Met the lovely @kirakosarin on set at the @girlslifemag x @maneaddicts beauty shoot collab I co-produced last year — and soooo excited that she’s going to be our host for Mom & Teen Week at @calaviespa this year! Counting down the days until I’m back in my favorite place (swipe to see my tree pose in the French chapel, need to work on my form…). 🙏🏼 If you’re interested in some mother/daughter bonding — and a week of workouts and wellness and spa treatments — there are still a few spots available! More details at girlslife.com/calavie ✨ #kirakosarin #calavie #socalavie
“I thoroughly encourage Instagram stalking of both the company and its employees because you might get a glimpse into a day at the office, which can help you prepare both mentally and sartorially.” ✨ Had so much fun talking about smart interview style with @healthywaymedia! Find the link in my bio for the full piece — including the one sign you should change outfits *immediately* 🖤 • Also: Just for clarification, this is NOT what I would recommend wearing to a job interview! This photo was taken on-set at @girlslifemag’s February/March floral fashion shoot and I’m very grateful that I can wear cute, comfy, casual clothes to work (most days) — but you’ll have to read the piece for actual interview outfit advice. Blooms by @steelcutflowerco. 🌷
aesthetic: cereal + shades 🕶 • @gracevanderwaal has the voice of a raspy baby angel, a silver pug named frankie (with his own instagram account, hi @gracespugfrankie) and ~thoughts~ on how celebs should be using their platforms. find her june/july issue of @girlslifemag on newsstands everywhere now! 💕 • #GraceVanderwaal photographed for #girlslifemag by @sean_scheidt_photography. Styled by @maketribe. Hair and makeup by @hollygowers. Words by @ssydneytaylor. Produced by @karenbokram, assisted by @bykels.
We’ve always classified ourselves as “dog people” vs. “cat people,” but…idk…honestly I really just think we should adopt a cheetah. 🐆 • Just kidding, I know that’s completely unethical (the exotic pet market is disgusting) — and that’s why I’m glad to have been able to support a place like #TheElephantCamp , which is dedicated to the conservation of elephants (but also other orphaned animals like this one!). If you’re planning an #africansafari , it’s definitely worth considering a trip extension to #Zimbabwe and #VictoriaFalls , where you can visit one of the seven natural wonders of the world *and* go on a safari hike with a cheetah guide named Sylvester. (Although fair warning, if he wants to go chase a warthog he will definitely ditch you.) 🐘 • #youmaylucasthebride #honeymooning #safaristyle #elephantconservation #africanconservation #elephantrescue
The Three Amigos | est. 1987 🖤 Mom, we are so lucky to be your kids. Best friends forever.
that new new — @gracevanderwaal covers the june/july issue of @girlslifemag! grace is such a joy to work with and so extremely talented — catch her on tour with imagine dragons this summer! and👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 to @maketribe for turning a plan for two cover looks into an 8-page fashion editorial, brava. on newsstands 5/15! ✨ • Photographed by @sean_scheidt_photography for @girlslifemag. Styled by @maketribe. Hair and makeup by @hollygowers. Words by @ssydneytaylor. Produced by @karenbokram. Miscellaneous by me. #gracevanderwaal
it’s a pretty picture, but it’s also an environmental disaster zone ✌🏼 not shown: a beach filled with dead fish and animal decay, toxic water that’s uninhabitable for most life + a general sense of hopelessness. it’s the #saltonsea in the #coachella valley and, like much of our earth, it’s stunningly beautiful but in absolute despair 🌎 #earthday
So what’s in a name-change? A lot, actually. My latest post for @BaltimoreBride is up on the #Hitched blog today — and I’m sharing the 5 steps for changing your name. (SPOILER ALERT: Step 5 is just getting cute new monogrammed stuff like my @stoneyclover clutch.) Find it at bit.ly/bykels-baltbride7 + snag a sneak peek below… 💍 • Everyone will tell you that planning a wedding is hard. You will be busy. “It’s a full-time job!” they say. “So much work, but soooo worth it!” they say. We’re all in agreement here. And it’s nice that nobody tries to pretend otherwise because at least when you’re a semi-stressed bride-to-be, most people will cut you a little slack because they get it. “Oh, you’re planning a wedding? You poor thing, you must be exhausted!” Well yes, actually, thanks for noticing. Can I take a nap? 💤 • But what nobody talks about is how busy things get *after* the wedding. 🙊 • There is unpacking. There is logging of gifts. There are hours spent writing thoughtful thank-you notes to family and friends and vendors. Maybe there is moving (as there was for me). There is the putting away of things; the storing of mementos for safekeeping. 💕 • There is the printing of wedding photos and the hanging of frames for your new gallery wall. (But first you must meticulously map and measure said gallery wall, which is no easy feat, as anyone with a gallery wall well knows.) Preserve your gown. Dry your bouquet. Review your registry. Return those impulse earrings you bought but didn’t wear. Store everything safely. 🖤 • These are joyful things. Tasks to truly be cherished. Tasks I’d happily do, on repeat, forever. ✨ • But there’s another task. One I avoided for as long as I could. (Almost six months, to be exact.) And that task is the monumental challenge of changing your name in the state of Maryland. 🤦🏼♀️ • The MVA is not joyful. (There are wonderful people there, I assure you, but the lines. The lines! Those lines aren’t joyful.) But with some planning and preparation, you can do it. I promise you. And while I’m not a lawyer—so follow my advice at your own risk!—I’m sharing everything I learned becoming a Lucas.
Happy #nationalunicornday ! In honor of this v. important holiday, a throwback to one of my first (and favorite!) beauty editorials for @girlslifemag — a splashy swimwear and summer beauty trend combo, shot on location in Miami. NOT SHOWN: @thezoeyw and me...almost drowning...fully clothed but up to our necks in the ocean...trying to keep this unicorn from tipping over in the tide. It wasn’t cute but we got the shot.✨ • Photographer: @sean_scheidt_photography | Fashion editor/stylist: @thezoeyw | Beauty director: me | Hair: @crystalgossman_ | Makeup: @leahsarahb | Model: @brionkahalbert | Producer: @karenbokram
writing a piece about one of my favorite places — and thinking fondly of sunny days like this one. palm springs is magical and always feels like home. also, a very special shout-out to my dad for learning to be an “instagram dad” and being very patient while i trained him to take good iPhone pics during this visit. he’s a good sport — and, now, a good photographer. 🌵#palmsprings
Just spent an hour on the phone telling a client everything she needs to know about spending a honeymoon on safari in South Africa — and I’ve never missed this magical place more. IT WAS SO NICE REMINISCING. And after rambling through all the highlights I could think of, I’ve decided to sit down and pull *everything* together in a guide that I can send out when people ask for advice about their own upcoming trip — featuring our itinerary, travel tips, favorite hotels and restaurants, best wineries, packing lists, safari basics, all the important stuff. And here’s a sneak peek… ✨ • FAVORITE SAFARI LODGE: Well, I’ve only stayed at one, so maybe I’m biased, but when we go back to South Africa it’ll be to @singita_ again for a million reasons — but mostly because of the impeccable service. This photo was snapped during #sundowners on our evening game drive — which basically means that when daylight starts to fade, the guide pulls over and pops up a full bar (with snacks!) so everyone can watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand. It’s quiet and incredible and I’ll never forget those remarkable moments out in the middle of nowhere…somehow holding a good glass of red. 🍷 #youmaylucasthebride #honeymooning #southafrica #kruger #safaristyle #singita #mysingita #safarihoneymoon