December 2016

Pratiquer la bienveillance

12/23/16

Bar III slip dress, fishnet stockings (and also here), Casetify phone case

It's hard to believe that another (new) year is already upon us; this entire past year truly felt like it had just zipped right on by considering how much has happened worldwide. I hope this holiday season, amidst the pretty lights and bountiful presents here at home, we're able to recalibrate ourselves and love one another. Peace.

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Up the ante

12/22/16

Neon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sNeon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sBar III jacket, top and pants, Chinese Laundry mules, Brixton cap

When winter and the holidays near, I will normally have something shiny within arm’s reach - metallics and smooth surfaces elicit warm thoughts and fun festivities for me. This year, I’m giving rose-hued leather jackets from Bar III a try, along with super shiny slip dresses and metallic body cons. Here’s my Bar III edit, with all of my favorite pieces from their current collection styled for the holidays! Above, I wore this blush-colored leather moto over a black canvas—a fun, layered camisole and cropped trousers (also from Bar III)—and polished it off with a fiddler cap and suede mules.

Neon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sNeon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sNeon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sBar III sweater and slip dress, LOQ boots, Rag & Bone beret, Max Mara fishnet stockings

This might be my favorite look for a dinner party or just a fun day out: a shiny slip dress (beautiful in person) layered under a mock neck knit, with a shearling beret, fishnet stockings and a thick zipper detail thrown in the mix. It’s fun but not too loud, which is a great delicate balance.

Neon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sNeon Blush, Bar III, Macy'sBar III metallic dress and leather jacket, Sigerson Morrison boots, Adornmonde necklace

And lastly, a more sophisticated and delicate look: a Bar III metallic midi dress with a leather jacket draped over. This is also a great look for a dinner party or a night out on the town - the metallic is gorgeous and can be worn alone or layered under coats and sweaters, dressed up or down with heels or boots.

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The season

12/12/16

Neon Blush, Louise et CieNeon Blush, Louise et CieMalo coat, Flynn Skye dress, Louise et Cie bag and sneakers

It's amazing what this time of the year can do to one's mood. I mean, you almost always know what to expect--the type of songs that'll start airing on the radio, the rotation of Christmas feel-good movie marathons playing on the tube, the same decor that'll overtake storefronts and neighborhoods--year after year. And yet...there's a sort of comfort in being able to revel in the cheer, in knowing that it's simply the season. It's the season, a gentle reminder to slow down, to enjoy colors and moments just-because, to appreciate the old and the new.

Following suit, my ode to the season's spirit and treasuring the new with the old is taking a trip to a local pop shop (a neighborhood and childhood favorite). Fittingly, in tow is this awfully cute Louise et Cie pom-pom bag, offset with a pair of their sleek sneakers. Comfort is still much appreciated no matter the season, and this pair is the perfect elevated version of that. Wishing you all a happy holiday x

Neon Blush, Louise et CieNeon Blush, Louise et Cie

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Ever so pure

12/9/16

Neon Blush, L'oreal EverPure, hair care, intense conditioningL’oreal 'EverPure' shampoo and conditioner, Rennou toothpaste, True Botanicals mist, Coqui Coqui perfume, Rag & Bone weekender bag (similar), Timberland scarf (similar)

Over the past few years, my hair has grown to become at times brittle, coarse, dry, and sometimes just broken down (especially the ends). I don't know the exact causes—it could be at times when I travel and just overall stress that comes with it, it could be the consequences of dyed hair, or it could even be aging—but I try and maintain it by moisturizing it the best that I can.

Every so often I'll use L'oreal's EverCrème Intense Nourishing shampoo and conditioner, and instantly feel and see a lift in my hair. Both are free of harsh sulfates and parabens, and both have natural omega 3 and 6 to help hydrate hair. Once a week I'll run the shampoo and massage it into my scalp to cleanse; I'll follow up with the EverCreme conditioner and apply throughout my hair. While I lather up on body and face wash, I'll leave the conditioner on so that my hair really soaks it in. I find that the benefit of any conditioner is maximized this way. Once finished, I come out feeling refreshed and totally detangled, both literally and figuratively.

On other days, because my hair is ombre'd, I'll use L'Oreal's EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. It does what it says it does- prevents the blonde from getting brassy but maintains the shine. Because I’m rather low maintenance on my hair, it's imperative I maintain it with shampoo and conditioner that actually work. Just thought I'd share my latest favorites.

In partnership with L'oreal Paris

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Distant memories

12/1/16

Neon BlushLe Labo perfume oil, Kératase elixir ultime hair oil, MEMO perfume, Rag & Bone perfume, Coqui Coqui body oil and perfume, Elizabeth and James perfume and solid perfume, Skin Inc. serum mist, and Maison Margiela perfume

Does anyone else remember their travels, time and space, and events by smell? Personally, fragrances are the first to invoke sweet memories of places and of endearing encounters with people. One day I'm transported back to wistful alleyways in Paris, and then to New York on my way home to the states. The next I'm grazing on pineapple on the beaches of Tulum just days before being back home to Los Angeles, where I'll take a short pitstop before immersing in the electrifying air of Tokyo.

Here you have all of my favorite moments and environments bottled up for me to remember, collected from my trips throughout the past few years x

Neon Blush