Since I was in high school, I have had a love affair with vintage shopping. I use to drive to Berkeley as a kid, searching through racks of clothing for band tees, 50's purses, mod sun dresses. As I have gotten older, I still cherish the vintage finds of my past. My taste has definitely matured (and has gotten a little more expensive hah). That's why Tradesy has SAVED the day, when it comes to buying designer pieces. I am a twenty-something creative, and I like to be frugal with my finances. Tradesy is a rad option, that has helped add more luxury items into my wardrobe. My first designer bag I really bought for myself was my Gucci patent leather backpack from their site. I love that it is a place online that I can trust, but also saves me SO much of my hard earned cash. I also have a coupon code for you! $50 off on $400 when using the code: KATHRYN50
What I love most about Tradsey is its collection of Chanel bags. Tradesy has unique pieces (ranging from vintage to only a few seasons ago), but that means you probably won't have the same bag every girl is eye-ing. This classic Chanel flap bag is the bag has been my dream bag for years. The shape and size is so practical for the on-the-go. The pop of white is so clean and cheeky. I paired this bag with my latest Rose Bowl Flea Market find- a 1960's shift dress.
If you're looking to invest in a bag, and don't want to pay full price- Seriously, shop on Tradesy. I have sold and bought on the site for about year now, and it is my first stop when looking to invest in a new bag.

Vintage Dress from Courtyard LA, Chanel Bag from Tradesy, Marais Sandals, Vintage 60's Clip on Earrings. 
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
Sometimes a dress is more than just a dress. A garment has the ability to inspire the imagination, and illuminate the beauty within ourselves. This piece from the Chriselle Lim x Just One Answer collection does that for me. It was love at first sight with this dress (and that's rare for me). Buttoning it up in the dressing room, I felt a shift. It is magic when we find a article of clothing that can makes us feel more like ourselves. Fashion blogger Chriselle Lim, mentioned the collection was inspired by one of my favorite movies Roman Holiday. So for this shoot, I reimagined what a modern day Audrey Hepburn in Los Angeles would feel like. 
This dress transports me to hot summer nights in Rome. Tan skin, wine lips, and feeling sexy in my own way. Walking the ivy lined streets of the Travestere. Sticky fingers from rich gelato. A slow setting sun, making the city golden. I find myself dreaming of far off places often, and I see how my travels have infused in my style. I like being malleable when I am exploring the world. Soaking in, and absorbing everything different from my own life in California. 
Strive to find clothing that elevates the everyday to something magical. I think that's why I fell in love with fashion. Even when I am feeling low, or lacking in confidence, I can pull a piece from my closet that somehow brightens my day. The right outfit illuminates what is special within me, and allows me to reveal my full self to the world. Clothing is not meant to hide you. It should help you be the most authentic + brave version of yourself. 
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
Chriselle X J.O.A Cocoon Sleeve Dress, Marais USA Sandals (sold out but similar here), Mejuri Virgo Necklace, Vintage Basket Purse (similar here), Vintage Clip on Earrings.

 Creative Integrity. A topic that continues to come up for me as an artist. It affects my work on this blog + my career as an actor. Lately, I notice more pressure to fit in. The pressing feelings to follow trends. The desire to tone down my personality- to act cool. I think has to do with the scrolling on Instagram. A wash of images that seem similar through the filters and stylings and poses. I am not saying that there aren't originals left in the digital world, but I want to see more authenticity on my screen. And that means I need to start with myself. By creating work that is truthful and specific to me. Even if its not gonna give me thousands of likes + followers. 
Some days, I question why I write, why I style, why I put my energy into this platform. I feel doubts around my work. Feel frustrated by my appearance. I feel defeated that I cannot afford the clothes I dream of styling. Sometimes I am self conscious of how other perceive me- especially the people I care about. But there's always a thought that can quiet those thoughts. My creativity stems from the need to connect. By sharing my work, and words and vulnerability, maybe I can help someone open up. That someone's voice might become louder, and they share themselves more authentically. Despite my doubts (which trust me I've written about many times), the moment I focus my work outward it all becomes clear. We need stories, and images to inspire and escape and ignite. 
There is room in the digital world for imperfection and mess. I also, think there is room for polished and aesthetically driven work. It's finding where your voice + point view feel fulfilling for you. 
As I continue to work on East West Edge (a platform inspired by places and people and sights from all over the world), my work will continue to embrace curiosity and exploration. There is nothing more brave than staying true to yourself. 
 Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
@brittcrowephoto Vintage Levis (Similar to the Wedgie Straight Leg fit), Mejuri Virgo necklace, Anine Bing Bralette, Zara Linen Crop Top (Similar styles here and here.)

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