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Happy Feet

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on switching up my layout on here, what do you guys think? Super busy week currently, Uncle Mikey and the fam bam have been in town so you’ll see my SF mini guide coming to the blog soon….it’s basically a revolving door here, but I’m still trying to stay on task and on schedule.

With such an active week, my feet (and mind) have been peddling nonstop and I have Rothy’s to thank for keeping my soles happy. Based in SF, Rothy’s is the first ever three dimensional, seamlessly knit line of fashion footwear for those living an active lifestyle. Made out of recycled plastic bottles, their flats are 100% eco friendly, down to the foam insoles and packaging. They’re even machine washable, which blew my mind. And, after the end of these flat’s life (which will last a long long time) I can recycle the pair with their partner Plus Foam :D

I’ve been wearing my flats all this week, up the inclines of SF while walking through the city with family visiting. I kid you not, 4 miles plus in these flats and my feet are not hurting one bit. Don’t believe me? Use my code “#rothysandsashimi” to get your own pair at 15% off and try them on for size.

*Thank you to Rothy’s for this post.

*All outfit photos by Hamee Ha

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Rothy’s Flats: Here

Code: “#rothysandsashimi” for 15% off

Sunnies by Philip Lim (Ditto.com)

Rings from Gorjana

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Coffee o’clock

Monday mornings call for an extra dose of coffee. Provender is one of my favorite coffee shops in Potrero Hill, serving Andytown roasters and a mean avocado toast. It seats about 3 inside this little space and a little bench outside that’s next to the quaintest flower shop, Bell and Trunk Flowers. For a tiny tiny space, it’s perfectly designed and hidden from all the hustle and bustle.

What gets me through the morning? A strong latte, my sunglasses/bag of choice, and my Nicole Vienna Mesh piece that keeps me on time and my wrist oh so shiny. Someone even complimented my watch inside Provender, the people love this watch as do I :D

Hope you enjoy this little set. What morning essentials can’t you live without?

Detail Photos by Hamee Ha (view her site here)

*Coffee and flowers shot by me.

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Clutch from Nikki Williams “Shoessash” gets you 20% off

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*This post was made in collaboration with Nicole Vienna. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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Falling for Fossil #FossilPartners

I remember back in the day when Fossil sold apparel, and after going through a rebranding strategy in 2015, Fossil has now discontinued their clothing to focus solely on what they do best: creating lifestyle accessories for both men and women.

This time piece from Fossil is the perfect casual wrist accessory as it pairs perfectly with their blush cross body bag as well. If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram lately, you’ve probably seen me toting this bag around the city during the day as it’s the perfect size to carry just what you need while on the move! (Links at the bottom of this post.)

Hope you’re enjoying the week and thanks for reading as always!

Photos by: (I.G) Hamee Ha x site

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*This post was made in collaboration with Fossil. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

Fossil “Preston Bag“(more colors here and here)

Fossil “Vintage Muse” watch: here

Top: Joie

Denim: Joe’s Jeans

Sandals: Sole of Brasil

 Photos by Hamee Ha

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Time is Ticking: Nicole Vienna

Time is a funny thing. For starters, it’s free and yet priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can sure spend it. And when you’ve lost it, you can’t get it back. Allow me to give you some examples:

When I was in Middle School through High School, I would stare at the clock every day and hope and pray that time moved faster so I could either get to art class (my outlet) or get home. I had a terrible time in school growing up due to bullying, so little me always wanted time to move faster.

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Nicole Vienna Soir N’79 Mesh Time Piece (here)

And when you’re young and you experience loss or are dealt with very difficult circumstances, you see time differently. There’s just not enough of it and you realize just how important time really is with those you love. This is precisely why time well spent with family takes such precedence for me, as I’m sure many of you can relate.

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Moving out of my little city of Piedmont to Los Angeles was great, but also a literal measure of time. Graduating with my BFA (4 years) and working professionally for 5 years in “the business” amounted to a few months shy of a decade. But now that I think about it, time flew by so fast and I’m not sure that I can say that I used my time always to my advantage. Working hard is fine and all, but working smart is another. 12-14 hr days on set, running wardrobe as a free agent is ridiculous (some may say reckless) and exciting all at the same time. When you’re in your 20’s you feel like you can do everything all at once and take on the world, but realistically it comes down to luck and timing. And I realized much later, that my time was more precious than a flimsy paycheck for the work I did or the people that took my time for granted. Absolutely.

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Currently, I’m using my time wisely and I feel like the momentum I’ve had with social media and this blog has been the best use of my time, dare I say ever. Why? Because the results are coming in quickly and I’ve gotten to meet a lot of interesting and relateable people through blogging, all over the world. I put in the time, the work and learning curves, and the return matches or exceeds. Rinse and repeat. I’m happy, and I only hope that by the time I turn 30 in October, myself and the blog will have grown even more with creative ventures.

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I’d like to thank you all for taking the time to read and follow along with me. I’m sure you can relate to this post so I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments!

*This blog post is made possible by Nicole Vienna. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

 

 

 

 

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Summer Slips with Ruti

Summer is in full effect in the Bay Area and all I want is to be comfortable. Lemme tell ya, I do not miss those 100 degree summers (and rising) in Los Angeles…I can definitely leave that behind haha. So what’s the most comfy piece of clothing I own right now? A slip dress from boutique Ruti. Ruti is a ready to wear boutique with 3 stores here in the Bay Area and 2 other locations, one on Abbott Kinney (Venice Beach) as well as Santa Monica. Buyer/owner Ruti hand selects all the store’s brands inspired by her Tel Aviv roots as well as creating in-house label pieces. I can honestly say she has done a beautiful job curating each boutique. If you are ever on Berkeley’s 4th Street or in the Fillmore in SF, pop on in here and take a peek!

Thank you Hamee Ha for shooting this beautiful set. You can find her on Instagram, give her a follow if you’d like. And a huge thank you to Ruti for my favorite closet piece for Summer.

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Photos by Hamee Ha

Slip Dress from Ruti

Denim Jacket (Thrifted for $6!)

Shoes from M.Gemi *You can shop my favorites via the link. New customers automatically receive $40 off their purchase!

Coffee from Gaylord’s Piedmont Ave

 

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4th of July Weekend Roundup

What a busy long holiday weekend! I hope you all had a nice day celebrating with friends and family. Here is a recap of what @twelfthknight and I did these past few days: The two of us, time with his family, and then with mine for our 4th of July reunion on the farm :D

Hope you enjoy, and now it’s back to the grind!

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New sunnies for the long weekend. Valley Eyewear.
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Spam Musubi apps at Aina in The Dogpatch neighborhood. Hawaiian Fusion fare, I could eat these all day.
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Taro French Toast (my favorite) and Portuguese hash. St. Frank Americanos.
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Saturday’s look with Fossil. Thank you Fossil for the accessories!
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A’s Game with @twelfthknight’s family. My 2nd baseball game in my lifetime.
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Fireworks over A’s Stadium. Normally we can see them from my parent’s house, but it was nice to be up close and personal.
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On the road again and off to the Ishida Family Reunion (Brother and Fur baby Boo)
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My favorite plant by the barn.
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Food for thought. Mama has consecutively manned the grill since we’ve been doing these family reunions, over 12 years now?
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91 Degrees on the Modesto Farm, nothing cutoffs and a Lovers + Friends blouse couldn’t handle though.
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From where I stand. Auntie’s blueberry cheesecake pie.

Where to Eat: Aina 

What I Wore: Valley Eyewear

Fossil Bag & Watch

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A Little Luxe

Everyone can use a bit of luxe in their life. Which is why I’m happy to collaborate with eco friendly, sustainable, and forward thinking brand, LUXESPUN.  LUXESPUN believes in everything I hope the masses can one day get behind, so by paying it forward…5% of every sale goes to Roundabout, an organization that connects volunteers and funds to 48 charities throughout China and Inner Mongolia.

I saw designer Amy Deng’s pieces on Instagram recently and low and behold, we both are Bay Area gals. She currently lives in Shang Hai. LUXESPUN was born in 2015, with a belief that a luxe label can be made entirely out of eco friendly and recyclable materials. This is the cool part. Her cottons are 100% organic and certified, her bamboo and hemp that she mixes into the garments are the most sustainable fibers grown on the planet, and she recycles polyester by breaking down post consumer waste. Amazing right? But also incredibly beautiful.

I really hope the fashion and manufacturing industry can be more forward thinking like Amy, I truly do. We have one planet and a responsibility as consumers.

If you would like to purchase one of Amy’s designs, please use my code “Lauren10” at checkout to save 10% off a $50 order.

As always thank you for reading!

Lauren

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All Outfit photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe

Flatlay Images taken by me :D

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90’s #ootd, Remixed

The 90’s…Kind of a weird time for a whole lotta grunge fashion, Californiacation, and spawning odd pop culture trends. These were the years of Jansport backpacks, bucket hats, slap bracelets, flannels. Hell, Tupac was even alive. 1990 was the year my brother was born, so I was now 3. Moving on to elementary school, little Lauren would rock a side pony, wear her little neon windbreaker to the playground (often paired with neon bike shorts), and tediously make lanyards at snack time all whilst keeping her Jonathan Taylor Thomas notebook in pristine condition. If you’d like to teleport back to all the great things this era had to offer, take a trip with this article here.

90’s fashion has made a big comeback in today’s world. And I’m talking fiscally. What, with brands like Nasty Gal, Urban, Unif, Missguided, just to name a few, who have all taken the flannel and highwaisted jeans, patches, and neon and made it contemporary and somewhat polished is big big business. I’m liking the 90’s trend more and more now that I’m an adult, so as you can see in this set….here is my simple outfit and nod to the decade I remember most, remixed for today’s modern girl.

Photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe

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Like what you see? You can now shop direct links and similar items on the Shop my Looks page

Don’t remember the 90’s? Weren’t born then? Here’s a refresher

Flannel: Rails LA

Denim: Asos

Bag: Melie Bianco

Shoes: Lulus

 

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Sundown in Denver

I met Emilyanne the first full day in Denver and I’m terribly grateful I got to shoot with her. Emily shoots not only the beautiful bloggers of Denver, but also is a wedding and portrait photographer serving cities nationwide. We shot 3 looks in 45minutes just in time to see the sun go down. As you can see, there’s still a little bit of snow. I also saw many wild rabbits hopping through the valley :D

Thank you Emily for showing me a little bit of Colorado, a scenic view I would’ve never found on my own!

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You can catch more of her beautiful work on her Instagram x website

Jacket: Lulus

Necklace: Mirina Collections

Bodysuit: Asos

Cuttoffs: Levis (Thrifted for $3 earlier that day in Denver)

Shoes: Loeffler Randall

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A Quick Lesson in Monochrome

 

It’s a typical stereotype or maybe a fact by now that anyone in the fashion or production world wears black as their unofficial uniform. Black equates to blending in, you are a part of the behind the scenes after all.

Black is a stand alone powerful color. Most people men and women can agree that when you wear an all black ensemble you get a little tougher, you get things done faster, you look a little cooler, and it’s a seemingly effortless look.

Take this faux motorcycle jacket I snagged courtesy of Lulu’s. I put it on and I instantly felt like I could kick some ass. Amazing what a little black jacket can do. But you know what’s hard? Photographing an all black everything look. That’s why I am opting for a monochrome outfit nowadays.

Mixing a variation of white, black, and grey into one look can be fun and surprisingly easy, you just need to find some great fitting pieces such as this T shirt by Zoe Karssen or these shoes by Loeffler Randall. The best part is: you’ll look like a million bucks and you can always mix and match since they’re very complimentary.

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Photos taken by Lisha Wang

Jacket by Lulus

Tee by Zoe Karssen

Necklace by Alexis Bittar

Denim by J Brand

Shoes by Loeffler Randall

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Aloha! Hawaii Part I

Aloha everyone :D I’m back from Hawaii now and am already missing the views and crystal blue waters. @Twelfthknight and I were on the island of Oahu to attend the wedding of his friends Jerry and Gloria Wu. It was a lovely ceremony at the Hale Koa Resort on Waikiki, which is also where we stayed. It’s been years since I’ve been back to Hawaii, and this trip would be @Twelfthknight‘s and I’s first time traveling together. We had such a quiet relaxing time from start to finish even with the abnormally punishing humidity. We’re not much for the crazy-fast paced-pack everything in-types, we like to eat and take our time, relax, and just be present, not just on vacation but also in general. Now that we’re back, I can honestly say that we needed more time away, so hopefully we can island hop on our next trip out there.

For those of you following along on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these photos already. But I must thank you all because when I was in Hawaii I hit over 1,000 followers, yay! Enjoy the first part of our Hawaii trip, Part II will be posted next week :D

Aloha and Mahalo,

Lauren

Roaming downtown Honolulu in search of snacks. Wearing a Lulu's crop top and Loeffler Randall Gladiators.
Roaming downtown Honolulu in search of snacks. Wearing a Lulu’s crop top and Loeffler Randall Gladiators.
Outfit Details: Lulu's Top. Urban Outfitters Shorts. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag.
Outfit Details: Lulu’s Top. Urban Outfitters Shorts. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag.
The banyan tree at our Hale Koa Resort.
The banyan tree at our Hale Koa Resort.
The best shaved ice on the island is Waiola's Shave Ice. Green Tea ice over vanilla ice cream.
The best shaved ice on the island is Waiola’s Shave Ice. Green Tea ice over vanilla ice cream.
Poke bowls from Ono Seafood. Funny story: We sat for 20min in the heat across the street at Ono Hawaiian thinking that it was Ono Seafood. It was not...and we raced across the way to get these delicious dishes. Totally worth it.
Poke bowls from Ono Seafood. Funny story: We sat for 20min in the heat across the street at Ono Hawaiian thinking that it was Ono Seafood. It was not…and we raced across the way to get these delicious dishes. Totally worth it.
The p.o.v from the pool. No filter needed.
The p.o.v from the pool. No filter needed.
Running in my sandals to the wedding of Jerry & Gloria Wu.
Running in my sandals to the wedding of Jerry & Gloria Wu.
Though deemed casual, I thought this romper by Band of Gypsies was the perfect
Though deemed casual, I thought this romper by Band of Gypsies was the perfect “instant outfit” for this wedding.
Everyone, meet @Twelfthknight :) Photo snapper and papa to fur baby Boo.
Everyone, meet @Twelfthknight :) Photo snapper and papa to fur baby Boo.

What I Wore

White Top: Lulu’s

Printed Highwaist Shorts: UO

Moto Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Gladiator Sandals: Loeffler Randall

Floral Romper: Band of Gypsies

Wedge Sandals: BCBG Max Azria

Pink Clutch: BCBG Max Azria

Where We Ate

Waiola Shave Ice

Ono Seafood

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What’s Good, Claire Underwood?

They say behind every great man is a great woman, but in House of Cards, a step ahead of every great man is an impeccably dressed Claire Underwood. I’m talking about power looks. Memorable, feminine, but strong pieces down to the heels can make you walk, talk, and stand with purpose you might not even know you had.

Claire’s a bad bitch, quite possibly too bad for her own good, but hey that’s entertainment. I’d know, I’ve been in the industry for a decade, which I should mention is changing rather rapidly for me. I’ll post more about the turn my career has taken in the next weeks to come, but until then hang tight as I come to terms with the changes :)

Channeling my favorite Underwood, I pulled together this rather simple power look and instantly I was fired up.

Huge thanks to Erich Chen for this set, for our first shoot together I couldn’t be happier.

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Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley's Coffee
Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley’s Coffee

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Aviators by Equipment FR

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Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.
Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.

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Farley’s Coffee

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Dress: Banana Republic

Bag: Coach

Necklace: Gift (Nylon Sky)

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Shoes: Steve Madden

Photography: Erich Chen

InVested with Ruti

Another great piece from Ruti made it’s way into my closet, this time a suede like vest that ties around the waist and can be worn open or closed. It’s ultra soft and I’m a sucker for anything camel colored. This vest is also special because it’s one of Ruti’s in-house label pieces that she designed herself. Next time you’re in Berkeley, Fillmore Street, Palo Alto, or Los Angeles area make sure to check out her boutique and peruse her intricately curated shops. Or, you can of course shop online.

As always, thanks for reading. Make it a great week!

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Too pretty not to photograph on Instagram. Do you follow @shoes_and_sashimi?

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Outfit photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe

A very special thank you to Ruti