and Canada! Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed the rules, by 5 PM EST on August 2 and notified that day by email. By entering, you agree to release & hold harmless Kirsten Alana + @smallluxuryhotels from all liability & litigation that could result from your acceptance & use of these products, you waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. contestgiveaway

18 Days ago
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The invitation to partner with @amarula_official for this trip to Kenya was one I immediately wanted to accept! Amarula has been part of nearly every trip I've ever taken to Africa and has been part of every safari I've been on. The brand is as interwoven into my experience of Africa as they are into the very fabric of the continent since they are MadeFromAfrica. From South Africa where it is made to where we have been in Kenya and beyond - this is not just a beverage, it is a product that captures the spirit of this continent. I think!! Our DontLetThemDisappear group enjoyed a traditional Sundowner experience on the top of a hill in Amboseli this week and I took this moment to reflect on how grateful I am to have been chosen by a brand I already love to help spread a message that is so dear to my heart. The message that animals, and elephants in particular, are not here for our exploitation. Ivory belongs on elephants. It is not ours to take from elephants. I hope you will continue to stay with me as I bring you more information leading up to World Elephant Day on August 12. Yes, I am being paid to do this work but I accepted the assignment because this is my passion, to bring awareness to issues like this. I hope to devote more of my life to these pursuits not less. My soul is WOKE from this experience and it is not sitting down like I am in this photo. It is restless with all that needs to be done. Join me, via the link in my profile, and let's NameThemSaveThem together!! 📸 Thank you for this snap @mariselerm 🙏🏼🐘

19 Days ago
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[2 of 2] Continuing the story of my partnership with @amarula_official: Amarula cares deeply about saving the AfricanElephant, so with DontLetThemDisappear through their Amarula Trust - they have partnered with Dr. @Paula_Kahumbu, to amplify her message and to aid in the incredible work she is doing with her foundation @wildlifedirect. WD was the driving force behind the tough anti-poaching legislation which Kenya recently enacted and Dr. Kahumbu has dedicated her life to ensuring the African Elephant will not just survive, but will thrive. She is my newest hero, a woman who is endlessly inspiring. At the same time, Amarula has also launched NameThemSaveThem which is a dynamic website + a limited edition series of 400,000 bottles of uniquely labeled Amarula. The number comes from the estimate of how many African elephants are left. Though some estimates say we're now down to 350,000. Using special technology, every single bottle features a differently designed Elephant and a name for that Elephant. No two are the same. Just like humans & elephants! The website allows anyone the chance to design and name an elephant! For every elephant named and shared, will donate $1 to @wildlifedirect. The link is in my profile to make it easy for you to get involved! 🐘 MadeFromAfrica HandsOffOurElephants

20 Days ago
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[1 of 2] I was chosen as the only delegate from the USA to partner with @amarula_official in order to bring you the story of DontLetThemDisappear 🐘 I've had several followers message publicly or privately asking, "I thought Amarula was a South African product so why are you in Kenya?" We are here because the African Elephant is the symbol of the brand but they are in danger of disappearing within our lifetime due to illegal poaching driven by demand for ivory worldwide but particularly in Asian countries such as China & Vietnam. Yet in Kenya there is more being done to reverse that threat, and to save the AfricanElephant, than anywhere else. In Amboseli National Park, that work takes many forms. I think the most touching of which is that every single Elephant has a name like @Oprah, Pissarro, Paris or Tim. The belief is that we care more deeply about that which is named than that which is not. (A belief I agree with!) Legislation has also been passed in Kenya, the toughest in Africa, that makes it far less appealing for poachers to continue trafficking. All these efforts work together to ensure that future generations will always be able observe elephants here in Amboseli but more needs to be done throughout Africa & the world - that's where Amarula, which is MadeFromAfrica, comes in! 📸 of me by @truthslinger 🙏🏼 all others by me

21 Days ago
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So grateful to partner with @amarula_official here in Kenya, allowing me the opportunity to get so close to elephants. The joy is indescribable. "Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing." - John Donne 🐘 DontLetThemDisappear Amarula MadeFromAfrica Kenya NameThemSaveThem • • • Shot on my @getolympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 40-150 f/2.8 lens

22 Days ago
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The opportunity to partner with @amarula_official for this trip to Kenya has already been a dream come true and we only just arrived last night. During our coffee stop in the middle of this morning's expedition, @richardhaubrich of @instagram_sa took this photo of me sipping Amarula & coffee. We had pulled over to the side of the road after spending an hour observing elephants who all have names. Given to them by locals and researchers, including Dr. Paula Kahumbu - our guide, the names are only one aspect that helps me want to protect these gentle giants. When you observe them, you can see how family-oriented they are, how human-like they even are at times. It quite seriously breaks my heart to think that where I see such a beautiful animal who deserves to be protected, others see only a commodity, or an opportunity. More on the elephants themselves in my next post. There's so much more to tell! Amarula DontLetThemDisappear MadeFromAfrica 🐘 onsafari kenyasafari safaristyle

23 Days ago
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I'm so excited to partner with @amarula_official who have invited me back to Africa to be part of their anti-ivory poaching campaign DontLetThemDisappear. I left on Friday and will finally arrive this evening in Kenya where I will spend the next three days learning about the initiative to save Africa's elephants. I'm particularly looking forward to meeting Dr. Paula Kahumbu of Wildlife Direct who is working with The Amarula Trust for this endeavor. I captured this photo during my last Safari and while I'm looking forward to being on Safari again, what I'm most looking forward to is learning how I can be an active participant in the fight to save the 400,000 elephants still left. For me it's also personal, because Kenya is a country I've been interested in since I was a very young girl. Can't wait to share my experience with you! Follow along in Stories, on my feed and with the hashtags MadeFromAfrica Amarula Kenya Elephants

25 Days ago
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Congrats to 1) @stephxoxo10 2) @heykelseyj 3) @sewilsongo!! Christmas in July continues with a photography theme! Slide left. 📸 I’m honored to have been featured in the latest issue of @click.magazine and they’ve graciously offered a subscription to the winner as well as a subscription each to two runners up. 💥 The winner also receives a Vanguard backpack camera bag, Fujifilm INSTAX camera, Polaroid photo printer with paper, Cocoon Grid-It & Wakawaka solar powered charger + light so you can be environmentally conscious while powering up — all, which I’ve provided. 🙏🏼 NOW I WANTED to give away a dSLR camera or a prize so HUGE that it would be worthy of how amazing you all are. I think you’re the best followers and one of the greatest communities on Instagram. However, I was turned down by multiple sponsors that I approached because they thought you all wouldn’t turn out in enough numbers to make it worth their while. 😳😂 Let's work together to make sure that doesn't happen again! To enter: • Like this post • Comment with 4 or more words and a) tag the brands you’d like to see me partner with or b) what photography products you’d like to see me give away. c) Or tag friends who are budding photographers who might enjoy one of these prizes. • You can comment, and thereby enter, as many times as you like. • Official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. & Canadian residents with a valid mailing address. Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 24 via random number generator and notified through DM. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and Click Mag from any and all liability, litigation or damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this contest at any time. giveawaycontest photographygiveaway

26 Days ago
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Congrats to @wandergrammed for winning the Bastille Day giveaway! • For me it was a weekend of the most gorgeous sunsets with family at the lake. Every time we got in the boat, I looked at the lily pads along shore and I thought of Monet. I blame my mother and god-mother for my obsession with all things French. I also thank them. After all, when I was younger and lesser traveled, a lake would have just been a lake. However, because of their stories and their love of the language and their dreams/hopes/fantasies that they poured into me -- now the family lake home is a portal to other places I've been and loved so that when I'm there, I feel closer to France. When I'm in France, I still feel close to my family. When I sit on the boat now, holding my nephew in my lap, I wonder about his future and if he'll be a traveler like his mother and I. But most of all, I just hope he is curious; I hope that he appreciates beauty, always seeing the good (in people and in things) more than the bad. • • • puremichigan puremichigansunset puremichigansummer sunsetsunday sunsetsforbreakfast monetswaterlilies reflectiongram reflectionshot

30 Days ago
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As a Francophile, BastilleDay is one of my favorite days of the year. 🇫🇷 It's even more special now that my nephew has come into our lives and his birthday is July 14. Now I can celebrate my favorite country AND my favorite human being in the same day!!! A ❤️ of France is common amongst many of the women in my family. So yesterday before the party was in full swing, I served us all up a few French treats plus a cocktail inspired by a trip to Paris that I took with @GreyGoose last year. 🍸 It was a big hit!! Perfect for summer at our lake house (which I imagined was in Provence bien sur) and easy enough to make over & over while talking, visiting or receiving hugs from an adorable four year old. I'm not a bartender so I don't do measurements, I just eyeball everything! Je suis désolée! But this is what I combined in a shaker filled with ice before pouring into gimlet glasses garnished with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime: • Grey Goose Le Citron • ST-GERMAIN® • Fever-Tree Club Soda • a dash of Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice 🇫🇷 How did you celebrate Bastille Day? 🇫🇷 • • • (and no, this is notsponsored by any company tagged or mentioned!) greygooselecitron greygoose stgermaindrinks thefrancophiles frenchobsessed summercocktails sonyrx1rii

32 Days ago
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TBT to the first manhattanhenge of the summer. I won't be in town for tonight's version but I hope those of you who are, will enjoy it. I love this "accident" of city planning which allows the sun to line up perfectly between buildings on certain east ↔️ west streets in Manhattan during our summer. There are so many things to love about calling the City home but as a photographer and chaser of light, this is one of my favorites. It makes me think of the incredible valleys and mountains out west in the USA, of watching the sun set between their peaks. Yet the peaks here, are man made. This is my favorite spot to watch the phenomenon occur. It is called Tudor City and it's in Midtown on the East side not far from the United Nations. 🌅 kaNYguide • newyorkornowhere newyorkbynewyorkers instagram_nyc instagramnyc newyorkcitylove iloveny tudorcityoverpass sonyrx1rii focuscamera

34 Days ago
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So excited to continue FOUR weeks of GIVEAWAYS which I'm calling Christmas in July! The cornerstone of this week's gift to the lucky winner is my current favorite book which I carry everywhere with me, even down here to Curaçao. It's TheNewParis by my friend @lostncheeseland with photos by my other friend @charissa_fay. I miss Paris frequently and whenever I do, this cures a little of that longing. It's also the perfect guidebook, coffee table book and really the must have for anyone who loves Paris as much as I do. The real Paris. Now I'm not stopping here, in this gift I'm including lots of other items but I'm not giving away the identity of those here!! You'll just have to be surprised! 😉 🇫🇷 • Win this gift set by: 1) following myself & @lostncheeseland 2) liking this photo + leaving a comment of 4 or more words, and ...that's it! Nice and easy this time! • The official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to anyone with a valid mailing address! Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed all the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 16 via random number generator and notified that day through direct message. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and associated parties from all liability and litigation that could result from your acceptance and use of these products; you also waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. giveaway bookgiveaway frenchobsessed thisisparis meetparis seeparis parisgiveaway jetaimeparis thefrancophiles

35 Days ago
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Today for the second day in a row, after spending the morning at the resort, @sbrcuracao & @benchmarkresortsandhotels arranged for me to see the island with a guide named Reggy. He works with the island's tourism board to regularly show people the side of the island that you never see if you're a cruise ship passenger. And he knows it because guiding is all he does, he doesn't work in an office! I was saddened to learn that many people experience Curaçao only during the shore excursions from their cruise ship. Especially American tourists. This saddens me because while Willemstad, where the ships dock, has some enjoyable elements - it isn't really the full picture of this island. If that's all you experience, I'm not sure you can leave saying you've seen "the real Curaçao." However, because of Reggy I now know the best beaches to snorkel from without needing to get on any boat. I know what it looks like when the sun sets over the soaring cactus of the National Park on the West side. (For that matter, I also know that the West side might just be the best side. It all depends on what you want to learn!) I wanted to learn where to see turtles close to shore and Reggy took me to a beach where the turtles visit so often that they each have names and their photos hang on the wall of a building close to the pier so you can learn who they are and feel invested in wanting to protect them! It was on the way to that place that I spotted these trees. Painted by residents of the local village, they're a powerful declaration that is hard to miss. Vibrant and fun, like the music Reggy and I listened to as we drove around. Personal, like the stories Reggy told me of his family and his friends. Now I know Curaçao is so much more than resorts and colorful Dutch architecture. And for that I will be forever grateful. 🇨🇼 • rightnowincuracao sbrcuracao curacao curacaoisland curacao_island wonderful_places artnerd artlover sonyrx1rii focuscamera

36 Days ago
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Still live from Curaçao, bringing you 6 moments from @sbrcuracao which I was invited down to review by @benchmarkresortsandhotels. These are some of my favorite spots on the property and some of the moments I've enjoyed most. Far and away the best so far has been the morning I spent in the spa. Instead of having a changing room, each guest has their own en-suite room for treatment and for post-treatment relaxation. It includes an outdoor shower, outdoor lounge area (privacy protected by a garden) and a full sitting area with hair dryer and amenities to walk out dressed + ready for whatever may come next. Including dinner at SHORE which I cannot recommend highly enough. It's the best restaurant on the property. sbrcuracao rightnowincuracao • New giveaway going live tomorrow. This time, French themed!! 🇫🇷 • And don't forget I'm sharing in Stories, my experience exploring the island of Curaçao itself from my adventures yesterday. 🇨🇼 curacao

36 Days ago
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Coming to you live from Curaçao. I was invited by @benchmarkresortsandhotels to this island to review @sbrcuracao. The resort is located on the Southern Side of the island on the Eastern End. It's on very historic property that runs along Spanish Water which is reputed to be the first place Spanish Explorers landed on the island. Still called Santa Barbara Plantation it was once the site of a plantation, then a mine, now a resort and a golf course that's ranked as one of the best in the Caribbean. Don't let this photo fool you, sure there is nice landscaping in many places but I love that much of the resort has a feeling of being more in harmony with the nature of this island. Which is, somewhat wild. Just like neighboring Aruba, which I visited last year with @dante.vincent, much of the shoreline is coral or lava rock and cactus seem to outnumber people here (it's illegal to cut them down). Definitely a much different feel than the Caribbean Islands closer to my home. This is why I like coming down here. Today, I'll explore off resort to the neighboring towns with famous Dutch architecture. Follow along in Stories! 🇨🇼 sbrcuracao benchmarkresortsandhotels symmetrykillers sonyrx1rii focuscamera curacao rightnowincuracao curacao_island

37 Days ago
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Sooo excited to start FOUR weeks of GIVEAWAYS for you today!! I'm calling it Christmas in July! 😉 Congrats to the winner THIS week which is @viajeraextranjera 🎁 Each week's giveaway will have a theme & I'm kicking it off with BEAUTY 💅🏼💄 This is a prize pack valued at more than $350 USD with some of my favorite summer products 😍 that will help you look your best this summer or transport you to summery places like Capri and Aruba 🌴 I've also included the "Eat Pretty, Live Well" book + journal so you don't just look good on the outside but you'll also feel good inside 📚 Win this gift set by: 1) liking this post, 2) leaving a comment of 4 or more words, and 3) following @vitaliberata, @carthusia_profumi, @bobbibrown, @colorescience & @arubaaloe If beauty isn't your thing, will you please share this with someone who would enjoy this prize? ••• The official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. & Canadian residents with a valid mailing address. Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed all the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 10 via random number generator and notified that day through direct message. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and @vitaliberata, @carthusia_profumi, @bobbibrown, @colorescience @arubaaloe from all liability and litigation that could result from your acceptance and use of these products; you also waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. giveaway beautygiveaway summerbeauty beautyaddict

39 Days ago
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My last post from Charleston! But you can discover more of my tips for the city, when you download @sherpa.guide & follow me there • While in SC, @dante.vincent and I visited the Angel Oak tree which, it turns out, is not actually in Charleston. Massive, very old and shading about 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2) - it is incredible to behold. It's about 20 mins outside the city on Johns Island and is a Southern Live Oak believed to be around 400 years old. The tree stands on land that was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant and the name is attributed to the estate of Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. Also, ghosts of former slaves have been said to appear as angels around the tree. Do you believe in ghosts? Popular belief holds that the Angel Oak is the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River, however many bald cypress trees that are hundreds of years older are found throughout the South. The tree is free to visit but is only open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Outside of those hours you’d have to look at it from the other side of a fence. It is not near any other attractions but there is a small cafe and gift shop if needed and there’s ample parking. 🌳 AngelOakTree AngelOak DiscoverSC ExploreCharleston DeltaMedallion treestagram trees🌳

40 Days ago
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While in Charleston, @dante.vincent & I had two really amazing meals, at @butcherandbee then @prohibitionchs. The former is shown here and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A trek from where we stayed, it was worth the price of the Lyft and then some. The brand started with sandwiches which they wanted to perfect to a degree usually only found in fine dining. Their version of a gourmet meal has now expanded to include all types of food and it was their mezze options that we decided to try. We had eight small dishes with ingredients sourced from local farms and flavors reflecting all our world travels. The restaurant believes that sustainable is not a slogan, it's just the right thing to do! Because of that, the menu changes with the seasons. We also enjoyed a rosé flight and ended with the most scrumptious sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Of note: @butcherandbee has a location in Nashville and runs @workshopchs which features food and drink vendors, the lineup of which is always changing. For both Butcher & Bee and @prohibitionchs, I recommend reservations. We missed out on 1/2 a dozen other restaurants or bars in Charleston before we realized you can't just walk in places. Then we made reservations for these using @opentable. Prohibition is known for its cocktails and we did LOVE ours but the Street Corn and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts nearly stole the show. We actually ordered a second round of the corn and then found ourselves without room for mains but they do have a full menu. It's not just a bar. Looking for more recommendations? Check out my first post from the city to see lots of options left in the comments from locals! 🍴eeeeeats ExploreCharleston butcherandbee foodieflatlays yumgasm foodiegram

41 Days ago
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Well...our actual 4th of July in Charleston didn't quite work out as expected. The hotel I booked for @dante.vincent & I for just one night, which was supposed to have a view of the fireworks, ended up only having a view of a lot of trees. Probably a clear message we should never have left the @spectatorhotel. Ha! 😂 But we made the best of that, and other things that didn't go our way, walking and riding our bikes over so much of the city that by last night we were seeing some streets for the third time!! In my red, white & blue I felt patriotic but I also felt that there was some kind of synchronicity between the disappointing end to the 4th and the state of our country. I'm not proud of what's going on in Washington but I AM proud of how it has brought so many citizens together to be more active in working for change and to hold our leaders accountable. There's so much to be done on a grand scale but on the smaller scale is the simple lesson I was reminded of during our weekend, that when things don't go according to plan, what matters most is that we don't ever give up. If there is anything that is truly American, I think it's that we keep on keepin' on, no matter what! Even if that's to never give up fighting for this to be a nation that embraces diversity, not one that runs from it. 🇺🇸 ExploreCharleston ootd 4thofjulyoutfit dametraveler theresisterhood fourthofjuly🇺🇸

42 Days ago
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Starting 4th of July like this and yeah I know it's the most cliche Instagram post. I mean who actually eats breakfast in bed in a hotel?! EXCEPT WE REALLY DO!!! -- at @spectatorhotel where this continental spread is free every morning and is delivered by our Butler who also comes complimentary with the room!!! (Toby is the best!) I am still stunned by the fact I don't even have to leave bed to get coffee. This is definitely spoiling me!! (Hey @dante.vincent can we replicate this back home please?!) I'm so glad I discovered this place on the @hoteltonight app because in booking this getaway so last minute I thought there was no way a hotel this nice would still be available in Charleston. The Spectator also treats guests to a complimentary mini bar, free bike rental and of course free WiFi. Danté and I love it here. And we're excited to see what 4th of July is like in Charleston so stay tuned to Stories to find out. Fellow Americans, where are you celebrating today? 🇺🇸🎇 breakfastinbed thespectatorhotel hotellife morningslikethese butfirstcoffee

43 Days ago