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January 2016

How I Spend My “Me Time”

January 31, 2016

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Cleobella tunic
Vintage hat
Miista shoes
Bella & Chloe vintage Navajo ring
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Balance has always been something high up on my list of important things to keep up in my life. Work. Social life. Health and fitness. Relationships. Being a Libra, balance does seem to come naturally to me, but sometimes I find myself stuck in a hard spot where I hit one extreme and stay there for a little awhile until I’m worn out and forced to get back to my regular programming. Usually it’s the act of chasing useless boys around the city that messes up my routine. Travel of course does the same. And giving into the late night whims of my friends who want to go out and dance . . . because ya know . . . we only have like 2-4 more years in our 20’s left. Gotta live it up. But really, it’s okay to stray from a more zen state of mind and life. We aren’t perfect. We are human beings. And although I do like regular routine when I can get it, spontaneity is what drives me the most. And with the sort of freelance life I live, projects and travel opportunities come up last second, and the next thing I know, I’m on a plane somewhere for a few days. It’s hard to catch a break sometimes. And jet lag doesn’t make anything better. So how do I keep calm when all is chaos around me?

I light candles. All over my apartment. Candles are my warm little buddies that make me feel cozy and fuzzy inside. The smell and their flicker instantly make me feel at ease. When I’m not at the gym or or taking a high-intensity class somewhere in the city, I like to set a day or two a week aside to chill out and do yoga at home. And surround myself with candles, of course.

I clean! Organizing is oh so very therapeutic for me. After a few days of travel, my apartment starts to show the wear and tear that goes along with prepping for travel, as well as not unpacking after a trip. Once I start tripping over my luggage, then I know that I have a problem. So what do I do when I’m stressed about the clutter? Turn on some cool, slow jams and slowly put everything back where it came from. And make sure that stuff that belongs in the trash goes, well . . . into the trash. I make my bed. I make sure all the dishes are put away and the counters wiped clean. I’ll even bleach the heck out of the tub. A clean home is the best way to clear a mind.

I write down my thoughts. Not a diary exactly, but words and lines that I think about throughout the day. This is how I keep track of many of my ideas for blog posts. Maybe it’s a song lyric I really liked, or a quote I heard in passing. Just a name of a place or a scent that stuck out to me. Just the physical act of writing down words on paper is such a calming endeavor. You never know what ideas may spark from it!

I read a book. And I keep at it! I’m pretty picky about the books I choose to read, especially since I don’t have a lot of spare time to read in general. So when I do dig into one, it needs to be amazing. I love getting lost in a story, but I’ve realized lately that it’s been harder for me to keep my mind from wandering. Reading really takes a commitment. That means, putting your phone away, putting your laptop away, putting each and every electronic device away. And turning them all off! A hot tea or yummy drink to sip on while I read helps me stay focused, and relaxes me. Currently reading Daughters of Fortune by Isabel Allende. I really recommend it 🙂

I create playlists. Music is one of my main loves, and no matter what kind of day I may be having, not matter how mad and insane it is on the subway at 6pm, no matter how much a man made me cry last night, music saves my life. Come up with themes and fit in your favorite songs into them. Looking for something new? I love Spotify because I get to easily compile playlists and share them, but I can also easily listen to what my friends are listening to. The playlists they regularly post up based on my personal taste is also awesome. You might just find your new go-to chill out song. And it will change your life.

I don’t take for granted the time I get to enjoy ME TIME anymore. It’s precious, especially in this day and age when we all find ourselves on the go go go more often than not. Happy Sunday 🙂 Go relax.

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A Walk Around Firenze, Italy

January 28, 2016

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VEDA leather jacket // SHOP HERE
Vintage blouse
Citizens of Humanity cropped flare jeans // SHOP HERE
Hat Attack hat // SHOP HERE
La Canadienne boots // SHOP HERE
Sandro suede purse // SHOP HERE
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Photos of street by me

I could sense the artistic nature of Florence, Italy just by walking its streets. Who wouldn’t be inspired by its array of terra cotta neutrals that act as blank canvases for the imagination? Or the sky-reflecting canals that turn clouds into masterpiece visions to be interpreted in a stroke of a painting or the curvature of a sculpture or the repeating pattern of the ceiling of a Tuscan villa. Some walls on the streets lightly covered in moss, giving age and substance to a history that will continue to grow in this inspiring city to take in with the eyes and explore with the feet. Natalie and I kept our energy up with square slices of cheese pizza to complement a plate of pesto pasta to share. And red wine, of course. Always red wine.

Also, just wanted to share with you all a song I have on repeat currently:

Shadows settle on the place, that you left.
Our minds are troubled by the emptiness.
Destroy the middle, it’s a waste of time.
From the perfect start to the finish line.

And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones.
‘Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
Setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
The lovers that went wrong.

We are the reckless,
We are the wild youth
Chasing visions of our futures
One day we’ll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there.

– Youth by Daughter


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Valley Dweller

January 27, 2016

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Dolce & Gabbana jacket // SHOP SIMILAR
American Threads top
Forever 21 suede skirt
Rag & Bone boots // SHOP SIMILAR

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One of the best things about growing up in the valley is all the space one finds one’s self in. In all directions. So much open space. Much of it left unused and barren, until someone like me comes in and takes a whirl around the place. I can close my eyes and imagine myself in a faraway dessert somewhere in Morocco. Blue skies all around me. Dry heat rustling threw the hairs on my arms. If I squint even harder, maybe the dry bush starts to look a little more like supple cacti full of water. I can run and run and not look back. And no one will wonder where I am. Or who I am. It’s a nice feeling sometimes . . . being in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by neutralness. You can make it turn into anything you want if you really want to. In NYC, we get so used to living in limited quarters. Space is precious and it is hard to come by. Appreciate the days when you can have all the space in the world and breathing free is not an issue. These are the days that are truly something special. Now go with it . . .

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A Black and White Story with Luisaviaroma

January 26, 2016

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My first outfit:

Self Portrait dress // SHOP HERE
Gianvito Rossi suede sandal heels // SHOP HERE

Natalie’s first outfit:

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini cotton dress // SHOP HERE
Valentino sandals // SHOP HERE

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Second part of our Luisaviaroma #Firenze4Ever shoot with photographer Sara Mautone and in collaboration with Shopstyle CollectiveFor this one we decided on a black and white theme, which is something more refined and elegant for Natalie and I colorful California girls at heart). Sara had the wonderful idea of skipping the Florence city streets as a backdrop for this shoot and instead gave into her whims of doing something striking against a more minimalistic backdrop. The stark white interiors of this Florence apartment was the perfect alternative for our black and white ensembles that took proportion and shape very much into mind. Natalie and I danced our way through the hallways, creating a fuzzy wave of movement with these dresses that made us feel as fancy and overindulgent as princesses. Self Portrait is one of my newly favorited labels for form-fitting dresses. They are ace at creating that slim fitting waistline to showcase a feminine figure that pairs so well with heels that elongate and extend. There’s something really special felt in a dress like this. I can feel it.

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My second outfit:

Maria Lucia Hohan silk tulle dress // SHOP HERE
Jimmy Choo sandals // SHOP HERE
Fendi clutch // SHOP HERE

Natalie’s second outfit:

Alexander McQueen gown // SHOP SIMILAR HERE
Guiseppe Zanotti silver heels
Les Petits Joueurs “Love” handbag // SHOP HERE

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Now let’s take the elegance from the looks above and take it to an even more extreme level of edginess. This Grecian-inspired maxi dress with a Cruella De Vil twist shouted out to me before I even set foot in Florence. I saw it on the website before our trip and knew that I must decorate myself with it. And so I did. It leaves lots to the imagination, with subtle, barely there faux cutouts, and a cinched waistline that pulls its contrasting colors together. I kept thinking it was Gucci as I twirled infront of the mirror in the dressing room. It was not, but it was just as good . . . Maria Lucia Hohan captured my dreams with this dress. It was a sad moment slipping it off at the end of our evening shooting up in this apartment in Florence that just started to feel like home. Natalie also taking a few extra moments to admire the standout frill of her Les Petits Joueurs dress that encapsulated her shoulder blades. Extra fancy never tasted so good before.

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More adventures from our downtime exploring the city coming soon!

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