Thursday, March 21, 2019

My On-Going Process of Self Discovery

"If something is for you, all you have to be is YOU to receive it."
This quote was the first thing I saw this morning on instagram. Immediately, I put my phone down, brushing aside the desire to scroll mindlessly for a few minutes in bed. It hit me, the sheer amount of images, and opinions I absorb daily from my phone. How could any 20-something find themselves, when they bombarded by content at all moments of the day? It is one danger of the 'gram. The ability to live so vicariously through images on our screens. I am guilty of it, I think we all are. I find myself eyeing the cool girl attending every fashion week show, with the most nonchalant attitude. I look at epic exotic world travels, and wished my paychecks could afford that lifestyle. I find beautiful faced babes booking tv shows, or sharing their sweeping accomplishments so effortlessly (with the perfect body.) Of course, inspiration is a tool for creativity. But it is a tricky line to walk, now with the constant noise of social media. 
It's easy to forget that self discovery is an on-going project. I have moments where I feel so unshakeable. Where I KNOW myself so fully, that no opinions could rattle my spirit. Then there are other days where I feel so far away from that spark of individuality. My anxious energy pulls me in every direction, and pushes my doubts to the front of my mind. I look outside of myself for the any answers. Listen to more podcasts, curate more images, travel to more places. It might spark inspiration, but the true me isn't something I bottle up from the outside world. I am becoming more invested in the woman I am NOW. It does not mean I cannot evolve or manifest into the woman I wish I could be. But giving the present moment the same weight as the 'will be', gives me more power to actually accomplish my most wild ambitions. I need to cherish the person I am now, and trust that what I want in life will come to me when I am ready. What's the point, if I cannot enjoy my day to day life? Finding gratitude for my home, my relationship, my family, my dog. Especially in the moments when these things aren't picture perfect or insta-worthy. 
 I know these things to be true about myself: My relationships are number one: I am a fierce lover and extremely loyal to the people closest to me. My logical brains tries to sabotage my creativity, but my persistence will always succeed. My style and love for clothing will always be the vehicle to illuminate who I truly am. And my vulnerability will always connect me to other people and their stories- there's nothing more beautiful to that. 
Nasty Gal Pants + Top (sold out but similar to here), Charles & Keith Shoes, Vintage Purse. 
Photos by Seattle based Juliette Laura 


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New York City Photo Diary February 2019

There is not a moment when I travel, that I don't carry my camera at my side. It is one of my most cherished forms of self expression. I feel most myself at times behind the lens. Here are some of the grand, and quaint moments of my time in New York this past February. I remember the rush of Fashion Week through these images, and how endlessly inspired I felt in the crisp winter air. 


Monday, February 25, 2019

Street Style Recap: NYFW February 2019

Better late than never! It was my first time attending New York Fashion week in February. To say I was inspired, would be a vast understatement. Months of preparation, lead up to a week of shows, presentations, and PR visits. I will share more details of my time in NYC, but first, let's cover street style. 
It was a little surreal. Walking out of shows, getting my photo taken, then hours later, my look appearing on a website I scroll on daily. Street style culture for NYFW is so about going big or going home. Sometimes the looks aren't wearable everyday, but damn do these style experimenters look like they are having fun. Photographers definitely spot vibrant colors, eye-catching silhouettes, and stand out accessories. So when packing my outfits, I definitely kept that in mind. It was liberating to step out of the epic ease of LA girl style. Through wind, rain and SNOW, fashion babes braved the streets (without their Canadian Goose down jackets). So here's my little recap of the street style trends that I love and plan to test drive on the west coast. 

PRINTS ON PRINTS: This was the trend I swore by styling my trend forward looks. Think: vintage inspired plaids, faux fur leopard, dizzying checkers, textured snakeskins, and neon tie die. All layered, and mixed matched for the most unexpected combinations. I played with snakeskin on my first day- A yellow toned boot, and a see thru dress by & Other Stories. (Here are my feet lol, in British Vogue.) Plaid was the other print I fell in love with during the week. I wore a oxblood plaid Nanushka dress with my baby blue plaid Ganni coat. I instantly felt cooler, and loved when the prints didn't match 'perfectly'. It's just slightly off, making it so so good. 
HAIR CLIPS: The trend that is NOT going anywhere. I got the most compliments on my hair clips during the week. There was slight pleasure when I would reveal that I got these pearl clips on Amazon for under $10 (Order them here, SO worth it.) Think: sleek bobby pin designs, jewel encrusted barrettes, rainbow 90's inspired snap clips. Pinning back bangs, or slicked back into a low pony tail or bun. This might be one of the easiest trends to wear in LA because already so popular here. I secretly like to this,west coast girls brought this trend with us. 
ANTI-DENIM PANT: LA girls love denim, duh. But when packing, I traded out my Levi's for trousers. (Here's me rocking this trend on Man Repeller, and The Cut.) I rarely saw jeans when it came to street style looks. Where the west coast always leans to the laid back, the east coast always finds a way to be more polished. Think: Menswear inspired dress pants, wide leg khakis, vibrant colored joggers, and vintage inspired flares. If denim was wore, it was oversized and exaggerated. It honestly felt so refreshing to ditch my denim. Also I could hide wool socks easier in these & Other Stories pants
LAYERING FOR DIMENSION: Even after five east coast winters, I still panic when it comes to looking chic in the cold. I get cold SO easily (everyone close to me knows this about me). It can ruin my day, so when packing for this trip coats were a big priority. I brought two with me, but I think next February I will bring along at least two more. True New Yorkers, are MASTERS at layering. Think: A ribbed turtleneck, a wrap dress, a down puffer, colorful wool socks and a bucket hat and STILL look so effortlessly on point. I think my favorite example of this was Maria Bernad who I saw at Collina Strada. The iridescent fabric mixed with the stiff faux leather is so delicious. My Ganni coat, was my main layer I stuck to. The baby blue color with slight plaid, made it the a stand out piece. 
My tips in regards to street style: Don't over think it. Avoid wearing something 'just because you want to be in Vogue'. People can sense when a look doesn't feel authentic. They spot the people who just want their photo taken. My focus: to care more about the designers + the artistry of their work. Truly, pay attention during shows. Not just wait to get the finale on video for your insta-stories. The rest will come together organically. More on this for my next post. Closing words: Stay true to yourself, don't hesitate to experiment, and dress weather appropriate (unless you're planning to uber.) 
& Other Stories Pants + Sweater, Ganni Coat, Lulu's Snakeskin Boots, Amazon Fashion Pearl Clips, Sophie Hulme Bolt Bag (faux fur unavailable online but other colors here). 
Photos by New York Based Angela Poccia 


Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Wardrobe Top Five Favorites

This season, I am embracing the title of "outfit repeater". Why would I want a closet full of clothing I only wear once? I've gotten caught up in the feeling like I needed to post or wear a new outfit EVERY day. But that's unrealistic. There's much more creativity in repurposing from my closet. So, I scaled back this winter. Here are my top five winter wardrobe pieces that I have been wearing non-stop. 
CLOSED DENIM PEDAL PUSHERS: This Italian made denim brand has been my choice of the season. I love the crop straight leg, style. The high waist and pockets are totally 80's in the best way possible. I also have a boyfriend cut, and a wide leg pair that I wear often. Definitely a designer to add to your list. 
BOXY BLAZERS: It doesn't actually get cold in LA during the winter obviously, so instead of collecting coats, I found myself pulling blazers. The oversized masculine look always felt the coolest. I loved solid colors, funky plaids, and textured corduroy blazers 
VINTAGE GUCCI BACKPACK: This was my first designer bag purchase, last year. This bag is my most used item in my wardrobe. The patent leather is strong. It fits a journal, my camera, and phone comfortably. No matter how many purses I add to my collection, I am always grabbing for my Gucci. The bamboo handle adds a cool organic feel to a very structured classic piece. 
HUMA BLANCO SALVADOR PUMP: My most worn shoes this season by a landslide. Classic shape, comfortable height heel. Instantly adds a romantic and feminine feel to a look. I wear them often to auditions. 
SKIN TIGHT TURTLENECKS: I find curve hugging turtlenecks to be my favorite basic. Similar vibe to my go-to white tee. It keeps me warm, fits well under coats + sweatshirts. My favorites have been from Asos, Nasty Gal and & Other Stories. 
Shot by Los Angeles Based Photographer Stefanie Marie 

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