The occasional Haute Mess

Hi everyone, hope all is well and you’re having a nice Spring thus far  :D  Life has been busy with all kinds of things and I definitely don’t take anything for granted (you’ll see eventually here and/or on Instagram.) I will be in LA next month, and then @Twelthfknight and I are going to Denver, so I have a few things lined up there already.

Now, being human and my own boss, I really feel it on occasion. They say the hustle is real, well it is, but it’s something I’m used to. Sometimes I get a little squirly, really tired, and maybe slightly pent up if I’m lacking inspiration and content. And then sometimes…. my calendars don’t sync and I miss a doc appointment (twice.) Or I am a little groggy at 5am and I don’t manage to make it 4 lanes over into the 101 northbound and find myself detouring around SFO airport to make it 35 miles north in time for a magazine shoot. (fact)

But because we as multi-taskers and boss ladies do so many things all at once while still trying to keep cool, man….I will allow myself the occasional haute mess moment. Because maybe your coffee tasted weaker than normal and you ran out of milk, or you got stuck behind a Prius who pumps the brakes too often to be safe which sends you into a mini Mad Max fury, or… you might just wake up salty for salt’s sake like I do sometimes. It’s the little things guys. As @Twelfthknight says as we walk through Safeway, “you’re like the red Kikkoman bottle, you should be less salty.” (He’s a funny guy that guy..)

So naturally, exhibit my tee from @BasicBtees. Jules gets me. Because sometimes you may not have your life together, but you sure as hell can still look good :D

Jules makes these hilarious eco friendly T shirts in Los Angeles and a portion of profits are donated to her organization Paving Pathways, helping women in Haiti become more self sufficient through business. Her Instagram is hilarious too and some of her tees are sold at various Cardio Barre locations for those who love the Barre. Lastly, if you want to order a T of your own, you can get 10% off by using code “shoesandsashimi” when you check out!

As always, thanks for reading.  It’s nice to be real on here, and I think by doing so you’re getting to know me better! Does anyone have a haute mess moment they’d like to share? :D

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All photos by Julie Reichle

Haute Mess Tee: Basic B

Jeans: Joes Jeans

Jacket: Lulu’s

Shoes: Lulu’s

 

 

 

That’s A Wrap

It’s been a while, hope you’re all well and thank you for being patient as I’ve been a little behind lately here. However you can always find me on Instagram to see what I’m up to each day! I’m happy to finally release two of my projects that I’ve been Department Head on, a commercial for Nongshim USA featuring Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner franchise) shot in Los Angeles and the November Issue of Diablo Magazine on stands currently, shot in Oakland, CA.

Fun Fact: It took 14hours to shoot this 30 second commercial in the Hollywood Hills. As per usual, I was the only female on an all male film crew.

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Ki Hong Lee for Nongshim USA: Watch the commercial here >> Full Commercial
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Fun Fact: Lena Ahn is wearing a Hye Park & Lune Baseball Tee. Ki Hong is wearing Marc Jacobs.
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And that’s a wrap. Hope you enjoyed, this specifically airs overseas on all networks in Seoul and Hong Kong, however you can watch it on Youtube of course. >> Full Commercial

Soon after I got back from LA, Diablo Magazine called to have me style their November Issue and I happily signed on because it marks my first editorial shoot in the Bay Area. The Food and Wine Issue is an important one because let’s be honest, I love to eat and what’s most fitting is that we shot the whole thing in Oakland, just minutes away from where I grew up. Be sure to pick up a copy, on news stands, grocery stores, and Barnes and Noble in Northern CA. Cheers!

We made the cover!
We made the cover!
Behind the Scenes with Model Hannah Tokuno for Stars Management. Fun Fact: Hannah is wearing an Ulla Johnson dress, pulled from local boutique Shop McMullen.
Behind the Scenes with Model Hannah Tokuno for Stars Management. Fun Fact: Hannah is wearing an Ulla Johnson dress, pulled from local boutique Shop McMullen.
We shot this set at Pican Restaurant in Oakland. Photographer: Norma Cordova
We shot this set at Pican Restaurant in Oakland. Photographer: Norma Cordova
Final Edit.
Final Edit.
Last Look: Hannah wearing BCBGeneration.
Hannah wearing BCBGeneration.
Final Edit
Final Edit
Final Edit: Hannah wearing an Ulla Johnson dress and Cate & Chloe layered necklace (my own.)
Final Edit: Hannah wearing an Ulla Johnson dress and Cate & Chloe layered necklace (my own.)

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As always, thanks for reading and keeping pace with me.

You can always find me on Instagram for daily snaps. @shoes_and_sashimi 

Falling for Trends

Happy First Day of Fall everyone, tis my favorite time of year! This little post is a mashup of my favorite things: coffee breaks, work, and fall fashion. I apologize for being missing in action though, I took some time to recover from styling a commercial in Los Angeles as well as wrapping the whole thing. After being gone from set-life for a wee bit, I am happy to say I nailed it. Getting that confirmation from an all male production company as well as Client is really satisfying. Per usual no photos or more info until the actual thing airs, however this was my 3rd International shoot that I have single handedly been Wardrobe Head. for; this time shooting with Nongshim Co. the biggest instant noodle and snack company in South Korea :D The Dominos of Asia if you will. The commercial will air overseas featuring a certain known actor, he has a movie out now in theaters, maybe you’ve seen it already…but until then I can’t say much more….I hate that. *waits patiently.*

Anyhoo, now that I’m back in the Bay, it’s starting to feel like Fall…kind of? It was about 98 degrees and rising in Los Angeles and I’m happy to be incorporating some of my favorite Fall trends into my closet such as the color Blush (pullover from Banana Republic) and this awesome faux suede 70’s skirt from H&M. I don’t normally veer too far from my relatively basic neutral outfits, however I like these two trends and I think I’ll be wearing more of these skirts with some button down blouses and T shirts just to get out of my wardrobe rutt. Gotta stay fresh, people.

Hope you’re having a great week and as always thanks for reading!

Lauren

Instagram x Twitter

Blush is the color for Fall, and since I'm not a pink gal I prefer this tone because it's a subtle one :D
Blush is the color for Fall, and since I’m not a pink gal I prefer this tone because it’s a subtle one :D
Details on this $35 skirt from H&M.
Details on this $35 skirt from H&M.
My only down time for myself was found at Coffee Commissary. They make a mean latte.
My only down time for myself in LA was found at Coffee Commissary. They make a mean latte and are located in WeHo, Burbank, and Culver City.
View from our shooting location in the LA hills. That's a wrap folks.
View from our shooting location in the LA hills. That’s a wrap folks.

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What I Wore:

Blush Pullover: Banana Republic

Aviators: Lulu’s

Skirt: H&M

Boots: Dolce Vita

All outfit photos taken by: @Twelfthknight

LA Weekend Road Trip

Well, it was a whirlwind trip this time around but I’m glad that the boo and I could get away for some little sun and r&r for the weekend in LA. Staying in an apartment in Echo Park was great for those of you who know where this little neighborhood is. Just outside of Silverlake Junction, Echo Park is a tiny neighborhood that boarders the hipster coffee district of Silverlake and Sunset Blvd as well as bordering downtown LA. We did a lot, ate even more, snagged some new tops at the Greylin warehouse, and had a fun run in with Neil Flynn from Scrubs (he’s now on ABC’s The Middle.) It was nice to be back in LA for some relaxation, but now that I’m back in the Bay I can say it’s nice to be home. Until next time LA.

White Washed x Outside the Bates Motel Installation created by French Artist Vincent Lamouroux
White Washed x Outside the Bates Motel Installation created by French Artist Vincent Lamouroux
First order of business: Daikokuya Ramen in DTLA. One of my favorite ramen houses in all of Los Angeles County.
Dinner x First order of business: Daikokuya Ramen in DTLA. One of my favorite ramen houses in all of Los Angeles County.
You love the man. Yes. Yes I do. Graffiti Art on Sunset.
You love the man. Yes. Yes I do. Graffiti Art on Sunset.
Smile for the ego. Always. #Butfirstletmetakeaselfie. Graffiti art found on Sunset and Bates.
Smile for the ego. Always. #Butfirstletmetakeaselfie. Graffiti art found on Sunset and Bates.
Echo Park Lake in all it's glory. Downtown in the background. #NoFilter.
Echo Park Lake in all it’s glory. Downtown in the background. #NoFilter.
Echo Park Lake and the Lotus Pond
Echo Park Lake and the Lotus Pond
:) Also, how cool is this Cheap Monday tank? Underneath, wearing a Brandy Melville cropped bralette for layering purposes.
:) Also, how cool is this Cheap Monday tank? Underneath, wearing a Brandy Melville cropped bralette for layering purposes.
Superb breakfast while you wait for the paddle boats.
Superb breakfast while you wait for the paddle boats.
Square One Dining @ The Boathouse on Echo Park Lake. Left to right: Breakfast Tacos, Cheddar Grits and Bacon. Horchata. (The original Square One Restaurant is in Silverlake.)
Square One Dining @ The Boathouse on Echo Park Lake. Left to right: Breakfast Tacos, Cheddar Grits and Bacon. Horchata. (The original Square One Restaurant is in Silverlake.)
Lattes at Dinosaur Coffee. The boy flipped out and fan-girled so hard when he saw his favorite actor Neil Flynn behind me. I played it cool as they took selfies together. You can see his on Instagram @Twelfthknight :D
Lattes at Dinosaur Coffee. The boy flipped out and fan-girled so hard when he saw his favorite actor Neil Flynn behind me. I played it cool as they took selfies together. You can see his on Instagram @Twelfthknight :D
White out.
White out.
White out. Vincent Lamouroux painted these palm trees in ecofriendly paint for his installation.
White out. Vincent Lamouroux painted these palm trees in ecofriendly paint for his installation.
White Out at the Bates Motel. See for yourself if you're on Sunset and Bates.
White Out at the Bates Motel. See for yourself if you’re on Sunset and Bates.
Going home: You can't go on a road trip and not get In n Out. That's blasphemy. Animal Style, of course.
Going home: You can’t go on a road trip and not get In n Out. That’s blasphemy. Animal Style, of course.

Thanks for reading, you can always find more daily photos during the week of my adventures on Instagram @shoes_and_sashimi

Stay tuned!

What I Wore

Top: Cheap Monday

Sunnies: Equipment FR

Denim Cut Offs: Lovers and Friends

What We Ate

Ramen: Daikokuya

Breakfast: Square One at the Boathouse

Coffee: Dinosaur Coffee

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Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

Guisados

Where We Were

The Bates Motel on Sunset

Artist: Vincent Lamouroux

Greylin Collection HQ

Hell No, Cardio

G’morning ya’ll. I find this post so fitting. This was shot a few days later, post Runyon Canyon. If any of you really know me, I’m not a runner. Like, at all. Don’t get me wrong, I love to work out. I just do other means of exercise, preferably in temperature controlled rooms such as spinning and yoga. I have love for Mother Nature absolutely, but I don’t really do the whole hiking thing especially when it’s pushing 90 degrees dry heat. That’s bordering suicidal to me, personally.

Last week however, I was coaxed into doing Runyon which is rather rare. Apparently I was feeling bold that day, but was with nice company, so I sucked it up and swapped my tranquil routine yoga flow for the vertical dusty incline stairs. It was hot. A dry 94 degrees to be exact. No sane person in their right mind would voluntarily be out there running up a damn mountain enjoying it. The little puppies at the base of the mountain were whining and I don’t blame them. One weenie dog named Twig planted his paws in the dust and refused to go any further. I’m with you Twig, I feel ya.

But we did it, actually we killed it. And the views from the top of the ridge are quite nice once you get up there. God speed, Twig.

What’s your workout of choice? :D

Sweatshirt by Wildfox Couture
Sweatshirt by Wildfox Couture
Tevas. Because the Birk is last season
Tevas. Because the Birk is last season.

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Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon

Sweatshirt: Wildfox Couture

Aviators: Le Specs

Jeans: J Brand

Sandals: Teva

Photos by: Erich Chen Photography

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

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

Staying Neutral

I recently purged a lot of my closet onto the Poshmark app, anyone on there? It’s great because what I was left with are all my basic pieces that may seem rather “blah” to a lot of people, but are essential in my book. Yes, neutrals tend to get a bad wrap simply for being “boring” or “safe.” Well hrmph. I love my dress shirts and my denim staples dammit. And my oversized cozy sweaters with my little booties, yes those are being kept forever.

The professional me always tells clients that neutrals are the building blocks to any strong wardrobe, the staples that aren’t going anywhere. Taking my own advice, I got rid of the trendy overplayed stuff i.e designer pun t’s, holographic bags..etc. Don’t judge me. Anyhoo, the foundation to an easy, yet spot on wardrobe consists of black, white, grey, nude, navy, khaki: all easy colors to mix and match with each other. You can’t build a strong look without nailing down the basics first, right?

This is just my personal take on playing with neutrals, wearing my favorites priced high to low for an easy yet far from dull look anyone can wear :)

A few good button down shirts are a staple in any closet. Joie makes the best ones, they're incredibly soft. I wear them all the time.
A few good button down shirts are a staple in any closet. Joie makes the best ones, they’re incredibly soft. I wear them all the time.
Don't mind my stare, I'm watching for cars so my photographer doesn't get hit. Safety first my friends.
Don’t mind my stare, I’m watching for cars so my photographer doesn’t get hit. Safety first my friends.
Distressed denim. These ones are by JBrand, and if you know me by now they are the only denim I wear and for good reason. No one makes em like JBrand.
Distressed denim. These ones are by JBrand, and if you know me by now they are the only denim I wear and for good reason. No one makes em like JBrand.
See? Easy to wear and comfortable. Comfort is key in my book.
See? Easy to wear and comfortable. Comfort is key in my book.
Another staple: A textured midsize bag. It's a good way to punch up a basic outfit. This one is from BCBG, however I tucked the strap in for a look I much prefer :)
Another staple: A textured midsize bag. It’s a good way to punch up a basic outfit. This one is from BCBG, however I tucked the strap in for a look I much prefer :)
50 shades of grey over here. I love grey, I prefer it over black most days. These textured shoes are from....wait for it....Steve Madden. I know..I know...
50 shades of grey over here. I love grey, I prefer it over black most days. These textured shoes are from….wait for it….Steve Madden. I know..I know…

Blouse: Joie Clothing

Jeans: J Brand

Shoes: Steve Madden

Bag: BCBGeneration

Photography: J. Asahara 

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.
Little Tokyo Plaza
Little Tokyo Plaza, the lanterns are always so pretty here.
Walk it Out
Walking rather swiftly to lunch…eating is my favorite part of the day :)
#Selfie
#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)
Just passing through
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.