Even though I was working remote while I was in Florida, it was so nice to be able to take photos, read, do crossword puzzles, sit on the beach, go for walks, have tiki drinks and spend time with family- truly enjoying the little things. I took these photos with my tripod by the pool one day as a campaign for Bando for their new spring line which is adorable.
I also took these photos last weekend in the snowstorm. I wore this outfit for a TikTok then got inspired to take photos after. My inspiration was Jackie O meets Lana Del Rey. I'm really happy with how these photos turned out as well.
Last weekend, we had a snow day so I decided to get creative in my apartment and take some photos with these sunglasses from Vint & York and shoes from Ecosusi Vintage. Since the beginning of the year, I've been approaching my content differently. I want my photos to be more editorial and aesthetic. I've also been very into flash photography, so rather than fighting cold temperatures and the fewer hours of natural light trying to get photos outside, I've decided to just stay inside and even shoot at night. Even though these photos didn't perform that well on social media, I'm happy how they came out. This year I'm also trying to spend less time scrolling and more time creating, especially without worrying about the numbers.
Before the holidays, my mom and sister and I went to have brunch at Parc in Philly. I took these photos next door at Rogue, another French inspired restaurant. I received this blazer from my friend Gretchen, and thought it was the perfect pre-holiday outfit because of the metallic in it. I paired it with my new denim for a 90's inspired look. I never thought I'd enjoy wearing jeans so much, but I'm really enjoying putting together classic and French inspired looks lately.
Back in December, I went to The Met one Sunday, so of course I had to document my outfit on the steps a la Blair Waldorf. My skirt and top are both from Mademoiselle YeYe, a vintage reproduction company. You can check out their site here.
December 11th was my birthday, so I decided to do a little celebration. I don't usually like to make a big fuss for my birthday, but since it was a Saturday this year I decided to host a little brunch with 6 of my friends. We went to a new French place called Lulu's I've been wanting to try. I'm so glad we checked it out because everything from the decor, food and drinks were amazing. It actually ended up being an unusually mild day, so we sat in their outdoor set up, which was just as nice as being inside the restaurant. I'm so grateful I was able to have this celebration since this was the last "normal" weekend before Omicron shut everything down again and got so many people sick.
When I first moved into my apartment, one of the things I was most excited about was having a bar cart for the first time. That's why I was so happy to discover Lollygag, a home decor company with a mix of new and vintage items. They have so many classic, quirky and sustainable pieces, both retro inspired as well as true vintage. Here is my checklist for making your own Mad Men inspired bar cart:
Even if you're not in the market for a bar cart, Lollygag has so many items that would make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. They are currently running 20% off on their website- no code needed. And to help make your shopping easy, I've curated a collection of some of my favorite vintage inspired finds. Check them out here:
For skating at the runway rink, I wanted to put together a 70's inspired roller derby look. Since I was too busy trying to not fall while skating, I decided to take some proper photos of my outfit afterwards in the living room at the TWA hotel. It's a late 60's/early 70's vibe, so I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for this look. The top and shorts were both thrifted finds from this summer, so I was glad to finally get a chance to photograph them together.
A few weekends ago, my friends Katie, Jenna and I went to the TWA hotel for the day. This was the first time I've been back since before the pandemic, so I was so happy to be at one of my favorite places again. We started the day taking a few pictures before going to the Paris Cafe for lunch and drinks. After a quick wardrobe change, we headed out to the Runway Rink to roller skate. I was finally able to put my Impala Skates that I got during quarantine to good use. I was pretty proud of myself that I didn't fall once! Some more photos and another wardrobe change, and we were back at the Paris Cafe for another drink. We wanted to go to the Connie, but unfortunately it was closed due to a wedding. Overall, it was a great day and I can't wait to go back again.
Every summer, I become less motivated to take outfit photos and post on Instagram. The weather is too hot, engagement on social media is down. It just seems like too much effort for little reward. But something I had a lot of fun with this summer was documenting things on a disposable camera. This summer had it's disappointments for sure, especially weather wise, where we experienced lots of rain and extreme temperatures. But I tried to make the most of it and captured a few of my favorite moments on film. A day trip to Coney Island, a rooftop 4th of July Party, and walks in Central Park. In my opinion, disposable cameras are a great way to remember and appreciate the little things in life.