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always go . . .

Posted on: 5.30.2014

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, 
your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.
- Shanti 

What I was Wearing:
Shoes: UO
Vintage Belt
Jewelry: Brooke Persich 

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Bring on the heat . . . ADORE ME SWIM!

Posted on: 5.22.2014

Fresh ocean air, salty hair, sunny days, and a fresh, young coconut -- ahhh . . . Yes, life is better in a bikini.  Adore Me Swim is one of my top picks for swimwear this year.  I'm the type of girl who gets excited to pack for a vacation -- especially when my packing list consists mainly of bikini's.  If you're on the look-out for the perfect summer swimsuit -- call off the search!  Adore Me has the most darling styles from which to choose.  My sister, ZoĆ« Maks, and I, had a hard time picking a fav, but, my style choice goes to the Jessilyn.  Which one is your favorite?  Hey summer . . . bring on the heat!  

  Go pick out your suit.

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Posted on: 5.21.2014

Let's hit the beach . . . then dress up in our favorite things:


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The beginning of everything . . .

Posted on: 5.03.2014

Isn't it strange and wonderful, how a song, a scent, a touch, can call us back in time,  pinpointing a specific moment -- a memory that may have been, forever lost. From where did it arise?  How did it surface?  Regardless, it is often a little gift of sweetness that returns to linger once again, to perfume our life with a dream-like recollection of what once was:

Coffee and a real, chocolate croissant
twirling in a lilac garden
lemon curd icecream
Trail-90 cruisin'
favorite pair of lost sneakers
fire-flies on a summer night
that first kiss in Paris . . . 

Even as I write this, an old love song shuffles on my laptop.  I think of him, and gingerly
accept the invitation.  I walk down memory lane.

"There's a word for it," she told me, "in French, for when you have a lingering impression
 of something having passed by . . . sillage.  I'always think of it when a firework explodes
and lights up the smoke from the ones before it."  
"That's a terrible word," I teased.  "It's like an excuse for holding onto the past."
"Well, I think it's beautiful.  A word for remembering small moments destined to be lost."
--Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything 

This just happened to turn into one of my most favorite shoots of all time.  The
Nicole Miller Ephemeral flora dress is simply gorgeous, slightly dressy, and the perfect thing to wear to a
summer wedding or evening event.  Of course, it calls for your favorite strappy sandal, but
I wanted to try something different, and I think the converse are unexpected and intentionally
casual. This Lone Soldier jacket carried it even further into the comfort zone that I love.  The overall color
mix of lilac, white, and army green is bangin' beautiful.  The rings and things are my new,
delightful treasures from Prince Puja -- total Charcoal Alley.  Oh, oh, oh . . . and this bag, this Monserat De Lucca, Bochoa fringe, bag . . . it's going with me everywhere!

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