That’s a Wrap on 2015

Last post of the year and I could very easily just talk about what I’m wearing here or how this could be a versatile NYE look…but I would prefer to recap what a ride 2015 has been and get a little deeper.

I wish you all a wonderful New Year and a huge thank you for being such a supportive community.

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I have genuinely grown homesick for Los Angeles, a feeling I’ll never have for SF proper, however I do like the Bay Area and the things that are brewing here on this side of the East Bay. It is where I was born and raised after all.

So when I shut my door in Sherman Oaks and took my last stroll through Sawtelle Blvd and sipped my last Urth latte in Downtown for a while, it was a bittersweet closing; not just on the year but because I knew things were changing yet once again.

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I quickly had to hone a new set of skills, all while maintaining my personal style and creative bent. Prior to all this, I didn’t know how it was possible to grab a foothold in the oversaturated Content Creator world, but somehow brands and small businesses found me and now I’m in this full time. It was honestly hard to get inspired because my pride may have been hurt a little at first, but it’s been working and there are bigger and better things coming that I’m excited to be working on. From food styling to product styling, I’m your girl.

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Now with Instagram practically running itself and growing each day, collaborations in motion, small businesses wanting product shots, and clients seeking wardrobe updating… I think I’ve been quite busy! But I couldn’t do it all myself, that’s for sure.

So thank you to these special people for helping Shoes and Sashimi get underway during such a crucial trial period:

@Twelfthknight for being patient and helping me shoot throughout the year. Excited to see what new adventures bring us in 2016

Mom, for being even more patient and mentally invested in everything I do. It’s not fair that you’re often the casualty of my very short fuse sometimes, but I acknowledge it and appreciate you always being there

“Moobie” the fur baby for being happy all the time and for lighting up even the most frustrating of days

Shot by Julie Reichle

Makeup by Emily Sims

Dress: De Lacy x Revolve Clothing

Shoes: Lulu’s

Bag: Melie Bianco

Tis the Season

Tis the season for holiday looks, so I teamed up with The Glam App (see previous post) and Piedmont photographer Julie Reichle to shoot something extra special. I’m not big on color to be honest, I love my neutrals and as a curveball, I’m actually wearing a bodysuit under an asymmetrical skirt. Hope you enjoy these photos, it’s great to shoot in my hometown!

To all my readers near and far, from London to Tokyo, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and holiday season. Thank you for taking the time to read and keep up with me whether it’s here or on Instagram. ย Your patience and kind comments throughout the year has been encouraging and without them I wouldn’t be able to do half the things this blog and Instagram has brought me these past few months. Most of you I’ve never met, but I feel like you’ve been overwhelmingly supportive more than people I know personally.

So cheers to a fast approaching end of the year, new brand partnerships, new content, and new adventures. But most of all, cheers to you guys for being supportive, enthusiastic, and hopping along with me as I embark on some really cool projects. Can’t wait for you to see.

~Lauren

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Shot by Julie Reichle

Makeup by Emily Sims for The Glam App

Bodysuit: Lulus

Skirt: Blq Basiq

Shoes: Lulus

Bag: Baggu

Necklace: Mirina Collections “Promo Codeย shoes20” for 20% off yours

Getting Glam with The Glam App

Last week I had the full glam experience in preparation for the holidays thanks to a service called The Glam App. Founded by celebrity makeup and hair artist Joey Maalouf and Actress Cara Santana, The Glam App is an affordable on demand luxury service that is currently spreading through out the U.S and London.

Once I downloaded The Glam App, I simply booked a makeup session for the date and time at my connivence. Emily (@emilysimsmakeup) arrived promptly to my front door the following week and in the comfort of my own home had a fun morning of makeup for my shoot with local photographer Julie the same day!

Here are some of the products Emily used and some beautiful shots that Julie took. I wish I could look like this all the time!

Be sure to download The Glam App for a service in your city and if you are in the SF area be sure to book your session with Emily as I would happily work with her 10x over.

Cheers everyone, it’s almost Christmas!

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Makeup by @Emilysimsmakeup

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Skin prep products, huge fan of this moisturizer by the way.

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Smokey Eye was created by Emily’s Lorac palette

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Emily used a lot of Tarte products on me, they provide great coverage and are good for sensitive skin like mine.

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Highlighter to create a little dimension

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I love this color, I think I will end up buying this in the future

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Mixing all these products together to get the perfect pout

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Final look. Thank you Emily!

Special thank you to The Glam Appย Download on iTunes for free

Huge thank you to Emily Sims Makeup, be sure to follow her on Instagram

An incredibly huge thank you to Piedmont photographer Julie Reichle, be sure to book your next portrait session with her here and show her some Instagram love!

 

Napa Getaway

Christmas came early for @Twelfthknight and I earlier this week when we took our little “Moobie” with us to Napa for an early Christmas/NY/2 year Anniversary trip :) It’s fun to go during offseason, you can beat all the traffic and the lines and eat and walk around as you please without the crowds. It was splendid, and we ate and ate like fiends.

Have a great week everyone, stay warm and be well.

~ Lauren

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Keeping warm in a knit by The Knot Sisters
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The famous doughnuts at The Boon Fly Cafe @Carneros Inn
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Vineyards at Castle di Amorosa
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No filter at Castle di Amorosa

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Crunching in a faux fur vest by 6 Shore Road

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Moobie meets his goat friend at Old Faithful Farms
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Baby goats :D
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Brownie the lama at Old Faithful Farms. Go visit her, she has the best eyelashes :D
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His and Hers
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Typical Bouchon Bakery fare, this is their gingerbread muffin
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A brisk walk around downtown Sonoma
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Keeping warm in a BB Dakota parka
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Bone Marrow appetizers at my Mom’s favorite French bistro: Bistro Jeanty, Yountville. Not pictured, their to die for tomato bisque baked under a puff pastry shell

Instagram: @shoes_and_sashimi

The Instagram Journey: What I’ve Been Up To

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, it’s been a little while. The blog has taken a back seat as of late due to work, holiday festivities, cold season, and all of life’s curveballs. There just isn’t enough time in the day to juggle everything but I try and now it’s paying off slowly but surely.

In case you aren’t following me on Instagram, here are daily snippets that you won’t find on the blog. I’ve realized that channeling all my focus to growing my Instagram has finally caught some fire; leading to bigger brand collaborations (you’ll see in the next week) and providing daily accountability which is easier to manage. I edit every photo with the help of shutterbugs @Twelfthknight and my Momma on occasion, thank you both and love you lots. With their help I have amassed over 1500 followers as of today and I couldn’t do it without them. I know that’s a dinky number comparatively speaking, but it’s noteworthy and lifestyle brands are taking notice.

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Follow me for daily snaps :D @shoes_and_sashimi

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I recently made over a friend’s entire wardrobe, starting with the bare basics.

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#POV nowadays..it’s Fall after all.

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I love my lattes. #coffeesnobsociety

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D’orsay flats and a Wayf plaid shirt. #FallTrends

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Black and white forever. Melie Bianco Bag, Minkpink sweater coat, and Loeffler Randall loafers. #whatiwore

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Capes, Dole Whips, and new hair color by Rudy at the Elan Salon in SF. Snapped by @Twelfthknight last week.

So there you have it, my most recent posts. Catch me there daily to see where I’ve been, what I ate, what I wore, and where I’m going next :D 

Thanks all!

~ Lauren