Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New INSPR x Tezza Out Now!

Guys.. it's here! I'm so happy to share my new pieces from my design collaboration with INSPR!! Following in the footsteps of the first drop, these new additions keep the utilitarian theme running while adding a pop of color into the mix to brighten up your spring. The pieces also introduce a new pantone, Terrarium Moss, that continues to ground the collection paired with the earth tones seen in our first drop.

It's impossible to pick a favorite piece but I will say I'm having a bit of a crush on the paper bag shorts that come in a beautiful fiesta red. The matching belted utility shirt gives you a fully-figured-out look that's polished yet flirty and easy to dress up or down. Best part about this look? The pieces on their own are great with anything you already have in your closet! I tossed on the shorts, a vintage band tee, belt, and my doc martens for walking around the city on a warm spring day and it felt absolutely perfect. The shorts are a perfect alternative to jean shorts because they elevate the entire look and they're so dang comfortable. 

Another lil two in one? The long boyfriend top and utility skirt. Two perfect pieces to rock on their own this spring or double up and layer the skirt over the boyfriend top and you've got a solid look. I wore the boyfriend top with some leopard print biker shorts under and it was a light and effortless look with a bit of hidden edge. As for the utility skirt, we kept the same Soybean pantone from our first drop so it's perfect to pair with the cropped jacket and camis, like I did!  

Now I gotta talk about these jumpsuits.. I can't get enough of them! The new collection features a long sleeved Sweet Corn jumpsuit with a painter-style silhouette and a Terrarium Moss short sleeved jumpsuit that is a looser, more draped fit. Easiest things to throw on and head out in a hurry, no matter where you're going. The Sweet Corn jumpsuit can also be worn with the sleeves tied around your waist and a bralette or bikini top at the beach or on a hot hot day (you know it's coming). Have I mentioned how comfortable these pieces are..? 

The Terraruim Moss wrap dress echoes the earthy green of the zipper jumpsuit and offers a more feminine style, perfect for heading to late afternoon drinks or a springtime dinner with friends. The wrap allows you to adjust the dress to fit your body and guarantee it's gonna look great. 

Do you have any favorites? Shop the collection over at insprny.com and share your spring looks with me, I absolutely love seeing you all wearing your INSPR x Tezza pieces! 


Monday, April 1, 2019

Red Rockin'

BIG NEWS! WE LANDED ON MARS!!! Just kidding, we landed in southern Utah!

Between Christmas and New Years, my entire family got together and drove down to Southern Utah for some time in the red rocks! It is always so amazing to be here, the colors are out of this world and the mountains are basically tie-dyed. Getting out of my usual routine and taking some time to hike around and hang out with my grandpa is so so sweet. He always has the most amazing gifts for us and our nights are always looong game nights with charades, pictionary, cards, you name it. 

What are some holiday traditions that you guys love to do?! Just found these photos from back in the beginning fo the year but it has gotten me so excited for the upcoming holidays that we all get to spend together as family. 


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Statement Jewelry for Spring

Oversized statement jewelry is coming in hot for spring and I couldn't be happier about it! I've always been a fan of statement jewelry and I grew up playing dress up in my grandma's costume jewelry so it was easy to get on board with this trend. I'm sure you guys have seen the big earrings I've been sporting and I just got back from the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum where we saw her heavy, chunky, jade necklaces on display.. It's so fitting! 

There's something so exciting about the warmer days and budding flowers, it just makes me want to smile and run into the sun. I love to wear a glistening necklace that catches the light around me to instantly brighten the most simple outfits. Slip dress, hair up, oversized earrings, and a big draping necklace makes for a playfully elegant evening look with strappy heels. Or, you can throw on sneakers and some sunglasses and head out for a casual day around town. No matter where you go, you'll be shining. 

Another way to home-make your statement jewelry pieces is to just keep on layering! Thin chain necklaces piled across your chest at different lengths or chunkier shell or beaded necklaces creating almost a metal bib, either way you choose GO BIG! Multichain necklaces are popular and you can find them almost anywhere so it's easy to customize.

Check out some of my jewelry crushes and get searching for your perfect spring accessories!



Monday, March 25, 2019

Turks & Caicos Travel Guide

Turks and Caicos, what a dream! I have always heard about the glory of Turks & Caicos, witnessing friends return from the island paradise with perfect tans and tales of fresh seafood at beachside restaurants, snorkeling in crystal clear water, and long days lounging in the sun. I am so so lucky I got to give this island a go first hand with Summer Salt! I had the best time getting out of the New York City cold and getting some much needed Vitamin D. And not to mention it's only 3 1/2 hours from NYC! Ummmm I'm going every weekend in the winter, see ya! Check out some of my favorite things to do, places to stay, and restaurants to try.

Where to stay: The Shore Club
The Shore Club is a stunning beach side resort with 4 pools, 3 restaurants, and a white sandy beach that stretches on as far as the eye can see. They also had a spa, tennis court, gym, a swim up pool bar, and free surf boards and snorkel equipment. So we pretty much had no reason to ever leave the resort haha, they had it all! On the days we did want to leave and check out other parts of the island they had a free shuttle service that takes you to their two sister resorts which are closer to the town center of Grace Bay. It was super convenient and let us explore so much of the island!

Where to eat: Mr. Groupers

We made the short, 10 minute journey to Mr. Groupers from our hotel after having it recommended to us from so many different people - from locals to regular Turks & Caicos vacationers. It did not disappoint! It had such a great local feel and the food was fantastic. We tried both the Grouper (of course we had to) and the grilled Mahi, and both were so so good! I definitely recommend hitting this up at least once on your trip for some authentic island food. 

Where to eat: Da Conch Shack

Another authentic spot to try some classic Turks & Caicos Conch! Definitely worth checking out as it is right on the beach and a great spot to take some photos with some of the cute conch shells on display. We did try some conch and didn't love it .. but it's definitely worth a try! And no fear, they have plenty of other delicious options on the menu, I loved my fish tacos! 

What to do: hit the beaches

We loved spending time on Long Bay Beach, which is the beach attached to The Shore Club. It's quiet and secluded and had great beach side service. It is also super fun to use the paddle boards and snorkels offered by the hotel to get some time in the ocean. We also had a great time mixing it up and taking the free shuttle from the Shore Club to The Sands, a sister hotel to The Shore Club. The beaches here were also AMAZING! The pool was also so incredible and their beachside restaurant, Hemingway's, was a delicious spot to take a lunch break.

What to do: Ocean time

We had fun trying out the paddle boards and snorkels, and just swimming around in the beautiful clear water was so much fun. With that being said there were other awesome activities that we didn't have time to try out during our stay! Number one would have been kite surfing. There is a kite surfing spot right on the beach just two minutes away from The Shore Club and it looked insane! It was super cool to watch the kite surfers out there all day and I highly recommend giving it a try if you want to add a little adventure to your beach trip.

Another activity we would have loved to do was horse back riding in the the ocean. Yeah, you heard that right, horseback riding on the beach in the shallow ocean water! It looked so amazing, but on the day we wanted to do it we got hit with a rain/wind storm (super uncommon for Turks & Caicos btw, so don't worry about bad weather on your trip haha). Check out Provo Ponies to give it a go.

The Best Island Getaway

We had the most incredible time in Turks & Caicos with Summer Salt. It was the perfect island getaway from this nasty NYC cold and I could see us going back again and again. Ahhh I'm already missing that sunshine and beautiful blue ocean.


Monday, March 11, 2019

INSPR x Tezza: If Indiana Jones was a woman...

Hi loves!

So I’ve got some of the most exciting news for you… my collection that I created with INSPR is now available to shop!! I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have this opportunity to build this line from start to finish and see all of the amazing support from you all. Since I was a little girl, fashion has always been in my life. Creating a fashion line is a huge goal of mine and I cant believe that I now have tangible pieces that came from my own sketches, ideas, and of course my incredible team at INSPR! Ah man it’s such a crazy feeling!

When designing this line, I thought back to my childhood. Growing up being very tall from a very young age, I hid behind my tomboy look and was too afraid to be bold and confident. It was when I fell in love with fashion that I finally understood how to express myself. The first drop of this collection highlights the masculine, structured, and bold side of myself. Each next drop continues to become more feminine and soft, reminding me to celebrate all sides of who I am.

Inspired by the strong, confident, and fearless women in my life, I wanted to create a collection that allowed everyone to feel comfortable exploring their own style. I am a strong believer of combining opposites and in my daily life I am always mixing femininity and masculinity so I wanted to integrate that into these pieces. Just think about the power behind complimentary colors; two opposites come together to enhance each other and strike this incredible balance. 

When I first met up with the INSPR team for our initial chats, we honed in on the trends that were exciting me most and built up from there. It was so fun to explore what we loved about each trend and find a way to mix them together! Playing with earthy, neutral tones and modern, structured lines in addition to the bright and feminine side with ruffles and light fabrics, I was blown away with how well these worked together! As I mentioned in my previous post, these trends are now being seen all over runways, streets, and stores, so I felt like I had an idea of what elements of the trends would meld together nicely while still making it personal and something that represented my ideas.

For me, it’s all about fabrics and shapes. I wanted to create shapes that every woman feels confident in and find a balance between structure and flow. The collection should feel elevated, but still approachable. The woman wearing the clothes is the type of girl that no matter what outfit she throws on, it’s always cool. She mixes trends, but it somehow always works. It’s eclectic yet refined. 

These pieces are so easy to dress up or down, whether you’re headed out to brunch on a spring day or slicking back your hair and adding some heels for a night out with friends, it’ll always work. Not exactly styles you’d rock at the club or cocktail party but perfect for everyday wear and definitely the perfect look for the upcoming spring.

If you’re reading this post, I want to specifically thank you for being a part of this journey. I am not in it alone and it wouldn’t be anything without my community! I feel so blessed to have such amazing support! This is only the beginning .... 

All my love

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