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Hey A Girl Can Dream

August 2, 2017

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Mikoh swimsuit
Club Monaco earrings
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My last set of photos from Maui, and probably my favorites from that trip. Taken at Oneuli Beach, where the sand is dark and burning hot. You can’t really swim here for it’s too pebbly and rocky at the shoreline, but it sure was pretty to look at. The side of the cliff surrounding the beach is tall and this gorgeous tone of dark, earthy brown. Nature’s wonders amaze me once again. Crazy to think that all this beauty exists around the world, yet so many of us decide to live in cramped cities instead. Would we ever be able to give up that city life for something more open and simple? Where the sand can be the pure motivation to start the day? I’m an introvert at heart, so I think I wouldn’t mind falling into a life that was slower and peaceful and more removed. Where I can play music and write books and swim hours on end. I dream about it sometimes and it’s the nicest thing. Reality check, I’m moving to Dumbo in a week, a few blocks from tourist central, one subway stop from Manhattan, and Monday through Friday there will be loud construction right outside my window as they work on the roof of my building. It looks like I’m staying a city girl for a while longer, but hey a girl can dream right? 

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A Home of Inspiration

July 31, 2017

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Tommy Hilfiger dress
Dear Frances shoes
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Nothing like home sweet home. A place to rest my head at night, after a long train ride home. Soon I will be saying goodbye to a place that has been my home sweet home for three years. For me, that place is Bushwick. A size heavy apartment that made up for the fact that it had thin walls, a creaky staircase and a broken stove (that my landlord took two years to fix). I’ll miss the epic bakery and deli right next door, literally attached to my building. I’ll miss my favorite burger spot, AP Cafe, right off the Jefferson stop. I’ll even miss the gritty corners and every other imperfect corner of my stop. And yes, I think I will miss that heavy sigh of relief after finally getting home after a longer than normal commute home at night. Because no matter what, no matter where, home feels like home when you are finally tucked in bed at night. Excited to make a new home soon . . . a real home, and in a more adult state of mind. I will always be thankful for my time in Bushwick, a significant part of my NYC process and growth. I wouldn’t be the same without the extra long subway rides (especially when the L was malfunctioning), Spanish music blasting from the 24 hour delis and the Chinese laundryman who folded my clothes oh so perfectly. Bushwick, in it’s own little way, was a part of my NYC hustle. And I hustled my entire way through (that’s the non glamorous side you don’t often see of my life). That subway sweat and tired feet, not matter what, felt worth it at the end of the day. I still subwayed my way home and didn’t complain an ounce, because I got to wake up going to a job that I loved and truly cared about.That’s the real NYC. I love you, and I know I’ll visit you again Bushwick. 

It was perfect timing that I got to spend an afternoon at Jonathan Adler and Simon Donnan’s Shelter Island home for a summer brunch to celebrate his collaboration with Clinique. Man, did his home blow me away with its 70’s-modern aesthetic that very much reminded me of a summer house in Venice, California. It’s tones were warm and rustic, and every piece of furniture had a distinct shape to it. I felt like I was walking into a very chic playhouse. Certain pieces oversized in cartoonish ways. Others subtle and slight. It was an array of texture play and color coordinating that made me feel so at home. It’s a house one would never be bored living in. And the ocean right in the backyard. The view of the home from the back was very zen feeling, minimal and rectangular. Japanese in a way that felt complementary to the peaceful and simple Shelter Island lifestyle. I left the island with fresh perspective on home decor. This home is a true example that there are no limits when it comes to creating the space you live in. I felt inspired to take bits of Jonathan Adler’s home to apply to my own that I will be creating very, very soon. 

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Shady Lady

July 29, 2017


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Tory Burch sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, paid for by Sunglass Hut & Refinery29 
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I recently attended an event at the Sunglass Hut store in Miami on Lincoln Road to discover some fresh new sunglasses styles. There was an array of styles that I were drawn to because of their classic sophistication, a style that I am reverting back to after investing usually in overly trendy styles. Today, I am looking for longevity with the sunglasses I wear . . . pairs that I will see myself wearing years from now, and that I imagine Old Hollywood stars wearing in the past. This pair by Tory Burch felt exactly that. Dramatic yet understated at the same time. A balance that can be hard to find with a pair of black sunglasses. The slight bend at the edges creates a subtle, rounded cat eye look, and the arched detailing at the top of the frame is just the modern touch I was looking for. In a way, this pair is a new version of Audrey’s sunglasses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I threw on my most glamorous dress that could still sustain the Miami heat. Just in time for a glass of rosé  before heading out into the Miami night. Being a sophisticated lady is easy at Sunglass Hut. What’s your favorite classic pair with a modern twist?

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A Uniform Blue

July 26, 2017


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Superdry top and skirt
Old Navy blazer
Dear Frances sandals
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Here I go again with the blue blazer action. This blazer is probably the cheapest thing in my closet, but I’m drawn to it the most because of so many reasons. Lightweight and bold, it’s probably one of the greatest additions to my transitional summer wardrobe. It broke up the light denim here in the exact way it needed to be broken. It’s my version of suit dressing right now. This suit effect is one of my favorite fashion hacks . . . the making of a suit look with slightly mismatching pieces. My blazer isn’t denim at all; closer to linen in fact. But paired with a denim skirt it gives the illusion of a power suit. And powerful it feels. It added just the right amount of boxiness and color contrast that my outfit was in need of. The blue door behind me agrees. I borrowed my sister’s shoes this day, and daaaaanngggg did I find myself in coordinate heaven. Now I’m looking for all types of ways to fake the suit look with what’s currently in my closet. Let’s see what I can come up with next. 

Shop some of my favorite blue blazer from Farfetch here:

 

 

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