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Hair by Kerastase in Tulum

February 27, 2017

Kerastase Aura Botanica products used for impeccable hair in Mexico:

Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire
Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental
Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel
Aura Botanica Essence D’Eclat

After a year of dealing with my long, unruly and overworked hair, it wasn’t until my trip to Tulum that I found the magic potion to all my hair problems. I was a bit hesitant about how my winter and bleach tainted hair was going to react to summer weather and loads of sunshine a few weeks ago during my trip to Brazil. So I decided to see if I could find a way to reach a level of reversal in my week back from Brazil where I found myself in the midst of a very, very cold and very, very windy New York Fashion Week. With Mexico just around the corner after that, I decided that my hair just needed a break from it all, and I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Kerastase’s brand new line of hair products called Aura Botanica. The line is made for those conscious about the ingredients found in the products they use on their bodies. The number of toxins and non-natural ingredients found in today’s beauty, hair and skincare world is astonishingly terrifying, and I applaud those brands working hard to take these realms into a more natural, toxin free state. The products in the Aura Botanica line are made of 96% natural origin ingredients, all responsible sourced and handpicked from Morocco. No silicones. No sulfates. No parabens. All things that hair definitely feels and looks much better without. The four products that I brought with me to Tulum and that I started using midway through NYFW was life changing, yet subtle (which I prefer because there is nothing worse than shocking one’s hair in any sort of way). I could feel the change in my hair, and it felt healthy even after long sweaty days riding bikes under the sun, dips in cenotes, after being covered by sea salt and sand. This was the first time ever in ages where my hair felt easily manageable and soft after so much exposure to the sun and sea water. And not even once did I touch my hair with a straightening or curling iron the whole time. I washed my hair day and night with the special shampoo and conditioner, the Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire and the Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental. The shampoo is super luxurious in the way it lathers and adds shine to my hair. The conditioner is the best detangler yet with its high concentration of of natural oils. Each night, after washing and air drying, I would apply the Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel, a concentrated combination of all natural oils for nourishment and softness, to my ends. My split ends seemed to simply disappear. And each morning, before heading out for the day, I would use a wet brush through my hair and then use a few light sprays of the Aura Botanica Essence D’Eclat, a bi-phase mist of oils and rose water solution, all over to control frizz throughout the day. Every single product worked together to restore my hair’s health and look subtly and natural, and the smell was sweetly citrusy and fantastic. Good hair. Check. Up next on the blog . . . all the other good things we found in Tulum, Mexico! 

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Red Ruffles Rule

February 13, 2017

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Chelsea & Walker blouse
Cinq à Sept dress
Bally leather purse
ASKA boots
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Hello Monday 🙂 It’s been a hectic past days into New York Fashion Week, full of sore feet, cold ankles and over packed schedules. I’ve been heavily collapsing into my bed before midnight each night, starting mornings early with my friend Beatrice who is in town from Los Angeles. Without her, I probably wouldn’t still be up and running. Her energy is so recharging. This past week has been the biggest laugh fest out of all of my 12 seasons of fashion week so far. And wait . . . back up . . . this is my 12th season of fashion week? What a crazy thought. This shy girl from the valley has come a long way it seems. Fashion week in this city has become a sort of second nature act now. It’s like a marathon . . . you have to practice and work up a tolerance built from love even when there is pain. Because that is what fashion week is all about. Love and pain, but it’s worth every bit. And even though I enter each week feeling maybe a little bit lacking in the mental and physical preparation department, as the days go on like the whirlwind they are meant to be, I am overtaken by a swept up feeling that carries me relentlessly throughout the early mornings and extended evenings (that even the blisters on my feet seem to have disappeared for a moment). So that when I look back on these days of dashing around, shooting, editing, writing, it feels something like a dream as real life settles back down like dust. 

There have been a lot of things I’ve learned from attending fashion week. But I’ll share just one. I’ve learned to practice gratitude. The years of hard work it’s taken to move from standing to the third row to the first as each season comes . . . those well earned beads of sweat should always act as a reminder to never take anything for granted when it comes to this industry, that can sometimes rip you up and spit you out (a saying that you all can relate to, I am sure). I sure know the feeling from working behind and in front of the scenes for many years. It’s not as easy or as pristine as it seems from all the photos and videos posted on every fashion goer’s social media. But the energy . . . that always feels the same. And that first beat of the runway show gets me every single time. And it feels good to be there. 

A lot has changed since my first runway show. These past few years have really seen the growth of the fashion blogger’s influence. It’s been amazing to watch, especially as someone who has been in this space since the very beginning. It can also be easy to feel like one is lost in a sea of influencers with numbers through the roofs. But then I remember, that doesn’t matter at all. Everyone is here for different reasons inspiring to others. And I am still here for a reason, and you readers remind me of that every single day. I find that my fashion taste becomes more refined and pinpointed with each fashion week, and I am grateful to be able to share this growth with you all, alongside other things more personal to me. I’ll continue on for the next few days unfazed by the numbers or the so-called glitz of scene. I’d rather be stressed after five outfit changes than falling into the digital trap that can keep one discouraged, when really there is no reason to be discouraged at all. We are all here for the appreciation of fashion and to celebrate with our friends. Remember when I was discouraged to where red for a reason that I couldn’t really figure out? Well, I ended up wearing red (lots of it) for the first three days of fashion week. I think I needed its boldness to keep me going . . . and right in the nick of time. 

Photos by Beatrice Balaj

Shop other Cinq à Sept dresses I love:

 

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Clueless

February 8, 2017

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Vintage Burberry blazer
H&M blouse
& Other Stories dress
Kate Spade shoes
Topshop socks
Ghurka tote
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Back in town and on a very addictive Rio de Janeiro high. A bit underwhelmed with NYC at the moment after visiting a city so full of sun and life. I was only away for less than a week . . . but still. I think it’s the weather here. And maybe the restless flight I had. I just feel like I’m missing a few things, some that I know exactly what they or, others I can’t quite touch upon exactly, but I know that they exist somewhere. It’s just a restless sort of feeling I guess you can say. When one gets used to a life of dashing around, getting back home can sometimes feel a bit weird. Like home has been reversed. Like maybe being in someplace new feels more like home. But I think that will change soon. It has to. This upcoming week is going to require a hell of a lot of energy, and I have a long way to go to gather it all up in one big ball. I put together my fashion week schedule as soon as I got home from Rio. I slapped it together in a zombie like nature at 8am, running off the tiny cup of coffee that I consumed on the airplane before landing. How can it always be like this? The next thing. The next thing. The next thing. As soon as I catch a break, the next thing seems to come too soon. I should be lucky, most people would say. Ugh, I know that I am, and I would never take anything for granted. But sometimes I just want to catch my breathe a little bit more at times. Sit down and read a book fully. Write an essay without so much stop and go along the way. Print out those photos I took years back in black and white and take my watercolors to them because I’ve been talking about it for a year now, and still haven’t gotten one inch closer to doing it. Is there something wrong me? Obviously not, of course! But sometimes I just feel like I can’t catch up with myself . . . myself out of all things. A strange feeling indeed. I cherished my time in Brazil with my man (more of that coming to the blog very soon hopefully), and I just wished I could hold onto that feeling a little longer. It’s crazy to think how easily sunshine and the touch of someone you care about can make you think of nothing else in this world. Lost in the best sort of way. It was only 6 days, but it sure felt like something longer. 

So here I am, back in NYC, in the midst of pre-NYFW meetings and outfit pulls and schedule making and intense socializing, feeling a teeny tiny bit clueless yet knowing the exact movements and things to say to be productive. Clueless not in the worst sort of way; just in a frazzled sort of way. In a “I wish time could stop” sort of way so I could spread my love evenly amongst all of my grounds. Wouldn’t that be the life? I am also Clueless because of the checkered blazer that reminds me so much of Cher Horowitz, whom I drew my outfit inspiration from while in the back of the car driving down the streets of Venice as we passed by this salmon pink apartment. Salmon pink is my favorite color. Funny how a thing like a color can lift a spirit in the most effortless of ways. It reminds me to keep myself in check. To expect the best out of even the most simple of things. When it gets down to it, that is all we ever really need. And it feels so good to be inspired. Don’t ever forget what it feels like when it happens. Already, I’m feeling a little less clueless and ready to get back in the game. Sun and sand from Rio still lingering in the back of my mind and down in the bottom of my bags, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. 

More blazers I love:

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3 Ways to Wear the Timberland Kenniston Boot

February 2, 2017

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Timberland Kenniston 6-Inch Lace Up Boot
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Early spring is just another continuation of love for the lace-up boot. It doesn’t matter what coast you are on. What the weather is like. A boot always seems like the right choice for some reason. It’s a endless state of mind. Whatever your choice of destination is, a boot will get you through it. And now onto the boot of the moment . . . the Timberland Kenniston boot in white. Only my second pair of Timberlands. My very first pair was back in the third grade after I begged my mom to get me a pair because they were cool. Of course I wanted the pair that the orangey tan suede (was there any other color option at the time?). In the third grade, being a tomboy was cool, and Tims made that point really fast. Fast forward to today . . . I’m still partially a tomboy. But most importantly, I’m a little bit of everything. I’m finding that out every single day. But in the ever changing world of fashion, a boot always has a place on our soles. And especially when they are so comfortable you never want to take them off. That’s the thing about the Timberland Kenniston boot. It’s made to be super lightweight. A far cry from the chunky ones of my childhood playground past. They feel like sneakers on. I could walk my city all day in them, and my feet will still feel brand new afterwards. I also adore the fact that the laces and breathable lining are made from recycled plastic bottles. With the state of the earth today, every little detail like this counts. The more I can reuse, the better I feel about what I put on my better. It’s a cycle of sustainability that I hope continues to make its way throughout the industry. 

Check out how I styled this one boot in three different ways. A white boot isn’t always the easiest to incorporate into a look, but that just gives us all the more reason to get creative and think outside the box. After getting my styling motor running, it wasn’t hard at all to come up with a list of outfit combinations that really made this boot the shining star. First off, we have a summer crop pant turned into a early spring weekend look. I love how an ankle boot looks with a boyish cropped trouser, I’m a firm believer or transitioning my favorite summer staples into every sort of season. A lightweight coat and turtleneck is just the thing. 

Second, we have a going out with the girls on a chilly evening look. Springtime on the east coast is still pretty cold! I was looking for a way to dress up the boots, and my mind was stuck in the 70’s. So my forest green fur and rust colored neck scarf naturally came out to play. Not to mention the rose tinted classes. A dark color palette against the stark white may seem like a bit too much of a contrast, but in the end the two extremes felt just exactly right.

Third, I came up with a way to bring my Timberland Kennistons out to play on a warmer day in Los Angeles. I wanted to wear color, and because of the good weather bare legs was a must. My favorite 90’s-esque ribbed dress (body conscious and perfect) complemented the 90’s throwback of my boots . . . just in a much more refined way. The only thing missing from my look was a Discman. Timberland just got me feeling super downtown. 

So now, let me ask you . . . how would you style your own pair of Timberland Kenniston boots for spring? 

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