Forever 21

Day Trip to Saint Tropez


This town made me want to move to the south of france immediately...

I just got back for my first Cannes Film Festival. Cannes was nothing but over-the-top elegance and glamour. In the middle of the week my sister and I decided to escape to explore the beauty of the South of France. We decided on Saint Tropez. This town made me want to move to a little town in Europe by the ocean immediately. The town was so cute, and actually reminded me a little bit of Charleston with the colored buildings and shutters. In my eyes, everything in this town was perfect. The ocean breeze kissed lightly as I ate my baguette sandwich (how is the bread so good?). As I walked around town a group of elderly ladies were making flower crowns and bouquets, which caused my heart to melt for a second. All of the stores smelled delightfully of candles and home goods and the colors combinations of the shutters, doors, and beams played off of each other perfectly.

On our way back to Cannes, we stopped at a farm to pick some strawberries. This little farm on the side of the road was just what we were looking for. It is hard to find places like this in the States. Instead of going to a farmers market every Sunday, locals come here to hand pick their own fruit, lettuce, and vegetables for the week, which is how I would love to live. You see exactly where your food is coming from, you are supporting your local small-town farmers, and you get to hand-pick everything yourself. I mean come on, what is better than that?!

P.S. These strawberries were the most delicious strawberries I have ever tasted. They were so sweet and juicy that I didn't even think about dipping them in chocolate, which I do pretty much every time I eat strawberries. 

Fashion: I'm wearing printed pants from Zara, which I think are going to be a huge trend this summer, (these pants perfectly hug your body just the way all pants should), a white cotton t-shirt that I tied in a knot to cool down from the heat, and gold slip-ons. I am absolutely loving these slip-ons. I now want to buy them in every color. They are so easy and comfortable; you can wear them with dresses, shorts, and pants while still looking effortlessly chic and, most importantly, comfortable!

 

Art Basel

Art Basel is one of my favorite trips of the year, because it combines fashion, art, design, and, of course, Miami. Every time I go to Miami I tell myself that I will move there someday. We stayed at The Standard Spa, which is undoubtedly my favorite hotel in the world. It is tucked away in a jungle that overlooks the Biscayne Bay. You can walk around in your white robe at any time of the day, with no judgement (I am slightly obsessed with robes). Whether its the underwater music at the pool, the delicious food, or the heavenly spa, The Standard is absolute heaven. I can spend all day there lounging around and not want to do anything else. 

I love going to Art Basel because of the breadth of amazing work on display. A color pattern in someones painting might give me an idea on how I’m going to style my next shoot, and the festival essentially becomes an endless sea of inspiration. On Thursday, we attended a book signing for Carlos Betancourt, who works with mixed media. I enjoyed listening to what his influences are and how he began his journey into art. We attended the convention center that is Art Basel’s main hub, but this year the street art amazed me more than anything else. Street art and street style is such an empowering thing, and it was on full display in Miami, especially in the Wynwood district.  Personally, I would love it if every wall in the world was covered in street art. The world would be such a brighter place. For about five blocks in Wynwood, every single wall is covered with bright colors and murals by artists famous and anonymous alike. Street art is so special, because it gives everyone the opportunity to engage in art, and you dont have to pay for a ticket to go into a museum or an exhibit. For the past three days that I’ve been here looking at art, I feel like I have been exercising my brain, my curiosity has delved deeper, and my eagerness to create has grown stronger. 

London Calling


Maybe My Favorite City

After a spontaneous, last minute decision I found myself touching down in London. The last time I was here I was very little, so I didn't remember a lot . I began my day waking up in the small but eclectic room at Soho House in Shoreditch Village. Across the street from Soho House lies an awesome outdoor shopping center, constructed entirely from discarded shipping containers, hosting different retail and food spaces called Box Park. Shoreditch is also well known for its abundance in thrift stores on every conner (as you can imagine, it took me a while to get through there). After my vintage heaven excursion I wandered into the world-famous music store, called Rough Trade Records. It is one of the raddest record labels featuring artists like Adam Green and The Strokes. Later, I made my way towards the center of London where I experienced the grand architecture and art of the British Museum. On Oxford street I stumbled into the amazing Tiger store. It is like an Ikea toy store!  It also has a way of convincing you that you desperately need every single piece of merchandise in there. Finally I entered TopShop and immediately got lost (that store is humungo). I ended dinner at the very mysterious  Chiltern Firehouse ( I recommend there oysters, crab donuts, and ALL of the desserts).