I'm not one to get super personal on my blog, but there's something I want to talk to you guys about.
I took a month long break from the internet in January because I was in a legitimate creative rut. At the same time, I felt really ungrateful because the interweb has given me such a beautiful life and connected me with some of the most talented and inspiring people.
At the same time, my blog might become obsolete one day and the instagram bubble will burst. When that happens, will I have anything to offer anymore?
I took my first trip to London a few weeks ago (so weird right, like why haven't I been before?) and met so many amazing new people IRL. I had some really meaningful conversations (cc: Kara Elise) with people I really didn't know. I truly listened and put myself out there in a way I hadn't before.
Long story short, London taught me to talk to all the strangers, do things that make you so uncomfortable you could throw up and wear your heart on your sleeve, because being genuinely open to life is the best thing you can offer yourself and everyone around you.
Oh Miami, how I love thee. What was supposed to be a 2 day trip ended up being a week long adventure in South Beach. I've learned over the years that it's best to book a one way ticket when visiting because I almost always end up extending.
One of my favorite things about Miami is the style. It's laid back, but chic-- with a dash of tropical flare. Something no man should be without in this city is a great pair of sunglasses. From the countless hotels we stayed at on Collins Ave--to the pristine white sand beaches, there wasn't a single moment where I didn't have a pair of Nautica Sunglasses on.
What I love most about Nautica's range of eyewear is the versatility and sleek design. They look and feel very expensive, like Miami, but don't actually break the bank. I've always associated Nautica with the sea, but their sunglass collection speaks to my inner urbanite.
Quite frankly, when i'm in a new city I like to dress the part without loosing my west coast edge. These sunglasses helped me achieve just that.
When you think hashtag goals, what comes to mind? Yachts.... maybe Beyoncé?
How about a private jet to Art Basel with the creme de la creme of high end fashion personalities? Lucky for me, I got to live that fantasy last week.
I spent a quick night in New York and made my way to Teterboro airport to meet with Net Jets. I had seen NetJets on instagram before, but experiencing it in real life was next level. Plane-side drop off, no lines at the airport, Veuve Clicquot champagne and breakfast that isn't served in a box. Is this real life?
Once in the air, the 2.5 hour flight flew by and we touched down in Miami. Within minutes we were whisked away in a fleet of SUVs and checked into the Four Seasons in Brickell.
Weirdly enough the entire experience made me think of my childhood. When I was little my parents would take my brother and I to San Marino during Christmas to look at all the decorated estates. It was a way of showing us what we could achieve if we worked really, really hard.
All I want to do is be able to fly private one day!!!! The entire experience was dream like and left feeling really motivated about 2017.