Jump Start

1.29.2015

Nicole Miller mixed media coat (similar here), The Reformation Dean jumpsuit, Waverly crossbody c/o Rebecca Minkoff, Jean-Michel Cazabat heels (also seen here). Shot by The Brooklynette in Berlin.

Something about these photos just screams 'retro seventies' to me. Perhaps it's the plunging neckline or the massive fur collar on the coat, or maybe it's just the funky lit orbs in the background... but, regardless, I'm digging the effect! 
These pics were snapped in the courtyard of our hotel during our second whirlwind of a day in Berlin. We had just returned from the Barre Noir runway show and were scrambling to freshen up before the night's big festivities, which also happened to be the purpose of our trip: the 2015 Stylight Fashion Influencer Awards (#SFIA15). I bought this Reformation jumpsuit especially for the occasion, and though it took a few struggles with boob tape to keep from flashing everyone at the event, the effort was more than worth it. The night was a blast: from meeting Bryan Boy, to walking a red carpet full of international style stars, to drinking gin and tonics and dancing our hearts out in an empty pool at the raging after party. I can't thank Stylight enough for letting me play a part! Mad props to my boob tape too, which shockingly held up all night long.
xL

Berlin Nights

1.27.2015

Porter Grey maxi dress (similar here), TOGA Pulla moto fur jacket (also seen here), Vintage belt, Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag (similar here), Antique rings, River Island zip front boots. Shot by The Brooklynette in Berlin.


Finally sorting through my photos from Berlin, and I wanted to kick off my mini travel diary with these ones that we snapped our first night in town. I'm not usually one for shooting at night, but for some reason it seemed more than appropriate to try out something new in this city. On top of that, anyone that's ever visited also knows Berlin was made for night owls: from the clubs that get started past midnight, to the afterparties that linger well into the next day. It also doesn't help that during winter the sun sets around 4PM... 

With this in mind, I left our hotel wearing a look that I knew could transition easily from day to night, and back to day again. This meant first and foremost, comfortable shoes, and secondly, a jacket that would keep me cozy but stylish for hours. I always underestimate how warm this combination fur and moto jacket is, yet it proved itself more than worthy for a full day of running around in Berlin's cold temps. From outside the main fashion week tent (where these pics were snapped) to a delicious dinner at Waterlily in the charming Friedrichshain neighborhood, to a smoke-filled afterparty at the club Watergate, to a late night dance party at Roses (a gay bar covered in plush fur) and finally a late, late-night pit stop at our cab driver's favorite doner place... I must admit we had the perfect introduction to Berlin! We also had no idea what we were getting ourselves into...
xL

Winter Hues

1.24.2015

Sweater c/o RD Style (similar here), Rag and Bone coated jeans, Jbrand cocoon coat, Custom hat c/o Gigi Burris, Nasty Gal Getting Medieval necklace, Brooklyn Industries Pebble tote bag, Marc Jacobs fingerless gloves, River Island zip-front booties. Shot by Andrew Arboleda.

Back from my crazy-quick jaunt to Berlin, but haven't yet had a chance to sort through my photos, so I'm leaving you instead with this wintry look I shot during New York's last light snow. These snaps were taken by my old friend from highschool and former roommate, Andrew Arboleda, whose newfound interest in photography inspired him to brave the frigid temps and experiment with shooting some pics for my blog. Not bad for a first-timer, right?

Anyway, come winter it's super easy to revert to all black, monochromatic looks, so I've been trying to find pieces in rich, dark tones to add a subtle touch of color to my looks. A few hues I love? Navy, forrest green, oxblood, rich purple, deep greys. They look great with everything and are perfect if you're a bit color shy. 
xL

Plaid Habits

1.16.2015

Mango coat (similar here), Barney's Originals leather jacket, Thrifted silk blouse by The Reformation, Zara plaid pants (I love these too), Vintage studded crossbody bag, Antique rings, River Island zip-front boots (last seen here). Shot by Isaac Lacey.


Plaid has always been one of my favorite patterns, and looking at these pics I honestly don't know why my closet isn't loaded with way more. I love the subtle rocker vibe that these pants give off (I wore them the other day and a friend commented that they were very 'St. Laurent,' which is just about the best compliment you can give anyone, right?) and a vintage studded bag and some platform boots perfectly sealed the deal.

I also have some crazy news to share with everyone! You know that competition I entered this week with inappropriate images of me in a swimsuit and vintage coat on my roof in the freezing cold?! Turns out I WON! Thanks to Bryan Boy and Stylight I'll be heading to Berlin Fashion Week this Sunday to join them at the 2015 Stylight Fashion Influencer Awards. I honestly couldn't be more excited! It will also be my first time in Berlin, so if anyone has any recommendations for things to do, see, eat or drink there, I'd love to know!
xL

#Swinter Break

1.13.2015

Vintage coat via Nifty Thrifty, 6 Shore Road swimsuit, 66 North Kaldi hat, Anne Klein Citygurl boots (last seen here). Shot by Isaac Lacey.


Sorry guys! Taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a slice of #swinter! It's not often that I'll pose in my swimsuit on the blog (just ignore all of my recent Brazil posts, ok?), and I've definitely never done so in freezing temperatures like today, but when I saw this competition that Stylight and all-star blogger Bryan Boy were hosting I couldn't help but want to take part in the fun. 

So what is #swinter to me? It's all about keeping a sliver of summer alive, even in the dead of winter. Whether you choose to brave the cold in a swimsuit and fur, head to the tanning bed on occasion to get your bronze on, or just adamantly hold onto your ombre hair color (awkward, I'm definitely guilty of all three) #swinter means always remembering that summer is just around the corner. Check out how to enter the competition for yourself here... but get on it quick because you only have til midnight tonight!
xL

Checked Out

1.12.2015

Express checked coat (similar here), Jbrand neoprene sweater (last seen here), Topshop high-waisted jeans, Haute Hippie snake pendant, Old Hollywood ring, MZ Wallace crossbody bag, Blessing boots c/o Rebecca Minkoff. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


I've been trying to get back into the grind and catch up on work, resolutions, etc, but I must admit it's been hard to do after spending two weeks laying supine in the Brazilian sun! Another thing that has been difficult is layering up for the cold again after being in a swimsuit everyday... which is why I've been scouring my closet for pieces that actually get me excited about dressing in the morning. It's probably no shock to you that these over-the-knee boots are on the top of that list. Paired with some high-waisted jeans they make my legs look longer than ever, and quickly elevate an otherwise casual look. I'm also all about this fun checkered coat by Express, one of the newest additions to my closet. It's super cozy and I love the subtle print.

What items in your closet are you most excited to wear right now?
xL