Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

If you’re following me and @TheLittleMarket on Instagram, then you probably caught a few snaps from my trip to Central America last week. I was in Guatemala for The Little Market, meeting with our artisan partners and discovering new goods to sell in our fair-trade online shop. I tried to take as many photos as I could so that I could share them with all of you when I got back. Check them out below, and enjoy!

My satchel from The Little Market arrived just in time for our Guatemala adventure. It’s the perfect travel companion…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

So I packed my bags and said goodbye to these two…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

As soon as we arrived in Guatemala we hit the marketplace. This gorgeous textile caught my eye…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

Decisions, decisions…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

And I couldn’t resist these tiny jewelry bags… Too cute.

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

Another day, another outhouse for Hannah. Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go… (Thanks to our photographer and friend Yoni for capturing this hilarious moment.)

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

We had a weaving demonstration by some of our artisan partners. I have a whole new appreciation for how these fabrics are made…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

And I was inspired to give Hannah and myself textile manicures… (Should I share the tutorial in a blog post?)

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

The next morning we took a boat to a volcano on Lake Atitlan…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

And Hannah and I snapped a little selfie…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

I made a new little friend while shopping the Chichicastenango Market…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

And swapped out my iPhone for Yoni’s camera for a few shots…

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

But one of my favorite moments had to be sipping on this delicious Guatemalan hot chocolate… yum!

Photo Diary: Guatemala For The Little Market

I consider myself very lucky that my job description includes traveling to new countries and exploring cultures other than my own. It is so inspiring to meet the women artisans behind The Little Market products. Hannah and I love seeing all the work that goes into each special item. Stay tuned for some very special Guatemalan goods coming to the shop!

What photos would you put in your most recent Photo Diary?

Share your Instagram handle in the comments below so our entire community can see what everyone is up to!

XO Lauren

Photos: Lauren Conrad
Categories: Contributors, Lauren Conrad, Photo Diary, Updates
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  • Vera

    I’d definitely share that I’m working on a pool party illustration today! My handle is @verabertens

  • stephanie

    love photo diaries! mine would show my new found love of all things makeup. :) my ig: stephie_morgan

  • keepingitcaj

    My photo diary would show snapshots from my recent trip to Montego Bay! I miss the sunshine… @carlyaparsons

  • Maria @ A bookworm’s life

    Oh what lovely pictures! Looks like an amazing trip.
    My photo diary these days would show mostly pictures of blossoms and flowers and all kinds of messengers of spring.

  • Kelly

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these memories.

  • Samhita

    I love photo diaries! I just documented my entire trip to South Africa on my blog: and on our instagram @EngineeringInStyle

  • Amber Naomi

    This blogpost is so inspiring!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Amazing photos, must be a great place to visit!! so colorful! Your dogs are so cute!! it seems they missed you!


  • April Farley

    Just ordered the elephant journal from The Little Market for a friend of mine. So amazing that you work with these women.

  • Patrick

    I used to live in Guatemala for 9 years!!! I’m delighted that she was able to experience the beauty of this amazing country!!!! @staredfunmonkey is my twitter !!

  • Erica

    My family is from Guatemala :) I went last August for my fourth time! It’s such a beautiful place! If you ever travel there again visit Antigua! It’s an amazing town!

  • Emma Fox

    Love that first print!! Looks like a great trip.

  • Korinda

    Wow, your camera is huge! I love the satchel in the first pic. I posted a picture of the polder behind our house. Is there an English translation for polder btw?

  • Liia

    Welcome to Guatemala!! Thanks for visiting this beautiful country. LC visit us again soon. Guatemala loves you.!!

  • Rosa Maria

    Hey Lauren I´m Guatemalan, if you liked our textiles as I see you did, check out this cases for your iPhone, or almost any other gadget. They are made from Guatemalan textiles and maybe would be a nice business oportunity.

    This is their webpage

    Be sure to check them out, they are quite a must have here.

  • Rachel

    Looks like such a great time! I love that picture of you with the camera, so beautiful :)

  • Marie

    Beautiful Pictures !!!

  • jenni


  • Vanessa

    So beautiful. I love seeing photos from your exciting travels. Thank you for sharing and can’t wait to get my hands on some of those new goodies!

  • Lizzie

    I loved Guatemala! Lake Atitlan and Anitgua are amazing! And yes the hot chocolate there is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Is The Little Market doing any hiring 😉

    • Lisa

      Antigua is so biutiful my husband was born there :)

  • Andrea

    I’ve not been to Central or South America yet, but these pictures definitely make me want to pack a backpack and go there!! :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Grace

    Your trip seems very eventful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie

    Gorgeous photos!!

  • Trista

    The fabric is so pretty! I would love to see a tutorial on how to do the nail design!

  • Gabi

    Thanks for sharing, makes me want to pack my bags and go there now!! xx

    Vanilla Fringe

  • nicole


  • Ashley

    This is one of my favorite types of posts.. please keep them coming, especially when you are travelling for something so worthwhile! :)

    IG: @liveeatlovedo :)

  • Dana Kay

    Love this! Thank you so much for sharing, your photos are beautiful.
    Dana Kay

  • Shelby

    Oh my goodness, I love this Lauren! Such beautiful pictures and fascinating travels!

  • Emma KREUS

    I always love your photo diary, that make me want to travel ! :-) And of course share your mani tutorial! It’s so pretty !

  • Vicki

    Beautiful photos! They make me want to go there right now :)
    my IG handle: @ bowsessed

    Xo Vicki

  • Neeharikas

    Love it. My instagram handle is #ineesta

  • Ashley

    That manicure is oh so lovely. Please do share! I love all the vibrancy in these photos.

  • Ashley

    Great pictures!!! I love that bag…

    Xo Ash,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Jaymee

    Instagram: @Jaymeebabii

  • Nelly

    Gorgeous! If you are interested in leather goods you should visit Granada, Nicaragua! Amazing place :)

  • Jessica

    Wow, this is by far my favorite posting so far for this year. I think its so awesome you get to do this!

  • Tracy

    Wow, this looks so cool! I have never been to Guatemala but these pics make me want to try it!

    • Kitty

      You should go. YOu’ll love it!!

  • Alisa

    I would love to see the how-to for the manicure.

  • Marianne Jarvis

    I loving all the photos from this trip. Yes, please do put the red textile manicure as a blog post! I love all the colours and textures. I love what The Little Market strives for! :) Xx

  • Mari Monteilh

    I just came back from Guatemala too. I hike the volcano Pacaya the view was amazing and I also visited lake Atitlan. We stayed and Antigua. It was a beautiful trip.

  • Elle

    Your photo diaries are my favorite. Love the vibrant, beautiful colors! Can’t wait to see the new products! I’m saving up for one of the satchels but can’t decide which size and pattern I like the best.

  • Lesley

    This looks so beautiful! Keep enjoying! x

  • Donna

    Beautiful Fabrics. My instagram ~ @Donnaukx

  • Christy

    I really enjoyed the pictures! Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

  • Lauren

    Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!!


  • Iris

    Hi Lauren! I am from Guatemala City and I am so proud and happy to see your photos. Thank you for show some beauties from my country. Let me share with you this link that I hope you enjoy (and dance of course!):


    • Isabel M.

      I’m from Antigua! :)

  • Rose

    YAY Team Lauren for sharing this and your amazing trip to Guatemala! My family is from this beautiful country and this blog brings me great joy to see you doing fair trade with a country that needs love and support, would love to learn more about The Little Market, keep up the great work and sharing it with others! Your AMAZING!!

  • Nicole Smith

    I love all of the colors!

  • Crista luna

    Im from Guatemala and loved when I read that you just went there and get to see all those amazing local fabrics our incredible people make in places like Atitlán and Antigua Guatemala. Here is a website of Antigua were I had written some articles about the different topics like the local customes. Let me know if you need any information about my beautiful country :) i will be more than glad to help you. I will love if you can talk or write about the dedicated and amazing job the guatemalan women do to make the colorful fabrics. We need that people appreciate more their job and for that, we need to show people how hard and with how much love they work.

  • thebrookebook

    I always enjoy following Lauren on her adventures and applying all her useful tips (and style!) for my own travels! Looking forward to seeing where The Little Market takes us next!

  • Anna

    I just got back from Guatemala a few days ago and loved Antigua, Tikal, and Lake Atitlan. Made quick stops in Flores and Panajachel as well. I picked up some cute fabric pouches that remind me of the ones you included a picture of above. I hope you had a wonderful time. I thought it was so beautiful!

  • Kristy Warner

    My Instagram account Renraw81: combination of photos from my year in Thailand and life since arriving back in Australia almost 9 months ago

  • Anilsa España

    Thanks for visiting my country, enjoy our natural beauty and our landscapes 😀

  • Kittia

    I am beyond happy and proud to say Im Chapina/ GUatemalteca. And I’m more than happy to see you visiting my country. Thank you for being to genuine Lauren You truthly have an amazing heart.



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