If you took a look at my monthly expenses, you’d see a majority of my purchases are from independent retailers and small businesses. While I certainly shop at big-box marketplaces like Whole Foods and Zara, I spend a significant chunk with small businesses because I believe in giving back to those companies who are supplying my industry with innovation and craftsmanship. I’ve always been fascinated by ingenious and creative so many businesses are out there when they’re starting fresh from the ground up… and that is something I’m keen to support.
I was thrilled when FedEx invited me (along with a handful of influentials from various media categories) to participate in their #BigBoxofSmallGoods activation. Essentially – as a company with strong ties to the small business community by offering actionable tips and solutions for small business success – FedEx wanted to showcase some of the businesses making a splash across the U.S. From sweet backyard-inspired pickles and hand-crafted headphones to customizable phone cases and a protective carrying solution for pies, I got to see some of the success stories up close and personal.
One of my absolute favorites though has to be my custom pair of Grado Labs headphones. As a New Yorker, I’m particularly passionate about local businesses and Grado Labs has been crafting wares by hand in Brooklyn since 1953 – family-owned and family-operated. I love hearing stories like that! The quality and craftsmanship is spectacular, as you can imagine in something that is literally built by human hands.
If you follow me on Instagram [shameless plug], you’ll have seen that I was exploring the coastal city of Fajardo, Puerto Rico a few weeks back. Along with my best friend Serena (of the Spicy Stiletto), we joined sleepwear purveyor Jockey at the El Conquistador Resort while test-driving their newest activewear offering.
We got the chance to explore the massive grounds of the El Conquistador – which is a Waldorf Astoria property – and enjoy a long list of their amenities. From sushi-making classes and mixology courses to a rainforest excursion and suntanning on a private island, we were treated like royalty… which was something I certainly could get used to.
My favorite activity was – without a doubt – the rainforest walk. The El Yunque National Forest is located near Puerto Rico’s northeastern coast and remains the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. The views were spectacular as one would imagine, but it was the intensely fresh air and powerful, natural aromas of the lush foliage that made this personally special.
I can’t thank Jockey enough for sending Serena and I out there for a long weekend; it was a trip to remember! If you haven’t had a chance to check out some of Jockey’s newest activewear offerings, take a browse around their online shop. And be sure to check out my vlog/video below to get a little more visual energy from the trip!
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join Onia, one of my current favorite swimwear brands, on a whirlwind sailing trip across the British Virgin Islands. We hopped on one of Med Caribbean’s Alquila Vela luxurious chartered catamarans for four days of island-hopping and sunset tours.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are actually a collection of around 60 islands east of Puerto Rico. We began our tour in Tortola, the largest and most populated island in BVI. The sun-drenched, dry weather was a welcome break from New York City’s incredibly dense humidity. We made our way around the smaller islands for the first two days before settling near Virgin Gorda for some fresh seafood at the Bitter End Yacht Club, located near Virgin Gorda’s eastern-most end.
I had such a blast joining Onia, Med Caribbean and some of my favorite bloggers pals (including Christina, Marcel, Lisa, Danielle, and Lainy) on this island tour and I would recommend this trip to everyone! I’ve included some of my favorite photos from the trip, along with a few of my favorite suits from Onia below.
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Well, summer weather has officially arrived in New York City. Summer here is absolutely magical but it’s also incredibly brutal and it’s only just begun…
I shot this look with my pal Isaac (from Isaac Likes) after a little walk around our East Village neighborhood. I picked up this look from Nordstrom – particularly loving this linen shirt and printed short from Topman. If you haven’t had a chance to shop some of their summer wovens, it’s about time you made your way over there. I snagged a few other items that I can’t wait to show you guys on here!
The Memorial Day holiday in New York means you’re either escaping to some local destination or retreating to any of the warm-weather hotspots for picnics, poolsides, or parties. I spent my holiday with some of closest friends, eating BBQ, and enjoying the newly-arrived summer weather (thank goodness)!
For this Memorial Day, my friend Serena Goh and I were tapped by Fossil to create a look based around our Memorial Day vibes. I paired some of my favorite Fossil accessories (like this beachy tote bag, slick leather watch, and retro sunglasses) with a few neutral go-to pieces in my closet. The light grey joggers and white collarless shirt give the look a downtown vibe without sacrificing style in the process.
I’ve been toting my Gordon Foldover Tote all weekend – slim enough for everyday use but roomy enough to keep all my holiday essentials in one place! If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Fossil’s latest spring/summer additions, head on over to their online shop!
I love feeling like a rock star. And something about a maroon-colored suit gives me hardcore Mick Jagger vibes. As you know, I rarely wear suits but when I do I like to wear something a bit more out-of-the-box and this maroon suit is hitting all my marks.
I picked up the suit a few weeks back at EXPRESS. It’s insanely comfortable and (best of all) it moves around with me, which makes this one I’ll wear for special nights out on the town… or just to air-guitar in when I’m home alone. Don’t judge… we all do it. [wink]
I paired the suit separates with a pale blue ‘Easy Coast’ tee and my favorite pair of summer sneakers. What do you guys think?
I’ve been obsessed with prints practically since birth, so this palm tree printed shirt from Topman was an instant winner in my book. I paired it with corduroy jacket (also from Topman) that oozes with retro vibes. I loved how the color of the corduroy took a page out of the caramel tones of the palms on the shirt. Add in a black short and – voila! – I’ve crafted myself a cool summer outfit.
When I dress for any occasion, I’m looking for pieces that I can feel comfortable and confident in. I’ll grab a piece I love at the moment and build my outfit around it and this look was no exception.
And while we’re on the subject of Topman, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a fun evening event at their 5th Avenue store here in New York City on Thursday, May 26th from 6-9PM. Since I’ll be joined by the dapper guys from DETAILS magazine and Ian Bradley (aka @IanCogneato), I have a feeling the evening will be one to remember.
I hope you’ll be able to join me for some good cocktails, slick beats (from DJ Spiky Phil), and a first look at Topman’s newest summer styles. Plus, you’ll get 20% off and some extra swag with purchases over $100 and you’ll get to experience the amazing free personal shopping service available to all Topman shoppers.
I’m a little late on the game, but I wanted to share some more video from my exciting trip to Thailand last month. I had an absolute blast joining the Tourism Authority of Thailand on a whirlwind tour of the country. During this leg of the trip, we took a flight (via Bangkok Airways) to Chiang Mai in the northern part of Thailand. Once we landed in Chiang Mai, we were whisked to our insanely beautiful hotel, the Anantara Resort & Spa. I kid you not… it was one of the most breath-taking properties I’ve ever stayed in; it was a sanctuary of earthy elements and zen-focused spaces.
We took a Muay Thai class, sailed the Ping River on a sunset dinner cruise, and shopped the local night markets (where we got $9 90-minute foot massages). We also enjoyed an incredibly intimate dinner at the vintage-themed The Service 1921, located right on the property of the Anantara. A mixologist whipped up some of the craziest (and most delicious) cocktails we had all trip. On one of our final days, we hiked up the side of a mountain to visit the Wat Chalermprakiat temple, which offered breathtaking views of the Lampang Province. Our time in Chiang Mai ended with an experience that undoubtedly was my personal favorite: visiting Maesa Elephant Camp, where a big family of elephants live side-by-side with their mahout caretakers. See the full video below!
I can’t wait to share my third and final video with you tomorrow showing off my time in Krabi. It was so epic!
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