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Diva Behavior, T&A, Bison and THE Skirt

This past Sunday, my day started with my usual drive into the New York City. When I’m in my vehicle alone for a long period of time, I love to partake in intense sessions of what I like to call car karaoke. It’s basically me singing along to whatever is on the radio, at the very top of my lungs, usually with powerful, wavering diva hand motions à la Mariah Carey and Christina Aguliera. The display is, quite frankly, disgusting. BUT, for those moments of gusto within my mobile sound studio/vortex, I feel like the ultimate rockstar. Most times, I forget I am not invisible and/or mute, and am unintentionally amusing the shit out of my fellow road warriors. I think it’s my public service (disservice) to the people of New Jersey and New York.

Anyhow, once my car concert was over, and the obligatory encore, I made it to the big city. Since it was the last day, I made sure to pay a visit to Team Gallery for Ryan McGinley’s much talked about “Yearbook”. Believe it or not, though every square inch of the gallery was plastered with photographs of many naked strangers, it was rather inviting. The warmth of familiar pop art colors and the happiness strewn across their beautiful faces lent to the welcoming ambiance. You could stare for hours and still not see everyone’s junk. I momentarily became a sort of voyeur, and not in regard to the nude individuals on the ceilings, alcoves, hallways and stairwells – but towards the reactions of the visitors. Some were shocked, others confused and some were, without humiliation, comedic. Postcards of select models were available for sale as well, and the selection process of potential buyers also provided unintentional entertainment.


I’m rocking an all leather vintage dress from my aunt and vintage waistpack, old Forever 21 shoes with H&M leg warmers underneath. Feeling a little overdressed in this room 🙂

Afterwards, I moseyed on over to Brooklyn to toast the girl of the day, Miss Julie Mollo, on her new collection “Hopeless Romantic,” at her launch at Slapback Brooklyn. The hostess with the most cutie pie outfit was throwing the ultimate girly bash to celebrate in true Julie style, complete with champagne, a temporary tattoo bar, chocolates, music and shopping!


If you don’t know Julie, get to know her! Meeting her only once prior, she’s a naturally sweet and talented gal who I’m convinced is my soul sister. Her aesthetic is so retro and vintage inspired, and yet, so innovative. Many of her quality and uber cute tops and bottoms are reversible, or rather “retroversible,” creating the possibility of four outfits in a single purchase. What a fabulous soirée it was meeting other fun gals, chatting away and playing dress up!



How super SWEET is this vintage waistpack?! Perfectly fits my gigantic Galaxy phone and credit cards – two hands free for champagne and to browse racks of super cute clothes! (Vintage Studded Waistpack – found long ago at Mint in Englewood, NJ) Thank you, Miss Bianca, for the pic! 🙂DSC07416

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Here with the diva herself, Julie Mollo. Both of us are rocking her latest collection, available on her website here, or at Slapback Brooklyn! My shoes are very old Forever 21.

Before calling it a night, I paid a long overdue visit to my good friend James, the Beverage Director of David Burke Kitchen. I always love catching up with friends and he let me in on a little appetizer secret at Kitchen called the Bison Tartare. I indulged into the dish that was prepared tableside, complete with a quail egg herb emulsion, porcini mushrooms, capers, shallots, toasted garlic, and served with grilled sourdough. I wouldn’t lean towards while perusing a menu EVER, but it certainly was above and beyond delicious.


Whether it comes to karaoke, art, fashion or food, I like it raw. And calm down with your dirty minds, perverts. I am simply referring to “raw” in the sense of no limitations and without filtration, which to me is the ultimate depiction of hopeless romanticism. Giving everything you’ve got for your passion and boundless imagination to revolt against the norm and evoke emotion will definitely lead you to the best adventures! 🙂

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

After our free spirited fun at the Louise O’Connor salon, it was time to get down to business. As layers of frayed ends cascaded gently to the floor, every snip of the scissors felt like a much needed and overdue renewal. Shorter hair definitely gives you a new sense of self. But now that I’m not in my twenties, I have developed a new appreciation for the bit of a strong nose bestowed upon me by my family. I’d rather highlight this “birth mark” than hide it behind a rat’s nest of overly processed hair. And the lightness of not having anything brushing my shoulders is extraordinarily refreshing.

This isn’t the first time I’ve gone with a shorter mane. I did so circa 2007-2008, toward the end of my FIT education,when I rocked that angled bob with bangs that everyone from Victoria Beckham to Katie Holmes made famous. Though beautifully cut and styled pin straight by the talented hairdresser, it wasn’t manageable at home on my own, with my hair’s unruly nature, extreme thickness and Mother Nature’s unpredictability.

In this case, we’ve embraced what I was born with and made a much more manageable ‘do. We tucked the new layered bob in to give a French coquettish vibe and flipped it out to channel the swinging 60s. My huge fascination with classic movies and styles in general, along with years of studying and obsessing over French culture made this THE perfect coif for where I’m at right now. The manageability is perfection and I’ve been experimenting with these heaven sent steam hot rollers that provide the longest lasting curls I’ve ever had.

Cue the metamorphosis and symbolic butterflies (having a Mariah Carey “moment”). 



(Vintage Dress, Modified Feather Capelet, old tights from Nordstrom and Jeffrey Campbell shoes)

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