A Big Ol’ Bonnaroo Weekend with Teva

June 15, 2017


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TEVA Flatform sandal in white
Zara Co-ord
Kenneth Cole sunglasses
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Oh Bonnarooooooo! I’m already having withdrawals from all the positive energy and high fives that surrounded us on the farm in the middle of a small town in Tennessee. This was Nat’s and my third Bonnaroo, our second one with the Teva crew, and it was by a landslide THE BEST BONNAROO ever. Our suitcases were light on the clothing side, but heavy with Teva sandals, of course. Our camping tent turned into an 85 degree dressing room that saw the change of many outfits throughout the day and evening. There was so many reasons we could have been a hot mess, but simplifying our daily routine on the campgrounds worked in our favor. Makeup? Who cares. Sunscreen only. Our hair? Forget the curling iron. Some sea salt spray did the job. Our easy to throw on summer festival outfits went a long way with some fun accessorizing and bold Tevas on our sunburnt feet. Coming from NYC, you don’t see Teva sandals on the feet of almost every passerby often., Here at Bonnaroo . . . what a different story. The Teva wearing crowd at the Teva Outpost (a curated, custom bus that housed festival essentials and featured a custom sandal engraving station) was more than just youthful and rosy cheeked campers in day glow tie dye and mismatching bandanas around their necks. They were a part of a community. A community that from within feeds off the energy of the festival crowd, and spreads positive ‘roo vibes. It’s like a bug you can’t help but catch at this festival. No matter what, it becomes second nature to high five strangers. Maybe five, ten, twenty in a row. Hippies are dancing to a Marilyn Manson techno remix while some DJ I’ve never heard of is spinning. The more put together city kids from out of town are head bopping to Deap Valley. The punks are listening to Michael Kiwanuka. Everyone is dancing to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Here, it doesn’t matter where you are from, who you are or, what your day job is. All that matters is living in the moment, and in the Bonnaroo moment everyone fits in and has its place. Everyone is an equal. Everyone has the freedom to express themselves. just like Teva’s hashtag and mantra, #StrapIntoFreedom. Teva sandals aren’t just for granola kids anymore. They’re for the music lover who isn’t afraid to still let his or her inner kid shine. They’re for the fashion chicks (like us) who aren’t afraid to get dirt and mud on our toes even when we are wearing pretty summer dresses. They’re for the man in his 50’s dancing alone in the Silent Disco tent and having the TIME OF HIS LIFE. This is what I saw when I looked around me on the festival grounds. This is what I felt and heard. This is what I exchanged smiles about. That sort of freedom . . . it’s priceless. Bonnaroo, thanks for being my ticket to the fun zone. I made sure to take a little bit of you home with me. Until next year. 

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TEVA sandals
Where Mountains Meet Co-ord
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TEVA Original sandals in black
Mikoh swimsuit
M Missoni skirt
Kenneth Cole sunglasses
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TEVA sandals
Anna Sui dress
Lack of Color hat
Brahmin backpack
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Blank

June 14, 2017

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One Teaspoon top
Alpha Omega skirt
Reformation waist tie
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Just wanted to take a second to say how grateful I am for the blank slates that we allow ourselves to have when needed. Sometimes life moves in direction where new chapters are inevitable. It doesn’t mean erasing the past or letting go a part of yourself fully. Mostly it just means giving something new a shot. Giving yourself a new means for inspiration and something to spark that motivation again. It means taking everything you learned in the past and applying it to the future. It means laying aside the unnecessary to make room for unexpected surprises, whatever they may be. I’m in this blank canvas state of mind right now. The summer season has just begun with a whopping 96 degrees in NYC. Change is here and change is good. I’ll be moving neighborhoods by the end of next month. And I’m looking forward to having my boyfriend back in town and back by my side in a few months. With my upcoming move, I’m already slowly getting rid of the material things in my apartment so that my mind and body feel less cluttered. Already I am feeling better. And super excited for things to come. Step by step . . . this blank slate won’t be so blank anymore. But a new one will be ready to be filled right afterwards. With what? I have yet to find out. But knowing that I don’t know . . . that is exactly the magic of it all. 

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Woman in Blue

June 12, 2017

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Old Navy blazer
Ohlin/D jeans
C/MEO Collective tank
Linda Farrow sunglasses
Movado watch
Elizabeth and James earrings
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Back from Bonnaroo guys! I was supposed to get this post up last Friday, but was running low on computer time. So here it is . . . I’ve been seeing a lot of ladies rocking the suit look, and it never fails to look absolutely epic. Strong power women unite! I know it has been highlighted on the trend boards for quite a while now, but I didn’t jump onto the band wagon until I got this pair of jeans which somehow inspired me to come up with my own unique spin on the suit look. This low budget blazer from Old Navy, a random but super diverse piece in my closet, was nearly the exact same tone of blue as these Ohlin/D jeans and I couldn’t help but pair them together. I actually wore this look three days in a row, it made me feel that good. There really is so much meaning behind the word “power suit”. Well, in this case, power denim and matching blazer. The fit of the jeans is super important when it comes to obtaining the denim look with a pair of denim. My favorite ways to go are flares or wide legged or straight legged and crop. One can rarely find me in a pair of skinny jeans anymore hardly outside of wintertime. The shape of a wider hem is enough of a retro throwback to give the suit look that extra flavor. This pair by Ohlin/D in particular is my absolutely favorite pair of denim at the moment. The brand is all about sustainability, sourcing their fabrics from vendors who use processes that don’t negatively affect the environment and that are animal cruelty free. It’s so great to see more and more super fashionable brands coming to the surface that are also contributing to eco-conscious manufacturing. I am a fan. How else can I wear these pants? Let’s find out this summer 🙂 

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Black Shapes in London

June 7, 2017

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ENFOLD sweatshirt
Sandro skirt
Miista shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
Shop Sonix sunglasses
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Literally wrote this blog post in my gym clothes, from the comfort of my bed in the middle of a Tuesday. It just so happened that we scheduled no meetings this day, and no shooting needed to be done and it was also a rain day so it was perfect that nothing was lined up. As a blogger on the go, I appreciate days like this when I can hang back and focus on emails and writing, two things that easily get backed up on the day-to-day. These are the days when I catch up and organize everything that has been going on. My back is currently extremely sore from the Tabata class I took the night before. But hey, at least I’m strengthening my back muscles. No pain, no gain right?! I’ve really been seeing and feeling a difference in my strength and stamina these past few weeks ever since working in more high intensity courses into my routine. They are always a challenge every time, and I think that is the key! Summer arms and abs are just about here. But before we fast forward to summer, how about we rewind to springtime in London. We walked around Shoreditch after getting Indian food at our favorite spot on Brick Lane. I got cussed out by an angry British man for taking pictures in front of his potted plants. It almost ruined my day of exploring (I even ranted on Insta stories the whole encounter  . . . it was that annoying), but by evening I was ready to start the London night fresh all over again. This color block sweatshirt was perfect for the London weather, which was not too warm or too cold . . . maybe (most likely) a chance of rain. This little ruffle mini skirt and leather block heel played down its boyishness. To me, it felt very East London cool. And London is in fact a place that feels like the inspiration behind what is cool (except for that mean man that yelled at me about the potted plants), because anything sort of goes here style-wise. Off beat and off center, just like the embroidery on my sweatshirt. Ta-da. 

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