Nostalgic Afternoon

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and/or Boxing Day! When I think about this particular holiday, I always imagine snow that would allow me to build snowmen or make snow angels, the aroma of a real pine tree sitting in the living room, kids caroling door to door with multiple layers of clothing, the thrill of making gingerbread houses/men, singing along to Christmas music on the radio, going insane trying to find gifts for everyone, kissing underneath the mistletoe and good ole St. Nick himself! Too bad most of that is just a figment of my imagination... I had to turn on the air conditioning on Christmas Day! Anyways, I wanted to visit this alluring hotel for some time and I finally made it there! The intricate details of the architecture, the infamous rotunda and ghosts (*eep!*) all add to it's unexplainable charm. When Jonathan and I arrived at the hotel, we went on a grand adventure in search for stairwells or hallways that would grant us access to certain locations. When we finally figured out how to navigate the area, there was not a single location that was dull - this place is absolutely breathtaking! Every corner you turn is another opportunity for pictures and another opportunity to gaze at the magnificent work of art. As for my outfit, I decided to wear this equally amazing lace dress from OASAP. I believe lace exemplifies lust and caution with a hint of mystery. The natural creme color of this dress exudes a sense of innocence which makes a perfect contradiction! To purchase this dress, visit: OASAP. The backdrop worked in coherence with this dress and I will definitely visit the Mission Inn again!

Cerulean O1

SLIGHT HEAT WAVE. Even though it is the middle of December, California is experiencing a slight increase in temperature! I know that Christmas is in ten days however, this year just seems different - not just due to the weather. I'm not getting the same holiday feel as I did in previous years... Maybe it's because I have quarantined myself in my room... just kidding! However, I have been dedicating the majority of my time to books as opposed to human interaction. Studying can drain a tremendous amount of energy so I try to incorporate things I enjoy such as outfit shoots, yoga, EATING, music and writing. Although I might not be sensing the same holiday thrill as others, my home does possess a warm and cozy Christmas atmosphere (maybe I should share pictures)! As for this outfit, I chose to pair this simple Zara dress with a gold necklace containing a hint of cerulean blue from OASAP. I decided not to clash this dress with yellow or orange heels, as I usually would, since Autumn days call for booties! 

Pastel Delight

TRENDING :: HOUNDSTOOTH. With the impending Autumn chill, I thought I would go out a bit more to take advantage of the remaining toasty weather. For some peculiar reason, I possess an absurd obsession with the "East Coast" way of life. The picturesque landscapes, the sight of mahogany, golden yellow and burnt orange tree lined streets, the brick houses.... I could go on however, I believe the location for this outfit post encompasses a Mid-East sort of feeling, don't you think?

As for my outfit, I received this adorable houndstooth dress courtesy of PERSUNMALL. I immediately wanted to pair this dress with pearls and create a pale palette. I consider pearls as a sign of power, confidence, wealth and sophistication - whether or not they are real. This simple beaded necklace has the ability to add a touch of elegance to practically any outfit and it is eternal. Anyways, the end of 2013 is quickly approaching and I am definitely not ready for 2014. Does anyone else feel that way? I still have an enormous amount of things to accomplish before the new year rings in and I still have to do my holiday shopping! Going to work even more efficiently now! Hope everyone is having an amazing and safe December!

Free People x Bloomingdales x Adrienne !

A TRIP TO NEW YORK along with a photo shoot for... wait for it... BLOOMINGDALE'S?!?! That's right. In early September, I was fortunate enough to fly to New York and participate in what I would call a once in a life time opportunity. I flew in the day before the shoot and I quickly adapted to the time zone - no jet lag ensued! I went around exploring SoHo and absorbing the culture at night. Most of the restaurants in New York are open late however, they were jam packed so I resorted to room service! The following morning was my shoot and it was far different from my typical outfit shoot for a blog post. As I stepped into Splashlight Studios, I was greeted by numerous people just roaming the halls. I must admit, I was completely intimidated when I first walked in. The studio was already set up, the clothes were being steamed and makeup products littered the table. I began talking to my fellow model, Britt, and I found myself easing into conversations with my hairstylist and makeup artist. Before I knew it, the show was starting. Britt went first so I could analyze the "how to's" of modeling - she makes every aspect of modeling seem effortless. As she wrapped up her last few pictures for her first outfit, it was my turn to change into my Free People clothes * As a side note, I am a huge fan of Free People and I personally own a good amount of their garments! * When I walked into the changing room, I was accompanied by 2-3 stylists. Who piled jewelry onto me and clipped my clothes... each article of clothing was a bit too big for me. As I made my way out for my first shot, I walked ever so shyly pass the photographer and creative directors. When I got to the "X" and turned around, I saw an incredibly large amount of people in the room. Of course I was "O.O" but I tried to play it cool, haha. My range of movement was very limited since I had to remain in a certain area for the best lighting so I was moving left to right and back again. I caught on very fast and I was having lots of fun especially with Lana Del Rey music in the background! By the end of the shoot, all I could see were bright lights and I had incredibly dry eyes since the fan was blowing into my eyes however, I made some incredible connections and I will never forget the people I shared that day with.

Though it was a very, VERY short trip, I was honored to be part of the Bloomingdale's family for a day. The people I interacted with at the shoot were incredibly genuine and insightful - completely different from the people I deal on a day to day basis but that's a good thing. Medicine and fashion are on two opposite poles so it felt nice to escape my reality for a few days. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures!