Deserted

5.29.2015

Rebecca Minkoff Wes moto jacket, Sister Jane feather-print pants (similar here), Nasty Gal bikini top (similar here) and Hideaway Panama hat, Satinato sandals (bought in Brazil). Shot by Erica Lavelanet in Montauk.


When I was little I loved to raid my mom's closet with my sister and play dress up. Even if the heels and outfits were too big for us, or we had lipstick smudged all over our faces by the end, there was something about playing around in someone else's closet that sparked the imagination, stimulated our creativity and gave us a feeling of pure, unadulterated joy. 

This shoot, lensed in Montauk during my quick weekend getaway at the beginning of this month, essentially stemmed from the same place. I raided Erica's suitcase and dug out this fun hat and moto jacket, both of which seemed to pair perfectly with the swimsuit and breezy pants I was already wearing to create a look that was equal parts festival, cowgirl and just plain fun. Shot in the dry dunes leading to the shore, one might imagine that we were in a desert somewhere, instead of only a few yards from the sandy beach. Personally, I'm loving the results! Not to mention, we had such a blast shooting.

Cheers to never being too old to play dress up!
xL

Sandy Siesta

5.27.2015

Dev top c/o Rebecca Minkoff, Denim and Supply distressed jeans, Cynthia Rowley crossbody bag, Jennifer Fisher gypsy ring, Erickson Beamon Rocks ring (also seen here), Larsson + Jennings watch, Quay Eyewear sunglasses, Mossimo sandals. Shot by Erica Lavelanet in Montauk. 


It may be a short week for most of us, but it's still hump day: that day of all days that seems to tease you and drag on forever, requiring endless amounts of coffee and maybe even a stiff cocktail at the end of it all. It's that kind of day that has you scrolling through the photo album on your iphone, trying to remember all the fun you had during weekends prior, recalling your devotion to more fun days like Saturday and Sunday... all while avoiding the daunting pile of work that awaits your attention. On this particular type of day, an escape to two weekends ago to the sandy shores of Montauk seems more necessary than ever. A return to the feeling of the sand between your toes and the ocean breeze tangling your already messy hair.

So with that, cheers to the freakin' weekend! Try to remember it's not so far off after all.
xL

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Through the Woods

5.25.2015

Caftan dress, Weekender tote, Wide-brim hat + Embellished sandals all c/o Abercrombie. Shot by Isaac Lacey in Keene, New Hampshire.


BBQs, the return of wearing white, beach bonfires, fireworks... Memorial Day means different things to different people. But for most New Yorkers, what it means the most is an escape from the daily grind, whether getting out of town or taking a brief staycation. In my case, it was the former, as we grabbed a car-full of friends and took off for my boyfriend's woodsy hometown of Keene, New Hampshire. 

Before I left for the trip, I was contacted by Abercrombie to see if I wanted to partner with them to highlight their summer collection, and after taking one look at their site I knew my upcoming trip would be the perfect fit. I stocked up on a few of my favorite travel essentials: airy + easy-going sundresses, wide-brimmed hats, slip-on sandals perfect for exploring, distressed denim shorts and of course a massive tote to carry it all. The above look was perfect for a day of frolicking in the woods in front of my boyfriend's childhood home, taking in the lush greenery and lounging around with friends during one of my most relaxing Memorial Days yet. Let the summer getaways commence!

How did you spend your long weekend?
xL

All White Already

5.22.2015

Rebecca Minkoff eyelet jumpsuit, Zinke bikini top, And Other Stories sunglasses.

Forget what ya heard when it comes to wearing white. Before Memorial Day, after Memorial Day... who cares? Winter whites are more a thing now than ever. But I must say, there's something that will always be crisp and fresh about rocking all whites when the sun is shining and the heat is turned up. So let's kick off this long weekend with those beachy vibes! 
xL 

Meet Me at The Surf Lodge

5.20.2015

Shop Tobi denim dress, Nasty Gal straw boater hat, Quay Eyewear Kitti sunglasses, Jennifer Fisher small gypsy ring, Lader watch c/o Larsson + Jennings, Zara gladiator sandals. Shot by Cheralee Lyle at The Surf Lodge, Montauk.


Montauk conjures up so many amazing memories for me. From seaside weddings (two of my close friends were married there) and surfing at Ditch Plains, to late-night beach bonfires and sunset cocktails on the sand, it's pretty impossible not to fall in love with it all. Needless to say, this past weekend drove that emotion home for good.

These snaps were taken last Friday as we kicked off our 3-day getaway with an afternoon of beauty, pampering and good times at The Surf Lodge, hosted by Glossybox. From the moment we stepped onto the deck of the hotel the clouds seemed to burn away, drenching us in sunshine as we enjoyed fresh drinks by Montauk Juice Factory and Skinnygirl cocktails, hand massages by Rituals Cosmetics, hair touchups by Rusk, and even a mini fitness training session by workout guru Adam Rosante. It was the perfect way to launch into the weekend. My only regret? Not booking a room at The Surf Lodge. It's such a chill property... especially pre-Memorial Day weekend, when things tend to get a little crazy for the rest of the season. This weekend I'd like to think we brought our own batch of craziness. Cause who goes on a girlfriend getaway without getting turnt up a tad?
xL