Pretty Palms

7.27.2015

Rebecca Minkoff eyelet jumpsuit (last seen here) and Julian backpack, Nasty Gal bikini top, Quay eyewear Fleur sunglasses, Vintage hat, Forever 21 platforms. Shot by Isaac Lacey in Los Angeles, CA.


These snaps make me miss California and its endless sunlight & palm trees. They were taken on my first day home in LA, when we rented out a poolside cabana for my sister's birthday and spent the afternoon the best way we know how: lounging in the sun, soaking in the pool, catching up on old times and treating ourselves to delicious food & libations. The palms surrounding the pool served as the perfect accompaniment to my neutral look, providing both shade and a festive backdrop that had me thinking I was on a tropical island somewhere instead of smack in the middle of the bustling city. I think it's important to try and find your own version of paradise wherever your travels take you... so this was my haven for the day.
xL

Going Green

7.23.2015

Lush lace crop top (similar here), Nasty Gal What the Bell bottoms, Quay Eyewear Kitti sunglasses, Fringe bucket bag c/o Petit Sesame, Jennifer Fisher small gypsy finger ring, Mossimo braided belt, Forever 21 platforms. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


Super excited to finally present you guys with my new hair color on the blog! Or, should I say, old hair color, as it's pretty much fully faded back to my normal ombre over the course of the past week thanks to endless swimming & sunning in California over the weekend. It was fun while it lasted, though!

The dye was done last week courtesy of my talented roommate and hair genius Shane Thomas. I'd been bored with my locks and contemplating a little change-up, and in the end was inspired to go aqua by this pic I found online. My biggest fear was that the color would wind up too green, but Shane mixed up the perfect combo of turquoise & forest green... et voila! Such a fun, funky summer hue. I love looking at these snaps: it's almost like looking through a mirror at a totally different me. 
So what do you think of the look? Would you ever go green?
xL

Hey, Sporty!

7.21.2015

Bomber jacket c/o Marine Layer, Abercrombie crop top (similar here), Missguided striped sheer hem shorts, Elliott Lucca tote, Satinato sandals. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


I saw a quote on Jennifer Fisher Jewelry's Instagram this morning that I really loved: "Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Some girls are made of sarcasm, wine and everything fine." 

Aren't girls just the most complex people you know? It's hard enough to try and classify us according to our personalities... try classifying our style! But what's life for, if not to experiment? Doing it with clothes just seems to be one of the easiest ways we know how. 

That was the inspo behind the above look anyway, which I'd say is equal parts tomboy and girly-girl. A cute, cropped cutout & heeled sandals offset a pair of striped shorts & quilted bomber jacket for a super wearable, sporty look with a little feminine edge. Cause life's more fun when you keep em guessing what you're made of.
xL

Beach Lyfe

7.16.2015

Tobi Shyla dress, Abercrombie felt hat and embroidered tote bag (last seen here), Quay Kitti sunglasses, Zara gladiator sandals (similar here). Shot by Isaac Lacey at Rockaway Beach.


Hello from Los Angeles, where I'll be spending the next 5 days taking in the sunshine and ocean air while celebrating my sister's birthday! I plan to have my toes in the sand & surf the majority of my time here, so I thought it only appropriate to post some snaps from a day I spent at the Rockaways, one of the easiest beaches to access from NYC. 

It's all too easy to forget that New York is actually a seaside city, surrounded by water and even a pretty shoreline if you take the time to explore. But being a California girl at heart, you can bet that's something I never forget, and during summer I do my best to hit up the beach as much as possible. Plus, you can take the subway right there: from my notorious Marcy Stop just hop on the J to Jamaica, transfer to the A to far Rockaways then take a beach shuttle one stop to 90th Street, my favorite part of the beach. Here, surfers line the waters waiting for their next wave, while Rippers on the boardwalk serves up the best beach burgers and fries. And after a long day in the sun, there's no better place to hit than the Rockway Surf Club for a few cold beers and a fresh taco if you're willing to brave the line. 

My point? Beach lyfe = the best lyfe. Just trying to get in all the time I can.
xL 

Summer Staycation @ CitizenM

7.14.2015

Look 1 (above): Bariano dress (sample), Obey moto jacket, Edge of Ember cuff, Dorothy Perkins booties. 
Look 2 (below): For Love and Lemons bodysuit, Jennifer Fisher gypsy finger ring. Shot by Scott Brasher at CitizenM Times Square Hotel.


Times Square is not normally a place I would go to relax. It's more of a place that I'm forced to put up with every once in awhile, whether for client meetings or a random event; A place that I scurry through without making eye contact, trying to avoid bumping into tourists as they slowly bumble along between the packed sidewalks and neon lights. So when the CitizenM Times Square hotel offered me a complimentary stay for an evening, I must say, my curiosity got the best of me, and I didn't hesitate for a second to take them up on the 'challenge.'

To be smack in the heart of Times Square and to somehow be able to remove yourself from its insanity is a feat unto its own, and I must say I was shocked by the awesome haven that the hotel provided. This in part was intentional, a function of great design. Plentiful lounge areas, quirky outdoor spaces and a rooftop bar that sat like an oasis amidst its towering surroundings gave me just the experience of Times Square that I required after a long day at work: one from a distance. The rooms were the perfect combination of cozy and modern, furnished with a plush bed, a retracting blackout curtain and curated light and music options catered to your many moods, ranging from sexy (like the look above) to chill. After dressing up and grabbing a cocktail or two on the roof, I headed down to my room to toss on a fun bodysuit, pour myself a glass of wine, and catch up on some good reads. Overall, a great night 'in.'

Huge thanks to my fave photog Scott for stopping by to take some snaps! And for anyone planning a trip to NYC that wants to be smack in the middle of Manhattan, I highly recommend checking CitizenM out.  
xL