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10 Fashionable Memories From My Years Of Travel Blogging

Going through my clothing has turned out to be a wonderful way to look back upon my travels.
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As a travel blogger, I like to share stories that incorporate fashion. I take photos in outfits that relate to the destination: I feel this help convey the culture, mood, or plain joy of the experience.

I've now been to over fifty countries, sporting many different styles along the way. I dressed in Indian robes to visit Bali's temples, and put on a dramatic cloak at the Hobbit set in New Zealand. I spread my fringe wings above the historic architecture of Istanbul, and donned a cut-out skull dress for Barcelona's Gothic quarter.

As you might imagine, the clothes have piled up over the years. Recently, I've embarked on a wardrobe clear-out, listing almost everything in my closet on Depop.

Going through my clothing has turned out to be a wonderful way to look back upon my travels. Many have quite the back-story, so I thought I'd share ten tales about ten of the pieces I've put up for sale.

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For Love and Lemons in Cebu, Philippines

Sometimes, I look around and think - how did I get here? In this case, I was invited to a Cebu resort in the Philippines... to judge a "Miss Scuba" beauty contest! For the pageant, I wore this corset-boned dress by For Love and Lemons, creating a "Goth in hot weather" look.

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Gladnews Gyaru Dress for High Tea

I love Japanese "fashion tribes," and especially love the brand Gladnews -- which straddles Goth, punk, and "gyaru", a chic Shibuya style. This dress was perfect for a "Goth Alice in Wonderland" photoshoot, at a famous tea house in Manchester, England.

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Liz Lisa Gyaru Dress in Marrakesh

I had long dreamed of visit Morocco, and finally had a chance to go last summer. I wanted to take special photos in Marrakesh's Jardin Majorelle, known for its lush gardens and blue architecture. This long, white dress by Japan's Liz Lisa added to the dreamy mood.

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Monster Cosplay with Reality Star Josie Stevens

During a work trip to LA, I met up with Josie Stevens - star of E! Networks' "Married to Rock" reality show. She designed a line of clubwear and costumes, with J Valentine, and invited me to model her designs. Such a blast to walk around Hollywood, dressed as a green furry monster.

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Killstar Fringe Dress in Istanbul

I visited Istanbul earlier this year, and went to secret spots for the best possible photos. A guard let my team into a private building, and we climbed onto the perilous rooftop for this epic view of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. I spread my arms like wings, and my Killstar fringed dress turned me into a dark angel over Constantinople.

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Skull Dress in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

One of my favorite activities is wandering around a city, and taking photos along the way. In Barcelona, I enjoyed strolling through the narrow streets of the Gothic quarter, and finding street art on top of ancient doorways. I was pleasantly surprised to come across this skull mural, which perfectly matched the back of my bohemian skull dress.

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Alice and the Pirates Outfit for Travel TV

One of my craziest travel TV shoots was in Tokyo, for a French show about subcultures. We filmed bizarre scenes, including an intro where I rode in a rickshaw, and was chased by a green monster in a full-body suit! I wore this decadent red and black dress, by the famous Japan Lolita brand Alice and the Pirates, to fit the underground theme of this show.

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Angelic Pretty Gothic Lolita Dress

Although I've travelled all over the world, some of my fondest memories take place close to home. My friend Rose and I would take roadtrips to Seattle, and get into all sorts of shenanigans. On this trip, we both dressed up in Japanese Lolita dresses. Mine is an Angelic Pretty design: grey plaid with heart pockets. We stopped by the studio of a local artist friend, where we snapped this "living dead dolls" photo together.

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Red Platform Boots for Andrew Zimmern's Show

An early travel TV job was a major one -- I was the Tokyo guide to weird restaurants, on Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods! I was thrilled to meet the Travel Channel host, who is lovely in person and complimented my shoes: these red knee high boots, by Tokyo's Angelic Pretty. They have a unique platform heel and bows for a "kawaii" cute effect.

Find more of La Carmina's fashions on her Depop store, and contact her through her blog.