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

KEEP IT ON THE DOWN LOW

One of the hardest things for me to do during the holidays when it’s full of parties and dinner celebrations is to keep my weight down.  There are endless plates of desserts and sweets, lots of boozing and wining, and it’s just cold enough outside to where I don’t mind the extra layer of fat.  However, I made it a point this year to not only not gain weight, but also to keep my weight on the down low-end of the scale.  I am going to try and lose weight this holiday.

I can already feel your glares and sneers as I say that I want to lose weight.  No, I am not trying to promote an unhealthy weight or image.  Yes, I know that I “look fine”.  However,  I want to look more than fine.  My goal is to look the way I did two years ago when I first started blogging, (see EARTH FRIENDLY for reference).  I felt my best then.  I was working out a lot more: 5 to 6 days a week, and I wasn’t working in the service industry, so I wasn’t eating at odd hours of the evening.  I don’t have the time or the energy to do what I did then, so what options do I have to achieve my goal?

OPTION ONE: HOT YOGA

Yup, hot yoga is the answer to all my problems.  “What are you up to tonight?”  Hot yoga.  “Wanna go out for some drinks?” Hot yoga.  “Want to go workout?” Hot yoga.  As long as I answer with hot yoga, I can feel better about myself that day and the morning after.  My boyfriend doesn’t believe in toxins of the body, but I do, and I think sweating helps remove toxins from your body.  By choosing hot yoga over going out or having drinks, I automatically consume less calories, and lose a lot of water weight.  This is a win-win situation.

OPTION TWO: EAT AT NORMAL HOURS

I know there are studies that prove it doesn’t matter what time of the day you eat, but the amount of calories you consume.  However, I personally feel like I eat less when I have dinner at a normal dinner time (i.e. 6-8pm).  It’s hard for me to eat at these normal hours when I work at the restaurant.  I tend to eat when I get off work, which is 9-11pm.  Thus, another reason why I have scaled back the number of days I serve.

OPTION THREE: NO DRINKING AT HOME

 This by far is the hardest thing, but I’ve managed to get over the idea of having a glass of wine by myself at home.  (Trust me, you’ll drink plenty at the next holiday party event).  Of course it’s relaxing to come home from a long day of work and just have a glass of wine while you make dinner or have it with your dinner.  But that one glass usually turns into two, into another half, into “f*ck it, I might as well drink the whole bottle”.  90% of my pudge is from my diet, and my diet consists of a lot of wine.  By taking the extra wine-at-home out of my diet, I have seen a significant difference in my tummy.

OPTION FOUR: 7:30AM

A lot of you may already wake up this early, if not earlier, but 7:30am is early for me.  I don’t have kids, and I don’t have a 9-5 job that requires me to get up this early every weekday.  I do this voluntarily because it gets me up and out of bed and doing things.  My 4 part-time jobs keep me busy enough to where I need to be up this early in order to get things done, but it also gives me time to get my fancy coffee, post and engage a bit on Instagram, run errands (ie dropping off Poshmark packages at the post office), check emails, online shop, and go to a workout class.

POINT IS…

By implementing these four new things, I have already noticed a difference in my body.  I don’t own a scale so I have no idea how much I weigh, but I do know how I fit into my clothes and my clothes feel more relaxed.  I want to reiterate again that I don’t want to promote an unhealthy weight image, and this is just a personal choice that I’m sharing.  If keeping the weight off during the holidays is an issue for you, try one or more of these things and let me know how it works for you.  Just one more week til Xmas!  Good luck!

Coat: YFB On The Road / Bodysuit: Hot-As-Hell / Skirt: TopShop / Boots: Aerosoles / Sunnies: Ray-Ban / Necklace: Mejuri / Lipstick: 100% Pure

Photographed by Laci Havens

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Season’s greetings everyone!  Shopping for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones can be like shopping for the perfect boyfriend.  There are plenty of options, but none that seem to really stick out or stick around (aka “sold out”).  So I’ve composed a list of items that I have personally selected to gift my good girlfriends, boyfriend and family members.  Best of luck everyone.  It’ll all be over soon.

YOUR BEST GIRLFRIENDS

YOUR BOYFRIEND/BROTHER

YOUR SISTER

YOUR MOM

YOUR DAD


Dress: Hot-As-Hell / Coat: Cupcakes and Cashmere (similar look) / Boots: Nasty Gal (similar look) / Rings: La Soula from The Box of Style / Lipstick: 100% Pure

Photographed by Laci Havens

ENTICEMENT

Happy Black Friday everyone!  Hope your bellies are full of turkey, and those extra 5 lbs will look just fine in your new Monrow loungewear.  I’ll get right to the point and entice you with some great Black Friday deals since I know you’re itching to go shopping.  Here are some of my favorite #BlackFriday sales (online and in stores):

  1. Monrow – 30% off EVERYTHING (use code GIVETHANKS30).  These are simply my favorite comfy loungewear…EVER.
  2. Free People – One Day Only: 50 dresses at 50% off & 25% off select jewelry.  Discount will be applied at checkout.  Here are my personal picks:
    1. I KNOW WHAT’S UP DRESS
    2. SEQUIN PANTSUIT
  3. Luv Aj – 40% off EVERYTHING (use code BLACK FRIDAY)
  4. ZARA – 30% off your entire order (online and in store)
  5. Stone Cold Fox – 40% off their Fall 2017 line

Have fun.  Shop lots.  Can’t wait to hear about what you purchased!  xo, Linda

Jacket: WhoWhatWear / Bodysuit: Hot-As-Hell / Jeans: Levis (on sale) / Glasses: Illesteva / Necklack: Charming Charlie

Photographed by Anthony Newen

INSOMNIA

Happy Friday folks!  Please excuse all the nippage going on in my pics.  It was raining on the day of the shoot, but I had to squeeze it in regardless of the weather conditions, so it was a hard day.  Haha, sorry, had to throw that in there.

Anyhew, the point of this post is to talk about my sleep, or lack there of.  I mentioned in my previous post, (see OBSESSION), that I’ve been staying up late at night surfing the web for new furniture and home decor.  This has not ceased, and has in fact gotten worse.

I’ve subdued the urge to spend all my money on home furnishings by splurging on a GORGEOUS wool rug from West Elm.  Btw, they’re currently having a President’s Day sale, (see SALES for more details).  I’ve also stopped by Target and found lots of good faux fur furniture and accessories to help elevate the look of my studio.  Oh, and did I mention that they too are also having a sale this weekend on home furnishing?!  Here are some of the stuff I’m slobbering over:

Back to the topic at hand, insomnia.  I’m probably sleeping no more than 3-4 hours each night.  That might be typical for some of you, but I’m someone who normally sleeps 8-9 hours.  So by cutting my sleep number by more than half, I have become a caffeine addict.  This isn’t a very healthy lifestyle, even if I am still working out 4 times a week.

The real problem is that I’m currently working 4 jobs: acting, blogging, social media consulting, and restaurant hospitality.  These are daytime AND nighttime jobs, so I have very little personal time.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this bit of chaos in my life, but I know I need to do something about the sleeping portion.  What I hope to do is to scale back on the number of days I work at the restaurant, pop some melatonin when I get home from work, and shut down the computer at midnight sharp.

I also need to scale back on the number of caffeinated drinks (i.e. tea and coffee) I have during the day, or make it only every other day that I’m allowed to have one.  I am tied to the hip to my iPhone, and that needs to be turned off as well by a certain time, #bloggerproblems.  If all else fails, I will just have to think about my skin.  Lack of sleep causes wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.  Vanity should be able to knock some sense into me.

Do you have any remedies for treating a busy brain and/or help falling asleep?  Let me know!  I’d love to hear your advice.  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: One Teaspoon / Cardigan: Lovestitch / Glasses: Melrose Trading Post / Necklace: The Two Hand Exchange

Photographed by Mire Yang

LOCAL

So, there are several advantages to buying local.  The avocado is fresh.  The shipping takes a day. The eco-footprint is at a minimum.  As you can see, I’m all about supporting local brands, especially here in Los Angeles.  We’re one of the major cities in America that has several chic and trendy fashion brands, and it’s all within a 25 miles radius of where I live.  One of the many perks to living in LA.

Of all the super cool boho fashion brands that I’ve come across, one that sticks out is Lovestitch.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much about them before, but then I started seeing more of their stuff on other LA fashion bloggers (i.e. Molly of Trendychickadee).  The best part is that their stuff is within my budget range.  Affordable, comfy and boho cute.  I do wish some of their stuff had more sizing range since I’m more on the petite end, and a lot of American smalls don’t fit me.

I’ll definitely be adding them to my list of go-to boho brands.

Cardigan: Deja Cardigan / Bodysuit: UO / Shorts: One Teaspoon / Necklace: The Two Hand Exchange / Sunglasses: My Own

Poncho: Ronda Poncho Sweater / Glasses: My Own / Bodysuit: Reformation / Denim: Levi’s / Necklace: The Two Hand Exchange

Dress: Xian Sweater Dress / Sunglasses: My Own

Photographed by Mire Yang

WARM WISHES

You know that saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side”?  Well, that’s how I feel about this LA cold, dreary weather.  California was in a very bad drought, so we prayed for an abundance of rain.  Well, now we’ve had enough rain to last us a lifetime, and all I want is for this rain to stop.  I seriously haven’t washed my car in over a month because there hasn’t been a week where it didn’t rain.

This weather has me looking at inspirational photos of swimwear, beaches, and warmer weather.  I’m even at a point to where I’m looking up plane tickets to Cabo.  It’s actually not that expensive of a flight.  So maybe that’s just what I need.  A tropical vacay to get myself out of the wishful thinking funk.  I’m thinking early February.  What do you think?  Yay or nay on the Mexico trip?

Acne Studios Shearling Jacket (no longer available in pink | available in black) / Free People Maxi Dress (no longer available | similar look) / Mejuri Necklace (sold out | similar look) / Jeffrey Campbell Booties (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by Larry Wong

VELVET CRUSH

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As you may or may not know, I have a deep love for outerwear.  I buy jackets, coats, cardigan sweaters, and dusters at any opportunity I see fit, regardless of temperature or the season.  I knew way back in May of this year that I was going to wear this gorgeous velvet Reformation Poinsettia Blazer when the right time came.  I knew I had a velvet crush, but this was lust at first sight.  So, at the Reformation sample sale, I decided to take the plunge and buy a blazer that I knew I wasn’t going to be able to wear for at least another 4-5 months.

I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.  I am so utterly obsessed with the tailoring, the color, the fit, the cut, and the feel of this jacket.  It is quite essentially my favorite jacket of the season.  However, being the fashion pirate that I am, I wasn’t about to pair this classy looking blazer with a stiff, skin-tight dress or even a pair of fashionable trousers.  NO.  This blazer deserves a free flowing, hippie-vibing, sexy-ass Blue Life String Along Jumper.

Here are some of my favorite, (and very similar), velvet blazers and jumpsuits:

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River Island Evil Eye Choker Necklace / Sbicca Annabella Platform Sandals

Speaking of fab finds at sample sales, I had a killer time at the PB Flea this past weekend.  Got lots of great stuff from Stone Cold Fox, For Love and Lemons, Mara Hoffman, and Wildfox.  Can’t wait to show y’all all the new goodies!

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

FRILLS AND THRILLS


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I have been a good girl, …sort of.  I told myself I wouldn’t shop at all in the month of May until the much anticipated Reformation LA Sample Sale, which is happening this weekend.  As in RIGHT NOW.  You can stop reading if you like and start heading towards Venice.  No worries.  I COMPLETELY understand.  It’s Ref baby!  However, if you’re still reading, then know that I love you too.

It’s just been a sample sale haven in LA and every fav brand of mine is offloading goodies left and right.  I’ve become a thrill seeker the past two weeks jumping from one sample sale to the next.  My outfit today is an example of the glories that can come from a great sample sale.

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I have on Lovers + Friends Monroe Romper in White, which is currently on sale.  The lace details on the hems are just gorgeous.  This can easily be dressed up with a pair of platform heels.  I also really love my new outwear addition, Reformation Easton Jacket in Camel, which I found at the Reformation sample sale (see SALES for details).  This cropped jacket is no longer available, but you can add yourself to the wait list and hope that it comes back in stock.  Here are some very similar items for this outfit:

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Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses / Urban Renewal Vintage Cowboy Boot (sold out | similar look)

I hear they’re restocking new stuff everyday at the Ref Sample Sale.  Let me know if you end up going and what fabulous stuff you went home with.  Xo!

Photographed by my dear friend and Effin Shop‘s Co-Founder, Danielle Torriero

HAPPY

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You know what makes me happy?  Great weather, witty chats, puppies, and rompers/jumpsuits with prints that pop.  I probably have at least twenty to thirty rompers/jumpsuits in my closet right now, but I am always happy to add another to the collection.  My go to places for affordable rompers are Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and Zara.  But, if I don’t have a strict budget, then I like to shop Free People, Planet Blue, or Revolve.  I have decided to pull out one of my oldie but goodie rompers from UO, and I couldn’t be happier to wear it out and show it off.kangthropologie_happy_IMG_8990 kangthropologie_happy_IMG_8985 kangthropologie_happy_IMG_8984

I am wearing a Silence + Noise Printed Mesh Back Romper that I got a few years ago.  I mentioned in the post, BASICS that I recently did a spring clean out of my closet.  This romper is one of the items I have decided to put in my “sell” pile.  I hate to part with it, but I need to make room for more spring goodies that are in my CYBER MONDAY shopping carts.  I also listed a few other items in my Depop Shop.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the items I listed.  Here are some of my favorite printed rompers this spring:

Kimchi Blue Anita Ruffle-Front Skort Romper in Black Multi (on sale)

Ecote Charlotte Plunging Long-Sleeve Romper in Blue Multi (on sale)

Lucca Couture Silky Open-Back Romper (on sale)
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Even though the weather has been great during the day in LA, it’s still chilly at night.  I have a tendency to “forget” my jacket at home when I go out during the day, and by night I have to buy a new jacket/coat just to stay warm.  Whoopsie.  Here I’m wearing an A|X Faux Fur Bomber Jacket I purchased two years ago.  It really keeps me warm when the temperature drops down to 60s and I’m still in a sleeveless romper.  Here’s a similar look that’s on sale.
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Jeffrey Campbell Hatcher Platform Sandals / Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses

Does anyone celebrate Lent?  If so, what did you give up?  I once gave up carbs and thought I was going to die.  Haha!

Photographed by Larry Wong