The Great Wall of China on Film

November 30, 2015

It is a little embarrassing to say that I visited the Great Wall of China in June of 2014 and just had my film processed and scanned last Tuesday (Yikes! Please don't do the math to figure out how long that roll was sitting in my apartment!). I did share some digital images from my visit to the Great Wall here, which were posted in a much more timely manner.

On that day, back in June 2014, it was a hot one, at least 100 degrees F plus 90% humidity; so naturally, I decided to haul along the Mamiya C330 in addition to my hefty DSLR. It was worth all of the blood, sweat and tears (ok... actually there was no blood or tears) because of the sheer joy brought to me by receiving film scans, even if they are 1.5 years late...

Muuto, New Nordic Design

November 24, 2015

Last winter, I had the pleasure of meeting the kind Peter Bonnen (co-founder) and Nina Bruun (Project Manager) from Muuto at an event at ABC Home in NYC. We got to know each other over an intimate lunch and I immediately fell for their kindness and for their work. Needless to say, I made sure to see them when I was recently in Copenhagen.

As luck would have it, they happened to be throwing a lovely rooftop gathering at the Muuto HQ when I was in Copenhagen, so I was graced to see them several times. I wanted to see the office and showroom in action during a work day, so I stopped back to catch up with Nina and Line and to take a few snaps of the showroom.

What an absolutely lovely place to work! I'd surely have to restrain myself from purchasing everything if I worked within such close reach of these beautiful pieces. From their current collection, I'm particularly eyeing the Visu Lounge. It seems like the perfect addition to my bedroom for a reading chair. I also own (and love!) the French pressmugs and salt/pepper grinder, which are definitely recommended kitchen accessories if you are in the market for those.

Leather, Tweed and Accessories

November 15, 2015

Last week, I attended the Vogue & Simon Malls dinner at the Foundry, a lovely event space to which I have never been, located in Long Island City.

Since it is getting colder (and the cold and I do not get along very well), I constantly have cozy and warm in mind for dressing. As I love classic and timeless materials, I think it is fun to pair them with something a little different to add a bit of edge. Here, I chose an old Zara tweed top (similar here, or a more price-friendly jacket version here), for the classic (and warm!) piece and paired it with my vintage leather shorts (similar here) and my favorite bright pink lipstick to add just the bit of edge that I was looking for. My cross body bag, came with a cute leather pouch that I frequently use as a small evening clutch, when I don't have to carry too much. Speaking of small leather goods, we were gifted a cute ChloƩ passport holder, which I will surely be using on my next trip (I can't seem to find this online, so here is something similar in black)!

Old San Juan in 5 Hours

November 10, 2015

Old San Juan: Colorful, musical, comfort food mecca. I'm sure that I didn't even put a dent into experiencing this city, since I was in and out in precisely 5 hours, but I was able to wander, sample the local fare and had enough time to happen into some unexpected places. 

Our first stop in Old San Juan was for breakfast at La Mallorca, where we had egg and cheese on Mallorca, which is a Puerto Rican pastry (similar to a French Brioche), coated with a dusting of powdered sugar. 

We took a post-breakfast stroll around Old San Juan's colorful streets, finding our way up to Calle Norzagaray, where one will find a panoramic view of the ocean. While exploring the quaint streets, we happened upon a farmer's market selling fruits, pastries and other local goods. I bought a coconut water from a vendor who simply cut off a small layer on the top of the coconut, punctured it and popped in a straw. Delicious and refreshing!

If you were to see one store in Old San Juan, I'd recommend visiting Ole Curiosidades to browse their extensive collection of hand-woven Panama hats (each hat takes about 3 days to make!).

Seeking out good, Puerto Rican comfort food, our last stop in Old San Juan was El Jibarito. Our lunch choice was confirmed, when we asked a local woman for directions and she exclaimed, "I just came from there!" Her helpful directions lead us Calle Sol and into our destination. I ordered the Pork in Plantain sauce and yellow rice (per her recommendation) and was in pure comfort food delight. Ask for hot sauce if you want a little extra kick, and be sure to also order a side of Mofongo and beef Alcapurrias. And please do not forget to order a Pina Colada!

Walkable Heels and A Dress Over Pants

November 3, 2015

Despite two recent posts, where I raved about my black and white leather sneakers, I am determined to not have to wear sneakers and flats all of the time in the city. As much as I love leather lace ups, I enjoy the elegant feel of heels and a nice pointy toe. I found this pair (very price friendly, but they have since sold out. These could be a cute alternative), which have the perfect pointy shape and a heel short enough to enable me to walk miles in the city, but substantial enough to make me feel elegant and put together.

I recently attended an event to which I wore my Vivienne Westwood dress over a pair of black pants (you may have seen me mention this on Snapchat). On that particular evening, I was in the mood to wear something drapey that wasn't quite a dress and something a bit fancier than pants, so I decided to combine the two. I was surprised by all of the compliments that I received on this combination, so I decided to post some pictures of it here. I'd suggest pairing this look with a pair of dainty heels to balance and add some femininity to the ensemble.

Details: Heels (similar) / Dress (similar option that would also be cute worn over pants) / Pants / Diamond rings  


November 1, 2015

Although I've traveled most of the world, there are (sadly) many U.S. states that I have not visited. Hawaii being one of them, when asked to photograph the Hawaiian Food and Wine Festival, I seized the opportunity. The festival took place on several of Hawaii's islands; however, my assignment included those taking place on Oahu so I decided to extend my trip and make the most of exploring this island. 

Below you will find a selection of images from my favorite parts of Oahu as well as some helpful links and recommendations. You can also see a selection of images and words about my experience on Oahu, on Cereal Magazine

My Oahu Favorites:

Favorite views: Lanai, Halona Blowhole, and Makapuu Lookout points
Favorite hotels: Outrigger Reef, Royal Hawaiian