Before I get into it, just wanted to mention that I saw Solange last night at the Hollywood Bowl and it was AH-MAZING. She is such a visionary. And I loved the eclectic mix of people that came out: black, white, Asian, men, women, gay, straight, young, old, etc... especially with the climate the country is in, it felt so nice to be in a space with everyone just having fun and enjoying each other's company. The positive energy was magical.  The whole show was so visually stimulating and inspired me to start working on a  project that I've shelved for like a year. Funny enough, on the way out I was listing the people I'd need to collaborate with for my project, one of them being a choreographer, and I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in forever, who is, you guessed it, a choreographer. LOOK AT GOD!!!!!!!!! Will keep you posted on this pending project...OK, what the hell is this post about again? Right. FALL!!!!


Effortless Style
20 years seems like such a long time, and it kind of is, truthfully. Yet, I still vividly remember all the events of August 31, 1997...

When I was a kid, we always had movie nights as a family. We'd go to a video store and pick something to watch and we'd, of course, always order pizza and just make it a fun family night (I had a random aversion to pizza til the age of 11, so when my parents would order from Totino's, out local pizza spot, Gah, my Inglewood is showing so hard right now, they'd also order a burger and fries for me. My parents have always been very supportive of my life choices). I swear, kids today will never understand how exciting it was to roam the aisles of Blockbuster, or the local  Video Depot (Billy always had the best recommendations, and he was instrumental in my foray into 80s movies, as was my high school algebra teacher  Miss Doss and my friend Rachelle would be, years later, but that's a post for another time.); though, I do appreciate the convenience and flexibility that Netflix and Amazon Prime Video provide me...anyway back to the night in particular:we just ended watching the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Eraser (really enjoyed this movie, Vanessa Williams was great in it. But I haven't seen it since that night, so not sure if it holds up. My guess is no, but in the best way.) and no sooner than when we ejected the tape from the VCR (Millennials you still with me?! I know technically I'm also a millennial, but I do remember what a VHS tape is!) we were bombarded with images of what seemed to be a horrific car crash. I'd never seen anything like it. And the headline read "Princess Diana dies in Paris". I was in complete shock and was devastated. 

You know I love a good blazer moment
Princess Diana had always meant so much to me, so her death was really upsetting. Though I was just a kid, I understood the significance of who she was. I remember even staying up to watch her special tell-all t.v. interview. Like, she suffered with bulimia? And just who is this Camilla Parker Boles? I thought the world of a princess was supposed to be so perfect, so my mind was blown with each revelation, mind you I was a young girl during Diana's independence years of the 90s. She was not only my first fashion icon, but my first real role-model, outside my parents and like the girls on Saved by the Bell. She was poised, graceful, giving, fun-loving,witty, yet, with her position, she was still relatable and down-to-earth. She was literally everything I wanted to be as a person.

The People's Princess
So, on this day, the 20th anniversary of her passing, I'll be taking some time to reflect on this truly amazing trendsetter, and not just as a style icon, but as a humanitarian. She was a champion for causes that most people did not want to associate with: people suffering with AIDSs, who had physical and mental disabilities, and others that were deemed "unglamorous" charities. Diana taught me that there is beauty in helping others.

Just like with her fashion, in life Diana took risks and made bold choices. Above everything, she was a woman who followed her heart and that's definitely how I live my life.


I once heard someone say that we're our best self on vacation. I couldn't agree more, especially as we're in the middle of summer. There's just something so optimistic and positive in the air during this season. With all the sunshine, travel and rosé, bien sur, summer is just built for good vibes.