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An All-American Summer


I hope your 4th of July was filled with backyard BBQs and an inappropriate amount of hot dogs! In the spirit of America’s birthday this week, I thought I’d post some photos from my family’s trip to Iowa last year. Because what is more all-American than Iowa in the summer? Cheers to all that red, white, and blue in America’s heartland.



Photo Shoot: Blue Crush


It’s officially been 6 months since my last post and I have no excuse except for a busy summer. Eek! With the rains and cool weather on the way, I’ll give you a little summer reboot with a series I did during the never-ending heat wave that engulfed Hawaii all summer. Shot at my favorite spots on the way to the North Shore – from Chinaman’s Hat to Pupukea – we were blue crushing it all day in retro 70s surf attire. Now featured on The Edit Hawaii.

Models: Lohelani Hicks at Larson Models and Talent and Taneka Stephens at Premier Models, Beauty: Kecia Littman, Photo Assistant: Melissa Williams


The Top Sight to See in Miami: Vizcaya

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As I mentioned in my last instagram roundup, a found a gem during my last trip to Miami – a city I don’t have a great relationship with. A weekend in South Beach? Sure, it’s nice if you’ve never been anywhere remotely tropical, but the rest of the city is nothing to write home about. Readers of Jungle Fever know my beef with the city, but this time I have – surprise! – something good to share.

The next time you visit Miami, you must go to Vizcaya. Think Downtown Abbey relocated to the jungle, with a touch of The Shining. I found my dream house in this villa-turned-museum set on acres of lush foliage and manicured gardens. Construction finished in 1922, but owner James Deering brought antiquities from all over Europe to give this estate a much older, collected-over-time feel. You can tour the elaborately decorated rooms of the house, but no photos were allowed so these were shot on the grounds instead with my mama as the model.

3251 South Miami Avenue. Adults $18. Closed on Tuesdays.

Find yourself in South Florida? Check out these previous posts: Greetings From the Only City Where Rollerblading Is Still Cool, Adios Miami: Exploring the Everglades

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Where to Wear: Fashion Week Fall 2015, Part 1

It’s that time of year again, when the fashion world descends on New York, London, Milan, and Paris. With the final shows wrapping up in the City of Lights, I bring you some of my faves from the Fall 2015 collections and all the faraway places they had me dreaming about:





(Photo Credits: All runway looks from, Banff from here, Riga from here, and Lamu from here.)

Winter Warm Up with Hot Pot

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As the temperatures drop, it’s time to start dreaming of hot pot. There’s nothing better than sharing a pot of spicy broth and mountains of meat, seafood, and veggies with friends on the coldest of days. If you haven’t tried this Chinese specialty yet, get your belly ready. Our favorite in the city is Shanghai Tide, where we believe all-you-can-eat hot pot with all-you-can-drink Budweiser is worth the trip out to Flushing. Bottoms up!

Shanghai Tide, 135-20 40th Rd, Flushing, NY 11354



Local Flavor: Red Hook, Brooklyn

When I’m in the city, I try to make a pilgrimage down to Red Hook. A pilgrimage it is, after a train and bus ride down to the industrial dock area of Brooklyn, but it’s got a vibe unlike anywhere else in the city. Part desolate, part chic, and one of those places that you need to know where to find the good stuff. My good friend Zack DeZon personifies what you think of New York life: a well-dressed creative living in a beautiful loft in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Who better to show you the sights? Here are his Red Hook picks:
 1. Hometown BBQ: The proprietor of this Texas-style barbecue joint isn’t actually from Texas, but he took a pilgrimage there to study under some of the greats, and it must have worked! Every cut of meat there is delicious, but the brisket and beef ribs stand out above the rest as a culinary experience not to be missed.
 2. Red Hook Winery: When friends visit, I always try swing by this scenic warehouse on the water to take advantage of their $5 tasting menu. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and the bold, unique, and sometimes esoteric flavors they get out of oft-maligned grapes like Merlot and Riesling are stupendous.
 3. Pioneer Works: Opened by artist Dustin Yellin, whose open studio is next door, this enormous warehouse and its oddly-sculpted side yard are home to a number of very talented artists working with their studios open for the public’s viewing. Plus, every 2nd Sunday of the month there’s a big party.
 4. Brooklyn Crab: Even though I’m not a huge seafood fan, it makes me happy to have this kitschy three-story crab shack in the neighborhood. It’s just a great spot to have a beer, play some Cornhole, and generally pretend you’re at an actual beach.
 5. Botanica: This cocktail bar has wonderful drinks and atmosphere, but its most notable aspect is the fact that it shares a wall with Cacao Prieto, one of Red Hook’s whiskey and rum distilleries (and a chocolate factory to boot). Most, if not all, of their signature drinks use either Widow Jane whiskeys or Due North Rum, and as an added bonus they even sell Nat Sherman cigars out of the adjacent pop-up shop during the warmer months.
 Oh, and besides being a foodie and tour guide extraordinaire, Zack DeZon is also an amazing photographer. Check out his work here.

Photo Shoot: “Jewel Tones” in the Jungle

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This should cause a serious case of jungle fever! I recently shot this “Jewel Tones” beauty editorial in Hawai’i for iMute Magazine. The lovely Megan lounged in our jungle set in a lot of vintage 70s pieces. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Makeup: Kecia Littman, Hair: Ashlee Valeros, Model: Megan Kuchenbecker at Wilhelmina Hawaii