My Spring '18 Wish List

Hey, ho!

It's been a minute, so I wanted to get back into the swing of things with an easy, transitional post! I also don't have any new, personally created content to share, so here's a list of things I would love to acquire come springtime for your inspiration & for my friends, family, and boyfriends information... :) subtle, I know. 


First off is a brand I've wanted to get my hands on for a very long time. What with Negin Mersalehi being one of my favorite Instagram influencers and all, and what with her having such amazing hair, I've had my eye on her almost $90 Honey Infused Hair Oil from her beauty brand Gisou since its release, I just haven't been able to bring myself to spend that much on a beauty product. Luckily, she's just released a new product, the Honey Infused Hair Mask retailing at $60, making the damage to your wallet just a little less severe.

Next up, I recently began following the LA based women’s apparel and accessories brand, Valfré, on Instagram. Founded by Mexican-born artist, Ilse Valfré, the online retailer sells various types of clothing and accessories (in both fashion & tech), however, what got me interested in it all was Ilse's collection of prints. Whilst her Instagram mostly features her Lotería card prints, which I absolutely love, I think I would most enjoy my Valfré splurge (another $60 on average item) if it involved this flying saucer - if you know me, you know why - featured in this America's Most Wanted Print. But if she came out with a full set of the Lotería cards, I'd have to get my hands on those, too. 

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Clear bags had their moment for a bit last year, and we all kind of forgot about them when the basket bags and impractical rope/net bags that cannot possibly hold your small belongings came about. Yet, they're kind of making a comeback as spring re-approaches.  I've caught Aimme Song (@songofstyle, one of the best fashion influencers out there) sporting two different interpretations of the concept.One being this Staud Shirley Bag, which is currently sold out in both colors (tan & white), retailing at $210, as well as a colorful Chanel crossbody - which I'm also dying to find on the interwebs. 

I am currently on the hunt for the perfect [floral] midi-sundress for a while now. If there is one brand that knows how to do the sundress, its Reformation. Not being a fan of loud prints, I have a very specific idea of what I want. Reformation produces simple, folksy and feminine pieces, that are eco-friendly, too. Working from recycled materials, Reformation is reducing fashion-waste one garment at a time. The price-points of the brand seem well-worthwhile, not only for the good that your purchase will do, but also for the quality in craftsmanship and design. 

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I'm a sucker for pendant necklaces, and these are no exception. Brie Leon's gold Cosmic Pendants, coming in all 12 zodiac symbols. Yet another splurge purchase, IMO, which is why its on my wishlist! I've also been window shopping sites like Mejuri and Maria Black for quite sometime. Maybe one of these days I'll finally spend money on jewelry, rather than stocking up on $5 Forever21 necklaces that don't last... But at this time, I just lose things way too often. 

My First NYFW Experience

I can't believe that after only three months of living in NYC, I am able to say that I have experienced New York Fashion Week first hand. Working for a PR & consulting firm that handles planning and executing a few NYFW runway shows, I was able to work and attend two SS18 fashion shows: Vivienne Tam & Chocheng. The former occurred on Sunday, September 10th at noon, and it was amazing. Decked out with celebs and recognizable industry professionals, the VT show showcased a collection inspired by China's largest grossing, blockbuster film Monster Hunt, and served as a collaboration and promotion for the film's sequel. The collection featured landscape motifs from the film, such as waterfalls and mountainous patterns and colors. Amazing, flowing silhouettes moved down the runway, and some pieces even featured the film's little monster: Wuba. The collection was absolutely gorgeous, and I am so happy to have witnessed its debut first hand! 

All that aside, I couldn't believe I was there, at a NYFW show, opening day, talking with celebs and networking with their PR & management teams. I couldn't believe I was talking with the designer herself during the week leading up to the show. I couldn't believe I was part of the team that made that show happen, and run smoothly.

FALL 2017 TRENDS ~ 70s Silhouettes, Menswear, & Warm Solids

Its officially September, and so its time to start looking ahead and getting excited about this year's autumnal trends. However, we're definitely still experiencing summer weather, so I've made a simple trend board to ease my mind as I wait in anticipation for the temperature to drop. This season its all about 70s silhouettes, menswear inspired looks, and a pop of red or orange! 

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I’ve lived in (or directly next to) a metropolitan for most of my life, but Minneapolis is no N.Y.C. *obviously*

While I am used to a few skyscrapers surrounding me, I am also used to an abundance of nature and fresh air very near by, as well as a little goddamn peace and quiet. 

NYC is its own creature, and sometimes that creature needs to take a freakin’ nap and give you a little time for some R&R ~ but it won’t, so… how does one find some goddamn peace in the middle of all this noise and chaos? 

Here are my tips: 

  1. Bring a novel with you everywhere you go. Read while on the subway, or at a park for your lunch break. Focusing on a beautifully written story will allow you to forget about everything and immerse yourself in an alternate reality, even if only for 5 minutes. Plus, reading puts your brain to work, and that’s a very good thing. 
    1. Currently reading Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre - a philosophical novel by the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, published in 1938.  The eloquently written faux-diary of a French Historian is the perfect reading piece for picking-up and putting-down constantly, but never losing the story. 
  2. Download a peaceful / chill playlist to your Spotify Offline. Getting a signal on the subway can be tricky, and you DO NOT want to use up all of your data even if you can find it. By taking the playlist offline you can put it on anywhere you go, and drown out the noise for a bit. (Benefits of relaxing music).
    1. Check out my favorite chill playlist here. I prefer a mix of electric, dreamscape music paired with acoustic, folksy tunes to mellow out while at the same time changing the mood every so often ~ because sometimes chill music can be so sad… 
  3. Take advantage of bad weather. Rainy/snowy days are the BEST for chilling out in a dim and cozy space, watching a movie, and taking a breath. While stimulating your brain with a good book is always a good thing, sometimes we need to let ourselves veg out. Also, make a to-do list and take the time that this bad weather has given you to pick-up your room, do the dishes and laundry, etc. All of those household things you'd rather not be doing on a beautiful day, do them today. 
    1. My recommendation: Harry Potter marathon, taking breaks throughout to get those annoying chores done. Its perfect for groggy days and there are enough of them to fill the whole day! 
  4. Listen to non-fiction audiobooks. I recommend “self-help” and memoir-type non-ficion because they kind of feel like podcasts, and listening to these types of books is an easy way to distill some education into your hustle and bustle type of days, when you just don’t have the time to sit down and read.
    1. Big Magic or The Art of Not Giving a Fuck are a couple of great options. The former is great for getting the creative juices flowing, or simply just for understanding your own creativity. The latter, well its in the title, is it not? 
  5. Find time to spend with friends and family. This is vital. The busier we get, the harder and harder it becomes to find a time where everyone is free. But a lack of socialization can drive anyone crazy. Schedule in quick coffee and lunch dates, and look at local event calendars to find out when there are chill-out events going on that you can both/all make it to. 
    1. In NYC this summer, HBO has a Movies in the Park series at Bryant Park, I recommend grabbing a bottle of wine and some snacks, throwing down a blanket, and enjoying the city from a rare grassy knoll with friends. 

I’ve only lived in the Big Apple for two months, but I think that these tips are pretty solid and well rounded! Please tag me in any implementations! :) 


"The Month of Love"


    These days love can be hard to muster, hard to find, hard to believe in. With a country founded on the idea that people should have the chance to make their dreams come true by coming to a land of opportunity, one that was founded on the right to free speech , the right to freely protest and to question the government, it is hard to watch what is happening in the United States and feel love and to feel loved. 

    But as we’ve seen in the past two weeks, LOVE REALLY CAN TRUMP HATE. Millions of people have taken it to the streets to show just how much love there really is in the world, and to show the disenfranchised that they are not alone. 

    This month, that is what I will be focusing on. Spreading Love & Positivity, Fighting for Love & Acceptance & Inclusion & Understanding.