If you have been following along on my Instagram, you’ll notice that I’ve incorporated a lot of red, pink and warm hues into my feed.  As I mentioned earlier in the year, I decided to put more of an effort in my blogging career, and consistency was one of my main focuses.  And by consistency I mean in mood, color tone, and personality.  (Hope you’re digging it as much as I am).

I think it’s fair for me to say that red is probably one of the hardest colors to correct when you’re editing your images.  I know it is for me at least.  It almost always comes out too saturated to where it looks orangish-red.  I normally rely on my photographer(s) to edit my images, but sometimes the hue can still be off.  In order to maintain that color consistency I’ve picked up a few hat tricks to help adjust my coloring.











If you look at the BEFORE and AFTER images above, you’ll notice the slight color differences in the boots, the denim jacket and my skin tone.  Other than the VSCO filter that I sometimes apply, I also started using the app Google Snapseed to get detailed color corrections.  The tools on Snapseed are easy to use and navigate.  My favorite tools are ‘Portrait’ and ‘Brush’.  You can actually spot correct different areas of your image.  This is very similar to the brushes in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.  However, I do a lot of my image editing on my iPhone when I’m out and about, so it’s just easier for me to just these apps for on the fly Instagram posts.

The online collaborative forum, The HUB, has also come out with some great Lightroom presets that you can download for FREE.  Yes, I said F-R-E-E.  I had to google how to install Lightroom presets, but it’s really easy to do.

Hope these tips come into good use.  Let me know if you want to read more of these blogging tips.  Happy editing my fellow readers!

Dress: Forever 21 / Jacket: Levi’s / Boots: Forever 21 (sold out | similar look less than $40) / Fanny Pack: Vintage (purchased from Max & Vera) / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Necklace: Starletta Designs (less than $60) / Earrings: Luv AJ

Photographed by Stefanie Meier


To say that this past month has been trying is an understatement.  I am SO glad that February is behind us, and I’m praying to baby Jesus that March will be smoother sailing.  In these trying times, I need some physical therapy, and I’m not talking about the movement rehabilitation treatment kind.  The kind of ‘physical’ therapy that I’m talking about is literal.

There’s been lots of changes happening in my life this past month and my mind is tirelessly thinking of how I can solve each problem.  I start to lose a lot of sleep, (only resting 3-4 hours/night), and I’m someone who loves her 8 hours of beauty rest.  I pretty much look as haggard as it gets in about a week.  So, to counter my stress level, my ‘physical’ therapy treatment has been to workout as much as possible to the point where I’m too tired to think and I eventually fall asleep.  Not sure if this works for everyone, but so far it has done well for me.

In the past I would lean towards drinking excessively, going out with friends and partying, or use shop therapy and max out my credit cards.  I did that for probably the better part of my early 20s.  I’m not that irresponsible kid anymore, and I have learned to take my stress out where it benefits my mind and my body.

Here’s the breakdown of my weekly classes: I normally do at least 2-3 HIIT classes that involve a lot of cardio.  I can’t run long distances anymore because my knee gave out after my last marathon, so it’s all sprints on treadmill for me now.  I even out the cardio with 2-3 hot yoga or hot pilates classes.  Though these classes can be intense as well, the heated rooms help me sweat, which mellows me out more.

On a completely different note, I’ve discovered my new favorite instructor who teaches at both Aura Yoga and Hot Pilates at Sunset Plaza, and her name is Maria Leguizamon.  She’s this tiny hot Colombian badass instructor that will whoop your body into great shape.  This isn’t a plug.  I just really love her classes.

Working out may not be for everyone, so I recommend taking meditation classes or going to an infrared sauna.  I recently checked out HotBox in DTLA, and found the experience quite invigorating.  It was kind of expensive in the sense that you’re spending $45 to sit 45 mins in a heated box with infrared lights, but if you don’t have access to a heated sauna, this might be your best bet for that stress reducing day.  There are other places like Sweattheory in Hollywood that offers $35 per session, or Shapehouse in Larchmont Village that’s $50 per session but you get your own infrared bed.  I’m actually curious to check out Shapehouse to see if there’s a difference between the infrared bed and the infrared box that I tried at HotBox.

I’m trying to stay positive about these changes because I know all things must change in order for me to grow.  My permanent I-love-to-eat-carbs pooch, (see CARB ME UP), has already reduced in size, so maybe this stress thing isn’t all bad news.  See, I’m already doing better.  LOL!

Bra: Montiel / Legging: Lilybod / Scrunchie: Forever 21 / Sneakers: Nike / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar

Photographed by Stefanie Meier


Hello.  My name is Linda, and I’m a carboholic.  The first step to fighting addiction is to admit that you have a problem.  The only thing is that I’m not sure this is an addiction I want to let go.  I grew up eating white rice, noodles, and everything starch.  Telling me to give up any of these carbs is basically telling me to kill myself.  Okay, maybe I’m being a bit overdramatic, but carbohydrate is my best friend.

  Rather than fighting what is delicious and tasty, I’ve decided to embrace carbs and just come to accept the permanent belly pooch that I’ll always have.  There are a few places in LA that I flock to when I need my carb fix, so here are my favorite carb dishes (ALL VEGETARIAN) and where to find them:


This is such a simple Italian dish to make at home, but I crave the one made at Jones in West Hollywood.  The pomodoro sauce is perfectly acidic with fresh tomatoes, and the spaghettini is cooked al dente.  (I’m salivating right now).  It’s a $15 pasta dish that you’ll go back for over and over.


Occasionally I go to Jon and Vinny’s website just to see if I can make a dinner reservation for a party of 4 at a decent hour.  The 8pm-ish reservations don’t pop up until 3-4 weeks out, so I’ll book it just to have it and find friends to join me later.  I discovered Jon and Vinny’s only a few months ago and have dreams about their food, especially their Spicy Vodka Fusilli.  It’s around $20 and it’s delicious AF!  Everything else there is just as amazing, but if you have to get only one dish, I would recommend the Spicy Fusilli.


There are two places that I go to for my veggie ramen cravings, and that’s JINYA Ramen Bar and Slurpin’ Ramen Bar.  I’m sure those who eat meat can probably name 20 other ramen restaurants in the LA area that are better than the two I just named (i.e. Tsujita, Tatsu); however, I’m talking strictly veggie ramen, and these places make some killer veggie broth.

I prefer JINYA’s Vegetable Soup Ramen over their Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen.  They’re both great, and I was getting the Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen for a while, but decided to order the Vegetable Soup Ramen the last time I dined there and realized it’s more flavorful.  The noodles are amazing, and if I had a bigger stomach I would order an extra serving of noodles to go with my broth.


I probably order take out from here at least once a week.  No joke.  Absolutely Phobulous doesn’t have the best ratings on yelp (due to poor service), but I’ve had my share of veggie pho in the West Hollywood area and they are by far the most flavorful and under $10.  I know a lot of the hip pho restaurants that offer vegetarian pho like to claim that their broth doesn’t contain any MSG, but sweetheart, that’s the best part.  I don’t drink the leftover soup, but damn, does that bowl of pho taste better with a dash of MSG.  If you want the healthy stuff, (please watch the Fried Rice episode of Ugly Delicious on Netflix to educate yourself on MSG myths), then I recommend Pho Saigon Pearl off Fairfax, (their vegetarian pho often sells out).  However, if you’re not a MSG hater, then go for the Vegetarian Pho at Absolutely Phobulous.


You can call it flatbread.  You can call it pizza.  You can call it whatever, but the Double Mushroom Coca at Baco Mercat in DTLA has got to be one of the best mushroom flatbread/pizza I’ve ever had.  And I say this having tried the Funghi Misti at Pizzeria Mozza.  Wait.  Who am I kidding??  Both places are great!  I guess if you’re closer to WeHo, can squeeze yourself in on their reservations list and have $20 to spend on a fancy pizza, then go to Pizzeria Mozza.  But if you’re in DTLA, you know where you need to go.


This LA food list would not be complete without a taco truck.  And we’re not talking about any regular taco trucks here.  We’re talking about THE taco truck that has over 1100+ reviews and a 4.5 stars rating: El Chato.  Because I use to live right around the corner from where they park their truck, I had to just crawl out of bed at 9pm and walk less than 50 yards to get my veggie burrito fix.

For $6, you can get your hands on a veggie burrito filled with rice, beans, and veggies.  Their popularity makes getting your food quickly almost non-existent unless you’re the first person in line when they open.  With that said, there’s usually a line, and you could wait up to 25 mins before you get your food.  In the end, it’s worth the wait.  Be sure to get extra salsa verde.  It’s spicy in all the right ways.

Now that I have disclosed all my favorite carb dishes, you would think that I am just a giant glob of rice and noodles, (which is not entirely untrue).  As I disclaimer, I do workout regularly and try to balance my carb-centric diet with a lot of high fiber greens and vegetables.  It’s all about the yin and yang of life.

If you’re looking for a carb loaded good time, be sure to check out the ridiculous delicious dishes and associated restaurants I l listed above.  Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

Top: Reformation / Jeans: Levi’s / Earrings: Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Boots: ZARA (sold out | similar look) / Sunnies: Illesteva / Bag: Vintage Chanel (similar look) / Bracelet: Monica Vinader / Ring: Free People

Photographed by Stefanie Meier


First was stars, and then came the polka dots.  With it being February and love is in the air, thus came the hearts.  From dresses to sexy tops, heart prints are everywhere.  I’d say it’s the go-to print of the season.  Here are some of my favorite items in heart prints:

A lot of these items sold out when they first launched, but due to high demands, a lot of these brands have restocked the items.  Normally I would recommend to wait for them to go on sale, (as they always do by March or April), but this print may be replaced with seashells, seahorses or some tropical fruit by summer time.

My favorite piece in particular is this Flair the Label dress that I’m seen wearing.  TBH, I’m a bit biased because this label belongs to a very good friend of mine.  However, the quality and design speaks for itself.  I’m just so proud of her for getting her label into Planet Blue stores.  If you’re local to the Los Angeles area, I would recommend going in and checking out the label yourself.  I’m not being paid to say any of this, but this is one of the fashion labels I strongly believe in, and I think once you try on Flair you’ll understand what I mean.

As you can see in these photos, some are taken with a professional camera and some are with an iPhone X. I heard a rumor that Instagram is pushing for more candid photos that are taken with your smartphone.  Is this true?  The new algorithm has really put a dent in my engagement, and I’m just wondering if anyone else has seen a difference in their engagement when they post an iPhone pic versus a professional camera pic.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Dress: Flair The Label / Shoes: ZARA (sold out | similar look) / Jacket: Levis / Bag: Vintage Chanel (similar look) / Necklace: Adore (it’s on sale!)

Photographed by Mire Yang


I remember when I first started to blog my favorite bloggers were those who were honest, open, and vulnerable to their readers.  I like that they didn’t care if they cursed, gave away their engagement secrets or said politically incorrect stuff.  So, when I started to write my own posts, I felt the need to be just as open and honest about my own personal life as the influencers that I admired.

I feel as though I’ve been pretty good about opening up about my personal life.  Whether it be my career changes, my skincare routine or my dating life.  Truth be told, I felt as if I was writing to no one because I wasn’t sure if anyone actually cared to read my blog.  However, with everything that’s been happening to me lately, I’m almost concerned about how much I’m disclosing of my life and whether I should write with discretion.

This is all spurned from last night’s event.  I’ll explain.  I’ve mentioned in a recent post that I am having career changes.  With that said, I’m back to waitressing at my restaurant job.  I served a very lovely couple last night.  I served them before about two months ago, and it just happen so that I was their waitress again when they returned two months later.  I won’t use their real names, so let’s just call them Harry* and Sally*.  Harry and Sally are a bit older.  They’re not like my parents age, but perhaps in their late 40s to early 50s.  Sally and Harry seemed to be having a fabulous time, but after a few drinks Sally began to tell me about their relationship.  Mind you, Harry is sitting right there in front of her.  She told me that they’ve been seeing each other on and off since 2013, and that everything was great except his infidelity.  Screech!  Pull the brakes.  Awkward situation.  Harry is trying to be polite of the predicament they’re in, and mentioned that I’m not the first person to become their relationship therapist.  Sally, (hopefully very drunk), was very confident and secure about how little discretion she has about anything.

Sally then continues on about how Harry’s ex-wife is now back in the picture, and that he’s just stringing her along.  As embarrassing as it was for Harry to sit there through the whole situation, it was more strange for me because I did’t know if Sally wanted me to chime in and agree with her.  From a female to a female, I would completely empathize with her situation.  She’s beautiful, tall and with a great career.  He’s charming, short and rich AF.  However, Harry doesn’t seem to know what he wants.  I found all this out in a matter of 15 minutes.  TMI?  Definitely.

This is what got me thinking about how much I broadcast to the whole world about my own love life.  I never mention my boyfriend’s name.  I don’t really ever talk about him or post pictures of us, and hopefully I’ll never use this outlet to air out our dirty laundry.  I think there’s a certain level of discretion we should all use when it comes to blogging about our personal life.  Sure I would love to be able to connect with my readers more by letting them know of my ups and downs, but I feel that privacy is still important, especially when it comes to relationships.  By no means will I be censoring myself, but I just wanted to let y’all know if you ever felt like I was holding myself back.

Hopefully everyone had a great Valentine’s Day, and I hope you continue to enjoy your long President’s Day weekend.  Drink responsibly.  Xo!

Bikini Top: Ark Swimwear / Bikini Bottom: Ark Swimwear / Top: Flair The Label / Sunnies: Illesteva / Hat: Sole Society / Necklace: Sugarfix for BaubleBar / Hair Scrunchie: Forever 21

Photographed by Stefanie Meier



Go ahead.  Scroll through and look at the pics first.  Feel free to drop your jaw a few times or say that’s ‘So effin gorgeous!’ as many times as you want.  I won’t even be offended if you don’t end up reading my post.  Pinterest is about to get some new pins.

So here’s the story of how I got to participate in one of the most beautifully curated photo/video shoots of my blogger life.  Last weekend I had the privilege of spending a mock Galentine’s Day with 6 other beautiful influencers.  The brainchild of this whole concept, Heather of @heather_roams, reached out to each of us with this magical, boho vision.  Though I have never met any of the other ladies before this beach day, I was immediately welcomed with bright smiles and warm personalities.  How we got away with no egos, no complaints and no drama is beyond me.  It can be a bitch (pun intended) to get 7 women who are complete strangers to act like they like one another, but it’s a whole other experience when we all actually get along.  We truly embraced the idea of Galentine’s Day as well as each other.

What made this shoot even more beautiful and special was that the crew and talent were predominantly women.  Other than the film crew, the rest of the team were all women.  #hifive

I know I’ve used the word beautiful a gazillion times already, but that’s literally what this shoots was…fucking BEAUTIFUL.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you googled the word beautiful and one of these images pop up in your search.

I’m going to be doing more videos and Vlogging, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

I’m so glad I got to share this experience with these 6 gorgeous women.  Be sure to check out their Instagram feeds!







Other than the images that are shown here, I also shot some other looks with two very talented and gorgeous photographers, Carrie Rogers and Lauren Newman, who are both new to the LA area.

 Btw, I left the images in the filtered edits that were provided by the photographers so you can distinguish between their work.  Carrie’s images have a more soft and romantic hue, while Lauren’s images are more bright with high contrast.

Thank you to everyone who made these happy moments possible!  Happy Galentine’s Day ladies! Xo!

Planner: Weddings By Sabrina / Videographer: Alpha Wolves / Photographer: Lauren Newman Photography / Photographer: Carrie Rogers Photography / Florals: Sibyl Sophia / Makeup Artist: Tami Bernard Makeup / Catering: Urban Palate / Calligraphy: Ink Topiary / Table: American Wood Importers


The past month has been one helluva roller coaster ride.  I’m kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Confused?  Let me start from the beginning.  You know that saying, ‘be careful what you wish for’?  Well, it couldn’t be more true for me than anything else right now.  I think I may have complained too much and prayed too often to the man upstairs for some way out of my 4 part-time jobs, and my prayers have been answered.

In just the past week I’ve received news that’s given me more…”free time” in my once hectic schedule.  My LA theatrical agent and I have parted ways, and my contract for my social media consulting gig had expired.  I was quite bewildered because this affects my finances greatly.  Not that I was ballin’ to begin with, but now I’m really in a rut.  However, even in all this chaos, I’m still not quite sure I want to go back to the restaurant industry.  I’ve pretty much made up my mind last year that I no longer wanted to be a waitress anymore.  I’ve learned certain skill sets and gained work experience doing social media consulting, and I think I’d like to keep at it.  No worries, acting is still in the forefront of it all, but I can’t live off auditions, callbacks, and free skincare.

I was reading an article written by Stacy London on Refinery 29 about how she went broke and felt broken last year.  This article couldn’t have come at a better time.  I had once gone through a case of depression when I had to get surgery, so I could easily empathize with Stacy.  My surgery wasn’t to the extent of her spinal cord surgery, but it did keep me out of the public and into hiding.  Her depression led to reckless spending, which then snowballed into a bunch of other horrible events.  2017 was definitely not her year, and right now it seems like 2018 isn’t really mine.

I can’t say that I have a step by step plan laid out for how I plan to get a new theatrical agent or land a part time job that helps pay rent while I pursue the world of entertainment.  However, I’m not sitting on my ass waiting for CAA to come knocking on my door.  I know where I fell short with my previous agent, and have updated my headshots and resume.  I plan on getting even better headshots with Theo and Juliet, (seriously, they’re worth the investment).  I’ll be reaching out to brands and PR agencies to see if I can do more campaign work for Kangthropologie, and I’ll be cooking at home more often to save money.

I have been through the many ups and downs of living the LA actor’s life, and this is just another hurdle for me to cross.  The key thing is to admit where you went wrong and to move forward from that experience.  I’m blessed to have parents who are supportive of me and my endeavors.  Let’s pray that this is just a small hiccup.

Top: Beach Riot / Bottom: Beach Riot / Cardigan: Spell & The Gypsy Collective / Backpack: Library LA / Glasses: Urban Outfitters / Necklace: Sugarfix by Baublebar / Lariat: Luv AJ

Photographed by Stefanie Meier


It’s easy to get spotted when you’re wearing a bold print like polka dots, which is exactly why I’m so obsessed with this print!  It’s the ultimate statement piece you can wear.  I love it because it has a natural vintage and feminine essence that dates back to the early 50’s.

I’m not a very demure person (duh), but I love things that can make me more feminine.  This print adds just the right amount of femininity, and you can style it more modern, more sexy, or more retro.

I found this amazing Reformation pant, (which is currently sold out but I’ve linked a similar pair that’s under $20 at the bottom), in a size 2P.  I love that Reformation has a Petites section for those of us 5’4″ and under.  I also have a long torso and shorter legs, so Petite length pants are like finding unicorns at the end of a rainbow.

Polka dots are pretty much everywhere this season and I’ve done the online shopping browse and search for you.  Here are my top favorite polka dot print items that are available right now:

Have fun shopping!  (Oh, I have another polka dot outfit coming soon and I’ll link more of my fav items that are currently on pre-order).

Pants: Reformation (sold out | similar look that’s under $20) / Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Hair Bandana: DONNI / Hoop Earrings: Luv AJ (on sale | similar look also on sale) / Earrings: Luv AJ / Choker: Luv AJ / Shoes: My own (purchased from China)

Photographed by Stefanie Meier


I think it’s time that I reveal a little bit more about myself by playing a very simple game of ‘Never Have I Ever’.  Don’t worry, I won’t go blue on you.  It’s just that I’ve lived in LA long enough to where there are certain things that I think would’ve already been crossed off the list of thing-to-do-in-LA a LONG time ago.  However, yours truly here have yet to check these places and/or things off my to-do list, so, here goes…Never Have I Ever:

…been to Disneyland.  I have however been to Disney World in Orlando, so does that still count?

…been to Coachella.  I know.  I know.  What kind of freaking LA blogger am I that I haven’t been to THE music festival of SoCal?!  (a rhetorical question)  Maybe this year??

…been to The Getty Museum,

…or the The Getty Villa.  Zero excuses here since admission to both places is FREE.

…eaten a burger at In-And-Out.  I became a vegetarian 2 years before I moved out to LA.

…had a designated parking spot.  It’s been 9 years of permit and non-permit street parking for me.  I forgot what it’s like to have a parking spot and not have to worry about finding parking when I come home. #LAPriviledges. Sigh.

…partied at Playhouse.  I feel like this Hollywood nightclub has been around forever, and I have yet to step foot in there.  Maybe it’s a good thing?

There you have it folks.  I felt somewhat ashamed as I was typing some of these things, but it is what it is.  Maybe I’ll get to it soon, or maybe I’ll just sit on it for another 10 years.  Happy #MotivationalMonday!  Haha!

Top: Free People (sold out | similar look) / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Short: Understated Leather (similar look | similar look) / Bag: Vintage Chanel (similar look) / Sunnies: ZeroUV (similar look | similar look) / Necklace: Olive and Cocoa / Shoes: ZARA

Photographed by Anthony Newen


I was going through my computer looking at my photos, and noticed this folder of pics from June last year that I NEVER posted.  What a stinking waste of great pics!  I don’t care if they’re dated.  I like them, and I feel like sharing them with you.  This was shot just a couple of months before I lopped off like 8 inches of my beautiful long hair.  The days of dreading to wash my hair because of how long it takes to wash, blow dry, and curl my ridiculously long hair are ‘long gone’.

Do I have regrets? Yes, especially looking at these pics.  But I know that my hair will eventually grow back, and I’ll have the same boring long hairstyle all over again.  (One of the main reasons I decided to cut my hair was because I had the same hairstyle for almost 15 years).

There are other things in my life that draws the same kind of emotion, like ex-boyfriends or clothes for instance.  You know that you want a change and that you need to get rid of the old in order to make room for the potentially new.  However, once you get rid of it, you can’t help but miss it.  You have sleepless nights wondering if you made the right choice.  You go back and reminisce by looking at old pictures, (haha!).  That is, until the new stuff comes along.  A new leather jacket, that fresh pair of platform heels or that bubbly feeling when you first kiss.

It’s always hard to let go of something you’ve had for a long time.  There are memories and emotions attached to that person or thing, but always remember that there’s a reason why you wanted to get rid of it in the first place.  It either no longer fits on your body or in your life.  I don’t know how this post just went from chopping off my hair to a self-help guide, but I personally have a hard time letting go of stuff.  I’m not a hoarder, but I have clothes hanging on top of clothes in my closet.  I always think that it’s a waste to let go of something I’ve either barely worn or forgotten about.  But that’s exactly the reason why I should sell or donate it.  If it’s that forgettable or unwearable, then odds are it’ll continue to be forgettable and unwearable.

So, to loop this all back, the things that you truly want or love will either grow back (my hair) or reappear so you can post on your blog (my pictures).  The things that are not memorable will need to be cleared out.  Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better time for a spring cleaning than now.  Happy Tuesday!

Romper: Flair The Label (similar look) / Bag: Coach / Shoes: Free People (similar look) / Ring: Free People (similar look)

Photos by Mire Yang

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