Oct 26, 2014

A new leaf

I've now erased the first sentence of this post for the fifth time, because where do you really begin when you're trying to gently talk about big life changes. I know I've never gotten too personal on here, but it would be impossible not to share my bittersweet move to a new apartment. It's my sixth (!!!) apartment in NYC now, but it's the very first one that's truly my own. And that's super liberating, exciting, and terrifying. The last time I lived "on my own" was a dorm room sophomore year of college where someone with a larger arm span could touch the ends of the room (and I lived off oatmeal because what else can you make when you have just a sink and a microwave).

I'm taking it a bit slow with the decor of this one. Partially because I'm forced to – I'll be traveling a ton in the next few weeks with little time to catch my breath in between. (And also because all the good stuff is on a 10-12 week delivery frame, sheesh.) It's a charming space with great light, as you may have seen on Instagram already.

So here I am, turning over a new leaf. (I had to do it.)

A few more snapshots of nooks of the space and my very first visitor (who happens to be my interior decorator – definitely more to come on that).

Here's to fresh starts and new chances.

Oct 9, 2014

Recent pick-me-ups

It's been a challenging few months with all sorts of hiccups in both my professional and personal life. But these are a few things that have made me happy recently.

1) A girl can never have too many lipsticks and I can always rely on a new lipstick to cheer me up. I love the new packaging on the NARS Audacious lipstick and recently picked it up in Geraldine, an orangish-coral-y shade. Bonus, the cap snaps in by magnet!

2) These pumps were a total impulse purchase, but as soon as I tried them on, I knew I was doomed. They immediately made me feel awesome and put-together and all sorts of positive things. I couldn't leave without them.

3) I'm so excited about my monogrammed Petra bag, thanks to the kind folks at Everlane. The bag is the perfect mid-size (well, compared to all the other tiny bags I've been using recently), and I always like a bag I can wear crossbody.

4) My brows need a lot of help. With this gel, I can somewhat tame their unruly ways.

5) I could have jumped for joy when I finally found a pair of sunglasses that didn't slip off my face or rest on my cheeks. Having no nose bridge and super wide cheeks makes sunglass shopping more of a pain than fun, but this pair finally works for me.

6) Artifact Uprising sent me a little surprise in the mail and it was a print of one of my favorite iPhone images. I'm also honored to be part of their community of Photo Ambassadors.

7) Astier de Villatte x John Derian. Enough said.

8) I like to be prepared and almost always carry a pair of flats when I wear heels anywhere – now they don't have to take up as much space in my bag thanks to these fold-up flats, courtesy of Tieks.

Oct 6, 2014

A long weekend in Seattle

I was in Seattle for the first time a few weeks ago and really had the best time. And though I brought my Sony a7r, I didn't put it to much use, so all I have are these sporadic iPhone shots from the short three days I was there. I'm missing a ton of great places I went to, but I've included everything in a list at the end of the post – a little mini-guide, if you will.

1+2) Breakfast at The London Plane (basically if I see avocado toast on a menu, I have to order it) and cute little zinnias right outside

3) A late night at Canon (don't miss the Angostura Bourbon nuts!)
4) Victrola Coffee - first stop after arriving in the city

5) Probably my favorite place I had coffee in Seattle – Milstead & Co
6) Of course, how could one miss Totokaelo on a visit

7+8) Squeezed in a drive up to beautiful Lummi Island for dinner at Willows Inn

9) Lunch at the airy Westward
10) Breakfast at Sitka & Spruce (and probably one of the most Instagrammed windows in Seattle)

11) Another quick coffee stop at Anchored Ship in Ballard
12) Why does it seem like every shop in Seattle has amazing light?

13+14) The perfect final meal at The Walrus & The Carpenter


The London Plane
Sitka & Spruce
The Walrus & The Carpenter
Willows Inn (if you can make the drive)
Molly Moon's


Les Amis


Needle & Thread
Tavern Law
Milstead & Co
Anchored Ship