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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!


Cover photo by theTraveled


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 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


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.


Friday, January 27, 2017

40 Lessons in Self-Care

You probably noticed I took a month-long hiatus. I had been working myself into the ground previously, and things were getting harder and harder. The weather turned harsh with snow in NYC and torrential rain in LA. My country's politics turned upside down--a lot of people, including myself, are incredibly distressed about how the new administration will affect us. The general geopolitical climate of where I call home has been torn apart and I'd been feeling a little alienated and lost.

So, I took the month off for self-care.

Self-care is incredibly important. Without it, your soul runs on fumes and you'll eventually burn out. I spent the last month sleeping in more, rescuing abused and abandoned dogs and cats, spending quality time with loved ones over the holidays, and going on trips with friends--these are the things that make me happy and calm.
I was curious to know what other forms of self-care I could test out, so I asked Instagrammers from all walks of life to divulge what they do to take care of themselves. Here are some of my favorites; even typing these out was incredibly soothing. I hope they help you as much as they've helped me.

1. "Sit at the dog park." -@nottaylersmith

2. "Write a gratitude list. And I always start small, like 'coffee'.  And the next thing I know, I'm at 'all the people who love me' and I feel brand new." -@the_erin_rose

3. "Redoing my entire face and spending three hours on my eyeshadow. It's very therapeutic." -@rachelhasacamera

4. "Going for long walks where I turn off my phone so nobody can contact me for like 20 minutes. Also listening to ASMR before bed." -@hannahrimm

5. "Probably the funnest thing I've done recently was to go to a late afternoon dance party at a club and just shake it out for a few hours. Felt fantastic after." -@rowlflores

6. "I love Korean spas because they make me love and appreciate my body. We do often neglect the very thing that helps us experience this life. Spa time is my time to be one with myself." -@theoriginal_danadane

7. "[I] pay attention to the small things (like feeling the wind, the color of the sky, kids laughing) because this reminds me I'm connected to everything." -@sylviageatery

8. "I take extra long, hot showers, wear really loud clothing to make myself and others laugh/[as] conversation starters, and sing (scream and howl) extra loud in the car. If I'm home--NO PANTS AND RED WINE!" -@theconcretechic

9. "I go to Disneyland at least once a month. Working in treatment is really difficult so I try to spend time at Disneyland and check out. I think the environment is so pure, everyone's just happy and fun...working in the environment I do, it gets me away from the harsh world and enters something fun and exciting where everyone is happy." -@garrettbraukman

10. "I cuddle my cats every morning, stare deeply into their eyes, and think of [a] list of 5 things I need to do. Everything is tolerable in small numbers. -@_ohliviajane

11. "Drink a mug of hot water. Stretch. Eat a bowl of vegetables. Make a bowl of egg drop soup. Spray some scents that I like around my room. Open the windows and let the air change in my space." -@sophia_akiko

12. "On weekends I play D&D [Dungeons & Dragons] and other table top games with two of my closest friends and we talk about our creative endeavors that we're working on! It's a great way to check in with myself and my friends and we exchange creative energy in a very symbiotic way." -@swamp_thaaang

13. "Take myself on a date and really pull out all the stops. My favorite is going out to a nice dinner with wine and a full meal in a nice restaurant, then going to a movie (preferably [at] Arclight because they have wine in the theater and I love a good bubbly while I watch)!" -@helenaveee

14. "Watering my milkweed and keeping it alive for all the monarch babies and their cocoons (read: hours of talking to caterpillars), taking 'cat walks' around my neighborhood and petting all the stray cats (read: hoping they adopt me and stay in my yard forever), calling my mom and talking about life (read: me bitching and moaning about future worries that won't even come to pass)." -@brrrlynn

15. "Everyday I do something that brings me a realistic amount of joy or excitement to counteract the mundane things I do to be an adult. And I love making effort to talk to a stranger every day about something other than the weather." -@payforwater

16. "I grow houseplants and tend to them like they are my children." -@meaganrosae

17. "It's easy for me to forget about all the little things I need to do and it turns into a downward spiral which manifests into a messy apartment. So I usually start there--I clean my whole space. I give myself the whole day so I don't feel rushed." -@bunny_witch

18. "Spin class, specifically Flywheel Sports because the teachers are so positive and uplifting. I go really early in the morning before my brain is awake enough to have negative thoughts, and let the teachers sort of fill my head with positivity before I start my day." -@guineadetectives

19. "I go camping a few times a year. It's nice to just get away from everything and be unreachable for a few days." -@theyshootfilm

20. "I do drag level looks. As a makeup artist I create a new character for myself and dress her like I would a doll. I experiment with drag taping, wigs, reshaping and altering. It helps me to dissociate from myself as a person who has boring errands and needs, and appreciate myself as a blank slate." -@plumfingloco 
21. "Confide in close friends. You should be able to speak candidly about anything weighing on your soul with those who are truly your friends. It's an opportunity to vent and to get a different point of view. One thing I never do is apologize for expressing negative feelings. Doing this is a subtle way of putting yourself down because you're acting in a way that essentially says, 'Hey, I'm sorry I only have bad things to tell you and that I have normal human emotions.' Fuck that. Instead, thank your friend for taking the time to listen." -@claytonsu

22. "Using [the] Yoga Bath Bomb, French Kiss Bubble Bar, and a Floating Island Bath Melt all from Lush (all at once)--it's so relaxing and grounding. -@lordsofsalem

23. "Binge watch The Bachelor. I know, I'm the worst." -@clothesandpizza

24. "Food is life for me when I'm feeling down. I'll order enough food for 3 people and sit in a bathtub and eat in the bathtub with some yummy smelling bubble bath. I also like to shop a little bit, so I'll look at my friends' shops and buy something. The act of buying and also giving to a friend makes me happy." -@noboringdays

25. "Nails. Getting my nails done is a must. I stopped for about 6 months and just started back up and already feel an improvement in my self-esteem. I'm not in the prettiest field for a female (male-dominated cocktail/beverage world) so it's nice to feel feminine while going against the grain...if that makes sense. It's the little things." -@hollyrachel.j

26. "My daily lifeline self-care is working out/yoga, but when things get especially bad, I put headphones on with classical music and I go to a discount clothing like Ross, T.J. Maxx, Crossroads Trading, etc. and go through each aisle touching each thing on the racks. I don't buy anything but just systematically going through the chaos recharges me." -@laurenhurtphoto

27. "I dance. My family (husband and I and two littles) have a 'dance party' once a week to let loose and have fun. We'll usually do it mid-week to energize us to power through the rest of the week. Think movements akin to those in The OA. Just meaningless, original, crazy dance moves for 20 minutes. It is important for us let go of any inhibitions and just move freely. We love it so much that if anyone feels down, someone will yell, 'DANCE PARTY!' and we all get up and go wild." -@thebeautysoiree

28. "I turn out the lights. Turn off my phone. Light candles and imagine simpler times. Then meditate a little bit with the appropriate chakra in mind. I usually lie down and stretch out my limbs as far as possible, to help myself relax while making myself lie in the most vulnerable position--so I can be open to new thoughts and clarity." -@novafoxmusic

29. "What I do is take ritual baths with some of my soaking salts. I like to wash away the days energy and cleanse my being for the next day. I believe we pick up and catch other people's energies throughout the day and it's important to release them and wash them away." -@littleshopofoils

30. "I allow myself time to cry and be vulnerable. I think sometimes people deny themselves moments of vulnerability, and holding in emotions is detrimental to one's well being." -@afro.vogue

31. "I rewatch stuff on Netflix. I find familiar stories comforting and I find new stuff in the old stories. Also sometimes, depending on the show, if I am puzzling over a problem, the show's message or moral can help me figure out what my next move is." -@koramadrama

32. "I refuse to get less than 8 hours of sleep. I don't care how much money is on the table, or what anybody is barking about. Unless somebody is in the ER, I do not short myself sleep because my physical and mental health suffer otherwiseKnowing my limits and what I need to function properly on a day-to-day basis is how I practice self-love." -@justindocanto

33. "At night I write down every random thought--good; bad; emotional; what I ate; it doesn't matter as long as I write until I'm out of random things to write about. I don't read it. This is crucial because it's no longer relevant. I either burn it or tear it apart and trash it so I can start with a clean slate the next day." -@netsuki

34. "When I am doing best in life, it usually coincides with the times where I do this specific ritual before bed. I have blank book that I fill in on each night, writing five things that hurt me or that I am angry or upset about (with the purpose of releasing that energy), five things I am deeply grateful for,  five things that I truly appreciate and love about myself, and five things that I intend to draw to myself in the near future. Things I desire. Things I pray will happen for me. After years of doing this since I was 20, I can tell you that the best times of my life, the most peaceful times, were periods of time when I did this religiously. I have just started again and I am very happy with the relief and hope that it gives me every time." -@dearestemily

35. "I unfollow people/groups that post unsubstantiated, hyperbolic news stories that are designed to raise anxiety; I specifically follow news that I trust and set aside time for that; I play fetch with my cat. I feel sort of bad, but unfollowing certain people has led to a much better mood for me than seeing constant screenshots of something asinine someone's college roommate said and people sharing InfoWars or whatever the liberal alternative to InfoWars is." -@jbrylah

36. "Bikram yoga, ride an exercise bike watching Rick & Morty a few times a week, eat lots of ice cream, sleep as much as possible, look at any dog memes I can find." -@daneburman

37. "I've been aiming to drink a gallon of water a day. At first it was sort of difficult to drink so much, but as I've continued doing it, it has only become easier to do. I feel so much more refreshed during the day, and it's such an easy thing to add into your daily routine." -@mrcowan

38. "Going on solo hikes and backpacking trips. There's something about reconnecting with nature and self-reliance that does the job with resetting yourself." -@mellylee_

39. "Audio books and podcasts. My brain is often going a million miles a minute, and in just as many directions. Sometimes it's hard to pay attention to the story. Sometimes I need to rewind certain parts many times until I can focus on just that one thing. It's a relief for my busy brain, and has helped me tremendously. I can't even begin to explain how therapeutic it is for me." -@bribowie

40. "If this were 6 months ago I'd say Pokémon Go lol." -@full_of_yummm

Wayf top / L'ecole des Femmes pants / Zana Bayne belt

Photography by Noel McGrath


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Beauty starts from your Head & Shoulders

I'm going to give you a no-frills, straight up view into how I take care of my hair and scalp.

I know it's hard for readers and consumers to digest sponsored content. I know, I know. But like I've said before, I don't post something I don't actually use. And I have been using Head & Shoulders for YEARS.

Head & Shoulders is really, truly awesome for all heads. I'm ecstatic to be partnering up with a brand I have been using for over a decade.

You probably know me for my crazy dyed hair. Before I recently went brown (and now, black), I had been bleaching my hair for about 12 years. The first few years were ROUGH, because I was naively going to inexperienced people who gave me chemical burns on my scalp and made my already very sensitive scalp very dry and flaky.

When you wear as much black as I do, this is bad news. Dandruff flakes on your shoulders are pretty unsightly and embarrassing. I turned to dandruff shampoos for help. I tried many other competitors but Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo was the best one to provide some serious help.

The instant relief formula with a cooling effect helps itchy scalps on contact, and it washes away flakes with ease while preventing future ones from forming.

After continual use, I didn't need the power of instant relief anymore and moved onto the more fun scents (Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo is my favorite and the one I still use today).

Some may argue that Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo is bad for colored hair because it may not retain color as well as other color-specific shampoos. I did a lot of research on it years ago (I get really anal about researching best routes haha) and decided to stick with Head & Shoulders--the reason being that with colored hair, you're not supposed to wash it that often anyway. And also, when you don't wash your hair often, your scalp gets a bit flaky no matter what, even if you have a healthy scalp. Head & Shoulders targets these issues for all levels of scalp health. The benefits greatly outweigh anything else.

Now, I have a healthy scalp (no more chemical burns after going exclusively to my beloved Miju's salon, thank god), but I still have the hairwashing habits I had when I was bleached/pastel-colored (2-4 times a month) except I have black hair, which means even one flake will instantly show. I tested out not using Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo for a wash and that was a mistake: I needed to wash my hair much sooner the next round. I won't stray again.

Revolutionize your haircare routine and check out Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo for yourself.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Head & Shoulders. The opinions and text are all mine.

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