Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Punchy Pop

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Joie silk blouse // SHOP SIMILAR
Cotton On denim skirt
Matt Bernson sandals // SHOP SIMILAR
Vintage neck scarf
COACH leather bag // SHOP HERE
Jocelyn fur heart // SHOP HERE
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What I wore on the second to last day of my NYFW. I was apparently in a very minimalist mood this fashion week, and gravitated towards more whites and neutrals than ever before. But obviously I can't forget my punchy pop of color. Aaaaaaand another neck scarf in a bright hue comes into play! haha. We found this amazing street to shoot on quickly right after the Diesel show on Wall Street. It looked like something straight out of London Town! I couldn't get over it. The Financial District, despite its overly bustling streets and gargantuan amount of men in ill-fitting suits and off-color briefcases, there is quite a charm about it. Sometimes you need to stop and appreciate the uniqueness in every place you go, because most of the other times you will completely overlook it. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Striped in Williamsburg

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Fifth Label // SHOP HERE
Joie boots // SHOP HERE
Marie Turnor leather backpack // SHOP SIMILAR
Vintage neck scarf
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Sometimes casual is hard to do without looking a bit on the boring side. Especially when it's hot out. This is one of my last summer in the city looks (I was sweating underneath my neck scarf). Even this dress seemed too hot on this particular day! But I was drawn to it when I sifted through my clothing rack for something to wear out. Recently, I feel like I've forgotten about stripes, viewing them as too basic and too classic of a statement. But now with fall coming around, I see them fitting into my life more often. Especially since outerwear will be coming into play very, very soon. Stripes are a good balance. They bring things back down to earth when you happen to initially go all out. I like a good balancing act. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Photo Shoot | Confidence and Peace


Part 2 of my shoot with model Casilda. With these images I wanted to capture a both confidence and peacefulness, which are both things found in nature. The confidence of a woman in striking lingerie (or nothing at all) and standout accessories, all shot up against a natural backdrop. I love the subtle contrast. 

Model: Casilda at Fenton Moon
Styling/Jewelry: Sabrina Sun

Look 1:

NOE Garments lingerie set
Sabrina SL jewelry

Look 2:

Sabrina SL jewelry

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ruffle Friendly

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Viva Aviva top // SHOP HERE
Paige high-waist jeans // SHOP HERE
Convere sneakers // SHOP HERE
Vintage neck scarf
My Jewel Bar earrings
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When I make the commitment to go all out with shapes . . .  I go all out. This playful Viva Aviva top is designed locally in my dear Williamsburg, and I feel like the life of the party in it! When I was younger, I was always a bit self-conscious about my athletic shoulders. Now I embrace them! And I see my strong shoulder blades as an accessory. The off-the-shoulder or one-shouldered styles have been my go-to summer favorites. They always feel sexy and act as the best reason to wear some pretty accessories around one's neck. I go neck scarf crazy with these things! But then again, I go neck scarf crazy with about 85% of my ensembles. Can you blame a girl though? This top can go two ways. Totally dressed up or totally dressed down. Taking it the casual route here with blue blue jeans and my well worn in sneakers. This is how I do Bushwick, Brooklyn style. 

Plus, I'm throwing in a playlist for you this month before I forget!

Check it out on Spotify HERE

Working on finding a music contributor for the blog to get you some awesome news from that realm. Can't wait :) 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New York Botanical Garden

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"Life has no meaning.
Each of us has the meaning and we
bring it to life. It's a waste to be asking
the questions, when we are the answer" 
- Joseph Conrad
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A quote that is so, so true! And so thoughtful and introspective. So many people spend such a great deal of time "searching" for the "meaning to life". And they keep searching and searching, thinking it will someday just pop up in front of their faces and think that it will instantly all make sense. That it will all come together. It's nice to think about things this way though because it takes the control out of our hands. It makes us lazy in a way, thinking we can step back and let life takes its course. This mentality of "when the time comes, it will come" is one that is romantic and beatific, but at the same time, it's far from reality. Most of the time, in the end, things don't just come as we take a step back. Yes, some things happen for a reason, but most things happen because we make them happen. And doesn't the hard work we put into the journey make the outcome that much more significant? We've been all watching far too many fairytale ending movies I think. They have us warped! haha. 

Yes, I have had many times when I would prefer to sit back and watch my life go by and that all things I've dreamed of would fall effortlessly into my hands. There have been many times when I actually did do that, but only to be knocked heavily into the reality that things don't usually come that easy. If I wanted it enough, I would have already been up and out of my seat in search if them, rather than waiting on a time of arrival that was up in the air, and that probably had no end destination.

I've learned the hard way (with school, with relationships, with my career, etc.) that without hard work, some goals and a passion for the journey, one can easily find him or herself running in circles, chasing what will forever stay a dream just out of reach. And while living off the fuel of a dream may be enough for some people, actually achieving that dream and creating a life full of momentous moments leading up to that achievement is really the process of life most sought after.

I've waited around for boys to come around. Giving high hopes to situations that sounded far better in my head than in real life. The moment I realized that the mind games I was playing with myself was not worth the effort, was the moment I knew taking things into my own hands was the best route to go. Forgetting the losers who would let me hanging, and just live life joyously and with eyes open, was the best decision ever. Sometimes a decision that is hard to keep, but that I endlessly keep working towards. The person who does the same will find you to. But once you find this person, don't leave them hanging, let them know you feel. Give the relationship some meaning and effort. Don't let it be an easy game that falls too far down too easily and too early that it means nothing special at all. That's when things really start to feel rough. And for what? Some stupid boy who pretends to not see your text messages but will hit you up two weeks later wanting to chill. Bye bye to that. 

How I approached my career and wanted to move to NYC to live out my passions . . . I didn't do that by siting around waiting for an opportunity to come up. I made those opportunities. It wasn't easy, and it wasn't always the best situation that I would come to find myself in, but through trial and error, I got to where I am today. And every moment in-between the start and finish, is one that I don't regret at all. All the bad bosses. The horrible cubicle situations. The experiences I missed. The experiences I grasped. It's all my story and it will always be a part of me. 

So when I think of how our meaning for living weaves into the tangible existence of our own lives and the world around us, I like to say that we really do make the meanings of our lives along the way. Deep down inside, we all know what we want. What is good for us. What we cherish the most. And what we want to get out of the end of it all. We need to trust our gut more often in all that we pursue, no matter what it is. And turn that gut into action. The journey creates the meaning. And no matter what the outcome, as long as you are learning and creating and fulfilling along the way, that is all that matters. 

Just some words to kick of my 28th birthday today. Another year older, another year wiser :) Photos all taken by me at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.