One great thing about living in upstate New York is that there are many hidden trails and secret spots where you can melt into the world. I drove by this nature trail countless times and truly had no idea what was beyond the gravel parking lot and the large sign hidden in the shadows. Then came a day where I was spontaneously invited onto its path and was completely enamored. I loved the small wooden boardwalk which seemed lonely, but also warm and curious. The cattails teetering in the wind pulled me down the trail and every corner I turned was new, yet familiar.
Another great thing is this dress. I was in such a rush to find something light and summery, but also slightly sophisticated. The long sleeves and the dainty florals are what grabbed me initially, and then the open back and the criss-cross detail completely sold me. I love a great find when I least expect it.
Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Converse
There’s nothing I love more than a super flowy top that makes me feel ultra femme, light and beautiful. The last few weeks have been incredibly hot and humid, definitely out of character for upstate New York. But, I will take all these days I can get and all things flowy help me stay cool and put together.
P.S. Bronco thinks he’s the kanine version of Where’s Waldo, He likes the camera time if it gives him more time to spend with me.
Top: Free People | Shorts: Free People | Sandals: Nine West
And so the cycle of life continues, and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I am in disbelief as to how quickly the last year went by and I can definitely say twenty four was a big year for me. As young as I am there is something quite fearful about aging, which has mostly been drilled into my brain through society’s norms and illusions. But what really gets me is the fact that every year I turn another year older and I don’t feel much different from the last. The subtle changes are barely noticable, however, being twenty five feels incredibly different from being nineteen, I can see and feel those differences in retrospect. And as I become older, I hold more appreciation for the little things and the important things in life.
I woke up yesterday and I was twenty five. I can vividly remember many memories as if they happened yesterday which makes the process feel both insanely fast and surpisingly slow. I like this year so far, I have a lot to learn and much to experience. Plus when you add two plus five it equals seven. Lucky number seven.
Dress: Rachel Roy | Belt: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Forever 21
Bodysuit: Free People | Jeans: Paige Denim | Shoes: Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Rayban
One of my favorite things to do, especially after a long day at work, is to go on a walk. My two favorite four-legged friends (Bronco and Baley) love to come with me and explore. I think they loved it more than I did since the field had just been cut and baled for hay, it felt like new territory to them.
Top: Free People | Bottoms: some awsome no-name joggers from Macy’s | Shoes: F21 | Scarf: Portola
Give me fringe and watch me twirl.
It was beautiful today, and my spirits were high. I may be wearing black but the way this shawl dances when I move makes it feel bright.
Shawl: BCBG | Jeans: Calvin Klein Jeans | Shoes: Zara
When I lived in New York City, one of my favorite activities was having Sunday brunch with my friends. There’s nothing like having a good laugh with people you love over a couple mimosas. When I think of brunch I like to dress casual but play it up with some stylish flats and a fun cross body. It’s also ideal to layer with spring finally arriving in New York, because the morning can still be brisk but the sun comes out full swing by the afternoon just in time to shop.
Something that I absolutely love is that equestrian fashion is mainstream. I always ran around town in my breeches and tall boots, but of course I had just gotten off a horse and not to mention I was not the cleanest. With the aroma of the barn still attached to me, I wasn’t really going for any sort of look, but now it is perfecly acceptable to pair my Ariat boots and breeches with a stylish jacket and bright scarf. Way to literally go form horse to social scene.
Jacket: Free People | Scarf: Zara | Bottoms: Ovation | Boots: Ariat