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Summer Nights in Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


There's nothing I love more than languid Brooklyn evenings. The sun doesn't quite set until after 9 and the streets are colored with perfect Tungsten blue light. For these kind of nights, I love a bold print like the one on this dress, from Cynthia Rowley's collection. I love a beautiful designer piece, but I try to be wise with my money, so when ShopSense + the eBay Designer Collective asked me to collaborate on a post, I was all in and I totally fell in love with the concept. Some of my favorite brands like Cynthia Rowley, Nicole Miller, House of Harlow & Billy Reid are showcasing their incredible pieces at fabulous discounts. I've rounded up some of my ultimate favorite clothes currently available on the collective here: 

This post was sponsored by eBay Designer Collection with ShopSense

Garden Party

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just when I thought I'd posted all my looks from Paris, I found this one hiding on my memory card. Ah, Paris, how I miss thee! I wore this look at a breakfast conference for an agency I work with called Ykone. It was such a beautiful event held at the little garden terrace at the Hotel Particulier in Montmartre. I was so flattered to be invited to speak about my experience as a video content creator on YouTube sharing my thoughts about the industry as a whole. For a professional yet playfully trendy look I wore my new orange floral wrap dress from my recent T.J. Maxx collaboration. I love the flattering fit, bold print and, best of all, it has pockets. Dresses with pockets have my heart forever. After the conference, Alex and I walked around the city, and landed in this quaint little park. I don't even remember where it was, I just remember the gorgeous sunlight, our little picnic lunch and loving every minute of it all. Tu me manques, Paris.

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach

Monday, July 14, 2014

Swimsuit: ModCloth, Headscarf: Vintage, Lipstick: Mac Lady Danger


I have to admit coming back from Paris was tough. We had such an amazing vacation in the City of Light, I wanted to stay in our Parisien daydream forever. After a week back at work, I wanted a mini-vacation so Alex and I decided to take the subway out to Rockaway Beach. It was actually a breeze. We took the J train transferring to the A at Broadway Junction down to the water. All in all it took just over an hour, not too bad to get to the beach on a $2.50 subway fare. We had an amazing time relaxing and soaking in some sun. Sure, it's a bit crowded but there's plenty of room to set up your blanket, cooler and relax. I was excited to shoot some photos at the beach, and Alex was darling enough to snap a few of me in my pin-up look. This bathing suit from ModCloth is my favorite bathing suit I've ever owned! The red and white polka dot print is so retro, plus the ruching at the waist and halter detail add a special je ne sais quoi that really stands out. I felt like a true modern day pin-up and looking at these photos puts a smile on my face. To see more photos of our beach day, click 'read more!' 

Talking Fashion & Travel with Maison Ullens

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I've been so eager to share my most recent project with Maison Ullens here on the blog! I was so excited to be invited bak to Paris to work on this video shoot. As y'all probably know, I took Alex along with me and we had an amazing time touring Paris together. I shot this video with the Maison Ullens team along with two fabulous international bloggers, Nadya and Erika (see their videos on the Maison Ullens YouTube Channel here). We had the chance to tour the Maison Ullens showroom and meet Miriam, the incredibly inspiring woman behind the brand. The interview was really fun and I had a blast sharing some of my favorite travel stories. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did, I really think it turned out phenomenally. Be sure to check out Maison Ullens on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

Au revoir, Paris

Monday, July 7, 2014




Just writing this post makes me want to hop on the first plane back to Paris. Our France adventure was originally supposed to end in Marseille with my friend Laure and her family. However, due to the SNCF strikes, out train was cancelled, so we spent our last weekend in Paris. It was amazing. This post is from our last day, also easily my favorite day. We started with Brunch along Canal St. Martin, hopelessly skipping rocks like Amelie (okay we didn't really skip rocks but Audrey Tautou was definitely in my head). We rode around the city on our Velibs, one of my favorite Paris activities. We walked (I skipped) along the Seine and I can't remember ever being happier. The night was the perfect ending to a perfect Parisian adventure. It was the Festival de la Musique and my friend from college, Devon was playing her music on the Seine at Ile de la Cite. We picnicked with prosciutto  melon, fresh cherries, baguettes and lots of rose. I've never seen a more beautiful sunset in my life. Notre Dame was drenched in peach and purple sky and I decided that night I would be moving to Paris someday soon.

Day in the Dress: Tuileries & Meet-Up

Monday, June 30, 2014

Of all the fantastic experiences and opportunities YouTube & blogging has blessed me with, one of the most amazing has been hosting a Meet-Up. I had my first one back in Novemeber, very last minute when I was in Paris working with Prada x Printemps covering their annual Christmas Windows unveiling. I has absolutely blown away by the number of girls who were there, who stood in the cold rainy weather to say a petite bonjour to me. It was one of the best days of my life! When I knew I was coming back to Paris, planning another Meet-Up was the first thing on my list. I decided to have it at the Tuilerie Gardens again, because it was such a great success (despite the weather) the first time. Luckily, this go-around we had amazing blue skies and perfect sunny weather. Meeting my subscribers is one of the most rewarding things about having a channel. To me, it's so important to connect with my fans, who I consider like my friends. Thanks so much to everyone who came! I was disappointed to not be able to have a second Meet-Up in Marseille as planned due to the transit strikes, but rest assured I will be back soon and I want to meet you all! 



After the Meet-Up I had the pleasure of shooting with Marianne, a photographer and student based in Paris. Check out her Instagram & Tumblr. When I was planning on what to wear for the Meet-Up, I knew I wanted to wear something bright and bold, partially so everyone could easily spot me, partially because it's just what I love to wear! This gorgeous peachy-pink dress from Dolce Vita was just the trick! It was perfect for the warm weather and I love the textured eyelet pattern not to mention the adorable back cut-out (instant AC). I paired the dress with my new French chic trench from Comptoir des Cotonniers and my favorite comfy coral heels from Seychelles (that are conveniently 50% off on ModCloth.com right now!) A big thanks to Marianne for being such a sweet & lovely photographer. 

For photos of this look and the Meet-Up, just click read more below! 

Paris je t'aime

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I don't even know where to begin with this post. My heart is so full after my fantastic trip to Paris last week. We took these photos on my first night in Paris and just looking at them now makes me miss France so deeply. We arrived Friday morning with only a few slight hick-ups (like our taxi driver getting in a slight fender-bender!) Alex and I had a great lunch with the Ykone team, who represents my blog in France. I had duck (something I always order when I'm in France) and it was everything I remembered. After lunch, I was invited to visit the Comptoir des Cotonniers boutique on Rue Montorgueil to see the new collection. I picked out a few amazing pieces thanks to the brand. The dress is a gorgeous LBD with a jacquard texture that I love. For the shoes, I picked these amazing dusty rose wedges with the perfect amount of lift while still remaining amazingly comfortable. I also picked out this adorable bag with a sweet metal strap that's just the right size for my wallet, concealer, phone and keys. It was a pleasure to work with a brand I love so much on a fun campaign, see the post here. For me, Comptoir truly represents the nonchalant yet chic French woman. Tell me what Comptoir means to you in the comments for a chance to win a piece from their collection. More Paris photos to come!
Photos by Alex. Location: Pont Alexandre.

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