Scent Of A Woman

11 Jan

Scent Of A Woman

Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories

As a hopeless romantic, traveler and lover of light, beautiful fragrances, I immediately fell for Fictions, and the stunning products this one-of-a-kind collection has to offer.

Fictions, publishers of fine perfume, partners with remarkable creatives to conjure the scent and story of a woman in LOVE. Intriguing, collectible and eminently wearable, the fragrance brand’s editions are set in the iconic cities of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney and its latest edition, Istanbul.

Not only did I connect with Fictions for their classic-yet-unique fragrances, but all the cities (Istanbul aside) are places where I have either lived, been in love, or both. The romantic stories associated with each bring me back to magical times on a personal level. It’s not only clever but poetic, in a way – especially since scent is so closely tied to memory.

Beyond that, their packaging is exceptional. As a marketer and someone who works on branding businesses, the way in which Fictions has successfully created a product that’ll truly take you on a journey, rather than simply having a pretty scent, is exceptional. The boxes alone are practically collectors items. Mine reside on a shelf in my apartment, right next to some of my favorite novels and love stories – just where they belong.

Currently I’am visiting London, so I brought my Mini Eau de Parfum for both this city and Paris, where I’m headed shortly (perfect for travel – same with the Hand Cream).

If you care to join in on some spontaneous adventures, be sure to follow along here and on Instagram, where I’ll be documenting my European wanderings. And check out all the amazing Fictions products, sold exclusively at Anthropology. You literally can’t go wrong with any of them (as you can see, Ringo agrees).

 

Let It Burn

1 Oct

Let It Burn

Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals
Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals
Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals
Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals

“She has been through hell, so believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.” -E. Corona

We all face struggle and hardships, and handle things differently. People hurt in varying ways and my personal opinion is there is no right or wrong way to feel.

Sometimes we cry and crumble, genuinely believing we won’t be able to put the broken pieces back together the way they once were. I used to feel this way all the time. Then I realized I could view a difficult situation as an opportunity to rebuild a stronger version of myself instead…someone less fragile.

Some of us are more vocal about our emotions than others — we kick and we scream, and see to it that our voices are heard loud and clear. People might call it anger, but what’s wrong with being angry when someone hurts you? Under the circumstances I speak of, I call it strength, awareness, and self-respect. I am not a cruel or negative person. In fact, I consider myself the exact opposite. But I have been forced to evolve into a woman who can protect herself, because I’m tired of being stomped on.

A writer I love, Janne Robinson, posted something on her Instagram the other day that I loved. She said:

“If he’s the guy, nothing you can say will ever fuck it up. You cannot do love wrong.
We have emotional needs–be needy.
Be “too much” or say the wrong things.
Fuck, we all say the wrong fucking things. And how many of us don’t use protest behaviour and distancing techniques and likely games–and all of these are trying to protect us from “doing it wrong” and being hurt or hurting somebody. Your person will see you trying to sabotage or withholding communicating something hard and create a loving space for it to be heard. Your person will want to exceed your emotional needs. Your person will not be able to get enough of you. They will hold you kicking and screaming into commitment and intimacy if you need it and when you ask why, they will just smile and wonder how you cannot see your brilliance, worth and beauty.

Say too much, say too little–you cannot do love wrong, you cannot fuck up the unfuckable and love is the strongest thing alive.”

AMEN, SISTER. When you live in fear of fucking up, you aren’t in the loving relationship you deserve. When you are expressing yourself and being so brave that you can share your heart, but receive shame for so, you could be in a dangerous place. Get out.

So feel what you want to feel, say what you want to say, do what you want to do (just make sure you don’t become a walking contradiction, and continue to respect the feelings of others if you want yours to be respected). If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. End of story.

“Leave it alone. The past is the past,” he said. He spoke and I listened. I agreed he was right.

*head to toe:TIGI beach spray, NARS lip crayon in Biscayne Park, Free People Mi Corazon top & shorts set, Bernardo ankle strap sandals

Photography by Alexandra Petruck

Lemon Aid

9 Sep

Lemon Aid

Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair

I happen to be a big fan of experimenting with new beauty products…not really a “regimen” kind of gal. In fact, I typically see better results by mixing things up when it comes to my skin and haircare routines.

Right now, my latest obsession is a Lemon Rinse by Beautiful Nutrition, which smells amazing, holds in moisture, and leaves your locks feeling so fresh and so clean, clean. Basically it accomplishes the same thing that top of the line facial toner does for your skin…but to your hair!

You know me, I tend to go with a beachy, messy look. Problem is, sometimes this style borders on scraggly. The Lemon Rinse actually eliminates frizz more than any other product I’ve tried, and has been helping me achieve loose waves without being mistaken for Medusa.

Also, the citrus scent left me feeling revived and ready for action, so I decided to go retro with a stand-out jumpsuit, matching slide heels, and a pair of circular statement sunglasses.

So, if you are looking to branch out and try something new, this zesty product is a great place to start.  Give it a whirl (it only costs $10) and let me know what you think!

*head to toe: Lemon Rinse by Beautiful Nutrition, Stone & Strand medium princess diamond stud earrings, Jennifer Nettles x American West sterling and turquoise cuff bracelet (click HERE for more from the collection), Miakoda grey ruched bodysuit << these basics are the bomb, BB Dakota Keegan Crepe jumpsuit, Vint & York Moll round sunglasses in clearAmelie Pichard sandals

Photography by Alexandra Petruck

Dreamer

30 Aug

Dreamer

Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor

A friend and mentor wrote to me:

You can do anything and change everything. All of the answers are inside of you, so keep on discovering. When it comes to accomplishing the things you love or starting again, you have to leave the unimportant behind. I do not mean by blaming anyone. On the contrary, being thankful for them because they helped you to understand what is yours and what is not. 

Get a new source of energy, powered by gratitude; gratitude for your parents, for your health, for your body, for your soul, for friends, for Ringo, and just take that step forward. 

“Bad” as well as “good” are choices, because when many things are happening in parallel, in our word of entrepreneurship, the key for us is to do what is really important and focus our limited resources in a positive way.

In many situations, the choices we make are not rational ones. You make choices that are dictated by your brain, but they are emotionally powered and conveyed by your heart. The key is to be able to listen to that voice inside. In order to do that, first you must be able to connect with yourself.

These important words moved me, and with the same gratitude he speaks of and his permission, I am happy to be able to share. I hope that, if you are feeling down and out, his letter can impact your mindset as well.

We’ve all been kicked down and learned how to stand back up, because that’s life. Sure, this is typically easier said than done, depending on the circumstances and your experience in dealing with whatever it is that might be troubling you. However, ultimately, it all circles back to knowing your self-worth, being proud, thankful, confident, and passionate about something…being passionate about anything that keeps your blood pumping. Channel that passion toward something proactive, as opposed to steering down a road that leads to self-destruction. Internal-respect and desire are two major gateways toward achieving peace of mind.

Passion and purpose…dreams and aspirations…love, not only for others, but for oneself, are what give us a reason to get out of bed each morning. These are the things that keep us going when the going gets tough. And the going will get tough. It might not even get easier, but if we can learn to handle our struggles with grace and self love, we can live lives that are rich and filled with promise. We can make all of our dreams come true.

*pictured: Sky Fajardo Jacket (similar styles HERE and HERE), Calvin Klein lace bodysuit (similar styles HERE and HERE), Jonsey Wood Carley necklace, Brooklinen Classic Core sheets, Crosley Cruiser record player

Photography by Alexandra Petruck

Red, White + Blue

4 Jul

Red, White + Blue

Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot

I feel fortunate to be an American, and also to have had the privilege of traveling and experiencing different cultures. I know it is a big year, but I am not one to talk politics so I hope everyone chooses wisely and we can become a more united and cool country…I will leave it at that.

Anyway, today is a day to celebrate with beer, fireworks and friends. Let’s give it up for the red, white and blue!

*head to toe: NARS matte lip crayon, vintage necklace (more statement necklaces HERE), blue and white striped maxi dress (click HERE for similar styles), Amelie Pichard sandals (more cute red sandals HERE)

Photos by Maurice Sampson

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!

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