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Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a small open town, covered with turquoise skies, pink walls, and friendly people. I enjoy getting out of the city and spending time with mother nature, and Santa Fe was the perfect place. It’s so important as humans that we create healthy space for ourselves living in a chaotic world. When you create healthy space outside of social media, a stressful schedule, and the up /downs of our own world, you’re opening the door to be at peace with yourself. It’s important that we take the time to reflect on our lives and choices. Make sure that you don’t over think, but simply learn from pervious decisions.

Sometimes when I need a place for a quick get away, I go to my room. I enjoy spending time with me, because I love me, and I have no problem with me. I like to keep my brain functioning, so when I’m in my room and away from the outside world, cleaning my closet is an activity that allows me to create space. I am able to create space in my closet and I am able to create space in my mind. It’s like killing two bird with one stone, I can clean up and free my mind. I find cleaning very calming and fun, because when you add your favorite music to an activity or chore, it’s a great energy booster. Make sure that you take time to make your personal needs a priority. Mental and physical health is important, so make sure that you are aware of the space that you are surrounded by and remember that you have the power to create your space.

X O

Ivy Coco

Photographed by Arielei Kinzer

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Two Piece Matching Set: Mousai Clothing

Boots: 4th and Reckless

Whenever I am confused about what to wear, I always try to stay calm and keep it neutral. When I mean neutral, I mean, I tend to stray towards the neutral colors in my closet, like ivory, mocha, olive, sand, and taupe. Once in a while, we all have those moments where we ask ourselves ” What the heck am I am going to wear today”? That is why I have a section in my closet dedicated to neutral colored clothing. For those indecisive days of not knowing what to wear to work, the doctors office, or to class, remember that neutral tones are easy to pair with denim, khakis, or slacks. Another plus for neutral colors is that they look good on a number of skin tones, but you have to figure out what neutral colors look best on you. Once you’ve learned which colors work best for you, you are one step closer to avoiding those indecisive wardrobe days.

When it comes down to making daily life choices, it’s important to stay POSITIVELY NEUTRAL. Every day we are placed in different situations, no matter if it’s positive or negative. The situation can only benefit you, if you are willing to react in a neutral manner. I know it sounds easier said then done, but it takes practice, just like many things in life.  When I say “react neutral”, I don’t mean not to react all, but I mean to accept the circumstance and overcome them. In positive situations, remember to have humility and be thankful, but you must do the same in negative situations as well. When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to end up isolating yourself, and waste time thinking  about things that will not have a long term affect on your life. The best things to do is quickly dissect the situation, accept it, learn from it, and MOVE ON! Trust your gut and have faith in your choices. Over time, you must program your mind to accept your challenges and highlights, so that you are able to move forward.

xoxo

IVY COCO

Photographed by Durell Hospedale

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We all crave an “old school” type of love in today’s chaos. We all want a love like our grandparents, a love that is unconditional, and a love so deep the ocean would be jealous. Photographer and creator,Marcus Derricotté, loosely based this photoshoot on young love photos between McJagger and Jimmy Hendrix’s girlfriends in modern day NYC central Park. Models, Sarah Kaufmann and Tomas Castro, visually created palpable love through the power of youth and innocence.

 

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Credits

Photographer- Marcus Derricotté (Derricotté Productions, LLC, www.Derricotte.com, @mderricotte on insta)

Model – Sarah Kaufmann (Major Model Management NYC, Instagram: @Sarahkauf7 )

Model – Tomas Castro (Major Model Management NYC, Instagram: @father.tom on )

MUA – Ashley L Dalton (AshleyLDalton.com Instagram: @Ashleyldalton_ )

Thomas’ pants are YSL, black/white short sleeve was allsaints, the rese of the shirts were supreme and Saint Laurant boots. The rest of the tops were from Supreme

Sarah was wearing all Zara and top shop jeans/shoes & accessories.

 

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Sweatshirt and Jeans: Gee C Vibez

Shoes: Sole Wish

Who knew that going to college would actually have an impact on the color of clothing I choose to wear. One of the best life choices I’ve made thus far in life, was attending Syracuse University. Funny thing is, the first time I entered Syracuse’s campus it was move in day for the incoming freshman. I can probably guess what you’re thinking right about now, “Why would she attend a university that she never visited before ?”. To answer your question, I’m not sure why I made the choice of not visiting prior to attending, but I was willing to take the risk.

Many Syracuse University students and alumni often use the phrase ” I bleed Orange”, which basically means, Syracuse University is the best school ever and that being an Orangeman and Orangewoman is the coolest thing you can ever be in life, lol. I have so much orange hanging in my closest, that I had to create a drawer dedicated to all my Syracuse paraphernalia. Knowing that summer is quickly coming to an end and fall is right around the corner, orange is a fun color that is great during both seasons.

During summer, bright orange is great to wear because it brings out your complexion when you have a tan, and it’s a color that complements a variety of skin tones. Orange is great during the fall when it’s a rustic orange color that gives off autumn vibes. I love buying over sized grampa sweaters, and one of my favorites is a rustic orange cardigan. Many people feel like orange is such an “out there” color and can’t be paired with anything, but that’s not true. Orange is a fun color, and I am not just saying that because it is Syracuse’s school color, haha. You can color block with orange, have a great orange statement piece, or a nice orange/peachy lipstick is always fun too. Never underestimate a garment because of it’s color, you never know how it can enhance your wardrobe.

xoxo,

Ivy Coco

P.S. Did you know that there is no word that rhymes with orange?

Hair: Hair styled by Shawnah at HairStory Philly

Pictures taken by: Ryan Powell

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T-shirt: Gee C Vibez

Pants: Zara (on sale)

Purse: Chanel (vintage) Reinvintage carries great vintage Chanel

This past weekend, I visited our United States capital, Washington D.C., along with one of my college best friend’s, roommate, and business partner, Regina. Together, we took a nice girls trip from New York City to D.C. for a pop up shop for our vintage clothing line, Gee C Vibez. We drove on Saturday morning, even though we were recovering from our best friend’s turnt birthday celebration on Friday night. En route to D.C., the sky opened up and we realized we were driving through Maryland’s thunderstorm/flood watch. Instead of getting caught in the rain, we decided to stop at Mo’s Seafood in Baltimore. We sat at the bar and quickly ordered some waters, since we were still recovering from Friday’s festivities. The restaurant is known for their famous crab cakes, but since I am allergic to seafood, I ordered a great Cajun Chicken sandwich that was perfectly seasoned and served with steamed mixed vegetables that were superb. We exchanged stories, shared laughter, and got hit on by a pair of old conservative car sales men trying to get their groove on.

After a filling meal, our Thelma and Louise road trip continued. After a 5 hour ride, we finally arrived at my great Aunt Carolyn’s home in D.C. In her northeastern/southern accent, she greeted us at the door yelling “Are the flies out there eatin’ yall yet ?”, we honestly couldn’t help but to share some laughs with her, then jump right into the bed. Sunday morning, I roamed the streets of the colorful Georgetown with creator and photographer, Anne Kim. It was my first time in Georgetown and I enjoyed and embraced the multicolored walls. Anne and I were able to snag some quick pix in a cute and quaint peach colored alley. The weather might have been scorchingly hot, but the lighting was perfect.

I took a nice Sunday stroll along the water next to the Washington Memorial, which is a 10-12 minute car ride from Georgetown. It was a quite and soothing walk, which is what I needed. Taking a blissful walk is needed in my life, especially when things are getting crazy, busy, and hectic. No matter if your “WOO- SAH” moment only lasts for 20 minutes, at least you took some time out of your day to dedicate to yourself. Sunday afternoon, Regina and I set up our pop up shop at Sugar hosted by JC The Stylist. Every last Sunday at Sugar, JC The Stylist, hosts an event called Style Mixer Sundays that allows young fashion designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and creatives in the D.C. area to network and showcase their products. Our pop up shop was a success, but once again the sky opened up and we got caught in a mini storm on our way home. We waited for the rain to subside, so we stopped at another Aunt’s house (AGAIN) located in the cow country suburbs of Maryland (it was beautiful, but it was a little bit far from civilization for me, lol). My Aunt Sandra served us homemade eggplant parmesan with angel hair pasta that was so DAMN GOOD! For us young ladies that are living the post graduate life, that free meal was completely worth it. I thank God for family and good friends because as we departed for our road trip back home, I realized during my quick stay I was able to receive the best thing life can offer, LOVE.

taken on Snapchat: Follow me @ IvyCoco23

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xoxo,

Ivy Coco

All pictures were taken by Anne Kim

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