Monday, January 29, 2018

Stepping Out of Comfort- A Girl's Guide to Beating Doubts

The beginning of the year always becomes a time of reflection for me. (Maybe its the cold weather keeping me cozy indoors, or maybe its my choice to participate in 'dry January? RIP red wine.) I find myself lost, in thought. Thoughts that are critical, honest. Thoughts that are deeply personal, exploring how I navigate life. My success to my downright failures (which were necessary to help me grow to what I am today.) I feel like its natural to search for self improvement at the beginning of the year. So here's my challenge to myself: 

 I have decided that for 2018, I want to step out of my comfort zone. (Ok, breaking my comfort zone has nothing to do with jumping out of a plane, or traveling alone, or talking to strangers at a bar.) My comfort comes from habituals ways of thinking- The "I can't"s as I like to call them. Small IDEAS that I have tricked my mind to be TRUTHS. And trust me, we all do it. So I am paying attention to any doubts, that I have grown comfort to. As we mature and grow, so do our doubts. So the way I combat them? Facing them HEAD ON. If there is a voice telling me 'I am not good enough", or "not pretty enough" or "not intelligent enough"- I write the opposite down in my journal. I say the opposite out loud to myself on the walk to my audition. Words are powerful, and they can hold us back from owning the life were meant to live. So, I use them in reverse. I use words to motivate me, to navigate around my doubts. Sometimes my doubts are heightened by influences outside me. 'Comparison is the thief of joy". So, I am challenging myself even more this year, to be the real + goofy + serious woman in every situation right away. I tend to warm up to people, reveal more and more of myself as I grow comfortable. Why can't I shine my full self no matter the outside situation? This is cheesy AF, but I want to be the leading lady of my life- ditching the doubts, and shaking the insecurities. 
Ok, but I did want to use this post to talk about this dress by one of my ALL time favorite Los Angeles brands Between Ten. This brand has the best textiles + fabrics. I love this moody wrap dress- I have never seen polka dots in this shade. The high slit shows off my legs, and adds a boost to my confidence. I highly recommend this brand for one of kind pieces, that feel vintage yet current at the same time. I have worn their pieces in past blog posts HERE, and HERE
Local LA brand Between Ten Dress, Urban Outfitters patent leather boots, Mejuri necklace. 
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FRESH FACE // My Skin Care Favorites

Maybe because I hit my mid-twenties or maybe because I am on camera more often, but I find myself more inspired by the trending topic- SKIN CARE. Yes, fresh and dewy skin is here to stay. I find myself more invested test driving products on my skin, than learning to apply the makeup that goes on top. (The tomboy in me is clearly showing). So after experimentation, a little research, and some diet modifications, I am slowly understanding what works for my skin. Below I am sharing my skin type, and my current favorite products. Reminder, I am a total amateur! I appreciate cruelty free products, and want to learn more about organic beauty! My friend Celeste of the True Spoon is total skin care inspiration, so definitely check out her blog! 
Skin Type:
I like to say that my skin type is Mediterranean. During the cold months, my skin is dry, dull and acne prone. When it is summertime, my skin THRIVES. Effortlessly tans, with minimal breaks. My breakouts are mainly hormonal and happen around my jawline, and my back. (Also caused from sweaty workouts).
My Routine:
FACE WASH: I feel like this is the category I have been test driving since I was twelve years old. I use to heavy benzoyl peroxide washes (literally Clean n Clear) through college. It wasn't until one fateful day at Sephora when a clerk suggested Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser. This cream based wash, moisturizes and soothes the face. The anti-bacterial properties help cleanse the skin, and fight off breakouts. I use this twice a day and will not be switching anytime soon. 

SERUM: So, to be honest, didn't know what a serum was until this past year. (Once again, amateur hour). This past summer while traveling, I got a sample size of the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, and fell in love. I use this immediately after cleansing. This vitamin C product helps brights my skin, and fights the signs of fine lines. My face looks awake after use. I am a big fan of Ole Henriksen, so you will see more on my list. 

MOISTURIZER: Moisturizer is the product I change up the most. Depending on samples, products I am gifted etc. My skin is incredibly dry during the winter, so I try to find thick creams that can my skin can soak up. Some of my favorites include- Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Neutrogena Hydro Boost

EYE CREAMS: I typically don't get dark circles on my eyes, but I use an eye cream as a preventive for fine lines. I love the Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Primer. I put the tube in the fridge so the product is cool when I apply it. I love the ceramic too, because its smooth and cooling on a sensitive area of my face. 

TONER: I am a newbie when it comes to toners. I am still scouting for this product. I use my toner at the end of the day to get the dirt and makeup fully off my face. I have used Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxitdant Toner, and Pixie Glow Tonic. This is one of the products I am still test driving- Give me any of your suggestion below.

LIGHT THERAPY: I was gifted Neutrogena's light therapy products (mask and stick), and I like to use it when I have an acne flare up. I get the hormonal under the skin cysts, and the light seems to bring down redness, and make the area less sensitive. 

LIPS: My lips are very chapped, especially during LA's winter. I use a sugar lip scrub twice a week (I dig Sara Happ, but also interested in making my own.) Then when I do my makeup, I always put on Honest Beauty Magic Balm. I love that it's its all natural, and gives that chic glossy look. When I want to add a natural color I use the Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon
These are just a few of my top products, I have a much longer list. Brands I am still waiting to try: Sunday Riley, Glossier (their new acid for acne has sparked my interest), Drunk Elephant, and Juice Beauty. Comment below with some of your go-to products!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kiwi Pop- Color Watch for 2018

 One of my 'style' resolutions for 2018? MORE COLOR. Lately, I have been drawing inspiration from bold hues + unexpected color mixes. Some of my favorite street style + blogger babes have been doing this for years- and in 2018 I want to test it out. Of course, I am keeping my staple pieces (white tee, blue jeans, black boots). But where can I add a punch color to refresh my tried + true outfit choices? This chartreuse sweater + 'limon' Marais sandals gives me a dose of pigment that feels ultra cool + unpredictable for winter. Wearing white in winter breaks "all the rules" but that's where I want my style to tread. 
So what colors are on my radar? I am DIGGING the Pantone color of the year- Ultra violet. It was seen all over runways for Spring 2018. I never have worn purple, but excited to add this color to my wardrobe. I am thinking a chunky knit, bold earrings (I am getting my ears re-pierced next week!), or block heel. I am relieved that millennial pink is getting a break. YES, I adore the shade but a more saturated palette embodies what I want to be in the new year. Other colors? Fire engine red, electric navy blue, and fuschia. Here is a link to my winter pinterest board if you'd like to see more of my inspiration. 
My newest obsession as well is this patent leather Tory Burch satchel bag. I am obsessed with the structure shape, shiny texture, and gold hardware. It feels vintage, and adds that classic touch to any look. It is big enough to pack my day in it (My camera, notebook, sunglasses.) If you're looking for a bag as a 'working woman', I would definitely invest in this piece. 
Old Navy wide leg jeans (sold out but similar to here), BP crewneck sweater, Tory Burch Juliette satchel bag, Marais suede sandals.
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
Sponsored by Tory Burch

Monday, January 15, 2018

Who Wears the Pants Now?- Being a Millennial Woman

I think every generation must think, they are changing the world. That being said, I don't hesitate to say, that Millennials have rattled many norms established by past generations. I find it humorous that we are criticized for being lazy, and selfish. We are a scrappy group, who has had to hustle the 'gig economy'. Our careers don't neatly fit into a title or box. (Because we all have MANY skills sets, and can type a mile a minute.) We are judged by way we spend our money, the way we use technology, and the way we interact with our world politically. I am proud to be a young women during this time and generation. We have helped pushed crucial conversations to center stage (gender roles, pay disparity, health care, sexual harassment + assault, violence against POC + LGBTQ). 
I think my style reflects the woman I pursue to be in this world. My sense of style has been all about ease. My Nike Cortez are my current every day shoe (if you look through the history of East West Edge, you'll see I have 'moments' for EVERY type of sneaker). I love the throwback vibe, and the total comfort. These high waisted houndstooth pants have been a must for me, as I streamline my closet. I love pairing with a basic white tee for day, and then a black turtleneck and heels for night. I love feeling like I 'don't have to try hard' to feel professional and confident. Confidence is inside work, the clothes just help bring it out. 
 FACT: "Millennial women not only are more educated than previous generations or women were, but also outpacing men in education attainment."- Forbes. 
H&M Houndstooth Pant, Michael Stars White Tee, Nike Cortez Sneakers, Mejuri Constellation Necklace, Zac by Zac Posen Sunglasses.
Photos by Julia Boyd


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Manifest the Shit Outta Life // How I Hustle a Creative Career

Cheers to 2018! I have always loved the beginning of the new year (it's the virgo in me, people). At the end 2017, I took a little hiatus from East West Edge. I got off my laptop, and focused on my acting career. And yes! I saw major changes and payoffs. But it also helped me refine how I pursue my creative and constantly unstable lifestyle (jobs, finances, "success", lack of validation). As I move into the new year, I want East West Edge to be a platform not just for sharing my style musings (which I promise there won't be a lack of). But also a space for young creatives to feel supported- by sharing my trials, and tribulations and absolute 'fall on your face' failures. A space to feel unabashedly myself, and you to feel the same. So thanks for always reading along, because through your laptop or iPhone screen, I will always be rooting for you too! x KTZ 
 MANIFESTATION. Babes, this is the game changer. What you focus on most, will become your reality GUARANTEED. So why not dare to expect what other's believe to be impossible outta life? Wake up every morning, and instead of checking your phone, journal. Meditate. Take time each day to honor what your deepest self wants. I am a big fan of vision boards. A little faith and some badass thoughts life doesn't have to feel so daunting. 
 FIND STRUCTURE. If you're hustling the freelance, actress, blogger, writer, creative etc. lifestyle every day won't look the same for you. Some people find freedom in the random pockets of open time. I am a scheduler, and this is my biggest struggle. Not letting a cancellation or a sudden shift in appointments to throw off my day. This year, I am creating more structure by blocking out exact times for things I CAN CONTROL each day. My workout schedule will be consistent each week. I will try to wake up and go to bed around the same times. Creating these boundaries give me a safety net, so when the rest of my day goes wildly different I am not frazzled/ not feel like I didn't accomplish anything. 
GATHER YOUR PACK. This might sound a little harsh, but the end of 2017 was about editing the people I surround myself with. Find people who champion you. Who share your passions, and cheer you on. It's funny- the second you ditch negative individuals and put your feelers out there for badass compassionate people, they'll show up. Making friends in LA has been like dating for me. Know your value, and the right friendships will arrive. Instagram, acting classes, and mutual collaborators have turned into solid relationships. I have taken more artist risks, and grown in my acting career because of the people in my life. When I am feeling stuck now, I collaborate. Working with others will remind you that any low is just temporary.
SELF LOVE ISN'T BULLSHIT + ALOT OF WORK. I feel like there are so many articles out there about 'self love' + 'self care'. What I have learned? The 'inside' work is a full-time job. It comes in waves, feeling confident and talented and beautiful. But with time, and experience the low days don't fall into extremes. There is genuine value in my point of view. That the more I push authenticity and truth in my life (whether it be in my writing, style, and attitude), happiness arrives and self doubt steps out of the way. I don't have to abandon my beliefs or kiss someone's ass to get ahead in life. People are drawn to individuals who live their life to pleasure themselves (and not in a overly selfish or egocentric way). So wash your face, eat colorful foods, speak your mind, move your body, and wear clothes that make you feel like a total badass. 
Comment below with one of your creative goals for 2018! I love hearing what my readers are working on. Keep crushing it and as my idol Katharine Hepburn said- "Do not allow anyone to dictate how you feel about life, about work about people." Meaning its your life, so you write your own story. So might as well make it as wild and messy and adventurous as possible x 
 Vintage 70's blouse from Wisconsin antique store, Reformation Fawcett Jeans, Anine Bing Bralette, The Daily Edited bucket bag, Zara Boots, Mejuri Necklaces, Ray Ban Sunglasses.
Photos by Los Angeles Based Photographer Claire Huntsberger 
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