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

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

I’M NOT A PLAYER I JUST CRUSH (VELVET) A LOT

Every winter I bust out my “winter-ish” fabrics: corduroy, faux fur, and of course, velvet.  The crushed velvet look is just perfect for those holiday parties and events.  It screams done-up without being too much, which is why it looks great as a maxi dress, as a pair of flare pants, and especially as a jumpsuit.  Here are some of my favorite velvet and crushed velvet items of the season:

I fly home to Dallas, TX this Friday, and I’m weary of what to pack.  The weather there keeps fluctuating and I’m scared that I may not pack enough warm clothes or vice versa.  I’m definitely bringing my HAH jumpsuit, (as I’m seen wearing), for the Christmas party my sister is throwing at her house on Saturday.  It covers just enough skin so my father doesn’t think I’m a hooker in LA, but it’s fancy enough to say, “Hey, I’m from LA”.

Sorry folks, but I’ll probably be MIA on the blog until after Christmas.  However, I’ll still be active on my Instagram as I have lots of great outfits that I’ve just shot and can’t wait to post and share.  If you like any of my outfits, you can shop it at my Poshmark account or follow my LikeToKnow.It links!  Merry Christmas!

Jumpsuit: Hot-As-Hell (on sale) / Shoes: Nasty Gal (sold out | similar look on sale) / Sunnies: Crap Eyewear / Necklace: Mejuri / Choker: Mejuri

Photographed by Laci Havens

GET SHORTY

Most women decide to lop off their hair for one of the following reasons: 1) they just got out of a serious relationship, 2) they’re going through a quarter-life crisis, 3) they just had a baby and the baby is ripping her long hair out, (ouch!).  Nope.  None of those are reasons why I’m deciding to chop off my hair, but come this Thursday, I’m chopping off my luscious, long locks.

I’m opting for more of a shortish like hairstyle.  Perhaps a bob, perhaps something shoulder length with layers, but the reason I’m cutting it is to look more mature.  Sounds silly, (and quite stupid), as most women spend their entire life savings to look younger, and here I am trying to look “older”.

I’ve been pursing acting for over 9 years now, and I feel that it’s time to embrace my age and try to play roles in a different age range.  Let’s face it ladies, we can’t be in our 20s forever, so I’m going to be proactive and take stride into my 30s with style and grace.

 

With all of this said, this is a perfect summertime to sport a shorter hairstyle.  I’ve looked to Olivia Culpo and Olivia Palermo for inspiration.  Even Kaia Gerber has gone for a shoulder-length layered look.  So I’m breaking ties with my mermaid hair aspirations.  I can’t wait to show y’all my new hair on Thursday!  To stay up-to-date, be sure to watch my InstaStories!  Stay tuned!

Jumpsuit: Flair The Label / Purse: Coach

Photographed by Mire Yang

 

PRAY FOR SUNSHINE

In the nine years since I’ve moved to Los Angeles, I never thought I would ever have to pray for sunshine.  Ever.  This is ‘sunny LA’ for crying out loud, but there has been an influx of rain on the weekends for the past month.  Rain storms usually like to come in right around Friday and stick around until Monday or Tuesday the following week.

It has been a hellish blogger month.  I’ve had to shoot in between rain, in the rain, in the gloomy gray and/or cancel the photoshoot altogether.  However, on this one special Saturday, the sun decided to peek it’s little head out for just a brief moment.  This brief moment was all I needed to twirl, smile, and put on my new pretty Restricted Bedtime Oxfords in Whiskey.

I’ve recently partnered up with Restricted Shoes and you can take 25% off your purchase by using the promo code KANG25.  #YoureWelcome.

Here are a couple of my other favorite styles that are perfect for spring:

  

Amazing – Black
Wild Child – Taupe

Hat: Reformation (similar look) / Romper: Reformation / Shoes: Restricted Shoes

Photographed by Laci Havens

WHAT FALL MEANS IN LA

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In just two days it’ll be Thanksgiving.  Sheesh, how quickly the time has flown by.  I don’t even recall my last #NYE, (probably nothing exciting), and here I am about to celebrate it again in just 1.5 months.  The only difference is that while the east coast is decked out in warm leggings, fur coats and scarves, I’m still wearing shorts and breezy dresses in LA.

What exactly does fall even mean in LA?  I’ve been here for almost 8 years and I can sum it up to a few memorable things:

  • Friendsgiving
    • Most of us living in LA are transplants from some other state very far away, which means we have to travel home for the holidays.  Because Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close to one another, we usually pick one or the other to travel home.  Odds are it’s Christmas that we want to spend the day with our family, so we end up celebrating Thanksgiving with our extended family of close friends that have also decided to stay in LA.  It’s hard enough to find good friends in general, needless to say LA, but you know they’re worthy when you invite them to your #Friendsgiving dinner.  I would also like to say that if you know someone who is lonely in this town and without family or friends, please invite them to your gathering.  You have no idea what that would mean to them. #SharingIsCaring
  • Leather Jackets
    • We wear these year round, but it really becomes flourishing during the fall evenings when it drops down to 60° or below.  The ladies, (and gents), still want to wear their barely there fashion when they go out.  What do you expect from the city of Angels?  Everyone is a cool cat, and cool cats wear leather jackets, especially motorcycle ones.  I recommend IRO or AllSaints.  Both of these brands carry high quality leather jackets that don’t entirely bankrupt you.  Keywords: don’t entirely
  • Brisk Mornings and Evenings
    • Even in November we still have warm, sunny 70° weather during the day.  However, in the early mornings and evenings, (as soon as that sun sets), it can be super chilly.  I make sure to always have a light jacket or cardigan with me whenever I go out during the day and know that I’ll be out when the sun starts to set at 4:30pm.  I really like this new ZARA Long Chenille Jacket that I’m wearing in the photos.  It’s the perfect fall color, and it keeps me warm.  Only downfall of this jacket is that it sheds like a biznatch.  I’d stay away from wearing anything white or black underneath.
  • Ghost Town Holidays
    • As I’ve mentioned before, LA is a city of transplants, and when it’s holiday season everyone goes home to their respected hometowns or leave to go on a paradise vacation.  This leaves the city deserted and empty, which is just how I like it.  There’s no traffic, you can get into any restaurant at anytime, and did I mention there’s no traffic?

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Free People Surf Date Romper (on sale) / Nicole Vienna Soir N°79 Link Watch / TIJN Monica Antique Burnt Gold Specs / Charme Silkiner Tierney Necklace / UO Vintage Style Boots (no longer available | similar look)

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Please drink responsibly, watch lots of football, and cheer on the Cowboys!  Tune in next week for my CyberMonday issue! xoxo!

Photographed by Larry Wong

RED VELVET

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Happy Monday everyone!  How quickly time flies by.  In just the week that I’ve been back from my vacation in Taiwan, so many things have happened.  We have a new president-elect.  There are protests and campaigns for the electoral college to rethink what’s best for the nation, and I’m already requesting off work for the holidays.  Yup, 2017 is just around the corner, which means it’s the never-ending holiday parties season.

I’m from Texas and we eat only one kind of cake: red velvet.  And that’s just how I like my holiday outfits: red and velvet.  The velvet fabric looks smooth and sexy, and the color red adds the touch of festivities to the mix.

I’m wearing LuLu’s Spin Me ‘Round Burgundy Velvet Jumpsuit in a size S, and this is just decadent.  I love how plunging the halter neckline is, and there are pockets that I can stick my hands in when I get cold.  This jumpsuit will definitely turn heads at your company party.  Here are some of my other favorite velvet jumpsuits to wear this holiday season:


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CHARME Silkiner Tierney Necklace / Steven by Steve Madden Rykie Sandals / Free People Riri Mega Ring Set in Gold/Garnet

I recently worked with a new photographer, Silvia, who reached out to me about a photographic series that she’s doing called “Hair Biome”.  In order to promote female strength and awareness, she’s photographing her female subjects tossing and whipping their hair to embrace their feminine beauty regardless of their race or age.

We had a blast!  Regardless of your political views, I encourage all women to stand up, unite, and speak out about our rights…especially now that we have a president elect who may not have the highest regards for women.  Xo!

Photographed by Silvia Moreno

OWNING IT

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Happy Sunday everyone!  This has got to be one of my top favorite outfits that I’ve ever worn for my blog.  It has all the elements of style that I love: a mixture of designer and contemporary, feminine edginess, AND, it’s a JUMPSUIT!  How much more #Kangthro can this be?!

I’ve mentioned several times that I can get lost at times with fashion blogging.  That I feel like I haven’t exactly found my voice, or perhaps I’m just too eclectic when it comes to fashion.  However, I’m owning it in this outfit, and I feel like this is important for any blogger that is just starting out.  There will be times when you’re swayed one way or another because of certain trends, but it’s good to always check in with yourself and come back to what feels natural.  For me, the monochrome black, the hint of sexiness, and the ease and comfiness of this Clayton MaryJane Jumpsuit feel natural.

Definitely try out new styles and trends because that’s just what you have to do to evolve in fashion.  But whatever it is that is your fashion sense, wear it.  Own it.  You’ll see the difference in your photos and in your face when an outfit feels right.
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For this jumpsuit, I wanted to pair it with a pretty lace bra because I felt like wearing a tee or an off-the-shoulder top would be too obvious.  Plus, there’s been another heat wave that passed through LA, so why not expose a bit more skin.  Am I right ladies?

I searched for a while to find the perfect lace bra that would show off well, and I found this gorgeous Free People Slow Dance Underwire Bra with the prettiest racerback.  Ladies, there aren’t enough complimentary words I can say about this bra.  It’s racerback.  It’s pretty.  It’s underwire.  It comes in seven different colors.  It’s like finding the Prince Charming of intimates.
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Vintage Gucci Belt (similar look) / Gentle Monster Dreamer Sunglasses / River Island Bow Choker (sold out | similar look) / Forever 21 Platform Ankle Boots (sold out | similar look)

It was my first time shooting at Venice Canals, and I’m just obsessed with this location.  I find it almost embarrassing to admit that I’ve lived in LA for almost 8 years and that was my first time ever visiting the canals and obsessing over those beautiful homes.  Are there any other locations I’m just oblivious to that I need to shoot at?  If you’re so kind as to take pity on this always-late-to-the-party soul, please do share!  Thanks!

Photographed by Mire Yang

ROC

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Who’s excited and ready to fly 10,000 miles to go see about a boy??  This girl!  In less than two weeks I’ll be in Taiwan, the Republic of China (ROC), to go visit my long distance relationship boy toy.  In case you forgot, he’s there for a six month overseas assignment.

Taiwan is an island right off the eastern coast of China that’s super close to the equator and has tropical rainstorms on a weekly basis.  I’ve been imaginarily packing my bags since last month and I’m still unsure of what all to bring.  According to ChinaHighlights.com, the weather in November is relatively pleasant with sunny skies and little rain, but I’ve been to Taiwan enough times to know that rain is inevitable.  I’m made in Taiwan.  I know.

We also plan to take some hiking trips to the mountain so I’ll need outfits that can go from street to mountain and back.  In a way, it’s similar to LA since most people walk around in workout clothes going to and fro from the gym, Runyon and/or brunch.  However, I can’t just bring workout clothes, so it’s all about layering.  Whether the weather is rainy, chilly, humid, or hot I can add on and take off clothing as I please.

A great piece to wear when you’re unsure of the weather is a long sleeve romper.  If it gets chilly, I can just throw on a pair of warm socks and over the knee boots.  But if it gets rainy and warm, a pair of flatform sandals will suffice.  I’ll be elevated from the ground because of the platform, but will also not care if my feet gets wet from the rain since I’m wearing sandals.

This beautiful Stone Cold Fox Locals Jumper that I’m pictured in will be perfect for this trip.  It also comes in the color black.  This particular romper is a bit large on me so the deep plunging neck in the front requires me to wear something underneath.  I recommend wearing a lace bodysuit so that you can still show off the sexiness of a plunging neckline.

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American Apparel Lace Bodysuit (no longer available | similar look) / Free People Statement Ring (no longer available | similar look)

Taiwan is also known for their delicious food and night markets.  Unfortunately, Barry and I are both vegetarians so we’ll be missing out on 90% of the food offered.  Whomp whomp!  No worries, this will give us more opportunities to explore new restaurants that DO offer vegetarian options.  Does anyone know of any in the Taipei area?  Let me know!

Photographed by Hanna Snyder