Back To My Roots

24 Aug

NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles: Roots Campaign shoot, Roots NYC, varsity jacket, denim shirt, denim jacket, beige suede booties

“I am rooted, but I flow.” Virginia Wolf

Fun photo shoot in Nolita with Roots the other morning. This is a cool brand (with an awesome team) that I was just reintroduced to. I must say that Roots has evolved in an impressive, fashion-forward, and real kind of way. I totally identify with this Canadian company. 42 years running, their wearable clothing is inspired by music, cuts no corners as far as quality / design, and can appeal to just about anyone. Roots is on the pulse of what is happening here and now, but they haven’t lost touch with their origins.

You know me, once I get started on a topic I have a slight tendency to let my mind wander. Sometimes it is triggered by a creative idea, a person or place that inspires me, or maybe something so simple as a single word. Whenever I work on a project, as a blogger or for a client, I try and and let myself become enveloped in whatever thought stream ignited their ideas. What twists and turns collective minds took before reaching some destination. I am the same way with people, in trying to understand their actions and what drives certain motives. I see a sort of psychology in just about everything. It can result in complete confusion or open my eyes to unexpected clarity.

At least when I am feeling like a hobo (which technically I am, for another 48 hours or so before I move into my new “flat” in Paris), I can put on cute sweats thanks to companies like Roots, instead of wearing tattered ones from my boyfriend’s drawer that are 7 sizes too big…

And guess what else? No makeup is hot and so are baseball caps. Dry shampoo is made for a reason and it is a genius product. A solid pair of boots and some quality denim will never, ever do you wrong. Oh and backpacks are the absolute best.

I guess the point I am trying to make is I think it’s OK to lose sight of who you are from time to time. Or that not knowing what direction life is taking you in isn’t necessarily the worst thing. Maybe instead we should see weird times as exciting opportunities for self-exploration. Embrace the wind, and remember stormy times come and go for all of us. Creative expression comes in a variety of forms, and can be a great way to locate your center. Personally, I like to write, style clothes, and talk too much after many glasses of wine. Perhaps you like to draw, play the guitar, or run marathons in a neon unitard. To each their own.

At the end of the day I know where my roots are, and I know that they are strong. I stand on solid ground, but the only way I can keep on going is by letting myself flow.

*head to toe Roots: Dorset snapback,  Riverland denim tunic, Papa Alex Prince leather backpack, Italian wedge bootie < on saaaale!

Photography by Christian Veluz

Where The Heart Is

16 Aug

New York City, Paris, Los Angeles fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Scalloped clothing, lightweight romper, luxury Soho hotel, laid back style
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Scalloped clothing, lightweight romper, luxury Soho hotel, laid back style
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Scalloped clothing, lightweight romper, luxury Soho hotel, laid back style
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Scalloped clothing, lightweight romper, luxury Soho hotel, laid back style
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Scalloped clothing, lightweight romper, luxury Soho hotel, laid back style

For me, home is not a physical place. For most of my life “home” was a specific destination, sure, but not anymore. It was the comfortable shelter that I returned to after work every day, woke up in the same bed each morning, and snuggled up on a couch that fit my body just right. I cannot say that I don’t feel somewhat nostalgic of these days — the smells, the local “go-to” spots, the familiar faces you see each day while out and about. But there is a lot to be said about living on the move and embracing being, well, homeless (technically speaking). Now home is really just a state of mind. In fact, getting stuck in a redundant routine, something that once brought a sense of security, makes me feel more uncomfortable than being a nomad.

I like waking up everyday and having no idea what will happen, who I will meet, or what city I might be roaming off to that week. I like having friends and family all over the world, and being able to acclimate to just about anything. Home, for me, is not a place at all, but a feeling. It is being inspired by your surroundings, and comfortable but never stuck or tied down. Home is in hugs and cuddles having the ability to find your place in whatever environment you find yourself. Home is in pictures and memories and those random thoughts that warm your heart, move you enough to draw tears, or randomly start laughing out of the blue.

Last week home was in a very rustic cabin upstate with two owls named Hootie and Woodsy, the neighboring deer, and a couple of stinky cats. My office was a lounge chair on the porch. This week I am in the beautiful Nomo Hotel in Soho living it up in a plush suite in the sky. Just 10 more days and my plane will be touching down in Paris, where I will be living for the next year, at least. I plan to travel Europe and find a new home in every town I pass through. Not going to lie, this amazing Manhattan suite I am writing from will be a hard one to leave (highly recommend!), but I am excited for the many new adventures that await.

*head to toe: Pureology Dry Shampoo, Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (a must), Too Faced lip cream, Cleobella Kareena Romper

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High-Low

7 Aug

NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Halston dress, high-low dress, city escape
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Halston dress, high-low dress, city escape
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Halston dress, high-low dress, city escape

In life you will feel the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Sometimes you will feel both in the same day or even at the same time. I try my best to see the silver lining and be grateful that I am still feeling. That I am still challenging my chaotic existence and letting experience, love, pain, joy, peace, heartache, and every single other emotion permeate my skin and flow through my veins, even when this stings like venom.

Be captured, molded and learn lessons. Take every painful bite as an opportunity to become better. To lift yourself higher…

High-low is super cute if we are talking about a Halston dress, of course. But, when it comes to life, I say we strive to wear a miniskirt!

head to toe: Halston High-Low Printed Dress (also loving the Maxi and obviously the Crepe Jumpsuit from their latest collection!)

All-Nighter

28 Jul

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NYC, Paris, Los Angeles, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Windblown bob, cat-eye sunglasses, floral kimono, lace bralette, wide-leg crepe pants, simple heel sandals
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Windblown bob, cat-eye sunglasses, floral kimono, lace bralette, wide-leg crepe pants, simple heel sandals
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Windblown bob, cat-eye sunglasses, floral kimono, lace bralette, wide-leg crepe pants, simple heel sandals

It’s sort of become tradition for Liz and I to wrap up every adventure we embark on together with an all-nighter. We’ll start by reminiscing about “the good old days” over a bottle of wine (OK maybe, like, two?), talking about our little San Francisco “crew” and how everything just felt…simpler. From our charmingly sleazy local dive bar that was a weekend go-to, to regular girls’ nights in, and afternoon escapades aplenty. We all had boyfriends, our boyfriends were all friends…we had roots.

It is amazing how your whole world can change in what feels like the blink of an eye. It has been over four years since I left the City by the Bay, and Liz moved to LA even before that. It truly does feel like just yesterday that we were frolicking around Dolores Park with our puppies, meeting in Union Square for a shopping date, or wandering Polk Street in search of god knows what.

The good news is we’re both happy with the unexpected directions in which our lives pulled us, but it is hard being across the country (soon across the Atlantic, yet again) from my best friend, my family and that comfort zone I once knew. I guess “nostalgia” is the best word I can come up with to describe the many emotions ignited by these special conversations we fall into, but really it is a combination of so many feelings: heartbreak, happiness and confusion, all fused together.

At the end of the day, I feel so lucky and comforted to know part of my “old life” will always still exist through these friendships I hold so close to my heart. There are few things more special to me than people I know I can call up at any hour, after not talking for a month or two, and be able to pick up right where we left off, without so much as skipping a beat. The ones where an early dinner somehow turns into watching the desert sunrise, and it feels like only a few moments have passed. My once in a lifetime friends…mad love to you girls. You might keep me up all night, but you also keep me afloat. <3

*head to toe: Vint & York Copa sunglasses (similar style here), Threadsense Reyna floral kimono, For Love and Lemons Sex Kitten bralette, Lafayette 148 wide-leg crepe black pants, Office UK block heel mule (seriously the best, most comfortable shoes ever)

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White Wedding

24 Jul

NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel Blog, French braid, sheer lace dress, straw hat, country fashion editorial
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel Blog: French braid, sheer lace dress, straw hat, country fashion editorial
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel Blog: French braid, sheer lace dress, straw hat, country fashion editorial
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel Blog: French braid, sheer lace dress, straw hat, country fashion editorial
NYC, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, LIfestyle, Travel Blog: French braid, sheer lace dress, straw hat, country fashion editorial

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” -Seth Godin

Life can be a very unpredictable whirlwind. And while I wouldn’t have it any other way, being 27 years old and having no clue as to what my next move is going to be can be daunting, and at times a bit stressful. My head and my heart are constantly at battle, and what I think to be “practical” often conflicts with what I’m most passionate about and inspired by.

I was once a creature of routine. I was content with my life at the time, but looking back I don’t think I was ever truly fulfilled with the life I had. The steady relationship, the 9 to 5, the long-term plans for my future. Plans that never came to fruition. I went with it as gracefully as I could, and made new plans. Those, too, didn’t turn out how I expected them to. Jobs, relationships, goals, dreams…everything changes. And over time I have transformed from this creature of routine into a girl who wakes up in the morning, completely unsure of what the day will bring. This doesn’t come without anxiety (trust me I am no stranger to freak-outs), but it is a lifestyle I have learned to embrace and one that I truly enjoy.

Fortunately I have the discipline to sustain my nomadic lifestyle, not just as a blogger, but primarily through digital marketing consulting and in launching my own practice almost two years ago. Working around the clock is much more rewarding when you are doing it for yourself.

I was at wits end working on other peoples’ terms. I took a leap of faith, as I have done so many times, and I like to look at it as a successful one — highly strenuous, but fulfilling at the same time. My life is a motherfucking hustle, but I get to work while hiding out in a cabin upstate, and having deer run by me as I drink my morning wine coffee. Or road trip through the desert and explore magical places I never even knew existed.

But here I am finding myself at a crossroads, yet again. I left Paris exactly one month ago to return home for my cousin’s wedding and figure out if France would take me back for a longer time period than the 3-months a tourist is allowed to stay. I jumped through many a hoop, but am very excited to share that I got approved for a 1-year visa TODAY! Something I do feel to be a personal milestone of sorts, as they don’t exactly make it easy. Now I have the freedom to return to the city I quickly fell in love with, continue exploring Europe, and experience more of the world.

This is something I was very certain that I wanted, and I remain eager to pick up where I left off at the end of last month. But at the same time being “home” in Los Angeles and New York, seeing friends, and spending time with the people I care about most, does bring up questions in the back of my mind that I guess I will have to accept leaving unanswered for now.

One thing I cannot do is live a life filled with “what if’s”, even though this does mean experiencing some inevitable sadness and frustration. Knowing I am leaving behind some of the best years of my life with the best people, unmade memories, opportunities I’ll never see through, and most of all, unfinished love (a love that has grown to be quite important to me), isn’t easy. But I guess I can justify it with the knowledge that my decisions are driven by a passion that’s helping me become a stronger and more independent individual. This is a passion that cannot be satisfied right here and right now. And so I keep on moving…

At the end of the day, routine or no routine, none of us really know what each day could bring. Some of us have a better idea than others, but predicting the future is impossible. I found having unfulfilled expectations to be more upsetting than some might, and so now I try to expect nothing and go wherever the wind blows.

For me, finding the perfect husband or settling down in one place to raise a family, something I undoubtedly want for myself one day, simply cannot take priority over continuing on my road toward self-discovery (sorry, Mom). Perhaps I seek comfort in being uncomfortable, but for now I choose to be married to a life of adventure. And even though this relationship won’t always be easy, at the end of the day at least I know it is one that I can commit to with sparkling eyes and butterflies in my stomach the whole way through.

*wearing a very delicate lace dress by TheWhole9Yards, an amazing brand I was introduced to in France (even when it comes to fashion, there is so much to discover abroad)!

Color Outside The Lines

20 Jul

Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers

Another glimpse at the desert exploration Liz and I took, and our visit to to Salvation Mountain. After miles on a dirt road driving through vast flatlands, which I can only describe as pure nothingness (with an abandoned town or two along the way), the last thing one would expect to see is this technicolored castle, standing strong, bright and all alone.

This special place was built and nurtured by one amazing man, Leonard Knight, who passed away last year after devoting 25 years of his life to a creative work inspired by pure love for his God. It is an artistic expression of his belief that God’s love is universal and excludes no one.

Love is a simple “word” with a strength that was so powerful to Mr. Knight that he chose to dedicate well over two decades constructing something tangible that would represent what he felt, in his heart, to be true. He lived in seclusion (aside from the occasional passerby who came to see Leonard’s place of worship), and slept in a small pickup truck. He said these were the best years of his life.

I have said it before, but I am a person who has faith yet I don’t fully identify with any particular organized religion. In my mind, generally speaking, I feel everyone should be entitled to have their own beliefs (religious, cultural, political, etc.) without being chastised, so long as they are not chastising or physically hurtful to others, and sand on a foundation that includes kindness and respect for the human race.

Leonard’s mission had nothing to do with the many outside influences society has a tendency to push. It wasn’t about one church being “better than” another church, or whose beliefs are right whose are wrong. It all goes back to LOVE, and a passion for it’s infinite and non-discriminatory nature.

So if you ever find yourself driving through the California desert, I highly suggest you make the trek to Salvation Mountain. Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, whatever you want to call yourself – it is a national treasure, an unconventional work of art, and an inspiring landmark created by a quirky guy who thought for himself, constructed with admirable purpose, and never thought twice when it came to coloring outside the lines.

*head to toe: Worth & Worth bolero,  Go Freely High-Low Top from Threadsense, ACEVOG v-neck romper (very affordable and comes in many colors!), LMN Luxe Me Now Versailles slippers

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So Busy

17 Jul

Post sponsored by DSW:
So, first and foremost, muchas gracias for hooking it up with the perfect summer sandals, in my all-time favorite color. An especially excellent pair for those of us who are just, you know, “so busy” (I really am though, seriously – I swear.)


New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Straw sunhat, lace bralet, lace bra top, overalls, lightweight romper, strappy sandals, teal sandals
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Straw sunhat, lace bralet, lace bra top, overalls, lightweight romper, strappy sandals, teal sandals
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Straw sunhat, lace bralet, lace bra top, overalls, lightweight romper, strappy sandals, teal sandals
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Straw sunhat, lace bralet, lace bra top, overalls, lightweight romper, strappy sandals, teal sandals
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Straw sunhat, lace bralet, lace bra top, overalls, lightweight romper, strappy sandals, teal sandals

Still enjoying the California sunshine for a few more weeks as I sort out my visa situation and eventually make it back to Paris, and maybe even try London for a couple months…who knows! Spending 3 days in the middle of the desert and a handful of weeks in California has reminded me just how important it is to dress for the hot, hot heat out here. Especially if your life happens to resemble that of the energizer bunny…ain’t nobody got time for heat stroke.

Yeah, sure, Liz and I did happen to giggle a bit about buying matching “so busy” hats, but the words do happen to hold true lately. And while these days more hours are spent in front of a computer screen, either doing this or my digital marketing / social media consulting business, than I do “running around” (unless, of course, I am running to the kitchen to fill up my…coffee), occasionally there inevitably comes a time when we all must step outside. You know, with shoes and everything!

When I saw these cute strappy sandals from DSW, I was excited to style them up with a neutral, practical and comfortable ensemble that is very easy, and summer-appropriate. Not only do the shoes add a playful pop of color to the overall look, but turquoise just so happens to be my favorite color (notice the balloon tattoo on my arm that matches perfectly?!).

I love this color so much, not only because I think it is pretty, but according to the color psychology pros (yes I believe in this stuff), “Turquoise controls and heals the emotions, creating emotional balance and stability.” For me, the tattoo is a constant reminder to strive for a balanced life and try my best to let go of things that weigh me down. A reminder to work my hardest to rise above frustrating, stressful, of undesirable situations.

But, hey, you know what else helps me stay stable? Shoes. Let’s be real, there are few things that soothe the soul quite like a cute new pair of shoes (and bonus points if they are turquoise). It’s called “retail therapy” for a reason.

*head to toe: Reformation hat, Of Love and Lemons bralette, romper / overalls from ThreadSense, Franco Sarto sandals from DSW

Photography by Maurice Sampson

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