Blooms + tassels + first time bloggers

One of my favorite things to do is take photos of bloggers who haven't worked with a professional photographer before. The vibe is a mixture of excitement, anxiety, and endless possibility, which is intoxicating. It's so fun to answer questions and guide them through the experience, while also watching progress into getting comfortable, having fun, and finding the rhythm of being in front of a professional camera.

I've found that bloggers are driven ladybosses who know what they want and work hard to get it. I love being around that energy and sharing tips with each other, since I've started blogging too.

I recently got to shoot with Kara from in one of my favorite locations - above Dolores Park! She styled the perfect California Spring outfit - a floral jacket, sunny yellow statement tassel earrings, and gold glitter heels. Seriously though - florals, yellows, and gold are my favorite accents right now. Kara was super sweet and has a great personality that shines through the lens. I instantly spotted this beautiful house with a brick and metal gateway and lots of greenery, and we knew it'd be perfect for this outfit.


Check out all of the photos from our session below, and don't hesitate to email me if you want to book a session! I promise you'll have fun and come out with great photos <3

My guide to Palm Springs (Part 1): Where to eat

Last week, my hubs and I went to Palm Springs for the first time to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. It was honestly our best vacation ever! I've heard so many great things about Palm Springs, and yet it was still even better than I imagined it.

We have a tendency to not plan activities ahead of time, which often leads to not doing a lot when we go on vacation. This time, I wanted to make sure that we took advantage of our time in the desert, so I created a surprise advent calendar (I'll post a step-by-step DIY tutorial for it soon) and wrote down lists of places to go and things to do. I'm so glad I did this, because we ended up enjoying so many activities and restaurants, and came across a few surprises!

I finally sat down to write my guide to Palm Springs. In part , lets talk about the food! There are some seriously delicious spots in the area. I even came across an amazing sushi place. Fresh fish in the desert? My mind was blown. Keep reading for all of my recommendations, plus the places I wish we'd gone!


Raw Remedy

I almost don't want to admit it, but we came here literally every day of the 10 days that we were in Palm Springs (one day I even went twice). That's how good it is. It's also right in downtown Palm Springs - super convenient and soooo cute! All of the storefronts there are covered in blooming bougainvilleas (and no, I still can't pronounce that word, haha). What we had:

Everything we tried was totally yummy. They also have soups, salads, burgers, tacos, and wraps, and they're all raw! We didn't try any of those, but I can only expect that they're also delicious. We met the owner, who was super nice! He was excited about healthy living and enthusiastic about his shop (so committed, he even has a custom license plate on his Jeep!). The cafe itself is cute and strangely eclectic, as if a hippie from the future decorated it. There's awesome outdoor seating, and little cups full of puzzles that you can do while you hang out.

Summary: Natural healthy smoothies and snacks. Go for the food!

116 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA (menu)



Part of the Arrive Hotel, this place was hands-down my favorite place to eat lunch+dinner. You can either sit in the open-air patio, indoors, or at the pool bar on the other side of the restaurant - all of these sitting choices are magnificent! The hotel is gorgeous - mostly wood and cement, every last detail is thought out and beautifully designed.

We came here a few times for both lunch and dinner. For lunch, I recommend the tacos, which you can mix and match. I tried the Carne Asada, Korean BBQ, Chicken Pastor, Tamarindo Shrimp, and Sesame Tuna. The tuna one was the only disappointment - the rest were delicious! For dinner, the side of coconut rice and peas is a must, and I had the Arugula Salad with added Carne Asada. It was the best salad+steak If you're Paleo, or just a fan of salads+steaks like me, then you have to try this.

The staff is so nice, and the vibe is chill, whether at night or during the day. They have misters during the day to cool you off from the desert heat, and a super cute (IG friendly) Ice Cream & Shop[pe] right next door. Go here!

Summary: fresh American food with Southern American influence. Go for the food and ambiance!

(inside Arrive Hotel) 1551 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


Gyoro-Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise

I stopped here for lunch and was in a major hurry. The staff was so sweet, and brought my food out super quickly so I wouldn't be late to my shoot! Their fish is amazingly fresh (the chef said they fly it in from LA). The space is huge but really well decorated in an old-fashioned Japanese style. There's both indoor and outdoor seating.

Their dinner menu is a little on the pricey side, but their lunch specials were super affordable! I had a Chirashi Bowl and it was one of the most delicious ones I've ever tasted. The restaurant is in downtown Palm Springs, so it's super convenient. Seriously, no excuse - if you like Japanese food, come here!

Summary: fresh Japanese. Go for the food and ambiance!

105 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


Workshop Kitchen + Bar

This place was on my list of must-go's, and Brad agreed to come here even though it was a bit out of our price range. The entrance is strange because there are actually three entryways, and you end up coming in through the patio, but the hostess is inside and on the other end of the restaurant. Once you successfully find the hostess, though, you're all set. The decor inside is breathtaking - cement, metal, and hanging light fixtures create a dark and romantic ambiance with tall booths and a long center table.

We sat outside on the patio, which was also a beautiful environment. String lights and desert trees are in abundance, and the patio is sheltered by buildings on all sides.

The food was all styled to perfection, and very tasty. This place was one of my favorites. We had the Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo, and Wood-Fired Pizza. Every dish was a magical blend of art and flavor. I was dying to try the Truffle Risotto, but couldn't justify it at $45 a pop.

Definitely come here for the experience, and make a reservation!

Summary: gourmet American food art. Go for the food and ambiance!

800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


The Farm

We had brunch here - it's a tiny space that seems to always be packed, so a prior reservation is definitely recommended. You walk in and sit in a gorgeous courtyard that feels straight out of France. The restaurant is French-themed, with picnic-feels during the day.

I ordered the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich and Brad had an omelette. The omelette was good but nothing special. My sandwich was delicious, but really heavy (so prepare to be stuffed!). They had really yummy fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'd probably come again for the breakfast sandwich, but not very often - it's a bit pricey and the wait is long.

Summary: French-influenced American brunch. Go once for ambiance.

6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


Customs Coffee

This cafe is too cute! Very Instagram-friendly, with tufted seating, wood ceilings, metal + glass chandeliers, and marble tables on the patio. They serve local coffee from Joshua Tree Coffee Co., and baked goods. Plus, all of their details are blogger-chic-pink (like #thatpinkdoor). Customs is connected to the Arrive Hotel (my fave - more on that later). Make sure to ask for some stickers when you order!

Summary: Blogger heaven. Go for the coffee and decor!

1551 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


El Jefe

This is a hipster Mexican restaurant inside of the Saguaro Hotel. They have a Happy Hour menu during the week 3pm-6pm, and a Taco Tuesday menu. The food was delicious and the decor reminiscent of old-timey Wild West movies. We were there during the week, so it wasn't too loud or rowdy, but it seems like the kind of hotel where it gets that way on the weekends. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, we ran into a rambunctious group of girls.

I had the Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Brad had tacos (I don't remember which ones). Both the soup and the tacos were very tasty. Also, if you like to drink, they have an impressive wall lined with fancy tequilas.

The one disappointing thing about this spot was that we came on a Tuesday specifically for the Taco Tuesday menu, where you can order tacos a la carte for cheap (rather than the regular taco plate that comes with 3 of the same taco). To our surprise (and to the waiter's surprise), the Taco Tuesday menu is only available from 6pm-9pm. The waiter actually let us order off of it, and then came back 5 minutes later only to say that actually we couldn't. Frustrating! I'd definitely come back for the Taco Tuesday menu, but the regular menu was a bit pricey for the amount of food.

If you come here, also make sure to explore the hotel a bit. The interior design is colorful, fun, and a blogger fave!

Summary: hipster Mexican. Go for Taco Tuesday.

(inside Saguaro Hotel) 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA (menu)



The name of this restaurant is a cute play on words because it's very much a fancy pub/sports bar, but the theme is actually blue drafting paper with technical drawings all over. I came here for both lunch and dinner. The reviews on Yelp say that the staff is rude and the kitchen is slow. It's not true about the staff, but the kitchen is indeed very slow. I do recommend coming here, but preferably for lunch on a weekday. Also save some time to play with the jumbo-sized Connect-4 and Jenga on the patio! They have a few other games as well, but these two are as tall as you!

They have some super fun menu items, like a Thai PB&J, asparagus fries, and a grilled mac and cheese sandwich. Brad tried the mac and cheese sando, and it was really amazing - not too gooey, just the right amount of crunch. I had the Pilsner Tomato Bisque soup and the beet salad for lunch. All of the food was great, but it did take a while to come out.

I came again for dinner and that was a bit of a disaster. An hour into waiting for my food (their signature burger, no bun), I ask the waiter and he found out that they accidentally gave my order to another table. Super weird because I had a very custom order (maybe someone else in the restaurant also ordered lettuce instead of buns and asparagus instead of potato fries.. but somehow I doubt it). They brought out my order 5 minutes later, but it was wrong. I finally ate about an hour and a half after sitting down.

Summary: playful American food. Go for weekday lunch!

1501 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA (menu)


King's Highway

This is the restaurant inside of the Ace Hotel. The hotel itself is gorgeous, with desert hipster decor (Ace Hotel is a favorite for me and the hubs). The restaurant is a throwback to a road-side diner from the 70s. The vibes in the restaurant were fun, but I personally was disappointed by the food.

I tried the Karma Burger, which is their vegan option - I'd had one recently at By Chloe in NYC and I was craving it again. Unfortunately, it tasted nothing like the one I was craving, and in fact, I couldn't finish it because I really didn't enjoy the taste. Brad had the Desert Highway Burger and said it was good.

The one super cool thing about this place is that they host Bingo on Monday nights during dinner. The woman who leads it is a retired performer and a staple of Palm Springs - she and her co-hosts are super entertaining, plus you can choose to share your booth with strangers! We met some awesome Canadians in town for work. If you're coming for Bingo night, definitely make a reservation. They have two rounds per night, and it fills up.

There's also a coffee bar during the day that serves Stumptown, and a bar at night called Amigo. There is a photobooth, but it was broken when we stopped by.

Summary: mediocre American diner food. Go for Monday night Bingo.

(inside Ace Hotel) 701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA (menu)



Really popular pizza place, they offer gluten-free and cauliflower crust. The vibes here are amazing, especially at night. Most of the restaurant is outdoors, with romantic lighting and a wall of shrubs protecting you from the street. The restaurant seems to fill up, so I'd recommend making a reservation. They do have first-come-first-served seating on the outer edge (on couches!) as well as at the bar if you do happen to come here on a whim.

We had the Three Kale Salad and a custom pizza. The salad was incredible - beets, avocado, seeds - a ton of flavor. The pizza, however, was really sauce-heavy and made me feel super gross afterward. I didn't even eat the leftovers the next day (whaaat!). Brad enjoyed the pizza but agreed that it was heavy. We tried to order the cauliflower crust, but they were out, so we stuck to gluten-free.

I'd recommend coming here for the vibes/decor alone, but maybe steer clear of the pizza (unless you like the heavy stuff).

Summary: hipster pizza and Italian. Go for the ambiance.

622 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


Fruit Wonders

This is a smoothie shop on the main strip in downtown Palm Springs. To be honest, we only came here because Raw Remedy was closed that day, but this place was good as well! I had a bit of trouble communicating what I wanted (unfortunately I always have to customize my smoothies because they always come with honey and other sweet things that I don't eat), but ended up with a great drink.

Their specialty item is aguas frescas, and the staff happily give out samples. We didn't try those, but the reviews are very positive about them online. I'm not sure if the shop is being renovated, but the decor is definitely lacking - not a place we wanted to hang out in. Definitely a great backup for a quick in-and-out smoothie or bowl!

Summary: fresh juices, smoothies, and bowls. Go if Raw Remedy is closed.

264 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (menu)


Places I wish we'd gone (but ran out of time):

  • Wilma & Frieda's Cafe - popular American brunch spot among bloggers
  • Rooster and the Pig - Vietnamese
  • Eight4Nine - American brunch + dinner with fun high-gloss white decor
  • The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge - farm-to-table pre-fixe dinner
  • The Edge Steakhouse at Rancho Mirage - steak with an amazing view
  • Coachella Valley Brewing - local brewery and taproom

Part 2 of my Palm Springs guide with activities to do is coming soon! Also watch out for a post on the inaugural season of Desert X (an art show all over the desert!) and the how-to for the DIY advent calendar.


Introducing: nicecream! (recipe inside)

Some of you know that I eat Paleo, which means no dairy, no processed sugars or processed foods, no alcohol, no gluten, minimal grains. Basically it's mostly meats and vegetables, and some fruit. It may sound terrible at first, but it makes you feel great, is super healthy, helps you naturally lose weight, as well as other benefits like clearer skin and more energy, and honestly it's not that difficult once you pass the 1-2 month addiction/craving period. I can go on and on, but I'll save that for a later post.

It's exciting to me to see more and more businesses popping up that sell alternative foods that fit into a Paleo lifestyle. With summer coming up, I wanted to share a much healthier alternative to ice cream - nicecream!


I bought this one during my trip to Palm Springs at an awesome juice bar called Raw Remedy, but it's actually super easy to make at home. Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 bananas (thickly sliced and frozen)
  • 1 cup frozen berries of your choice (I love strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut milk (or any creamy nut milk, such as cashew milk)

Blend everything together in a blender until it has a thick, ice cream consistency, and ta-dah! That's it! You can top it with your favorite toppings, such as fresh berries and coconut shavings. You can also put any ingredients in there that you'd put in a smoothie, such as pre-frozen pitaya or acai.

I want to see photos of your nicecream! Tag me in them on IG if you make this at home! <3

Mixing fashion with killer views

I love it when bloggers want to step out of the box and try something different, so when Christina ( asked if there were any city views where we could shoot, I knew just the place!

Billy Goat Hill Park has been my favorite lookout over San Francisco since I found out about it when my husband and I moved to Glen Park last year. The view spans from the Bay Bridge over to the Peninsula. There are huge trees, a lookout point, a swing, and a great mini-hike down into the Mission. The houses in this area area also incredibly gorgeous, and a great background for blogger shoots.

But back to Christina and her outfit! This girl is usually very demure, so I was surprised to see her rockin' this sexy velvet jumpsuit and showing off some cleavage. It looked great on her, and the city background brought it all together.

Billy Goat Hill Park
300 Beacon Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

Mom goals with Dita

I love working with new bloggers because I get to help them feel comfortable in front of a professional's lens for the first time, and to figure out their esthetic. Last week, I got the chance to photograph Dita, a young, super fashionable mom who recently moved to San Francisco from Stockholm ( Not only did I get to photograph her... but she brought her daughter to the shoot as well! It was my first time doing a shoot with a baby in tow! She was adorable and I loved every second of it. We even got her into some of the photos, which I think is the sweetest thing. To share your love for fashion with your little girl, so much so that you want your fashion blog photos to include her? Swoon!

We walked around gorgeous Noe Valley and the weather was PERFECT. It was sunny and around 72 degrees, despite the fact that it was actually supposed to rain that day. This look was Dita's last one, which was super fun because it fit perfectly with the weather and this white brick wall we found.

I really enjoyed watching Dita interact with her daughter because it was so clear how much she loves her. All of my friends are having kids at this time in their lives, and it's really inspirational to see them juggle having a family, careers, hobbies, health, and just life. I've always known that I never wanted to have kids, and I'm happy that it's becoming more mainstream to choose that path because when I was younger all I was met with was "Oh, you'll want kids when you find the right man" (found him, still don't want them), or "Once you hit 30, your hormones will kick in and you'll want to make babies" (I'm 31, no baby-making hormones yet).

People sometimes ask me why I don't want to have children. There's a lot of reasons I could say (overpopulation, global warming, political turmoil, etc.), but really it's none of those things because it's not a choice; it's just part of who I am. Some girls dream of being moms from childhood, but although I played house as a little girl (I've always wanted to be married), I never played mom. It's just not in my DNA to grow and care for a little human. It's like asking someone who doesn't like strawberries why they don't like strawberries - no real reason other than the fact itself. And that's definitely reason enough!

I believe it's so important for women to have choices and to be respected for choosing the right path for ourselves. I love meeting moms, but I also love meeting women who don't want to have children. We're a minority, and it took me a long time to feel like I was still a bona fide woman, even if I didn't want to grow another human in my belly. I have lots of love and nurturing in me, it just isn't directed towards wanting to raise a child.

But don't get me wrong - I love baby socks/clothes/toys/everything (they are the cutest)! I'll just forever be the cool auntie <3

My summer smoothie recipe

Breakfast has always been a difficult meal for me. I'm often in a rush in the morning, so something quick and easy is best. Unfortunately, a lot of breakfast foods take time and effort, and those that don't are often very unhealthy. For a long time I just ate cereal or a baked good for breakfast, but a few years ago I went on the Paleo diet (meaning I cut out processed sugar, dairy, gluten, and alcohol from my diet, as well caffeine) - best decision I've ever made. It also meant that I had to find something else to have for breakfast.

I don't fully remember how I came to the realization that smoothies make a great breakfast (I add chia to make mine more filling), but I'm so happy I did. It's really the perfect breakfast - not too heavy, full of Vitamin C, easy and quick to make. Over the years I've experimented and perfected the recipe to include the flavors I love: sweet and tangy. Below are the ingredients and the super easy steps to make this deliciousness for yourself.


    What you'll need:

    • a blender (or Vitamix)
    • 1 banana
    • 1 white nectarine
    • 4 frozen strawberries
    • 6 frozen blackberries
    • 8 frozen raspberries
    • 1/3 cup Chia seeds
    • 1 kale leaf
    • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
    • 1/4 cup water

    Some tips and tricks:

    • I prefer to buy fresh berries and wash and freeze them myself. Store-bought frozen berries are not as fresh and don't have the same amount of nutrients. It's also tastier to freeze the berries rather than just use berries out of the fridge because it makes that smoothie colder (I don't add ice).
    • Any kind of kale works (I prefer Lacinato kale). To make the smoothie more green, just add more kale! Kale has a very distinct flavor, so if that's not your thing, you can also substitute in spinach, or whatever greens you like.
    • Fruit juices can be really sugary and from concentrate, so I recommend being really careful with what you purchase. My favorite brand is Evolution Fresh - it's organic, cold-pressed, 100% juice, has Vitamin A, C, Calcium, and 20 grams of sugar (which isn't bad for juice). If you aren't a fan of the tanginess of grapefruit juice, you can substitute it with coconut juice, which is a lot sweeter.
    • I add chia seeds because they are filling and add thickness. I used to add granola, but it's actually very sugary and gluten-heavy, so it ends up being unhealthy (even the kind that's advertised to be healthy).
    • I love spring and summer because it's stone fruit season, and white nectarines are seriously one of my favorite fruit. During winter I skip this ingredient because it isn't available.
    • If you love coconut as much as I do, I highly recommend adding frozen raw organic coconut meat - you can do this instead of the stone fruit.
    • You can also add frozen organic acai if you're a fan, or to turn this recipe into an acai bowl.
    • I add water to the smoothie because fruit juice is really intense in flavor and high in sugar. You can skip this step and just use more juice if you prefer.

    This recipe makes 1.5-2 cups of smoothie, depending on how thick you want it to be. You can add more water if it's looking too thick, or less water if you want to turn this into a smoothie bowl!

    Step 1:

    Start by throwing the banana and berries into the blender first.


    Step 2:

    Add the chia seeds. I like to add them before the kale so that they are more evenly distributed.


    Step 3:

    Rip the kale leaf into pieces off of the stem and throw the leafy parts into the blender. Toss the stem away (it's too thick and sinewy to eat).


    Step 4:

    Cut the peach into pieces and throw them into the blender.


    Step 5:

    Pour in the grapefruit juice and water.


    Step 6:



    If it's not blending well or looking too thick, just add more water or juice.



    That's it - easy right?


    This is my solution for a quick and easy breakfast. I just pour it into a tumbler (my favorite is this Wow Wow Lemonade one I got in Hawaii) and run out the door!

    Go try it and let me know what you think! <3

    Styling with Lauren: Uniqlo all day

    Lauren of recently styled a full outfit just from Uniqlo! Honestly, I kind of thought that Uniqlo only had super casual activewear, but apparently, they now also have seriously stylish pieces for the office and going out, called the Drape Collection. I love the way that Lauren styled boyfriend jeans with a long blazer - it's so comfortable but looks put together.

    Also, this is the first time that I've ever shot in Brisbane, and let me just tell you that it actually looks like we were in some desert town (Palm Springs? Arizona?). Lauren and I went on a mini adventure to find the secret location of Boba Guys (shh) and when we saw how cute the little town was, we decided we had to do a shoot there. Can you believe that there are cacti of that size in a little town just outside of SF? I can't!

    I love shooting with Lauren because she was actually a friend before I ever photographed her. It's always such a blast to hang out and get killer shots together. Her blog is especially awesome because not only does she write about fashion, but also lifestyle, travel, and tech tips for being a better blogger. She's also the one who inspired me to add more lifestyle photos to my Instagram feed. Thanks Lauren for being you!

    Winter in SF

    Unlike my NYFW experience, winter weather in San Francisco is generally what you'd call Fall weather anywhere else in the country. So what does that mean? Sweaters and warm drinks and scarves, oh my! Amanda of Mela Moda wore the epitome of this season's winter sweater for this shoot. It was comfy over-sized, over-the-shoulder, neutral color, and had bell sleeves. What more could you want?

    Amanda is lucky to work close to Ferry Building in SF, so we ventured out to grab some Blue Bottle Coffee and shoot. It was a typical San Francisco winter day - rain, rain, and more rain - but the great thing about the Ferry Building is that the food and shopping are indoors! During the weekend, they also have a wonderful farmer's market outside (watch out for a separate post on that).

    But back to the sweater. Amanda bought it at a little boutique in Hayes Valley called Acrimony. It's super cute, so if you live in SF or are ever visiting, definitely go check it out. Hayes Valley in general is one of my favorite neighborhoods in SF. It's actually fairly small, but within a 5 block radius you have an adorable little park, a dozen incredible desert shops, another dozen amazing restaurants (Rich Table is hands down my favorite), a ridiculous amount of delicious food trucks and coffee shops, a bunch of clothing boutiques, wall art... the list just goes on and on. I seriously can't say enough good things about this neighborhood. There's even a Boba Guys there (and you all know how I feel about that).

    Anyway :) Enjoy the pics from our shoot in our little slice of heaven!

    Shannon and the shirt with two roses

    Around big holidays, most bloggers want to take holiday-specific photos to help inspire their followers to get into the spirit of things. Valentine's Day is definitely no exception. I did quite a few sessions for the holiday of love, and the best part is that you really start to see bloggers' individuality come out when they're all styling for the same event.

    One of my favorite Valentine's Day sessions was with Shannon of Style by Lolly. She went girly, but still edgy. Instead of roses, she picked tulips. No dress, but jeans and a tee. She did keep the red lips and glittery heels, but they were wedges and she paired the whole outfit with a statement necklace.

    We shot on a rainy day on her rooftop deck. The clouds perfectly diffused the light over the water so we could see all the details of the Bay Bridge. Seriously guys, this view is to die for!

    Orange bell bottoms? Yes, you can!

    I was supposed to shoot for the first time with Kelsey at NYFW, but our schedules were so hectic (and the weather so terrible) that we missed each other. So instead, we caught up back in SF!

    I know that the 90s are back in style, but Kelsey brought it with a flashback to the 70s. Orange bell bottoms, huge sunglasses, and colorful fur, perfectly styled with white and gold accessories. What you can't tell from the photos is that Kelsey is actually short, but did she stun in this outfit anyway? Yes she did!

    This just proves to me all the more that you can rock it in any style you want, as long as you pair the outfit with confidence and love for yourself.

    NYFW: Checking the High Line off my bucket list

    I haven't been to NYC as an adult. The only time I'd traveled there before was to visit my aunt and uncle when I was 10 years old. I barely remember that trip, but I think I spent most of my time in their Bronx apartment, eating pizza and listening to my older cousin's ska collection.

    I also have to mention that I'm a huge Sex and the City fan. No, like, really, really big fan. Asking my Maid of Honor to read Carrie's poem at my wedding, big.

    For both of those reasons, I was so ridiculously excited to experience NYC as an adult. It's the City of Dreams after all! There are countless iconic locations in New York - the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, the Flatiron Building. But the one location that I was most excited about visiting and shooting is the High Line. 

    I'd heard about this park from a photographer friend years ago. He made it sound dreamy - an old highrise train track turned into a beautifully designed, modern park. You can walk amidst the trees in the skyline of New York, looking into the 5th floors of office buildings and hotels, admiring the waterfront views. And let me tell you... it's absolutely everything I imagined.

    The only bad part about winter is that the wind was so cold and so strong that it made it almost impossible to shoot. Thankfully, I was taking photos of Brianne (, who is a tough cookie familiar with East Coast winters. She even braved the cold without her coat! We were only able to tough it out for about 15 minutes before the wind blew us away, but we got some amazing shots from one of my (now for sure) favorite places in New York.

    I can't wait to go back in the summer and spend some quality time here!

    For those curious, here is Carrie's poem that was read at my wedding (and yes, I cried):

    His hello was the end of her endings
    Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
    His hand would be hers to hold forever
    His forever was as simple as her smile
    He said she was what was missing
    She said instantly she knew
    She was a question to be answered
    And his answer was “I do”
    San Francisco: The Mission

    My absolute favorite neighborhood in San Francisco (and the one that feels most like home) is the land of endless graffiti and burritos: The Mission. 

    After feeling sick all morning, I took a walk down these magical streets. While I can't take all of you with me, here are some random shots from the day. 

    What's your favorite SF 'hood? 



    NYFW: Namilia

    NYFW isn't all glitz and glamour, and getting into the Namilia show was definitely no picnic. We got there early, and the show started very late, so we ended up standing in line for over an hour. The location was also basically a sauna - the combination of bodies, lights, and chaos created an abnormal heat that sat heavily throughout the entire venue.

    Despite all this, we waited, because from what I'd seen of this designer previously, it would also be worth it. And boy, was it worth it!

    I didn't know what to expect, but I definitely never expected Trumpocalypse shirts or penis-strap halters, puffer jacket gowns or race car wings. This was the most out-there presentation I saw during my whole trip, and I loved every second of it!

    As each design that came out was more outlandish that the previous, I thought maybe I was hallucinating from heatstroke - but I wasn't. It was all real. See the proof below!

    NYFW: Katty Xiomara

    Katty Xiomara was the last runway show I saw during my time at NYFW. It was also my first experience in a runway photography pit, and the most amazing way to end the week.

    The designs so gorgeously evoke old world Hollywood romance - lace, fur, velvet and tulle, sheer polka dots and bold patterns. There was one particular fabric that the designer used in several styles - a thin sequin that moved, causing dark shadows amidst shining highlights, and the illusion of mermaid tail scales. So unbelievably delicate and beautiful.

    The models all had red lips, dramatic eyebrows, and perfectly coifed bangs. I really couldn't get enough of this presentation - I wished it would never end. Another interesting thing I noticed is that all of the models were wearing the same gold pointy flats. This simple detail created a palpable sense of consistency and allowed the clothes to shine. I'm completely amazed that these metallic flats actually fit perfectly with all of the looks - a great lesson in styling.

    NYFW: Francesca Liberatore

    This runway showcase by Francesca Liberatore was one of the first shows I saw at NYFW and it definitely set a high standard! I left completely inspired. I loved all of the lace and fur, with classic feminine touches that still somehow left the women looking fierce and empowered.

    The coifed hair and different models also made for a visually engaging presentation. I noticed that a lot of the shows made the models look exactly the same -- it was an interesting illusion to trick the mind into thinking that every person walking out looked exactly like the person before and after them. It felt artistically stimulating to see different, and more natural, looks on the models on this runway.

    I also have to mention that the Skylight at Clarkson venue was amazing. They even created gorgeous, opulent living room setups for bloggers to work, socialize, and take photos.

    NYFW: The perfect floral skirt for winter weather

    On the last day of NYFW, Tamryn of and I went shooting and she wore some of my favorite outfits of the whole trip! This floral overalls-skirt she wore with pointy brown boots and a dusty pink coat made for the perfect winter look. The colors are a bit subdued, but still pop against the pale gray cityscape.

    We had been looking for the quintessential NYC stoop the whole trip, and finally found some around the corner from our hotel! It was just barely snowing that day, and you can see a few snowflakes in the photos if you look closely.

    I wish we'd had more time to visit different areas of New York, but if I learned anything about NYFW, it's that the schedule is non-stop and there are no built-in photo breaks. Next time, I'm leaving a whole day or two just for shooting!

    NYFW: Verdad

    It was the second-to-last day of my NYFW trip, and I'd already seen such a wide variety of designs. Going into Louis Verdad's runway show, I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be one of my favorite shows!

    Verdad's designs are effortlessly elegant, simple, and yet somehow make a statement. He mixes heavy fabrics, basic colors, and a modern twist on classic designs to create a sophisticated bohemian feel. I would be absolutely giddy to wear anything in this collection!

    I also captured a few photos of the audience. Despite this being my first time at NYFW, it's very clear that the runway audience is dominated by bloggers. I hear that this is quite different from how it was as recently as just a few years ago, when only media and celebrities were allowed inside. I'll post a recap of my NYFW experience as an "outsider" (I'm somewhere in between blogger and photographer) soon.

    Scroll down to the very end to shop the look I wore to the show <3

    My #ootd at the Verdad show. Get the skirt here | similar top here | faux fur scarf here | backpack here | similar boots here.

    NYFW: Elizabeth Kennedy

    My girlfriends and I stumbled across Elizabeth Kennedy's gorgeous presentation on our way to a runway show. I'm so glad we did, because it was incredible. You could feel an electric energy fill the room with inspiration from the beauty that was being presented.

    Her designs are classic without being stuffy, high-end without being overbearing. They incorporate feminine colors and modern patterns, large silk accents and gold sequins. It looked like every little girl's dream, when she dreams of being a princess. The palm tree decor added a tropical wonder, where you could almost feel the heat of the beaming sun in the middle of a cold NYC winter.

    NYFW: Club Monaco

    This was my first time at NYFW, and boy, did I not know what to expect! I'll write a separate post about everything I learned (a lot!), but first I wanted to give you a peek into the different shows I was lucky enough to attend.

    My first day in NYC was a magical blur of shows, lunches, and amazing outfits. In the evening, I somehow found myself at the flagship Club Monaco store on 5th Avenue with one of the most beautiful setups I'd ever seen. There were flowers draping down from every corner, and gorgeous models catching your gaze in every direction.

    It felt like a dream to wander from room to room and preview the feminine, bohemian fashions from this amazing design house. For most of the presentation, the models stood and watched, but for about 10 minutes of the event, they walked through the maze of onlookers. We also heard that Drew Barrymore was somewhere in the audience! Though we never ran into her.

    Enjoy a little peek into the dreamy world of Club Monaco below.