The Vibes

12 Apr

The Vibes

Post sponsored by Target // Festival fashion is in full swing, and wherever in the world you are, there’s no harm in embracing it. Just be sure to add your own personal spin (and that doesn’t necessarily require face paint, flower crowns and something with fringe).

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style\
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style

I may be somewhere across the Atlantic but, as a California girl, I cannot help embracing Coachella vibes this time of year. Jumpsuits are a go-to for me and, thankfully, cute varieties are not hard to come by these days.

I’ve styled up two festival-friendly looks, prefect for getting in music mode. The first is a bit more “moody”, in attempt to steer clear of that all-too-common neon flair, and avoid coming across as overly eccentric. I am a firm believer that you can still stand out without dressing like a lightbulb. So, I went for something that felt playful but subtly somber, wearing a denim onesie, black-out shades and pair of leather booties.  The other look is just easy-breezy and very versatile. All about the “peek-a-boo” detail and cropped, culotte cut…and it’ll last me all summer long.

Whether you are looking for something “on trend” that can be styled up in multiple ways, or feel like going old-school J-Lo with a little ’80’s acid wash action, Target has you covered in the fashion department. So, go ahead…channel your modern hippie chick, and share a little comment about how you might integrate a “moody” or “decorated” theme into your festival wear this season?

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Find your style @targetstyle.

*head to toe: Ray-ban sunglasses, drawstring-waist jumpsuit via Target, KARA Stowaway bag from ShopGoldyn, Acne Pistol booties // Xhilaration denim cut-out jumpsuit,  Journee Colleciton slide sandals

Blue Skies are Calling

3 Apr

Blue Skies are Calling

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties

Figured I would say goodbye to winter, and to Manhattan (for the time being), in a very city-centric setting…accompanied by the new love of my life, Sonya Chodry’s FELICCA parka. Not kidding, this jacket probably hugged me better than any guy ever has or will…practically orgasmic. Right now I would legit prefer spending a romantic night by the fire with a bottle of wine accompanied by this coat over any big-mouthed, half-witted man. More wine for me!

Returned to France last week, where I spent a few days re-acclimating, after being away from “home” for nearly three months — a whirlwind to say the least. Just arrived in London, where I met my lovely mother, and am looking forward to a little Euro-tour with the best lady I know. Will be spending a few days here, followed by Amsterdam, Lithuania, and then back to Paris!

It’s been a long, long winter. But blue skies are calling. And in the meantime, at least there are fur-lined jackets, amazing adventures, and beautiful people all around me…not much more a girl can ask for.

*head to toe: Ray-ban Clubmaster tortoise sunglasses (additional Ray-ban styles here), Sonya Chodry FELICCA fur-lined parka, LOFT Lou & Grey linen tee, Paige Hoxton ankle zip jeans (more styles from Page Denim here), Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

SIDE NOTE: SHOPBOP IS HAVING A STELLAR SALE (and it ends tonight – 4.7.16, so hustle hustle hustle on over, before it’s too late). Use code INTHEFAM at checkout for 25% off your order!

 

Best Case Scenario

30 Mar

Best Case Scenario

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde

Trials and tribulations are no stranger to me. I cannot say that I don’t still experience fear when I feel them approaching. However, at the same time, I realize my “problems” are quite small in the grand scheme of things, and with every major hurdle, I either learn something invaluable, gain a certain strength I never saw coming, or develop a stronger sense of self – all of which help with getting through whatever life decides to throw at me next.

You know how people say “In five years from now, will this really matter?”, and the answer is almost always ” hell no”? Kind of the point I am getting at. Think about the last thing that troubled you…and then think of something you thought was a HUGE deal five years back. Well, you made it five years, right? So chances are you found a way to get through it. And more likely than not, you are either laughing at the fact that it even got to you at the time, or looking back fondly, and maybe nostalgically, knowing now how far you’ve come as a result.

If nothing else, it is a good view to take on life when tough things get tossed your way. We can only control so much, so let’s take control of the things we can, and do it in a positive way. Doesn’t mean things will be perfect but, if you choose this route, the worst you’ll end up with is a “best case scenario”.

*head to toe: Hat Attack XL Luxe Hat (more amazing Hat Attack styles here), Equipment Sloane cashmere sweater (additional cashmere coziness here), Sonya Chodry SEVERINE après ski pants < amazingly cozy, Kelsi Dagger BK Vail mules (more easy-to-wear slip-ons here)

Red Hot Revelations

28 Mar

Red Hot Revelations

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

It doesn’t feel like spring but, well, it is. So I decided to put my foot down and embrace the damn season. Not quite ready to strut around in a sundress, but I did throw my middle finger to the inconvenient and unpredictable climate that’s been lurking (and yes, it’s possible that I am referring to more than just the weather).

Shallow as it may sound, I’ll stand by my belief that what you choose to wear in the morning can actually have a huge impact on your mood. If things feel dark and gloomy, fight back by being bright and shiny. Throw on something snazzy like a brilliantly bold piece of outerwear (this fur-hooded fantasy parka by Sonya Chodry will undoubtedly do the trick), and show off those stems with a pair of power bitch pants. Time to leave your doom and despair in the dust.

*head to toe: Freyrs Ruby cat eye sunglasses (click here for some more sharp styles), DOMINO Ski Parka by Sonya Chodry, red pants by Joseph (additional stand-out skinny trousers right this way), Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Elevator Love Letter

24 Mar

Elevator Love Letter

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress

Enjoy the ride.

*wearing Christina Economou Patchwork dress (click here for more printed maxi dresses), photography by MiG Ayesa, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps

Bubbles on Bubbles

22 Mar

Bubbles on Bubbles

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot

When all else fails, book a fancy hotel room (on credit, if you must – it’ll cost about as much as a therapy session in NYC), and enjoy an evening in with your favorite girls.

Take a bubble bath, order four bottles of champagne, wrap on up in cozy robes and let your worries float away.

Cry, bitch, laugh, sing, dance…do whatever you have to do to let go. Even if the escape is only temporary.

Feeling empty? Well there are countless ways to fill up on endorphins (sparkling wine is a good place to start). Stress is the catalyst for so many real-life ailments, and negative energy is highly contagious disease that nobody wants to catch.

Easier said than done, perhaps, but we must try and set ourselves free every once in a while, and embrace things that enable a more restful state of mind.

When I get lost, I remember my road trips…sticking my head out the window, with the music blasting, closing my eyes and letting the wind blow through my hair. These were the times when I allowed myself to feel life, like a beating pulse, rather than stumble along like a zombie off course.

I’ve certainly had my fair share of “moments”, where crying feels like the only possible release. But it is really important to remember those other times…the times when you you couldn’t help but smile, even if you tried super hard to keep a straight face. Just writing this is making me smile, because I am grateful for my friendships and the wonderful memories I’ve made so far.

We all deserve a night off from time to time. When the road gets rocky it’s easy to forget that it’s OK to escape for a second. There are endless opportunities for enjoyment out there, we just have to be willing to embrace them.

CHEERS.

On Shuffle

19 Mar

On Shuffle

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel

It is a bizarre and familiar feeling to be so utterly inspired and disinterested at the same time…

To wake up with so much hope and gratitude, while simultaneously feeling like my bones may crumble to dust if someone says the “wrong” thing. 

Life can be a faulty, volatile, jolting roller coaster. Minutes can go by before I realize that I’ve practically forgotten to inhale…

But, if you aren’t struggling, at least a little bit, then what the fuck are you doing?

OWN IT: who you were, who you are, who you want to become…and don’t forget to keep on learning along the way. 

Do you want to listen to one song on repeat…

Over and over and over again, until you are taking your last breath, wishing you had heard all of the music?

Is that monotony alone not enough to kill you?

Who wants to return to the same unfulfilling job, day after day, with no aspirations for bigger and better?

Who wants to make a routine of reoccurring conversations with the same people, about the same bullshit, at the same depressing bar?

Who wants to crawl into bed each night, defeated, next to a person who owns your heart but doesn’t keep it locked up in a place that feels safe? Someone who holds you because they love you enough to know you need it, but not because they want to feel the closeness you’re starving for…

I do know that this this is not what I want.

Personally, I am okay with living on the edge of a cliff. If being excited also means being scared and taken off guard, from time to time, I’ll try and keep on rolling with it. 

I want to put myself in risky situations where possibilities are endless. I want to let the world throw me curveballs, so that I can go through the process of swinging and missing, slowly learn how to hit them, potentially strike out from time to time, but eventually be able to knock that shit out of the park. I’m willing to work for my personal home run. 

Do I want to fall? Of course not – who does? But I will fall, just as I have done time and time again. And I will pick myself back up…the same way that I always have. I imagine each time it will get a little bit easier. Shake it off and prepare yourself for whatever may come next – be it beautiful or trying. 

Embracing challenges is vital to facing, and overcoming, life’s inevitable hurdles…the challenges that help mold us as human beings and, ultimately, define our character. Without struggle one can never fully appreciate the brightness that surrounds us.

I want to discover true love – the kind that doesn’t make love hurt so much. I’ve had two great loves, both of which left me feeling thankful and sad. But they didn’t make me lose faith. And who knows, maybe one of those love stories isn’t over yet. I hope it’s not.

I think I will find the right person as soon as I can find my bearings. Once I am able to fully love myself, and be the right person…to look in the mirror and feel contentment rather than anxiety. We’re all capable of this, I believe, as long we keep our minds and our hearts in the right place.

I want to find a guy as crazy as I am to laugh, talk, and fully enjoy my life with, without hurting him. Not because I need it, but because I would rather share my curiosity with someone majestic than live through the magic all alone.

It’s sort of like waffles…I would eat them plain if I was really hungry, but I’d prefer to have them with syrup, strawberries, and three mimosas. Why settle for something that only leaves you longing for more?

At the end of the day, I want to be “happy”, just like everyone else on this wild earth. But I have come to acknowledge that the cut-and-dry, dictionary definition for this powerful word is sort of a sham.

“Happy” is more than a word. It is a sentiment that means something different to every person you pass by on the street…my version of “happy” is not the same as anyone else’s.

I think “happy” means taking that occasional, sometimes fleeting, but triumphantly powerful inspiration that anyone with a flicker of passion feels at one point or another, and storing it somewhere safe. It means opening your heart, allowing it to be broken without completely giving up hope, holding on to your morals and beliefs as if they are your most valuable possessions, having integrity, falling down, figuring out how to regain your strength when you feel completely dick slapped by everything and everyone around you, broadening your horizons with each and every tick of the clock, and putting your playlist on shuffle.

Don’t listen to the same song on repeat or do the same stupid dance over and over and over again, wishing you had experienced more of the music. There is so much music, and so much life. And the best part is, it’s never too late to experience, take a deep breath, and enjoy the wild, unpredictable and wondrous ride.

*head to toe: Christina Economou Oversized T-shirt, Christina Economou Collage Jupe Culottes (more rompers and playsuits here), Tantocosì by Riviere Borsa Milano Scala bag via Capolavori (similar satchel styles here)

Photography by MiG Ayesa