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on the road to bonnaroo

June 27, 2015

Hotel keys, old fashions, bubble blowers, roadside bouquets, fried food, Talking Heads, southern food, Teva sandals, sunburns, and 10 hours driving, it's clear that a fun trip is more about the journey than the destination.

My favorite city of the trip was Nashville, but no real photos to document it. Sorry guys, when you're having fun, you just forget. New Orleans was super tight too. Definitely get someone who lives there to show you around.

After 4 days hopping southern cities, we finally made it to Bonnaroo! Best festival I've been to - by far. Little stages with upcoming artists and good vibes all around. Thanks Teva for letting us drive a huge suburban through the south and end it at a festival. I'll let the photos speak for the trip, because I have white, sandy beaches on the brain and can't properly articulate how rad this trip was.

Mahalo! xx


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June 24, 2015

festival style upgraded: surfer shoegaze vibe

June 1, 2015

So the past two years, I haven't really done the whole festival thing aside from the seasonal desert parties. Coachella became granola and forced, and I miss the gritty days of disregarding my outfit and Instagram-quota. This year I've decided to do Bonnaroo and I'm sooo excited to explore what a music festival in Tennessee has to offer!! More about that later.

I've fully embraced Californication, and I want to bring that to Tennessee. I also want to stray far away from frilly flower crowns, vintagey fringe, and poorly-selected footwear. It's the festival! You want to feel comfortable, cute, and cool. Teva is an obvious choice as a 12 year old so why can't it be one when you're 25? So I've styled five outfits, displayed here and Pinterest, that I'll be wearing as I'm jamming out to Mac Demarco, The Growlers, and Caribou. Surf Shoegaze - it's a thing... according to me xx


ASOS shirt. AG denim skirt. Juicy Couture bag (similar here). Teva Terra FI sandals. Wonderland sunglasses.

Coach x Gary Baseman dress. Teva flatform sandals

Vintage scarf. The2Bandits x Erin Wasson earrings.  Topshop romper. Teva flatform sandals.  

American Apparel top (I got this color at their warehouse). Topshop suede shorts. Lack of Color hat. Teva gold sandals

Now that you've checked out my festival guide, head over to Teva's for theirs.

♥ Photos by Sisilia Piring 


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Happy mid-year month! I wanted to celebrate with a fresh playlist that will get you curious, giddy, ratchet, and moody. Also, thank you all for the kind comments on my last Vietnam post. I'm excited to start working on the next post, but I am spending my free days editing videos so I'm not totally neglecting my YouTube channel. I really need to get on it because I'll be traveling most of June! I'm already thinking to myself, how is it already July???

Hit play, don't examine the playlist before, let the music ride through your work day.

Wearing below: favorite jacket in the world (it finally went on sale!!). Photos by Alex Kenealy.



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Travel Diary: Hanoi, Vietnam (pt. 1 of 3)

May 27, 2015

Hi everyone!

Finally, the long-awaited post about my trip to the motherland. It took 500 photos, 3.5GBs of iPhone data, a lost video camera, two months, and a broken heart to finally review the trip and curate this post - 1 of 3. This will probably be my most wordy post, so I hope you're comfortable.

Where do I begin? The trip can be described in a plethora of adjectives - and while I'm having trouble articulating this, I can tell you that trying to think of just one word makes my throat tickle with sentimentality. Maybe it's this song. Maybe it's the wine. Maybe it's my home away from home that took me 25 years to discover. Maybe it's the reconnection I've made with myself and Weston. It's a lot of things, so if I had to encompass it all into one word: magical.

Make sure you click through the break and for the rest of the photos and story. 


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wishful wednesday: lust, try, love

May 13, 2015

Everything is clickable!

I wanted to put together a list of things I've tried/love and want/lust, but it's looking more like a collage of things I would simultaneously wear at once. I'm gonna blurb a little about each piece if you scroll down a little. So open a new browser window because you're gonna be clicking open a lot of tabs.

Stila Periwinkle Eyeliner Hoopies Johnny Loves Rosie silk scarf AG raw hem skirt Dolce dream shoes ASOS straw bag Best roll on perfume ever and so cheap! Stories bandeau bikini top ZanZan lucite sunnies Image Map Bianca Chandon sweater Coach x Gary Baseman Buster jacket Tired skateboard Parra Lush earls of grey, best lotion bar ever RMS highlighter Christian Tortu candle Luna sleeping oil Titty vase Chloe Sevigny book Image Map HD buttercup couch

Coach x Gary Baseman jacket: Let's talk about this jacket. It's easily the most favorite thing I own in the entire world... probably until the day I die.  If you're a collector, I suggest selling a kidney so you can invest then frame above your couch. Thankfully this was a gift (because I would never have the disposable income to buy this. Guys, stop moving to LA; you're hiking up the rent), but if I could, I would get another one. One to wear and one to frame. Because fashion.

Tired Skateboards: Yet another cool piece to collect, except you can more reasonably buy two and ride one to shit then hang the other. Not to mention Parra is a rad Dutch artist, and you want to own his work. I also find that skating on wider decks is so much easier to maneuver, so I am in the market for something comfortable. 

Lush lotion bar: Did you know these things existed? Because I sure as hell didn't. It's advertised as a massage bar but I prefer using it to get rid of ashy skin. Magic. Worth trying out if you're lazy like me when it comes to applying lotion.

R.M.S. highlighter: I've been watching this for a while and am itching to buy it. Highlighters are the 2nd favorite makeup product I enjoy putting on my face after eyebrows. $30 is a pretty steep for a little pot, but - it applies as silky as it looks on your skin. Has anyone tried this? How long does the pot last? 

Christian Tortu candle: I won't knock on Diptyque cause my home girls at the Larchmont store are the shit and always make me feel good about splurging on a candle supplemented with tons of free samples. But step up the Instagram game peeps! I'm tired of seeing them all over my feed. There are other cool candles you can spend $60 on and support smaller artisans. 

HD Buttercup couch: One question: why did I buy a white couch? I'm gonna open a new bank account called "Chanel or Couch fund" and start saving up. Let's see how I feel about this in a year.

Sunday Riley sleeping oil: Honestly, this made the list because I like the packaging, facial oils in general, and it's been getting rave reviews. Another on my list I wanna try. 

Girl pot: Last minute gift for anyone and everyone. Because everyone loves boobs. 

Chloë Sevigny's book: Okay, I don't want this to seem like I have a girl crush on her 'just cause'. I also don't want to classify myself as a fan. However, I think Chloe has an authentic vibe, and all the people that I madly respect gravitate towards her. I'm hoping the book shows a lot of behind-the-scene photos of the work she's collaborated on.

Periwinkle eyeliner: Flick! Aka all I want to wear this Spring/Summer.

Gold hoops: For the moments you're feelin' yourself.

Lover sweater: Bianca Chandon is my man Alex Olson's line, and he's killing it. The aesthetics and product are *a-okay hand emoji*. I want this sweater to wear from bed, to brunch, to date night, and back to bed.

Denim skirt: AG has the best denim in this business, hands-down. I saw this skirt and it took me 2 minutes to get one  en route to me.

Skipping through things I just want... like a perfect scarf to wear 10 different ways, a shoe I would eat only top ramen for a week for, and obvious beach accessories for my inner beach bunny...

Love roll-on perfume: So I am a strong believer that all things cool lie between really cheap and really expensive. While I re-buy my $300 perfume, I also am rebuying this $8 (at whole foods) perfume. 


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a bit of culture shock

March 31, 2015

Sorry for the absence. As you know I got the opportunity to visit my home country. While I'm sitting here organizing photos to share, you might have already seen a tease of what I've been posting on Instagram during my trip. It was nothing short of magical. I'm still trying to find the words to articulate how being there made me feel. How coming back home made me feel lifeless. How much I would enjoy dropping everything I have to live that simple life. How happy I was.

All in all, I am home and still adjusting. Pictures and guides will be filling your RSS feed soon enough, but until then I keep going back to my favorite moment encapsulated into these two photos. Like I said, magical. Thank you Soludos for the travel opportunity.

Wearing AG Nancy jacket. Vintage Levis. Lack of Color hat. 


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en route to vietnam

March 4, 2015

By the time you read this, I would have just landed in Vietnam - the land my parents grew up in but never spoke much about. The country I’ve longed to visit but was deterred by my parent’s disposition of their last memory fleeing the country during the war. Finally, I will be in my potential home away from home.

I’ve put a mood board of what I’ve always envisioned my home country to be and feel: tropical, colorful, bright, fresh, raw, and somber. I am seething with excitement and will definitely be blogging / vlogging / instagramming along the way. Thank you so much Soludos for the opportunity I really have been waiting a lifetime for.  


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