When I think of Independence Day, I don’t just think of barbecues and fireworks and the Hamptons. It’s really about sitting back and thinking how absolutely amazing the good ol’ USA really is. Appreciating our mountains, our oceans, our cultures, our food. I’m traveling all of the time, and nothing feels better than home. Though I will be traveling in Italy today, I still have the smell of smoke from the bbq’s back home in LA and sounds of champagne bottles popping on my NYC rooftop replaying in my mind. Every year I wear denim. My red, white, and blue. That star spangled banner ringing in my ears. And the best pair of Reef sandals made for being on the beach, at the park, or like this year: somewhere off the map. The REEF ROVER HI SANDALS go with everything I own.
// REEF ROVER HI SANDALS (coming soon!)//
I had just landed in New Orleans, and I get a text from Sarah, the Saint Claude jewelry designer, that said “You’re here?! You better come see me.” The girls and I had just landed in NOLA for the first time, and I was lucky enough to have a friend who was a local. It was hot and humid, so we slowly walked to the Garden District to Sarah’s home. I remember she sent me a necklace, and inside had fresh lavender from her garden. The smell filled in my entire apartment. They felt as if they were freshly picked…not sitting in the mail for days. Now I got to see her cozy home in person. The thing about NOLA is that the houses are extremely narrow, but long. Very long. They’re huge! We scoured her design studio. It had that Southern rock n’ roll charm. We decked ourselves out in her rings, arrow necklaces, and earrings before heading into the night. This Louisiana native knew exactly where to go. We hopped in a car to Bywater…a cool, underground district known for it’s good wine and music. I could have stayed there all night long. We got dropped off back in the French Quarter, and got stopped in our tracks by a group of teenage boys all playing the saxophone. Mesmerized by their energy. Soulful tunes blasted from every bar. Eventually we found ourselves seated at a quiet pizza joint…only to realize we got so caught up we never checked out at the last bar. NOLA nights never really end.
// Saint Claude necklace, earrings, and rings //
Diesel is all about rock n’ roll. Black, and loads more black. POP RIOT to be exact. Inspired by rock legends like David Bowie…with 60′s pop prints, faded washes, and lots of zippers. Everything elegantly distressed. Complete with perfectly winged eyeliner. Big black boots made for kicking it with the boys. And denim made for days out on the road.
Making me want to get in my leather get-up, hit the stage, and belt my heart out.
FADE TO BLUE:
This pair of jeans are out of this world. The distressed ankle gives what would be a classic skinny some serious edge. Shop the collection.
Getting dressed with my gal pals before a big night out is one of my favorite things to do. A classic button-up with some black jeans is effortless. That, and your boyfriend’s blazer.
Right now I’m really digging indigo everything. Boyfriend. Super skinny. I love all denim. That, and my chunkiest boots.
photographed by Kenneth Cappello
The Keys had major bubble gum skies late in the evenings. After hours at the pool with a book in hand, we’d go and watch the sunset. The life of living in a one-piece bikini and my favorite old vintage Levi’s is the best life. My tan is slowly fading, but luckily, not for long. 3 more days till Italy! The Venice canals, Porto Santo Stefano, ending in beautiful Rome. I’m dedicating these next few days to catching up on some important projects (we’re talking hitting the recording studio and a last minute trip to Philadelphia) before I’m off with extremely limited wifi. Let’s do this Monday.
// Suboo swimsuit, Shashi bracelets, Luiny ring, vintage shorts //