Monthly Archives: March 2016

#JUSTPASSINGTHROUGH SXSW | REEF GIRLS

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Our Reef crew just survived a wild week at SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas! Howdy cowboys! They didn’t lie when they say everything is bigger and better in Texas. It’s true. The beers. The burgers. The music. Everything is over the top eat-till-you-drop bbq and dance-till-you-can’t-feel-your-feet loud. I live for that chaotic energy. The streets in Austin become crowded with street performers and food trucks. Just trying to find a seat on the benches may take a minute. The city loves its food and live music.

But for every Reef adventure, we always go by the spirit of #justpassingthrough. It was awesome getting to meet pro-surfer Evan Geiselman for this shoot. He’s always got a smile on his face. Even though we’re both so different (he’s always on the plane to the next most beautiful exotic beach), we’re also a bit similar. We’re both always looking for adventure. Always finding the next best thing (I discovered a ton of new bands I now love). Always finding the next trail to hike. Always on our feet. Always moving. Always traveling. Even if for me, it means fashion weeks and photoshoots, I still always go back to that California native lifestyle I’ve only known…those moments out playing in the sun. That’s when the Reef Rover sneakers come into play. I’m obsessed with this season’s updated sneaker. They are so light that you can fit a few pairs in your suitcase. And they are so comfortable you can run in them, dance in them, and even jump in the creek before putting them on again right after. Made for the beach, the desert, and that long walk on the side of the mountain.

For SXSW, you could find me pairing my Rovers with a full-on denim jumpsuit and bandana. Or the REEF “day catch” sandals with a fringed leather skirt and tube top. Dressing for the summer is my favorite. Now all I need is that tan and perfect playlist.

What I’m listening to now:

-“Baby I can Hell” by Deap Vally

-“Hundred Miles” by YALL

-“Gold Gun Girls” by Metric

-“Bloodstream” by Transviolet

-“Hypnotic” by Zella Day

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// Reef Rover Low Top sneakers //

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// Reef Day Catch sandal //

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// Reef Rover Low Prints sneaker //

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// Reef Rover Hi sandal //

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464 Broome Street

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I fell madly in love with the super chic and minimal Morgane Le Fay store in Soho. I remember being a kid and walking down Montana Ave in Santa Monica just going ga-ga. My obsessed started there. I get the same feeling here in NYC. Recently, I’ve been investing in quality, simple pieces that I’ll keep forever. Unique shapes in out of this world delicate fabrics. Like this off shoulder dress that from a distance, looks shapeless, but with it’s one front tuck stitched so perfectly at the hip, it’s immediately transformed into something angelic and feminine. That’s what the designer does. Tweaks classic shapes into something unexpected and beautiful. I like to give them a fun spin with a good pair of leather clogs, and of course my layered on silver jewels. How killer is this ostrich skirt and star-studded blouse? Styling this for the streets is going to be FUN.

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Wearing Morgane Le Fay

464 Broome Street.

BLACK MAGIC | Givenchy

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It’s black lipstick, but not just any black lipstick. Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit Vinyl lipstick in Noir Révé lateur is a magical lipstick that adjusts to the PH of your lips. It creates a beautiful and unique shade for everyone. For me, the Noir Révé lateur lipstick becomes this rich, deep maroon shade. The more I layer it on, the deeper the color. It can go from light berry to dark plum. I am seriously obsessed with this luxe product. The fact that it also keeps my lips super hydrated is a major plus. You never want those overly stained wine colored lips. This lipstick gives a natural look…oh, and it’s lip plumping. A total double-wammy. Givenchy always amazes me with their edgy, but wearable products. Dark, seductive, but still so charming. And come on, how BEAUTIFUL is it’s delicate packaging. I love my Noir Révé lateur for a late night on the dance floor in my favorite satin red pant suit. Now who will be casting spells tonight?

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LORD & TAYLOR CLOSET CLEAN OUT

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I just moved into my new loft, and I knew right away that first thing’s first…my closet needs a makeover. I finally have the walk-in closet of my dreams. It definitely took a lot of time deciding what to keep, what not to keep, and how to get it all organized! During my move, I discovered so many items that I wore maybe once, or never. Those are the pieces that I either realize, “wow, I’m keeping this” or “that goes in the giveaway pile.” I like to start early, by clearing out what I don’t want from last spring at the end of winter. I came across many beach dresses that have been overly worn, many pairs of jeans with the tags still on it, and items that I’ll probably never wear again! With Lord & Taylor, I have decided to go with quality over quantity, and to stop obsessing and hoarding everything! As I’ve grown up, I realized I only want to keep timeless items. And those statement, one-of-a-kind items. And trust me, it makes for getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier. The simpler the closet, the better. And you can find that scarf again, or that pair of tights that used to be stuffed in the back of a drawer! For me, that means beautiful bohemian blouses, statement dresses, and great shoes. With Lord & Taylor, I went straight for their Free People selection. This overalls denim dress works for any season. With tights, or bare legs! And this embroidered blouse reminds me of a vintage Mexican top I’ve been trying to find at the local flea. Oh, and a classic black platform slip-on never goes out of a style, so I picked up this BCBGeneration pair for this coming spring. My closet clean-out tip? Go for transitional, timeless pieces that never go out of style. Quality over quantity.

See inside my Lord & Taylor interview:

Please tell us your “to-do” list when you start to refresh your closet. What goes first and what stays?

Items that look really worn will normally go first. What I know I’ve worn once, but it’s still in amazing condition, I’ll give to friends. I think the first that goes is my endless pile of t-shirts. I don’t think a girl needs more than say, 5 t-shirts. I keep a lot of quirky, timeless, statement items. With that, I can mix with the basics.

How do the pieces from Lord & Taylor amp up your wardrobe but still stay true to your personal style?

Lord & Taylor nails it in the transitional, statement piece department. For this look, I went with their Free People selection. I love a great embroidered blouse that I can wear a million different ways…and anything denim. This overall dress is very unique and so flattering. I can wear it in the winter with tights and a turtleneck. Or in the summer with bare shoulders and sandals.

What are some wardrobe staples you would never get rid of and why?

I will never get rid of my vintage wool coats, or leather jackets. Those never go out of style, and they are my necessity!

What kind of feeling do you get when you refresh your wardrobe? Does it help you plan out your outfits more easily?

Definitely. The less clothes I own, the better I feel. I used to keep everything and it made it impossible to find that white blouse I was looking for. The more organized I am, and the less clothes I own, the better I feel. It’s like a weight lifted off your shoulders…knowing you only have the items that you love.

What do you do with your unwanted winter items? Do you donate to charity or do you stow it away come next winter? For my unwanted winter items, I will normally put in a box, so that my friends can go through them and see if they find anything they need/want! Then, I’ll normally donate the rest that are still in good condition, and on trend.

Please tell us your top 4 tips for refreshing your wardrobe.

-Minimize. Don’t keep 5 of everything. You only need that one navy wool coat…and that one black blazer (that you may only wear once this season)

-Organize. Hang your blouses together, your fur coats together, your long dresses in one side, and your mini dresses in another. Trust me, you will be able to find everything you need! I like being able to see everything before getting dressed in the morning. My closet has it’s separations, but I love a mix of colors.

-Hang things up. I used to have everything folded in cabinets, and suddenly, it just became an unfolded mess. Now, I get those black velvet thin hangers. They save a ton more room, and look a lot cleaner.

-You don’t have to get rid of everything. I have definitely made the mistake of throwing away everything, and realizing “woops, I wish I had that dress right about now, it was a good one!” It’s ok to have a good selection of dresses and skirts…just make sure it’s a variety and a mix of different styles/selections. A few cocktail dresses, some for the beach, and some casual mini dresses. (Don’t stock up on 10 of the same wrap maxi dress).

Tell us how refreshing your wardrobe helps you refine your style, especially with the addition of the Lord & Taylor outfit.

-My style is eclectic and colorful but in classic silhouettes. It’s very fast-paced NYC city girl mixed with the earth tones of my California upbringing. This Lord & Taylor off the shoulder bohemian top reminds me of that vintage blouse I’ve always been looking for. The denim overall dress is the best layering piece for me. It’s simple, season-less, but still unique look which I love. And who doesn’t need a classic chic pair of black slip-on sandals?

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Shop it:

// Lord & Taylor top + overalls dress + knit cardigan by Free People, sandals by BCBgeneration,