Plank Time!

Yoga is a workout that has become a little bit of an obsession for me recently. After years of making fun of people who practiced Yoga I have to accept defeat and admit that they were really on to something. Here in New York there are loads of studios that offer all sorts of styles, practices and vibes and I’ve had a blast trying them all and discovering them while growing my practice.

I have been traveling to Miami a lot in the recent months so I needed to find a studio to visit whenever I am there, since I don’t wan to stop practicing yoga just because I am traveling. This is how I discovered and fell in love with Plank Yoga studio which is conveniently located 6 minutes away from where I live.
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The studio’s vibe is very clean, the decoration is minimalistic the floors are light wood which contribute to this cleanliness vibe and the color scheme is white and purple. There isn’t a whole lot going on in the studio, just the check in desk a small waiting area with an even smaller retail area. Yes the studio is tiny, but the number of people they accept is limited so you will never feel like you can’t stretch because you will hit a fellow Yogi.
I took a Power Vinyasa class with Taly Ostfeld who is the studio’s owner and man was that class challenging. It consisted of a traditional Vinyasa Flow sequence but on steroids. The transitions were incredibly  fast and the workout was mostly core-centric. My boyfriend who is a little less experienced in Yoga than I am, told me his abs were hurting for two days. This is not a class that I would recommend to someone who is a beginner but definitely one I would suggest to someone who wants to practice Yoga with a cardio component to it.
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Overall I was very satisfied with my experience at Plank and will be visiting it again in the future. There are two downsides to this studio which are the fact that they offer very few classes during the week and also the classes are super expensive. At $25 per class they are more expensive than even the most expensive studios in New York and buying big class packages does not lower the cost per class. Towels and mats are included which I guess compensates a little for the price of the class.

Let’s Talk About Miami.

Original essay written for Aileen Zeigen’s Masters of Architecture thesis: Invisible Cities. Aileen is not only one of the most talented human beings I know but has also been my friend for over 12 years and my family for life. I feel so honored to have been chosen to participate in this project.

Invisible Cities: Miami

If I had to boil Waves to a single sentence it would be “se habla ingles.” There is no greater truth than that previous statement: people in Waves speak English. They also speak Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese and pretty much any other language and dialect you can fathom. Although Waves is geographically located in the south of the United States I would dare say that this city is an ocean drop that contains a grain of salt from every part of the world.

Waves’ architecture is a direct reflection of this idea. One could say that its’ white buildings with blue windows represent the ocean and the sky, which is how most people arrive to this city. Because the thing is that throughout the years, Waves has become the landing strip for anyone who is craving a new adventure.

Even though Waves is one of the youngest most modern cities in the world, those who have developed it have made sure it maintains its authenticity. Here you can find neighborhoods like Miami Beach, which is over one hundred years old just minutes away from neighborhoods like Wynwood which barely a decade young. The best part is that they fit together in perfect harmony. I guess Waves really respects its elders.

As cities evolve they seem to earn a reputation for what they provide for the people who visit them. Paris promises you love, New York promises you that if you can make it there you can make it anywhere but Waves just wants the best for everyone. When you arrive here it welcomes you with open arms and its ocean views urge you to stay. It treats everyone who lands here as an equally important grain of salt that is essential to this ocean drop donde se habla ingles.

Snapshots of November

And suddenly, in the blink of an eye, it’s December. Its that time of the year where the weather gets colder, and the year draws to an end. That time when the Christmas lights come out to brighten your city. That time were we sit down and wonder where time went and what will the new year hold for us. That time when we dwell upon the new year’s resolutions that we never accomplished, and marvel on how wonderfully the year unfolded even thought we might not have done everything we would have wanted to.

Its a time of the year that brings with it a bittersweet taste, joy for everything that was, nostalgia for everything that wasn’t. A time to look back on how the year unfolded in front of our very eyes. Needless to say the recent past was extremely eventful. November not only marked the re-election of president Barack Obama, but also the exit of Nicolas Ghesquiere from Balenciaga. Its a time of closure as well as a time of new beginnings.

Here’s a glimpse of what my November looked like.

In your face

I visited the Mario Testino “In your face” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Love looks not with the eyes

I also came across this painting in the contemporary art section of the MFA. It made me think of Alexander McQueen’s tattoo that said: “love looks not with the eyes.” for anyone who’s not familiar with the quote it is retrieved from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Mfa

Found this at the MFA as well

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Yours truly, partying as usual. (dress by Custo Barcelona)

Sunday river

My friends and I rented a cabin in Sunday River, Maine. This was the view from the deck.

Le moosh

Oh look! a moose!!

Contributing writer

I was named contributing writer for Dirty Water News Boston.

Dove

Baby

November 1991

#osgemeos

Who said graffiti wasn’t art? A mural by Osgemeos

And the came Thanksgiving break, which I spent in sunny Miami!

Miami

Ninja turtles

Room with a view

Thanksgiving

And on Thanksgiving, I was very thankful to be able to spend that night with my best friend in the world: Billy.

Turkey break/ Turkey reunion

Miami beach

Miami Beach

And this is how November ended.

Shit just got real

Hard to believe that college is almost over for me

London

And suddenly, it was December.

Best and worst dressed cities.

I tend to publish only content created by me, yet I decided this article which I borrowed from Fashionista.com would be a very interesting addition to my blog.

Here it goes:

Travel + Leisure has released their annual America’s Favorite Cities list, which asked readers to rate cities in a variety of different categories from driving ability to friendliness and yes, stylishness. So, which cities came out on top? And which ones didn’t fare so well?

According to the survey, New York was the number one best dressed city in America (obviously), but the full best dressed list does offer up some surprises (Charleston? San Juan?). Read on to see both the best and worst dressed lists.

Best Dressed:
1. New York City
2. Charleston
3. Los Angeles
4. San Juan, P.R.
5. Miami
6. San Francisco
7. Savannah
8. Austin
9. Dallas/Fort Worth
10. San Diego

Worst Dressed:

10. Kansas City, Missouri

9. Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

8. Portland, Maine

7. Atlanta, Georgia

6. Dallas, Texas

5. San Antonio, Texas

4. Orlando, Florida

3. Baltimore, Maryland.

2. Salt Lake City, Utah

1. Anchorage, Alaska

 

Currently Craving Vol II

These beautiful Pierre Balmain jeans. I saw them at Scoop and it was love.

 

a Cut 25 two tone Blue Leather Jacket. Cut 25 is Israeli designers Yigal Azrouel’s more affordable diffusion line.

Funky printed Harem Pants!! With the arrival of warmer weather they’re a nice way to add color to your outfits.

These YSL shoes enamored me since I saw them on the runways of Paris Fashion Week. Plus pretty much every publication available decided to include them in their March editorials making me lust after them even more.

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An Alexander McQueen clutch…

… Or clutches, I want them all!!

A beach vacay

Actually forget about the beach vacay  and take me to Miami instead!!