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Leafy Tones

11.28.2011

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Porter Grey jacket, Jonathan Simkhai tee, Volcom pants, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Jewelmint pomander necklace, Persol sunglasses via Sunglass Hut



Back from the sun means back to Fall dressing! Although NYC has been crazy out-of-season warm these days, it's no Boca. I do like having the ability to wear layers again though, especially since I can throw on this amazing wool/leather number by Porter Grey. I don't usually wear green so this was an experiment to see if I could pull it off. I just ended up wearing the colors of the fall leaves. Nature FTW!! I kept colors warm by playing up the gold accents in my amazing new Rebecca Minkoff purse and my favorite pomander necklace that goes with everything via Jewelmint. My mom always encouraged me to use flora and fauna as a reference when it came to color palates, so this was a fun way to go about it. It just works, ya know?

So how was everyone's Thanksgiving? Mine was intense, I ate so much that I didn't have room for breakfast the next morning, I kid you not. Slowly coming back to reality from Thanksgiving breaks means setting started on finals! Yay! So things are busy but fun still. Most of the time I'm city hopping and/or gift shopping, another big chunk of my to-do list.

I have some exciting goodies coming up for my readers these next few days (coughcoughgiveaways) so stay tuned you guys!

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High/Low [Tide]

11.24.2011

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Pavonine hi/lo skirt, Forever 21 sweater, vintage leather belt, J crew bracelet, David Yurman sunglasses, Malibu Native bathing suit

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
I'm here in Florida and I couldn't be happier to have even the smallest amount of a break from the dreariness that has been NYC lately. We've been beaching it up these past two days because believe it or not, I didn't really swim in an ocean this year at all. Practically blasphemy in my book!

I'm obsessed with this Pavonine skirt. It comes out of the Fall 2011 collection, which was inspired by the facets and  dimensions of minerals. Pretty nifty, eh? I'm a fan of how designer Jessica Solomon took a different route to incorporate the contrasts of the natural world in order to create a really cool High/Low collection, which you can peek here. I took to that high/low aesthetic and styled it simply, with a belted oatmeal sweater to bring it back down to earth and minimal jewelry. I sported my David Yurman chevron sunglasses to add a bit more luxe, which these definitely pack!

Malibu Native was kind enough to make me beach-ready this summer, but I was never able to have beach/pool access until now. Such a bummer when you have such an adorable birthday suit. I couldn't help but have a Bob Fosse moment when taking these photos! It's riddled with charming quotes and illustrations by designer Louise Petit which enough to make anyone wanna kick around sand & dance, or it could just be me and my utter joy when it comes to being beachside...

Either way, I wish all of you cool cats the happiest & safest of Thanksgivings. Travel well and stay awesome! I know I'm thankful for all of you :]

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Packing Contents

11.21.2011


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I really don't know what it is, but I've found that there's something very glamorous about going to the airport with your favorite, choice pieces packed, a coffee or tea in hand, some magazines so your eyes don't fall out from boredom and maybe an ipod. I am packing as we speak, and I wanted to sneak in some shots of what I am bringing with me to Florida this holiday week. My family is spread all over the East Coast, and this year, we're spending Thanksgiving at my Grandparents' place in Boca Raton and I am GLADLY accepting this escape from Fall-struck New York. 

SO, here we go, from top-to-bottom:
1. Rebecca Minkoff bags, MINT by Goorin panama hat
2. David Yurman & Persol shades (my Warby's are being babysat stolen by the boyfriend)
contents of my Quiksilver jewelry pouch, Lulu Frost, Vanessa Mooney, Sorelli pieces intermingled with vintage ones
3. Rebecca Minkoff boots that I intend to wear with everything
4. Sparkle & Fade tank
5. Kolae leather dress that is perfect for travel because it can be unzipped into separates
6. Forever 21 & vintage Oscar de la Renta button-ups
7. Forever 21 maxi
8. Malibu Native bikini, this bikini has the cutest little details, can't wait to wear it out!
9.Travel beauty essentials: Smashbox illuminator brick, Benefit mascara, concealer & cheek tint, Moroccan Oil hairspray, Physician's Formula SPF 50 powder (MAJOR must), Poppy King for Jcrew lipstick, Cricket mini straightener (I use this to curl limp sections of hair, more on that next FFF!), bag from Accessorize
10. All of the above plus my awesome Lucca Couture velvet shorts, Pavonine sheer maxi that I intend to wear during actual Thanksgiving & my Forever 21 crop tank
11. Airport outfit: Lulu Frost necklace, Lilla P origami wrap (amazingly comfy with endless ways to wrap it around) & Rebecca Minkoff jeans, something that feels glamorous yet VERY comfortable!

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Studio Visit: Lulu Frost

11.17.2011

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I first came to know about Lisa "Lulu" Salzer's designs for her brand, Lulu Frost, about 3 years back or so after reading a piece in Teen Vogue about her now-iconic Plaza & Code collections. Her aesthetic goes much further and is one that is unforgettable and completely unique; effortlessly blending together Victorian, Art Deco and Nouveau designs with more modern takes on timeless classics. It's everything I love: high-low, totally committed to highlighting craftsmanship and defined through personal experience.

I've been quietly ADORING AND OBSESSING over Lisa's work for some time now, so you could only imagine the palpitations and crazy excitement I experienced when I was invited to work with Lisa as an ambassador and visit her studio. Like, dudes, I walked in, and it was like I had died and gone to a space where multiple decades were being lived through design, which is AMAZING. First thing about the studio is Lisa herself, who is incredibly kind and inspired so much by the world around her (Fun fact: both of us happen to wear the same shade of pink lipstick: Sephora's Love Test). It's really great energy to be around. She grew up with her Mother and Maternal Grandmother (née Rock Frost, from which the brand is named after) working in the estate jewelry business, so she was constantly surrounded by these beautiful antique pieces. In 2004 she launched Lulu Frost and since then she has been featured in every magazine you could think of and has had her pieces carried everywhere from Net-A-Porter to Bergdorfs. Oh, and did I mention she currently has a capsule collection with Jcrew? Because it's basically a match made in heaven.

Being given a studio tour by the actual designer behind a collection is really an amazing experience. You are able to hear about the exact vision and personal experience that a collection embodies. Lisa walked me through Spring '12, which was inspired by the beach visits of her childhood in Montauk. Rough-cut stones that resemble sea glass, pearls and feather brooches intermingled with silk orchids brought together unexpected elements perfectly, especially in her 100 year collection as well, which brings together elements that range from 1860-1960; vintage shoe clips, pins, hair combs.. a never-ending assortment of uniquely crafted pieces that are brought together in one collaged statement piece. Each one is completely individual.

Whenever you order something from Lulu Frost, it takes about 10 days or so to be made because each piece is completely handmade. For example, as you can see above, each mesh bib used in her Modern Vintage collection is hand-cut with each section mathematically counted and adorned with vintage pins once finished. Her Plaza collection uses letters and numbers taken from the iconic Plaza Hotel, using history in a way that is personal and a unique experience for a wearer. Seeing everything being made was a blast and super inspiring, but my absolute favorite part of the visit was being able to sift through Lisa's absolutely amazing old sewer's button cabinet full of odds 'n ends. Each drawer is organized by cool detailing and color. It was amazing to be able to see so many completely unique things I had never seen before all in one place. Lisa's desk was also insanely cool and collaged to the ceiling with things that inspire her; photos, hat pins, jewelry, magazine cut outs, illustrations... all things absolutely amazing.

I left Lisa's studio starry-eyed and completely inspired. I learned that so much more is possible when you embrace contrasts and that the things you love deep-down are made all the much more special when they become a part of your everyday.

Stop by the Lulu Frost Tumblr to get even more personal tips and bits from Lisa & her team. There's always something there to inspire.

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Adventures Downtown

11.15.2011

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Mango rabbiit coat, Forever 21 blouse, thrifted Gap shorts, Vintage shoes,  Zoe Metro clutch, Jcrew belt


As per usual, Natalie and I thought we'd be heading out for normal shenanigans, but we ended up having a little adventure walking around SoHo, shopping around for tea and then rushing home to drink said tea. We're addicts, what can I say?

This. Coat. Is. Amazing.
I feel like I should act as if I'm in Studio 54 with this thing on! Mango sure as sugar knows how to design a fabulously warm coat, lemme tell ya. I prefer my coats to be as minimal as possible, which is what i really love about this number; it has just the right amount of leather trim over the zipper line and on the sleeve cuffs. The cuffs are especially great because making the cuffs more fitted to the arm doesn't let air in or out. This makes walking around in freezing temperatures that much more bearable, which I can always appreciate because it means I can have many more adventures out & about even when it starts to get even colder!


 

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