Life is Fast, Fashion Shouldn’t Be

Hi all, hope you’re having a good week thus far and in all seriousness, I’d like to thank you for reading all my posts as of late. I took a little hiatus earlier in the year, but that’s because I was trying to create a plan of where I wanted this blog and content to go. Now I have it and I’m locked and loaded, so I can’t wait to share everything that’s coming with you soon.

Today, I’d like to share something I care strongly about. And that is quality vs.quantity. I apply this to all aspects of life, but this article (among many others that have come out recently) specifically puts a spotlight on “fast fashion” and why it is so important to be a consumer that chooses consciously. There are countless throwaway “fashion companies” that are made less than poorly overseas, made in massive quantities, and then dissgarded shortly after it’s one-wear use that the planet literally cannot hold such things anymore. And I think it’s a damn shame.

Call me elitist, but as an example, you will never see me promote or purchase something from Forever21. From ethics as a corporation, to poor product, and so on… I just can’t support it. I would very much rather pay more for something of quality that will stand the test of time. Which brings me to the brands that I love and will wear over and over again, like the ones I’m wearing here.

At the bottom of this post are the list of brands with the links to each site. I especially love Amour Vert, for they are ethical, eco-friendly, and get this: For every purchase they plant a tree! If you read my blog long enough or follow me on Instagram, you will see just how many times these pieces have been popping up, so they definitely are getting lots of wear :D

Have a great rest of your week, and thanks again for visiting! I especially would like to hear your thoughts on the article if you choose to read it.

Michael Stars Vest. Super soft, CA made.
Joes Jeans. I thought JBrand was my best fitting jean, Joes is way up there too now.


CC Skye Bag. This was one of my first sample sale purchases in LA when I would raid the warehouses in Downtown. That was about 7 years ago…and it’s still in great condition!
Thrifted bracelet


M.Gemi flats. Handcrafted in Italy x Limited production


All photos shot by Lisha Wang

Black T: Amour Vert

Vest: Michael Stars

Jeans: Joes Jeans

Bag: CC Skye

Shoes: M.Gemi

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Week in Review

Hi everybody, it’s been quite busy to say the least but I’ve just been plugging away and it’s really paying off. I’m into celebrating the little achievements as of late, I think it’s healthy and it shows progress.

Breaking 2,000 followers on Instagram was a long time coming and I finally did it. (I’m currently at 2,300 and rising.) It’s nice to know that my content is now actually worth something and the partnerships and collaborations I’m doing is making an impact not only on my life but those close to me: from becoming an Mgemi shoe ambassador to having sponsored food posts…it’s fun and even our Furbaby Moobie gets in on the action to help spread some animal awareness (see last post)

Anyhoo, that’s basically my weekly round up in photos. I’m the busiest but happiest I’ve been and I hope you are well too. Thanks for reading and keeping up with me daily on Instagram!


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Yay! Finally hit 2,000 and rising
Sushi Specials with Auntie, the original boss lady if you will…
Mgemi sent me their Cericho sneaker, and I gifted them to my Mama because she’s the bestest


I make smoothies every morning and pour them in fancy bottles because I think they are much more pleasing :D

Taking a break in my monochrome look again, my typical uniform
Running around in these Stellato flats from Mgemi are the comfiest flats I’ve every worn. And they’re pointy :D
Back to work, but first coffee
And the usual dinner eats: Ramen. Fun Fact, I would go to Santouka in Los Angeles every couple of weeks and when I moved back up here I thanked Buddha that I can get my favorite fix here without traveling 300 plus miles
And then one morning the ASPCA noticed our photos, so in collaboration with @Social_Native, the social platform will be donating $5 for each puppygram that spreads awareness of Animal Rights and Kindness. We joined the campaign and they will be donating up to $5,000 to the ASPCA through March 5th. We are very happy to support this cause :D

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

Keeping warm in a knit by The Knot Sisters
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The famous doughnuts at The Boon Fly Cafe @Carneros Inn
Vineyards at Castle di Amorosa
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
Baby goats :D
Brownie the lama at Old Faithful Farms. Go visit her, she has the best eyelashes :D
His and Hers
Typical Bouchon Bakery fare, this is their gingerbread muffin
A brisk walk around downtown Sonoma
Keeping warm in a BB Dakota parka
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

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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.

Follow me for daily snaps :D @shoes_and_sashimi

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

#POV’s Fall after all.

I love my lattes. #coffeesnobsociety

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

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

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



#OnTheTable with Cate & Chloe

Good morning everyone, if you’ve been following me on Instagram I’m currently back in Los Angeles styling a commercial shoot! However, that has not stopped me from sharing this overdue post dedicated to my love for subscription boxes. Why? Because getting a box full of little surprises in the mail every month is more exciting than opening regular mail :D There’s Birchbox for the beauty and grooming gurus, Rocksbox for jewelry, Loot Crate for comic geeks, and then there is Cate & Chloe. Cate & Chloe is a little different in the accessories game, because now you get to customize your own box. Everyone’s style and taste is different, so why should you receive the exact same box as someone else?

Cate & Chloe sent me their September VIP Box full of goodies, 2 of them are jewelry pieces that I have been wearing all week. The other was a total surprise, a set of makeup brushes rolled into a nice neat bow. I was thrilled because 1: I need a new brush set. And 2: Timing was perfect, I packed them for my work trip to LA this weekend and I’m powdering my face as we speak :D

Like good surprises? Pick your plan at Cate &, select your style, and lastly sit back and let their team build your box for you. You’ll receive your box in the mail and I’m sure you’ll be excited to open it!

As a thank you to my readers, I give you my special promo code SHOESANDSASHIMI25 for 25% off when you sign up, valid until November 30th. And finally, for the month of October, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Breast Cancer Society!

Thank you for reading and keeping up with me. For daily adventures, be sure to follow on Instagram for real time photos :)


Packaging is key, love their boxes.
Packaging is key, love their boxes.
Surprise 1: Wrap bracelet with a buckle and gold accents.
Surprise 1: Wrap bracelet with a buckle and gold accents.
Surprise 2: a dainty layer necklace.
Surprise 2: a dainty layer necklace.
Unraveled surprise 3: Full set of makeup brushes
Unraveled surprise 3: Full set of makeup brushes
I tend to use these the most, especially the brow comb.
I tend to use these the most, especially the brow comb.

Special thanks to Cate & Chloe for this post

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