My La La Land

It’s a new month! Hope you’re all well and sorry for being missing for a bit. I’ve been in LA, running around town from showroom to showroom, PR meetings, and shooting with my main photog gal Julia O Test. She’s never really been to LA, so it was nice to show her my version of my favorite city.

If you’re not familiar with Los Angeles, I think the romanticized idea of LA is everything the movies make it out to be. Have you seen La La Land? It’s kind of nice, because I think I lost the sparkle in my eyes towards my later years when I was living there and took things like LACMA or the Beverly Hills Hotel scape for granted. In between meetings, it was nice to capture things that I did miss such as these locations and show someone around with a clean slate.

Sebastian: “That’s L.A. They worship everything and they value nothing” – La La Land

LACMA

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Alfred Tea Room

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Mid Wilshire
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Melrose Place x Carrera Cafe

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Beverly Hills

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“I guess I’ll see you in the movies.”- La La Land

Photos by Julia O Test

What I Wore:

Floral Blouse: Heartloom (Now $31 via Revolve)

Black Tier Blouse: D.Ra (Now $30 via Revolve)

 

Mile High Moments

Sharing some of my favorite moments from our time spent in Denver, CO now that I have a second to go through all these photos. The food scene is amazing, innovative, and incredibly fun. Colorado itself is panoramic, and the air is crisp and clean. Everyone is friendly and happy, not a pretentious bone in anyone’s body. That’s probably because they can afford to live there….*glares at S.F.* And, having met some of @twelfthknight’s coworkers on this trip, it was time well spent with good food, and even better company.

Shot by local photographer Jenna Sparks, I was able to capture a lot with her as my unofficial Denver photog. Thanks for the captures, Jenna!

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Amethyst Cafe

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Sushi Den

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Linger

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All looks Shot by Jenna Sparks Photography

What I Wore:

Burnt Orange Maxi Dress: Amuse Society (now $28)

Sandals: M.Gemi

Camel Knit Sweater: Lovers & Friends

Micro Suede Leggings: David Lerner

Pink Shoes: Ecco Shoes ($160)

Military Jacket: Publish x Revolve (now $61)

Black Hoodie: Nytt Label (now $43)

Special Thanks to Glamour Bar Denver for the blow-dry

Eat List:

Amethyst Cafe

Sushi Den

(their fish is flown in from Tokyo every day)

Linger (our favorite)

Denver Union Station (house made “pop tarts”

Real (Coffee) Talk

I want to be real. This post is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks now, because a series of reoccurring events have been pushing me to address it. I’ve been reminded of some really important qualities that I find lacking in “creative individuals” nowadays.                                  

 Authenticity

Originality

Honesty

Ownership

@shoes_and_sashimi is not groundbreaking. At all. I’m not the first one to post a photo of a moody portrait or a shot of latte art. I don’t have the biggest following, but you don’t see me buying spam or cheating my numbers. What I post is 100 percent mine. What starts from something in my head inevitably ends up into jpeg. My ideas are executed either by my hand alone and professional shooters Rachel Radcliffe or Julia O. When they aren’t shooting, @Twelfthknight helps fill that gap, and I give him a lot of credit.

Editing is also 100% mine, unless it’s agreed upon by Rachel or Julia, since they are very different shooters. I respect both of them and their work, that’s what a solid working relationship is based upon. Respect. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for others.

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If there is anything that was engrained in our heads (and hands) in design school, it is protect yourself and your work. Protect your ideas. If you’re a creative, entrepreneur, a photographer, whatever you are: Constantly push yourself. Don’t get too comfortable.

I am very transparent on Instagram and SF is a tiny city. The shoes I wear and products I post are all public. The brands I work with, those too are public knowledge. I have had  “creators” in the same city  whom I have spent some time with go after the same exact products…in the same color…poach the same brands and post shot for shot, pose for pose…. It feels like a big F U. And yea, how could you not take it personally?

img_4845It’s a big space. There are plenty of opportunities out there, people aren’t willing to work for it. In order to be successful in anything, you need to be original. Say thank you to those who have helped you (when they didn’t have to) and have some ounce of humility. Authenticity is so important and there is a lack of it.

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This rainy day at Home Cafe in SF, I shot with a newly full time photographer named Juila O. She’s quick and she’s hungry. Julia has a beautiful eye for lighting. Home Cafe is the new cool kid on the block, slinging really great coffee concoctions. Have you had a Birthday Cake ombre latte before? I think not. Or a Cookie Monster Latte full of crumbled cookies? I like that they’re different, I like that they’re unique.

I hope you all can find this post somewhat interesting or relatable. If you do or if you don’t, please comment because I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re in the creative field like me, or you’re self employed it’s a good reminder to you all: Be you and only you. Why would you want to be a second string version of someone else?

All photos shot by Julia O Photography

Home Cafe, San Francisco

Holidays at Home

I’m cozying up this week with my friends at Riviera Towel Company on this very special holiday post. The holidays have changed over the years, but some of my fondest moments are of the house smelling of Mom’s gingerbread, espresso biscotti, and my brother and I icing cookies for the gaggle of family coming in and out of our house. Christmas has always been sensory and visual, from the fresh tree to the baked goods.

img_8848img_8855As time goes on and everyone gets older some of those smells have gone away. We don’t do much on gift giving, in fact we don’t partake in Christmas shopping at all anymore. For us it’s really all about food, family, and banter. Not that it still isn’t, but as we’ve gotten older my Grandparents are no longer here with us and gatherings have become smaller and smaller. The fresh trees haven’t been in our house in a long time, but we do have garlands, Boo (our fur baby in his Christmas sweater) and fairy lights strung up which is nice. I miss certain things from childhood and I hope that one day we find that again.

To bring back some holiday spirit into our home, Riviera Towel Company prompted my idea for this shoot just in time for Christmas. Their towels are 100% Turkish Cotton and so incredibly soft and versatile. I wrapped myself in one, gathered my current favorite holiday things, and voila: a cozy holiday picnic, right in our own home :) *Scroll to the bottom for 20% off your own blankie.img_8862img_8854img_8852

Life is like a box of chocolates. These are from Christopher Elbow

img_8861A favorite wine from this year’s Paso Robles trip: Ecluse Vineyard

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I toast to all of you this holiday season. Thank you for reading and keeping up with me this year. And special thanks to Riviera Towel Co. for bringing warmth and reigniting my creative spark this Christmas. It’s the best gift of all.

For those of you who want to cozy up, you can purchase their gorgeous towels (these are $32 ) on their site here . They also give back to organizations who help save our oceans, I love that I can help support their mission.

Even more, take 20% off using code “sashimi20” at checkout

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

xx

Lauren

Travel with Me: Mazatlan

Hope you all had a nice weekend, Happy Halloween everyone! Sharing with you, our next Port of Call: Mazatlan, an older and significantly larger beach city. We got off the ship at 7am and decided to explore a sleepy beach named Isla de la Piedra before we went into the city proper. To get to Isla de la Piedra, we walked a block and a half from the ship to a little dock full of water taxis. We hopped on and jetted off for about 15 minutes until we reached this beautiful but somewhat ghostly quiet beach that was the Isla. I also learned that Mazatlan is iconic for their thatched roofs which I loved to sit and stand under :D Here, we spent the morning walking through the water and sand until it was time to go back for lunch.

*At this hour, we had the entire beach to ourselves. It was a little eery, but in a beautiful way.

After our morning here, we went back across the water to the city where we ate at Panchos which overlooks the beach. Our recommendations would be to order the red snapper and the shrimp ceviche, delicious!

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Mazatlan Sinaloa x Isla De La Piedra

Swim suit by nVimi Fiji

Hat by Harwen House Designs

*Use code “shoesandsashimi” for 20% off your own monogrammed sun hat!

Palm Tree Sun Dress by Letters from LA

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Brand Spotlight: Clayton

Hi everyone. Not sure about you, but I’m so looking forward to cooler weather. For me, that means more sweaters, and light layers, but I want to have fun with them at the same time. Bodysuits are a way of doing that, which brings me to my favorite brand currently: Clayton.

Clayton’s affordable and easy to wear line are currently sold through my two favorite sites Revolve and Shopbop. I genuinely have been a fan of their jersey knits for a little while now, they’re the quintessential LA girl brand. So when they came out with all these bodysuits, I decided to try them out. Of course, the most flattering way to wear a one piece is with a high waist, so I opted to combine both trends together, and voile. Easy, effortless, and also proving that you don’t have to be built like a Kardashian to wear the trend…I think you guys will be seeing more of these looks from me. What do you think?

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Shop Clayton at Revolve or Shopbop

What I’m wearing:

The Raina Bodysuit (here)

Farleigh Mom Jeans (Asos)

Tan Long Cardigan (Asos)

Take 10% off your Revolve order with promocode “Tulip” at checkout

Bombs Away

Waking up one morning, I decided to mix all the current trends into one look: Blush, Velvet, and the Bomber. For most of my adult life, the jackets that I have and wear often are my go to never fail moto style jackets (view previous post.) What can I say, I like what I like. Now with Fall weather quickly washing over the Bay Area and the bomber jacket trend in full force, I felt like getting out of my rut and trying something new. This bomber from Missguided is actually in a UK 6 Petite (US 2 conversion) however…it fits me perfectly. It’s not too baggy, not too heavy, and it’s a great statement piece to throw over workout clothes or spruce up a monochrome look. Plus, it’s blush tone, and you know I can’t get enough blush in my life.

What do you guys think? Are into the current Fall trends or are you staying classic?

All photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Missguided Bomber Jacket: here

Public Desire Velvet sneakers (under $40): here also in (Grey)

A Change in the Air

Hope everyone is enjoying their day off today, I didn’t realize that it was Labor Day weekend to be honest. I’ve been a little preoccupied with other things as of late and time is slipping faster than I’d like it to. Without getting in too deep, I will just say that there have been lots of changes this week, you wouldn’t be able to tell through social media though.

I personally feel a change in the air, and I’ve felt a bit heavy all week. As we march into Fall, I’d like to thank Nicole Vienna for prompting me to reflect on a hard week, because quality time is what I value most. And though I won’t have more minutes or hours with the one’s no longer here physically, I know that my time was well spent and cherished.

Thank you for taking the time to read and I wish you all a nice week

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

Special thanks to Nicole Vienna

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Watch: Nicole Vienna

Bomber: Boohoo (found on Asos)

Boots: Public Desire

 

Pieces of Me

There are many pieces that make us whole, so when I first came across Pieces of Me on Instagram, I really was intrigued by how they mix personality with wearable merchandise. Picking one trait that sums me up in a nutshell was tough actually, but I chose the Confident symbol.

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The cuff’s description: “With a strong and bold center, confident people never waver on who they are.” Sold. That’s me. I’m a go getter, I’m terribly stubborn, and I’m very confident in listening to my intuition, because it’s never really failed me.

I used to not be very confident in myself, but when you finally grow into your own skin you realize that you’re capable and a lot stronger than you thought. In Los Angeles, I had to be confident enough to run an entire Department myself, whether it was Wardrobe Styling for International commercials or an Editorial Shoot on the fly, I did it well in a very male dominated industry. And I did it by myself, no assistants no nothing.  Every shoot I’d be on, crew would yell “Where’s Wardrobe Dept?” You’re lookin’ at it.

And when I left LA last year to pursue Shoes and Sashimi full time, I was confident that I would slowly but surely make this venture succeed. And it has. It’s not easy by any means, but I’m sure thankful that I trusted my gut because there are so many things I have in store for this blog.

What’s your dominant trait? How do you stay empowered?

If you would like to wear your trait on your sleeve (or wrist) you can pick your own cuff from Pieces of Me here. Using “Lauren10” will save you 10% at checkout.

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Pieces of Me

Flower Ladder

Most of the time, I’m in some sort of denim. So when I found this perfectly fitting dress from Vici, I was really happy that I could just throw it on and prance out the door. I chose this dress with Mexico in mind. @Twelfthknight and I booked a trip to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta in the Fall and I’m very excited to wear this dress for day excursions! Not to mention the beautiful photos I’ll be sharing with you guys.

Of course, I can’t wait til Mexico to wear it though. This dress is less than $60, cotton blend, and it’s lined! But what really sold me was the length and embroidered flowers. I’m 5’3 and it’s pretty hard to find a dress that is fit correctly in length without having to get it altered. I’m a fan and it looks great with either a sandal or sneaker.

Thanks for reading everyone, I wish you a great weekend!

Vici Collection

Shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Bag: Fossil

Shoes: Converse