This summer I am all about creating European vibes wherever I am, whether that's finding an Italian restaurant and dining al fresco in the city, or enjoying an Aperol Spritz in my mom's backyard like I did this day. My sisters dog also wanted to join in on these photos too.
Last weekend was Memorial Day, which means it's officially summer in the city. On Saturday I found this vintage scarf and I couldn't wait to wear it the next day, especially because I love wearing scarves in my hair during the summer months. I serendipitously found a laundromat that matched the colors of my outfit perfectly on the way back from brunch and had to snap some photos.
I've had an idea in my head for a photoshoot like this for years based on some photos I've seen (see my mood board above this). So when Third Love sent me one of their bras to photograph, I thought that was the perfect excuse to finally create my vision. I was a little nervous to take these photos in a bra because I wanted them to look tasteful, but I'm really happy with how they turned out.
Back in April I was supposed to go to Austin for a long weekend. Long story short, my flight got cancelled and there wasn't an alternative flight that made much sense for such a short trip. Since I was already at the airport, I decided to make the best of it and head over to the TWA hotel to spend the day. I had breakfast at the Paris Cafe, took some photos in one of the outfits I was planning to wear in Austin, and enjoyed a glass of wine. Even thought it wasn't how I intended to spend the weekend, I tried to make the best of things and enjoy spending some time in one of my favorite places.
As you probably know by now, I am a self proclaimed Francophile, so I was excited when a book publisher reached out to collaborate on promoting this new macaron recipe book. The recipes in the book are colorful and creative. I haven't tried to attempt baking any of them yet because I know macarons can be difficult to make, but I enjoyed taking photos to compliment the book.
One thing I've been trying to do more of is having those classic New York City experiences. I've never been to the Plaza Hotel for tea, so when I saw there was a Mrs Maisel inspired menu, I thought that would be the perfect excuse to finally go. It was such a fabulous experience, I went with my friend Desirae and we enjoyed tea, sandwhiches, and desserts. I wore a dress that I found last summer in Vegas and have been waiting for a special occasion to wear. It reminded me a bit of Eloise at the Plaza, so it felt like the perfect place to wear it.
For my trip to Florida, I ordered a few new bathing suits from Unique Vintage. They have so many cute and more conservative styles that make me actually excited to swimsuit shop. For this bathing suit, I decided to do a pinup style shoot as if it was a vintage Coca Cola ad. In addition to these photos, I also created a TikTok/reel as well. I think some people were a bit confused watching me on the beach and thought it was really for a commercial as one couple asked what I was shooting for.
One evening I took thees photos on the beach during golden hour. I bought this t-shirt with the vintage photo on it at Madewell a few months ago and had been saving it til I got a chance to take photos in. I wanted these photos to be a bit meta of me sitting on the beach while wearing a t-shirt of a woman sitting on a beach. I also wanted to emulate the same vintage glam as the photo with the cat eye sunglasses, red lipstick and scarf.
While in Florida, one of my favorite things to do was to go for evening walks every day. Even though it was still February, the sun stays up longer than it does back up north, so it was nice to be able to enjoy the warmth and sun. I definitely suffer from seasonal affective disorder, so I could feel my mood improve immediately as I began to thaw out. I hope that next year I can work remote and do this again.