Fi takes wine country! Made a day trip to Chalk Hill while I was up north. I can never say no to wine tasting, and the weather was unreal gorgeous. I always say that I need a vacation from my vacation-like lifestyle. This was the perfect little getaway. I can always use a glass of wine (or seven). Thank you Roth Winery for having me!
1. 37th Dawson Street- Of course my number one thing to-do in Dublin would be a bar. Irish people really enjoy their whiskey and I'm learning to keep up (or at least fake it, don't worry dad). I absolutely loved this bar, it's trendy with the neon signs while having moose head taxidermy on the wall making you feel like you're in a cozy pub.
2. Stroll The Neighborhoods- Something that I was totally unaware of before getting here is that all the houses have like the cutest doors ever. It's actually like a 'thing.' It's a decorative and historical thing to have a colorful painted door, read the full story by clicking the link.
3. Collect Sea Glass On The Coast Of Dun Laoghaire- Find ocean treasures scattered across the beaches and put it all in a little jar and make yourself a souvenir! About a 20 minute DART ride out of the city.
4. Grafton Street- Ireland's world famous shopping and culture street! It is gorgeous during the holiday; it's covered in sparkling lights and has multiple decorated Christmas trees. They have some of the same shops as the do in LA such as Topshop, Ted Baker, Zara etc. I fell in love with the store Brown Thomas; It's a high-end luxury department store that I would compare to Saks. I started salivating over the Celine Phantoms (per usual).
5. National Museum Of Ireland- So I'm not much of a history nerd like my sister, but she dragged me here. I appreciate history and all, but there's only so much I can take before it all looks the same to me. They have an exhibit here on the 'bog people.' Which are these super old dead bodies they find in the bogs that are preserved because of the environmental conditions (gross). So basically, I walked in kinda scared but I survived and it wasn't too terrible. I even found it fascinating. I made my sister walk into the rooms first, and then I would walk in subconsciously doing a wink face with one eye open.
6. Irish Breakfast at Gerry's- If you're in Ireland, obvi you have to get an Irish breakfast. It's all the rage here and they take it very seriously. Personally I'm not much of a breakfast type of gal, but you gotta get it if you're here. If you don't want to eat the black pudding no hard feelings, I have a hard time eating it too once I found out what it's made of.
7. Brazen Head- The oldest pub in Ireland! OPEN SINCE 1198. How crazy is that?! It's like as if you just stepped into a time machine. This bar is super cozy, great atmosphere and funky decor. You have to visit while in Dublin!
8.Gunniess Storehouse- The number one visited place by tourists in Ireland. This place is absolutely massive, and if you didn't like beer before you will now. It's a 7-story self tour through the factory. After finishing the tour, the top level is the Gravity Bar where you can see a panoramic view of Dublin through all glass windows while drinking a pint.
9. Bewley's- The cutest cafe on Grafton Street! You can come here for a casual coffee or sit down for lunch or dinner in the back room or upstairs. Shimmering chandilers hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered in vintage floral print wallpaper. They have the best scones I've ever had in my entire life. Also I highly recommend the Irish coffee.
10. Trinity College- The most beautiful campus. My sister is attending graduate school here, and I swear it looks like Hogwarts or something. This is where you can find The Book of Kells (a 9th century gospel manuscript) in the Old Library if you're into historical things.
Totally fell in love with Italy. A world where gluten-free doesn't exist and it is totally necessary to try a new flavor of gelato everyday. One of my favorite areas in Rome is Via del Boschetto. This is a trendy neighborhood in an ancient city. It is packed with pop-up floral stores, handmade jewelry, and my all-time favorite: vintage stores. The vintage shopping here is unreal. You will find designer vintage treasures in every other store. I would of shopped a lot more than I did if I wasn't backpacking across the country, but I just HAD to have this coat the moment I saw it. It's vintage Yves Saint Laurent. YSL forever is my favorite designer, and my first love. This coat is a alpaca, mohair and wool blend. Since the brand makeover of YSL turned into Saint Laurent Paris in 2012 due to the new creative director, I actually melt every time I see a vintage YSL label.
I found this coat at a small funky boutique, Pulp. And I still have nightmares about the Moschino floral sweater that I didn't end up buying. It'll probably haunt me for a couple more months to be completely honest.
Coat worn with all black everythaaang underneath, and Nikes since I seriously just walked all over the city all day. I would never wear workout shoes with this coat, but it kinda looks street style hip in some weird way. Right?
Just like the Ingrid Michaelson song, San Francisco, November is the prettiest time of the year in the city. Shot this number very impromptu in a neighborhood behind Valencia Street in the Mission District. So in love with this dress from the Alexander Wang x HM collection. Wore my basic James Perse LBD underneath. Had fun shooting this with one my favorite photographers Ryan Chua.
I’ve always been such a sucker for flea markets. Maybe this is a sign of the beginning stages of hoarding, since I don’t think I’ve ever attended a flea market with intentions to buy something that I really needed. I found out about the Artist and Fleas Market via Instagram from one of my favorite jewelry companies in LA, Androgyny Designs. The market is located on 6th street and Mateo downtown in the Art District; it’s open every third weekend of the month! Here you can find the best trinkets and treasures all from local artists, designers etc. You can find an array of handmade jewelry, trendy succulent air plants, unique leather pieces and so much more. If you have a significant other, don’t be basic and put Tiffanys on your wishlist this Christmas. Come here and find a gem. I scored a crystal geo rock ring from Androgyny and I am so mesmerized by it that it will be my go-to distraction this Monday morning. The only picture I’ve taken with it is this snapchat *~SeLFie~*, enjoy. Photography of me taken by Jose Gallina.
Dress: Free People
Booties: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Hat: Forever 21
Sweater: Free People
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Another look from San Francisco! Don't mind the run in my tights, I've never owned a pair of tights that didn't rip within the first wear. In this case, these ripped as I was taking them out of the package. But anyways, totally in love with this cape/vest from Shop Enter. Perfect to throw over any LBD or black skinnies. Photos by Ryan by Ryan Chua.
Vest: Shop Enter
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Dress: James Perse
Unless you have totally lived underneath a rock, everyone knows that Alexander Wang came out with a collaboration for a collection at H&M. I am in no way into secondary line collaborations like this, I usually only go for the real deal or nothing. But when I saw the preview for the collection my pupils dilated and I had an increased heart beat. Alexander Wang made me want boxing gloves even though I don't participate in physical activity. These shots were taken in San Francisco by the very talented Mark Chua. More to come!
Sports bra and boxing gloves: Alexander Wang x H&M
Back in the bae area! Had so much fun working with photographer Adam Dillon, we instantly hit it off as BFFs. He showed me one of his favorite coffee shops in the city Blue Bottle Coffee which was maybe the best latte I've ever had. I'm totally in love with San Francisco and I can't wait to go back very soon.
Photographer: Adam Dillon
Leather Jacket: All Saints
Tank Top: Anthony Thomas Mellillo from Barney's New York
Ear Cuff: Kristin Perry
Silk Flannel: Equipment
Jeans: Rag and Bone
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Made a trip out to the desert to escape for the day. I was absolutely thrilled to be shooting for Androgyny Design. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the designers, Courtney Bensik, and fell head over heels for her intricate pieces with precious metals and gemstones. Perfect for the desert vibe and a weekend getaway. Clothing provided by The Lobby and Beach Riot.
Photographer: Taylor Herron
Stylist: Sahar Hissami
Rings: Androgyny Design
Bathing Suit: Beach Riot
Dress: Free People
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: The Lobby
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
All about detail! I love the intensely hued color and texture of this bralette by Private Arts. Perfect to wear with anything high-waisted and/or a slouchy off the shoulder sweater. Can be worn from day to night by changing a range of jewelry or paired with a brightly matte lipstick to contrast the luster of the velvet textile.
Photo by: Taylor Herron
Bralette: Private Arts
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Free People