Sunset at the Lake 

We spent a day in the beautiful historical Nyack, New York, just 45 minutes away from New York City. The quietness that greeted us after passing the GW bridge was so good for our souls. Among charming trademarked houses and cozy cafes we walked around and inhaled the fresh country air.



We started our day with brunch at the cult favorite Art Cafe. After eating the most delicious flavorful Middle Eastern ear like freshly baked pita bread and freshly blended hummus, we spent a few hours around the nature and ducks at the Hudson River.

Then we headed out to Harriman State Park   to explore the scenic Hudson Valley and experience the breathtaking sunset on the lake. We dipped into the warm crystal clean water as the sun set over the horizon and the leaves blew in the wind.


Caramel was the first to enter the lake and had the best time chasing fish.
We had a perfect day.

Just us.

In nature.

Living.

Loving.

Breathing.

Experiencing.
Welcome to the LoftLiife.com relaunch.  On LoftLiife.com I’ll post my viewpoint of my joirney called life. I often think how the gift I’m most grateful for is the gift of my eyes. This gift that enables me to capture the beauty of planet Earth.  All the beautiful places I visit and things I see inspire me. And that inspiration is what is constantly urges me to capture the precious moments of life.

Here is where I will share those moments. I will share photos, videos, and tips on how I live my best life and how you can, too. I will share healthy recipes, beauty favorites, and so much more.

Life is incredibly beautiful when you learn to see the beauty in every moment .

I hope you enjoy my visual journal and my personal thoughts on various things.
                                            ❤ 

                                            Layala 

Stella Mccartney Spring ’18 Preview Collection

 Walking into Stella’s fairy green wonderland on the west side of Chelsea felt like a dream. The music was playing, drinks were being poured, and I was surrounded by pretty people who love fashion almost as much as I do. But the best part was previewing the incredible Spring ’18 collection.

Stella Mccartney is hands down my favorite designer and woman in fashion. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Ive always loved all of her designs including her famous fun and functional bags and insanely cool platform elyse shoes. But the Spring ’18 collection really blew me away. Her design aesthetic was full always very clean lines with funky details. But this collection was EVEN cleaner.  The pieces have a fun playful energy that meets functional cool and will work for the confident woman of all ages.IMG_4945

I think I have found the perfect tote.

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So much YES for these cool shades. I cannot wait to style the yellow ones.

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A cool backpack is a must for every city gal. I definitely need this for everyday and travel.

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Finally an event with vegan Hors d’oeuvres. Yes please.

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This is the bag of my dreams. Thank you Stella. All is LOVE ❤

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The most exciting part of this collection for me is the new Elyse- sneaker. The new sporty take on her famous Elyse platform shoe is lightweight with a playful edge, combining classic sneaker elements with the modern facets of the Elyse.

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The future of fashion is ethical. Stella proves that luxury and ethics can go hand in hand. Thank you Stella for being a loud voice and for creating beautiful luxury designs without the cruelty. I am looking forward to adding so many of these pieces to my vegan closet.

 

Hugs for now,

Layala ❤

Blue Jean Baby

Denim is part of my DNA. My style has always been a perfect mix of different styles and vibes. You see when living in NYC, specifically Brooklyn, comfort and functionality is key to your everyday style. I want to look good, but I also want to be warm, comfortable, effortless, and lastly cool.

This vintage Diesel one piece checks all the boxes. I scored it a few years ago at a thrift boutique and have worn it a million times and a million ways ever since.

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Today, I paired it with a funky pair of shoes Yaakov (my partner)  gifted me. He knows my love for amazing and sometimes weird statement shoes. He picked up this pair from a South Brooklyn boutique called Enzyme.  Definitely inspired by Kanyes’ Yeezy collection, this is a cheap and comfortable take on the queer trend of plastic shoes. I love how the shoe texture and style works with the blue denim. And of course its 100% vegan and leather free as are all my other shoes. An almost identical pair is available here.

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This statement Stella McCartney denim bag is simply perfect. I love the significantly heavy silver hardware and cool, funky, yet functional design. Stella’s bags are all vegan and made with sustainable fibers. More of her amazing bags here.

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Lastly, I layered with my basic black Theory coat and accessorized with a silver lariat necklace by HRH Collection. My signature brown lip is from the Careline ever last collection available on my cosmetics website.  These lipsticks dry on your lips and never come off! Talk about functionality!

Hope you guys enjoyed and stay tuned for more!

Hugs,

Layala

 

Photos by Ruchie Baum Photography 

 

 

Brooklyn Parisian Chic

 

Hi friends!

How has your week been? It has getting warmer and warmer in NYC and I am loving it! Everything is beginning to look greener, smell fresher, and faces are appearing happier. I am so excited for my favorite season to arrive. I hope that the frigid cold days of this winter season are over.

Now that March is here, I find myself reflecting on the first two months of the year, and the things I’ve accomplished. When the year started, I made a resolution to start blogging to  journal my love for fashion and design and to inspire others to live a healthy, ethical, and positive lifestyle. Its been really fun to record my favorite looks and I’m planning many fun segments for the future. I also promised that this year I will make all my dreams a reality. I am a huge dreamer. I always was. My imagination has no limits and I always think big and believe that everything I imagine can happen. The problem is making all my dreams a reality. I have come to the realization that if I want to transform my  big dreams into a concrete reality, I have to just jump in and go for it! I constantly overthink thingsand my ability to succeed but I keep on reminding myself that trying and failing is better than not trying at all. This will be my March mantra as I conquer many projects and work on creating the successful life I aspire to live.

This month, I will:

  1. Be kind to myself . “I am enough. My body is perfect. My flaws are what make me, me.” Say it with me.
  2.  Connect with creative people who lift me up and bring out the best in me.
  3. Try to make at least 3 Crossfit classes a week
  4. Take a few hikes. I love hiking and have missed the nature and rocks during the past few months.
  5. Empty out my overloaded closet and invest in nicer basic pieces that I can enjoy for many years to come! #minimalist
  6. Start a youtube channel, Finally! Stay tuned.
  7. Laugh more.
  8. Complain less.
  9. Take my bike down from its long winter hiatus and start cycling again.
  10. Keep on dreaming, creating, writing, and stay focused on my goals.

 

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This outfit is my take on March fashion. It is still too early for spring pastels and light colors,  but some of the heavier layers are ready to come off. These H & M overalls are a closet staple for me, for all seasons. The kind of wardrobe piece I treasure and enjoy playing around with. The cut of this pair of overalls is different than most. It fits snugly, yet comfortably, and works with many different tops.

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Today, I paired it with a thrifted faux silk striped shirt. This shirt was an amazing Goodwill find and I call it my Parisian chic theater shirt. I just imagine a chic French clown wore it on stage. I love how it works so well with the washed out denim dungarees and it makes such a great comfortable outfit. I paired it with a satin choker from Forever 21 that adds just a touch of grunge put -togetherness to this look.

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Arm candy brought to you by Ozora Festival and Goody

Lipstick is Careline 24 from the Matte collection. Available here.

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Being that I am a crazy hat lady, I am always searching for unique vegan hats which are proving to be quite the challenge. Even cheaper hats are usually made of wool. I was so happy to find this cute hat at TJ Maxx. Its by August Hat Company and the color, the shape, and the fit is so perfect and screams my name. (YES I’m aware that it needs a cleaning. I’m actually looking forward to going to the hat store. It just cracks me up #hipsters)

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Say hello to my favorite pair of shoes. Get ready to watch her be styled many times many different ways. This pair is me if i’d be a shoe: Tough and pretty. Tomboyish, but delicate. I wear them almost every day.

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This backpack is SO CUTE. It is leather free of course and very much inspired by Stella McCartney’s bag designs. I prefer this one because it is bigger and fits my macbook + all my other stuff when traveling. I scored it at a shoe store in Montreal called Browns. It was very affordable and I have been using it for years.

Backpacks > Handbags

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 Have a great week my loves!

Photos by Ruchie Baum

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It would mean the world to me.

Love always,

Layala ❤

 

Top 10 Beauty Looks at the Oscars 2017

While most people are busy obsessing over the gorgeous one of a kind dresses at the Oscars, I am drooling over the stunning celebrity makeup looks. While you won’t see me wearing a custom designer made Swarovski covered gown anytime soon, as a professional makeup artist and beauty lover, I am captivated by the Oscars red carpet looks. Contrary to the latest insta-makeup trends, all of the Oscar looks are as usual fresh faced, unique and so real and wearable. From bronzed glamorous beauties, to pastel eyes and nude lips, here are all the looks that took my breath away.oscars1

Hailee Seinfeld looked like a dream in a bronzed cat eye (sans black eyeliner!), perfect wispy brows, and gorgeous peachy blush and matching lipstick. This look is the epitome of 2017 real life trends and I can’t stop loving it!

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The absolutely gorgeous Olivia Culpo looked stunning in a fresh and unique pastel purple eye. This look is an absolute winner and I’m looking forward to recreating this in the spring! Sir John (Beyonce’s MUA) is a Loreal brand ambassador and he blended Loreal shadows on her lid to create this look.. Unfortunately Loreal makeup is not cruelty free. Get a similar look by using this all vegan palette by KVD.

Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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Actress Emma Stone is just a perfect glamorous classic hollywood babe!  Rachel Goodwin, Nars director of pro artistry created this picture perfect look by using the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Mona.  The gold smokey eye perfectly accentuates Emmas green eyes and gold gown. As always, Emma can do no wrong!

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Darling makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created this “bombshell glow look on the amazingly beautiful hilarious Emma Robert. The Bombshell look is Old Holywood meets fresh, glowing glamour, nIts all about perfected Hollywood skin, magical lights on the complexion, mesmerizing eyes that play with the light, and an iconic matte bombshell red carpet lip!”

Get the exact lipstick here

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One of the most famous celebrity makeup artist, Patrickta, whose looks are adored by all of  young hollywood,  created this ridiculously beautiful look on Vanessa Hudgens. I love how real and down to earth this look is with the statement bold brows, perfect dramatic wing liner, and balanced nude lip. He used both La Mer and Chanel makeup, both not cruelty free. Get a similar glowy look and perfect cat eyeliner by using cruelty free Careline products available on my cosmetics shop, here.

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Another simple yet flawless look created by the talented Patrick ta on singer Sofia Carson.  His signature messy bold brow as usual, gorgeous full lashes, a fresh clean eye, and a classic red lip. This look is so perfect and so achievable. For similar brows try this eyebrow tutorial. And for similar lip try this long-lasting liquid lipstik.

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The ever beautiful fashion blogger, Sazan Hendrix collaborated with Makeup artist Lyndsay Zavitz to create the perfect Oscars inspired look. Even though she probably didn’t attend the Oscars, I loved this look so much that I decided to include it. Lyndsay created the perfect smokey eye using Stila (cruelty free!) smudge pot  in black and on her lips used Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in ‘so Marylin‘.

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Obviously, we have to take a moment to appreciate Halle Berry’s insanely beautiful statement hair. WOW! She perfectly balanced the dramatic hair with a simple and flattering glowy and bronzed look. The mesmerizing eyes, soft cheek, and simple nude lip works so0 well to accentuate her sharp features. What a beauty!

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Another talented celeb makeup artist, Hung Vanngo created this flawless look on angel Karlie Kloss. I still can’t get enough of the textured, huge brows everywhere. The bronze cat eye is also slowly becoming a Hollywood classic. I am also obsessing over that blinding highlight , soft contour, and warm orange lip. Can we say FLAWLESS??

Credit: instagram.com/hungvanngooscars12Last, but not least, we need to talk about the goddess that is Scarlett Johansen. First of all, she is rocking the badass, sexy short hair. MUA Frankie Boyd created this beauty look using the famous Orgasm blush by Nars, one of my personal kit staples. He completed the look by blending warm tones on the eye, using a nude eyeliner in her waterline (to brighten and open the eyes!) and a soft nude lip.

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What were your favorite Oscars beauty looks? 

Love,

Layala

Celebrating Love

Happy Valentines day friends!

Today was incredible.

Yaakov and I went to our newly discovered favorite Italian restaurant, Johns of 12th . Johns is a NYC classic since 1908 serving both vegan and non vegan Italian classics like raviolis, parmigians,  and cannoli. Their food never ever disappoints, and because we love Italian food so much,  we made reservations for V day. img_4454img_4457img_4458img_4459img_4461img_4462img_4465

This Reformation dress was obviously the perfect pick for this special night. Not only is Reformation one of my all time favorite fashion labels, but they are also an ethical brand that uses only sustainable methods and materials for producing their clothes.LOVE.  img_4466img_4467

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Johns’ Valentines vegan menu was AMAZING. They had quite a few newer main course options including Eggplant parmigiana , several delicious sounding seitan dishes, and a tomato, spinach, and tofu ravioli with a basil marinara sauce. Naturally, I picked the latter. img_4471

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The ravioli was so so so satisfying and delicious. It was cheesy, full of spinach, with the perfect sauce, and sprinkle of basil. Although, I promised Ill treat myself to a dessert on this special day, after eating this dish, I just could not. Now that I think of it, I definitely should have had a scoop of John’s vegan ice cream. But at that moment, I could not think of any more food. Next time, I guess. img_4474img_4476img_4478img_4480

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Thank you Yaakov for being such an incredible partner and my best friend.  7 Valentine days, and during every single one you have made me the happiest girl on the planet . I love you and am looking forward to our bright future!  img_4482

Overall, I had a great V day with my lover and the best vegan food. What else can a girl ask for? I hope all of you celebrating had a great day too. Sending lots of hugs and kisses to all my followers.

Love,

Layala ❤

At Home

Hi friends! Welcome to my home.
I love vintage finds , rock music, and industrial designs, so it’s no surprise that my loft apartment is a reflection of all those things. I describe my space as industrial warehouse meets cozy cottage meets rockstar Gotham vibes.

I am completely in love with my space and fun fact- before yaakov and I moved in, it was a vintage car mechanics garage. It was completely designed by yaakov and I and I will share many more details of different parts of my space on this blog in the near future.

I love being comfortable at home. If I’m  cooking, designing, working on my makeup website, or relaxing on the couch, I love being dressed in pieces that make me feel and look great.

 

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I love cream sweaters, and this one I found at American Apparel is perfect. I was so sad to hear about AA’s apparent bankruptcy (or selling out?) but I was happy to take advantage of their sale and support one of the few ethical Made In America fashion brands. I love the mock neck and the short slightly cropped length.

 

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Those jeans are a bargain find from Target. They are awesome. I recently discovered that Target carries jeans with different length, width, and waist sizes. Meaning whatever your size, you will probably find a well fitted pair for $30 or less at targets denim section. I have a tiny waist and wider hips so finding high waisted skinnies that fit properly can sometimes be challenging. I’m so in love with this pair that fits perfectly and feels like a second skin. For me, skinnies have to be S K I N N Y or else…

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Those earrings are from a booth at The Grove in LA.

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My necklaces are just dainty gold chains that I adore. The heart one is from Yaakov and the L pendant is from my mom ❤

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How cute is Caramel? She’s so photogenic and will definitely feature this fluff ball in more of my future posts. Behind her is the first 1000 piece puzzle I’ve recently finished and obviously had to frame.

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I have a slight obsession with burnt orange lipstick. Its my go to in the winter. Find this gorgeous matte one on my website here.

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I’m sometimes a basic bitch with clothing, but never with shoes. My vegan shoe collection is dope, if I can say so myself ( I can). I scored this Jeffrey Campbell pair on Poshmark – one of the best fashion apps ever created. Its a great app for both buying and selling new and used items especially hard to find ones or from past seasons. I love everything about this pair and love pairing it with an otherwise basic outfit. Use code BNCTE when signing up for $5 on your first purchase.  Also, if you’re interested, check out my Poshmark closet here. 

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I hope you enjoyed this post guys! More fun posts coming soon!

 

 

Sending the biggest hugs,

 

Layala

 

Photos by Ruchie Baum Photography