Thursday, January 28, 2016

Snowfall

"I want a snowfall kind of love, the kind of love that quiets the world."

Cause I'm a snowfall kind of girl.

My friend at work introduced me to this song and I fell in love. I like words because I like imagery, and I love the pictures that words can paint. So it's not surprising that I love how snowfall is likened to love. Snowfall is quiet and calm, it's peaceful in a lulling, lullaby way. When it first falls, it blankets the earth is something clean, pure, and untouched. It carries an innocence that's magical every time it happens. And each snowflake that falls is different from the next -- just like how no love is the same as the last. 

Besos,
RC









Max Studio Turtleneck - similar herehere and here || Banana Republic Feather Top || J.Crew Pixie Pants || L.K. Bennett Boots - similar here and here

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Days With Snowman NYC

"What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."

In the heart of winter...

...I'm transported back to my childhood. Keeping true to my Jersey roots, I love me a good blizzard. I used to pray for snow every year on my birthday because hey, what little girl wouldn't want a white birthday? I have so many fond memories of the winter -- sledding down the snow covered streets, building snowmen, constructing igloos, that feeling you get when your hands are so cold and when you finally return to the indoors and they start to defrost it feels like they're burning up. I wouldn't trade my childhood for temperate climates because I think the seasons build character and they grow appreciation. The heat of summer isn't as cherished without the memory of a bitter cold winter; the blossoms of spring time aren't as beautiful without first seeing the trees shed their skin in the brisk of autumn. 

Besos,
RC











Snowman NYC Jacket c/o {use code "refined20" for 20% off!} || Per Se Turtleneck - similar here and here || J.Crew Pixie Pants || Ugg Snow Boots - love these and these

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Relay

"Time changes all things, but the one thing that remains unchanged by time is time itself."

Relays and requiems.

The flood of memories that visiting an old, but familiar place can bring is an odd thing. I spend most Sundays driving around my town and surrounding neighborhoods with my sister scouting locations for my blog photos, and since it was particularly freezing on this day we were able to snag the track at our old middle school for this editorial. Back when I attended middle school here this track was unfinished. It was a 400m ring of dirt and gravel and I still remember the crunch of the rocks beneath my feet as I sprinted around the track, leaving behind a cloud of dirt in my wake during track meets and practices. Now, it's as beautiful as the track we had at our high school, and the field in the middle is turf, not unkempt, patchy grass. It doesn't seem like so long ago that I left this all behind, but now counting back the years...it's been a decade. My days of relay races and 800m dashes are now but fond memories. I find myself running new races now, passing my life baton onwards and upwards as life moves along and new milestones are met, but always sprinting towards the finish line.

Besos,
RC











Monday, January 18, 2016

Prologue

"Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence."

To end one chapter and to start the next.

I call this year my prologue year. Today marks the first day of the year before my quarter life milestone, and I feel it in my bones...it's going to be a big year. Twenty-three was a year of searching and understanding, testing the waters and finding my place. But at the same time, I find myself so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people -- family and friends, both new and old. Life is made so much richer when spent in good company. I think that's one of the biggest things I've learned this year. The company that you immerse yourself in vastly increases the quality of your time spent, so spend more time with the people you really love and the people you know who will always be there for you. So this post is for my friends -- thanks for coming out to celebrate with me yesterday, for giving me a reason to wear my feathery top, for encouraging me to boozy brunch my way into 24 {#quadruplefist}, for laughing away three hours of our afternoon, and suckering it up with me in the snow to snap these photos. And today, today will be spent with family as it should be. Love each and every one of you!!

Besos,
RC







Parker Blazer - similar here and here || Banana Republic Top || J.Crew Bottoms || Cole Haan Boots - similar here and here || Chanel Bag || Necklaces: Gorjana, Brooklyn Designs c/o, Tiffany & Co. {gift}

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Heights

“My greatest successes came from decisions I made when I stopped thinking and simply did what felt right. Even if there was no good explanation for what I did. Even if there were very good reasons for me not to do what I did”

Gut check.

Sometimes you need to just stop and think, "Maybe it's time to think less". Most of us are, more likely than not, second-guessers. The majority of the time our gut is a pretty good compass to guide us through life, but rarely do we ever just go with our gut. Our gut tells us one thing, but then we hem and we haw, we go over all the causes and effects, the pros and cons, before we finally {maybe} settle on the original decision our instincts told us to go with. As humans we are animals, and animals are naturally born with instincts. Our thinking may have grown more complex, but at the center of ourselves is still the rock that keeps us anchored -- our soul, our gut, our most natural instincts. I can't think of a single time my gut has failed me...so maybe it's time to stop and stop thinking and just go with my gut.

Besos,
RC








Abercrombie & Fitch Top - similar here and here || Jaggar Leather Joggers {sold out} - similar here and here || Mansur Gavriel Bag || Nike 'Roshe' Sneakers || Miu Miu Sunnies via Ditto