She So Stylish Feature: Romina Ramos Doing Meaningful Work Abroad In Style

There are many, many women out there doing important work in various places of the world, and most of the time they're out of the spotlight because 1. They prefer to remain free of outside validation of their purpose and their life choices, and 2. Capturing every second of their lives on social media (to show how amazing their lives are) isn't simply their thing. The fact that they alone know it to be true is the only authenticity they want/need.  

These women are freelancers, advocates, ambassadors...they are underground leaders making environmental impact one healthy turtle at a time, and are doing all of that while creating their own narratives. I mean...how inspirational, right! 

Last December I had a wonderful time working with one of these smart + driven women, Romina, as her personal shopper + stylist. If you're a frequent visitor of my blog, you may have noticed that sharing my client's stories is one of my favorite things to do. And this one is definitely worth reading...

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your work with turtles and the organization?

I work with endangered leatherback sea turtles in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. This year marks my third season with the project team at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. I patrol a beautiful beach from evening to sunrise to collect scientific data from nesting female turtles. The work is intensive and fun if you like wildlife and aesthetic views. 

Q: What prompted your desire to work abroad? 

Since middle school, I've had an obsession with maps. My favorite class was geography and I told myself that I would discover other countries one day, because I wanted to see how different cultures live day by day. Being American and growing up in a Cabo-Verdean household, I'm naturally drawn to the island life, natural foods, sleepy towns, and beaches.

Q: When you came to me, you were very intentional and decisive about where your personal style was going, can you talk about your style evolution and why this was important to you?

In St. Croix, I travel and work outdoors so a lot of my clothes are basic jeans, shorts and tees with a few nice pieces for outings. Because I'm active, I look younger than my actual age. I was particular about upgrading my wardrobe because I wanted to learn how to dress for my age and body type. There's a different response you get from people when you are and look 26 as opposed to when you look 18. I'm at a time in my life where I'm building on my ideas and networking, so investing in a fresh, new wardrobe seemed right. 

The right outfit for me has to say outgoing and authentic because I'm very grounded to my roots. I'm surrounded by tropical plants, fruit trees, farm animals, and the ocean, very similar to Cabo-Verde (where my family is from). I realized that's where I'm the most happy. For my style evolution, I wanted to play with ocean and desert colors because I'm very attracted to those environments where I live and work in. It's amazing how adding a few essentials such as dressy pants, cute blouses, simple and elegant dresses and jumpsuits can really transform how you feel and carry yourself. 

When I returned to the U.S. for the holidays, I had a budget in mind and knew I needed to stock up on basics and invest in pieces to last me all year long. It made sense to work with you because 1. I needed styling expertise, and 2. My one-week stay was going to be limiting and it was crucial for me to spend most of this precious time with my Rhode Island family, rather than in stores.

Q: What do you like about your wardrobe now? 

It's speaks feminine and maturity! 

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in StCroix on your off time? Your favorite food?

My favorite thing to do in St. Croix is to snorkel with my GoPro Hero4. My favorite food on the island are mangoes. I live on a lush property surrounded by the best mango trees in the west side of the island. 

Q. Do you have any advice for the nomad life seeker out there on where to begin? How to make the leap?

Always be kind to yourself and to others in all situations. Being kind and respectful pays off (especially if you are traveling). You learn to appreciate more and you will receive more. I made the leap when I quit my job, applied abroad again, and traveled on a tight budget for 8 months before I returned to St. Croix. I didn't know where I was headed, but that was okay for me because I felt confident, and I attracted this life that I am living now.  I've gone through so many challenges that I know myself a lot better now and I love that. Be fearless or else you will limit yourself.

Travel Essentials for an Island-Bound Vacation

Bringing you my top essentials for your next warm and sunny destination! Simplicity is key when I'm traveling, particularly with a toddler,  so these items have been carefully selected with the busy woman/mother in mind who is looking for a smooth combination of relaxation and fun while keeping your style elegant and reflective of your newly found zen. 

 

1.  Tunic top  |  Anthropologie

1. Tunic top | Anthropologie

2.  Denim Shorts  |  American Eagle

2. Denim ShortsAmerican Eagle

3. Bringing a crop top like this one on your vacation will allow you to create a variety of outfits and play with both neutral and colorful bottoms. It is flattering - a must-have for sure!   Crop Top  |  Express

3. Bringing a crop top like this one on your vacation will allow you to create a variety of outfits and play with both neutral and colorful bottoms. It is flattering - a must-have for sure!  Crop Top | Express

4. Maxi skirt for ocean breeze-Instagram-caught- moments.  Maxi Skirt  |  Forever 21

4. Maxi skirt for ocean breeze-Instagram-caught- moments. Maxi Skirt | Forever 21

5. When temperatures slightly drop at night, you can slip on this light cardigan over your summer dress and feel cozy and adventurous to take in the night scenery!   Classic V-Neck Cardigan |   Forever 21

5. When temperatures slightly drop at night, you can slip on this light cardigan over your summer dress and feel cozy and adventurous to take in the night scenery!  Classic V-Neck Cardigan | Forever 21

6.  Flat Sandals  |    Steve Madden

6. Flat Sandals | Steve Madden

7.   This skirt is part of H&M'S new Pre-Spring collection. When I first saw it on the rack, I had to try it on, and couldn't stop twirling in it!  The fit, quality of the fabric , and color vibrancy are absolutely perfect. Another must-have for daytime promenade and nighttime dancing!  Short Pleated Skirt  |  H&M

7. This skirt is part of H&M'S new Pre-Spring collection. When I first saw it on the rack, I had to try it on, and couldn't stop twirling in it!  The fit, quality of the fabric , and color vibrancy are absolutely perfect. Another must-have for daytime promenade and nighttime dancing! Short Pleated Skirt | H&M

8. Plain tees are the foundation of the majority of my vacation outfits. They are versatile and most of all, plain comfortable!   Plain Tee  in different colors |  H&M

8. Plain tees are the foundation of the majority of my vacation outfits. They are versatile and most of all, plain comfortable!  Plain Tee in different colors | H&M

9. ALWAYS pack a pair or more  Jeans  |  GAP 

9. ALWAYS pack a pair or more Jeans | GAP 

10. Wether you plan to partake in touristic discoveries and/or keep the exercising routine going while on vacation (you are my shero), packing a pair of sneaks is always a wise idea. I like these from  Nikes ; the black and white pattern makes it cool enough to pair it with any outfit |  Nordstrom

10. Wether you plan to partake in touristic discoveries and/or keep the exercising routine going while on vacation (you are my shero), packing a pair of sneaks is always a wise idea. I like these from Nikes; the black and white pattern makes it cool enough to pair it with any outfit | Nordstrom

11.  Romper  |  Topshop

11. RomperTopshop

12.  Crossbody bag  for the day |  Daily Look

12. Crossbody bag for the day | Daily Look

13.  Maxi Dress  |      ASOS

13. Maxi Dress | ASOS

14.   These sandals will give your backside maxximum sizzle. I have been following this designer for a while; her shoe work has creativity, and she gives feet major life with her sharp craft and intricate details.   Sequined sandals  from  Aminah Adbul Jillil .

14. These sandals will give your backside maxximum sizzle. I have been following this designer for a while; her shoe work has creativity, and she gives feet major life with her sharp craft and intricate details.  Sequined sandals from Aminah Adbul Jillil.

15.   A simple and elegant LBD is essential and makes date night planning a lot easier on you. I adore this one from Express.   LBD  |  Express 

15. A simple and elegant LBD is essential and makes date night planning a lot easier on you. I adore this one from Express.  LBD | Express 

16. Evening floral clutch,  ASOS , to match the island vibe!

16. Evening floral clutch, ASOS, to match the island vibe!

17. This one too is adorable!  LBD  |  Express

17. This one too is adorable! LBDExpress

18. ALWAYS pack a  Denim Jacket  |  GAP

18. ALWAYS pack a Denim JacketGAP

19.  Floppy Hat  |  Target 

19. Floppy HatTarget 

20. NEVER forget to pack a one-piece b athing suit  |  ASOS

20. NEVER forget to pack a one-piece bathing suitASOS

21.  Passport Holder  |  ASOS

21. Passport Holder | ASOS

22.  B  each tote  |  Target  

22. Beach tote | Target 

23. Long pendant | Urban Outfitters

23. Long pendant | Urban Outfitters

24.  Bracelet  |  Urban Outfitters

24. BraceletUrban Outfitters

25.  Cool Sunglasses  |  Nasty Gal

25. Cool SunglassesNasty Gal

26.  Sunblock!  (available in any drugstore)

26. Sunblock! (available in any drugstore)

27. And  Tide To Go ! stick for those surprise stains. I have had to use it quite a few times on my recent trip to Cape Verde - actually more than I anticipated and I'm so glad it came along. I was able to return home with clothes that are intact and stain-free. 

27. And Tide To Go! stick for those surprise stains. I have had to use it quite a few times on my recent trip to Cape Verde - actually more than I anticipated and I'm so glad it came along. I was able to return home with clothes that are intact and stain-free. 

Post contributor: Marlene Castillo