The Banks of the Seine

4.23.2015

Chambray shirt c/o Marine Layer, J Brand jeans, Free People boater hat, Affair fanny bag c/o Rebecca Minkoff, Larsson + Jennings watch, Trouve wedge sandals. Shot by Lauren Darling on Ile St. Louis, Paris.


Here's another shoot from my time in Paris last weekend, this time sporting a more casual ensemble - perfect for hopping out to do some shopping at the outdoor market or to pick up some goodies from the local traiteur.  The nice thing about having visited a place like Paris a few times in my life (in addition to a few family and personal trips, I studied abroad there in college and later was lucky enough to travel to the city a few times a year when I was working with Rizzoli), is that I don't feel the need to bounce around and do all the museums and typical sightseeing excursions that I probably felt inclined to do my first visit. Instead, the days just kind of melted into one another, unfolding with ease as we took our time exploring different neighborhoods, cafes and parks without any real destination... just following where our feet took us. Which is not to say we did no sightseeing whatsoever. Because that would be impossible, really. What I mean is that any kind of urgency just sort of dissolved into the waters of the Seine, along with all my worries and stresses. Really missing it right about now... can you tell?

What's one of your favorite places in the world to visit?
xL

Spring in Paris

4.20.2015


Forever 21 maxi dress, Mini MAC fringe crossbody c/o Rebecca Minkoff, Zero UV round sunglasses, Forever 21 platform sandals. Shot by Lauren Darling in the Marais, Paris.


There's no place quite like Paris in the Spring, especially when seen through the eyes of a New York-based francophile who's suffered through a brutally harsh winter. These snaps were taken on my first day there, meandering about the Marais with no particular destination or plan other than to enjoy the warm sun and refill on wine at adorable cafes every few hours. And trust me, there was no lack of either! 

We wound up having a late lunch outdoors at one of my favorite restaurants Chez Janou, doing a little shopping in the hood, then walking around and eventually grabbing the perfect happy hour table for people-watching at Little Cafe before heading back to our apartment to cook dinner. Sweet, simple and ultimately so satisfying for a first day.

As you can tell, I was more than happy to throw off my winter layers to don this silky, summery maxi from Forever 21, which I picked up in-store after seeing the weather would be in the 70s in Paris a few days during our stay. It's crazy how quickly you can forget what bras and jackets are for. Cause seriously, who needs them in the heat?
xL

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Culotte Crush

4.14.2015

Adidas x FAFI crop leather jacket (last seen here), Zara lace tee, Nasty Gal culottes, Bucket bag c/o Lauren Ralph Lauren, Free People Boater hat (similar here), Souvenir ring from Thailand, Dorothy Perkins mules. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


I'm always a fan of playing with proportions and volume, so it should come as no surprise that I'm an avid supporter of culottes. Not only are they super versatile, but I also believe they have the easy ability of elevating your wardrobe and making it look way more fresh. Take the outfit I'm wearing above for example. Now, imagine I was wearing a pair of black pants or just a black maxi skirt with the same look... not so interesting, right? A little culotte action and all of a sudden it lends everything a modern edge. Not so sure about the trend for yourself? Head to your closest store to try on a pair to see what you think. I promise you won't be dissappointed...

In the meantime, I'm off to catch a flight to Paris for a long weekend away, so I'll see you when I land! To follow along on my Parisian adventures come find me on Instagram here.
xL


New Navy

4.10.2015

Double-breasted Jacket c/o Denim and Supply, Thrifted chiffon overlay blouse, Distressed jeans c/o Denim and Supply, Vintage hat (similar here), Alexander Mcqueen tote, Gold and Grey spike pendant, DIY charm necklace, And Other Stories boots. Shot by Isaac Lacey.
Lately I've been dreaming of the sea. Sunny days, sand in my toes and that cool, salty ocean breeze that effortlessly curls your hair and calms your mind. Perhaps this look was inspired by that seaside whimsy: clean white with a touch of navy, tossed together with a little military edge. There's something slightly nautical about this specific combination, and looking at these photos makes me crave beach time more than ever. And while I won't be seaside anytime soon, I will be heading overseas next week, which is pretty much the next best thing! Can't wait to share more with you guys! Til then, have a fab weekend.xL



West Village Wanderings

4.08.2015

Mint Designs wool trench, H and M striped shirt, J Brand leather skirt (similar here), Calzedonia polka dot tights, Alexander McQueen tote, Bersha half cat-eye sunglasses (last seen here), Vanessa Mooney cuff (via Rocksbox), And Other Stories boots. Shot by Erica Lavelanet.


One of my favorite things about working as a freelancer in a creative industry is being able to dictate my own schedule. It's really the only way this blog continues to exist, and probably also one of the sole reasons I've been able to survive in New York this long... at least mentally. This flexibility is also key to me attending press previews, taking midday coffee meetings, and meandering about the West Village after a filling brunch presentation hosted by Ralph Lauren, as was the case in the images above. 

While I'm a huge fan of Brooklyn, there's something about the West Village that exudes charm even on grey, semi-frigid Spring days. Colorful doors, cute stoops perfect for people-watching, glimpses of crown-moulding through sky-high windowpanes. In college I always told myself as I grew older and started making more money I would slowly move West across Manhattan, the West Village being my ultimate goal, until eventually I moved back West to LA once New York got the best of me. Funny how things change over time, though it's still nice to revisit old dreams.
xL