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Tokyo Time // Part I

Ohayou gozaimasu, long time no see everyone :) What a life altering trip this has been. Never have I ever felt more comfortable, genuinely happy, and above all; complete as a human being. Before I get into this, I’d just like to say I am particularly ever grateful to the Shinkawa family for their over the top generosity, love, and hospitality. You are family.

Second, thank you Dad for doing what you do. All I have ever done is try to learn from you in business. It’s not always easy being your daughter, but for everyone else it’s an enviable position. Thirdly, thank you Shelli for coming to Japan with me. You are the most ideal travel buddy a gal can ask for. A true friend indeed. This was one for the books and I hope to do it again :)

Some of you on Instagram asked me if I speak Japanese, because you could kind of hear a slight accent or slur in my voice on my InstaStories. I should mention that when I was really young, my brother and I took Japanese lessons where we could read and write better than speak. I wish that my Granny would have kept the verbal part going at home because I spent the last month relearning everything and then some. What’s nice is that language and those sounds never really go away. I landed, and all of a sudden basic sentences start flying outta my mouth. My driver could understand me, then locals assumed I spoke fluently (which really tripped me out) and it’s like I just fit into the fibers after that.

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6/2/17: SFO – Haneda Airport flying JAL with my monogrammed Mon Purse goods. I watched Beauty and the Beast and The Great Wall, ate a delicious bento box for dinner, and zonked out.

Key Tip: Arrange for a pocket wifi before you get to the airport or hotel. A few of you on Instagram were curious as to how I was using video and posting so much! This little cell pack is picked up at the airport, you plug in, and you’re up and running on secure network. Not once did I use data on this trip. Plus, the cell pack holds a 12hr battery charge!

Check in 6/3/17: Hotel Mitsui Garden Premier, Ginza Tokyo. Our home for a while. I loved staying here. The views of Tokyo are panoramic, a 9 min walk to Tsukiji Fish Market, 3 min to Shimbashi Station (the subway), and chock full of tiny delicious curry houses. I would absolutely stay here again, and hopefully soon.

Strolling Tsukiji Market: Kristine Marie Photography

I shot with photographer Kristine here at famous Tsukiji Market one morning before lunch. I had met her through Instagram and loved her work. Next thing you know we’re shooting in the heart of the fish market, dodging bikes, giant squid, and fish mongers :D It was getting warm, so afterwards Shelli came to meet us for some fresh sashimi bowls (you may have caught this on Instastories.) Eating here is nothing short of mind blowing. We won’t be eating sashimi or fish in the states for a very long time….

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Tokyo Time: Watch via Lilienthal Berlin

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When shooting, I always wear a watch to keep us on track. Watch via Lilienthal Berlin. Bucket Bag via Mon Purse

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A Typical Morning: Jet lag unfortunately hit around 2am for me, however we really liked waking up at 6am naturally to start our day. On average we would walk about 13,000 steps on a non shrine day. We would wake up, eat breakfast or go to the 7-11 or Lawsons for quick coffee and Japanese pastries. 7-11’s here are nothing like the U.S. Here you can eat cheaply and incredibly well for the super hungry or super tired. It’s just plain ridiculous I tell ya. Just ask Anthony Bourdain.

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My morning view here at the Mitsui, 22 floors up. Franco Sarto loafers ($80), Shop Morning Lavender Hat & Sunnies, the JP Subway card, and favorite Thacker NYC Bag.

Local’s Favorites: One morning we visited Kanako at her Local Coffee Stand. I was beginning to miss American lattes and I was getting those caffeine headaches late in the day. Here at Local Coffee Stand, they serve exceptional ones (even though the coffee in Japan is pretty good.) Kanako is the daughter of Fumito Shinkawa, my Dad’s dear friend and business buddy here in Tokyo. We have known her since she was in elementary school and when Shinkawa was not in the office, he was taking us out for dinner, drinks, site seeing, and day trips that inevitably turned into ridiculous adventures.IMG_1331

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It is high hydrangea season here, this flower market was one of my favorites in Aoyama with a tea and pastry cafe in the back.

Soft Serve: I legitimately had about 1 soft serve cone every day. It was perfect weather for it, 75-80 degrees with no humidity and cool breeze. The soft serve here is not very sweet at all unlike the stuff they sling in the U.S. Shinkawa took us to a Premium Matcha Soft Serve in Asakusa on our first exploring day, and he was elated because the line was out the door and around the corner. It was worth the wait because our taste buds were blown.

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Matcha cone in Harajuku, wearing Via Spiga sandals. I was so happy because I ordered and paid for my cone in Japanese with no hesitation. This was Day 3 and Shelli and I were getting really good at ordering quickly.
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Kyoto Cone
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I’m not one for malls, but Omotesando’s entrance to the mall in Harajuku is actually art. Ride the escalator up and you’re surrounded by displaced mirrors.
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Harajuku corners
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Sit down // Be humble (in Via Spiga)

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All these people and not once did I feel lost.

Yoyogi Park: One of our favorite park days here in Tokyo. Mrs. Shinkawa took the day prancing around with us here. It’s kind of like entering another world even though you’re in the heart of Harajuku and Shibuya district. She said to not walk in the middle of the path because “you will trip the Gods.” Here, we went to the temple, bowed and prayed to the wealth and marriage tree, and even witnessed a Japanese wedding that was more fit for royalty (you probably saw that on InstaStories.) What’s more fun is that we wrote our names on a copper plate for the new roof of the temple, so we will forever be permanent here :)

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Sake Barrel Donations
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Yoyogi’s lilac fields wearing Via Spiga sneakers
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Taken before the snapping turtle surprised me
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Yoyogi’s mini lake wearing Lovers + Friends denim jacket

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All my friends are animals

Summer Style: I knew it was going to be warm, but the weather actually was perfect. Mid 70’s-low 80’s with almost no humidity and breezy evenings. June is the start of tropical rain, and we only experienced one evening of that. I packed quite light for this trip and wore my hat nearly every day. My best advice would be to pack hats and shoes you can walk long distances in. Luckily, I brought the whole Via Spiga and Franco Sarto shoe collection with me and not one blister.

Men are always in fitted suits. School children are in uniform with little hats, they’re the cutest. Hell, dogs are better dressed here than most humans. Women all dress very well and on the conservative side. They’re usually wearing a sun hat and flowy pants or skirts. You’ll hear their little heels running through the train station or sandals paired with linen pants or sundresses. It’s really fun to people watch and take inspiration from how they like to wear their clothes.

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Hat: Shop Morning Lavender. Tank: Z Supply

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Top: Shop Clayton. Pants: Thacker NYC. Sandals: Via Spiga

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Convertible Pouch Bag: Thacker NYC

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Kyoto: Unfortunately, we did not spend enough time in Kyoto. Taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto, it is about a 2.5 hr trip. We kept our hotel and made accommodations at the same Mitsui in Kyoto. Upon arriving (around 10am) we threw our over night bags into the lobby, packed up the cameras, and walked to famous Nishiki Market for street food before our adventures to the shrines. You saw the video I took at this market…it’s complete and utter sensory overload. What you didn’t see is me knawing on a King crab leg that nearly made me black out. Shelli nearly fainted when she ate her made to order yakiniku (beef skewer.) I personally still think about that fresh matcha manju with matcha powder coating my lil face. I could spend all day here, but we had things to see.

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Walking shoes for our first Temple in Kyoto: Kiyomizu- Dera
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Can you see the little temple poking out? We hiked way up, the air is indeed fresher here.

Nara: Nara Park, in Kyoto is home to the bowing deer. These deer are presumed to be messengers of the Gods and are symbols of this city. They do indeed bow for your cookies which is incredibly charming. I’ve had plenty of conversations with the little ones. A few males got aggressive and head butted me while I paid for their cookies, but I let that go a long time ago:D

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Fushimi Inari Taisha aka The Fox Shrine: Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari and one of the most famous in all of Kyoto. This is a very iconic spot, so maybe you have seen the infamous Torii Gates before. It’s unreal in person. It’s almost eerily haunting when you pass through the tunnel of red gates, and there are indeed 1,000 of them leading you up the mountain. Torii gates are here to symbolize leaving of the physical world and entering the spiritual one. This is why you’ll see people clap three times and bow upon entering a gate or shrine to summon the Gods before making an offering (or wish.)

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Walking with a Ghost

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for continuing to read and follow along with me. Everyone says Japan is a magical place, and they are true for saying that. But, for those who are Japanese and Japanese American, there is an internal feeling and sense of pride (at least for me) that makes you a more complete and whole human being. And it’s simply just being surrounded by your people. Not once did I feel lost in translation.

I watched little elementary kids give up their seats and usher elderly into them on the train. It damn near made me tear up. Everything is clean, shiny, and spotless. Not once did I see a homeless person. Are there homeless in Japan? People bow and are gracious, helpful, and kind. The food, regardless of who you are, you will always eat well and never go hungry.

Part II will be coming up next week, so until then :)

Special thanks to the brands who came along with me:

Franco Sarto

Via Spiga

Mon Purse

Thacker NYC

 

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Summer Statements

Summer weather is on the horizon, and to me that still means a light jacket for us Bay Area dwellers. Speaking of Summer, I’ll be in Tokyo in a few weeks with friend Shelli and my Dad (who will be bopping all over Asia for business.) I look forward to shooting summer looks overseas and getting out of my creative rut. Not to mention all the food, art, and just being with my people. What about you, any summer travels?

P.S. I’ve linked everything I’m wearing at the bottom of this post, would you believe all these pieces I’m wearing are under $100?

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Shot by Julia O Test Photo

Pom Pom Bag: Kayu $58

(Use “candy” for an extra 10% off this bag or ANY total on Revolve)

Embroidered Jacket: RahiCali $68

Shoes: Franco Sarto $89

(Camel, Blush, Baby Blue, Black)

 

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My La La Land

It’s a new month! Hope you’re all well and sorry for being missing for a bit. I’ve been in LA, running around town from showroom to showroom, PR meetings, and shooting with my main photog gal Julia O Test. She’s never really been to LA, so it was nice to show her my version of my favorite city.

If you’re not familiar with Los Angeles, I think the romanticized idea of LA is everything the movies make it out to be. Have you seen La La Land? It’s kind of nice, because I think I lost the sparkle in my eyes towards my later years when I was living there and took things like LACMA or the Beverly Hills Hotel scape for granted. In between meetings, it was nice to capture things that I did miss such as these locations and show someone around with a clean slate.

Sebastian: “That’s L.A. They worship everything and they value nothing” – La La Land

LACMA

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Alfred Tea Room

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Mid Wilshire
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Melrose Place x Carrera Cafe

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“I guess I’ll see you in the movies.”- La La Land

Photos by Julia O Test

What I Wore:

Floral Blouse: Heartloom (Now $31 via Revolve)

Black Tier Blouse: D.Ra (Now $30 via Revolve)

 

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Ruffle Season // Three Dots

They say truffle season is the best season. I don’t disagree. However, ruffles are a very close second best.

I wouldn’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers, unless it’s in the form of ruffle tops like the one I’m wearing from Three Dots. This is a brand that I’ve fallen for, and I have already worn this lil guy on three separate occasions. The Three Dot’s collection pieces this Spring are incredibly easy to wear, I love their soft jersey tees and tanks. This asymmetrical top has been my favorite though and the movement you get with the ruffles are just plain fun.

You know me by now, I always dress down. But anytime I want a bit of oomph into what would be a simple outfit, you best believe I count on Three Dots to elevate all the basics. Always.

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Shot by Julia O Test

Special thanks to Three Dots

Ruffle Top: found here on Shopbop

Location: Potrero Hill, SF

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Spring in the City // Coach

This Spring I’m adding a little swagger to my step with the help of Coach. This little “swagger” bag is small but mighty with it’s detachable strap and hardware.

If you’re like me and have been a fan of Coach since way back when, you could imagine how happy I was to partner with them. Thank you Coach for this fun little bag. I’ve been toting it all over San Francisco, up hills and for matcha runs :)

P.S. I’m so happy that Boba Guys has now opened in my favorite SF neighborhood, Potrero Hill. They make a mean matcha latte and they nailed their interior from tile flooring to ceiling :D Hope to see you there one of these days, until then!

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Shot by Julia O Test Photo

In Partnership with Coach #CoachSpring2017

Coach Swagger (Pebble) found here

Location: Boba Guys Potrero Hill

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Mile High Moments

Sharing some of my favorite moments from our time spent in Denver, CO now that I have a second to go through all these photos. The food scene is amazing, innovative, and incredibly fun. Colorado itself is panoramic, and the air is crisp and clean. Everyone is friendly and happy, not a pretentious bone in anyone’s body. That’s probably because they can afford to live there….*glares at S.F.* And, having met some of @twelfthknight’s coworkers on this trip, it was time well spent with good food, and even better company.

Shot by local photographer Jenna Sparks, I was able to capture a lot with her as my unofficial Denver photog. Thanks for the captures, Jenna!

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Amethyst Cafe

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Sushi Den

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All looks Shot by Jenna Sparks Photography

What I Wore:

Burnt Orange Maxi Dress: Amuse Society (now $28)

Sandals: M.Gemi

Camel Knit Sweater: Lovers & Friends

Micro Suede Leggings: David Lerner

Pink Shoes: Ecco Shoes ($160)

Military Jacket: Publish x Revolve (now $61)

Black Hoodie: Nytt Label (now $43)

Special Thanks to Glamour Bar Denver for the blow-dry

Eat List:

Amethyst Cafe

Sushi Den

(their fish is flown in from Tokyo every day)

Linger (our favorite)

Denver Union Station (house made “pop tarts”

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Beyond Basics

Back from Denver now, and I’m jumping into yet another busy week. I’m as casual as they come, and have to be comfortable, so I thought I’d share some of my recent favorite basics from Three Dots. It’s not just a tank, it’s something I live in. Maybe you already have them in your closet, but I think their elevated cozy pieces are pretty amazing as every day wear. This tank in “gardenia” is the softest I own, and I love wearing it with tougher jackets such as my moto. Or….since it’s Spring, you can throw on this linen jacket (from Three Dots) for those lighter days.

1 Tank, 2 ways. How would you elevate your basics?

Look 1: Toughened Up

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Look 2: Lighter

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If you want to up the ante on your wardrobe staples, then I’d definitely add some Three Dots pieces into your closet this Spring.

As always thanks for reading! Colorado Part 1 to come soon…

Look 1 Shot by Jenna Sparks Photography x Denver

Look 2 Shot by Julia O Test Photo x SF

Tank x Linen Jacket: Three Dots

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Laced Up

Good morning friends, I’m currently writing this post in beautiful Denver, Colorado as I’m sure you’ve seen by now through Instagram. It’s gorgeous here and perfect sweatshirt weather especially in this lighter lace up piece by David Lerner. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the lace up trend popping up, but out of all the styles out there, this by far is my favorite and softest that I own.

Spring has sprung and I always keep it casual which is why David Lerner’s pieces are right up my alley. No frills, just a touch of luxury that turns casual wear into something really special.

P.S @twelfthknight and I leave on Tuesday back to SF, I intend on wearing this sweatshirt to the airport because it’s the perfect way to keep warm! See you back in the Bay.

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Ballin Slides from Sentieroshoes.com (“Lauren10” takes 10% off)

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All photos by Julia O Test Photo

Special thanks to David Lerner

Shoes: Ballin

“Lauren10” takes 10% off shoes at sentieroshoes.com

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Dock of the Bay

Walking through SF’s Ferry Plaza one morning, I overheard one of the restaurant workers outside belting out Otis Redding’s classic and that song stuck with me all week. Spring feels like it’s arrived in the Bay Area and I’m fully welcoming it, so I grabbed a pastry and coffee at Blue Bottle and met Julia for a morning stroll along the water.

We have plans, let me tell ya. I think we’re still jazzed from our NY trip. She’s insanely motivated as a shooter and we both want to help see each other’s goals through. Grateful for our working relationship that’s turning into friendship.

SF Spring weather usually requires a jacket, so this thrifted denim piece I got for $6 in Denver last year is something you’ll be seeing more of. By the way….I’ll be in Denver with @twelfthknight last week of this month, so come with me as I eat my way through and thrift some more :D

Spring is my favorite time of year in the Bay Area. You’ll be seeing a lot of new looks, bigger campaigns, new hair, and more travel. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

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Sittin’ in the morning sun….

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The Waverley Bag by Lo and Sons

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Watching the tide roll away….

All photos shot by Julia O Test Photo

Hair by Jenifer Akagi at 77 Salon

Bag: Lo and Sons

Shoes: Ecco Shoes

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Desert Dweller

There’s something magnificent about wandering through the desert. Having just gotten back from Nevada for a wedding, @twelfthknight and I spent the past few days off the beaten path and away from The Strip which I was really happy about. We spent a lot of time outside; roaming through Red Rock Canyon, visiting The Neon Museum, and of course the Seven Magic Mountain installation. I really wanted a not so expected Vegas trip seeing as we’re not that into partying or drinking anymore…and this was the perfect way to spend our time. Wind in your hair and the sun on your face, I like it.

Yesterday morning, I met up with photographer Jazmyn Le at the sleepy town of Goodsprings where The Pioneer Saloon is located. We were able to shoot a quick look here in this old mining town. I love working with new photographers and this set looks like I just walked out of an old Clint Eastwood movie.

I’d like to know, what do you like to do in Vegas? Are you on The Strip or do you veer off of it?

All photos shot by Jazmyn Le

Hair by Stephanie at Prism Salon @studiosteffieerose

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What I wore:

Floral Jacket: Missguided ($76)

Maxi Dress: Rachel Pally

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Travel Style with Lo & Sons

I’m not entirely sure what I would’ve done without my travel bag from Lo & Sons on this trip to New York. Would you believe that this light weight carry on fit my 13.5″macbook, 2 chargers, wallet, phone, snacks, and a moto jacket effortlessly through TSA and fit under my seat with no struggle? Here’s the kicker, I didn’t need to carry it through the airport. I just fed it over my suitcase handle and it sat on top of my Samsonite as I rolled up :D

If you’re reading this post currently, I am enroute to Nevada and yes, I did bring this bag with me. It’s a lifesaver and makes everything about packing and traveling so much easier.

My travel style is quite casual and made for efficiency. I was tired way before I ever got on my flight, so this look is a no fuss no muss type of deal. Slip on loafy sneakers from Carrano (available here) to make the checkpoint faster, a sweatshirt from Majestik Supply (available here) and a long line coat from State of Being the Label (found here on Revolve for $63)

Shot inside NYC’s World Trade Center Station, by photographer Lauren Listor (@laurelcreative)

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Above on street level at The Hudson River Greenway.

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All photos by Lauren Listor

The O.M.G Bag via Lo and Son’s here

What I Wore:

Coat: State of Being the Label (now $63 here)

Crisp Sweatshirt: Majestik Supply

Denim: Level 99 ($117 here)

Shoes via Sole of Brazil

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NYFW Day 3

What a whirlwind Day 3 was. 2 shows, a presentation, shooting last looks, and the flight home. I woke up early to check out of The Hudson only to move down the street to The Giraffe Hotel to meet Julia. By 10am we were in our Uber, headed to Industria Studios to see the Christopher Esber presentation. I loved this collection, it was sort of an avant garde take on the parallels of machines and the strength of a woman. I thought it was beautiful in a very tough way.

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By noon, Julia and I were headed to Pier 59 Studios for the Katty Xiaomara show. I changed into another look right before hand. This was taken right outside, and I really do think that Pier 59 is my favorite venue.

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The Katty Xiaomara show was amazing. I sat closest to the front of house while Julia shot in the media pit. Below are some of my favorite looks.

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After exiting the Katty show, Julia and I made it over to the Memere Presentation in the same studio across the way. I was so happy we saw this collection, it’s incredibly romantic and inspiring for Spring. The icing were the fresh white roses scattered along the floor, it was the perfect way to end our NYFW experience.

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Briefly after the Memere Collection, I swapped my outfit for Lioness pants and coach gloves so we could get a few shots in my favorite venue before I left for the airport. Pier 59 Studios are my favorite, mainly because it is in fact a hub for production. You have all the different stages, all the behind the scenes going on, and I loved being in the throws of it all. Julia, thank you for capturing my final moments here :) Couldn’t have done it without you.

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And there you have it. That is a wrap on NYFW Fall 2017. Mark my words, I am planning on going back in September. I haven’t been that excited, inspired, or exhausted like this in what seems like forever and I’m really happy that I made the trip happen. I’ll be doing some more posts on my travel tips and what I brought a long with me in more detail, so look out for those soon.

This week, @twelfthknight and I will be in Vegas for a wedding and I’m lucky enough to shoot while out there. So much is happening this month so I can’t wait to share with you. Thank you so much for reading and keeping up with me.

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What I wore:

Grey Coat: The Fifth Label ($106)

Black Culottes: Lioness Official ($52)

Nando Muzi Oxfords: ($450 direct here ) Sentiero Shoes

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NYFW Day 2

I woke up early and ready to brave the cold and the snow for Day 2. I ran downstairs to the cafe at The Hudson for breakfast and coffee, changed into my warmest coat, and bolted out the door. I was immediately hit in the face by 30mph winds. This look was shot by Julia O Test, my shutterbug from S.F. She was staying at Hotel Giraffe not too far away, so we decided to spend the day together show hopping, eating, and shooting.

It may not sound like a hectic day, but if you think about it, you spend half your time in a taxi or Uber stuck in traffic the majority of the day, or just battling the weather. When you do make it to a show, you’re standing in line for at least 30 minutes in a sea of intimidating people, and then 30 minutes later, the show is done. Rinse and repeat. It’s a lot, physically, so the best advice I have is to keep a banana or snacks on you at all times :D

First look: This long coat is by The Fifth Label from Revolve.com. I kept a luna bar in my big ol pocket here. This was by far my longest and warmest coat and I don’t know what I’d do without it. It kept me very comfortable in well below 32 degree weather. I layered my look with warm knits from 525 America, cropped thick denim from Joes’s Jeans, and my new insanely comfy Italian shoes from Sentiero (on Maiden Lane in SF.)

Julia shot this look outside The Hudson in 5minutes before our Uber picked us up to see the Pret a Porter Show.

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The Pret a Porter show was really fun, great energy, and a mix of Menswear and Womenswear. Check out my little clip below. (I couldn’t capture many photos from this show unfortunately.)

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Again, I wish I took photos from this show, but in the moment I was just taking it all in. Did you see my video on Instastories though? :D

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After this show it was time for dinner, so Julia, myself, and Christina (@classtige) decided to get ramen to warm ourselves from being out all day. Ippudo had a 2hr wait time, and we were starving. So we walked around the corner to Ramen Zundo-Ya in the East Village. It was delicious, fast service, and just what we needed.

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That was a wrap on Day 2. I went back early to the hotel to prep for the longest and final day of Day 3 which included a hair appointment at Amika Style Blow, 2 shows, a presentation, and then the plane ride home. Between the cold, wind, rain, and noise of the city, I was exhausted and yet on a high from all the inspiration I was taking in. Looking forward to sharing with you my final day on Monday.

Exact Links:

Grey Coat: The Fifth Label ($106)

Camel Turtleneck: 525 America ($62)

Cropped Denim: Joe’s Jeans ($106)

Belt: Rebecca Minkoff ($78)

Nando Muzi Oxfords: Sentiero Shoes

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Faux Fur: Crossroads Trading Co

Black Turtleneck: 525 America ($53)

Denim: Joes’s Jeans ($106)

Booties: Steve Madden ($25)

 

 

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NYFW Day 1

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The Hudson Hotel

It’s been one hell of a trip here in NYC. NYFW has been exciting, intimidating, inspiring, and exhausting….but I wouldn’t have it any other way. With Storm Nico derailing all flights the day I was supposed to arrive plus a few cancellations, I was very well prepared to accept that I wasn’t going to be able to attend after all. And with the stroke of luck Friday morning, I somehow made it to SFO for my 8am flight. When I got there, Kelly (aka @birdieshoots) texted me to say that her flight was again canceled and would not be making it. I was rather devastated quite frankly. We were supposed to do this together. So now, it was all on me. I already missed two of my shows on Thursday, and now I would be scrambling to make up for lost time.

I arrived at JFK at 5:30pm, exhausted from all the stress prior, cold, and a little out of my comfort zone. My Uber promptly picked me up and we were off to The Hudson Hotel which would be home for the weekend. I met Christina (aka @classtige) for dinner at Momofuku and shortly after I passed out in my bed and slept like a log.

Taken before my hair appointment at Amika Style Blow, Lauren Listor (aka @laurelcreative) was able to squeeze me in for a shoot. She shoots everyone, any major blogger you follow, you bet she’s shot them. Thank you Lauren for such a fun morning. I love that she captured an iconic version of NYC for me, you have to get the yellow cabs in right?

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Prior to seeing the shows for the day, I went to the Shopstyle event at Canoe Studios. I’m sure by now you saw all of that action on Instagram and Instastories. It was really fun and I saw some familiar faces from SF. I also got a monogrammed leather portfolio case from Gigi New York as a nice souvenir :)

My first show was for Jimmy Burner at the Stewart Hotel. Fun, urban, street style. Watch the Final walk here: Jimmy Burner

In the evening I attended the Francesca Liberatore Show at Skylight Clarkson. I geeked out when I saw Kelly Cutrone, Miss Alexander J, and Dorothy Wang all within 3 feet of me. It was a beautiful show to say the least and the energy that comes from seeing a live show like this is unreal.

Watch the full show here: Francesca Liberatore (my clip below)

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Waiting for the show at Skylight Clarkson

Day 1 was simply getting my bearings. Day 2 and 3 are by far my most packed and most exciting, so I can’t wait to share with you those photos as they come :) I’m really grateful for the experience and I’m so glad I was able to pull this off so that I can share everything with you. Stay tuned.

All shot by Lauren Listor

Wearing my Uncle’s Scarf: Vintage Cashmere

Olivia Cropped Flares: Joes’s Jeans

Boots: Marc Fisher

 

 

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Code Red

Coming in red hot today, with the help of Pascaline Paris. I’m currently packing for NY tomorrow, but I wanted to share with you this set before I take off. If you’re not familiar with Pascaline’s store on Sacramento Street, please do pop in and pay her a visit. She’s so insightful, and every fiber of her being is that of a sophisticated and smart woman. I believe that Pascaline has single handedly brought Parisian designers to San Francisco and it’s quite brilliant. Her eye and taste level is of the highest quality, and it really does show.

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If I was ever a type of jacket in a past life, I’d definitely be a moto. Cupid must’ve shot me early because this jacket by Serge Pariente immediately grabbed my eye. It’s warm, soft, and functional. I put it on and instantly felt way cooler than normal : D A good jacket will do that now and then.

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These motorcycle boots can be found at Pascaline’s as well. They’re by Atelier Voisin and are so comfortable even with a big heel that I didn’t really want to take them off. They’re just a durable, chic, and basic staple that would last a lifetime.img_6000img_6055img_6021img_6009img_6039Thank you Pascaline for bringing Paris to this city. And though I’ve never been to Paris myself, Parisian style is so effortless, so cool, and yet so refined all at the same time. If in the city, be sure to stop by and see her for yourself. Next up, NYFW!

Pascaline Paris

3234 SACRAMENTO ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115

Shot by Julia O Test Photography

Sacramento Street, SF.

 

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Marble Moment

Morning everyone. If you’re like me, working from home can be a luxury and a challenge all at the same time. For one, it’s easy to get too comfortable in your own home, which may sound nice in theory but it makes productivity harder. Since I bounce back and forth between the East Bay, SF, and Peninsula every other week, my second office might as well be my car. Feeling less than inspired lately with desk items and typical office things, I’m really happy that Case App and I got in touch.

If you’re not familiar with Case App, they’re a site where you can custom make your own skins for iPhones and laptops. I’ve always wanted to upgrade my laptop, so now I have one finally! Plus, I added my website on the corner as a detail.

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This skin I chose is Strawberry Marble. I’m a sucker for marble anything. My childhood home was designed with both black and white marble in the bathrooms and fireplace, so you see my affection for the stone started from a young age. There’s something aesthetically calming when looking at it too, which is how I want to feel when I open up my laptop every day :D img_1281img_1284

If you’re like me and work from home, how do you stay inspired and productive? Do you believe in feng shui? Do you find yourself always cleaning?img_1279

Thank you Case App for my awesome new skin. If you’d like to create your own, go to their site here and use “shoesandsashimi20” for 20% off at checkout. Enjoy!

 

 

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Let it Be

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All the lonely people, where do they all come from? – Eleanor Rigby
I stepped into Hotel Zetta on accident the last time I was off Market. One look at the Beatles photograph on their huge wall in their lobby, I thought “I need to come back and shoot here.” I get my love for 60’s-70’s lp’s from my Mom who grew up as a Beatle’s crazed teen in Oakland. Even my Gung Gung (Grandfather in Cantonese) took her to see A Hard Day’s Night as a child, how cool is that? Actually, she’s just as a die hard fan now as she was back then. So yes, little me only new Beatles lyrics and the occasional Simon and Garfunkel albums back in the day. img_1480

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Take these sunken eyes and learn to see. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free – Blackbird
img_1465I liked popping in here amidst the busy traffic of people. There’s something retro but still modern about this place, a slight time warp. With all the noise this city makes and protesters every which way, I couldn’t help but find a quiet place to stop and sit for a second.

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And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me. Shine until tomorrow, let it be – Let it Be
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If there was ever a time when we needed more music, it would be now. It probably won’t change anything except internally, but for selfish reasons music has been a safe place and will continue to do so :)

As always I appreciate you taking the time to read and listen. A week from today I will be headed to NYC and I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you here.

Shot by Julia O Test Photography

Sweater: Callahan

Oxfords: Summit White Mountain

 

 

 

 

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Shopping at Sentiero

It’s a new week and getting ready for NYFW is well under way. Let’s start from the ground up, shall we? Sentiero is a gorgeous and new luxury boutique on iconic Maiden Lane. They carry a beautiful range of Italian brands, from Giuseppe Zanotti to Loriblu and Ballin. There’s something magical about Maiden Lane. I remember walking through often as a kid with my Dad (he’s the shopper in the family) and it’s still a very charming and iconic place that holds near and dear to me.

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A little gem, Sentiero provides a haven for the shoe lover such as myself. Ellada the owner has an exquisite eye and her staff are so friendly and make you feel so welcome. If you are ever on Maiden Lane, please come in and say hello to them and take a look for yourself.

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As much as I wanted to play it safe with the black Loriblu’s I tried on, I kind of fell in love with these Nando Muzi creepers. Not only are they light and comfortable, but the blush tones act as more of a neutral and I figure I can style them just as easily for NYFW.

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What do you all think? Do you like my choice? I can’t wait to pull outfits around my new shoes, so until then thanks for reading and keeping up with me! Lots of exciting things to come so stay tuned.

A huge thank you to Ellada and Sentiero for a wonderful experience

Huge thank you to Rachel Radcliffe Photography for capturing it all

Visit Sentiero at 11 Maiden Lane, San Francisco

Shoes: Nando Muzi Spring Collection

 

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Brick Walls

“The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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I’m currently in the midst of gearing up for NYFW in February, and I’ve been happily riding the waves that come with planning such a trip. Luckily I have some wing women who will be joining me and I look forward to sharing my point of view of the festivities as they unfold with you all very soon.

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I personally have always liked brick walls. They’re there for a reason, literally and figuratively speaking. I think I’ve been hitting brick walls ever since grade school when peers told me that I couldn’t do something or thought I was weird for having different interests than them. Even as an adult, being in a creative field and being self employed comes with a certain type of judgement. There’s a huge risk factor here, but that’s kind of what we as creative entrepreneurs thrive off of. We see potential and more importantly the map in which to get there, wherever “there” may be.img_8553img_8472img_8519img_8464

This will be quite an exciting trip in two weeks…and I look forward to sharing everything here with you. It’s going to be freezing. I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with that but will deal nonetheless. All I know is that it’s going to be fun and I’m excited to get a new perspective and inspiration along the way. img_8480img_8526

I’ll be covering some of my prep that I’ve been doing here in the city in a post to come next week, so look out for that if you’re interested. Until then, thanks for reading!

All photos shot by Julia O Photo

Jackson Square, San Francisco

Button Up: Rails

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Real (Coffee) Talk

I want to be real. This post is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks now, because a series of reoccurring events have been pushing me to address it. I’ve been reminded of some really important qualities that I find lacking in “creative individuals” nowadays.                                  

 Authenticity

Originality

Honesty

Ownership

@shoes_and_sashimi is not groundbreaking. At all. I’m not the first one to post a photo of a moody portrait or a shot of latte art. I don’t have the biggest following, but you don’t see me buying spam or cheating my numbers. What I post is 100 percent mine. What starts from something in my head inevitably ends up into jpeg. My ideas are executed either by my hand alone and professional shooters Rachel Radcliffe or Julia O. When they aren’t shooting, @Twelfthknight helps fill that gap, and I give him a lot of credit.

Editing is also 100% mine, unless it’s agreed upon by Rachel or Julia, since they are very different shooters. I respect both of them and their work, that’s what a solid working relationship is based upon. Respect. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for others.

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If there is anything that was engrained in our heads (and hands) in design school, it is protect yourself and your work. Protect your ideas. If you’re a creative, entrepreneur, a photographer, whatever you are: Constantly push yourself. Don’t get too comfortable.

I am very transparent on Instagram and SF is a tiny city. The shoes I wear and products I post are all public. The brands I work with, those too are public knowledge. I have had  “creators” in the same city  whom I have spent some time with go after the same exact products…in the same color…poach the same brands and post shot for shot, pose for pose…. It feels like a big F U. And yea, how could you not take it personally?

img_4845It’s a big space. There are plenty of opportunities out there, people aren’t willing to work for it. In order to be successful in anything, you need to be original. Say thank you to those who have helped you (when they didn’t have to) and have some ounce of humility. Authenticity is so important and there is a lack of it.

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This rainy day at Home Cafe in SF, I shot with a newly full time photographer named Juila O. She’s quick and she’s hungry. Julia has a beautiful eye for lighting. Home Cafe is the new cool kid on the block, slinging really great coffee concoctions. Have you had a Birthday Cake ombre latte before? I think not. Or a Cookie Monster Latte full of crumbled cookies? I like that they’re different, I like that they’re unique.

I hope you all can find this post somewhat interesting or relatable. If you do or if you don’t, please comment because I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re in the creative field like me, or you’re self employed it’s a good reminder to you all: Be you and only you. Why would you want to be a second string version of someone else?

All photos shot by Julia O Photography

Home Cafe, San Francisco

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An Afternoon at Arrowood

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an amazing wine and food pairing in Sonoma. Hosted at the ever charming Arrowood Winery in Glen Ellen, myself and fellow Bay Area bloggers were whisked away for the day to wine country, and I can honestly say I am really truly grateful for the experience. I’ve heard raving reviews about the delicious food served at renowned restaurant, Girl & the Fig. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw that the event would be catered by their lead Chef.

I’d like to thank Kristina Werner, wine maker at Arrowood. She herself is quite the inspiration, who went from a BioChemistry and Agricultural Economics degree to pursue winemaking full time. Something I took away from listening to her that I’d like to share:

“Taste everything you can get your hands on.

Never stop learning and never get bored.”

I couldn’t agree more. Cheers to an amazing day that I don’t take for granted. My eyes and stomach are very full :)

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First Course: Roasted Carrots, Saffron Crema, Honeyed Almonds
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2nd: House Ground Polenta, Braised Oxtail, Cocoa Nibs, Squash, Sage Pesto
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Final: Black Pepper Ravioli, Triple Cream Mornay, Black Truffles

I have found a new appreciation for wine, what goes into making it, and how it really can transform a meal and your senses. If you’re in Sonoma one of these days, be sure to visit Kristina and the Arrowood staff and taste for yourself. I personally would go back in a snap.

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For those who are interested in Arrowood wine but can’t get to Sonoma anytime soon, I’m offering 15% off anything on their site using “ARROWOOD15” here. I had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back.

Overwhelming thanks to:

Arrowood Winery for the hospitality

Girl & The Fig for an incredible meal

Emily E Martin Communications for this amazing trip

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2017: Here’s what’s Coming

Happy New Year everyone, thanks for sticking with me all this time. It’s been a challenging year with Granny passing, lots of changes within the family, and juggling the highs and lows of being your own boss/art director/stylist/ etc. I like building something from nothing, all I have to do is light that match and let it ignite. I just wish some people were here still to see it all come to fruition, but I know they’re up there guiding me and looking over someway, somehow.

Thank you for being supportive as always, @Twelfthknight and family. Huge thank you to the brands that have helped make 2016 a successful one and to those who have continued to work with me into this year. A very big thank you to Rachel Radcliffe for shooting with me weekly, we’re a great team and I value your friendship and admire your tireless work ethic.

And of course, thank you to you my readers for supporting this blog and taking interest, I truly am thankful.

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Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months, and I hope you continue to read and follow along on Instagram to catch all the fun. My goal is to do things I wanted to do in my 20’s that I never was able. With every brand and project, shoot and experience, I want to execute it with precision and spin a more creative lens. I am now 30. I traveled a bit last year, I hope to do more outside of the states, hopefully London and Japan…

Jan. 7th

Sonoma

Feb.

9th-13th NY Fashion Week

22nd-26th Vegas / Desert

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year and success in your own pursuits

xx

Lauren

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe

Piedmont, CA

Fringe Jacket: Amuse Society

Body Suit: Free People

Jeans: J Brand

Shoes: M.gemi

Watch: Nicole Vienna

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Holidays at Home

I’m cozying up this week with my friends at Riviera Towel Company on this very special holiday post. The holidays have changed over the years, but some of my fondest moments are of the house smelling of Mom’s gingerbread, espresso biscotti, and my brother and I icing cookies for the gaggle of family coming in and out of our house. Christmas has always been sensory and visual, from the fresh tree to the baked goods.

img_8848img_8855As time goes on and everyone gets older some of those smells have gone away. We don’t do much on gift giving, in fact we don’t partake in Christmas shopping at all anymore. For us it’s really all about food, family, and banter. Not that it still isn’t, but as we’ve gotten older my Grandparents are no longer here with us and gatherings have become smaller and smaller. The fresh trees haven’t been in our house in a long time, but we do have garlands, Boo (our fur baby in his Christmas sweater) and fairy lights strung up which is nice. I miss certain things from childhood and I hope that one day we find that again.

To bring back some holiday spirit into our home, Riviera Towel Company prompted my idea for this shoot just in time for Christmas. Their towels are 100% Turkish Cotton and so incredibly soft and versatile. I wrapped myself in one, gathered my current favorite holiday things, and voila: a cozy holiday picnic, right in our own home :) *Scroll to the bottom for 20% off your own blankie.img_8862img_8854img_8852

Life is like a box of chocolates. These are from Christopher Elbow

img_8861A favorite wine from this year’s Paso Robles trip: Ecluse Vineyard

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I toast to all of you this holiday season. Thank you for reading and keeping up with me this year. And special thanks to Riviera Towel Co. for bringing warmth and reigniting my creative spark this Christmas. It’s the best gift of all.

For those of you who want to cozy up, you can purchase their gorgeous towels (these are $32 ) on their site here . They also give back to organizations who help save our oceans, I love that I can help support their mission.

Even more, take 20% off using code “sashimi20” at checkout

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

xx

Lauren

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Brand Spotlight: Crane & Lion

With all the holiday events that I’ve been attending this month, I’ve been coming into contact with a lot of treats lately. I do have really good self control I must say. Unfortunately, working out since I have moved back to the Bay Area has been more than a challenge. It’s just not the same….In LA, I lived literally around the corner from Corepower Yoga, and I would go 2 times a day, morning and night to sweat and tone myself into oblivion. You know that LA lifestyle everyone jokes about with their green juice and acai bowl after every workout? Yea, that was me for years. I miss it, bikram was a lifestyle and I became fit as a fiddle and stronger than I ever had been.

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I’ve really been lacking any sort of motivation to workout here in the Bay Area. Either the classes are at odd hours, or I don’t like the teachers or studio. Or I’d have to drive 15+ miles to the next Corepower, and at that point I’d be so ticked off with parking that I’d be late to a class. It’s just all bad. Call me a hater, I don’t mind.

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Enter, new favorite athleisure brand, Crane & Lion. I was introduced to this brand through new friend Connie of Moderne Press. I’ve now been living in their leggings and jacket, running around town but looking put together while doing it. I love that they are affordable, and different than all the Lululemon stuff out there. Crane & Lion has made working out chic, which has motivated me to stop whining and get back to being active consistently even if it’s just in the living room or in our neighborhood.

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It’s hard to get motivated, it really is. And since I’ve been feeling discouraged lately, Crane & Lion has been getting me excited about working out on my own.

What about you? How do you stay motivated? Favorite way of working out?

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe

Piedmont, CA

Sunglasses: Desi Perkins for Quay

Hester Crop Top: Clayton

Jacket: Crane & Lion

Leggings: Crane & Lion

Necklace: Experimental Jewelry Club

Rings: Maison Miru

Shoes: Nike

*Special thanks to Moderne Press

 

 

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Live Seamlessly 

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! If you’re following on Instagram, I was in LA for a quick trip down, it’s never long enough though. I’m back in the Bay Area now, and if you’re free this Saturday, please stop by my Event at Succulence SF from 3-5pm.

I’ve teamed up with Rothy’s ecofriendly shoes to throw a Pop Up at a Succulent Garden and you’ll be able to shop and preview their current shoe collection. I’ll have drinks and treats, so stop by if you can!

Can’t make it? Use code “Lnakagawa10” to get 10% off a pair of your own on Rothys.com

Succulence SF

402 Cortland Ave, (Bernal Heights) San Francisco

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Knit Weather

It’s finally feeling like actual Fall in the Bay Area and if you’re like me, the chunkier the knit, the better. This one is an old knit from Glamorous (you can find this brand at Bloomingdales.) Fall is my favorite time of the year. I’m looking forward to a quick trip to LA next week for @Twelfthknight’s family Thanksgiving and then right back up for my family’s meal. It’s going to be a whirlwind holiday season this year full of Pop Up shops that I’ll be hosting for Rothy’s Shoes and all the various blogger events, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Stay tuned :)

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Sweater: Glamorous (Bloomingdales)

Boots: Ecco

Sunglasses: Desi Perkins x Quay

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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Get away with me: Wine Country

Sometimes I feel like I’m always searching for some resolve or peace of mind. Maybe I’ve always been restless. Not sure what I’m always searching for exactly, but I know that to be completely content with oneself and where they’re at in life is quite rare. Striving for more but better yet figuring out how to get there is always on my mind, day in day out. If you’re anything like me, it’s exhausting am I right?

A few days in Paso Robles (2 hrs north of LA) with the furbaby and @Twelfthknight helped me reach some calm finally in a long time. Every dip in our hotel pool, a morning tour of Hearst Castle, and some really nice time spent wine tasting and eating…can’t get more relaxing than that.

Hearst literally built his dream. And so will I, one way or another.

As always, thank you for reading and keep striving :)

Where we went:

Ecluse Winery, Paso Robles

Calcareous Vineyards, Paso Robles

Hearst Castle, San Simeon

What I Wore:

Desi Perkins x Quay Sunglasses 

Becca Swim: Black One Piece

Hat: Harwen House Designs

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Travel with Me: Cabo

Last stop on our tour is Cabo San Lucas, and to be honest…it’s my favorite out of the three :D @Twelfthknight and I spent hours in the clear water of Medano Beach, a straight shot to El Arco de Cabo (those monolithic rock formations.) Hacienda Beach Resort is beautiful and I highly recommend coming here for the beach scene. Cabanas, sun, jet ski’s glass bottom boats, fish, sand, and crystal clear water…what more do you need?

I loved our time here on the open sea, it was the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time. I do think we’ll be booking with Princess early next year for our next adventure. If you would like to book a trip, you can use the link found here.

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Details:

Swim Suit via Beach Gal Swim 

Princess Cruises

Hotel Booking (here)

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Travel with Me: Mazatlan

Hope you all had a nice weekend, Happy Halloween everyone! Sharing with you, our next Port of Call: Mazatlan, an older and significantly larger beach city. We got off the ship at 7am and decided to explore a sleepy beach named Isla de la Piedra before we went into the city proper. To get to Isla de la Piedra, we walked a block and a half from the ship to a little dock full of water taxis. We hopped on and jetted off for about 15 minutes until we reached this beautiful but somewhat ghostly quiet beach that was the Isla. I also learned that Mazatlan is iconic for their thatched roofs which I loved to sit and stand under :D Here, we spent the morning walking through the water and sand until it was time to go back for lunch.

*At this hour, we had the entire beach to ourselves. It was a little eery, but in a beautiful way.

After our morning here, we went back across the water to the city where we ate at Panchos which overlooks the beach. Our recommendations would be to order the red snapper and the shrimp ceviche, delicious!

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Mazatlan Sinaloa x Isla De La Piedra

Swim suit by nVimi Fiji

Hat by Harwen House Designs

*Use code “shoesandsashimi” for 20% off your own monogrammed sun hat!

Palm Tree Sun Dress by Letters from LA

Book your next Princess Cruise here

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Travel With Me: Sayulita Nayarit

Ahoy! @Twelfthknight and I literally cruised into Puerto Vallarta on October 18th from Los Angeles, this being our first cruise with Princess. We had no expectations and we truly loved the cruise ship life. I will say that Princess’s hospitality and service was a little mind blowing, they made our rooms twice a day at least, were so friendly that we felt like we made all types of International friends, and you really felt taken care of from morning to night. Who doesn’t love round the clock room service, endless lattes, and 5 different pools to choose from? We will definitely be booking with them again, dare I say to Alaska sometime next year? :D

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After 3 days of being at sea, I couldn’t wait to touch land again. Cabin Fever is a real thing! Our first Port of Call was Puerto Vallarta and after snooping out this little surf town about an hour north of PV, we decided to get crazy and bus it upwards to Sayulita. It’s a charming beach town, very colorful, authentic in that it’s not commercialized, and it’s very much like being in the jungle. This town is full of artisans working on their wares, they were all very friendly. We frolicked on the beach, stuck an umbrella in the sand, and got our coconuts (one of many on this trip.) All in all, it’s a great little place if you want to feel like you want to get lost somewhere.

*This was a really short photo set because we were trying to get our bearings, but Mazatlan and Cabo will have more, promise.

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Some Tips:

Wear rubber soles or sandals with support. (The roads and streets are either dusty or uneven cobble stones)

The humidity was no joke. Don’t bother bringing hair products

Booking:

We loved our Princess experience. Affordable, easy, and worry free (book your next trip here)

Up next, Mazatlan! You can read about that on Monday :D

 

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Fall Forecast: OTK Boots

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 :)

Shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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What I wore:

Public Desire Over the Knee Boots ($72 here)

also available in Grey ($60 here)

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Life Update

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.

Lauren

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Brand Spotlight: Clayton

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?

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Shop Clayton at Revolve or Shopbop

What I’m wearing:

The Raina Bodysuit (here)

Farleigh Mom Jeans (Asos)

Tan Long Cardigan (Asos)

Take 10% off your Revolve order with promocode “Tulip” at checkout

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Bombs Away

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?

All photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Missguided Bomber Jacket: here

Public Desire Velvet sneakers (under $40): here also in (Grey)

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A Change in the Air

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

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

Special thanks to Nicole Vienna

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Watch: Nicole Vienna

Bomber: Boohoo (found on Asos)

Boots: Public Desire

 

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Flower Ladder

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!

Vici Collection

Shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA