The Hiatus is Over

Took a much needed hiatus from social media the past few weeks, but now I’m officially back in business! I just got back from a relaxing trip to Florida, but now that I’m back in the city, I’m ready to hit the ground running. I’m ready for some huge changes the second half of 2018, so from here on out it’s werk, werk, werk, werk, werk. Stay tuned.

This bag from the Shayne Oliver x Longchamp collab is perfect for a mini getaway. There’s two zip compartments and it’s just big enough to hold all the essentials and then some. Most of this collection is sold out (it launched back in April with a special pop up in Soho to go with it), but I’ve linked my favorite travel picks still available below.

“Realness” Backpack, $750

“Hiatus” Travel Bag, $450

“Realness” Garment Bag, $695

“Realness” Expandable Travel Bag, $550

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Red, White & Boo

Happy Independence Day! Today’s the day to pull out your best red, white and blue. And while you’ve probably been saving that *beloved* American flag bikini or your ‘MURICA graphic tee for this day, it’s time to retire all of the above. For good. Great news, you can still celebrate in style and you don’t even need to break the bank to do it.

I’ve worn this jumpsuit for many different occasions, but I’ve specifically repurposed it with white and red accessories for today. I’m obsessing over all-white everything for the summer, so my trusty Nico Giani tote (scored from the NET-A-PORTER sale) and my Gucci loafers were perfect for this outfit. I topped off the look with red fringe earrings from Topshop for the perfect pop of color. Side note: I’m only wearing one earring because I lost the other running after the subway last week. *oops*

This was definitely the most relaxing Fourth I’ve had in a very long time. I slept in (which was much needed) and only got dressed to hop over to the local diner for a super late breakfast. It’s so weird having this holiday in the middle of the week; not nearly enough time to get a way for a quick holiday jaunt. I’m going to continue taking it easy today and hopefully will be able to catch the annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks from my new rooftop!

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Spring Blues

Four days into spring and I’m still wearing thick sweaters and heavy jackets. I’m so over this weather and ready to break out the sundresses and sandals and have picnics in the park. I’m hoping April brings along some heat, but I guess I’ll embrace the sweater weather while I still can.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on all your cold weather essentials. Big, chunky sweaters like this are starting to go on sale, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t bring yourself to overpay for a plain ‘ol pullover. This blue knit is a gem and I surprisingly stumbled upon it on a random Tuesday at H&M for only $17! I also picked up another similar to this, but flecked with orange for just $20 (see it on my Instagram here). Both were originally $49.99, which isn’t an outrageous price for a sweater, but there are a million other things I’d rather buy with $50.

You can never have too many sweaters and they’re essential pieces for a capsule wardrobe. I’m definitely holding on to both for next fall to add a bright pop of color to my wardrobe!

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Mind the (Gender) Gap

International Women’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop supporting one another. Thursday night, I attended Rebecca Minkoff’s two-part Press for Progress talk moderated by Jill Manoff, editor-in-chief of Glossy. It was so empowering to be surrounded by such strong and intelligent women discussing important issues encompassing the fight for gender equality.

The first conversation featured Anna Auerbach of Werk, a startup that aims to champion flexibility in the workday for women. Today, the standard work day is rigid. We work eight hours (or more) five days a week and there’s little room for play or to even take care of personal responsibilities such as raising a family. Women often get the short end of the stick due to this structure. You have so many amazing women killin’ it at their jobs, but then you begin to lose them along the way because life. They leave their jobs to raise their children for some time, but eventually never come back to work. Shockingly, 30% of women opt out of their jobs because of this, but 70% would have stayed if they had a flexible schedule.

Anna believes that if we close the flexibility gap, we can close the gender gap. It’s going to take a lot to accomplish this, but organizations such as Werk are taking the right steps to bridge that. If we can normalize the flexible workday, more and more women won’t be afraid to continue living their best lives.

The second talk featured Va$htie, a music video director, designer, DJ, social media personality – a girl who does it all. She’s just 36, but she’s done so much in her life including directing videos for Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber, working at a tattoo shop when she was only 12, being the first woman to design a pair of Jordans, traveling the world to create short films and DJing a pre-Oscar party recently, just to name a few.

Aside all of that badassness, the work she’s done has changed societal norms for the better and she’s been an activist for women in today’s culture. She broke into the streetwear game early and is dominating an industry that’s made up of mostly males. Her success stems from the fact that she’s always stayed true to herself despite being so different from everyone else.

Over the years, streetwear has been popularized in main society – especially with all the luxury brand collaborations popping up such as Louis Vuitton x Supreme, Off-White x Jimmy Choo, etc. Everyone’s trying to be the next hypebeast (hypebae?). To Va$htie, it’s always been a representation of who you are and where you come from and now it’s all encompassing, even for women. She’s shown that it’s okay to show off your boyish side and dress the way you want if that’s what makes you feel good.

It’s so important to have these conversations to raise awareness about gender inequality. There’s still so much that needs to be done, but with inspiring women like this leading the way, we’re on our way to closing that gender gap.

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Teddy Bear

Urban Outfitters teddy coat | vintage Calvin Klein jeans | ASOS booties

My very first clothing purchase of 2018 was this cute little teddy coat. I managed to stick to my shopping fast (one of my many new year’s resolutions) till the last week of January – a huge accomplishment, especially for me! I sized up in this jacket so I could layer it in the winter, and it makes a great transitional piece into spring. I especially love this rust + light wash denim color combo. Ideal for exploring the pretty streets of the West Village!

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GRL PWR

Overdressed tee | Girl Power tee | Liberated denim jacket & red cropped jeans

Woman sweatshirt

Feminist Tour tee | Womyn tee

This amazing set of photos was taken in Central Park right before the leaves fell for the winter. All pieces are by girl power fashion brand The Style Club (linked above)! We were actually featured on the Huffington Post, so I’ll let the original story do all the talking. Check it out here: ‘Tis the Season to Wear it on Your Sleeve

Special shout out to my Columbia girl gang Allie George and Fitore Mifari. Thank you to Rebecca Li for being an outstanding photographer so last minute!

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Eyes On You

Nicole Miller Evil Eye leather jacket | Calvin Klein vintage denim | turtleneck – similar here | Zara booties

How cool is this jacket?! Leather always makes me feel like a badass, but I felt invincible the minute I put this on! It was perfect to pair with my vintage Calvin Klein jeans I somehow found rummaging through a tiny Goodwill back home. I like to consider these my lucky jeans because sometime magical always happens when I’m wearing them!

How would you style this jacket? Comment below!

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#THISisNICOLE

This week, I was invited to my first official event as a blogger, and with the legendary Nicole Miller nonetheless! Myself, along with five other bloggers who are considered “micro-influencers” were invited to spend the day with Nicole and Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What (a blogger who’s style I’ve been completely obsessed with) at the Maritime Hotel.

We walked into the midst of a photoshoot for Nicole’s Pre Fall 2018 collection (which you can see here in its entirety on Vogue). It was so cool to see these stunning pieces in person and before everyone else! Nicole told us her inspiration for this collection came from some vintage travel magazines she found at her late parents’ house. We even got to flip through a couple of them ourselves and it was a perfect step back in time!

We were then thrown into quick touch-ups for hair and makeup (shout out to Tovah and Manana!) before choosing some items from Nicole’s past collections to shoot photos in. It was super exciting because we got to choose from one of Nicole’s three Evil Eye pieces that I saw on Danielle’s Instagram just the week before.

We finished the day customizing our own pair of denim with some Nicole Miller patches. It was such an enriching experience to be surrounded by other likeminded women who shared the same love for style. I’m so grateful for this experience and am still in shock by everything. Stay tuned for more posts featuring the outfits I styled!

 

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Yayoi Kusama

Express sweater | Madewell coated denim | Mango leopard coat – similar here | Topshop boots | Topshop belt – similar here | & Other Stories hoop earrings

On Saturday, I visited Yayoi Kusama’s highly anticipated Festival of Life exhibit, which is showing for a very limited time in NYC. You may recognize Yayoi’s work from all over Instagram – she is known for her Infinity Mirrors exhibition at The Broad in Los Angeles, so it was really cool of her to bring her inspiration over to the east coast. Definitely a must see if you happen to have 4.5 hours to spare (not kidding)!

Festival of Life is showing at the David Zwirner Gallery in the Meatpacking District until December 16. Admission is free, but disclaimer: you will be waiting a lot and only get about five minutes tops in the main exhibit, so be prepared with a large hot chocolate and a cozy outfit!

 

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