When you pack an entire carry on for 24 hours in Austin, Texas, and all you want to wear is a pair of flared jeans. And every single shade of indigo known to existence. That southern influence man. Can’t beat it. Ever since spring has arrived, I’ve been drawing myself back towards flares again. I think it’s that airy feeling they give me. They were made for this season in a way. Rather than going the natural retro kick back way I usually would have went with these flares, I was inspired by the floral detailing on this St. Roche top. It gave me inklings of Japan and cherry blossoms, and the first thing I reached for was this wide wrap belt to add some cinching. Very kimono-esque I would say. How would you redefine the styling of flare jeans for spring? Tell me!
& Other Stories leopard blouse, jeans and sandals Rebecca Minkoff scarf Sonix sunglasses
Remember that time when Jim Morrison from The Doors sang “L.A. Woman Sunday afternoon / Drive through your suburbs / Into your blues, into your blues, yeah / Into your blue-blue Blues?? Well, I think he was talking about me in these & Other Stories blue jeans right here. Blue denim jeans . . . the option appropriate for any occasion for the endlessly casual LA woman. Even one from the suburbs, like me. hehe. That’s how it has always felt since I was just a little girl admiring the fashionable women around me whenever my family went into the city. Anything can be conquered in a pair of high-waisted blue jeans. And any situation can be faced with confidence and spice with a pop of leopard print thrown into the mix. It’s funny, I felt sort of like Julia Robert’s character in Pretty Woman would have worn this outfit on her day off. A woman who is true to her humble upbringing, but has a lot of inner spark. I like to dress how I feel. The concept behind & Other Stories’ styling approach and aesthetic is exactly that. Dressing how you feel is all a part of telling stories. Big stories. Small stories. It doesn’t matter, as long as they shed light on the bigger picture of our outlooks on life, our creative pursuits, the music that makes us feel the best we can be, the type of people that are drawn to us and vice versa. The way we dress can tell so much about who we are, as long as we want it to. For some people, no story is told through the way they are dressed. But for a lot of us, all we want to do is tell stories with it. Even if it’s just a feeling that we can get across with the outfit decisions we decide to make. Fashion has always made a mark in its own, unique way throughout history. It has always been based on a mindset. A focus on the future, while at the same time reflecting the past. Today, on the streets of Venice, California, little parts of my story were speckled all over the place. Nostalgic ones and even ones made out of my imagination. Maybe this vintage Mercedes Benz is my getaway car for an adventure that’s been in the back of my mind for ages. Maybe this is the day I take the wheel and do something different. Who knows. Do it for the story 🙂
This post is in collaboration with & Other Stories for their new LA Collection.
Hopefully this will be the last of my coat posts. But man, will I miss wearing this one coat in particular. It’s true that you always appreciate things more once you can’t have them. I saw the first buds growing on the bare trees in Soho yesterday, and a shift forward began in me at the exact same time that nostalgia started to hit. A cycle that repeatsa every spring awakening. In a way, it’s quite sad to say farewell to my coat rack and lazy days in bed hiding from the cold. This past winter was full of texture for me . . . the kind that comes in the form of woolen sweaters, striped trousers and a punkish studded belt. But it was also full of texture in the form of late night cuddles, dry and raggedy fingernails from the cold and the dog eared pages of old books from the previous summer that I only finally got around to finishing once winter approached its end. Winter seems so much sweeter when it is looked back upon, just as the upcoming summer seems so much more endless before it actually arrives. Then it seems to pass by in a blur. But this spring is looking to be one of exciting changes that will make NYC feel even more like home. Adulthood never felt so less intimidating than right now. It looks like I’m finally catching up with myself. But at the same time, I owe a lot of that growth to winters past spent inside hiding from the cold, with all the time in the world to contemplate words onto this computer screen. Those sentences were the things that kept me warm the most before I fell asleep at night to the banging sound of my old heater. So, winter, this post is in a little way an ode to you and your impromptu guidance of the direction of my steps into this spring. When the trees are covered with flowers, and no remnants of you are left behind, I will always remember you 🙂 And all the coats that you allowed me to fill up far too much space in my already bursting closet.
This past year really was a huge milestone for me in regards to my fitness and health. My awareness of how my body felt grew tenfold and I have been able to really see and feel the changes physically and mentally since the beginning of the changes I made in this department. My appetite is still just as big as it was, but I trained my body to crave the good, nutritious stuff more often than not. Like how I work hard to write about topics of substance as much as I can on this blog, I realized that I want to do the same for my body. It’s amazing how much more confident I am when my body feels energetic and strong. I like the way that my high-waisted jeans fit better. I could tell in even just the little things like the pace of my walk and the lightness of my steps, that working my body on a regular basis, and feeding it well, has made all aspects of my life better. I feel more motivated and less stressed, and I really feel that there is no going back to where I was before. My boyfriend, who I have been with for a year, really did in a way help me kick start this new outlook on healthy eating. One of our first dates was at a micro-biotic, vegan restaurant in NYC that ending up really growing on me. I noticed the foods he liked to eat, things that were healthy and simple, but still delicious. He showed me his favorite raw fruit pies he made back in Brazil. Slowly, I started to cut out the snacks I used to have hidden in my cupboard (bye bye, potato chips and cheez-its . . . both my secret cravings), replacing them with fruits and yogurt and lots of nuts. My white rice was replaced with brown and quinoa and barley. They weren’t actually replacements . . . they have always been foods I liked to eat, they just started making their way into my life even more so. My boyfriend and I started cooking together a lot, and the basis of our meals were a lot of vegetables and fish. I used to never make salads for myself. Then all of a sudden we were making salads full of protein and even fruits together. It felt so rewarding to sit down and eat a healthy meal we prepared. And that gets me to the most important thing . . . make sure to never deprive yourself. Finding yourself satisfied at the end of a meal is number one. Chocolate is still a daily part of my life alongside my home cooked veggie stir fries. I allow myself a burger once or twice a month. But I don’t crave those salty and fatty things hardly as much, but when there comes a time that I do, I let myself have them. Of course, fitness and health is all about balance. Everyone deserves treats every now and then.
A year ago I was inspired to change up my fitness routine and get out of the rut of my Planet Fitness membership. For me, it was 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and then an hour of going around using the weight machines, and I got very, very bored. I needed something to get me excited to workout again. So, I started jumping between barre and pilates classes, and within the first few months of taking these types of classes on a regular basis, I really saw the difference in the tone of my muscles. They were no longer soft, but long and lean and strong. I liked how they looked so much more, and the changes came much more quickly. Like coming to love eating good, nutritious food, I became addicted to that feeling of sweating the bad stuff away, and doing it in a way that didn’t feel mundane. All of a sudden, I felt myself wanting to take a workout class after a long day of work, rather than hit the happy hour. Don’t get me wrong, a glass of wine is a great way to unwind, but a bottle is now opened on the rare occasion. It’s something that I can completely do without now actually, although a delicious craft beer calls my name sometimes. Beer actually pairs quite well with a salad after barre class. hehe. Like I said earlier, balance baby balance.
Today, I am a proud member of Equinox (Williamsburg and Dumbo locations are my fave!) where I love to fit in True Barre and Best Abs Ever into my normal workout routine. My stretching and floor work routines I do myself on the mat, taking everything I learned in previous barre and pilates classes. If you pay attention in class, you can really take what you learn from class and do it at home. But I definitely love the energy a gym and being surrounded by those in a similar motivated mindset. At the gym, I’m totally in my zone. Equinox just started a new class called The Firestarter. It’s a 30 minute, high intensity interval training class. It’s crazy, as you can tell from the name. I’m warning you, but it’s sooo worth the burn and the pain. If you finish this class through the end, you are a real trooper. Your body might need some time to adjust to the high intensity level, but the more you do it, the easier it is. And it’s awesome for those who don’t have much time to workout. This class fits it all in in 30 minutes.
Studio B (by Bandier) is another favorite place to get some workout classes in. They change up their instructors, so you can take a wide variety! I love Amanda Koots’ dance classes there. So much sweat and cardio and fun moves! FLEX Studios is where I really dived into pilates on the reformer machine, and that’s how I started really paying attention to my core and wanting to get my waistline more sculpted. Pilates is all about focus and patience when it comes to core work. Each move is slow and swift, so that every muscle has a chance to be worked. The months before bikini season, I really recommend pilates. You will GET FIT, I promise. They also have a really great high intensity class called TRX. It’s pilates-inspired and uses your own body weight as resistance. It’s 55 minutes, and I actually really enjoy it! As you can tell, I really enjoy changing up my workout routine. It keeps me on the tip of my toes, never bored and every class I learn something new that I can take home with me or on the road.
This past year has been one full of inspiration to make good choices for my body and mind’s wellness. At the age of 29, I feel the best that I have ever felt I believe. With age, I think there really comes a powerful appreciation of the body we are born with, and I think it’s just going to keep on getting better. It might be my greatest strength right now.
This year, I think I’ll start featuring my favorite workout looks for you guys. The workout wear that brand’s are designing is so good today. Chic AF, and I’m wearing them a lot. You guys just don’t get to see that side of me as much one here, but that is soon to change 🙂