Basic is Beautiful

For all my basic b’s out there, this one’s for you. I think basic is beautiful and I’m wearing it loud and proud lately.  Jules from Basic B tees created an eco-friendly and sustainable brand which I’m very happy to support. It’s always hard to find a brand, let alone casual wardrobe basics that I love and wear often. And they go with everything, from the Barre to casual errand running.

I think this set from my photographer friend Lisha says it all. Basic is Beautiful.

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All photos shot by Lisha Wang

Tank: Basic B Tees

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Jeans: Joe’s Jeans

Shoes: Nike 

Location: Potrero Hill x Farley’s Coffee

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

Easy Breezy: The Culotte Trend

I feel like the culottes get a lot of negative press. Why? Because a lot of people are confused by them. Culottes can’t make up their mind if they’re pants or a skirt (depending on the fabric) and the length is always tricky depending on body type. Believe it or not, culottes were first worn by men during the Middle Ages. Flash forward to current day, and they’re some what of the “it” trend, who knew :D

I was approached by eShakti to try their custom services recently and they created these amazingly tailored culottes for me. If you aren’t familiar with eShakti, they are an online retailer who has an array of women’s clothes in all sizes. The neat thing is that eShakti will custom tailor your order to your specific measurements!  Fit is everything, I’m a firm believer that you can have the best clothes and if they don’t fit right they’re worth near to nothing. Does anyone agree with me?

In an attempt to hold onto the last bit of Summer here in the Bay Area, I paired my culottes with a cropped top by Lulus. I love that the waist of these pants offer me some room but are able to be high enough to wear tops like these. Flat sandals such as my Loeffler Randall gladiators offer a casual look. However, I switched into these heels by Chinese Laundry to add just enough height and extension to the pant leg. Either or, they look good and at 5’3 I’m proof that you can wear these pants without fear!

Thank you to eShakti, be sure to follow them on Instagram :) And for my readers, I’m giving you my special promo code “Shoesandsashimi” to get 10% OFF when you shop at eShakti – valid for unlimited use from 09/08/2015 – 10/08/2015.

Happy shopping everyone, and as always thanks for reading!

Lauren

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Proof you can wear culottes with flats, these sandals are from Loeffler Randall.
Proof you can wear culottes with flats, these sandals are from Loeffler Randall.
Heels with culottes give you a more elongated leg.
Heels with culottes give you a more elongated leg.
Crop top by Lulu's.
Crop top by Lulu’s.
Walk it out. These pants have the best swoosh action
Walk it out. These pants have the best swoosh action
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Best thing about these pants: Pockets. They run deep.

Promo Code: “Shoesandsashimi” to get 10% OFF

What I Wore:

Culottes: eShakti

Top: Lulus

Gladiators: Loeffler Randall

Heels: Chinese Laundry

Aviators: Ray Ban

Photos by @Twelfthknight

Take Me Away to Half Moon Bay

Another weekend well spent, this time in beautiful Half Moon Bay. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve probably see all the real time pictures of our sea side adventures. If not, be sure to follow @Shoes_and_Sashimi to keep up! The weather was perfect, the sky was clear, the water was cool, and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the downtown area of Half Moon Bay itself with all the quaint little cafes and trinket shops. Boo was sure popular at the Ritz Carlton, we met many nice people on the grounds with their pups too. If you’re in the area, check out this little beach town and relax. It’s the perfect staycation, if you ask me :)

Thanks for reading. And as always have a wonderful week.

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Lox Bagel at The Press just before getting to Half Moon Bay. Can you spot Boo? Professional photobombed he is.
Lox Bagel at The Press just before getting to Half Moon Bay. Can you spot Boo? Professional photobomber he is.
Make your own bath salts at Oddyssea. This shop has a pirate ship in the back :D Very cool shop, do stop by if you're in the area.
Make your own bath salts at Oddyssea. This shop has a pirate ship in the back :D Very cool shop, do stop by if you’re in the area.
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Pink walls in downtown Half Moon Bay

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Roaming the Ritz on our walk from the beach.
Roaming the Ritz on our walk to the beach.
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Life is the bubbles! - Sebastian
Life is the bubbles! – Sebastian
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View from the Ritz Carlton. No Filter.

What I Wore:

Top: Greylin Collection

Sunnies: Le Specs

Denim: J Brand

Sandals: Dolce Vita

Where we Went:

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Brunch: The Press

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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.
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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

Recollection (Omoide)

This may be my favorite set for certain reasons. If you have ever been to Little Osaka in Los Angeles you will find yourself in foodie heaven. It’s a hidden quiet gem in such a crazy city. Though I am only half ninja myself, I have considered the Sawtelle neighborhood of West LA my home away from home for many years. I even searched for property out there when the condo boom swept the area. Here you’ll find some of the best ramen houses in LA County, curry options, exquisite sushi bars, Japanese markets and grocery stores as well as newer establishments such as Bachi Burger, Blockheads, and Seoul Sausage.

I have fond memories here, some of them sad but still meaningful. Passing by some familiar homes here the other day, I couldn’t help but think of certain faces. You just can’t help it. Sorry, just walking down memory lane, don’t mind me.

Bittersweet, absolutely. Not entirely because I was reminicisng, but also because I was packing that day for a permanent move. That’s right, I have now moved out of LA and back to my original home, the Bay Area. Not entirely a shocker to some of you who follow me on Instagram. This shoot in Sawtelle was literally the last series I shot, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way in my most favorite part of Los Angeles. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m happy to live and document my next life chapter still doing what I love to do in one shape or another.

Thanks for the wonderful memories LA. I’ll be back to take on temporary projects, but until then Sayonara.

Perfect outfit for strolling Sawtelle. On the look out for ramen.
Perfect outfit for strolling Sawtelle. On the look out for ramen.
Bag by Deux Lux (Shopbop.com)
Bag by Deux Lux (Shopbop.com)
Aviators by Le Specs.
Aviators by Le Specs.
Necklace by Gorjana
Necklace by Gorjana
Tsujita Annex. Home to the only artisanal pulled noodles in Southern CA and comes with my highest recommendation.
Tsujita Annex. Home to the only artisanal pulled noodles in Southern CA and comes with my highest recommendation.

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Aviators: Le Specs

Bag: Deux Lux

Jeans: J Brand

Vest: Guess

Necklace: Gorjana

Photos: Erich Chen

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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

What’s Good, Claire Underwood?

They say behind every great man is a great woman, but in House of Cards, a step ahead of every great man is an impeccably dressed Claire Underwood. I’m talking about power looks. Memorable, feminine, but strong pieces down to the heels can make you walk, talk, and stand with purpose you might not even know you had.

Claire’s a bad bitch, quite possibly too bad for her own good, but hey that’s entertainment. I’d know, I’ve been in the industry for a decade, which I should mention is changing rather rapidly for me. I’ll post more about the turn my career has taken in the next weeks to come, but until then hang tight as I come to terms with the changes :)

Channeling my favorite Underwood, I pulled together this rather simple power look and instantly I was fired up.

Huge thanks to Erich Chen for this set, for our first shoot together I couldn’t be happier.

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Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley's Coffee
Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley’s Coffee

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Aviators by Equipment FR
Aviators by Equipment FR

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Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.
Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.

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Farley’s Coffee

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Dress: Banana Republic

Bag: Coach

Necklace: Gift (Nylon Sky)

Aviators: Equipment FR

Shoes: Steve Madden

Photography: Erich Chen

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
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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