What’s even better than a 30th birthday party? A 30th birthday photo shoot of course! This Labor Day weekend (September 4th to be exact) I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday. While many of us lament the loss of our 20s as the end of our youth, I personally couldn’t be more excited to be leaving my 20s behind. While I learned a lot from my mistakes and had some great accomplishments like graduating from college, starting this blog, moving to New York, meeting my amazing boyfriend and getting my first real job, the truth is it was a sad decade filled with uncertainty and the struggles of being broke. It was basically like being 13 again only you have to pay your own bills. The further I got into my 20s, the more Britney Spears’ 2007 breakdown made perfect sense. That basically sums it up, but everything good or bad must always come to an end.
Today at 30 I feel younger, happier and more vibrant than I ever did in my early 20s (mush of that is because I’ve replaced drinking with fitness and feeling sorry for myself with taking action). As I look toward the adventures to come I often wish to be richer, skinnier, prettier or smarter, but I don’t wish to be younger. It took me almost 30 years to get it together. So in many ways my adult life has just begun and I look forward to embracing the coming years as a smarter, happier and humbler person. For once in my life I truly love who I am because I’ve fought, failed and failed again to be her. While I don’t know what the future will bring, I know that I’ll continue to fight for the person I am and want to be.
At the end of my aerial fitness classes they often share a quote from Antigravity Founder Christopher Harrison. It goes, “Hidden in the forces that bring us down, is the energy to lift us up.” If anything my 20s gave me that. In the spirit of feeling and looking great, I decided to pose in front of the Goddess Wall in Soho. I recently discovered this work of street art and it really speaks to me. Many thanks to artists @jeremypenn and @lambrosart for creating such an inspiring mural.
If you’re a struggling 20 something, I know exactly how you feel because not so long ago I was you. We all have our own paths in life, so the only real advice I can give you is that it doesn’t matter where you’re going or how you get there as long as you continue to move and look forward. The path is almost never straight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep moving forward. And when you turn 30, celebrate the amazingness of being 3 decades old with a 30th birthday photo shoot! If you’re in the New York area, Zarif Taufiq would be happy to do yours too.
I recently spent some quality time hanging out at an amazing house in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan checking out some awesome products with some of NYC’s most fabulous bloggers. Complete with an indoor pool, this house was truly an urban oasis in the concrete jungle we know as New York.
Aside from meeting some really compelling people, I got my hair done by Caravan Stylist Studio, checked out the cutting edge Velvet Eyewear line and got a true feel for Lifetherapy’s mood-changing body creams, lotions and scrubs. I love how Lifetherapy allows you to choose your mood just by choosing a scent. No matter which you choose, all of their scents will help you escape into a relaxing, happy place.
Many thanks to TechStyle NYC for the invite. It was good vibes all around and truly one of the highlights of my summer.
Last week, I visited Caravan Stylist Studio for a full hair and nail treatment. Caravan is a by appointment only hair, nail, makeup, and wardrobe styling studio located at the Carlton Hotel catering only to editors, bloggers, celebrities, and other influential people in creative fields. Therefore, I was super excited to have been invited.
When they asked what I wanted to do with my hair, I immediately said curls. Though I’ve perfected the art of makeup, I’m still a novice when it comes to hair and having such thick hair makes it even harder to curl myself. So I’m rarely seen with curls. To get these gorgeous curls, they used a curling wand and set the curls with Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay for shine and hold. The curls stayed perfectly intact well over 24 hours, even after a night’s sleep. Unlike most hair sprays that make hair sticky and brittle, Spray Clay is perfect for everyday use to add texture and hold.
I’ve always loved nail art and Caravan does some amazing work. Since I was wearing a blue color-blocked dress to my cousin’s wedding that weekend (stay tuned for a post on that), I chose a blue nail art design called watercolor with strong black lines. The design went perfectly with the dress and I can’t tell you how many strangers have come up to me to tell me how much they love my nails. Though the design looks complicated, it’s actually something you could do yourself at home provided you have the time. All you have to do is paint your nails white, dab dots of a color across your nails, blend the dots with nail polish remover, and repeat with different colors until you’ve gotten the look desired. The Zoya Nail Polish used blended perfectly and lasted far longer than the average polish.
Thanks Caravan for this amazing look! I hope to come by again sometime.