Welcome to this month’s edition of Five Things. As a reminder, this segment is where I share with you five things that I find important or interesting, in the hopes you’ll find a little nugget of useful information or inspiration. From podcasts to playlists, to beauty products and more, I’m always looking for something new to obsess over. Is there anything else I just need to know about? Drop me a comment!

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LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong Travel Diary to Trinidad Cuba and Centro Havana

Last week I shared the first half of our trip to beautiful Cuba, where we spent a few magical days in the historic neighborhood of Old Havana. Today I’m showing you the rest of our adventure, to the tropical city of Trinidad de Cuba, and ending with our final night on the island – in Central Havana. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong travel diary to Old Havana Cuba

When you think of Cuba, what immediately comes to mind? I must confess that before visiting last week, I had a rather limited knowledge of the country beyond the obvious. Classic American cars, crumbling colonial architecture, colors, textures, cigars, coffee, music and white sand beaches all converge to create a certain version of Cuba in our imaginations, which as outsiders we assume to be its reality. Perhaps we’ve heard of that one pesky dictator who had a little run-in with JFK over some missiles, or maybe we’re aware that there’s an embargo which has made traveling there tricky for US citizens over the last few decades. The truth is that we probably don’t know much about our close Caribbean neighbor, just an hour’s flight from Miami. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing urban outfitters top and plaid pants in New Orleans

It’s been 2 weeks since my weekend trip to New Orleans, and I’m finally bringing you guys a fun shoot we did in the famous French Quarter. The entire city is just one giant, gorgeous backdrop – even the parts that are a bit worn down. From grand Victorian homes to quintessential ironwork balconies, everywhere you look in New Orleans has so much history and character. Continue reading

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen photos from my recent trip to the beautiful city of New Orleans. It was my first time there, and though it’s better known for the famous French Quarter, I fell in love with a neighborhood called the Garden District. I’ll be doing a weekend guide to New Orleans on the blog very soon, but until then – check out this fun little video I did with Gabriel Bienczycki. It’s easy to see why I loved it so much. Continue reading