Travel Style with Chinelo Obiamalu

We all know there’s nothing like going on a long-awaited getaway after an endless winter. When I go on the first holiday of the year, the only thing I’m more enthusiastic about besides having a new travel experience is pulling out my warm weather wardrobe again. As for the shoes, the most important criteria are that they pack well, go with almost everything I’m taking, suit the activities and of course are comfortable but stylish. My ideal type of travel usually involves a LOT of walking with a good amount of it being qualified as gallivanting, so far as I’m concerned if I wouldn’t pack a pair of shoes with me on vacation then they have no place in the collection. Since I am always curious about what other women take with them when they travel for fun, I asked Atlanta-based model Chinelo Obiamalu to put her ZX mules to the test on a recent getaway to Lisbon, Portugal for her cousin’s wedding. Though a self-proclaimed overpacker, Chinelo knows that travel is all about the experience and the memories made in the process. I may be defending my own tendency to overpack a bit here, but maybe it’s really about being prepared to be fully present and unencumbered by the wrong layers, uncomfortable shoes or an inappropriate look. It’s about not letting those things get in the way of discovering the beauty and intrigue of a new destination. But those are just my biased two cents ;) Read on for a peak at Chinelo’s camera roll and some musings from her trip.

Snapshots from Chinelo’s trip to Lisbon, Portugal for her cousin’s wedding. Though Chinelo was only able to get a quick impression of the city between family gatherings, she was inspired by its colors, architecture and warmth.

Snapshots from Chinelo’s trip to Lisbon, Portugal for her cousin’s wedding. Though Chinelo was only able to get a quick impression of the city between family gatherings, she was inspired by its colors, architecture and warmth.

CHINELO’S TRAVEL MUSINGS

Where are you traveling to? What draws you to this place? What are your "must-sees"? 

I traveled to Lisbon, Portugal.Crazy thing, I have always loved traveling but I never actually thought about going to Portugal, It literally just happened, so because of that, I never really had any places in mind to go to LOL! A lot of these photos were shot outside of the airbnb that I stayed at in Lisboa.

Do you pack heavy or pack light?

I’m an over-packer, I always think I need more than I pack, but I believe it’s better to over pack than under pack. I pack according to how many days that I'm staying and then I add an extra outfit or two for each day.  

What are some essentials that you're packing for your trip? 

The first thing I pack is my skincare, because that’s one of the things I can't live without, then clothes and last but not least, shoes.

How did your ZX mules fit into the activities you had planned?

I wore my mules for all the early morning food runs to the bakery and closest grocery store after a late night because they were so easy to slip on, and also I spent 2 days in Paris so I wore them to do a bit of walking around in Paris. 

What do you prefer? Having things or having experiences?

 I am definitely more of an experience junkie, I love making memories with people that I love. To me, having experiences builds character because you get to live outside of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before or travel somewhere you’ve never been.

Chinelo packs with both style and comfort in mind: Relaxed fit dark wash jeans, a loose cropped shirt in a playful print, the ZX Mules in Yacare and a jaunty beret.

Chinelo packs with both style and comfort in mind: Relaxed fit dark wash jeans, a loose cropped shirt in a playful print, the ZX Mules in Yacare and a jaunty beret.

On this trip name the best thing you a.) saw b) experienced c) tasted

My main purpose for this trip was to attend my cousin’s wedding, so unfortunately I didn’t get any sightseeing done, but I will be biased and say that the best thing that I saw was how beautiful my cousin looked on her wedding day, and it was also the best experience to me.

The second best experience would be when I would take early morning walks to the closest bakery after a night out with my family.

Best thing I tasted was the pho, I have an obsession with pho so I had to find the closest spot, which was Pho Pu and it was absolutely delicious!

Also, I thought the views in my Airbnb were top notch.

What is something you find inspiring, odd, or magical about your destination? 

I love the people in Portugal, they were friendly with me and I always made friends with my uber drivers. I found it so fascinating that they knew how to speak multiple language as opposed to just portuguese and english, they could speak French, Spanish, Portuguese, English etc. I also really love the food, I didn’t document much of it, unfortunately but the food was amazing. 

Last but not least were the buildings, I really loved how colorful they were and I found it really cool how some of the buildings had the paint chipping off it gave it a really nice vintage aesthetic and the little balconies that each building had was the icing on the cake! I really enjoyed my stay so much that I am planning another trip there next year!

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