EUROTRIP

22 Nov

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New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: The Hoxton Amsterdam, Wool turtleneck, fall fashion, hotel editorial, the Hoxton Hotel, cozy socks
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: The Hoxton Amsterdam, Wool turtleneck, fall fashion, hotel editorial, the Hoxton Hotel, cozy socks
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: The Hoxton Amsterdam, Wool turtleneck, fall fashion, hotel editorial, the Hoxton Hotel, cozy socks

Quick stop in Paris after being in NYC for a few weeks, and I’ve headed off on a mini Eurotrip with my dear friends Emilia and Celine. First stop was Amsterdam, where I’d never been, and I fell head over heels (or should I say “socks over sweater”) in love with the city.

We had the pleasure of calling The Hoxton home for a few nights. Surrounded by canals, the beautiful boutique hotel only opened doors in Amsterdam a few months back, though they’ve already made a name for themselves in the UK — a result of two stellar London locations (I know where I will be staying next time I need my English fix).

The staff was beyond accommodating, and one of my favorite quirks (ambiance and perfect location aside) was the “market” concept they practice, in replacement of a traditional minibar…meaning you purchase sips and snacks from the front desk instead of taking them from the room. BUT they sell wine at true retail price, rather than jacking up prices out the ass. My kinda thang.

Part pleasure and part business, I was also able to meet face-to-face for the first time with an amazing client I have been working with for many months. If you are also a blogger, and you have yet to sign up for Cirqle, get on it by clicking here! Founded and built by a super smart and innovative team, Cirqle allows influencers to plug in their social channels and stats, sending out high-quality campaigns (and yes, I am actually talking top notch, here) that they can then apply to be a part of.

Companies can pick and choose who they work with based on real data, authentic follower engagement, and whether or not there is a genuine interest in the brand! As a blogger / marketer, I personally find their particular model to be spot on — and I have seen quite a few others trying to attempt something similar that don’t quite hold a candle. Bloggers, it is a great way to gain visibility and put your name out there in front of some of the world’s best brands, while at the same time being granted an opportunity to team up on some super enticing campaigns.

Just arrived in Berlin, another city I have never explored, and cannot wait to spend the next few days here…perfect timing, given that I was just speaking to my realization that there has been a missing piece in my life, that is a result of some strange refusal to feed my hunger for adventure. It’s experiences like this…seeing the world, and taking in new things, while surrounding myself with smart and inspiring people, and meeting interesting new ones, that keep my spirit alive.

*head to toe: Laura Mercier radiance powder, FRESH sugar lip balm, DKNY long-sleeved turtleneck sweater, Roots cashmere sleigh socks, shot at The Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam

 

(more links to get the look: beach sprayoff-white turtleneck sweaters and cozy socks galore)

BONUS: Shopbop is having a major SALE right now in honor of, you guessed it, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Use code GOBIG15 now through November 30 and save up to 25% (exclusions apply). Click here to get your shop on or visit my Facebook page for more info. Enjoy!

Don’t Sweat It

15 Nov

NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, geek chic, sweatpants and heels, city style, fashionable comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, geek chic, sweatpants and heels, city style, fashionable comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, geek chic, sweatpants and heels, city style, fashionable comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Roots campaign, geek chic, sweatpants and heels, city style, fashionable comfort

“In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.” – Sid Caesar

Spent the past few weeks in NYC for work, and for the most part it was nice to be back (although even with an extended trip, I didn’t have enough time to catch up with friends…or even get one decent night’s sleep, for that matter). I can’t really complain about my professional life, though. I made a choice and have built something, with the help of others, that I am truly inspired by and passionate about. I love my work, am grateful for the flexibility that comes along with it, and am consistently excited to tackle cool projects and come up with new ideas.

At the same time, on this trip alone, I’ve also endured a few eye-opening experiences…a series of heartbreaking, frightening, and straight up unexpected events that made me question whether or not the work habits I’ve adopted are actually sustainable. Perhaps the line that exists between determination and obsession is finer than I thought? 

Again, I genuinely enjoy what I do, and plan to continue on the path I’ve started to pave, without a doubt. But I think that perhaps I need to, oh, I don’t know, switch up the way I’m laying out the bricks or something like that. Because, at some point in the past year or so, without even noticing it, I went from a “work hard play hard” kind of girl to a “work hard girl” who forgot how to play. And I really like to play!

I’ll always be ambitious, disciplined and entirely too critical of myself, but I am realizing how badly I need to switch up my efforts and find some level of balance. I think that people who are able to achieve an honest and healthy work/life balance have to be the ones who’ve actually got it figured out. Obviously this is easier said than done, but amidst the chaos, deadlines, and demands, I think I am starting to grasp that taking small steps toward finding that solid spot in the ground to stand on should at least remain at the top of my daily to-do list.

I will also always be a person who cannot fully thrive without creative stimulation and engaging with others. I need to go on road trips and watch silent sunsets. I need to take midnight bike rides and to go skinny dipping in the ocean. I need conversations that could go on forever with the people I love which often times start in tears but end in uncontrollable laughter…

Yet somehow, without even noticing, I’ve completely caged the adventurer inside of me who needs to feel joy, freedom and weightlessness…who treasures what’s truly important and won’t let anything else stand in the way. 

There is no way to be successful if it means losing your spirit in the process. Not for me, anyhow. But no matter how many times I fuck up, or how many wrong turns I take in the process of trying to improve my life (one that some of my nearest and dearest know little to nothing about these days, unfortunately), at least I can pat myself on the back for being honest and real. The fact that I can own up to my mistakes and stand by my word, while I work towards becoming a stronger, happier individual and a better friend are a few things that actually don’t keep me up at night. Personally, I feel this mindset to be healthier, braver and more “stable” than hiding behind a false existence filled with selfish accusations that only feed a growing superiority complex.

But, to each their own. Nobody’s perfect, after all.

*head to toe: Dior plum glitter eyeglasses, Roots Quetico T-shirt, Aubin Sweatpants, Cabin Tote in Waterbuck, And Other Stories pumps (similar, very affordable style here)

Photography by Christian Veluz

 

(more links to get the look: olive green tees, brown large leather totes, grey sweatpants)

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Storytellers

29 Oct

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Crocheted coat, sheer coat, half-tuck t-shirt, high waisted jeans, Italian leather handbag, oversized satchel, pointed toe mules
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Crocheted coat, sheer coat, half-tuck t-shirt, high waisted jeans, Italian leather handbag, oversized satchel, pointed toe mules
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Crocheted coat, sheer coat, half-tuck t-shirt, high waisted jeans, Italian leather handbag, oversized satchel, pointed toe mules

I think that my affinity for fashion has evolved quite a bit over the past few years. In traveling more and having the pleasure of collaborating with some incredible up-and-coming designers, I have developed a whole new respect for this very important sector of the business. I don’t need to attend the biggest shows or feel that urge to be seen at exclusive parties (not that I am necessarily invited, anyway). I sincerely do prefer this element of discovery that has become a big part of my world as of late. 

Having worked my way to a point where I am able to interact with fashion creatives that project varying forms of spirit, as opposed to those that are monopolizing public attention simply because of a name, is something I am grateful for. This is not to say that the big fashion labels haven’t rightfully earned their stripes, but there remains so much under-the-radar talent that I personally find to be more intriguing. I’d rather make a statement by wearing something beautifully crafted, over being envied for owning things most people can’t afford (again, not saying I am a part of this “club” either, but you see where I’m going here).

Similar to the way my blog and business have transformed, my view on the industry has also taken a turn. If you have been following for a little while, first of all, thank you! Also, you’ve probably noticed I talk less about what or “who” I am wearing and a more about how my feelings, surroundings, experiences, and life in general, inspired my vibe. I have always dressed for my mood, but lately I do feel a stronger connection with certain brands…and often times that means keeping it simple in a pair of made-to-order Talley jeans or a playfully proportioned Wilt tee. I admire when brands really infuse a lifestyle and focus on this rather than just pushing the message of “SELL SELL SELL”. You can see and feel the difference.

I couldn’t give less of a fuck about having the latest “it bag”. OK, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do succumb to what is trending, or whatever, but only if its really, really amazing (especially when it comes to jumpsuits — I am a sucker for jumpsuits). For the most part, however, I’d rather cover my body in pieces that were created with love and speak to something real – be it a unique thought that sparked a design, the expression of a story which makes a brand identifiable, or the special process it takes to transform an idea into something tangible.

This bag by Officina del Poggio, a rad accessories line I was recently was introduced to, is made in Italy (oh, the leather) and founded by the coolest, free-spirited American woman who has built an amazing life in Milan. She has a truly unique collection of motorcycle duffles, saddle bags and more – all inspired by the thrill of adventure! A sentiment I completely identify with, of course. Made for the girl (or guy) who is ready to hop on a bike and ride off into the sunset, even if they don’t know where they’re going to wind up. For the fashion lover who appreciates the perfectly imperfect hardware, and somewhat “rough around the edges” appeal that adds such character to each creation…and the person whose genuine energy and outlook can be described using these same words. It is a brand built upon a lifestyle that I admire and understand…one that I believe in and am empowered by!

And this coat…where to even begin with the coat. Rahul Mishra is far from a newbie…he’s made his mark in the fashion world, in winning the Woolmark Prize and achieving plentiful, international recognition over the past several years. Yet, somehow, I only learned about this highly skilled, philanthropic designer after going to Paris in April. The driving factor that led him to develop his brand is actually one that shook me.

Following his motto to “let craft lead the way”, Mishra has designed a handful of breathtaking collections, all the while remaining true to his vision that refuses conforming to the modern standard of mass production (disregarding that same “SELL SELL SELL” mentality I’ve become quite burnt out on). He is a strong, self-proclaimed advocate of “slow fashion” who maintains respectable, high-standards when it comes to his artwork. The framework his company is built upon involves hiring craftsmen and women from the slums of India, employing them to exercise their talents through executing intricate embroidery on the purest of fabrics. He provides an ethical and encouraging environment for people in the community from which he originated, doing his part to help advance and build more sustainable lives for struggling Indian artisans and their families. 

The fashion industry is notorious for being shallow, cutthroat and insincere — on many fronts I do agree with the stereotype. It wasn’t until recently (perhaps leaving New York is what flipped the switch), that I saw this whole other side. But putting on the outfit you see here without thinking twice, feeling good in what I was wearing that day, and reflecting on the power of these pieces when I started to write, I felt like I was like taking a breath of fresh air.

*head to toe: Sunday Somewhere Yetti sunglasses, Red 23 bunched tee, Officina del Poggio Gemini Satchel, Rahul Mishra embroidered coat, Big Star Denim skinny jeans, Sigerson Morrison mules

(other links to get the look: navy blue coatsgrey tank tops,  black high-waisted skinny jeans, black mules)

The Office

14 Oct

NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Casual comfort, lace sweater, strappy bra, geek chic glasses, cashmere shorts, fluffy blankets, interior comfort

I may appear to be living it up in the City of Lights (not denying this to be true), but I also spend a whole lot of time at home, in my cozy apartment, working the days and nights away.

It has been almost three years since I left the world of full-time work in fashion marketing, and decided to do independent consulting. My little practice, which I was so unsure about taking a leap of faith to kick-off at the time, has actually grown into a small agency of sorts! Perhaps UNRACKED Marketing could be more accurately described as a collective of creative people and awesome freelancers that I have had the pleasure of meeting and partnering with, all over the world.

These days I really couldn’t be happier about the scary reroute I chose to take. And, yes, some of you who know me well enough to have seen me screaming and crying at my computer screen are probably laughing right now. The hustle is real. But at the end of the day there is something very rewarding about the process of building a career based on what you are passionate about – whatever that might be and however many hours, or even years, it might take. If I am going to spend the majority of my time “at work” in order to get by, just like everyone else does, I personally find it vital to focus my efforts on something I can pour whole heart and soul into. And to surround myself, at least professionally, by people who share this notion.

It may be a bit of a roller coaster with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. But a lot of the time I get to enjoy the ride while sitting on my couch in a bra and cashmere shorts. And I think that’s pretty cool.

(side note: I have been back in Paris for almost two months now, and in my own apartment for the first time in a while. Decorating has been so much fun and having a comfortable living space makes all the difference. I have found some really cute home accessories on ShopBop, among other great sites and stores — full “reveal” coming soon! Just found out they are having an awesome sale at the moment, though, so wanted to spread the word. Definitely worth a look!)

*head to toe: Christian Dior glitter glasses, UrbanEars wireless headphones, Cosabella bra (similar strappy style here), vintage lace cardigan (longer version here), Moleskine notebook, Dogeared balance and petal chain bracelets, Allude Cashmere shorts

Photos by GWENAEL SERIEYS

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Culotte Off

9 Oct

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel, Travel Blog: Paris Fashion Week, round sunglasses, lightweight coat, draped back top, wool culottes, peep-toe booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel, Travel Blog: Paris Fashion Week, round sunglasses, lightweight coat, draped back top, wool culottes, peep-toe booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel, Travel Blog: Paris Fashion Week, round sunglasses, lightweight coat, draped back top, wool culottes, peep-toe booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel, Travel Blog: Paris Fashion Week, round sunglasses, lightweight coat, draped back top, wool culottes, peep-toe booties

I am really happy that the culotte pant trend has made a comeback. Not that I ever cared about “comebacks” or trends all that much. I also don’t really feel like talking about pants (even though I do love these ones).

I survived my first ever Paris Fashion Week! It was a lot different from NY, and very fun to be able to catch up with old friends in my new city. A bit more laid back, but that could actually be a result of the fact that I skipped out on most of it due to a heavy workload (that I am so very grateful to have).

Now it is just a matter of continuing my adjustment in a new city, learning to let the uncontrollable chaos that’s filled my life for the past four years in New York slip away, and embracing a more “French lifestyle”. Time to figure out the meaning of that little thing they call a “work-life balance”. Time to enjoy.

*head to toe: Damir Doma drapey top, Anne Sophie Madsen Suzanne Long Pants (super similar culotte style here), Officina Del Poggio Gemini Satchel,  Kelsi Dagger Lexington Booties (loving the lower heel style)

When One Door Closes

6 Oct

New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion Travel Lifestyle Blog: Felt hat, bow tie blouse, high-rise denim, beige coat, structured satchel, strappy sandals
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion Travel Lifestyle Blog: Felt hat, bow tie blouse, high-rise denim, beige coat, structured satchel, strappy sandals
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion Travel Lifestyle Blog: Felt hat, bow tie blouse, high-rise denim, beige coat, structured satchel, strappy sandals
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion Travel Lifestyle Blog: Felt hat, bow tie blouse, high-rise denim, beige coat, structured satchel, strappy sandals

“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is my 28th birthday. And, no, I am not fishing for birthday wishes (but sure, go ahead, have at it), I am actually hoping to say something of significance. While I am far from a legendary rockstar, I am proud that I proved the haters and worriers wrong in not joining the “27 Club”, and am ready to start anew. Perhaps I say this often, but what better time than when you turn one year older, right?

This quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald has always been one of my favorites because I feel society places so much pressure on us to be a certain way. It sets up this ideal life that we should all allegedly strive for…a life that fits within some specific, insignificant timeframe. Whether it’s that, as women, we should have started to build a family by 25, or that, as men, you should be making a certain salary doing a job you may or may not even be passionate about. It’s bullshit.

Do I want a family? Yes. Do I need to be told that I should have a husband and two kids at my age already? No, thanks. At the end of the day, I want to live a life I am proud of, whatever this might entail. I am not sure when I will get there, but it is good to know I’m on my way (even if I did choose a roundabout route).

I am one who thinks with my HEART and acts based on what it tells me to do. And then I let my head figure things out afterward. Maybe this doesn’t make sense to a lot of people, but I have no desire to change the fact that the majority of my decisions are primarily driven by passion and emotion. I’ve come to trust my heart enough to know that I can usually tack some form of logic onto the “illogical” moves I make. And when I fuck up, at least I’ll learn a meaningful lesson along the way. 

I think we are all just doing the best we can, need to believe in ourselves, and each other, a little more (or be able to identify the people who are unworthy of believing in before they break us), and accept that it is OK to throw caution to the wind from time to time. The way I see it, so long as you live your life with kind intentions, sincere ambitions, and an open mind, often times you can wipe the slate clean and start fresh if you feel you’ve made a wrong turn. Every morning  you can wake up, get out of bed, and try something new.

*head to toe: Janessa Leone hat, H&M lightweight coat (similar style here), Zara bow top (other awesome bow-embellished blouses I am loving), Strathberry Navy Tote, Big Star Denim skinny jeans, Kelsi Dagger Lupita sandals

Photos by Miss Olivia Lopez

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Back(pack) It Up

28 Sep

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Aviator sunglasses, slouchy cotton button-down,  high-waisted skinny jeans, OVERT backpack, chic backpack, chunky pumps
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Aviator sunglasses, slouchy cotton button-down,  high-waisted skinny jeans, OVERT backpack, chic backpack, chunky pumps
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Aviator sunglasses, slouchy cotton button-down,  high-waisted skinny jeans, OVERT backpack, chic backpack, chunky pumps
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Aviator sunglasses, slouchy cotton button-down,  high-waisted skinny jeans, OVERT backpack, chic backpack, chunky pumps
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Aviator sunglasses, slouchy cotton button-down,  high-waisted skinny jeans, OVERT backpack, chic backpack, chunky pumps

In today’s society women are expected to do it all, facing more day-to-day challenges than ever before.

Inspired by the organized chaos of the City and driven by the sights and sounds, the OVERT girl is always moving. She leaves her apartment early and alert, knowing that anything might happen. She is ready.

The energy of the City is a life-force, it keeps her moving forward. It is electric, it inspires her, it keeps her focused. This is a life filled with endless opportunity and she embraces it all.

OVERT is inspired by the strong, independent and powerful city girls…the warriors of this concrete jungle.

I may have left New York, but an intangible vivacity that makes the city vibrate (that same spirit that inspired OVERT’s brand new collection), still flows through my veins. The four years I spent there engrained a sense of aptitude and resilience that transformed me.

So excited to be working with the two visionaries, Sarah Saxty and Lauren Kozica, who not only created an incredible collection of fashionable and functional accessories for the metropolitan woman on the move, but built it around a lifestyle that truly stimulates me. Be sure to visit OVERTNYC.com, and be among the first to check out the amazing new designs!

*head to toe: Ray-Ban Round Metal sunglasses, Weekend Flair wire earrings, Cotton On Kenosha boyfriend shirt, OVERT NOHO backpack, Big Star Highpoint jeans, & Other Stories pumps