Monday, July 21, 2014

In Tuscany At Last

Some few quick photos from Italy before I spend the rest of the night in the city. We're staying outside of Siena on a friend's estate and everywhere you look is literally breathtaking. A week is not enough time here. We've been enjoying swimming and walking and biking and not to mention... eating. Cheese, wine, pasta have all been in countless amounts. Surprisingly the bread isn't the best here, but I am honestly not complaining about anything at all. It's been a dream. One big dream.

I have lots more to share but that'll have to wait until the end of the week. For now, enjoy these photos... and my new layout! I am so so excited by it and think it's the perfect look for the blog. Things will move around a little but I wanted to get it up as soon as I possibly could. I wanted to thank you guys for being apart of the blog for these last 6 years. Things are just getting started.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Exciting News!

I wanted to take a moment to do an instagram/photo round-up before everything changes on the blog. That's right. The blog is getting a make over. I've been thinking about it for a while but I really, truly feel that with everything going on and all the positive additions to my life (more on that below), that the blog needs a bit of a pick-up. Furthermore, I'm going to be creating new content, videos and how-tos for you guys from now on and I'm so excited about it. But for now, before all that, I wanted to share some things that have happened. 
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First off, I went to Vegas last week for three days with my dad and step-mom. We saw a couple of shows and did some shopping and generally tried to relax. I didn't really get any outfit photos, but one day I wore a Missguided check skirt with my Jeffrey Campbell sandals that I love so much.

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I've mentioned my summer internship at Boom! Studios on the Fox lot and thought I'd talk a little bit about it here. I'm a development intern, which means that in addition to doing runs for the executives (apparently cupcakes are very important to powerful business men) I read a whole bunch of screenplays and comic books looking for new source material for television and movies. It's kind of the perfect job. Plus, being on the lot is so exciting. The New Girl writers' offices are only a few doors down and I constantly feel like stalking Liz Merriwether.
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My favorite parts of the Fox lot is the replica of New York City and the huge Bruce Willis/Die Hard mural. The fake city is just so cute and memorable, and I have a special affinity for the mural because I wrote my final paper in my honors class this last semester about the Die Hard franchise pre + post 9/11. That means I watched a lot of Bruce Willis and analyzed major trends and themes throughout the film.
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I'm going to Italy on Tuesday and in order to pay for my ticket I've been working with my dad on some projects. He works on a studios lot in Hollywood and so, in addition to my internship on the Fox lot, I've been traversing around other studios this summer. I'm wearing an American Apparel denim short-all, vintage beads and a Brochu Walker sweater.
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I saw this Paddywax mason jar candle in person while shopping for Italy and fell in love. It smells like heaven. May need to pick one up before I move into my new apartment for the school year, which means I will do another room tour and perhaps a few how-tos for college decorating.

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Perhaps some of the most exciting news I have for the summer is the fact that I booked a role in the upcoming HBO series The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow. Friends is actually one of my favorite shows of all time and Phoebe was always my favorite character. Working with Lisa was a crazy surreal experience; she is so incredibly smart and focused it's inspiring.  The shoot was an absolute dream and I can't wait until the show premieres in November. Even though I'm studying writing and filmmaking in college, I spent four years in a theatre program during high school and enrolled in countless acting classes as a kid. Although it's not my main focus, I'll always love the art and take any chance I can to do it.
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At the end of filming any movie or television show there is always a "wrap party." These are photos from The Comeback wrap party in Hollywood. This is the first one I've ever been to but hopefully it's not the last. Whether I'll direct, write or act in the future remains to be seen, but in whatever capacity possible, I want to be around incredible, driven people who are focused on creating art. It was so exhilarating to be there and witness. It felt so right.

More to come.

Monday, July 07, 2014

A Visit to the Chateau Marmont

About a week ago, I had the chance to visit the Chateau Marmont for a small family friend's party. Although the hotel has been home to a rich history of Hollywood lore, I honestly found the architecture and details (art deco elevators, anyone?) to be the most interesting part. I have a lot of goals for the next ten years, and I think one of them is to throw a party in a suite here. One day.
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This vintage silk printed shirt dress is one of the most beautiful pieces I own. My mother gave it to me for my birthday a couple years ago and I never found a right time to wear it. I'm glad I brought it out for this event because by the end of the night the sleeves had disintegrated.
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Some of you may be familiar with the Chateau because of Sofia Coppola's film Somewhere. I saw the film around the time it came out and was more than underwhelmed by it. Sofia's body of work is generally critically acclaimed, but while I think her films are aesthetically pleasing they ultimately fall flat.
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My cousin Taylor came with me that night. She's like my partner in crime.
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I wore this vintage dress with my trusty black Zara heels.
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My mom and Taylor on the balcony looking out on the patio of guests dining below.
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I was very fortunate to have such an intimate look into the Marmont and I hope I can visit again soon. That type of beauty and sophistication needs to manifest into a daily occurrence, don't you think? I think that type of old Hollywood glamour is fading fast but I'm happy to see pieces of it still exist, somewhere.  


Monday, June 30, 2014

Gone Thrifting

I wanted to talk a little bit about overdressing. In a world where sweatshirts are almost $300, the line between casual and dressed up has become increasingly blurred. Gone are the days where people dressed up to board airplanes, or even to go out to eat at restaurants. Basically, you can be casual anywhere, any time. Yet, it seems this rule does not apply when it comes to dressing up. I find people are less prone to dressing up for an occasion and even tend to find themselves embarrassed or uncomfortable in said dressier outfits. When I got in the car with my mom to go thrift shopping, she looked me up and down and said: "Well that seems like a lot for the Goodwill." I was puzzled. I wanted to wear this outfit. Who decided a long maxi dress and skyscraper heels weren't proper for the Goodwill? A reader recently asked me how they could feel more comfortable in their skin when it comes to outfits, and honestly it just takes the conscious effort to decide to feel good. It's hard. It comes with time and practice. I can remember many a moment when I felt uncomfortable wearing a pair of heels or even just a high waisted belt (I was made fun in 5th grade for that very accessory). But eventually I got over it. Why? Because life is ultimately too short to worry about what others think of your clothing. Style should be about cultivating your own taste. Not anyone else's.  
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I paired an Urban Outfitters cotton dress (similar here) with Zara heels and some vintage necklaces

What are your thoughts on dressing up? Sound off here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Below the Hollywood Hills

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This outfit has basically been my uniform the last couple weeks. I've worn it everywhere, from helping out my dad on a reality series set to date night with Jonah. I bought a whole bunch of linen trousers  about three years ago and they're making their own comeback in my closet. So loose and easy for summer. These photos were taken right below the Hollywood Hills above Franklin Avenue, in an area Jonah and I frequent a lot when we go to comedy shows. As I'm getting older, I'm finding different ways to enjoy Los Angeles that make me appreciate the city more and more. As I decide whether to stay at USC or transfer, I always seem to remind myself that everything I'm interested in and love is here. Tough decisions, no? Thankfully, it's easy to make decisions when you have the right uniform. Which is why it's important you start cultivating your style and your go-to pieces right this second. I say it's time style mavens world-wide take the pledge to stand up for their own comfort instead of succumbing to fast-fashion trends (hello high-low skirts, anyone?) and falling prey to the consumerism that plagues our society, especially in our expansive fashion community.
In short, go forth and wander, ladies. 
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American Apparel linen trousers, vintage silk button up, Zara heels, Miista Dragonfly clutch, vintage silver jewelry, Silvano oversized carpenter sunglasses