Gabriel Flores: The Art of the Side Hustle

"We call that mailbox money: making money when you're not working.  That's the essence of a side hustle."  // Photo: Diwang Valdez

I’m excited to launch a new series, Workflow Wednesdays, which will focus on advice from business owners, hustlers, and people who refuse to give up on their dreams. The series kicks off with an interview with Gabriel Alexander Flores, a New Orleans-based artist, graphic designer, and business owner. I was inspired to learn that Gabe spoke at a local library to…

Seven Day Cruise


Back in early April, I went on my first cruise with three girlfriends and wrote about my pros/cons of cruising here. Earlier this month, I went on a longer, 7-day cruise (Sunday-Sunday) with my boyfriend and his maternal side of the family. My experience was better than my first in a lot of ways, but part of me wonders if that’s because I knew…

Whiskey and Turquoise


[wearing: Free People hat and bra, Chaser tank, Bone turquoise necklace, Chan Luu pendant and rosary, Madewell sunglasses and high-rise shorts, Birkenstock sandals] I’ve been on the hunt for a turquoise necklace for some time now, so I was excited when my friend Dawn recently launched Bone, her line of handmade necklaces sold online as well as in and around Hermosa Beach, CA….

Chambray and Lace


[wearing: vintage chambray button-up, Madewell lace skirt, Joie sandals // jewelry details below] I am a pretty meticulous person in general, so thrifting can be an all-day activity for me; I feel like I have to examine every piece so I don’t miss anything special. I’ve found a few really great items this way, including this chambray men’s button-up from the Red White…

5 Talented Tattooers to Follow


I am by no means an expert on tattoos, but my boyfriend is a tattoo artist and over the last couple of years I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of wonderful and talented artists. I’ve certainly expanded my personal collection and gone from having a handful of small tattoos to some bigger pieces I really love. Lately I’ve…