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

Shine On

16 Mar

Shine On

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
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NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts

“A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” Henry Kissinger

Sometimes life can be a real mother fucker. And I don’t even mean that to be a pessimistic statement….it’s just true. Bad shit happens to good people. The world is riddled with inexplicable hatred, and more grief and injustice than I will ever comprehend. But we persevere, because…is there another option?

Instead of cracking under pressure, I’m going to try and keep searching for that small, shiny light that has to exist somewhere – even if all think you see is pitch black darkness. Finding that glimmer of hope could be just enough to remember there’s actually just as much love and strength around us as there is evil.

Perhaps the reason people endure excruciating pain, is because it helps open our eyes to other invaluable treasures that exist around us….blessings in our lives we’ve been taking for granted without noticing.

It’s hard not to get swallowed up by unjustified wrongs, when sadness is completely warranted. But we can always try our best to paint a silver lining around broken hearts. Right now I just feel like life, love and joy are worth everything, even if times are tough.

Photography by MiG Ayesa, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps

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

Breakfast At Midnight

22 Feb

Breakfast At Midnight

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: New York Fashion Week street style, cashmere beanie, navy trench coat, hooded fur vest, striped turtleneck, black skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: New York Fashion Week street style, cashmere beanie, navy trench coat, hooded fur vest, striped turtleneck, black skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: New York Fashion Week street style, cashmere beanie, navy trench coat, hooded fur vest, striped turtleneck, black skinny jeans, leather booties

“I understand why we get stuck sometimes. Hearts are stubborn. They sink their hooks into bad habits that look like people and dreams. But look at how much we give of ourselves. Our most precious gifts handed over to another who may, or may not, value them as much as we do. Have you ever heard someone fall asleep? Or watched someone break down? There’re so few people in this world who you can share breakfast at midnight with, or who can completely forgive you. The people who get you to believe that it’s all actually worth it – and don’t flinch when you look them in the eyes, never waver, and make the bed more comfortable. So when you find them, you, in a way, find yourself. And when you lose them, you, in a way, lose yourself. But know this: you will always be too much for anyone not enough. Somewhere out there is someone who will bring pieces of you home. And you’ll realize that losing everything is the only way to figure out what’s worth finding.” J. Raymond

I think this quote just about covers everything running through my scared, sad, confused mind right now. I’ve never had an issue expressing or writing about my weaknesses and discomforts. In fact, I find it to be therapeutic. I enjoy being honest and relatable. However, out out of respect for some very important people in my life — people I love — there are certain things I do keep private.

The way I see it, life is challenging and beautiful and something to be shared. Weird, difficult things should be talked about. Even if only for the purpose of making them feel less weird and difficult.

Love is amazing, and love is hard. Love and heartbreak are normal, gut-wrenching, mind-flipping emotions that can drive a person mad. Passionate expression, and nonsensical arguments might make you feel like you’ve done something wrong. But maybe that’s not the case at all. Maybe it’s just that, as J. Raymond states, “you will always be too much for anyone not enough.”

Perhaps I will wind up alone with 12 cats because I’m “too much” — too stubborn to succumb to a situation that doesn’t fulfill the idealistic romance I have planned for myself. But cats aren’t that bad and, if nothing else, I’m pretty sure they’d always be down to share breakfast with me at midnight.

head to toe: And Other Stories cashmere beanie (more winter hats), Dana Bronfman Pyramid Stud Earrings and Triangle Stacking Ring, striped turtleneck from Primark (click here for a striped sweater assortment), Pologeorgis hooded fur vest, swing jacket from W Concept, high-waited leather pants by Coach (more leather leggings here), Acne Pistols (and some additional styles to boot)

*Note: Shopbop is currently running a killer sale now through March 5th (ends at 11:59pm PST). Click here for all the details, and get in on the action!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Snowed Out

16 Feb

Snowed Out

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Snow bunny style, hooded fur vest, vintage fur jacket, thermal top, high-waisted denim, studded booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Snow bunny style, hooded fur vest, vintage fur jacket, thermal top, high-waisted denim, studded booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Snow bunny style, hooded fur vest, vintage fur jacket, thermal top, high-waisted denim, studded booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Snow bunny style, hooded fur vest, vintage fur jacket, thermal top, high-waisted denim, studded booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Snow bunny style, hooded fur vest, vintage fur jacket, thermal top, high-waisted denim, studded booties

A couple days ago I was frolicking around sunny Southern California in a swimsuit, and now I’m here, just outside of NYC, standing smack dab in the middle of a baby blizzard. Not only has the bizarre climate proven my attempt at packing for this extended trip to be a failed one (yes, I still plan on returning to Paris), but it kind of feels like these drastic fluctuations are somewhat symbolic of life in general at the moment.

I wake up each morning, try and kick things off with a positive thought or two, and then acknowledge the fact that I have absolutely no idea what the day will bring. Sometimes it’s really exciting and other times it’s a major drag. But, c’est la vie…and the world keeps turning.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. What matters is putting in the effort to take life one day at a time (easier said than done, but always worth a shot). Make necessary adjustments as you go. If you get cold, throw on some extra layers, or borrow your friends furry coat. If you don’t have a friend who will loan you their extra coat, you probably deserve to be cold, so perhaps work on that. And when “figuring it out” starts feeling like a never-ending road, which I actually think it might be, work on changing your outlook. All we can do is try our hardest, to view life as an adventure, and seek out the silver lining along the way.

I might not know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that the sun will be shining and it’s going to be warmer than today. I also know that I don’t have to feel homeless for the remainder of this month, which is pretty major. Many thanks to Hotel Indigo for providing me with a wonderful shelter to happily hang my impractical wardrobe, the coziest bed I can pretend to sleep in, a quiet escape from panic-inducing NYFW events, and a wonderful rooftop to climb when I feel like dancing with the snowflakes.

*head to toe: Mejuri Wing Earrings (had to see but check ’em out, they are the cutest), vintage coat borrowed from my dear friend Meg (check out these furry jackets for something similar), Pologeorgis hooded vest (more cozy styles here), black high-waisted jeans by Rag & Bone, Isa Tapia Hardy studded ankle boots

Photos by ABSTRACT

 

Zig Zag

7 Feb

Zig Zag

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Leather biker jacket, hooded fur vest, v-neck blouse, navy leather tote, slouchy trousers, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Leather biker jacket, hooded fur vest, v-neck blouse, navy leather tote, slouchy trousers, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Leather biker jacket, hooded fur vest, v-neck blouse, navy leather tote, slouchy trousers, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Leather biker jacket, hooded fur vest, v-neck blouse, navy leather tote, slouchy trousers, black leather booties

Sometimes you zig, and sometimes you zag. Sometimes things line up just how you’d like for them to. Other times, it feels like any form of alignment is completely unattainable.

People say don’t wear black and blue together. Or brown and black. Or brown and blue. I say fuck it, and wear what you want. Create your own color wheel and do whatever it takes to keep on spinning. I am more of an advocate for doing what you feel than following socially acceptable guidelines.

Twirl. Run. Scream. Shine. Hide. Discover. Clash. Sparkle. Tumble. Crash. Embrace.

Spent the past few weeks in NY (love to my friends who kept me off the streets and gave me shelter and so many hugs). I miss the City. I miss the madness almost as much as I hate it. The needle is constantly bobbling on my scale of “broken” to “inspired” when it comes to weighing the pros and cons of my life in Manhattan.

I’ve only been gone a few months, but in this short time so much has changed — the people and places look different. I am so happy to see that many of my dear friends have made adjustments, working to improve themselves for the better in taking progressive steps toward their own version of fulfillment. Not that I ever thought of my real friends as anything short of awesome, but it just isn’t easy there. I had to escape to start making significant improvements, and there’s still a long road ahead. But the important thing is that we’re moving, and that, in itself, should be viewed as a beautiful thing…even if it does feel a little weird. Reminds me of these words from Azar Nafisi:

“You get a strange feeling when you leave a place, like you’ll not only miss the people you love, but you miss the person you are at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.”

It is true, in my experience. The strange feelings, the nostalgia, and the hope that accompanies knowing the future can be whatever you want it to be.

So instead of stressing about the zigs and the zags, I will go ahead and keep on trying to embrace it all. And I will do so in my own unique way, knowing that nothing is going to be the same as it is right now, but feeling comfort in believing that the best is yet to come.

*head to toe: Freyrs retro sunglasses (more cat-eye styles here), Pologeorgis fur vest (must have layering piece, similar styles here), All Saints leather jacket (more rad leather jackets here), Strathbery Tote, LA Made Elija Trouser, Acne leather booties

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

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