THE COMEBACK KID

Mercury was in full retrograde throughout the months of February and March.  Not sure if that’s accurate, but it sure felt like it in my books.  It was just one bad news after the other.  My theatrical agent of the last four years decided to drop me (via email), I lose my social media consulting account, (which was my main source of income), and my now ex-boyfriend decided that we should break up.  Oh, and my dog was diagnosed with some kind of liver disease.  It felt like everything I had worked hard for in LA was just crumbling down to nothing.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a sad story.  This is a comeback story.

The purpose of writing this blog post is to hopefully let you know that things could look real shitty at the moment, but always have faith and know that change is only a bad thing if you’re unwilling to accept it.  I’m an actress, living in LA, and I have been through my ups and downs with this town and this industry.  For every triumphant moment I’ve had, I can count three other moments that have left me feeling defeated.  This is the roller coaster ride I have come to accept in my life.  I have left my stable six-figure paying corporate job for this, and I don’t regret it for a single moment.

It would’ve been easy for me to feel sorry for myself, chop off my hair, eat a pound of ice cream and call my mom crying.  However, I had already chopped off my hair last year, and am actually in the process of growing it back out.   I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.  Plus, my mom lives in Shanghai, China so long distance calling can be a hassle with that 15 hour time zone difference.  Instead, I gave myself maybe a day to feel sorry for myself and then I decided to check myself.  You can’t control the situation, but you can control how you handle the situation.

Rather than crying over spilt milk, I decided to just look for a new theatrical agent.  I reached out to friends and acquaintances inquiring about local LA brands that may need social media assistance, and I decided to kiss a lover and a friend goodbye.  It’s now mid-April and I am happy to say that I have signed with a new theatrical agent, I am consulting for a new account, and I have tons of fun campaigns coming up for Kangthropologie.  Not to mention that Kenzie, my pup, is done taking her antibiotics and liver supplements, and should be on her way to a speedy recovery.

Don’t fight the ever changing currents of the ocean and just go with the flow.  Sounds cliché, right?  Well, I took that advice and life IS back to being busy with workouts, auditions, blogging, events, and basic hustling.  I’ve been shooting a ton of new looks, and I even took a day trip out to Joshua Tree with my blogging bestie, Amy of The Luxi Look.  So here are some of the festival looks for those of you headed out to Weekend Two of Coachella.  Have fun.  Wear sunscreen.  And make sure you ‘come back’ safely!

Xo, Linda

Dress: Flair The Label / Scarf: ASOS / Sunnies: Perverse / Earrings: Luv AJ / Boots: Forever 21

Top: Sage The Label / Shorts: Understated Leather (similar look) / Boots: Nasty Gal (similar look) / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Bag: Veggani (on sale) / Earrings: Luv AJ (on sale) / Choker: Luv AJ (similar look)

Top: I’m Your Gypsy / Pants: Sage The Label / Hat: Brixton / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Shoes: Free People / Backpack: Library LA / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Lariat: Luv AJ (sold out in gold | available in silver) Earrings: Luv AJ

Bikini Top: Beach Riot / Skort: Flair The Label / Sunnies: Illesteva / Sandals: Marc Fisher (similar look) / Bag: Urban Outfitters / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Lariat: Luv AJ (sold out in gold | available in silver) / Pendant Necklace: The Brave Collection / Earrings: Luv AJ

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

PILL POPPING: THE NECESSITY OF VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

 

The very bottom drawer of my nightstand contains about 10-15 bottles of vitamins and supplements, allergy pills and over the counter pain relievers.  TBH, I haven’t touched any of it for about a year.  I had the right intentions when I first purchased my huge bottle of Biotin supplements to help my hair and nail growth, but that intention died out quickly.

I workout regularly.  I don’t smoke.  I don’t dabble in recreational drugs, but I have my glasses of wine and cocktails here and there.  I’m a pescatarian, and have been for the past 11 years.  Overall, I would say I’m a very healthy person.  [Fair warning before you continue reading, I’m about to talk about some TMI issues regarding diet and bowel movement].  However, no matter how much kale, chia seeds or fiber I eat, I don’t always have a regular bowel movement.  There.  I said it.  I get constipation.  I don’t have stage fright or anything of that nature, but I would go for days without going #2.  This happens most often when I travel or consume a heavy amount of processed food, (ramen is my weakness).  I’ve just come to live with this issue of mine.

Then about two months ago, Care/of, an online vitamins and supplements provider that personalizes daily vitamin packs based on your dietary wants and needs, reached out to me to try out their service.  I read a few articles ( Man Repeller, Mind Body Green and Vogue) about their brand, and decided to give it a try.  It’s a free 30-day supply, why not?  So here’s my honest review of Care/of after taking their vitamins for 30 days:

Care/of Video Review Intro

The whole personalization of your daily vitamin packs is a very simple process.  I just went to their website and took a very brief survey that asked me simple questions about my lifestyle and diet.  From there it generated a list of suggested vitamins and supplements.  I decided to take all 6 of the vitamins it suggested for me: probiotic blend, Astaxanthin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Ashwagandha and iron.  They are honest and open about what each vitamin and supplement is used for and where they are supplied from.  Details are sent to you in a booklet when you receive your 30 day supply.

The package is pretty with your name written on the front of every pack.  Not sure if it was intentional, but the color scheme of my 6 vitamins and supplements were also aesthetically pleasing.  I took my first daily pack the day it came in the mail (March 5, 2018), and the probiotic blend went into effect by the next day.  I had regular bowel movements for almost 3 weeks straight.  The permanent stomach pooch I had was no longer permanent.  I just needed to go poo.

I’m not about the results of the other supplements because I don’t know how to judge Vitamin D or B12 without doing some blood work?  Astaxanthin supports healthy skin, but I don’t know if my skin is healthier because I have pretty healthy skin to begin with.  I know I lack in iron because I’m never able to donate blood because of my low iron count.  Long story short, the only result I could confirm from my 30 days is the probiotic blend supplement.  However, my body may have grown accustomed to this supplement because shortly before my supply ended I started having constipation again.

My personalized daily vitamin pack would cost me $37/month.  That’s about $1/day, which in my case, I think it’s worth the cost.  I have a drawer of supplements (probably now expired) that I haven’t touched in over a year.  Not sure if it’s the packaging or the fact that I have the Care/of box laying on my kitchen counter, but this has reminded me to be more cognizant of my supplemental intake.

I am definitely going to reach out to them to inquire about the probiotic issue before I reorder, but odds are I’m going to reorder.  If you’re forgetful or lazy like me when it comes to taking your vitamins, then this may be your solution.  This post wasn’t sponsored, but I was gifted the month supply, so if you did want to try it out use code KANG25 to receive 25% off your first months supply.  Have a happy and healthy week my friends!

Top: Tiger Mist / Pant: Tiger Mist / Sunnies: Gentle Monster / Sneakers: Superga / Necklace: Luv AJ / Earrings: Luv AJ

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

LESS IS MORE: HOW TO SHOW SKIN WITHOUT BEING ABSURD

My mom is always screaming at me to wear more clothes and show less skin.  I tend to ignore her because she’s currently living in Shanghai, China and her views on fashion have become more conservative.  However, since I’ve moved to LA, my preference for showing skin has become somewhat absurd.  We’re talking sideboobs, no bras, crop tops, cheekys, open back…the whole shebang.  I’m giving zero f*cks about my nipples showing in photos.  That is until I recently received a comment on one of my pics pointing that exact thing out.  The comment was from a guy (obvi), and he mentioned that from the looks of my picts I don’t seem to like wearing bras.  This comment REALLY bothered me, and it probably did because I knew what he said was what I had put out there.

As much as I’m a contender and example of #freethenip, I think there’s a time and place for that kind of look, and brunch or running errands may not be one of them.  So I’ve come up with a few fashion tips and tricks on how to still show skin (or go braless) during the day without being absurd.

NIPPLE COVERS

This is probably the most obvious solution when any girl decides to not wear a bra under that bodysuit or open back top.  I buy silicone ones from Amazon, and they’re super cheap, easy to wear, and most are reusable.  I’ve tried the disposable stick-on ones as well, but the adhesive glue tends to be a bit of a pain when I take the covers off.

CUTOUT DRESSES

I find that most dresses that have cutout sides or backs are often more appropriate than a sideboob onesie or crop top.  If the dress has a cutout back, then make sure you’re completely covered in the front.  (Here’s a great example of what I’m talking about).  You don’t need to show both cleavage and an open back.  You might as well go topless then.

I like it when dresses have cutouts sides because it accentuates the waist.  But if it shows off too much cleavage, then I opt for a maxi dress, maxi skirt, or pants.  The main point is to show only one part of your body, but just pick ONE.

   DRESS SHIRTS

If you’ve spent a pretty penny on a pretty lace bralette, (i.e. Anine Bing), odds are you want to show it off.  I learned this trick from a good friend of mine who likes to show off her bras, but she never looked trashy.  How?  Because she always wore a nice button up dress shirt over it.  She would leave the buttons undone just to where the bra would slightly peak out from under the shirt.  (An example of what I’m talking about).

Here’s a key tip to keep in mind: her shirt was always loosely fitted.  If your shirt is fitted AND you’re unbuttoning it to where the bra shows, then you’re going to look like a music video vixen.  However, if you want to keep it classy but sexy, then make sure your shirt is loose.

PEPAMACK

Aussie blogger, Petra of Pepamack, is someone I am utterly obsessed with when it comes to dressing sexy, but keeping it cool and classy.  Truth be told, she’s not well endowed in the chest area, which is probably why she can get away with a lot of her looks.  But regardless of chest size, she knows how to show just enough skin to be sexy AF, but covered enough to where you don’t judge her for what she’s wearing.  She’s my inspiration and go-to whenever I feel like I need a refresher on what’s cool and sexy.

I’m headed to Joshua Tree this weekend to shoot some festival looks.  Are you going to Coachella?  I’m still on the fence about going.  Not to the festival, but maybe attend some of the parties in Palm Springs? Thanks for reading and talk to y’all soon!

Dress: Flynn Skye / Sunnies: Illesteva / Shoes: Free People (sold out | similar look) / Bag: Melie Bianco (similar look under $50) / Necklace: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar (under $15) / Earrings: LuvAJ

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

THE ONE: THE TEDDY COAT EVERYONE IS WEARING

There has been consistent rain in LA the entire month of March.  It’s put a damper on a lot of bloggers’ photoshoots, but I don’t mind it.  If anything, it gives me an excuse to snuggle up and lay in my bed while wearing the same sweatshirt and sweatpants that I’ve had on for the past 3 days.  (#Truth).  I’m a taurus, and like a traditional bull, I don’t mind being a bum or being lazy .  However, when the sun comes out I’m all about the cherry blossoms, the matching two-piece sets, and of course, the teddy coats (since it’s still kind of chilly outside).

I’m referring to one specific teddy coat, and that’s the I.AM.GIA Pixie Coat that everyone and their moms are wearing.  TBH, that’s how I first discovered it myself.  I saw someone on Instagram wearing this bombass coat, and when I found out it was under $100, I knew it had to be mine.

I purchased mine in an XS, and as you can see in my photos, it’s still very big on me.  I love the oversized look, and it’s actually VERY warm.  Not overwhelming, but I was surprised at how warm it kept me when the temperature dropped down to the low 50s a couple of weeks ago.  This is the perfect coat to wear over that matching two piece set you’ve been dying to show off but haven’t because of this bipolar weather.

Speaking of matching two piece sets, here are a few of my favorites this spring:

 

 

I would love to tell you that my fashion is original and unique to only me, but I’m not shopping in the haute couture department.  The way I do make it special is by how I style it.  It’s okay to wear a popular print, or buy something that is already over saturated (i.e. Gucci belt).  I think that’s the premise of fashion trends, and this one teddy coat is worth the hype.

As always, thanks for reading, and let me know if you own this coat as well!  xo, Linda

P. S. A special notice for those of you living in LA, there’s a fabulous warehouse sale going on this weekend.  Go to SALES for more info.

Coat: I.AM.GIA / Top: Flair The Label / Pants: Flair The Label (on sale) / Bag: Melie Bianco (similar look) / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Necklace: Starletta Designs / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar (under $20) / Earrings: Luv AJ (on sale | similar look)

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

COLOR ME BAD: HOW I COLOR CORRECT MY BLOG IMAGES

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.

BEFORE
AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

‘PHYSICAL’ THERAPY: HOW I USE WORKOUTS TO REDUCE STRESS

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

CARB ME UP: MY FAVORITE PLACES TO CARB IN LA

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:

SPAGHETTINI POMODORO

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.

SPICY FUSILLI

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.

VEGGIE RAMEN

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.

VEGGIE PHO

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.

MUSHROOM PIZZA

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.

VEGGIE BURRITO

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

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

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