DRAMATIC LINES & NORDSTROM SALE

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Wow, can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last post! But that’s the downside of blogging – if you have no consistent photographer to help you document your #ootd (and honestly, it’s just been too hot and humid to stand outside for more than 2 minutes at a time), you don’t exactly have much material to work with. But thankfully, I have enough to post on Instagram almost daily so you can stay updated there!

This set was taken last month when I went back to LA for a couple of weeks. Dramatic silhouettes are always fun to try out, so I went with one of the season’s covetable trends – the bell sleeves – and paired it under a black suede drape vest. My sister called it a ‘pirate look,’ but no matter, because bell sleeves are ridiculously fun to sport, even though you have to be careful not to accidentally drag the sleeves through food! Practically everything I’m wearing in these photos is now sold out, but with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you can find similar pieces…at great prices! Win! Currently, the sale is on an ‘early access’ status, meaning it’s only open to Nordstrom card holders, but you can still browse through the selections and bookmark your favorites. Beginning July 22, the sale opens up to the public, and prices will go back up on August 8. Below, I’m sharing a few of the pieces I’m coveting:

Topshop Ripped High-Rise Jeans (purchased!)
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Skinny Pants (purchased!)
BP Stripe Ruffle Hem Blouse
BP Anorak Jacket
Wayf Lace-Up Shirtdress
Soprano Tie Neck Dress (would work as a tunic too!)
Topshop Faux Wrap Bodysuit
Wayf Off the Shoulder Blouse (HUGE trend at the moment!)
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket (I have this in black!)

Thanks so much for reading! Wishing you all a happy weekend!

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Top: Express (similar)
Vest: Zara (similar)
Jeans: Express (similar)
Heels: Kurt Geiger (similar here and here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

THOUGHTS FROM MONTRÉAL

There’s really nothing like visiting an unfamiliar destination, however short of a duration, to give you a boost of creative spark and a new perspective. By the time you’re reading this, I will have already returned to bustling NYC, but as I’m working on this draft, I’m gazing out my large room window, watching passersby strolling lazily under the warm afternoon sun on Rue Sherbrooke Ouest in downtown Montréal, and I’m suddenly reminded of some thoughts that had crossed my mind of which I had made a mental note to share with you all.

The first day I arrived here in Montréal, I sat alone at a corner table in the terrace of Café Myriade, a delightful local coffee-shop, deep in reverie as I sipped on my latte and enjoyed the wafting of the warm breeze. As someone who was lucky enough to have been raised comfortably – and by that, I don’t mean “coddled,” but comfortable enough – I realized once again how important it is to regularly force yourself out of your comfort zone. This is no new notion; I’ve been a firm believer of it for years and constantly try to carve out opportunities to do just that, and this solo trip to Montréal is the perfect example. Unfortunately, it is human nature to fall into the trap of being stuck simply due to comfort. Sure, change is scary, unfamiliarity is even scarier, and I, for one, have this intense fear of venturing alone into the unknown without any sort of solid backup plan. But it is exactly change and unfamiliarity that gradually shapes us into stronger, better people and breaks us free from the claws of mental torpidity and tunnel-vision.

So despite how scary it may seem, try not to get stuck. You only get one life, and the sand in that hourglass won’t ever flow backwards. Move to a new city, travel to someplace new (bigger challenge: travel alone to someplace new), quit a lackluster job and pursue one that awakens your passions and fulfills your dreams. Need to start off with baby steps? Eat alone at a restaurant – I’m not talking about fast-food joints. Strike up an intellectual conversation with a stranger. Take a class you never even imagined you would ever take. Discover a new hobby. Bottom line: just take that leap. Stagnancy in life is one of the worst things that can happen to you.

Hope this sparks some food for thought today! Enjoy the photos from gorgeous Montréal!

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CURRENTLY COVETING: NORDSTROM SALE

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Open Back Poplin ShirtBoater HatKnit Maxi Dress / Pleat Front Trousers
Denim Culottes
Strap Back Swing Dress / Ankle Strap SandalsSurplice Dress

Happy Friday! Super brief post today as I share some major news – the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale has started and is going on until June 5! Prep your summer wardrobe with amazing pieces from the sale, where you can get up to 40% off those items you’ve been coveting!

DISCOVER TROVE: 3D PRINTED JEWELRY

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Oh, the unexpected yet inescapable dichotomy of fashion and technology!

Even the current hot fashion topic of the new Manus x Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is exploring the marriage of technology and fashion, specifically in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. In fact, one display in the exhibit is a collection of Chanel haute couture suits crafted from 3D printing with white polyamide overlay. But 3D printing extends well beyond extravagant fashion house pieces; it’s also overtaking the jewelry world by a storm. And that’s where Trove comes in.

An online destination for discovering, sharing, and customizing 3D printed jewelry designs, Trove is the newest innovative platform to make 3D printing accessible for the everyday person. With no need for any fancy tech background experience, anyone can easily browse through a variety of design templates and use Trove’s in-browser customization software to fully personalize the jewelry pieces, from metal choice to the smallest design details. Visitors to the website can also explore and browse through designs previously customized by others on Trove. Perhaps the coolest part is that the visitors can then use those designs as inspiration and further customize the pieces to fit their own style. Maybe it’s the creative in me talking, but anything that spurns innovation with community instantly wins bonus points with me.

And so a few weeks ago, I happily joined in on a mini campaign shoot with the Trove team to showcase some of their gorgeous 3D printed jewelry. I already had the Parted Ring in my jewelry arsenal from before, but during the shoot, I instantly fell in love with the Heartbeat Ring and Waterdrop Ring and couldn’t resist customizing my own versions to take home with me!

Hope you enjoy these images! And don’t forget to head over to Trove’s blog to check out my little Q&A with the team!

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Special thanks to Trove for partnering on this post!

Dress: Asos
Trench vest: Forever 21 (similar here and here)
Jewelry: Trove

SUMMER FRAMES

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Happy Monday!

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be in Canada – Montreal, to be exact! It’s a little getaway just to clear the head and recharge the soul before the summer grind sets in. Once you graduate college, there really is no such thing as a summer vacation anymore if you’re set on carving out a career for yourself…

With summer just around the corner, I’ve been turning to Polette Eyewear to stock up on my sunglasses collection. I know I’ve mentioned Polette a lot, but it’s for good reason! With such a huge variety of trendy designer frames from $6.99 to $49.99, as well as anti-reflective and anti-scratching coating lenses from $9.99 to $75, it’s become such a fun activity to scroll through the website and start thinking about my next pair of sunglasses. For those of you who wear prescription glasses regularly, Polette also offers prescription lenses on their sunglasses selections. My sister always has her glasses on, and she was having such a difficult time finding an effective and chic way to shade her eyes from the bright sunlight, and so I persuaded her to try Polette’s prescription frames and she’s now hooked!

Can’t wait to share more about Montreal! I will most definitely be putting together a photo diary after I get back, but for now, check out my Instagram for “live” posts!

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Shirt: Banana Republic
Jeans: Uniqlo
Jacket: Mango (similar)
Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Sneakers: Adidas
Sunglasses: Special thanks to Polette!