I have to be honest. I have been feeling off the last few weeks. I blame it on 1) The absolutely dreary weather that's taken over Los Angeles 2) I was faced with a stream of 'no's that surprisingly hurt more than I realized. I like to appear strong, and inspired and constantly busy to the outside world. But lately, my inner voice has been loud with doubts. There's this constant pressure, but not much action on my end.  I find myself on my phone too much, aimlessly scrolling. Instead of picking up my journal, or diving deep into a character for a scene. I once had a professor say 'awareness is the key to change'- and this post is a little something like that. 
One reason why I love fashion so much because clothing has the ability to alter my state. Transport me to far away places. Reveal the confidence in me that I sometimes like to bury. So, this afternoon when the clouds parted, I threw on a dreamy dress and took a walk with my boyfriend. Fresh air can do wonders for the racing mind. I am realizing I need to make an excuse to get dressed up (even on days where I only have to work from home). I have said that in the past, but more and more I am noticing how my mood changes when I put a little effort and creativity into my daily look. 
I hope this post resonates with you. We all have had those weeks where you feel rejected and stuck. But that's why I like to share these moments too. Not just talk about clothing. My blog is my creative diary. And I know vulnerability only leads to good things in life. So, even when the journey kicks you in the stomach. Stand up, take a deep breath, and grab the coolest sunglasses you can find. Because you're bad ass, babe x
Who What Wear Collection Gingham Dress, Steve Madden Block Heels, Mejuri Necklace, Ray Ban Hexagonal Sunglasses, Vintage Clip On Earrings (similar to here). 


Flared jeans. High risk with major reward. A style of denim that often gets dismissed (maybe because of its presence in early 2000's style?) But when you break down it, flared denim can be some of the most flattering pants for women. So when LA based line EMG denim asked me to style a pair of jeans, I decided to ditch my go-to cut (high waisted, boyfriend or raw hem) and test drive something unexpected.
 I gotta say, flared denim instantly make you look taller. (Which is something I am always trying to do. I am 5'7 1/2. Dreaming of being 5'10.) The wide leg fit, lengths the body and and creates a feminine  curve to my more boxy figure. I paired this look with a springtime staple- a 100% silk camisole (this one by SF based brand Frances Austen). I opted for minimal hair up and a messy bun. I wanted this simple and easy look to speak for itself. I did grab my vintage Chloe bag to add a rich tone of color.  
 I think the most challenging part about flared denim are the shoes. I've noticed the hem of the pants are typically long, so wearing a heel becomes a must. I tend to grab for a classic sandal (like these suede Lucky Brand ones) or a chunky wedge that really adds height. I've seen girls rock their flares with sneakers, but I don't think I could rock that. (It would remind me too much of my elementary school days mimicking my favorite pop stars.) I will definitely try more flared denim in my wardrobe. I think a black pair would be perfect for a day to night look. There is something boho about these jeans that I want to fight against. And I think through accessories, and overall styling you can avoid looking like a total flower child. 
EMG Denim Nina Flares, Frances Austen Silk Camisole, Lucky Brand Sandals, Chloe Vintage Bag via Tradesy, Mejuri Necklace
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My golden state roots never fade from my sense of style. I will never let go of the road trips to Santa Cruz, the scuffed up sneakers, tan summer skin. The rebellious + scrappy 16 year old from the bay, still finds her way into how I dress. I am awfully romantic about skater style, but this California kid can’t help it. I love finding influence from the 70's. The playful color blocking, and funky silhouettes. (Don't get me started about vintage levi flares). 
California style is so embraces the easy and nonchalant. There is ALWAYS an air of not trying too hard. We embrace the casual. And aren't afraid of a pop of color. I adore this Madeleine Thompson sweater for spring. I was drawn to the rainbow pattern, and the boxy fit. I paired it with my current favorite skirt (Faux leather from Zara). It gives my look a little of a feminine twist, especially in contrast to my beat up Stan Smiths. 
Lately, I have been trying to not pin my style down. Meaning- I am not going to constantly try to define it. My style changes with my mood, with the places I travel, and the music I listen to. I love that I don't follow trends, but follow my own style intuition. But I can tell you- my love for my home state is a constant, and it will always be my greatest source of inspiration. 
Madeline Thompson Sweater (more affordable version here), Zara Faux Leather Skirt (Similar to here), Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers, Mejuri Virgo Necklace, Cat Eye Sunglasses (Super cheap off Amazon).

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