Secret Summer Soirées

8.26.2015

The Reformation dress (thrifted via Wasteland), Sandals (last seen here) and bag c/o Coach. Shot by Isaac Lacey at Secret Summer NYC. Group shot: Hanging with Erica Lavelanet,  Kai Stamps, Jamal Jackson and Landon Mcgregor


With summer quickly coming to an end, it's only natural to look back at some of your favorite memories of the season. Those long days at the beach, that sweaty rooftop party, the sunny afternoons spent lounging in the park with a bottle of rosé...

The snaps above were taken at one especially memorable event, Secret Summer NYC, a Midsummer Night's Dream-themed cocktail and food festival that happened earlier this month at The Foundry in LIC, Queens. I tossed on this lightweight Reformation dress that I thrifted in Los Angeles, my roommate & hairstylist Shane Thomas helped me with a quick, romantic updo to deal with the heat (here's an easy how-to if you're interested), and I grabbed my favorite date (and photographer) to sample summery cocktails by brands like Cachaca 51 & Herradura Tequila, feast on unlimited oysters & farm-to-table eats, and listen to ragtime while hanging out in beautiful, ivy-lined courtyards. All in all, a day well spent!
What are some of your favorite summer memories?
xL

Pattern Play

8.24.2015

Zara embellished jacket (similar here), Mossimo blouse, House of Harlow pom pom trim shorts (last seen here), Abercrombie hat (similar here), Alexander Wang Brenda crossbody bag, Lace-up wedges c/o ASOS. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


I bought this jacket on sale at Zara about two years ago, and it's still one of my favorite Summer layering pieces. The intricate, embellished pattern made the jacket look vintage from the get-go, and it only seems to get better with wear. I'm also always on the lookout for ways to pair different prints together, and this one seems to go with everything. 

My key to making mixed prints work? Pair smaller, intricate designs with bolder, larger prints (stripes, polka dots, or even a tribal print like these shorts). You can also try to match things up using similar color themes and tones. But most importantly, don't be afraid to experiment! You might surprise yourself with the results...
xL

Somedays Beachin'

8.21.2015

Somedays Lovin' bikini top, The Reformation maxi skirt, Free People boater hat (similar here) Leaf headpiece c/o Wren and Glory, Abercrombie sandals. Shot by Isaac Lacey on Rockaway Beach. 


Need I dedicate another blog post to the beach? I figure it's Friday... so why not? It is my happy place after all. No matter what coast I'm on or country I'm in, no matter whether I'm standing on sand or rocky shores, just plop me by the ocean and I'll be fully at ease. Honestly, my life is pretty much spent searching for the next beach to lay on. Not sure if that's depressing or actually the perfect way to live.

Anyway, it's probably not surprising then that I'll be taking off shortly to the Rockaways to have a mini staycation at an Airbnb that I rented with Isaac and a few friends! And even though it's only a stone's throw away from Brooklyn, I'm eager to be back seaside. Sometimes the shortest trips are the most memorable. 
xL

BK Basics

8.19.2015

Minkpink cropped tee, J.O.A mesh skort (last seen here), Free People hat with headpiece c/o Wren and Glory, Thrifted tiered necklace, Style Icon fringe bag c/o Urban Originals, Bershka half cat-eye sunglasses, Gilt x Glamour Haydee oxfords (also seen here). Shot by Erica Lavelanet.


My essentials for a day spent hopping from coffeeshop to coffeeshop in Brooklyn, trying to find the best internet connection so that I can jam out some work? A huge carryall, a super-soft cropped tee and a pair of comfy flats. Even though this look is just your basic black and white combo from afar, I tried to mix things up by playing with different textures: from the bag's super-long fringe, to the more subtle mesh overlay on the shorts, all the way down to my spotted pony hair shoes.
What are your go-to basics for everyday?
xL

A Lil Shifty

8.17.2015

Thrifted cropped jacket, Whisper of the Heart shift dress c/o Minkpink, Nila Anthony x Nasty Gal crossbody bag, Nine West Kirstey booties. Shot by Erica Lavelanet.


I've been restless as of late... maybe because summer is almost over. You can feel the approaching change in the air. Even though it's been scorching during the daytime, there's a crisp breeze that runs through the night, hinting at Autumn's approach. Work has slowed down as people set off on the last of their summer adventures. The city seems half awake: groggy and at a standstill. 

My solution? Stay in motion. Plan the next destination, the next escape, the next outfit, the next event to wear it. Keep those wheels moving and focus on getting the most out of each moment. 
So on that note, let's do this, Monday!
xL