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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

So, Shoe me

Even though it's just starting to feel (a little) like Spring in Brooklyn, I'm already searching all of my favorite designer collections to find the perfect sandals for the season. 

When getting dressed every morning, I always start from the shoe up, so now that I'm - prematurely - planning my Spring wardrobe, all I can think about are all the sandals, mules, slides, and espadrilles I have bookmarked. Self-proclaimed online shopping addict, at your service! I even have my eyes on a pair of jellies. . . too much?

First stop for my seasonal must-have's, some Marc Fisher sandals that I plan to take with me to Mexico! 
Share some of your Spring favorites with me using Lyst's new fashion GIF maker! It's easy-to-use, but the best part is you can share some of your favorite fashion moments or styling tutorials in an instant! Click your heels together, show off those shoes!

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Wearing: Marc Fisher Danae Sandals

Monday, March 30, 2015

Curl Confessions

The most endearing compliment I’ve ever received was when the man I loved told me I looked the most beautiful barefaced, in sweats on a Sunday morning, with all the wild curls; the ones I usually try to hide under hats, twist into a top knot after they let loose in yoga, and wake up (extra) early to tame.

If there were ever a time for me to spin a blog post into a public diary, this would be the moment of total truth. Sitting down to write this, I realize how much my heartstrings are pulled, and what a really personal story this is for me to tell. It’s especially earnest because there was a time when I basically…hated my curly hair.

Now, after a season of total liberation and learning to go with the flow, I’ve started to love my curls, embrace my natural – usually unruly – hair. The more I get to know myself, the more I love my curls.


The real me.


The secret is, I really love my time alone in the mornings. Quiet space before the day officially begins, before the 9am conference call, before the world tells you who you need to be. In between deep conditioning, diffusing, and styling I’ve probably answered all my morning e-mails, had two Americano’s (one croissant…), plotted a way to pay for a trip to oh, Vegas, and planned the entire day right down to happy hour at 6pm with the usual crew.
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First, I work on cleansing then conditioning my curls in the shower. My dirty little secret? I usually shampoo twice to get rid of all the weeks worth of dry shampoo and hair spray.

Twice a week, I apply this deep conditioning, Quench Absolute Restoration Mask. I apply a generous amount to my wet hair, leave it in for 2-5 minutes, then rinse.

Next, I separate my hair into manageable sections and start defining my curls, by twisting and applying Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum, the perfect on-the-go, leave-in treatment.

Then, it’s time to diffuse. Note: Make sure your curls are entirely dry before you separate the twists. 
No frizz zone!


Once your hair’s completely dry, shake it all out, style it up.
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Featuring: Quench Absolute Shampoo, Quench Absolute Conditioner, Quench Absolute Restoration Mask, Quench Absolute Crème Serum.

Compensation for this post was provided by Dove Hair via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove Hair or AOL. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

All My SXSW Secrets

The truth is, my entire trip started with a 6am flight and the realization that I forgot to pack a single pair of underwear. Why was my first inkling to bring three pairs of sunglasses, all the crop tops I could fit into a carryon, and even a pair of irrationally short-shorts, just in case the mood struck or the heat waved. I even brought a new book with me to start reading; maybe on the plane, maybe I'd wake up early and read at a local Austin coffee shop. Talk about being chronically ambitious?

Looking through my photo diary, 
I feel instant nostalgia for
the sun, the music, the booze, the BBQ, my friends laughing like their lives depended on it, I even shared a bed with Jess and Jono - hey who's a lucky girl?;
real life,
real living.

Needless to say, 
with a Lone Star in one hand
and my selfie-stick in the other (just kidding),
I
never stopped to read. 
And, with all it's implications, was a 
free bird
who was all smiles and
all
love.
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Wearing: Bella Dahl Top, Urban Outfitters Denim, Nine West Shoes, Windsor Store Hat.
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Photos by Jono Bernstein 

Thank you Nylon and Nine West for the memories that'll last me lifetimes..

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PussyCat

Hopefully this is the last post that requires such a strategic bundle. One day it feels just like Spring, the next it's back to being a chilly city. I'm thankful for coats like these, that help me brace the cold while still being able to bare some midriff. . . Crop tops don't begin and end with Spring or Summer, people. 

The truth is, I'll miss wearing this Cheetah Coat that made me feel something like Debbie Harry all season. And, before it's time to totally ditch this last Winter layer, I want to share a dirty little secret with you.

Now, 
is the best time to get your hands on some Seasonal Staples, like Faux Fur Coats, at price points you really shouldn't miss. I don't typically need a good excuse to search for a good deal; sales, like life are all about timing, patience, and knowing when to strike like quick fire, before you miss.

If you don't take a chance, you don't have a chance. 
Right?

So, it's been noted, that an end of season sale,
is always a chance you'll regret turning down.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Denim-Day-Dream

Real talk: there is a lot going on lately.

I guess growing pains are a real thing, that life does change in an ordinary instant, and that there is no recipe for how-to properly mend or outgrow. I also know, that real life is filled with personal revolutions and forks in the road meant to make you question; who am I, what do I want, better yet. .
where am I going and who
will come along for
the ride?

I am absolute about very few things, but what I know, is that any time life throws all the waves your way, when you're unsure of your footing, and when basically your lemons, turned to lemonade, turned to vodka-lemonade still isn't even working; 

the answer

is to simplify and
find what feels like home. 

Now, when I'm in the middle of it all, when life seems like a roller coaster, 
I
spend time doing things like;
Putting on red lipstick for effect
Snuggling at home with hot tea and a good read
Writing letters that I never send to all the people who are pissing me off 
Going to yoga as if my life depended on it
Daydreaming 
about who will make me feel like this
and
wearing all the denim, all at once. . .
because
it feels more like a security blanket 
than a dungaree.

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Wearing: Urban Outfitters Shirtdress and Jeans, ASOS Jacket and Heels.

Photographed by Spencer Kohn
Makeup by Eric Vosburg

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Destination: SXSW

I wait until the last minute to do everything.

In fact, as I write this post to you, I should probably have one foot out the door, coffee in had, ready to hail the first (green) cab I see.

But instead of checking my lipstick in the mirror before I head out for a day of (last minute) errands, I'm sitting here plotting my next escape from the city, googling weekend getaways, still watching one last episode of (something too embarrassing to mention) on Netflix, contemplating if I should just call it a day and grab some vino.

So, all things considered, I am usually running around before a flight. I've (allegedly) missed a flight before, always wait until the last minute to call a cab to the airport, and forget about packing - what is that?

Having a list of go-to travel essentials, really helps a girl like me keep things together.

In flight must-haves, for me include everything from a current read and a diary to some eye cream that will keep you looking alive even during the longest, earliest, most red-eye flight.

And,
whenever I find myself on the run,
heading west
or this time
southwest,
I always brace myself for a wild adventure.

Times I'd want to write home about, the space to be free, to let it all out.

Keep up with my trip to SXSW on Instagram and if I'm forgetting to fly with anything let me know?

Nine West - Espadrilles
Urban Outfitters -  Hat
Cosmetic Bag
Laura Mercier - Make Up Palette
Eye Lash Curler
Mario Badescu - Eye Cream
Lancome - Mascara
Brocato - Hair Spray
Notebook
Polaroids
Vint and York - Sunglasses
Poems by Erin Lynn
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sweater (un)Dress

There's a glimpse of Spring the city 
and now 
all I 
can 
think 
about 
is;

How minimal my life will really become when it's time to spring clean; new is new and there's nothing like the sun to shed a little light on your life and expose whatever you've been hiding (from). 

Thinking about all the 
weekend getaways I should finally 
start planning; is Eat, Pray, Love a real option? 
Where do I sign up?

How will I get to the beach? Oh - what will I wear to the beach!? 

Will, after all these years, I finally get caught sneaking onto a secret neighborhood rooftop to sunbathe? 

Does my mom know that I'm planning to get a tattoo and furthermore, will she actually "kill me", if I "try it".

Should Spencer and I really buy a winnebago and take a road trip across America (or to New Orleans, at least)? 
Yes.

And lastly,
who will be wild enough to keep up with me, will want to watch the sunrise from my fire escape, read books in McCarren? 
Who
will just realize that all this girl wants
is a
burger and fries, a budweiser, some sun, sand, a soundtrack,
maybe even something every girl wants
but is afraid to ask for;
solidarity or
a star in her name - woah,
con
cuidado. 

We might be a long way from mixing up Cucumber Juleps, planning beach trips, or finding Mr. Right

but

It's never too soon to start planning to peel back the layers. 
and
start to undress, that sweater dress.

Shop all my favorite Sweater Dresses for the Spring below!


Photographed by Spencer Kohn
Makeup by Eric Vosburg

Friday, March 6, 2015

Loaded Layers

At this point, I don't know how I'd survive without all the layers; seen and unseen.

Believe me, if I could slip into some version of a Snuggie and hit the streets, I would. There's no shortage of bodysuits, turtlenecks, cropped knits, vests, or cocoon coats on me lately. One step further, I feel as though I've just been living under hats for at least two months, with a secret weapon; sunglasses to hide from the shade. 

I don't think it's just the season that makes me want to hibernate and stay close to what really matters. Maybe the winter prompts us to consider what else is worth braving the cold for. 

So far, piling on all the layers, feeling like I'm readying for the arctic tundra every time I turn onto Lorimer, has been worth it for the following (in no particular order);
Time with the family, 
like Sundays at Abba's 
or 
escaping the city to 
on Long Island.
Happy Hour 
with the same old Brooklyn crew,
- 'same old', being something I appreciate most these days; preservation
talking about the
same old shit, spilling secrets, 
keeping each other honest, brave, and grounded;
because, lord knows that this city
will lift you up and tear you d o w n, just to make you realize
that there's no better time than now,
there's no place quite like here.

Coffee and croissants in the morning, buying flowers at the deli for my(own damn)self, burning sage at home, figuring out how to cook a meal for one not two, learning how to do all the heavy lifting; furniture included, but I mean more the other stuff. 

Life lately,
so layered,
except

Until next time. . .
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Wearing: Girls on Film Sweater, ASOS denim, Nine West Boots, Ann Taylor bag, Vint and York Sunglasses, Fifteen Twenty Coat.


Photographed by Spencer Kohn
Makeup by Eric Vosburg

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Getting Ready for My Friday Night

Whenever I buy a brand new pair of shoes, I stop, drop, and roll to get them on my feet immediately. 

I can give you an explicit rundown of all the shoes I own, tell you what my first pair of heels made me feel like, and remember how tough I thought I was the year I strictly wore combat boots.

I have shoes I don't wear, but keep for good measure, others I wear like a second skin. 
Shoes,
like
my first pair of grey suede Christian Louboutin booties that I bought, for myself, using money from my very first big-girl paycheck after I graduated College. Ask me how I still feel whenever I put these nearly pristine booties on today. Empowered, independent, like a bad-bitch who makes her own money, and makes no apologies.

My borderline, call-for-help, shoe obsession, is entirely my mother's fault.
And,
 I 
wouldn't have it any other way. 

As a young girl,
 I quickly realized
the magic
of dressing from the shoe up.

And, for a girl who standardly wears all-black, playing around with my shoes, has always been my secret weapon for a little unexpected edge. A pink shoe? Don't mind if I do. Sneakers one day, platforms like Gene Simmons the next. Also, not to mention, my real modus operandi; my stilettos. 
When it's time,
to get ready for a night out with the girls
or
go on a hot date with prince charming himself,
my first question is always, "What shoes should I wear?"

I think I've found the perfect answer to all getting-ready-for-a-wild-Friday-night woes.

Check out all my must-haves for a night out!

Heels you can dance all night in, a clutch that fits everything you'll need to stay out until dawn, and some lipstick you just shouldn't be living without.


Wearing: Dolce Vita - Henlie Heels

Photographed by Spencer Kohn
Makeup by Eric Vosburg







Friday, February 20, 2015

ASOS x NYFW

A few days ago, Lauren, Stacey, and I hit the streets of Soho running. 

Right at the start of fashion week and decked in our favorite winter-wear thanks to ASOS, it was nice to spend a day-to-be-free with friends, checking out some New Arrivals, with a little time to breathe - maybe have a margarita or few - and catch up without any agenda but to spend some time.

I've got to give it up to my favorite girls for still knowing how to keep it fresh to death all winter long; still braving the season in crop tops, sheer layers, and well, my Canadian Tux. 

Surviving NYFW in the midst of winter seems to be all about the layers, 

or wait
is it about 
our bags?

Like a little flask of whiskey.

Or, 
does it all end 
up 
being 
about 
solidarity;
keeping the goodness around you, living so fast, laughing so much that you 
don't even feel 
the cold.


Shot by Scott Brasher / Keep up with Scott on Instagram!

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