Friday, August 22, 2014

Black & White & A Little Bling

In Miami...

The Design District had me at hello....
 The Louis store was killer...
 What's up with the slipcovered TV, Margiela?  I was speechless (in a really bad way) over this sight at the Maison de Martin...
Chanel & palm trees at Bal Harbour, speechless in a good way...
White G-Wagens everywhere...
I can just imagine a modern day Joan Crawford stepping out of one in this Alexander McQueen getup..."Don't f*ck with me fellas!"...
Remember, in the midst of the polar vortex, my dream of sipping champagne poolside at the St. Regis Miami with my sister?  Well, it came true (& was even better as our dear friend joined us :)... 
& wouldn't you know that drinks were on the house?  The universe had them lined up waiting for our arrival :)  We toasted & took in the view as the sun set & the moon lit up the Miami sky...
  photos: me/5

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Everything, & Yet Nothing, Changes...

Some say we already know what's going to happen in our lives & on a subconscious level we hold the vision for it & play it out.  I've always believed my life would come together & really start making sense in my 40's & today, well, they begin.  My teens & 20's, ugh, did any of us really know what the hell we were doing?  I did what society told me & what I thought would lead to success & happiness- straight A's in school, a fancy career on Wall Street- I had worked extremely hard, I was on the track & it was great for a while.  But then, much to my chagrin, cracks began to emerge in my grand plan.  The truth was I wasn't becoming the person I was born to be & soon my inklings of doubt turned into a full on breakdown.  In my 30's I burned myself to the ground, gave the middle finger to the man & started forging my own path on my own terms.  It's been one hell of a ride & as I begin my 40th year on the planet, there are a lot of unknowns.  I don't know where my career will take me, I don't know who or where the love of my life is, I don't know where my more permanent home will be, but I absolutely know this...I'm going to focus on being 100% me- following my heart & dreams, sharing my gifts with the world, being happy, & enjoying every step of the journey (in a cute outfit, of course ;)

PS- I'm kicking off my journey by ringing in my 40th in Miami with my sister & a dear friend...
 
there will be lots of reflecting, relaxing & champagne drinking :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Happynings

Cocktails & dinner in a bucolic Hudson Valley setting with one of my best friends...a beautiful doe walked by in the field behind us!  
Amazing beach day with my niece & nephews....
 Foster kittens!!!.... 
It's a horrific fact that our tax dollars fund the killing of 9,000 healthy & beautiful cats & dogs each day in shelters.  One of the things I want most in life is to see the US become a no kill country ASAP.  Please make a donation to help this cause and consider adopting & fostering- these furry angels deserve to live & keep their light & love shining in the world.  We can make it happen!!  http://bestfriends.org/
Totally digging the Kongos.  As if being four South African brothers with the last name Kongos isn't badass enough, their music is unique & powerful & some of their songs (like "I'm Only Joking") are a bit scary & ominous, like those flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz are coming to get you....I can't stop listening!
I am gaga over this Gucci dress.  This is going on the list as one of my all time favorite ensembles....total perfection from head to toe- I wouldn't change a thing.  Well, except that I'd be wearing it ;) 
What's bringing a smile to your face lately?  All we ever have is this moment & what it brings...spending time with the people & pets you love, appreciating the utter beauty of nature, listening to a favorite song, wearing a favorite outfit...Stop, Take a deep breath, & Treasure the little moments because each one adds up to your life :) 

photos: me/1/2

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crazy for Camo

From Nantucket to the hood, from the streets of Manhattan to backcountry woods, from combat zones to iPhones, it's a democratic dose of swagger for all...

ladylike camo...
white jeans keeps it fresh...
hit me up ;)...
bringing the hip to hop...
his friends are like, Where are you dude?  We just don't see you anywhere..;)
Happy Friday!  Enjoy the glorious summer weekend :)

photos: me/1/2/3/4/5/me (via F**k Yeah Menswear)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Freedom

Do you ever have those moments when you feel utterly alive, free & full of joy?  I had one last weekend- I was driving on this road, Foo Fighters' "Rope" blasting on the radio, headed to Connecticut to spend the perfect summer day with my nephews & niece that I adore.  & then just like that my mind says, You can't be this happy, you need to be worrying about something.  Oh yes you're right, how could I have forgotten?!  & then the list starts.  Why are the happy moments so fleeting?  Why can't I feel this way most of the time instead of being at the mercy of the incessant chatter in my head?  I want to live my life to the fullest & of course have many goals but when you strip it all down all I really want is freedom.  Freedom from fear, worry, anxiety- all of the things that get in the way of the inner peace & joy that are the true & timeless nature of our souls.  But how to do this?  It is absolutely possible but requires a commitment like no other.

First- stay in the present moment.  How much of your day is spent in the present moment?  How many of your thoughts involve ruminating over the past or worrying about the future?  It's probably safe to say most of them.  Well the past & future don't exist & all we ever have is the depth & beauty of the present moment.  And the quality of your present moments determines the quality of your future moments so make them good ones!  Give your full attention & love to whatever you're doing.  Any resistance to what you're doing will cause pain.   Accept the present moment in whatever form it is & know that the whole universe is always as it should be.  You're here, you're alive, this is a miracle worth treasuring every single moment.

Second- it is profound to understand that you are not the thoughts in your head- good, bad, it doesn't matter- one second you're happy, the next cranky, WTF?  This is your ego & it incessantly talks about anything & everything under the false illusion of "protecting you" & "making sense of the world" according to your beliefs, experiences, etc. but it is not your friend & causes pain & anxiety.  You will have freedom when you're able to disidentify from your thoughts & know that they are not the real you.  The real you is the observer of your thoughts, your spirit.  It's always calm & at peace no matter what crazy shit is going on in your head.  

These are some pretty deep topics & if you want freedom in your life I can't recommend enough reading The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer & A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.  I have been reading them on & off for years & they are nothing short of mind blowing.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends- stay present, don't let your thoughts control you, & enjoy every second!!

photo: me

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Winning Factor

I was excited to have the opportunity last year to hear Barbara Corcoran speak. I admire her so much- her strong character & business savvy (she turned $1k into a $30 billion dollar real estate business!), her straightforward manner & honesty- she is who she is, makes no apologies & knows how to tear things up while also having a blast.  She had lots of great business advice but there was one thing that was the biggest takeaway for me.  It's what the winning factor is.  Barbara saw thousands of real estate agents either make it or break it over her many years in the business & those that made it all had one thing in common- the winning factor.

Can you guess what it is?  It's not how much money you have, the family you're from, your education, how good looking or tall you are & it absolutely can't be bought (so if you think any of the things are holding you back- they aren't).  Still wondering?.... It's how quickly you get back up after you've been knocked down. The winning factor, my friends, is resilience.

Do you know that Howard Schultz didn't have a penny to his name when he wanted to start Starbucks & was rejected by 217 potential investors?  Elie Tahari, an extremely famous fashion designer, came to NYC from Israel at 20 with not a penny in his pocket & slept in parks at night?  And for years Sara Blakely sold fax machines by day & at night worked relentlessly on creating her Spanx product, getting rejected by every production mill until finally one agreed to make her product because the owner's teenage girls said he should give her a chance.  She became a billionaire, yes billionaire, by creating shapewear that makes women's bellies & behinds look smooth & sassy.

Where would we be my friends without caffeine infused hangouts, stylish clothes & delicious booties?  Not to mention the little thing called the lightbulb that Thomas Edison finally got right on the 10,000th+ attempt.  See what I'm getting at?!  Resilience literally & figuratively pays off.....& it's free :)  Now lift your toned booty off the floor, put on a stylish outfit, grab a Starbucks coffee & get on out there & make things happen!!  

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Closed for the Summer

Can I just go the way of a European fabric mill & close for the summer?  Typing that out of office notification would be glorious.  I do get a little pang of envy when I go to place a client order & am told to add 4-8 weeks to the delivery time because Europe basically closes down for the summer.  How civilized.

I imagine their summers are something like this… 
Blonde, bronze & bosomy on the beaches of St. Tropez.  If I could bottle that I’d be a very rich girl. 

 Here's what I'm dreaming of this summer...

This Hamptons beach house is to die for, indoor/outdoor living at its best.... 
This Athleta dress will take me anywhere.  Would have to get the black one too, of course...
I spotted this Annabel Ingall metallic tote in a Brooklyn boutique the other day...metallic can be tricky to get just right & this is one of the best versions I've ever seen (it even has gold feet!)...
Playlist...
BBC - Jay Z 
Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
Shake Me Down - Cage the Elephant
Riptide - Vance Joy
Wheels - Foo Fighters
Same in the End - Sublime
The Monster - Eminem (ft. Rihanna)
Madness - Muse
Started From the Bottom - Drake 
Feel the Love - Rudimental

Transportation...
Why the hell not?!  We survived the polar vortex!!!..
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!  
photos: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7