Take The Bench

29 May

Take The Bench

Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sunny windowsill, easy sundress, leather sandals
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sunny windowsill, easy sundress, leather sandals
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sunny windowsill, easy sundress, leather sandals

Spending a lovely Sunday at home in my new place…cant think of anywhere else I would want to be at the moment. Loungewear, natural sunlight, and a long weekend to recharge. Three simple ingredients, and an easy recipe for happiness.

*head to toe: sheer white drapey curtains, Faithful The Brand rope-tie dress (more styles by Faithful The Brand HERE), Wanderlust + Co ‘dreamer’ gold bangle, Madewell slide sandals (additional sandals by Madewell HERE)

Photos by Liz Cherkasova

Morning Ritual

22 May

Morning Ritual

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Wavy beach hair, denim jumpsuit, wide-leg pants, white leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Wavy beach hair, denim jumpsuit, wide-leg pants, white leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Wavy beach hair, denim jumpsuit, wide-leg pants, white leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Wavy beach hair, denim jumpsuit, wide-leg pants, white leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Wavy beach hair, denim jumpsuit, wide-leg pants, white leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Wavy beach hair, denim jumpsuit, wide-leg pants, white leather mules

Starting to settle in to my new home in Silverlake. While this drastic life change was quite unexpected, I feel like some of the best things tend to happen when you don’t see them coming. Often times, when you need them the most. And you might not even realize it until after you take that leap, whatever it might be. Thats why I am all about risk taking.

I loved Paris (and New York, for that matter). Had no real desire to relocate to LA. Having been born and raised not far from the city, in Orange County, it always felt like a “cop out”, for some reason. Perhaps because when I have considered moving back to the West Coast in the past, it was during a rough patch. To me that felt like giving up, and if there’s one thing I’m not its a quitter, to a very stubborn degree.

But, I got a great job, a cute apartment, and for the first time in a long time it feels like things are actually falling into place. I work with inspiring, creative people at an incredible company, and am learning just how valuable establishing some structure can be. I love waking up to a private, sunny garden, having my morning routine, and going about the day in a somewhat organized manner. It’s helped me realize how frantic my lifestyle was making me, and I feel like I can finally exhale after holding my breath for years. Took me a while to get here but, who knows, maybe I’ve finally found my “happy place”.

*head to toe: Club Monaco denim jumpsuit (for similar styles CLICK HERE), Office Shoes summer sandals (more white sandals HERE)

Photos by Jonathan Mariande

Bring Paradise

14 May

Bring Paradise

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Striped swing coat, cropped top, two-piece pants set, high waisted trousers, black leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Striped swing coat, cropped top, two-piece pants set, high waisted trousers, black leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Striped swing coat, cropped top, two-piece pants set, high waisted trousers, black leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Striped swing coat, cropped top, two-piece pants set, high waisted trousers, black leather mules
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Striped swing coat, cropped top, two-piece pants set, high waisted trousers, black leather mules

“We spend so much time staring into the darkness that we forget that all that shines above us also shines within us.” Tyler Knott Gregosn

The fact that it is so much easier to let hurt, stress and sorrow overwhelm us, than it is to embrace the happy moments, positive changes and feelings of joy, remains a mystery to me. Is sadness that much more powerful than satisfaction and pleasure? I don’t think so…

Perhaps contentment has a tendency to be more fleeting, while pain likes to linger…but, why?

Don’t get me wrong, I fall victim to this conundrum quite frequently. However, in taking the time to stop, look around and question it all, I am starting to believe that if we focus a little bit more on the light, our fear of the dark, and its abrasive hold (which we enable), may slowly start to fade away.

*head to toe: NARS lip crayon in Bolero, Dr. Jart Contour 1.2.3. Kit, Queen Bee Set via Tobi (click HERE for great cropped top options and HERE for an extensive trouser selection), Frame ‘Le Shirt’ tie dress, worn as jacket (more from Fame HERE), Silence + Noise Sloane heel (CLICK HERE for more black mule options)

Photos by Jonathan Mariande

Paris Is Always A Good Idea

8 May

Paris Is Always A Good Idea

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather hat, denim jacket, structured satchel, striped sweatshirt, black skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather hat, denim jacket, structured satchel, striped sweatshirt, black skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather hat, denim jacket, structured satchel, striped sweatshirt, black skinny jeans, leather booties

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I left Paris. It was a magical year well-spent, and I’m so glad I took that giant leap outside of my comfort zone back in April of 2015…embarking on a European excursion, which I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Saw so much beauty, made incredible friends, and grew stronger as an individual throughout the process.

I’ve returned to California, the state where I was born and raised. Happy to be closer to family, soaking up the sunshine, and taking on a brand new professional adventure as Director of Digital Marketing for Citizens of Humanity. With plenty of amazing memories in my pocket, I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter, and am readier than ever to take on yet another city. So here’s to living, and new experiences…to taking the the surprises and opportunities life throws at you and running with them without hesitation.

If there’s one thing I am good at, it’s adapting…and only two weeks in, I feel right at home here in Silverlake. But…needless to say, Paris is always a good idea. <3

*head to toe: Lock and Co. Hatters felt & leather cap (more amazing hat styles HERE), Paige Denim Rowan Jacket (additional denim jackets HERE), BB Dakota Reeza Boyfriend Blazer (shop more black blazers HERE), Cotton:On striped sweatshirt (CLICK HERE to for more great sweatshirts), Strathberry MC Midi in Vanilla, 3X1 high-waisted skinny jeans (click HERE for more black denim), Acne Pistol Booties (additional black leather booties HERE)

Spring Fresh Whiskey Cocktails

1 May

Spring Fresh Whiskey Cocktails

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Vinceremos Julep

(Courtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group)
  • 1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .75 oz. Amontillado Sherry
  • One tsp. Ginger Syrup
  • Eight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigs

Instructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.

Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel blog: Spring cocktail recipes

Harper’s Bet

(Courtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar)
  • 1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .5 oz. Grenadine
  • .5 oz. Lemon juice
  • .5 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters

Instructions: Shake and strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass.  Garnish with a lemon wheel or mint leaves.

Spring is in the air! Sunshine and blue skies inevitably accompany a craving for fresh and fruity cocktails. I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey has provided a couple perfect recipes for this time of year. Had lots of fun making (and drinking) them while enjoying a lovely Saturday on the porch with my dear friend Liz.

Two top-notch options for a seasonal social gathering — picnics, backyard bbq’s or even a Kentucky Derby party (that’s where this wonderful whiskey originates from, after all).

Cheers and enjoy!

A New Sound

21 Apr

A New Sound

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style

Feeling “good vibrations”, as I spend my final days in Paris (more to come on that shortly). Major life changes ahead…again. But exciting ones, for sure.

I have never been a musician…not even close. However, I have always had an appreciation for music: the skills required to master an instrument, the partnership that goes into building a band, and an the all-around collaborative effort that accompanies transforming a creative vision into something bigger…something that moves people.

Be sure to check out this awesome trailer for “Sing Street”, a movie I truly cannot wait to see… and post a photo of yourself today on Instagram for #BandShirtFriday to help support SingStreetMovie, with the hashtag #SingStreet.

*head to toe: Ray-ban sunglasses (more classic styles here), vintage Beach Boys tee (a couple more band tee options here),  3×1 high-rise skinny jeans (additional pieces from this great denim brand here), Strathberry MC Midi in Vanilla ( for structured satchels galore, click here), Acne Pistol booties (click here to get your Acne footwear fix)

Just Show Up

16 Apr

Just Show Up

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

When life throws you curveballs, as it will, time and time again, just remember that this shit is normal. I cannot recall the last time I was actually prepared for any significant change but, more often than not, with change comes something magical and completely unexpected.

If things start to feel off kilter…adjust. Don’t feel obligated to explain your decisions to anyone. People may love you and have your best interest at heart, but nobody knows you the way that you do. Never be swayed.

Without uncertainty there is no such thing as adventure. If something seems right deep down in your soul, it probably is…or at least it has the potential to be.

Personally, I’ve never really followed a traditional path, nor have I felt a desire to. But I love my weird, tumultuous life! Sure, I cried hysterically in the shower for 20 minutes this morning and I am not even sure why but, damn, it felt good. And then I got out, wiped my tears, got dressed, and had an amazing day.

It is important to commit to things, and sometimes the most important commitments are the ones we make to ourselves. If things don’t work out right away…modify. You don’t need to give up if things don’t go according to plan, you just need to show up and keep on moving forward.

 *wearing Sonya Chodry Fur Bomber, shot by MiG Ayesa // looking for similar styles? click click click for more felt fedoras and furry jackets!