Valley Girl

'Tis the season to try something new. Fall means a new start. A time to refocus, recharge and recommit. This September, I am trying out these mantras- but in my style. I decided take some risks, define 'my style' more specifically, and invest in staple pieces. So here is the break down for this punky/fresh look.
1) TAKE A RISK- I am a dress and skirt kind of gal. Maybe its the years of Catholic school uniform skirts, but I feel most comfortable NOT in pants. I dread tights. (When I lived on the East Coast I would hold out on bare legs until the end of October.) So this fall, I am trying out different options for my bottoms. I am loving the cropped trouser trend- especially in unique fabrics. These faux-silk pants, add a polished feel without feeling too stiff or stuffy. I feel youthful and lively with this updated pin-stripe print. I am also invested in the choker trend, but want to veer away from the styles I wore back in 2002. This thick velvet-handmade choker creates a little drama, especially with the plunging neckline. 
2) DEFINE MY STYLE MORE- I am currently working on a closet clean out. I am hauling-out all of the items from the glory days of theatre school. I want to update my clothing to match my maturity, edge, and west coast style. So that means saying goodbye to the Urban Outfitters dresses I bought at a whim. Giving away the loud and silky 'going out tops'. And the ultra-trendy but now out of date hemlines, cutouts and patterns. 
3) INVEST IN STAPLE PIECES- Quality over quantity is my new motto when buying clothing. I keep an eye out for when local/eco-friendly brands have sales. I then buy pieces that are timeless, crisp and effortless. This white Ali Golden top is one of my new favorites. The neckline is feminine but not revealing. The cropped shape and mock-kimono sleeve adds an interesting twist to the classic white tunic. I say you cannot have too many well-made white shirts in your closet. I also got a new pair of 'adult' sunglasses. My first pair of Ray Bans I left in a bathroom in London.. so hopefully I have better luck this time around. I am obsessed with the hexagonal shape of the lens. I wanted the classic cool that Ray Bans bring, but find a frame that uniquely represented my sense of style. 
We shot this look at one of the most iconic places in Los Angeles- The Griffith Observatory. It's history dates back to 1935, and is one of the oldest fixtures of LA culture. The sweeping views from Downtown to Santa Monica beach, make it a go-to place for tourist and locals. People learn quickly its the closest you can get to the Hollywood sign without a strenuous hike. (I do frequent the Griffith Park trails with my pup and boyfriend. Would HIGHLY recommend). When I first started living in LA over four years ago, I would wake up early and drive up into the hills to catch the rising sun. A perk of Southern California living- being able to escape to natural beauty so effortlessly. When I am feeling anxious or overwhelmed by this busy city, there always a place to escape. I will play with my camera, do some writing or  let my mind wander. This fall I want to focus on self-care and that definitely include time at the park. 
Ali Golden top, Brandy Melville pants, Vintage denim jacket, 1187 Choker, Ray Ban sunglasses, 
Kosas Cosmetics Rosewater lipstick, 'We the Female' OPI Nail. 
Myy Jeraffi Los Angeles photographer @myyjeraffi



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