This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of hosting my good friend Kristin Booker of Fashion Style Beauty for a little shoot in my apartment downtown. To take the virtual tour and to learn more about how I live with style, click here!
Above: Shoes by Fendi (L) and Maison Martin Margiela for H&M (R), with a Live Nudes Neon Sign snagged on eBay.
I don't tend to talk much about politics or social issues for a simple reason - I don't know a lot about politics or social issues. As a former debate team captain (that's right, y'all, don't start an argument with me), it was instilled in me that unless you understand intimately both sides of a controversial issue, you've essentially no right to an opinion - or at least not the public statement of an opinion.
That said, it's hard to ignore the terrifying and devastating rise of gun violence in our country and it's only natural that a bleeding heart liberal like me might wish to do something about it. Enter Liberty United, the new endeavor of serial social entrepreneur Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water and Fonderie47. Beginning with jewelry, the company aims to reduce illegal gun violence in the United States by granting 25% of the proceeds from each piece sold towards the funding of anti-violence and advocacy programs.
All of the jewelry in the Liberty United collection incorporates the melted down metal from destroyed illegal guns and bullet shell casings, also featuring the serial number of a destroyed weapon on each piece. Top tier jewelry designers, such as Philip & Courtney Crangi of Giles & Brother (above, the Skinny Spike Bracelet in Gunmetal) and soon (holiday!), Pamela Love, have and will continue to collaborate with Liberty United to create reimagined and exclusive product.
To do your part (and also, get some sweet arm swag) visit Liberty United online to shop.
As previously discussed, I was recently challenged by the Oxygen network and the controversial new series My Big Fat Revenge to take a month's worth of classes at New York fitness studio Circuit of Change. Founded by Brian Delmonico, the class is a high energy bootcamp incorporating elements of yoga and martial arts, yet wholly unique and wholly a challenge!
After taking several classes - all but one with Brian himself - I was reminded of how important it is to get outside of your proverbial box. To be clear, though I'd consider myself at least moderately fit, I tend to stick with what I know - e.g. barre and spin classes - and avoid most cardio like the plague. Not good, people! It's important to be well-rounded, period, but particularly in all arenas relating to your health. I was reminded of that when tuned in to the body (and mind) transformations on My Big Fat Revenge, in fact.
In case you have yet to catch an episode, My Big Fat Revenge is an empowering new docu-series that coaches women - after years of being discounted, humiliated, and rejected because of their weight - to take control of their bodies and in turn, their lives, putting painful pasts behind them, and standing up to the people who hurt them most. Whether or not you agree with the idea of revenge as motivation (I personally take issue), the series encourages CONVERSATION (that's a good thing, peeps!) about fitness, healthy living and most importantly, how to treat people with respect and kindness (regardless of their challenges).
My Big Fat Revenge airs Tuesdays - that's tonight! - at 9pm EST on Oxygen. For a preview of this week's episode, click play below, and for much more, visit Oxygen online.
This post was produced in partnership with Oxygen Network.
As the weather begins to cool down in New York, my thoughts inevitably shift to outerwear and boots galore – I’m talking fall shopping, of course! And while I’m making a concerted effort to invest in fewer, better things, I’m also feeling the itch for a style transition of sorts – a shift that feels relevant to the season but appropriate to my life and lately-extra-demanding career. The perfect solution and HOT on my to-do list: a vision boarding session with a few of my most stylish friends.
In case you have yet to be indoctrinated, a vision board is, essentially, a physical representation of your inspiration – in this, fashion-specific case, style inspiration and a shopping list of sorts. Comprised of street style snaps and tear sheets from fall fashion magazines, I’m hoping that a vision board will keep me focused on my wardrobe needs and wants, and less prone to impulse purchases.
Of course, it’s not a party without a signature drink, so I grabbed a bottle of Smirnoff’s new Wild Honey flavored vodka to mix up a cocktail that’s loosely Moroccan inspired, and equally as delicious warm or chilled.
- Steep an extra strong batch of mint tea – I used TAZO’s Refresh Mint
- Mix 3 parts tea and 1 part Smirnoff Wild Honey flavored vodka in a Moroccan tea glass, ice optional (a martini glass would be a perfect substitute)
- Garnish as desired with fresh mint leaves and/or a lemon twist
Voila! I call it The Moroccan Mint-teani (get it?!)
Do you serve a signature cocktail at home? I’d love to hear about it – share in the comments!
While all opinions expressed are my own, this post was produced in collaboration with Smirnoff Sorbet and Style Coalition.
To call me obsessed with artist Curtis Kulig's iconic "Love Me" campaign, incepted in 2005, would be an understatement. The simple, now famous call to action slash plea has appeared around the world in cities from New York to Los Angeles, Berlin to Istanbul. And while he's previously dabbled in collaborations with brands as diverse as Disironno Amaretto (how covetable are these Love Me bottles?) and Smashbox, he's never really had a collection to call his own. Until now, that is!
Meet Me + Mi. The love child of Kulig and LA-based jewelry designer Mimi Jakobson, Me + Mi takes the iconic elements of Love Me and interprets them anew in drippy, graffiti-style heart and love-themed baubles - rings, bracelets, pendants and cuffs. Prices are accessible, ranging from just $40 for stud earrings to $198 for heavier, more substantial pieces. I'm hard-pressed to think of a pun that doesn't play on love to accurately represent my feelings here, but rest assured, I'll be adding a piece or two to my personal collection.
Browse the gallery below, and to learn more or shop the collection, visit Me + Mi.