Bejeweled

6 Dec

Bejeweled

JUUL Vapor, denim on denim, Los Angeles Fashion, Bold Pumps

JUUL Vapor, denim on denim, Los Angeles Fashion, Bold Pumps

JUUL Vapor, denim on denim, Los Angeles Fashion, Bold Pumps

JUUL Vapor, denim on denim, Los Angeles Fashion, Bold Pumps

Smoking is an activity that I personally enjoy, oh so very much — and I know I am not alone when it comes to this. But smoking cigarettes is frowned upon these days (for good reason) and most of the people I spend time with don’t like being around it. C’est la vie. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the solution…

Say “hello” to JUUL — a smart, simple, intensely satisfying vapor alternative designed for adult smokers that isn’t at all obtrusive, by any means, as far as “e-cigs” go – I smell a lot better, in general, and am definitely more presentable, and the elegant design matches up pretty much perfectly with whatever I’m wearing, whenever I am wearing it. Can’t complain about that…

After many years of smoking cigarettes, staining my walls, stenching my home, and disturbing my friends with the smoke, I finally discovered my solution to avoiding all of the aforementioned issues with the JUUL. This device is appropriately named, because it’s kind of like coming across a treasure chest of intensely satisfying vapor gems. Gems that only adult smokers who are looking for an alternative would enjoy, of course.

I’m a “Tobacco” flavored girl by nature, but it is very satisfying trying the other JUUL pod flavors they offer. Second best, in my opinion, is the Mango, and the Fruit Medley is a close runner up! JUUL is also releasing a Limited Edition Flavor that I had the pleasure of trying on a recent visit to their HQ in San Francisco, called “Cool Cucumber”. It. Is. Awesome.

Another lovely JUUL (jewel) in life is living in Southern California where the weather is always sunny and I can wear a tank top in November, comfortably. Denim on denim always does the trick. Add some flavorful vapor to the mix and, as you can see, I’m one happy girl.

*head to toe: Hemsmith top + and matching pants (browse the collection HERE), paid partnership with JUUL vapor, & Other Stories pumps

Bleach Black

25 Oct

Bleach Black

Shades of White: Crop top, vintage trousers, statement diamond necklace, leather backpack, messy waves
Shades of White: Crop top, vintage trousers, statement diamond necklace, leather backpack, messy waves
Shades of White: Crop top, vintage trousers, statement diamond necklace, leather backpack, messy waves
Shades of White: Crop top, vintage trousers, statement diamond necklace, leather backpack, messy waves
Life doesn’t have to match. We don’t have to follow all the rules. Life doesn’t have to be black and white, black or white, or any other color, for that matter. Life is just life. We don’t have to define or categorize it. In fact, I don’t think we should –trying to make sense of the unknown will only drive more confusion. This world we live in is confusing enough. Perhaps it’s more logical to embrace what baffles us instead of running away all the time, turning a blind eye. I want to stop running away. I want to be mismatched more often.

I believe in crossing the line, when there is a line that needs to be crossed. I am an advocate for speaking up when there is something that should be said. I think we ought to step outside our comfort zones and wander into the unknown, so we can get to know it a little better. That’s one healthy way to make progress, in my opinion.

Let the wind catch you hair. Run away. Dream hard. If you aren’t uncomfortable, from time to time, dream even harder. Find comfort in discomfort — this is how we expand. This is how we move and shape things. Allow fear to push you rather than hold you back. And, every once in a while, just let fucking go.

I want to be scared and excited and completely lost, so that I can find my way back and experience something new along the frightening and invigorating journey. I want to be capable of embracing uncomfrotable emotions instead of hiding from them. Life is a jungle. Life is chaos. Life is frantically, beautifully mismatched. Black, white…white, black…it is all the same. The only difference is perspective. And perspective is a pretty good start, because with it comes all the possibility in the world.

*head to toe: Tribe Kelley Cropped Top, VALENTE necklace from Flont Club, vintage trousers from Saks, Lauren Cecchi Bella Backpack

Photos by Cameron Holland 

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BOLD AND YOU

10 Jul

BOLD AND YOU

Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: TONI&GUY hair products, messy waves, little black dress, suede dress, leather mules, summer style
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: TONI&GUY hair products, messy waves, little black dress, suede dress, leather mules, summer style
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: TONI&GUY hair products, messy waves, little black dress, suede dress, leather mules, summer style
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: TONI&GUY hair products, messy waves, little black dress, suede dress, leather mules, summer style
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: TONI&GUY hair products, messy waves, little black dress, suede dress, leather mules, summer style

For the bold ones, the mavericks, and those who march to the beat of their own drum. 

We weren’t built for subtlety, and we’ll leave this world a little different than it was when we got here — our stiletto footprint set in stone. We gracefully walk the tightrope of life like acrobats, and even when the strongest winds try and blow us off course, we keep our balance. 

We’re the daydreamers whose minds are constantly running, training for a race we’re destined to win. Known for our ambition, we’ll beat the odds. When told there’s something we cannot do, it becomes our mission to prove the naysayers wrong.

We aren’t afraid to speak our minds, but think before opening our mouths. This is why, when we have something to say, people tend to listen – some left wanting more, while others disregard our words as nonsense. We don’t mind, well aware that the legends who came before us – the contrarians who changed history – were often labeled as “crazy”, too. 

Mistakes and embarrassing missteps have been made, but we can still look in the mirror and feel proud. Every experience, both good and bad, has contributed to our character. The person staring back is one we’ve grown to respect. Those eyes have seen things, that body has been places, and the scars are reminders of battles we’ve won. 

We know wisdom because, on our journey to hell and back, we earned it. Life lessons collected along the way have become engrained, changing us for the better. We’ll never lose our desire to learn, so we remain eager students and young artists…reading, writing poetry, and painting blank canvases with colors never before seen.

Seen as reckless by many, with a tendency to live hard — some envy our audacity while others try hard to figure us out. Their whispers won’t hold us back, because we’re not the type to be tamed. It isn’t about rebellion or defiance, we simply enjoy the freedom that comes with the thrill. 

Presentation is important to us, but not because we’re drawn to material things. The clothes we wear or how we choose to style our hair are reflective of a personal brand we’ve designed — a product of our own making. Self-expression isn’t defined by one’s ability to fit inside a box or blatantly stand out to draw attention, but the act in itself appeals to us. And we admire others who are brave enough to share themselves on the outside, and own it.

So, to all the troublemakers, daydreamers, and inspiration-seekers…dare to Be Bold and You. Express yourselves freely. Unleash your adventurous side, and don’t hold back. There’s a need for more spirited people like you, with abstract thoughts and unconventional ways. We weren’t built for subtlety, and it’s time to take the world by storm.

Sponsored by TONI&GUY. Shop the amazing hair care collection HERE. And share your own creativity with the world by posting a look on Instagram with the hashtag #BOLDANDYOU.

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Scent Of A Woman

11 Jan

Scent Of A Woman

Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories
Los Angeles, NYC Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Fictions perfume, floral fragrances, vintage floral kimono, beautiful brand packaging, love stories

As a hopeless romantic, traveler and lover of light, beautiful fragrances, I immediately fell for Fictions, and the stunning products this one-of-a-kind collection has to offer.

Fictions, publishers of fine perfume, partners with remarkable creatives to conjure the scent and story of a woman in LOVE. Intriguing, collectible and eminently wearable, the fragrance brand’s editions are set in the iconic cities of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney and its latest edition, Istanbul.

Not only did I connect with Fictions for their classic-yet-unique fragrances, but all the cities (Istanbul aside) are places where I have either lived, been in love, or both. The romantic stories associated with each bring me back to magical times on a personal level. It’s not only clever but poetic, in a way – especially since scent is so closely tied to memory.

Beyond that, their packaging is exceptional. As a marketer and someone who works on branding businesses, the way in which Fictions has successfully created a product that’ll truly take you on a journey, rather than simply having a pretty scent, is exceptional. The boxes alone are practically collectors items. Mine reside on a shelf in my apartment, right next to some of my favorite novels and love stories – just where they belong.

Currently I’am visiting London, so I brought my Mini Eau de Parfum for both this city and Paris, where I’m headed shortly (perfect for travel – same with the Hand Cream).

If you care to join in on some spontaneous adventures, be sure to follow along here and on Instagram, where I’ll be documenting my European wanderings. And check out all the amazing Fictions products, sold exclusively at Anthropology. You literally can’t go wrong with any of them (as you can see, Ringo agrees).

 

Let It Burn

1 Oct

Let It Burn

Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals
Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals
Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals
Los Angeles, NYC, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Flower child, linen hippie top, bell-sleeved crop top, embroidered shorts, beach hair, black suede sandals

“She has been through hell, so believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.” -E. Corona

We all face struggle and hardships, and handle things differently. People hurt in varying ways and my personal opinion is there is no right or wrong way to feel.

Sometimes we cry and crumble, genuinely believing we won’t be able to put the broken pieces back together the way they once were. I used to feel this way all the time. Then I realized I could view a difficult situation as an opportunity to rebuild a stronger version of myself instead…someone less fragile.

Some of us are more vocal about our emotions than others — we kick and we scream, and see to it that our voices are heard loud and clear. People might call it anger, but what’s wrong with being angry when someone hurts you? Under the circumstances I speak of, I call it strength, awareness, and self-respect. I am not a cruel or negative person. In fact, I consider myself the exact opposite. But I have been forced to evolve into a woman who can protect herself, because I’m tired of being stomped on.

A writer I love, Janne Robinson, posted something on her Instagram the other day that I loved. She said:

“If he’s the guy, nothing you can say will ever fuck it up. You cannot do love wrong.
We have emotional needs–be needy.
Be “too much” or say the wrong things.
Fuck, we all say the wrong fucking things. And how many of us don’t use protest behaviour and distancing techniques and likely games–and all of these are trying to protect us from “doing it wrong” and being hurt or hurting somebody. Your person will see you trying to sabotage or withholding communicating something hard and create a loving space for it to be heard. Your person will want to exceed your emotional needs. Your person will not be able to get enough of you. They will hold you kicking and screaming into commitment and intimacy if you need it and when you ask why, they will just smile and wonder how you cannot see your brilliance, worth and beauty.

Say too much, say too little–you cannot do love wrong, you cannot fuck up the unfuckable and love is the strongest thing alive.”

AMEN, SISTER. When you live in fear of fucking up, you aren’t in the loving relationship you deserve. When you are expressing yourself and being so brave that you can share your heart, but receive shame for so, you could be in a dangerous place. Get out.

So feel what you want to feel, say what you want to say, do what you want to do (just make sure you don’t become a walking contradiction, and continue to respect the feelings of others if you want yours to be respected). If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. End of story.

“Leave it alone. The past is the past,” he said. He spoke and I listened. I agreed he was right.

*head to toe:TIGI beach spray, NARS lip crayon in Biscayne Park, Free People Mi Corazon top & shorts set, Bernardo ankle strap sandals

Photography by Alexandra Petruck

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Lemon Aid

9 Sep

Lemon Aid

Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair
Los Angeles, NYC, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Lemon rinse, healthy hair products, retro fashion, red jumpsuit, beach hair

I happen to be a big fan of experimenting with new beauty products…not really a “regimen” kind of gal. In fact, I typically see better results by mixing things up when it comes to my skin and haircare routines.

Right now, my latest obsession is a Lemon Rinse by Beautiful Nutrition, which smells amazing, holds in moisture, and leaves your locks feeling so fresh and so clean, clean. Basically it accomplishes the same thing that top of the line facial toner does for your skin…but to your hair!

You know me, I tend to go with a beachy, messy look. Problem is, sometimes this style borders on scraggly. The Lemon Rinse actually eliminates frizz more than any other product I’ve tried, and has been helping me achieve loose waves without being mistaken for Medusa.

Also, the citrus scent left me feeling revived and ready for action, so I decided to go retro with a stand-out jumpsuit, matching slide heels, and a pair of circular statement sunglasses.

So, if you are looking to branch out and try something new, this zesty product is a great place to start.  Give it a whirl (it only costs $10) and let me know what you think!

*head to toe: Lemon Rinse by Beautiful Nutrition, Stone & Strand medium princess diamond stud earrings, Jennifer Nettles x American West sterling and turquoise cuff bracelet (click HERE for more from the collection), Miakoda grey ruched bodysuit << these basics are the bomb, BB Dakota Keegan Crepe jumpsuit, Vint & York Moll round sunglasses in clearAmelie Pichard sandals

Photography by Alexandra Petruck

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Dreamer

30 Aug

Dreamer

Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor
Los Angeles + NYC fashion, travel, lifestyle blog: Loose curls, lace kimono, lace onesie, home decor

A friend and mentor wrote to me:

You can do anything and change everything. All of the answers are inside of you, so keep on discovering. When it comes to accomplishing the things you love or starting again, you have to leave the unimportant behind. I do not mean by blaming anyone. On the contrary, being thankful for them because they helped you to understand what is yours and what is not. 

Get a new source of energy, powered by gratitude; gratitude for your parents, for your health, for your body, for your soul, for friends, for Ringo, and just take that step forward. 

“Bad” as well as “good” are choices, because when many things are happening in parallel, in our word of entrepreneurship, the key for us is to do what is really important and focus our limited resources in a positive way.

In many situations, the choices we make are not rational ones. You make choices that are dictated by your brain, but they are emotionally powered and conveyed by your heart. The key is to be able to listen to that voice inside. In order to do that, first you must be able to connect with yourself.

These important words moved me, and with the same gratitude he speaks of and his permission, I am happy to be able to share. I hope that, if you are feeling down and out, his letter can impact your mindset as well.

We’ve all been kicked down and learned how to stand back up, because that’s life. Sure, this is typically easier said than done, depending on the circumstances and your experience in dealing with whatever it is that might be troubling you. However, ultimately, it all circles back to knowing your self-worth, being proud, thankful, confident, and passionate about something…being passionate about anything that keeps your blood pumping. Channel that passion toward something proactive, as opposed to steering down a road that leads to self-destruction. Internal-respect and desire are two major gateways toward achieving peace of mind.

Passion and purpose…dreams and aspirations…love, not only for others, but for oneself, are what give us a reason to get out of bed each morning. These are the things that keep us going when the going gets tough. And the going will get tough. It might not even get easier, but if we can learn to handle our struggles with grace and self love, we can live lives that are rich and filled with promise. We can make all of our dreams come true.

*pictured: Sky Fajardo Jacket (similar styles HERE and HERE), Calvin Klein lace bodysuit (similar styles HERE and HERE), Jonsey Wood Carley necklace, Brooklinen Classic Core sheets, Crosley Cruiser record player

Photography by Alexandra Petruck

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