June 30, 2015

Ain't It Nice

    How "Nice" is this apartment room? It was a given to shoot a look in their living room. Nice Pebble's La Fontaine old town exterior surprised me when I saw the rad inside renovations. I enjoyed the interior design because it was a mixture of where past met present. It had a retro feel with pops of bright colors, art, dope selection of furniture, and homage to icons who were known in France, Bridgette Bardot and Picasso.
    For this look, I felt like I had the same intention as the interior decorator. This look was my attempt to make a retro outfit coincide with today's summer trends. I will be forever amazed at what you can find at thrift stores. From head to toe, besides my hat and sunnies, were all thrifted/vintage finds. I never have to worry about having the same shirt as everyone else because they don't sell this type of steez (style ;)) at your nearest shopping center. How rad are my RAEN Fairbanks sunglasses?! I saw these last year at The Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach, and knew I had to add them to my collection. They have such a unique selection of sunglasses! I was super stoked to collaborate with them.

Silk Floral Hawaiian Button Up- Buffalo Exchange
Vintage Dress Pant- Goodwill
RAEN Fairbanks- Feature Collaboration
Vintage Seiko Watch- Favorite Thrift Store
Wide Brim Fedora- Mall Cart
Vintage Leather Loafers- Thrifted

Hawiian Shirt- Nordstrom prices vary
Gold Dress Pant- no reference
RAEN Fairbank- RAEN $210
Seiko Watch- Seiko prices vary
Fedora- Brixton prices vary
Lewis Woven Loafer- Cole Haan $160

"Established in 2006, Nice Pebbles has gained a reputation for high-quality service combined with top class rental apartments in Nice. All of our Nice apartments offer comfort, cleanliness, and convenience. Nice Pebbles take great pride in their holiday apartments..." -Nice Pebbles

    Nice Pebbles offers a variety of top-notch apartments around Nice and the French Riviera. I stayed at their La Fontaine located in the square of Place Rossetti. It takes 79 steps to reach the 4th floor. It sounds gruesome, but it was well worth the climb! You get an incredible view from the balcony. I could spend the whole day taking in the livelness of the square. You have the option to people watch, listen to music, and not to mention I was right next to the famous St. Reparaté Cathedral. The elevation allowed the sunlight to fill the room and made the apartment glow every morning. I also didn't mind the extra cardio because it made me feel better about all the food I knew I was going to devour. The location couldn't of been better as well. You can explore the town or walk to the beach. It had there regular stores during the day and set up different shopping markets at night. La Fontaine is where it's at!

La Fontaine on www.nicepebbles.com (view more photos and explore the apartment)

Photos of my dinner from the Le Bistrot d'Antoine!

Starter- terrine de lapin, calamars a la plancha, endives, chorizo, riquette, vinaigrette d'agrumes.
Entree- veal et legumes
Dessert- tartare di ananas et mangue, crumble with gingembre mousse mangue et yog & mousse légère au chocolat et griottes

Le Bistrot d'Antoine on www.tripadvisor.com

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June 24, 2015

Out in Monaco

    I shot this look in Place Masena, Nice before catching a tram to the train station. My color scheme was inspired by the buildings in Monaco, which was my next destination. I wanted to dress up a bit knowing that I was going to visit the infamous Monte Carlo Casino. It was a typical summer day, and I didn't want to be covered in long garments. For this summer look, I wore these rad striped shorts from Scotch & Soda, which I got for a steal at Buffalo Exchange. The rest of my choices for this outfit were neutral colors to keep the focus on the color of my shorts. I threw on my Ray-ban Clubmaster sunnies, some wrist candy, and a pair of suede Guess shoes.

Docker's Short-Sleeve- Buffalo Exchange
Scotch & Soda Shorts- Buffalo Exchange
Ray-Ban Aluminum Clubmaster- Sunglass Hut Outlet
Guess Shoes- Thrifted

Docker's Short-Sleeve- Kohl's $15
Striped Canvas Shorts- Scotch & Soda$99
Ray-Ban Aluminum Clubmaster- Ray-Ban $205
'Willet' Nubuck Plain Toe Derby- Nordstrom $268

    Here are a few iPhone photos of Monaco that I took because my camera's battery died. I was so bummed!

    That night's dinner was at La Rossettisserie, a family owned restaurant with a menu of traditionally cooked food. This was by far the coolest place I have eaten. The first floor looks like a pleasant restaurant, but our table was in their cellar. Strange thought, right? The waitress lead us down candle lit stairs, which was dark and mysterious for about a 15 seconds. The reveal was a dim lit cave with a moist atmosphere. It almost feels as if you were eating back in historic times. My two favorite starters were their duck terrine with small pickles and homemade sardine rillettes on toast. The sardine spread was exquisite, and didn't possess a fishy taste due to their perfect balance of ingredients. Th half chicken was by far the best tasting out of their options of meat. It was so moist and flavorful from their seasoning of herbs. I ordered the crème brulée vanilla which was delicious, but I heard their pistachio flavor was even better. I might have to get that next time.

Starter- terrine de canard confit et ses petits cornichons & Rillettes de sardines servies sur toast
Entree- 1/2 poulet aux herbes
Dessert- crème brulée vanille

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June 15, 2015

European Exploration

    Bonjour les amis! (Hello friends!) I haven't blogged in forever, but the next few posts are going to be well worth the wait! ;) I went on an exploration of Europe and visited Spain and France. I will be blogging new looks, new places, and the best spots to eat! When you have a variety of passions, you tend to focus on more than others. I must say this trip inspired me on so many different levels, which reminded me why I love blogging. I'm excited to share my journey with you all and a few outfits to go along with it. First stop: Nice, France.

    When I first arrived in France I instantly noticed the difference from America. I stayed in an apartment in Old Town Nice, which I will be blogging about in another post. The whole landscape of Old Town was different in architecture, closeness of buildings and community, the people's style, means of transportation, the language and most importantly their food! A total culture clash that I thought was incredible. This whole trip I was without my phone during the day (until I got back to my room), which meant I could totally soak in the experience without any communication with others or distraction of social media. Transportation consisted of walking which I enjoyed because 1. cardio 2. exploration.

    I typically tend to eat clean and healthy, but I knew coming on this trip there was going to be no restrictions for me. The French cuisine is exquisite and they sure mastered making good carbs. I had their complimentary bread with every meal! NO RAGRETS! (meant to be spelled incorrectly ;) ) Oh, and one must have a FRENCH fry. because. FRANCE. In hindsight, everything I ate wasn't necessarily unhealthy at all. (that is excluding the delicious desserts) Instead of an overload of foodie pics. I will only be blogging about the dinners of the night, which happens to be the "must eat" place to share along with my outfit of the day.

    The first dinner was at Chez Acchiardo, which I had no reservation for, but was lucky enough to dine in with the help of the kind waiter. (travel tip: when traveling be sure to make reservations for dining. The best spots are usually booked in advance.) This cozy restaurant is at the corner of Rue Droite and Rue Place Vieille in Old Town Nice. The ambiance was busy, but not disturbing. The dim lit room added a calmness to the meal and conversations.
    I ordered the mousse de foie de canard au porto as a starter. I've never had foie gras, but I must say I am in love with this French delicacy. The silky texture of the duck liver was so refined that it was like spreading butter on top of my mini toast. I combined it with a dash of their fig on top and the bite was heavenly. The main course was la daube avec ses raviolis, which is an insanely tender beef stew served with fresh ravioli stuffed with beef. I highly recommend this dish because of the 'melt-in-your-mouth' tenderness of the meat and the perfectly prepared dough. For dessert, I had the panna cotta coulis fraise. It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart, from the smooth creamy richness combined with the zing of puréed strawberry.

Entree- mousse de foie de canard au porto
Main- la daube avec ses raviolis
Dessert- panna cotta coulis fraise

    On to what I wore...to explore. I decided to bring a fedora along with me because I knew I'd spend most of my days outside and sight seeing. Fedoras are good for two reasons; it keeps you cool while looking cool. This actually wasn't the fedora I originally packed, but you'll see plenty more of that other hat in my next few outfit posts. I had purchased this Brixton Clay hat in Spain (which I will be blogging about after France) at a small boutique shop in Barcelona. I knew I'd be wearing out my brown one with every outfit, so I quickly added this wide brim to my collection for a change up.
    It's summer and I wanted to keep everything I was wearing comfortable and light. I am wearing a BDG tank with some H&M black chino shorts. I threw on a Koto short sleeve for some light layering and a pop of print. I accessorized with some tarnished accessories and threw on my vintage leather loafers to go with the leather accent of my Brixton.

Koto Short-Sleeve Sunflower- Urban Outfitters Online Sale
Brixton Clay Hat- Boutique in Barcelona
BDG Tank- Urban Outfitters Sale Section
Black Denim Shorts- Owned
Leather Woven Loafers- Thrifted

Koto Short-Sleeve Sunflower- Urban Outfitters $39
BDG Ringer Tank Top- Urban Outfitters $18
Clay Hat- Brixton $62
Black Denim Shorts- Topman $50
Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses- Ray-Ban $150
Fossil Trail Backpack- Saks Fifth Avenue $298

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February 27, 2015

It's Friday, Let's Volley

    TGIF, and what better way to spend it at the beach. I styled an outfit fit for spring and I had to include my shoes from Volley USA. These Australian sport shoe is ideal for any occasion. The high leap leather sneakers are super comfortable and durable! I wore them to the beach because they are your all around shoe, where you are relaxing, taking a stroll on the pier, or actively jogging the beach trails.

Volley USA High Leap Leather Shoes- Feature Collaboration
Ambiguous Tank- Burlington Coat Factory
Black Denim Shorts- Owned
Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses- Owned
Leather Rucksack- Ebay

Volley USA High Leap Leather Shoes- Volley USA $75
Tan Tank- SWELL $24
Black Denim Shorts- Topman $50
Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses- Ray-Ban $150
Fossil Trail Backpack- Saks Fifth Avenue $298

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