If you rewind a few years ago here on the blog, I went through a phase where I wore my midi length faux leather skirt from H&M basically whenever I got the chance. The skirt had just the right amount of volume to easily transition from the office to cocktails and I think I remember ponying up $50 for it. $50! My cost per wear was likely around less than a dollar and it was one of the few fast fashion pieces that actually survived the test of time (or in this case, at least 5 years!). So you can imagine my dismay when I realized earlier this year (likely toward the end of our winter) that the skirt had finally seen it’s last final days. The material had started to unravel so to speak and flake at any hint of a crease or movement. The day had come. I had to retire it.
This story has a happy ending though — as you can see I have a new favorite leather skirt du jour, this time from Sezane. It fits the bill for everything I had been looking for as of late: flirty length, a wrap detail and a comfortable fit, slinging somewhere between hip hugging and waist nipping. I’m pretty smitten. I’ve linked a few of my favorites down below!
I met Mary Sell, a dancer for the New York City Ballet, earlier this summer online of all places. She had sent me a message via Instagram, pointing out that we lived only a few blocks from each other (she’s since moved — Mary, come back to the West Village!) and since then, I’ve become somewhat fascinated with her life. OK, not just somewhat. Downright in awe of it. There’s something about the ballerina living in New York City that feels so cinematic — evoking everything from The Red Shoes (OK, I know this is set in London, but same idea) to Center Stage (yep, guilty as charged — I loved this movie) so I was excited when she was keen to be a part of my Woman Crush Wednesday series. Mainly, because I was excited to share her with you guys and also, I was equally excited to style her in some of Sachin + Babi’s latest runway dresses.
Keep reading to find out more about Mary and why she’s our leading lady of the moment!
Full disclosure, I took ballet lessons for about two weeks when I was 7, until I realized I wasn’t very graceful and was better off on a soccer field. And while that decision was the best for me, I’ve always admired (OK, and a bit jealous of!) dancers and dedicated ones at that. Tell us about your love affair with ballet: How it started, how it’s grown, and where you see it taking you.
I, too started off with both soccer and ballet when I was about 4 years old in Wilton Connecticut! I had so much energy and needed multiple outlets. Eventually I started showing up to my soccer games with my pink tights underneath my shorts and my parents got my not so subtle hint about my love for ballet. When I was 10 years old my parents brought me to audition for the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. I was accepted and trained there for the next 9 years. My parents would drive me into the city everyday after school for ballet classes, I still don’t know how they did it! I have always been drawn to the athleticism of ballet, the artistry and musicality came a little later in my teens. I’m a natural jumper and turner so I just wanted to fly around the room. The balance and graceful part did not come as easily. By the time I was 12 I knew I wanted to do this as my profession and I was determined to dance for New York City Ballet. I decided then and there that failure was not an option. I still sometimes can’t believe I made my dream a reality! Now as a professional I find that the music is the most important part of dancing, it inspires me and informs my approach to the choreography. I hope that I will always continue to grow in my musicality and artistry even as my body slows down. I know I won’t be able to stay at this intense level of ballet forever but I don’t think I will ever stop dancing.
What is your earliest dance memory?
I remember my creative movement class when I was 4 years old. We would sit in our straddle splits and bend our knees and flex our feet to make “mountains and trees” then straighten our knees and point our feet. I have pictures of myself concentrating so hard to make my feet point more than anyone else. I was competitive even then.
Tell us about your career highlight so far?
My dream role was the Dewdrop fairy in the Waltz of Flowers in The Nutcracker. I fell in love with this role in my variations class at SAB (School of American Ballet). I had seen it danced so many times and was completely drawn to the delicate but explosive qualities this role requires. I think this role embodies everything I love, jumping, turning, speed, femininity, power and lightness. In December 2009 I made my debut in this role and it is by far one of the best moments of my career! Another major highlight just happened this season in a brand new ballet by my fellow dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette. This is the first time I originated a principal role in a world premier! I was inspired to write a poem about this ballet and Lauren actually put my poem in the program and named the ballet after the last line. From the very beginning stages of the creation up through the performances was a dream come true!
OUTFIT DETAILS (in order of appearance): Sachin + Babi teal tulle dress // Sachin + Babi baby blue ruffled gown // Sachin + Babi pink/black/blue long sleeve dress // Sachin + Babi long sleeve floral gown // Sachin + Babi dark floral sleeveless gown // Sachin + Babi cream floral gown // Sachin + Babi bodysuit + white ball gown skirt // Sachin + Babi lace gown
What’s your dream role?
I of course have a whole list of dream roles but if I have to pick one it would be a ballet called Duo Concertant, choreographed by NYCB’s founder George Balanchine. It is just a man and a woman, a piano and a violin on stage. There is no set and just a leotard and tights for costumes but it have everything, romance, energy and drama. There is no plot but there are 1000 possible stories. The ending will have anyone at the edge of their seat holding their breath.
What are you currently working on? What’s up next for the season?
We do so many ballets every season that most ballets only get rehearsed one week before! I am really looking forward to dancing one of my favorites called Square Dance choreographed by Balanchine.
What does dance mean to you?
Dance is the physical expression of music. This might sound a little crazy but dance isn’t something I choose to do, it’s something I have to do. It’s something my soul needs to do to express myself.
To be a great dancer, you must …
Work harder than you think you are capable of doing every day.
Tell us about a typical day for you — how it starts, the hours of practice etc., and how you finish out the day?
I take a full company warmup class every morning from 10:30-11:30 then go to rehearsals from 11:30-2:30. I then get a 1 hour break for lunch before going back to more rehearsals from 3:30-5:30 or even 6. I can rehearse up to 6 or 7 different ballets in a day. After my rehearsals I have 2 hours to rest, grab a coffee and snack and do my makeup and hair and re warm up for the performance at 7:30 or 8! I do this 6 days a week, it consumes most of my life but I can’t imagine doing anything else!
Who would you love to dance alongside with someday?
I wish I could have danced with Fred Astaire. Today I actually get to dance with all the people I admire. It sounds sappy but I feel so lucky to dance with the people I admire most every day!
Who are some of your dance idols/inspirations?
The dancers who inspired me most were Suzanne Farrell and Darci Kistler. I actually shared the stage with Darci for a little more than 5 years before she retired.
In another life, what would you be doing?
In another life I would be performing in some capacity. I can’t imagine not being on stage!
Finish these sentences…
The last song I listened to while commuting this morning… Harvest Moon by Neil Young one of my all time favorites But before performances it’s always anything by Cher!
My biggest dance-related pet peeve … people who dance off the beat of the music
Nutcracker or Swan Lake? Both
I’d love the chance to work with … Unrealistically: George Balanchine and Realistically: Justin Peck and Lauren Lovette again! They are both incredible humans and choreographers with so much to say and give!
I’m happiest when … I’m onstage alone
The most surreal place I’ve danced … The Opera Garnier in Paris.
Right now, if you emptied the contents of my bag, you’d find … My phone, at least 3 lipsticks, keys, credit cards, Id’s, metro card, sunglasses, glasses, mints, oil blotting sheets, floss, perfume, hairpins, a pen, gum, headphones, phone charger, needle and thread, the latest copy of The New Yorker. I’m now starting to realize why my bag is so heavy!
These days, you’ll usually find me wearing … A silk button by Equipment and black or blue jeans, ankle boots and my favorite authentic vintage cowboy jacket from Arizona given to me by my amazing aunt. It has the perfect fringe and beading, you’ve never seen anything like it in the city!
What is it about your job that you think people would be surprised to learn?
I think people would be surprised if they saw the way we walk when we get out of bed in the morning. Some days I can barely put weight on my feet and my back won’t straighten but somehow I’m flying six feet in the air and moving at the speed of light up on my toes by the performance that night! Another really shocking fact that is specific to NYCB is that we do so many ballets every season that most ballets only get 3 rehearsals before they are performed.
Where do you see yourself this time tomorrow? 5 years from now? How about 21 years from now?
This time tomorrow, I will be in rehearsal! In 5 years, I see myself still in rehearsal but maybe for a bigger role. In 21 years, I see myself still performing but maybe as an actress. The stage is my happy place and I don’t see myself leaving it any time soon!
As many of you may remember, earlier this summer I hopped down to Barbados for a few days with my guy. It was a bit of an impromptu trip for the two of us, as neither of us had been to that part of the Caribbean before and I loved the idea of relaxing and disconnecting for a bit, with very little itinerary mapped out before hand aside from lots of beach time and catching up on Patti Smith’s Just Kids.
Admittedly, I’ve been meaning to share these photos for quite some time now, but as always, the summer got the best of me (seriously, where has the time gone?!). So when Celebrity Cruises approached me about sharing some of my favorite Caribbean spots (if you recall, I went on one of my favorite cruises ever with them last year through the Caribbean), it felt quite apropos to share today for a number of reasons. First, it’s hard not to fall in love with Barbados — the people, the colors, the music and the beaches — and with some of my busiest months fast approaching (hello Q4 retail season!), I’m already plotting my return visit (and it just so happens to be a port of call for Celebrity).
And secondly, with the string of hurricanes that have affected the region, which depends largely on tourism, I’d like to applaud Celebrity’s swift relief efforts to the impacted islands. Many affected ports of call have since reopened helping those regions return to a state of normalcy — and in my opinion, there’s really no better way to experience several different islands’ distinct culture and personality on one trip than with a Celebrity cruise this winter.
While I’ll be diving into our Barbados specific itinerary later this week, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite aspects of cruising with Celebrity and it namely comes down to their focus on inspirational travel — a huge focus for me when I’m looking to experience a region and culture. I think it’s easy to make assumptions about cruises (I’ll admit, I was guilty of some of them, too), and it’s this perception that everything can feel too packaged and expected. That you’ll spend far too much time on the boat and not enough time actually experiencing with locals. What I love about Celebrity is that they make not only the journey as unique and luxurious as possible (hello Michelin-starred chefs on board!), but they put the emphasis on the destination, so you’re not simply hopping on and off the boat, but actually immersing yourself in the local flavor and culture. One of my favorite experiences with them last year was when we explored a local fish and farmer’s market with one of their chefs on board as he stocked up for our dinner that evening, chatting with vendors, and many times, the farmers themselves. It made my dinner that evening that much more special, after shaking hands with the man who actually caught my filleted fish.
As far as booking is concerned, perhaps you’re like me and get overwhelmed when it comes to planning out all the moving pieces (flights, transfers etc.), but Celebrity makes it incredibly seamless with their Flights by Celebrity offer, a complete, end to end booking process, allowing you to choose your preferred airline, collect points, and have real-time updates and accommodations in the event any of your travel details change (flight cancellations etc.).
So, while we’re in this state of travel daydreaming, where would you head to tomorrow? Personally, I’m tempted by this Ultimate Caribbean cruise, stopping off at St. Johns, Antigua, Bridgetown (lots of photos from Bridgetown below!) and St. Lucia (another favorite of mine in the Caribbean). I may just need a new bathing suit and a spray tan before I go. Who’s with me?
This post was in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all This Time Tomorrow collaborations!
If you happen to follow along on Instagram, you might have spied I was back in San Francisco the other week for a fun little video project. Admittedly, it was a whirlwind 48 hour trip, with very little downtime, and even less time to catch up with friends, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t absolutely lovely to be back roaming around my California stomping grounds. From the palm trees lining Market Street to the fog rolling in over the Golden Gate Bridge each morning, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake that sweet feeling of familiarity when I return back to SF, my home of almost 5 years after college. The city is comforting like an old friend who knows you well — understanding and accepting — and usually requires no preamble or reacquainting, just a good hug and an even bigger bottle of wine to catch up over.
Of course, since moving to New York over two years ago, I’ve been back to SF numerous times, but there was something about this trip — perhaps the brevity of it — that felt a bit different to me; it felt more concentrated almost. As we walked around town for different scenes for my video shoot, I was flooded with different memories and reminders of a life that was once mine — bittersweet moments, like flashes in a movie — showing me a girl, in her 20s, figuring out where she was headed, navigating corporate life, falling in love, having her heart broken and chasing dreams all the while. At one point, we passed through my old neighborhood and I couldn’t help but smile the entire time — I could picture everything about this former version of Krystal — from the clothes I was excited to wear to the newfound freedom I had found in a long-awaited bob cut (I did cut off about 12 inches, remember?!).
By now, perhaps from the title of this post, you can possibly see where I’m going with this — and it’s a feeling I think we can all relate to. A feeling of returning to a former self when you’re visiting places that were once important to you and formative in the shaping of you as, well, YOU, even if for just a fleeting moment. Whether it’s back home where you grew up or an old summer vacation spot you went to for years with your family, or in my case, a city near and dear to my heart where I spent most of my 20s, it’s a place that represents a very tangible and real version of ourselves, frozen in time — that despite how much changes about ourselves, from the music we might have been listening to or the length of our hair — it feels innately close.
When Herbal Essences asked me to share a moment, good or bad, in which my hair played a symbolic role in the changes I was going through, I kept reflecting on this San Francisco version of me. Over the course of those 5 years, I was working in marketing at Google, living with my then long-term boyfriend, working on my blog during every free moment I had and generally growing up. A lot. And there was plenty of blood, sweat, tears and chopped off hair to show for it — this younger version of myself, with her long, wavy bob cut and newfound adulthood, was figuring things out and excited to do so — bumps and bruises and all. Thinking back on it, I loved that short hair cut for all of these reasons. It was the first time I truly felt comfortable in my own skin — and my hair was an outward extension of that confidence.
Fast forward to today, and my hair is, of course, longer again — a conscious decision I made when I had decided to move to New York. It’s not that I was tired of my shorter locks, and in fact, I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention I’m often tempted these days to cut it again, but I loved how that bob marked a certain time in my life, a chapter if you will. And at the end of that SF chapter, on the verge of starting a new one, in which I would quit my job at Google, breakup with aforementioned boyfriend, move across the country — it seemed only fitting that I do so with different locks — wild and crazy and unpredictable and magnetic — kind of like New York.
This all begs the question, I wonder what I’ll think about the New York version of me, years from now, when I’m visiting.
Now tell me, what’s been a symbolic hair moment for you? Please let me know in the comments below and, while you’re at it, check out Herbal Essences’ Changes video, a lovely testament to how monumental hair journeys can be.
Thanks to Herbal Essences and POPSUGAR for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.
I’m going to pretend the forecast for this weekend doesn’t include yet another 80 degree October day as I write this post, because I am in full autumnal mode right now. That means all the fall goodies I can get my hands on — scarfs, jackets, hats, boots. Those last two, especially. It seems that all the cutest accessories right now come in the form of gem-toned berets and block-heel booties. Something about the pair just feels so classically autumn, but this season’s updates are fresh and fun. Check out my picks below for the best boots and hats for fall.
There’s something particularly charming about the intersection of West 10th and West 4th — Bar Sardine on one corner with its big windows that swing open in the summer, Empellon tacos with its dark and intriguing doorway, and of course Fairfax, bursting at the seams with gorgeous plants from end to end. Now that I’m newly 21 (finally!), I’ve been meaning to grab a glass of wine from Bar Sardine, but I always seem to find myself needing coffee and a bite to eat in the middle of the day (I’m a super boring 21 year old; I usually head home and make dinner at night!).
This is where Fairfax comes in. The former Perla — still in the same family — has arguably mellowed out a bit, and is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The space feels more open and casual, perfect for hunkering down for a morning of working on your laptop and sipping on too many almond lattes, like Krystal and I did. But it also doubles as a cozy date night spot, offering a great glass of wine + entree deal until 6:30pm and a huge drink list.
Krystal and I were so happy when we finally made it to Fairfax, taking up a little corner of bar space for our work station, grabbing delicious smoked salmon toasts and yogurt and, of course, the lattes. The staff was kind and accommodating, and we had a little too much fun with the gorgeous light that streams in through the windows. The only gripe we had with the place was the tiniest thing possible: if the staff at Fairfax is reading this, double check the spelling of Neil Diamond on your receipts!
Everything about the space, the food, the ambiance of Fairfax was perfect — if you’re in the West Village and in need of a casual, adorable spot, head here immediately. You might even spot us hanging here on Friday mornings, so say hi!
Photos and words by Nora Varcho
If you’ve been a reader of This Time Tomorrow for a while now, you’ve undoubtedly seen my good friend Heather pop up numerous times. She’s been a lot of things in my life the past handful of years since meeting her back in San Francisco — fellow Googler, travel companion, confidant, therapist, business partner (we once started a styling service for tech folks!), fellow wine aficionado, but mainly, my best friend. So you can imagine my pride when she launched her long awaited fine jewelry line, Show Road earlier this year, after years of dreaming and talking about it.
Like me just a few years ago, she’s balancing two full-time gigs these days, working on brand development at Google during the day and Show Road at night — with very little downtime in between, making her a poster child for the ultimate woman crush: an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Keep reading to hear more about her mother (her muse for many of her pieces), how a chance encounter opened several doors in the fine jewelry space and what items she’d like to steal, right now.
We’ve been friends for hmmm…for forever now. And I think for the entire duration of our friendship, jewelry has always been one of your trademarks. Can you tell me how that love originated and how it’s developed over the years?
I inherited my love of jewelry from my mother. Getting dressed was an art form and jewelry was her favorite part. I spied on her while she got ready so I saw her study it, curate it, and style it every single day. I understood at a very young age that a woman’s jewelry is sacred. Every time I was rewarded as a child, it was with a piece of jewelry. I have this enviable collection of studs that are really fashionable now, but were actually little treats from her when I was a toddler. When I was a teenager, we went to Beverly Hills every week so she could get her rings cleaned at Tiffany’s and I browsed the cases, memorizing the detail of every piece. I’ve had jewelry design ideas for my entire life and would point at pieces and tell her how I would change them.
It wasn’t until she died when I was 20 that I began to actually make jewelry. It was my way to still connect with her. I started making pieces by hand using gold filled wire and semi-precious stones that, to my surprise, would sell out at local boutiques. As I got older, I longed to bring my designs to life through a fine jewelry line. I wanted to make jewelry I knew could last forever because my mother’s jewelry collection is so special to me. Fast forward to May this year, Show Road launched and the designs that have lingered in my mind for years are finally real.
We love the connection this brings with your mom. Tell us about her. What was she like? What piece from Show Road would she be wearing non-stop?
She was the kind of woman who had a gravitational pull. You know those editorials of women dressed in over the top designer outfits doing basic things like getting gas and groceries? That was my mother in real life. She did not care what other people thought of her. She was a real estate broker, an interior designer, an illustrator, a certified gemologist, a SAG accredited actress (fun fact: she was an extra in Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion), and was even about to complete her degree in psychology from UCLA. She was complex, an unexpected combination of creativity, depth, with a big, often inappropriate sense of humor. She was fiery and emotional. I chose the name Show Road for the line because “let’s get this show on the road” were her dying words. It was the only possible conclusion for a woman who spent her entire life saying and doing exactly what she wanted. Show Road is the story of a woman who designs her own life as she did, and as I do now.
I inherited quite a few pairs of hoops from her so I think her favorite would be the Grand Hoops. They’re bold with an air of elegance, like her.
What’s the road (pun intended) been like leading up to Show Road? What were you up to before this?
It’s been a winding one (pun also intended). I work full time at Google as a Brand Strategist, so I I have people who manage Show Road during the day while I work on it mornings/nights/weekends. It took me about 7 years to get to this point having no prior experience or connections in the fine jewelry industry. At that time, I had started a blog (RIP Heather in a Candy Shop) originally intended to document the launch of my fashion jewelry line on Etsy while also working full time. I eventually pivoted my blog to overall fashion and lifestyle because after a few years, my jewelry ideas were really in the fine jewelry category and not something I could create with my own hands anymore.
I started looking into school for metalsmithing so I could create my ideas when I came across an article in Daily Candy on Jessica Winzelberg. She had recently left her corporate job for metalsmithing school to pursue her dream of creating a fine jewelry line. I emailed Jessica to see if she would meet with me to share her experience and answer a few interview questions for my blog. She met with me for over an hour and you can actually see the 2010 interview here. I haven’t thought about this in 7 years, but having to answer this question right now, looking back at what I wrote, I get teary eyed because I’m reminded how long it has truly taken me to get here. “I don’t know any jewelry designers so I have no one to give me advice or talk to about it” I wrote. Isn’t that a little heartbreaking? 2010-2016 me was trying really hard to figure this out.
Alas, based on my conversation with Jessica, I decided that going to school wasn’t my path and instead I needed to look for experienced jewelers to manufacture my pieces. I tried to find manufacturing in San Francisco, but it’s not really a hub for it. Most people were unhelpful at best. I did eventually find somewhere willing to make it, but they also made things like doorknobs, so it just wasn’t the level of expertise I envisioned. I met with someone with connections to manufacturing in China, but I wanted to stay close to production and ensure good working conditions. I found manufacturing in LA as they have a great jewelry district, but it was too difficult to manage production from San Francisco with my full time job. The jewelry industry is quite old school and business is largely done in person so good luck getting responses via email.
When I moved to New York two years ago, I was with you, Krystal, walking down the street in the West Village when you ran into an old co-worker so while you caught up, I started chatting with his wife. She happened to be jewlery designer Jillian Abboud. Even though it was a chance encounter that lasted maybe 15 minutes, she offered to meet with me and teach me the ropes of New York’s fine jewelry district. Soon, I had my production process established. Jillian connected me to a female CAD designer who brought my ideas to life using the latest technology, then I reached out to a female San Francisco acquaintance who had done graphic design for companies like Bare Minerals and One Kings Lane to design my logo and website, and I had tons of support from you and the rest of my girlfriends to get me through this process. I felt like I had assembled this badass female army who was going to help me make this happen. One year after meeting Jillian, almost to the day, I introduced Show Road to the world, finally. I just needed one person to really help me and now I work with the same people who make the fine jewelry for designers you see in Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
Balancing two careers is something we know about! What’s been the biggest challenge in entering the fine jewelry space, especially while working another full time job?
The biggest challenge is managing the mundane realities of running a business. After a long, intense day at my corporate job, nothing takes the edge off like figuring out how to calculate and pay the correct state sales tax for Show Road. When you’re the sole owner of a new business you really need to be involved in all of the details. It’s not just about designing, which is my favorite part incidentally.
Tell us about the Show Road woman. What’s on her mind right now? What’s she wearing? What is she reading? And where is she headed on a Saturday night? (Sorry, we just really want to know!)
Well, it’s the beginning of the fall season so she definitely has fashion on the brain though she does not fall victim to fleeting trends. Her style on the street and at home are an important means of self expression. She wouldn’t mind adding a pair of Anine Bing boots, a Jacquemus blouse, dresses from Attico & Realisation Par, a Ganni coat, or a striped pair of La Ligne pants to her arsenal. You know, for example.
She reads books that expand her thinking. She might be reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck.” She reads the news, voices her opinions, and supports causes that are important to her.
Every Saturday night would be different because she likes to keep it interesting, but perhaps jazz or the theater followed by dinner at one of the restaurants on her “list to try.” It would include red wine and dessert. She worked out earlier that day after all. She’s planning her next trip. Luckily, I know a lot of Show Road women as they comprise my interesting, intellectual, and fun friend group.
As you know, we’re obsessed with your Grand Hoop earrings (they rarely leave our lobes!) — what was the catalyst/inspiration for the move collection?
I wanted to create a collection that captured a woman’s sense of movement through life. My mother was always evolving. There’s something curious about feminine energy that keeps us moving forward. After I completed the samples for the Move collection, in a serendipitous turn of events, I found myself on a date with a concert pianist, who told me that my designs were technically a Mobius strip. It’s a mathematical curiosity containing a half twist that creates one continuous plane vs a normal ring, which would have two planes. Bach’s arguably most genius piece of work, Crab Canon, is written as a Mobius strip, it’s the same string of music played forwards and then backwards- that’s why my date recognized the shape. It’s often associated with infinity, which was amazing to learn since my intent was to capture continuous forward movement. In that way, the collection is really about where dream meets reality.
What’s your personal philosophy when it comes to jewelry?
Invest in quality pieces by designers you believe in.
New York or Paris?
Well, this is just a mean question! You know I love French men and French fashion…and that I’m at least 20% French according to 23 and me.
Right now I’m obsessed with…
This morning I woke up and ….
Went to brunch at Butcher’s Daughter followed by a latte at the Elk that I drank with my friend while sitting on a bench in one of my favorite secret gardens (St. Luke’s on Hudson).
Every woman should own…
A trio of my Move rings.
Last text I sent …
Was to you, confirming I bought tickets to join you in seeing Olivia Wilde on Broadway in 1984.
My style icons are…
Cate Blanchett, Amal Clooney, Lee Radziwell, Bianca Jagger, Maja Wyh, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, Lauren Bacall, Jeanne Damas
A favorite daydream of mine …
Seeing all of the Show Road collections I have in my mind created and ready to be purchased in my online shop. I probably have close to 20 collections in mind so it will be a while, but very soon there will be stripes and diamonds!
I’d love to steal …
Your Jonathan Adler marble coffee table, the rug you got in Turkey, your Chanel black cap toe slingbacks, your Realisation Par polka dot dress in XS because I got the S and I think it’s slightly too big, your tan and muscle tone.
The piece of jewelry that never leaves my body is…
Any advice you’d like to give to someone entering the fine jewelry space?
Don’t give up. Make small incremental progress and commit to doing it forever. Seriously, I will do this forever so the universe is going to have to give in and make it successful eventually. Make sure you have saved enough money or have funding, gold ain’t cheap.
Where do you see yourself and Show Road this time tomorrow? How about 5 years from now? 21 years from now?
This Time Tomorrow I expect to see a few new orders in my inbox as a result of this article
Five years from now I’d love for Show Road to be a known fine jewelry brand that you come to when you want something elegant and wearable, but with an artful point of view. Jewelry that’s typically considered wearable art can feel like you’re attaching a complete painted canvas to your body whereas I’d like you to think of Show Road as the paint.
21 years from now I just hope I’m still alive.
If you’re just joining my Australia series now, a few months back I hopped down under with the Destination New South Wales tourism board to explore the state of New South Wales. Sydney was our obvious (and highly anticipated!) starting point (you can catch my recaps here and here), but it was the subsequent parts of our journey that I was really looking forward to — starting with a short hop and a skip over to Coffs Harbour (less than a two hour flight from Sydney).
Coffs Harbour is relatively off the beaten path when it comes to main destinations throughout the state and Angie and I were excited to explore once we got into town, ready to stretch our road trip legs. The area itself is on the north coast of New South Wales and is primarily known for its beaches, a Big Banana Monument (yep!) and Russel Crowe (who owns a ranch house in town). But after a few short days in the area, Angie and I realized it’s a lot more than that. Sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, tucked away rain forests with waterfalls and some of the most incredible sunrises I’ve ever seen. I loved how remote the area felt, like a great long summer weekend getaway spot, that is returned to year after year, and for good reason: It’s beautifully charming.
I’ve rounded up our itinerary below — hope you enjoy this photo diary!
OUTFIT DETAILS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE): Outfit #1: Sachin & Babi gown (sold out, similar style here) // Outfit #2: Kenneth Cole bathing suit; Frank & Eileen shirt // Outfit #3: Zara top (sold out, but dying over this top); Frame jeans; Self-Portrait heels // Outfit #4: Sachin & Babi dress
WHAT TO SEE AND DO:
Hiking: Hands down, this was definitely my highlight of exploring Coffs Harbour. We had basically one full day to explore and hike, so we got an extra early start after breakfast at Cafe Aqua. We first headed out toward Bellingen along Waterfall Way, a scenic drive, about an hour from our hotel. Highlights of Bellingen include Old Butter Factory, Hammond and Wheatley Emporium and Bellingen Gelato. We continued on from Bellingen toward Dorrigo plateau and Dangar Falls, where there’s a beautiful vista point to look out over the waterfall.
We then made our way over to Dorrigo National Park, where we hiked for several hours through the rainforest no less to the Crystal Shower Falls (the waterfall spot you see in some of these photos here). It was incredible — hardly anyone was out on the trail that day. I felt like we had the park to ourselves.
Precision Helicopter Ride: This was actually my first helicopter ride and I’m so glad I got to enjoy it over some of the most beautiful Australian beaches of Coffs Harbour. The Precision team knew how much we wanted to take photos during our flight, so they removed the doors entirely (yep, crazy!) and took us for an extra long tour of the coastline before heading inland right over Russel Crowe’s house.
Beaches: We spent a majority of our time on Digger Beach (situated right in front of our hotel), but there are plenty to choose from in the area. Opt for coastal drives as well, which is what we did as we drove to Byron Bay.
WHREE TO STAY:
Breakfree Aanouka Beach Resort: My favorite part of staying here for several days? These beach photos you see here, where I’m in the pink Sachin & Babi gown? Right on property! We woke up each morning, grabbed a cup of coffee and walked right out here to enjoy the sunrise (or what was left of it). The water was surprisingly warm for the time of year, making it great for a midday dip and once the sun set behind the nearby hills, we enjoyed a glass of wine at the property’s bonfire pits. Rustic and charming — a perfect holiday resort for families and honeymooning couples alike.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK:
Casay on the Beach: Our first meal in town was at our hotel and it was a welcome sight for sore eyes! After a long day of traveling (flying and eating and fighting jetlag), we enjoyed fresh seafood overlooking the beach and a crisp bottle of wine, before settling in for the night.
Cafe Aqua: I always love discovering local favorites and it’s easy to see why Cafe Aqua quickly filled up once we sat down for breakfast. What I wouldn’t give for another round of their avocado toast and house granola!
Canopy Cafe: Situated in the middle of Dorrigo National Park, Canopy Cafe is the perfect spot for a post-hike lunch. Angie and I hopped here after trekking to Crystal Shower Falls, indulging in a light lunch of salads out on their patio, which sits right above the treetops down below.
Horizons Restaurant: Our last night in town, we headed to Opal Cove Resort, for a fitting swan song dinner before we were to leave for Byron Bay the following morning. After having my fill of seafood throughout the trip, I opted for lamb this particular evening while Angie went with prawns.
A few weeks back, I asked on Insta Stories what kind of fitness content you wanted to see. An overwhelming amount of you asked for more nutrition based guides and honestly, I’m so glad you did. Admittedly, if you looked in my cabinets and refrigerator at home, you’d probably shake your head at me. Whether it’s my travel schedule or the sheer amount of restaurants around me, I don’t prioritize cooking at home as much as I should, which I’m starting to realize is a big mistake as a runner, not to mention way too expensive in general.
I recently asked Lacee (who’s a big runner herself), to sound off on some digestible (pun intended) ways to start incorporating a more balanced, well-rounded runner diet into my routine, that doesn’t involve me waiting in line for a leafy kale salad at Sweetgreen every night. Here are her 12 nutrition tips for runners.
One thing to note: Lacee isn’t a certified nutritionist. I value her thoughts as a trainer and a big runner herself, but of course, encourage you to run these tips by your doctor/nutritionist if you’re curious how each might affect and work for you.
1. Whole foods, healthy fats, complex carbs! It’s all about managing this balance, along with replenishing vitamins, minerals and adding antioxidant-rich foods. I find smaller meals and portions work well for runners, especially during training season.
2. Hydration is important, especially replenishing electrolytes/salt after a long run. Coconut water and electrolyte replenishing tabs (check out the company Nuun) are great to have on hand.
3. Heavy carb loading is a myth; binging on complex carbohydrates like pasta and bread the night before a long run is unnecessary. Sweet potatoes, lentils, steel cut oats, figs and bananas are all great options and easier to digest a few hours before a run, or added to dinner the night before a long run.
4. Smoothies with fruit, vegetables and healthy fats are an easy to digest option and packed full of healthy carbs, sugar and fiber. My favorite combos: coconut water, kale, ½ banana, blueberries and optional ½ avocado.
5. Marathon runners shouldn’t use logging miles as an excuse to overeat or eat anything in sight! It can be common for a runner to gain weight or maintain weight during training. Try to focus on easily digestible, fiber-rich foods (like leafy greens and veggies), lean protein and healthy fats (like avocados). Eat when you’re hungry, not because you think you need to.
6. Hydrate the evening before a long run and two hours before a run; three liters per day is a good benchmark; adding more depending on length of runs and training conditions.
7. What to eat before a long run? Something carb rich, with a bit of sugar. My favorite recommendation is a slice of flourless bread (Eziekiel 365) toasted with a layer of almond butter and ½ smashed banana or handful of raspberries or blueberries. This is personal and depends on how good the runner feels after eating. Try out multiple variations (previously mentioned, smoothie, etc)… to find what feels good.
8. What to eat pre-race on race? Same as above, but a few hours before the race.
9. What about after a run? This is when protein can be added in higher amounts: lean meat on a salad, eggs, vegan supplement in a smoothie.
10. What about traveling? As simple as possible: keep sauces and heavy foods to a minimum. Being prepared and taking small snacks along can really reduce the temptation to grab processed food. Unsalted nuts, fruit, Lara bars (good pre-run, a good amount of carbs and natural sugar from dates) and avocado are easy foods to transport.
11. As for dairy? Avoid it. This can be difficult to digest for most.
12. An ol’ beer tastes SO good after a long run and will metabolize quickly. This is the time to drink those carbs!