“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astonish ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
Outfits: KAS New York; Sunnies: Illesteva from Ditto.com
Every time I am out socializing, networking, eating dinner, raging/popping bottles, whatever – the conversation of what I do for a living comes up. Every time. And I don’t mind it. However, it is pretty much the same conversation. Every. Single. Time. They ask what I do. I tell them I work in social media, marketing, I create content for brands and run my own website/brand and that I love it. Is it hard? Sure. It takes a lot to stay organized on all of my campaigns on top of my full time job at a major public company. Would I change a thing? Never. I love waking up every morning – what else is there to want in life? I’m happy and passionate about what I do. Genuinely.
Then I ask what they do and they always say “Well, my job isn’t as fun as your job but it pays well.” Maybe this is just because I’m going out to the wrong places but this is a very common answer I receive. I then awkwardly have to give them a pep talk and encourage them to do something they love to do which I know ultimately won’t change much but there is always a small chance right?
Bracelets by Boho Betty, Sunnies by Tom Ford
I love what I do. I love working. I love creating. I love meeting cool, inspiring humans. I love learning. I love my team at @dslabsglobal. I love life. (This is our lash pen BTW. How I got dem long, thick, flirtayyy lashes;)
Are there times where I have meltdowns. Sure. Do I get over it quickly? Duh. Perspective is key. Attitude is everything. I still have a million more goals to reach but I am happy throughout the whole process because I know I can do anything. And the best part is that no one can take it away from me because my happiness isn’t based on one person – it’s based on living my passions.
Did I immediately figure out what I love to do? Hello no. This took years. Honestly, yes I did get lucky and figure it out pretty quickly but that is because I’m a big list maker and doer so I went through my temporary phases rather quickly while I was in college. To me – college was just a phase where I could buy time to figure out what my passion was and how I was going to make a living off of it. Hack the system if you will.
SO. Here are some steps that I hope can help you get started in the right direction if you are going through the “finding yourself” phase. (Which you should really embrace.)
1. Make a list of things you think you might like to do. Be honest with yourself on this. What keeps you up at night and constantly fascinates you? What kind of articles are you drawn to? How do you want to live the majority of your life? WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN.
Like being able to work from anywhere and avoiding a dreadful 9-5 job. I could work from bed if I wanted to. BUT I love humans and collaborating. Most days.
2. Test them out and see if you are amazing at any of them. OR if you SERIOUSLY are in love with one of them and work really hard to become better at it.
3. Do LOTS of research. Find someone in that industry who you look up to and see how they got there. Or if you don’t admire anyone in a specific industry – look to other entrepreneurs and see how they became successful. Read, read, read. Watch, watch, watch. Learn, learn, learn.
4. SET CLEAR GOALS. You can’t accomplish anything if you don’t have any goals. Set immediate AND long term goals. And when you reach them #treatyoself.
“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” — Robert Heinlein
5. NEVER give up and NEVER stop believing in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself – who will? You think I always had people believing in me? HELL NO. But those assholes are the reason I kept pushing harder to better myself. So thanks haters – I seriously love you.
6. Travel a little bit. Or a lot. I went on a trip to my 2 homelands – Italy and Malta – alone last year – and it was the best experiences of my life. I know I’ve mentioned it before and I will mention it a hundred more times but I genuinely think you have to spend some alone time or “soul searching” if you will and figure out who you are.
7. Be honest. I’ve learned that even if it’s hard at first – it’s better to be honest than live a lie. Some may call it being blunt – but I think you should just always be transparent. It’s much easier to live an honest life. Who has time to keep up with these fake appearances? Also be open minded and never judge others. It’s their life – let them live it.
8. Don’t get frustrated with yourself. It may not come to you as soon as you want it to. BUT just keep trying and searching. I promise one day it will come and you will be like “YAHSSSSSSSS.”
9. Then you actually have to FOCUS. This may mean saying no to some nights out with friends – get over it. You have to truly focus unless you don’t want it bad enough. Remember that the struggle is temporary.
10. Find a mentor. Or 3. I would not be anything without my mentors. Fact. Surround yourself with people you look up to. Constant inspiration and guidance is key – especially in the beginning of your journey.
11. Take care of yourself. Truth of the matter is that people are attracted to good looking people who seem to have their life together. Eat right, exercise, sleep a little (the hardest task) and dress well. It’s a shallow world – learn how to work with it. But also do this for yourself. If you look and feel great – your attitude and energy will be great and you will have more confidence. Trust.
12. Don’t let anything stop you. Be bulletproof. Successful people fail all the time. Keep going.
13. Lastly, don’t be a dick. That may have worked 10 years ago but it’s really not ok.Be a genuine human with truly good intentions. Stop trying to intimidate people. Be relateable. We’re all just humans – don’t act like you’re above anyone. Be confident, not an asshole. At the end of the day people tend to do business with people they like – so be likeable.
I’ve seen so many of my friends pursue their passions. They quit their full time jobs to pursue photography, a start-up, travel, journal, blog, create etc. and guess what? The majority of them have all been successful. What is their definition of success? Making a living off of what they love to do. They pursued their passions and never looked back. Respect.
I wish you the best of luck and hope this inspired some of you to take action.
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl Buck
As proud millenials, we love to have the most efficient, the most convenient and the ultimate best of everything because #treatyoself, you deserve it. (Thanks for the life advice/cultural movement Aziz).
We also tend to be social butterflies – we love to partake in as many group experiences as we can such as dinners, traveling, drinking, shopping, sky diving – whatever.
We also LOVE technology – it’s kind of our favorite.
Since it is 2015 and nobody really carries cash anymore we need apps that can help us transfer funds seamlessly right? Right.
So I used to be an avid Venmo user but then discovered Square Cash – an app created by Square – and it is now my new FAVORITE app for sending money because the following…
1. Square Cash has no fees. None. Nada. Zero. Zilch. And businesses only pay 1.9%.
2. You can send up to $2500 per week.
3. It’s a Direct Bank Transfer so funds are available within 24 hours. The money goes directly to the bank account that is linked to your credit card so there is no middle man and no “cashing out” process unlike Venmo and PayPal. Personally – this was a huge point for me – I don’t want the extra step of cashing out. #aintnobodygottimeforthat
4. It’s private. Not everyone is going to see who you are paying and what for.
5. You don’t have to make an account – just download the app, link a card and use it seamlessly.
So let’s walk through the simple process of how to use this slick app – Square Cash.
You download the app, link a debit card, enter the amount of $ you want to send, type the person who you want to send to. Boom. All they have to do is accept and link a card if they are not already a user. They can now send money to anyone as well.
Square Cash is the quickest and easiest method I’ve seen for sending and receiving money. $$
Mind you – I’m personally really, really picky with apps I download because I like to keep it simple and also I may be slightly OCD and hate unnecessary items. However, this app is a must – IMO. Try it here.
Inspiration of the day:
“I don’t think that once you get to one level, you can relax. You’ve got to keep pushing.”
Song of the day: “Gold” by Kiiara
“Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had occurred at my family’s dinner table.”
Oh what a night… I felt especially blessed to know such inspiring humans over this perfect dinner brought to you by Freixenet and the wonderful Sarah Ashley (@salthousemkt). It was in my top 5 favorite meals of the year – I will never forget it. I love that our world has evolved into a place where we can work, create and inspire with people we love and share moments with our friends that will last forever. I really have respect for brands who see the importance of events. The experience that you can give to people is what I view as one of the most important factors because these moments live on with you forever.
BUT let’s talk about how amazing this meal was though. Every single dish, and obviously cocktail, had Freixenet integrated. If you aren’t familiar with Freixenet it is pronounced ‘fresh-eh-net’ and it is my favorite cava. If you haven’t tried it yet I highly recommend and if you ever need ideas for dinner parties or recipes head on over to SaltHouseMkt.com.
I wore all All Saints except the shoes are by Carolinna Espinosa – two of my favorite Euro brands:)
Song of the day: “Magnets” by Lorde and Disclosure
“Make yourself so happy, that by looking at you, other people become happy.” – Yogi Bhajan
Photos and video by @j2martinez
This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing designer behind @theeightsenses which just launched their pop-up shop at 120 Wooster in Soho, New York I rarely obsess over every single piece of a collection- but this line is pure perfection. Each piece is intricately designed for functionality with multiple pockets, easy fits and chic silhouettes. Intuitive. Purposeful. Beautiful. Read on for some looks I styled and make sure to stop by!
Inspiration of the day:
“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
This look is a mix of sporty and goth – I’m obsessed with hoods so naturally I loved this piece. #imsohood
Also I know it isn’t cold enough yet for this super neck warmer – BUT trust me – you will need this in a couple weeks in NY. So cozy.
Romper: Misha Vaidya + Bracelets: Boho Betty
“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter – you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process.
You’re a badass.”
I love to be living during a time when women are excelling more with their careers than ever before. Not only are they starting their careers at a younger age – they are also working on projects they are passionate about – where they can be themselves – and be the boss of their own life – self sufficient and strong. It’s a beautiful, strong and empowering movement.
“#Girlboss is a movement… Sophia encourages us to own the qualities we’ve previously been ashamed of…in order to become the masters of our own destiny, financially independent and radically ourselves. I’m so in.” – Lena Dunham
I wanted to start putting more of a story behind my style posts – hence why I am writing this piece in hopes of encouraging more young girls to just go for it.
Sophia Amoroso is the original Girl Boss and you can learn more about her, her mission and the movement here.
“So it’s about keeping personal responsibility for your future, being comfortable taking risks, and understanding that failure is the byproduct of your own invention. If you’re learning from everything that you’re doing, even if the outcome is not what you had anticipated or expected, you’re learning. If you’re learning from everything that you’re doing, you’re winning. I think a lot of people might be afraid of taking risks in their life because they’re afraid of failure. Failure is just not learning from everything that happens.” – Sophia Amoruso
“When I hear ‘no,’ I instead hear, ‘how?’ How can I do that? No is just the starting point. No is, “Okay, cool, so I’m going to have to be creative with this one.” Rejection hurts. But the feeling of pride, when you try again, and it works, it’s better than it working the first time because you can take even more ownership over your own success.” – Sophia Amoruso
“It’s not about being included. It about creating your own space and including yourself and then finding other people that are like okay.”
Okay now that we understand the essence of a Girl Boss – let’s go into how to become a girl boss and do girl boss thangs.
1. Find what you love to do and do that. Life is too short to not love what you are doing and you will never succeed if you are going through the motions on a project that you aren’t passionate about. All major companies were built on passion or spite – so pick one of those and run with it.
2. Make a plan and learn time management. It doesn’t have to be extremely detailed but you need to know and understand the general idea of what you’re doing, what you want to be doing and how are you going to get there. Things will change along the way but learn to accept them and roll with it. Learn to say no to every outing you are invited to – you don’t have to become a hermit – but learn how to keep a balance.
3. Use Todoist Todoist is an app that I started using this year rather than Excel to organize my daily tasks, goals and ideas. It’s fun to physically see how much you can get done in a day and outdo yourself.
4. Believe in yourself and NEVER GIVE UP. No one gets it on the first try – keep trying and if you really want something – never give up. It’s cliche but very true.
5. Stay positive. Negative energy is like a tumbleweed. You can’t feed into it – learn to block out haters, negative thoughts or anything that is going to hold you back from succeeding. Sometimes you need to cut out people as well – if they bring you down – you don’t need them around.
6. Always be nice to EVERYONE and never act above ANYONE. I don’t care if they are the new intern, janitor, whatever – everyone deserves to be treated equally unless they treat you like shit. Then that’s a different story.
“It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself.” – Sophia Amoruso
7. Take pride in what you do. Life is too short to be lazy – give it your all so you know it will be something you are proud of.
8. Take care of your health. You need to learn to maintain a somewhat balanced lifestyle. Eat healthy, stay active and try to remember to sleep – entrepreneurs biggest problem. #guilty
9. Constantly learn and get inspired. The internet is one of the best inventions by man – use it to your advantage.
10. Be a DOER. You can plan countless things – but unless you act upon your ideas they will stay on that piece of paper forever. Learn to create your own opportunities.
“Fortune favors action.”
11. F*ck patience. If I listened to every person who said be patient – I’d still be living at home. You are the only one that controls your life so you have to go out there and do it. Take action.
12. Get to know yourself. Find what fulfills you personally and keep it real. Don’t live for someone else. Don’t compare yourself to someone else. Both are a huge waste of time.
13. Don’t take no for an answer. Learn to negotiate. Don’t downgrade and don’t lower expectations – this goes for every area of your life. A lot of women are scared to ask for things because the fear of rejection. Who cares? Know your worth and if it isn’t appreciated – on to the next one. #canihaveit
14. Empower other women. Empower everyone really – if you can help and support someone – do it. We’re all in this together. #highschoolmusicalflashback
And I am going to leave you here with some more quotes by Sophia herself.
“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”
“You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.”
“You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it. If this is a man’s world, who cares? I’m still really glad to be a girl in it.”
“I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare.”
“The last thing I’d ever subscribe to are fashion rules. However, I do think that you should put effort into what you wear. Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle the world. When you choose your clothing right, it feels good. And there’s nothing shallow about feeling good. Owning your style, however, is much more about your attitude than it is about what’s on your back. But don’t underestimate the transformational possibilities that getting dressed can afford you.”
“That’s the number one thing, perhaps even the only thing, you can absolutely count on. Regardless of what your dreams are, if you listen only to those around you, the chances of your dreams coming true are very small. The world loves to tell you how difficult things are, and the world’s not exaggerating. And that’s a real bummer. But, here’s the real shit: You can’t have it all, and nothing comes easy. You will make sacrifices and compromises, get let down and let other people down, fail and start over, break some hearts, take some names, and learn to pick up and continue when your own heart gets broken. But difficult doesn’t mean impossible, and out of the bajillions of things in this universe that you can’t control, what you can control is how hard you try, and if or when to pack it in.”
“Bad bitches are taking over the world.”
This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of the LOOKBOOK LIVE Event with Simon Malls, Glamour and GQ in New York. Claire Geist and I covered the event, gave styling advice for Fall and pranced around the mall – it was splendid. ALSO you can enter to win a Simon Mall Giftcard by hashtagging your favorite Fall look on Instagram with #FoundAtSimon – goodluck! xx -AM
Video by Jon Macapodi
Outfit by SCOOP NYC
And this is how the night ended but first lemme explain. Okay so I didn’t sleep Thursday night – because you know – I was coming from Miami. Then went straight to work, then the airport, flew (obvi) freshened up in the Uber, dropped off my bag at my place, got in another Uber which took 2 hours because you know – Friday night in NY – took 2 hours to get there and then WOOHOO made the event with Claire and Jon. Wouldn’t have changed a thing:)
For more follow along on Instagram @amy_marietta and Snapchat @amynicole134.
One of my happy places – the Wynwood Walls in the Miami Arts District. Here are some of my favorite quotes I try to live by to go along with each photo. I hope this special collaboration with @sidewalkerdaily inspires you to explore this lively neighborhood. Much love.
“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning…Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect. “-Steven Johnson
“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
“Education is of no value and talent is worthless – unless you have an unwavering aim. Never find yourself without a compass.” — Condoleezza Rice
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein
“There are many more people trying to meet the right person than to become the right person.” – Gloria Steinem
“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” – Isaac Asimov
“Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy.”
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” -- Albert Einstein
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“Dance first, think later.” ~Samuel Beckett
“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” -- Leon Suenens
“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~William Shakespeare
”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~Steven Pressfield
Shoutout to my first (girl) baws I ever had in NYC – Nina Zadeh! I worked at Nina’s start up in New York my first year at FIT. It was my first internship that turned into a job and there were countless moments there that I will never forget. She basically coached me through my first real NY fashion week where I got my first big feature in Cosmo as 1 of NYC’s Top Bloggers. I remember finding out in your living room in the Upper West Side like it was yesterday – insane. I cannot imagine where I would be without this incredible human being. I love you so much and am forever grateful to have someone like you in my life. <3 Ecstatic to be reunited in Miami babe.
Through Nina and this internship/job I also met one of my other best friends who I’ve grown with over the years as well – Jinna Yang aka @greaseandglamour aka the girl who you see all up in my Instagram feed;) To see how much you two have grown makes me want to girl boss even harder. Love you sisters.
(Follow @sidewalkerdaily for the most wanderlust photos you’ve ever seen;) This is just 1 of many projects she’s working on right now but I have to say it’s one of my favorites;)
This Summer I wasn’t really planning on going to Montauk at all and then life happened and I went 3 times for work/play – not mad. It was beautiful as always – such a magical place where it’s almost impossible to come by wifi and phone service so you are forced to straight chill – kinda love/hate it. This is from my weekend with Refinery 29 and Old Navy at the R29 Beach House – I’m wearing head to toe @oldnavy More on the instagram @amy_marietta.
Photos by @lisadengler from Just Another Blog.
Love these babes!
A lovely brunch prepared by the amazing @camillebecerra.
And below here is my fave book for beach reading on Refinery 29. Check it out, read about it – so good.
“Always Pack A Party Dress” by Amanda Brooks
On another trip I went out with my friends and we made a last minute stop at the fair. Super cute – right by the Carvel on the way out.
Did the BBQ thing, played some volleyball – realized how much coordination I lost and then went home. Relaxing trip though:)
This trip I went to Surf Lodge with our team – amazing time. That’s all I think I have to say. Good. Times.
View from our room which honestly was the best room.
Inspirations of the day:
“Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
– Jim Rohn
Song of the day: “Far Alone” by G-Eazy featuring Jay Ant
I know this is totally not my style and I will probably look back on it and be like “why Amy?” but I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now because I want to remember and share this phase of life. I feel like it’s important and a lot of girls need more guidance and support – I just want you all to be girl bosses, k?
It’s croosh to be single before you’re ready for someone new – you have to truly know and love yourself first. Personally, my past relationships were really holding me back from focusing on my career and what I loved to do because I was still growing and learning what I was even passionate about. I’ve had my best year yet and I really feel it’s because I had “me time” if you will. You have to be selfish for a short part of your adult life to do you and be happy with who you are – it’s the only way you’ll be ready for “the one” that comes into your life later.
I have been single for the first time since 15 for the past year and a half and here are some of the things I’ve learned during my #singledom…
1.You need to treat yo self – in more ways than one. Spa days, vacations alone or with you bff, wine nights with friends, shopping, concerts, flowers for yourself – whatever floats your boat. But I’ve gotten really good at dating myself – like really, really good.
2. Turns out I’m actually super handy and really organized. I surprised myself with how great I am at assembling furniture, renting out apartments, buying apartments, moving cities, raising a fish, buying a car, paying my taxes, working and doing annoying grown up chores. Yeah I definitely called my dad for some tips at times but seriously I’m great at handling pretty much anything and the satisfaction of doing it myself is kind of amazing. (Thank god for the internet tho…and my mentors – I do have really great mentors – shoutout Alie + Geoff.)
3. I learned how to say no or just not respond – real fast. When you don’t have a bf as a buffer err body guard – it sucks to “be mean” and say no but you just gotta save you both the time. It’s like ripping off a band aid – just do it.
4. Don’t give thought to thots. Choose your friends wisely. Don’t settle for shitty friends – if they don’t believe in you and you can’t help each other grow as beautiful human beings- just no. Also make sure to call your fam often. I call everyone almost everyday to check in even if it’s 30 seconds, If you love them, show them and be there for them – even if it’s inconvenient. Your family should always be #1 and be extremely choosey with your top 5 friends you surround yourself with because honestly yes – you are who you hang out with.
5. I’m even more of a hustler when I’m free – err single- because I don’t have a reason to stay home and cuddle with my laptop. Find your passion. Be outgoing, meet new people, travel and have experiences you couldn’t if you were on a honeymoon. Just live your life the way YOU want to. I went alone to Malta (my other homeland) last year and had the most epic trip of my life and made new friends that I will never forget. Of course I love traveling with ones I love but alone is also an experience you have to try at least once or twice. Swear. Then when you are in a relationship you can both have your passions and individuality which is why you probably liked each other in the first place.
Coffee with Jose Martinez – one of my favorite creatives. @j2martinez
6. Hip hop is your best friend. When you are newly single you cannot listen to love songs – hell nah. But rap music reminds you to hustle because you do not want to become a stripper, boys are typically fuckboys and honestly it’s just my jam and I like to dance to it- rap music please.
7. I learned not to hate on happy couples who post their million selfies. Those photos make me genuinely happy now – I have something to look forward to, you know? Everything in life is all about perspective – stay positive and don’t hate. I promise hate and jealousy is a waste of time and energy. Share the love. Also get over thinking you need a date for all your friends weddings – single people will find single people at weddings – and if not – hopefully there is an open bar for you.
I’ll stick to posting photos of my baes. And just bring girl dates.
Last minute Vegas trip with Britt<3
8. The going out phase is an evil necessary. I did it. I loved it. I realized I love creating/working more because it fulfills me. And I don’t do hangovers. Don’t stop going out – just tone it down – keep it classy – you know.
9. You have to really learn how to let go. Not the fake let go. The real let go. Of ALL your exes, lovers, any hate you ever had inside. Life is too short. Come to realizations with yourself and learn to love yourself. And if you can’t then you’re definitely not ready for anything else. Masking your feelings by dating other people is THE WORST and so toxic for you. You won’t even know how you feel. I’ve felt like that before – it really, really sucked. Trust.
10. Stop whining and being a lil bish. No one wants to be around those types of people – literally no one. Be straight forward, keep it real and stay honest. Cut the drama because that’s what bored people do – they focus on time consuming and energy sucking drama. You’re too good for that boo.
11. Don’t change for someone else. If they don’t love you as you are – it’s not worth it. My dad always told me to never try to change someone – he was very right. Thanks dad.
12. I am a great 3rd wheel if I do say so myself. Like I feel it’s my calling.
I’ll even make new friends while 3rd wheeling.
13. Don’t care what other people think. This is something everyone struggles with daily. Bro – I literally give zero ducks what you think of me so please excuse me while I block your number. (Yes, ducks Siri).
14. I’ve come to realize yes I have high standards (like he has to be a family guy and respectful) – and no I’m not going to change them and you shouldn’t either. If anyone has a problem with that – you just don’t need that in your life. Bye Felicia. Or Felicio. Whatevs.
15. Life is all about timing and I know that what is meant to happen will happen. Not everything will happen the way I want it to at the time I want it but I’m totally fine with it. If I’m still single in 10 years then we may have a problem but for now – I’m content with this life.
16. Most of your guys friends will try to make moves. I recommend you don’t go that route.
17. When I do start dating someone I don’t want to complete them – I want to be their partner. PIC. Ride or die. Bey to my Jay.
Wherever you are in life – some of these apply to you or someone you know. Learn to live a balanced life, don’t depend on someone for your own happiness and be the best version of you that you can be.
Share the love.
So for all my single ladies…
This weekend at the Waku Waku festival was unforgettable – literally nonstop festivities. The fun kicked off Friday when I interviewed the talented Misha Janette for NHK World – Japan’s sole public, independent, public broadcaster. We talked fashion, makeup, culture, travel, life – you know – the usual. She’s a girl boss and I love her enthusiasm to share Japanese culture with the world. Stay tuned for the episodes that will air in a few weeks on NHK!
Also big side note – I just want to say how amazing the whole crew was – so kind, happy, creative and just fun to be around. I felt like we formed a little weekend family. Love love love – we should all do a Japan trip in the future:)
Photos and video by the amazing @j2martinez.
Japan is endlessly inspiring and intriguing – different in so many ways – a truly unique culture. Tokyo seems like a gigantic Disneyland – which if you know me – you know I had a season pass in college and went there weekdays after class…maybe a little bit excessive but whatevs. Seriously though – everything looks like an adventure in a different world and there are so many characters to go along with the various stories. I guess another great comparison that might make sense is Narnia meets Candyland? Yes that definitely makes sense.
So a little bit about the Waku Waku festival in Brooklyn… I got to learn all about Tokyo’s best fashion at the show at Verboten which was styled and curated by Misha. There are about 10 different “tribes” or “subcultures” in Tokyo street style – each very unique and different. I also got to learn and celebrate the fusion of Japanese anime, music, food, film and fashion. Most importantly – DOMO MADE AN APPEARANCE! And Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and Pokemon were intertwined into the festival.
So yes – here are some photos and I hope to see you all there next year! xx
Follow Instagram for more: @amy_marietta + @wakuwakunyc
Sitting next to the talented artist/designer Sebastian Masuda.
Pants by Gentlefawn; Bag by Valentino via Trendlee; Shoes: Call It Spring
Met some randoms on the sidewalk – had to share – it’s just so BK. #newfriends #jknevertalkedtothemagain
Inspiration of the day:
“Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.”
Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
Song of the day: “Do It Again” by Pia Mia
B U S C E M I ~ elegance on lock.
Photos by @arielpenzer
Buscemi – the epitome of Italian glamour meets Miami/NY/LA aka my life. Obnoxiously elegant. I love these sneakers – they’re pieces of art. They have become iconic pieces throughout the world due to the bold Birkin aesthetic and high quality.
These kicks can be worn with pretty much anything whether it is a romper, shorts and a basic tee or Summer dress. Buscemi’s are great girl boss shoes – bold + high quality + obnoxiously elegant.
For more follow on insta @amy_marietta.
Sunglasses: Dior Bag: Chanel Top: Nanette Lepore Shoes: Buscemi
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
— Henry Ford
“There are three hungers that people are trying to feed throughout their lives. The first is to connect deeply with the creative spirit of life. The second is to know and express your gifts and talents. The third is to know that our lives matter. Fulfillment comes from feeding these three hungers.”
— Richard Leider
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
Song of the day: “Be Together” by Major Lazer featuring Wild Belle
“Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.” – Jennie Kwon
Lately I have been obsessing over a couple of beautifully unique jewelry designers – MATY - a France based brand – and – Gabriel & Co. - a New York independent jewelry designer. Both very unique in their own ways.
MATY creates jewelry which is crafted in Paris – I cannot seem to get enough of them. Their pieces make the perfect gifts. One of the many things I love about MATY is that you can customize your own piece by drawing out your vision and they will work with you to create this custom piece. So for all my ladies out there who have great visions but aren’t professional craftsmen – check this out.
Gabriel & Co. (pictured above) has the most beautiful, delicate and intricate fine jewelry pieces which I cannot seem to take off. I love them. Obsessed with them. Their designs are the perfect proportions to wear everyday with anything. It is obvious that each piece was handcrafted with passion and care – they truly are one-of-a-kind pieces.
Here are some more pictures below and if you want to see more head on over to their Instagram @gabrielandco or stop by their store on 545 West 45th Street in NYC.
The view from my new condo in MIYAMMMIIII. I’m in lust with this place.
Song of the day: “Leon On” by Major Lazer featuring Ty Dolla Sign
Atlantic City isn’t always mentioned among the best U.S. cities for nightlife, and yet it remains the East Coast’s best imitation of Las Vegas. Long recognized as the second-best casino hub in the country, Atlantic City has always attracted the same style of entertainment and show business as Vegas, just on a slightly smaller scale. And the result is that even today, it’s a wonderfully enjoyable city for a night out.
I found this out first hand during a recent trip to the city (I was actually visiting New York but we decided to do the weekend in AC), so here are a few personal tips for a night on the town in the East Coast’s Sin City.
Don’t Discount The Restaurants
I’m not sure if it’s because Atlantic City doesn’t attract the same celebrity chefs that tend to flock to Vegas, or if it’s simply the proximity to New York’s endless selection of fine dining options. However, for some reason, the restaurants of Atlantic City seem to be overlooked. As a little bit of a foodie, particularly when I travel, I did some looking around before hitting the city, and I thought the TripAdvisor’s list of the best dining options in town was pretty tempting.
We kept things fairly casual, but I’d absolutely recommend Dock’s Oyster House for a fancier night out, or even a lighter start to your evening. It’s a quaint place, casual and elegant at once, with one of the best raw bars and seafood selections I’ve come across south of New England. The prices are a little steep, but for one big night out in the city it’s worth it!
Visit A Few Casinos
A couple years ago, New Jersey made big news by becoming one of only a small handful of states to allow for legal online gambling. The London-based Betfair Casino helped to pave the way by partnering with existing Atlantic City casinos, and in the time since has aligned itself with numerous establishments in the area.
Some believed the introduction of online gaming would harm the live Atlantic City casinos, and indeed there have been some reports of mildly declining profits. But that doesn’t mean the venues have become any less spectacular to visit! Timeout New York did a nice write-up highlighting the best of the area casinos, including the Borgata, Caesars, the Golden Nugget, and Harrah’s, among others. Rather than recommending one, I’d direct travelers toward the strategy of “casino-hopping,” or checking out a few of them in one night. You’ll quickly find that while Atlantic City can’t mimic the scope or sheer glitz of Vegas, its casinos are very much in the same vein. As for my own personal preference, I’m a sucker for blackjack, and loved the table space at the Golden Nugget.
Stop In At A Casino Bar
If you’re familiar with casino tourism, this step may seem unnecessary. After all, classy casinos will keep bringing you drinks the longer you stay and gamble, so it’s easy enough to just stay with your friends, keep enjoying the games, and turn the casino itself into your bar for the evening, within reason. But as is true of any respectable casino destination, Atlantic City has its share of noteworthy bars as well, and it’s a shame not to stop in and see them—even if it’s just for a quick drink before you step things up a notch and hit the clubs.
I’d recommend stopping by the Borgata. It’s not just because it really is one of the prime casinos in the area, but because its Gypsy Bar’s combination of laid-back atmosphere and top-notch quality can be hard to find elsewhere. This bar is known for a pretty ridiculous tequila selection (and margarita menu), but the menu is expansive, and you’re sure to find something you like. It’s a good place to hang out for a drink where you can hear yourself (and your friends) think before diving full-on into the nightlife.
Enjoy The Clubs
Finally, once you’ve had your dinner, perused the casinos, and gotten a few drinks in you, there’s no visiting Atlantic City without exploring the club scene! I didn’t actually get there myself, but the first thing that comes to mind in this regard is Harrah’s Pool After Dark, which is exactly what it sounds like: a large, excitingly lit pool surrounded by cabanas and DJ booths, packed with people partying late into the night. This place boasts just as good a nighttime party scene as you’re liable to find at the resorts of Miami or Las Vegas, and it is absolutely worth checking in on.
My more personal take would lead you back to the Borgata, where the combination of Mixx and Mur.Mur provides a great one-two punch for your night on the town. Mixx is more of a dance hub (though its second level offers a bit of an escape), whereas Mur.Mur is a great late-night stop where, if you feel like splurging a bit, you can relax with a private table and bottle service, surrounded by but not immersed in the energy of the club.
Stop by a few of these hot spots, and you’ll have enjoyed a night out in Atlantic City in style.
Dinner at the Versace Mansion in Miami – also known as The Villa.
Here is a little photo diary of a beautiful evening with Alie and Jinna. Girls night, every night;)
Thank you for having us at Il Sole by Barton G- we will definitely be back!
“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.”
24 carat gold pool. The details here are impeccable. The mansion is the perfect fusion of Miami and Italy.
Miami glam at its finest. This place was made for royalty.
I highly recommend you treat yourself (or get treated to) an extravagant, exquisite evening here at the Versace Mansion asap. This magical, foreign, museum-esque manor will leave you with unforgettable memories and great photos to go along with them;)
You can also stay at the Versace Mansion – including Gianni’s old room – or even rent it out for a party. Each room is decorated uniquely elaborate with decor from all around the world – this mansion is literally fit for royals. Or mafia. Whatever. (Read more about the history of the mansion and Gianni Versace here.).
You are also located right across the beach – making this spot an even more perfect getaway for a recharge weekend. I NEED to create a boutique hotel like this at some point in my life – there need to be more places like this – and it would be a fun project for when I’m retired and bored – it’s going onto my “to do” list. Boom.
Have fun on your pseudo Italy escape and let me know how you like it – would love your feedback.
Song of the day: “Pretty Thoughts” by Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Architecture – it inspires us constantly – it’s an art and a science… Miami’s modern architecture and overall aesthetic is something that I think is underrated but definitely on the come up… The Miami Design District is one of Miami’s newest and most beautiful shopping centers with every high end designer you love and an aesthetic that slays…
These Dior intricate sunglasses are miniature architecture – so well crafted and truly unique. The perfect pair for modern women.
This past month has been full of new and exciting major life changes and events – however – I can’t say anything proper until the press releases go out. BUT I am a bit excited to share a plethora of stories on my recent experiences with you within the next couple weeks…
I am officially tri-coastal – LA/NY/MIA – just got a place in Miami – right before SWIM WEEK this past weekend – insane. Words won’t do the experiences justice but it was something I will always remember and will expand on in the book I’m currently writing.
Minor detail to explain the new pad in MIA: I became Director of Marketing at a Nasdaq company and I am beyond passionate about the project. If you told me this is where I would be 2 months ago… I’d probably say I’m not opposed to the idea – let’s do this. Anything is possible – that’s been my life motto since I was 16 – just remember that you should always be yourself. Learn how to adapt but don’t change who you are or what you believe in. I think it is important to get outside your comfort zone and test yourself constantly. Everything is a learning experience and you need to always have the hunger to learn and better yourself and others.
I also just bought my own first car – another big girl move that felt rather awesome. Still need to name her though… Thoughts?
These photos are from my first official shoot in the Design District with the most stylish, creative and unique person I’ve ever met in Miami – @arielpenzer. Her, along with three handfuls of other people, have been nothing but helpful – love you all so much and thank you for being such awesome humans – I already feel like I have a Miami familia. It’s a refreshing city and I feel like a million new opportunities are being created.
I will still continue to work with brands, blog etc but I will also be sharing more of my work experiences and how to better yourself and land your dream job with the right work ethic and mindset.
For daily updates – check the gram- @amy_marietta.
Sunnies: Dior; Shoes: Buscemi; Bag: Moschino; Romper: Show Me Your Mumu; Kark Keychain: Fendi
V73 Bag – Italian design – Miami based.
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”
– Peter F. Drucker,
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
– Charles Darwin
“Success in any endeavor does not happen by accident. Rather, it’s the result of deliberate decisions, conscious effort, and immense persistence… all directed at specific goals.”
– Gary Ryan Blair
Song of the day: “Leon ON” Remix by Major Lazer featuring Ty Dolla $ign