Welcome to Sunshine and Stilettos!
I’m Lily – traveler, serial expat, lover of culture, adventure and of this amazing visual feast called life.
A lawyer by trade, turned travel photographer and writer.
Born in Ethiopia and raised in Côte d’Ivoire, I’ve studied and lived on three continents, survived three school systems (French, British, American) and had my first passport at age six.
It’s no wonder, looking back, that I have a strong dose of wanderlust. I’ve spent the past four years traveling long term in the Caribbean and parts of Central America — living in Jamaica, Grenada and Belize.
In 2008, I decided that life was too short not to follow the beat of my own drums and do work I love every single day. I took a leap of faith and left my legal career behind to travel long term and find inspiration.
Those travels led me to discover my long-time love for writing and photography and for documenting life, culture and people in different parts of the world. I realized that I’ve always been drawn to storytelling – through words and images.
Becoming a Travel Photographer, Writer and Guidebook Author
Sunshine and Stilettos launched in 2009. My initial purpose was to share photographs and stories with friends on my life as a solo female traveler on the road.
In time, my site grew from being a past time to attracting tourism boards, travel professionals, photo editors as well as a wide audience of avid travelers.
A year after being on the road and landing assignments as a self-taught photographer, my images were published online in the UK Guardian, and in print on Lonely Planet Travel Magazine. A few months later, I was commissioned for a major photo shoot for the Grenada Tourism Board, for their website and print ads.
In 2010, I took the MatadorU Travel Photography Course to enhance my knowledge on the business of photography – from social networking to publication.
In the summer of 2011, I worked three months in Belize as a full-time blogger and photographer for the Belize Tourism Board.
All of these experiences led to a bigger road: becoming a travel guidebook author for MOON Travel Guidebooks. My first edition of MOON BELIZE, now available for pre-sale on Amazon, is due out in the Fall of 2013 (10th Edition, Avalon Travel/Perseus Books).
Sunshine and Stilettos (and my photography) will continue to be a place to inspire travel. I write about what moves and don’t necessarily stick to “top 10″ lists. I believe in variety, and every week won’t be the same. My purpose is to pull you into my screen and make you feel as if you’re right there with me. To show that the world is a beautiful place, and much safer than people believe, even for solo female travelers.
When my visits are sponsored, I will clearly state this. Rest assured that I only post positive reviews when I truly back a place or activity.
My mission remains to share and show the beauty that surrounds, reflected in the people and cultures I encounter. And to show that it’s never too late to pursue what you truly love.