ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

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

DISCRETION

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

GALENTINE’S DAY: WHAT PINTEREST IS ALL ABOUT

 

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!

@heather_roams

@withjenrachel

@kendall.fuhrman

@amy_marietta

@themadgrace

@brendawasylucha

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

THAT LA LIFE

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

SPOTTED

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

NEVER HAVE I EVER

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

LONG GONE

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

50 SHADES OF…

Took a quick break from blogging due to acting gigs that I’ve recently booked, and I feel like I’ve already missed out on so much!  Does anyone else get blogger FOMO?!  Anyway, happy mid-week day and I want to jump right into the topic for today’s post: shades, sunnies, sunglasses.  Whatever you call it, it’s the IT accessory item that makes outfits shine this resort season.  The frames come in all shapes and sizes, but a few styles really stood out for me.  Here are my fav pics of the season:

As you can see, I have a preference for the heart-shaped frames, like the one I’m wearing in my pics from ZeroUV.  So go out there and wear your 50 shades of fun, because you know what they say, if you wear it, it will come…the sun that is.  Xo!

Romper: Forever 21 / Sunnies: ZeroUV (similar look) / Earrings: Rachel Zoe / Bracelet: Rachel Zoe / Lariat: LuvAJ (similar look) / Socks: Forever 21 / Boots: IRO (similar look)

Photographed by Laci Havens

THE VACAY AFTER YOUR VACATION

We’re a little over a week in on the new year, and most of us are slowly making our way back to reality, aka work.  However, I’m already thinking of all the places I want to visit this year.  I want to make my first trip as early as end of January/beginning of February.  Call this my vacay from my vacation.

I’ve been throwing ideas and destinations at my boyfriend, and he thinks I just want to go to these specific locations for the ‘gram.  True.  BUT, I also want to go because I want to go.  Some of these places are easy to get to, and some are just bucket list dreams, but here are my top destinations for 2018:

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

The odds of this trip happening soon, and possibly be my first destination of the year is high.  Very high.  I’m actually hoping to buy plane tix by tomorrow.  (Yes, as in Wednesday).  I’ve heard nothing but great things about Mexico City.  The plane fares are very well priced, (~$300 from LAX), the food is phenomenal and cheap, and it’s apparently a pretty safe city to visit.  I’m just excited about the tequila and architecture…you know, for the ‘gram.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN

I’m not a big skier or snowboarder, but my boyfriend loves snow like white on rice.  He’s an avid skier and tries to hit the slopes as often as possible.  Mammoth Mountain is just close enough to go for a long weekend, (maybe MLK?), and has all the bells and whistles you need for the skier at heart.  We’ll probably hit this place up in the next weekend or so, and all that powder will look great as my backdrop.

SEYCHELLES, AFRICA

Seychelles has been on my mind since the beginning of the year when we met this older couple who just got back from Africa visiting The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya.  I know, Kenya is another country within the continent of Africa, but this got me thinking about traveling to Africa.  Seychelles is just about as pretty as it gets for beach destinations.  The water, the islands, the year round beautiful weather are all screaming for me to come visit and take lots and lots of pictures while wearing the endless amount of swimwear that I buy but never wear.  This is the year Seychelles.  This is the year.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

As if I didn’t watch enough #Kdrama to make up for the trip itself, I think it’s still best for me to experience it all in real life.  I am so utterly intrigued by Seoul and it’s Korean culture.  The food I’ve had here in K-Town is probably amplified by 10 folds there.  My good friend, Stripes Collide, is Korean, and she has promised me a trip to Korea.  I’m going to hold her to her words  and make sure this trip comes into fruition.  If not, I’ll always have to wonder if it’s all one big TV drama.

I’m sure there will be a trip or two to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Santa Barbara or NYC, but I’m really looking forward to those long travel, out of the country destinations.  Here’s to many more stamps on my passport this year!

Dress: Reformation / Boots: IRO (sold out | similar look) / Sunnies: Crap Eyewear / Earrings: Sugarfix by BaubleBar (on clearance)

Photographed by Laci Havens

MY DTLA

I am ashamed to say that I don’t know LA well outside of my little WeHo bubble.  I have lived here for over 9 years, and I still don’t venture out much from my mid-Wilshire/WeHo area.  And by “don’t venture out much” I mean I have only driven 54,000 miles on my car since 2009.  The average person drives 12,000 miles per year.  I have driven half of that.  I know that Arcadia is a city east of where I live, but I couldn’t tell you if it’s north or south of I-10 or how to even get there.  So when my now boyfriend tells me he lives in #DTLA, I was ignorant enough to think of only one thing, “that’s where Skid Row is, right?”

The DTLA that was 9 years ago…shit, the DTLA that was 2 years ago, is not the same DTLA that is today.  From Arts District, to The Broad, to Little Tokyo, DTLA has flourished, (to say the least), and is growing and expanding by the day.  Expensive commercial and residential real estate are popping up everywhere taking over junk yards and worn down, vacant factories.  Before I started dating my boyfriend I only knew of Bestia, the rooftop bar of The Standard Hotel, and Bottega Louie.  I have a whole new insight to what IS Downtown Los Angeles, and I would like to share with you my fav DTLA spots.

FEED ME I’M STARVING

My options for where to eat are somewhat limited as I am a pescatarian.  God bless my carnivorous meat eating boyfriend for being so accommodating, and have taken me to some of the best restaurants in DTLA.  The ones that we tend to go back to are:

Bäco Mercat – We come here for dinner and always get their Double Mushroom Coca, which is essentially a flatbread pizza that will blow your tastebuds.  SO EFFIN GOOD!  I also highly recommend their Moxie cocktail if you like a good bourbon drink.

Poppy + Rose – My favorite weekend brunch spot that doesn’t take reservations.  It’s in the middle of the Flower District, and yet people drive in from all over the city to wait in line for 30-45 mins to dine here. Yup.  It’s that good.  They only offer the Eggs Benedict on the weekends, and the hollandaise sauce is worth every calorie.

Lao Tao – As if fate couldn’t have been more perfect, one of my boyfriend’s favorite restaurants is a Taiwanese street food restaurant in the heart of Chinatown.  (In case you didn’t know, I’m also Taiwanese).  There aren’t many vegetarian options for me, but everything here reminds me of home.  We normally come here when Pine and Crane seem too far out of the way.

KazuNori – I wasn’t sure if I should list this place as it seemed too obvious of a choice, but it would be wrong of me to not mention it as we probably come here once a month.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know of the deliciousness that is the hand rolls of KazuNori.  Once again, no reservations, small dining area, and the hand rolls are made to order right in front of you.  If you want an under $30 quality Japanese-cuisine meal, this is your holy grail.

SEE AND BE SEEN WITH A COCKTAIL IN HAND

We’re old and we don’t go out much, but when we do, this is usually where we end up:

Broken Shaker – The rooftop bar of the new hip Freehand Hotel has some of the best sunset views you can find in DTLA.  We haven’t day partied here, but there’s a pool (only for hotel guests) and there’s an award winning bar.  Nuff said.

Pattern Bar – Somehow we normally end up here after dinner in downtown.  They play great house music, and often fly in DJs from around the world to play there.  Their drinks are reasonably priced, and t’s also just down the street from my boyfriend’s place.  We can stumble back home without too much hassle (i.e. #NYE2018).

Cliftons – I can’t explain this place well enough but to say, “you just have to go there to experience it”.  Every floor has a different theme and genre, and you feel like you might be in a fun house/cafeteria/bar/dance floor.  We went here on our first official date and I can’t wait to go back.  It’s just a really cool f*cking fun place.

DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM

None of this would become what it is if it wasn’t for the power of social media.  Artwork, murals and graffiti are placed all over DTLA for the sole purpose of being ‘grammed.  These are some of my favorite places to explore and take pics:

The Broad – Yes, the Infinity Mirrored Room is sold out.  Yes, the general admission tickets are also sold out.  Getting admission to see artwork here is like trying to get front row tickets to Taylor Swift’s concert.  However, if you have the patience and are free next month on a Tuesday at noon, you can get free general admission tickets to wait in line for an hour to see the Infinity Mirrored Room for 45 seconds.  Worth the InstaStory post.

Jesus Saves – The landmark neon signs of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is right outside of my boyfriend’s window.  It’s definitely a cool spot to take pictures, but the Ace Hotel offers so many more nooks and crannies for you to snap pics.  The hotel rooms can be quite small, and their brunch can be quite salty, but overall this is a cool place to hangout.  If nothing else, do it for the ‘gram.

There are still many new places within #DTLA that I have yet to explore.  Any suggestions of places I may not know about?  Let me know!

Top: ZARA (sold out | similar look) / Jumper: Free People / Glasses: ZeroUV / Bag: The Daily Edited / Earrings (main hoops): Luv AJ / Earrings (assorted hoops): Luv AJ

Photographed by Laci Havens

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