I would not suggest wearing this outfit if you’re meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time or for the eyes of the weak (traditional ‘rents). So after a stressful holiday - Go Crazy!
Luckily, my mother is very liberal in her mindset and parental techniques and has grown more open minded with age. She’s an artist in her own accord and has guided our individuality and creativity. Sincerely a wonderful woman, mother, and my blood buddy. I can’t say the same for my extended family. They’re quite the traditional chattering bunch. So when it came to the struggles of overcoming judgement and criticism, I’ve been around the block and back. Sometimes you need both support and belligerence to push you to lengths you would never get to on your own. And this stretches beyond the realm of family to include friends, strangers, coworkers, etc.
In other words,
“My haters wake me up. Those who love me keep me going.”
As long as you’re breaking necks, it doesn’t matter if the spectators question your sanity. Neck Break On! Being rebellious never felt this good.
Photos by Faraz
Talk about HANDBAG GALORE!
Aimee Kestenberg’s collection is edgy yet everyday wearable. I love that every piece has custom hardware. The most impressive part about her products has to be the quality, especially at their affordable costs. My favorite begins with the bookbags and multi-colored snake skin should bag. There really is something for everyone with the variety of textures, colors, and prints. And I must say, Aimee is probably one of the sweetest individual I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Talk about a humble and talented woman! And I know what you’re thinking as you scroll down…THOSE CUFFS! I believe the term “need” can barely be sufficient in this context.
Although they’re not on her website…just yet! Be on the lookout for these gorgeous pieces for the Fall ‘13.
Doesn’t hurt to check out her website, in the meantime!
Let me just say, “You’re welcome” now. =)
Photos by Faraz
It’s genuinely nice to take the time to feel the sun dance on your skin. I’ve been Vitamin D deprived.
This ensemble is a bit different than what I normally wear. But with the amazing weather and my mood to match, I really felt like as long as I was outside and doing something, nothing could go wrong. Hence, the femme bohemian look. It was my chance to put away my favorite leather pieces and just hang out in soft fabrics that move and some color, too.
I did break a few necks. I was the only one laying on a bed of grass in front of a train station! *Shh!* You would never know…but I just told you. I have no shame. =)
Do break some necks.
Do grab some sun.
Don’t lay in front of a train station with music blasting from your car. (Oh, why the hell not!)
Photos by Kevin
but Big City Girl dream.
A product of my environment. I spend an equal amount of time in Suburban Jersey and The Big Apple. Besides the inconvenient commute, it’s really the best of both worlds. A humbling experience of its own. My Day 1 friends are all In New Jersey. I get the slower pace, car driving, trees driven, hometown feel AND the hustle bustle, the subways litter, the multicultural bubble in the city. I don’t miss anything! …but I know my heart lies in the city and it will always pull at my soul strings.
Shot in front of a Municipal Court in Scotch Plains - we had no idea what to expect especially since we kept eyeing the cops that were circling the court. I can see how we might look suspicious. But in a small town, adventure is a little far from reach. Takes a little spontaneity, a dash of courage, and a partner in crime.
This outfit was for a Tuesday night drink with some old and new friends. I wanted to dress down this red dress as much as possible. Pacific meets Atlantic vibe (thanks to the Keds). What’s funny is that red and I have not been close friends all my life. I think we started seeing eye to eye in high school. But I’m glad we are now. ;)
Remember, it’s not about the day of the week, it’s how you spend your day! Even if it’s a dreadful Monday.
Photos By Faraz
Sweater - J. Crew// Button Up - H&M// Shorts - Zara// Flats - Ecote
People always criticize others for daydreaming, but I think daydreaming just has a bad reputation. So many things are created, established, and composed by disassociating yourself, even for a little bit. To consciously escape reality. There’s a reason why we’re capable of doing it. Cue Daydream by Lupe Fiasco ft Jill Scott! Don’t mind me as I rest my head on top of a bed of sunflowers… in my office. (I wish.)
See you there!
Photos by Faraz.
When Jersey’s weather is actually over 70 degrees, I couldn’t help but be inspired. I broke open my box of Spring clothes and dwelled in it for moment before I jumped out and TADA! - this happened.
I don’t know if anyone else is like this but…
When I take less than half an hour to get dressed, I know it’s going to be a good day.
And it was.
We then decided to take pictures where not only were we surrounded by people strolling through the park with kids on their hips, dogs in their leashes, or girl/boyfriends in hand, we were also probably caught by surveillance… OH, THE THRILL!
On days like this, I often remind myself to just take things lightly and casually because “Life can be too serious too often.” And I guess that’s what my style reflects, too. Anyone can get dressed up, but it’s how you dress in those in-between days that really sets you above the commercial line.
I know what you’re thinking…but the weekend is closer than you think!
Make sure to twerk some heads this week (if that’s even possible).
Photos by Faraz
Dress - Thrift// Shoes - Converses// Jacket - Zara// Camera - Sony NEX
Wherever Alice went in Wonderland, I must have joined her. In the hustle of Trenton, Faraz, an amazing photographer (and my best friend), took me on an adventure to the Grounds for Sculpture. I don’t think my mind can still fully comprehend this place. If you want to go somewhere that constantly surprises you and turns your head upside down and in all different directions, then you need to go here! We were there for more than four hours. The whole exhibition is so large that we didn’t even finish it. I saw some amazing things: colorful peacock, an all white, blue-eyed peacock name Snowflake, bamboo forests, nude sculptures, architectural beauties, paintings, Dante Inferno inspired pieces, and plenty more!
My look was pure functionality. Yes, I know what you’re thinking - How is a dress functional? Well, it’s the easiest thing to put on without having to think about a top and a bottom. The cardigan gave it a touch of prep alongside my high bun, patterned dress, my go-to chucks, and two-textured jacket. You definitely don’t want to come here in heels (trust me, I would’ve tried).
Like two kids in a playground, we ran around this place and were continuously snapping pictures left and right. I can’t wait to go back, especially when it gets a lot warmer and I can lose the heavy jacket.
Enjoy the upcoming(hopefully) warm weather!
Photos by Faraz
Romper - (here)// Boots - Aldo// Earrings - Aldo
The main reason why I love Spring:
It’s the season where life restarts or at least it sure feels that way - sun shining, flowers blooming, skin exposing, etc.
I hope you have the opportunity to create some tender moments this holiday with your family and friends. I enjoyed eating for about two Vietnamese families combined, plus some. I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for this occasion than a dainty lace romper with some neon pink geometric earrings. I couldn’t resist wearing my nude military boots because a little grunge can go a long way. I also have a growing obsession with teal and lilac, lately. I wouldn’t say it’s unhealthy, but my friends would beg to differ.
Happy Easter, bunny ears wearing Neck Breakers!
Photos by Kevin