Friday, February 27, 2015

Dahlia SS / 15

Hello! One of my all-time favorite brands, Dahlia, recently sent me six of my favorite outfits from their absolutely lovely Spring/Summer '15 collection to style in my own way and to shoot an editorial with (coming soon <3). The clothing that they make is so wonderful, as it's all very 60s inspired (one of my favorite fashion eras), and I'm so honored to have had the opportunity to shoot a collaboration such as this one with them. I just adore all of the peter pan collars, fun prints, and tiny details that make up this incredible collection, and it was no trouble at all to style the pieces with what I own considering their style fits so perfectly with what I already wear on a pretty much day-to-day basis. Plus, thankfully there's been a vacant apartment below mine for the past couple of months (?? so strange in New York City, I know) so I discovered that it was the perfect place to take simple, well-lit photos (so many more windows then in my dark cave of an apartment!!). My boyfriend and I snuck down there over the span of a couple of days to shoot these without, thankfully, any bother from the slightly intimidating real estate agency workers on the lower floor, and I'm so happy with how they turned out! It was also one of my boyfriend's first times taking more fashion-y photos, and he did so well (another talent to add to his list)-- I'm going to have to start making him be my full-time blog photographer... Just kidding.. Kind of.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy these photos! And be sure to check out the rest of Dahlia's dreamy collection at (*◕ᴗ◕*)

Plus-- check out my interview with them talking about this post and life and whatnot at

I love the scalloped collar on this dress so much! It's so sturdy and well-shaped. Also, it's detachable, so if you decided you want more of a simple look you can take it off without a problem. This dress was probably my favorite out of the entire collection (although, it's a tough call-- everything's so great!) and the added pleated detail on the sleeve pretty much makes it. 

This matching shorts/shirt combination is so cute! I've never really thought of matching two prints on top and bottom (I'm usually more of an avid print mixer) but it turned out so nicely and after putting this on.. Well, let's just say I'll probably be wearing a matching set of some sort the next time you see me.

The perfectly delicate white flower detail on this dress was the first thing that caught my eye, and since I've always been such a fan of florals (I have a problem), I couldn't wait to pair it with these flower tights from ASOS that I'd been wanting to wear but was putting it off for the warmer months ahead. Side note: This dress also reminds me of this little shirt that I got in Guatemala when I was younger (what happened to that shirt?)...

I had the most doubts about successfully styling this skirt, as I don't usually buy longer skirts for whatever reason, and wasn't really sure what to wear with it at first, but I ended up pairing it with another item in my wardrobe that was a slightly unusual/impulse buy for me (this black velvet crop top from American Apparel) and I'm super stoked with how it turned out! The light pink color of this skirt is such a perfect shade of pink and it's inspired me to want to invite more long skirts into my life. I apologize for the right side of the skirt being blown out in the above image-- the lighting wasn't nearly as nice as I predicted it would be, and it probably doesn't do the detail the justice it deserves. Such a lovely skirt though!

Another matching set! And another thing I usually don't take the time to try wearing-- pants. I don't know what it is, but over the past couple of years I've been notorious for never wearing pants, and it's just kind of stuck-- until now! These pants are really cool! I don't say that lightly, as I'm incredibly picky about my pants, but these pants are so nice. They fit so well, and I love the culotte fit of them, which is a newly popular style that I hadn't gotten around to trying out yet. Plus, the print is so beautiful! It reminds me of the super green plant-filled (I love plants) botanical gardens around this city that I find myself visiting on pretty much every free day of mine. So peaceful~

This dress, and the many styles they carry that are similar to it, are what originally caught my attention when I first discovered Dahlia some time ago. I immediately fell in love with the smock cut, the little ribbon, the small flower detail on the top, and most of all, and the most expected from me-- the peter pan collar! This dress is just so dreamy (literally, my dream dress) and I'm so grateful to finally have had the opportunity to see it in the flesh. I decided to pair it with one of my mock necks for a colder weather look I suppose (it is still the dead of winter here) and with my white tights for a slight bit of leg warmth. Such a perfect creation, this dress.

(o˘◡˘o) Anyway, have a lovely day! And be sure to check out Dahlia-- they make such wonderful clothes and the company is made up of even more wonderful people.

All above photos taken by Ryan Santos Phillips
Clothing by Dahlia

Monday, February 23, 2015

Toujours Toi Family Affairs

In early February, after deciding to collaborate for my first blog post, I received some lovely outfits to shoot with from local Brooklyn designers Nina and Kayla Egli, who together make up Toujours Toi Family Affairs.  When I stumbled across their website months ago, I fell in love with the clothing-- with all of the beautiful collars and little details that make these designs stand out so much from the usual attire, and it made me so happy to be presented with the opportunity to shoot with it. Now, after having spent the past couple of weeks shooting and compiling these images, they are finally ready to share with you. In the following photos, I am proud to present you with some of the wonderfully whimsical pieces that make up Family Affairs. <3

Dress: Minnie Dress
Earrings: Cupid Earrings

Dress: Yoko Dress
Earrings: Cupid Earrings

Dress: Yoko Dress
Earrings: Cupid Earrings

Dress: Maeve Dress
Earrings: Cupid Earrings

Dress: Maeve Dress
Earrings: Cupid Earrings

All above photos taken by David White and Ryan Santos Phillips
Clothing by Nina Egli and Kayla Egli

I had a ton of fun shooting all of these= it gave me a chance to dress up despite the icy cold weather that limits to me to wearing the two outfits that I own that can withstand snow. Plus, I've always been a fan of location scouting, so it was interesting for me to try to match the pieces with the backgrounds and places that felt right to me (while not freezing to death...). Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these images, and, once again, be sure to check out some of their lovely designs at