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I'm fully aware that I am *possibly* the worst blogger to exist on the face of the internet. I've hinted at this in a few other posts (trust me, they aren't that many...), but I've fallen out of love with blogging at the moment. This is not to say that I still don't enjoying creating content and pursuing creative realms, but the act of being an influencer and always being "on" has really taken a toll on me. I like to believe that I'll come back to blogging more reguarly, but I'm taking it in piecemeal. 

Last week, I took a much needed social media detox and simply deleted the apps from my phone. During that break, I realized that I do enjoy certain aspects of social media and the authentic content that certain individuals put out into the world. However, I came away knowing that I used to spend way too much time concerned with other's lives and the image they put out in the world than I should have been. In fact, I have been practicing the technique of consuming "mindful media".

For me, that means following people that promote positivity or provide something that I want to learn about and explore, and unfollowing accounts that don't do anything for me. It is also paying attention to what you consume apart from social media; think about podcasts, television shows, etc. I am much more chill with shows and movies though.... watching Baywatch was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. Ha. 

To continue, another reason that I decided to refocus my energy away from social media and into the real world, is that I want to truly live in the moment. That my friends, is still a work in progress and probably will continue to be. I'm slowly finding ways to be present. Spending less time on Instagram is one way. I'm also training for a half-marathon and have found running to be mediative to me. Just me, the music, and my two feet. Speaking of music, I've been on somewhat of a "music exploration", thanks to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Times. Music.is.just.so.cool. 

I can say it everyday, life is too short. There is no reason to not live your best life and do it the way you desire. Oh I know. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and cliche. However, as I've learned over the past several months, all of this takes time. So, start today or tomorrow. Just get out there and do what you love. Simply start.

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Summer Sartorial Prep

I have finally reached the last week of classes before reading period kicks in, and TBH, did not think I’d make it here. The summer build up is in full force and the excitement is bubbling like La Croix in the fridge. In order to make up for my lazy study outfits, which entail of  OV leggings, a baseball cap pulled from my extensive collection, and a sweatshirt, I’ve been pre-gaming for my summer sartorial decisions. Plus, I've been picking up a few extra beauty and lifestyle products to infuse both my face and humble abode with warm weather vibes straight outta Blue Crush meets Nancy Meyers.  

Kicking it off, we have color. So much of it. I purchased this Hunza G x Pandora Sykes swimsuit as a reward for finishing a huge research paper after several months of little sleep and lots of coffee. Trust me, I have the undereye bags to prove it. And they are not designer. Bad-a-bing-bad-a-boom. Oh my, someone please help me. 

I’ve been eying this bathing suit since last August, so I finally convinced myself to bite the bullet. The result? A swimsuit I want to live in for the rest of time. The 80s cut and signature Hunza material hugs the body in all the right places and turns you into an 80s beach babe right out of Venice Beach. Plus, the sunny yellow color brings me joy. If Marie Kondo says I should only hold onto items that bring me joy, I think it will be forever with this bathing suit. 

Apparently, I’m having a love affair with yellow. So, I scored this Honey t-shirt from Brandy Melville last week, which proceeded for me wearing it the whole. entire. weekend. 

Overkill? Maybe. Do I truly care? You can answer that question. 

Switching gears to vintage, I’ve been on a mad hunt for white Levis since last summer. We all know the truth that white jeans aren’t the most flattering unless you resemble an Amazonian goddess, ehem Gisele, so it best to avoid the super skinny choices and go with Levis, cropped flares (like this Madewell pair), or a boyfriend fit.

I found two great deals via eBay, so if you a) know your size, and b) are willing to do some internet hunting, second hand is the way to go. Plus, it’s good for Mother Earth and I’m all about doing our part when it comes to consumerism. Side note, I’m thinking about making a guide to ethical shopping if any of you are interested. The other vintage piece I picked up was this baby pink lace blouse from Courtyard LAan online vintage shop via Instagram. It reminds me of Isabel Marant meets Chloe and I’ll for it. Again, more color... how the times are changing around here.

The last item, which is kinda an oddball, are Keap candles. I have mentioned them before in my last Best of the Best post, but I thought it would be best to show the burned down candle to prove that my room smells of Waves. Keap BK is another brand that really exemplifies sustainability and ethical consumerism as their candles are all made in Brooklyn from start to finish.  Last month, I was lucky to go to their factory last month and had the ability to see all the stages of the process. If you are in the need of some new candles, I highly, highly recommend checking them out

As for beauty products, I’m currently in the market for a body oil for summer and some aqua eyeliner because why not? Don’t you aspire to look like a mermaid?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I cannot wait to show you how I style all these items. xx S

 

 

 

Penny Lane Called

Long time, no talk. I have finally found the time to sit down and write a spanking new post. And what better way to return back to the interweb with a classic and beloved Penny Lane moment? No one can resist one and let's face it, the 70s look will probably never go out of style... or so I hope to think. The over the top coat is vintage Akris borrowed from my mother's closet, along with the flared (!!) cashmere sweater from Tory Burch. Man, how I wished I shot this sweater, that was sadly disguised underneath a toasty layer of warmth. Alas, I have learnt to never risk frostbite in the name of fashion. This sweater though.... I've become infatuated with ruffles and flares lately, as they add a feminine and girly touch to my otherwise chill wardrobe. Who doesn't like to have a little flirty swish to their everyday look? I stand correct.

Signing off with a spin on Penny and a swish on my sleeve

Wearing: Tory Burch sweater (similar here and here), The Vintage Twin jeans (similar), Madewell loafers, Pop & Suki bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Akris vintage coat (similar options

 

 

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. 

 

GO VINTAGE !

The great debate of what to buy new and what to buy vintage.

 As I've become a regular vintage goer, I've picked up a few tricks and tips of the trade in order to maximize the pure awesomeness that is vintage clothing. As vintage shops have become more mainstream thanks to social media, the prices have also hitched- also known as "designer" vintage. Whilst, I'm all for a great curated collection of 60s band tees and perfectly fitted 501s, you have to remember that the treasure hunt is half the fun of the great hunt. In correlation to that, always enjoy the hunt. Find that awesome Prada coat for $6. It's discovering a whole new world.

My tips for vintage shopping begin with the big one: budget. Walking into a thrift store or vintage flea can be intense and overwhelming. Having a game plan, along with a budget in mind, keeps you organized and avoids the frivolous purchases of six pairs of flared denim trousers and sequined gowns.

Tip two is to check out online. I know, I know. I said that the hunt is half the fun. But, my friends, the hunt can be conquered within your own humble abode or in transit. My two favorite online shops are Honey Vintage and The Vintage Twin. eBay, Etsy, and Depop are also some other options if you'd prefer digging through the digital space.

When asked what to buy vintage vs new, the answer is whatever your heart desires. For me, most denim pieces in my closet are vintage; ranging from reconstructed Wranglers to overalls scored in Chelsea flea. I also like finding some random pieces like Lacoste sweaters and polos for the ideal modern take on 80s preppie. If vintage makes you a little bit weary, stores like The Reformation have many vintage accessories and remake older pieces into something new. I personally have never purchased any evening wear or accessories via thrift stores, but like I stated... whatever floats your boat.

If you need some more convincing on why to shop vintage, think of the environment.

Sustainable fashion is cool!

Whilst higher-end brands are promoting the remaking of older and dull materials, how about embracing the cycle of clothes with the vintage road? I'm not saying to only shop vintage,  but how about limiting your own carbon footprint and think about how we can reduce waste and promote substainable clothing in our own life? 

I hope I've changed your mind for those weary on vintage shopping, and for those who understand how awesome it is.... homies 4 lyfe. 

 

*All these looks feature vintage*

No Rest for the Wicked

Hello, it's me. 

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. 

I'm finally back to reality after a week down in Clearwater, Florida for a laser sailing regatta.   I didn't mean for the extended to hiatus to occur, but I've barely touched my laptop all week. 

Time to backtrack in time to Montauk. I shared the first batch of photos... two weeks ago (?) and there is still plenty to come- including a video that I must carve out some time (which I've zero of) to edit. From one marathon to the next; certainly is true that rest does not exist for the wicked. Oh, and the wicked wear sick vintage ski sweaters both on and off the slopes. And since there's a considerably lack of snow on the slopes, the beach works nicely too.

Jeans: Asos, Boots: Stuart Weitzman, Sweater: Vintage