Hit & Run From The Country

IMG_1321IMG_1059IMG_1119IMG_1148IMG_1224To say the past couple days have been traumatic is an understatement. After what was a beautiful stay at my Dad’s ranch, on my way home to my bungalow by the beach, I was involved in a hit and run while stopped at a red light. As I saw the large white van in my rear view mirror coming at me way too fast to slow down (honestly) the first thought in my mind was that I have been working so hard to heal and bare the pain of a current injury, how was I going to deal with more pain??? Well, that and to put my arms up to protect my head from hitting the dash. As I slammed into the SUV in front of me I realized then that I was being hit again as the guy was fleeing the scene. This has definitely been an intense month with success in my work life; but this hit and run was pretty similar to my last relationship with the X Mr. Maharaja and a not so healthy breakup last month.
Laying in bed the past couple days, trying to recover from the accident and doing whatever I can to keep my mind of the pain has actually allowed me to stop and reflect and make a solid plan moving forward with the amazing growth we are happily seeing with Pacific Gypsea; and of course, in times like this I feel blessed for my friends and family who show me tremendous love and support, as everyone needs that in a time of trauma.
As I’m looking through pictures that were intended for blog posts of country air, shotguns, and warm evening walks, I am at least thankful that I am here (even if it is in bed) writing a post.
I packed my country essentials for the trip last week: my riding boots from Argentina, cut offs, vests, and a hat. These simple basics can add endless options and a light packing list; which if you’re anything like me, you will need as I have a tendency to find treasures to bring home with me. Little does the guy who hit me know, he hit a trunk full of steel parts for tractors and other farm equipment. I’d like to believe the damage done to his front end and the evidence police collected were in part because of the treasures I collected. But back to fashion, the truth is, in the country you are going to get dirty and tall boots help while exploring certain terrain. Vests easily transform a long jersey dress into a bit more stylish evening look when headed into town for dinner. And the cut offs, I think that’s a pretty fashion obvious if you are anywhere near farm animals. Points being, your country attire should rarely resemble anything you would wear in the city but actual comfort and sensibility with the perfect touch of personal style.

Vest: Diane Von Furstenberg | Top: Forever21 | Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea | Belt: Ralph Lauren | Cut Offs: Citizens of Humanity | Boots: Arandu Argentina

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Klozet

IMG_0936.jpgIMG_0961IMG_0951Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.22.53 PMIMG_0945IMG_0952Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.23.56 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.25.08 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.26.02 PMIMG_1021Yesterday I had such a wonderful day with my business partner Shirley and Christine Caria, co-owner of what is sure to become Sausalito’s hottest store, Klozet. After spending the afternoon looking through the amazing collection of brands Christine and her business partner have filled the store with (including Pacific Gypsea) we headed over to Bar Bocci for some delicious pizza and Arnold Palmers while watching a competitive game of bocci ball with a pretty epic view. Of course, a trip to Sausalito is also not complete without a stop at the Trident to have a drink at Janis Joplin’s booth. I am really looking forward to the official opening of Klozet as it is sure to provide endless options of new pieces whenever I am staying at my Dad’s in San Francisco and need a little retail therapy over the bridge.
This morning after finishing up some work, I threw on a simple gray jersey dress with my riding boots (which come in very handy when roaming the beautiful 65 acres of the ranch) and got in the car to drive to my Stepmom’s very quiet and peaceful birthday celebration at their ranch. As everyone is taking siestas and waiting for it to cool down before we head out to hike around the property I am quickly writing a post as I am sure to do a few photoshoots the next couple days. This is exactly what I needed after a crazy month, a peaceful break in a country setting. A few relaxing days and then back to the coast for what should be another crazy month (in a great way) of course. New clients, traveling… I am really looking forward to this summer.

Succulents & Fishnets

IMG_0525IMG_0453Okay so this post is not as randy as the title makes it sound; with “adult” life taking over sometimes we forget to enjoy nature and our surroundings. My whole family pretty much inherited the green thumb and moving to the Central Coast of California has introduced me to the succulent. A plant that comes in many different varieties and requires very little maintenance; pretty much perfect plant for beach living. There is nothing I enjoy more after being at the doctors, or meetings, or shooting than sitting on my stoop, feeling the sea breeze and caring for my succulents. Truth be told this is not my private stoop, but my neighbor Nick is sweet enough to let me believe it is my private veranda. IMG_0426IMG_0420IMG_0484IMG_0531As we take our lives way to seriously, most of the time, our dressing can sometimes reflect that and that of our mood. To break any rut or cycle you may be going through, becoming more playful with your wardrobe can do more than one might think for the psyche. When we are in a transitional season where it may be too warm for pants but too cold for shorts, I highly suggest a fun pair of tights to up your look. They do not have to be as racy as a pair of nude fishnets, but even e simple, black, argyle pattern paired with shorts will add playfulness to any look. So tomorrow, rather than doing your normal lunch break thing, take yourself to the nearest department store and treat yourself to a fun pair of tights! This is retail therapy that won’t give you remorse after either, budget wise.

Coat: Vintage Escada  |  Sweater: Forever21  |  Shorts: Desiderata |  Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Short Necklace: from India  |  Tights:  Oroblue  |  Boots: Christian Dior

Living In Leather

 

IMG_8867IMG_8814IMG_8881IMG_8886Choosing a leather jacket is a purchase that should take a lot of thought. After all, it is only a lucky few that can have multiple options of shapes of leather coats. First question to ask yourself is, what is it that you like to wear the most? Sweaters, maxi dresses, jeans… this will help narrow down what you will probably get the most use out of style wise. And let’s face it, most leather jackets are not on the inexpensive side; unless you enjoy the thrill of a fashion treasure hunt like myself. A cropped leather jacket is perfect over any long dress, no matter what the occasion and pairs great with a jumpsuit, but under a chunky knit-  not so much. If you are more of a denim girl, a modernized take on a biker jacket would probably suit your closet and looks you tend to lean towards better than a leather blazer per say.
Second thing to take into consideration is your climate. If you live in New York, invest in a leather jacket lined with shearling. This will offer you use during the cold winter months and a sexy cover up over a dress on spring evenings. If you live in LA, the last thing you want is to purchase a leather jacket you will sweat in, and possibly get stuck in.
This leads into the third most important factor when living in leather. Never buy anything leather too small, not only is the pulling on the back of a jacket am awful look, but you should be able to move freely and without making an awkward noise every time you attempt to lift your arm to hail a cab. Once you do find your perfect fitting leather dream jacket you will find yourself wanting to live in it and in my opinion a woman in leather is sexy, confident, and strong. Sorry PETA.IMG_8940

Leather Jacket: Hanni Y  |  Jumpsuit: Young Fabulous & Broke  |  Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea |  Belt: Oscar De La Renta  |  Flats:  Sam Edelman

Fun In The Sun With Juliet Dunn

IMG_8490IMG_8489IMG_8420IMG_8361IMG_8399IMG_8329When I lived in San Francisco my resort pieces used to sit in my closest eagerly awaiting a trip to Palm Springs for the weekend. You can imagine my excitement when I moved to Miami, resort wear all day everyday!! Those three years I folded away my sweaters, packed away my jackets, and then of course, started to miss my fall and winter pieces. Which sadly would only make appearances on trips to the East Coast or visiting home for the holidays.
It has been a year now since I moved to the Central Coast of California and I love the obvious perks of living in such a serene and beautiful beach setting; but it seems there is an extra perk fashion wise! Living in this setting has provided me with the opportunity to mix my resort pieces with my layering pieces, for what I consider to be my ideal style. Okay, so I actually do miss the “hotness” of Miami, but wardrobe wise the Central California Coast is the perfect match for my style. Hands down.
Today I threw on my Daftbird racerback maxi I bought years ago on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, on sale of course, but even more importantly, comfortable. Belted and worn with a top from one of my favorite resort designers Juliet Dunn, I am ready for whatever my day may bring as someone who recently launched a business. While it is true that most of my days are spent laying flat with my computer (and lets be real) mostly wearing a pair of joggers and a cashmere sweater; when I do need to be at meetings with vendors, or styling shoots, or doing a pop up, I do happily go through my wardrobe and stay true to my style. Resort, mixed with classic, mixed with ethnic- if I had to give it a name.
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When I Grow Up…

IMG_7724IMG_7826IMG_7837IMG_7855IMG_7843When I was little, Sundays were spent playing outside; swinging on the swings as a bird flying free, making mud pies in my Persian cafe, basically playing pretend and dreaming of all the things I would be when I grew up.
Life was not as free as the fantasies I had as a child. Teenage heartbreaks, working my ass off whether it was steaming outfits backstage or hanging off ladders to create visual displays, the loss of my Mom, you know, grown up life…
However, I was always blessed with this drive and love for fashion, design and branding; so no matter how many times I’ve fallen or life has pushed me, I’ve always managed to come back to my passions to keep me going.
This post was intended on focusing on the mix and match of textures but as I write I realize that playing with my clothes is one of the many things that brings out that free spirited child in me. Peering out the window in the mornings, trying to figure out what ensemble the weather will permit. Running my fingers through my closet and deciding who I want to be today; Dark and mysterious, flirty and feminine, or today’s outfit, cozy and unexpected. We all need the child in us to stay alive, go through your closets today and play. After all, we make the rules as to who we want to be!

Jacket: L’Agence  |  Top: Tracy Reece  |  Necklace with tassel: Pacific Gypsea  |  Belt: Michael Kors  |  Leggings: American Apparel  |  Boots: Arandu Argentina  | Purse: Louis Vuitton  | Pacific Gypsea Ses Illetes Bracelet worn as a bag charm.

 

His & Hers

blog post april 17 2Saturday’s shoot was pretty amazing, the clothes, the cars, the jewelry. I could not be more excited about the launch of our men’s line, Pacific G- which will bw available on PacificGypsea.com!IMG_7363There are so many elements that are needed for successful shoot and the location is probably one of the most important factors when directing a photoshoot. This space… with his car collection and office on one side and her side with her art studio and gallery space. Through my perusing of Pinterest I’ve seen amazing things done to containers, barns, you name it. But this space has to be one of the best transformed storage units I’ve seen. For a moment I had a vision of me moving out of the bungalow and transforming a storage unit into my California hideaway. Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 5.20.34 PMblog post april 17 6Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 5.26.43 PM

The Mercedes & The Mechanic

IMG_7175So, I should start by saying I can not take all the credit for all the work that has been done to Helga since she was acquired several months ago. But, there have been quite a few weekends spent fixing some of the cosmetic details Helga’s previous owners sadly neglected.IMG_7111

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IMG_7211It seems a week doesn’t even pass before I see a vintage Mercedes on my Instagram feed. Cars and fashion are no longer limited to editorials in Vogue, Bazaar, and some of my other favorite fashion magazines. What used to be an obvious blend of luxury products has now taken to the social media streets; small brands, big brands, and bloggers alike seem to be leaning towards the synergy of vintage cars and fashion to tell their visual story. Not to leave out the super cars I so eagerly wait to see during Concours; let’s be honest, I love the feeling of speed. And while it’s safe to say we will still see our favorite front row it girls chauffeured around during fashion week in a new Bentley, Mercedes, or BMW, it appears as though fashions “it” car this season is non other than a vintage Benz.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 9.27.13 PMThis post comes eagerly awaiting our photo shoot for our Men’s Colletion we are launching, Pacific G. Pacific Gypsea has been blessed by the car gods and will be shooting with one of the best car collections around. Get ready for my Instagram feed to be endless photos of my dream fleet list this Saturday.

Dress For Success

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I just got home from a wonderful event put on by the Dress For Success chapter of Carmel. On a perfect California day, guests sipped on chilled wine and ice tea during a cocktail hour before entering the silent auction held at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. From some of California’s best wines to original paintings by local artists, it was impossible to put my pen down for the silent auction. The bell rang in what felt like seconds as it was time to take our seats for a fashion show with ensembles from local boutiques. The energy was exciting and the music booming; I am pretty sure the men actually had more fun strutting down the runway than some of the ladies, but it was all in good fun for a wonderful cause. Now back to work to prepare for our Pop Up Shop this Saturday, a Creative Directors work is never done.

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The Sweater Dress

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I love this time of year when the nights start getting longer and the anticipation of summer starts. But as the nights get longer the temperature, at least in California, still stays a cool 50 something, leaving no trace of summer nights. It’s safe to say over the years I’ve collected some amazing vintage or otherwise sweaters but when the situation arises that you still want to look cute in your cozy knits, the sweater dress is the obvious solution and clear winner. Paired with a chunky boot or bootie like my grey suede Prada Sport’s, it takes the sometimes frumpy oversized knit and turns it into a playful, feminine look. The beanie with fur pom pom adds the athletic leisure look that’s taken over the streets of New York and most models closets. When it comes to jewelry these days, of course, I don’t leave home without a piece of Pacific Gypsea jewelry on. This piece, the arrowhead on leather, is from our soon to launch men’s collection; which may become my staple necklace I pair with bikinis this summer. Until then I’m cozying up in all my knits!