Leanne Wei

A day in Fire Island

honey & velvet flowers on fire island

We went island hopping for Memorial Day this year... From the island of Manhattan to Fire Island, that is - and I had the perfect linen wrap dress in mind for the occasion. The day started off cool and cloudy in NYC, but the temperature ended up soaring once the sun peeked out around midday.  I love wearing linen and cotton on days like these.  The fabric keeps my skin feeling cool and I love how cute and comfortable this little wrap dress from Tobi makes me feel. I'm 5'2 (158cm) and I find XS to fit really well for petite frames. I had also purchased these white leather sandals from Kelso at Edgars during my last trip back to South Africa and this was my first time taking them out for a spin. I have to say... It generally takes a couple of cuts and blisters to for me wear into leather shoes and sandals, but these were SO comfy right from the first wear. 

leanne wei honey & velvet tobi elaine linen grey wrap skater dress
fire island house

And pretty doorways!

honey and velvet coffee and cashmere

If you think you're seeing a familiar face here, that's because you are! This is my beautiful friend Felicia from Coffee & Cashmere, who is also the co-hosts of Off The Great Wall on YouTube.  I've never told her this in person, but I think she looks a little like Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Girl. Does anyone else think so??

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leanne wei honey & velvet tobi wrap dress

Black tote bag from Dorarrium

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Arriving at Ocean Beach.

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Red swimsuit from American Apparel | Necklace from Swarovski | Sunglasses from Covry

Up until stealing Felicia's sunglasses that day, I had NEVER worn a pair of sunglasses that fit me better than these shades from Covry. Honestly speaking, it feels like every pair of sunglasses I have ever owned are always sliding down my face or just sitting on my cheekbones because I don't have a high bridge on my nose as a typical Asian girl. BUT, I hear that the sunglasses by Covry are actually designed to fit Asian faces. CAN I HAVE A PAIR OF COVRY IN EVERY COLOR PLEASE? 

fire island ocean beach

Sadly, we lost TWO pairs of sunglasses by the end of the day.  I was wearing Fel's Covrys and because they fit so well, I thought there was no chance they would fall off my face.  But we had NO IDEA about the kind of crazy waves we were getting ourselves into. The current was insane. I got washed out and rolled in a couple of summersaults underwater before barely making it out alive. Thomas try to rescue Mia's Ray Bans after a similar experience, but he emerged out of the water with nothing more than two handfuls of seashells and beach sand. 

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Recovering and attempting to look composed after all the tumble turns. 

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The light at 4:38pm.

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Ending the day with cartwheels, because... Why not?! I lost count of all the takes we took because we were not in sync. My cartwheels sucked, but I'm really surprised I could still do them!  I didn't even care about how silly we looked going upside down.  It was so fun rolling around and having fun like a kid again. Thank you Thomas for this shot! 

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By the end of the day, we started making our way back to catch the ferry back to Manhattan...

ice castle fire island
ice castle fire island ice cream

But not before making an ice cream stop for mint chocolate chip and chocolate cookie dough!

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Mint and lavender.  I always love admiring people's yards and little gardens. 

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There were so many cute beach houses in walking distance to the beach on Fire Island. Perhaps we could stay here one day. 

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Thanks for a great day. Until next time, Fire Island! 


In the Hamptons with Purewow

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No summer in New York is complete without a trip to the Hamptons... So, when PureWow invited me to their Hamptons Party last weekend - there was no way I could say no. 

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We were welcomed by a sea of hydrangeas surrounding the house when we arrived.  This was simply the most gorgeous house I have ever laid my eyes on in Southampton.

purewow hamptons hydrangea house

If you watch the TV show BILLIONS, you may notice that this is the same house where they film the show.  My eyes were swooning!

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Hydrangea on hydrangea on hydrangea.

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It was such a fun and beautiful day filled with tons of unique activities with several Fortune 100 brand partners at PureWow. 

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Here I am arranging my own pretty DIY bouquet with itsbyu. Can you tell I have a thing with flowers? :) 

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Also, HOW ADORABLE is this hydrangea floatie??

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In my natural element... Always the happiest surrounded by plants and summer blooms. 

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We got to enjoy some beautiful performances with these gorgeous pianos from Sing For Hope. 

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Enjoying the sunshine and schmoozing by the pool. 

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I was starving by lunch time and packed my plate with avocado, cous-cous, watermelon & heirloom tomato salad, corn and asparagus! I also got myself the cutest golden tattoo thanks to the ladies at Shea Moisture

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Dropped by to pick up some afternoon treats with Sugarfina

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Jane and I taking a few snaps here at the giant PureWow Flower wall. Can you guess how many roses??

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I couldn't imagine a better way of spending my Saturday...

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Dipping our toes...

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Strolling down our private walkway to the beach... 

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And enjoying an ice cold glass of rosé margarita on the beach.

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Thank you PureWow for the most incredible day in the Hamptons! :)

Summer in NYC

 ROMPER FROM   RECKLESS GIRLS    |  KITTY FLATS FROM   SEYCHELLES    |  SHOULDER BAG FROM   ZARA

ROMPER FROM RECKLESS GIRLS  |  KITTY FLATS FROM SEYCHELLES  |  SHOULDER BAG FROM ZARA

 THE SPOTTED PIG

THE SPOTTED PIG

 CENTRAL PARK

CENTRAL PARK

 BAKER & CO.

BAKER & CO.

 HELLO PORTEBELLO FROM SWEETGREEN AT RIVERSIDE PARK

HELLO PORTEBELLO FROM SWEETGREEN AT RIVERSIDE PARK

 BRUNCH AT MACHIAVELLI

BRUNCH AT MACHIAVELLI

 HYDRANGEAS AT MADISON SQUARE PARK

HYDRANGEAS AT MADISON SQUARE PARK

 BRUNCH AT SWEET AFTON

BRUNCH AT SWEET AFTON

 MAKING PICNIC COCKTAILS AT CENTRAL PARK

MAKING PICNIC COCKTAILS AT CENTRAL PARK

 MADISON SQUARE PARK

MADISON SQUARE PARK

 MEDITERRANEAN BOWLS + HIBISCUS TEA FROM NANOOSH

MEDITERRANEAN BOWLS + HIBISCUS TEA FROM NANOOSH

 GREEN JUICE FROM NEW YORK PAO DE QUEIJO

GREEN JUICE FROM NEW YORK PAO DE QUEIJO

 NEW AND OLD FRIENDS AT 4TH JULY BBQ

NEW AND OLD FRIENDS AT 4TH JULY BBQ

 YOGA TO THE PEOPLE

YOGA TO THE PEOPLE


A few visual updates on what I've been doing and where I've been eating. I hope everyone is having a great summer! :)