Friday, July 3, 2015

Bjorn in the USA


Giving red, white and blue vibes all weekend - even if I wasn't technically born in the USA, I'm looking forward to celebrating our nation's independence with beer and baked goods. Currently, I'm letting these pics inspire my 'Murica ensemble for tomorrow's grilling sessions. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Who fell? The neighborhood fell

 Wearing: vintage fur stole from Paris, Uniqlo jeans, UO lace up sandals

By god, I think it's spring again! I don't want to jinx it, but it seems as though New York has finally decided to show mercy upon us unworthy peasants, and favor us with a touch of warmth. 

F. is a founding member at the Whitney, so we were lucky enough to go to the advance opening of the museum's new location in the Meatpacking District (conveniently close to the Standard Biergarten, hmm...). It was a lovely day altogether - the new layout of the museum is fantastic, a gorgeous combination of simplicity and profundity.  The art was really carefully curated, and the variety of the floors was very cleverly done.  

And we saw Robin Wright, so that was pretty dope.

Also, life update!! We adopted a gorgeous 3 month old kitten from the bodega on the corner, of all places. He's 90% Siamese, the most adorable thing I've ever seen in my life. Interwebs, meet Jiji! 

I can't really write anything that can really top a picture of a kitten, so I'll just stop here. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spruce Street

APC boots, everything else vintage

In honor of me and F's 5-year anniversary, I booked us a flight to New Orleans, the city where he lived the past 4 years. It was an incredible experience, seeing his old friends and rediscovering everything we both love about the place. We definitely lived it up - eating oysters, sunbathing by the levy, relaxing with a bottle of wine and outdoor jazz at Bacchanal (a must-visit place to anyone coming to Nola for the first time).  

We snapped these photos on our way to breakfast at the Camelia Grill on Easter Sunday. The light was dappled, the heat was kicking (after the New York winter we've had, it was nearly transcendent!), and I realized I need to buy some spring clothes that perhaps aren't black. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Only Skin Deep

Over the years I've slowly gotten better about managing my skin, but this winter after I was stricken with dryness on my chin and forehead, I decided to attempt to actually have good skin rather than just alright skin. 

Cetaphil is a pretty frequent visitor to sites like Into the Gloss, and at $6 a pop, it's probably the cheapest and best product out there.  I wash with Cetaphil every day, and then 3 times a week with the Vasanti "Brighten Up!" Enzymatic exfoliator.  After washing I've been using the L'oreal brightening primer all over, followed by Supergoop CC cream, which has SPF +40 and a nice texture that covers redness, but is still quite sheer.  

Other than that, I just use a swipe of Benefit mascara, and Laura Geller moisturizing lip pencil in Plum Freeze.  I'm looking to get more creative with my routine in the next few months, but for now this combo is solid and stays on all day. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rebirth, the Reboot

Uniqlo coat, A.P.C. boots, vintage skirt and faux fur stole

I've been missing the blog world lately, and I'm determined to make another attempt at posting regularly. Especially since it'll help motivate me to put together outfits in this unyieldingly snowy weather that aren't just "black sweater + uniqlo heat tech pants + coat".  FYI, there's a mimosa in that to go cup. 

If you guys have any suggestions of what you'd like to see more of, feel free to comment or shoot me an email! I'm thinking of doing a beauty post soon, aka "how to maintain some semblance of dewiness in -4 degrees".

Monday, January 26, 2015


I've been playing around with the filters and effects on the VSOCam app, and I like how they're able to more accurately represent the world as I see it at the moment. I'm feeling really comfortable this winter in New York, despite the record snowstorm that is currently hitting the city. Also feeling excited to travel to Paris this weekend, if weather allows. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Golden Globes Recap

ph: via Mashable

I'm always a huge fan of red carpets during the award show season, but I was kind of underwhelmed by this season's Golden Globes outfits.  I like the Globes because people usually have a little fun with their outfits, but everything was very typical and pretty uninteresting.  There were even a few that I was kind of offended by (Rosamund Pike, Lana Del Rey, Lena Dunham), because of how horrifically they fit. Sienna Miller in Miu Miu was the only look of note, in my opinion - I love how she went for a crystal embellished print, the warm ivory is lovely, her hair and makeup are modern, etc. My other honorable mentions are below:

Behati looks great, minus her hair which looks like it can't decide between the 60s and the late 90s, and minus Adam Levine because he's gross. Emma Stone looked INCREDIBLE, and I love trousers and jumpsuits on the red carpet and wish women would go for them more. The only thing is that they look a little wrinkled here.

I think Salma Hayek looks incredible, she can really pull off a dropped-waist hourglass silhouette.  And her hair is perfection. The only thing is that I don't like her little bag, and her jewels are kind of prissy.  Ellie Kemper's overall look is safe, but the dress is beautiful.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Time for Sparkles and Reflection

Clockwise from top left: Rick Owens top, Anya Hindmarch clutch, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Malene Birger bodysuit, Charlotte Olympia heels, Vivienne Westwood skirt, Oscar de la Renta earrings, Malene Birger top, Arme de l'Amour earrings, Kate Moss X Topshop romper, Markus Lupfer platforms

All of these pieces were chosen from the Net-a-Porter sale, and all are less than $500!  We don't dress up for Christmas in my family, but New Year's Eve is a whole 'nother story for me.  Ironically, it's quite unlikely that I'll wind up at some insane party - every time I do a party-type-thing on New Year's, something bad happens... I'm looking forward to dressing up, having some nice cocktails with friends, and then making it home around midnight to drink champagne and watch a movie with the one I love (and look good while doing it).  

I hope that wherever you are today, and whatever you believe (or don't believe) in, that you are with people you care about and are having a lovely time.  The most important thing, as we look back on this very eventful and sometimes very sad year, is to be grateful and to see how we can help others in the coming months.  We only have each other, we must cherish the bonds that make us human. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Who's That Girl?

ph. Atterley Road 

According to the description, an #ARWOMAN is “empowering and empowered”.  Atterley Road's goal in introducing this campaign is to unite women in celebrating other women, which I think is a freaking fantastic idea.  It’s also a nice way to have a bit of a retrospective of the year – a year, I might add, which has had its fair share of ups and downs.  It’s strange because I have personally had quite an extraordinary year, thanks to the amazing family and friends that surround me, and some of the work I have put in finally coming to fruition.  On the other hand, the world around me – both in my country and abroad – has been subject to so much strife and more than its fair share of sadness. It is both a time for mourning, and a time for renewal. 

                Having said all that, there seems to be no more appropriate person to nominate as my #ARWOMAN than my own mother.  I have been blessed with the best family in the world, and my mom in particular is someone I look up to more than anyone else.  She’s not only kind and generous, but one of the most intelligent, soulful and creative people I have encountered.  She was a stay-at-home mother while my brother and I were growing up, and since we’ve gotten older she has done a complete reversal and has once again become a highly successful career woman – a nearly impossible feat, but not for her apparently. I hope you will join me in toasting her this holiday season, because she truly deserves it.  

(Then, once you have finished toasting her, head on over to Atterley Road to see all of the other women nominated, and do some shopping while you're at it!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Everyone Say Ghesquière

Balenciaga Blouse

Last Monday around 6:30pm, I was sitting in a taxi on my way home, frantically texting my friend Seth, who was at the appointment-only Balenciaga sample sale.  He was sending me photos of wallets and bags and blouses (while Grace Coddington shopped next to him), and I was trying to determine from these photos, lit by flourescent lights, which item was destined to be mine. 

Most of the knits were quite basic, and I wanted something that would indicate its special-ness.  Balenciaga was one of the first really high-fashion design houses I fell in love with. It was in 2006, the year I first started reading fashion magazines and blogs like Style Bubble and Fashion Toast. Even to this day, my friends and I use "Balenciaga" as our go-to *designer-ish* name when joking about fashion stuff. What I really loved about it was the way Nicolas G. interpreted the historicism of the collection so respectfully, yet was still able to add something almost futuristic, or at least totally modern. 

Flash forward to last week, when Seth showed me this blouse and told me it was by Ghesquiere and not Alexander Wang, I knew it was the one for me, and I was even more excited when I saw it in person.  It's difficult to tell from these photos, but the entire blouse is made of stiff layers of laser-cut silk, and the small white spots are mesh. The sleeves and back panel have these structured pleats that make it stand away from the body a bit, and gives it this sense of drama.  It's an incredible piece; I can hardly believe I own it. But now I'm going to wear the crap out of it, as you can see from the above photo, taken after I insisted on wearing it to go to Target.