Sunday’s Are For Oversized Hoodies…

I recently received something that I have been obsessing over: The Weeknd x PUMA oversized hoodie. The hoodie is part of The Weeknd’s third collaborative collection with PUMA centered around “Crafted Military.” Constructed with premium materials, the collection is definitely a must in your Fall/Winter wardrobe. Check out the photos below where I paired the hoodie with some distressed Zara jeans, classic black Old Skool Vans, a Zara puffer and my trusty Taikan Everything.

Thank you PUMA for the oh-so-comfortable sweater!

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Glossier Black Friday!

How was your Black Friday shopping? I did some pretty heavy online shopping; thank goodness the deals continue for another few days. One cool deal is for one of the top skincare and beauty brands, Glossier. The brand’s sale started yesterday but will continue through November 27 where you can shop the ENTIRE site and receive 20% off AND free shipping (20% off available in the showroom also).

Speaking from personal experience, this is such a steal! I thank Glossier for my glowing skin right now. Head over to the site and take advantage of the discount.

A photographer, travel blogger and singer…

Hi all, so it’s been some time since I shared with you some features that I’ve done. In the recent month, I had the opportunity to interview three pretty dope and influential people. Let me start with the MISSBISH features: First, DAFINA; she is a Swedish-Albanian singer/songwriter who has such a unique R&B flow. From her lyrics to her sense of style, everything about DAFINA screams queen! Click here to read all about her! Next, Johnny Utah; an urban/street style photographer based here in my city, NYC. I learned so much about him while interviewing him; how he got into photography, the equipment he uses and his thoughts about “iphone-ography.” Feature here!

Lastly, my interview with Jennifer Morilla for Latina.com. Not only does this young Latina travel to amazing breathtaking places, but she also provides fresh, drinkable water to 100 people for up to five years! Learn more about her here!

It’s been such a busy month for me, I don’t think I’ve had a good nights sleep all this month. But it is all worth it; I got to learn about three amazing people who in their own way, make a mark in the world.

iPhone X Unboxing

All day yesterday I was ansy at work, waiting for it to hit 5pm so I could rush home to hold my new iPhone. If you know me, then you know I always have to have the LATEST iPhone. 

As soon as I got home, I set up my station to film an unboxing of the iPhone X for my YouTube channel. 

Keep in mind that this is literally my first ever unboxing of any sort so cut me some slack. Click the link to check out my video!! 

Portraits: Gunner Stahl x PUMA

Yesterday, 10/21, I had the pleasure of attending a special event dedicated to the amazing Gunner Stahl. Rap’s popular photographer is known for his portraits of famous rappers and artists such as Kehlani, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and much more. In last night’s event, Stahl not only showcased his dope shots but also released his merch in collaboration with PUMA. The collection included a super stylish pink beanie, pink dad cap and white fitted.  This first fall/winter collection is dedicated to his mother who passed from breast cancer, so it was only right to use the pink. Check out the photos below!

A special thanks to Anai, Nikki and PUMA for having Margaret and I there!

Release Your Inner Goddess With Jewelry Designer Izaskun Zabala

Some people see jewelry as just an accessory, something to add to your final look but then there is Izaskun Zabala, she sees jewelry as art where she draws inspiration from “elegance as a vibration of Divine Feminine.” Izaskun is based in NYC and her pieces are edgy, chic, and definitely unique. Head over to her web-store to check out her stunning work and keep reading to learn more about Izaskun Zabala…

Can you share the story on how your love for jewelry started and when did you know this was something that you wanted to pursue? I thought I was going to be a fashion designer, but in 2000, I started taking jewelry classes in Europe and knew this was it.

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Since starting your on brand in 2013, what have been the biggest challenges of being your own boss? What are the biggest rewards? Biggest challenges: everything depends on me and I am hard working by nature, so I work 10 days/week!!! Biggest rewards: to see how my business and creative vision sell and inspire others

Where does your inspiration come from? Can you walk us through your design process? My inspiration comes from Elegance as a vibration of Divine Feminine, old wisdom and the fact that we are connected to major forces in the cosmos, like the moon and the planetary orbits. I am a sculptor and my hands are my magic tools. I love the challenge of carving wax to create symmetrical and exact prototypes. Waxes are then molded and from the mold I obtain the jewel in the desired metal.

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If you could go back in time to when you first began this entire process, what advice would you give yourself and to other women looking to start their own businesses?Advice to myself: make 7-8h sleep/night a mustAdvice to other women: 1. look for help from non for profit organizations, there is help in NY for women entrepreneurs!! 2. listen to advice but ultimately follow your intuition.

When do you feel most beautiful? After making love

What are your favorites spots in NYC? The Met, Zenkichi, Indochine, Bergdorf Goodman, Assouline Bookstore, De Vera

 

model: Margaret of Zeal

 

 

Taikan Everything, You’re EVERYTHING

A few months ago I was gifted a dope tote by brand Taikan. The bag is everything I ever wanted in a tote. If you know me, you know I’m always sporting a small cross-body bag BUT the Sherpa Totebag is a new favorite. There are so many compartments to choose from for any of your personal things, it is very spacious inside and even has a slot for your laptop. That’s all in the inside; on the outside, there are two small pockets (front and back) and two small pockets on left and right sides for water bottle or any bottle of your choice. Just to give you a visual on how much it can fit, I carried two sneakers, a make up bag, two bottoms and two water bottles all in one trip to Coney Island for a shoot. Long story short, this bag is perfect! Head over to Taikan’s online store to check out the Sherpa Totebag and many more dope bags.

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Pit Stop at Miracle of Midtown

As New Yorkers, we tend to not take a step back and enjoy our surroundings. My best friend Margaret and I came across Clinton Community Garden after having a nice brunch at Cantina Rooftop. We met Charles, one of the owners of a small plot in the garden. He gave us a little tour, showed us his garden dedicated to his lovely wife Carol and even gave me a little souvenir to take home- a teeny green tomato! Margaret and I enjoyed every inch of the garden and can’t wait to go back! Check out some photos below, and please remember that it’s ok to be a tourist in your own city!

 

Meghan Kay Sadler- Photo Storytelling

I don’t know what it is about photography that just draws my attention. The way someone can tell stories with just one shot and capture a specific moment, an emotion and a feeling is something I truly admire. For my recent feature on MISSBISH, we were able to interview Meghan Kay Sadler, a truly inspiring photographer from LA. She shares how she got into photography, her inspirations, her style and much more. Check out her story here and stay tuned for more features!

Launch of ZEAL

In my last post I talked about a launch party for my friend’s fashion/art blog, ZEAL. Well, the party was a success and so many people came out to show support. ZEAL is now live showcasing some of Margaret’s past styling work and Alpha’s stunning photographs of art. On top of all of that, the blog is the USA distributor for the brand Viña Romero! Head over to ZEAL now and feel the vibe.

 

photo by: Alpha