Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Denim Jacket Guide


Is there anything more classic for the transitional season than your classic denim jacket?
Spring is in full season and I couldn’t be more excited. As eager as we all are to shed our third layer pieces off, you definitely want to consider keeping a light jacket around for those colder evenings. While some may assume denim jackets are meant for the summer, I actually consider it a classic staple piee year around. However, there is something chic and ultra cool when you bring it back out for Spring and Summer. It’s the ultimate transitional outwear: tie it around your waist if it gets too hot during the day or throw it over your shoulders at night for a statement look. 

Now how do you wear the oversized denim jacket trend? Try pairing it with a summer dress in bright colors, prints, or optic whites to keep the look light and airy. I like to either pair it with dark washed or black jeans for a variation in color but it looks even better when paired with jeans to match. When it comes to the denim jacket, your styling options are endless and just have fun with it. I have rounded up some of my favorite denim jackets ranging from ultra distressed to polished with embroidery. 

|| DENIM MUST HAVES ||
Jean jackets were always my go-to since I was little. I remember going to Disneyland when I was 6 years old wearing one with Warner Bros characters on it. It’s always been a staple but this season, it underwent major treatment. In line with the “borrowed from the boys look’, the denim jackets are coming in multiple different versions. Whether it’s oversized and distressed or ultra feminine with embellishments and lace, these denim jackets are making a big statement this season and I am loving it right now.

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Revolve Raye Label Shoes || Rag & Bone Jeans || BaubleBar Necklace || Zara top || Furla Bag


Xo, 
  Lillian
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Friday, March 17, 2017

1 Hotel Central Park

Winter in New York City is quite the experience and although many want to escape the cold, it’s a refreshing change in weather for us Southern California based individuals. It was an eventful and busy four days! Although there was a crisp hint of cold air and less than 40 degrees the first day, the weather warmed up in the lower 60’s towards the end of our trip. While Los Angeles was experiencing a terrible rain storm, it was nice to escape to my favorite city in the U.S after all! 

My mom had not been to New York in 6 years and I wanted our mother daughter business trip to be productive yet tons of fun. While I was running from meeting to meeting, I wanted the location of our hotel to be an easy neighborhood for her to explore and enjoy some time in the city until I met back up with her in the afternoons.

 

The 1 Hotel Central Park is a fantastic property situated walking distance from Central Park yet in the middle of Manhattan. I had previously stayed at the 1 Hotel location in South Beach, Miami, so when I discovered their New York location, I jumped at the opportunity to make it my home for the week. It’s a gorgeous property surrounded by thoughtful details of natural materials and many living green plants. In fact, when you first walk into 1 Hotel Central Park, you will see a lobby that perfectly captures their mission of how in nature, everything is interconnected. 
Surrounded by reclaimed and natural materials, my favorite part was the accents of brick, copper and many touches of nature. As you passed the lobby, you could find a Farmstand by the elevator that had fresh fruit, nuts and granola open to their guests and neighbors. I love how the 1 Hotel team has captured such beautiful experience and that hospitality is shown through their amazing staff. 

Once we were all checked in, we were greeted by a room that exceeded our needs and expectations. Not only did we have a spectacular view extending over the city streets, I, immediately fell in love with the marble shower, HD sound system, and how at the touch of a button, the concierge or any other need was met within seconds. It was very spacious and our bed had been made with all very comfortable natural elements and organic cotton sheets. 

We loved starting our mornings at Jams with a delicious buffet style breakfast and an invigorating cup of coffee as we prepared our agenda for the day. Not only was Chef Jonathan Waxman at Jams named “Best Chef in New York City”, the atmosphere and look of the restaurant is just as phenomenal as the food.  Just in case you didn’t have enough over brunch, you can refuel on your own schedule with in-room dining that is 24 hours a day. 

Aside from a comfortable and cozy space that felt like home, the location was amazing and we definitely took advantage of our surroundings. We spent our afternoons walking to Central Park, and made our way to Fifth Avenue afterwards for some shopping. It’s also very close to Columbus Circle and the Theater District. Having the privilege of traveling often, I always like to look back and reflect on my favorite part of the trip. Not only was the hotel and its ameninities spectacular but the people at the 1 Hotel Central Park were my favorite part. From the moment I checked in to the moment I left in my Uber with my bags, each staff member was incredibly friendly and made me feel like at home. 

All in all, this was one of my absolute favorite experiences of the city. I can’t speak highly enough of all of the people at the 1 Hotel Central Park and how kind and helpful they were during our stay.  I can’t wait to return and I want to thank everyone at the hotel for making our stay such a fantastic experience. 

I love discovering new hotels and could not be any more pleased with the 1 Hotel Central Park

Make sure next time you are visiting, to book your stay at the 1 Hotel Central Park or their new location in Brooklyn.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The New Spring Shirt Trend

As the weather starts to get warmer, we all want to remove our outerwear and place our coats in the closet until next winter. One of my favorite parts about Spring is the excitement for new fabrications, pops of color, and silhouettes. This season, our classic shirt has evolved with multiple details and I am so excited.

The first trend that is going to be very strong is the ultrafeminine ruffle detail. As I was browsing the stores, runways, and online, the ruffle detail can be found anywhere from pants to tops. I have always been a girl who loves to pair her classic denim pieces back to either edgy pieces or in this case, with a feminine top.

The ruffle trend can be a bit overwhelming for some or difficult to style for others. Don't be afraid to experiment. I always gravitate towards more delicate trims but decided to opt in for the oversized ruffle shirt. Since this silhouette was oversized, I paired it with a high waisted bottom to accentuate my waistline as well as keep it more fitted.  What are some of your favorite Spring trends? 

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Shoes: c/o Sigerson Morrison / Jeans: c/o DSTLD / Top: Zara / Bag: c/o MCM 
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Ways To Wake Up Happier

Whether you are a morning person or not, waking up is usually a struggle that mostly consists of an extra shot of espresso, tons of coffee, and your snooze button. We all have a daily routine that gets us out of the house but does it necessarily motivate you to conquer the day? If you're anything like me, your morning routine can affect how you feel for the rest of the day and it sets the mood for everything you plan to accomplish.

I consider Mondays motivational because not only is it the beginning of a new week but having the right mind set can get you excited for what's to come. I definitely can relate when we all say "the struggle is real" so I wanted to share my top tips on how to make your mornings as exciting as possible. 

My mom would always joke that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed when I was not joyful in the mornings. As I share my tips, I can't help but to laugh and share my top tips on how to make us all feel happy, relaxed so we can wake up on the right side of the bed every morning. 

Don't Hit Snooze. 
The most infamous morning routine - I am guilty of it and almost all of us are. Try your best to stay away from the snooze button! Believe it or not, pressing snooze will only leave you feeling groggier and more tired. Give yourself enough time to get up when your first alarm sounds.

Eat Breakfast.
What did you eat as you left your house this morning? If we are being completely honest, I ate a granola bar as I rushed out of the house and packed my breakfast to go. This is what we should all avoid. Give yourself enough time in the morning to make sure to eat a nice breakfast without rushing. Indulging in a healthy breakfast can instantly make you more energetic and awake. 

Drink a Glass of Water.
As you wake up, kick start your morning with a large glass of water. You can prepare yourself by leaving a bottle by your nightstand as an easy reminder. Drinking a glass of water as soon as you get up help replenish the fluid in your body that it loses overnight; leaving you energized and refreshed. 

Stretch Your Muscles.
A great way to release endorphins and feel less stressed is by getting blood flowing throughout the body by stretching in the mornings. A good stretch will start your day off feeling productive and positive. 

Wake Up Half An Hour Earlier.
Waking up 30 min earlier than your usual routine can make the biggest difference to your day. This will allow you to not only eat a healthy breakfast but plenty of time to get ready and enjoy your morning. You will wake up happier and less stressed. Give it a try and you will see that you will soon be doing a little something you enjoy before your day starts.

Prepare The Night Before.
Take 10 minutes of your time before you sleep to prepare as much as possible for the morning of. Whether it's your car keys and wallet, you don't want to rush out of the house forgetting anything and feeling more flustered. Having your purse ready in the morning will eliminate the stress of looking for your work notes and give you time to enjoy your breakfast at ease.

I hope you enjoy these tips! I have some exciting news I can't wait to share with you all. I am re-working a few things as well as launching a thing or two so please bear with me as I try to transition from one platform to another.

Xx,

Lillian




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