Memorial Day Weekend: Santa Cruz

Did everyone have a fun relaxing Memorial Day weekend? Excellent, I thought so :D

As for me, the beau and I along with our fur baby headed down the coast an hour out to Santa Cruz for the day. For starters, we ate brunch at the Sea Breeze Cafe where they make home made cinnamon rolls which were full of warm nutty buttery goodness. We stopped for some Verve Coffee at their roasting plant behind the cafe. Serious lattes are churned outta there, they are top notch and even have one in Los Angeles. Driving up a bit more, we stopped to walk along the coast ridge and then walked all the way down towards the Boardwalk. After looking at a beach side open house going for a cool 2.5 million we decided that we only like the idea of being near water or seeing it from afar. So with that being said we hopped in the car and drove to downtown Santa Cruz for ice cream at the Penny Creamery. A nice pick me up from walking the coastline before we headed north to Scott’s Valley. What’s in Scott’s Valley you say? Sushi at Otoro, which was a superb way to end our day trip.

Thanks for reading :)

P.S. If you’d like to stay current with me during the week, be sure to follow on Instagram: @shoes_and_sashimi

West Cliff Inn, Santa Cruz
West Cliff Inn, Santa Cruz
On the Verve. Roasting Plant.
On the Verve. Roasting Plant.
Latte Me. Verve Coffee
Latte Me. Verve Coffee
Beachside Living
Beachside Living
Boardwalk
Boardwalk
*looks down* ooh. New skirt by Stateside :D
*looks down* ooh. New skirt by Stateside :D
Penny Ice Creamery x Earl Grey
Penny Ice Creamery x Earl Grey
Otoro Sushi, Scott's Valley.
Otoro Sushi, Scott’s Valley.

Sweatshirt: Brian Lichtenberg

Skirt: Stateside

Aviators: Le Specs

Verve Coffee

Penny Ice Creamery

Otoro Sushi

OOTD Photos Taken by @Twelfthknight

What’s Good, Claire Underwood?

They say behind every great man is a great woman, but in House of Cards, a step ahead of every great man is an impeccably dressed Claire Underwood. I’m talking about power looks. Memorable, feminine, but strong pieces down to the heels can make you walk, talk, and stand with purpose you might not even know you had.

Claire’s a bad bitch, quite possibly too bad for her own good, but hey that’s entertainment. I’d know, I’ve been in the industry for a decade, which I should mention is changing rather rapidly for me. I’ll post more about the turn my career has taken in the next weeks to come, but until then hang tight as I come to terms with the changes :)

Channeling my favorite Underwood, I pulled together this rather simple power look and instantly I was fired up.

Huge thanks to Erich Chen for this set, for our first shoot together I couldn’t be happier.

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Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley's Coffee
Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley’s Coffee

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Aviators by Equipment FR
Aviators by Equipment FR

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Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.
Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.

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Farley's Coffee
Farley’s Coffee

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Dress: Banana Republic

Bag: Coach

Necklace: Gift (Nylon Sky)

Aviators: Equipment FR

Shoes: Steve Madden

Photography: Erich Chen

A New Year

Happy New Year everyone. It seems like yet again another year goes by faster than the last, which is great in some respects, but it’s also left me feeling a bit glum if you will. Maybe because 2014 was a whirlwind of changes where I had to adapt and make bigger decisions rather quickly. With LA’s movie industry going away to budget friendly states like Louisiana, work as a Costume Designer took a big dip. That trickled into the Styling world and I was choosing my jobs very carefully which is fantastic, but sporadic. With work being so dry, I decided to move into a new more affordable apartment in May with a room mate and a little dog named Mister Cosmo. We get along splendidly.

And though 2014 was a year of change, I do think it was one of my favorite years to date. These changes made me incredibly selective with work and career. Once again I have to leave those who do not serve me kindly and learn to let things go. Self awareness and happiness brought by morning yoga is probably my highlight each day. Work is not life, I can manage my time with family who still lives in The Bay, along with my wonderfully supportive boyfriend and his fluffy four legged counterpart Boo (Boo makes appearances on my Instagram from time to time.) And if LA is changing, then so do I. Which is why I started this blog in the first place. Feeling bold, I took a shot in the dark one morning and emailed Ryan Chua, renowned blogging photographer in SF and he graciously agreed to shoot this photo set which came out beautifully. Thank you Ryan, here’s to many more.

Cheers everyone. To a full and happy new year!

Lauren

Walk it out. This top is everything...sheer but just enough. Did I mention that these jeans are my go to basics as well? JBrand is my all time favorite when it comes to denim. Never fails.
Walk it out. This top is everything…sheer but just enough. Did I mention that these jeans are my go to basics as well? JBrand is my all time favorite when it comes to denim. Never fails.

 

All black errthang...this peplum top from For Love and Lemons is one of my favorites.
All black errthang…this peplum top from For Love and Lemons is one of my favorites.
I'm a Bay girl tried and true. Stylist by trade. A little nostalgic maybe, but the iconic Ferry Plaza is somewhere I have been going to since I was little. Shot by Ryan Chua.
I’m a Bay girl tried and true. Stylist by trade. A little nostalgic maybe, but the iconic Ferry Plaza is somewhere I have been going to since I was little. Shot by Ryan Chua.
The Bay Bridge...what can I say, it's home.
The Bay Bridge…what can I say, it’s home.

 

Jewelry from the gracious hands of designer and friend Marrin Costello. She's also a Bay girl! These are some of her new pieces from her Stoned Collection.
Jewelry from the gracious hands of designer and friend Marrin Costello. She’s also a Bay girl! These are some of her new pieces from her Stoned Collection.

Top: For Love and Lemons

Jeans: J Brand Jeans

Jewelry: Marrin Costello

Shoes: Chinese Laundry

Shot by: Ryan Chua