My hunt for the perfect shoulder bag is never-ending. The Coach Fall 2016 collection is just beautiful and reminds me a bit of the vintage Coach bags I’ve had my entire life. The ones my mom would scour at estate sales to find me in every color. But it was time I updated my Coach collection. I just scored the new Coach 1941 Leather Saddle Bag at Neiman Marcus for my travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s classic, luxurious, and super simple. That’s what I love about it. A lot of the Coach Fall 2016 collection was very western inspired. Loads of embellishment and studs. Somehow the classic “Dark Denim” bag stood out to me. It’s really a piece that will never go out of style. That’s the thing with Coach…each bag ages really well. It’s the leather! The 1941 saddle bag is so luxurious that I can slip my camera bag in, lipstick in it, and wallet in it, and it only gets better with more wear. And it’s practical for a day running around a city you’re just getting to know. My first day in Kuala Lumpur began with a delicious breakfast at the beautiful Majestic Hotel, followed by a visit to my cousin’s home with my aunt for a night of Steam Boat…my favorite meal. It’s a hot pot on a table, and all you do is dip whatever you want in it. Noodles. Tofu. Vegetables. Even in this crazy heat, we can take more spice! I kept things extra minimal with a full look from Neiman Marcus. A throw-on-and-go velvet maxi dress and satin slippers. I’ve been easing through my first hot, hot day in Malaysia. Our adventure has just begun.
In Partnership with Coach at Neiman Marcus and Shopstyle.
// Coach 1941 Leather Saddle Bag, Haute Hippie dress, Pedro Garcia shoes // All available at Neiman Marcus.
Owning a little black dress is necessary. And especially in Paris. I like it with nothing but a swipe of black eyeliner (I swear by Lancome’s Grandoise Liquid liner) and a messy top knot. Oh, don’t forget the earrings. It’s so sexy in a completely classic, Old Hollywood way. Paris always makes me feel like I’ve just stepped into Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I love the the attitude and style from the film. It glows. These photos were shot during Paris’s heat wave. All I wanted to do was crack open the window and peep down onto the city streets of Le Marais. The sweat glistening on everyone’s faces.
// & Other Stories black dress //
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So much of this summer has revolved around these pin-striped flared pants. They’re so rock n’ roll. I love them best slipped on over a good bikini. On the beach, anything goes. And especially in Montauk, a place I miss dearly. It’s the scent of Montauk I miss. A mix of salt, wood, and rain. It’s the sounds. On the east coast, it’s so comforting to fall asleep to the lullaby of rain pattering and waves crashing. Everyday is unpredictable. It’s the color of the green lush surrounding the cliffs I miss. The feeling you get after a good surf in your wet suit. And I can’t stop smiling. The year has flown by like no other, and sometimes like all of us, I forget to stop, smile, and breath. So right now I want you to stop and feel proud of all the places you’ve gotten to travel to. All the things that pushed you out of your comfort zone. All of the things that made you open your eyes, your ears. Feel proud of your accomplishments. And don’t stop now. Be proud of having the ability to open up to new people. To be vulnerable. The ability to make new, genuine friends that’ll last a lifetime. Be proud that you’re free. And keep on creating stories…and releasing your inner goofball along the way.
Where to next? I’m off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week. I’m very excited for a warmer climate. To see my family on my mother’s side. To explore the country’s colorful and vibrant culture. The beautiful beaches of Penang. The food markets of Melaka. There’s so much to see. I can hardly wait.
// Vitamina A swimsuit, Burning Torch jeans, Wildfox Couture tee, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Sabrina SL earring + mother of pearl ring, Kamryn Dame silver ring //
I really do think that some of the best flats in the world come from Jimmy Choo. It’s the classic designs and stunning craftsmanship that keeps me going back to Jimmy Choo at Saks Fifth Avenue for more. It’s rare I find heels or luxurious leather flats that don’t need breaking in…they’re really made that well. I took two of my favorite shoe designs to the streets of Brooklyn. The Genna flats and Layton velvet flats along with the new Jimmy Choo embellished Candy clutch. The collection’s luxurious patent leathers and bold velvets are like a fresh breath of air against the gritty streets of Bushwick.
A BURST OF SUNSHINE in the Genna flat and Candy clutch:
Cropped flared jeans are a must for fall…and look best with a bare ankle and flats. I went with loud prints and eccentric details. 70′s star power indeed. Sometimes the most unexpected combinations exude so much cool.
// Jimmy Choo Genna flat and Candy clutch, Anna Sui top, Stella McCartney jeans, Elizabeth and James sunglasses //
GOING COLORFUL in the Jimmy Choo Layton flat and Candy Bag:
The moment I slipped on my new Jimmy Choo Layton flats, I felt like a princess. They’re dainty, with a beautiful pointed toe, and the perfect delicate straps. I paired it with something equally as royal as this sheer floral dress. Sure I do lean towards those really feminine statement pieces…but with a little shake of messy hair, I’m immediately brought back down to earth.
// Jimmy Choo Layton flats, Jimmy Choo candy bag, Mother of Pearl dress, Acne Studios trench, Elizabeth and James sunglasses //
In partnership with Shopstyle, Jimmy Choo, and Saks Fifth Avenue.