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

 

 

Aloha! Hawaii Part I

Aloha everyone :D I’m back from Hawaii now and am already missing the views and crystal blue waters. @Twelfthknight and I were on the island of Oahu to attend the wedding of his friends Jerry and Gloria Wu. It was a lovely ceremony at the Hale Koa Resort on Waikiki, which is also where we stayed. It’s been years since I’ve been back to Hawaii, and this trip would be @Twelfthknight‘s and I’s first time traveling together. We had such a quiet relaxing time from start to finish even with the abnormally punishing humidity. We’re not much for the crazy-fast paced-pack everything in-types, we like to eat and take our time, relax, and just be present, not just on vacation but also in general. Now that we’re back, I can honestly say that we needed more time away, so hopefully we can island hop on our next trip out there.

For those of you following along on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these photos already. But I must thank you all because when I was in Hawaii I hit over 1,000 followers, yay! Enjoy the first part of our Hawaii trip, Part II will be posted next week :D

Aloha and Mahalo,

Lauren

Roaming downtown Honolulu in search of snacks. Wearing a Lulu's crop top and Loeffler Randall Gladiators.
Roaming downtown Honolulu in search of snacks. Wearing a Lulu’s crop top and Loeffler Randall Gladiators.
Outfit Details: Lulu's Top. Urban Outfitters Shorts. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag.
Outfit Details: Lulu’s Top. Urban Outfitters Shorts. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag.
The banyan tree at our Hale Koa Resort.
The banyan tree at our Hale Koa Resort.
The best shaved ice on the island is Waiola's Shave Ice. Green Tea ice over vanilla ice cream.
The best shaved ice on the island is Waiola’s Shave Ice. Green Tea ice over vanilla ice cream.
Poke bowls from Ono Seafood. Funny story: We sat for 20min in the heat across the street at Ono Hawaiian thinking that it was Ono Seafood. It was not...and we raced across the way to get these delicious dishes. Totally worth it.
Poke bowls from Ono Seafood. Funny story: We sat for 20min in the heat across the street at Ono Hawaiian thinking that it was Ono Seafood. It was not…and we raced across the way to get these delicious dishes. Totally worth it.
The p.o.v from the pool. No filter needed.
The p.o.v from the pool. No filter needed.
Running in my sandals to the wedding of Jerry & Gloria Wu.
Running in my sandals to the wedding of Jerry & Gloria Wu.
Though deemed casual, I thought this romper by Band of Gypsies was the perfect
Though deemed casual, I thought this romper by Band of Gypsies was the perfect “instant outfit” for this wedding.
Everyone, meet @Twelfthknight :) Photo snapper and papa to fur baby Boo.
Everyone, meet @Twelfthknight :) Photo snapper and papa to fur baby Boo.

What I Wore

White Top: Lulu’s

Printed Highwaist Shorts: UO

Moto Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Gladiator Sandals: Loeffler Randall

Floral Romper: Band of Gypsies

Wedge Sandals: BCBG Max Azria

Pink Clutch: BCBG Max Azria

Where We Ate

Waiola Shave Ice

Ono Seafood

Neutrals in Noe Valley

It’s already been a busy week and I’m still thinking about the lovely brunch we all had to celebrate my boo’s 35th birthday :D What’s our favorite brunch spot in SF? We head to Noe Valley of course. This might be a bold statement, but I would voluntarily wait a good hour or more for Griddle Fresh‘s souffle pancakes, and if you know me then you know how I feel about waiting excessively for things. Anyway, I highly recommend their fired banana mascarpone souffle stack while their lemon ricotta pancakes are equally as delicious.

What to wear to brunch on a fine Saturday morning? It was warm by SF standards, so I paired a cream BB Dakota sweater that I got from Shopbop.com with my favorite Lovers + Friends denim shorts. Heels might sound a bit crazy on such a steep incline combined with limited parking, however these ones by Chinese Laundry were good to my feet. And my cream & black bag, I’d like to tote with me everywhere now thanks to Deux Lux. It’s a great bag, and I’m a sucker for tassels.

After brunch, we roamed Noe Valley’s farmer’s market and grabbed some green juice from Juicy Lucy. There was even face painting action for the birthday boy (he’s a kid at heart) who I’m sure will be embarrassed if I give more detail. So let’s just say he’s my Batman :)

Thanks for reading, you can keep up with me on Instagram @shoes_and_sashimi

It's always sweater weather here. But with shorts and a basic heel, you can really dress up a casual look.
It’s always sweater weather here. But with shorts and a basic heel, you can really dress up a casual look.
Some of this week's newest neutrals: Deux Lux Bag, Epona Square Bracelet courtesy of Cradle Jewelry, Vintage Gold Bracelet, and of course may cup of joe.
Some of this week’s newest neutrals: Deux Lux Bag, Epona Square Bracelet courtesy of Cradle Jewelry, Vintage Gold Bracelet, and of course my cup of joe.
Neutrals & a Juicy Lucy filled with spinach and a lot of ginger.
Neutrals & a Juicy Lucy filled with spinach and a lot of ginger.
Fired Banana Mascarpone Souffle Pancakes....*drools
Fired Banana Mascarpone Souffle Pancakes….*drools
This incline...I should know better.
This incline…I should know better.
Pluots at the Farmer's Market.
Pluots at the Farmer’s Market.
Wind action..
Wind action..

What I Wore:

Sweater: BB Dakota

Shorts: Lovers + Friends

Bag: Deux Lux

Bracelet: Cradle

Heels: Chinese Laundry

Necklace: Vanessa Mooney

Photos taken by @Twelfthknight

No Way, No

This would have been a really light “What I Wore” post, however I’ve come down with some severe writer’s block the past couple of days do to circumstances that have since put me in some sort of mood. I have now composed myself, as well as my thoughts and I’d like to communicate them as best I can.

Relationships are hard. I’m really talking about the relationship you have with yourself. Even though I have a great guy that is kind, supportive, and thoughtful whom I proudly stand by, you will often times find me alone (never lonely though, there’s a big difference.) I’m perfectly content being by myself, always have been. That takes a certain amount of confidence absolutely. But even the people who have a tough outer shell have feelings. I’ve been hurt one too many times (professionally and personally) to even begin to tell you how hard of a person I’ve become, I’m getting much better though. The silver lining to all this is that with all the lows (many painful) and hurdles life throws at you, it has made me really self aware. After all, the most important relationship you can have is with yourself.

The older I get the more this saying “it’s best to be alone than in poor company” rings true. Quality over quantity. Stick up for yourself, fight for those who will fight for you. Bonus points if you look good doing it. And finally… don’t look back, you’re not going that way :)

Will I ever be too far away when you feel alone? (No way, no) - Magic
Will I ever be too far away when you feel alone? (No way, no) – Magic

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Will I ever back down my sword to protect our home? (No way, no) – Magic

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Unfamiliar with the lyrics I’m referencing? Watch the music vid here:

 No Way, No

What I’m wearing:

Top: Mate the Label

Jeans: J Brand

Shoes: Boutique 9

Necklace: J Crew (gifted by Stylewich)

Aviators: Le Specs

All shot by Anna Wu Photography in my hometown of Piedmont, CA

Lemon Drop Boutique Giveaway!

When life gives you lemons, you give back! As a thank you to my readers and all those who have found my blog worth reading, I have teamed up with Lemon Drop Boutique to give one lucky winner a promo code so they may choose a piece of jewelry of her choice. Lemon Drop is an online boutique that sells affordable jewelry and accessories to today’s woman. From cuffs to earrings, to statement pieces like the one I’m wearing below, I’m sure you’ll find something fun to wear when you shop their site!

This raffle will be going for a full week, and will end next Thursday. Want to enter? Read and scroll all the way down and you’ll see a link to the Rafflecopter giveaway. There are many ways to enter, so be sure to do them all! Good luck!

Life gave me lemons.
Life gave me lemons.

:)

The Retro Necklace from Lemon Drop Boutique.
The Retro Necklace from Lemon Drop Boutique. Feeling lucky? Maybe you can win one yourself!
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You can turn a rather basic bib top (this one is by Asos) into a dressy one with a statement piece like this.
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A low turtleneck with a statement piece is classic. You can still find it on Lemon Drop’s website if you’d like your own!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to Lemon Drop Boutique for the collaboration :)