summer kicks

summer kicks



If there's one shoe that I'm always wearing this summer, it might surprise you that it isn't a pair of flip flops. It's actually a brand that I've been wearing since I was a kid - a good old pair of Keds. I used to have them in every color and can even remember how I would color coordinate my Keds with my biker shorts/oversized loose tee aka my staple 90s attire.

Well, I'm bringing my beloved childhood shoes back into my life. I recently ordered a new pair and as luck would have it, it came to my doorstep 20 minutes before I left for the airport. There wasn't a need to break them in as they were already super comfortably and offer a lot of support. They walked all over the streets of London through the good times and the bad (thanks London rain) and even though they're white, they were a breeze to clean when I ran through dirty puddles and watched them turn from white to black.

I'm wearing the Chillax Basics because I'm 31 now and don't believe in laces. And also because you can just slip them on and run out the door in a seconds which is perfect for the woman on the go.

Shop yours here! Shoe is true to size.

Shoes: Keds Chillax Basics in White

minister marie and jumpsuits too

minister marie and jumpsuits too


Random story:

Last night, my friend and I were discussing his wedding. There isn't a date set yet and he's not really religious. Long story short, I started researching alternative officiants for him and shortly after, I somehow ended up becoming ordained online (non-denominational) and am now legally able to officiate weddings... and funerals and house blessings too, among other things. I, myself, was raised Catholic but somehow through my adult years, I guess you can say I've become more of just a spiritual individual. And now it looks like I'll be officially officiating his wedding which is an honor but also quite hilarious. At least for me. But to be honest, after giving it some thought, I actually think I might want a close friend or family member to officiate my wedding one day. You know, if I actually get married and settle down one day faaaarrrrrrrr in the future. But hopefully not too far where my ovaries have completely expired but far enough. 

By the way, I can totally see my twenty-three year old self shaking her head at me regarding marriage. We have opposing views. 

Wearing: 

Jumpsuit: Forever21 Floral Wide Leg Jumpsuit

on being 31

on being 31




Over the weekend, I celebrated my thirty-first birthday. I spent the day with my parents who drove up to New York. When they asked what I wanted to do to celebrate, there was really only one thing on my mind: Smorgasburg. Because it's my birthday and I'll eat what I want. 

Smorgasburg in Brooklyn on a sunny weekend day is what my dreams are made of, especially when all you want to do is wear stretchy shorts and sit out in the grass to bask in the glory of all the food you've managed to carry with two hands. My favorites that I would definitely want to eat again would probably be the ramen burger and the mango flower with chili. It's exactly what it sounds like...  a mango cut into the shape of a flower, topped with chili. And it's pure magic. In leu of a birthday cake, I ate an ice cream cone wrapped in a cloud of cotton candy the size of my head. You absolutely must visit Wu Kong in NYC to experience this because it's freakin WORTH IT. 

And since I'm 31 and as old as moldy cheese, I did what any old person would do on their birthday. I put  in an application for an apartment in the East Village.  I know, its a mission I've been on for quite some time now. Well, you guys, I'm here to tell you that this is most likely not the end of the road as many others applied for the same apartment at the same time I did. If I could roll my eyes any harder... 

I'm still so very thankful for the past year as I've had so many great opportunities in this crazy world of fashion and can't believe I'll be heading to London next month to design athletic wear! And the greatest birthday gift of all is booking a project in the Bahamas! I'll have more information on it soon but it's safe to say in the words of Jessie Spano: I'M SO EXCITED!!! 

Wearing: 

Crop Top & Pants: Papaya Clothing Striped Palazzo Set

Kodak series: Ireland 1999

Kodak series: Ireland 1999









The other night, I was going through some old photo albums and came across old pictures that I took from a disposable camera when I was still in middle school. I didn't realize how long I actually used disposable cameras (up until my freshman year of college in 2004!) because it's  hard to think there was a time in my life when I didn't have an iPhone. I think these photographs are precious so I wanted to share some of my travel photos that my 12 year old self took. This particular post is about the time I went to Ireland.... for a pair of shoes. 

I was in seventh grade when I saw Riverdance for the first time on VHS. I had already been dancing for years at this point and tap was my jam. Whatever they were doing on Riverdance just looked like a more challenging version of all the shuffle-ball-changes I was doing in tap class but I was all about it. I wanted to learn. And as it turns out, finding an Irish dance studio was pretty easy in our area. Go figure. Long story short, when I transitioned from soft shoe to hard shoe in class, my mom and I decided to take a weekend trip to Ireland so I could get the best hard shoe (or if we're being honest, we just wanted an excuse to go to Ireland). My dad works for the airlines so we were lucky to be able to hop on a plane whenever we wanted for free. 

The unfortunate thing about traveling when you're still young is that you're not as appreciative of the amazing opportunity to be immersed in another culture and in my case, I can't really remember what I did or what I saw other than being incredibly excited about getting a new pair of dance shoes. But I do have these photos and it gives me a window into what my 12 year old self thought was interesting and unique in Dublin. And I got to say, it's quite sweet. 

ootd + friday night tea talk

ootd + friday night tea talk


I don't know how this always happens but it just seems like every time I want to write about something more personal, it conveniently is around the time my birthday is coming up. Is this supposed to mean something?

I, like so many others, have a list of things I'd like to accomplish in this lifetime. But what I wanted to write on here is a goal that I've been trying to want to do more but I don't usually pursue it. In fact, I think as years go by, I progressively get worse at it. And that thing that I'm not good at doing is... being more social. I know. Really reaching for the big things in life.

You can ask any of the people that know me well. I've always been a homebody. Getting me to go out can be a quite a task. Things I can do at home on any given night... thats my jam. Museums, going to the ballet, a book talk... thats how I roll if I'm not hiding indoors. I know there's nothing wrong with that but I do feel like I'm missing out in life in many other ways and I know it's because I like being a hermit.

So I'm just putting it in writing right here. I'm going to try to be more social this birthday year. I'm going to remind myself to go on girl, get out there!

(But if I'm not out there, just know I'll be at home basking in the glory of a cup of tea hot off the kettle)


Ashley Mason Denim

Ashley Mason Denim




I love supporting new designers. Often times, the brands that are in their infancy pour their hearts and souls into their creations thereby delivering 110% and you know what that means? QUALITY! Ashley Mason Denim is not an exception. Their jeans are affordable (big plus!) but also comfortable, stylish, and it's easy to find a pair that compliments your unique body type. For me, it's always tough finding a pair of jeans that will fit my thighs/hips but also my waist. Nothing worse than when your jeans fit your waist nicely but leaves your booty flat, preventing it from living the dream, ya feel? I don't wear anything that I don't stand by and this brand is definitely a new favorite. You can find Ashley Mason Denim at select stores (Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, and more) or check out their Instagram


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