This weekend I went to LA to handle some business and have some fun with my friend Roxanne. For starters I’m not the biggest fan of LA for a place to live, but I do like to visit. I am a highly visual person so seeing things that inspire and stimulate me visually are my bag. The streets and adorable little neighborhoods with very interesting architecture always make me feel like I could live there (until I get on the freeway and that TRAFFIC!). There’s also the beach and it’s very diverse which is another plus. Anyway I arrived Saturday morning and went to Pan’s diner for breakfast. We were going to Roscoes but I didn’t feel like being cliché and so that’s where we ended up. Later we headed to Melrose so I could get “winged” at the Melody Ehsani store and also visit Supreme, Crooks, and a couple of others as well as snap some pics with MY NEW CAMERA!!!!!! (my photos on here are about to be SO POPPIN!
I was trying my new shoes on and decided to have a photo shoot with them! If you follow this blog you know I live in Oakland, CA. Which is the laid back capitol of my world at least. So naturally I have a lot of sneakers. Most of the events and activities I go to they are allowed and my job doesn’t require me to dress up so I opt for sneakers over heels often. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a heel. I enjoy a sexy, interesting, feminine shoe just as I do a crisp pair of Jordans. However you have to have balance in your closet and mine was not. Every time it was time to dress up, it was a struggle and I was limited on what I could wear because I only had a few pairs of heels and NO essentials or classics. So I saw Zara was having a really good sale, so I copped me a pair. I think I spent a total of $150 on four pairs of shoes (one not pictured because I’m still on the fence about them) Anyway check Zara out during sale time, it’s for sure the come up.
Last week I bought the book “#Girlboss” written by the creator, CEO, and general all around bad ass boss lady of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso. Now let me preface this by saying that my attention span is very short sometimes, especially when reading books. I really…I mean REALLY, have to be interested in the subject matter to finish reading one and if I am, I breeze through it in a few days. Which is what I did with this book. I felt like she was talking straight to ME. Like a homegirl that wrote a special manual to help me succeed. The experiences that Amoruso describes on her journey resonated with mine so much. From the terrible jobs, to the changing your style several times in a journey to finds oneself. However not only is she telling her story she is also giving advice that she has actually used herself. From how to write a proper resume, to saving money and self help tips. This book is the necessary tool for anyone who needs a boost and confirmation that they are on the right path.
This is a story about how I was a flaky late bird and missed out on a purchase I wanted to make. Now this doesn’t happen to me too often so when it does I spiral into the biggest crybaby for a few hours. Case in point the shirt above. This creation was curated by one of my absolute favorite people on twitter @BrookAndTheCity. This girl does it all, radio, clothing, writer, lashes (which I’ve gotten and are fab!) and slangs a mean drank! ( tip appropriately) Anyway I set my browser so that I could snag one of her shirts on her site when they were posted but by the time I got there this is what I saw… Continue reading
I’ve never been one to seek out the spotlight or want to be front and center. Which is why I initially wanted to be a stylist. I enjoyed being behind the scenes and letting my work speak for me. I have always been that way; no matter how I may have looked or felt about myself my work was going to be thing that made me confident and made the trash talkers shut up. However in the age of the internet and social media, and being a blogger part of your brand is YOU. So naturally as you grow people want to interview you. A while back I had Lauren Hailey of MissLaurenHailey.com contact me to do an interview for her blog which included a photo shoot. I was so excited to do it but scared as hell. I have never ever been on that side of the camera before. I immediately thought A. WTF am I going to wear and B. I don’t know shit about “modeling” (I use the term model verrry loosely) Continue reading
This was my first weekend off in two weeks. So I was juiced to do nothing but chill out! Resting is just as important as working and I for sure needed the rest. So Friday I headed to my friends restaurant in downtown Oakland called The Cook And Her Farmer. Had some wine, delicious French fries, and crawfish. Hung out with my friends Camille and Randi of @papidrinkswine and then went to First Fridays shortly. During our Friday adventure Randi and I have our usual convo about the weekend and fashions…Yes fashions. We both like to have themes in mind when we get dressed and were thinking about how it would be to have a theme for the whole weekend. So she said “lookin like she came from the ’70s on her own” a lyric from our BFF in our head Drake. I was so excited this was going to be so much fun trying to pull off and immediately started running through my mental wardrobe of items I could wear . I had a vintage dress I found at Green Boutique a while ago that I have been waiting to wear (and now that it fits I was def throwing that joint on).
The next day we headed to the Cultivate Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco sponsored by Chipotle and got our flourish on. The event was free (which is always a plus) and they have live bands like Charlie XCX, demos, local breweries, and free samples (not to mention stroopwaffle). Overall it was a good time and so glad she suggested we do something different. If you ever need something to do download the YPlan app it has local events including free ones when you want to change your weekends up a bit. Thank @papidrinkswine for putting me on and then thank me for putting you on…win.
Elle magazine is by far one of my go to’s for inspiration on all front’s. I actually prefer Elle over Vogue (no shots at Vogue) I just feel like Elle suits my style better and I get a more accessible feel as a reader. Anyway, Elle decided to put Pharrell on the cover with this throwback N.E.R.D. album cover look that is underwhelming. With Pharrell being one of my style inspirations I expected more. So instead of people being mad at this late look. They are mad at the Peter Pan Indian war headdress because it is deemed “offensive”. Now I get it, truly I do, but come ON! It’s not that serious. In fashion there are very few rules, really in fact there are none. Continue reading