LIFE UPDATES: FIRST HALF OF MARCH

March 17, 2014

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The first half of March has kept me on my toes and I’m not complaining for a minute. It started with the Oscars on the 2nd and somehow ended with a staycation at Ace Hotel Downtown LA. Lots of work and fun stuff in between, too. Also, a giant earthquake this morning. I’ve lived in CA for 27 years out of my 27 years and EQ’s still scare the living crap out of me. Anyway, more March details:

+ So I went to the Oscars. Call me crazy, but that was one of my life’s most crazy experiences. I saw Meryl Streep and Bono hug it out in the lobby. I had to work a little bit when I was there, but mostly I could just watch and enjoy myself. Once in a lifetime experience, I tell ya. Also, what I wore is on the InStyle tumblr.

+ I went to The Cream one Sunday to scope out a few wedding vendors (because why not) and support Ellay Films, Jaymee’s wedding videography biz that she runs with her awesome sister, Kim. YOU GUYS, if you need a wedding videog, look no further!! They’re the best in the business.

+ I got to hang out with Jaymee and Alex a BUNCH in the first half of March. They are a couple of favorites. EXCEPT WHEN THEY FORCE ME TO GO TO SOUL CYCLE AT 7AM ON A FRIDAY. Other than that, hanging out with them is the best.

+ Kyle and I had a mini staycation at the new Ace Hotel in Downtown LA. It’s 20 minutes from our house, making it the easiest vacation ever. Plus, the 88 degree weather sure helped a lot. A full post on this coming soon.

THE AMERICAN EDIT

February 27, 2014

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HEY. I’m over on THE AMERICAN EDIT talking about my favorite American-made goods! Such an honor to be featured as I’m a huge proponent of buying and supporting local. Plus, how gorgeous is Rita’s site? Love what she’s doing over there.

For more details on my fave items, click HERE!

I’M GOING TO CUT UP ALL MY JEANS

February 19, 2014

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I’ve been wanting to cut up a few of my jeans for awhile now but always back out at the last minute. IT’S SO PERMANENT and what if I decide that I don’t want jeans with gaping holes in them in a few months? Ya know, really tough life decisions and such.

But I finally took the plunge (with scissors?) on these Urban Outfitters jeans I found in store and on sale for $19. I cut up the knees and made sure to do it totally blind and without measuring because what good are grungy, holey jeans if they’re perfectly cut? I will keep you updated on how they look after a few washes aka more blog posts on this topic. STAY TUNED.

Also, I’ve been coveting these gals forever and there’s a whole lot of ripped knee inspo on my Pinterest boards, in case you’re keen on this style as well.

Unrelated: HOUSE OF CARDS, wow.

I’M 27 AND NOW WEAR KIMONOS

February 3, 2014

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So this thing happened the other day where I simultaneously turned 27 years old and made a life decision to wear kimonos. What is it with birthdays that really help you realize what’s important in life? Like kimonos. I’m all about this asos one. And this one too (although I’m not sure it can be considered a kimono, but it’s cute as hell, I have it). Anyway, they are what my 27th year of life is going to be about.

It’s also going to be about saving money and going on fun trips (how do you do both? we’re going to find out). Working hard, working out (if you can believe it!), taking care of myself, eating meat again (I’m tired of being a vegetarian), spending even more time with my friends (for laughs and lots of inspiration), and building a home with someone I love. Going into 27, I was resistant to it. I felt transient and confused. But now that it’s here, I don’t feel that way at all. I’m more sure of myself now, more settled and certain. Adulthood is a real thing and it’s smacking me right across the face. I’ll take it.

27, I’m ready for you. With a kimono on.

THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN 2013

December 30, 2013

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1. The older you get, the faster the years go by. I swear it was yesterday I was celebrating New Year’s Eve 2013?

2. Brushing your hair is overrated.

3. Oysters are really f’ing good.

4. 4-wheeled luggage (like this) is life changing.

5. At age 26, gaining 10 pounds in less than 6 months is a real thing.

6. Finding your soulmate leather jacket takes time and patience, but you’ll know it when you see it.

7. Organic vegetables have lots of bugs in them.

8. I wish I could spend all my weekends in Big Sur.

9. 90% of my shopping is done on Amazon.

10. I’m still really clueless when it comes to adult things like mortgages and saving money.

11. Trust your gut! This year, my gut told me to quit coffee for good (it makes me physically ill but i would still drink it nonetheless) and start the Tracy Anderson Method (more or less).

12. Invest in skincare products. Spending all the monies on Skinceuticals, Ole Henriksen, and Kate Somerville facial products. You only have one face, y’all.

13. Group texts with friends is the only way to live life. Waking up to 79 text messages from your favorite people, 98% of which are emojis, is where it’s at.

14. LA has such good food. Favorite restaurant of 2013 is Picca.

15. Collecting ceramics for the kitchen is an expensive hobby that I must limit in 2014.

16. Montreal is real pretty (posts here, here, and here).

17. I get genuinely upset when my boyfriend starts watching a movie on TV that’s already half way over. Why start in the middle?!

18. Keeping plants alive is a challenge but so very rewarding.

19. I’m moderately to severely addicted to Instagram.

20. This.

Of course, there are plenty more things I’ve learned but I figured 20 was a good number to stop at. What did you learn? Overall, 2013 was pretty great. So looking forward to next year. Thanks for sticking with me and reading this blog! Happy New Year y’alls.

Photos by Ann-Marie

Wearing: H&M jacket via ebay (similar), Gap sweater (similar), dl1961 jeans, Madewell boots