The Sunshine Award x Life Before Shoes & Sashimi

I’d like to give a big thank you to Elizabeth from Clothes to You for nominating me for the Sunshine Award, it makes me incredibly happy to know that my blog is getting enough momentum that people are willing to share with the world. So thank you Elizabeth!

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I really liked Elizabeth’s questions, I think you’ll learn a lot more about me, prior to Shoes and Sashimi :)

  1. What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

Believe it or not, from a young age I wanted to be a Costume Designer. “Little me” grew up watching films, TV, and being enthralled with pop culture and music. I loved fashion, movies, and the idea of being part of the behind the scenes excitement if you will. So I thought hmm…”if I combined all my favorite things together I’d have my dream job.” And so I did. I graduated from the prestigious California Inst. of the Arts in 2009 with a BFA in Costume Design and I’ve been designing and wardrobe styling in LA since then. It’s not all glamorous though, it’s a dog eat dog world the entertainment and PR life. They say it’s tough, it’s probably 10x tougher than anyone thinks, but it’s sure exhilarating when you get to do what you love to do for a living.

on set in 90210 with AT&T
On set in the 90210 with AT&T
My favorite studio to work out of, Slickforce Studio.
My favorite studio to work out of, Slickforce Studio.
Wong Fu Productions
Wong Fu Productions on call.

2. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?

That’s a tough question, because quite frankly I feel like I haven’t achieved all that much. I know, I know, maybe I’m being too hard on myself, but really I don’t think I can answer that one. I’ve had a good highlight reel, that’s for sure. I’ve had some terribly disappointing ones too. If I had to pick some proud moments throughout the years though, I think it would come down to these: Not having any debt, that’s something I’m really proud of. Also being able to move as often as I did and hustle in between shoots when there are bills to be paid and things to get done. Lastly, as I look through my portfolio I remember that I’ve had some really good moments in time and I’m proud of my work. I can firmly say that.

Rob Ryu shot by Sheri Angeles.
Actor & Model Rob Ryu shot by Sheri Angeles.
Recording Artist Jason D Chen shot by Melly Lee
Recording Artist Jason D Chen shot by Melly Lee
Wong Fu Productions shot by Melly Lee
Wong Fu Productions shot by Melly Lee
Actress Ciara Hannah. Catch her as the Yellow Ranger on Nickelodean's Power Rangers Megaforce.
Actress Ciara Hannah. Catch her as the Yellow Ranger on Nickelodean’s Power Rangers Megaforce.
Q Modeling Agency Test Shoots in Palm Desert. Shot by Sheri Angeles.
Q Modeling Agency Test Shoots in Palm Desert. Shot by Sheri Angeles.

3. Who takes the majority of your photos?

I’ve had a lot of great photographers over the year, Melissa de Mata (SF) and Erich Chen (LA) for starters. But as momentum  builds with the blog, it’s becoming increasingly harder to shoot a full set when you’re not with a photographer day and night. This is where @TwelfthKnight comes in. He’s my rock, our fur baby’s papa, and man of the hour. I am fully spoken for and am happily living in the Bay Area this year, having best of both worlds :D He’s not a photographer, but we’re becoming a tag team in this blogging venture together and we’re learning along the way. It’s trial and error, and we’re having a lot of fun with that.

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Playing around with the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. What are your preferences when it comes to cameras?
Playing around with the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. What are your preferences when it comes to cameras?

4. What would you say is the biggest challenge about blogging?

Where do I start…being consistent with content. It’s even harder when you’re part time or full time elsewhere. There’s just not enough time in the day or should I say light in the day to drive the blog further. And if you’re like me, you’re not going to settle for poor lighting just for the sake of content, am I right? Right. How do we maneuver around this lighting challenge and time crunch? On the weekends we like to go out for day trips and you’ll probably find me changing outfits somewhere, creating different looks along the way in the hopes that they make enough content for the week to come :D Quick changes, I’m a professional. Literally.

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5. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is pretty casual currently. Jeans, a dress shirt, shorts, and a sweater (It’s pretty cool and casual here in the Bay Area.) If you met me in LA though, you’d see me more on the dressier side every day, even going to set and especially on the weekends. I would be buying for multiple shoots at a time so I’d really have fun pulling and putting things together. Wasteland on Ventura or Melrose has some fun things, I’ve found amazing discounted designer finds there including Philip Lim and Givenchy. My secret weapon for my own shopping fix is going directly to the warehouses in DTLA for the samples. I’d swing by Lovers & Friends, For Love and Lemons, Joie, you name it. I sure miss those times, I’ll be back down soon for my next big wave of raiding hopefully.

Neutrals are the building blocks to a wardrobe, male or female. If you have cream, navy, black, and white, you can mix and match and look like a million bucks.
Neutrals are the building blocks to a wardrobe, male or female. If you have cream, navy, black, and white, you can mix and match and look like a million bucks.
Boo is neutral year round, unless he has a sweater on. We all should dress more like Boo :)
Boo is neutral year round, unless he has a sweater on. We all should dress more like Boo :)

6. Is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you? If so, who is this style icon, and why do they inspire you?

I’ve tracked Monica Rose‘s work as a stylist for some time now, and after chatting with her at her trunk show at Dash this year you could imagine my respect for her went up ten fold. She is incredibly chic, she dresses the Kardashians for Christ’s sake. But what’s really nice and refreshing is that she’s humble, a mom of 2 little ones, a wife, and she seemingly does it all in heels. Our mutual friend and owner of Slickforce Studio, Nick Saglimbeni was saying that a career is all about timing no matter how hard you hustle. I couldn’t agree more. Her timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I applaud her work ethic, and I wish her the best, truly.

The one and only Monica Rose.
The one and only Monica Rose.

7. What would you say is the greatest satisfaction about being a blogger?

There’s a lot of satisfaction that I get simply from penning my thoughts on a virtual paper, private or not. I like the idea that I might have an interesting story to tell when others have gone a linear path. I like that the blogging community is so supportive. I’ve gotten more love from strangers in different parts of the world than I have from people I know personally. That speaks volumes, so thank you for the undying support, near and far!

To keep the support flowing I nominate fellow bloggers:

Elizabeth Lee from Stylewich.com

Alecz from Forsevenseasons

Carolyn from HeyPrettyThing

Sanika from Simply Sanika

Trou from The Peculiar Trouth

Thank you for reading. As always you can keep up with me daily on Instagram

IG @shoes_and_sashimi

All the best,

Lauren

American Oxygen

Can I be honest? I miss LA. The Bay Area is my home, born and raised of course, but since being back I do miss the weather (it’s so cold here), my weekly morning yoga studio that I could prance to, the kiddos I saw grow up on a weekly basis, endless brunch spots, the warehouse sales….now where am I going to get my clothes? Like hell I’m paying full price for LNA T shirts and J Brand denim. Sorry, I digress. That’s what Revolveclothing.com is for. *Orders all the things*

The Bay Area is a great place and I love it for family and personal life. But if you were to compare the two, well I have never left my heart in San Francisco. I left it in LA, and maybe most of my pride…my career is everything to me. And some people with all the hustle and talent in the world never get lucky, for timing is everything. I am a Wardrobe Stylist. I am a Costume Designer. That is what I do. That is what makes me happy. And I am damn good at it. But that’s not enough.

I am hopeful though that with SF’s latest tax breaks for the film industry I will be on set soon, shooting scenes and outfitting the next blockbuster, but until then…we just hustle.

We sweat for a nickel and a dime

Turn it into an Empire

– Rihanna

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Top: Sanctuary Clothing

Shorts: Free People

Boots: Dolce Vita

Aviators: Equipment FR

Necklace: Vanessa Mooney

Photos by: Melissa de Mata

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