Thursday, December 10, 2015


On Halloween, I decided to get box braids for the first time... I had no idea what to expect or how my hair would react to it. I was hesitant for months and would set up appointments and then cancel because I'd chicken out--needless to say, it was a lengthy process beforehand and during me getting them done. It took 17 hours with maybe less than an hour break all together. My entire Halloween was spent getting my hair done. Now, I can say I've had them and I probably won't get them again any time in the near future. I really loved having them in and not having to worry about doing my hair, but the weight took a lot for me to get used to and when I took them out, my hair was pretty tangled. However, because I kept them super moisturized during the entire 5 weeks of wearing them, my hair was in decent shape after I took them out (minus the tangles). Check out some of the styles below (all of 3 styles, haha) and see what products I faithfully used everyday to keep them fresh and healthy. I was so inspired by all these natural and protective hair style blogs and IG pages and I just had to try them out. I do think everyone should try braids at least once.

 Yup--I used Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla products on them everyday. I would spray them with the leave-in conditioner and hair sheen and then wrap them with a scarf at night before going to bed. In the morning, I'd use their edge control smoother when necessary and once a week, I'd put their pure hair oil on the root of the braids. This stuff was really a blessing for keeping my hair in great shape while I had the braids in.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Chattin' with Cri Gabriele of Heart & Noble

I met Cri Gabriele of Heart & Noble last year at NYFW at her Croma presentation and she was by far one of the nicest and chicest designers I've ever met. She was so welcoming and totally passionate. Her designs speak for themselves—super futuristic/modern, but very wearable. All of her jewelry designs are statement pieces, so they definitely add that extra "oomph" to any outfit. I was especially drawn to her necklaces because when worn they feel more like a crown—they give off this majestic and bold feeling. If you have the pleasure of owning one of her designs then you know what I mean. It's something that just makes you feel so adorned. Back in September, I attended Cri's recent presentation for her Fanatic collection at Seaport Studios. I'm obviously late with posting this, but once again, she amazed me from her designs to the execution of the event—everything was just pristine. See a few pics from the event below followed by my interview with her...

Also, I had her answer a few fun questions, take a look:

Interview with Cri Gabrielle

For a quick translation (in case you can't see the small writing), read her answers below:

1.) cri gabriele
2.) the L.E.S.
3.) coffee +++
4.) all vedova (venice)
5.) perler beads
6.) "you're not supposed to give people what they want, your supposed to give them what they don't know they want yet." - diana vreeland
7.) sleep
8.) christopher walken, 100%

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bag Ladies

Last month, I had the pleasure to be a part of a really cool look book for Vavvoune, a super chic leather goods brand based in Brooklyn. The brand is focused on simplicity and sustainability. The products are made of full grain lambskin that's locally sourced—how cool is that?! Val Blaise (the designer) hit me up to see if I was down and of course I was like "totally!!" and the rest was history. It was shot by photographer Shen (sorry, don't know his last name, but his IG is @shendig27) and the lovely Sage White (@sage.white) did the makeup. I modeled with the gorgeous LaBrie (@tiedyetrappin). After the shoot, we hit up Peaches in Bedstuy for dinner + dranks. It was a great way to spend the last day of summer.

See what we cooked up...

Since I'm a tote bag type of person, this was my fave. It's like a super fancy tote.

Ready to put my life in it.

This purple was stunning... especially with grey.

Great way to add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

These cuties were great to carry around tooright on trend with the bucket design. Love the croc detail on the leather.

I just LOVE this photo of LaBriethe color combos are perfect and she looks gorgeous.

I really love the leather pattern on this one. So bold and chic.

For those of you who carry purses to a party/concert, this would be idealsmall, but not too small. 

This is a great overnight type of bag. Perfectly oversized.

To shop Vavvoune or learn more, visit
Also, follow Val Blaise on IG @Vavvoune + @vavvoune.handmade

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mad Max

It's funny that I happen to be writing a post about fur when literally up until this moment, I wasn't the biggest fan. I felt like fur was something I would only wear on a special occasion or that it was one of those things I could only rock when I'm feeling super feisty or something like that, but I was wrong. A fur coat is almost like a leather jacket (which I also didn't like until about 2 weeks ago)—you have to find the one that speaks to you. The one that looks great, fits great, feels great...etc. It's an investment piece—gets better as it ages, gains even more character over the years and can always be sold for more as long as kept in good condition. My friend Kristina and I tried on a few pieces we found at Maximilian in Bloomingdale's on 59th. See the winners below...

The first she tried on...

Chinchilla on top and lamb on the bottom. Necklaces made by Kristina...did I mention she's a designer?

I personally loved this one the most on her and in general. The leather stripe shearling coat

Kristina demonstrating the "rich" lady laugh. Jewelry designed by her.

This coat has its own character.

This was the only coat I tried on because it called my name. It felt so right.

It felt true to me. Its feathered fox fur blended with my hair. It was an amazing coat.

This was the time to introduce an alter ego. I'm foxy...literally. 

My awkward stare. Don't take it personal.


Muah. Just call her "Sheila". 

Also, sorry for the poor quality pics—I took these with my iphone. Next time, I'll use a real cam.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Two weeks ago, my coworker and I were discussing our love for Badgalriri's new collab with Puma and how we've been searching for the right pair of sneakers (since we're not sneakerheads or even into sneakers that much) and that how we thought these were the chosen ones. Originally, I planned to get the black ones and she wanted the white ones (unfortunately those won't be out til November). Luckily, it just so happened to be day 2 of the 3 day pop-up shop in the Bowery, which is right near our job, so we went before lunch time and I actually ended up getting the oatmeal (tan) and she got the black ones. That day was a good day. Apparently, we missed the craziness from the day before and there happened to be no lines or even customers in there when we went. I tried them on and the rest was history. Me x my creepers by RiRi = awesomeness. 

This was day 2 at the pop-up shop.

Grabbed lunch the next day wearing our kicks cause we were hype. Corny or nah? 
Either way, still dope. 

Plain janin' it in them. They work really well with monochromatic looks.

Clutch by Madd Fox, Sweater is vintage, pants by Zara