Roundup: How to wear opera gloves

A few weeks ago, I hunkered down on the couch, with a plate of washed and destemmed grapes and the remote control within reach. By my feet, my fluffball of a poodle sighed, perched like a cute little cherry on top of a swirl of blanket. In other words, it was an evening of endless…

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Las Vegas, Nevada: What it was like saddling up for the first time

“I’m fine,” I tell Anton, but there’s a watery vulnerability in my voice which I’m sure he’s picked up on. Still, he asks me over and over. My response stays the same. It’s about as generic of an answer anyone could give, and at its core, when it’s not used passive-aggressively, it just means: I’m…

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Roundup: How to wear art prints

If you’ve ever read any of my blog posts or thumbed through my Instagram feed, you probably already know this: I love art. That’s partially because I grew up fully immersed in the works of the old masters (but that’s another topic for another post), but also because art — if you don’t let it…

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Mentryville, CA: Healing through hiking

The sun floods the sky with a deep, almost artificial mauve. The color seeps into the crevices of low-hanging, lumpy clouds — slowly, almost deliberately. If this sunset has an end time, it’s clearly in no hurry to reach it. We’re enjoying this, of course. What a better time for nature to threaten to dazzle…

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48 hours in a pandemic-era Las Vegas

*Writer’s note: My trip to Vegas happened back in November of 2020, before the recent travel restrictions and dramatic surges in COVID-19 cases. We don’t run into anyone. No hapless tourists in baggy cargo shorts leaving their rooms to test their luck with the slot machines. No boisterous laughter echoing off the walls. Just the…

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Roundup: My fashion trend predictions for 2021

Happy New Year! You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been laying low (or completely absent) for the past two weeks. Personal reasons — extra shifts at work and the passing of a very close family friend — came in the way of my blogging time, and I had to make sure that I took the necessary…

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Roundup: A size-free gift guide for that fashion-forward person in your life

If you have a fashion-forward friend you don’t know what to get, then you might find this size-free guide useful. I’m not talking about casual Topshop shoppers here. I’m talking about that super in-the-know friend or partner who gushes about Maryam Nassir Zadeh and always points out a Shrimps bag when she sees one.

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Amboy, CA: The lion-dogs that guard the desert (Part Two)

Preserving this imperiled piece of history isn’t easy. What was once Amboy’s blessing — its remote location, which made it an oasis for travelers needing to make a pit stop for some gas and a bite — has become its curse.

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Roundup: Dying for tie-dye + hair update!

For many, tie-dye brings about so much nostalgic memories of poolside afternoons, lava lamps and jelly sandals. But in 2020, tie-dye is all grown up. Now, it screams “fashion” instead of “tourist.”

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Amboy, CA: The lion-dogs that guard the desert (Part One)

No one knows how the lion-dog traveled to the Mojave Desert, or who brought it there. No one knows why, for a few months, she disappeared and came back again. And yet, there she stands at six foot tall, one paw patting the head of her cub. Her tooth is chipped, knocked off by a bullet from when a traveler thought it a target and shot up the statue with a high-powered gun.

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