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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Denim Day


TRIGGER WARNING: Rape is mentioned in this post.

If you didn't know, April 26th of every year is Denim Day.

Denim Day began in 1999 in Los Angeles County, spreading throughout California, then across the United States, and is now a global event.


How Denim Day came about is a tragic--yet horrifyingly familiar--story. It begins in Italy in 1992, when an 18-year old girl was raped by her 45-year old driving instructor on her very first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, forcibly removed her jeans, and proceeded to rape her.


She reported the rape. He was arrested and prosecuted. Years later, he appealed the conviction with the claim that the sex was consensual. The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction and the rapist was released--their reason was that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, their (faulty) logic deduced she had to help him remove them, and thus, the sex was consensual. This infamously became known throughout Italy as the "jeans alibi".

The women of the Italian Parliament were FURIOUS. They launched a protest wearing jeans on the steps of the supreme court, and this protest was picked up by international media. Thus, Denim Day was born.


THERE IS NO EXCUSE AND NEVER AN INVITATION TO RAPE. All too often, we victims are blamed for being raped, sexually assaulted, harassed, catcalled...because of what we wear, how we do our makeup and hair, AND SOMETIMES EVEN OUR GENETIC MAKEUP THAT WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER, we are constantly being told we were asking for it. And even if we go to the police, we are shamed and blamed, and endure emotional violation and abuse all over again (which is why so many assaults go unreported).

It doesn't matter if our jeans are tight. It doesn't matter if our skirts are short. It doesn't even matter if a boob is out. Unless we literally ask for it, we. are. not. asking. for. it.


The stats gathered from those who did go to the police or opt to answer a survey are already sickening:

- 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. (CDC)
- In 8 out of 10 cases, the victim knows the person who sexually assaults them. (US DOJ)
- 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18. (CDC)
- 1 in 3 women worldwide experience sexual and domestic violence in their lifetime. (WHO)
- Out of every 1000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free. (DOJ)
- 1 in 5 LA Metro riders and 1 in 3 women at work report having been sexually harassed, and street harassment is experienced by 87% of women in urban areas. (POV)
Peace Over Violence's partnership with GUESS for Denim Day is 4 years strong and I couldn't be prouder. This isn't a paid post, this isn't an advertisement--this is a genuine post about a brand I admire doing its part to make a social change.

GUESS's highly influential reach amongst consumers and celebrities/influencers alike has made Denim Day and the overall education on sexual violence and consent (!!!very important!!!) an attainable goal the world over.

Get the conversation started at home and with friends, learn more about sexual violence prevention here and here, and let's work together to make this world a little bit safer for us all.


GUESS jacket / GUESS jeans / Public Desire boots / Stilnest x Alysha Nett bolo necklace



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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Girl About Brown


I told you I'd wear more neutrals!

I used to hate brown clothing, especially mixed with black. I'm not sure why, but brown was the #1 color I didn't want to wear. But my style evolved (and possibly grew up), and brown is here to stay in my wardrobe. This gorgeous ribbed sweater dress by a longtime favorite, Few Moda, is absolutely dreamy. It's casual and simple in the front while elegant in the back via a huge bow at the neck, and little details like a hem with lots of movement and unique sleeves go a long way.

I made the transition into brown more digestible for me with shoes and accessories in true Feral Creature fashion.

And who would I be without a little leather and hardware, anyway?

A quite literally fierce (and dare I say feral) bag combined with a sweet post-fetish O-ring cincher belt and patent leather shoes give my outfit all the attitude it needs.

This bag held surprisingly everything (except my camera, obviously), and these shoes held up easily through hours of walking through Soho cobblestone streets. NYC-approved.


Few Moda dress / Deandri belt (on sale for a limited time!) / Furla bag / Public Desire shoes



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coachella 2017 Looks


Coachella 2017 was one for the books. It was, astoundingly enough, my ninth Coachella in a row. You'd think I'd be tired of it by now, but luckily with my job, I get access to cool events that help me escape the polo fields when the festival gets a little too overwhelming.

Also, a point to note: I actually had my first laser treatment for tattoo removal right before the festival, and I had no idea how hard it would be to dress with my ribs, stomach, and upper thigh covered! That was a big style challenge all last week. I'll tell you more about the tattoo removal process as we progress.

Here's a shoppable list of all my Coachella outfits! Links are below each look. :)


This was the look before all looks. I picked this top out (and immediately snapped it) at Revolve Social House. They invited me in to help prep my wardrobe for the festival. I love the billowy sleeve/off-the-shoulder trend combo making its way into spring attire.

Lovers + Friends top / Elizabeth and James jeans


My look on the way to the Guess house (is it that obvious?). I was stuck in the worst traffic driving to Palm Springs on Thursday. Normally, the drive would be an easy hour and a half--this drive took four and a half hours. I was about to go insane, and as soon as I saw the windmills (a sure sign of entering Palm Springs), I had to hop out of the car to stretch and shoot. I actually wouldn't recommend shooting here, though...I should have known, given the windmills, but these were probably the strongest winds I'd ever experienced. This was ONE good photo out of, like, 50.

Guess jacket / Guess tee / Guess jeans / Windsor Smith shoes


Day One's daytime look. I didn't think it was *that* amazing because I didn't pack the right things for this weekend, but I got a surprising number of compliments on it! Someone even called me Lydia Deetz, color me honored. I stuck with my dark tendencies and paired a gothy upper half with some loose printed pants.

Lack of Color hat / NBD bodysuit / Gold Hawk pants / Salar backpack


Day One's nighttime look. I got in the festival pretty late, so there was no daylight to shoot in. The only photo I have of it is in this very green setting (from my really fun job with Absolut), but you can see it clearer in the links below.

Pretty Little Thing top / Pretty Little Thing skirt


Day Two's daytime look. This was my favorite by far, and the one least like me, haha. Even Ellen was like, "Wow, you look so...NICE." It's so boho but I love it! I especially loved rocking my handmade bag I got on my Morocco trip. I can see myself wearing more neutral shades like these in the future.

Farm Rio dress / JustFab choker / Nashelle necklace / JustFab shoes


Day Two's nighttime look. By now I'm sure you get that nighttime looks are more litty and more comfortable. I actually got gifted this entire outfit the day prior at a party's gifting suite. The owners of the company were so kind and giving and I was touched when they said they'd been following me for years. I learned the hard way that nighttime would be extremely windy, so this longline bomber was so clutch.

RepentHaus bomber / RepentHaus jogger set


Day Three. At this point, I'm so exhausted from this weekend's festivities and I give my wristband away halfway through the day so I can chill at Revolve's party. When it ended at 7, my friends and I went home to the Guess house and made fish tacos. I think we ended the weekend right.

The Jetset Diaries romper / Lovestrength belt / Guess sunglasses

Which look was your favorite? Comment below!

xx

Cover photo by theTraveled

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ray Brown Represents

One of the things I miss most about Los Angeles is my old, gorgeous DTLA loft. The high ceiling, factory windows, concrete floor, and abundance of natural light made up my happy place. I loved shooting right at home every week; it was so convenient.


Now I live in New York, where square footage is scant, you're lucky if you have a closet in your room (I had to get a two bedroom for myself just to have somewhere to put my clothes), some rooms don't even have windows (one of my bedrooms does not), and the word "cozy" being used as a descriptor for an apartment positively screams claustrophobia. My two bedroom, two bathroom, two floor apartment is smaller than my old loft!
Leave it to Ray Brown Represents to help a sister out. Ray Brown Represents is a one-stop shop: They rep top-tier creatives in photography, hair, makeup, set design, direction, etc. and do everything from Vogue covers to food styling. Their artists work globally with some of the most influential people in the fashion & advertising industries.  With over 60+ artists, they've collectively graced the pages of some of the worlds leading editorials, such as Harper's Bazaar US, Various Vogues, Numero, Vanity Fair. 


In addition to editorial, they're producing campaigns with advertising agencies from NY to Tokyo, ranging from Publicis, McCann Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather to McGarry Bowen. Running the machine is a small army of employees nested in the historic Starrett Lehigh building with breathtaking views of the Hudson River, downtown Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty. And this office space is what I love most of all. Not only does Ray Brown Represents offer all of the above, they have amazing photo studios encompassing copious amounts of white-walled, naturally lit goodness.


Not to mention they're incredibly cool, too. The team is excellent and professional and makes every project a breeze. Consider booking Ray Brown Represents talent and their exquisite studio spaces for your next endeavor.

And to bloggers and influencers: Feel free to contact Ray Brown Represents at danny@raybrownpro.com for a for-trade usage of their space, in exchange for shout outs! I did a whole blog post because I was so stoked to share this opportunity with you. It is such a valuable commodity in a city where space is spare. This has been a PSA!
Give Ray Brown Represents a follow over at @raybrownpro xoxo

Lazy Oaf top / The Kooples vest / Pretty Little Things boots


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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Style Code Live: Ski Chic


I went to Sundance with Style Code Live last week!

This was my first Sundance ever, and I can't believe it took me so long to attend. I went with two friends (an actor and a casting director) and zero plans. I thrive most when I travel with barely any scheduled framework and figure it out as I go; I find that it builds a lot of character and helps me think quicker on my feet!

We went to a ton of industry networking events, a few parties, house parties, midnight shorties (where they screen a bunch of short films at midnight), and even a burlesque show. The midnight shorties were epic; you can find a list of them here.


I had an amazing, fulfilling time with the people I love. Everything was perfect but the weather. Sure, viewing it from inside a car was stunning: like something straight out of a Christmas card, or as if you're in a snowglobe. But when you're out and about literally all day, it's pretty hellacious.

You trudge through slippery melting snow, you get snowed in and have to climb through snow banks, your fingers freeze while waiting in line, and it gets to, like, one degree at night.

Function aside, looking cute in the snow is incredibly difficult. It's hard to layer while avoiding being overly bulky, and normal, essential things like using your phone are nearly impossible.

So what's a fashion lover to do? Style Code Live and I teamed up to create this perfect winter look that combines fashion and function! I stayed warm and cozy in absolutely frigid temperatures with these choice pieces available straight off Amazon.

Style Code Live is Amazon's daily online show that connects quality content with shoppable products and amazing tips and tricks from bloggers, designers, beauty experts, and celebrities. It's a must-see for people like us...I even have it bookmarked.
A near-floor length wool knit coat keeps your entire body warm (especially great for your legs, where layering can get tricky), and a staple turtleneck keeps your neck warm and removes the need for a flappy, annoying scarf (don't you hate it when scarves flap straight into your face?).


Leather gloves with wool and cashmere lining, faux fur trim, and touch screen capabilities keep you warm, dry, and in full control (these are my personal faves!). Instagramming, snapchatting, texting, calling were all fully possible without having to take off a glove and risk frostbite--kidding, maybe.


These leather fur-trim booties come weather-ready: I live for good tread and these left me feeling confident walking around in the snow, rain, and slush of the week. I can't wait to wear them at home in New York--the weather conditions here seem so mild compared to what Sundance was like!


Watch the full video feature with Style Code Live here! I had a really fun time filming this, and I hope to see some of you twinning with me on Instagram because I wear these pieces to death now!

Find my whole look on Style Code Live.


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