I normally travel a lot for work, but it has been especially intense the last few months. I seem to be living out of hotels seventy five percent of the time. As challenging as it is to make a hotel room feel like home, I think I've gotten really close. Of course, it helps a tremendous amount when you stay in a luxurious hotel that prides itself on exceptionally personalized service, which is what The Mandarin Oriental New York does incredibly well.
| Zara jacket | Madewell dress | Ninewest booties | F21 necklace | Banana Republic belt | YSL lipstick |
Here are a few photos of our beautiful room that overlooks Columbus Circle.
Over the last few months, we have been traveling to New York quite a bit for our live shows as well as Apollo Robbins's TV projects and appearances. The airports are often demanding and exhausting, but I thoroughly enjoy being a bicoastal denizen. The parched vastness of the Las Vegas valley becomes beautifully balanced once I spend the other half of my days climbing the skies with Manhattan's high-rises. The diverse lives of the city that come across my way in New York travel with me back to the desert, their faces carving out across the spectacular sandscape from my aerial view in the clouds, an almost perfect state of longing, neither there nor here.
It has taken me a long time to wear this outfit. The fearless gesture of mixing bold patterns like horizontal stripes and golden leopard used to be out of my timid fashion range. Coming to the US at the age of 13, I consider myself a 1.5 generation immigrant and such a personal history typically does not consist much risk-taking. Any sensible 1.5'er would try not to attract too much attention, whether by speaking accented English or wearing an unconventional mixture of patterns. But I've become more optimistic over the years. I grow less and less afraid to mis-pronounce new words I've only used in writing, as well as wearing whatever combination of eccentricities that strike my mood. It feels free to be a risk-taking 1.5'er.
| American Apparel top & skirt | Bebe jacket (very old) | Zara scarf | Marc Jacobs tote | Madewell boots | Banana Republic necklace |