Styled To Explore

Eric and I haven’t had much time to explore the new neighborhood we moved to a couple of months ago due to us getting a puppy who couldn’t go outside until she had all her shots. The constant fear that she would destroy the apartment if we left her, held us back from doing much. But now that we know our beast is not as crazy as we had expected, we slowly began going out, letting her enjoy the apartment to herself. (so far, no disasters)

We found that we have QUITE a lot to do in the new neighborhood, and this is something to be happy about. A walk-able living area, is a happy living area. There’s an outdoor cafe, which has afternoon tea and scones! So European. There are also a couple of bars, and my personal favorite, a park, that is about 100 feet from our front door where people BBQ, play on the playground, have yoga and exercise classes, and, cutest of all, there’s a small “library” stand where you drop off a book to get a book. It was pretty awesome.

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I’m Wearing: Vintage Find Top  |  Sabo Skirt Shorts | Yes We Are The Shit Sandals  |  Nastasya Cat Eye Sunglasses | Coco Tree Necklace

In His Clothes

When it’s really hot out, it feels good to wear a dress. Sometimes, your boyfriends long tank will fiill the position of “dress of the day” perfectly! Of, course there are guidelines. Make sure the shirt is an appropriate length, and if the arm holes are large, wear a sports bra, bralette, or bandeau underneath…. (bathing suits work too).  Then accessorize!

It has been hot hot hot this summer, and I really wanted to wear a dress, but wanted to have some fun with it, so I pulled out Eric’s tank, and it worked. I then accessorized with a Coco Tree necklace, layerd with a Hei-tiki necklace. (will explain it’s meaning below) Bag was handmade by my mom, and it’s colors were perfect for bringing out the purple in my stone.
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The Hei-Tiki is an ornamental pendant of the Māori. They are commonly referred to as tiki. Tourist versions are commonly found throughout New Zealand. One theory of the origin of the hei-tiki suggests a connection with Tiki, the first man in Māori legend Who was said to have come from the stars.

img_9792Above all the Maori tiki is also a symbol of commemoration of ancestors. A tribute to forefathers. Especially the greenstone jade carved tiki pendants that were thought to adopt the spirits of the persons who wore them before. This way they became vessels of ancestral knowledge and energy. That’s probably why the wearer of a tiki necklace (or hei tiki) is considered to have inner balance and strength, great wisdom, and a clear mind. He is said to be a thinker, a wise and loyal person. The reference to tiki as “the teacher of all worldly things” fits into this description.

I was given this necklace as part of a costume when I was a Polynesian dance performer. We did the Maori Dance, an ancient war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka Maori dances are a fierce display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity.img_9795.jpgimg_9782img_9750.jpg

Crooks & Castles Men’s tank

Coco Tree Necklace (new collection, coming tomorrow!)

Maori Tiki Necklace

Target Sunglasses

YES (we are the shit) Ruby Sandal

Handmade Knit Body Bag

Little Purple Dress

Heyy Everyone. Don’t you just love this (Lilac) dress, and custom made coat from Eshakti, (that was sent to me) and is just lovely. The site is great, with so many options for all ages, and all pieces are custom sized for comfort. Absolutely worth checking out.

Purple is a rare occurring color in nature and as a result is often seen as having sacred meaning. Lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are considered delicate and precious. It is an empowering color, combining the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. SO today, I hope you feel empowered, one of a kind, and precious. LOVE you all!

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I’M WEARING>> Allegra Dress: Sabo Skirt | Jacket: Eshakti | Shoes: Cole Haan

By Day By Night | NYC

The weather in New York was beautiful. Some days however, it would be warm and sunny one moment and cold and nippy the next. So on this particular day, when the sun began to go down, and the chills ran through my body I decided to do a quick day-to-night  wardrobe change to go from East village to Times Square.  All I did was put some slacks on over my tights, and throw on a bright shirt for a little pop of extra color. -J
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Look One:

Top: My mother’s vintage

Denim Button up: second-hand for $1 ❤

Shorts: Sabo Skirt

Tights: Fiore

Shoes: Cole Haan

Sunnies: New York Pop Up

Look Two (Change):

Top: Sabo Skirt

Bottoms: H & M

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