Seasonal Expression p.1

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Spring is here, Winter is a recent memory and the seasonally depressed rejoice! I’m celebrating with a 3 part Spring Dress Edit. There is lots of color, fun prints, and easy ways to layer them during transitional temps!

 



Part 1
Color me Back

Im just going to go ahead and say it: color and I have been on a break for a while now. We weren’t fighting, we just went separate ways about 4 years ago when I first moved to Florida. Back then, I was desperate to cling to anything that qualified me as a New Yorker still, and my adopted NYC uniform of black and the ocasional pop of white seemed like the thing to keep. I had always favored it and at that point, it became my strategy to stand out sartorially in what I *affectionally* call Eternal Summer land (So Fla).Enlight76Enlight77
Then I find myself back in NYC, mid March, craving vitamin D and some color. Yep. Color. The girl who built a blog around colorful photos of her black and white wardrobe… purchased a pink dress on a dreary grey day, where Spring seemed more like a hope than a guarantee. I fell in absolute love with this perfect shade of coral and it’s girly yet structured silhouette.
It was about 45 degrees when I shot this look, which felt warm in comparison to the lingering winter temps that week.Enlight74
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The trees were still bare in Madison Square Park and I still had to sport my camel coat, but I was the embodiment of Spring and the new cheerleader for color! Speaking of which- my sunglasses are from Brooklyn based, eyewear designer Carla Colour, and are my latest obsession. Their mod, bright style complimented the dress and secured my place as Spring’s unofficial ambassador.

Keeping things bright, because I’m a Flamingo after all!

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J

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Brow-mance

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It’s no secret that a strong brow is IN. The days of over tweezing are gone and bold brows have swept us off our feet. I have a pretty wimpy natural brow, my hair grows lighter than on my head and grows sparse. I’ve longed for bushy, full brows to live happily ever after with, and while I have yet to find my soulmate, I have encountered some notable brows through experimenting with many different products.

Below I have compiled 3 brows that have made me swoon recently:

The Prep:

Clean, classic and always appropriate. Subtle enough for work, but still very attractive. To create this brow I used NO 7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil. It’s angled tip helps sculpt your brow and fill in sparse areas easily. You can definitely bring this brow home to Mom.

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The Wild Child:

For those fun Saturday nights that easily turn into sleepy Sunday mornings, this brow stands proud in it’s natural glory. Effortlessly cool and edgy. To create this look I used Boy Brow brow gel by Glossier. With a few quick swipes this brow gel fills, fluffs and shapes brows to look like you woke up with them. Apply a few extra swipes for fuller, bushier ‘I’m with the band’ look.

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The TeleNovela Star:

Dramatic, gorgeous, and a bit complicated but totally worth it. To create this brow I used two products : Elf Eyebrow Kit and NYX Sculpt and Highlight Brow Contour. First use pencil to sculpt brow, then use eyebrow kit (brush needed) to fill and shade in brow. Lastly use highlight tip on brow pencil to highlight brow bone and blend with finger tips. Striking and glamorous, this brow will get you noticed.

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Try these brows soon and enjoy a modern romance or two or all three!

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J

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Pleading GILTy

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I love shopping as much as the next bird, but I enjoy shopping the most when it’s discounted. I’m a bargain shopper – guilty as charged.
Which is why I could not be happier to be back in NYC, where sample sales occur on the regular! If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing one, here’s the deal:
Sample sales are used by designers/retailers in order to move excess merchandise. Most of the samples have been used in photo shoots or promotional events. These items are then sold at a fraction of the price; typically 60-80% off.
For me, these sales are the perfect opportunity to snag unique, high end pieces that will elevate my wardrobe, like a pair of pony haired platform heels by Charlotte Olympia that will make any of my LBDs stand out… for over 70% off. Enlight51Enlight52The GILT Sample Sale NY is the mother of of all Sample Sales. There is everything you can think of, for both men and women. The latest in apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and home decor from designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino, John Varvatos and all at up to 80 percent off retail. They also feature a revamped layout for a much easier shopping experience! There was a lot more room and I was able to browse by price point, trend and size, easily.Enlight50Enlight47Enlight49
There were cool lifestyle offerings as well like onsite styling, on-demand tailoring, and Gilt City concierge. Very similar to the amenities you’d find at a Saks or Nordstrom but with out the department store price tag.
I had a great time treasure hunting and trying on stuff. It’s a fun environment, everyone has a giant shopping bag and is just trying everything on like one big shopping party. I had some tough decisions to make, but had a blast shopping the latest designer trends! NYC birds you have one more day to attend! Enlight48
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Can’t wait to see what you find!

Happy hunting!

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J

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One year, One Bird

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A year ago I launched this blog. Hooray.
Warning: this ain’t no warm and fuzzy celebration post with balloons, confetti and me in a tulle skirt – although ya’ll know I love a tulle skirt. In true #flamingostyle, it’s reflective, wordy, and a bit sarcastic.
As I’ve mentioned before, my decision to finally create a blog was more than just a vehicle for me to write at least once a week and get my creative on. It was a life line.
4 years ago my life changed in many ways. While it changed in many positive ways, like getting married, starting a new career path in luxury retail and adopting our adorable dog; it changed in not so great ways too.Enlight40Enlight38
I changed, and forgot a bunch of shit.
I forgot how I need time to myself, I forgot that I need to be creative as much as I need to breathe, and I forgot that I thrive when I venture down the road less traveled.
I just fucking forgot.
I forgot that I’m a damn bird, I forgot a piece of myself.
So then I started waking up and remembering, I got mad at myself and then took action. I started with the one thing that has saved me (literally) during my most trying times; I started writing. I kept it light and fun and just talked about the things I wanted to talk about. Personal style, beauty products…I even published lists of things I wanted to talk about, and people actually paid attention and talked back. Some agreed with the things I said and some even thought I was funny … HA.

I can’t tell you how wonderfully validating your feedback over the past year has been. So inspiring and down right delightful. I wasn’t ready for it. It was terrific.
Then there was the other piece, the visual side of things. The intimidating side of things. Styling looks was a no brainer; it’s only like my favorite thing to do other than eat and have sex.Enlight39
But me styling myself, then taking pictures?
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You can imagine why it took me so long to start a blog, the me prancing-around like-a-model side of things scared the life out of me.
For starters, I had gained weight and didn’t feel very model-esque, but I’m also so awkward and goofy – my faces alone are tiny disasters. I think I’m doing a sexy smile and in reality I look like I need to go #2. I’m better off being a cartoon, seriously.
Fortunately, I started this journey with my partner in crime, my husband. Who also blogs and has become this incredible, self taught photographer right before my eyes. Not only does he motivate and inspire me everyday, but he takes all of the shots you’ve seen on here. We’ve grown creatively together, and he understands my vision and reminds me to stay true to myself, and to not make that face that makes me look like I need to run to the bathroom. He’s also taught me the basics, how to edit, and how to see the world in a new way. I have fallen in love with photography all over again as a result. Creating images that make people feel something is addictive, and I’m hooked. Enlight37Enlight36So here we are, one year down. I’ve grown a small but faithful following. I’ve met some amazing, creative souls through blogging. Some of which I now consider some of my closest friends. I’ve discovered what I really want to do with my life (hint, it does not involve wearing a suit), and I’ve started to respect and own my voice.
I can’t wait for what lies ahead, this blog has truly been a catalyst for everything I’ve wanted to change in my life! I’m proud of the bird I’ve become and can’t thank you birds enough for allowing me to chronicle my journey. Stay tuned this week on Insta for throwbacks of some of my favorite posts!
Happy Anniversary #LeChronicles

Love you all, my finely feathered friends!
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J

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Let’s hear it for the boys

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I grew up with boys, I grew up liking boys and now I kinda like to dress like one.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a pop of pink or a good ruffle every now and then, but my base line will always be neutrals and clean lines…which I’ll often steal from the boys.Enlight26From “borrowing” my brother’s baseball tees and hoodies to thrift diving for men’s ties and button downs, I have always leaned towards men inspired pieces. I love the simplicity. Plus it’s fun to sport big soft girly waves, a big butt -then slap a hoodie on because I find juxtaposition exciting even in it’s cheapest form.Enlight24Enlight29Enlight18
For this look, I’m sporting a men’s hoodie tee from Target, I went one size up to wear it like a tunic over leggings and high tops. I added my favorite blush bucket bag for a splash of femininity and wore silver statement necklace for some bling. This all too easy look is affordable, comfortable and incredibly on trend right now. It has been a clutch look for me during the weather roller coaster I’ve been on since moving to NYC a few months back. I guess boys are good for more than kissing and talking bout’ football with.Enlight25For more details shop my links below and stay tuned for more chronicles in April!
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Hoodie- Target

Hooded Parka- Who What Wear for Target *SOLD OUT

Gloves and Leggings- Zara *similar*

Sunglasses – Sunglass Spot

Bucket Bag – Rebecca Minkoff 

Sneakers- Reebok

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High necks and High Standards

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High:

adjective

1. of great vertical extent.

2. great, or greater than normal, in quantity, size, or intensity.Enlight2For me living high is a desired way of life. High expectations (mostly placed on my self), high spirits and high standards. Since I was a child, I was obsessed with taking everything to great heights. I couldn’t just sing in choir, I had to dance and act as well, constantly taking it to the next level of intensity. I can’t remember there being a time in my life where I didn’t have a desire to turn up volume on everything. Because good was never good enough for me.

Do I sound obnoxious? I am.

Luckily, these impossible ambitions are cleverly hidden inside me so that I can still be somewhat of a pleasant person to be around. Because high strung over achievers are too Jesse in Saved by the Bell circa 1995… ‘I’m sooooo exciteddddd’ *insert teen nervous breakdown*  and nobody wants to be around that.Status quo has never been my thing, I have impossibly high expectations for myself and my life. Which is probably why my favorite place to live, is a high octane jungle of high standards and high hopes. What can I do to be better? How can I go higher?Enlight3Enlight4Enlight5This is the #struggle in my head. It’s not fun, it’s masochistic and it’s essentially chasing an invisible thing. While moving back to NYC has filled me in ways that I’ve forgotten existed, the volume in my head DID get turned all the way up and my own music is now blaring. I MUST be the best at work, I MUST blog and be creative EVERY free moment I have, I MUST work out and be in the best shape physically and mentally, I MUST be the best wife, sister, daughter, friend, and coworker.I MUST BE THE BEST ME YET!

What was that? Sorry, couldn’t hear you, my expectations were on HIGH.

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I’m sure I’m not the only bird that feels way. We all deal with an enormous amount of pressure to constantly bigger, better, and brighter. Which, I am all for, but we must make sure we keep the volume of the those ambitions and high expectations in check, because if we don’t…we can’t hear ourselves. I personally will be turning my own volume dial a bit to the left, for some easy listening, because I can’t live on HIGH everyday.

Be well and enjoy living at different levels!

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J

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Classically Cool

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So file this under UNPRECEDENTED:  In my very fast paced and COLD new environment of New York city, my wardrobe is going through a bit of growing pains. Was I naive enough to actually think that moving to NYC from Miami in the middle of winter was not going to result in an awkward phase? No, not at all. I did however wrongfully assume that my existing winter wardrobe and preferred black and white color palette would help me seamlessly blend in as I reclaimed my spot as a New Yorker.Enlight1Enlight1Enlight1

I may fit in to the untrained eye, with my trendy spectacles, sensible foot wear and a different scarf for every day of the week, but in reality… I’m freezing. 4 years in South Florida have made me forget the art of layering, and I have long since donated my warm turtlenecks  and leggings. So I may look all chic and cool, but I’m really just cold. I’m slowly getting used to strategically layering and choosing warmer fabrics, which can definitely make it a lot harder to accessorize.

There are so many new elements at play now: Does this warm scarf go with my coat? Do I need a hat or gloves? Enlight1Enlight1Enlight1

It’s very involved, and the last thing I’m thinking about (right now at least) is if my handbag matches everything that I’m wearing. By the way, said handbag now has to be light enough to lug around easily, but big enough to fit my life in…because that’s city living at it’s best. Luckily my friends at Imoshion handbags spoil me and sent me their Mathilde bag in the perfect New York shade: BLACK. It’s classic silhouette can be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag, or even valet style. It’s  spacious enough to fit everything my city slickin’ self needs and with an elegant chain link/vegan leather strap that adds a bit of glam to a casual look like the one pictured. So I can worry about my bigger problems…like my scarf matching my gloves matching my coat… that goes with my lipstick and NOT freezing.

Imoshion has helped make winter dressing a tad easier for me with a bag that goes with everything and is ready for anything. I have not stopped wearing it. Seriously. Check them out here, I’m a huge fan and you will be too!

warmly yours,

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MIAMI Vs. NYC 3

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PART 3

Jeans and Heels 

*Every city has it’s uniform*

Hey Birds, it’s been awhile and I could not be more excited to be back and bring you the final installment of my 3 part Miami Vs.NYC series. This series was a way for me to say celebrate the two cities that I have had a giant love triangle with over the past decade, and of course, say goodbye in the best way I know how, with colorful pictures of my black and white wardrobe.

The series was also *supposed* to be a sort of countdown till I moved to New York in January. However, life got in the way ( as it tends to ) and I experienced a raging flu, a snow storm, and a 1,000 mile move that sort of pressed paused on the whole thing. A not so gentle reminder for me, that even the smoothest of transitions will still be…a transition. Plus, Miami never makes it for me to leave, she’s always kicking and screaming at the door as I’m getting in the car. So in attempt to sympathize and soothe her broken heart, I dedicate this whole look and post to Miami.

Enlight1Enlight1Enlight1There will be no comparisons to the city I now reside in, no playful bashing of my hometown, just celebrating the things I love about it. Like the Croquettas and Cafecito that I had before shooting this very look, or the soft early morning sun that was over Wynwood that day that provided the perfect lighting, or simply the unicorn flamingo mural I used as my backdrop that was magically Miami. She pulled all of these off effortlessly, probably in an attempt to make me realize what I would be missing (i.e. showing my midriff in winter), or maybe just saying goodbye.But there I was, proudly in Miami uniform: tight jeans, flashy heels, and little bit of skin. I paired my favorite high waisted jeans (very stretchy) with my favorite crop that I have been wearing all year from Covetique . I layered a rich camel colored trench from DressLily and topped the look off with shimmery pumps for a very Miami-esque touch of glam. Lastly, my leopard clutch was a no brainer. Everything seemed to just work, and Miami seemed to smile down on me with approval as it was a nice, cool morning with no humidity and a light breeze that left my hair in tact. Enlight1Enlight1Enlight1

Thank you Miami for inspiring my favorite look to date, and giving me one last great shoot. With out you the Chronicles wouldn’t even be a thing and then again neither would I…

You will be missed.

On to this bird’s next adventure… stay tuned!

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J

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MIAMI Vs NYC 2

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PART 2

 Blazer meets Metallic Shorts

*Because I take party attire very seriously*

Most people visit a city and remember certain iconic things about it. I immediately remember what people were wearing. No matter how diverse the city is, there is always a common thread in the attire, if you look closely. People in Portland have the coolest raincoats, most locals in Miami are too hot to wear pants (yes, pun intended), and women in New York sport some of the most stylish flats. Conversely, women in Miami dress for a party, even if they are only going to Publix. Bright blouses, metallic finishes, heels and photo-shoot-worthy hair are the norm. Miami gals stay ready, because who knows where the night may lead. The New York fem has a different agenda of course, her wardrobe works overtime because she has NO TIME to run home and change. Versatility is her game and black is her color. Structured, classic pieces that can go from day to night are her fave because she’s *also* not sure where the night may lead. This look is for both of these women. metallic-shorts-0039metallic-shorts-0030metallic-shorts-0018metallic-shorts-0038metallic-shorts-0024Nothing says ” I mean business” more than a black double breasted blazer. It’s timeless, understated and effortlessly serious. It’s going places -with or without you- as it briskly crosses a busy New York City street. Fly South and you’ll meet another piece, the Metallic Short. It’s flashy, sexy and is only serious about one thing… that #partylife. It’s iridescent color matches a Miami sunset and goes all night like the neon lights on Ocean Drive. metallic-shorts-0048

I spotted these killer pleated shorts at H&M recently and initially could not get over how perfect they were for NYE. They can also be worn in several fun ways through out the year and in several different cities too (wink, wink) so I just had to have them. I paired them with a white sleeveless turtleneck, and threw one of my favorite blazers that I’ve had for years. My new black combat boots, with gold chain detail, perfectly complemented the iridescent color of the shorts and were a great alternative to heels. This look can be worn to any occasion, especially an endless night of partying because it’s so comfortable. The blazer also works if you need to head to the office in the morning before stopping home too #yolo. This alternative take on party attire features the best of both of the worlds I’ve been a part of, and keeps my core style preferences (comfort and versatility ) as top priorities; because partying is a serious matter and we must not be uncomfortable. As for what city parties harder? It may be a very close tie…

Party on Birds and Happy 2017!

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J

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MIAMI Vs NYC 1

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PART 1

FUR meets MIDRIFF

*Because it’s always hot in eternal summerland *

With about 2 weeks left in Miami before moving back to NYC, I would like to pay homage to the two cities that have my heart with a 3 part series. Each look will feature certain elements and inspiration I have drawn from living in both cities. Bare midriffs peeking from outerwear, leather boots paired with vibrant shorts, and of course, killer sunglasses. While the two cities have complemented and attracted each other for ages, they are very different. Especially when it comes to what the locals are sporting. Both cities demand you (at some point) to blend in with their surroundings, but when you’re a bit of a strange bird like me, you just borrow inspiration from both of your hometowns to create a look that makes you feel right a home.furr-jacket-0348furr-jacket-0336furr-jacket-0342furr-jacket-0347So I have been wanting a faux fur jacket, ironically enough, since I moved back to Miami 4 years ago. I loved the drama and believe it or not, the ease. It’s a statement piece and doesn’t require much styling. It can give a white tee and jeans instant glam with zero effort. Of course, living in year-round 80 degree weather, I would talk myself out of this trend. Every. Damn. Year. As you know, I’m incredibly cautious on investing in trendier pieces, especially seasonal ones. So I have been actively looking for one for under $50 in the likely event that I would only wear it once a year when it dips below 65 degrees. Then I found the perfect one, for the perfect price on Rosegal.com . furr-jacket-0349furr-jacket-0339Since an actual chill has yet to happen this season, I wore one of my favorite cropped tees from Miami based brand, Red Lip Bandits with my latest acquisition. Which sort of lighten the mood of this look and gave it a bit of that good ol’ Miami vibrancy that most New Yorkers long for this time year. I paired a paneled skirt, some bad ass black Chelsea boots and a gingham wallet for a bit of texture and whimsy, because Miami takes itself a bit less seriously than New York, and that’s what I love about it.

Stay tuned for more tales of two cities birds!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!!

XOXOXO

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