Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Hair with Marie Lou & D

"What rules? I follow nothing but my own heart. And if it leads me in the wrong direction, at least I will know the right one afterwards."

After over a month, I'm finally back with some new content. A lot has happened in this last month - I went to Italy and ate the best Italian food of my life, I came home only to find myself completely shattered by some things that happened in my personal life, and I decided to take a huge break from focusing on anything besides myself. A couple months ago I made an appointment with Marie Lou & D to have my hair balayaged, and it could not have come at a better time. I went in on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, so it's been a little over a week since I got my hair colored, and I am in love with my new look.

This was my first time getting any sort of color in my hair, and I'll be honest - I was a bit nervous to see the end result. At the end of the day it's just hair, so if worst came to worst I would just let it grow out, cut it off, and go back to my old hair. But, Yoann worked his magic and my hair came out way beyond my expectations. I told him I wanted something subtle that would add dimension to my hair and give the illusion like my hair had been sun-kissed from being outdoors without being too blonde or orange, and I think Yoann did just that! Right now I have zero plans of going back to my old hair anytime soon, and I cannot wait to go back in in a few months for some maintenance treatments {guys, their gloss treatment is amazing! Hello sleek, healthy hair!}.

Overall, my experience at Marie Lou & D was absolutely perfect and I would highly recommend it if you are looking to breathe some new life into your hair. Everyone there is extremely friendly, you can sip on some coffee, tea, or wine while you get your hair done, and my favorite part? The chairs you sit in when they wash your hair are massage chairs! It's the little things :) 

Thank you so much to Marie Lou & D and a special shout out to Yoann for making all of my hair dreams come true!


Hair by Yoann @ Marie Lou & D
Soho, New York

Thursday, April 20, 2017


"Be soft but unafraid to conquer."


Growing up I think I struggled with who I wanted to be and how I wanted others to see. As a little girl I was very quiet and very shy, so I guess you could call me soft. But because I got bullied and walked over I realized that being soft was not going to work for me, so growing in to high school I became unafraid. I had a strong personality and if anything I was going to be the one walking over others before I let others walk over me. However, I don't think going full blown unafraid really worked for me either because inherently, I am not that kind of person and I didn't want to be that kind of person. So in college I began to learn how to be more me - the softer me, but to not forget what I learned about being bold and unafraid. I think I'm still learning how to find the perfect balance because it seems like in each new stage of my life I've always gone back to being the soft and quiet little girl I was twenty years ago. But from my experience I can tell you that to be soft you must also be unafraid in order to conquer.


Zara Top || J.Crew Skirt || Sigerson Morrison Shoes || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Prada Sunnies

Monday, April 17, 2017

Growing Flowers

"Raise your words not your voice. 
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."

Growing flowers.

I've always loved and appreciated the beauty of flowers, but I never understood how difficult it was to grow beautiful flowers. Growing up, my parents made tending to a garden look easy. It seemed like whatever they planted grew - whether it be flowers, trees, fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Therefore, inherently, I thought that growing a plant was not that hard: as long as I planted, watered, and let the sun shine my little seeds would sprout. Unfortunately, it seems to be that I was not blessed with a green thumb and most plants that fall under my care wilt sooner than they blossom. I've come to find that successfully growing a plant takes time, patience, and measured care. They do not require too much of any one thing but just enough of each. Like us, plants are delicate but resilient. Some seasons they bloom more beautifully than others - it all depends on circumstance. We must let it rain, but we can't let it pour, we must let the sun shine but not so much that it scorches; we must raise our words and not our voices because if the weather turns then the flowers cannot grow.


Ann Taylor Dress - similar here and here || Nicole Miller Shoes || Chanel Bag || Janessa Leone Hat || Prada Sunnies

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Recreate & Repeat

"Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself - what you're wearing, who you're around what you're doing. Recreate and repeat."

Recreate and repeat.

The older I've gotten the more aware I've become of the moments that I've felt most in love with myself, with life, and with the people that I'm with. I've become much more in tune with what makes me truly happy and when I am truly happy. I've made it a point to live my life around those moments and those people and to try my best to document them so I never forget. As much as this blog and my Instagram are a creative outlet they're also very much a chronology of my life, and I love that I will always have a space to go back to when I want to look back on the last x number of years of my life. I'm in a very different place in my life now than when this blog first came to be in my college days and I know in a few years time I will be saying the same exact thing. But what will not change is the moments that I felt most in love, and all of that will be as well documented as I could have it be. Like this particular weekend - one of the first beautiful Sundays of the year, post brunch and ice cream, and laughing my butt off convinced that these creaky wooden steps were going to collapse any minute because I was sure they were termite-eaten and internally rotting. It's these kind of moments of simple joy that I want to document, recreate, and repeat.


Zara Sweater || Under the Canopy Tee || Madewell Jeans - similar here || DV by Dolce Vita Shoes || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Prada Sunnies

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cherry Trees

"I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees."

Cherry trees.

In my mind, spring is the quintessential creation of beauty. It's nature's own form of a sigh of relief - when she can finally let go of what she's been holding onto tightly during the last few months of bitter winter; a sigh of relief like the way the petals of a flower gently unfold and blossom. Cherry blossoms are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring and crowds of people flock to the places that are known for their cherry blossoms, like Japan or Washington D.C. Like many others, I too love cherry blossoms so I began to wonder why? What sets the cherry trees apart from all the other trees and flowers that also blossom in spring? In Japan the cherry blossom represents the fragility and beauty of life. And I think that in our own subconscious we all realize this. We marvel at their short-lived beauty each year because it reminds us of how beautiful but delicate life can be. It also reminds us that in due time, in the right season, beauty will blossom.


Tory Burch Sweater || J.Crew Pants || Sigerson Morrison Shoes || Banana Republic Bag || Prada Sunnies