Life On The Edge

19 Sep

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Felt hat, Long-sleeved striped tee, high waisted denim, patent booties

I guess you could say I’m a girl who tends to live her life on the edge. I often times put myself in situations that people aren’t exactly thrilled about. And while the last thing I ever want to do is cause stress to my loved ones,  my life and the personal choices I make are not something I am really willing to apologize for. Whether it be the clothes I wear, the time I decide to go to sleep at night, the person I choose to date, or the words I write on this blog…I am going to continue to roll with it the way I see fit.

I am not referring to the kind of apologies that are of course necessary if you fuck up or hurt another person unintentionally, or ignorantly wrong someone who is undeserving…I am talking about standing by a mentality that has come to rule my life and my decisions. Some of them good, some bad, some based solely on emotions, some spontaneous, and some that I just cannot explain. But I learn new lessons every single day. And through applying these lessons, being open-minded, working hard, taking risks, opening my heart, and, of course, dealing with many a consequence, I do feel that I am in the process of becoming a person I’m actually pretty proud of. Some may disagree, and that’s cool…I’m still not going to apologize.

Some people find contentment in stability, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Often times I strive for that life of stability. Who doesn’t want to feel safe and comfortable, after all? Nevertheless, I tend to wind up on this wild roller coaster ride, time and time again. It is far from easy…especially emotionally. But the way I see it, you cannot truly enjoy the highs without also experiencing the lows. And my highs are not something I am willing to give up, even if it does mean facing some extra challenges along the way. Because, at the end of the day, I live for those breathtaking moments of feeling young, wild and free…feeling inspired, passionate and successful…feeling in love. To me these experiences are everything.

*head to toe: Zara Man hat, Red 23 striped tee, GUESS jeans, Zara booties

Photos by Jono Bernstein

Double Dare

16 Sep

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: NYC adventures, felt hat, leather jacket, girly cropped top, striped shirt, high waisted denim, patent leather booties

Sometimes it is easy to forget just how many exciting things this city has to offer. You can literally leave your apartment at any given moment and create your own crazy adventure. I am so fortunate to live in a place where every second brings a new surprise, and I look back on the times when I’ve just run around doing whatever random activity would present itself as the best days.

This is something I have been striving to do more of – get out, explore, and enjoy all of the cool things there are to do in NYC. For this reason, I was excited when GUESS approached me with a fun challenge to “Dare To Make Everyday an Adventure” – a campaign inspired by their new Dare perfume (which is basically a pretty little bottle of light flowery happiness).

So, over the weekend my friends Jess and Jono joined me on a spontaneous and awesome adventure all throughout downtown Manhattan. We started out in Chinatown, and ventured into some of the most bizarre and entertaining shops…there is so much hustle and bustle there on a Sunday, the energy is insane! Then we made our way to Little Italy, only to stumble upon the annual Festival De San Gennaro, which was flooded with people, food, drinks, games, rides, and cotton candy! My kinda party. And obviously you can’t leave Little Italy without getting a slice of pizza, so naturally that came next.

We did a little shopping (I found some awesome rings from a street vendor in SoHo) and came across some very cool timepiece necklaces. We made our way to a cute little wine bar in Nolita, and then headed back to wrap things up on the roof, where we watched a breathtaking sunset through the New York City skyline. A perfect day. And guess what…we smelled good the whole way through!

So my adventure ruled (thanks, GUESS!), and now it is your turn to create one. GUESS is running an awesome contest, and the winner will win a trip for two to Miami! Just Instagram or tweet a photo of your adventure (yep, I DARE YOU), and include the hashtags #DoYouDare and #PostToEnter

Each week, in addition to having a chance at the grand prize, they’ll also be picking winners to receive a gift card and the new GUESS Dare fragrance gift box as a bonus.

Good luck and let the fun times begin!

*head to toe: Zara Man hat, Topshop jacket, Reformation cropped top, Red 23 striped tee, Zara booties

Photos by Jono Bernstein

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Let Go And Live

14 Sep

New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Strappy bra, knit tee, cutoff denim shorts, woven leather heels
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Strappy bra, knit tee, cutoff denim shorts, woven leather heels
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Strappy bra, knit tee, cutoff denim shorts, woven leather heels

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – E. M. Forster 

This has been one of the most amazingly interesting summers of my life. It has been a fucking roller coaster, but hey, that is what keeps life interesting. I was able to travel around quite a bit, yet still managed to truly enjoy an incredibly HOT and perfectly imperfect time in New York City. After almost three years living here, it is slowly starting to feel like a real home. The city has definitely managed to wrap it’s naughty little fingers around my heart, no doubt about that.

A family friend asked me if I love living here the other day, with the assumption that I was going to respond with something along the lines of “I’m obsessed! OMG, it has, like, totally changed my life!”. Truth be told, that response would be half true. I am obsessed and I have certainly changed (and grown) quite a bit, but I am also so tired. Life here is a constant battle, yet in my opinion it is certainly one that’s still worth fighting.

Seasons change and with this comes the opportunity for fresh, new beginnings. Here is to a fantastic autumn and allowing the world to pick us up instead of knock us down.

*head to toe: Miu Miu sunglasses, Vince woven t-shirt, Pixie Market cutoff shorts, Coach woven heels

Photos by Jono Bernstein

Peppy

2 Sep

New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, vintage dress, peplum dress, resort fashion

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”

- J.R.R. Tolkien

A few more photos from Mexico earlier this month! Spent a week in Puerto Vallarta celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents’ long-time neighbors, and our close family friends (which you already know if you had a chance to catch my last post). Snapped some shots outside of the restaurant after their vow renewal ceremony. This backyard was beyond beautiful, the photos don’t even do it justice! Almost like we stumbled upon a secret garden…

I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel so much this year. I love calling New York City home, but at the same time, I have found it very important for my mental health to have the freedom to escape when I need to. I am not a girl who likes to be tied down, and have worked hard to create a life that allows me to move around. I suppose I have become a bit of a wanderer, and find that this lifestyle is necessary in order to stay balanced, inspired, and creatively fulfilled.

Spent the past week or so on the beach in Cape May, NJ and will return to the city tomorrow just in time for Fashion Week…always an exciting time! For the most part, I do like going to shows, and enjoy the hustle and bustle that surrounds the whole crazy extravaganza. But, when it comes down to it, my favorite thing about NYFW is seeing my friends who come to town! It certainly helps ease the blow of returning to the madness that is Manhattan after what has felt like an extended vacation of sorts.

Just like the poem says, “not all those who wander are lost”. In fact, I think for some (myself included), the act of wandering is actually what keeps us from losing ourselves…

*head to toe: vintage peplum dress from Nifty Thrifty, Beau + Ashe shoes 

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Keep On Moving

23 Aug

New York City fashion, personal style, travel, lifestyle blog: Mexico vacation, floral maxi dress
New York City fashion, personal style, travel, lifestyle blog: Mexico vacation, floral maxi dress
New York City fashion, personal style, travel, lifestyle blog: Mexico vacation, floral maxi dress
New York City fashion, personal style, travel, lifestyle blog: Mexico vacation, floral maxi dress

I’ve been in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the past week or so. Flew out here to witness the wedding vow renewals of our close family friends…my parents’ neighbors for the past 30 years. They were celebrating their 50th anniversary, and wanted to share it with the people who matter the most. The people who have been there for them and made their journey a magical one. Not only is the location breathtakingly beautiful, but it has been quite an honor to be included in such a special occasion. It is a refreshing reminder of what truly matters in life.

I am so blessed to have grown up with parents who have not only stayed together, but are still deeply in love after 33 years of marriage. I know how uncommon this is and have always been appreciative of the fact that I was raised in a stable home. I mean, no family is perfect, but every single day I thank my lucky stars for each quirk, strength, talent and odd personality trait that comprises our pack of weirdos. My family is my world. Living across the country has really made me treasure those rare occasions where my father, mother, brother (his amazing girlfriend), sister, and I are all able to drop our lives and be together. We are so different (even my parents are total opposites!), but I find that this has only made us stronger and more openminded individuals over the years.

I have always been a hopeless romantic, but must confess that recently I have found my beliefs wavering a bit. I’m not sure our generation has the same values and appreciation for this sentiment that I find to be so invaluable, and at times these thoughts leave me severely discouraged. Just after moving to New York, I parted ways with the man who I, for six years, thought to be the love of my life. I closed myself off emotionally for a long time, in an attempt to find a much-needed sense of independence. While I do feel that I grew quite a bit during the two years I was single, I currently find myself enduring yet another painful breakup of sorts. It doesn’t get any easier.

But I do still see all of the kisses, laughs, tears and lessons learned as precious experiences…to me these are risks worth taking. 

I have made many friends, and lost a couple along the way. I put my full heart and soul into each and every relationship, and I will admit, I become somewhat attached to the people who are important to me. This is not a quality that I want to lose, but it is certainly one that has caused me pain.

All of this being said, at the end of the day, I am not a quitter. And while the struggles I have endured over the past several months have been significant, I still have to believe that it’ll all be worthwhile in the end. I am far from perfect, but I won’t stop trying to find happiness and fulfillment. I am confident that one day I will.

So, yep, I will remain a hopeless romantic. I am grateful for each battle that has made me stronger, and will continue to embrace whatever the future might throw at me. Hopefully I find someone to share my life with, but even if I don’t, I’m still pretty damn lucky to be living the life that I live….to be in the most amazing city in the world, have wonderful friends, and an incredible family. I am lucky to have myself.

Things come and things go, and nobody can foresee what tomorrow might bring. What I do know is who I am, what I believe in, and the kind of person I will always strive to be. And I guess at 26, that is probably enough.

Baby, just keep on movin’.

*head to toe: KAS New York maxi dress, vintage heels

In Bloom

21 Aug

New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Vancouver street style, jersey maxi dress, strappy bra, red framed sunglasses, summer sandals
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Vancouver street style, jersey maxi dress, strappy bra, red framed sunglasses, summer sandals
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Vancouver street style, jersey maxi dress, strappy bra, red framed sunglasses, summer sandals
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Vancouver street style, jersey maxi dress, strappy bra, red framed sunglasses, summer sandals

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag

Feeling so fortunate to have been provided with many an opportunity to travel this year. I write to you from Mexico, while reflecting on the recent trip I took to Vancouver…a city I hadn’t heard much about, but immediately fell in love with.

On this particular evening, my friend Krystal and I wandered about the waterfront before finding a quaint little spot to have dinner…and tons of booze because, well, that’s how I roll right before I head to the airport for a long flight!

More adventures to come!

*head to toe: Aframes sunglasses, Urban Outfitters strappy bra, Pour La Victoire hobo, Reformation dress

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Break Me Off A Piece of That

13 Aug

New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Red framed sunglasses, cashmere blend tee, black cutoff shorts, oversized hanbag, strappy sandals
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Red framed sunglasses, cashmere blend tee, black cutoff shorts, oversized hanbag, strappy sandals
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Red framed sunglasses, cashmere blend tee, black cutoff shorts, oversized hanbag, strappy sandals
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Red framed sunglasses, cashmere blend tee, black cutoff shorts, oversized hanbag, strappy sandals
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: Red framed sunglasses, cashmere blend tee, black cutoff shorts, oversized hanbag, strappy sandals

Had SO MUCH FUN visiting Vancouver and celebrating the launch of kick-ass luxury basics brand, Kit and Ace. If there is anything I could never ever have enough of, it’s those perfectly simple staples. A good tank, a well-fitted, flattering tee…the type of clothing that goes with anything and everything. Lately this stuff is pretty much all I wear.

Needless to say, I was so pleased to be introduced to what is (and I say this in all sincerity – not because they generously provided what happened to be one of the most unique and interesting brand experiences I’ve had in my five years of blogging), my new favorite line of everyday, easy-to-wear essentials.

Met some cool new bloggers, caught up with old friends (shout out to Krystal up above!), and got to know Kit and Ace’s top-notch, talented, and all around awesome team. We ate great food, explored the cutest of neighborhoods, rode bikes on the waterfront, and played around with cute clothes. What more can a girl ask for?!

*head to toe: Aframes sunglasses, Kit and Ace tee, Paige denim jacket, Pour La Victoire Nouveau hobo, Cult of Individuality denim shorts, Jeffrey Campbell sandals