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La Dolce Vita

by Diamond Mahone
August 29, 2017

The #CLADTravels Italy edition began with vision board pin and somehow dreamed it’s way to reality. Literally.

 

 

The #CLADTravels Italy edition began with vision board pin and somehow dreamed it’s way to reality. Literally. It started by a conversation amongst friends during a Dreamscape event and the mentioning of Italy being high on the priority list of the next place to travel. Then to waking up the next day to a text asking to join this Italian summer excursion with a itinerary waiting to be planned. WHAAAAAT!! (Be careful y’all! The universe is crazy about giving you exactly what your ask for.)

I had always romanticized the idea of what Italy would be and being there superseded any pre notion of that idea. The people, the food, of course the fashion, the balance of life structure, the passion for any and everything, I mean the list can go on. The Italians have a system and it’s clearly working for them.

We started the trip in the industrial city of Milan where the busy lined streets were reminiscent to New York just older and much cleaner. Men CLAD in finely tailored suits, just casually riding the motorcycles and serving a look that is really like a photo from the Tommy Ton archive. The hallways of stonewall buildings that lead to beautiful corridors and well lit verandas make it hard to not want to photograph every single detail.

The remainder of the Italian excursion was set on the beautiful island of Lago Di Como. It’s the blue crystal water that glistens from the suns rays, expansive villas that overlook into the most scenic portrayal of Italy and the most delectable food that makes Como one of the most special places on earth. The perfectly manicured lawns of the vast Villas juxtaposed the small cobblestoned towns lined with honeymooners and locals contemplated us ever wanting to return home. After losing a phone in the lake to having someone from Villa De Este find it in the water and to think the worst part of the trip ended up being the best. I think we found The CLAD summer vacation spot!

Arrivederci

CUBANO MAMIS

by Kristin Smith
May 5, 2017

We recently traveled to Havana, Cuba to celebrate Diamond’s 30th birthday. This trip changed me…in a good way. That’s not to say I wasn’t reluctant. I like the idea of modern conveniences like iPhones and ATM’s. I also like control and for me I had to let go of all of that. It turned out to be a journey that I will not forget with the sweetest birthday girl and two lovely New York ladies, Erykah and Amanda, or as we now are self referenced the “Cubano Mamis.”

We recently traveled to Havana, Cuba to celebrate Diamond’s 30th birthday. This trip changed me…in a good way. That’s not to say I wasn’t reluctant. I like the idea of modern conveniences like iPhones and ATM’s. I also like control and for me I had to let go of all of that. It turned out to be a journey that I will not forget with the sweetest birthday girl and two lovely New York ladies, Erykah and Amanda, or as we now are self referenced the “Cubano Mamis.”

The very best thing about Cuba is the way genuine culture still exists. There is no Uber or Instagram followers. What is there are amazing, appreciative, and loving people and an untouched history, innocence, and an appreciation for art. Cuba is a back drop for miles of beautiful beaches and photo ops around every corner in the best, most real, and even gritty way. It really is magic. Cuba made me question my priorities and caused me to really move outside of my own comforts. We all had so much fun putting together looks and every night felt like a new adventure created by our personal aesthetic coupled with perfect surroundings and company. Pack the costume looks as anything goes but is there a better excuse to pull out the pig purse or a vintage silk kimono?

A Cuba visit is a must, and soon, because well nothing lasts forever.

BOUNCE BACK

by Diamond Mahone
February 13, 2017

Fitness and health have always been a priority to me and used as a way to cure my anxiety. This past year I’ve had some “L’s” but I’ve bounced back (corny I KNOW) and I plan to get back to my happy place with working out and sustaining healthy habits. I am the most confident when I’m strong mentally and physically and would love to discover new forms of mediation.

Fitness and health have always been a priority to me and used as a way to cure my anxiety. This past year I’ve had some “L’s” but I’ve bounced back (corny I KNOW) and I plan to get back to my happy place with working out and sustaining healthy habits. I am the most confident when I’m strong mentally and physically and would love to discover new forms of mediation. Whether it be therapy, yoga, or transcendental meditation; I have to find ways to wind down my mind. All my real friends know that I’m the one they can call at 3 in the morning on a Tuesday and more than likely I’m up doing something like re-arranging my closet, reading a random book I found in the 25% off isle in Barnes and Noble or putting random shit in my cart from some Etsy vintage shop.

I don’t buy into all that diet shit, but I do believe in cleansing the mind, body and the spirit. Whether you do that at the start or the middle of the year, I think it’s necessary for clarity. Recalibrating and focusing on the things that make you happy lend success in multiple areas of life. It’s the little things like new workout clothes that spark a better fitness regimen or signing up for a workout class that is out of your comfort level.  With the start of anything new – a new job, new business relationship, or new love, it  ushers out the desire to create in people.

XO,

Diamond

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul” – Elder Uchtdorf

THE RETURN OF POWER DRESSING

by Diamond Mahone
January 22, 2017

Power dressing carries such a multi-dimensional meaning. It could be viewed as a term in which a woman can exercise their weight in the workplace or it can be an expression to outline the exaggerated shape in a woman’s jacket. To say that this year has been the year of reclaiming what “Power” means is an understatement. Fashion is bringing back a new idea to the coined term with influences from the political issues and the feminist movement that has been brought to light.

Power dressing carries such a multi-dimensional meaning. It could be viewed as a term in which a woman can exercise their weight in the workplace or it can be an expression to outline the exaggerated shape in a woman’s jacket. To say that this year has been the year of reclaiming what “Power” means is an understatement. Fashion is bringing back a new idea to the coined term with influences from the political issues and the feminist movement that has been brought to light. It not only represents the trend of the season but a concept in which women are leads in their perspective fields and industries, single mothers who are running their own companies, and women who can and should be put in place to run countries.

Designers like Celine and Stella McCartney are celebrating the suit with the nipped waist and boxy shoulders. Dresses that are conceived a little more masculine with structure and shape give the allure of a strong, powerful entity. The smallest details like a severe winged liner can represent a risk taker. Someone who isn’t afraid of the adverse. Although these concepts can be the more obvious ideas of dressing with power, it can also be perceived in the attitude that comes along with clothes. To be confidant in your daily walks of life, to stand up for what you believe and be vocal about the things that matter bring the power into the wearer of these looks.