Saturday, April 30, 2011

Smile a little, will ya?

NOLAS Style Photo Diary-Part I
Be prepared to see this outfit in another shoot and look in this series! 
being blonde isn't as fun as they say...
LOVED the Sound Cafe and the Bookstore! Like hidden treasures in NOLAS! 
My only (and awesome) souvenirs! Hand-silkscreened ballet postcards that I got at the bookstore 
Definitely not sending these out anytime soon! ;)
photo by Yangzom Dolma 
Dress: H&M
 vest: vintage
Gold T-Straps: Kimchi Blue
Broch: vintage 

Meet me on the rooftop & Bring the Stars

NOLAS Style Photo Diary-Part II
Photos by Yangzom Dolma

Ready? Set! ZZzz...

NOLAS Style Photo Diary- Part III
The Ambassador Hotel was the most quaint, old-fashioned looking hotels I have ever set foot on. 
how adorable! 

the brick wall in my hotel room made it feel like I was outside on a NYC alleyway in Soho...
Photos by Yangzom Dolma 
Collared lace slip: H&M
 Belt: vintage

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chic Neutrals

I have yet to add some fringe into my closet! This bag is the perfect bang to this sweet look!
This adorable girl was on her way to meet her friends when I stopped her on the Coney Island boardwalk today as I was trying to get the sand out of my shoes. 
I loved her shorts! I am a HUGE fan of shorts and the collar on her pleated shirt was too cute.
You know you can SO see me in this!
Her outfit's from Taiwan, her native country. I think it's time for me to take a little trip...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ingredients for Love & Inspiration

Paint & Paintbrushes
Some friends...
And a heart...
Painting was a huge part of my trip to New Orleans this week. From hearts to murals to trucks, you name it! We did everything! Our first project was the "Hearts of the World" project, which brings hearts from all over the world, from Asia to South America to come altogether. The LESGC headed to the Moton Elementary School to start the hearts project. We all had a heart to fill up and paint with things that we love and care about to share with the world. Now that's what I call love!

My finished heart: 
My heart:
Fashion & design
Ice cream
World Peace & our environment 
and of course,
Pretty Provocative
Everyone was able to paint a LESGC and Playworks heart mural on a fence for the school to keep! 
Me, Morton Elementary students, and awesome artist Nicolina who started the "Hearts of the World" project
"You guys can't paint my truck!" Sunflower, the sweetest woman in the South you'll ever meet says. 
The LESGC and I head to Hammond, originally to help Sunflower finish paint her fence when she mentioned she needed her truck painted but was skeptical if we were up to the job. "Why not?" Girls Club responds and we're already getting our white paint to start priming. 
About three to four hours later, we give the truck a few finishing touches when it begins to drizzle. Immediately, we're saving the artwork by shading under a tree and a plastic cover. We manage to save the artwork and Sunflower's favorite new ride. 
We're the Lower East Side Girls Club, who says we can't? 
And last but not least our final project we painted and hung up in a neighborhood near Central City, Louisiana with the Yayas. With painting these murals, we hope that it could brighten and cheer up the neighborhood and to encourage residents to "Get Involved" in making it a safer and better place to live for all. 
A reporter does coverage on the murals near Central City 
Check out the Broadcast here: 
the artists of the "Species Unite" mural and I 

NOLAS Spring Break 2011

Quite an exciting Spring Break week for sure!
Most commonly known for Mardi-Gras parties and jazz fests, I'm back home from New Orleans, with the Lower East Side Girls Club, the only memories in my mind and on my memory card.
I started my first day at the well-known Mother's Restaurant, my first taste of real New Orleans food!
The food in New Orleans is all freshly homemade, with that literal feeling of "homemade".
My enormous waffle with the sweetest blueberries

Who would've thought that one waffle could make me feel full? To walk it off, the next part of my morning in NOLAS consisted of a tour of the French Quarter, a tourist attraction full of dining and shopping and a visit to the Louisiana State Museum, on a collection of artifacts from the Hurricane Katrina that hit the state in 2005. 
Many people still think of New Orleans as the that's-where-Hurricane Katrina hit state, but it's much more than that.
NOLAS was almost like its own country. There was so much culture, life, and all that jazz in this Southern State, like nothing I've ever seen. The residents of New Orleans are nothing like many of the conceit, rude people of the city. You are not ignored. You are acknowledged. With a wave and a smile.
When we asked the residents what is their favorite part of living in New Orleans, many of them responded with different answers yet with the same enthusiasm and pride.
"This is my home, I don't want to be anywhere else in the world"
"The food! No matter where you are, you can always find something great to eat!" said another resident.
Mardi Gras! The costumes and masks I got to see were without a doubt, breathtaking!
talk about large headpieces...

Yes...this is a costume.
He doesn't look too happy...