suffocate the dictator.

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it’s easy to let limitation be the dictator. like the eery sound of a silent room without vents or circulation. hollow yet substantial.

but how beautiful life can be when you simply let yourself ride. when you realize freedom isn’t about the rules made by those around you but about the limitations you put on your own choices.

run up hills, roll down them. let the air around you suffocate the dictator.


HAT by Nasty Gal

Location: Nylon event

Photos by Jen Senn

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New York Fashion Week Day 4

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4th day of fashion week was another busy day. To start the day we grabbed a mimosa and watched the Darkoh show, to continue our slight obsession with menswear this season. Then we checked out the Maison Kitsune presentation at the Standard. Maison Kitsune is not my style but I like when looks that aren’t typically what I would go for grab my attention, which this presentation definitely did.

Rachel and I ran into our friend and fellow blogger Eugenie of Feral Creature, and we all headed over to the Nylon party. As expected, Nylon threw an awesome party. We spent the majority of our time sipping on tequila sunrises while sit-dancing (that is, when you’ve been wearing heels for 12 hours a day every day that week and want to dance but can’t quite do it standing up) at our booth next to the DJ. I even got a chance to meet and have a few conversations with the owner of Nylon, which was definitely unexpected but awesome. 

It was an insanely fun night filled with tequila and laughing and photo booth sessions, but we definitely paid for it the next day, haha.


SHIRT + SHORTS by Frontrow
GREEN SHAWL by Thriftwares
BAG by Paul’s Boutique
SUNGLASSES by Incognito Eyewear
SHOES by Jeffrey Campbell
HAT by Nasty Gal

Photos by Bri Elledge

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New York Fashion Week Day 3

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Anyway, above are a few photos that one of my photographers Phil took of me following the Sheena Trivedi show. The harem pants I’m wearing here (by Thriftwares- check them out!) are probably my most favorite thing I’ve ever owned. So androgynous and chic and perfect. After the Trivedi show we headed straight to Milk Studios, which is my favorite venue to see fashion in. We got to hang and sip on some champagne pre show in the penthouse lounge then saw some amazing menswear presentations. Rachel and I decided we could see menswear for all of fashion week and be happy.


HAREM PANTS by Thriftwares
BAG by Paul’s Boutique
NECKLACE by Sequin
SUNGLASSES by Incognito Eyewear
SHOES by Steve Madden

Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand and Bri Elledge

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New York Fashion Week Day 2

sway chic clothingmbfw nyfwsway chic - new york fashion weeksway chic clothing nyfw nyfw mbfwnew york fashion weeknyfwThe second day of fashion week was pretty relaxed and moreso about catching up with friends than anything else. Rachel and I spent most of the day at the Dream Hotel where we sipped on champagne and laid around on pretty couches. We took a few snaps outside of our looks, which is what you see here. And yes, I wore a fur coat in 85 degree weather #nyfwproblems.


HOLSTER by Swaychic
SUNGLASSES by Incognito Eyewear
NECKLACE by Sequin

FUR COAT by Nasty Gal
SHOES by Steve Madden

Photos by Brittanny Taylor

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New York Fashion Week Day 1

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First day of my favorite madness. I flew to New York hella early Friday morning and took a cab straight to Rachel’s place in Bushwick, aka second home. After spending a week in a desert at Burning Man (diary post coming soon), the phrase culture shock doesn’t even explain it.

Rachel hadn’t quite come alive for the day yet, so I had this cute thought that maybe I could nap before we started the day. Then it clicked that I’m in New York and was like LOL we have about an hour to get ready and get an uber to our first show. Wishful thinking, ya feel me?

We hit up two shows yesterday: Sally LaPointe and Martin Keehn. Sally LaPointe was basically everything I want to be… clean black/white, classy but somehow still casual. I’d wear Sally LaPointe to grab a tea down the street or a cocktail at the Dream. And seeing how some of my favorite brands are Skingraft, ODD, etc, it was pretty easy to obsess over Sally LaPointe. Martin Keehn was also great because I hadn’t seen a menswear presentation in a while and the vibe of the show was really chill and not so rushed feeling like most of fashion week.

In between shows Rachel and I also stopped at the Sequin NYC showroom. My good friend is the PR girl at Sequin and she hooked us up with some cool jewels. After the three events of the day my the bottom of my feet felt like they were gonna explode (can’t complain though, I mean look at those amazing Steve Maddens) and I needed some grub in my system. So Rachel and I ended the night by ordering sushi in bed and watching the L word and falling asleep by the exciting hour of 11:30pm.

HAREM PANTS by Swaychic
TOP vintage

SHOES by Steve Madden
SUNGLASSES by Incognito Eyewear

Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand

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“i lick the gun when i’m done because you know that revenge is sweet.”


BODYSUIT by Nasty Gal
BAG by Paul’s Boutique

Make up and hair by Factory Girl
Photos by Beth Kotz and Cachet Retsos

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wash up to shore.

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a calm morning is my slow wash up to the shore. i rise from the depth of the ocean where my perspective is safely tucked away.

as i lock my apartment door and turn around to face the world, i begin to sort out my beliefs for the day:

today i won’t crouch down when a man cat calls.
today i won’t raise my voice when misunderstood.
today i won’t back down when i’m tired.

my perspective draws the dividing line between my little lake that’s attempting to connect itself to the ocean ahead of me. because perspective is exactly the kind of thing that always gets us in trouble. we escape the rain, avoid the thunder, hide in a whiteout- all to keep our perspective safe and untouched.

we come ashore from time to time and are faced with the contradicting perspectives of others. it’s discouraging, to say the least, that everyone’s unique life experiences rarely inspire them to share lessons learned, but rather they argue for one point of view and one point of view only. to be right, to be superior, is the goal. to connect lakes, oceans, perspectives, and intelligences is lost in transition.

“perspective. it’s what shuts out the universe. everyone with their little perspective.”


TOP by Front Row
SHORTS by Front Row

Make up and hair by Katy Ramirez
Photos by Beth Kotz and Cachet Retsos

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