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

UNCONVENTIONAL

Can you believe it’s already Thursday?  Sheesh…this week has flown by so quickly.  I have a few of my sorority sisters flying in this weekend, and I can’t wait to spend a long relaxing weekend laying out by the pool, indulging in delicious food, and just catching up with them.

Speaking of a relaxing weekend, Easter was just this past Sunday, and I got to celebrate it in an unconventional way.  Normally, I would do Easter the traditional way: get up and go to church, and then get drunk off mimosas at brunch with my girlfriends.  However, this year I got to just lay low.  LA was ever so peaceful and quiet due to #Coachella weekend one, and so I got to grab brunch pretty much anywhere I wanted.  We opted for LuLu’s Cafe, and I highly recommend their iced dirty chai.  It’s SO EFFIN yummy!

After brunch we stopped by Rolling Greens nursery because I’ve been obsessed with adding a big green plant in my studio.  Can I just say I found my new FAVORITE place to shop for home decor!  Everything in there was just mesmerizing and beautiful.  I walked in expecting to come home with an Elephant Ear plant, but ended up going with a medium sized Philodendron ‘Rojo Congo’.

After shopping for candles and plants, we decided we might stop by the Melrose Trading Post flea market, but decided to just take my dog out to LACMA and enjoy an afternoon stroll.  I have been living under a rock and haven’t had Indian food in like 9 years, so later that evening we ordered Indian food from a neighborhood Indian restaurant, India’s Tandoori.  You HAVE TO get the Mushroom Korma.  It is utterly mouth watering good.

Easter was nothing exciting, but I got to explore my neighborhood in peace and quiet.  It may not be the conventional way to spend Easter, but I kind of prefer it this way.

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Overalls: Nasty Gal / Bodysuit: American Apparel (similar look) / Bag: WAN Accessory / Shoes: Forever 21 / Lipstick: Bite Beauty / Necklace: Gorjana

Photographed by Laci Havens

CAUSING A SPEC-TACLE

It’s funny how one trip to the flea market can suddenly change your outer appearence and fashion choices.  Mine went from boho chic to ultra retro, and I’m totally digging this new look and vintage vibe.

A few Sundays ago, I went to my local LA flea market with a good girlfriend just to walk around and look for vintage denim.  Vintage denim I did not get, but I ended up going home with 5 pairs of spectacles.  I’ve been wearing them non-stop ever since.  I pair them with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING.  The best part is that all of them were $10 and under!

Don’t have a super cool flea market near you?  No fret because sunglasses and clear lens readers seem to be the new craze online.  Every other click on the screen and there’s a new online store for eyewear.  The latest site I found that is also super affordable is zeroUV.  They’re worth checking out.

Now it’s your turn to go out and cause a spec-tacle.  Here are some of my current favorite retro styles:

Shirt: J.Crew / Pants: Novella Royale (similar look) / Bag: Coach / Glasses: Melrose Trading Post Stand (similar look) / Lipstick: Bite Beauty

Photographed by Laci Havens

BURFDAY

It’s day two of 2017, and today is my mom’s birthday.  Happy BURFDAY Mommy!!  My parents are currently residing overseas so I don’t get to celebrate her birthday with her.  She had her big one last year, (the 6-0), and so we’ll just let this baby 61st slide.

Oh, how quickly time flies by, like when I actually purchased these Reformation pants I’m seen wearing.  It’s been almost a year and I’m just now getting to wearing them and blogging about them.  Whatever.  Reformation pieces are quite classic and timeless.  They pretty much use the same patterns over and over but with different fabrics and gorgeous prints.

I just hope I stay as timeless and classic as my pants when I’m my mother’s age.  Here’s to another 364 days of fashion, beauty, travels and more adventures!  Happy New Year!

For Love and Lemons Knitz Sweater / Reformation Pant / Vintage Gucci Bag / Forever 21 Platform Ankle Boots (no longer available | similar look)

Photographed by Mire Yang

AESTHETICS

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I’ve had my ups and downs with blogging.  Usually, I’m pretty dedicated.  However, I started dating someone recently and it’s taken me away from the time I had previously spent meticulously planning my outfits, scheduling photoshoots, engaging with my Instagram family, and meeting up with my fashionable friends so that we may take beautifully placed photos of our food and beverages, (rosé of course).  I admit.  I had strayed.

Fortunately, an angel appeared and I received a message from a photographer and fellow Instagramer, Mire Yang of StripesCollide that she would like to grab coffee and even collaborate.  I immediately jumped at the opportunity because I realize we both have the same aesthetics.  I think it’s important as a blogger to find a photographer that’s able to capture your essence.  Keep what makes you YOU, so that you don’t lose your voice and taste amongst all the other fashion/lifestyle bloggers out there.

Mire and I both love contrast, and she understands that my images are outfit based versus lifestyle.  Agreeing upon what your aesthetics are is very important when finding/working with a new photographer.  Take the time to sit down and chat over what you like, and bring images of what you think is achievable, (Mire suggested I download the app ListaPost).

We ended up having a great time chatting over coffee, shooting some really amazing photos, and even had lunch at one of my fav spots (Zinqué) afterwards.  I hope you enjoy the images and the outfit as much as I do!

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Free People recently had a promotion with their app by applying an additional 25% off their sale items.  I found this gorgeous Flynn Skye Cleo Set in Pumpkin Seed on sale and just about died when it came in the mail.  It is puuuuuuurrrfect!  I love crops.  Check.  I love matching sets.  Check.  I love polka dots.  Check.  This outfit can be styled separately (as seen here), and I can wear it into pre-fall because of it’s autumn like color.

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Free People Fever Platform / Coach Rogue 25 Leather Satchel / Illesteva Hamilton Sunglasses

I’ve been swapping different pairs of sunglasses through Ditto for the past three months, and I absolutely love this program.  You can rent sunglasses for as low as $24/month, and if you love it, you can buy it.  Use the code KANGTHRO when you sign up! Xo!

Photographed by Mire Yang of StripesCollide

BLACK AGAIN

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Los Angeles.  Pull yourself together.  What is up with this weather?  It’s chilly and dreary and we are in the month of May.  Where is my sunshine?!  Weather like this makes me want to go back to the basics.  Nothing like a good all-black outfit to get me acclimated.  My current vibe: monochrome and chic.

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I’ve recently teamed up with LA Made after featuring their swag High-Low Muscle Tee on a recent post (see LA MADE).  It made perfect sense to sport their Hillary Strappy Tunic with the Elijah Trouser in this weather.  This tunic is sooo sexy.  It has a high-low hem, which flows in the back if you choose to wear untucked.  I also love the detailed chain hook tie in the back.  The trouser actually comes with the same chain hook tie belt, but I opted to switch it out with a vintage Gucci belt.  Ladies, (and gent?), we are back to black again.

Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses / Stuart Weitzman pointed-toe boots (no longer available | similar look on sale)

Is anyone else in SoCal actually enjoying this cool weather before we get hit with the heat that is imminent?

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

NIGHT OWL

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My day job is an actress.  At auditions, I wear wardrobe that is specified by casting for that particular role.  They’re still my clothes, but stipulated by guidelines that is not truly 100% me.  My true sense of fashion and style normally comes out at night when I go on a date, grab dinner with friends, or have a #GNO (girls night out) and we paint the town red.  At night is when I feel fancy and audacious and want to try new things.  At night is when my style really comes alive.
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I am wearing an American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Halter Leotard.  I think it’s safe to say that I have a petite frame.  However, I have a super long torso.  I purchased this halter leotard in an XS, but I now wish I would have gotten a small instead so that I have more vertical room to play with.  The deep stretch does make the front v-neck more plunging, but that may not be safe for ladies with more up top, (if you know what I mean).  I personally would recommend purchasing a size up for this piece.  I also think this look would be great if it were long-sleeved.  nightowl_IMG_7225 nightowl_IMG_6673nightowl_IMG_7226 nightowl_IMG_6680

This pair of Forever21 Pleated Wide-Leg Culottes is only $6.  $6!!!!  I purchased these during the #BlackFriday sale with the no-minimum free shipping special.  I am wearing a size XS, but I still feel like it’s too big on me.  Based on the reviews, this pair does run big, so I would recommend sizing down when you purchase.

Since this photoshoot, I have taken them in to be altered.  I prefer this look to be more mid to high waist.  Yes, you may have to spend a bit more to get it altered, but it’s ONLY $6.  It’s okay to spend a few more dollars for it to fit right, so that you’ll actually wear it.  The polyester fabric does wrinkle easily, but nothing a little steam or iron can’t fix.  It’s fully lined and has an elastic waist.  I think I won the lottery on this deal.  Here’s a similar look.nightowl_IMG_6684 nightowl_IMG_7230My dog Kenzie loves to be in photographs.  She has serious FOMO when I do photoshoots without her.  Does anyone else have pets with this problem? Haha!

Knit Cardigan (Unknown Korean brand | similar look) / Free People Hat (sold out) / Vintage Gucci Patent Platform Pumps / American Eagle Outfitters Necklace

Photographed by Felicia Bade

SWEATS

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Traveling can be a pain.  Especially when it’s around the holidays.  The last thing I want to do when I’m getting on a plane is wear something uncomfortable or constricting.  At the same time, I don’t want to look like a hobo, so I’ve come up with a grand solution to wear sweats.  Not just any sweats, but chic and stylish sweats so that I can go straight from the airport to lunch without having to stop and change.
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[Disclaimer: I want to apologize in advance for the dog hairs seen in some of the photos.  I literally had these photos taken right after I got off the plane and have been traveling with my dog, Kenzie.  I was also greeted warmly by my sister’s dog, so double the dog hair.  I wish I would have used a lint roller, but I guess it adds to the authenticity of the outfit and the blog post??  Thanks for understanding!]

I found this ZARA Cut-Out Shoulder Top at the beginning of last month for less than $20.  Unfortunately, because it was such a great buy, this top is now sold out.  I can’t even find it on their website anymore.  However, this style is still available as a dress for less than $26!  I love that it has the cotton, comfy feel of a sweatshirt, but the cut-out shoulders give it an edge.  I can easily dress this shirt up with a leather skirt and wear it out to a nice sushi dinner.  This top is a great fit for women of all sizes.  Here’s a similar look.

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This pair of ATM Anthony Thomas Melilla Tuxedo Stripe Track Pant is one of my best sale purchases, EVER!  I got it for $35 on clearance at Barneys Warehouse last year.  I have my top brand picks when it comes to splurging on comfortable, quality cotton goods, and this brand is one of them.  I have had my eyes on ATM since I first felt a pair of his leggings at Barneys New York store at The Grove.  Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with finding that same delicious feeling that only he and Rick Owens have been able to accomplish.

I love that there are blue panels going down the side of the pants.  There are also these buttons at the sides of the waist that are covered up by my shirt in the pictures.  This could easily just be another pair of black sweatpants, but it’s the details that make this style streetwear vs. loungewear.  Here’s a similar look.sweats_IMG_6763

Don’t forget to top off the look with a pair of platform boots or kick ass sneakers.  I think LA has brought style and edge to many sweats and casual outfits.  Does anyone else love wearing casual wear?  Let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments!  Thanks!

Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses / ZARA Leather Platform Ankle Boot (sold out | similar look) / ZARA Black Knit Scarf (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by my sister (love you!)

CLAY

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When I think Fall, I think of brown, burgandy, rust, …clay.  I found this super comfy and soft Zara Flowing Trousers With Pleat in Clay for under $20.  It is available right now in-store and online, but I promise you at this price it will sell out quickly.  I am wearing an XS.

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No other city has fashionistas that scream for joy when it’s gloomy and chilly outside like we do in Los Angeles.  I am thrilled to be able to throw on my favorite coat, and not sweat my a$$ off because it’s for a photo shoot and 90 degrees outside.  I’m wearing a Vintage Geometric Coat in Light Grey with Geometric Buttons that I got from a small boutique in NYC back in 2008.  I know.  I know.  That’s like seven years ago.  But the reason I’m dating myself is because outerwear lasts FOREVER.  They will come back in style or stay in style year after year.  If you really love a coat, take good care of it, keep it in great condition, and you’ll be able to wear it for as long as you like.  Similar looks:

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This Truly Madly Deeply Mocturnal Cropped Tank Top by Urban Outfitters is on sale and for under $20.  There are four colors, but I love the grey the most.  I am wearing an XS.  I wore the trouser with a mock-neck crop top because I’m not going into an office building to work in this outfit.  I styled it so that it’s more laid back, but still sophisticated and chic.  If you ARE going to work, then I would suggest a top like Silence + Noise Mock Turtleneck Tunic Tank Top in Taupe (on sale at UO).

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Zara Faux Suede d’Orsay Platform Heels (sold out | similar look) / Vintage Gucci Leather Belt (hand-me-down from my mother) / Vintage Gucci Denim Monogram Medium Abbey Tote in Black / American Eagle Bracelets / Henri Bendel Stackable Rings / Free People Ring

Photographed by Felicia Bade