Basic Must Haves Every Woman Needs

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There are certain things every woman needs in her closet, basics that not only last forever as far as style is concerned, but comfy pieces that round out most looks when you are layering for any occasion. I am a firm believer that every closet needs a casual army jacket to layer over jeans, dresses, even night time date looks depending on where you are headed. The color never goes out of style and this vintage army jacket is perfect. A black cotton mini and basic denim skirt are two great versatile pieces to dress up or down; shiny tops and heels, t-shirts and converse, along with button down shirts, heels and blazers, neither will ever go out of circulation. Speaking of buttons Continue reading

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Patti Smith, M Train

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Patti Smith is releasing a new book October 6th this year. M Train, the follow up to her phenomenal Just Kids, which we all read and sobbed through like babies, covers her marriage and later years.

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Coachella 2015, The Parties

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This year, as always, there were as many parties as there were bands at Coachella. Our favorite spot quickly became Sparrows Lodge, a recently renovated 20 room boutique hotel that opened it’s doors about six months ago. This weekend, starting Friday through Sunday noon to 5pm, The Retreat was the most chill place in the desert, with a mellow crowd enjoying beauty touch ups from the Glam Squad, nails by Vanity Projects, massages and facials from Soothe, new sunnies from Ray Ban, Kiehls beauty products including plenty of sunscreen, chic headphones from Caeden, food from NYC’s LES favorite, The Fat Radish, alongside my beloved Whispering Angel Rose, and a portrait studio by Vanity Fair. New friends and old friends showed up for the weekend, which felt like a mini vacation. Friday night H&M hosted their annual event at The Parker, where Pandora was putting on fashion shows and brunches throughout the three day festival. PopSugar and Shopstyle also threw several swanky soirees including a CFDA brunch with Cynthia Vincent and Mara Hoffman Saturday morning and Jeremy Scott had his traditional bash at Frank Sinatra’s house. Continue reading

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The Bots

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The Bots brothers from Gendale California, Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, played a show at Club Bahia Wednesday night, which is where I snapped a quick portrait of the sweet punk duo just before sound check for the show. Their music landed in my inbox a few months ago, shortly after their debut album, Pink Palms, was released last October. I got hooked on their old school hardcore sound, reminiscent of all my favorite local bands of the 80s and 90s while growing up in the music scene of Baltimore and DC. They are playing the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia Maryland May 30th & 31st. Anaiah and Mikaiah above, photographed at Club Bahia Wednesday April 8th. I was also happy to see that Thrasher is alive and well. Check out the video for “All I Really Want,” below. Continue reading

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Esosa Fall 2015

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I love this new line, Esosa, out of NY, especially this pleated skirt. In their 3rd season now, the line was launched by costume designer Emilio Sosa & stylist David De La Cruz.

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Bulgari Le Gemme Collection

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The sun rarely rests in LA and a gal can never have enough fancy sunnies to pair with her heels. Thanks to Bulgari we spent a gorgeous afternoon poolside at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood with our new shades and old friends, toasting their new Le Gemme eyewear collection.

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Moab & Other Worn Wear Tour Stops

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Recently I’ve been doing long road trips, starting last August with a cross country trek from LA to NY and again this past December from NY to LA. Each trip takes on it’s own characters and it’s been fantastic to reconnect with myself alone as well as with all the incredible people I’ve met along the way. Last weekend I drove up to Moab Utah for a few days of glamping at Under Canvas, doing a photo shoot along the way and in various spots throughout the city. I fell in love with the red hills and the people we met so was really excited to hear about the Worn Wear road trip tour Patagonia just embarked on, starting yesterday in Ventura CA and moving throughout the country all the way to NYC, with a stop in Moab on Saturday and Sunday April 18th & 19th. Patagonia’s vibe is so much Continue reading

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Festival Essentials, Coachella & Beyond

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I am looking forward to finally hitting Bonnaroo this June, but in the meantime I still get excited about Coachella, where I have gone since 2008. I hear all kinds of mixed reviews lately but the line up this year is solid, with a lot of young new bands and artists I have been listening to all year and would love to see live. As always, I am packing lightly, in every sense. I try and go with the flow at music festivals because plans are never what you make them and it’s just easier that way. This year Continue reading

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Spinster by Kate Bolick

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Add this to your summer book list, something I am really looking forward to reading, Kate Bolick‘s Spinster, Making A Life of One’s Own, which comes out this month on April 21st. Kate has a way of digging deep into my brain and saying everything I want to say. I love her for that. I also really love that she ordered the SNOB necklace for her and her best friend a few years ago. That made my day.

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A.F. Vandevorst Fall 2015

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I am back to my black roots and feeling my high school punk days lately, right down to band shirts layered over long sleeve tops with pleated skirts and boots. The fall 2015 collection from A.F. Vandevorst nails my mood perfectly, with a post punk, mod goth blend that suits not only my sartorial cravings but also my urge to tell stories from that period gnawing at me. Continue reading

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