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.  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 Code shoes20” for 20% off yours

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

Earning your Stripes

I’ve been back in LA for some time now since I last posted and I apologize for the lull in content. I’ll be getting back on track here shortly as I have more photo sets to post soon.

This post goes out to the rule breakers, the ones with a little more fire than the next, the ones who were bold enough to go after what they wanted to do and did it well. My photographer friend Hannah Gweun graciously came to shoot with me in my neighborhood of Sherman Oaks recently. I met Hannah a while back on a film set we both were working on and she’s a stellar photographer and even more human being. I say that because she, like myself is dedicated to her craft in a city that will unapologetically overlook it. But yet we try try again. In essence, Hannah and I have earned our stripes, whether or not the industry will honor that we may never know.

Whatever it is you’re doing or pursuing, do it with full speed and tenacity or not at all.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren

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Dress: Finders Keepers The Label

Plaid Shirt: Rails

Sunnies: Equipment FR

Booties: Dolce Vita

Bracelet: House of Harlow

Bag: CC Skye

Rocks in your Box

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Hi everyone, I’d like to just thank you all for following Shoes and Sashimi thus far. I’m overwhelmed by the responses I get while posting my personal diaries, it’s exciting and humbling at the same time. As a thank you, I’m giving readers who are interested in all things jewelry a FREE month of gems from Rocksbox, an SF based jewelry subscription box.

How does it work?

1. Simply sign up, take the style survey, and add all the jewelry you see fit into your Wish List.

2. A Rocksbox stylist picks 3 from your Wish List and pops them in the mail.

3. Wear them as much as you like and then return your items for your next set. Your jewelry is always on loan unless you purchase them.

It’s a great service if you are just getting into jewelry and are afraid of the commitment. It’s also great for seasoned jewelry lovers who love to play and switch up your style weekly. Regular monthly membership is $19, not bad right for unlimited jewels? They have all my favorites, from House of Harlow, Vanessa Mooney, and Gorjana to name a few.

So give it a whirl, your first month is on me ;) CODE: LAURENBFF769

Life’s a Beach

They say life’s a beach. Yea, sometimes it is, but they also say life’s a royal bitch too. I’ve been having a particularly rough week, let alone month. February was shockingly slow. I’m talking like, flat line dead..and that’s with awards season. And maybe it’s also because people only reach out when they need something from you, more than likely it’s for free. I don’t want to sound bitter here, but I do think I’m running on empty. I love what I do when I get to do it but stylists rarely get any love. It’s a relatively lonely journey whether you’re repped or not in a terribly unforgiving industry. Why am I telling you this? Because this blog is the best thing I’ve created for myself. The major lull has allowed me to delve 200% into it. And it’s fun to flip the camera since I’ve been working “behind the scenes” for so many years.

This all came about in Manhattan Beach yesterday, where I came to decompress. It’s my favorite beach community down here and if you’ve ever been then you know why. I came back with a full head of clarity and some salty hair.

I hope everyone is having a great week. And if you’re not, I totally get it. It’ll get better, you just gotta hustle some more..bonus if you look good doing it ;)

Head down, nose to the grindstone (so to speak)
Head down, nose to the grindstone (so to speak)
Neutrals again. This Urban Day sweater kept me warm with the windy sea breeze.
Neutrals again. This Urban Day sweater kept me warm with the windy sea breeze.
2 Guns chai latte. Check them out next time you're down here, really cute spot and great brews.
Two Guns chai latte. Check them out next time you’re down here, really cute spot and great brews.
Comfy boyfriend denims by JBrand.
Comfy boyfriend denims by JBrand.
Boho vibes. This clutch is by Michael Kors.
Boho vibes. This clutch is by Michael Kors.
Recognize this necklace? It's from Stylewich :) You can check her blog out at www.stylewich.com
Recognize this necklace? It’s from Stylewich :) You can check her blog out at http://www.stylewich.com
Under the pier. No filter
Under the pier. No filter

Sweater: Urban Day (Bloomingdales)

Jeans: J Brand

Clutch: Michael Kors

Necklace: J Crew (From Liz at Stylewich.com)

Coffee: Two Guns Espresso

Throwback Thursday: Chaser Brand

It’s Thursday, so let’s throw it back, shall we? How many of you are Chaser Brand fans? I am, and this distressed ultra soft National Geographic sweatshirt is one of my favorites. They’re a little rock n roll, a little ironic, a whole lot of cool.

I did this set almost a year ago in Pasadena back when I was just starting to shoot. You can see that my hair was colored in a chocolate brown wash…I’m thinking I’ll do it again in 2 weeks so I can freshen up my newly shorter “lob” :D Stay tuned peeps! And thanks for reading.

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Game face? Game face.
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It’s a jungle out there. You can follow National Geographic on Instagram. Brilliant photos. @Natgeo.

 

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If I recall, it was pretty warm that day. Mid squint…

 

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Just strolling through Old Town Pasadena. Those are vintage combat boots I’m wearing.

 

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Ok, now let’s grab some coffee. Over and out.

 

 Sweatshirt: Chaser Brand

Bag: CC Skye

Pants: Sanctuary

Boots: Vintage.

 Photography: Stewart Uy

Valentines Day at The Mouse House

50 Shades of Grey? Aw hell naw…we went to Disneyland. My friends over at the Aladdin show were so gracious enough to let me and the beau come play at the mouse house for the day, shouts to Sarah (aka Magic Carpet) if you’re reading this ;)

Side note: I can’t do anything before having coffee, so we grabbed breakfast at the Anaheim Packing District, home to many food merchants. Georgia’s was particularly good for their chicken and waffles as well as Cafecito Organico for their coffee. Ok, fueled up and now on to the park!

First ride of the day: My favorite, Star Tours. May the force be with ya’ll. Then we hit targets on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. We made pretty fine Planetary Pilots if I do say so myself. We stopped for some eats before going through the Haunted Mansion and then made our way to the next park, California Adventures. I was distraught after hearing California Soaring and World of Color were under construction, but that’s ok, I understand *sigh.* Cars Land is great for all you Lightning McQueen fans, and the Paradise Pier is home to jalepeno cheese stuffed pretzels which are pretty amazing…

Another highlight was seeing the Aladdin musical. Not only do I know the Magic Carpet, but the show itself is fantastic. Finally, the fireworks went off and we ended our evening! Lines were crazy long, as expected and major rides were getting revamped, but it was really nice to just take our time and not rush anywhere :D A great day of relaxing at the happiest place on earth. How did you spend your weekend?

Tip: To avoid heinous lines, go on a weekday if you can or get fast passes. Peak season typically starts in April.

OOTD: Wearing a Velvet Tees Camo Sleeveless Vest, JBrand Jeans, and Rebecca Minkoff bag.
OOTD: Wearing a Velvet Tees Camo Sleeveless Vest, JBrand Jeans, and Rebecca Minkoff bag.
Cafecito Organico
Cafecito Organico
Hands free with my classic Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag.
Hands free with my classic Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag.
A Man and his Mouse
A Man and his Mouse
Wear comfy shoes, these Toms are great for prancing around the park all day long.
Wear comfy shoes, these Toms are great for prancing around the park all day long.
It's Tea Time
It’s Tea Time
Thanks to my friends at Aladdin for this trip. And next time you're here be sure to catch the show!
Thanks to my friends at Aladdin for this trip. And next time you’re here be sure to catch the show!
And we're out. Til the next trip!
And we’re out. Til the next trip!

What I wore:

Sleeveless Jacket: Velvet Graham & Spencer

Denim: J Brand

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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

 

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That means wearing my favorite plaid flannel like this one, made by Rails LA. Tis the season after all. http://www.railsclothing.com

Keeping warm in my Rails LA flannel on a wet day in downtown's Little Tokyo Plaza.
Keeping warm in my Rails LA flannel on a wet day in downtown’s Little Tokyo Plaza.
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Little Tokyo Plaza, the lanterns are always so pretty here.
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Walking rather swiftly to lunch…eating is my favorite part of the day :)
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#Selfie: We spotted this Dad and his two little boys all bundled up taking a selfie in the courtyard. And if you look closely, they’re eating one of my favorite types of street food, takoyaki (Octopus rolled into a tiny ball covered in a flour based dough and drizzled with sweet sauce)
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Just passing through…this little clothing stand is home to Japangeles, a street wear company that bridges Japanese Culture and LA lifestyle into each of their designs.
Lunch: Shin Sen Gumi Ramen for a post shoot meal.
Lunch: Shin Sen Gumi Ramen for a post shoot meal. I can’t rave about this place enough, it’s one of my favorite places to park myself for a little bit and slurp some seriously rich ramen broth. Fun fact: Shin-Sen-Gumi was a name taken from a famous Samurai Clan whose commitment for excellence was of utmost importance to the nation during Japan’s Civil War. That commitment to serving excellent food shows every time I come to eat here.