STAYCATION: CULVER HOTEL

 

H, Guys! Coming off the high of my feature in people magazine-stylwatch (On stands now). I decided to spend some time with my team at the culver hotel. I was so happy to spend time and stay at the Culver Hotel simply because there is no other hotel I’ve ever visited that matches my aesthetic to perfection. You guys know that my style is loosely inspired by Old Hollywood. It was my first time visiting and it was as if I stepped into another world- from the elegance of the architecture to the antique decor. I love that classic meets contemporary and history meets modern luxury. The vintage glamour of Culver hotel with its dash of European ambiance is simply romance at it’s finest.

We decided to make a whole photo-shoot out of it and did a Marilyn Monroe inspired shoot. The staff and the hotel were impeccable. Competent, courteous, friendly and helpful. Bedroom and amenities were simply fabulous. It’s also pretty convenient to go to anywhere, you can walk to Trader Joes and coffee shops in the neighborhood. If you get tired of dining in their very own restaurant, you can walk to other restaurants literally across the street.

The restaurant downstairs has live jazz after 7 pm. The food is delicious and fresh.

Let’s just say it was very difficult for me to leave. I cannot say enough good things about the staff not to mention the beautiful property and the ambiance. What a lovely stay and can’t wait to come back again.

What I Wore | Brunch at Prank Bar DTLA

Hi, Guys! Happy Thursday. Meg and I decided to go to DTLA for happy hour and we went to a new family owned bar/restaurant called Prank. It’s the first walk-up bar in Los Angeles (google it).

I really like Prank for its atmosphere. Nothing beats space/layout. You can choose to sit outside or inside and get two completely different atmosphere.

The perks of this bar are endless. However having happy hour until 7 pm is simply unheard of.
I wore this white summer dress with tribal neck embellishment from Salor-NY. I love that this dress is backless allowing some breeze in this heat.

I will DEFINITELY recommend Prank to others and I’ll be celebrating my 100K celebration there. See you there.

Niké

THE REDONDO BEACH HOTEL STAYCATION

Hi Guys!  In the hustle and bustle of the Jungle (Los Angeles) life and the stress of work, it is not surprising that sometimes I get burned out. That is why the most productive thing I could do is to relax, revive and rejuvenate.  Over the weekend, I decided to change my usual weekend routine by having a stay-cation at The Redondo Beach Hotel. Believe it or not, I rarely go to the West side and I definitely have never been to Redondo Beach. So, I decided I’ll check out the new and improved Redondo Beach Hotel.

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Malibu Wine Safari X SpecsandBlazers

I decided to check out the Malibu Wine Safari and what a pleasant experience and perfect getaway. We did the GIRRAFE TOUR!!! What an extraordinary animal feeding + wine tour of the family-owned Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard in Malibu. The destination is completely isolated from the hustlin’ and bustlin’ of LA city life.
The tour was so refreshing – We climbed in this open-air Safari vehicle with the tour guide facing us. The animals we fed carrots and lettuce to ranged from donkeys, zebras, alpacas, camels, bisons, and the famous Stanley the Giraffe!! Fun fact: Stanley is a famous giraffe that was in the movie Hangover 3! There were 2 wine tasting spots throughout the ranch with a total of 6 different local wines.

Really recommend this experience to any animal + wine lovers!! Reasonable prices & great hospitality. Tour guides are hilarious and a joy to be around. A fun experience and a great way to celebrate a special occasion.   Dress warmly and enjoy!

PS: Video of my day in Malibu is coming to Youtube soon.

 

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK – WINTER 2017

Hi, Friends! I just got back from New York and had a blast. This was my favorite fashion week. It’s no secret that fashion designers often look to current social/political status as an inspiration for their work. I was so impressed and moved by all the shows I attended this year. Prabal Gurung, for example, sent his models out in T-shirts stamped with political slogans: “Revolution has no borders,” “I am an immigrant,” “Nevertheless, she persisted.” The parade ended with the designer in a tee that read: “This is what a feminist looks like”. Everyone from Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano to front row attendees and models shared messages of inclusion and support for a better future on the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week. We also saw a hijabi model walking for NYFW and Anniesa Hasibuan with her groundbreaking show with Muslim fashion. NYFW is always amazing although, New York itself is very exhausting. As “exciting” as it can seem, it’s very hectic and busy. At the end of the day, I am very thankful for the opportunity.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A model walks the runway for the Naeem Khan collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

What I wore to the Prabal Gurung and Mused shows

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The ElizabethKennedyNewYork show was ethereal and the Miguel Vieria show was fierce.

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Michael Costello RTW Fall 2017

What I wore the Anniesa Hasibuan Show NYFW 2

Anniesa Hasibuan was such a groundbreaking show making history by being the first to present a collection that has every look outfitted with hijabs. This show brought me to tears.

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All images by: http://www.carolinefiss.com

 

“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future. This is known as Fashion Week.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & The City.

Lunch at Ivory on sunset

My photographer and I stopped by The Mondrian Hotel for lunch yesterday and we had an amazing time. I have visited the Mondrian Hotel many times but never stopped to enjoy a meal there. Ivory on Sunset is inspired by the creativity of Hollywood’s golden age and timeless glamour. Experience locally sourced dishes while enjoying sweeping views. Located at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, this restaurant truly exceeded my expectation from the first minute I stepped in. The service is top notch, food-amazing, staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Ambiance is impeccable!  The coffee was top-notch and smooth and tasty. What a fabulous experience. I completely recommend this place.

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My Trip To Cuba

Cuba!!!!! What an experience. I wish I can describe this trip as good or bad but that’ll simply be impossible. I stayed in Havana, Cuba in an AirbnB. I would say it was the most gratifying yet exhausting and costly trip I’ve ever experienced.
Traveling alone usually is something that I enjoy and prefer but how I wished I had a companion that spoke Spanish on this trip. I’ll start with the positives. Cuba in a way is an Utopia. They have no access to the outside world. You buy internet illegally under the table by the hour and you have to go to a park to use it. On average, you’ll spend over 300 dollars on internet access and I promise you, you’ll probably be able to log on once or twice. I know that sounds like a negative but I think its what makes the people so kind and the country crime free.
Cuba is truly the safest country for women. Cubans operate on routine. They wake up at 5 am, drink the strongest coffee you can imagine then go to the park with their children to do yoga.
Now, to the negatives. Like I said before, Cuba is the most expensive country I’v ever visited. There is a sense that they are still trying to punish Americans for the past, so when exchanging currencies, you are given 10% to 20% less of your exchange. An average cab ride or meal costs about 60 USD. In a day, you’ll spend an average of 300 dollars. Needless to say I spent over 2,000 dollars in a week. Tourism is the only source of an average Cuban income therefore, once they figured you are an American, you’ll inadvertently be charged more than you should. They also have two different currencies, the CUP and the CUC and my God, good luck trying to figure out where you should spend which.
Virtually, no one speaks English and I mean NO ONE. Because I’ve been to myriad of Spanish speaking countries in the past and was able to communicate just fine with my little Spanish and their little English, I assumed I won’t have any problems.
In many ways, going to Cuba feels like going back in time. It’s not just because of the classic cars. The cars are so fabulous!! There’s also the lack of infrastructure.
I’ll absolutely love to go back to Cuba. Cuba swept me off my feet.  I felt every hair on my neck stand up when I arrived in Cuba.  I absolutely won’t mind living there when they have internet. I was trying to absorb every detail of the scenes that were unfolding.  Four days there felt like a month because of the sheer amount of experiences we had, but at the same time it felt like I only scratched the surface of this country.
CUBA WAS AMAZING AND I’LL GO AGAIN WHEN I’M RICH!

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ALL PINK ENSEMBLE

Hello, guys! To think there was a time I didn’t like the color pink. I attended one of my girlfriend’s birthday party this weekend and I wore a blush pink fitted low-cut neckline romper from Eden Sky, which showed off a little bit of my cleavage, complimented by a formal choker in the same color. With that, I also complemented my outfit with a pink fluffy sunglasses. I wore a different, lighter shade of pink shoes from Zara to give a balance in order to make the blush pink color less overpowering. Do not be afraid to brighten up your wardrobes with more color especially pink, it’s an instant refresh color. Hope you guys enjoy this outfit.

 
Never apologize for how you feel. No one can control how they feel. The sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. The rain doesn’t say sorry for falling. Feelings just are.   ”
Iain S. Thomas

Niké

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BEACHIN’ IN VENICE

Hey Guys! Hope you are enjoying the new platform for the blog. I picked up this yellow tunic dress from forever21 and decided to enjoy a weekend in Venice (No, not Italy). I had a great time with my girlfriends. I also got this retro suit from forever21. Happy Monday!

“Of course, I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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