Hello from beautiful Mexico! I am so honored to be here shooting with the New York Times in collaboration with Visit Mexico. After flying into Mexico City on Monday night, we took a smaller plane a few hours away to a town called Chiapas. The town is soooo charming and authentic – every house is painted a different color and the local people have been nothing but welcoming. We’ve had a packed itinerary so far and I’ve been able to explore the Zincatan community and Templo de Santo Domingo which dates back to the 1600s. One of my favorite parts of the trip was being able to go inside a local woman’s home and watch her hand embroider intricate textiles for pillows and tunics. I couldn’t leave without picking up a colorful tunic for myself! The hotel we’re staying at is super modern and new, but has a rustic and bohemian vibe (which I looove.) A ton of you were messaging me about it on Instagram – FYI it’s called Hotel Bo. I wore this colorful Spell & The Gypsy dress (they make the prettiest dresses) and this wide brimmed straw Janessa Leone hat that I picked up right before my trip. My Mansur Gavriel bucket bag has been the best travel companion. I’ve been able to fit my humongous camera and all of my necessities in there. This is the camera I shoot with – I can’t recommend it enough!
The vibe in Miami is unlike anywhere else. It’s got this amazing Latin/European flare with some of the best music, dancing, food, beaches and museums around. The locals are all incredibly warm and welcoming – always eager to share insider tips and their new favorite bars and restaurants with you. My favorite place to unwind is either in the Soho House lobby or on an Edition Hotel beach chair. You can’t miss their bright blue and white umbrellas lined up on South Beach! I like to switch up the typical beach coverup dress and either wear an oversized scarf as a sarong, or do a flowy skirt + off the shoulder top. I picked up this off the shoulder top in a small boutique in Soho a few months ago and have already worn it with this skirt, boyfriend jeans, silk trousers, and a maxi skirt. I brought it with me to Mexico City so you may be seeing it again! Keep up with me on Instagram – I’ll posting a ton of videos from my trip. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend!
The one clothing item I will never stop buying is a little black jumpsuit. I think I may have about 15 or so different cuts and styles! They’re the best piece to have in your closet when you’re rushing out the door and don’t have time to figure out what to wear. You can dress them up with heels and statement earrings, or down with neutral sandals and simple gold jewels. I couldn’t resist the ruffle detail and wide palazzo style legs on this one. When I first saw it hanging in the Zimmermann store in Soho I actually thought it was a dress and tried to fit both my legs into one of the leg openings! LOL Thank goodness I didn’t fall over/rip the hole thing in half… I wore this look to an Art Basel event in December and have been wearing it nonstop (sans heels) since I’ve been home in Scottsdale. I’ve been adding a thick brown belt around the waist to change up the look, and cannot tell you how many compliments I get on it. I’m also loving this jumpsuit and this jumpsuit (under $70.) Shop more of my fave little black jumpsuits (like this off the shoulder one) below!
There’s no denying my love of the sun. I am a warm weather person through and through – and feel so grateful to have bypassed the crazy blizzard in New York last week! February always tends to bring bitter cold fronts to the east coast and leaves me craving a tropical getaway. Miami is one of my favorite places to escape the cold. It’s only a 3 hour flight from the city – and there are an endless amount of things to do. I’ve been working on expanding the Miami section of my Travel App, and had so much fun exploring tons of new hotels, restaurants, and shops while I was there for Art Basel in December. I stayed at the Edition hotel and had lunch at the Matador Room overlooking their beautiful pool. The Edition and Soho Beach House are hands down my two favorite places to stay while I’m in town. I wore this easy black and white embroidered dress from MISA paired with my Aquazzura lace up sandals to lunch. MISA is a relatively new to me brand – but I’ve already ordered 3 dresses from the line this year. They use the softest material and the cuts are always super flattering. I’m excited to wear this one on my Mexico City trip!
I’m so excited to be able to give you a peek into my hometown; Scottsdale, Arizona. I never truly appreciated the beauty of Arizona until I moved away – and now I savor every chance I get to be home. There’s something magical about the desert – from the hazy pink sunsets, to the statuesque mountains, 100 year old cacti, and unique wildlife (think coyotes, jackrabbits and quails!) it’s a pretty special place. When Sunglass Hut approached me to share who my Valentine was as a part of their “How I See” campaign, I jumped at the opportunity. My cute dad, who has been a psychologist for over 30 years, is my Valentine. My dad was born and raised in Arizona to a large Japanese farming family. He is one of my biggest role models, and taught me the importance of staying humble, working hard, and treating everyone – no matter who they are – with respect. Since my move to LA happened so quickly, and my house wasn’t ready for another few weeks (but my friend needed to move into my NYC place immediately!) I’ve been spending some quality time at home in Arizona. It’s been so nice having a little father/daughter bonding time. We’ve been playing tennis, hiking, cooking, going to the movies (LION was amazing), and eating our way through Scottsdale. The restaurant scene in Arizona is top notch (this is coming from a serious foodie) and one of my favorites is a wine bar called Postino (which is included in my Travel App!) Postino makes the most delicious bruschetta boards and the ambiance is comfortable and relaxed. If you’re ever in town, I highly recommend going there, as well as El Chorro – a rustic indoor/outdoor restaurant with fireplaces sprinkled throughout the property. My dad is wearing Ray Ban’s classic Clubmaster sunglasses here, and I’m wearing this chic black and gold pair from Michael Kors. You can shop more of my favorite sunnies (perfect for Valentine’s Day) from Sunglass Hut below – including these Ray Ban aviators, this cat eye style from Prada, and this iconic pair from Michael Kors!