Tripping Out

3 Oct

New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels

My birthday is in a couple of days – I am turning 27. I must say that if you asked me where I thought I would be today five years ago, it certainly wouldn’t be here. I was in a six year relationship at the time, with a dog that was actually more like our child. I worked a stable full-time job, and life was simple. I anticipated being married by now, and who knows, maybe even be having a kid or something? This “plan” I had seems completely insane to me now, given all of the twists and turns my life has taken. Goes to show how much things can change. Am I wrong or does life never really play out how you expect it to? Everything is so unpredictable – and I am actually pretty OK with that.

This is not to say that I think there is anything wrong with choosing the route I had thought I’d take five years ago…in fact, I have friends who did and are happy, and having a family and a more stable lifestyle is absolutely something I want one day. But looking back, I cannot help but think of how much living and learning I’d have missed out on. Everyone is different, and that is OK. Is there really a right or wrong way to live your 20′s? I see it as a time for being experimental, falling down, getting back up again, learning how to stand on your own two feet, and figuring out the person you really are.

I may not have expected to be single, working independently (aka hustling like crazy to get by in this expensive city), struggling with pretty serious anxiety, and partying like it’s 1999 on the regs. Some people may think there is something wrong with living this way at my age (not that I consider myself to be, by any means, old), and I sure as hell could make better decisions on occasion. But that said, I am so grateful that things have unfolded the way that they have…that I chose the rockier path. I now have the longest list of experiences, both good and bad, that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I may not be living the life I thought I’d be living yet, and maybe I never will. But I am living.

So happy fucking birthday to me, and here’s to rolling with whatever unforeseen madness life throws your way and making the most of it.

*head to toe: Aframes sunglasses, Kit and Ace tee, Paige printed pants, Coach heels

Photos by Maurice Sampson

Keep It On The DL

24 Sep

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties

Fall is officially upon us, and while I am a die-hard summertime girl, I can still get on board with warm leather jackets, worn-in suede booties, and some fancy fall colors (hello, bordeaux). I got these DL1961 pants with “DLX Technology”. I cannot tell you much about what that means, aside from the fact that they are insanely flattering and super comfortable. But really, what more can you ask for in a pair of pants? Not gonna lie, I walked out the door thinking, “dayum, my butt looks good“.

Visited The Met with my friend Jono (photo creds!), and checked out the very cool rooftop garden exhibit. I can pretend to be all cultured and say we spent hours meandering…but truth be told, we did a brisk walkthrough, saw what we wanted to see, and enjoyed a lovely Central Park sunset instead. This is not to say I don’t have a huge appreciation for art, because I certainly do, but on this particular Friday afternoon I chose to avoid the crowds and show off my new waxy jeans to the many eligible bachelors that happened to be walking around instead.

Side note! DL1961 is hosting a Denim Done Right Giveaway, so be sure click here and enter. You could win a $500 DL1961 shopping spree and score the perfect fall wardrobe! And seriously though, these pants do make your butt look really, really good…

 *head to toe: Sandro leather jacket, Kit and Ace tee, DL1961 Florence Instasculpt Skinny, Report Signature booties

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Run Run Runaway

21 Sep

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion blog, Personal Style blog, Lifestyle blog, Travel Blog, Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals

Pretty sure I am now notorious for my frequent “Irish goodbyes” to New York City. I live my life as it comes, and am no longer accustomed to planning ahead. That lifestyle just doesn’t tend to work out well for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am somewhat organized (aside from my closet 95% of the time), and I actually used to be a major planner, so I kind of get it…but, I have just learned that trying to predict the future is foolish, and whenever I do make solid plans they almost always fall through. So, I willingly gave up.

Last week I happened to be offered an opportunity to see my family in Vermont last minute for a couple of days. No brainer, count me in. Especially considering the fact that seeing my sassy 91 year old grandmother was a part of the package. That woman is the wittiest, toughest, most clever, loving and sarcastic little lady I know. She can make me cry and crack up hysterically at the same time. A true role model, and the epitome of a strong woman. She is the kind of woman I hope to grow up and become one day.

Headed back to the city tomorrow after my brisk but beautiful runaway. Jumping head first into a pretty big freelance project, so I feel fortunate to have had the past few days to clear my mind and get focused. Now it is time to kick a little ass and make some moves!

*head to toe: Zara man hat, Cult of Individuality chambray jacket, Vince Camuto sweater (similar style), Raven + Lily Yami tote (best ever, btw), Citizens of Humanity biker jeans, Jeffrey Campbell sandals

Life On The Edge

19 Sep

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties

I guess you could say I’m a girl who tends to live her life on the edge. I often times put myself in situations that people aren’t exactly thrilled about. And while the last thing I ever want to do is cause stress to my loved ones,  my life and the personal choices I make are not something I am really willing to apologize for. Whether it be the clothes I wear, the time I decide to go to sleep at night, the person I choose to date, or the words I write on this blog…I am going to continue to roll with it the way I see fit.

I am not referring to the kind of apologies that are of course necessary if you fuck up or hurt another person unintentionally, or ignorantly wrong someone who is undeserving…I am talking about standing by a mentality that has come to rule my life and my decisions. Some of them good, some bad, some based solely on emotions, some spontaneous, and some that I just cannot explain. But I learn new lessons every single day. And through applying these lessons, being open-minded, working hard, taking risks, opening my heart, and, of course, dealing with many a consequence, I do feel that I am in the process of becoming a person I’m actually pretty proud of. Some may disagree, and that’s cool…I’m still not going to apologize.

Some people find contentment in stability, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Often times I strive for that life of stability. Who doesn’t want to feel safe and comfortable, after all? Nevertheless, I tend to wind up on this wild roller coaster ride, time and time again. It is far from easy…especially emotionally. But the way I see it, you cannot truly enjoy the highs without also experiencing the lows. And my highs are not something I am willing to give up, even if it does mean facing some extra challenges along the way. Because, at the end of the day, I live for those breathtaking moments of feeling young, wild and free…feeling inspired, passionate and successful…feeling in love. To me these experiences are everything.

*head to toe: Zara Man hat, Red 23 striped tee, GUESS jeans, Zara booties

Photos by Jono Bernstein

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Double Dare

16 Sep

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties

Sometimes it is easy to forget just how many exciting things this city has to offer. You can literally leave your apartment at any given moment and create your own crazy adventure. I am so fortunate to live in a place where every second brings a new surprise, and I look back on the times when I’ve just run around doing whatever random activity would present itself as the best days.

This is something I have been striving to do more of – get out, explore, and enjoy all of the cool things there are to do in NYC. For this reason, I was excited when GUESS approached me with a fun challenge to “Dare To Make Everyday an Adventure” – a campaign inspired by their new Dare perfume (which is basically a pretty little bottle of light flowery happiness).

So, over the weekend my friends Jess and Jono joined me on a spontaneous and awesome adventure all throughout downtown Manhattan. We started out in Chinatown, and ventured into some of the most bizarre and entertaining shops…there is so much hustle and bustle there on a Sunday, the energy is insane! Then we made our way to Little Italy, only to stumble upon the annual Festival De San Gennaro, which was flooded with people, food, drinks, games, rides, and cotton candy! My kinda party. And obviously you can’t leave Little Italy without getting a slice of pizza, so naturally that came next.

We did a little shopping (I found some awesome rings from a street vendor in SoHo) and came across some very cool timepiece necklaces. We made our way to a cute little wine bar in Nolita, and then headed back to wrap things up on the roof, where we watched a breathtaking sunset through the New York City skyline. A perfect day. And guess what…we smelled good the whole way through!

So my adventure ruled (thanks, GUESS!), and now it is your turn to create one. GUESS is running an awesome contest, and the winner will win a trip for two to Miami! Just Instagram or tweet a photo of your adventure (yep, I DARE YOU), and include the hashtags #DoYouDare and #PostToEnter

Each week, in addition to having a chance at the grand prize, they’ll also be picking winners to receive a gift card and the new GUESS Dare fragrance gift box as a bonus.

Good luck and let the fun times begin!

*head to toe: Zara Man hat, Topshop jacket, Reformation cropped top, Red 23 striped tee, Zara booties

Photos by Jono Bernstein

Let Go And Live

14 Sep

New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Strappy bra, knit tee, cutoff denim shorts, woven leather heels
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Strappy bra, knit tee, cutoff denim shorts, woven leather heels
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Strappy bra, knit tee, cutoff denim shorts, woven leather heels

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – E. M. Forster 

This has been one of the most amazingly interesting summers of my life. It has been a fucking roller coaster, but hey, that is what keeps life interesting. I was able to travel around quite a bit, yet still managed to truly enjoy an incredibly HOT and perfectly imperfect time in New York City. After almost three years living here, it is slowly starting to feel like a real home. The city has definitely managed to wrap it’s naughty little fingers around my heart, no doubt about that.

A family friend asked me if I love living here the other day, with the assumption that I was going to respond with something along the lines of “I’m obsessed! OMG, it has, like, totally changed my life!”. Truth be told, that response would be half true. I am obsessed and I have certainly changed (and grown) quite a bit, but I am also so tired. Life here is a constant battle, yet in my opinion it is certainly one that’s still worth fighting.

Seasons change and with this comes the opportunity for fresh, new beginnings. Here is to a fantastic autumn and allowing the world to pick us up instead of knock us down.

*head to toe: Miu Miu sunglasses, Vince woven t-shirt, Pixie Market cutoff shorts, Coach woven heels

Photos by Jono Bernstein

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Peppy

2 Sep

New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”

- J.R.R. Tolkien

A few more photos from Mexico earlier this month! Spent a week in Puerto Vallarta celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents’ long-time neighbors, and our close family friends (which you already know if you had a chance to catch my last post). Snapped some shots outside of the restaurant after their vow renewal ceremony. This backyard was beyond beautiful, the photos don’t even do it justice! Almost like we stumbled upon a secret garden…

I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel so much this year. I love calling New York City home, but at the same time, I have found it very important for my mental health to have the freedom to escape when I need to. I am not a girl who likes to be tied down, and have worked hard to create a life that allows me to move around. I suppose I have become a bit of a wanderer, and find that this lifestyle is necessary in order to stay balanced, inspired, and creatively fulfilled.

Spent the past week or so on the beach in Cape May, NJ and will return to the city tomorrow just in time for Fashion Week…always an exciting time! For the most part, I do like going to shows, and enjoy the hustle and bustle that surrounds the whole crazy extravaganza. But, when it comes down to it, my favorite thing about NYFW is seeing my friends who come to town! It certainly helps ease the blow of returning to the madness that is Manhattan after what has felt like an extended vacation of sorts.

Just like the poem says, “not all those who wander are lost”. In fact, I think for some (myself included), the act of wandering is actually what keeps us from losing ourselves…

*head to toe: vintage peplum dress from Nifty Thrifty, Beau + Ashe shoes