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Me holding Nacho, the baby goat. He got a little antsy after a few minutes!
Sunglasses, from Hot Topic. Old Navy bikini. American Apparel nail lacquer in Malibu Green.

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Ok, so I haven’t been posting regularly. It’s summertime and I deserve to be lazy and enjoy life, dammit! After slaving away in the spring and a portion of this summer, I took a step back and realized that life is not all about work. Since then, I’ve been spending more time enjoying the hot weather, hitting outdoor concerts and trekking out to Rockaway and Brighton Beach.

This past weekend, Beegi and I got the chance to escape the city and head upstate to the Catskills. Our friends Stu and Hilary hosted “Stupalooza,” Stu’s annual birthday bash at their vacation home in the Catskills. We spent our weekend lazing by the pool, lounging in the hot tub, drinking margaritas and bloody marys, playing paintball, pigging out on BBQ and playing with Nacho the baby goat. At night when the temperature dipped down to 50 degrees (F), we’d sit by the campfire and roast hotdogs, Charlie Brown-style. The mountain air and weather was amazing; I returned to the city feeling refreshed and well-rested. A much-needed vacation!

Yes, I am getting back to fashion posts this week; I know it’s been a while. In the meantime, “postcard moments” from Stupalooza… After all, fashion isn’t just about what you wear; it encompasses your life…

Stu, our birthday boy! The blue blob is a balloon, which he popped in lieu of candles.
{photo courtesy of Hilary Thornburgh Nicolai}

Cameron (left) and Beegi rocking my H&M sunglasses.

The Stupalooza gang! {photo courtesy of HTN}

Our lovely co-host, Hilary. {photo courtesy of HTN}

{photo courtesy of HTN}

Every party needs a little Nacho!

Time for some paintball!

My first time playing painball paintball and I got nailed in the head.

Some much-needed rest and relaxation. (On me) tank top courtesy of Iron Fist.
{photo courtesy of HTN}

unless noted, photos by: Steven “Beegi” Halpern + me

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It’s been almost two months since my trip out west to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, but I wanted to post about my experience in Tahoe. The reasons:

• My recent TRAVEL AND BEYOND posts felt incomplete without including this aspect of my vacation; I needed a “final chapter” to conclude this series.

• OUT WITH A BANG. I get to officially say goodbye to winter and the end of snowboarding season (I’m an east coaster) by documenting moments of my last ride of the season, which by the way, was EPIC!!

• I’d like to encourage more ladies to snowboard. Admittedly, it’s not for the frail or faint of heart; you will bust your ass when you first learn, but it’s SO much fun once you get the hang of it.

So here we go, another postcard moment peppered with fun, action and silly people having a good time. Are you ready??

While driving from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe with Howong and Matt, we got hit by a massive snowstorm. It was HELL to get through, with incredibly slow traffic, so we entertained ourselves by spotting strange license plates. Here is one of them (I kid you not). Another favorite:

WYUBH8N

When we finally arrived, it was definitely worth it! The views were spectacular, the fresh air invigorating and there was TONS of powdery snow. As an east coast snowboarder who is used to riding icy conditions, this is pure HEAVEN. We spent two days at Sugarbowl rocking out in hoodies under mostly sunny skies.

Clouds move really fast out here. Sunny one minute, snowing the next minute.

Very steep!

We got carried away shredding down the slopes and maniacally whooping in excitement,
so there aren’t many action shots, but here are a few photos of us warming up for the day.

Matt on the slopes doin’ his thang.

The lodge where we stayed, The Alpineer.

The snowbanks on the side of the road are taller than us!

Howong + me.

Howong, a.k.a. Chairman Wong + Matt as ice sculptures.

A vintage photograph at The Alpineer lodge. Yes, women can shred AND be glamorous.

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I look back fondly on my San Francisco + Lake Tahoe trip. It was a whirlwind five days, but I packed it ALL in! On my last day in Tahoe, we snowboarded in the morning, then drove back to San Francisco, where I boarded a red-eye flight back to New York so I could get back to my work deadlines. When I landed at 7:30 that morning, I was a hot mess! Looking in the ladies room mirror, I was horrified to see my nose had turned a bright sunburnt red and my eyes almost matched in redness from dehydration and lack of sleep; I looked like the devil’s disciple. But you know what? It was ALL worth it!

photos taken by me, Chairman Wong and Matt

To see previous entries from my trip out west:

TRAVEL AND BEYOND: San Francisco, a postcard-perfect city {part 1}
TRAVEL AND BEYOND: Japan Town, SF + NEW PEOPLE {part 2}
TRAVEL AND BEYOND: shops on Haight Ashbury + night out w/ Slayers Club {part 3}

photo: Franco Folini, via Flickr

I’ve always been fascinated with Haight Ashbury’s notoriety in the ’60s, as the epicenter for the Summer of Love, a time of cultural and political rebellion. Decades later, it’s gone through major changes and gentrification, yet it retains a Bohemian feel. There’s still many independent, local shops in the area, and I was delighted to discover some of my favorite brands’ headquarters are in The Haight.

Here are my highlights of shopping on this famous street:

I stopped by the Goorin Bros. hat shop at 1446 Haight Street, which is their flagship store, with a hat-making studio in the back. This is what I bought there.

I really love the inside-out, basting stitch aesthetic.

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Skunkfunk boutique at 1475 Haight Street, has a very fresh design aesthetic. Very modern, environmental, utilitarian and futuristic. Here are some items I was eyeing.

I learned that each Skunkfunk store is not a franchise, but an independently-run store with their own identity, with the support of the Skunkfunk brand. I was pleased to find out there is a Skunkfunk store in NY, in the LES. I’ll definitely have to check it out, especially since there may be items unique to that store.

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I felt very peaceful and happy when I walked into Loyal Army on 1728 Haight Street. The store interior has a lot of eyecandy, an invasion of Japanese-inspired crazy, colorful characters! A very creative San Francisco-based company.

Ok, it’s obvious I have a soft spot for all things kawaii (cute in Japanese).

Burger dude with caps (or braces)?

Mikey working behind the cassette tape counter.


A taco dress!

Cheesy, but fun tourist moment.

This is what I bought from Loyal Army.

I’m a fan of houndstooth and fangs. 🙂

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Taking a departure from Haight Ashbury, I want to mention an interesting spot in Mission, a few blocks from Howong’s studio: This “hiphopsicles ice cube tray” I bought for Beegi is from fabric 8, a store + gallery and online shop. fabric 8 “features unique, quality goods by urban independent designers” and supports creativity, as well as DIY businesses.

I may have to work these hiphop ice cubes into a photoshoot.

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Ok, enough shopping. Time to get some nightlife in! My friend Howong is part of a DJ crew called Slayers Club. They had an event happening while I was in town, so I went to check it out. Slayers Club music is best described as “San Francisco electro funk glitch-hop dubstep breaks cumbia dancehall fidget:house bmore.”

Uh-huh, we know how to party!

DJ Lokae sporting a cool-ass t-shirt.

I’m obsessed with these damn fuzzy lamps by the door. Bijules engagement ring.

Howong and his friend. Howong, better known as Howie, is a VJ and takes photos for Slayer’s Club.

If you’re ever in the San Francisco area, you should definitely check out a Slayers Club event. A great crew who brings you good, clean grimy fun! You can find out about their events and see more photos at the Slayers Club website.

A good nightcap to my evening before heading to Lake Tahoe.

photos: me, Howong

To see previous entries from my trip out west:

TRAVEL AND BEYOND: San Francisco, a postcard-perfect city {part 1}
TRAVEL AND BEYOND: Japan Town, SF + NEW PEOPLE {part 2}

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