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Monday, August 3, 2015

Do Not Mesh With Me, rn

Sometimes, when Summer throws you for a loop, keeps you hot in all the right places, and urges you to take a leap that leaves you on the block in exclusively, unadulterated, mesh. . . You just say, yes. You surrender. Crack open the coldest Coronita from the corner bodega, text everyone you know to make sure you're not missing any BBQ's or beach trips.
 Realize that under the sun is just where you belong. So free the nipple. Let go the idea that a there's any need to hide your body. 

If this sounds like an urge to my surrounding twenty-something, single ladies 
to jet around in anything you damn well please
it is. 

But, 
a slight whisper to the wise;
running wild just might start with forgetting to put on a bra
and
end with realizing you never really wanted to wear one in the first place.
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Wearing: Truly Madly Deeply Tank, Shop Priceless Shorts.

Photos by Stephanie Tucker

Friday, July 31, 2015

Born To Roam: Brooklyn Edition

A couple weekends ago, Lauren and I took Nasty Gal for a spin around our very own hood; Brooklyn, remember that.

From one Brooklyn eatery to the nearest cheese shop, around the corner to our favorite brunch spot, then along Bedford for a stroll and something spiked on the rocks.

I share my love for Brooklyn with you guys, every day. It's not 
top secret 
that this is the place of my becoming; 
if the walls of my bodega could talk, 
how many times I've cried on the stoop, laughed my ass off on the fire escape, 
lost keys, a phone (or two), my mind, love. 
Found them all, again. 

And again.

And finally, found

If life is a ride, Brooklyn has been the roller coaster of my entire twenties. 
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On Erica: Top / Denim Bell's / Shoes
On Lauren: Dress / Hat 

Photos by Scott Brasher

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sentimental Summer

Been living on the go lately, so much so, that I've not realized how much time's gone by. Actually, that's not the entire truth. I'm always mindful of the time. Sometimes, though, all I can think of is living in the exact moment I'm confronted with and remembering to journal my feelings - or disappointments -at a later time.  Sometimes, all a girl needs is to forget the rest, get settled on a rooftop, bake under the sun, Tanqueray in one hand, today's news in the other. Something about looking inward to move forward, taking time to appreciate what is really happening around you, and for once, just once, stop imagining what could be or once was. Be here now. Way easier said than done. Way more worth it than otherwise.  

So, 
whenever I'm feeling a little 'everyday' 
or uninspired, I
keep in mind all the times I've felt this way and hold tight to the knowing that every single Summer since I'm thirteen,
I've become ridden with 'what if's' about the future. And one hundred times over, everything falls into place, just as it's meant to.
It's true, slowing down isn't something I'm really used to - not by any means. But, this tough girl, has been resolute about shedding the resistance and letting all the love in.

All of it.

Hey, what's a Summer for, if not to keep you tanned and on your toes?
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Wearing: Boohoo Dungaree Dress / Century21 Tank, Joe Fresh Sneakers. 

Photos by Lauren Gould

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Over(all) It

I'm unsure what it is about overalls, that feels much like the kind of nostalgia you only experience when something reminds you of what it is to be feel young again; carefree, careless. 

A little like,

stepping into a pair of old, worn down sneakers - the ones you never wear, but would never throw away. They remind you of a place you've been; college, when sneakers and dresses were all you wore. 
Or slipping into

his t-shirt, it's oversized and feels like home. 
A feeling you only revisit sometimes, it's too soon.

Maybe, it's like 
waiting for your red toenail polish to dry. 
Red, makes you feel sexy. 
Something you discovered in high school, 
too young to 
understand that one day you might feel a lot unlike yourself 
- you've changed and have become unrecognizable - but 
red polish has never let you down. 
Stella, gets her grove back, every time.

And just like that, 
you feel like who you once were.
All-over again.
Wearing: Boohoo Overalls, Lulu's Top, Nasty Gal Shoes.

Photos by Alexandria Harrington

Monday, July 13, 2015

Metallic(a)

Something about this metallic dress, that makes me feel like I'm wearing a bit of armor; ready to take on the week ahead, no time to waste, places to go, people to see, slow it down?, "as if", feelings. 

After a weekend where all I did was let myself unwind..
 laying in the park with one handsome fellow, reading on my fire escape, sipping on a little coronita at all times, running to the bodega for an ice pop, and all around letting go for once. Making no plans or promises, slowing down, remembering to look around me, to laugh a little, and just re-lax. 

I don't remind myself nearly enough to 
turn my lights down low,
soak in what it really feels like to be around good old-fashioned L-O-V-E
and stop
to
count some of these
and do a little of this.

Have you ever worn something that made you feel a little like superwoman? 

Ready to take on the workweek, pay the cable bill, brave the grocery store during rush hour, the subway uptown to visit friends, during the same. 
To wake up before the sun and go to yoga, 
write more to-do lists; 
watch that documentary about green living 
or was it binge 
watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show, I can't remember. 
To call home, plan a trip to visit my little brothers - they are growing up too quickly, too soon. 
Visit with my best friend, the most recent of us to get engaged. Remind her of how many times we dreamt about this moment, are we really getting this old? 
To wait some more, think or write about the things I'd be remiss to let go of, but probably should.
Wearing: Boohoo Dress, Joe Fresh Sneakers


Friday, July 10, 2015

Borough Babe

Sometimes, a girls got to get back to her roots. I mean this both in terms of my hair and my sentiments.

Queens
will always be the most special to me. It's where my family settled after they moved to America, it's where I learned to ride my bicycle, effectively barter with the ice cream man, developed a grade school crush on the boy two blocks over, and have all of my earliest childhood memories; like when I first painted my nails black and my grandparents thought I was batshit because I said it reflectd my soul - sarcasm, since the day I was born. Or, when I had the chicken pox and I watched ballroom dancing marathons with Abba and it was the first time we talked about fashion, dresses, sewing. Little did I know then, this home, those conversations would shape me.

Now, time to BBQ in the borough where I'm from. Catch ya later, muchacha's!
Wearing: Shop Priceless Dress, Converse Sneakers.

Photos by Stephanie Tucker

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Which Way to the Wedding?

When one of your favorite gals gets hitched, the evening just begs for all the dancing, drinking, eating, and dolling up that you can stand. I can't even get into how special and totally emotional this time in life is for us; my closest getting betrothed, buying homes, making babies. 

Finding love, falling into it. 

Decked in ASOS 
and ready to celebrate Cheralee's nuptials, 
Lauren and I hit the road towards Upstate New York, 
in a J Lo inspired Fiat. Am I right?

Between jamming out in the car, sipping on rose all day under the sun, and having many a dance party at our charming inn, I think it's safe to say Lauren and I painted that pleasantly quaint town (very) red. 
On Me: DressRings, Clutch, Heels.
On Lauren: DressHair Crown, Clutch, Wedges.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot One

Going on a hot date, on a hot Summer night in Brooklyn, is just how this girl likes to spend her weekend.

Sometimes, it's really nice to turn your phone off, turn your brain off, unwind, and just forget about the workweek ahead. To sit down for a little dinner, some drinks, and all the conversation with someone old or new; whispering, sharing too much, learning to live in the moment. 
Just keep sipping. 
Ditch your jacket, 
say yes to wearing the new heels. 
Add a little lace for good measure. 
And, a pop of red lip; 
seƱorita, on the move.

I’ve partnered with Victoria’s Secret PINK to share some date night secrets. Keep up with my looks now by following #DateWithPINK
Wearing:
Century 21 - Jumpsuit
Lulu's - Mules

Photos by Landon

Friday, June 26, 2015

Landon Loves Pink

Sometimes blending in, just isn't enough. Who wants to stay camouflaged all the time? 

Snapped these on another day with Landon, hanging around the hood. Spending time under the sun and taking the long way home. And, instead of doing my normal neutrals, I added a little pop of something pink and borrowed from Lan, to spice up my life and keep 'em guessing. It felt like a little ray of sunshine. Instant happiness. 

Sometimes, I'd bargain to say most of the time, it's all in the little moments. 

Small things are big things. And, mixing prints, popping color, walking an extra few blocks with your best, just to talk about "what had happened", is all we really need, somedays.

Hey, what are friends for?
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Wearing: Century 21 Dress, ASOS Jacket, Tobi Shoes.

Photos by Landon

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