Monday, January 30, 2017

Undone Velvet

VELVET- A chic trend that is similar to wearing your pajamas in public. Seriously luxe, effortlessly comfortable.  This texturized fabric is very much in trend right now, but in an updated way. Designers challenged the traditional styles of sumptuous velvet through dramatic silhouettes and head-turning-colors.  From sandals, to body suits, to pants- Velvet will be in style until the hot summer months. I test ran this style, of course, through a vintage lens. I love the peachy color of this whimsical gown. Typically when I think velvet, it is dark and heavy. Moody shades, dark lips, and edgy eyeliner. This light shade brings a little old Hollywood glam mixed with the fresh California girl style. How have you tried out the velvet trend? This look for me is undone, elegant and dreamy. 

Glamorous Velvet Dress, Azil Boutique Rose Gold Necklace, Zara Heels (Similar to here
Photos by Los Angeles Photographer Nicole Balsamo @nicolebalsamophoto


Monday, January 23, 2017

Red Supreme

Ok, so I found my new favorite pair of boots. And they aren't BLACK. (Seriously shocker for me). Lately, I have been challenging my styling choices through color. This week, I am going for a color that showed up on couture runway shows AND edgy street style. From Gucci's ready to wear, to Pantone's 'Aurora Red', this shade was out in about for this season. 
My fiery red leather boots give me an instant surge of confidence + cool. This crimson red color is rich, sensual and vibrant- adding a big punch to a more understated look.
  As you might know, I am deeply inspired by vintage style. So in my everyday, I am much more of a tomboy- levi's white t-shirt and converse. But this look, I found inspiration in the late 1950's styles of Sophia Loren. Sultry, dramatic and oh-so-Italian. She was the originator of owning your curves. I used black separates in order to create an updated 'peasant dress' look. I love the buttons and sync waist of this Fifth Label skirt. Also the silky smoothy texture of this Honey Punch top. It is ultra fem, and sparks my imagination for my upcoming trip to Rome. Who is a style icon that you pull inspiration from?

I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn't and it really doesn't have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips.”- Sophia Loren. 

Look sponsored by Whimsy & Row - Honey Punch Blouse, The Fifth Label Born Free Skirt, Zara Boots (similar here), Opi Nail Polish 'We the Female'. 
Photos by Riley Tsang. Wisconsin photographer 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Echo Park Guide

My home in Los Angeles for the last five years (On and off during school on the East Coast) has been Echo Park. This neighborhood continues to change over the years (for better or for worse.) I share this guide to represent the classic EP I love. The historical, the dodger filled, the melting pot of different cultures. I cross my fingers big businesses don't start bulldozing the neighborhood. SO- my PICKS. Challenging to choose my list, and I skipped over MANY of the trendy newcomers. You've read about those places on Eater LA. SHOP SMALL + ENJOY x 


Guisados Tacos- BEST TACOS. Seriously, I can't be swayed. Guisados has the best tacos in LA. Originally from Boyle Heights, this local brand is now expanding all across the city. SO THE HYPE IS REAL. Homemade corn tortillas, rich stewed meats and fried up veggies. Tip- Outdoor patio is BYO so grab some brews at Echo Park Beers and enjoy their skyline view. Warning line can be long. ORDER- Camerones, Bistek en Salsa Roja, Steak Picado and Armando Palmero.

Masa of Echo Park- Go big or go home, at this 'Mom & Pop' bakery. And that means Chicago-style deep dish pizza. But honestly, come HUNGRY because Masa deep dish will fill you up (because you won't stop eating). This down-to-earth dining experience is a nod to EP itself- emerging from historic roots, culturally diverse, and classic urban  ORDER- Deep Dish 'Douglas St.' Pizza (Fact, my fav pizza is named after the street I live on).

The Park- Fearing I am giving away too many of my secrets. This is restaurant is EP's little secret. HAPPY HOUR BOSS- adorable + unpretentious patio space. The menu constantly is changing seasonally but simply- its American cuisines with heavy ethnic influences. ORDER- The gyro with truffle fries and homemade burgers.


El Compadre- One word flaming cadillac margaritas. This local stop is a fan favorite for Dodger fans. My boyfriend and I will go sit at the bar and watch football or baseball or basketball (YES, I can be a 'cool girl'). Their margarita mix is made in house, and they are STRONG. Family recipes, and traditional flavors, fantastic Mexican dinner. ORDER- Two margaritas (per person), chicken fajitas and complimentary chips + salsa.

The Short Stop- Rowdy nights. My all-time-go-to dive bar. Motown Mondays. Disco balls. Photo booth. I spent my twenty-first bday on their dance floor. Get in early to avoid cover fees, long lines, and obnoxious hipsters. ORDER- A beer, its that kind of bar.

Ostrich Farm- First date? Romantic night out? This intimate, midcentury inspired dining option is quite dreamy. It is one of the hottest brunch places in LA currently, but I enjoy grabbing cocktail or glasses of wine before a evening out with the BF. Go for the interiors too- the hunter green leather seats, the gold detailed fixtures, and marble bar tops. ORDER- Glass of sparkling rose Domaine Brazilier France or Carricante, Pietradolce, Sicily.  

The Echo- This concert + club space is a local hipster favorite. My night? Funky Sole. Outside plays funk, inside plays soul. Dancing under string lights, and a view of DTLA, its always a memorable night. ORDER- A gin & tonic. Be nice to your bartender.


Stories Coffee- This was the first coffee shop I ever went to in LA- I had a meeting for my first theatre internship there- and love ever since. Half bookstore, half cafe. This is the spot to get work done, with many power outlets and solid wifi. You'll find a range of devoted writers and artist typing away on their laptops. And if you go to Blue Bottle Coffee, don't steal their wifi. ORDER- Dirty Chia tea latte + everything bagel.

Dinette- A late addition to Echo Park. Its our instagram spot of the neighborhood. THANKS GENTRIFICATION. BUT you should try their mini waffles or avocado toast. (Literally seen on every LA blogger's instagram). Go during the week, its less busy than the coveted hungover brunch hours. ORDER- almond milk latte + waffle.

Eightfold Coffee- Another newcomer to the neighborhood and a five minute walk from house. Clean minimalist style, local bake goods, and strong coffee. I plan all my coffee dates here, and love the friendly staff. 

Echo Park Lake- Built in 1890, this is one of the oldest parks in Los Angeles. It reopened in 2013, and has revitalized the center of Echo Park. I walk my dog once a week along its palm tree lined trail. Stunning year round, its the perfect place for a picnic + wine. (Fridays the EP farmer's market happens a block away so stop there first). The lake is iconic and if you have lived in LA longer than a year and never been... shame on you.

Elysian Park Trails- Hiking in LA can sometimes feel as busy as the Grove. Crowded and overrun, its not the natural experience I often am looking for. The Elysian Park trails are a convenient solution when I wanted to escape my urban environment.

Shout & About- The cutest little gift shop in town. My one stop shop for all occasions. This highly curated store embraces snail mail, supports local artist, and has the perfect neon sign. GO for holiday shopping.

The Cactus Store- Plants are on trend. Look at any decor platform. Plants are little friends to add to your home. The Cactus Store hooks you up with desert plants. Each individual cacti potted in terra cotta. This tiny store is a small jungle tucked on Echo Park Ave.

Myrtle- Looking for feminist gear? (Especially for the upcoming women's march?) Love this girl power store on Sunset Blvd. Myrtle is dedicated to support female designers as they curate their boutique. It is a female positive experience and on my list for shopping small + local. Also their look books are major fashion inspo.
Topshop Dress, Steven Madden Chelsea Boots, Quay Sunglasses (Similar here), Pure Cycle Crosby Bicycle, OPI We the Female Nail Polish

Photos by Riley Tsang. Wisconsin photographer 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Dream Away Darling

Sometimes, I find a garment that makes me feel like I am in a movie or classic novel. It sparks my imagination in a remarkable way. SUCH AS- I choose to wear a gown around my apartment for no reason other than its Monday. I drink a glass of Grenache and listen to vintage vinyl spin around my record player. I sit on my hardwood floors, sketch and writing on all floors. 
And I get this feeling all from a dress- now that's wear the magic of fashion lies. This Tularosa gown (My favorite LA brand) makes me feel feminine and authentic. I was drawn to this garment for its bold viridian color yet delicate translucent fabric. It is a dress that is elegant and elevated, but still embraces the natural beauty of the wearer. I would never have believed a dress could set my imagination so a fire. Let the day-dreaming begin. 
Tularosa Dress from @ShopResurrection We the Female OPI Nail Polish
Photo credits: Britt Crowe Bay Area based photographer


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Classic with a Twist

When it comes to fashion, I find a lot of inspiration from past style trends. I define my style as vintage-inspired but with a modern edgy twist. Sometimes images stick with me for a long time. Example, Audrey Hepburn's attire in the movie 'Funny Face'. (Still inspired by that iconic dance scene after first viewing in the 6th grade). Hepburn was effortlessly cool, in her cropped pant and tight knit turtleneck. And of course I wanted to be her (something that isn't unique for fashion lovers of the world). Looking at my closet now, one piece that I have begun to invest in- a tailor fit pant. A chic pair of trousers can elevate an everyday look- I am loving this high waisted pair from Aella Collection. The silhouette is sexy and polished, hugging my feminine curves in all the right places. I added this trendy Free People backpack (Obsessing over the puff of course) to keep a youthful and fresh pop to this look. Combining the classic with the trendy is my fashion philosophy. How do you do this in your own stylings? 
Did you know there is a viewing deck on top of Los Angeles City Hall? I don't think you did, and the best part? IT'S FREE. If you are looking for sensational views of this diverse city skyline, head on up to the top floor. Just sharing a local secret with you, thank me later x 
Aella Collection Turtleneck & Pants, Nine West Heels, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Free People Backpack.
Photos by @xjenn3 

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