• Posted 3rd February 2015

Have you seen La Double J yet!?

I just discovered it via Preston Davis’ blog, Keep it Chic. In short, it is a vintage shopping site that sells one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry and clothing all showcased on J.J. Martin’s uber chic Milan-based friends. BUT!! It’s so much more than just a shopping site. There are 2 sections I’m especially obsessed with; the Legendary Ladies of Milan, and Tour the Homes. So good. Their quirky Street Styled section is pretty bomb as well. Such a fun shopping experience.
“Here, in the School of Sciura, we honor these remarkable women. We study them, we worship them, we learn about them and from them. We try in our small way to emulate them so that hopefully, piano piano, one day, we will grow up to be exactly like them.”


  • Posted 1st February 2015


a pretty incredibly accurate description of myself.. and capricorns in general by susan miller.

Capricorn is the sign of the fair and wise leader, and ruled by Saturn, this sign makes careful decisions that are never done in haste. If you are a Capricorn you may have had to grow up fast when you were little, perhaps because you were the eldest, in charge of helping your mother take care of your younger sisters and brothers. Or maybe events in the family were such that you had to become very realistic and practical quickly. No matter—remarkably, Capricorns tend to live their lives backwards, becoming younger, freer and more spirited with each passing birthday.

Capricorn rules all things that are valuable from the past, such as antiques, landmark buildings and other real estate, estate jewelry, old stamps, Krugerrands and other old coins, valuable autographs—you get the idea. Capricorn covers anything historical, and most Capricorns are history buffs. Also, Capricorn is associated with very big money, whether that require managing family money, overseeing the funds of a behemoth multi-national company, trading client’s stocks and bonds, or being a lawyer related to estate management. Capricorn is not highly emotional, but keeps feelings well-balanced, one reason they do so well in managing money.

Capricorn is reliable, trustworthy, careful, dependable, very practical and realistic (all big reasons for their success), and they are also kind and status-conscious. The last attribute—status-conscious—may have surprised you, but it has to do with the sign’s ambitious need to reach the top of the mountain.

Capricorn women tend to either be very successful in their own right, or marry highly successful, well-known men. Indeed, the woman Capricorn almost always marries well. Family tradition is extremely important to Capricorn, as much as it is to Cancer, and most Capricorn women, no matter how busy they are (and Capricorn women are that for sure), she will always find time to attend her children’s recitals, plays and parent teacher conferences. Most Capricorns enjoy delving into their own ancestral history, or that of their mate. Capricorns are usually concerned with their legacy and reputations, and will fiercely defend their own honor.

Being compared to Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, and Kate Moss doesn’t hurt either. Read the full post here.

Europe 06 / Verona Venice & Lido di Jesolo

  • Posted 1st February 2015

Verona wasn’t very exciting to me. I only passed through long enough to have some gelato and visit the famous site of Romeo & Juliet. I would love love love to rent a car one day and just drive and drive through Italy at a slow pace. Stopping in small villages, staying longer in some places.

but then we got to venice.
i remember having an immediate sense of deja vu which was crazy but exciting as well. In my journal I wrote: When we arrived in Venice [in a water taxi] I thought I was in a movie, everything was so bright and crystal clear. blindingly white marble. STUNNING architecture.” It was the most beautiful day and I really couldn’t have asked for anything better.
I bought my family each a tiny red glass heart that hopefully they’ll keep forever, so no matter where we all end up we each have one.

We went on a quick tour with a beautiful local named Marina. She told us she was 100% Venetian, and that that was different than being Italian. It really got me thinking about HOW different the world is. She seemed so normal, but I’m sure if we sat and had a conversation, her lifestyle and upbringing is so incredibly different from what I can probably imagine.
We stayed in a small town outside of Venice called, Lido di Jesolo, and although our place wasn’t glamorous— the beach view was incredible. Honestly, more beautiful than the south of france.. in a different way.. the night we went out to walk along the water a storm was coming so the clouds were moving fast and the sun was streaming through in that heavenly way. It made me finally understand the tacky colors used in sunset paintings, although it wasn’t tacky, it was beautiful. There were little crabs the in the water and you could hear a pretty twinkle sound when the waves crashed over the tiny seashells.
Rome in the morning.

Until my next installment.


  • Posted 31st January 2015

The Best of Flair was one of my favorite birthday gifts this year.

It’s been on my wishlist since my time at FLAUNT, when their creative director and co-founder, Jim Turner, showed it to me and explained that FLAIR was what inspired them to start FLAUNT (and that they actually tried to get the name FLAIR) and that there are a lot of qualities about FLAIR that they used as the foundation for FLAUNT, such as always having a double cover, one featuring art and one photography, the use of multiple non-standard types of paper, creative die-cut covers and interior pages, and unique fold-out advertisements and mini-booklets printed within another story.

This was also, believe it or not, one of the first luxury coffee table books I’d seen in person, or paid attention to for that matter. I rememeber the striking red slip-case that held the giant book filled with whimsical images and a look that was far ahead of its time.

So seeing how influential FLAUNT was on my entire editorial style and obsession with independent magazines and the actual ART of creating a magazine — you can only imagine how pressed I’ve been to own a piece of the magazine that inspired them.

The book was always extremely expensive, even on amazon, but a second edition was recently released so I let the beau know it was at the top of my list :) I knew nothing about the editor or how it came to be so it was such a treat to read her introduction and find what kindred spirits we were:
“The birth of FLAIR was one of the happiest events of my life. Jewels, race-horses or yachts were not things I wanted. I jumped at the invitation to create a completely personal new magazine — one that would reveal my full inventiveness, my love of art and literature.” — Fleur Cowles

Sixty years after it ceased publication, FLAIR is still one of the most talked-about and influential magazines ever created. / It is remembered for its innovative design and production quality, it’s superb coverage of the arts and its intuitive discovery of many artists and writers well before they achieved fame and fortune.
The Best of Flair.


  • Posted 31st January 2015

I went to new york the second week in january to art direct half of a photoshoot for Off Broadway Shoes with one of the agencies I work for, MODE. It was a really great experience, but I was especially glad that I had already been to new york and had my chance to explore the city because we were literally in a giant (though beautiful) warehouse in the bronx all day long.

I always love interacting with all of the team members it takes to really pull a shoot together. the prop and wardrobe stylists, HAMU artists, producer, photographer, all the helpful guys, and of course the models.
I was able to squeeze in a few great dinners with friends and the team, a quick trip to the met and mini shopping spree in soho.
Until the next time…


  • Posted 31st January 2015

I thought it was a good idea to start 2015 off with a new designer crush lol which is exactly what happened after I finished reading Roots of Style, the memoirs of Isabel Toledo filled with artwork from her husband, Ruben Toledo.

It was such an inspiring story about love, following your instincts and trusting your individuality and discovering your own personal style signature. Honestly, I wasn’t very familiar with Isabel before reading this. I’d seen Ruben’s work plenty of times and even own a few books he illustrated, but after referencing images of them for a photoshoot, I became intrigued by their style and ordered the book.. and now I will without a doubt be a lifelong fan.

I am always going on (preaching to the choir, I know, I know) about how different the world is now. Social media is a beast that will never die and has changed everything about the way everything happens. I cannot deny that I am obsessed with documenting every detail of my life in a way that our parents were not able to do, but I have to wonder if all that exposure and accessibility to so many things is good?

I love learning about creative people who really grew into who they are from an early age. That recognized the interests they had as a child and how those interests and hobbies morphed into skills that shaped them into the individuals they are today.

Reading about how Isabel and Ruben met and did the whole struggling artist thing in the old New York (that I love to read about) and met developed friendships with iconic artists, designers, editors, etc. through various jobs and mutual friends was so deliciously refreshing, because I feel like that doesn’t happen anymore.

Everyone is a designer, everyone has a magazine, everyone, everyone, everyone. Everything is exclusive and limited edition and one-of-a-kind — which to me makes it seem like nothing is.

I loved reading about their partnership and her first fashion shows and how after many years she decided to jump off the endless wheel of pumping out shows every season so that she could focus on her work and more learning.

I love how she gave herself time to figure out what she was going to do in the begininning. She tried a bunch of different jobs, all while continuing to work on her designs (because it was like breathing) all of which she took little pieces from that helped her significantly in the end. Everything didn’t have a purpose or a plan. It just flowed, like her style. I could go on and on, so I won’t. But here are my favorite quotes:

If you can stay in love and keep your enthusiasm for what you choose to do with your life, you are living well indeed. Always keep in mind that patterns in life repeat themselves, so make a decision to own the patterns you want to keep.

Whether I was making a dress or Ruben was drawing a boat, we had both seen in ourselves, and in each other, that your creativity is your voice. It deserves to be sung often and at the top of your lungs.

You can make no better investment than spending time with your own ideas. Your generosity in granting time to yourself will be well rewarded. Doing this on your own time and by yourself is paramount to learning how to follow your own instincts and discovering your originality. Anything new, whether it’s a dress, a song, or a painting, will not be easily understood right away— sometimes not even by yourself, the creator. You have to feel free to be misunderstood and allow time to work its magic.


…Besides the financial difficulties, Ruben had gotten a bit of advice from Andy Warhol, who told him to quit school. “Just do what you already do, but bigger, and you’ll be fine,” Andy said. So Ruben did just that and never looked back.

After high school graduation, I stopped seeing Ruben as often. It is curious that, when a piece of a pattern in your life suddenly goes missing, every other piece comes undone.

There is no truer fact than that you never really know the person you are with. But, better than knowing is having confidence in not knowing.

Staying raw means leaving room in your life for the unexpected and unperfected. The raw in you is often the most sincere response. There will be enough time later to refine and edit, but to keep the raw flowing, all of your life is a treasure. When your life partner appreciates the raw in you, too, that’s divine.

Art reflects life, and life reflects art, so this was love at its fullest. This very nurturing time was the essence of what it means to grow into yourself and into each other, separate but ver together, and to intertwine like two healthy vines.

We grew up in a very inclusive moment in time, one where the vibrant society around us was truly a diverse, democratize quilt. you were not defined by your age, race, sexual preference, bank account, or education. what counted most was your individual creativity. your personal spark of genius—however you might express it—that was your identity.

During this time, we were caught up in the washing machine of life, being spun round and round by our circumstances. We had no specific mold to break out of, but no time to be idle, either. We were buddy generating our own existence with no time for reflection. We had only the raw ideas. There was no time for perfecting things yet, or even polishing up our thoughts. All of that was yet to come.

All ideas have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is sometimes a very raw place. Your imagination needs to be free of editing. The urge to create should never be burdened with perfection. This is the importance of appreciating every stage of your life and work. You will never be in the exact same place again. These raws seeds you will nurture to fruition soon enough.

Since I was so busy working and sewing my life had to become as simplified and easy as possible. I was the opposite of a high-maintenance woman: I effortlessly adopted the concept of a closet for two and put to work my theory of a “streamlined me.”

When you’re an artist, there is no map to tell you which way to fly or safely net to catch you. Art is about discovery, invention, and the way you define your vision.

While reading on my flight home from New York I wrote this note to myself: it’s not what you do. it’s who it makes you. You are not what you do. I finally understand “the woman I wanted to be” … who knows what I’ll end up doing. Probably something I never thought of, BUT I know it will end up with me traveling around constantly all over the world, with a quiet homebase in a fun city with a great group of friends and a man I love.



  • Posted 11th January 2015


So I’m 25 now, whatever that means.

My birthday was New Years Eve and I purposely didn’t do another goal/resolution post because my only goal this year is to live. To live fully and happily without trying to plan out every step of the way. I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished this past year and I don’t plan to slow down — but I really do need to relax a bit.

I have this really bad habit of comparing my life and levels of success to people on the internet and I have to constantly remind myself that 1) you cannot compare your beginning to someone else’s middle and 2) just like instagram — basically no one’s life ACTUALLY looks the way it does online.

It’s funny being 25 in some ways I feel like I know myself better than ever and in others I’m still completely lost. I do feel like I’ve grown immensely since my college days. It’s kinda like that quote copy copy copy what you love and then at the end you’ll find yourself. I spent years duplicating things I liked—specifically editorial/graphic design things–and now I feel like my style is evolving into something that really feels like me… but I’m kinda hyper-aware of it. so before I was doing things I liked, but that weren’t 100% me and now it’s like I’m too aware of who I am and maintaining my brand… and basically now I’m ready to just live and be me without being conscious of myself. (gawd. that sounds a little crazy ha!)

I’ve loved collaging since I was a kid and I think that’s why I’ve always gravitated towards tumblr and pinterest. I cannot just say ONE thing is me. Not one style or one image or item. I’m like 10 things selected in such a way for strange reasons that feel good to me and are viewed all at once. A constant curation. 

This entire year ended up being about exploration and learning. I did so many things for the first time and changed my mind more times than I’d like to admit. But when I really look back at everything I did this year and everything I accomplished myself I have to say this is definitely one of the best years of my life so far. Everything happens for a reason. I know. It’s cliche but it’s so true and it just feels good to believe that everything will work out and just go with the flow. 


*the shot of me was captured by my friend maximushka — an amazing bucket list experience.


  • Posted 29th December 2014

Things I loved this year.

Personal Style Blog
Maja Wyh / Karla’s Closet / Fashion Toast / Hippie, Hippie — Milkshake! / Gary Pepper

Art/Design Blog
Sketch42 / Miss Moss

Kelly Wearstler / Christine Dovey / Sasha Bikoff

London. Barcelona. NYC.

Jhené Aiko / FKA Twigs / J. Cole / Blood Orange

PORTER / CR Fashion Book / Suitcase

Nina Chanel / Donald Drawbertson / T.S Abe / Delāno Brown

The Grand Budapest Hotel / Mademoiselle C / The Eye Has to Travel / Gone Girl / Beyond the Lights / If I stay

Crazy Rich Asians / Swans, Legends of the Jet Society / Irreverent / Erotic Art 2

Pink green green green black white nude gray + touch of orangey red or spicy yellow


  • Posted 25th December 2014

Merry Christmas!
Looking forward to 2015.

photo diary // los angeles.

  • Posted 23rd December 2014





A touch more personal than usual, my trip to LA this september was blissful. I hadn’t traveled with the beau in a while so it was nice to go to one of my favorite places with him and celebrate his birthday— which was basically a movie. I couldn’t have asked for things to go better. Crusing up the PCH with good music, vibes and him— then crashing on a private beach in Malibu. love.

We basically explored the whole time, visiting places I used to love and new places I’d been dying to see. I cannot wait to get back out there even if it’s just for a few more months before coming back to start on my *big* top secret projects.

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