The Magic of Nihi Sumba
The Magic of Nihi Sumba
Nights Out in Bangkok
Riding with the Elephants
Dinner at Gaggan
When traveling, I love to be inspired by the places around me in how I dress. This doesn’t necessarily mean I dress like the locals do of course (sometimes I might try, but that’s so hard to perfect in a place you don’t frequent, and I always like to be a little “different” anyway), but I like to take inspiration from the architecture, the agriculture, the landscape, the culture and the environment around me in constructing my outfits.
In Bangkok, Thailand, I was immediately inspired by the mix of metal and movement, greenery and nightlife – the vibrancy of the modern street-life mixed with the opulence of the old world all in one place.
For my first look on a night out, I mixed the casual vibe of this Mate the Label tee with the romantic and nature-inspired floral skirt by Asilio. I added my glittery heels (hand-made for my bachelorette if you don’t recall :P), to echo the sparkle of the nightlife. I topped off the look with some fun jewelry from For Love & Lemon’s new jewelry line (which is surprisingly, yet unsurprisingly amazing – what can’t they do I mean sheesh) and some beautiful Kendra Scott pieces from her holiday line.
On a day trip out to visit the elephants, I chose this uber comfortable (yet stylish) two piece crop set by my frequently-worn fave, Spell & the Gypsy. This print is from their Flower Child line a few releases back, but I still love it, and it was a perfect echo of the environment around me in outer Bangkok. Not only that, but it was incredibly practical (like wearing the world’s most stylish pajamas) – definitely something I don’t have enough of!
On our last night, I got to visit Gaggan, a restaurant I’d heard of and been dying to try for ages! One of San Pellegrino’s top ten, but closing it’s doors this year, we felt incredibly lucky to get a reservation and I definitely wanted to dress my best. This one shoulder asymmetrical Alexis dress with an opposing asymmetrical hem was perfectly Asian-inspired and these Kendra Scott earrings that are themselves reminiscent of ancient temples were the perfect compliment. I have to say, the true star of the night, despite my best efforts was the dining experience. it was absolutely incredible and unlike anything I’d ever had (and I do like to consider myself a foodie!) The entire menu was nothing but emojis, with the true ingredients not revealed until after the dinner was done. In addition, the chef paid special attention not just to the taste, but additionally the presentation, some menu items even including an audial experience. If you are in Bangkok – you must go!
Well… now it’s off to Indonesia… stay tuned!!!
On our way … and feeling all the love-vibes
All Photography – Carlos Barron Photography
We are now officially on our way to paradise – and I couldn’t be more excited. We decided to wait to take our honeymoon, and while hard at times, I think it helped us amp up more excitement for the getaway the wedding far behind us. (Not to mention with this year and how hectic our day jobs have been, I don’t think we could have done it sooner!)
While I’m going to try to limit internet and social media interactions to a minimum while on our honeymoon, you’ll definitely be seeing a lot more from me about the trip and my fashion choices as we tour a part of the world neither of us have been to! We’re heading to Bangkok, Sumba, Seminyak & Ubud (as long as Mt Agung holds for us!), and Hong Kong and I’ll be documenting all my style choices for visiting these beautiful cities!
Just before leaving I shot this outfit and decided it screamed so much of romance I had to bring it with us on the trip, and wanted to give you all a little something before we head (mostly) off the grid! The red roses, the delicate tulle, the fun fringe detailing on these shoes – all speak to running away somewhere romantic with someone near and dear to you, so I thought it was the perfect piece to share before we head off to enjoy newly wedded bliss. Hope during this lovely season, you all are spending the time with those you love as well. Happy Holidays!
Mixed Prints: Already Ready for Vacay…
While I only got married a few weeks ago… and we’re waiting until December to take our honeymoon, I of course am already planning what to wear! As the colder months approach, so will the vacations, and one of my favorite trends to take my foreign fashion style up a notch (with minimal effort) is to mix prints. There are so many ways to test out this trend, but it’s important to keep a couple things in mind in order to make the look work:
1. Pair the Prints
2. Proportions are Key
3. Accessorize Appropriately
Designer Spotlight – Alice McCall
Alice McCall is another Australian designer (I tend to have a thing for them) that I’ve LONG been a fan of. I think I originally discovered Alice via NastyGal back before the company changed ownership. I still remember (and still have) the first dress I discovered – the Angel on Wheels dress and was so impressed by the unique quality of the Alice McCall designs. (And wished I’d discovered the label even sooner!)
Alice McCalls designs are all distinctly whimsical and unusual (in the best way). Her looks are hyper feminine but playful with the use of bold textiles and patterns and fashion-forward silhouettes. All her pieces are also instantly recognizable due to their vibrant and exaggerated nature from the brand’s focus on a “craft”-based approach to design and appreciation for “the graphic use of space and color.”
I love the new “spring/summer” line Alice just released (remember the designer is in Australia but who says you can’t take bright colors into winter too? When paired accordingly it’s possible to make many of these year round pieces). Some of my favorite pieces are the “Tumeric” designs – the “Tiny Dancer playsuit” (above) is also gorgeous in the Oh Oh Oh Maxi dress style (I LOVE the black in this one!) I’m additionally obsessed with the print and textile used for the “Frida Floral” pieces – I’m currently debating between the jumpsuit and midi dress myself.
Alice McCall truly can’t go wrong – and I can’t wait to see what wonderland of innovative and creative designs she comes up with next!
When my Spell & the Gypsy Collective Flower Child pieces arrived, I immediately thought about how perfect they would be for festival season, and particularly for ACL. Whether you’re into hipster cool or rockstar chic, these spell pieces when accessorized correctly have the look for you.
To put a little edge in my look, I paired the first look, a Spell denim shirt, with black high waisted shorts and a printed bralette to keep the focus on the shirt. I added a pair of fun booties to make my look rock-star ready.
For the second look, I kept it simpler – this skirt says it all so I paired it with a simple tee shirt (also by Spell, and perfect for ACL as it calls out Austin! Which I found extra impressive since the designer is based out of Australia :)). I threw on some fun, but affordable rose gold sneakers by H&M for a comfortable yet still fashion-forward look.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to also check out the latest from their Lionheart, which still incorporates the same worldly feelings that all of the collections reference while evoking vintage vibes.
Well… enjoy the show… see you there ;P
Fall Trends in London
Sets and Separates:
All dressed up:
And that’s a wrap on my fall faves…. now I’m off to get married, next time I write you I’ll be a Mrs…. stay tuned for wedding deets!!!
I wanted to introduce you all to a new feature I’m testing out “designer spotlights” – with the goal to introduce you (or reintroduce you) to some of my favorite brands that deserve extra attention. These may be brands you’ve never heard of, or ones you know and love – but I wanted to take a few moments to share my two cents on what I think make this brands worth of an extra-special-spotlight for the month.
For this first piece, I wanted to chat a little bit about Spell & The Gyspy – an Australian brand that truly brings a chic essence to casual cool pieces, perfect for everything from every day wear to travel to exotic places. Characterized by feminine shapes, floral prints and extremely comfortable textiles, the brand makes it incredibly easy to look effortless (and feel it too!).
The line features a variety of ready to wear pieces – rompers, maxis and wrap tops are all featured in the latest line – and has recently introduced swim. For me, the best part about the brand is their use of prints and the consistent comfortability of their cotton blend fabrics.
Their lotus line was an homage of sorts to ancient trade routes with significant asian inspiration: “…the white embroidery anglaise Damsel pieces are young and playful, the classic and sophisticated Etienne representing her journey into independence, the Anastasia Brocade, richly decorative and finally, whispers of opulence with the LOTUS story.”
Even more exciting is their Flower Child line, the first half released at the end of July and the next is dropping in just a week. I already have a preorder out for 90% of the line (and that’s not even an exaggeration). This line is a TOTAL blast from the past that will have you feeling anything except Dazed and Confused… (;)). I love the embroidered denim pieces (which are already trending heavily throughout many designers), but the soft florals in a variety of patterns and colors are truly divine and I love the use of the print in various colors and styles (everything from a mini dress to a bomber!).
If you’re local to Austin and looking for a place to check out the brand, head to Southern Hippie on Guadalupe near UT. They have an excellent selection of Spell (and I know for a fact they’re getting many of the pieces from the Flower Child line as well) – not to mention they have incredible customer service!
If you don’t know, now you know… but be careful, if you’re anything like me you’ll be under their spell (and fresh out of money) before you know it! 😛
Bachelorette Outfit Recap
This last weekend I celebrated my upcoming nuptials with some of my favorite women in the world… and I’ve never felt so loved. Outside of the obvious “Despacito” (I spent my weekend in Miami), one of my favorite songs of the weekend was “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld.
When I first heard this song, I instantly fell in love. Mind you, I’m not usually the bubble gum pop type (at least not primarily – I admit I have a few Justin Bieber songs in my spotify…), but I love what this song is trying to teach young women. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said “well I’m different from most girls because…” Raise your hand higher if you said this to a man, and then smack yourself lightly on the head … (I know I’m guilty).
This song, to me, is about turning that sentiment around – and conveys that, while we’re all different – some of us “feel best in a tiny dress”, some of us feel like queens in “nothing but sweatpants” (we all know I’m the former), we should appreciate those things about each other and remember that the vast majority of us are “strong and smart and beautiful” and we are all trying to “work hard, go far [and be] unstoppable.” We should support each other in these endeavors, instead of trying to push each other out of the way while we all simply “[try] to win at life.”
So frequently in my life I’ve encountered women who, instead of building each other up, insist on competing with each other, on doing whatever it takes to ensure they’re at the top, and it’s this behavior that makes us our own worst enemies.
I believe this behavior comes from the sense that women feel there can “only be one” – for some reason, over time we’ve been socialized to live in a world of “-ests”. You need to be the smart-EST girl in class, the hard-EST working for the job, the sweet-EST of all your friends, the classi-EST host, and of course my favorite, the pretti-EST girl in the room. This is because of course, women seem to think in a binary manner about the qualities they pride themselves on. Either you’re the best or you’re nothing.
I admit, I do this to myself all the time – I leave the house feeling FLY AF and then I walk into a bar and I’m like damn that girl is prettier, or better dressed, or funnier, yada yada and the list goes on. I have to actively stop myself and say – she’s gorgeous and that’s awesome for her and so are you in your own way and WHO CARES EVEN. I actually started doing something new last year – whenever I meet a girl that right off the bat rubs me the wrong way, or I find myself wanting to compete with, I try to become they’re closest friend. Because 9 times out of 10 these are JUST the bad@$$ babes that I should be friends with. They’re hard-working, smart, funny, and honestly value a lot of the same things I do. It’s worked wonders and I have many new amazing and inspiring female friends as a result.
I know this post is a bit of an off-core-topic to my usual fashion focus – but as I’m going through my “wedding year”, one of the most telling and transitional of a women’s life, I am not just amazed by the love I have for my fiance, but for the love and support that has resonated from so many amazing women around me. Shout out to all you strong, intelligent, powerful women who make me wanna be like… most girls….
As Summer rapidly approaches, we are seeing more and more of the adorable one-piece trend making its way over all the runways, top designers and influencers’ closets. I was hesitant at first (tan-lines am I right?), but the more of them come out, the better they get and the amount of style they bestow on the wearer just can’t be passed up.
This one by Indah in particular caught my eye the second it came out … and apparently everyone else’s because it sold out twice even on preorder. (It’s on preorder AGAIN so grab it now before it sells out completely!) Nude swimsuits are definitely on trend, and the strappy back to this one (while not the first strappy one piece of seen) is cut perfectly to accentuate and compliment a women’s figure. While definitely made for the daring given the racy cut and back, it’s absolutely worth it (and YES you can pull it off, stop that right meow).
Be on the lookout for more pieces on this delightful one piece trend coming soon… I personally can’t get enough!