Nov 23, 2015

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Have you seen Mr. Robot? You know the leader of the Dark Army who allots a certain number of minutes per appointment and sets an alert for each minute that passes? #goals amirite?

In the freelance world I’m accountable for my own schedule and workflow, so I can be maniacal about time. Maybe not Dark Army leader level, but I check it around 800x a day, which is why my phone can be more distracting than helpful. I’ll look at it for the time, but then there’s an Instagram notification so I check that real quick, and it reminds me of someone I forgot to text, so a quick hey hello turns into recommending an article that I, of course, have to bookmark to read later, and then oh crap, back to work! Five minutes later…wait, what time was it again? This is where a watch comes in handy.


Nov 20, 2015

LA's never-ending summer has been driving me crazy. It's practically winter and I still haven't had a chance to properly wear a coat here. For a much needed change of temperature, I booked it to Portland this past weekend. It'd been one year to the date that I'd been there last and each time I love it even more. I'm pretty easy to please since my main objectives are to 1. be cold (see above re: coats) and 2. eat good food, and Portland is very much spot on for both.

I stayed at Hotel Lucia, which I highly recommend for it's convenient location and the, not one but two, restaurants connected to the lobby (Penny Diner and Imperial). Also I don't know if this is a Portland thing, but never before have I had so many electrical sockets made available to me (reference lobby sofa below). Truly a hotel that understands convenience (or neurotics like me).

And of course between meals we'd take in some sights. We trekked it to Multnomah Falls and Hood River one day and the rest of the time just took it easy and explored the city. Below is a list of some of my favorite shops in Portland.

1003 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

Probably one of the biggest boutiques in Portland. They carry all my favorites - Acne, Nomia, Sophie Buhai, Margiela - so if you find yourself still chilly and in need of a few extra layers, go there. You'll be covered. Plus they just moved into a bigger space (next door to the original spot), just look out for the big neon YES sign on the corner. Super close to Lucia!

3360 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

If you find yourself on Division (maybe grabbing a Salt n Straw?), be sure to stop by Nationale. It's a small gallery as well as a shop, carrying everything from housewares to zines and art books. Don't forget to peek behind the cash register, there's another small nook with more art =)

511 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Stand Up Comedy is one of my favorite OG weird internet online concept stores. I was excited to finally get to visit the brick and mortar this trip. The entrance is like one of the old jewelry stores in Downtown LA, with the window display entry. Currently on view are denim dolls from 69, but a new installation is soon to be up. Their selection is more niche like Eckhaus Latta, 69, Kapital, Electric Feathers.

927 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205

Like Nationale, West End Select Shop was another store I wasn't previously familiar with, but recommended by some local friends. Easily one of my new favorites. It had a great selection of vintage Levi's and brands I love like Black Crane and Nanushka.


Oct 13, 2015

I had the pleasure of shooting a Style Story with & Other Stories, while showing them around my favorite LA spots. While widely known LA landmarks are frequents on city guides, I shared my more personal favorites - from the pink wall and green door I drive by every day to where I go for plant therapy - the lesser known places where I like to get lost. All clothing, shoes, and accessories featured above in the "White on White" collection will be available in stores October 15.

hair/makeup | Nikki DeRoest
styling | Jayne Min


Jul 30, 2015

I'm all for everyone dressing however they want. Fashion is a judgment free zone (provided you're not assaulting my eyes with near-nudity) as far as I'm concerned. That said, if you're curious about my personal rules on how I dress, take a gander here. And below are my favorite items on MATCHESFASHION.COM currently...


Jun 22, 2015

What a difference it makes getting your makeup done by an actual professional! I don't know if I'll be able to replicate this look, but I'll give it the ol' overachiever OCD effort. No surprise I'm not a huge fan of color (but do appreciate the drama of a defined eye), so I secretly love to use contour kits as neutral eyeshadows as well. And this LORAC PRO Contour Palette has all the best shades for defining. Just watch me get my sculpted face on.

Thank you to Carol Shaw, Mark Chi (pictured), and the LORAC PRO team for a fun day of pampering!

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May 11, 2015

CĂ©line skirt via TheRealReal

Yet another gem of a find. I think I'm officially addicted to TheRealReal
And from the looks of it, Kuma approves.


May 3, 2015

J.W. Anderson shirtdress via TheRealReal // vintage Levi's // Trademark slippers

Lately it seems like all the LA transplants know the city better than us natives, so this weekend I did something different for a change and went exploring. Special days call for special clothes, so I actually made a concerted effort not to wear a sloppy tshirt and put on my new favorite J.W. Anderson shirtdress (another TheRealReal miracle find) and headed out to the Stahl House, historic Case Study #22. Fun way to spend the afternoon and take in the city views.

With Mother's Day around the corner, you could try doing something new besides the usual brunch. Fill her belly and take her on a tour of a beautiful historic landmark. BOOM. Mother's Day solved. And if you're still looking for a gift, here are my picks below.