Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Uniform Days

Do you have a piece of clothing that undeniably hold sentimental value? Something that feels so 'you', that no matter how styled, confidence + comfort are effortlessly there. Honestly, that's me and my uniform skirt from my high school days. It's slightly embarrassing, but most likely due to the years of wear (in rain or shine) at my Northern California all-girls Catholic School. It reminds me of rebellion, when I would sneak and wear non-dress code pieces- Like a boys white tee instead of a polo, or a vintage sweatshirt over uniform sweater. I cannot say I was cool enough to rock Dr. Martens, but oddly I feel inspiration from this forever piece in my closet.
Every fall, I find ways to style this look more. I am currently obsessed with the monochromatic trend. I wore this rich maroon blazer, (which I also brought along with me to Fashion Week) and this Who What Wear bag to play with the 'matchy matchy'. My patent leather boots are also a favorite for the colder months. All about long
Plaid Uniform Skirt (Similar to here), Zara Maroon Blazer (Similar to here),Urban Outfitters Black Patent Leather Boots, Who What Wear Collection bucket bag (one of my other favorite designs).
Photo credits: Kendall Keith https://thatmoodychic.com


Monday, November 13, 2017

Trend Test Drive- Houndstooth Print

Let's chat trendy clothes.  They come, they go, and you end up with a closet full of pieces you only wore a few times. Every season, there are a few must-buy-trends, that tend to feel dated within a few months. As I have gotten older, I have learned not to shell out my hard earned cash for fleeting moments in style. For me, its hard to keep up with these fast moving trends, and I noticed it prevented me from creating my own point of view in how I dress. So now, I pay attention to magazines and street style and runways- but only try out styles that feel authentic to my fashion vocabulary. I feel like my style doesn't seem like I try so hard, when I stopped trying dress like a trendy LA girl. 
When it comes to working a trend, I LOVE prints. Example would be this summer trend of gingham. I learned by finding pieces that seemed classic + flattering to me, they still felt current when made in a coveted print. Currently, I adore black + white plaid, which is having a starring moment currently in fashion. This print clearly pulls inspiration from the past. I love that you can find this print in department stores + vintage shops. I scored this darling houndstooth print skirt at the boutique Sister in Long Beach. This look feels a little 90's, a little London punky. The big bow on the side as a touch of girly personality for a more tomboy look. I paired the skirt with this fuzzy boxy sweater, chunky boots and (STILL MY FAVORITE) fishermen's hat. Have you tried this plaid trend out? I promise this won't be the last of it you see on me. 
Look sponsored by Boutique Sister in Long Beach
Double Zero Sweater (Similar to here) , Etophe Plaid Skirt (Similar to here), H&M Fishermen Hat (Similar to here), Zara Chunky Boot. 
Photos by Los Angeles based Photographer Alex Taman 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

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


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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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