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Barca Barca Barca

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I went to Barcelona over the weekend and I don't think it actually hit me that I was in Spain till I was boarding my flight back home and vino sangria was infused in my bloodstream. SPAIN?!?! That's unreal to me. What the hell was I doing in Spain?! All these European countries feel so physically far in my brain that I can't even comprehend that I'm actually traveling to all these places. I had a boyfriend once (lol) that after we broke up, he moved to Barcelona. So naturally, I hit him up for reccomendations. (He is is the sweetest human and we are v cordial so this wasn't weird or anything). I'm going to write my favorite things to do here and pretend they're all my ideas, but really he emailed me some attached Word document with a potential itenerairy and meal plan. I think he sends this to anyone he knows that is visiting Barca, but I want to pretend that it was really personalized 4 me. 

Barcelona favorites include the Picasso Museum, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Famillia, and Park Guell. I did none of these. Lol. I was only in the city for two days and didn't realize that all these main tourist attractions you need to buy tickets in advance; SO if you're  going to Barcelona, you should probably click on all those links above and plan accordingly. What I did was really just enjoy the city. Our favorite place for Paella was El Rey de la Gamba 1. The portion size was as if it was meant for a growing teenage boy, but obviously that wasn't a problem for me. For sangria you have to go to Mescladis; it was the cutest vibrantly-colored outdoor patio that you could sit outdoors and relax. Seems like a local spot since we didn't hear anyone speaking English. My overall favorite for the trip was La Bouqueria Market; it's the perfect place to roam while snacking on a fresh fruit cup or croquettes. Lastly, I want to acknowledge that Barcelona's cute dog game is next level. Seriously the cutest pups everywhere, I was going nuts. 

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Desert Dreamland

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Had a day-getaway to the desert. It's getting to the time if year that if you go there you can only be wearing a bikini, so this outfit isn't something i'd wear IRL (in real life). Especially the over-the-knee boots. Anyways, I love the detailing on the all silk dress, it's super beautiful up close and makes it stand out from your usual LBD.

Dress by Burning Torch, boots by Stuart Weitzman, hat by Brixton, and sunglasses by Wildfox

Photographer: John Roberts Woods

Teal Kitty Goes To NYFW!

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Attending New York Fashion Week has always been some fantasy dream of mine that has always been on the top of my list. Right up there with scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef with my dad or hiking the glaciers in Patagonia; somehow watching haute couture walking in motion down a runway is equivalent. So being here in New York during this season, is a feeling I can't even describe. I almost don't have words to tell you how magical it is to be in The Big Apple sharing a mutual excitement of energy with every other fashionista that feels the same way. 

I will write more about my experiences and favorite new collections, but for now I am in absolute awe and still taking it in. I can tell you, that Mr. Alexander Wang can have my first born child after SS16. 

Wearing the Neria playsuit from the fall collection of Ted Baker London. I have lived in this thing since I bought it, and I'm obsessed with how both fancy and casual it can be. Accompanied by pony hair Isabel Marant Shane black wedge pumps that have been with me for multiple seasons. And lastly, my bag is the first ever designer bag I've ever purchased when I was 16. And of course, it is teal. I love how the color pops my entire look; also I love how it still looks like it is in mint condition after all these years (thank you leather cleaner). Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs, SS10 collection. Also sporting a temporary tattoo in celebration of the new Chanel 'Boyfriend' watch. I think I need a boyfriend in order to buy the real thing. Just kiiiiitten. 

Photos by my dearest friend/photographer Ryan Chua. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

 

Breakfast at The Plaza Hotel

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Teal Kitty here reporting from NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. For the past many years of my life I have suffered from temporary depression during this season. Fashion week season. I have vivid memories of missing anthropology class to watch live streamings of Marc Jacobs in my car in the school parking lot. Last spring I shed actual tears watching Peter Copping's first show as creative director of Oscar de la Renta. Being here in New York during this time, is an actual dream come true. 

Started the day off this morning with breakfast at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel to celebrate my BFF Brooke's birthday. Unlike the Polo Bar, I forgot to make reservations far in advance and called the day before and got a table and didn't even have to pretend to start crying on the phone like how I had to do for Ralph Lauren. Plaza Hotel is definitely worth walking into the lobby just to see the twinkling chandeliers, and the afternoon tea made me feel like I was actually Blair Waldorf. 

I'm wearing a vintage kimono that I bought from a vintage trade show that happens once a year in LA called Inspiration. I bought it from a vendor who collects ceremonial kimonos and claims that this one is from the 1940's. I absolutely adore kimonos. I always am looking for vintage ones since otherwise it's hard to find them made with pure silk. Wearing my favorite booties, the Chelsea from Rag and Bone. Accompanied by my first ever ever designer handbag that I have had since I bought it when I was 16. It's a rare find to see these old Marc by Marc Jacobs bags with the turn lock. 

Wedding Attire For The Dateless Looking For A Date

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I lack photos of this magical wedding because I was busy having too much f u n. My very dear cousin Kelly got married this past weekend in the mountains of Vail, Colorado to her boyfriend of 10 years (!!?@$%), Marcus. I think I have a better chance of owning 10 dogs before I'm in a relationship for 10 years to be completely honest. Vail is one of the most beautiful places I've ever traveled. Mostly known for it's ski slopes in the winter, this place isn't given enough credit for it's summer beauty. 

This dress has been collecting dust in my closet just waiting to be worn. It was one of those impulse buys where I had no idea where I would wear it at the time but it was sooooo pretty that I felt like me buying it would initiate world peace or stop global warming.  The intricate beading is so pleasing to the eye that weeks before the wedding I just had it displayed in my room with it hanging from my curtain rod. 

The wedding cake toppers were free-hand drawn by my very talented cousin Megan. Absolutely unreal! Kelly and Marcus live in San Francisco, and she perfectly drew the Golden Gate Bridge! See more of her cookie designs here: June Bug and Moo

Dress by Parker New York, shoes from Topshop, ring by Spell and The Gypsy Collective and clutch is vintage that belonged to my grandma. xx

 

Coachella Desert Gyspy

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It's festivallllllllllll season. More is more. If you're not wearing 10+ bracelets, you're doing it wrong. And if you're planning on wearing a flower crown,check your calendar because it's not 2013. These are a few favorites I've come up with to wear while playing under the sun out in the desert. I've been to many music festivals and I've learned a few tips from experience on what not to wear to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. 

1. Don't wear a dress. Or a skirt. You will end up on some shirtless guys shoulders at some point, and that will be no bueno. Rompers are so perfect for this! Lately I've been obsessing over this Australian line: Spell and The Gypsy Collective. If you haven't heard of them, you HAVE to check them out!! They sell at Revolve too, so you don't have to worry about international shipping (my worst enemy). 

2. DON'T bring your favorite sunglasses. If you bring then lose your Tom Fords, I will shed a tear for you. I love love love the newest styles that Toms just came out with. They're a good price point and won't fall apart. The reflective lenses are so festival-esque. 

3. Guaranteed compliments if you accessorize yourself with anything from Waffles and Honey. These pieces are timeless and dazzling. And they're handmade in San Francisco! AND if you use the promo code 'tealkitty20' you get 20% off !!!!!! #dreamz

4. I swear on Nars matte lip liners. I have one in all of my purses. They're game changers, life changers, new best friends. Color stays on all day. My favorite color is Walkyrie

5. Don't wear sandals. They will break, you will get blisters and your feet will be so dirty by the end of the day. Wear cute booties or sneakers, you'll be on your feet all day!

Pinot On The Go

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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!

Wearing this adorable dress by Free People, I'm obsessed with anything with flared hippie-like sleeves.And  my everyday Rag and Bone booties and Celine sunglasses. 

Les Merchantes + Ziesche Blogger Brunch

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I've been spoiled with my multiple trips to San Francisco; I think I made it up a total of 8 trips within a year. The bay has turned into my home away from home. I was SO excited to take a quick weekend trip up north; I've been deprived of Union Square shopping and the guacamole at Tacolicious (a must-try)  since before I left for Europe. 

On Sunday I attended a blogger brunch at Beauty Company on Polk Street. Cutest one-stop shop to get all your beauty needs, a manicure and hair all done up.  The party was put on by Ziesche, a local apothecary company that is made locally in the pretty city made with the most dreamy scents. I got to try the lemongrass, vetiver and sage body lotion and let me tell ya: G A M E C H A N G E R. I don't even know what vetiver is to be completely honest but with my dyslexic brain the word looks equivalent to velvet, which is what what hands felt like after trying this little miracle in a bottle.

Also hosting the party was designer Les Merchantes. I'm kinda like a 5-year old child when it comes to  familiarizing myself with a new brand or collection. I have to touch everything. I'm that girl in a fancy department store that the sales person just follows behind me to put everything back into order. It takes me all of three seconds to flip up the right side of a garment to check the care labels to see what it's made out of. I blame my textile professor and my dad for brainwashing me as a child that polyester was this evil substance every time my mom tried dolling my sister and I up in matching outfits.   Besides the point, with one touch of the Les Merchantes garments my heart skipped a beat. Ooooooh yeah 100% silk. Gets me every time. Might just need everything. 

Other talented local designers came out for the event: Waffles and Honey Jewelry (handmade in The Mission, sending my future boyfriend to her to buy me everything), Marrin Costello (Stoned Collection might be my favorite thing, like ever)  and also Project Juice came and served they're new juice Beta-Bomb with bubbly. It was like a mimosa with a twist; you get your daily vitamins while drinking champagne. I'm not sure if life really exceeds past that point of happiness. Also I got to meet some new blogger gal pals !!! Always love meeting new bloggers in the bay area, check them out: Yurk Style, Champagne For Everyday, Pink Lace Pearls and Cuppa Jyo! Thank you so much for having me! I had so much fun at this event. 

Photo with Katey from Yurk Style and Jyo from Cuppa Jyo, wearing romper from Free People. 

 

 

10 Things To-Do In Dublin

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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. 

 

Wearing faux fur coat from Topshop, black dress by James Perse, tights from H&M and booties by Rag&Bone

 

When In Rome....

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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?

San Francisco in November

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It’s so cliché to say that I left my heart in this beautiful city. I visit so frequently that my best friend’s couch perfectly molds to my body and I feel at home. I came here for the holiday weekend as my last hooray before taking off to Europe next month. I come here at least once a month both for work and fun, I’m signed to Scout Model Agency in the bay area. I almost feel like I have more friends in the city than I do back home in Los Angeles. I never eat alone; always have a dinner date, and someone who always wants to meet up for a drink after. There’s something special about the people in San Francisco. As the start-up capital of the world, you’ll never meet so many determined, motivated, and intelligent people as you do in this 7x7 metropolitan square. Everyday I meet someone who’s trying to sell me on their new idea: the next big social media that will take over the world or the newest app that will deliver a five-course meal prepared by a sous-chef to your doorstep with a tap on your phone screen.

 

There are so many different pockets in San Francisco. Every visit I discover something amazing, and here is my guide of things to-do in this pretty city:

 

1.     Bi-Rite Ice Cream- Yeah whatever, my number one thing is a dessert. But this little gem is walking distance from Dolores Park and the salted caramel ice cream in a waffle cone might change your life forever.

2.     Hayes Valley- Stumbled upon this hipster mecca this time around and I’m so in love with this area. Look out for cute bike shops, pop-up juice bars, colorful street art, and unique boutiques. I ate brunch at The Flipper, and got a short stack of strawberry pancakes. When I got my food I thought they forgot the strawberries, but actually they were just hidden inside the fluffy flapjacks. Dreamy.

3.     Golden Gate Park- This place is HUGE. So many different entrances that there is like a 78% chance you’ll get lost if you’re a tourist. Not a bad place to get lost. It is filled of grassy hills, tennis courts, Japanese tea garden and bike trails. This is where Outside Lands Music Festival takes place every August!

 

4.     Union Square- Of course you have to go to Union Square if you’re in the city. If anything just find a bench and stare at the 7 story Macy’s and think about why people are shopping during our recession (are we still in a recession? Idk). This is my first time ever seeing the ice skating rink they set up in the square every winter. I wanted to have a total Serendipity moment and gracefully glide across the ice to find my potential soul-mate, but unfortunately this rink isn’t as big the one in Central Park and I was disappointed to see that no one was over the age of 14. But, I’m sure it would still be fun if you had a hot date to hold your hand as pretend to stagger and wobble, but in my case I actually don’t really know how to ice skate so I really do need someone to hold my hand.

 

5.     Fillmore Street- Another cute go-to destination. This street is filled of designer boutiques such as Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs, James Perse and Ralph Lauren. This street is booming with happy hours, coffee shops and salons. Yes, salons. There’s one like every other freaking store. If you need your hair done I guess this is your landing-place. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up or going somewhere special I recommend stopping by Drybar. Treat yourself to a blow-out and style while having a drink. When making an appointment I recommend the stylist Ashley, she’s fun and professional and made my hair red carpet gorgeous.

6.     Alamo Square- Park with the houses from the show Full House. Go on the hill and do a cartwheel and pretend you’re one of the Olsen twins.

7.     Valencia Street- Vintage stores, wannabe vintage stores, modern furniture stores, over-priced recycled paper stationary stores, appliance stores (wanted to go into a washing machine because sometimes I act like I’m 8), thrift stores, and so much more. I think I felt a little trendier leaving this street. I often go to the restaurant Tacolicious for the best tacos and guacamole in the entire world, not to mention this have pomegranate infused margaritas by the pitcher (this is true).  Also stop by the store Betabrand, a men and women’s clothing store where you can submit your ideas or designs on their website, and the highest votes turn into a prototype. A cool new concept so we can all feel like creative fashion designers. As I type this I am wearing a pair of their red plaid ‘Vajamas’ that I picked up yesterday. The softest pajamas pants made out of a synthetic fleece that warm my heart and soul.

8.     Haight-Ashbury- I always have to come here because I’m such a sucker for designer thrift shopping. The street is filled of second-hand clothing stores that you can sell your clothes to and buy new ones to support your shopaholic addiction. My favorite store is always Wasteland, I have come across many treasures here such as a vintage Escada jacket for $50 and my friend scored a pair of Alexander Wang leather boots that look straight off the runway for like $100. 

9.     Mission District- If you’re going to San Francisco I recommend bringing some workout clothes. A must-do thing is going to the many yoga classes offered throughout the city. My all time favorite is ‘Yoga to The People’ which is on the top level of an office building. This studio is donation-based; you can rent a mat for $2, and enjoy a city view outside the huge glass windows. Simply one of the best yoga experiences you can find.

10. The Marina- Went out here for the first time during this visit. If you’re looking for bar-hopping and a variety of restaurants this is a great place to check out. Bars are all within walking distance from each other so you don’t have to worry about getting a ride every time you get sick of listening to a DJ play the most over-played top hits of 2014. 

 

All of these pictures were taken with a handy dandy iPhone. xx