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February 10, 2016

Enjoying the last bit of sunshine and random 90 weather outburst before heading to NYFW. I HATE NYFW IN THE WINTER, BUT I'M DOING IT BECAUSE MY BEST FRIENDS AND I GOT A PENTHOUSE IN TIME SQUARE. I'm not being paid (nor was I asked) to blog about this, but I wrote about my last trip to February NYFW on It's pretty amusing and took me half a day to write. You need to read it so I feel better about spending the time to write it since all they wanted was a wish list of things I like. My story is better.

Paying homage to my daily outfit. I guess I'm excited to experiment with kooky outfits outside of my Levi's + sneakers + blank top uniform.

JACKET: Uniqlo
BAG: Coach
JEANS: Vintage Levi's (buy whatever pair you see at a thrift store or whatever and get it tailored. Try to save the hem.)



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JANUARY 30, 2016


January 26, 2016

The past couple years, I've thrown out lots of iffy, chemically products for more natural ones. Ones that I can understand where the ingredients come from. Better if it's just one ingredient. I definitely feel a shift in the industry making is way easier to discover natural products that leaves you feeling less guilty about what you're putting on your skin. My regimen isn't completely holistic, but here are things I've swapped out for the better!

I also got to sit with Amy Pham from The Platform to talk more about it. But I had to take it to my blog because I can never articulate anything properly in front of a crew of people. Blaming it on stage fright and getting the giggles. So here it is broken down from left to right.

100 Percent Pure eyecream
First of my many favorites from this line. Talk about feeling completely guiltless using products. This brand uses no synthetics at all!!! So amazing and the quality feels exactly what is advertised: pure.

Dr. Bronner's Castile soap 
The jack of all trades for your home. There's a list of 18 uses for it that extends into kitchen usage! I have yet to experiment with it as toothpaste... probably pass on that. But it's great for cleaning your tiles and your body!

Shea Moisture shampoo
Actually forgot to bring this on set, but I love this shampoo! It's not clarifying, but I like it because it doesn't strip your hair of moisture making just-shampooed hair look like Day 2 hair. That's what we all want right? I also have to mention that my hair is naturally very coarse and wavy - this helps with the frizziness and actually relaxes a lot of my curls.

Tea Tree Oil
Another household staple. Tea tree oil kills bacteria. Best used on acne or infections. I've found many uses for this. One of which is TMI; another is to help heal my cartilage piercing.

W3ll People loose powder
Let's get into makeup, shall we? This is another great brand, and W3ll developed most of their product around the power of aloe. I want makeup that works double-times and there are a lot of goodie ingredients that are actually good for the skin. Guilt free x2.

RMS living luminizer
I've raved, blogged, vlogged, lusted, recommended this all year. Because of RMS, I started looking more into natural makeup. Something about how synthetic-free, raw, unprocessed, unrefined makeup sits on the skin makes me never want to look back. I use this highlighter in the corner of my eyes, cheekbones, nose bridge, anywhere that I feel lacks life. It brings out the most natural dew, and it doesn't look like makeup. It's insane.

100 Percent Pure Lipstick (in Poppy)
Another 'ahah!' moment when I tried 100 Percent Pure's make up line. Well, I've only used their lipstick but am excited to explore more. It was the same moment of like, "oh, this is how makeup is supposed to sit on your face". The swatches are gorgeous and all fruit dyed.

Alba Botanics deodorant
I could probably find a more natural deodorant on the market (recommendations??!). I've seen people rub lemons in their pits as deodorant but I'm not quite on that level yet. Till then, I'm going to continue using this as it's been doing the job. Tried the salt stick, didn't like it. It's pretty important to get a natural deodorant as the nature of the product is to sit on your skin ALL day and work along side your pores.

Honest hand sanitizer spray 
Kudos to Jessica Alba for this company. It's great and I do trust everything that comes from their doors. Albeit just a little thing from their line, I've grown fond of this hand sanitizing spray - even if my boyfriend hates the smell of it and won't let me spray within a closed proximity of him.

Witch hazel 
I've been using witch hazel for a while now as a toner. It helps with inflammation and broken skin (aka when I break out). It's also a good skin setter thing after cleansing before putting on moisturizer.

100 Percent Pure hand balm 
This sits in my car next to my hand sanitizing spray. It's good. People like it and ask to borrow it a lot.

Rose hip oil 
I read an interview which Miranda Kerr personally stated that she used this during the pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. One, I will pick up any skin care tips Kerr recommends. Two, I learned this is a great oil with tons of fatty acids that helps with scarring and stretch marks. Sold.

Karma Natural nail polish remover
Once on set, someone gave me natural, organic nail polish remover wipes and then I wondered why I didn't have this all my life. No more acetone that dries your skin and emits fumes and chemicals. This remover in particular works damn well and leaves your nails feeling really healthy. Every time I use it, I am convinced my nails look better naked.


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January 7, 2016

It's been a while since I spontaneously took photos and threw them on this blog right away. New year goal? Start posting right away? The best part of having creative friends is 1. they're all open-minded 2. their front doors are also always open 3. they're down to make pretty things at a drop of a hat. Last night, I literally walked into the front door of my friend Valerie's apartment and felt inspired right then and there to take photos even though I've been to her home countless of times. Well, I was inspired. By Debbie's new Acne necklace. A brass throwback to my early tweens.  

Mesh t-shirt. Acne 'Fabi' choker necklace. Vintage 501s.


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January 5, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR. Music played the biggest role in my 2015 developments. Many nights of dancing, crying, drinking, laughing, driving. Many more mornings of dancing, crying, drinking, laughing, driving. The past year has been a lot of exploring and foundation laying - in all aspects of my life - creativeness, possessions, friends, love, family, myself. I loved last year but am so ready to start a new one. Till then I will archive my nostalgia through the playlist you see below paired with photos of me in the canyons.

Shot by Alex Kim Kenealy.

Also, if this playlist doesn't satiate your ears, a lovely viewer made a playlist of all the songs I used for Vlogmas. Don't know what Vlogmas is? Where have you been?! Watch the last 31 days of my 2015 here.


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November 30, 2015

In honor of Cyber Monday, I bring you my favorite secret. It will be the end and start of your hunt for really good designer shit. I wish I can say that this post was brought to you by The Real Real, but I absolutely did not get paid for this post (not even for trade! But hey, if you're reading... hook a homie up).

Call it a strange addiction or a love interest: I'm a compulsive deal seeker. Discovering The Real Real has put me at the edge of my lust for super sales. And while I've only bought from them a few times, I almost daily comb through the site for those "OMG" pieces. The thrill of finding a cheap gem is beyond addicting - to which I go about texting all my friends and asking them what shoe size they are so they can wear my dream shoes and I can vicariously live through their purchase. It's a win/win.

Today is a win/win for us. Because I fulfilled all my shopping desires and you don't have to overwhelm yourself with the massive inventory. But if you have time, imagine a world where The Row is priced below $100 and isn't mistakenly missing an extra zero at the end. Yes, that tank top is $44 and not $440 (which is still lower than their usual retail price for a silk tank).

The shopping is ridiculous. I've already made "sorry" cards for the friends who I've introduced the site to. Once in a while they have flash sales, as in 50-60% off the already super discounted consignment price. Don't waste your time on Cyber Monday.. shop consignment. And if you're iffy about consignment clothes (their QC is superb), they have a boutique on 50% off NWT items. Ughhh.


UNDER $150

UNDER $300

Also, I can't knock all the sales. When your email looks like this, I feel like I have to share some filtered, good deals. You know, no lame ones that are only 10% off or free shipping + sample.

  • Otte NY - I've always thought they have a very shoppable curation of brands and pieces to discover. I'm so shopped out, otherwise I'd be geeking out over this sale. 40% additional off sale using 'extrapie40'
  • NARS Cosmetics - Quality makeup rarely goes on sale, so although this is only 20%, it's better then what you can find throughout the year. If you don't know what you "need" from NARS right now, get the lipstick in VIP Red. Best red ever - which look like a limited color. Might pick myself an extra one! 
  • ASOS - Because you're still in the mood to comb through more sales. ASOS has good pieces when it's not terribly, overly trendy. Look for elevated basics and knickers. 20% off order using 'blessed'
  • Madewell - Good denim, quality pieces. Still pricey (wouldn't you rather get Chanel pants for the price of jeans here?) but I do love their stuff. 25% off order using 'shopatwork'

HAPPY SHOPPING. Excuse grammar and brevity - my computer screen is starting to look like a huge blur blob.


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still the same ole lover

November 4, 2015

Wedding vibrations are strong this time of year and I couldn't be more happy to celebrate my good friend Valerie and Seb's marriage. I'm terribly bad at words right now since I've spent the last 16 hours editing the video for this, so instead of articulating the mood through this post, hit play.

Dress by Camilla and Marc and H&M.


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bronson canyon

October 26, 2015

Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend?? I spent the beginning of the weekend heading to Palm Springs for Olivia's birthday. Teddy said it best: when your friendship is based around lies and deception is makes it really easy to surprise someone. Kidding, of course. We stayed until Saturday afternoon before Teddy and I headed back to city where I lounged around with my man and mentally prepped myself for the 5K I ran yesterday. When I say lounge, I mean, addictively browse The Real Real for Chanel bags I should(n't) splurge on while he edits Instagram photos. Post script: That is not a sponsorship plug, I am sickeningly addicted. However, the link is affiliated to Rewardstyle because I would like some credit if I get any of you guys hooked on it too.

Enough word vomiting about my life (I am just so excited to talk to you guys!! Is anyone listening??) and more about this post. I've been looking for a film point-and-shoot for a while to replace my disposable camera expense. I really wanted my find to be a serendipitous moment at a flea market, but my purchase is less than poetic. After a few months, I took my searches to the internet, which is far less satisfying. But I got one at a great price; here's the shop link: Vintage BP.  The only thing is they ship from Berlin which took almost 2 weeks to get.

Today I am sharing these shots Alex and I took a few weeks ago in Bronson Canyon - some shots using the film camera - hence the long foreword. Hope you guys enjoy and have a lovely week xxxx

Dress by J.H. Zane. Converse sneakers. Photos by Alex Kim Kenealy 


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