Monday, September 22, 2014

F21xMe: Midtown Girl


Goldsign jeans
Dolce Vita sandals
ASH bag

I always try to make a huge point out of getting out to new parts of the city that I haven't yet been able to explore yet. Hell's Kitchen, for example. A bustling part of the city west of Times Square that I have only recently gotten to know since my sister just moved to the area. I made a quick pit stop through this part of town a few months ago when my parents were in town and I was furniture hunting for my new apartment. The neighborhood is thriving, full of bars and restaurants (including some really good Thai food) that remind me of St. Marks in East Village or MacDougal Street in Central Village Noho. On top of that, it oozes with the cozy feeling of the West Village thanks to the brownstone buildings and elevated stoops. Everything all together gives Hell's Kitchen both an elegance and an electricity that sometimes can't be found elsewhere. Here's to getting to know new sides of the city and falling more and more in love with it each and every single day. 

Wearing a top by Forever 21. Check out how others are wearing Forever21 by checking the #F21xMe hashtag on Instagram.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Repeating Pattern


Nina Z clogs

What gravitated me towards this dress in the first place was how much it reminded me of one of my vintage Balinese shift dresses that I still claim to be one of my best vintage finds ever. Straight out of a warehouse in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly. The kaleidoscope print reminds me of everything that I am so fond of in the summertime. Psychedelic rock playing from the radio as I dance to the beat in my clogs. Long bike rides through the park. Wind blowing through the sandy strands of my hair. No matter how much sweat runs down my back, no matter how many mosquito bites I acquire on my legs and no matter how many burns I get on my shoulders, summer is always well worth it all. So happy that I got to spend a little bit of summer in the peaceful town of Stamford, Connecticut. Those weekends really did soothe my summer soul. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Black and White | Cora Keegan

Photos of Cora Keegan (Next Model Management) by me. More to come in color . . . 

Friday, September 19, 2014

A New Season

A new season is just about upon us. A new season, a new wave of inspiration. No one knows really whether its the weather that's changing our mindsets, or the other way around. Whatever it is, I always welcome change and a clean slate to start something fresh again. Summer was invigorating, but fall always feels REinvigorating to me. Maybe it's because fall always marks a new age for me. Growing up. I'll be 27 this year, and it's a tad bit scary. Or maybe a whole lot scary. This past year I feel like I've grown up so much in such a  short amount of time. But at the same time I still feel like I'm just 18. My dreams always seem to get younger and younger with age. Maybe it's that clock ticking that pushes me to go for something a little bit more wild than I should to make up for the lack of time that I have to fully live while I can as just a semi-adult on her way onto becoming an official adult.  Whatever the heck that means. I've been regularly reading the diaries of Anais Nin just as much as I am eating raspberry white chocolate as I watch horror television shows on Netflix in my cycling shorts. What does that make me? Well, you know what? Who cares? 

Coming to NYC, I've dealt with the struggles of a brand new city and a new job that ended up never throughly filling my soul like I thought it would. But as my early months as a New Yorker past, I learned that I had the ability to mold myself around it in a way and jumped at chances that's made me stronger at my core and so much more appreciative of my creativity. I had my palms read this past year, and my lines said that I was a jumper. I am made to jump around and experience as much as I can so that I can slowly but surely leave behind the shells that I've held onto from before. Jobs, boys, luxuries, trust, apartments, lustful moments . . . things like this they come and go. But at the end of the day I have always had and always will have the hope that everything will turn out for the better. A new leaf can be turned. All I know is that I can never settle for the whatever does not feel good to me in the moment. To me, good is being able to feel challenged, self-motivated, loved, in control of my own actions, and in desire to follow my heart. And I feel all these things right now. Not a shabby way to go into my 27th year. Not a shabby way to approach the fall. There's still so much more I want and need out of life, but I know it's out there waiting for me. And that's what keeps me going. Here's to life and always feeling young at heart. And growing at the pace you were meant to grow at. No rush people. No rush. Age doesn't have to have boundaries. 

When I use words to describe myself, I always think in terms of imagery. Colors, people, smiles, compositions, endless ocean water miles in every direction. Things that make me happy looking at them. Here are a few things that make me happy in this moment. What is making you happy in this moment?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sabrina SL | Unbroken Broken Lookbook Part 1

I had the amazing pleasure of modeling for my Sabrina SL, my dear friend Sabrina's latest jewelry collection. Her jewelry is so, so breathtaking. I fell in love as soon as I saw and touched the first delicate choker necklace she showed me, totally handmade by Sabrina herself. Every single one of her pieces are handmade from start to finish, all with love and with so many stories to tell. Her latest collection is called the Unbroken Broken, shown by the theme of broken hearts that fit back together in many of the pieces. A collection inspired by love and the heartaches we all go through yet patch ourselves up over and over again. A romantic at heart, I love the concept. The entire shoot was shot on our favorite streets of Williamsburg by Sabrina herself. Doesn't she have such an eye behind the camera, as well? We styled the shoot from pieces from my own and Sabrina's closets. 

I am so lucky to have gotten to know Sabrina this summer, and I am so excited to see where Sabrina SL goes forward. Look out for something really cool that we are collaborating on for her line. Just wait and see. 

Part 2 of this shoot coming soon, plus a rad giveaway for you guys!

In the meantime, make sure to check out more of Sabrina's designs on her website HERE.