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

Red, White + Blue

4 Jul

Red, White + Blue

Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot
Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Red, white and blue, blue and white striped dress, backless dress, red woven mules, summer sandals, flower photoshoot

I feel fortunate to be an American, and also to have had the privilege of traveling and experiencing different cultures. I know it is a big year, but I am not one to talk politics so I hope everyone chooses wisely and we can become a more united and cool country…I will leave it at that.

Anyway, today is a day to celebrate with beer, fireworks and friends. Let’s give it up for the red, white and blue!

*head to toe: NARS matte lip crayon, vintage necklace (more statement necklaces HERE), blue and white striped maxi dress (click HERE for similar styles), Amelie Pichard sandals (more cute red sandals HERE)

Photos by Maurice Sampson

Just Show Up

16 Apr

Just Show Up

New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

When life throws you curveballs, as it will, time and time again, just remember that this shit is normal. I cannot recall the last time I was actually prepared for any significant change but, more often than not, with change comes something magical and completely unexpected.

If things start to feel off kilter…adjust. Don’t feel obligated to explain your decisions to anyone. People may love you and have your best interest at heart, but nobody knows you the way that you do. Never be swayed.

Without uncertainty there is no such thing as adventure. If something seems right deep down in your soul, it probably is…or at least it has the potential to be.

Personally, I’ve never really followed a traditional path, nor have I felt a desire to. But I love my weird, tumultuous life! Sure, I cried hysterically in the shower for 20 minutes this morning and I am not even sure why but, damn, it felt good. And then I got out, wiped my tears, got dressed, and had an amazing day.

It is important to commit to things, and sometimes the most important commitments are the ones we make to ourselves. If things don’t work out right away…modify. You don’t need to give up if things don’t go according to plan, you just need to show up and keep on moving forward.

 *wearing Sonya Chodry Fur Bomber, shot by MiG Ayesa // looking for similar styles? click click click for more felt fedoras and furry jackets!

Elevator Love Letter

24 Mar

Elevator Love Letter

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress

Enjoy the ride.

*wearing Christina Economou Patchwork dress (click here for more printed maxi dresses), photography by MiG Ayesa, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps

Shine On

16 Mar

Shine On

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
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NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts

“A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” Henry Kissinger

Sometimes life can be a real mother fucker. And I don’t even mean that to be a pessimistic statement….it’s just true. Bad shit happens to good people. The world is riddled with inexplicable hatred, and more grief and injustice than I will ever comprehend. But we persevere, because…is there another option?

Instead of cracking under pressure, I’m going to try and keep searching for that small, shiny light that has to exist somewhere – even if all think you see is pitch black darkness. Finding that glimmer of hope could be just enough to remember there’s actually just as much love and strength around us as there is evil.

Perhaps the reason people endure excruciating pain, is because it helps open our eyes to other invaluable treasures that exist around us….blessings in our lives we’ve been taking for granted without noticing.

It’s hard not to get swallowed up by unjustified wrongs, when sadness is completely warranted. But we can always try our best to paint a silver lining around broken hearts. Right now I just feel like life, love and joy are worth everything, even if times are tough.

Photography by MiG Ayesa, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps

En Passant

14 Mar

En Passant

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty, Travel Blog: Frederic Malle perfume and I.W. Harper whiskey collaboration

So excited to share this very special feature, in collaboration with I.W. Harper and Frederic Malle! I happen to be quite seasoned when it comes to sipping on spirits, so working with I.W. Harper always makes for a fun time (check out my previous post about Holiday Cocktailing for some delicious ideas). However, as much as I love and have a strong appreciation for the art of perfumery, I’ve always been too indecisive to pick out my “signature scent”.

I.W. Harper and Frederic Malle went went above and beyond in setting up this amazing experience. Frederic Malle offers an uncompromising approach to fragrance creation, assisting customers in finding their ideal perfume, with the help of their highly trained and approachable team of experts. They’ll steer you in the right direction, paying close attention to the specific notes and combinations you’re naturally drawn to – whether it be a bolder scent, or something light, clean and fresh.

I was graciously paired with an incredible woman, Dinara Tuleuova, who taught me so much! Ms. Tuleuova walked me through the process, step by step, in a way that wasn’t intimidating for a newbie like myself. She made me feel comfortable while asking thoughtful and relevant questions. It was an educational and enjoyable experience, which ultimately led to my to finding that perfect perfume, En Passant…a selection undeniably inspired by the chic, retro appeal of I.W. Harper whiskey!

While there are many amazing options, I fell for this refreshing combination of white lilac, orange leaves, cucumber and wheat. And all throughout the selection process, I was able to enjoy I.W. Harper cocktails…a pretty magical afternoon!

I’ve always been intrigued by perfume and and the power it holds. A complimentary fragrance can be the finishing touch to an outfit, the best accessory for a silk negligee, or even worn on its own (yes, in the absence of clothing), if you are looking to create an irresistibly seductive atmosphere. Add I.W. Harper’s classic whiskey with a modern twist to the mix, and prepare yourself for one seriously lustful scenario!

*shot at Ferderic Malle West Village by Jono Bernstein, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps, wearing Hellessy Basket Weave Sheath Dress, sipping on I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey

Airhead

7 Mar

NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog: Hotel Indigo photo shoot, Reformation jumpsuit, balloon party

I want to live my life like a balloon…be able to rise above. I want to let go of the anger and distress that can sometimes consume me, and just feel weightless. I want to soar to great heights without letting anything or anyone hold me back. I want to fly away.

*head to toe: hair color by Brian Adelman, Reformation jumpsuit (more fun styles here), Renard watch (take 15% off your purchase with code “ontheracks”)

Photos by ABSTRACT // shot at Hotel Indigo Newark