Friday, August 28, 2015

Nicaragua Part 1

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O'Neill clothing
My Jewel Bar jewelry
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Thania and I were spoilt silly during our time spent at Aqua Wellness Resort in Tolas, Nicaragua. Up in our treehouse in the middle of the jungle off the southern coast of Nicaragua, where we could open our deck windows to face and hear the sounds from our private cove, that sparkled endlessly. We were awake by 6:30am for yoga every morning and in bed not much later than midnight. Our bodies and souls were well-rested and super energized. City life felt lightyears away, and the experience was the exact escape I've been looking for. Just exploring the resort by foot was quite an adventure (not to mention a workout!). So many steps to explore the other tree houses around us that made up the resort. We used up so much energy during our days taking these steps, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, and exploring the beaches and small towns just outside the resort, that we fell asleep so peacefully at night, dreaming of the beautiful day we could expect to have ahead of us. 

I've never unwound so much in my life before, which is pretty crazy to think about. It's not everyday that one can wake up to the sounds of nature and wildlife, but when you do, it's no mistake to take advantage of this sort of time as much as you can. Aqua Wellness Resort focuses so much on the sustainability of the jungle, eco-system, and culture of Nicaragua, building the tree houses only upwards to preserve a larger majority of the jungle and to not impose on its original inhabitants. It's a place where jungle life is happily beside the visitors of the resort. It's quite cool waking up to a family of howler monkeys on your deck, nibbling on leaves from the massive trees overhead. All the food we ate has been locally grown and fully organic, making use of Nicaragua's thriving agricultural scene. I cut back on alcohol and put food into my body that gave me bursts of energy for my long days. Without even realizing it, the focus on the functioning of my body and the state of my wellbeing became so important. I noticed the ways my muscles moved and felt so much more. I closed my eyes and noticed how much more clear minded and level headed I felt. I paid far more attention to the sounds, the colors, the texture, and the smells around me. Aqua Wellness Resort was definitely luxurious, but at the same time, it felt very bared down and natural, just like the jungle around us. It was the perfect balance. And it was definitely something super special. 

More to come from our salty trip, and the adventures we took at the resort and outside the resort. Stay tuned :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

No Sweat

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Vintage blouse
Lovers and Friends denim shorts
Vintage belt and neck scarf
Vince Camuto leather boots // SHOP SIMILAR
BOYY leather purse // SHOP SIMILAR
Sabrina SL choker
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I've been living in these denim shorts lately. Especially since the city is still burning hot hot hot. I'm trying to not let the heat get the best of me, so keeping cool in any shape or form is what I'll be doing. Finding a spot in the shade on a busy Williamsburg corner in between thrift shopping and hunting for ice cold lemonade sounds just about right. I got asked the other day by a girl on the street who liked my red neck scarf but asked how I wear it when it's so damn hot outside. I said, giiiiiiirl, you just do it and pretend not to sweat. Really, you just get used to it. Like I said, I keep my cool in other ways. 

Photos shot by my lovely friend Sabrina Sun


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brooklyn Baby


Hey ya'll! I'm back in NYC from my 6 day trip in Nicaragua! I'm going to miss the treehouse Thania and I called home in the middle of the jungle that was on our own private cove on the southern coast of the country, but damn does it feel good to be back in Brooklyn. And especially under the sheets in my humble abode after all the airport transfers and customs transactions that happened today. I have a busy week ahead of me, working on some videos for ya'll, as well as recaps from Nicaragua and prepping for the upcoming NYFW. But I don't want to leave you guys with too much white noise while I get myself organized, so here are some photos I shot around my friend's backyard in Bushwick and on my walk through Williamsburg to Greenpoint. Gosh, I love Brooklyn so much. Enjoy :) Now . . . back to the grind it is. But you can be sure that I'll still be day dreaming of Nicaragua during these upcoming days. Gah, I can't wait to share more with you from that trip!