Necessary Neutrals

This schizophrenic weather we’ve been having combined with next-season planning…all I want is a quick island getaway. Not entirely practical or possible, but intermittent snow showers, everyday grey gloom, and stress at the office have been making my mind wander to far more tropical, relaxing places. My normal color palette may be a little too underwhelming for some, but dark neutrals are my best friend. Easily combined and layered, black, white, khaki, and subtle pattern are my go-to’s no matter the occasion or destination. Though my next planned trip is in April to visit my mom in Florida, I can’t help but think of more far-away destinations. Tulum? Cuba? St. Tropez? Let your imagination decide ;)
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From Left to Right, click below to shop
Tank: Rick Owens Cotton Jersey Tank
Jeans: similar style here
Sneakers: Vans Leather Authentic Espadrille

Shirtdress: McQ Alexander McQueen Poplin Shirtdress
Bomber: TopShop Camo Printed A1 Bomber
Sandals: Valentino Rockstud Flat Thong Sandal

Tee: similar styles here, here, and here
Shorts: Blank NYC Coated Shorts
Sandals: Tomas Maier Flat Gladiator Sandal
Sunglasses: similar styles here

Tank: Frame Denim Le Muscle Linen Tank
Jacket: Faith Connexion Cotton Jacket
Jeans: similar styles here
Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals


Tote: Saint Laurent Beach Canvas Tote
Bikini: Melissa Odabash Laos Tiger-Print Bikini
Hair ties: Glam Bands Hair Ties
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent 54mm Sunglasses
Hat: Rag & Bone Panama Hat
Sun care: Clarins Multi-Protection Broad Coverage SPF 50 Sunscreen

SoCal vs. Refined Boho

SoCal vs Refined Boho

With bohemian / 70s style being all the rage this Spring/Summer season, there are all sorts of style influences (psychedelic, disco, Cali cool, ethnic, etc.). Cali cool boho has been one of my personal favorites because there are so many variations and fun details, but festival inspired looks are something to avoid with how overplayed and overly commercial they’ve become (hello Forever21). Who doesn’t want to incorporate their originality while being on-trend?

I always tend to throw on refined basics as my main look and add in funkier pieces with shoes, bags, and accessories. In the warmer months I gravitate to my boyfriend jeans, breezy tops,  and fun, seasonal clutches for easy transitions from my laid-back office to dinner + drinks with friends. Click below to shop:
SoCal Boho
- Stone Cold Fox Off-the-Shoulder Top
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Antonello Woven Bag
- Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals
Refined Boho
- Crop Top Cami, similar styles here
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Stella McCartney Bag
- Prada Suede Ankle Strap Sandals

5 Things Worth Investing in This Summer

5 things worth investing in this summer

1. Healthy Sunscreen

With brands ranging from John Masters Organics (shown) to Lavanilla and beyond, there is no reasonable excuse for not making this switch. Not only will you be foregoing chemically smells, but these lotions will make your skin feel glorious, not greasy.

2. Makeup Setting Mist

We are already experiencing makeup-melting-temps and it’s only June! I am a firm believer in the one by Make Up For Ever (shown) but Urban Decay makes a decent one as well. Just apply your makeup (I advise waiting to apply mascara until after you mist), spray 3-4 pumps around your face, let dry, apply mascara and your makeup won’t budge for hours!

3. Pasties that will LAST

Go beyond the flower-shaped disposables for a pair that will last you eons longer (I’ve owned mine for over 2 years!). Let me introduce you to Nippies — the different kind of pasty. Crafted in an ultra-thin silicone to ensure no show-through, these are money well spent: simply peel off at the end of the night, gently wash with soap and water, and they’re ready for their next use!

4. Good Flat Sandals

Because those cute ones from Target will only last you one season. Trendy sandals are just that: sandals that cater to the trends of the season. To ensure that you’ll get more use out of sandals than just one season, opt for a fashionably simple pair to pair with more outfits. The more use you can get out of them, the more reasonable a higher price tag becomes. Better materials used, better craftsmanship in production, the longer you’ll have them in your closet.

5. Time Well Spent

Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.

Ideal Summer Must: Designer Card Case

Designer Card Cases
Upon first reading the title I’m sure you thought,
“Card case? Why the f%*^ does this chick care so much about a card case?”
Well, b*@$# I’ll tell you why.

1. Super space-saver – Summer’s right around the corner, I will be carrying MUCH smaller handbags, won’t you? To avoid the bulk, I plan to trim down what I carry with me and minimalize my wallet down to one of these bad boys
2. Amazingly gorgeous (well, these are at least) – from exotic skins to funky irridescence, designer card cases add jusstttt enough pizzazz to be “my little secret”. Imagining some of these fabrics in an all-over handbag gives me a headache, but this small of an accessory is unique and an adorably petite way to show personality
3. At less than $250, yes, you can totally go for it…because the handbag versions of these are all $600+

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As you can see (above) I’ve already scored the metallic 3.1 Phillip Lim version for my summer accessory arsenal, and in case you’re interested, these are the ones listed above starting from upper left corner:
- Brown Croc, Aspinal of London, $59
- Grey / White tonal, Giorgio Armani, $248
- Naked Lady pin-up, Paul Smith, $200
- Blue lizard, Coach, $298
- Metallic Fuschia, Saint Laurent, $275
- Grey + Blue Ostrich, Maison Takuya, $240
- Orange, Valextra, $240
- B&W, Alexander McQueen, $325
- Blue/Green, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $150
- Tiffany blue ostrich, Tiffany, $185
- Embossed Ribcage, Alexander McQueen, $165
- Blue Stars, Jimmy Choo, $245

Dairy-free Sugar-free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Pops

Ingredients

  • ∞ 2 cans coconut milk (don’t skimp on flavor—opt for the full fat varieties)
  • ∞ 1lb bag of frozen strawberries
  • ∞ 4-6 dates, sliced or diced
  • ∞ 1-1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ∞ 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • + optional: lemon juice or mint leaves
  • + + blender
  • + + popsicle molds
  • Makes 10-12 cream pops, depending on size of molds

  1. Put coconut milk, strawberries, and dates in blender. Puree until smooth and creamy.
  2. Gradually add agave nectar and vanilla extract to your desired sweetness.
  3. Pour immediately into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight.
  4. Run under warm water to loosen pop from plastic mold.
  5. Enjoy!

Photos via my Instagram account