Monday, February 26, 2018

Foolproof Style Formula- Matching Sets

When I find a style formula that works, I run with it. A foolproof outfit combination, that always works for me? Matching sets. As Los Angeles (slowly) heads to spring, I am scouting for more two pieces to add to my wardrobe. A matching set, is undeniably playful and elevates everyday silhouettes to something cool + unexpected. Add a crop top in the mix, and I am 'signed, sealed delivered.'

I adore this set corset top + pant set from Wayf. This look feels very vintage inspired- 'Summer of the 60's'. (I currently can't stop listening to pop music from that decade, so the influence is probably bleeding into my style choices.) The print is cheeky, the corset top adds a dose of femininity. The sleeves add a volume that feels really different, and unexpected. I styled this look with my Tevas to juxtapose girly undertones of this look. I love the stark white of the sandal, to break up the double vision of the top and bottom. 

It is no secret, I am a creature of warm weather. I feel most creative + inspired when the sun is beaming down, my skin is tan, and I don't need to remember to pack a jacket. I have a feeling matching sets will be my go-to for special occasion during the spring + summer. I like polished it feels without having to try so hard. I linked some of my favorites below. Will you test drive this trend? Comment below x 
Wayf corset top + pant, White Teva Sandals, Mejuri Necklace
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo

Monday, February 19, 2018

Facing My Toughest Critic // Life of a Recovering Perfectionist

 I am a perfectionist. I have wrote about it many times on my blog. Some days, it pushes me creatively. It allows me to focus delicately on details, and helps me get lost in the worlds I create (whether in acting, photography, or stylings). The other hand? I have weaker moments, where I turn that intense perfectionism on myself. I am without a doubt, the toughest critic on myself. My expectations are sky high, and my critical eye (which can be extremely helpful with work), is incredibly painful for my self esteem. Over the weekend, my critic overloaded me. My doubts were loud and nasty. I felt stuck in the moment, but not present at all. My critic appears when I am feeling pressure. Moments where I am frustrated with where I am at in my journey artistically and professionally. It stems from running away from the present- either anxiously awaiting for the outcomes of my efforts, or flustered by past moments that attempt to define me. I am sharing this because I know I am not alone in this journey. I feel like the more I speak about this, the softer the doubts become. I feel a great deal of freedom in vulnerability. 
My New Years Resolution (see here), was all about stepping out of my comfort zone. And part of that was working on changing the mindset / negative talk that I am 'comfort' with continue. I will say, it is much harder than imagined. I am rewiring my brain a little. Some weeks, I feel like a total bad ass- Killing all sides of my career, surrounding myself with constantly inspiring humans, and owning my self image in ways I never thought possible. Then I have moments where I fall off the wagon. I hate how my body looks in the mirror, I feel deeply alone, and question whether I will ever hit my goals. What often brings me back, to the more kind, gentle version of myself? Remembering the fiery passion in my gut that got me here in the first place. Within me, there is that confidence and trust that all will work out. It's not naive, it is hope. And it stems from gratitude and love for my life and self. So I am working on that guys! I challenge you to do the same. Perfectionism- fuck you x


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sliding into Gingham- The Essential LA Girl Shoe

It's February, but that won't stop a LA lady from wearing an open toed shoe. Over my last few 'winters' in Southern California, I have learned there are no boundaries when it comes to footwear + seasons. I recently got this darling pair of gingham slides from Restricted Shoes. I love the tiny bow detail, and ultra comfortable fit. When styling a shoe that is SERIOUSLY girly, I notice I like to dress the opposite everywhere else. I think separates always creates an edge to a look- especially when it changes up classic silhouettes. The boxy fit of the racer tee, with the sleek crop flare feels right on an LA winter day. I slicked my hair back and added a red lip to intentionally lean into the stark + hard contrast. My style always plays with fighting against the expected, and I end up surprising myself in the process. 
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Who What Wear Collection Pants, Restricted Averie Slides, Topshop Bonjour Tee, Tory Burch Juliette Satchel
Post sponsored by Restricted Shoes, however all opinions expressed are my own. 


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lavender, Baby with & Other Stories

Hey there babes! I made a pact to wear more color in 2018, and I have kept to my promise. I partner with one of my favorite brands & Other Stories, to hit the snooze button on blasé minimalism. The pastel to watch for in spring? Lavender, baby. This season, LOUD is in. This bold point of view manifests through flashy metallics, ethereal fabrics and cutting-edge silhouettes. I am obsessed with these silver block heels. We have seen the sparkle all over the runway (Chanel's glitter boots anyone?) I'd say this is the California fresh take on that style. I also love the playful volume of this & Other Stories sweater. The cropped fit accentuates my waist, and the puffy sleeves create eye-catching drama. When I make daring fashion choices, my attitude tends to follow. Meaning, I take a more risks, and shine with confidence more in life. 
Winter has been non-existent in Los Angeles the last few weeks. (When we shot this look it was literally 80 degrees). I will say, that investing in knitwear is important in SoCal. No need to invest in statement jackets. Fill your closet with chic + interesting sweaters, turtlenecks, and cardigans. & Other stories has some of the best knits (no matter what coast you live on). I plan to wear this lavender sweater with cropped vintage denim, a leather mini skirt, and of course this rad culottes. How do you style colorful sweaters during the winter? It is always a joy to brighten up a drab winter uniform.
I know Kanye said that small sunglasses are in, but like I am still obsessed with my cat eye sunnies. The vintage inspired frame is my go-to. Below I linked some of my favorite options currently. The shape of the frame adds a feminine and mod feel to any look. Are you guys still into this style? 
& Other Stories sweater + heels, Zara culottes (Similar Asos option here), Anthropolgie sunglasses (Sold out but another option.) 
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo

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