Oct 1, 2015

Rue Legouvé

I ran away to Paris for a few days and it really did feel like a sprint the whole time. Three days is just not enough time. Everyone has always said Paris in the fall is the best, and this was my first taste of that. I was greeted with super crisp chilly air and sunny days. Truly the best.

Rue Legouvé is a narrow street around the corner from Holybelly, and I poked in for a few quick shots one morning after pancakes and two rounds of coffee.


I never thought I could pull off mules (open-toed especially), but I wanted to branch out from my usual and try something new. These suede mules were a kind gift from Trademark and I love them. I walked for miles in them and felt ok! The heel is just about 3-inches and chunky without being clunky, so bring it on, cobblestone streets.

This coat is a Max Mara reversible coat, but I prefer it on the camel side – for some reason, the grey side really makes me feel like I'm wearing a bathrobe! Here's a similar style with a much friendlier price point. I like this oversized coat option too, for under $200.

I mentioned in this post I'd be wearing this mockneck with everything, and I literally have been living in it. It's held up just fine after a few washes too.

Ok, back to the grind!

Sep 23, 2015

Rent The Runway |           Artist in Residence

I'm excited to finally share the work I created for Rent the Runway's Artist in Residence series, a series in which they basically let me dream up a shoot and shoot completely in my style. This shoot was also a super fun opportunity to work with some of my favorite people. I don't shoot people very often, but when I do, I really want it to feel environmental, editorial, and still a bit still-life in nature. To me, that's the closest to keeping it to my style.

My take on this series involved a "day in the life" (a very loose interpretation and extended day, if you will) of a very busy lady, who wears many hats throughout. In this case, it was not at all an inaccurate description for my leading lady, Lisa Przystup, who is a writer and florist who happens to also look stunning in photos. I always used to think Rent the Runway was only for formal events and dresses, but it turns out they rent out all kinds of more casual looks too (not to mention accessories!). We had a great time styling a range of looks from a casual grey vest to a fiery red gown. I got to live vicariously because hey, some of those gowns were longer than I am tall. Maybe in six-inch heels I could begin to dream of pulling off one of those longer pieces. Alas. (Good thing there's plenty of short cocktail dresses for the height-challenged like myself.)

You can find all the looks on my Artist in Residence page, but I've listed out some product details as well.

Look 1: Waverly Grey Vest // Rebecca Minkoff Handbag // Gorjana Necklace
Look 2: Theory Blazer

Look 3: Rebecca Taylor Top // Tibi Culottes
Look 4: Tibi Top // Tibi Skirt

Look 5: Ronny Kobo Dress
Look 6: Milly Top // Shoshanna Skirt // Inge Christopher Clutch

But really, if only Rent the Runway existed when I was a senior in high school buying a hideous prom dress that was banished to the back of my closet, never to be seen again. Even looking back on the past few years, I've bought an embarrassing amount of pricey dresses thinking I'd get more than one use out of them, but I never do because I always want something new the next time a fancy event comes around. When will I learn!?

Look 7: Reem Acra Gown// Lulu Frost Earrings
Look 8: Cedric Charlier Gown // Elizabeth and James Cuff // Kenneth Jay Lane Ring

Look 9: Osman Jumpsuit // Rafé Clutch
Look 10: Cedric Charlier Gown

Huge gratitude to Rent the Runway for partnering on this post and giving me so much creative freedom. Many thanks too to Sixty Hotels (your Soho Loft was perfect) and Georg Jensen for lending the beautiful teapot, cups, and pitchers!

Sep 17, 2015

LSD for More Magazine

A bit late on this, but earlier this year, I photographed Lauren Santo Domingo (co-founder of e-tailer Moda Operandi) for MORE Magazine's "In Her Closet" feature (it was out in the September issue). If I could somehow raid anyone's closet, hers would be veryyyy high up on my list. She has this terribly effortless way about things too. She makes the clothes look good, instead of the other way around. It's enviable, to say the least!

Below are some outtakes and selects for the final layout.

Details on all the dreamy items: Rodarte Poppy Dress // Marni Clutch (no longer available, but similar on-sale version here) // Dolce & Gabbana Pumps (how beautiful are these??) // Crazy Boots (cannot remember who makes these!) // ALC Top (on sale here and here) + Tibi Culottes // Marni Top

Makeup & Hair by Min Min Ma
Prop Styling by Jo Jo Li