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Monday, August 31, 2015 Southampton, NY

Printed Mini Dress

With Fall right around the corner, it's time to start picking up those transitional pieces that work in summer and can still be carried well into the Fall season. I may be pairing this dress with sandals now but the next time around will probably with some thigh-high boots a few weeks down the road. I'm ready to trade in bathing suits for sweaters, shorts for layers, and put away the sandals to make room for all my boots and booties. This summer has been incredible and I'm looking forward to starting off the Fall season with a bang: New York Fashion Week.

Dress: Free People | Bag: Chloé | Shoes: Schutz | Sunglasses: Céline | Necklace: LF
Photography by: Marco Panlilio


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A White Aesthetic

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how much I love myself a good white or marble background. It's the perfect canvas for a flat-lay and these have been a huge contribution towards the white aesthetic of my feed. Whether it's something new I just purchased or a product feature for a collaboration, flat-lays are some of my favorite posts. In this post, I'm sharing some of my tips and tricks for a solid flat-lay post. But rule number one for anything on my Instagram: It needs to be taken in natural lighting.

Always take advantage of that early morning light, it's the brightest and whitest that I can get my photos to look. I love that "look-how-cozy-my-bed-is-good-morning" shot, playing up the shadows and textures first thing in the morning. This post is a huge hit on Sunday mornings when everyone is just having their lazy day before another work week begins.

I love purses, and as my collection continues to grow, I love pairing them with other accessories that compliment their color. Photographing bags against an outfit to match or even a book or magazine is a great way to keep your photos interesting. Include other items that are similar in category or color.

I often find myself wandering through SoHo and capturing beautiful facades or storefronts is a great shot to add to your feed. Whether it's a shot from across the street or a view looking up, I'm a fan of beautiful architecture and pretty design. Align your shot against the grid to ensure a straight shot. Crooked lines are one of my pet-peeves.

Ah, the make-up shot. Find a nice clean surface and arrange your favorite products in different angles, layering them on top of one another. You can go for a "messier" look or something more clean and straight lined. 

When it comes to interior shots, 99% being shots of my room, I love a good eye-line view. Remember: The rotation tool is your best friend.

Outfit flat-lays are always fun! I tend to do this with my recent purchases and things that I plan on wearing soon. It's a great way to show off your style and I love these best against a simple white surface. In this case, it's my bed. Throw things on top of one another, crinkle pieces up, go for that "oh-these-just-happened-to-fall-upon-my-bed-this-way" look. It doesn't always need to be a full look. Use your judgment to decide what pieces can be left out and what you need to add.

When I'm collaborating with a brand or showing off something new, a flat-lay is always a great way to feature a product. It's simple and straight to the point. These shots can take up the full frame, or you can pull back to create a thicker border of emptiness.

I love the simplicity of a predominantly white feed, though this is just my personal preference. I've found that sticking to a certain theme on my Instagram has helped further reinforce my style and aesthetic. Also, don't be afraid of blank space. It helps create a better focus on the actual subject of the shot. Hopefully this post has helped you get some ideas and inspiration for your future posts on Instagram! For additional tips on "How I Instagram" you can view my IG Editing Guide here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 New Jersey

The Wedding Guest

First thought when you get an invitation to a wedding, "Oh my goodness, how wonderful for the couple!" Your next thought? "What do I wear?!" Luckily, someone invented Rent the Runway where I can now always rely on having a beautiful dress to wear for any special occasion. As I normally stray away from color, this emerald Halston Heritage gown somehow immediately pulled me in. Paired with some nude staples, I was ready to attend a summer wedding knowing exactly what I was attending it in. Shop some of my favorite long wedding guest dresses below!

Dress: Halston (Similar) | Clutch: Saint Laurent | Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Photography by: Marco P.


Thursday, August 20, 2015 New York, NY, USA

Fall Lust List

The end of summer is truly bittersweet. What makes saying goodbye to pool parties and beach days a lot easier? Well, where there is Fall weather, there is Fall Fashion. It's time to stock up on your favorite cozy sweaters, step out in your favorite boots, and get ready for pumpkin everything and foliage surrounding you! Check out all of my favorite Fall picks that I'm hoping will make their way into my closet very soon! (Disclaimer: Above image does not belong to me. Source of photo can be found here.)

1. First and foremost, you've gotta have your go-to sweater. This oversized camel-toned cardigan will be the perfect transitional piece as you dress for chillier days without having to commit to a full coat just yet. Find this sweater from Aritzia here.
2. I've been on the hunt for a chic wallet that won't get scratched up so easily. This croc-embossed Saint Laurent zip-around is perfect for tossing into your bag without having to worry about keys or other items scratching up against it. And c'mon, it's beautiful.
3. I'm a sucker for beanies. This cozy oatmeal colored cap by Free People is going to be perfectly cozy for those cooler NYC days.
4. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I've got a bit of a sunglass problem. The shade of these sunnies by Saint Laurent are perfect for those Fall tones.
5. Booties! These Acne Studios Jensen booties will be the perfect shoes for the entire season. Not only will they be perfect for this coming season, but they will be fit to wear all year round. It's got the perfect point to let people know that you mean business. Who doesn't love a good point-toe bootie?
6. Without a doubt, NARS is my favorite makeup brand. From the quality of their products to the pleasing packaging, they're my go-to when I need some new products. This new blush shade is perfect to keep a subtle glow and highlight against your bronzer. Gotta keep that contour in check 365 days a year, right?
7. I purchased a grey Acne Studios wool scarf last year and constantly wore it until the weather got too warm. I think a camel one is in order for this year.
8. My list of bags never ends, but as I enter my final year of school, this will make for the perfect tote to bring to school as well as the office. I'm such a sucker for Céline. How beautiful is this color, though?
9. Felt Hat. Need I say more?
10. The shades of this NARS palette is perfect. However, I have been collecting all the Naked palettes so maybe this is something to pass on. But if you're on the market for one set to have every shade you'll ever need, from natural to girls-night-out, pick this one. It's gorgeous.


Monday, August 17, 2015 Southampton, NY

Sunset in Southampton

This summer has been nothing short of spectacular. Being home for the summer allowed me to remember to appreciate the simpler joys of life, being thankful for everyone I have around me no matter where I am. One of my favorite trips have been the weekends I've spent in the Hamptons, staying on the beach until the sun went down, experiencing the beautiful colors, not knowing the change between the sea and sky. What do we wear when your background is a watercolor dream? All white, and in this case, a great Target find. A simple pleated dress that I knew would be a beach-must.

Dress: Target (Similar Here & Here)
Photography by: Marco P.


Thursday, August 13, 2015 Long Island, New York, USA

Metal Trim Felt Hat

Woven hats in the summer, felt hats in the fall, that's just how it goes. So I guess you could say I'm already eager for some fall fashion, impulsively picking up this piece at Urban Outfitters. And if you're like me, big headed and all, it's a struggle finding a hat that actually works for you. Throwing it over a monochromatic outfit, shorts and a pair of black booties, and we've got something a little more edgy. Looking at this set, I feel as though I should've had my guitar with me, strumming away as the sun continued to set behind me. Cue the background music.

Hat: Urban Outfitters | Top: Brandy Melville (Similar) | Shorts: Free People
Boots: Zara (Similar) | Bag: Saint Laurent
Photography by: Marco Panlilio