Seeing Stripes

IMG_6356Only two more days of NYFW Street Style shots filling my Instagram feed; I am not looking forward to the transition back to different variations of avocado on toast and inspirational quotes followed by #enlightened. This season I was not front and center at the shows, my California Endless Summer tour continues in LA the next few days. That being said, I can not be more thankful to the designers who have streamed their shows live. Between that, Twitter, and Instagram, I almost feel like I am standing on a corner in Brooklyn about to throw my phone in the street waiting for a Uber in the most uncomfortable shoes I own and late for the next show.IMG_2019

I have been seeing your usual suspects during the SS16 season shows- botanical inspired prints, crochet, and muted pastels in light, easy fabrics. One trend I was particularly happy to see is black and white stripes. Whether it was mixed mediums or to offer structure to the garment, hints of black and white have been popping up on the runways the past few days; I have full faith that the London shows will continue to bring a little edge to our SS16 wardrobes.

 

Dress: Forever21 | Belt: Linea Pelle | Boots: Arandu Argentina

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Burst + Bloom

IMG_1234It has been a month now that I’ve moved back to the California coast and have already planned one event, in plans for a rather large opening and website launch, and the piéce de résistance in August. Needless to say between decorating the beach bungalow and my contract jobs I have managed to semi stalk Lolo at her beautiful flower studio, Burst + Bloom, in Carmel. The scent of Aspen Bay candles wafts through the open Dutch door, flowers sit in perfectly unmatched groupings of glass vases; Her style is apparent in each corner of the shop and watching her while she works and talk about her businesses is quite captivating. IMG_1240

Being in Carmel, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by successful women who are going after their dream. Lolo and her husband Christian also own Good To Go just across the shopping village. They filled a void in the Carmel food scene with their locally sourced, organic ingredients made into perfect lunch options. Hearing Lolo talk about how she took her talent of style to start her dream business of healthy eating inspires me to start working on the mini empire Mr Maharaja and I discuss at length.  IMG_1237Burst + Bloom – 238 Crossroads Boulevard – Carmel, CA

Fur-ever

My love of fur dates back to the first time I visited family in Argentina when I was 10. Exploring Buenos Aires was like walking through a museum, one beautiful muse after another passing me in the street. It was wintertime and I was sitting inside a restaurant in Recoleta with my eyes glued to the street; women with classic style wrapped themselves in fur to bare the chilly weather. I knew then I wanted my personal style to have function (keeping myself warm) and still maintain an air of luxury and glamour. Two words you rarely hear when paired with function. IMG_9079

When I was packing to move to Miami it occurred to me that my years of collecting sweaters, coats, and fur was not going to assist in my ever-evolving personal style. How was I going to incorporate my love of fur into a wardrobe that contained mostly resort wear? The answer was simple- fur vests, clutches, and scarves. I decided to forget the fashion rules and began incorporating small touches of fur into my resort wear look. Fur would no longer have to be packed away during the arrival of spring.IMG_9100

It is has become common practice when traveling to pack a fur vest as my layering piece; this trip was no different. My Elizabeth & James vest was the perfect accent to my Zara paisley dress, Marc Jacobs purse, Jeffrey Campbell gladiators, and Givenchy cuff.

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It was simply a matter of time before we would start to see designers incorporating fur into their spring/ summer collections. A few years ago when I launched a collection of fur cuffs I was thrilled that we were evolving from a basic brown mink to a color collection that mimicked the colors you could find in a box of crayons. So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the SS15 collections…