16 September 2013, 12:11
Photo by Made U Look.
When I came back from London last week, the temperature in NYC had cooled off considerably. We’re still being treated to balmy afternoons, but the mornings are crisp and the days feel shorter.
Whether you’re looking forward to layering up and embracing the fall or not, make the most of your summer before it disappears! Here’s a list of 50 things to do before summer ends…
Buy a stack of old MAD magazines from a second-hand bookshop and read them on the grass, in the sun.
Take lots of photos of you and your friends enjoying the weather. Bonus points if you use an Instax or Polaroid camera!
Wear something totally inappropriate and go out dancing. Stay up ‘til dawn.
Make at least one new friend.
Lie in bed in the morning, with the windows open and good music playing loudly.
Take an outdoor yoga class, and wriggle your toes in the grass.
Eat black cherries and spit the stones into a silver bowl.
Flirt with someone of the same sex.
Have a picnic in a tree!
Buy an inflatable paddling pool, lie in it and take self-portraits.
Take a dog for a walk (if you don’t have one, borrow someone else’s!).
Trust your intuition…
Climb on a jungle-gym, play on a swing, zip down a slide.
Explore a new area — even if it’s just another neighbourhood.
Kiss someone new!
Choose a project to start working on over winter…
Get a deluxe spa pedicure. Try not to wriggle too much when they scrub your tootsies!
Buy a hula-hoop and start learning tricks!
Throw a party in celebration of how goddamn fabulous you are.
Make a point of wearing all of your favourite summer dresses.
Go to the beach and build a sand-castle.
Stock up on jangly bracelets and unusual rings at a flea market.
Start writing a journal (or a Radical Self Love Bible).
Have a slumber party with a friend, giggle all night long, and go out for breakfast in the morning.
Go to a rooftop party, and put sparklers in your purse.
Learn a couple of sweet sentences in another language.
Take some risks, and make a couple of choices which make you nervous.
Go for a bike ride with your best friend.
Get a massage which makes you feel as if your body’s melting!
Rock a fabulous sun-hat while you still can.
Visit some of the weirdest tourist attractions in your own city.
Go bare-legged as often as possible!
Experiment with fake tan if you haven’t already.
Sneak into a swimming pool.
Do something that your parents or friends disapprove of…
Take the vacation days you have owing, and go and do something magnificent!
Sign up for an art class.
Spend some quality alone time in saucy underwear.
Carry a tiny water-gun in your purse…
Go skinny-dipping with your BFF.
Start to believe that you can truly have whatever you want!
Make a commitment to wearing heels at least one day a week.
Try every different bottled iced tea at your local shop.
Lie around in the grass with your sunglasses and a pair of headphones on. Bliss.
Buy flowers and arrange them yourself.
Keep a secret.
Swear off drama!
Send your friends notes telling them how much you love them.
Make a mixtape which commemorates your summer.
19 July 2013, 11:40
I cracked open this fortune cookie last week. I smiled when I read the slip of paper, and then started thinking about what this actually meant.
We all have dreams when we’re young, but more often than not, when we get to a certain age, we start to get the message that our grandest plans and wildest notions are just silly. Unrealistic.
“You’ll never make any money doing that,” our well-meaning friends and family crow at us.
And so we start to file those dreams away in the folder entitled “Maybe in another lifetime”.
Sure: life has its certain, unavoidable realities. There’s rent to pay, groceries to acquire, and taxes to cough up. But you can’t let those things — and the people who talk about them — frighten you into a life of mediocrity.
The world is full of people who will make fun of your dreams, attempt to talk you down to their level, or try to persuade you that something else would be a more “sensible” use of your time.
But the only people who scoff at dreams are the ones who didn’t have the guts to go after what they really wanted.
Don’t be one of them.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” (Mark Twain)
I believe in you!
16 July 2013, 11:48
But I am faced with that age-old problem: what to wear? My normal New York attire — motorcycle boots et al — simply will not do. No, when you go somewhere fabulous, you want your wardrobe to reflect it. You want to fit into your surroundings… But not too much.
I am not a boho kinda babe. As much as I appreciate Free People catalogues, soft, flowing and shapeless doesn’t work on me. I think in a past life I was the Marchesa Louisa Casati or Diana Vreeland. You’re probably not going to find me in a string bikini with braids in my hair… More likely, I’ll be the one in a turban and a psychedelic kaftan.
I’ve been gathering inspiration from everywhere, thinking about the kind of style I want to channel when I’m surveying the Cyclades. Enormous, wide-brimmed hats… Scarves twisted up, turban-style… Maxi-dresses and lots of bangles…
I worked out a while ago that my Style Statement is Eccentric Pop. Eccentric for the weirdness and the drama, pop for the modern kick. (As much as I admire it in others, dressing for a specific historical timeframe doesn’t thrill me. I’m a thoroughly modern misfit.)
So while I may bring in elements of the past — like the lazy luxury of the 70’s, or the glamourous chill of art deco — it all gets tied together in a contemporary manner. (Irridescent snakeskin sandals, anyone?)
I plan on punctuating graphic black and white resortwear with hallucinatory bikinis and mind-bending vintage kaftans. I’ll be donning stripes and covering up my beach hair with a turban or two. There will, of course, be sequins aplenty. I’m turning 30, bitch!
...Which, of course, brings us to the next pressing question. Do they sell sparklers in Santorini?!
17 June 2013, 11:25
Hooray! June 18th is International Picnic Day… And you’d be mad to miss out! What could be better than eating outside on a huge blanket? Nothing, that’s what!
Here, then, is my guide to the perfect picnic. I’d love to see your pictures — tag ‘em on Instagram with #internationalpicnicday!
When it comes to planning a picnic, my advice is to keep it simple. When you try to orchestrate some mammoth shindig, you are inevitably more stressed out, and less inclined to kick your shoes off and quaff champagne from the bottle!
So, make it easy on yourself and don’t go insane with planning. As tempted as you may be to bust out the calligraphy pens and wax seals, it’s not a wedding… It’s just lunch in a park.
Give your friends a bit of advance notice, and make it low pressure. Tell them to bring something easy and delicious, and that’s all there is to it.
(If you’d prefer to keep it small and low-key, you can have a picnic on a park bench with your BFF. Wear killer shoes, pop a bottle of bubbly, and enjoy yourselves!)
Food is a pretty major part of the picnicking experience. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want anything to get soggy, nor should it be something which needs to be served cold. A few hours laid out on a blanket will transform even the most artfully-arranged sandwich into a wilted mess. The best thing to do is make things as you go. At the supermarket, fill a few paper boxes with various salads and cold cuts. Then grab a fresh loaf of bread, a knife, and some condiments so people can DIY their own sandwiches.
Be sure to pack some chocolates, too, and bring along a couple of bottles of lemonade. If you want to get fancy, Martha has oodles of ideas. (Of course she does!)
In the name of practicality, you should always be sure to bring napkins, tea towels (you will need them for all kinds of eventualities), salt and pepper, cutlery and serving utensils. It’s also fabulous to bring an extra sheet that can be used to designate the table/food display area in the middle of your main blanket. (It will inevitably get food and spills on it, and it’s easier to throw a sheet in the wash than your picnic rug.)
You will need a picnic basket, of course, and why not get something that makes you smile? This watermelon picnic basket makes me grin and it’s a meagre $38.99. This turquoise wicker basket is $16 and cute as all get out. Alternatively, you could pack up a suitcase!
The same thing goes for a good picnic blanket. When I was a kid, we had a tartan wool blanket that we’d use for picnics, and it did the job perfectly. But of course, once you start browsing Etsy, you realise how cool the options are. I’m in love with this waterproof teal chevron job…
Second to food (and, I suppose, guests), it’s vital that you bring a camera… Or three. Yes, yes, your iPhone will do the trick, but why not bring along something fun to play with? It’s no secret that I am an unabashed fan of the Instax camera, but I also love Dianas, Holgas, old Polaroids, and new Polaroids!
A picnic isn’t a success because of the food: the food is really just an excuse to meet up. What makes a picnic fantastic is the atmosphere you create. The location, the guests, the music and the general conviviality of the event are what really counts.
Tarot cards are always a hit — I love The Wild Unknown deck — as are normal playing cards. (Why not buy some retro nude cards to spice things up?) If you want to really score some points, bring a croquet set!
Be sure to bring some bug spray, since there’s nothing worse than a honking great bug bite on your leg, and you could throw a couple of citronella candles in your basket too. (These will be so fabulous, flickering once the sun goes down.)
Cool Breeze Shirtdress; Kitty Shades; Crystal Collar Necklace; Crystal Clear Choker; Kiefer Sneakers; Like Sugar Satchel; Candy Cord Necklace; Crystalline Orb Ring; Danica Oxfords; Aceline Crochet Dress.
The real question, of course, is what to wear? You can never go wrong with candy-coloured pastels and shocking pink sunglasses…
In my opinion, one of the very best things to wear to a picnic is an a-line skirt: it will fan out around you gracefully when you sit down, and you will be able to kneel and lean and lie down once you’re full of lemonade with no fear of flashing your knickers. (Unless flashing your knickers is your modus operandi, in which case, by all means, wear a very short dress!) My pick is a strawberry pink chiffon pleated skirt, which will go with practically anything, but complements white brilliantly. (Very tennis chic.)
Flat shoes are an excellent choice: they’ll enable you to run around, climb trees, and schlep picnic baskets across neverending lawns. You must admit that stiletto heels sinking into the grass and mud is not the most chic experience. From black and white Oxfords to polka-dot Keds, the options are endless.
Be sure to add a hat to your ensemble: they are an essential, especially if you’re sitting outside all day. Sunstroke never adds to the atmosphere, darling! American Apparel does the best hats — surprising but true — in both solid colours and multi-coloured stripes. Swoon!
If you want some additional inspiration, this is one of my favourite pieces of writing about picnics. Here’s to a perfect picnic season…
Grass stains and big grins,
Title photo from Love Simone. The other babe is from Vogue Italia.
3 April 2013, 15:16
Photo by Ysa Perez.
Recently, I’ve been feeling an urge… An urge to get another tattoo. Eeeeeeeeee!!!
My two half-sleeves have absolutely no meaning. I came up with the designs, but I only got them because they were pretty, not for any other reason. People ask me all the time what my tattoos mean, and there is no explanation. As annoying as it can be when people ask “what does that mean?”, it’s even more annoying not to have an answer!
But lately I’ve been thinking about getting another tattoo, something new which actually does have meaning to me: probably something related to radical self love, magic and manifesting. At the moment, it’s just a rough concept… I definitely need some inspiration!
All of this makes me excited to tune into season two of Best Ink, which is on Oxygen tonight (10-11pm ET)! Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a peek into the world of tattoo artistry!
Best Ink is cool: twelve tattoo artists compete every week for a chance at $100,000 (!!!) and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. You see all kinds of work, meet many different personalities, and definitely get a fair few ideas for tattoos!
This season is being hosted by Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, and judged by Joe Capobianco, Sabina Kelley and Hannah Aitchison (total girl crushes!). Ugh, I can’t wait to watch!
Since we got to Los Angeles, Kat and I have been talking non-stop about how we’d like to have our current tattoos reworked, and what we’d like to get in the future. We’ve been walking around Hollywood, staring into the windows of tattoo studios, thinking, dreaming and plotting…
Do you have tattoos? Are you happy with them? Would you ever have them reworked or removed? Tell me all about it!
Ink and needles,
This post was made possible with the generous support of Best Ink!
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