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.
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.
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
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:
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
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!