Aug 6, 2017

Velvet Heart



Stripes, hearts, and bows, oh my – but no, no one hacked this blog. This shirt and these bow-back shoes are not very me at first glance, yet I was inexplicably drawn to them and they were pretty much immediate "add-to-carts" for me. The color of the shirt is more of an orangey-peachy pink than a cotton-candy pink, and I adore the bright velvet heart (god, this shirt has me using words like "adore").



I've long admired the 'Coco' mules from The Row, but knowing that I may very well destroy them with one bad trip across cobblestoned streets, I just can't quite stomach the price. I think that's why I was so drawn to the above pair by Ganni. Totally similar aesthetic but won't put you on an instant-ramen diet for a week.




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Jul 27, 2017

#TodsAround


I recently photographed a project for Tod's, showcasing some iconic Gommino pieces, in particular, the Gommino loafer and the Gommino Mini bag. I chose a few classic NY spots to shoot in, as I was representing NY among the other worldwide photographers involved in this #TodsAround project. I also tried to keep the styling clean and simple to evoke a sense of that effortless Italian style.





Modeled by Jessi Frederick
Look 1: COS top // COS shorts // Winden earrings
Look 2: Fame and Partners top // Citizens of Humanity jeans
Look 3: Yune Ho trench dress // Raey slip dress

Jul 25, 2017

Overcast



I wanted to shoot a personal swimwear edit while out in Montauk this past weekend, but I had a completely different "moodboard" in mind for it that involved harsh light, bright poppy colors, and lots of shadow play. At the mercy of the weather and tight timing, I had to completely rethink the feeling of the shoot and make do with what I was given. I ended up really loving the moody overcast beach and muted colors.





ft. Her the Label Audrey two-piece
Eres Héxagone swimsuit
Eres Pepita swimsuit

Jul 20, 2017

Balloon-sleeved



When I'm not wearing my shoot/work uniform of a white tee, jeans, and sneakers, I do like to have a little fun when I can. This top from JH Zane ticks all of the fun boxes. I had no business wearing a wool shirt on one of the hottest days of the year (it is a swamp in NY right now), but once I made the effort of putting it on (oh, and it's a real effort all right; you'll know when you see the back), I committed to it. And if you're a shorty like me and prefer the feel of rigid no-stretch denim, these jeans are a godsend. They're high-waisted too!






JH Zane top
Citizens of Humanity jeans
Loewe pouch (a beautiful pre-owned orange one here)
Robert Clergerie x Mr Self Portrait pumps (taller version)

Jul 17, 2017

Sel Rrose



I'm not sure what took me so long to hit up Sel Rrose's oyster happy hour but an oyster hankering yesterday led me there (yes I realize it's not the proper season for oysters, but a craving is a craving). The wine list is also right up my alley and even if you're not an oyster fan, you can drink good affordable bubbly and munch on fries (that's all I really need in life). I'm sure my next visit won't be too long from now.





Sel Rrose
1 Delancey St

Oyster happy hour: 4-7pm daily (oysters run from $1 to $1.50 a piece)

Jul 4, 2017

Public



A few weekends ago, I was a guest at the newly opened Public hotel on the Lower East Side. Being the photo geek that I am, I spent the majority of the time in the room observing the way the light moved through the room and re-taking the same photos when the light did change (I know, what a party animal right?). Overall, it's a beautifully done hotel with thoughtful amenities and branding, but what else would you expect from Ian Schrager. The most important discovery I made, though, was the chocolate chip cookie they serve at the food hall in the lobby. Seriously. Officially my favorite chocolate chip cookie in the city. Do not miss it if you happen to be in the area.







ft.
// Vintage Chanel shirt (A souvenir from Tokyo; though it cost a pretty penny, I justified it to myself thinking it'll be a classic white shirt to last the ages. Here is a similar Chanel find in linen, also with gold buttons!)
// Mansur Gavriel slides (here in a lovely navy)
// Moussy jeans

Jun 27, 2017

Pigalle



Paris with a heat index of 102 is a Paris I don't want to experience too many times in my lifetime. It's not that I can't handle a little heat, but when it does get that bad, my body just wants to slump down over an ice cube, and I operate at 30% capacity because I'm drained so easily. Also, 95% of Paris does not have AC, so when you've finally made it to your destination after a sweltering walk, there is no relief. In fact, it was often hotter indoors than out. The AC was also broken in our hotel room the first night, but that's a whole can of worms I won't get into.

Anyway, the fiery heat meant getting out as early as possible before temperatures properly rose. I took these shots over a leisurely breakfast at Le Pigalle (which was around the corner from where we stayed at Le Grand Pigalle) and in the surrounding streets.






ft. Monse top (fell in love with this at first sight and ordered it shortly thereafter)
// Citizens of Humanity jeans
// Maryam Nassir Zadeh pumps (on sale in navy here)
// Lo & Sons bag
// Celine sunglasses *side note, Matches has by far the lowest priced Celine eyewear I have seen anywhere. This pair, for example, retails for $450 in the US, 320 Euros in Europe (which is what I paid and thought was a "deal"), and somehow is only $285 on the site. Snag it up before they realize! I also have my eyes on these orange-pink babies.

Jun 25, 2017

Tuck


A much more summer appropriate way to wear this shirt, originally seen here. It's no breakthrough discovery but it's kind of neat what a simple tuck of the collars inside and tying of the bottom can do to change the look of a shirt. Though I don't love wearing silk in the summer time, it's fine when you know you're going straight into an AC-blasting room (which I was that night). In any case, I'll surely be styling all my linen and cotton button ups this way now. No bra necessary, because it's nice to let the ladies breathe a bit in the summertime ;). For reference, I'm wearing a size 2 in this shirt (shop it here).


Jun 19, 2017

Humid



It's been a strange June in NYC – it's 96 degrees one day and 60 the next. Overall humidity has been low though, until yesterday, that is. Summer is definitely here now. I tried to stay cool in this very feminine top (perhaps way more feminine than my usual taste but just so pretty), and these new white sandals which are reminiscent of the classic Hermes Oran style (oops, looks like white is sold out for now). I also had a dozen inquiries about this lipstick after posting on my IG stories, and it is the Bare Minerals Statement Matte in Devious.



Breakfast at l'estudio (above) has become a favorite. I love that they serve Panther coffee. The baked skillet eggs are a must.



I bought these Moussy jeans in Tokyo and have been living in them since. Of course, I can't seem to find the exact pair online, but you can find this cult Japanese brand here and here. What I love about this pair is the extra high-rise and the fact that it has a zipper fly. So many boyfriend jeans styles come with the button fly which I find to be an extra pain in the ass. Also they barely need hemming, which is rare for me. Just a cuff will do. I finished this look with this blush backpack... which gave me free hands to carry home the new plant I picked up at the just-opened Cactus Shop pop-up (below)!




All shot on the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens for Canon.

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Jun 14, 2017

Silent St.


How do you convey "the calm and peaceful morning after a snowstorm" in video form when you're shooting at the start of summertime in NY? Well, you rely on some clichés and shoot at the crack of dawn in SoHo when only the street cleaners and the occasional dog walker are out. So that's how I came to this video interpretation of Derek Lam 10 Crosby's Parfum Stick in Silent St. Many thanks to my buddy Chris Ozer for shooting and executing the vision.


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Jun 6, 2017

Polo Classic



I spent the better part of a glorious Saturday downing champagne and catching up with fellow creatives at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. I generally avoid day drinking as it makes me ready for bed by 6pm but when in Rome...



With the lovely Carin and Erica



And my Tokyo partner-in-crime, Blair



Fun little GIF by Sam Cannon.

ft. Elizabeth and James dress // Dior sunglasses // Mansur Gavriel bag // Trademark slides // NARS lip pencil