Easy Boyfriend Tee

Somedays, I want to keep it easy. I don't want to overthink my look, and want to be comfortable on the go. That's where my white boyfriend tee comes into play. I probably wear a variation of this look two to three times a week. A white tee is a staple for every LA girl. California style is all about embracing the cool and effortless. The versatility of this basic is endless- A white tee can be a look that seamlessly can go from day to night. So where do I get my go-to tees? Honestly, I buy all my white tees in the men's section. Many women's brands make the boxy t-shirt, but notice with my broad shoulders and full chest a true men's shirt fit my style best. When I am on a budget I always head to H&M's men's section. I love the thick collars of the tee and the silky texture of the cotton. I've also bought tees from Anine Bing, Brandy Melville, and even Target's men's section. Get creative, and just find a cut that fits your style. I love cuffing the sleeves, tucking it into my high waisted jeans, and throwing on a pair of loafers or sneakers.
My on-the-go style has been essential lately, due to my jam packed schedule. I am stoked for some exciting things coming to the blog + my acting career. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about being stuck in a rut. It's funny how easy it is to not listen to your own advice. But the past weeks, I have dedicated time to streamlining my life. Making consistent schedules, getting outside, eating healthy, surrounding myself around other creative people. And after a few days, I didn't feel trapped at all- I felt incredibly optimistic. So seriously, remember bad times DON'T last forever. Slow down, take care of yourself, and things will move through you. I have been so much happier, when I don't allow my expectations to get in the way, and finding confidence in the person I am here and now. 
AG Jeans Phoebe in Rebellion, H&M Men's Cotton Tee, Topshop Loafers (Sold out but similar option), Mejuri Gratitude Necklace, Zac by Zac Posen Sunglasses, Timex Watch, Vintage 1950's Purse.

Fall Wedding Style in Reformation

Like every LA girl, I have quite an infatuation with the brand Reformation. (I also love any brand that is sustainable, eco-friendly, and based in locally). Reformation is the master of 'one and done looks'. Their pieces instantly make me feel beautiful, without trying hard at all. (Think French girl elegance with a laid back California approach.) The past few weeks I attended a few weddings (which you might of seen on my insta-stories), so I decided I would invest in a dress that I would want to wear (even after all the parties.) I fell for moody rose print, and the flattering wrap silhouette. Fall weddings can be challenging to dress for- with cooler temperatures and changing style trends. I love this piece for its versatility- It can be styled to each occasion (dress up or making it a little more casual.). A Santa Monica wedding, I wore a vintage inspired nude stiletto with Old Hollywood round curls. An outdoor wine country wedding, I wore a chunky black heel with my black motto jacket. As I am getting older, I am finding more and more value in investing in clothing that's high quality and timeless. Reformation has got you covered, for garments that you'll want to wear months and even years later. 
Reformation dress (sold out in print, but same style), Steve Madden Block Sandals, Zac Posen Sunglasses, Azil Boutique Choker

Getting Out of a Rut + the Power of a Pant Suit

 I cherish the beginning of a new month. It is a time for a little self reflection. A moment to slow down, check in, and see how the mind and heart are holding up. And I have to be honest, the past few weeks I have been stuck in a little rut. I have been feeling disconnected creatively, and allowing my anxiety to cloud my focus and drive. I am a firm believer, that what we focus on the most will manifest in our lives. I need to hone in the power of my originality and trust that hard work does pay off. Especially during the times when I feel spread thin or completely overwhelmed by my over-arching long term goals. The life of a freelancer is a wobbly and thrilling journey. So, as I continue to pursue acting, blogging and paying my bills, here are some of my tactics for feeling a unstuck. 
 - Dress the part. Want to feel successful, and powerful? Get out of your sweats and dress the part of the person you want to be. Everyday, wake up and pick an outfit that elevates your confidence. I often work from home, but I am trying more to get out of my PJs ASAP. Even if I am not leaving my house immediately, how can I create a look that represents the person I want to be in the world. (Can I also say, this pant suit from Zara made me feel incredibly cool during my visit in NYC). 
-Get outside. Especially in LA, don't forget the power of sunshine and fresh air. If I am feeling overwhelmed or notice myself lingering on my phone for a long time, its time to go outside. Take a walk (for me its with my dog). Ditch the electronics and social media for thirty minutes to an hour. You'll feel refreshed and ready to keep working.
-Surround yourself with people who inspire you. I often feel very isolated by the work that I do. I feel my best when I am around people. I am an extrovert in that sense. So during the week I try to schedule a couple coffee dates, or go to blogger events (I especially love the events by Who What Wear). When I feel locked in a mood or my self doubt, I notice an instant shift when I connect with other creatives. Meet new people, create a community, and support one another in your pursuits.
-Create a schedule. This is the hardest thing for me. My schedule is not consistent every week. It changes even on a daily basis. But when I write a schedule down and commit to it, I get more work done. Some days I wish I had the structure of a 9-5 schedule, but why can't I create that for myself? I also get more work done when I am not home- so I am trying to schedule "office hours". Getting out of my house and perching at one of my local coffee shops elevates my productivity (making the three bucks for coffee worth it). 
Here are a few of my favorite books that have helped me, when I was feeling low about my unconventional lifestyle. 
BIG MAGIC- Elizabeth Gilbert
THE ARTIST'S WAY- Julie Cameron
YOU ARE A BAD ASS- Jen Sincero 
Sending support to all you babes who hustle hard for their BIG dreams. I support you full heartedly! I know when I am feeling stuck, it is only temporary. I have the power to shift my focus, and find a way to take it day by day. 
Zara Flared Trouser, Blazer + Striped T-shrit, Urban Outfitters Patent Leather Boots, Vintage 1950's Handbag (Vintage option here, Modern option here.), Ray Ban Sunglasses
Photos by NYC based Laurel Creative


Whimsical Escapes in the Village

 Hello, lovelies. Lately, I have caught myself day dreaming. Romanticizing (per usual) of my days in New York City. There is something magical about getting lost in that city, unlike anywhere else in the world. When I live there, I was often alone. So I find myself crave solo time, whenever I am visiting. I adore exploring at my own pace, not minding about my phone or the time. The standard of the grid system will pretend me from truly getting lost. It all starts with me, changing my course. Taking a street I haven't walked down before- discovering ivy covered brownstones, or an untouched vintage car. One day, I walked from the Flat Iron District all the way to the West Village. I knew, I need to head south, but didn't mind the path I took. The West Village itself, has a quaint feeling that is rare in Manhattan. There isn't hordes of traffic or tourist. There are ways to escape here. A moment to catch my breath. A street that feels far away from the chaos of yellow taxi cabs, stomping stilettos and swinging brief cases. There is magic in being alone sometimes. Self reflection and curiosity drive me whenever I am back in NYC. What places in the world do you love to get lost in?
 
I love this wrap dress from Kristinit. The velvet fabric is luscious. There is an ease of elegance with this look- This dress doesn't have to try hard, and one can tell. As it moves closer to Fall, I love golden + rusty tones. The fabric has this luxe shine to it from the rich velvet material. I paired this look with (once again) my favorite boots for fall. I always love adding an edge to a more typically feminine look. This vintage purse, I bought in New Orleans, and it is now my go-to bag. This look is perfect for seeing a play, a romantic date night or a glass of champagne with a friends. 
Kristinit Violaine Dress, Zara Chunky Platforms (Similar to here), 1950's Handbag from New Orleans (Vintage option here, Modern option here.)
Photos by New York based Laurel Creative 


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