GALENTINE’S DAY: WHAT PINTEREST IS ALL ABOUT

 

Go ahead.  Scroll through and look at the pics first.  Feel free to drop your jaw a few times or say that’s ‘So effin gorgeous!’ as many times as you want.  I won’t even be offended if you don’t end up reading my post.  Pinterest is about to get some new pins.

So here’s the story of how I got to participate in one of the most beautifully curated photo/video shoots of my blogger life.  Last weekend I had the privilege of spending a mock Galentine’s Day with 6 other beautiful influencers.  The brainchild of this whole concept, Heather of @heather_roams, reached out to each of us with this magical, boho vision.  Though I have never met any of the other ladies before this beach day, I was immediately welcomed with bright smiles and warm personalities.  How we got away with no egos, no complaints and no drama is beyond me.  It can be a bitch (pun intended) to get 7 women who are complete strangers to act like they like one another, but it’s a whole other experience when we all actually get along.  We truly embraced the idea of Galentine’s Day as well as each other.


What made this shoot even more beautiful and special was that the crew and talent were predominantly women.  Other than the film crew, the rest of the team were all women.  #hifive

I know I’ve used the word beautiful a gazillion times already, but that’s literally what this shoots was…fucking BEAUTIFUL.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you googled the word beautiful and one of these images pop up in your search.

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I’m so glad I got to share this experience with these 6 gorgeous women.  Be sure to check out their Instagram feeds!

@heather_roams

@withjenrachel

@kendall.fuhrman

@amy_marietta

@themadgrace

@brendawasylucha

Other than the images that are shown here, I also shot some other looks with two very talented and gorgeous photographers, Carrie Rogers and Lauren Newman, who are both new to the LA area.

 Btw, I left the images in the filtered edits that were provided by the photographers so you can distinguish between their work.  Carrie’s images have a more soft and romantic hue, while Lauren’s images are more bright with high contrast.

Thank you to everyone who made these happy moments possible!  Happy Galentine’s Day ladies! Xo!

Planner: Weddings By Sabrina / Videographer: Alpha Wolves / Photographer: Lauren Newman Photography / Photographer: Carrie Rogers Photography / Florals: Sibyl Sophia / Makeup Artist: Tami Bernard Makeup / Catering: Urban Palate / Calligraphy: Ink Topiary / Table: American Wood Importers

TO THE MOON

Did you get to see the solar eclipse last week?  In case you didn’t know, a solar eclipse is when the the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun.  It was clearly a historical moment, but the only thing that I remember from that day was how people kept advising everyone else to wear proper eyewear before looking at the sun.  So thanks to the Moon, we all got to walk around in cool, special eye protection.

Here are some of my favorite shades that are not for solar eclipse viewing, but look good AF the other 364 days of the year:

Dress: Band of Gypsies / Sunnies: Quay Australia / Bag: The Line / Boots: Nasty Gal (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by Mire Yang

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE DELICIOUS: WHAT TO REALLY EXPECT IN TULUM

 

It’s taken me about a month to finally get this post up, but better late than never, right?  Ladies, …and gentlemen, (the rare few that might actually read my blog to see if I’m wearing something scantily clad), I present to you my month late review on my trip to Tulum, Mexico.

THE GOOD:

THINGS YOU MUST SEE & DO

Hike the ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Enjoy the tranquility and utter beauty of Nômade Tulum Hotel

Swim the crystal clear waters of Cenote Dos Ojos

Grab a drink with a view at Coco Tulum Beach Club

Have a relaxing day at the private beach of Azulik, an eco-friendly resort 

Take multiple pictures of the cool, vintage Volkswagen Beetles

And finally, get a badass tan

THE DELICIOUS:

WHERE & WHAT TO EAT

Have brunch at Primitivo Restaurant/Raw Love Cafe (I recommend the food, but not so much the smoothies or coffee drinks)

Enjoy a nice afternoon snack of chips and guacamole with coconut water/beer/tequila at Ahau Tulum

Get your vegetarian and vegan goodness on at Nômade Tulum

Have one or three burritos at Burrito Amor, (I had at least three veggie burritos here)

Other places I recommend dining at but not pictured:

Azulik (there is a $40 USD minimum of food and drinks to use their premise if you’re not staying at the resort)

Pizzeria Manglar (super cheap and yummy pizzas)

Posada Margherita (one of my favorite dining experiences in Tulum)

THE BAD:

WHERE TO STAY

We ended up staying off the main street near downtown, which is about a 5-10min taxi ride from the beach resorts.  As much as I loved where we stayed, I highly recommend staying on the beach if you can.  It will be a lot more costly, but you can walk around the beach strip more without having to constantly pay for taxi rides.  The roads are also paved and the city is easy to get around in because it’s not that big, so I recommend renting a car from the airport and just drive.  #shouldvewouldvecouldve

There are also less mosquitos when you’re actually on the beach versus when you’re away from the ocean water.  These mosquitos are DEADLY.  They will eat you alive if they can.  I can’t tell you the number of mosquito bites I came home with because I eventually lost count.  Bring bug repellents, bug sprays, bug repellent incense.  Bring it all!

Here are the places I do recommend staying at regardless of location or mosquitos:

Jungle House (my first time EVER staying at an Airbnb, and I’m so glad it was with this particular host, Casper.  Beautiful huts, super informative and helpful hosts, and your own private pool)

I think Nômade Tulum was my overall favorite beach hotel as far as decor, beach and food goes

My second favorite was Azulik because it’s eco-friendly and the accommodating structures there are just insanely organic and gorgeous.

I’m sure every beach front hotel and resort in Tulum is fabulous, and I can’t wait to go back and check out more places!

Photographed by Mire Yang and myself

MY FIRST TWOSOME

I’m still pretty new to this fashion & lifestyle blogging thing.  There’s a lot of firsts for me now that I’ve reached a certain level of engagement on my social media platforms.  Actually, it’s more like just Instagram, who am I trying to kid?  With that said, I’ve recently engaged in my first twosome.  Don’t think dirty folks.  The kind of twosome I’m talking about is a joint collaboration with another blogger.

Most of the time it’s just me wearing pretty clothes or using the latest beauty product.  So yeah, when I’m pitching to brands or brands are reaching out, it’s just ME.  Things are a little bit different when you’re pitching to brands as a twosome.  Now, we made some mistakes as first-timers, and I learned a lot from my first pitch deck.  So here are my top 5 advice for joint blogger campaigns:

ONE – KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

It’s completely fine when you’re just posting your own content on your own account, but when there’s two of you in the picture, it would make sense that you both reach a certain audience that have similar taste.  Of course you want to expand your reach and get new followers, but if your aesthetics are too far off from one another, the image and vibe just wouldn’t make sense.  Also, you’re making it much harder for your photographer to go from one extreme to the other.

TWO – KNOW YOUR COUNTERPART

I lucked out so much with my counterpart, which happen so to be one of my blogger besties, Amy Zhang of The Luxi Look.  Now, I’m not saying you can’t work with bloggers you’re not familiar with, as that often happens when the brand pitches the campaign versus you.  However, it really REALLY does help when you know the other person.  I personally have a tendency to look fake and too posey when I’m uncomfortable, and my photographer calls me out on it immediately, (thanks Mire!).  Often times we’ll be holding hands or laughing and talking, and it looks more natural when you are actually enjoying each other’s company.  So my advice would be to try to get to know one another before the shoot, if you don’t already.  Grab coffee, or brunch or both.  Talk.  Chit chat.  Gossip.  Whatever.  Find some kind of bond that will shine through in the images during your shoot.

THREE – KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

The next most important thing to helping you act and feel natural during your shoot would be to know your photographer.  I’ve worked with Mire many many times before this flower field road trip, but Amy had only seen her work and never shot with her.  We all decided to meet for wine and dinner and talk about the campaign.  Since I know the two, I didn’t have any problems working with either of them, but I really wanted Amy to meet Mire so they can get a feel for one another before going on a 7-hour roundtrip road trip.

Another big reason to know your photographer is because you want to make sure that the images produced by the team has a vibe that all members can agree on.  It would be pointless for me to post images that make no sense in my feed.  It’s important to keep your feed consistent, and working with the same photographer(s) can help you with that consistency.

FOUR – KNOW YOUR BRANDS

This campaign was about the flower fields and the super bloom.  There’s a particular whimsical, romantic and bohemian vibe when you’re shooting with nature and flowers, and we wanted that particular look and feel.  You could just throw spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks, or you can actually aim for particular brands that have a similar look and feel.  I recommend creating a mood board and using it to pitch to brands.  If you’re just starting out like I am, I would recommend looking at other bloggers that have a similar look as yours and seeing which brands they’ve worked with and create a list from that.  Don’t be discouraged though if brands don’t respond.  They get hundreds if not thousands of pitch emails on a daily basis.  Hopefully you and your counterpart(s) stand out enough to grab their attention.

FIVE – PLAN AND THEN LET IT GO

The blogging thing can sometimes get competitive and too business oriented, and you lose track of what inspired you to start blogging in the first place.  For me, blogging was a creative outlet that I wanted to explore outside of acting where I usually had very little creative control.  The fact that I can now monetize off of it is such a blessing.

Our original plan was to make this a weekend road trip.  We had all these things we wanted to tackle, but it eventually just became too burdensome to do.  We eventually decided to opt for a day trip.  Leave super early in the morning and be home by evening to sleep in the comforts of our own bed.  It was indeed our first time putting together a campaign, and I think we overstretched a bit on what we could handle.  I would do somewhere local.  Travel may not be wise for first-timers.  And the most important thing of all: don’t forget to have fun and be present while the camera clicks.

I hope this was helpful, and please let me know if you’d like to read more posts like this.  Happy Tuesday!

Amy’s Dress: Flair The Label / My Jumpsuit: Flair The Label

My dress: Flair The Label / Amy’s Dress: Flair The Label

Amy’s Dress: Urban Outfitters / Amy’s Hat: Lack of Color / My Dress: Urban Outfitters (sold out | similar look) / My Hat: Lack of Color

My Dress: Saltwater Luxe / Amy’s Dress: Saltwater Luxe

Photographed by Mire Yang

WORN TWO WAYS

You know when you put on a dress and think to yourself, hmm, could this possibly be a little too short to wear out in public, but it’s too cute to not wear it?  Yeah, that happens to me more than not because of my ridiculously long torso.  Often those dresses don’t even make it home with me from the store; however, I do make an exception every once in a while when a beautiful print is too good to pass up.

I recently went to the Novella Royale sample sale in Costa Mesa (see SALES), and found this beautiful “gold lilly” print from their Spring 2016 collection.  Yes, it might be (so) last year, but I find certain prints and styles eternal, and this is one of them.

I can literally style this Otis Dress two ways, which I happen so to do by accident. I couldn’t decide if I liked it better worn as a cute top with a tie-neck or a retro-style dress, so I decided to just do both.  This is a great way to take an outfit from day to night.  I’ll wear it with denim shorts during the day, and take off the shorts and wear it as a dress for a quick night cap with my friends.  Here are a few other dresses I’ve selected that can be worn two ways:

  

Tunic Dress: Novella Royale / Sunnies: Melrose Trading Post (similar look) / Denim Shorts: One Teaspoon (similar look) / Boots: Steve Madden (similar look) / Rings: Free People

Photographed by Laci Havens