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Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe House of Harlow Chelsea
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe House of Harlow Chelsea
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe House of Harlow Chelsea
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe House of Harlow Chelsea
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast American Apparel Stripe House of Harlow Chelsea

ph. by Lucas

Taking the most spontaneous days off from work to catch the last few glimpses of summer is becoming an unnecessary habit of mine. But, then again, who can resist random outings to taste that 5-star Soho caipirinha that everyone's raving about, or testing out Intelligentsia, which apparently is the "best coffee imaginable", or even the special tres leche donut from Doughnut Plant that puts all other mundane flavors to shame...and how about Amy's Bread? By the way, if you haven't tried their black olive twist, you're truly missing out. I can ramble endlessly here when it comes to all my recent taste-testings. And adding to more frivolous distractions, I'm starting to rediscover varied "treasure troves" (local shops, parks and quintessential whip-out-your-book-or-ipad benches) situated throughout New York City and deriving a much deeper appreciation of my surroundings. Thankfully, the nature of my work has pretty much made me rethink just how fascinating this city can be. 

Now on to these new pics. Here I'm sporting a couple recent acquisitions that have made it to the closet staple category. In the search for the perfect fitted stripe top, I stumbled upon this American Apparel bodysuit during my daily online browsing/shopping trances. It's simple and stays put, plus the scooped back gives that extra something, which can be described in so many pretty words. Also, I've added this Elizabeth & James-inspired knuckle armor ring courtesy of Modtoast. I don't know why I waited so long, but this is certainly the "staple" ring to own. That, along with her cage hinge ring - they refuse to come off my fingers. Once again, Thank You So Much!

easy saturdays

Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast talon cuff
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast talon cuff
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast talon cuff
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast talon cuff
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast talon cuff
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast talon cuff

ph. by Lucas

Lazy Saturday which consisted of: waking up a little past noon, browsing aimlessly through my favorite blogs in a trance-like state (as per usual), tossing around scruffy old toys for the mere enjoyment of seeing my dog pounce on them like a cat and taking him for a much-needed stroll through the winding paths of the park in my hometown. Before heading back to whip up homemade fruit crepes with the boyfriend and veg out on the sofa, I just had to capture some shots of this beautiful gifted talon cuff from my special friend at MODTOAST. The quality of the hardware is impeccable, as always.  I also adore it's contrasting element as well - the almost fierce style of the talons paired with something soft like a knit jumper or free-flowing dress adds to the piece's it-factor. I can't thank you enough! 

bleecker st.

American Gold Wild Horses blouse - Stanton James
American Gold Wild Horses blouse - Stanton James
American Gold Wild Horses blouse - Stanton James
American Gold Wild Horses blouse - Stanton JamesAmerican Gold Wild Horses blouse - Stanton James
American Gold Wild Horses blouse - Stanton James

ph. by Lucas 
(American Gold Wild Horses blouse, J Brand jeans, Foley + Corinna city tote, Invicta mens style watch, Modtoast rings) 

Nothing beats the feeling of taking a few hours of off-time from a hectic work week. Especially when such a day involves succulent coconut-almond-nutella crepes followed by searing hot cafe au lait, and frivolous wandering around the West Village with the boyfriend. Quite serene to say the least. Here, I'm wearing a new blouse from American Gold that I ordered from Stanton James. If you close your eyes and run your hands through it it feels almost identical to rose petals. Lucas actually pointed this out first and after petting it a while he was pretty spot on. I find myself always gravitating towards it every time I get dressed, which is probably why I wore it three days in a row. And in terms of comfort level, it's definitely high up on the charts. I've also been carrying around this Foley + Corinna tote, which I consider to be a loyal old friend. I can't even remember when I got it (6-7 years ago maybe?), but it has never left my side. And the leather aged so beautifully over the years - highly recommend!

channeling ms. hardy?

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Here's yet another new do. 
I was a bit too inspired one day with Francoise Hardy that I decided to switch it up a little and go for the choppy '60s fringe effect (and I'm actually thinking about going choppier). With all the varied dye hues, bleach processes and sporadic sessions with the scissors, I'm lucky these poor stands were able to withstand my indecisive tendencies. Perhaps it's time to give it a little break and let the darn thing just grow out. Besides I think I'm pretty content with this new look...for now. :P

meet westii

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These are my feet's new best friends. After piercing through the cardboard packaging and flipping the shoebox lid, it was love at first glance. They surpassed my expectations in terms of quality and comfort. And I'm already mapping out where I would wear them and with how many various outfit combinations. The possibilities are endless considering their timeless shape and supple texture. I also find myself strangely taking multiple whiffs just because I love the smell of new suede. Is that weird? 

mini weekend photo diary

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(wearing: F21 dress, Zara sandals, Deena&Ozzy bag, Modtoast rings, Thomas Sires bracelets)

July 23
West Village + memorable food!

ph. by Lucas and I 


noho bound

Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast YSL inspired ring
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Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast YSL inspired ring
Little Fashion Bird Lauren Baluyo Modtoast YSL inspired ring
(Levi's boyfriend jeans, H&M top and bracelets, American Apparel clutch, Topshop boots, YSL-inspired ring courtesy of Modtoast)

I think it's due time for some new wardrobe creativity. For a number of weeks, I find myself (unintentionally) resorting to pretty much the same sort of ensemble before dashing out the door-- cuffed up pants/summer tank/suede booties/clutch. In terms of dressing efficiency and comfort, it's a win/win situation, but perhaps it's time to whip out those summer dresses and sandals for a slight change. Here, I'm sporting two recent little additions that have never left my side from day one: the AA pink leather clutch, which I proudly displayed a couple posts down and this YSL-inspired ring from my lady friend Terri at Modtoast (I currently have the turquoise and coral ones). Both accessories come in a spectrum of tempting colors and I'm finding it quite hard to resist the idea of buying them all. 

You can get the ring at Modtoast's shop here -- you'll fall in love as every ring conveys its own special quality. Also, be sure to take a peak at her Pamela Love-esque pieces...they're well worth it!)


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