Julianna Bass Dress

January 9, 2018

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Julianna Bass dress
UNIQLO turtleneck
Cutler & Gross sunglasses
Christian Louboutin shoes
Hysteria by Happy Socks socks
The 2 Bandits earrings
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A dress too gorgeous in my opinion to be hiding underneath a winter coat. If I were to put a ban on winter coats, I would do it for the sake of this dress. Delightfully party-esque, designed to be moved in, and strikingly classy. It’s the Long Black Dress that gives the Little Black Dress a run for its money. Color is my therapy. But black . . . black my darling is where my innermost aspirations find their foundations from. The air of mystery is the added bonus. And I’ve always been drawn to the mystery in the room. Just as much as I like to be the mystery itself. It depends on my mood. But, of course, color finds its way onto me someway, somehow. This time in the form of embellished Louboutins so unique they make my heart hurt. Paired with a funky sock, they are a pair of flats that know the meaning of standing out like a non-sore thumb. I love it when looks come together like this. A touch of this. A dab of that. A canvas of black with splashes of rainbow in not too obvious places. 

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A Uniform of Sorts

January 8, 2018

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The Vetiver Collection blazer and pants
Calvin Klein bra
DVF purse
Sonix sunglasses
By Far boots
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Happy Monday! Once again, sisters on a Southern California mountain in matching suits. What else is new? The suit look is definitely a Suarez Sister uniform of choice. We both even went for the Calvin Klein bra underneath. Great minds think a like. Are you sick of seeing us in suits yet? Well, too bad. I keep finding more and more ways to keep this look feeling fresh each time I wear it. We could totally get away as twins in these looks together. Could be a fun way of tricking people if we are ever in the mood. I’m excited for this week ahead. It’s one with more written on the calendar to make up for the lazier week I just came out of. But it was good that I let holiday mode kick in a bit longer, because I expect 2018 to be busier than ever. I’m kicking this year off with a trip to Southeast Asia with my parents next week (Malaysia and Thailand), so look forward to colorful travel diaries on here soon! Those are my favorite kinds of posts. Anything to kick start the wanderlust in you all. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a long flight, and I think a place far from home is just the inspiration I need to get things going in the right direction this year. And the more family time I have, the better I feel. There’s something with growing up that makes me want to make that bond tighter and tighter. Travels, family bonding time, more suits. What else is in store for 2018? 

Hope you all have beautiful days!

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Winter in New York City

January 6, 2018

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Liesangbong coats
& Other Stories sweater
Reformation cords
Brixton beret
Mulberry purse
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Winter in NYC has me sleeping in later. Staying up late reading books and watching movies. More time indoors at the gym. More time alone writing and contemplating surrounded by candles. I’ve been living ungracefully under coats. My hair is always undone and hiding under a beanie or beret. Home has become my sacred place this winter. Lost in stories and movies. I become so inward and nostalgic during the winter. My introvert comes out. But I feel totally at ease with that. Time for me feels slower in the winter. Usually it’s the other way around. It’s because I like the time it gives me to keep for myself. And it’s not a lonely feeling. It’s a feeling of self love that winter gives me. To take time to make myself feel healthy and warm and mentally stimulated when it is physically so, so cold out. It’s a winter blues but it’s a light and bright winter blue. The color of the blue that the sky is on a sunny winter day. How do you feel about winter? Do you share the same thoughts? 

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Press Rewind

January 4, 2018

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Reformation dress and pants
DVF purse
Carla Colour sunglasses
By Far boots
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Vintage cars. Old Coca Cola bottles. Cat eye sunglasses. What is it about things from the past that warm our hearts? Some might say what is vintage is so overdone nowadays, but for me it builds up the imagination. Just like my dad’s stories from when he a kid growing up in California. Those are the stories that I love hearing the most, even after he tells them 100 tims. Los Angeles back then seemed so much more interesting. So much more alive and in the moment. His friends would show up at his house in a vintage Chevy Camero without a phone call beforehand, and a road trip would ensue just like that. A few 25 cent hamburgers later they will find themselves sitting on the roof of the car during the sunset on a beach a few hours away from home. Now that was real California living. The future was far less visible, especially being so untouched by social media. What was more important was the there and now. There is a quality in the action of picking up a phone book and dialing a number to make a call. Or telegrams! Things sure weren’t as easy as they are today to get done, but that was the beauty of it. A beauty that we so easily forget nowadays. Just about any service is just one click away in our modern day and world. Maybe a click too close for comfort.

And then I stop in the middle of a photoshoot to look at the quality of a vintage car that I’m leaning on. I admire its grace. Its smoothness. Its longer length and emphasized curves which feel exaggerated and almost cartoonish. It’s as if it has a heart and a soul. They don’t make them like this anymore. They don’t make a lot of things like this anymore. So when I find something that does have that vintage grace and quality, I cherish it. I give myself more time to appreciate it. To share it. To call out its perfectly manufactured nature and visual appeal. And then sometimes I think, why do we not do this on a normal day to day basis with the new things we currently have. When did things become so disposable? When did new get old so fast? When did old become such a dirty word? And I think about these things, and I open my eyes up 100 times more to what is around me. The sky, which may be the oldest thing I have set my eyes on. Above my head ever since I was born, and for centuries before me. How did I jump from a vintage car to the sky? I don’t know. But I do know that I want to treat the things in my life, the things that my eyes see, the thoughts in my head, like this sea foam green vintage car that holds so many stories. Take this into acount, then maybe, just maybe, you won’t need to feel the need to rush into the future at supersonic speed as much. Maybe 2018 should be all about REWINDING. I’ll leave the time up to you 😉 

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