Art Basel: A Full Recap Of All The Events, Exhibitions & Parties

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The Who: Art Basel- Basically it is a week filled with possibly the most stylish people I have ever seen across the globe all in one setting. 

The What: “what is Art Basel?”? It is an annual art fair in Miami Beach. It is hosted at a convention center that exhibits contemporary artworks by both highly reputable and emerging artists. With art, comes loads of creatives in different sectors: fashion, music, architects, furniture designers and the list goes on. Therefore, in addition to going to Art Basel, there are surrounding events and parties for people interested in other areas of the arts. One of my favorites was Design Miami, which is the premier venue for collecting, purchasing and exhibiting collectible design pieces for your home. My favorite exhibitor was Southern Guild, they are based in South Africa!

Where:

·      Eat-

  •  Prime Italian- A classy place typically filled with locals. The food was divine.
  • Nobu- Can’t go wrong with delicious sushi here
  • Ceconnis- Italian and located at Soho House
  • Yardbird- fantastic southern food
  • Bylbos- My favorite Mediterranean restaurant by far. Reminded me of being in Istanbul.
  •  DI/RT- go here for a clean and healthy breakfast. I started my mornings here with a matcha green tea latte with coconut milk, avo toast and an egg whites bowl.
  • My Ceviche- hole in the wall ceviche place that is incredible. Don’t get me started on the Tajin seasoned lime chips. HEAVEN.

·      Events

o   You can expect parties from Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Gucci, Public School, Coach, Ellery, the actual artists and many private musical performances. This year I got to see A$AP Rocky as well as Lauryn Hill. There are honestly so many going on throughout the night so you have a great opportunity to party hop. I used Lyft to go from party to party as I was wearing high heels! Now if you are into nightlife, the clubs in Miami also throw quite a few parties that last all night long. Check out Elleven, LIV, Afterlife, Wall.

·      Hotels-

o   The hottest hotels this week were:

  •   Faena
  •   Delano
  •   SLS
  •   W Hotel
  •   Soho Beach House (the best ambiance)
  •   The Setai

Wear: Pack resort wear or go shopping! So many boutiques on Collins Ave, my personal favorite? The Webster. Super high end curated shop. Also, check out the new Miami Design District for luxury retail (and good food).

Advice: I am a queen of spreadsheets, so I made a full blown daily plan from morning to the evening of things I would like to do. I legitimately scheduled in work hours, beach time, museum/art exhibits I wanted to visit, dinner reservations and events. DO IT. It is a life saver. 

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Grateful, Happy & Ready to Shop

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Hi loves! Hope you are having the most wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and loved ones. I am personally spending mine with my parents and then family party hopping a bit. I wanted to share five things I am grateful for right now and also five places I plan to go shopping for Black Friday. Online and in stores! I always like to support shopping in the malls because hello...if all we did was shop online, then the stores that we love so much in the mall would eventually close. So do you share and divide your shopping like I do!

Grateful for:

1. Family- very grateful to have my parents close to me right now. As much as I am missing NYC, right now, it is nice to be around the family in Southern CA. The holidays make me sad at times because it feels a bit empty without my older brother, but my family and friends make me feel full of love that it helps tremendously. So thank you to them for that!

2. Career- I am finally in a place I love career wise. It took YEARS and I am finally where I want to be right now. It does not mean I don't want change later, I certainly do. Perhaps I will even blog full time. That is the ULTIMATE goal. But I will need some extra love and support from you and your friends to get to that point! BUT...I think we can get there. :)

3. Travel Plans- Really excited for a couple trips on the horizon. First stop Las Vegas this weekend, Art Basel next week and then perhaps THAILAND & BALI in the coming weeks.

4. Tony Robbins- I want to tell you ALL about this experience but I will need to wait for another day when I have HOURS to gather my thoughts and write. All I can say is...I bought this as a gift for Eric and I for Christmas and it was the best gift I could have given us.

5. YOU- I honestly could not be here with you all and your unbelievable support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my journey. Your words of encouragement, kind words and loyalty means SO MUCH. I promise to keep improving the blog and bringing you the best street style, travel advice and beauty tips I could get my hands on.

OK NOW SHOPPING! Hello Black Friday!

1. Revolve (up to 65% off their early access sale!) - I just bought this super cute romper to wear in Miami next week.

2. Bloomingdales (Some items are up to 50%, others you get 20% off when you spend $200 or more or 15% when you spend $100-$199)- I just bought these OTK boots

3. Shopbop (use code GOBIG16 for 55% during cyber week)

4. Asos (30% off of everything with code THANKFUL30)- time to get these Adidas sneaks!

5. Banana Republic- (50% off five regular priced items). Just bought this blouse and coat!

Happy shopping loves!

California Cozy

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Here in LA, our winter days are a little comical. It drops down to 60 and we throw on our warmest parkas and scarves and beanies. I mean, we need an excuse to wear all the cute clothes we buy for winter but rarely get to rock. I made it a mission to find the right kind of mix of warm and cold outfit and I came across this winner. I love this because I can pair these pieces in so many different ways these coming months.

The sweater: a cute tissue-sheer mock neck sweater. Different ways to wear it? As pictured (obviously), under a warm coat, with high waisted jeans, over a short or long sleeved dress, with shorts by the beach for those inbetween weather days in the spring.

The skirt: a fitted cotton blend skirt perfect for dressing up or down. Different ways to wear it? With a tshirt and sneakers, with a button blouse for work, with a sheer tank for going out, with a huge oversized sweater and pointed black booties.

The heels: I mean, who couldn't use metallic heels during the holidays!? I cannot wait to wear these at every holiday party I attend and of course busting them out for NYE! I wore them in this cute way as well

Bag: I bought this super chic but EXTREMELY affordable bag and it can be worn dressed down or fancied up. Whatever fancies you darling!

Let's just say, you won't go wrong with these LA babe staples.

PS, since people have been asking me how I style my hair, I use a T3 Micro curling iron to do loose waves. After I curl it, I run my finger through the wave so it does not get too wavy. Then I spray it with flexible hold hairspray and voila! I will do a tutorial soon! 

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

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Designer Looks For Less: Stella McCartney, Chloe & Alexander Wang For Less.

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I brought a little NYC feel to my look today. Heels are pretty impossible unless they are chunky in the city. This is a bit of an issue for me as I am SUPER petite (aka SHORT) amongst these uber tall models that frolic through the city. I don't like to compare, or try to be something I am not. It is very important to be proud of yourself for who you are, but DAMN I love a good pair of heels. I feel confident in them and I like how it makes my legs look toned and OK TALLER. So..I found my solution, these flatform sneaks. Height without looking like I am trying too hard :)

So I am sure you have all seen the Stella McCartney ones $$$$. SO cute, just not budget friendly. I struggle spending a ton on shoes because I travel/walk non-stop and my items get trashed by the end of the season. I am sure you feel the same. So, as you can see here, I have these very Stella looking flatforms and I legit got them for under $100 bucks here (similar). I also paired them with a pair of jeans I got for under $30 and a top I got under $30. Oh and you probably see the ring around my purse and are thinking "is this some sort of Mansur or Chloe or other pricey Barney's like brand?", no girlfriends, I got this bag for under $30 as well. 

I paired this look with a few of my higher end pieces to balance it out. My fanciful cateye sunglasses I am very much obsessed with and this perfect throwover plaid top (so LA and a mandatory addition to le closet).

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xo

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

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Madam President

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This was a tough week for America. People were either happy or sad, dependent on whether their candidate of choice won. Personally, my candidate did not win and I have been extremely crushed. 

I lived in the northwest for many years in a red state. Many of my friends were republicans and still are. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and there is no judgement there. Ever. That would be unfair. But I had a really tough time not passing judgement this time around. Perhaps for the sheer fact that the president-elect, whom I struggle to even call him that, has displayed a sort of character that I find quite UN-American. I mean, who am I to say what is American or un-American, but I am entitled to my feelings…as are you. I could say so much more about my feelings towards him, but I think the media, your social media friends and the rest of the world has shared those with you already. 

So..I know the data, I have seen the polling stats...that she won the ‘popular’ vote. That most of the people who voted for him were ‘uneducated’ ...But apparently, some people thought our girl Hill was so popular...they actually thought...why the heck not...let’s vote for a third party who had zero chance anyways. Let's get them to that 5% to get them that funding. They "embody" my true candidate...not what the DNC tells me to believe in...well my friends..(sorry for all the ...but they are fitting)... I love that you had your beliefs in another candidate, in a new world, but it seems like that was more of a emotional decision versus a realistic and logical decision as it usually boils down to the main candidates on the plate (and now I see you are complaining about Trump's win on social media). OR you actually liked Trump? lol. Then there are those who said “anyone but Hillary” so I am going to vote for Trump? If you are a woman and you said that, it truly makes me sad. Oh and do not get me started on the electoral college system...

We had the opportunity to break this glass ceiling. We had an opportunity to prove to our little girls that they can achieve their goals if they were qualified (and dang right she was compared to that bankruptcy/tax/human abuser) and tried their hardest. But the sad truth to our reality is, if Hillary was a male, people would probably worship the fact that sHe had dedicated her/him WHOLE life to public service. That sHe has held so many influential titles. But oh since sHe was a she, God forbid she had any flaws!! Gee golly, Trump was a perfect angel, huh? His offensive behavior 'trumps' her 'so-called' flaws any day. If a female stood on a soap box and yelled the same profanities, Lord knows what we would call her and we would never give her a chance to have a seat at a title we cherish so much...our POTUS. I am saddened to see that in order for a woman to take office, they have to be 'passive', perfect at all times and cannot make a single mistake or they are going to publicly demoralized. Does that make sense? Is that our reality?

Sadly, I was proved this week that this is our reality. Tell me now, which one of you have never made a mistake at work? I know I certainly make a mistake probably several times a week. Who on earth doesn't! Oh and get this, if you make a mistake, some jerk will get the opportunity to jump 20+ years past your experience and take your promotion you have been working towards. Seems fair right? This is the example we just set for the young woman of America. Goodness this has happened to me on some similar level and to many others in the corporate setting so many times. But to see it happen to a woman that is beyond qualified and equipped to handle our nation..was truly heartbreaking. Why do we resist when it is a woman? Why did we not have her back enough? These are the questions that keep running through my head. I don't care that they're forcing this true epitome of a loser on us. To me, she is and always will be Madam President. The bossiest lady of them all. 

I know politics and fluffy blog land don’t always mix. Opinions clash. So I apologize for the rant, I apologize if our opinions clashed, I still love you, hope you still love me, but I just had to share where my heart is right now. I am sad and feeling hopeless and I understand this too shall pass, but right now this is how I feel...and well this is my blog, so HI! Do I still have my freedom and other great things America has to offer? Yes, and I will forever be grateful. But my concern right now is that we could move backwards in time. My concern is that racist groups feel empowered right now by someone who is supposed to be our leader. I am concerned that what our last president spent eight years trying to clean up is about to fall apart. I am afraid for our environment. I am mad at the example that has been set for our youth. I am concerned about who we put in charge of our overall rights and I simply am appalled. 

Well..since this is a blog post, I also had to throw in my OOTD, a little white sweater, a little blue denim and my red eyes from my tears...(not dramatic at all lol) 

I am actually going to a conference today by Tony Robbins that I am looking forward to. I am hoping this week with the kingpin of motivation helps to get me out of this deflated slump. I promise to pass on the motivation on to you when I finish the program. I am sure we all need a little love right now.

hugs. xo

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

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Soaking In The Cali Sun

I have had a lot of FOMO not being in NYC lately. I miss it there tremendously. But this past week I have been soaking up the Cali sunshine and it is the only thing helping me with my post-NYC depression. Who would have thought that could be a thing? Will get into that in a later post, but for now want to focus on sunny LA days. 

I got to bring out this absolutely gorgeous dress that I have had my eye on from Huxley & Harper. They have the cutest dresses and chokers and I am so glad they are based in OC. Perfect for when I want to the see the parental unit. I paired this dress with these fun gold mules, a muted bag, and round sunnies. I cannot wait to take this dress with me on a vacation. I am feeling total Capri/Positano, Mykonos or even Hawaii vibes! Now I need to actually plan a trip...

PS ARE YOU VOTING TODAY? I hope so :)

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

Uplifting Your Bad Mood

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Okay so I felt like this post was extremely fitting given my current week. I honestly could list 100 things that annoyed me. This election, something silly at work (perhaps being on the road at 5AM this morning to get to a meeting), feeling like my friend was not being thoughtful of my feelings in a situation, missing my dinner partner (Eric being gone on the East Coast and Vegas) and feeling like I have been overeating and definitely not fitting in my halloween costume..lol oh and identity location crisis NY, LA or OC? Small world problems? ABSOLUTELY. But that is A-okay. People think that just because there are bigger issues in the world you are not allowed to have feelings. WRONG, it would be insane not to. Just in moderation. Like don't only sweat the small stuff and not care about the REAL big issues in life. 

Personally, I am a sensitive person. I love the people in my life so much (including my colleagues!) that I bring them in like family. Sometimes it is a WONDERFUL thing as I have been able to grow some incredible friendships with people and sometimes people you bring close just suck and disappoint you a lot. Sometimes you realize that what you identify as being a good friend (or whatever your relationship is with that person) doesn't always align with that the other person thinks or is willing to give back. Basically if you are not a ride or die/loyal for life friend, fam member or lover...then bye! HAHA no but really, you are saving yourself from heartache and future disappointment. You can gradually let go of a person too, sometimes when it is abrupt, it sucks for both parties.

Anyways, I wanted to think of some things that make me happy so I made a list below:

  • quality time with people (consistently...I think consistency in any friendship is important)
  • walking by the ocean at my favorite spot in OC
  • seeing my parents happy
  • date night
  • getting dressed up
  • reading a good article or blog post
  • shopping (obv)
  • bubble bath
  • drinking wine in an outdoor patio sitting by the fire (specific enough?)
  • yoga (which I really miss so much and have been so sad I have not gone in over a year. I injured my neck (bulged discs) and working out has been a huge missing happy component that I have not been able to incorporate in my life.
  • travel (needing a getaway! Where should I go?)
  • my moms cooking
  • words of affirmation from the ones I love
  • feeling supported by family and friends
  • Flowers for any occasion (not just from your S/O either. I love when my dad brings Orchids arrangements and peonies to my mom and I)
  • seeing a butterfly or little birdie (makes me think my brother is visiting me)

Genuinely interested in hearing the things that make you happy! Send me an email! 

PS this gorgeous black leather dress was the perfect pick me up dress on my gloomnation day! Nothing a stylish Michael Stars dress and a good pair of heels cant fix!

xo

Photographer: @JennyMegenney

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Cream Puff Sweaters & High-Waisted Denim

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So I trekked back to OC/LA to be with the family and for work and I ofcourse had to venture over to Laguna Beach. I love getting ice cream at Gelato Paradiso eating it while just sitting by the beach. I also love going to boutiques in any city I am in. A week ago I went to this super cute boutique in Woodland Hills (Elle A ...um so cute, it is pronounced LA) and went HAM and got a lot of goodies from there. Will post all of them on the blog soon. I actually got this super fluffy and cozy side slit sweater. Love that this can be worn as is, with a cute bralette, or if you are bustier than I am (I have borderline ittys), then wear it over a tank or even better, over a cute dress. Would look great paired with overalls too. If you can't find the sweater on the site, just call them and order it over the phone. I love that about boutiques, online seems so impersonal, but at boutiques you can talk to the owners (phone or in person), try on the clothes if they are closeby and fall in love with your piece before you take it home. I take business cards from the boutiques I like and follow them on Instagram and order from them all the time.

For my look here I paired it with high-waisted denim, tan booties and this great braided bag I got from Violet Ray. I love the ivory color as it goes great with practically anything. It also is not stark white. I stay away from stark white bags as I do not take the best care of them. AKA they do not always get their own seat on the subway or at a restaurant! This whole look is perfect for any day and for travel as the booties are SUPER comfy!

Photographer: Jenny Megenney

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Why You Should Move to NYC

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If you are 30ish and under, single or in a questionable relationship then listen to me. MOVE to NYC. Go explore, go on dates, go shopping and soak up all of the city life you possibly can get. There are endless lists of "things you should do in the city this day/week/month" that you can find online. ALSO endless amounts of people you could meet there. Friends, random conversations with strangers and lovers to meet. I know this sounds like it is all out of a fairytale. But it is true. Also, don't be silly and wrap yourself up in a relationship the minute you get there. Especially if you are under 26. LIVE IT UP!

The one thing you will need...total buzz kill...I am sorry...but you will needs funds. The city is expensive and life is generally just more expensive there. Some may be blessed and can have their parents support this sort of rendezvous, or a significant other will (lucky ducks...werk it). I personally didn't, so I saved for months to make this all happen.

Here are some ways to save in the city:

  • WALK do not take the taxi. Or take the subway.
  • Do not eat out everyday, instead pack a lunch, make your own coffee and once a week treat yo-self out to a cool restaurant
  • pre-party at your apartment
  • get a roomie to save on apartment $$$
  • shop at TJ's, it is the affordable way in the city
  • say yes to dinner dates ;) yolo
  • Amazon for everything (you can use an Amazon locker nearby your apartment to ship it to incase you do not have a doorman and have sketchy neighbors)

Personally, I did not do all of the above (like half of them). I had saved for months and months and knew I would be in the city for half the year. So I sort of treated myself way too much. As in I legit gained 5lbs even though I walked EVERYDAY. All the pasta and french fries and eating out got to me. Oh and ice cream at Fresco in the East Village on the daily. I WENT HAM and I have zero regrets. But could you still move to the city and be cost conscious, absolutely, follow my above bullets (aka cost-savings city life mantra). That is what a lot of my friends (locals) shared with me.

One thing I want to note, don't go to NYC thinking you can escape life or people. Things will catch up to you no matter where you are. Although NYC is a fun busy city, it can get lonely at times too. Being alone in your thoughts can lead to a downward spiral. Heal within or go to NYC with a plan to heal within rather than escape. I will talk about healing within in another post. Okay, I will stop preaching, but I try to be really raw and open with you all about my journey and try to share advice beyond just travel, fashion, beauty and food. This really is a lifestyle blog and in life...crazy stuff happens and I hope to talk about it on the REAL REAL here with you. 

Speaking of being real, being in NYC made me feel as if that were my new home. I am temporarily back in OC/LA now and it is AMAZING being with my family and friends...but a piece of my heart is still in that city and it is still calling my name. My bf and I are both actively looking for a sublease there for me to make the trek back. All I really wanted to say is..living in NYC was the best decision I think I have ever made and I wanted to share that feeling with you. Perhaps to inspire your big city dreams in your heart (that Sex in the City life that does not really exist but it is still fun). PS, feel free to email me any questions you may have about making this big move. If you have made this move, share with me your story! Would love to hear it!

Oh and wearing this super-duper chic all nude outfit on my favorite little rooftop in the city! Shop the deets below!

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Posted on October 20, 2016 and filed under travel.

Flirty Feminine Tops

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HOW FUN IS THIS SHIRT!? I fell in love with the femininity of this shirt and it inspired me to go on a massive chic shirt shopping spree. I looked online practically everywhere and found these gems. Hope you like them too! ALSO added in my makeup details. I learned how to do this glowy look while I was backstage at NYFW from @sarahluceroglam (the glam queen behind Stila Cosmetics). I finished my look by lightly tapping on highlighter on top of my cheekbones. Voila! Get them while it is hot! Some items are on sale at 40% off on the Stila site!

Photographer: @selwyn.ramos