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

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

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

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

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

BECOMING A BETTER BLOGGER

Happy 2018 everyone!  Hope your new year’s celebration was more eventful than mine.  Not to mislead you, it was great and with wonderful company, but my new year’s eve wasn’t full of dancing, raging and taking fun pictures until the wee hours of the night.  We pretty much called it quits after countdown, went home and fell asleep.  Haha!  It’s what happens when you get old.  I didn’t put much effort or time into planning NYE, and this got me thinking about what other stuff I’ve been slacking on…like my blog.

To be honest, I’m not that great of a blogger, and I find it hard for me to offer blogging tips when I don’t follow through myself.  It’s not so much my lack of passion as it is my lack of focus.  It was really hard for me to focus on KANGTHROPOLOGIE when I had to work 3 other part-time jobs.  However, that’s no longer an excuse, and now I want to concentrate on the things that I can do to become a better blogger (BBB).

BBB #1: READ

I don’t read enough.  Period.  It’s not just the books I own, but I need to start reading more online news articles, blog posts, newsletters, etc..  There is so much information out there, and I’m missing it all by watching Netflix marathons.  I think the more I read other blogs of fashion and lifestyle bloggers similar to myself, the more I can figure out what works and what doesn’t.  Why are some blogs more successful than others?  Are there new topics that spark people’s interests?

If nothing else, reading other content will inspire me to create new content and come up with better ideas and topics.  By reading other blogger posts, this will also help me become a better engager, which leads me to the second thing I need to improve on…

BBB #2: ENGAGE

I’m really bad at this.  REALLY BAD.  (Sigh).  It’s really important for me to engage not only with my readers, but with other bloggers and brands.  I have a blogger friend that’s really great at this.  I’m always at awe of her when she tells me so-and-so wrote about this on her blog, or sends me articles that I would find interesting.

It’s not hard.  It’s just a click away.  I need to be more proactive and reach out to other bloggers that I find interesting or have similar aesthetics.  People respond better when they know that you have an interest in what they have to say.  It’s a two-way street and it’s always good to support your fellow bloggers.

BBB #3: PLAN

My best collaborations and content have been those that were well planned.  The idea, the concept, the mood have all been laid out before the execution, and the images that come about are some that I will remember and treasure forever.  Obviously, I’m not referring to OOTDs but the trips and seasonal campaigns.  I would like to plan out more trips in advance and come up with seasonal campaigns at least a month before execution.  Mood boards and media kits are very helpful when you’re reaching out to brands, and those take time to curate.  My goal is to put in more effort into all of my events, no matter how big or small.

 

These are the top 3 #BBB things I can improve on that I can think of off the top of my head.  I’d be more than grateful to hear your thoughts on how I can improve.  I want to put my best blogger foot forward this year, and your input would be much appreciated.  Thanks for being so patient with me the last 2 years.  Here’s to 2018!

Top: Reformation (similar look on sale) / Jeans: H&M / Boots: Forever 21 (similar look) / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Necklace: Gorjana / Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar / Bag: Vintage Chanel / Lipstick: 100% Pure

Photographed by Laci Havens

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN LA

Hey!  What’s up?  I’m back…  Yeah.  Sorry I’ve been MIA…again.  [Sounding like a guy who you dated for 3 months then suddenly ghosted on you].  I’ve got no excuses.  Well, I have a few excuses:

  1. I’m working multiple part time jobs, and they’re just taking up more of my time.
  2. I’ve got a boyfriend that I like to spend every free moment with when I’m not busy with my multiple part time jobs.
  3. I ran out of stuff that I wanted to or felt relevant enough to talk about.
  4. Editing and selecting photos to post is a bitch.
  5. I’ve lost motivation and
  6. I’ve gotten lazy.

So there.  But with that said, it’s not so much the fall as it is the rise back up, right?  The question to ask here is not why I disappeared, but why I decided to come back.  What has actually motivated me enough to type up this blog post?

Well, I don’t want to give you one of those “top 5 ways to stay motivated about your blog” kind of BS post.  The real reason I felt motivated to blog again is that I’m working with a new photographer, Anthony Newen, which shot these beautiful images that I felt necessary to post and show everyone. I also felt guilty about dropping the ball on my blog.  It’s only been just a little over 2 years, and I’m already losing my mojo.

As an actress in LA, I don’t have much control over my life.  I don’t get to make the judgement calls on whether to cast me in a show, film or commercial.  However, in blogging, I have full creative control in my content, in my verbiage, my theme, my style, my everything.  So why would I want to give up on the only thing I can control in beautiful, sunny LA?  I don’t, and thus I’m back.  I guess I just took the roundabout way of saying I took for granted what I had, and it took me a whole month to realize that.

I want to apologize to you, my readers, for leaving y’all for so long.  To make up for it, I want to let y’all know there is a Reformation Sample Sale this weekend in Culver City!!  (See SALES for more deets).  You see, it’s always sunny in LA.


PS, I’m sure you’re aware that I’ve chopped off my hair even more!  What do you think of it?  Do you like the new haircut?  Be honest and let me know!

Bodysuit: Hot-As-Hell (similar look) / Denim: Urban Outfitters BDG / Hat: Hat Attack / Boots: Aerosoles

Photographed by Anthony Newen

REPEAT

So, I just want to forewarn my readers that this post may be a bit opinionated, somewhat politically incorrect, and fully soap-box charged.  These are simply my views and my views only, and has nothing to do with the brands I’m wearing in the pictures.  (Isn’t it sad that I have to actually write this disclaimer “just in case”?)

Anyway, I had originally planned to post this look yesterday.  Same outfit.  Same pics.  Same everything.  I was even going to throw in a bit about how I’m reworking an oldie back into my wardrobe, (SEE OVERALL).  However, once I woke up on Monday morning and heard about the gun shooting massacre in Las Vegas, I scratched my whole post.  I decided to write something more poignant to the subject of gun control, or lack there of.

When I was younger, my sister would play this prank on me.  She would say, “Pete and Repeat went on a boat.  Pete fell out.  Who’s in the boat?”  And I would answer, “Repeat!”  Then she would start again, “Pete and Repeat went on a boat.  Pete fell out.  Who’s in the boat?”  And sure enough, I would be a sucker and yell, “Repeat!”  This would go on and on until I caught onto the joke: ‘Repeat’.  I feel like this is similar to the American public being fooled over and over again by the government and their stance on tackling gun control issues.  How many times must we yell “Repeat!” before we realize that the joke is on us?  How many more gun shooting massacres?  How many more deaths?  How many more tragedies?  How many more families ruined and terrorized?  How many?  Is there a threshold we must break in order for the government and the NRA to finally realize that we’re not trying to take away their right to bear arm, but to control WHO gets to bear arm?

They say history repeats itself.  They also say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Nothing has changed on gun control, so why would I ever think that there wouldn’t be another mass gun shooting tragedy?  This travesty will continue to repeat itself until we decide to finally do something about gun control.  I have family members that have their CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) permit.  They claim it’s to protect their family in case of burglary, home invasion, and “just in case”, but I’m not sure that handgun would do much good in a situation where someone is shooting an automatic weapon from the 32nd floor.

Regardless of where you stand on the 2nd amendment or guns in general, I would hope that we are all praying for the victims and their families.  Not all history is bad.  There is compassion, bravery, and selflessness throughout history in times like this.  I’m no longer on my soap box, and I just hope that I can encourage everyone to speak up when it comes to love and kindness.  God bless.



Top: Free People / Overall: Rollas Jeans (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

LACES OUT

We are in that transition period again where summer is slowly fading away during the day, but fall approaches quickly at night.  Weather like this requires light layering pieces that we can add on and/or take off on a whim, and I tend to lean towards light lacey tops over bralettes.

I recently attended the CMG fall preview of Who What Wear‘s new collection for Target, and fell in love with so many of their light layering tops, specifically this Layered Lace Top, which is under $30!  I especially love the lace on lace look that gives an off-the-shoulder effect.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the material.  Nothing against Target, but I don’t exactly think “high-quality” when I purchase Target brand clothing.  They’re more of your basic-go-to-one-day-throw-away type clothing, but their recent rebranding of affordable contemporary designer clothing has really impressed me.  Sizing wise, I wish there was more of a selection for petite size people like me.  Their XS tops seem to fit me okay, but their bottoms fall in the sizing range of American Gap, big.

I have a couple more looks coming soon that show off more of this light, lace top style.  Check back soon and I’ll talk about how to look chic while wearing see-thru tops.  Xoxo!

I’m obsessed with oversize shades.  They have the perfect retro vibe and quickly elevates a look from meh to street chic.  I found several great, (and cheap), oversize sunnies on zeroUV.  Most styles are under $10!  You’re welcome.

Top: Who What Wear / Denim: Reformation (vintage | similar look) / Sunnies: zeroUV / Shoes: LuLu’s / Bag: Vintage Chanel (my own) / Earrings: Charming Charlie

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

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