Monday, April 9

Adventures: Shopping in Panama City

Long time, no post! I just returned from a week in the beautiful Panama City with Kevin, and we had a wonderful time. We stayed at the Casa del Horno boutique hotel in Panama City's Old City (Casco Viejo), the former colonial quarter filled with delicious restaurants, incredible historic sites, and great shopping.


Here's a picture of me taken on the balcony of our room, wearing my new super-comfortable, wrinkle-free Body Central romper, of course.

Our first stop was nearby at Plaza Cathedral, where local artisans sell their wares on the street.

Next we walked around the corner to Diablo Rosso, a creative think tank that supports and promotes local artistic talent in a multifunctional space that's part cafe, part gallery, part concept store. Prices for their clothing are moderately-expensive; a bra-top and shorts set cost about $150.00 while a multi-colored python clutch cost $200.00.

After Diablo Rosso, we turned another corner and entered Karavan Gallery, a shop dedicated to local handicrafts. The store boasted lots of painted wall fabrics, embroidered pillows (about $60.00), and other household linens.

Next on our hit list was Papiro y Yo, a store stocked with paper-based gifts, art, and stationary supplies. The store not only offers beautiful cards for any occassion (about $7.00), but also an assortment of brightly-colored woven straw bags and clutches.

Our last stop was Breebaart Boutique in the nearby neighborhood Obarrio. The shop's owner and designer, Helene Breebaart, uses her experience as a painter and former Christian Dior representative to create beautiful pillows, tablecloths, placemats, coasters, napkins (set of 6, $30.00), bags, pins and jewelry, men's guayabera shirts, and women's garments. These items are hand-embroidered or hand-appliqued by Kuna women (Panama's indigenous people). 

 Helene operates the shop out of her house; she warmly greeted us when we rang the bell, toured us around her store and home, and chatted with us before showing me the gorgeous tiger-patterned dress on the bottom left. It fit like a glove...and came back to the U.S. with me.

All and all a wonderful adventure!

S.S.W. Asks: Is Panama on your must-see (and shop) list?



Couture Carrie said...

What fun, darling!
Love your romper!


Boye By Red said...

This is such a great post. I always wanted to go, but after reading your post, i now want to go even more.

Johanna said...

The romper looks adorable and majorly comfortable!

FashionJazz said...

Loving everything! Looks like so much fun :) x

ElsaD said...

Wow! It was great to see you modeling the jumper! You look so cute and stylish. You guys must have had an amazing experience, right? Those little stores look great!

As for Central American countries, I heard wonders about Costa Rica, but Panama would be a great destination too!


ElsaD said...

* romper (oops, please excuse the mistake) xoxo

Alyssa said...

Looked like fun!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

What a divine adventure! A little warm weather is on my must-see list, but right now I don't care where!

shooting star said...

Panama is not only my must visit list..but it seems to be a very laidback place perfect for vacations...and it seems u had wonderful time shopping!!!

Disturbed Style said...

Amazing items and photos! I love it :)

Elle Sees said...

never been to panama, but i've been to the Redneck Rivera, aka Panama City Beach, FL.

hope in high heels said...

This is a fantastic post - sounds like you had an amazing time and I now have another destination to add to my travel wish list! Hope you're having a great weekend!

ellen. said...

Love seeing these pics- looks like an amazing trip. Great blog! Thank you for coming my way! Looking forward to future post!