Snowed Out

16 Feb

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

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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Vienna Waits For You

20 Jan

New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Silk printed scarf, knit beanie, wool coat, fur vest, off-white denim, black suede booties

Vienna Waits For You was my FAVORITE song for years — especially during college. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and a chronic feeling that I am not doing enough. I can work the most absurd hours to the point of obsession, but for some reason feel that it’s still not enough.

Always in a rush to move on to the next…to something bigger, better and brighter, yet somehow unable to arrive. Fighting to find my “Vienna”.

I guess now I am more of a “crazy adult” than a “crazy child”, as the song goes…but I think the message is such a good one, regardless of how many years you’ve been on this earth.

We need to slow down. Enjoy the present. Know when we’re being too hard on ourselves. And at times just look around and embrace life as it is. Love the experience.

Maybe that means taking a step back in order to move forward. Or learning to walk instead of run. Because if you don’t, you’ll one day see that you’ve actually just been running around in circles.

A beautiful song, with this beautiful city in the title, that symbolizes something even more incredible…

So, if you are anything like me, I say listen to Billy Joel and “cool it off before you burn it out”. In the grand scheme of things “you can afford to lose a day or two”, right? Personally coming to discover that if I cannot truly accept that last statement, I’ll likely wind up losing a whole lot more as a result.

*head to toe: knit beanie from Antiquaria (check out their amazing custom stationary), MES DAMES Dora coat (click HERE for more amazing camel coats), cjw Chocolate Fudge Cake Mini scarf, Pologeorgis fur vest (similar styles HERE), white jeans from Shopbop, ACNE Pistol Booties (more from ACNE HERE)

Holiday Cocktailing

15 Dec

Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: I.W. Harper bourbon, holiday cocktail recipes, holiday party prep

‘Tis the season for holiday parties — from intimate gatherings with a few friends to full-on social soirées. Had the pleasure of teaming up with I.W. Harper, the historic American bourbon company, and my “French wife” Céline and I enjoyed a late afternoon of testing out a few recipes that are perfectly delicious to sip on this time of year.

I’ve just recently become a bit of a whiskey girl, but these recipes are delicious enough for just about anyone to enjoy! Definitely worth trying, and I.W. Harper is the perfect option to add that extra special touch of deliciousness…

While I would like to consider myself a cocktail connoisseur, I am actually just really good at drinking delicious beverages. These two recipes, however, are so easy to make, super smooth, and are sure to satisfy any crowd…

THE DARK MAPLE

  • 1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Maple simple syrup
  • 4 oz. Ginger Beer (I am actually 100% hooked on this stuff now)
  • .5 oz. Lime

Fresh, light, and just a tad sweet. The Dark Maple is strong, and sure to get your crowd in mingling mode! But, at the same time, by no means “over the top” as far as boozy beverages go.

SEASONAL HOT TODDY

  • 1.25 oz. I.W Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 tsp. fine grain suger
  • 2 small clove(s)
  • 1.5 oz. boiling water

Baby, it’s cold outside. A good hot toddy is my go-to this time of year, and this simple recipe is nothing short of sublime. I swapped out fine grain sugar for cute little rock candy stirring sticks to add a fun, festive touch!

Happy holidays, drink up, sip responsibly, and enjoy I.W. Harper and these crowd pleasing recipes!

*head to toe: ON LAURA (Ivi Captive Collar Choker, Zara tank, Dresslink high-waist pleated skirt, And Other Stories pumps), ON CÉLINE (Primark turtleneck – similar cozy styles here, Maje zipper jeans, CCC Lamika lace-ups), HOME DECOR (faux fur throw, Optic glasses and metal cocktail set / shaker from Maisons des Monde, framed fashion sketch by Paper Fashion, wooden coasters by Said the King < brilliant website – check it out, RABLABS coasters – and more here via Shopbop, bowls, mugs and sugar sticks via Monoprix)

SIDE NOTE! Shopbop, where I have purchased much of my home decor (and wardrobe for the past, errrrr, 5+ years), has stellar SALE on SALE happening now! Take an extra 25% off marked-down items with code BONUS25, now through December 17th!

Photos by Gweneal Serieys

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Tic Tac Toe

10 Dec

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Personal Style, Travel Blog: Felt hat, knit turtleneck, khaki menswear blazer, black skinny jeans, burgundy crossbody, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Personal Style, Travel Blog: Felt hat, knit turtleneck, khaki menswear blazer, black skinny jeans, burgundy crossbody, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Personal Style, Travel Blog: Felt hat, knit turtleneck, khaki menswear blazer, black skinny jeans, burgundy crossbody, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Personal Style, Travel Blog: Felt hat, knit turtleneck, khaki menswear blazer, black skinny jeans, burgundy crossbody, leather booties
Love is a game. of tictactoe, constantly waiting. for the next X or O.” ― Lang Leav

I will spare my heartache stories for another day, but the quote was good, I couldn’t help myself.

Today I am going to focus on my love for clothes. Very happy to have been introduced to Tictail — an amazing platform that has created something I can truly identify with, bringing to fruition what it is that keeps me passionate about this cut-throat industry. Their focus is on up-and-coming brands from all over the world, providing useful tools to help them grow, through their strong community, and by making e-commerce extraordinarily simple for carefully curated, under-the-radar companies that deserve to be in the spotlight, is rather refreshing. Tictail even has a very addictive shoppable app that allows users to seek inspiration, discover, and buy cool shit…

Last night I attended their Paris holiday pop-up opening, and left with my hands full, and wallet empty. Shop is up and running now through the 20th of December at 11 rue Debelleyme. Or, if you are in NYC, be sure to stop by the 90 Orchard Street location, open through the 23rd of this month. More info on both here. You can also buy online!! Check out my personal edit which includes all of my favorite picks (including this amazing coat by MES DAMES that I cannot stop wearing).

So get your tic tac tail over to one of these destinations stat, before they close doors and all the goods are all gone!

*head to toe: Hat Attack medium brim hat in all blackMES DAMES coat via Tictail, Silence + Noise Harley Turtleneck Sweater, Joseph and Stacey crossbody bag, Big Star Denim Onyx jeans, Zimmermann ankle booties (more Zimmerman styles here)

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La Vie Est Faite de Petits Bonheurs

8 Dec

Paris, NYC, Los Angeles, Fashion, Travel, Livestyle Blog: Navy trench coat, oversized cozy turtleneck, lucite sunglasses, leather pants, sparkly flats, mini satchel
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles, Fashion, Travel, Livestyle Blog: Navy trench coat, oversized cozy turtleneck, lucite sunglasses, leather pants, sparkly flats, mini satchel
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles, Fashion, Travel, Livestyle Blog: Navy trench coat, oversized cozy turtleneck, lucite sunglasses, leather pants, sparkly flats, mini satchel
Paris, NYC, Los Angeles, Fashion, Travel, Livestyle Blog: Navy trench coat, oversized cozy turtleneck, lucite sunglasses, leather pants, sparkly flats, mini satchel

“Life is filled with little pleasures.”

…or something along those lines. But the meaning in strong, despite the likelihood that my translation may be a bit off.

Perhaps it is the holiday season that is leaving me all warm and fuzzy, but I am feeling particularly grateful for my friends, family, and a break from the chaos. Realizing the importance of taking time for myself to explore and enjoy — see and absorb all of the beauty that surrounds me.

Being away for Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, for the first time in 28 years was tough. And spending the holiday season overseas isn’t easy either, however I am so excited that my sister is arriving on Sunday! We will be spending a few days in Paris, and then traveling to Amsterdam, Prague, and Vienna, where we will spend Christmas with dear cousin and her amazing new groom.

I am so happy for the experiences I have had in Paris thus far and the wonderful people I have met – like Gweneal Serieys, who showed me this beautiful park, Belleville, a little haven on a hill not far from where I live. He also took these photos, and is a very talented photog and videographer — be sure to check out his work!

I am making an early New Years Resolution to get out more and see things, instead of allowing myself to get bogged down by work and stuck inside my apartment. Especially now that I have a new little visitor / enemy as a roommate…a mouse I’ve named “France”. C’est pas bien.

On that note, I also wanted to share a little guest post I did for a very neat company called Skout, which is the largest global app for meeting new people and expanding your social circle, anytime, anywhere. Based in SF, my old stomping grounds, I was honored when they asked me to weigh in on my style tips for making a great first impression in the 2016. Click here to check out the article! Hope you like the outfits that I picked — and, side note, some of them make for some pretty stellar gifts (like the Strathberry bag worn above or the OVERT NOHO which you may recall from previous posts).

*head to toe: Lucite glasses in pinkish-red, navy blue trench from W Concept (similar styles here), The Design Republik Cowl Neck OS Knit (best sweater ever), Strathberry MC Mini in Ruby, Coach Zip Pocket Leather Pants (more options here), Nicora Sally Shoes in gold

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But First Coffee

1 Dec

New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Grey cashmere beanie, leather biker jacket, fur hoodie, turtleneck sweater, grey worn-in jeans, crossbody bag, mary jane shoes
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Grey cashmere beanie, leather biker jacket, fur hoodie, turtleneck sweater, grey worn-in jeans, crossbody bag, mary jane shoes
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Grey cashmere beanie, leather biker jacket, fur hoodie, turtleneck sweater, grey worn-in jeans, crossbody bag, mary jane shoes
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Grey cashmere beanie, leather biker jacket, fur hoodie, turtleneck sweater, grey worn-in jeans, crossbody bag, mary jane shoes
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Grey cashmere beanie, leather biker jacket, fur hoodie, turtleneck sweater, grey worn-in jeans, crossbody bag, mary jane shoes
New York, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Grey cashmere beanie, leather biker jacket, fur hoodie, turtleneck sweater, grey worn-in jeans, crossbody bag, mary jane shoes

A few snapshots from one lovely afternoon out in Amsterdam! Started at the Hoxton Hotel, which was our delightful home away for a few days, and then just ventured along the canals…

It was VERY cold, so hot beverages (caffeine for stamina), cozy hats, and layers-galore were vital. Kicked things off at Little Collins for breakfast, stopping in at a few vintage stores along the way, and followed our food-fest up with some must-try stroopwafles for dessert.

Strolled through Albert Cuyp Market in the rain, got yelled at for touching the pretty, pretty flowers, and finished off the day a the Stedejilk Museum of modern and contemporary art.

I have to say, for whatever reason, I didn’t have the highest of hopes for Amsterdam — I envisioned a place that was completely different from what I actually experienced. I truly fell in love with this city in the short amount of time I had the pleasure of spending there. Cannot wait to go back!

*head to toe: & Other Stories cashmere beanie, Pologeorgis fur vest, Billy Reid Drake Moto Jacket (more great leather jackets here), Roots Cabin Bateau top, Viva Creatures Juno crossbodyBaldwin jeans (similar style here), Jonak Paris mary janes

 

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