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)

 

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

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