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

 

Twirling and Exploring

7 Aug

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Oversized sunglasses, floral pleated dress, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Oversized sunglasses, floral pleated dress, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Oversized sunglasses, floral pleated dress, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Oversized sunglasses, floral pleated dress, strappy sandals

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Vancouver for the first time…I have never even been to Canada, in fact! I must say, I immediately fell in love with the city. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up changing my flight three times to extend the trip…financially irresponsible, as are most of my decisions, but I just didn’t want to leave.

The way I see it, I am young and have nothing tying me down at the moment. When an opportunity for travel presents itself, I try to take it and figure things out as I go. Call it impulsive, but in embracing this slightly “nomadic” lifestyle, I have really learned a lot about myself. My strengths and weaknesses. Things I am proud of and areas where I can improve. It has helped me grow as a person, I think.

I just want to go everywhere and see everything and meet everyone before I die. Realistic, I know. Wish me luck!!!

*head to toe: Miu Miu sunglasses, Reformation dress, liZa bracelet, Jeffrey Campbell sandals

Photos by Krystal Bick (love you!)

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On Ice

2 Aug

NYC Fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
NYC Fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
NYC Fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
NYC Fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
NYC Fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
NYC fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
NYC fashion, personal style, lifestyle blog: Hamptons weekend getaway
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While summer happens to be my favorite season to spend in the city, nothing beats a great weekend escape. Got to head out to the Hamptons with the Disaronno crew and enjoy some sunshine, sand, and plenty of boozy poolside parties.

Thankful to have been able to spend a few days with three of my best friends, meet some fun new people, and work with a very cool brand that generously kept me good and liquored up the whole way through. Thank ya, Dis!

*head to toe: alice + olivia kimono, American Apparel bikini top, Geigo swimsuit bottoms // Miu Miu sunglasses, Urban Outfitters one-piece // Aframes sunglasses, Cheap Monday dress // LF dress, PLV sandals (similar style)

 

Not That Over It

23 Jul

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Cat eye glasses, lace bra, denim overalls, denim romper, leather carry-all, multi-colored sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Cat eye glasses, lace bra, denim overalls, denim romper, leather carry-all, multi-colored sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Cat eye glasses, lace bra, denim overalls, denim romper, leather carry-all, multi-colored sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Cat eye glasses, lace bra, denim overalls, denim romper, leather carry-all, multi-colored sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Cat eye glasses, lace bra, denim overalls, denim romper, leather carry-all, multi-colored sandals
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Cat eye glasses, lace bra, denim overalls, denim romper, leather carry-all, multi-colored sandals

Overalls happen to hold a very special place in my heart. My mother tells me that by the age of two, she knew I would eventually work in fashion, as I would refuse to let her pick out my outfits, instead insisting to dig through the hamper in search of my favorite pair by Osh Kosh…proceeding to creatively accessorize so as not to be to redundant with my attire, of course. While Mom no longer attempts to weigh in on my outfit choices (or fund my wardrobe…darn), she did surprise me with this modern take on what I consider to be a classic American staple, while visiting from California last week. I’d say she did pretty well, wouldn’t you? THANKS MOM! 

Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, I am quite blonde now. And I got glasses. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changesssssss.

*head to toe: Dior spectacles, bra from Urban Outfitters, Evil Twin denim overalls / romper, Pour La Victoire Neuveau hobo, Rag & Bone sandals

Photos by Jono Bernstein

 

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Jumpin Jumpin

15 Jul

New York City Fashion, lifestyle and travel blog: Lavender hair, lace bra, slouchy jumpsuit, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, lifestyle and travel blog: Lavender hair, lace bra, slouchy jumpsuit, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, lifestyle and travel blog: Lavender hair, lace bra, slouchy jumpsuit, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, lifestyle and travel blog: Lavender hair, lace bra, slouchy jumpsuit, strappy sandals

 

Always a big fan of the jumpsuit, this slouchy style by BB Dakota is a definite fave. It’s light and airy for summer, and I found the fun, minty color to be a cool contrast to my newly dyed lavender locks (giant thanks to Brian from the TIGI Academy!),

Snapped these photos while hanging at one of my favorite local spots, Le French Diner. They just reopened a few months ago…the food is awesome, the wine flows like water, and the owners / chef are major cuties. Check it out if you are in the Lower East Side, so charming!

*head to toe: Aframes sunglasses, Cosabella lace bra, BB Dakota jumpsuit, Zara heels