Heidi Klein swimsuit and hat
Earlier this month I went back to the Caribbean and visited St. Lucia- I'd always wanted to visit the iconic Pitons, so I was pretty excited to finally check that off my list. The untouched, lush mountainous range and vivid colors of St. Lucia evoke a '60s feeling for me, and so I packed my one-piece halter and bandeau reminiscent of its retro silhouette, a few loose tops and easy slips and headed my way. I had a bit of a hiccup heading over that way but upon my arrival after a few rough legs of travel, I'd already felt how special St. Lucia was with its teeming sense of warmth and regard.
Heidi Klein swimsuit, bag, hat and espadrilles
We went from the docks at Capella Hotels & Resorts in Marigot Bay, past the Pitons, to the sulphuric springs of Soufrière, back into the waters and eventually back home and all over again. Moving through the jungly hills of St. Lucia, alongside frogs, insects and free roaming dogs, hearing the distant sounds of a small waterfall nearby, was eye-opening to how beautiful rawer pieces of land could be. Thank you to Heidi Klein for this memorable experience xx
Heidi Klein swimsuit and hat
Wrangler jacket, Style Saint lace top, PacSun tube top, H&M skirt, Nike Air Max 95s, Saint Laurent clutch, Adornmonde earrings and choker
My hodgepodge style of high and low, of glamour and street, is something that I think is a result of growing up in Los Angeles. On the periphery, there is the well-known caricature of LA: an idyllic montage of Hollywood allure, of long days perpetually engulfed by a relentless golden glow, of clean lines and glossy surfaces. Having been born and growing up in the city and seeing it from a closer lens though, I was much more attuned to the grittier edges of Los Angeles.
The weathered walls and streets of east Los Angeles, in juxtaposition with the more decorated architecture of the west side, rouse this set-up. The Los Angeles I know is, respectively, a bit of oversized and destructed denim, a messy midriff and Air Max sneakers balanced with notes of West Hollywood through unkempt lace, a Saint Laurent clutch, gold hardware and a form fitting skirt.
In a closer look, an interpretation of Los Angeles—a balance between luxury and casual—can exist even in the pieces themselves. With the Saint Laurent clutch from FarFetch for example, the soft touch of the rich, understated suede is the canvas for their signature ‘YSL’ emblem. Instead of the sharp silhouette and shiny finish this style is known for, the logo is rough and seemingly tattered, taking inspiration from worn wood.
As echoed here on Neon Blush, the balance of femininity and masculinity, of timelessness and trends, is what I feel is most natural to me… perhaps because of the city I grew up in. It was always a variation of denim and lace, black and white, and either sneakers or heels, but the ability and encouragement to practice complete sartorial freedom is what helped to mature and impact my perspective on style as a product of my environment. Cheers x
Photos by Ron Khy
Ganni blouse, H&M bustier, 3x1 jeans, Louise et Cie heels and bag
Working from home for the past few years has been a blessing and a curse- I love being in the comforts of my cozy space, but I find it hard to muster the willingness to dress appropriately. Don't get me wrong, I almost always prefer dressing casually but I do believe it's important to get into the right mindset for work, and for me part of that means changing into different garb, wearing my favorite 'office' shoes, and putting my necessities in a carry-all to go.
While on the hunt for an office space, I'm getting into the routine of dressing for it in the meantime. This has been a fun process, having to dress in 'workplace attire' without adhering to any real rules or uniform- like incorporating my favorite pinstripe pattern and turtle-neckline in a bustier cut or in sheer form, and pairing this with classic and sophisticated accessories from Louise et Cie. I love all the elements of the 'Kellyn' sandals- a beautiful mix of suede and leather straps, complete with octagonal bolts and metal-wrapped heels. These encapsulate all that I wish for my office wear to be like: sleek but stylish with a hint of industrial edge.
I'll be sharing what's in my 'Towa' satchel in another post to come x
One Teaspoon jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch, Finders Keepers top, LOQ boots, Adornmonde choker
I revisited Abercrombie, where I'd first developed my love for denim, and was pleased to find the highly sought after One Teaspoon stocked on there. Having collected quite a few pairs of my favorite styles and fits over the years, you'd think that I'd already covered my denim bases. But...the obsession persists. I found this pair to be pretty special for its fitted bagginess (the irony, but oh the fit in all the right places), the unique wash, and a perfectly worn-in destruction done at the knees. As usual, I thought to pair the tattered bottoms with a more formal top to balance the look for day or night, casual or dressy occasions.