In A New York Minute

23 Oct

In A New York Minute

New York City, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Lower East Side street style, oversized sweater, grey loose-fit tank top, burgundy tote, cropped denim, white mules, dog blog
New York City, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Lower East Side street style, oversized sweater, grey loose-fit tank top, burgundy tote, cropped denim, white mules, dog blog
New York City, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Lower East Side street style, oversized sweater, grey loose-fit tank top, burgundy tote, cropped denim, white mules, dog blog
New York City, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Lower East Side street style, oversized sweater, grey loose-fit tank top, burgundy tote, cropped denim, white mules, dog blog
New York City, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Lower East Side street style, oversized sweater, grey loose-fit tank top, burgundy tote, cropped denim, white mules, dog blog

Spent the past month or so in NYC, which you may have noticed…depends if you follow me on Instagram (hint, hint, wink, nudge)! Pretty sure I’ve never pulled off NOT staying in that beautiful, bloodsucking city at least 3x longer than I initially plan to. I think an hour in New York is kind of like five days in “real people” time…sort of as if you are moving at the speed of light, but without really noticing it. Without my 12 trusty Moleskines and Google Calendars I’d never stay on track. How I survived 5 years in the City is still a mystery to me…and props to my many strong and amazing friends’s who’ve been kicking ass out there for way longer.

That said, I actually do tend amaze myself with the amount of work (and damage) I’m able to accomplish while time-warping. I arrived, clocked some solid business hours, somehow managed to turn 29 years old, and now here I am, back in California…a little older, a lot more confused, and slowing down to process it all.

Special shout to my main man, Ringo, who was the best copilot ever — he took on the Big Apple like a champ. And so much love to my dear friends who let us crash on their couches, took me out and went along with my insisting it was NOT my birthday (but still let me win at ping pong), and the inspiring people I got to work with along the way…Amina, health coach/wonder woman/founder of Busy Happy Healthy, Art from Look Ave., Rupert from SpareRoom and a handful of others.

It really is amazing what can happen in a New York minute…let alone 3+ weeks. I never come back the same, but am starting to think that’s actually a part of the magic. Perhaps learning to embrace change, and welcome whatever surprises the universe decides to throw your way, might not be such a bad thing after all.

*head to toe: Stone & Strand diamond stud earrings, & Other Stories oversized wool cardigan, GANT Diamond G Solid Strap top, Zara zip up tote (similar style HERE) Mother Denim Insider crop jeans, loq mules (similar style HERE)

 

P.S. (!!!) Amina, author and wellness wizard is gearing up for what is going to be an AH-MAZING 21-day Health Venture. She’s worked wonders for me already and I am so excited to do a little detoxification before the holidays hit. Click HERE to sign up and enter code OnTheRacks15 at check out to save some $$. Join me, why don’t ya?!

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)

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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*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!

 

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