With Dan of Dante Robery winery

August 20, 2017


A Weekend in Livermore Valley Wine Country

Since moving to New York I like to say that seven years in San Francisco made me a wine snob. Wine Country is certainly one of the things I miss the most about the Bay Area. While Napa is the most well known wine destination in California, there are actually SEVERAL wine regions! One I recently discovered is […]

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July 12, 2017


When a Good Hair Day Means So Much More

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Do you ever have days where you wake up feeling fabulous? I used to have more of those days, and I didn’t even realize I was having them. There was a time when feeling comfortable in my skin was the only way I felt. Now those days are rare. I got a taste of that recently, thanks to a good hair day.


For the past little while I’ve been focusing less on my clothes and more on different aspects of my appearance – namely my hair. I’ve been experimenting with various twist styles since last summer. For a while I was biking a lot, so I started twisting my hair and pinning it back in order to fit it under a helmet. Then I realized it was a look that could stand on its own. In February my sister treated me to a session with her hairstylist in D.C., and I loved the style she gave me. Turns out, it was a twist-out! I tried doing it myself. Then I tried, tried, and tried again. This is the best I’ve done so far. I think I did a good job!

On this particular day, I attribute the combination of a good hair day (and recently done brows – more on that later) to the fact that, strangely, I felt OK about myself in a pair of shorts. That, ladies and gentleman, is the equivalent of Jedi mind games for my psyche.


That said, I almost didn’t post these photos at all. I had more internal debate about it than I care to admit. But whatever the insecurities that creep up, I wanted to remember and recognize the good moments and quell the self-criticism. That’s the power of a good hair day!

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Photos by Ali Rivera

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June 6, 2017


The Perfect Handbag for the Busy Woman (#styleforyourlife)

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{Tara&Co: Fashion Meets Function Convertible Bag}

I get so frustrated with fashion-meets-function products because they’re quite often heavy on function and light on fashion. It’s hard to find a beautiful, hyper-functional handbag for a busy life! I mean yeah, I want my bag to be functional, but I’m certainly not going to rely on a bag that would ruin my outfit every single day. Is there even a perfect handbag?

Enter my friend/former Facebook colleague Julia Lam, and this new convertible bag she’s launching. She’s a busy, accomplished (and I mean ACCOMPLISHED) woman who doesn’t want to skimp on style. She got frustrated with the lack of compelling options and decided to do something about it.

To that I say: thank you Julia! I always have multiple things going on and as a result I am a person who carries her life in her bag. I always have my phone, wallet, planner, a bottle of water, lip balm, hand lotion, a scarf, glasses or sunglasses, tissues. Often a computer. Sometimes a book, a magazine, a snack, or an extra pair of shoes. I am not somebody who can get by with a dainty little bag! Over the years I have filled my closet with bags of different colors and configurations in my attempt to find the perfect handbag for my busy schedule.

The Tara&Co Tracy bag can be:

  • a shoulder bag
  • a cross-body bag
  • a tote bag/briefcase
  • a backpack
  • and it has a detachable clutch (!)

Not to mention pockets in all the right places. Here’s the thing though: it’s hard to launch a product, especially one of this quality (this bag is BEAUTIFUL). Sometimes it takes an outsider to show that the impossible can be done. Please join me in helping get Julia’s bag into production and showing the fashion world that the impossible – a beautiful, quality, highly functional bag – is actually quite possible.

Photos via Facebook

Note: I was not at all compensated for this post. I like Julia and think this bag is the bomb diggity. (do people still say that?) Plus, I modeled for her and it was fun.

April 20, 2017


Looking at the Bright Side of a Schizo Spring

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If I were a New Yorker, I would probably be annoyed by spring in New York. A few days ago it was nearly 80 degrees. Yesterday it between 45-50. Irritating, right? Wrong. Thankfully, I’m not a New Yorker (yet?). I still consider myself a California girl. And for me, this kind of weather is my sweet spot! I’ve been having a great time with my jackets and different combinations of layering. The other night I went out in bare legs and my cropped shearling jacket. It was wonderful. On the lazy afternoon above, I was just hanging around the neighborhood in a linen tank top, this oversized wool shirt that I’m obsessed with, and loafers. I felt bad that my friend was coming over to do photos and that’s what I had on. But you know what? It was super chill and easy, and I loved it.

Soon we’ll be in the season of sundresses and hot summer nights. That will be fun, too, but for now I’m happy to still be throwing on a jacket over everything I wear.


Outfit: Jacket – vintage // Denim – Madewell // Loafers – Madewell // Bag – Clare Vivier // Rings – Madewell, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta // Earrings – Banana Republic / Lipstick – Pat McGrath Labs

Location: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Photographer: Andres Valencia

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