My love of sunsets is no secret to friends and loved ones. My father often snaps his West Coast stunners for me so that I get to experience not one, but two beautiful skies a night. That’s love -and one reason I’d totally be down for a long distance relationship. Cloud coverage, humidity, and time of day can all affect the palette used to create each night’s masterpiece making it nearly impossible for it to ever grow old. Each night, I’m undoubtedly awed. The only catch to my sherbert sunsets is that why, yes, that is the W Hoboken. That’s the irony in all of this. Joke’s on you, Manhattan. You pay thousands of dollars a month in rent to gaze appreciatively at New Jersey. At least Brooklyn gets to take in our beautiful skyline. Even though we laugh at the fact that all of these glorious sky paintings are hung in the gallery that is New Jersey, I still show up for the show.
Tomorrow marks the second super moon (not to mention the Aquarius new moon), the largest of three super moons this summer. Shit is literally going to get weird and you can bet I will be perched atop my roof to take in the lunar glow sparkling against the Hudson (and New Jersey). I’ve been known on more than one occasion to wear nightgowns as evening gowns- a trait I earned honestly from my mother. Which is why some of my favorite clothing items came directly from my mom’s lingerie drawer. Vintage lace tops worn with this summer’s favored outerwear, the kimono, is perfect for staring at the moon.
But I sure do miss the stars.
kimono: similar by Ecote here, top: vintage Mom’s, shorts: similar by MINKPINK here, shoes: French Connection, bag: Louis Vuitton, necklace: Nina Nguyen, ring: Erica Annenberg, bracelets: Alex + Ani
Photos by Michael Stiegler
When I walked out of my grey carpeted, grey walled, grey everything office on my last day of work, I knew I never wanted to be stuck in a corporate cubicle ever again. Ever. I started WhyDid while working that 9-5 (more like 8-8) job and made it my priority a year later. Sure, I wrote my first book at age ten, but I hadn’t even realized how much I enjoyed writing until over ten years later. I’ve now been fortunate enough to turn something I love to do, into what I do for a living.
While not having to report to an office sure has its perks (like wine at lunch), working from home can become pretty isolating. I don’t have to get dressed or even shower before making it from my bed to my computer. I don’t need to come in contact with humans on a daily basis if I don’t want to. And it’s fairly easy to get totally sidetracked. I have a beautiful apartment, but staring at the same four walls day in and day out can be less than inspiring. Luckily, I have a very special creative oasis just an elevator ride away. Arguably, I have one of the best rooftops in Manhattan. I can see in all directions, and being by the water allows for a little breeze, which is crucial during these oppressively hot summer days. I mean, there’s even WiFi. My only complaint? No electrical outlets, which only allows me to work for as long as my batteries will last. So, management, if you’re reading this…
top: Brandy Melville (similar), shorts: Brandy Melville (similar), sunglasses: Ray-Ban, bracelets: Alex and Ani, necklace: Nina Nguyen, shoes: Charles David, bag: Diane von Furstenberg (similar), dog: Smitty
Rough day at the office.
Photo credit: Michael Stiegler
It’s true. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. However, in the off chance that you aren’t dripping in them or perhaps, you’ve decided to give yours a day off, there are some other stones out there that are sure to add a bit of unexpected glamour to your get up. Take a cue from your college requirement filling geology course. That’s right, geodes and nature’s minerals are the new rocks you should be rocking.
I recently bought a Nina Nguyen necklace on Hautelook and it’s been a fan favorite with friends and family. These gems make for great (and somewhat) affordable gifts as well. Hey, they’re cheaper than diamonds… but just as pretty.
1. Charles Albert Tabasco Geode Ring, $175, 2. Gigi Chic Green Druzy Pendant Necklace, $65, 3. Nina Nguyen Bardot Bracelet, $98, 4. Nina Nguyen Vortex Geode Beaded Necklace, $195, 5. Dara Ettinger Lauren Half Geode Necklace, $138, 6. Nikki Baker Druzy and Pearl Earrings, $213, 7. Dara Ettinger Disco Ball Ring, $128, 8. Charles Albert Tabasco Geode Three Stone Ring, $200
Ready to rock?