New In: Totokoelo!

Monday, July 28, 2014

- photos by me -

EARLIER last week, I mentioned a certain store (Totokaelo) that carried loafers (Dieppa Restrepo) that I fell head over heels for (hah). They were absolutely gorgeous, and... about $100 over my budget. And then they went on sale. Long story short, my willpower is virtually nonexistent sometimes. And before I knew it, I was entering numbers and info faster than my mind could say no. 

Well, here they are in all their glory- my first official Totokaelo purchase! I'd been looking for two things in a shoe: nude tone, clean cut loafers. I just love the wooden heel with the black trim against the light pallet. I've yet to wear them outside the house, but from what I can tell, they are plenty comfortable. (Let's be honest though, I would wear Dieppa Restrepo if the shoe was two sizes too small, because what's a little pain in the name of a good shoe). I wanted to take time to photograph the pair because 1) they're wildly photogenic 2) the lighting in my room this day was so dark and moody, I couldn't resist. 

Visit Totokaelo here !


Friday Updates

Friday, July 25, 2014

morning still | photo by me | iphone
bracelet gifted by shashi nyc

SO.... I'VE been a little absent from the blog this week. But I'm back today with some pretty exciting news- as I'm sure you noticed when you landed on this page! Well, here it is right in front of our eyes- I've finally, finally updated the design of my blog (Ahh!!!) 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a perfectionist to a fault, and like most things, it took me a long time to decide on a new layout... it's been MONTHS since I first saw this design, and fell in love! Really, I owe the thanks to my friends who pushed me to keep blogging and make the upgrade. I love it, and I hope you do too! Bear with me as I tweak it over the next couple weeks :) 


I'm feeling a little reflective this morning, but you know, it wasn't so long ago that I started this blog - I think this September marks its third birthday (it's still a baby in blog years!) And... I think this is the year I really started to find a clearer voice for "the etherealist", this visual diary, as I like to call it. I've discovered so many new independent publications, films, music, and just sources of inspiration virtually everyday, everywhere. And without a doubt, I've gotten to know a handful of talented friends this year- even a few who I've felt I've known my whole life, who I genuinely can't image life without (how crazy and wonderful is that?) 

What started out as a really personal means of experimenting with photography (those over-saturated photos still kill me), artwork, and writing has morphed over the years into long-term projects and collaborations. And while I've made the jump into a slightly more "professional", cleaner-looking site, I hope to never lose the personal side it started with, because this voice is really all I have to offer in a world full of blogs. As long as I have a passion and drive, I'm going to give it all I can, and I'm so excited for you to read along!  

Have a lovely Friday! 


moments found

Friday, July 18, 2014


Search for beauty in stillness. 

And time

without the delicate limbs of a wristwatch.

Search for form 

illuminated by the contrast of nature.

Hold onto moments 

of impermanence. 

of fragility.

of fear and love.


A fog that lifts your thoughts. 

A muse that looks, feels, discovers 

like you.

Like us. 


-a Michelle x June concept-

white sheer top by Evan - Picone 
mom's vintage watch
shashi bracelet 

words by Michelle and me
photos by me


pairings : dark bloom

Monday, July 14, 2014

images found here

HERE IS THE second set of photos I've created in the "pairing" series! The last pairing I created, titled "noir", (which you can see here ) 
was also inspired by darkly beautiful blooms... but what can I say - their mood, their form, their visual power intrigues me endlessly. 
Dark florals, peonies in this case, and pure human movement in the simplest of style. 

Other images I'm inspired by this week: 


Now, I'll share with you a few things to get you through the week! 

1. This video might be the most unoriginal thing I could post as a blogger, but I can't help it. Time and time again, Zara's video campaigns
 stun me with their simple power. And out of all their videos, this is the one I come back to every time. I also thought their summer 14 
campaign was brilliant. And a little hint: a photo shoot inspired is in the VERY near future!!

2. Lusting after these black loafers from totokoelo, one of my favorite stores for menswear inspired looks. 

3. Currently reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Admittedly, it was a little hard to get into, but I am absolutely loving it now, and 
somehow, even with the numerous recommendations I heard, I never quite anticipated his writing to be this good. With that said... next 
on the list: Girl Boss and The Man Repeller (hey, its summer- some lighter reading is necessary.)

4. I recently resurrected my tumblr from the dead, and gave it a big makeover. Do take a look if pinterest isn't enough for you :) 

Have a lovely Monday!


coffee play

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Black coffee / dash of color 


summer playlist

Friday, July 4, 2014

GOOD MORNING and happy Friday! I hope your ears are ready, because today,  the playlist Victor and I created together is finally here for listening! Sharing music is such a fun experience, and I actually look forward to sending music as much as I enjoy receiving it. I think it's fair to say we've both introduced each other to some incredible songs. This playlist was inspired by the ease of summer- think breezy palms, light blues, and soft reflections. Caribbean weather... a welcome change from my summer in San Francisco right?

For part two of this playlist, make sure to check out Victor's blog!


Daytime Playlist: 

1. California Sunrise - Dirty Gold

2. Funny Heartbeat- Kisses

3. Blue Eyes of a Millionaire- Belle & Sebastian

4. Destroyer- Panama

5. Gimme Sympathy (Acoustic)- Metric

6. Waiting in the Shadows in the Dead of Night- Little Comets

7. Days- The Drums

8. Homesick- Kings of Convenience

9. No Stranger- Small Black

10. Desperation Made a Fool of Me- Belle & Sebastian


View the entire playlist here!


mood study

Saturday, June 28, 2014

1. Still Life with Matcha and quiche
2. Whisps
3. Fog over Mount Davidson
4. Flora and thorns in the morning

HERE IS THE city I know and love. Mornings with a heavy, dewy fog that lines the treetops and hangs around the crevices of quiet streets.
It's a cold but familiar mist that envelops you from afar, and as you cozy up with blankets and quality reading from inside, it's perhaps your 
most welcome companion. 

Not your typical summer scene right? Well it is here in San Francisco... maybe that's where my underlying infatuation with "moody" photos 
stems, who knows. 

- photos via my instagram -


Today, I want to share with you something that's been on my mind for a while now. With all the inspiration, all the things you could possibly 
share with the world through photos, writing, creative content, and collaborations, how do you maintain your own individual voice,  how do 
you stay true to yourself? 

I started two internships this past week- one a lifestyle blog, and the second a travel quarterly, both of which are completely different from
 each other, and even rather different from my personal aesthetic. And there's nothing wrong with this.  If anything, working with these two 
talented companies has made me more conscious of what I admire and look for creatively.   

I'm learning everyday, that I don't need to take photos of everything, everywhere. Only the things that really make me react, make me feel 
something. The world doesn't need just another cafe shot. What about the cafe, or the mountain scape makes you stop scrolling and stare? 
Maybe the conversations you had over your lattes, maybe the way the light caught the corner of the shop... More and more, the shots that 
inspire me are the ones that illicit a reaction rather than looking perfect arranged.

I think it's very easy to give people small pieces of you, but very hard to find people who actually embody your sentiment, and the way 
you view the world. I think that's the success that magazines like cereal mag have found- love or hate their minimalism, they've gained
 a huge following because they've remained genuine to their one strong, shared vision.... And these are my thoughts on a Saturday night!

What do you think about this? I'd love to know.


easy breezy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

-Easy Breezy by WSJ magazine, July/August 2014-

SO... I KNOW what you're thinking. Where are all these posts coming from, and what happened to the girl who only posts 
sporadically, three, maybe four times on a good month? I'm sure you're having trouble keeping up with me, even I can't keep up with me! 

Well it's summer break for me now, and I also happen to be more inspired than usual...

This is an editorial that was featured on The Wall Street Journal and I just... I love everything about it. The dreamy purple hues, 
the white sand below a free flowing dress, so effortless and full of ease. 

 And just the right amount of edge. Takes my breath away! 

Hope the rest of your week is lovely!



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