My circle of friends are all quite similar to me in the sense that they are from different backgrounds, grew up all over the world, have moved around cities and countries, and some of the attributes I love about them most is that they are adventurous, open minded, creative, and with what I consider a great eye for beauty. I think it is just natural to gravitate towards people with similar interests, and likes I guess. RYBELO is the beautiful Jewelry brand of a dear friend of mine, we met through a mutual friend when I lived in Madrid for a few months back in 2009! Milena and I instantly clicked, and we also lived shortly in Barcelona at the same time, before I got married and moved to DC. But we have always maintained our friendship, staying in touch and trying to meet whenever we can. She always had exquisite style, and a great eye for design, which is no surprise that she ended up creating her baby RYBELO, and designing beautiful pieces as the ones I am wearing in this post. Her story is truly inspiring, as she left behind a dream job in advertising to pursue a passion, and learned everything about jewelry design from the bottom to the top. I am truly picky when it comes to jewelry, just as I am I guess in everything else, but jewelry is not something I indulte myself often and when I do I like to take my time and research and find the pieces that truly speak to me so I can wear them on a day to day basis to express who I am at the moment. I also now as a mother keep in mind the fact that I will pass it on to my daughters, so I have to find the timeless pieces! With RYBELO I can truly testify that these pieces are not only timeless, but their quality and price are just what we bling addicts need:) I hope you enjoy the pieces I picked to wear and treasure, and do check out the collection it is truly beautiful. So proud of you Milena! Besos
Shirel is wearing Ralph Lauren dress and Stan Smith trainers from Alex and Alexa, I also LOVE these two other dresses in Blue or Pink! GET 15% OFF WHOLE ALEX AND ALEXA SITE WITH THE CODE “AAxGGG” (doesn’t apply to garments on sale) Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg
I honestly never thought Shirel would be such a girly girl, she doesn’t just love dresses she is absolutely passionate about them! She will point at the ones she loves, will say WOW with sparkly eyes, and will jump up and down with excitement when wearing them:) I think it is so adorable, and I know it is a pase that I want toscherish, because as she will grow older she might turn to other things she is passionate about, and I do hope it is with the same excitement as now. So for now, I enjoy dressing her in these casual and chic looks, like this Ralph Lauren dress, and of course these looks are easy to find on AlexandAlexa.com. I love styling her in a way that brings out her personality, she is like I mentioned a girly girl, but she has that other side to her that is fearless, she sings and dances anywhere, she climbs anything she thinks she can climb, she runs with the wind, and loves jumping from stairs and heights she feels she can take on, which is why these Stan Smith‘s are more than fit for her little feet. Before I leave you to scroll down the photos, I have partnered with Alex and Alexa to offer you all a 15% discount on all ítems (except the ones on sale), just use the CODE “AAxGGG” and you are set! I am sure you will find amazing pieces for your little ones.
There are many a days where I wish I could borrow some of Shirel’s clothes (Is it ok to say I’m jealous of my toddler’s wardrobe?)…and this is one of them!! I really think I need this Stella McCartney dress in an adult size 🙂 I always knew I would enjoy dressing my daughter…I guess I just didn’t realize how much fun it would be!! One of the questions I always get asked is where I shop for Shirel’s wardrobe or what my favorite brands are, and AlexandAlexa.com is my to go to online shop for Shirel. I can find my favorite brands on there, and the best selection in one place! So you can imagine how excited I was about working with them, and styling Shirel with their pieces:) This is the first look (stay tuned for many more, and follow me on Instagram to see previews of the looks & behind the scenes of the shoots Shirel is really fun:), which is this beautiful Stella McCartney dress, style with gold converse and a cool IKKS leather jacket, you can find a similar jacket by GUESS. This dress is absolutely stunning, for a casual look like this one, or for a special occasion like a wedding, styled with pretty ballerina shoes! One thing that made me SO happy, is that when Shirel dropped her ice cream on it I wiped it right away with a wet wipe, and there isn’t a stain in sight! So you can imagine my happiness:) BTW I apologize for the photo overload, but I just couldn’t choose, I love all of them!
It is no secret that I love shopping at Farfetch.com, and I have been doing so for years now. Which is why when I got the email to be part of their #TheOne campaign, I could not have been more excited. I have partnered with them in the past, and have always loved to be included in their campaigns, because it is another reason to browse around their amazing pieces, and see what the hottest pieces are for the season. This time I was on the hunt for #TheOne, that one piece that makes my heart go boom, and quite honestly it was a bit difficult picking one amongst all the treasures I found, so I must share now of course all the summer pieces I fell in love with while on my search for #TheOne! As well as my most coveted Farfetch item, and how I would style it:) Out of all of these, my most coveted piece is the J.W. Anderson logo detail purse bag in cream (but honestly in any color)! This bag makes me see the stars! I first saw it on a friend of mine this past Fall and was just mesmerized, by every little detail, by it’s fantastic quality, and simply by how it commanded my attention. I immediately knew this was the next bag I must have, for some reason it exudes power, and I want that power:) So dream if I may, when I get (or if I get) my hands on this bag, I would style it with these pieces for the summer. I usually go to either Ibiza, or Mallorca in the summer, but this summer we might ventura to Italy somewhere like Positano is definitely an option, so this is the look I envision while scrolling around with my new J.W. Anderson bag!
To get my inspiration, I always head over to Pinterest, and this time is no exception, I digged into my Summer Style board to get inspiration for #TheOne and how I would style my most coveted Farfetch piece this summer!
There are so many life lessons and life experiences I cannot wait to teach and share with my daughter as she grows older, for now the little things I can teach her is my love for music, my love for her and for others around us, to love herself and believe she is smart, brave, strong, and beautiful inside out.
Shirel is 2 years old and this age is so precious, people would always tell me and now I understand exactly what they meant. She is more opinionated, and can finally voice them, everything from what she wants to eat, to what she wants to wear, and even how she wants to wear her hair, usually she asks me to braid it like Elsa (yes she is obsessed with Frozen already). I remember when she was born the first few days were so overwhelming in so many ways as you other mothers know, and those of you who aren’t yet you can only imagine! I would hold her and stare at her in disbelief that I just gave birth to this little beautiful baby girl, but at the same time she looked nothing like me, she looked Asian like my husband, and as much as you prepare yourself and know that she will be a mixed child it still takes time to take it in when you are actually holding her and staring at her. But that only lasted a few days, and then I realized I now am a mother and the love I feel for her is so powerful that nothing else matters, especially not the comments you hear from people which at first are shocking and offensive, but then you realise they don’t matter because you will teach her that she is special and beautiful. The comments I have gotten from strangers, and close people as well are “such a shame she doesn’t have your eyes”, or “such a shame she doesn’t have your blonde thick hair!” That to me is enough for a little girl to hear and start to believe that she isn’t beautiful enough, because she doesn’t look like what everyone else believes beautiful is! Beautiful is not just one type or one kind, and I refuse to let that affect my daughter and how she perceives herself when she starts to grow up.
I will teach her that her eyes are beautiful and unique, her skin is beautiful and her hair is so beautiful, that she is a beautiful person because of how she treats others, because she is smart and capable, with a kind heart! That her heritage is something to be proud of, she is half Chinese and half Georgian a truly unique and beautiful mix that shows in her personality and in her unique features.
That is why I love our “hair moment” every morning after I get her dressed, and I sit her down in front of the mirror to do her hair, and she acts silly making funny faces to make me laugh, or she tells me that today she would like her hair in a braid like Elsa, it is such a sweet moment that I do not take for granted and it takes me back to my childhood and how much I loved when my mother did my hair! Hair is such an important element in my culture, it shows not only beauty but your heritage and your roots, I have (blonde) thick wavy hair such as my father, and Shirel has silky dark hair just like her father, and I cannot wait until she grows up and starts to do her hair and asks for my advice. Her hair will be another way of her to be proud of who she is and her heritage, and I will be right there next to her teaching her to love it and treat it with kindness and love, just as she should treat herself and others.
There is a narrow depiction of what “beautiful hair” is traditionally thought to look like and earlier this year Dove Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. For many these pressures began at an early age! Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact a recent Dove study, found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. As a mother you can make a difference and help ensure she grows up feeling confident. Celebrate the beauty of your daughter’s hair today, so she loves her hair tomorrow. Tell her why you love her hair and inspire her to do the same by sharing your #LoveYourHair selfie and tagging @Dove. To add some extra love visit LoveYourHair.Dove.com, to create your own custom animated message and share with your friends and family!