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Friday, April 28, 2017

coachella looks - part 1

Coachella is my very favorite time of year. The excitement for the festival is self explanatory - great music, good vibes, palm trees... but the best part for me is returning to California and spending time with my friends. I often question why I left so many amazing people, but they prove to be even more amazing by welcoming me with so much love even though my everyday life is across the country. 

The next best part about Coachella? Dressing the part. I partnered with Banjara Collection - the perfect boho clothing line for my gypsy soul - and styled my favorite Coachella looks. Banjara Collection is available at Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and Belk. This jumper is EVERYTHING - and I can't wait to wear it all spring & summer. 

You can also snag these adorable bun pins from Kitsh and sunnies from Kapten & Son. I saw these leaf bun pins and had to get 2 for some super fun space buns! 

Photos by Alyssa Tomiteo

Thursday, April 6, 2017

amongst the roses

I've had some fantastic conversations lately with my best friends, new friends, old friends whom I haven't been able to catch up with for quite some time, acquaintances, and strangers. They all revolve around a common subject: change.

As I near my 30th birthday, I think about how much I've changed over the past year, 3 years, and 5 years. I've absolutely gone through the most dramatic growing periods of my life, and what's exciting is that I'm fully aware that I'm going through a deeper change at this moment.

My goal is to always strive to be a good person, simple as that - but life tosses you carelessly into challenging situations where you end up living with somebody who doesn't understand you, or you work for somebody who doesn't respect you, or you fall for somebody who has every intention of hurting you. Life is an infinite test of your character, no matter your age, lifestyle, relationship status, financial situation, political opinion, emotional baggage, professional history, etc.

We're all just doing the best we can, and we're all constantly changing.

Monday, March 27, 2017

casual balance

A classic New York City shoot location, a not-so-classic look. Pairing a silk maxi dress with some sneakers and a beanie is not what you would call conventional, but I quite enjoyed mixing things up in this manner. 

I haven't spent too much time in DUMBO, but over the past couple months, I've committed to exploring Brooklyn and branching out of my regular spots. If I have a day and I'm commitment free, I throw on a coat and my headphones and just start walking. Often I've been going west down Myrtle Avenue and ending up on DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, or near Prospect Park. I've fallen in love with certain nooks of these areas, and as much as I thought New York could be a short term fling, I see myself pushing a stroller around Fort Greene and doing family days at Rockaway Beach.

Goodness, I'm getting old if that's what I'm looking forward to.

Dress: Forever 21
Top: H&M
Shoes: Adidas

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo