Lucky for us, we were in Venice just as La Biennale was happening. (The contemporary art festival that only happens once every 2 years). I was intrigued by the interesting art from around the world…all in one special place. Each country’s pavilion with a different artist. Some had short films projected on a wall. Some drawings scribbled so small you had to squint to see them. Others a room just full of rose buds. Everything felt home-made and raw. All their own vision of our future. Most of the art we saw was dark, and not very positive…but it was the best way to understand our world from a unique perspective. War. Extinction. Innovation. Technology. “Time is running out!” screamed Australia’s pavilion full of ticking clocks. Cobwebs covering cans of paint. Great Britain’s yellow imagination and the French’s moving trees. As you kept going from building to building, everyone’s stories seemed to intertwine. The world’s problems something we’re all still trying to understand. Some countries had their pavilions off-site. Like the Iran pavilion was in a gorgeous Venetian home just off the Grand Canale. Quiet, and filled with drawings and artwork of the children, those who were taken away from their families or affected by war. You could just sit in a room on a bench, listen to the TV playing, and stare at all of these pictures, framed side by side. La Biennale was a memorable and educational way to spend our last day in Venice. Sort of hitting you in the face with reality amidst the romantic, dreamy vibe a tourist feels when just embarking on the best Italy trip of all time.
But it’s funny how easily we snapped back into honeymoon stage the moment the sun went down. Venice will do that to you. Clams in delicious tomato sauce swirling in my bowl. I’ll take another glass of Chardonnay please! Complete with a perfect view of the gondolas…their shadows bobbing in the water just outside the restaurant. I stopped on a bridge for one last moment to soak it all in. Our adventure was just beginning. We still had a car to rent the next morning, a beach to get to, and a drive through the small roads of Tuscany waiting for us. See you soon Porto Santo Stefano. I was dying to meet a place like you.
// Joie blouse, Donni Charm scarf, Biko choker, Vintage denim shorts, Sabah shoes //
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Just arrived here in Chi-town for my first Lollapalooza music festival! So stoked to be back in the beautiful Windy City for the second time. And hopefully not my last. I’ll be sporting my favorite MISSGUIDED looks during the festival, and I don’t plan on missing any of my favorite artists. Here’s to dancing under sunshine in a cool, new city and some rockin’ threads.
// Missguided bodysuit + skirt //
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I met the photographer Gray Malin at a dinner party at Le Parker Meridian and fell in love with his images. The story of adventuring to unknown parts of the world, and capturing it’s beauty with unexpected objects. Like beach umbrellas and inner tubes, adding color to these exotic landscapes. The latest addition to my wall has been this big piece from his La Dolce Vita collection, following his adventures through the Italian Riviera! I just got back from my first trip through Italy, and spent a few days gallavanting in the waters of the Amalfi Coast. One of the best trips of all times, and one of the most beautiful places in the world. His newest pieces from the La Dolce Vita collection just launched this week…and I love that this piece reminds me of the smell of the fresh Mediterranean Sea. Each piece brings a positive vibe into each of my rooms.
// Gray Malin “Cefalu Yellow Umbrellas Print” from his La Dolce Vita collection + “Inner Tubes print” from his Poolside Collection //
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Wearing: St. Roche top + skirt, Luiny jewelry
It only felt like yesterday that I was rubbing “sunkissed bronzer” over my limbs throughout the winter before even thinking of stepping out the door with my bare legs. With so much traveling, I’m the most sunkissed I’ve been in a really long time. Every time I step into a room, everyone is shocked to see by summer vibes. “you’re so tan!” or “is that blonde?” It’s funny how us New Yorkers notice just an ounce of color. It started with festival season. From the pools of Coachella to camping at Bonnaroo to Governor’s Ball and now only a week until hot, hot Lollapalooza. Then it was the boat rides that came with the Italian sun of Porto Santo Stefano. Along with weekends biking out in Montauk. Oh, did I mention I’m soon to be flying to NICARAGUA?! I can officially say I’ve mastered the naturally glowed look that just comes with plenty of traveling…and plenty of sunscreen! SPF 70 and a sunhat to be exact. Continually keeping cool in nothing but midrift baring tanks, culottes, and studded slides.
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//Sabrina SL leather choker and cuff, The Jetset Diaries top, Bar III culottes, Sanica handbag, Coach sandals //