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Hot hot summer heat.  NYC is melting right now.  So far it’s been an amazing summer.  I’ve barely been in the city, escaping on weekend adventures at every opportunity.  Navigating away from the hot pavement, steamy, brutally aggressive beast that NYC becomes in the hot summer months.  I’ve been lucky enough to have been spending most of my summer in the Hamptons.  Full of swimming, boating, surfing, rosé filled days, head in the clouds and dancing the nights away.  It truly is summer camp for adults, and most of the time feels very surreal.  It’s Neverland.  However I am not in the Hamptons this weekend, and will keep those stories for another post, which I am sure will be ridiculous because how does one even even begin to explain the Hamptons.  It’s best experienced.  No, this weekend I am in the city and it is melting, I feel like I am actually in Salvador Dali’s famous surrealist painting ‘The Persistence of Memory’.  You know the one, where all the clocks seem to literally be melting off the canvas?  Dali is known for his weird and outlandish subject matter, NYC is full of the weird and outlandish and it’s all melting at the moment into one puddle.  Everything seems to slow down in the heat, especially if a pool or the ocean isn’t within jumping distance.  Being stuck in this heat wave makes one get more creative with activities, one of the more obvious choices is to hit up the museum scene.  I spent the day at the new Whitney in meatpacking.  The air conditioning was a welcome reprieve and the views were pretty great too.  I’m not a group museum goer, rarely do I go with more than one person.  It just seems so tedious to me waiting for everyone to have their experience with the art.  I know what I like visually and what I don’t and tend to go through museums pretty quickly.  Every once in a while I stumbled upon a piece of artwork that really captures me emotionally, draws me in and holds my attention for a long period of time. This is not to say I don’t fully enjoy museums, I just tend to enjoy them at a faster pace than most. I love the diversity of people at museums, you have people from all over the country and world coming to a place to have a cultural experience, that idea to me is pretty fucking cool. Dressing in heat like this can be hard.  Basic instincts tell me I don’t want to wear anything.  In fact I would like to stay home in the comfort of my air conditioned apartment and walk around in underwear all day.  Then I start to feel guilty at not doing anything so I get dressed and venture out. The common problem of going from straight humid grossness into freezing air conditioning is always a dilemma when picking out my outfit.  One of my new favorite brands, Blameyourdaze, a company based in Greece, makes amazing, beautiful pieces perfect for summer.  I’m wearing the Diamond Wide pants pictured here.  Every piece by Blameyourdaze is super comfortable, they balance simple and elegant perfectly.  Each piece has a hand written number on the tag, indicating the small number of pieces made in each collection.  Every little detail makes the brand feel exclusive. The refined details are truly some of the best quality I’ve seen in a small brand.  I hope to visit Greece soon and meet these lovely ladies in person, it’s on the top of my travel destinations list!

Outfit: Diamond Wide Pants – Blameyourdaze | Top – KIMEM | Shoes – Dolce & Gabbana | Choker – Sabrina SL by Sabrina Sun | Watch – Daniel Wellington | Purse – Furla

 

 

New York City in the Spring time.  It’s the excitement of new things to come.  The pre-game to summer.  The shedding of old shit.  I’ve been doing a lot of that lately.  Cleaning out my closet, the physical one and metaphorical one.  It’s just the beginning of Spring and I’ve already gone through a lot of changes and have a lot to look forward to.  I recently got a new roommate and moved from one room to the other which in itself feels like speed dating and moving all rolled into one tedious experience.  Finding a new copacetic roommate is very much like the online dating process.  It all starts with the back and forth online conversation in which you try to gather as much as you can to suss out the level of normal this stranger is before inviting them to meet you in person.  Followed by social media stalking and eventually the actual meet in person.  Catfishes need not apply.  Inevitably a few weirdos are going to seek by the email, social media stalking and make it to the in person meet and greet.  Needless to say I have a new lovely roommate and now I get to look forward to re-arranging and re-decorating the apartment.  I like spring cleaning.  Getting rid of the old and bringing in the new.  New roommate, new room, new decorating, organization and new spring wardrobe.  Cue this fantastic Jumpsuit pictured here.

I’ve always been obsessed with neutrals, whites in particular.  So when Saint x Sinner sent me this magical jump suit I immediately fell in Love.  The first new addition to my Spring wardrobe.  What was really special was the memories the brand brought up for me.  Saint x Sinner is based out of Bali, Indonesia.  Which I haven’t visited in years.  It is a truly magical, otherworldly place that I could easily spend months and months getting lost in it’s intoxicating landscapes.  The beautiful textiles, scents, and memories of the wonderful people came flooding back with each beautifully crafted garment.  It was one of those memorable moments that give us pause.  I opted for simple yet bold accessories.  I am getting back into watches and love this big oversized wood watch by Jord, a company that values sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living.

One of the things I am looking forward to this Spring and Summer is traveling more.  Bali is definitely high on my list of places to get back to.  Along with trying some new places, Iceland, South America and Morocco are all high on my list.  New York City puts my senses into overdrive, the sights, sounds, people the non stop city – and it can be a bit much at times but more often
then not I crave it.  I did decide to live here after all.  Something about that endless adrenaline.  Traveling does the same thing for my senses.  Go explore, create, have amazing moments and memories.  That’s my Spring time mantra.

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Outfit: All Night Jumpsuit – Saint x Sinner , Hat – Lack of Color , Frankie Watch in Ebony – Jord Wood Watches , Shoes – Stella Mccartney

My amazingly talented and dear friend, Dylana Suarez, recently shot and interviewed me for Cleobella.  I wanted to share the story here for a chance to get to know me better.  Playing dress up with Dylana is my favorite because she inspires me to try new styles and perfectly exposes my bohemian side. As an actor I love transforming into a style that isn’t completely my own. And with Dylana’s innate sense of playfulness and positive energy, it makes the entire day an experience.  I pick up on people’s energy really easily and hers is completely contagious.

I treat each of these opportunities like a character study. Temporarily embodying the persona, temperament and unique qualities.  Sometimes I think I am mature beyond my age, having had many experiences most people don’t have until an older age.  I’ve been extremely lucky to have been exposed to so many cultures and people but I think it’s also messed with my sense of age.  Sometimes I feel wiser beyond my years and then sometimes I am 18 again – craving those intense emotions of first time crushes, dancing until the sun rises and experimenting with all that  life has to offer.  Dylana helps me channel that energy. And the result is completely magical.

Here I am wearing the Cleobella Malibu Dress and Zinta Jacket, A quirky, bohemian twist on a French-inspired look. Check out the interview below!

See interview below!


What do you love about living in NYC, and what first drove you to the city? 

I love that there are endless possibilities in NYC. I read an article recently that talked about NYC being the perfect place for possibility junkies and that really hit home for me because it’s spot on. I love the diversity. It’s such a melting pot of people from all different backgrounds and places around the world. It inspires me daily. I think it was all of these things that drove me here initially. I had always wanted to live in NYC, to have the experience of living here and it just so happens it has a thriving film and fashion industry which allows me to pursue both my passions. I get bored easily but it’s truly hard to be bored in NYC. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a homebody sometimes but it’s nice to know the option of going out and doing something is always there.

What drives your passions and creativity? 

People, places, and experiences. I find inspiration in different forms all the time but living in NYC and being surrounded by its energy is definitely a huge driving force. I am an actor, who also happens to work in fashion on a freelance basis so seeing and meeting new people with different styles and walks of life everyday is hugely important. Seeing new art exhibits, design, how people expressive themselves with their clothing, traveling . . . all of this drives my passion and creativity. I’ve tried on various different creative hats, and have a background in architecture, design and fashion styling. However, it wasn’t until I started acting that I truly felt 100% alive. It’s the best creative outlet for me and drives me to be the best creatively in-tune person I can be. My blog allows me to share these experiences, adventures and thoughts.

If you can close your eyes and open them to find yourself anywhere in the world, where would you want to find yourself? 

Oh this is such a hard question! There are so many places I would love to travel, including jumping into a time machine and visiting another era. I think questions like this are just a bit unfair really, I mean come on! There are so many brilliant adventures to be had!! Iceland has been at the top of my list for a while now with New Zealand and Australia close behind. I love adventure and being in nature, and all of these places have such amazing natural landscapes. I imagine it would be like escaping into a magical other world. Bali is always on my list as well. I can go back there a million times and never get tired of it.

What does it mean to you to have a “lust for life”? 

A yearning to feel every fiber of your being electrified. To go after a dream, to practice saying yes to opportunities and adventures, exploring new experiences and breaking out of your comfort zone. To not limit yourself. To savor every experience. To live life to fullest because darling its just too damn short.

What’s your hidden talent? 

I’m not sure I have one

Listening to right now? 

So many different things, Im hugely inspired by music for my work, it can really help me get into a mood or character.

Reading right now? 

I’m about to start Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris, but you will usually find me reading some sort of fantasy book in the world of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. I’m totally an escapist and love getting swept up into magical lands.

What woman in your life do you admire the most and why? 

My mother. She has always told me to follow my passion and it’s never too late to try something and go after it. I decided to study acting and follow that dream a little later in life and she was one of the few people who encouraged me and supported me. Without her I couldn’t have found my true passion let alone peruse it as a career. She is incredibly giving, smart and independent. I’m a really big fan of women who are kind to other women. Ladies we are all in this together. Let’s remember to be kind and supportive to one another instead of judgmental or mean. We must be advocates for each other.

How do you describe the Cleobella girl and the way you feel when you wear Cleobella? 

I think the Cleobella girl is full of wanderlust. She is a bohemian goddess full of life, love and laughter. She embraces experiences, people and places and sticks true to the important things in life. She cherishes life’s simple little moments just as much as she embraces the high energy crazy ones. When I wear Cleobella I feel like embracing my more bohemian, gypsy, wanderlust side and traveling the world. I feel unique and effortless, and special.

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Photography by: Dylana Suarez

I may have mentioned fall is one of my favorite seasons, especially October.  The weather starts to change, the city becomes alive and the countryside is begging to be explored.  Dotted with vibrant colors and full of activities.  One of those activities being apple picking, an old tradition of mine and something that makes me feel entirely nostalgic for earlier days of foraging and country living.  There is something about getting out in nature that is so healing.  To leave the city behind for the day, fill your lungs with fresh air and be reminded of just how beautiful Mother Nature is, to be reminded of where your food comes from.

A few days before our eventful exploration into the wild I had the pleasure of meeting a new group friends who gladly invited me along with their pack for apple picking adventures.  Every once in a while you meet someone, or a group for that matter that you instantly connect with and you know your life is going to change, to be impacted, a finding of your tribe of sorts.  Well this group was just that.  I feel so lucky when people come into my life that I immediately feel connected to, comfortable in my own skin with, genuinely good, fun, full of laughter people that extend themselves to you with no expectation of anything in return.  This, this is magical.  It is also one of the many reasons I love NYC, I have met so many new, talented, beautiful, amazing people here.  The city has a way of bringing people together, it’s like one big melting pot of people and experiences.  I feel like I couldn’t write this post without touching on the subject of new friends, finding your people and being open to what the world brings you.

We started the day by fueling up on yummy organic smoothies at my favorite local neighborhood spot Salud before jumping into our zip car for a mini road trip into the countryside.  As we departed from the city I embraced the adventure, letting the large buildings of the city dwindle down to small towns and huge lush trees full of burning oranges, vibrant reds and yellows not caring I barely knew the people in the car but just being thankful to be included.  As soon as we arrived at Barton Orchards we all suddenly became kids again.  We did every activity possible.  Yes, we went through the petting zoo, rode the tractor ride, ate apple cider donuts and drank apple cider spiked with whisky, and ran through the corn maze, taking every chance possible to prank, sneak up on and scare each other.  Did I mention we had to sneak into the corn maze?  Oh yes we certainly did hop the fence, ignoring the closed sign and made it our own.  Sound reminiscent of how horror films start?  Yes I thought so too, but what would an October visit to the pumpkin patch be without some witchy spooky vibes.  Only after we had accomplished every activity provided, and certainly meant to entrain the children not a group of adults did we make our way over to the apple orchard for some serious foraging.  I don’t know what it is about getting to pick your own food but some sort of hunter/gatherer mentality sets in.  Needless to say we came home with entirely too much produce and certainly an overdose of apple tastings.

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“Gypset n. An unconventional, bohemian approach to life. – adj.  Characterized by a fashionable exoticism and down – to – earth ease. — Gypsetter n. One who is gypset. (A portmanteau word: the wiles of a gypsy mixed with the sophistication of the jet set.)” – Definition found in the book Gypset Travel by Julia Chaplin.  Julia, you are speaking my language.