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Teal Kitty Takes Playboy Haunted Mansion

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There are some nights that I have in LA that are so good that the first thing I do when I wake up the next morning, is call my dad. Even before reviewing what I want to delete off my snapchat story or looking in a mirror to see how raccoon my eyes look. "Hi Dad, I went to a Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion last night." He had a few questions and concerns. 

I'm really not good at Halloween at all. The concept of me trying to  create my own costume from scratch via sewing machine gives me such bad anxiety that it makes me want to crawl under my sewing machine desk and cry. I whipped this costume together without financial damage, just creating an unforeseen tornado in my room and my bathroom sink looked like  we sacrificed the blood of a small mammal.  I wish I was more of a Pinterest hoe and could give you all these DIY ideas on how to look bomb dot com on this spooky day or wish that I didn't have ADHD and could make it through a YouTube makeup tutorial further than 30 seconds. But honestly I just threw something together within minutes. Thrift store shopping is my go-to. I love digging through racks to come up with inspiration. I have THREE more costumes I need to come up with to get through this weekend. Tell me all your ideas!!

Photographed with my pretty friends Lauren and Mackenna xx

 

Fall Fringe

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 This Fall, fringe is having a comeback. And the only basic thing you need besides pumpkin spiced lattes, is this crossbody made out of the softest leather by Camino Brands. All bags are made in California by a San Francisco based company. Isn't that amazing?!

 It still doesn't feel like Fall in LA. The heat wave is still real and I'm in complete denial and can't get myself to take off my new Highland boots by my newest seasonal boyfriend, Stuart Weitzman.  The quality of my life significantly has changed every time I put these puppies on. I'm trying to come up with a halloween costume around these, any ideas on what I should be?! 

Dress from For Love and Lemons and sunglasses by Kristin Perry

Shopping Guide: Everything I Want For Fall But I'm Broke AF

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The title of this post might seem semi-depressing. But don't worry, it's my birthday season and after I finish writing this I'll send this link to my non-existent boyfriend. But reallllly, I've been swooning over the new fall collections that are coming out; and I'm so head over heels in love that I get the same satisfaction out of Stuart Weitzman boots as I would be by being in a relationship. The highland boots are such a staple this year. If Kate Moss has them, I have to have them. right?

My birthday is next week (!!!!!) and I'm planning on celebrating (one of the many, many ways) by buying myself something from Androgyny Designs jewelry. All pieces are handmade here in LA by a pretty girl named Courtney and their instagram feed makes me drool. I have a couple of her pieces and I always get compliments every time I wear them. Above features the One-of-a-Kind Silver Ear Pin and the Bronze Fractured Earth Cuff. 

Another thing I have been obsessing with more than usual is stationary. I have turned into a stationary HOARDER. I just wait for any occasion to send a card in the mail. I honestly think I sent one of my friend a good luck card before she went on vacation for 2 weeks. The only thing better than sending cards, is receiving cards. And sadly, the return rate isn't doing so hot right now. But I have optimistic thoughts for my birthday. One of my favorite stationary brands right now is  Rifle Paper Co. ; anything floral is my fav. 

Discovered this new designer through their pop-up store on Abbot Kinney that is open for a few more weeks; and these bags had me at hello. Cuyana is a Bay Area brand that has been popping up around LA, previously before Venice they were at The Grove. I adore the elegant simple designs, all the bags are timeless and will never go out of style. My favorites are the Classic Leather Totes (that are made in the USA!) and the one featured above, the Cinch Shoulder Bag. 

What are your must-have pieces for Fall?! Links to shop my favorite pieces above, here!

 

 

 

Teal Kitty Goes To NYFW!

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Attending New York Fashion Week has always been some fantasy dream of mine that has always been on the top of my list. Right up there with scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef with my dad or hiking the glaciers in Patagonia; somehow watching haute couture walking in motion down a runway is equivalent. So being here in New York during this season, is a feeling I can't even describe. I almost don't have words to tell you how magical it is to be in The Big Apple sharing a mutual excitement of energy with every other fashionista that feels the same way. 

I will write more about my experiences and favorite new collections, but for now I am in absolute awe and still taking it in. I can tell you, that Mr. Alexander Wang can have my first born child after SS16. 

Wearing the Neria playsuit from the fall collection of Ted Baker London. I have lived in this thing since I bought it, and I'm obsessed with how both fancy and casual it can be. Accompanied by pony hair Isabel Marant Shane black wedge pumps that have been with me for multiple seasons. And lastly, my bag is the first ever designer bag I've ever purchased when I was 16. And of course, it is teal. I love how the color pops my entire look; also I love how it still looks like it is in mint condition after all these years (thank you leather cleaner). Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs, SS10 collection. Also sporting a temporary tattoo in celebration of the new Chanel 'Boyfriend' watch. I think I need a boyfriend in order to buy the real thing. Just kiiiiitten. 

Photos by my dearest friend/photographer Ryan Chua. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

 

Breakfast at The Plaza Hotel

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Teal Kitty here reporting from NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. For the past many years of my life I have suffered from temporary depression during this season. Fashion week season. I have vivid memories of missing anthropology class to watch live streamings of Marc Jacobs in my car in the school parking lot. Last spring I shed actual tears watching Peter Copping's first show as creative director of Oscar de la Renta. Being here in New York during this time, is an actual dream come true. 

Started the day off this morning with breakfast at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel to celebrate my BFF Brooke's birthday. Unlike the Polo Bar, I forgot to make reservations far in advance and called the day before and got a table and didn't even have to pretend to start crying on the phone like how I had to do for Ralph Lauren. Plaza Hotel is definitely worth walking into the lobby just to see the twinkling chandeliers, and the afternoon tea made me feel like I was actually Blair Waldorf. 

I'm wearing a vintage kimono that I bought from a vintage trade show that happens once a year in LA called Inspiration. I bought it from a vendor who collects ceremonial kimonos and claims that this one is from the 1940's. I absolutely adore kimonos. I always am looking for vintage ones since otherwise it's hard to find them made with pure silk. Wearing my favorite booties, the Chelsea from Rag and Bone. Accompanied by my first ever ever designer handbag that I have had since I bought it when I was 16. It's a rare find to see these old Marc by Marc Jacobs bags with the turn lock. 

Outside Lands Music Festival 2015

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All of my outfits for Outside Lands were a result of vintage shopping, thrift store digging or things borrowed from my pretty friend's closets. This outfit was one of my favorites since I have an unhealthy obsession with cheetah print. All things borrowed from my friend Talia except for my two layered shirts who are made by Morrison Grey. Here's a not-in-order assortment of internet appropriate photos from my time in dreamy San Francisco with the best of friends a girl could ever ask for.  Above photos by my bff Brooke Janzen

Favorite Editorial: US Vogue June 2008

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Everyone who knows me knows that my birthday is the biggest event of the year. And it's five weeks away and I'm already starting to mentally prepare myself. It's October 2nd, and I tell everyone that I celebrate for the entire month but to be completely honest I think last year I celebrated until it was Christmas. So anyways, the number one thing on my birthday list this year is semi-complicated so I decided to give my father plenty of notice. The thing that flipped a switch for my love for fashion was an editorial from Vogue that I saw my freshman year in high school. That same editorial is the reason why Patagonia, Argentina is on the top of my travel list as well. The editorial is shot by Patrick Desmarchelier and has model Caroline Trentini doing her signature pose of never having her feet on the ground. 

Does anyone remember this editorial? Does anyone know where you can buy back issues of Vogue? Please contact me !! 

 

You Make It Real

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An easy on-the-go outfit featuring my favorite basics for the not so basic. Tank and leggings by one of my favorite Los Angeles-made brands, Morrison Grey. Each piece is carefully dyed to transform into your new favorite everyday shirt. I wear mine anywhere from underneath a blazer to the office to over a sports bra to pilates. It's challenging to find any shirts made with super soft modal that doesn't start accumulating small little annoying holes everywhere after a couple wears. I have worn and washed all my Morrison Grey tops several times and they always stay in ~PeRFeCT CoNDiTioN~*

Chelsea booties by Rag and Bone, photos by my very dear friend Jose Gallina. You can find Morrison Grey here! More to come xx

House of Harlow 1960 Pop-Up Shop X The Grove

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More than the daughter of a musical legend and all grown up from her reality days on The Simple Life (showing that there is hope for all of us);  Nicole Richie has made a name for herself for being a fashion icon. Just a smidge above five foot, Richie has reinvented herself as a style savvy goddess. Nicole Richie is idol-esqué. I dont know if I've ever really said that I've idolized anybody except probably my father. So this is kind of a big deal.

I have been following Richie's line, House of Harlow 1960 for years. She has been the creative force behind the line since it launched back in 2009; the brand has a feel of vintage inspiration while being fashion-forward, as well as timeless all at the same time.  HOH is mostly known for it's fashion jewelry, being top-sellers at stores such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Nicole debuted her new line at a pop-up shop at The Grove and for the first time ever featuring clothing, sunglasses, home goods, jewelry and vintage pieces curated by Nicole herself. I attended the grand-opening party that had sushi rolls and bubbly,  and with all 5'1 of Nicole being swallowed in the crowd as she went around to greet her guests. At this event I was most excited about seeing the new clothing collection. When I first lock eyes with a garment it's a matter of seconds before I'm lifting up the left bottom corner to check the care-label. Textile classes have ingrained this in my habits to the point where it's just done subconsciously.Great story: one time I was on a first date and I was more concerned about this guy's shirt than how many siblings he had, and I honestly don't remember anything he talked about except for the fact that I actually real life asked him what kind of fabric his shirt was made out of. He did the typical shrug-shoulders-post-typical-guy-response of 'i don't know' mixed in with a  3 second dead stare where he probably asked himself where he found this girl....~(tinder :-)))))~ Moral of the story is this boy will forever be remembered in my heart and soul as 100% pima cotton xoxo. Annnyyyways, I was so impressed when looking at House of Harlow care label tags and reading that they are made here in the U.S.A! With some garments being made with fine silks, it is becoming harder and harder to find quality clothing being manufactured here. Even though they are more expensive, I am willing to pay more knowing that the maker was paid with fare wages. 

My favorite pieces from the new collection are below! The House of Harlow pop-up shop will be open at The Grove in Los Angeles until July 19th and also can be found on their website.





Wedding Attire For The Dateless Looking For A Date

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I lack photos of this magical wedding because I was busy having too much f u n. My very dear cousin Kelly got married this past weekend in the mountains of Vail, Colorado to her boyfriend of 10 years (!!?@$%), Marcus. I think I have a better chance of owning 10 dogs before I'm in a relationship for 10 years to be completely honest. Vail is one of the most beautiful places I've ever traveled. Mostly known for it's ski slopes in the winter, this place isn't given enough credit for it's summer beauty. 

This dress has been collecting dust in my closet just waiting to be worn. It was one of those impulse buys where I had no idea where I would wear it at the time but it was sooooo pretty that I felt like me buying it would initiate world peace or stop global warming.  The intricate beading is so pleasing to the eye that weeks before the wedding I just had it displayed in my room with it hanging from my curtain rod. 

The wedding cake toppers were free-hand drawn by my very talented cousin Megan. Absolutely unreal! Kelly and Marcus live in San Francisco, and she perfectly drew the Golden Gate Bridge! See more of her cookie designs here: June Bug and Moo

Dress by Parker New York, shoes from Topshop, ring by Spell and The Gypsy Collective and clutch is vintage that belonged to my grandma. xx

 

It's June, Margie June

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I don’t particularly look like my parents.  Like I’m sure never anyone has questioned if I was adopted or anything (except one time someone asked my dad if I was his mail-ordered bride, but that’s a completely different story) but I don’t look like a younger doppelgänger of either one of them. Yeah I have my dad’s teeth, my mom’s nose. My dad is responsible for my dyslexia and I chew off a manicure when I have anxiety the same way my mom does. But for the most part, many people have told me I look like my Grandma.  And it is SUCH a compliment. She was homecoming queen, mother of 10 kids (10!!!) and had the biggest heart you could ever imagine. I lost my Grandma last summer. When flying back to attend the service I asked my Grandpa if I could have something of hers to remember her by. I didn’t have interest in her jewelry (I mean I did, but she had five daughters so it’s not like I’m going to win any in that category) or the family bible (which is actually already missing). I had my eye on obtaining a multicolored beaded jacket. Shoulder pads and itchy polyester tag, I wanted it all. This is one of my most prized possessions. I find myself putting it on just for fun when wanting to feel fancy while cleaning my house or wearing it out on a Friday night. I think I’ve had more use out of it than my Grandma ever did.

 

I styled this piece of hers for this look. I love adding one of her vintage pieces to an everyday look. When wearing a loud piece I like pairing it with a LBD to balance it out or dressing it down to look more casual with skinnies. The trick to pulling off obnoxious outdated-decade pieces: confidence. If you don’t think you can pull it off, don’t do it. Being comfortable wearing a conversation starter is key. I find myself always getting compliments when wearing out her clothing. I feel her with me all the time.

These photos were taken downtown Los Angeles outside the Bradbury Building, one of the most historical buildings in this city. I know if this place from the movie 500 Days of Summer; the interior staircases are well worth stopping in for a look. My hair color in these pictures is the same color I remember my grandma's hair, I did this subconsciously though ;) Photos by Chris Canon

Overalls=Boy Repellent

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I've never met a guy who says that they like girls in overalls. Just like all guys hate high-waisted jeans. But it's perfectly fine since I've lost faith in most all of the male species (with exceptions to my father and my friend's dog Jackson). I found these denim vintage Calvin Kleins at Salvation Army, and I'm pretty sure my mom had the same ones in like 1997. 

 I met with founder and head designer of Morrison Grey, Marco, a few weeks ago. We instantly  clicked and bonded over our obsession with thrift shop treasures. He shared with me his inspirations for his line and how it has completely taken off since launching last fall. Morrison Grey is a LA made clothing line who is only on it's second season and already making the racks at Saks. The line contains the most intricately dyed fabrics on the softest textiles. To be completely honest, I wore this black long sleeve shirt three days in a row. I actually physically real-life could not take it off. It is my favorite thing. And it is perfect under any layers, paired with denim or under overalls. It is made of modal, one of my favorite natural fibers derived from beech trees. 

Overalls by Calvin Klein, shirt by Morrison Grey, Chelsea booties by Rag & Bone, purse from Marc by Marc Jacobs and sunglasses by Celine. Debuting my red hair (totally obsessed) here done by my dear friend/LA-based hair stylist Paul Desmarre. If you're looking for an amazing new hair stylist, mention me for a free cut! Pictures by Chris Canon

 

Abbot Kinney For The Night

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Saying farewell to the Me Undies pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney last night. Had so much fun with my SF babes in town for the weekend. Photographed with gal pals  Ariana Lauren from Fashion Born, make-up artist Christina Aguayo . Photos taken by Ryan Chua.

Totally overly head over heels in love with this floral romper I'm wearing. I'm drawn to anything floral; long rompers are a favorite too. They're such an easy go-to outfit with no effort. I wore them out with sandals for a more casual look since the event was in Venice, but I would usually wear them it out with wedges for a more prominent flared bottom. Romper is by Novella Royale ( Southern California based), quartz ring by Androgyny Designs, turquoise ring by Vanessa Mooney, necklace from Urban Outfitters, sandals from Steve Madden, and purse by Marc by Marc Jacobs

I Love You, Mom!

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Happy Mother's Day! I have had this photo of Sasha Pivovarova on my wall since it was the August 2013 issue of US Vogue. Since 2013, I've moved to a new apartment and this picture came with me from one bedroom wall to another. I absolutely adore it; It is eye level when I'm sitting at my desk and I never can get over how perfect this photo is with her swinging her baby wearing the most chic outfit.

I'm also totally obsessed with these pictures of Kate and her daughter Lila. I came across the black and white picture on Tumblr this morning and I verbally screamed at my computer from being semi-offended about how insanely amazing this is. 

I hope everyone has a lovely day with their mothers today. My mother is the most caring, strongest, thoughtful, and self-less person I have ever met.  She has traveled the world with me: we've crossed the border to Cambodia by foot, ziplined through the jungles in Costa Rica, climbed the volcanic rocks in Hawaii, took me to the hospital when I got attacked by a monkey in Thailand, took me on my first trip to Washington DC, berry picking in Canada, horseback riding in Santa Barbara.....just to name a few. I don't tell her enough how much I appreciate everything she has done for me. Or if I've ever truly apologized for being a terror in my teen years and breaking the refrigerator during a house party when she was out of town and for her to come home to the entire house smelling of rotten food (I'm so so sorry Mom.)  

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have my Mom. I don't know if she ever reads my blog but I love you mom! xoxo

 

Purple Magazine X Milk Studios

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The only thing  in my life that was equivalent to having a Purple Magazine party in Los Angeles is when Boiler Room came to this city last summer. I have worshipped this publication like a holy testament that is responsible for my life aspirations. Every page feeds my soul and contains the most beautiful images. Inspirational to say the least. 

The event was to celebrate the new exhibit at Milk Studios, Anthracite by Oliver Zahm. See more photos from the party here. 

I'm wearing a dress by Burning Torch (made out of one of my favorite textiles, cupro), hat by Brixon, leather shoes from All Saints and clutch from Urban Outfitters. My unbelievably amazing nail ring was custom made by Androgyny Designs, I'M OBSESSED. All the jewelry from Androgyny is made here in LA by the cutest sweetest gal named Courtney. Luv her.

My arm cuff and body chain are a little preview of what I will be taking with me to the desert to Coachella. They are both made by London designer Gina Melosi. Her pieces are made out of recycled metals and fair-trade gemstones. See more here. 

Photographed with my gal pal Talia Giordano.