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!!  

photo: 1

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Let's Roll...

Sandro shirt & jacket (love the chain detail) 
 the bow cuffs are fluorescent yellow inside!
 Adriano Goldschmeid Moto Leggings
 a Citi Bike just won't do for this getup...
Happy Wednesday my friends!! & Happy Birthday Biggie! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk4ftn4PArg&feature=kp

photos: me/me/1/2/me

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Met Gala (well, my version ;)

I was so excited when a client & friend invited me to the opening party last week for the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met.  It was the perfect reason to buy a pretty new (neoprene!) dress- my sister helped me pick it out last Tuesday, one of the best days of my life.  (If you ever want a super fun shopping experience make sure to visit Steve at Cynthia Rowley's boutique on Bleecker Street in the West Village.  We listened to an 80's playlist, laughed a lot & tried on cute clothes- I was pretty much in heaven.)
There are so many bold & interesting colors in the dress, I had fun with the makeup too- peridot nails, eyes lined in electric blue eyeliner set with shadow, metallic lilac eyeshadow & sparkly light pink lip gloss...
I literally had to pinch myself....the DJ was spinning Biggie & Drake, I was sipping champagne at a glamorous party at the Met, the exquisite works of fashion legend Charles James were on display...I thought to myself, This is EVERYTHING I stand for (well besides peace, love & butterflies & all that)...
 Supermodel Karen Elson put on a little concert.  Those are candles lining the stairs, simple yet stunning...
& as if things couldn't get any better I chatted with the incredibly talented Emilio Sosa of Project Runway All Stars & Season 7!  He is just as humble & mild mannered as he appeared on the show & I was tickled pink to be talking fashion with him- the cherry on top of a dreamy NY evening :)

photos: me

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I Hugged Deepak Chopra on Tuesday Morning

For real.  This is how it went down....

Tuesday was a picture perfect spring day.  After enduring the most painful winter I can remember I was just so happy to be outside walking around in the warmth, enjoying the flowers, singing birds, & green leaves on the trees.  That morning I had just completed day 21 (woohoo!) of Oprah & Deepak's latest 21 Day Meditation Challenge & was doing some client shopping in the Flatiron District, excited to see my sister, who was in from Miami, later in the day.  Walking past ABC Home I saw a really cool light fixture through the open door & had to check it out.  As I was admiring it who do I see walking toward the exit but Deepak Chopra!!  I didn't even think about it..I just ran up to him, touched him lightly on the arm & said, "I have to tell you that I absolutely adore you!"  He looked at me, smiled & gave me a hug.  I said, "I just finished your 21 Day Meditation Challenge this morning, it was amazing.  Namaste."  & then just like that we parted ways.  I couldn't believe what had just happened, I had to get a coffee & sit down at a sidewalk table with the chirping birds & take it all in.  I texted my cousin, who is my spiritual soul sister & a huge Deepak fan as well, & she called me immediately- we squealed with delight & I was cracking up as she screamed at the top of her lungs while she was driving.  I met my sister afterward, we took in the beauty & fun of NYC on the glorious spring day, & it was without a doubt one of the best days of my life.
When you follow your dreams & live with an open heart & mind the universe shows you it's listening.  Magic happens.  You meditate with Deepak Chopra one morning & two hours later you're hugging him in the doorway of a furniture store, a special person or pet appears in your life, a wonderful opportunity comes your way seemingly out of the blue.

Today is Chintz & Swagger's two year birthday.  It all started with this post & is dedicated to my grandfather Pop Carney, who passed away on this date seven years ago.  Embrace your swagger & follow your dreams my friends- & let's keep the MAGIC flowing!!!  

photo: me