July 2014

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On the go

7/31/14


Lately I haven't been able to 'properly' photograph outfits as I'm traveling or out of town, but thankfully the iPhone gets the job done fine. I post on Instagram a lot more frequently, but in case you're not on there... hover the clothing items to get directly linked to a product page!

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Ruffles on ruffles

7/23/14

Neon Blush, Kersh clothing ruffle shorts, ruffle H&M top, Nine West InStyle pumps, Céline sunglasses, Greylin bomber, Phyllis and Rosie necklaceNeon Blush, Kersh clothing ruffle shorts, ruffle H&M top, Nine West InStyle pumps, Céline sunglasses, Greylin bomber, Phyllis and Rosie necklaceNeon Blush, Kersh clothing ruffle shorts, ruffle H&M top, Nine West InStyle pumps, Céline sunglasses, Greylin bomber, Phyllis and Rosie necklaceGreylin bomber, H&M top, Kersh shorts, Nine West x InStyle pumps, Céline sunglasses, Phyllis and Rosie necklace

Ah, kind of went MIA for a bit here! Sorry 'bout that. Last week was spent in NYC for a shoot with Joe Fresh and Vogue (can't wait to share with you guys the video), and the days before/after the trip I'd felt a little under the weather. Back in LA and in good shape now, and I couldn't feel better in cropped ruffly tops and tiered shorts. I'm all over things that are fluttery and lightweight, in all colors (and by all colors I mean white, black, navy blue, beige, etc), the easy, thin layers that make this heat much more bearable. I'd been on this top for a while now, but it took on a different look when paired with this tiered short, which splits up the top interestingly.

42

Per suede

7/11/14

Neon Blush, suede jacket, suede Coach jacket, camel colored jacket, Current Elliott denim shorts, fringe knit top, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini cognac, Céline Audrey sunglasses, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, taupe Dicker boots, Isabel Marant EtoileNeon Blush, suede jacket, suede Coach jacket, camel colored jacket, Current Elliott denim shorts, fringe knit top, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini cognac, Céline Audrey sunglasses, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, taupe Dicker boots, Isabel Marant EtoileNeon Blush, suede jacket, suede Coach jacket, camel colored jacket, Current Elliott denim shorts, fringe knit top, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini cognac, Céline Audrey sunglasses, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, taupe Dicker boots, Isabel Marant EtoileNeon Blush, suede jacket, suede Coach jacket, camel colored jacket, Current Elliott denim shorts, fringe knit top, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini cognac, Céline Audrey sunglasses, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, taupe Dicker boots, Isabel Marant EtoileNeon Blush, suede jacket, suede Coach jacket, camel colored jacket, Current Elliott denim shorts, fringe knit top, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini cognac, Céline Audrey sunglasses, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, taupe Dicker boots, Isabel Marant EtoileCoach jacket, Current/Elliott denim shorts, Isabel Marant boots, Proenza Schouler mini PS11, Céline sunglasses, Jennifer Zeuner bracelet, 2 Bandits choker

Although usually a leather kinda girl, lately I've been gravitating towards suede accents. There's something about the texture that makes it the appropriate spring/summer accessory- suede has a gentler appearance in comparison to leather. It has that understated, easy-going chic, which is perfect for warmer days when dressing should feel more effortless I suppose. In the photos above, I added a little bit (or a lot) of suede for outerwear to balance the fringe knit and denim, and used a suede belt and boots in the same tonal family (taupes, camel and grays are my favorite colors for suede pieces) to wrap it all together. Shop suede styles here:

48

Sustained by silk

7/7/14

Neon Blush, StyleSaint, silk and lace, denim jackets, Rag & Bone hat, fedora hat, Zara heels, Saint Laurent bag, GASMY.it bagNeon Blush, StyleSaint, silk and lace, denim jackets, Rag & Bone hat, fedora hat, Zara heels, Saint Laurent bag, GASMY.it bagNeon Blush, StyleSaint, silk and lace, denim jackets, Rag & Bone hat, fedora hat, Zara heels, Saint Laurent bag, GASMY.it bagNeon Blush, StyleSaint, silk and lace, denim jackets, Rag & Bone hat, fedora hat, Zara heels, Saint Laurent bag, GASMY.it bagStyleSaint silk top and lace skirt, Kimchi Blue bra, A&F denim jacket, Saint Laurent bag, Rag & Bone hat, Zara heels, Phyllis + Rosie double cuff, Jennifer Zeuner cuff, Alona ring

We're edging into the thick of summer and if you're following me on Instagram, you'd see that I'm getting through the heat by living in most things lace and silk. The two just go hand in hand and frankly the silk goods from StyleSaint are a godsend- the cuts, the price point and the timeless styles. This top I'm especially obsessed with, mostly because it's a classic and because Allison, the designer and brains behind StyleSaint, put just enough swing at the hem for a nice touch of detail. You need those little things when it comes to basic pieces you're intending to keep forever, you know? The same idea applies to the rest of StyleSaint's collection, too, which I'm so deeply fond of.

When I was introduced to the line, there was an instant appreciation for how transparent Allison was with the entire design process. Not only does StyleSaint display an interesting balance of grace and bad ass style, but Allison also upholds the integrity of fashion and design while considering affordability and sustainability in the industry. A move in this direction makes 'conscious commerce' increasingly relevant in today's issues over the ethics of fast fashion, which is something I definitely would love to see more brands doing.

Big fan of lace, silk, and currently all things StyleSaint. x

31

Nueva york

7/2/14

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Back in May I took a trip to New York - not for anything work related, but because I hadn't visited the city for myself in a while. To be completely honest, at the time I'd felt equally exhausted and underwhelmed at the same time. Because I essentially blog for a living, I think being on social media 24/7 I got tired from all the 'noise'. I felt like there was little inspiration to be drawn and that a substantial amount of content I'd see on Instagram was rather formulaic. Strange feeling that was, but of course a few days in New York--a return to finding new good eats, traveling through the city and sitting at coffee shops with no agenda, and most importantly just documenting photos in the moment for the sake of exercising pure interest--did the trick and set me right. I decided to leave my DSLR behind so that I'd capture moments on a whim and feel freer without having to think about when to post, how to craft the photo, what exactly I needed to wear, etc. Every single picture in this post is from my iPhone and some are actually posted in a private Instagram account that initially I wasn't sure about sharing on the blog. But looking back at these photos I get a sense of fulfillment so I thought I'd share them after all in hopes that they'll bring others the same feeling.

Anyhow- I ALWAYS manage to get zero hours of sleep before flying anywhere. It's probably a combination of my masterful procrastination with packing and the fortuitous timing of emails and work that come right before a trip... unfortunately I'm an extremely light sleeper so there's a lack of shut eye in-flight, too. There I am, in the left photo above, up for over 24 hours and completely lethargic at 6:00 am. I knew I'd have trouble napping so I flew comfy in an appropriate "Dear NYC, I am Los Anjealous" tee, track pants from Shop Sosie, and my ever-reliable Zara leather jacket.

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Checked into downtown Brooklyn and decided to find the nearest coffee shop. Thankfully there was a Blue Bottle less than half a mile away! I should've slept, really, but I wanted to adjust to the time and my friend I stayed with would be getting off from work shortly anyway. It was sort of misty with slight residual winter cold air so a latte, coffee cake, and open window suited the calm perfectly.

First meal of the day: late lunch/early dinner at Traif in Brooklyn. My friend and I were seated in the patio, and the gloom made for a cozy and evenly lit dining area. Traif is known for its pork but we stuck mainly to appetizers with lots of veggies. Pictured above: asparagus with pistachio and a medley of celery, shaven radish and carrot - yum. Also equally delicious but not pictured: savory day boat scallops with snap pea risotto and capers.

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My favorite cuisine is Japanese because of the flavors, the simplicity, and the craft in general. Needless to say, I am SO smitten with this gem that we found on the way to a show. Cocoron specializes in soba and serves it either cold or hot - it was a chilly night so my friend Steph and I ordered it with a side of piping hot kimchi broth. It, was, glorious. Initially Steph opposed eating there but she ended up wanting to order another plate of soba. And to top things off, their dessert (photo on left), "Annin Tofu", was scrumptious. Just scrumptious. They describe it as an apricot tofu panna cotta, but I'm not sure of its exact contents (I tried asking but there was a language barrier). Regardless, it was so silky and sweetened just right. Definitely giving this spot another go when I return to NY.

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Steph and I went to catch Shlohmo at the Bowery Ballroom - he and D33J killed it that night. I caught his set during Coachella Weekend 2 and found his music to be even more enchanting in person. Leave it to Shlohmo to own the dark, entrancing vibes - one of my favorites from his is this jam.

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I've been wanting to try this place for for-ev-er, but for some reason things always got in the way. This time around, I made sure it happened and I am NOT disappointed even after all of the hype. The Poached Eggs with Grilled Tomato and Haloumi on sourdough was dee-lish - the dish itself is simple but the flavors are intricately intertwined. The same goes for their Rosewater Waffle. Oh my god. For rose-flavored food lovers... this is a must. The rose is ever so slight, the waffle is fluffy and of perfect texture with the yogurt and honey syrup they pair it with. Jack's Wife Freda is simplicity upgraded.

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Morning routine: wash face with warm water (not hot, without any product) and wipe clean with a towel. It's recommended that you only wash your face with product once a day so that it doesn't become stripped dry from over washing. Warm water does the trick just fine in removing any face oil that collects overnight. Then, onto makeup...

For a light feel: Urban Decay's NAKED beauty balm for face moisturizer/SPF (works wonderfully- great and light coverage, smooth application), Tarte's maracuja creaseless concealer for the under eye area (I cannot/will not use another concealer), The Brow Gal eyebrow pencil (really starting to prefer this over Anastasia's), summer-perfect bronze and blush from Urban Decay's NAKED Flushed set, and a flick of cat eye liner from KIKO. A few light dabs of my favorite ("MLBB") lip shade, "N9 Copper Pink" from MakeUpForEver.

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I visited Carlina Ortega over at Rita Hazan for the second time. I walked into the salon with no idea on what to do with my hair, and I suppose that could be a scary situation to be in but I trust Carlina one hundred and ten percent. She lightened my hair for the first time back in February and I LOVED it. Never thought a change in hair style could make me feel remotely close to Beyonce but that one freezing afternoon, I did. HA. And again, the feeling was revisited this time when Carlina decided to lighten the hair even more. Thank you Carlina for the seamless ombre!

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My happy place: EN Japanese Brasserie! Well crafted cocktails and mouthwatering dishes galore - rain or shine, convenient or not, I always make it a point to visit EN when in the city. Their black truffle chawanmushi and cod are phenomenal. Phen-om-en-al. Salmon roe fried rice, organic grilled chicken, and their desserts! Pure perfection. There is nothing here that disappoints. Ok I'll stop creepily doting now.

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Left photo, above: BB Dakota cropped top, RES Denim short overalls, Saint Laurent bag

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House of Small Wonder in Williamsburg: a gem in BK. My FAVORITE cafe and brunch spot in the area. Real cozy spot with an abundance of light and greenery. Can't complain about the food and drinks either- their egg croissant sandwiches are unimaginably perfect (flaky, tasty, fluffy, and everything good in between), the sashimi zuke don is pretty much a melange of all things good for you, and the fig brie apple sandwich...ah, it all comes together so nicely, the slight sweetness of brie with crisp, sharp tart flavor of the granny smith apple. Yum-my.

To top things off, they've got an organic apple soy shake and earl grey creme brûlée for dessert (!!) I mean... what else would you want?

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Long story short, the best sushi experience I've had thus far. Wow. My friend Rocky and I had the omakase set from Chef Nakazawa and each and every piece of the 20+ serving was phenom and mind-blowing. The salmon, scallop, raw shrimp, sea eel, Spanish mackerel, and Nakazawa's famed egg omelet from "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"... all to die for! Even the sea urchin was out of this world and I'm usually not a fan of uni. Not only was the sushi delicious but Chef Nakazawa was entertaining and so warm hearted. I LOVE sushi and lean towards it often when I dine out, but I haven't felt motivated to eat sushi anywhere else after having Nakazawa.

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From LA to Coachella to New York: it's not hard to see that Odesza is one of my favorites, ever. The duo puts on a killer show combined with mesmerizing graphics- their music is so energizing and lulling at the same time. Check "How Did I Get Here", "One Day They'll Know", "IPlayYouListen", "Open Wound" and "Without You" if you haven't heard of Odesza before (shame on you). Thank you, Odesza, for rounding out the end of my NYC trip perfectly.

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Thanks NYC, for always being that reliable source of a much needed refresh. Love always, JO x

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