NYFW F/W 2017 Recap

Another February NYFW complete. It's been a whirlwind of events, but so many beautiful moments from shows, events, exploring the city, and seeing friends. I wanted to put together a summary of my trip and show you guys a little bit of what I did and saw. Hope you enjoy!

Verdad Fall/Winter 2017

Visiting Bollare's Havana themed suite 

Thanks to The Daily Edited for custom monogrammed pieces 

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Backstage with Aveda with Hellessy

Details from my outfits throughout the trip shoppable below:

Exploring The Garment District NYC

NYC has been amazing this week and with an afternoon free, I wanted to explore The Garment District since I haven't spent too much time in the neighborhood. There were a few spots I wanted to try out since I already had a favorite in the area, Culture Espresso, who make some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever tried. 

The Garment District has evolved so much lately and I started my morning out trying a new coffee shop called Ramini Espresso bar & Cafe

Ramini was the first stop of the morning with some pretty delicious lattes and pastries. It was similar to Turkish pastries I miss so much. Not to mention, the banana bread slices are more than enough for two people to share and it's one of the best I've tried. 

My next stop for lunch was on the rooftop of the Refinery Hotel. I fell in love with its charming aesthetic as soon as I entered. It felt like an open garden with a beautiful view and bright lit seating area.  

Some of my favorite picks: truffle fries, meatballs in a yogurt tomato sauce, and a kale cashew salad. 

I continued to explore the surrounding streets and even a bit of Times Square. 

I can't wait to be back to try more places around the city. Be sure to check out these spots in the area if you're visiting :) Hope you enjoyed!

Photos: Elizabeth Catalano

Valentine's Day Gift + Outfit Guide

Valentines Day is right around the corner and I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces and outfit ideas for the holiday! Whether you're flying solo or planning a romantic day, I think it's fun to celebrate either way and create an experience wherever you're at. Throughout the year, I'm always reminded how important it is to be able to love yourself well before you can love others. So, challenge yourself to treat yourself well and do something different. It's also an opportunity to lavish some special attention, encouragement, and celebration towards family, friends, and loved ones in an intentional way that becomes a lifestyle. 

Gift Guide

Outfit Guide

New Spaces To Stay Refreshed

Finding a new space to dwell in is so needed sometimes. To get away and be in an unfamiliar place to unwind and start a fresh week. Do you ever get that hunch to just drive to a new place just to see what you'll discover because familiarity just isn't cutting it? I've had one of those weekends. 

Resting doesn’t mean being idle or not doing anything; it’s learning how to stay refreshed from within as a normal state of being.

I ventured out to this beautiful loft in Santa Monica and shot this fun look, but also rest in a new place. Cultivating a routine of rest is something that's changed my life and creativity. Resting doesn't mean being idle or not doing anything; it's learning how to stay refreshed from within as a normal state of being. This has been one of the sole keys in my creativity and branching into discovering new things about myself. So, I've been finding little moments to do that this weekend during the constant rain LA has had.

These two weeks will be busy ones– I'm packing for moving and packing for Fashion Week festivities all at the same time. So much transition is happening but I'm so excited to have a new space soon and come back to one of my favorite cities. Will anyone else be attending NYFW this February?

See some of my favorite pieces/details from this set below:

Photos: Alandra Michelle

A Weekend In Santa Barbara at The Wayfarer

Last weekend I got to venture to Santa Barbara for the first time. Anyone that's talked about it has said so many great things, and it was the perfect way to start the year. I made The Wayfarer my home and I loved its proximity to all the beautiful streets, restaurants, and not to mention the ocean was just a few streets over. I wanted to share some highlights of my weekend and some things I captured through photo + video.

If you ever get a chance to visit SB, be sure to check out The Wayfarer and they'll take great care of you :) Not to mention, they recommended one of the best restaurants called The Lark (pictured above) and each plate was a work of art. I already can't wait to go back to dine there and explore more of the beautiful town.