A native of El Salvador, Ariela Suster moved to New York in 2002 to begin a high-profile career in fashion that included editorial stints at Lucky and InStyle and later, a styling gig on Bravo?s hit reality show ?Shear Genius.? She returned to her South American roots for her latest project,Sequence, an accessories collection that is entirely crafted in El Salvador.
Ariela with Marc Jacobs
Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller seen wearing Sequence
How would you describe your own personal style?
My style is a mix of Gypsy bohemian and Sparkle. I like effortless dressing, but I usually pile on jewels and add a pop of color or sparkle to my outfits with layers of necklaces or bracelets.
Where are you planning to go to spend the holiday season?
I am spending the Holidays in El Salvador with my family. My friends from NY will come to spend New Years there with me. For many years now my friends have been coming to El Salvador for New Years we always have a big party at my Mom?s house and celebrate all together. We spend most of the time at Lago Coatepeque waterskiing and relaxing just enjoying nature, drinking wine and tequila and having a great time.
What is one of your most memorable Holiday staycations or vacations?
Two years ago I spent New Years in Cartagena, my dear friend Esteban Cortazar who is from Colombia organized the trip, we rented a house in Cartagena and 6 of our friends stayed together. We took a trip to a private island, where we were completely surrounded by nature. My room faced the ocean and it was so close to the water that every time a wave would crash the water would come into my room, it was amazing!! I woke up one night and I thought someone was playing with my hair, I turned around and a huge bat was caught in my hair trying to fly out. I was terrified, but it was such a fun and memorable trip. We got to share so many special moments all together, we laughed so hard and had so many funny and memorable moments that we all still laugh about now.
What are the three things besides your passport you never leave home without?
My Ipad, I download books to always have some reading material, and recently I have been downloading some Kabbalah classes that I listen to when I travel, Lip Balm and Gum, the really minty kind.
What are your globetrotter tips for living like a ?local? in El Salvador.
Beaches: Playa el Tunco and El Sunzal (both great for surfing)
Restaurants at the Beach: La Hola Betos in El Tunco and in Costa del Sol
Cute Boutique Hotels outside of the city: Casa de Mar at Sunzal beach and Las Flores Resort in San Miguel
Towns to visit: Suchitoto, Ataco, La Palma, Cerro Verde
Beautiful Lake: Coatepeque
Best restaurants in San Salvador: Punto (at the Museo Marte) and also Merkato in Colonia San Benito
What three gifts would you be gifting this Holiday from L-atitude and why?
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