Monday, March 26, 2018

Creative Integrity. Staying True in the Digital Age.

 Creative Integrity. A topic that continues to come up for me as an artist. It affects my work on this blog + my career as an actor. Lately, I notice more pressure to fit in. The pressing feelings to follow trends. The desire to tone down my personality- to act cool. I think has to do with the scrolling on Instagram. A wash of images that seem similar through the filters and stylings and poses. I am not saying that there aren't originals left in the digital world, but I want to see more authenticity on my screen. And that means I need to start with myself. By creating work that is truthful and specific to me. Even if its not gonna give me thousands of likes + followers. 
Some days, I question why I write, why I style, why I put my energy into this platform. I feel doubts around my work. Feel frustrated by my appearance. I feel defeated that I cannot afford the clothes I dream of styling. Sometimes I am self conscious of how other perceive me- especially the people I care about. But there's always a thought that can quiet those thoughts. My creativity stems from the need to connect. By sharing my work, and words and vulnerability, maybe I can help someone open up. That someone's voice might become louder, and they share themselves more authentically. Despite my doubts (which trust me I've written about many times), the moment I focus my work outward it all becomes clear. We need stories, and images to inspire and escape and ignite. 
There is room in the digital world for imperfection and mess. I also, think there is room for polished and aesthetically driven work. It's finding where your voice + point view feel fulfilling for you. 
As I continue to work on East West Edge (a platform inspired by places and people and sights from all over the world), my work will continue to embrace curiosity and exploration. There is nothing more brave than staying true to yourself. 
 Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
@brittcrowephoto
@brittcrowephoto Vintage Levis (Similar to the Wedgie Straight Leg fit), Mejuri Virgo necklace, Anine Bing Bralette, Zara Linen Crop Top (Similar styles here and here.)


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Fashion Test Drive: How to Wear the Utility Jumpsuit

This week's segment of Fashion Test Drive: the utility jumpsuit. I have been wanting to try this look for YEARS (seriously not exaggerating), but hadn't found the right one. I have memories of scouting the melrose trading post, and other vintage stops, but never finding one that fit (size + vibe). When Lucky Brand asked me to preview their Spring Collection, I decided it was my chance to try this look out. 
When rocking a utility jumpsuit, it all comes down to styling. The accessories + details will set the vibe for the look (whether its for casual errands or a date night). I paired my jumpsuit with these simple suede sandals, for a feminine twist. I also also would pair my jumpsuit with a pair fresh white sneakers. I slicked my hair back into a bun because I wanted the focus to be on this singular piece. It was rad to find a vintage inspired piece, but with a more practical + modern fit. I think fit is very important with this look, and if bought vintage tailoring might be a good idea. 
When I am not hanging out in my own neighborhood, I often am spending my time in Silver Lake. I remember when I first started living in LA, Silver Lake was the ultimate hip neighborhood. (Pretty sure hipsters were invented here). No matter how cliche, Intelligensia is still one of my favorite coffee shops in the city. The beautiful teal tiles, the open air patio, the flocks of writers scribbling out their next screen play. I love the strong coffee, and chocolate croissants. The neighborhood has changed over time, but it still continues to embrace individuality. East of La Brea embraces not only young creatives, but people who might not fit the typical LA mold. Thats why this jumpsuit might feel so good to me. I am not that typical 'leading lady' type, but you know I am gonna stand out.
Lucky Brand jumpsuit, sandals and sunglasses. 
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
@brittcrowephoto
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Rise + Shine. Date Ideas for Morning People.

I have shared many times on EWE, my love for mornings. I am an early riser, coffee lover, sunshine chaser. I feel most creative, when the rest of the world is still in bed. Even when I travel, I get up early to beat the crowds and lines. So for my self-declared morning people, this post is for you. 
Instead of date night, sometimes my bf and I do 'date breakfast'. It fits our schedules better, and we rather be fueled with caffeine than booze. Here is a list of some of our favorite spots in Echo Park + Silver Lake. 
- The Dinette. A charming outdoor cafe on Sunset Boulevard, at the heart of EP. It feels like a movie set from the 1920's. My order? Black coffee + avocado toast. (I joke that its the LA girl starter kit.) 
-Millie's Diner. We are regulars at this spot. It is my #1 and all time favorite. It has been a staple in the neighborhood for decades. The staff is the best in the city. Their gluten-free pancakes are next level. It has gotten very popular in the last year, so wake up early to avoid a line. My bf's family owns a diner in the bay area, and its definitely our home away from home spot. (Also if you're hungover go here. The portions are HUGE.) 
-Ostrich Farm. This spot in EP is even more beautiful seen in daylight. All their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Order the cinnamon roll as an appetizer. They also have a bar, so enjoy mimosas and breakfast cocktails. A little more upscale vibe. 
-Sqirl. You can't talk about breakfast and not hit up Sqirl. We like to go here during the week. (Clearly we like to avoid crowds). Yes, get the ricotta toast and jam. 
-Alfred Coffee- I am a little stunned that I am putting this on my list, but Alfred Coffee has become a staple for our weekend walks around Silver Lake. The selection of pastries + breakfast burritos + protein bars makes it best for on-the-go dates. Also their serving of Stumptown coffee is huge compared to other spots. 
When scanning through my closet, one would notice the SECTION of sundresses. It is a staple item in my wardrobe, especially in LA's warm climate. I love the versatility of a vintage inspired dress. Casual enough to wear in the day, but with styling can be updated to night. I adore this Lucky Ruffle dress. I am a sucker for a pinstripe too, so this dress is puts all my favorites in one.
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
@brittcrowephoto
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