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I recently took a weekend trip to Washington D.C. and I made it imperative to do some sight seeing. Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States but I didn’t know it also a capital for impeccable art. Growing up in a european and caribbean household I’ve always had a deep fascination with art. My mother and father collected different works of arts when I was a child and it was a trait I picked up. When I travel I enjoy going to museums and monuments. I have been blessed to travel both domestic and international. Having a French father, ever since I was a little girl I fell in love with Paris. I love the fashion, architecture, food, and one of the most famous attractions, The Louvre Museum. The Louvre is a big “must see” when in Paris because of the Louvre pyramid, but the museum contains amazing pieces of artwork. At night, the pyramid lights up and has a red light that beams down the center, total Harry Potter vibes. If you’re ever in the D.C. area, I highly suggest visiting the reflective pyramid that is located right across the street from the National Mall Art Museum (east building). The pyramid is so beautiful that it allows you to feel like you are in Paris for a few moments, for me it was a few hours (haha!). It isn’t as grand and big as The Louvre Pyramid but it is definitely a site to see.

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Photographed by Anne Kim

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Valentine’s day is less than a week away and you’re probably thinking what you should buy for your lover or yourself. Yes, that’s right, I said YOURSELF. Valentine’s Day is about love, so don’t forget that self love is very important. To me, it’s important that I spoil myself here and there. It’s nice to gift someone with the traditional chocolates and flowers but you can never go wrong with a new bag. Whether you are shopping for he or she, the Dagne Dover Landon Carryall is a must have! This bag comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) ,four colors, and is unisex.  It’s perfect for going to work, the gym, or a quick weekend trip. My favorite feature is that the bag is 100% neoprene fabric. The fabric is so high tech that you can wash it and dry it.  There are multiple compartments, one for your phone, laptop, and it comes with a mini pouch.

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Different sizes come with a different prices but the good thing is that all the bags are UNDER $200. Step out the Valentine’s day comfort zone and buy a bag without breaking the bank!

Photographed by : @underground_nyc 

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Last month, I had the pleasure of going to Miami, Florida for the Adele concert ( I waited a almost a year for this concert and it was definitely worth the wait). During my stay, I had the opportunity to spend some time on South Beach at one of Miami’s hottest new hotels, The Confidante. I was greeted with a cocktail by a very friendly concierge. This hotel is full of culture, color, and class. The rooms are spacious and filled with vibrant colors. When you aren’t enjoying the comfort of your room, you can take a trip downstairs and relax poolside. The pool area is filled will gorgeous bungalows where you can order a cocktail, or a mocktail, for my non-alcoholic drinkers. If you are there on a weekend, you can catch one of the hotel’s day parties. If you want to experience the beach, all you have to do is follow a small trail way that leads to the beautiful white sand. The hotel staff can assist you with a beach tent for you and your company. The Confidante is truly a place for fun and relaxation. The location isn’t too far from the South Beach strip, so you’re able to feel like you’re away on a private island, while still being close to the night life. Consider, The Confidante, for your next stay in sexy South Beach.

peace & love,

Ivy Coco

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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.

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xoxo,

Ivy Coco

All pictures were taken by Anne Kim

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 Jumper: Zara

Shoes: AMI Clubwear

One thing I love about New York City is that so many things happen underground. People are pushing and moving to get from one train to the next, but it’s the things underground that I see that makes me stop and think. New York City never sleeps, no matter if it’s day or night you’re always on a journey. In the underground of NYC, you can see happiness, sadness, joy, pain, life and death. In a city that is so multi-cultural, you get a big bite out of the big apple just by being underground. Being a Los Angeles native, I’ve never been in a rush to get from point A to point B, only if I am extremely late. But in NYC, it’s sooo imperative for people to get from point A to point B, fast, quick, and in a hurry. Just by monitoring the pace of how the citizens of NYC walk, I found out my fast walking is their regular walking pace.

The underground isn’t just a place of transportation, it is a space of expression. I’ve witnessed love, fear, and anxiety all while being underground in NYC. I’ve seen a man stop everyones quick pace, by bending down on one knee and asking his girlfriend to be his wife in 42nd St. station. I’ve seen a man turn noise into silence, because his heart stopped in Penn Station. I’ve seen smiles on the faces of people who went numb, when listening to an Asian man sing Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World in Chambers St. Station. No matter how fast you are moving, there is always time to stop, no matter if it is for 1 second or 1 minute. It’s important as humans that we learn from our surroundings. Everyone has a story and we all express it differently. The underground of NYC is full of story telling, getting a taste of other people’s lives makes you reflect on your own. You don’t have to have a deep reflection, sometimes you just need a brief one. Just think about the things you have power of, like being able to be a better an individual by smiling at someone. It’s the little things on your journey that have the greatest impact. Sometimes we just need to make undergound as bright as above ground.

xoxo,

Ivy Coco

All photos were taken by the photographer of @underground_nyc (Instagram)

It was such an amazing experience working with Aaron, the man who is behind the flourishing Instagram page @underground_nyc. He has an amazing spirit and ability to grasp an individuals’ essence. His skills of quickness and precision, make his work of art unique and creative. Using the space of underground NYC, that in itself is a representation of how his creativity is daring and different.

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