outdoor voices

Biscayne Bay Lighthouse

Wearing: Outdoor Voices crop, Vintage Levis, and Ray-Ban sunglasses

I apologize for being away from social media and my blog the past few days. At my school, the junior class does a three-day retreat where we are given the chance to unplug from digital media and our phones, which are normally attached to our hands and glued to our eyes. Never in a million years would I think I would enjoy being away from technology, but it was incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating to not be checking my accounts, texts, emails throughout the day. As you all know, I speak the truth around here, so I truly, truly recommend doing a digital detox for a few hours, a day, or a weekend. Whatever floats your boat. 

Now, we must work through the photo overflow and backed-up blogposts I have in store. To begin on Christmas Eve, my family and I went across Biscayne Bay over to the Key Biscayne Lighthouse. I love, love visiting lighthouses; even more so when you are able to go the top (always in search of that killer view). Key Biscayne Lighthouse has 360 views of Miami from the infamous last houses of Stiltsville aka the OG Floridian Hippy Dream to the beaches of Key Biscayne, downtown Miami in the distance, and Coconut Grove across the bay. 

For those who are interested in visiting, it costs $10 to park your car, which gives you complete access to roam the park, visit the lighthouse, take a dip, or whatever you please.

Since I was coming right from the water, I kept my get-up super simple with my favorite cutoff shorts, an Outdoor Voices crop, paired with an oversized, white Reformation tee over... obviously not shown here. I hope you also excuse my messy, salty hair. When in doubt, embrace the ocean's free of charge 'do. 

 

October's Best of the Best

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Instead of dishing you another dosage of my annoying blabbering about clothing, I felt that a favorites post would be a better fit. Yes, I will admit that this outfit is decently spiffy and I'm all about making a slip dress wearable as the temperatures top.

With October come and gone, I am left refreshed  and rejuvenated for the rest of 2016... mind you, it is a quite hectic one. I like to think as October being my personal version of a new year. Perhaps it is because I'm a libra, so I feel über connected to this glorious month, but I also always happen to experience a change or shift in some part of my life. Continuing, I am filled to the bring with ideas and dreams of how this digital space will grow over time - especially focusing on more film photography, videos, stories, and grander personal projects that will give you all a better insight into who I am. 

Now with that, enjoy this lengthy list of favorites. 

THROUGH MY EYES

Good Girls Revolt- I watched the pilot of Amazon’s newest show when it was released last fall. To say the least, I am *obsessed* with this show and cannot wait till season two. As you’ll see in these favorites, I have always been naturally drawn to the social and culture movement of late 60s, so I not only find the history behind the story line fascinating, but the show itself is both well casted and well written. The creators both convey several sides of the social movement against gender discrimination in the workforce,  along with the glamour, grit, and romance of 1969-70. The fashion and music is pretty rad too — especially with Patti Robinson (aka my favorite character). To watch, head to Amazon. 

The Sixties- Continuing on with my 60s/70s cultural binge, I started CNN’s documentary series a couple nights ago. It’s been an interesting pairing with Good Girls Revolt, as the series explores all aspects of the decade. Once I wrap up this decade, next on my plate is to tackle The Seventies. To watch, head to Netflix. 

Sabrina The Teenage Witch- Meet the oddball of my entertainment line-up. Honestly, it’s such a good show and while the technology isn’t up to date as we have come to know, I think it adds charm to the show. Oh, Salem is spirit animal!

 

IN THE EARS

Nostalgia playlist- By now, I guess you can sense what type of mindset I’m in right now. Here is the music I’ve been listening to— my favorites are Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Grateful Dead’s Good Lovin’, all the David Bowie, and The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man. 

Photograph by Ringo Starr- I rediscovered my childhood song this week. From the ages of 3-6, I listened to the Concert For George tribute album ALL THE TIME, and then for the past ten years, I completely blanked out on what the album was called. Since the rediscovering of this incredible record, I have ordered the CD for my car’s stereo, and I have been playing Ringo Starr’s Photograph on repeat. Guess my taste in music as been the same since I was 3. 

Lady Gaga covers- She is wickedly talented and can pretty much sing any song perfectly. My favorites are her 2015 Oscars performance, Stevie Wonder tribute, and the cover of Sting’s If I Ever Lose My Faith- which brought Sting (& me!) to tears. 

 

IN THE WARDROBE

Outdoor Voices- I’ve already have preached about my love for this fitness/recreation wear brand, so it is no surprise that I purchased another pair of their leggings. I'm a very happy lady (that only wears leggings). 

Gucci loafers- One of my birthday presents were these, honestly flawless, Gucci loafers. They were the last pair in my size on the Eastern seaboard, so I lucked out. I haven’t worn any other shoes since they came in the mail, and don’t really plan on it in the near future. The brown also feels much more youthful than the traditional black, plus they look super cool when paired with sheer tights. 

Baseball caps-  During the weekends, I have been throwing on baseball caps when I’m running around town. I also love oiling my hair with coconut oil to keep my ends healthy, so wearing a baseball cap hides my greasy mess. 

Lighter wash denim- I have been switching between my black denim and super light wash like crazy. Ironically, I wore my absolute bluest pair of denim all summer, but since fall rolled around they have taken a back seat for now and the others take the cake. 

 

 

IN THE KITCHEN

Red pepper hummus- Full on addicted. I shamelessly, and easily, can go through a tub of this hummus. 

Gingerbread tea with cinnamon- When I am not in the mood for coffee, I brew some gingerbread tea and mix it with a splash of almond milk and cinnamon for an extra kick. 

 

IN THE MEDIA & FOLLOWING

Tumblr- As I am bursting with creative energy right now, I have been tumblr’n plenty in order to bring my ideas to visual representation. Not to mention, escrowing and re-blogging a solid choice when it comes to relaxing techniques. 

Follow- @girlsatlibrary, @lpathelabel, & @the.wing

 

OTHER & OTHER

Incline walking for HIIT- Lately, I have replaced running intervals for intense incline walking. It is less stress on the joints, but it also a refreshing change of pace (ha, pun intended) from normal hitting pavement or treadmill.

I Feel Like Hillz- Check it out and see this incredible company in all its Hilary glory. Oh, and be sure to get out and VOTE! 

Condition 1st, Shampoo 2nd- Lately, I have been foregoing conditioner all together, in replacement of coconut oil on the ends of my hair. If your hair is anything like mine, aka super fine, this switch-a-roo could bring some serious va-va-volume to your locks. 

Photos by Gabi Mulder

 

October Moodboard & Mixtape

It's FALL!!!!! October is my month. Not only for the fact that I was born during the universe's golden period, but I feel as if I come alive during these glorious 31 days. I always get a few laughs when I mention October is my favorite month, since I'm known to not be Halloween's biggest fan. 

Yet, October is my renaissance and I am reborn over and over again, metaphorically that is. Here are my top reasons why these are the best days of the year. GO! 

~ hot coffee, sweaters, boots, candles, windows open & down, vampire weekend, fall foliage, apple cider, rhode island (in the fall), best sailing season, central park comes alive, chilly mornings, grey afternoons, hiking, birthdays, long weekends, lazy sundays spent reading, pancakes, diner runs ~

I could go and on, but instead I'll spend these precious hours basking in the October air.

Fashion-wise, I'm embracing the changing of the seasons with the following; leopard coats, sandals with loose denim and knits, OV leggings and t-shirts during morning coffee runs, and baseball caps with EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN.

 

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OCTOBER MIXTAPE

Cannibal Queen by Miniature Tigers 

Daylight by Matt and Kim 

Backwards Down the Number Line by Phish 

Two Fingers by Jake Bugg

You & I by Lady Gaga 

I'll Go Crazy by James Brown 

 

 

The Five

To kick off Monday, here are five things that hold somewhat of a relevance in my life right now. 

1. Outdoor Voices

I drank the kool-aid that is Outdoor Voices. Officially quitting the Lululemon way of life, and switching to OV 100%. To start my personal collection of Outdoor Voices, the firsts are these leggings and their signature "Doing Things" baseball cap. I'm never not doing things, so it is a match made in (atheleisure) heaven. 

 2. The Super Serums

Once again, Glossier created bottled magic. My skin has been drinking up both Super Glow and Super Pure like no tomorrow. I'm firm on believing that the Supers are nothing but goodness in a vile. 

3. Eddie Vedder

Great study music. Pop in some earbuds and listen to his Into the Wild soundtrack. Shoutout those Pearl Jam fans as well!

4. Crosswords

What I like to call brain food. Jump at it, nerds. 

5. Gran Hotel

SUCH A GOOD SHOW (!!). It's the Spanish version of Dowton Abbey, but set up a hotel (ca. 1910s)  and with simply gorgeous actors

 

September Moodboard & Mixtape

Praise! REJOICE! The hot and steamy is coming to an end and I'm in a fall state of mind despite what weather.com informs me.

Ignorance is bliss. 

Soon enough though, the weather will balance out my lust for leaves and sweater weather.... wow, I have problems. On the sartorial side of my wild brain, I have been dreaming of a high neck meets fisherman knit, perhaps in a deep blue or a mustard? I've been scouring the interwebs, but I have come to think that the vintage route is the best way. Come October, I'm imagining these "sweaters" (aka a fixture of my dreams) paired with Outdoor Voices leggings for the dreamiest errands outfit known to mankind.

For the general vibe, I tend to veer into the classic prep lane when Autumn rolls around. It feels right to stick to more traditional clothing with droplets of rock and roll mixed in. 60s prep meets 70s hippie is forever my aesthetic. Quite a strong one, mid I inject. 

In the ears and on the speakers is tons of old school rock and roll; Rolling Stones, Ramones, Beatles, Eagles. Their music is made to sound best live, so be sure to click those when searching on your musical channel of choice. For me, it's Spotify. And you can listen to it all, here, in my Autumn 16 playlist. 

My other current crushes are the following: Outdoor Voices everything, Glossier's new super serums, my new leopard coat, cauliflower rice, hot coffee, and the holy grail of Whole Food's oatmeal: gingerbread. 

What a time to be alive.