Life’s a Beach

They say life’s a beach. Yea, sometimes it is, but they also say life’s a royal bitch too. I’ve been having a particularly rough week, let alone month. February was shockingly slow. I’m talking like, flat line dead..and that’s with awards season. And maybe it’s also because people only reach out when they need something from you, more than likely it’s for free. I don’t want to sound bitter here, but I do think I’m running on empty. I love what I do when I get to do it but stylists rarely get any love. It’s a relatively lonely journey whether you’re repped or not in a terribly unforgiving industry. Why am I telling you this? Because this blog is the best thing I’ve created for myself. The major lull has allowed me to delve 200% into it. And it’s fun to flip the camera since I’ve been working “behind the scenes” for so many years.

This all came about in Manhattan Beach yesterday, where I came to decompress. It’s my favorite beach community down here and if you’ve ever been then you know why. I came back with a full head of clarity and some salty hair.

I hope everyone is having a great week. And if you’re not, I totally get it. It’ll get better, you just gotta hustle some more..bonus if you look good doing it ;)

Head down, nose to the grindstone (so to speak)
Head down, nose to the grindstone (so to speak)
Neutrals again. This Urban Day sweater kept me warm with the windy sea breeze.
Neutrals again. This Urban Day sweater kept me warm with the windy sea breeze.
2 Guns chai latte. Check them out next time you're down here, really cute spot and great brews.
Two Guns chai latte. Check them out next time you’re down here, really cute spot and great brews.
Comfy boyfriend denims by JBrand.
Comfy boyfriend denims by JBrand.
Boho vibes. This clutch is by Michael Kors.
Boho vibes. This clutch is by Michael Kors.
Recognize this necklace? It's from Stylewich :) You can check her blog out at www.stylewich.com
Recognize this necklace? It’s from Stylewich :) You can check her blog out at http://www.stylewich.com
Under the pier. No filter
Under the pier. No filter

Sweater: Urban Day (Bloomingdales)

Jeans: J Brand

Clutch: Michael Kors

Necklace: J Crew (From Liz at Stylewich.com)

Coffee: Two Guns Espresso

Throwback Thursday: Chaser Brand

It’s Thursday, so let’s throw it back, shall we? How many of you are Chaser Brand fans? I am, and this distressed ultra soft National Geographic sweatshirt is one of my favorites. They’re a little rock n roll, a little ironic, a whole lot of cool.

I did this set almost a year ago in Pasadena back when I was just starting to shoot. You can see that my hair was colored in a chocolate brown wash…I’m thinking I’ll do it again in 2 weeks so I can freshen up my newly shorter “lob” :D Stay tuned peeps! And thanks for reading.

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Game face? Game face.
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It’s a jungle out there. You can follow National Geographic on Instagram. Brilliant photos. @Natgeo.

 

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If I recall, it was pretty warm that day. Mid squint…

 

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Just strolling through Old Town Pasadena. Those are vintage combat boots I’m wearing.

 

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Ok, now let’s grab some coffee. Over and out.

 

 Sweatshirt: Chaser Brand

Bag: CC Skye

Pants: Sanctuary

Boots: Vintage.

 Photography: Stewart Uy

Valentines Day at The Mouse House

50 Shades of Grey? Aw hell naw…we went to Disneyland. My friends over at the Aladdin show were so gracious enough to let me and the beau come play at the mouse house for the day, shouts to Sarah (aka Magic Carpet) if you’re reading this ;)

Side note: I can’t do anything before having coffee, so we grabbed breakfast at the Anaheim Packing District, home to many food merchants. Georgia’s was particularly good for their chicken and waffles as well as Cafecito Organico for their coffee. Ok, fueled up and now on to the park!

First ride of the day: My favorite, Star Tours. May the force be with ya’ll. Then we hit targets on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. We made pretty fine Planetary Pilots if I do say so myself. We stopped for some eats before going through the Haunted Mansion and then made our way to the next park, California Adventures. I was distraught after hearing California Soaring and World of Color were under construction, but that’s ok, I understand *sigh.* Cars Land is great for all you Lightning McQueen fans, and the Paradise Pier is home to jalepeno cheese stuffed pretzels which are pretty amazing…

Another highlight was seeing the Aladdin musical. Not only do I know the Magic Carpet, but the show itself is fantastic. Finally, the fireworks went off and we ended our evening! Lines were crazy long, as expected and major rides were getting revamped, but it was really nice to just take our time and not rush anywhere :D A great day of relaxing at the happiest place on earth. How did you spend your weekend?

Tip: To avoid heinous lines, go on a weekday if you can or get fast passes. Peak season typically starts in April.

OOTD: Wearing a Velvet Tees Camo Sleeveless Vest, JBrand Jeans, and Rebecca Minkoff bag.
OOTD: Wearing a Velvet Tees Camo Sleeveless Vest, JBrand Jeans, and Rebecca Minkoff bag.
Cafecito Organico
Cafecito Organico
Hands free with my classic Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag.
Hands free with my classic Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag.
A Man and his Mouse
A Man and his Mouse
Wear comfy shoes, these Toms are great for prancing around the park all day long.
Wear comfy shoes, these Toms are great for prancing around the park all day long.
It's Tea Time
It’s Tea Time
Thanks to my friends at Aladdin for this trip. And next time you're here be sure to catch the show!
Thanks to my friends at Aladdin for this trip. And next time you’re here be sure to catch the show!
And we're out. Til the next trip!
And we’re out. Til the next trip!

What I wore:

Sleeveless Jacket: Velvet Graham & Spencer

Denim: J Brand

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

It’s A Goorin

Ooh get excited Valley peeps, Goorin Bros has officially opened on Ventura and I’m thrilled about it! I love hats. You’ll see me wearing my favorite black floppy hat a lot (see my “About Me” page, I’m wearing one from Shopbop.) Hats are the easiest way in my opinion, to complete an outfit and strike up a conversation. For those of you new to the hat game, Goorin Brothers is a fantastic shop that carries men’s and women’s artisan crafted headwear with many locations all over. Throwback to 1895 when the original Goorin created the handmade hats and now they’re 4 generations deep!

Last night was their grand opening so I happily popped in to try some fun hats on. They had a live jazz band playing, little bite cupcakes from Big Sugar Bakeshop, and a raffle for a night’s stay at the Beverly Garland Hotel *fingers crossed* It’s a great looking shop and they carry every shape imaginable from Gatsbys to Cloches, to Outbacks and Fedoras.

Below are some of my favorites that they carry. Go and try them, you’ll see how easy it is to perk up any look.

Thanks for reading! *tips hat* ;) – Lauren

Bite size cuppies from local shop Big Sugar Bakeshop.
Bite size cuppies from local shop Big Sugar Bakeshop.
A signature floppy.
A signature floppy.
A Cloche. A traditional cloche is fitted with a very short brim.
A Cloche. A traditional cloche is fitted with a very short brim.
Put a feather in your cap. Their feather bar has all different kinds to choose from.
Put a feather in your cap. Their feather bar has all different kinds to choose from.
Classic fedoras. The majority of their hats are wool.
Classic fedoras for the man in your life.

Goorin Bros

Big Sugar BakeShop

Staying Neutral

I recently purged a lot of my closet onto the Poshmark app, anyone on there? It’s great because what I was left with are all my basic pieces that may seem rather “blah” to a lot of people, but are essential in my book. Yes, neutrals tend to get a bad wrap simply for being “boring” or “safe.” Well hrmph. I love my dress shirts and my denim staples dammit. And my oversized cozy sweaters with my little booties, yes those are being kept forever.

The professional me always tells clients that neutrals are the building blocks to any strong wardrobe, the staples that aren’t going anywhere. Taking my own advice, I got rid of the trendy overplayed stuff i.e designer pun t’s, holographic bags..etc. Don’t judge me. Anyhoo, the foundation to an easy, yet spot on wardrobe consists of black, white, grey, nude, navy, khaki: all easy colors to mix and match with each other. You can’t build a strong look without nailing down the basics first, right?

This is just my personal take on playing with neutrals, wearing my favorites priced high to low for an easy yet far from dull look anyone can wear :)

A few good button down shirts are a staple in any closet. Joie makes the best ones, they're incredibly soft. I wear them all the time.
A few good button down shirts are a staple in any closet. Joie makes the best ones, they’re incredibly soft. I wear them all the time.
Don't mind my stare, I'm watching for cars so my photographer doesn't get hit. Safety first my friends.
Don’t mind my stare, I’m watching for cars so my photographer doesn’t get hit. Safety first my friends.
Distressed denim. These ones are by JBrand, and if you know me by now they are the only denim I wear and for good reason. No one makes em like JBrand.
Distressed denim. These ones are by JBrand, and if you know me by now they are the only denim I wear and for good reason. No one makes em like JBrand.
See? Easy to wear and comfortable. Comfort is key in my book.
See? Easy to wear and comfortable. Comfort is key in my book.
Another staple: A textured midsize bag. It's a good way to punch up a basic outfit. This one is from BCBG, however I tucked the strap in for a look I much prefer :)
Another staple: A textured midsize bag. It’s a good way to punch up a basic outfit. This one is from BCBG, however I tucked the strap in for a look I much prefer :)
50 shades of grey over here. I love grey, I prefer it over black most days. These textured shoes are from....wait for it....Steve Madden. I know..I know...
50 shades of grey over here. I love grey, I prefer it over black most days. These textured shoes are from….wait for it….Steve Madden. I know..I know…

Blouse: Joie Clothing

Jeans: J Brand

Shoes: Steve Madden

Bag: BCBGeneration

Photography: J. Asahara