UNFORGETTABLE

In the world of blogging, I think it’s important to have high quality imagery and content.  Depending on your own personal aesthetics, the look and vibe should reflect who you are and what you represent.  I love romantic and sexy maxi dresses, and my look has a feminine boho vibe.

Occasionally, in the midst of all your photoshoots, you’ll do one that is unforgettable.  Towards the end of last year, I had a beautiful photoshoot with one of my fav photographers, Hanna Snyder.  She took me to this super remote spot in Malibu, and we found these beautiful slated rocks on the beach.  The textures and colors really helped bring out this Free People Maxi Dress.

I fell in love with the photos immediately as we were shooting and reviewing them through her camera.  I hope that everyone that blogs gets to have one of these magical moments where you feel like you’re in a romantic dreamworld creating editorials for your favorite brands.  These are the moments that keep me wanting to create and blog more.  Every motivational moment counts.  Happy Sunday everyone!

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Photographed by Hanna Snyder

LOOKING BACK

So here we are folks.  Just two days away from 2017.  I decided to blog today versus tomorrow, which is the last day of the year, because no one is going to be reading a silly fashion blog post on NYE (#TRUTH).  No worries, I’m not going to talk about self-reflection and new year’s resolutions.  Screw that.  I’m going to talk about my favorite things that have made 2016 memorable, specifically the fashion trends, the new beauty products I’ve tried, and the new friends I’ve met along the way via blogging.  So here goes…

favorite trends

There have been so many trends this year that were worn to the point of disgust, and others that I feel like will continue on towards 2017.

I really dug the choker 90’s look that were brought back to life, (thank you Rumi!).  Though her fashion label, AreYouAmI, is hella expensive, she is a pioneer for sexy, provocative and fashion-forward styles.  Not sure I can (EVER) bite the bullet on purchasing one of her $600+ slip dresses, but I’ll be looking to her for the next sexy trend.

Another big hitter for me are the clear frame glasses.  I see these bad boys on some of the quirkiest and hippest fashion bloggers (i.e. @officiallyquigley) and I think they’re just fucking adorable.  I personally own two pairs from TIJN: The Mathias and The Marcel, and they just bring an extra quirk to my outfits.  I’ve also worn them to auditions to play nerds and hipsters and they’ve done really well for my “method” look.  Haha!

My final favorite trend would be high-waist denim, regardless of the hemline.  I hear it’s suppose to be out by 2017, (please say it ain’t so!), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it sticks around for just a little while longer.  Please do not encourage me to purchase ANY MORE denim!

favorite new makeup products

I’ve been an avid fan and user of La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream for 10+ years.  I push and recommend it to ALL of my friends.  Technically, I’m quite surprised/upset that I wasn’t selected to participate in their latest social media promotion.  Whatever.  I still love this stuff like it’s crack.  However, due to the steep price of $310 for a 3 oz. jar, I have side tracked from using it in my nightly routine and have instead picked up a jar of Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream.  This is my new favorite night cream, …under $300.  Haha!  No seriously, I’ve been using it for the past year and it has helped me maintain my youthful skin.  This has a rich formula that is not greasy like La Mer, even though I do miss that oily glow I get after applying it on.  Shiseido absorbs very easily into my skin.  Trust me, I’m not being sponsored by either brands to write this, so it’s worth trying it out.

I think I found my new concealer, and that title goes to Glossier Stretch Concealer!  This stuff is phenomenal.  I’ve been using Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème as well as YSL Touche Éclat for the past 4 years.  Both work great, but one is too heavy of a coverage at times and one is too light of a coverage at times.  Glossier Stretch Concealer is like the baby that the two produced.  It’s just perfect: creamy, light, blends well, highlights and covers.  I purchased the lightest shade because I tend to like concealers that are a shade lighter than my actual skin.  For $18, this is one of the best medium coverage concealers out there.

favorite take-aways

I started blogging a little over a year ago, but didn’t really get into the blogger scene until this year.  Along the way I have met some new bloggers and photographers, and I would like to take this time to thank them for being kickass people.  Please check them out because they all create magical content:

Amy – @TheLuxiLook

Mire – @Stripescollide

Hanna – @_hannaphotography_

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Happy New Year everyone!  Please drink responsibly because you know you’re going to get blitzed, and make sure you find a cutie to kiss at midnight! xoxo!

Photographed by Hanna Snyder

WHO KNEW

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Ok, so even I have to admit that these pics are kind of badass.  I mean, the location is just amazing.  Who freaking knew that the Venice Canals were RIGHT THERE in Los Angeles?  Oh wait, …EVERYONE knows.  Yup.  It took a good 7 years, but I finally went and checked out the canals, but only after my photographer suggested it.

It literally blew my mind when we showed up on sight and I first crossed over Dell Ave. from Court A.  The houses, the landscape and the total vibe have me swooning left and right.  There were ducks swimming by the canoes, and different beautiful bridges that connected each ends of the street.  If I could pick a place to live in LA, it would definitely be here.

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With that said, I think the location of your photoshoot makes a HUGE difference in your outfit.  It can really set the tone and bring out what’s unique about your clothes.  For this particular shoot I wanted to focus on the romanticism of the blouse I’m wearing.  This Bluelife Oh La La Top is off-the-shoulder and has these romantic details (i.e. buttons, textured fabric) that feel natural and pretty.  The water reflections and outdoor setting really set an organic feel.   kangthropologie_whoknew_outfit kangthropologie_whoknew_img_3590 kangthropologie_whoknew_img_3592 kangthropologie_whoknew_IMG_3343 kangthropologie_whoknew_img_3591 kangthropologie_whoknew_img_3345

Topshop Petite Moto Rip Mom Jeans / ASOS Velvet Pearl Choker Necklace / Free People Fever Platforms

I suggest talking to your photographer before your shoot, and send them pictures of the clothes.  If they’ve shot a bunch of other bloggers before you, then odds are they know quite a few locations to shoot at.  I wouldn’t have found this magical location if my photographer haven’t suggested it.  Trust their recommendations.  Let the pictures tell the story, so you don’t have to type as much.  Haha!

Photographed by Mire Yang

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

MORNING PERSON

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The last few blog posts have been about my evolution of photography.  I’m slowly learning my Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, and grasping the basic knowledge of aperture and ISO.  I’ve been chasing sunlight on the few photoshoots because we’re shooting at dusk.  However, my dear friend, Laurie, and I decided that we’re going to try shooting at dawn to avoid running out of sunlight.  Worse comes to worse, we’ll shoot during direct sunlight, which is what we’ve always done in the past.

Now, I’m not the best morning person.  I get up around 8am, but it’s a very slow process.  I usually diddle daddle on my phone, check on some emails, and doze in and out of sleep for the next hour or so until I have my morning workout class.  In order to catch the sunrise we decided to meet up at 7am to shoot.  -_-

7am is like any regular wakeup time for the average person who has a 9-5 job.  However, shooting at 7am for a fashion blogger means waking up at 5:45am to shower, put on makeup and style your hair, then rush out the door with all your outfits in order to pick up your photographer at 7am to go shoot.  I’m an actress, I’ve had worse call times than 7am, but being hair AND makeup ready at 7am to shoot for your blog takes motivation and a kickass photographer friend.

These photos were taken with Laurie’s camera, which is a Canon EOS 70D, with a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.  Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out how to use her camera yet.  (Sigh, back to square one).  We had the setting set to AV, but for some reason we couldn’t figure out how to change the aperture or ISO.  Also, it looked like the focus was set to manual and no matter how much we played with it, we couldn’t change focus to auto.  SO, if some of the pictures look a bit grainy, I apologize.  We’re learning.

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I’m wearing a stunning Raga Caribbean Sand Wrap Dress that I got from Planet Blue.  This dress is magical, and works very well with sunlight.  It’s a bit see through, but nothing a little pastie or nude under garments won’t fix.  I believe this dress may be sold out, but here are some very similar dresses that give off the same tropical, tie-dye whimsical vibe:

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Reformation Straw Boater Hat (sold out | similar look) / Rebecca Minkoff Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace / Free People Fever Platform Shoes

I’ve had my A/C turned on nonstop since Tuesday.  It’s Friday.  My electricity bill is going to sky rocket this month.  Is anyone else over this fall LA heat wave?!

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

VALET GIRL

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Happy Monday everyone!  I hope y’all had a great weekend.  If you’ve been following along on my Instagram feed, then you’ll notice that there’s been a slight change in my pics.  The high contrasting direct sunlight images have been replaced with the more soft light and dreamy photos.  I mentioned in my last post, (see CHASING SUNLIGHT), that I have finally succumbed to the idea of taking my blog pics during dusk.  Not that I had anything against the advice of many photographers that it’s best to shoot at dusk or dawn, but I just didn’t know how to use my camera.

About 11 months ago, I purchased a Nikon D5300 DSLR camera with an 18-55mm lens, and a prime Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens.  If you don’t know anything about cameras, and have zero clue what I’m talking about, no worries, this didn’t make any sense to me either when I purchased it.  I just figured I would go home, play around with it, maybe watch some YouTube videos, and magic will ensue.  Flash forward 11 months, which is now, and I still had no freaking clue how to use my camera.  I think the guy at Samy’s Camera said something about aperture or ISO…or hocus pocus.  It’s sad.  I spent almost $1k on a camera and lenses I had no clue how to use.

So, like the idiot human that I am, I insist that my pictures aren’t turning out the way I want them to because I don’t have the correct camera or lens.  I stormed into Samy’s last week with all my camera gear, (I kept all my original boxes and receipt), and I am ready to sell everything back to buy a better camera and lens.  The saint who helped me, (and I call him a saint because he had the patience to deal with my bombardment of question for the next hour), said he’s happy to sell me anything and everything.  However, he first wanted to know what it was exactly that I wanted to achieve, because maybe, just maybe, that was achievable with my existing equipment.  I told him I wanted shallow depth (aka boca) in my pictures.

Long story short, well, a little late for that since we’re already in the fourth paragraph of this story.  The Samy’s saint explains what aperture is, (that’s the f/1.8 of my 35mm lens), and how I have one of the best lens out there to achieve that shallow depth (aka boca).  I probably need a wider lens to shoot my head to toe looks, but instead of a new camera, I may just need a zoom lens and low aperture to get that image that I want.

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These are the images that was achieved after tweaking with the camera with my new found knowledge of aperture and ISO.  Once again, we were in a rush to snap some pics since the sun was setting so quickly in the Valley.  I’m literally standing in a parking lot taking these photos like a valet girl, except my Reformation Edison Dress is probably a bit too sexy for a parking lot attendant.

I wasn’t sure at first about the seductiveness of this dress.  I felt like I was probably exposing a bit too much of my breasts, which I have never felt shy about.  However, the thick fabric, the midi length and the long sleeves made me feel more secure about the breast exposure.  Be ready to turn some heads in this sexy number.

I may have gone off on a tangent with the camera, but I hope that some of this information may have helped you in understanding your own camera or a camera you wish to purchase.  I’m still learning and plan on purchasing a Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC Art Series lens for my Nikon.  Let me know if you like the new pics with the blurred background.  Thanks!

River Island Evil Eye Choker Necklace / Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace / Free People Fever Platforms / Gentle Monster Dreamer Sunglasses

Photographed by Danielle Torriero

CHASING SUNLIGHT

kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfitFrom the very beginning, I’ve been told that the best light to shoot in is at dusk or dawn.  I didn’t follow the rules and didn’t care about achieving that great sun kissed, dreamy light.  Instead, most of my previous photos have been direct sunlight, which gives that harsh contrast.  I didn’t mind it, and actually really loved it since I have naturally dark skin and it plays off well when I shoot against a blank white wall.

Well, I’ve been following a lot of fashion blog photographers on Instagram and noticed that the ones I kept falling in love with have been shooting in that dreamy, whimsical light.  So, with my tail between my legs, I decided to play around with this sunset light.

The images shown here are the pictures that were taken around 6:30pm Los Angeles time.  It’s now end of September and the sun is setting earlier than normal.  We were literally chasing the sunlight to make these shots happen.  The exposure was too dim, and we didn’t know how to change the aperture and ISO to make the images better in such low lights. (I know, we’re idiots who didn’t learn to use a camera.  Don’t worry, my next post tells the funny story of how this particular photoshoot motivated me to learn to use my camera).

God bless Laurie, my wonderful and patient friend, who takes my pictures and literally wanted to kill my camera because it wouldn’t do what we wanted it to do.  If there’s one advice I can give to any fashion bloggers just starting out and have gone out and purchased their own DSLR camera, is to LEARN YOUR FREAKING CAMERA.  Don’t be a fool and think that you can just turn it on and point and click.  Yes, you can do that, but if you want great content with brilliant images, learn your camera and you will see great improvements.

I have since taken my camera back to Samy’s where I first purchased it, and have tried to make this relationship work.  My next post will be about the great wonderments I have discovered about my camera, so if you want a good laugh, stay tuned.kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit7 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit2 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit3 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit6

This is a super cute dress from Lola and Lex.  I’m always down to collaborate with brands, no matter how big or small, as long as their pieces or items fit my aesthetics.  I think this a beautiful dress, and I even let my friend Felicia wear it for her photos for the Bachelor application.  Love you Felicia!kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_IMG_3042 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_IMG_3038 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit5 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit4

Free People Ring / Henri Bendel Chevron Stack Ring Set (sold out | similar look) / Missguided Velvet Choker / Free People Lace Lover Wide Brim Hat / Jeffrey Campbell Booties (sold out | similar look)

I guess I’m still fine tuning my voice in the world of blogging.  I think I censored myself too much because I was afraid of offending my viewers and readers.  However, I think that made my posts a bit stagnant.  I’m an actress who loves fashion, with a sense of humor, and have too much sarcasm for my own good.  I would be doing y’all an injustice to hold that back.  So I say screw all that.  Strap yourselves in.  Word vomit will soon ensue.

Photographed by Laurie Douglas