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

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

Gearing Up for September

Happy Monday, babes. Ok real talk- I am pretty stoked for September. I soon will be prepping + planning my first visit to New York Fashion Week. Manhattan at the beginning of fall is my FAVORITE time to visit (changing leaves, cooler temps, and trending styles we just don't get in LA). It also has been a dream of mine to attend NYFW. So, I am going for it (and visiting most of my best friends at the same time too). I am a California girl all around, but most of my closest friends live or are about to move to NYC. I always end up crying on my flight back home- Not because I am sad to return to the west coast. More grateful that every time I go back to the East Coast, I am reminded of the people I love, and the growth I have experienced within myself. 
Even though its hot in SoCal right now, I have been rocking NON-STOP these easy trousers by Brass Clothing. The slim fit is incredibly flattering, and the stretchy material is perfect for on the go days. I love styling with white sneakers, and a boxy boyfriend tee. This Paris t-shirt from Brandy Melville has been in HIGH rotation for me too. Sorry I am not sorry. Once fall hits (which probably won't be until November), these pants will be perfect with cozy knits, and tailored button downs. Finish the look with a pair of chic pair of sunnies and you are good to go. 
Brass Clothing Modern Trouser, Brandy Melville T-shirt, Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers, Zac Posen Sunglasses.

Post sponsored by Brass Clothing 

Desert X- Mirage House

A few months back, I trekked out to the desert with my divinely talented photographer friend, Britt Crowe. As the sun slowly descended, we drove away from the quaint city. We headed towards the jagged and dusty brown mountains surrounding the valley. Stationed at the base of the hillside is Doug Atiken's art installation Desert X / Mirage House. A one story suburban home with each surface clad in mirrors. Pulling in the surrounding landscapes, it reflects back out, seamlessly disappearing at times into the desert scene. It was made famous by Coachella, and Instagram. But the context of this piece is what drives my inspiration. 
I've always been a girl who balances between adoring the city, and wishing to far away in nature. (That is why I ultimately chose Los Angeles as my home). I feel this push and pull often. It comes in flashes- a craving to load up my car, grab my pup and drive across the country. But then I think of my work, and the grind, and flow of people- and that pulls me into my urban lifestyle. This art installation, feels like that relationship to me. The act of disappearing into nature, while somehow maintaining the city life, I am consistently drawn to. 
 My favorite playwright Sam Shepard passed away this week, but I found this quote stirring thoughts- "I always thought the desert was the antithesis of peace- something that attacks you. So you don't go to the desert for peace." The desert is thought provoking. It brings sweat and lack of comfort. Its dusty and baking and burns your skin with its touch. It's not an escape where you detach from yourself, it allows you to explore deeper into your mind + heart. As the fall approaches, I hope to rent a cabin Joshua Tree, or drive out to the Grand Canyon or Santa Fe. When the season turns, I am craving a desert adventure unlike anything I have done before. 
Dress by Forever 21 (sold out in black), Steve Madden Hat, Seoul Necklace, Who What Wear Boater Hat. 

Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe
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