Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bringing the Optimism for Fall

I do have to say, I tend to get sentimental at the end of the summer. The feeling comes naturally- just like when I was kid preparing to go back to school. By August, I had to check the hem of my uniform skirt to see how much I had grown since the last year school year. (Then, of course, adjust the hem to an 'appropriate' length. Eye-roll). I might not be tracking my growth in inches anymore but I feel a shift from only a few months ago. I reflect back on all my adventures this summer, and there is a new confidence and unpredictable curiosity to keep learning and seeing the world. I am optimistic. I am driven. And believing big things are coming my way. It's pointless to go through life, without letting it surprise me. So I am taking some risks, and putting a little faith in the goals I fight for daily. 
Also tomorrow, I am traveling to New Orleans. I am a little nervous to head to the South, due to Hurricane Harvey. Here is a link for how to donate to the local organizations that help communities and victims directly. Even from far away, there's always a way to give. 
Free People Ruffle Skirt (Similar to here), XCVI Blouse, Steve Madden Chelsea Boots
Sponsored by XCVI Clothing 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Scrappy + Sun-kissed

 I hit the ground running, this Monday. Because this girl is prepping for her first New York Fashion Week. (While trying to maintain work, my acting career, and a clean house). I am a little bit of an underdog when it comes to the fashion scene. I lack connections or clout or a MASSIVE following or tons of money to drop on designers clothes. But to me, the more excuses you make- the farther things pull away from you. My dad instilled a scrappiness in me, that kicks in the second I want something (that might be a little out of reach). I have always been drawn to the under-dogs (the hardworking, under appreciated, and determined). I am a person who fully embraces the philosophy of 'learning as you go'. So instead of allowing one of my goals to overwhelm me, I focus my energy in the things I can be proactive about. (And trust me, NYFW has been a dream of mine since I was teenager. My walls were plastered with editorial shoots from the pages of Teen Vogue. I once wanted to be an art director/fashion photographer). So through the whirl wind of emails, questions, planning and prep, there is something so satisfying about hard work. I want to remind myself to embrace ALL the processes in my life- because the journey is what will bring me happiness in the long run- not the end point. Because truly- is there ever an end with your goals?
My style this week has all about comfort. I love this top by Suede & Stone. I can lounge around my house in silk pants, or dress it up for a late afternoon cocktail. Also, if you haven't noticed, I'm fully obsessed with summertime denim. This pair from Old Navy is the perfect boyfriend fit. They are baggy in all the right places, and I love the light faded wash. Stringed rose gold necklaces are my non-stop go to. I think this weekend I am going to re-pierce my ears so I can add some earrings into my routine. (I haven't had them pierced since I was 20!) My birthday is on Wednesday, and I have a feeling, my style will be laid back vs. dolled up. 
Suede & Stone Crop Top, Old Navy Denim, Steven Madden Block Heels, Azil Boutique Necklaces


Sweet and Simple Lilac Look

Keeping it short and simple with this post. Because this look came together so easily. Some days, an outfit just comes together. The shoes match the top, the jeans never go out of style, and the perfect backdrop is only a few minutes away from home. Sometimes, blogging can feel like this mad dash- trying to stay current, trying to build out content quickly (but with quality). But then some days, it all just works. And that feels really good. 
A few months ago, my beloved Rose Bowl Flea Market basket bag was stolen from my car. I was devastated, because it was a one of a kind piece. So I started my search again, and found this vintage straw bag off Etsy. I adore the bamboo handles, and the delicate yellow beading on the front. The shape is classic and reminds me of the structure of a Chanel flap bag. It is my end of summer gift to myself- while the basket trend is still HOT. 
  Blouse by Kristinit, Levi Wedgie Icon Foothill Jeans, Marais Sandals, Vintage Basket Bag (from Etsy). 
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo


Monday, August 14, 2017

End of Summer Fling

Happy Monday, babes. Who else is feeling the end of summer vibes? My birthday is next week, and it always marks a fresh start for me. I use to hate my birthday as a kid- lined up perfectly with the beginning of the school year. I still do not like celebrating, but now as an adult, I love how my day lines up with the change of the seasons. It is a time of reflection, and a shift naturally can happen. I know my life is about to feel a little non-stop soon. I am traveling to Napa, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York City all in four weeks. It will be a whirl wind, but I am excited that 26 is starting with a bang. Looking forward to the grind of airports, boarding passes and plenty of black coffee. (I know, most people hate that part of traveling. I am crazy, right?) 
Before my adventures arrive, I am soaking in the final moments of LA summer. It is my favorite time in the city, and I find any excuse to be outside. My fashion fling for August has been red gingham.  I have shared my love for black gingham this summer (here, and here). I love this off the should top by Soprano. I tied the top in a knot, for a more undone look. This print, of course, embodies vintage trends of the past. I just updated the look with a structure mini skirt, and a trendy bracelet bag. This look is feminine, sexy and flattering with a healthy tan. I am also loving my new short hair. It is SO easy to style. I wish I would have chopped my hair sooner. Contemplating cutting shorter- what do you guys think? 

So cheers to the end of summertime. The past three months, I have gained some momentum towards my most passionate/daunting goals. I took time to discover some confidence (which I secretly think was there the whole time). I always encourage you all, to slow down, and appreciate how far you've come. Journal, meditate, take a long hike- feel out what has changed or shifted in you. Lastly, I am most grateful for all the travels and people that defined my summer. 

Soprano Red Gingham Top from Posh Square, Topshop Skirt (Similar to here), Steven Madden Block Heels, Closet Access Bracelet Bag, Azil Boutique Necklaces, Ray Ban Sunglasses


Friday, August 11, 2017

Old Hollywood History

"A young woman pass her things, and moves to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting." A tale that continues to shape this city year after year. I like to imagine I am apart of that history- honoring all the dreamers + hustlers who came before me. I love this city and how it hypnotizes people to take bold risks with their lives. It encourages creatives to not fear their deepest ambitions. And that is a rare place in a world full of NO's, CAN'Ts, and DON'Ts. People think LA is shallow, I think they need to dig a little deeper.  
 I find it terribly easy to romanticize the icons of the 1940's. The women effortlessly draped in old Hollywood glamour. A stillness and strength and drama to their presence. So, I tried it on for this shoot. That history and confidence. Through this dressing up, I discovered a new pride in my journey as an actress. I am apart of the history. Wherever my career leads me.  
  Fact- Katharine Hepburn is my favorite classic actress. My mother that inspiration behind my name comes from her. So in college around the time I turned 21- I started going by my full name Kathryn. (Instead of my nickname Katie) It was like stepping into adulthood, in some subtle way. 
Lovers Like Us Dress by Kristinit 
Photos Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo

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