Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Perfect Day

Free People jumpsuit (SHOP SIMILAR HERE)
DANNIJO necklace

All moved into my new place finally so I can finally kick back hardcore. So I'll leave ya'll with a throwback to gorgeous day a few weeks ago. Was having a good messy hair day. These are very, very rare. Let's pretend that today is one of those days, too. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Interview | Luiny of FiLiLí

One of the coolest parts of running this blog is the chance to meet so many talented and good-hearted people in this city that I live in. It always starts with a mutual appreciation of each other's work, and it all just sort of grows from there. It's amazing how much support spreads in all directions in this industry. The connections I've made so far have been so worthwhile and fruitful, and there has been so much storytelling involved, that I learn something new every time. One of these beautiful souls that I have had the pleasure to meet in person after months of emails back and forth is Luiny, designer of jewelry line FiLiLí. Luiny creates all her stunning designs out of her cozy, light filled Bushwick home. I was introduced to her brand by another vintage shop based in Bushwick, and I have been hooked ever since, sporting at least one of her designs every single day. Thank you Luiny for letting me into your home and sharing these gorgeous pictures so that my readers can get to know her and FiLiLí a little better.

Define what FiLiLí means and how does it fit into your brand's aesthetic?

FiLiLí is a spanish adjetive that means something good, pretty and well done, I think it fits perfect, right?! 

What gave you the push to create FiLiLí?

The need to make something creative and different to what is already out there.

How has NYC played a role in the growth of your jewelry brand? And how does it keep on inspiring you?

NYC has taught me a lot and has transformed the line completely. In Puerto Rico, I started as an artisan, making one of a kind designs that were very unique, artsy and colorful.   In NYC I learned new techniques and other ways of designing. The line now is streamlined and has opened up to a wider market.

What are some of your favorite NYC spots, and especially in Bushwick?

There’s no place like home! So these days of hard work,  I have to say that my garden is the place to be!  In Bushwick, Northeast Kingdom, in my opinion, makes the best burger in NYC!

FiLiLí feels very worldly to me, and exotic. What are some of the places that you have been able to visit that have stood out to you the most, and how have they made an impact on your designs?

I am from the Caribbean! What more exotic than that! But I have to say that NYC has made a big impact on me and the way I work.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself? What are three words you would use to describe the girl that wears FiLiLí?

For me: Hard working, Fun/Not fun, Creative

FiLiLí customers: Eclectic, Self confident, Unique

Favorite designers? Favorite local designers?

I use mostly vintage. Lately, I’m into shoes, like Y.R.U, Acne, YES . . . As for jewelry, I like the work that Aoko Su and Unearthen are doing.

Who is your style icon?

Frida Kahlo

How important is sustainable fashion and supporting the awareness where products of the industry are made and how? How do you feel what you do adds to this more conscious fashion outlook?

It is important to have that consciousness, a past collection of mine was created using recycled materials for the most part.

What's something about yourself that not many people know.

Better keep it that way! ; )

What is it that you love most about fashion and where do you take most of your inspiration from?

Through fashion, one can manifest a lot about oneself and one’s culture and it’s alive like us, changing and evolving continuously. These days most of my inspiration has been coming from the African tribal culture.

Where do you see FiLiLí in say 1 year? In 5 years?

I see FiLiLí available in more stores in and out of the United States.

What's your favorite quote and why is it so impressionable on you?

Not a quote, but the phrase ‘Same, same but different.’ has stuck out for a while, because that’s how I feel about myself: constantly changing while being the same.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just Chilling

Jen's Pirate Booty dress from Crossroads Trading Co.
DANNIJO choker
Vanessa Mooney bracelet

I've been loving a more body-conscious, mid-length dress for the summertime. It feels classy and sexy, but still laid-back. I found this one during a random browse through Crossroads Trading Co. a few months back. As many of you know, I shop a lot of second hand and vintage, and especially so in Brooklyn. It's the easiest way to throw something offbeat into the mix of your everyday wardrobe. Plus, you get more bang for you buck, and that always feels good. 

Shop more gorgeous Jen's Pirate Booty styles below:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beach Club Crew

O'Neill swim top
Forever 21 swim bottoms

I'm quite strapped for time as I finish up moving to my new apartment in Brooklyn, so I'll let the photos do the talking this time around. A throwback to a few weeks back at a beach club in Connecticut. Living it up waspy east coast style for a weekend was pretty nice. These people have it good, let me tell you. Being around our friend's kids was quite refreshing. I had to capture every moment. 

I can't believe its nearly August. Summer still feels like it JUST began for me. Not an end in sight. Best east coast summer so far, I have to admit. Wouldn't change a thang. Here's to endless summers and being kids at heart forever. xo


Totally behind on posts, I know. So much has happened since these pictures were taken. Look forward to more updates on here soon! Trying my best to catch up amongst the craziness. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pool Party

L*Space one-piece swimsuit (SHOP SIMILAR HERE)
Blackswan crochet shorts (SHOP HERE)

There ain't nothing like a nice long dip in the pool on a hot summer day in the burbs. This one-piece from L*Space might have given me the funkiest tan lines, but I'm totally okay about it. I love how much it reminds me of a ballerina's leotard. Brings me back to my dance team days as a kid. My friend Kiara's cousin's house made for the perfect suburban weekend getaway. Big backyard, something always grilling on the BBQ, a dog to always cuddle with, good conversation with good people, and an endless supply of beers to sip on while you float in the pool. Now this is why I love AMUUUURICA. 

As work has become busier and busier for me these past few weeks, these sort of weekends are what I try to indulge in the most. To keep my mind sane and regularly refreshed. It's easy to get burnt out in the city, even as a freelancer who sometimes gets to work out of the comfort of her own bed. The daily grind finds us everywhere we may be. I'm officially moving to my new apartment next week, my parents will be back in town and more projects are piling up. All while constantly coming up with new things to add to the blog. All good things, but for me all good things usually means no sleep and too much coffee. But I'm loving every second of it and just taking it as it comes. 

So now, when's my next day at the pool going to be?