Thank you for taking the time to read my last post, I appreciate the kind words from you guys, I really do. I’d like to move on to our regular scheduled program today though…If you’re reading this blog post, I am now currently in my home away from homes, the city of Los Angeles. It’s nice to be back even just for a tiny bit and I plan on bopping around, revisiting old haunts (and new.) It’s perfect “Fall” weather here as it will barely break 70 degrees and I’m absolutely ok with that.
You’ve probably seen a lot of bloggers already wearing the Over the Knee boot trend, aka OTK. I thought, alright…why not have some fun, so I bought these bad boys from Public Desire for $72. A lot of gals pair their boots with dresses or skinny jeans, I opted for denim cutoffs because I’m still not ready to let go of warmer weather. What are your thoughts? Are you jumping on the OTK trend?
*I’m in LA just for the weekend, and then I will be off to Puerto Vallarta for a much needed respite. Can’t wait to come back refreshed and share those photos with you. Until then :)
I hope everyone is well, sorry that I’ve been off schedule, life does that once in a while. These past few weeks have been tough, and I really would like to thank photographer Rachel Radcliffe for capturing these photos particularly on a day that was rather hard for me. On August 29th, my Granny passed away at the age of 93. She was a selfless, kind, humorous woman who made her 5 kids and grand kids her world. I was lucky enough to spend nearly 30 years of time well spent with her as she lived with us in Piedmont for as long as I can remember.
Adjusting has been a process, we all were incredibly close with our Granny, but I, being the first Grand Daughter dove head first in creating her life in pictures with a photo montage for her services this past Saturday. I spent an enormous amount of quality time with my Auntie Kioko in Kensington over the last few weeks to sort through countless boxes of old slides, photos, a few paintings…and in the process I was able to learn more and more about the intricacies and dynamics of our family. I have always been close to my family, my Grandparents, cousins, Aunt, and Uncles… but now more than ever. Granny’s photo montage was beautiful, accompanied by beautiful music. It was my way of paying tribute.
Rachel shot this set on Tuesday October 4th, the day after my 30th birthday and 4 days before Saturday’s services. I was exhausted from running around and a little emotionally spent, but I still wanted to shoot and take a walk in time for sunset. I’m glad I did, because they turned out beautifully even though behind my sunglasses there were tears.
I didn’t want this post to be about surface stuff. That’s half the reason why I started this blog in the first place. It’s more of a personal note to you all, for I wanted to use this time to check in and update you with life briefly. You wouldn’t be able to tell any of this was happening by looking at social media, for Instagram is merely a highlight reel. In reality, it’s been an emotionally charged and very bittersweet few weeks.
In search of some much needed rest and revival, @Twelfthknight and I will be in LA and then Mexico for a week long respite. I’m looking forward to finding new scenery and ultimately feeling some calm and peace. I look forward to sharing our travel photos with you as well.
Thank you Rachel for these photos and thank you; my readers for continuing to read and support.
Hi everyone. Not sure about you, but I’m so looking forward to cooler weather. For me, that means more sweaters, and light layers, but I want to have fun with them at the same time. Bodysuits are a way of doing that, which brings me to my favorite brand currently: Clayton.
Clayton’s affordable and easy to wear line are currently sold through my two favorite sites Revolve and Shopbop. I genuinely have been a fan of their jersey knits for a little while now, they’re the quintessential LA girl brand. So when they came out with all these bodysuits, I decided to try them out. Of course, the most flattering way to wear a one piece is with a high waist, so I opted to combine both trends together, and voile. Easy, effortless, and also proving that you don’t have to be built like a Kardashian to wear the trend…I think you guys will be seeing more of these looks from me. What do you think?
Waking up one morning, I decided to mix all the current trends into one look: Blush, Velvet, and the Bomber. For most of my adult life, the jackets that I have and wear often are my go to never fail moto style jackets (view previous post.) What can I say, I like what I like. Now with Fall weather quickly washing over the Bay Area and the bomber jacket trend in full force, I felt like getting out of my rut and trying something new. This bomber from Missguided is actually in a UK 6 Petite (US 2 conversion) however…it fits me perfectly. It’s not too baggy, not too heavy, and it’s a great statement piece to throw over workout clothes or spruce up a monochrome look. Plus, it’s blush tone, and you know I can’t get enough blush in my life.
What do you guys think? Are into the current Fall trends or are you staying classic?
Happy Monday everyone. I’ve been watching every single one of my favorite blogger’s Instastories as they go through the madness of NYFW and I’m feeling quite inspired. My personal favorite, Rebecca Minkoff‘s show. She shut down Greene Street in SoHo and made it her runway. Plus, I was quite happy to see that new mom, boss lady, and top blogger Chriselle Lim opened the show. Rich in embroidery and velvet, leather, and a little boho, I think I’m fully inspired for Fall.
Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers and I’m quite excited to have teamed up with their SF Fillmore store this Saturday to host a blogger social. If you’re in the SF area, pop on in, I’d love to see you.
Hope everyone is enjoying their day off today, I didn’t realize that it was Labor Day weekend to be honest. I’ve been a little preoccupied with other things as of late and time is slipping faster than I’d like it to. Without getting in too deep, I will just say that there have been lots of changes this week, you wouldn’t be able to tell through social media though.
I personally feel a change in the air, and I’ve felt a bit heavy all week. As we march into Fall, I’d like to thank Nicole Vienna for prompting me to reflect on a hard week, because quality time is what I value most. And though I won’t have more minutes or hours with the one’s no longer here physically, I know that my time was well spent and cherished.
Thank you for taking the time to read and I wish you all a nice week
For those in the SF Bay Area, you may have heard or are already following blogger and shop owner, Veronica Levy of @Lombardandfifth. Her online boutique, @shoplombardandfifth was inspired by blogger gals and women who love beautiful feminine finds. Scrolling through Instagram recently, I was smitten with her feed and her collection.
Being in the area last weekend, @Twelfthknight and I stopped in on Veronica’s Pop Up Shop in Burlingame where I quickly realized that Veronica was doing something special from a business standpoint. Her clothes are beautifully sourced, they’re made focusing on quality, priced at something we all can agree on, and every piece that I tried on fit perfectly (making it hard to choose.) Decisions, decisions… :)
I walked away with this beautiful dress that day. Here I paired them with pink flats, but I do have intentions on dressing it up to a wedding reception with heels in about a week.
*If you’re in the SF Area, @Shoplombardandfifth is having another Pop Up Sale, this time at the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco.
Labor Day weekend (Saturday, September 3rd 12-7pm and Sunday, August 4th 12-3pm).
If shopping online, use “SHOESANDSASHIMI” to take 10% off at checkout now through Sept. 30th
There are many pieces that make us whole, so when I first came across Pieces of Me on Instagram, I really was intrigued by how they mix personality with wearable merchandise. Picking one trait that sums me up in a nutshell was tough actually, but I chose the Confident symbol.
The cuff’s description: “With a strong and bold center, confident people never waver on who they are.” Sold. That’s me. I’m a go getter, I’m terribly stubborn, and I’m very confident in listening to my intuition, because it’s never really failed me.
I used to not be very confident in myself, but when you finally grow into your own skin you realize that you’re capable and a lot stronger than you thought. In Los Angeles, I had to be confident enough to run an entire Department myself, whether it was Wardrobe Styling for International commercials or an Editorial Shoot on the fly, I did it well in a very male dominated industry. And I did it by myself, no assistants no nothing. Every shoot I’d be on, crew would yell “Where’s Wardrobe Dept?” You’re lookin’ at it.
And when I left LA last year to pursue Shoes and Sashimi full time, I was confident that I would slowly but surely make this venture succeed. And it has. It’s not easy by any means, but I’m sure thankful that I trusted my gut because there are so many things I have in store for this blog.
What’s your dominant trait? How do you stay empowered?
If you would like to wear your trait on your sleeve (or wrist) you can pick your own cuff from Pieces of Me here. Using “Lauren10” will save you 10% at checkout.
Most of the time, I’m in some sort of denim. So when I found this perfectly fitting dress from Vici, I was really happy that I could just throw it on and prance out the door. I chose this dress with Mexico in mind. @Twelfthknight and I booked a trip to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta in the Fall and I’m very excited to wear this dress for day excursions! Not to mention the beautiful photos I’ll be sharing with you guys.
Of course, I can’t wait til Mexico to wear it though. This dress is less than $60, cotton blend, and it’s lined! But what really sold me was the length and embroidered flowers. I’m 5’3 and it’s pretty hard to find a dress that is fit correctly in length without having to get it altered. I’m a fan and it looks great with either a sandal or sneaker.
Thanks for reading everyone, I wish you a great weekend!
Fall is my favorite season and it’s just around the corner, so I’m happily adding transition pieces into my closet such as this super soft “camel” jacket from Vici. I love their affordable pieces and this is just one of the many that I picked from their online store (2 stores in Walnut Creek and Newport Beach.)
In LA, I got away with wearing the “business casual” look all the time with shorts and a moto jacket and I’m happily wearing it now here in the Bay Area. My advice: elevate your basics with fun pieces like this and you’ll have a lot more range in your wardrobe that’ll take you from Summer to Fall without breaking the bank!
Thanks for reading everyone, I wish you a great week.
You all know I love my M.Gemi shoes. I wear one of them on my Instagram feed at least once a week it seems. They’re one of my absolute favorite brands to wear (and work with) but overall they’re just beautifully crafted and so amazingly comfortable. I have literally walked miles in my Stellatos without a single complaint from my feet.
M.Gemi has become a part of my weekly wardrobe, I wear them so often and they’re definitely part of my lifestyle. From running around town for errands, to dressing up jeans for coffee and dinner, M.Gemi takes me everywhere. Which brings me to Goop. If you are a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, then you know about her lifestyle site. I personally am not a fan of she herself, however I do like that Goop is a one stop shop type of deal that promotes quality, often times green, and trusted products that cover all lifestyle needs.
M.Gemi and Goop launches their capsule collection today and I wanted to share their new styles for you. There’s something for everyone, a sneaker, heel, flat, and sandal. I personally love the pointed toe flat.
As always, thank you for reading. If you have any questions regarding M.Gemi as a company or how the sizes fit, I’d be happy to help.
*You can also shop my M.Gemi Style Page where you can find my favorites year round (new customers get $40 off automatically at checkout when you go through my page.)
Hi everyone, hope you had a nice weekend. Let’s get this week started shall we? I’m diving into my Fold Over Clutch from Australian Designer Nikki Williams, which holds just enough essentials to get through the day. You’ve probably seen this clutch popping up all over my Instagram feed lately, and a few blog posts back (I’ve been toting this thing up and down the Bay Area, and often times people will stop and compliment.) The people have spoken, it’s a winner.
Sometimes it’s nice to not carry a shoulder bag around. I’m a minimalist, so this roomy clutch is pretty handy when all you need is a driver’s license, keys, and phone, plus a lipstick or what have you.
*If you’d like to snag one of Nikki’s many beautifully crafted bags, you can do so here.
Plants are powerful. Now that I’ve tackled my hair woes, (see previous post) I’ve moved on to concour my temperamental skin with the help of Botanics. Since I have combination skin, I’m always fighting breakouts along my chin and T-zone. Over the years, (even with sunscreen every day) I’ve dealt with sensitivity and blotchiness that is hard to tame. With that being said, I’ve gone through many a dermatologist and many skin care products in my day, but nothing has been nearly as effective, gentle, and affordable as this line. Now at Target, they’re all under $10 and I’m happy to have found something that works that’s affordable.
I’ve been using Botanics now for 2 weeks, and I’m already seeing clearer, calmer skin. Hyper pigmentation has reduced significantly to where my face is one tone with very little redness. I’m even using just a bb cream, no foundation or cover up necessary anymore. So here’s what I do:
Wash morning and night with the Shine Away Mattifying Mousse. Willowbark is naturally high in salicylic acid so it removes oil and clarifies skin
Pat on the Shine Away Toner (or with cotton pad) to remove impurities and tighten pores
Twice a week (at night) I use the Shine Away Clay Mask to draw out all the gunk and impurities my skin may absorb. Leave on for about 10 minutes and your skin will feel extra clean before washing with cleanser.
Twice a week (at night) I use the Invigorating Face Scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. (Don’t rub too hard, I usually do this on the days I don’t use the mask.)
3-4 times a week (at night) I apply the Shine Away Gel Cream prior to moisturizing which acts to clarify and seal in all the work I just did. My skin actually feels tighter each time I use it!
And there you have my effective and affordable skincare routine using the #PowerofPlants. You can find Botanics and all of their many products at Target or with the links provided.
Let’s get personal shall we? Having gone through a lot shampoo bottles and brands over the years (mainly all from drugstores and the occasional splurge at Sephora) I think I’ve finally found something that actually works for my hair type, which is a little troublesome: Oily, sometimes itchy and flaky, thick, and colored. Why hasn’t Head and Shoulders, Pantene, or OGX done the trick? It’s because they’re not custom. They may try to treat one of the problems, but not all. Or they’re filled with junk and chemicals that aren’t good for you nor the water system.
Enter Function of Beauty. Fill out a fun and easy hair survey based on your needs via their website, pick a delicious scent (I chose Passion Fruit Hibiscus) and their chemists will mix a concoction up for you and pop it in the mail. What’s more is that I can’t stand all the junk such as Parabens and Phthalates, and Function of Beauty is free of all that. No GMO’s allowed.
Free shipping and $26 later, I shortly received 2 bottles of my new custom hair care with my name on the bottles. They’re just for me, myself, and my type of hair :D
I’ve been using my new shampoo and conditioner for about 3 weeks now and my hair seems softer, shinier (not to be mistaken for oily), and my scalp seems calmer and less irritated. Plus, every time I wash my color treated hair, I smell like passion fruit which I love.
Let me know if you decide to mix your own via Function of Beauty because I definitely want to hear your thoughts. You can save $5 when you click the link. Until then, wishing you all happy hair days from here on out :D
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.