Here’s a quick look at a shoot I did with my sister Natalie earlier this year for Shoeline‘s latest fall range of shoes. We shot all over the Lower East Side right here in NYC, rocking some of fall’s most coziest and comfiest of shoe styles. It’s always fun to do projects like this with my sister, when we are both in front of the camera. Really, she’s the pro, and I’m behind the camera. But everyday, I learn more and more about being in front of the camera from my sister 🙂
A few weeks ago Natalie and I collaborated with the activewear and lifestyle brandSATVA LIVING on another shoot for their new collection. Here is the first half of my favorite’s from the shoot. SATVA is a very special brand when it comes to the activewear industry. I love the brand’s dedication to using eco-friendly materials, such as organic cotton, while also being socially aware. In an industry that easily finds itself using harmful processes of production, SATVA makes sure that all aspects of production of their products are humane and non-destructive to the environment. They partner with Suminter India Organics®, an environmental and socially conscious organic cotton production corporation in India that makes it a mission to create a symbiotic balance between people, planet, production, profits and social stewardship. More brands should be looking in the footsteps of SATVA to make positive imprints on both humans who work to create the product, as well as the environment. On top of all this, the brand is made for the fashion-savvy girl who still loves to be functional. With vibrant colors and fresh in-house designed prints, SATVA stays ahead of the game. It’s for the fashion girl who likes to turn heads on the way to the gym. It’s a confident booster on your daily run. It’s a way to have some fun with activewear. It’s for the girl who has a strong personality, but also strong muscles. I love that SATVA embodies this all. Today, the multi-dimensional woman is heavily celebrated, and she will only be celebrated more as time goes on. SATVA recognizes this and is a part of the movement. More pics from this shoot to come!
And now let me present to you what definitely is the biggest hair transformation that I have ever experienced. And the best, thanks to MATRIX. After years of being a dark brunette haunted by leftover highlights from ombres of the past, I was finally ready for a major change. Something a bit more funky, but still me. It was time for me to get a MATRIX hair strobe! Red and pink has always caught my eye when I looked up hair inspiration, but I never had the guts before to actually give it a go myself. This time around, I finally said a bold WHY NOT?! You only live once yeah? And hair . . . well, it’s just hair . . . and sometimes you just have to have real fun with it. And so I told my stylist that I was going for something bold and bright, but still able to blend in with my natural color at the top. He told me a mix of peach, red, pink and purple tones to create a reddish sunset effect would be the perfect match for me. An intense color change, but still fitting in with earthy and bohemian style. I wasn’t sure what to really expect, but I trusted my gut and let the color stripping be put into action. I started to get excited as I saw Dan mixing colors in his bowls. So many bowls! So many colors! It was like sitting in on a live studio art show for the way he painted was quite an art form. Every stroke perfectly placed on my hair and balanced on both sides. It takes a talented hand and creative eye to create the finished result of my look! I was so impressed, and so happy at the end. I was beyond head over heels over my new color; fresh and bright for the summer season.
But, let’s talk more about the hair strobing process and what makes it so unique. The hair strobe by MATRIX is meant is highlight your best features, and is similar to using illuminator or highlighter on your cheekbones, tip of nose, above the lip, etc. to bring attention to certain features. It’s basically the same thing, just with hair instead! I got the cheek strobe, which means the highlights and color added to my hair will focus on calling attention to my cheeks and sides of the face. This is perfect for me since I love to wear my hair center parted most of the time, with light layers framing my face in the front. The effect brings my cheekbones to life, and also brightens up my face in general by bouncing light off at just the right places. I love that my new color complements perfectly the type of light bronze and golden hued makeup colors that I usually go for everyday, as well.
One of the interesting things to think about with a hair change like this is how it will effect my outfit choices! Before coming into the hair studio, I already had an idea of what I thought I wanted, and I knew that a more all white / neutral look would be a more fitting backdrop for my new hair look to come, and I was exactly right! My new sunset red was brought to life against my white dress. Right now, my wardrobe is very color and pattern heavy, but I do love mixing my bolder tastes with whites and sheer neutral fabrics. It looks like all my sheer white blouses will be coming out to play a lot more often now! Pretty excited for that actually. The fun thing is, my hair can act like an accessory now, especially with outfits that are more simple and neutral. It will be an interesting experience to see how I play around with that!
Thanks MATRIX for letting me have fun and experiment with my hair! I’m not afraid to go a little crazy anymore! Check out the MATRIX site to learn even more and see the different types of hair strobes out there 🙂
Second part of our Luisaviaroma #Firenze4Ever shoot with photographer SaraMautoneand in collaboration withShopstyle Collective. For 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.
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.
More adventures from our downtime exploring the city coming soon!