En Passant

14 Mar

En Passant

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration

So excited to share this very special feature, in collaboration with I.W. Harper and Frederic Malle! I happen to be quite seasoned when it comes to sipping on spirits, so working with I.W. Harper always makes for a fun time (check out my previous post about Holiday Cocktailing for some delicious ideas). However, as much as I love and have a strong appreciation for the art of perfumery, I’ve always been too indecisive to pick out my “signature scent”.

I.W. Harper and Frederic Malle went went above and beyond in setting up this amazing experience. Frederic Malle offers an uncompromising approach to fragrance creation, assisting customers in finding their ideal perfume, with the help of their highly trained and approachable team of experts. They’ll steer you in the right direction, paying close attention to the specific notes and combinations you’re naturally drawn to – whether it be a bolder scent, or something light, clean and fresh.

I was graciously paired with an incredible woman, Dinara Tuleuova, who taught me so much! Ms. Tuleuova walked me through the process, step by step, in a way that wasn’t intimidating for a newbie like myself. She made me feel comfortable while asking thoughtful and relevant questions. It was an educational and enjoyable experience, which ultimately led to my to finding that perfect perfume, En Passant…a selection undeniably inspired by the chic, retro appeal of I.W. Harper whiskey!

While there are many amazing options, I fell for this refreshing combination of white lilac, orange leaves, cucumber and wheat. And all throughout the selection process, I was able to enjoy I.W. Harper cocktails…a pretty magical afternoon!

I’ve always been intrigued by perfume and and the power it holds. A complimentary fragrance can be the finishing touch to an outfit, the best accessory for a silk negligee, or even worn on its own (yes, in the absence of clothing), if you are looking to create an irresistibly seductive atmosphere. Add I.W. Harper’s classic whiskey with a modern twist to the mix, and prepare yourself for one seriously lustful scenario!

*shot at Ferderic Malle West Village by Jono Bernstein, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps, wearing Hellessy Basket Weave Sheath Dress, sipping on I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey

Airhead

7 Mar

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party

I want to live my life like a balloon…be able to rise above. I want to let go of the anger and distress that can sometimes consume me, and just feel weightless. I want to soar to great heights without letting anything or anyone hold me back. I want to fly away.

*head to toe: hair color by Brian Adelman, Reformation jumpsuit (more fun styles here), Renard watch (take 15% off your purchase with code “ontheracks”)

Photos by ABSTRACT // shot at Hotel Indigo Newark

Vienna Waits For You

20 Jan

Vienna Waits For You

New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties

Vienna Waits For You was my FAVORITE song for years — especially during college. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and a chronic feeling that I am not doing enough. I can work the most absurd hours to the point of obsession, but for some reason feel that it’s still not enough.

Always in a rush to move on to the next…to something bigger, better and brighter, yet somehow unable to arrive. Fighting to find my “Vienna”.

I guess now I am more of a “crazy adult” than a “crazy child”, as the song goes…but I think the message is such a good one, regardless of how many years you’ve been on this earth.

We need to slow down. Enjoy the present. Know when we’re being too hard on ourselves. And at times just look around and embrace life as it is. Love the experience.

Maybe that means taking a step back in order to move forward. Or learning to walk instead of run. Because if you don’t, you’ll one day see that you’ve actually just been running around in circles.

A beautiful song, with this beautiful city in the title, that symbolizes something even more incredible…

So, if you are anything like me, I say listen to Billy Joel and “cool it off before you burn it out”. In the grand scheme of things “you can afford to lose a day or two”, right? Personally coming to discover that if I cannot truly accept that last statement, I’ll likely wind up losing a whole lot more as a result.

*head to toe: knit beanie from Antiquaria (check out their amazing custom stationary), MES DAMES Dora coat (click HERE for more amazing camel coats), cjw Chocolate Fudge Cake Mini scarf, Pologeorgis fur vest (similar styles HERE), white jeans from Shopbop, ACNE Pistol Booties (more from ACNE HERE)

Holiday Cocktailing

15 Dec

Holiday Cocktailing

Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep

‘Tis the season for holiday parties — from intimate gatherings with a few friends to full-on social soirées. Had the pleasure of teaming up with I.W. Harper, the historic American bourbon company, and my “French wife” Céline and I enjoyed a late afternoon of testing out a few recipes that are perfectly delicious to sip on this time of year.

I’ve just recently become a bit of a whiskey girl, but these recipes are delicious enough for just about anyone to enjoy! Definitely worth trying, and I.W. Harper is the perfect option to add that extra special touch of deliciousness…

While I would like to consider myself a cocktail connoisseur, I am actually just really good at drinking delicious beverages. These two recipes, however, are so easy to make, super smooth, and are sure to satisfy any crowd…

THE DARK MAPLE

  • 1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Maple simple syrup
  • 4 oz. Ginger Beer (I am actually 100% hooked on this stuff now)
  • .5 oz. Lime

Fresh, light, and just a tad sweet. The Dark Maple is strong, and sure to get your crowd in mingling mode! But, at the same time, by no means “over the top” as far as boozy beverages go.

SEASONAL HOT TODDY

  • 1.25 oz. I.W Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 tsp. fine grain suger
  • 2 small clove(s)
  • 1.5 oz. boiling water

Baby, it’s cold outside. A good hot toddy is my go-to this time of year, and this simple recipe is nothing short of sublime. I swapped out fine grain sugar for cute little rock candy stirring sticks to add a fun, festive touch!

Happy holidays, drink up, sip responsibly, and enjoy I.W. Harper and these crowd pleasing recipes!

*head to toe: ON LAURA (Ivi Captive Collar Choker, Zara tank, Dresslink high-waist pleated skirt, And Other Stories pumps), ON CÉLINE (Primark turtleneck – similar cozy styles here, Maje zipper jeans, CCC Lamika lace-ups), HOME DECOR (faux fur throw, Optic glasses and metal cocktail set / shaker from Maisons des Monde, framed fashion sketch by Paper Fashion, wooden coasters by Said the King < brilliant website – check it out, RABLABS coasters – and more here via Shopbop, bowls, mugs and sugar sticks via Monoprix)

SIDE NOTE! Shopbop, where I have purchased much of my home decor (and wardrobe for the past, errrrr, 5+ years), has stellar SALE on SALE happening now! Take an extra 25% off marked-down items with code BONUS25, now through December 17th!

Photos by Gweneal Serieys

Get On Your Bikes and Ride

23 Sep

Get On Your Bikes and Ride

NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, city style, fashionable comfort, perfect knit beanie, cozy sweaters, fleece buttondown
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, city style, fashionable comfort, perfect knit beanie, cozy sweaters, fleece buttondown
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, city style, fashionable comfort, perfect knit beanie, cozy sweaters, fleece buttondown

Last summer I chipped my kneecap riding a bicycle home from the beach at 3am in Cape May, NJ. Nobody was on the street, I was not steering to avoid some sort of road block…I just shot straight into the curb. At the time I felt it to be really important to go super-duper fast, realizing at the last moment that I was taking a wrong turn.

I crashed and burned and bled and cried. I am clumsy and irrational. I am reckless. I do stupid shit every day. But, post-collision, I stood up, got on the bike, and rode home. At least this is one act I’ve managed to make a habit of…getting back on my feet and moving forward.

I could make an analogy here about relocating to Paris, but if you’ve seen my Instagram, or have been following my journey for the past month, I shall spare you (for the sake of avoiding redundancy).

Change isn’t easy. We all hit bumps in the road (or perhaps some of us take it a step further and spaz out, flying face-first into the pavement after drinking too much red wine from a water bottle). Either way, the important thing is to just keep on going.

Do I regret moving here? Not at all. Do I regret the time fell off my bike like a freaking fool? Not in the least. I can honestly say it was one of the best nights of my life.

I went skinny dipping in the ocean, under a full moon, on a beautiful, empty beach. I laughed so hard and have memories that will stick with me forever. I am almost happy I have the scar to remind me of that night because it was just that special.

So here you see me standing in cute clothes by Roots, walking a very adorable bike in NoLita (one I wouldn’t dare ride on the streets of Manhattan, that’s for sure). The outfit makes me very excited for the fall weather that has already hit Paris, while at the same time evoking a little New York City nostalgia.

But, as Amelia Earhart would say, ” Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”

At the end of the day, nothing cures those lonely blues like happy, silly memories… at any given moment they’ll stick with you, wherever in the world you happen to be.

*head to toe Roots: Hamilton Toque, Hazelwood Flannel Tunic, Dover Popover, Quary Pants, Banff Weekender Bag

Photography by Christian Veluz

Stop and Smell the Roses

15 May

Stop and Smell the Roses

NYC and Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Clear cat-eye sunglasses, coral lipstick, wavy hair with bangs, suede biker jacket, floral bustier, mesh and leather A-line skirt, nude pumps
NYC and Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Clear cat-eye sunglasses, coral lipstick, wavy hair with bangs, suede biker jacket, floral bustier, mesh and leather A-line skirt, nude pumps
NYC and Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Clear cat-eye sunglasses, coral lipstick, wavy hair with bangs, suede biker jacket, floral bustier, mesh and leather A-line skirt, nude pumps
NYC and Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Clear cat-eye sunglasses, coral lipstick, wavy hair with bangs, suede biker jacket, floral bustier, mesh and leather A-line skirt, nude pumps
NYC and Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Clear cat-eye sunglasses, coral lipstick, wavy hair with bangs, suede biker jacket, floral bustier, mesh and leather A-line skirt, nude pumps
NYC and Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Clear cat-eye sunglasses, coral lipstick, wavy hair with bangs, suede biker jacket, floral bustier, mesh and leather A-line skirt, nude pumps

Today is officially my one month Pariversary! I threw caution to the wind (yet again) and moved out here on a whim, not really knowing what to expect. But my experience thus far only confirms my belief that this is, at least for me, the best way to truly experience life.

Do things that are daunting, and welcome the unexpected with open arms. Occasionally you might get punched in the face, but more often than not, with the right attitude, you’ll find that the unexpected will actually hug you back super hard.

Absorb what different cultures have to offer and let every single sight and sound sink in. Become friends with the locals (even if they are cats). Life is chaotic, but it is important to follow your heart, take risks, step out into the unknown, and remember to take some time for yourself…some time to stop and smell the roses.

*head to toe: Vint & York Copa sunglasses, Topshop biker jacket (similar style here), NARS lip gloss, Nicole Miller Adriana crop top, RumbaTIME Gramercy watch, W Concept Midtown Mesh Skirt, & Other Stories square toe pumps (this store is LEGIT!)

Whiskey In A Teacup

13 Mar

Whiskey In A Teacup

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, KDB, shoe and handbag campaign
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, KDB, shoe and handbag campaign
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, KDB, shoe and handbag campaign
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, KDB, shoe and handbag campaign
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, KDB, shoe and handbag campaign

For the REAL ones.

Those friends you knew you’d connect with from day one…even if you met under circumstances so random as being recruited for the same blogger reality show that neither of you would have actually gone through with. << true story

Hats off, and flower crowns on, to the people you can laugh and cry and drink and not give two fucks about anything with…sometimes.

Here’s to the friends who keep you in check and serve as constant reminders – through tough love, encouragement and example – that you you can be simultaneously insane and successful. You can be fun, free-spirited, and stand on your own two feet. You can achieve whatever it is you want to out of life, so long as you are kind, honest, and hard-working.

These are the people I want to be around. 

I am grateful for ladies like Erica who remind me of the deep-rooted passion that fuels me, even if it gets buried from time to time. Thanks to all of the strong women who I watch overcome obstacles with courage and grace. To all of the badass, successful, hardworking gals out there who beat the odds and make life happen on their own. To those who have a powerful yet delicate spirit, and never lose sight of what’s truly important.

I raise my whiskey-filled teacup to you.

*Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn campaign shot by Jono Bernstein