Wednesday, April 01, 2015

CLEAN LINES: DRESSING SIMPLE

Went extremely simple the other day in a pair of Gap pants I picked up at the Goodwill and a sweater that I cut off and cropped myself. I am all about the comfort right now. But also somehow still looking put together? It's an interesting dichotomy that I'm still playing with and exploring.

Things are maybe the craziest and most busy than I have ever been. I feel like I say this a lot but it bears repeating. I'm directing a short film in a group project for class, while editing the film I mentioned last time, and re-writing another one for someone else to direct. On top of continuing to intern and write for the school paper and blog. You guys, it's a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't believe how fast this semester went. Only a month of school left.
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xox

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Break: Film, Film and More Film

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Last week was my spring break, which I spent mostly devoted to filming, but in the process I went to the beach, found amazing film soundtracks in the clearance section at Amoeba Records, swam with friends, crashed a party in the Hollywood Hills, cried, laughed and just generally lived. Peek below for more photos and the full story...
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The short I wrote/directed for my film class at USC took extensive planning, location scouting and just general pre-production things. I finally wrapped filming Wednesday night, and now I have a week to edit it (and most importantly, find the right music for it!) These are shots from the first day of shooting. We shot at my friend's beach area in Malibu. It was really dreamy and magical and a great way to start production. The story I wrote is about a couple, and we really spent the day getting comfortable both behind and in front of the lens.
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Early in the week I needed to pick up a couple of china balls for some lighting on set and so I headed over to the Vine American Party Store on Melrose-- a place I used to love to go to when I was a little kid. They have wall to wall bows, streamers, decorations, and knick knacks. It's amazing but also like a vortex.
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We shot all around Los Angeles, and this was taken one night shoot at the Santa Monica pier. I basically dug my own grave writing all the different locations into my script, but it had to be done.
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The film class that I'm taking requires you to be your own writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor and production designer. It's an obscene amount of work (that really makes you appreciate everyone involved on a film set) but some of the beauty of it is when things work out just as you wanted them to (because they so often don't). I wrote a romantic/dream-like dinner scene into my script and had this light decorated tree in mind when writing, and I ended up set decorating it exactly like I planned!
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After the first day of shooting my friends and I went for a swim late at night. It was so nice and the perfect end to such an exciting and meaningful day for me. The project I am working on is very personal, and filming it was an extraordinary experience to be in charge of and create.
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For work outside of my film project, I had to record an ethnographic event for my anthropology class. Therefore, my cousin and I took a class on Crystal Healing and I wrote about it for my paper. Now, we're knee deep in the process of bathing and charging our crystals. Say what what you want about their specific healing properties, I think if you put positive energy towards anything something's bound to happen.
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Something I really enjoyed over break was the few times I got to spend with my mom when I wasn't filming. We went out one friday and got dinner and went to Amoeba. It was so fun. This is an outfit from that night, wearing my new favorite Adidas superstars.
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My mom and I also went and got lunch at La Boulange on La Brea on one of our lunch breaks this week (hers from work, mine from my internship at Plan B Entertainment). I'm addicted to iced matcha lattes now!
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Been loving the color green lately. I don't know why, but its come into my wardrobe rotation a bunch. And cargo pants are perfect for running around the city when you have a ton of errands to run.
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Some essential items I was carrying around in my bag all week: rose oil, extra camera batteries, headphones, and camera lens cleaning supplies!

P.s. The sunsets have been crazy here lately. I've been loving the weather, and its absolutely perfect for filming 'round the clock.
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xox

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Personal Style: A(n ongoing) Story

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 Now more so than ever, it's extremely important to brand yourself. Who you are, what you do, where you fit in. Being one way or another (and sticking to that way) has always been a struggle for me and I've grappled with identity since the beginning stages of this blog. In interviews people would ask (often): describe your style in five words or less. Every time, I found myself at a loss. More than once, I've answered: All over the place. Which is fine, except, it's not. At least, not when building a blog/brand of sorts. And especially not as a teenager attempting to define herself not only online but in other spaces too-- amongst her peers, friends, work/internship colleagues etc. But no matter how hard I've tried, I always find myself jumping from one style to the next. Despite only consisting of a few months, I had a definite Sherlock Holmes-inspired phase (oversized trousers and flouncy button ups galore). And then that year spent obsessing over all things 70s (and the printed maxi dresses hanging in my closet to prove it). 


Then, of course, there's the whole 90s vibe which I've been talked about a hell of a lot lately but had yet to really put into practice until this past Saturday, when I happened upon a Goodwill $3 sale and managed to come home with a huge bag full of amazing pieces from the decade I was born. The next day, I finally scored a neck full of simple gold chains like I'd been wanting for forever, my friend gifted me a pair of large gold hoops, and I happened upon a pair of Adidas Superstars that were not only my size but also on sale. Suddenly, a new wardrobe had pieced itself together in a matter of one weekend, after having thought about for months. Tuesday morning, when I finally pried myself from my bed after taking some "me time" by watching a lot of Friends (and eating vanilla frosting straight from the can) I grabbed my newest favorite pieces and threw them all on together. A second after admiring what $9 can do at Goodwill if you're lucky, I realized once more that I had assumed an entirely new style. I liked it, but I was troubled. Knowing my track record I was bound to drop this 90s-streetwear-meets-normcore thing (still working on actual definition) within a couple months... probably for a new style along the lines of "the Walking Dead-esque cargo pants and shredded knits, but in space?!"

I've written all this to say that, after all these years, I think I finally have to embrace myself. Wear what I want to wear, when I want to wear it. Not let culture/blogging define me, but accept my ever changing and undefined self. They say that your twenties are the time to define, and I really just have to stop letting media/branding get in the way of personal happiness and overall sense of solid self. I think I also wrote all this to say: be you. Don't let mass trends and the need to fit in dictate your life. If you're as changeable as the wind when it comes to styles, tastes, preferences etc. just embrace that. Or, as that one Disney movie we don't need to mention has sad: Let it go. I'm all for accepting, but also just plain living. Nows the time for experimentation. Don't ever back down underneath a critical eye. And if you wanna wear that crop top, for god's sake wear it.

Vintage army liner jacket (similar here), vintage cotton Speedo sports bra (similar here), vintage satin pants, Adidas Superstar white leather sneakers, MAC lipstick in Chili, vintage gold chains and gold hoops (similar here).
xox

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Vibez

Some images that have been filtering throughout my life lately. Been feelin' gold hoops, sporty sweatshirts, tiny luxe details, basic sneakers (just bought some all white Adidas Superstars, guys), little black dresses, showing off the back, the color red, pointy black boots, basic jeans, army green anoraks, simple chains and Jeff Goldblum. Who's with me? 
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xox