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February 2014 – Miami to Manhattan

Last updated on October 8, 2021

I’ve been to plenty of hotels in Miami, some of my favorites being The W and The Fontainebleau, but I had never ventured into The Mondrian until this weekend. The decor is entirely my style: from the endless white space to the chandeliers and damask. The pool area overlooks one of the most beautiful Miami skylines I’ve seen, and on the roof – well, let’s just say we were mesmerized by the view for more than I care to admit. I was feeling gingham and leopard, but for some reason threw that idea into the wind and went straight for pops of leopard; maybe my manicure had something to do with it. The lipstick and the shoes happened coincidentally, I hardly ever wear red lips and I’ve had this particular Chanel shade for years to testify. My shoes were purchased by my mother in Italy, and they’re much more comfortable than they look. In fact, I think these red pumps might be my new favorite thing. As for the midi skirt that’s been on repeat since it fell into my coveting arms that fateful day at the H&M on 85th and Lex (last one in the store, natch), well I’d clean and do dishes in it if I could. I suppose to that you ask, what’s stopping you? Lack of domestic gene, I say.

He estado en un montón de hoteles en Miami, algunos de mis favoritos son el W y el Fontainebleau, pero nunca había pasado por el Mondrian hasta este fin de semana. La decoración es exactamente mi estilo: desde el espacio en blanco sin fin hasta las lámparas de araña y el damasco. La zona de la piscina da vista a uno de los horizontes más hermosos que he visto en Miami, y en el techo – bueno, digamos que nos quedamos fascinadas por la vista por más de lo que quisiera admitir. Quería ponerme algo de guingán y leopardo, pero por alguna razón lance esa idea al viento y fui con solo leopardo; tal vez mis uñas tuvieron algo que ver con eso. El pinta labios y los zapatos sucedieron por casualidad, yo casi nunca llevo labios rojos y he tenido este tono Chanel particular por años para testificar. Mis zapatos fueron comprados por mi madre en Italia, y son mucho más cómodo de lo que parecen. De hecho , creo que estos tacones rojos podrían ser mi nueva cosa favorita . En cuanto a la falda midi que ha estado presente en abundancia en el blog desde que cayó en mis brazos ese fatídico día en el H&M en la 85 y Lex (última en la tienda, naturalmente), pudiera hasta limpiar y lavar los platos en ella si pudiera. Supongo que piensas, ¿y qué te detiene ? La falta de gen doméstico, digo yo.

Got a manicure today! Absolutely obsessed with this navy blue. Hope everyone is having an equally sweet Saturday! xx

Me encanta mi nuevo diseño de uñas! Espero que todos tengan un buenísimo Sábado! xx

I wore a similar look in New York (where I went out and bought these knee-highs) and it had been on my mind ever since. I love the contrast of the suede boots with the leather, and the quilted patterns throughout. But more than anything, I’m obsessed with my Chanel ‘Lego’ inspired phone case! I’m absolutely loving (and coveting) the Lego bag lately and have been for a while so this was the perfect accessory to calm my overzealous heart. The intricacy of the design of the latest Chanel bags gives me life: one of my favorite details is that the closure of the ‘Boy’ bag is what amounted to the ‘Lego’ bag. I haven’t seen anything so inspired and well thought out like that in a really long time. It’s pieces like those that are really worth investing in: they’re not merely fashion but timeless art.

Me puse algo similar en Nueva York hace unos días (donde compre estas medias) y desde entonces he estado pensando en como usarlas aquí. Me encanta el contraste de las botas de gamuza con cuero. Pero más que nada, estoy obsesionado con la caja del teléfono inspirada por la Chanel ‘Lego’! He estado obsesionada con la bolsa ‘Lego’ hace rato, así que fue el accesorio perfecto para calmar mi corazón. La complejidad del diseño de las últimas bolsas de Chanel me fascina: uno de mis detalles favoritos es que el cierre de la bolsa de ‘Boy’ es lo que equivalía a la bolsa de ‘Lego’. No he visto nada tan inspirado en muchísimo tiempo. Son piezas como esas en las que realmente vale la pena invertir: no son sólo moda, sino arte intemporal.

  • Blouse: Theory (last seen here), Leather overall dress: Forever 21 (in store, similar here), Knee-highs: AA, Boots: Zara (last seen here// old, but similar here), Bag: Chanel, Suglasses: ODLR, Watch:  Marc by Marc Jacobs, Phone case: via etsy

The park was absolutely stunning yesterday morning. And yes, the snow really is up to my mid-calves. The snow was so fluffy and beautiful, I can’t get over it. Central Park on days like this feels like a world outside of the city. My friend Daniela (who took these pictures, by the way. Check out her photos here) thought I was crazy for drinking iced coffee in the snow, but is there really any other alternative? I mean, iced coffee is the best, amiright? Also, Dean & Deluca’s happens to be of the über noms variety, and the same can and will be said about their BBQ Chicken Pasta (inside the bag, naturally). The latter is probably the reason I barely fit into my Joe’s that morning… sacrifices.

El parque estuvo absolutamente impresionante ayer por la mañana. Y sí, la nieve en realidad si estuvo hasta  mis pantorrillas. Central Park en días como este se siente como un mundo fuera de la ciudad. Mi amiga Daniela (quien tomó estas imágenes, por cierto. Echa un vistazo a sus fotos aquí) pensó que tenía que estar loca para beber café con hielo en la nieve, pero ¿hay realmente alguna otra alternativa? Café helado es el mejor, no? Además, el de Dean & Deluca es delicioso, y lo mismo digo acerca de su pasta de pollo BBQ (dentro de la bolsa, por supuesto). Esta última es probablemente la razón por la que apenas cabía en mis Joe’s Jeans esa mañana…  que sacrificios.

I’ve had Beyoncé’s Flawless on repeat. I’m not even ashamed to admit the pep in my step it gave me when I was walking to the train yesterday, or how into myself I was while I was waiting for the 4. But don’t think I’m just his little wife, don’t get it twisted. In fact, as I’m writing this I’m wondering why “Flawless” wasn’t released as a single before “Drunk In Love” (I kept thinking of the irony: Flawless is flawless). The latter is a great single in its own right, but the empowering feminist message and rhythm behind Flawless makes it my favorite song on the album. 

But besides my obvious affinity for Beyoncé’s flawless (no pun intended) flair for uplifting lyrics, I was drunk in love (alright, I’ll stop) with the voiceover by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from her TED Talk “We Should All Be Feminists.” Click that link and dedicate half an hour to watching that TED Talk. It will change your life. Or at the very least, it will make you fall in love with Chimamanda.

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls “You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man.” Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors; not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. If we have sons, we don’t mind knowing about our sons’ girlfriends, but our daughters’ boyfriends? God forbid.

I so admire the way that Beyoncé used this song to perpetuate Adichie’s message. It’s a topic that doesn’t frequently make it into popular music, especially considering the misogynistic messages that are still embedded in a large part of hip-hop music. The album really is more than just another pop record, in many ways it’s an ode to the unsung hurdles of marriage and parenthood, but also embracing the strength behind being a woman, and one that is in touch with her sexuality. I have been on a prolonged streak of feminist African writers quite a while before my Flawless fixation though, particularly Warsan Shire, who came to mind immediately. I love contemporary poetry, and when a friend posted one of her poems, I was very suddenly sucked into her work. Her poetry is real and raw, and explores the sentiments behind relationships and feminism, and the vulnerability associated with their entanglement.

“how far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps? and what about the others that would do anything for you, why did you make them love you until you could not stand it? how are you both of these women, both flighty and needful? where did you learn this, to want what does not want you?

where did you learn this, to leave those that want to stay?”

It’s an interesting message and it is reminiscent of Adichie’s own inquiries. If our girls continue to be taught the way that they have been by the outdated and patriarchal practices of the past, what else can be expected other than women who are willing to acquiesce to that representation?

Check out another Warsan Shire favorite here: “for women who are ‘difficult’ to love.’ And if you’re feeling like it, dance to B’s YONCE. Don’t get me started on how much I loved the video with Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls. emoji heart eyes

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