Wednesday, September 17, 2014

F21xMe: Little Piece of That Oasis


Forever 21 romper
Stela 9 leather backpack
Sabrina SL midi ring
Brixton hat

Whenever I get the chance to take a day to get lost in the lush greenness of Central Park, THE oasis of the Big Apple, I really make a point to really take it all in. I stop to hear the birds. I look up towards the sky through the leaves and branches, and see how the light changes depending on the angle I'm looking up at it from. I stop to notice the way the earth feels below my feet. Strong and earthy, yet soft and wet with moisture. A reminder that nature will always be there even in the midst of all that is cement and metal and robotic. I search for the hidden paths not trodden by tourists and pretend that I am lightyears away from anything even remotely close to city life. I'll snap a leaf off a branch and stick it in my pocket to make sure that I can take a little piece of that oasis back home with me, because I can never be too sure when I'll be back again. 

Some of you are probably laughing right now from your homes in the middle of real wilderness or at least a home with an actual front yard or acres of land surrounding you all around, as I write about a tiny comparison that is currently the closest I can get to right now, but you know what . . . It doesn't matter. Being able to appreciate even the smallest part of nature, even a kind that is built by the hands of man, can make you feel the same amount of openness as being in the middle of the Poconos Mountains. And that is all that really matters. Looking forward to my next real trip into the wild. Fall will hopefully be much more full of things like. California anyone? I think home is calling. 

This romper by Forever 21 helped me blend into the earthiness of it all. Make sure to check out how others are wearing Forever 21 by checking the #F21xMe hashtag on Instagram :)

In the mood to shop more rompers? Check out these end-of-summer picks below from Forever 21!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Free People | Off the Beaten Path

Wanted to finally post these images I photographed for Free People's Off the Beaten Path story, featured on the Free People blog. I had the best day working with Joanna Rentz and Ali Kolbe of Free People, snapping away at this lovely new face, Elle Dawson, who just recently got signed with New York Models. Congrats girl! I knew you were a superstar in the making as soon as I took the first picture :) We photographed all over the small upstate New York town of Cold Spring. A town full of quaint little houses, nature all around and the most amazing view of the surrounding forests from the highest hillsides. I felt so far removed from anything remotely NYC feeling, and I breathed in hard to let that feeling stay with me a little bit longer. We worked to capture the essence of the girl on a path, exploring her option of the road in front of her and the nature around her. A girl strong enough to stand the test of time, and calm enough to be one with the world around her at the same time. 

Couture Overdose Event

NYFW is a whole lot more than just fashion. It's the people, the food, the drinks . . .  the parties. A whole week of overly indulging in one of the most overly indulgent of cities. How sweet it is. I brought a few of my friends to the Couture Overdose event in celebration the launch of Juicy Couture's latest fragrance, Viva la Juicy Gold Couture, hosted by SheKnows. The epic party took place at the popular Goldbar in Soho, an extravagantly decorated bar covered in gold decor from top to bottom and spilling over the brim with Studio 54 vibes. It exuded glamour and extravagance all around, from the party dresses to the drinks, making it a perfect fit for the Juicy Couture brand and the #CoutureOverdose that was keeping the night going. An overdose on the idea of all things "couture" is so fashion week. While casual wear is starting to make headlines on the runways, all things fabulous and glamorous still hold strong every single fashion week. I saw so many peeks of metallic foil and glitzy embellishments on the catwalk and at the presentations. Every girl holds a place in her heart for all things gold. We can't help it. Even if it's just a touch of it on your earrings, or even the heel of your shoe. Or maybe it's a splash of Juicy Couture's Viva la Juicy Gold Couture. Whichever way you decide to indulge in your #CoutureOverdose, don't be afraid to be indulgent! The fragrance can be purchased at Sephora :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stockholm Fashion Week SS15


VEDA "Lazer" leather jacket in Petal (available now at Scoop NYC!)
Vintage sweater
Denim & Supply plaid shirt
Siwy distressed jeans
Vintage Bally purse

Our third day in Stockholm was quite a busy one! Bopping around the city to new parts we haven't yet discovered for shows via public transportation really was quite the trip. We learned later in the day that there was a "fashion bus" escorting all the show attendees from destination to destination. But, oh well. It's actually better that we did the trek the real life way, getting to know the city better and better with every wrong turn and each wrong subway stop. 

The shows we saw inspired the more minimals sides of us! Stockholm, known for its straightforward yet modern take on design made a strong impression at all the shows we attended, especially at Filippa K, Whyred and Carin Webster. Then there was Alice Fine Decay and Menckel that focused on dreamy prints leaning more towards a soft psychedelia (think pastel tie dyes and cloud prints). 

Then there was the Cheap Monday show which took place at a sports complex. This runway show/presentation literally made a splash as art student meets punk-esque models took their shoes off and went for a swim and play with the pool toys. The soundtrack included Britney Spear's Born to Make You Happy and Blink 182's All The Small Things. Now that's a throwback to junior school for ya. 

We even got to work in a menswear show, Erik Bjerkesj√∂, who blew us away with his militaristic menswear styles with a futuristic air. The male models walked the finale drenched in water from head to toe. Totally unexpected, but who said fashion had to make sense? 

With perfect weather nearly our entire time in Stockholm, our trip couldn't have been better. We just happened to have a bunch of friends in town (one visiting family, one just recently located from New York City, and another visiting from London). So every night ended with good food, good beer and good laughs. If you ever end up in Stockholm, and are looking for some of the best Thai food, then head to Elefantpojken. It's mind-blowing. And when they mean spicy, they mean SPICY. Taverna Brillo was also one of our favorite late night hangouts. The back bar is the best because there are cute Swedish bartenders, sick old school rock tunes and a good selection of beer. The night we went it was like a little piece of Williamsburg in Stockholm. What more does a NYC-loving American in Sweden need?? We also randomly at at TGI Fridays one day when we running low on time and had to dash to a show. Ooops. Still good though. 

Here's a video from our day 3 in Stockholm adventure, taken with the Videofyme app!