DOUBLE LIVES

I’ve been in and out of my Instagram page for the past month.  I’ll post for 4 days straight, then I’ll ghost for 4 days straight.  I feel like I should say more to lead into this blog post, but there’s no point in beating around the bush with this topic.  This bipolar behavior stems from one single reason: I feel like I’m living a double life transitioning from a struggling actress/waitress to a wanna-be living-the-life blogger.

I’m not even going to pretend like my “blogger” life isn’t curated to make one feel as if I’m living the good, carefree, SoCal life.  My InstaStories consist of me working out at some of the coolest WeHo studios, drinking Blue Bottle coffee, eating at the cutest restaurants, and taking selfies in Reformation dressing rooms.  Is this all fabricated?  No.  I do workout 3-4 days a week (via ClassPass), I probably single handedly pay the rent at Blue Bottle for the number of New Orleans I purchase per week, I do eat out more often than I should, and I spend WAAY too much money at Reformation.

HOWEVER, I also work 5 part-time jobs to cover my lifestyle and expenses, (see BUSY AF).  Yes, there is a 5th one.  I forgot to mention in my previous blog post that I also do the occasional catering gig when I am not slaving away at the restaurant I normally work at.  And for a while, acting was a bit on the slow side during the summer break, which gave me plenty of time to travel and take pretty pictures in Tulum and Shanghai.  But there has been an explosion of auditions and events the past two weeks now that pilot season is back.

As much as one is outweighing the other right now, both acting and blogging are still vying for more of my time and effort.  But with the new Instagram algorithm sucking big caca, I’m not sure I have the passion I did before to post consistently, (i.e. I’ve chopped off my hair two weeks ago and I’m still posting pictures I shot with my long hair).

I started Kangthropologie as an extension of my creative outlet, but I moved out to LA for acting.  I don’t aspire to become a full-time blogger, but I do think that these two jobs go hand in hand.  I’m not letting go of #Kangthro by any means, but I am going to take this time and step back and rejuvenate myself with fashion and lifestyle.

I want you to know that the things you see on Instagram or any other social media platform isn’t always what it seems.  There’s hard work, sweat, and sometimes tears to make things look pretty, and for me, it’s my 4 other jobs that help me support this lifestyle.  Thank you SO much for your support and I hope you continue to read and follow along.

Skirt: Missguided / Tee: Urban Outfitters (similar look) / Shirt: American Eagle (similar look) / Sunglasses: Illesteva / Shoes: Steve Madden / Necklace: Adore Jewelry / Necklace: The Brave Collection (from Box of Style)

Photographed by Laci Havens

FUN AND FLIRTY

There’s currently a 9869 degree heatwave going through LA, and I feel like doing nothing but lay naked in my bed in air conditioning.  However, there’s this thing called LIFE, so I must muster up the energy to go outside and do things.  Since I can’t be naked in public, the next best thing to wear in this heat is a fun and flirty skirt.

This is the summer season of mini skirts my friends!  Everywhere you look you see a cute mini skirt paired with a cool tee or a sexy crop top.  I can’t stop browsing the skirts coming from For Love and Lemons and Faithfull The Brand.  A lot of these brands are making matching sets with fun prints like gingham and polka dot-like florals.  Here are some of my fav mini skirts and skorts:

So, if you must bare the heat, and you can’t be by a pool all day, I say get out there and flirt in that skirt!  Happy Sunday!

Tee: American Apparel (similar look on sale) / Skirt: For Love and Lemons (sold out | similar look) / Sunnies: Illesteva / Boots: Nasty Gal (sold out | similar look) / Bag: ZARA (sold out | similar look on sale) / Bracelets: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Photographed by Mire Yang

CLUELESS

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One of the most monumental movies of my adolescent life has got to be Clueless.  For you young bucks, Clueless is a modern day movie adaptation of Jane Austen‘s book, “Emma“.  And if you don’t know the author Jane Austen or heard of her book, “Emma“, then you have a bigger problem than gaining five pounds over the holiday.  Anyhew, this movie starred the gorgeous Alicia Silverstone, who played Cher, and she wore this notorious yellow plaid school girl outfit that set off a fashion trend for the mid to late 90s.

Flash forward 26 years and I have not only dated myself, but I have also played tribute and homage to one of my favorite movies.  This is my take on a preppy, sophisticated look for the modern day Cher Horowitz. kangthropologie_clueless_outfit2 kangthropologie_clueless_IMG_7965 kangthropologie_clueless_IMG_8137 kangthropologie_clueless_IMG_8131

I’m wearing an old Forever 21 Red Retro Plaid Sweatshirt that I got about two years ago.  It’s no longer available, but here are some similar looks:

Forever 21 Fuzzy Plaid Paneled Sweatshirt (on sale)

Vans Morning Bell Crew Sweatshirt

Polo Ralph Lauren Plaid Shirt (on sale)

SPLURGE: Miu Miu Oversized Tartan Wool Sweater (on sale | additional 20% off see SALES for details)

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I normally do a spring and fall clean out of my closet, and I donate or sell anything that I haven’t worn in 2 years.  However, there are the occasional exceptions: outerwear, shoes, and wardrobe staples.  Certain things stay because they are classic items and they never go out of fashion.

With that said, I was really excited to wear my SUPER old Club Monaco Textured Skirt with Side Buttons in Black.  I think this skirt can be considered vintage since it was purchased probably 7-10 years ago.  I’ve kept this skirt in great condition, and I recently had it altered so that I could recycle it and wear it again.  This skirt stayed because of it’s texture, buttons detail, and classic fit.  Obviously this skirt is no longer available, but here are similar looks that are currently on sale with an additional 30% off (see SALES for details):

Club Monaco Stephanie Textured Skirt (on sale)

Club Monaco Rowan Skirt (on sale)

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AEO Western Denim ShirtRay-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Zara Leather Platform Ankle Boot (sold out | similar look on sale)

I think Mean Girls would be the next closest movie to what Clueless was to my generation.  Who do you think should star in the next all-girls teenage movie?

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

MAXI

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Back in my day, the word “maxi” meant maxi-pads.  (Eww).  These days, the fashionistas have transformed this once notorious word into a fan favorite: the maxi skirt.  Sometimes it’s a maxi dress, but either way it’s long, it’s gorgeous, and it makes everyone feel tall, (even if only for a moment).

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I’m wearing Nasty Gal’s Holy Wrap Maxi Skirt, which is currently on sale for less than $30.  I ordered the XS and it fits perfectly high on my waist.  This skirt is much longer on me than the 5’9″ model in platform heels, but I like that it slightly graces the ground even with my Forever21 Black Modernist Platform Booties.

I left a review on this skirt, and I pointed out that I noticed the outer wrap fabric sticks out and doesn’t lay flat because of the clips closure.  The inner closure has snaps, and I wish that the outer closure also had snaps, versus the clips.

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I liked the way Nasty Gal had styled the skirt with their Low Down Plunging Bodysuit, so I decided to wear my skirt with something similar that I already had in my closet.  I’m wearing  American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Halter Leotard in Black.  I wore this in my recent post, NIGHT OWL, and I mentioned that I got an XS, which pulls against my long torso causing a deep-v effect.

The bodysuit also has a super low back, so with this high-waisted maxi skirt, it looks like my back is completely bare.  Talk about an extra sexy additive.

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Round-Retro Sunglasses (borrowed from Felicia) / Fedora (my own) / Vintage Chanel Caviar CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Thank you so much for following along, and CYBER MONDAY posts will be back shortly.  I just haven’t been online shopping much since after Christmas.  Feel free to leave a comment, ask questions, or offer feedback.  I always make sure to respond.

Photographed by Felicia Bade

ALL MIXED UP

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Ever run out of food so you just throw together whatever you have left in your pantry and fridge and it turns out to be the best freaking dish you ever made?  That rule also applies to fashion.  I hate it when things are too matchy-matchy or coordinated.  My mother has a tendency to be matchy-matchy, and I’m always correcting her in her styling because a look can become “too much”.  Just because you wear a Chanel coat doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit has to be head-to-toe Chanel.  You’ll end up loosing that debonair, classy look you were going for and just become pretentious.

It is based on this fashion guideline that I put together this outfit.  I have a mixture of classic, stripe tee with fitted, high-waist skirt with chunky, knit scarf.  It’s a mishmash of things thrown together, but creates a look that’s slightly conservative but bold at the same time.

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I am wearing an American Eagle Outfitters Aerie Long Sleeve Best T in Navy.  It’s currently on super sale (less than $12), and I got a size XS so I can wear it fitted.  I love that it’s long in the torso so I can still tuck it into mid-waist or low-rise jeans.  This shirt is also very comfortable and easy to wear with a faux-leather pencil skirt or ripped jeans.
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This is a H&M High-Waist Satin Pencil Midi-Skirt from their Trend Collection that I purchased earlier this summer for less than $50.  This skirt is very body contouring, but has a lot of stretch and pull to suck you in in all the right places.  It has a long zipper in the back that allows you to adjust how much movement you want in the legs.  I prefer keeping the zipper low to give that vintage 1950s vibe.  Unfortunately, this skirt is no longer available.

Here are similar looks:

ModCloth I’ll Have The Usual Skirt in Pine

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Bodycon Midi Skirt (on sale)

ASOS Pencil Skirt in Cable Knit Texture

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I am wearing an Abercrombie & Fitch Extra-Long Knit Scarf in Yellow that I purchased about six years ago.  I specifically chose yellow at the time because of my Alma Mater (Georgia Tech), but it’s also my favorite color because it adds happiness to every outfit.

Everyone needs that one extra-long chunky scarf that they can wrap around and around their neck to stay extra warm and look extra fabulous.  Here are some similar looks:

ZARA Knit Scarf in Mustard

ASOS Oversized Extra Long Rib Knit Scarf

Urban Outfitters Sherpa Eternity Scarf in Beige

Urban Outfitters Icelandic Rib Scarf

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The mixture of texture, color and styles adds uniqueness to this look.  I recommend that you dig through your closet and just play.  Don’t worry about whether or not you think something will match.  Just try it on and feel it out.  As I’ve mentioned before in my previous post, (Made In LA), my ratio for dressing is 1:1.  For every one fancy/trendy item, I pair it with one casual/classic item.

How did y’all like the array of colors?  Let me know!

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / BCBG leather sandals (super old | similar look) / Rings (my own)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

MADE IN LA

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Since moving to Los Angeles six years ago, I’ve come to adapt myself to her weather, her food, and mostly her fashion.  Her style is always trendy, but casual enough that you don’t feel threatened.  As most commercial casting breakdowns would put it: attractive, yet approachable.  This might not be true for everyone, but that’s how I’ve come to interpret LA fashion and that’s how I’ve come to style and dress myself.
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My ratio for dressing is 1:1.  For every one fancy/trendy item, I pair it with one casual/classic item.  So, if I’m wearing a cute peplum pencil skirt, then I’ll offset it with a casual plaid top.  This black and red checkered long-sleeve flannel is from the mens department of Uniqlo.  I got this from an Uniqlo store in Shanghai, China and their sizing is very different than the stores in the States.  The women shirts in China are much smaller and slimmer, and I wanted a shirt that had a more boyfriend feel than a little child.  I am wearing a size Small and it definitely has a lot of room and length.
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I just adore this Alice + Olivia Natasha Peplum Pencil Skirt.  1) The ponte jersey fabric is soft and has just enough stretch to let you walk with ease.  2) The peplum gives the pencil skirt a flirty, fun look.  Unfortunately, this style is currently sold out, but I did find it in the color Hot Pink.  Here are other similar looks:

Nasty Gal Nana Judy Slit Up Peplum Skirt

Lovers + Friends Wishing Peplum Skirt

BCBG Peplum Skirt

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It has been an exciting first two months for KANGTHROPOLOGIE, and I’m anxious to see where it goes from here.  Thank y’all for reading and I’m always available for any comments, suggestions or questions.  Have a great weekend!

Vintage Chanel Caviar CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag / Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses / Zara Leather Platform Ankle Boot (sold out | similar look on sale) / J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale)

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair and Makeup by Felicia Bade

LADY IN THE STREET


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I feel like I have been blogging about a lot of cool casual or trendy outfits, but have yet to touch base with the classy lady that’s inside of me.  I go out for a lot of auditions that require me to look more sophisticated and put together, which is probably why I’ve strayed away from it in my real life.  However, I love putting this outfit together.  It’s something I would wear going out on a date or grab a night cap with my girlfriends.  I feel very sexy and stylish in this fall outfit.  

Every female needs a pencil skirt.  It doesn’t matter what your size, shape or religion is, trust me, you can pull off a pencil skirt.  The purpose of a pencil skirt is to flatter the curve of a female figure.  Now I know some of you are saying, but I don’t have any curves or I have too much curve.  Whichever the case, this skirt, with the appropriate stretch and fabric, can help accentuate what your have or don’t have.

This is an Amanda Uprichard Ponte Pencil Skirt that I got on super sale from Neiman Marcus a couple of years ago.  I have grown to really like the stuff from Amanda Uprichard.  It’s fine quality and they’re well priced, especially when they’re on sale.  This style in the color black is sold out, but Revolve currently has it available in the colors Bittersweet and Ivory.

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I purchased this Zara Cropped Turtleneck two years ago.  It has been cold and windy in LA and this top is PERFECT for this weather.  Because my pencil skirt is work high-waisted, my cropped turtleneck cuts off perfectly at the waist, which lengthens the look of my legs.  If the top was any higher though it wouldn’t look as classy, and if it was any lower I would be hiding the smallest part of my curve.  Here are some similar looks:

Zara Cropped Sweater

UO Kimchi Blue Lace Trim Cropped Sweater in Black and White (on sale)

UO Kimchi Blue Cozy Mock Neck Sweater

UO Silence + Noise Cassie Turtleneck Sweater

UNIF x UO Fine Gauge Cropped Sweater
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These are my favorite heels right now.  I just got these Steve Madden Varsity Stilettos in Wine Suede on sale at Lord & Taylors for under $50.  They are on sale again with an additional 20% off from now until Nov. 11 (see SALES for me details).  I have been blogging about my love for burgundy this fall, and now I have it in the form of these fabulous heels.  You will definitely be seeing me with these sexy heels on throughout this fall.  Here’s a similar look.

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I seriously considered chopping off my hair after the photoshoot of this outfit.  I’m still considering it, but I know my agents will be upset if I don’t have headshots to match my new hair ASAP.  Cutting/coloring hair is a bit more costly when you’re an aspiring actress because of all the things that come with changing your “look”.  Long hair makes you more youthful, but an edgy bob will make you more sophisticated and chic.  A woman.  A lady in the street.  I definitely love this look enough to bring it up with them the next time I see them.  What do y’all think?  Should I chop off my hair??  Leave a comment below and and let me know!

J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale) / Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair and Makeup by Felicia Bade

ESSENCE

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I’ll be honest, when I started KANGTHROPOLOGIE about six weeks ago I didn’t really know what I was doing, and probably still don’t.  Haha!  I know I love fashion.  I know I love to shop.  I’m pretty good at styling myself, friends and family members.  I’m a great savvy shopper, and I know how to find awesome deals on fashion pieces that are trending in the moment.  However, I wasn’t sure I had a distinct voice.  What was my style?  How would I describe my fashion?

I’m an actress and my wardrobe is quite eclectic.  I sometimes dress boho, and other times I dress minimalistic in black, white or grey.  But as I started styling myself for the blog, I realized that a pattern was recurring over and over.  My choices are always classy and feminine, but with a little bit of edge.  It will be pants, but with a crop top (i.e. CROPPED, CLAY).  Or it’s a one-piece swimsuit, but crochet and revealing (i.e. SAMPLING).

This outfit is just the right amount of juxtaposition between classy and edgey.  It’s feminine, but not.  It’s casual, but not.  In an essence, it’s very me.  It’s very KANGTHROPOLOGIE.
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The skirt I’m wearing is the Unfettered Maxi Skirt in Grey by Moulinette Soeurs from Anthropologie.  I got this skirt about three years ago for less than $10.  It was such an amazing buy and the flowing, silk maxi skirt is making a comeback this fall.  You’ve seen it on fashion blogger Christie Ferrari and Kayla Seah of NotYourStandard.  Here are some similar looks:

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Hope y’all are enjoying the sales, styles and outfits of Kangthropologie!  Let me know if there’s any particular fashion you would like to see more!  Thanks!

Converse All-Star Low Sneaker / Chan Luu Gold & Swarovski Crystal Hand Chain in Light Silk /  Henri Bendel Chevron Stack Ring Set / Gorjana Interlock Midi Ring / Gemma Crus Rose Gold & Round CZ Drop Earrings / Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Fedora (my own)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

ARABIAN NIGHTS

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Ever seen the movie ‘Arabian Nights‘?  Right.  Neither have I.  However, I know it’s one of those movies that I should watch on a chilly, fall night snuggled up in my bed.  It’s actually gotten a bit cold at night here in Los Angeles, and it inspired me to throw on this great hooded scarf that I found during my trip to Shanghai, China earlier this year.  It’s like a scarf but has a cap/pouch on the top for you to wear it like a hat/beanie.  It kept me very warm during Shanghai’s winter weather, but can be worn over light cotton wardrobe (as I’ve done here) because LA never gets THAT cold.

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The hooded scarf is part of a matching knit cardigan set from a local Korean brand Page.  I have not been successful in finding this brand’s online website in order to locate it’s origin, but will keep everyone updated when I do since it’s such a fantastic piece to have before winter.  Here are some similar looks:

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My top is from a James Perse sample sale two years ago.  I love this brand.  I know it can be expensive at times, but the quality of the cotton is so well worth the extra dollar.  They have a sample sale every year around this time in Los Angeles.  Sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page and you can be updated when they have the sale again.  In case you don’t have the patience to wait for the sample sale, you can purchase the James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt in Black, which is available right now.  It’s essentially the same shirt, but has a slight collar.

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I’m so excited about this weather!  I’m traveling to Atlanta this weekend to watch my homecoming game and will most definitely bring my hooded scarf.  Anyone else watching college football?  What do you like to wear to the games?

Vans Sk8-Hi California Reissue SneakerRay-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses / Chan Luu Gold & Swarovski Crystal Hand Chain in Light Silk /  Henri Bendel Chevron Stack Ring Set / Gorjana Interlock Midi Ring / Gemma Crus Rose Gold & Round CZ Drop Earrings

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

SIDE OF RANCH

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Once a Texan, always a Texan.  That saying has always stuck with me even after I moved to LA six years ago.  I found this awesome Madison & Berkeley ‘Side of Ranch’ Shirttail Tank at the Nordstrom department store in Dallas, TX (my hometown) on sale for under $15. This bright red tee made me smile because it screams I’m a southerner.  I paired this with a faux leather pencil skirt I got in late spring of this year from Zara.  Even though both the tank and the skirt are no longer available, here are some similar looks:

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I love the mixture of sophisticated and casual.  How about you?  What do you mix up in your closet to make a sophisticated outfit look more casual or vice versa?  Love to hear from y’all!

Chanel Quilted Patent Wallet / Brian Atwood Delta Patent Platforms (from Net-A-Porter a SUPER long time ago) / Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Free People Ring / American Eagle Bracelets

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair by Felicia Bade