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Living Room Chic

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My newest project has been to put my vintage hoarding to use, and give my living room a makeover. Every piece in this space was a result of an impulse purchase that was hand-picked, hand-carried (except the couch, I needed like 7 people's help to get it in here), and curated by me. I have absolutely no formal training in interior design; I always wanted to take a class in college but those were the classes that always had extreme wait lists and had no beneficial graduating credits. So here I am: self-taught by Pinterest and inspired by Tumblr. The first piece I purchased was the 12 foot long couch. One piece, solid wood, from the 1970's. She was hoisted thru my 3rd story balcony. Then everything else from coffee table books to vintage barware, was added to compliment her piece-by-piece. 

Where did I find all this stuff? I dig. Thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, Craigslist, selling apps. I have mastered it all. Every piece I find is a treasure and has a good story. I bought all my plants off a man moving to Portland on Letgo for $25. I named all the plants after characters on Big Little Lies; Ronada is now on my balcony because she got too tall. I carried my magazine stand after purchasing half a mile to my car that I left in a free parking lot. My red goblets I found in a Goodwill and bargained with a man who also wanted the set, so I let him have half. I only have 6 glasses instead of 12. Later I realized the glasses were numbered for the set, I have glasses 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 11. 

My inspiration behind this room: 1970's Los Angeles, my interest in *wanting* to believe in crystal healing and a romantic charm. 

Enjoy photos below! I hope you love it as much as I do. For questions about redecorating, feedback or consultation on how to revamp your space. Feel free to email me fiona@tealkitty.com, I'd love that. 

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Hello Red

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Not sure if these are considered overalls or a jumpsuit, but I'm totally okay with wearing them like 6 days a week. After reviewing these photos, I think I've finally realized how red my hair is. Jesus. Also I clearly need to learn how to brush my hair. I've gone red off and on since I was a senior in high school and I have ruined many many towels and pillowcases since then. I've tried lots of different shampoos to help keep the color, and these work the best (here and here). Not sponsored, don't worry.

Had fun walking around one of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles, near Vermont Blvd in Los Feliz. Really fun vintage shops in this area. And you HAVE to go to Tacos Tu Madre. Photos taken by my v talented 4ever pal, Adam Dillon.  Overalls by one of my favorite LA-made brands Flynn Skye, and in love with these sunglasses by Karen Walker.  Bucket bag (that I treat like my first-born) by Mansur Gavriel. 

MCxMN Launch Party!

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One of my favorite LA designers and sweet friend, Marrin Costello, launched her new collaboration collection with *~celebrity~* wardrobe stylist Mercedes Natalia. Pretty pearls, delicate chains with a feminine chic vibe. The collection is AMAZING. Can I have one of everything? K thx. The styling in their lookbook is drool-worthy and after flipping through it you'll have to accidentally leave it at your boyfriend's house with everything you want circled in it. Really though. 

The event took place at my go-to spot in LA to go get my makeup done, the Nars boutique on Melrose. Super cute if you've never been, totally better than going to a department store makeup counter. Here are a few of my favorites from the MCxMN collection (featured above): Polkadot Bralette ($238), Thread Earrings ($48), and Pearl Drop Lariat ($88). Check out her entire line here

Here are a few photos from the pretty pretty event. Thank you Marrin so much for having me!! xx

Winter in Los Angeles

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I can't really say that it is winter here, but like most basic Southern California girls I'm going to pretend that there is some significant seasonal change to make an excuse to buy another slouchy sweater. Lately, i've been really into a 70's style. I have every intention to bring back the biggest flared jeans matched with a cable knit over-sized sweater. I saw an old friend recently and he noticed how I was wearing a black dress and said that I never used to wear black and said "LA did that to you." Well yiiiiiikes, that sounds a little bit morbid. But really, I think I've just finally learned that black is a good investment. So actually, I'm just getting smart.  I used to buy anything except for black, but now I just find it more convenient. My life is non-stop. Like I don't think a normal human could relate to how fast-paced my life is sometimes.  I do so many outfit changes in my car that my trunk has eternally turned into another closet and I have fully accepted that strangers have watched me switch shirts at a red light.  I'll wear a black dress to work, and be able to throw on a leather jacket and meet for happy hour later. It's always important too to have extra shoe options too. This winter my staple style pieces are a long sleeve black turtle neck, neutral faux furs, high-waisted vintage denim, over-the-knee boots, layered costume jewelry and baggy sweaters. Anyways, here's a few inspiration pictures that have been on my mind lately. Enjoy xx


Moody Blues

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It's finally starting to get a little bit brisk here in Los Angeles. But obviously not that cold if I'm still able to wear a dress with bare legs. One of my favorite throw together go-to looks is wearing an oversized dress with booties. The style is chic and totally effortless. And if you really want to go a step further and look like you have your life together, just brush your hair. I'm sporting a pair of velvet shoes that make me think of Lana del Rey and blueberry pie all at the same time. 

Had a fun day with my sister today at Barbara's Brewery, one of the most hidden gems in East LA. If you like artist's lofts, succulents and an IPA, you have to venture out here sometime. Dress from LF, bag by Ted Baker London, shoes by Report Signature, and sunglasses by Wildfox Couture.  

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

 

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.





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

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.

Fashion Tap Launch Party !!

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It's like I almost need a pair of tap dancing shoes for this one. Was so excited to be invited to join the launch party for Fashion Tap the app! The party took place in a hidden gem of a mansion tucked away in the suburbs of old Hollywood. The house was built in the 1920's (which is considered old in this always changing city), and has been used for numerous movie sets and commercials (Gone Girl being one of the latest). This house was absolutely CRAZY. From the vintage floral wallpaper to bookshelf doors, this house was one of the coolest places I've ever been to in Los Angeles. My friend Brooke and I got a little carried away with the excessive snapchatting in this castle, but yolo. 

Fashion Tap is a new social media app created by Amy from Fashion Nerd! The name Fashion Nerd fits her so well; her quirkiness reminded me of Jess from New Girl but she had style as if she could be sitting front row at Balenciaga. The fashion blogger herself created a platform where you can tag your article of clothing by brand, and if someone purchases it you make commission. Basically just gives you a reason to feel less guilty about your shopaholicism. I got to meet so many new fashion enthusiasts and bloggers. The gifting suite included brands such as Love and Leather, Members Only, Tobi, Wildfox Couture (I got their Twiggy sunglasses and I haven't taken them off since), and so many more!  

I was wearing a dark teal Helmut Lang dress and all my pretty jewels were from Marrin Costello. Her pieces are so easy to layer to make them look so elegant and chic. My favorite is the druzy stone choker with the gold chain links. See her whole collection here!

Pictured with my bombshell blonde BFF/future publicist Brooke, blogger/model gal pal Makaila from A Royal Riot and my very dear photographer friend Ryan from Ryan by Ryan Chua.

LA Fashion Week: Camelia Skikos

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This is my first ever LA fashion week show I’ve ever attended where I wasn’t on the runway. And I am so overly excited to be invited back and this time on the sidelines as ‘press’, which makes me sound really fancy. And I'm really not that fancy tb completely h, but having my first fashion week as a blogger rather than being someone's walking mannequin is invigorating.

This was also my first ever concept show I’ve been to, which was quite the experience. Usually during runway shows it’s hard to see the details on garments; there are models that are walking way too fast because the only thing that’s on their mind is how fast they have to change into their next look and how they’re going to get their bright white silk blouse over their head without smearing their foundation onto their neckline (I’ve been there).  I attended Camelia Skikos for Concept Fashion Week, and since LA fashion week isn’t really recognized as a global phenomenon (except Tom Ford having participating this year I think will be a game changer) it isn’t always common for you to be familiar with the designers. But on the contrary this wasn’t my first time hearing about Camelia Skikos, and after watching her show she is definitely a name you have to know. Camelia has quiet the resume. From working for luxurious brands throughout London to being the head designer of Levi Strauss in San Francisco. Camelia launched her line in 2010, and the following year won San Francisco Fashion Award for Best Women’s Wear Designer. Her pieces are geometrically configured; looking at her past collections the best way I could describe it in comparison is that it has a similar modern feel like Alexander Wang if he wasn’t voluntarily color blind (I’m aware that not everything Wang is black and white, but it kinda seems like it). For her concept show, models would parade out then stand still for periods of time so you could really examine the apparel. Camelia used a greyscale color palette with a splash of metallics to add some luster. I feel that her pieces are special and extraordinary because they look so clean-cut even if they are asymmetrical. My favorite pieces actually came out of the men’s line. It takes a certain brand for me to look at a men’s wear garment and think to myself: “I would totally wear that.” And coming from a girly girl (I wouldn't usually classify myself as a girly girl but my dad would say that I totally am) like myself, it just shows that these pieces were that amazing.

And one of the best parts about her line is it is all designed and made in this pretty city, Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by this new app called Fyuse, which I then caught myself downloading and talking multiple selfies with my fellow blogger gal pals.  I’m so happy I got to be a guest for this show; I can’t wait to see it come out this Fall! Check out her collections: www.cameliaskikos.com

Louis Vuitton Series 2

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One of the most timeless designers of all time, Louis Vuitton, showcased an exhibit in Los Angeles displaying past and current collections. The exhibit was called “Series 2”. One of my favorite aspects of the fashion industry is ad campaigns. I fell in love with fashion when Saint Laurent still had Yves, and before their ad campaigns were just black and white. When I think about a high-end designer the first thing that pops into my mind is their most recent ad campaign. I can instantly picture what the model is wearing, who the model is, the font, the color scheme and what collection piece they're wearing.  A few months ago I saw that Louis Vuitton started releasing an ad campaign titled ‘Series 1’. The editorial-like-multiple-page ad campaign contained photographs taken by some of the most well known fashion photographers in the world: Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber and Annie Leibovitz. The photos were taken in the same location, and the difference of photos showed how all the different artists captured the collection. I was so intrigued by this concept, and to see that ‘Series 2’ was a continuation  and coming to Los Angeles made me so excited.

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t always been a fan of Louis Vuitton. I feel as if the monogram is so overdone due to the unfortunate event  of counterfeiting and when I think of Louis Vuitton I automatically think of the LV trademark. This exhibit gave me a whole new appreciation for this French designer. Part of the exhibit was watching how the garments and accessories are made. It showed how everything intricately made by hand to perfection, and how time-consuming it is to make a luxury good. Another favorite part of the exhibit for me was the ‘poster room’, which was a room that was covered in Louis Vuitton ad campaigns. I felt at home, literally. My bedroom looks equivalent to this, except my ceiling isn’t covered (but this gave me a good idea.) I constantly tear out ads and I’m out of wall space and just have stacks in my desk drawers. I left feeling so inspired by such an amazing brand, and lucky to have a luxury brand exhibit in LA for once rather than everything always going straight to New York. 

 

Shopping Guide: What To Buy Because You're Stuck In LA During NYFW

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There's two times a year that I'm inevitably depressed and lay in bed wishing I was on the other side of the country. I have guiltily skipped classes in the past to watch live footage of the Marc Jacobs runway show sitting in the parking lot of my school. If you're stuck on the wrong coast like me, here's a few items that might make your week less dreadful. If you were in New York you wouldn't be able to enjoy floral maxi dresses or show off your pedicure, your fingers would probably feel like ice cubes, you would have chapped lips and your hair would probably not look that good tbh. Go lay in the sun and get an overdose of vitamin D and make everyone in the big apple jelly. 

What To-Do On Valentine's Day Because You Don't Have A Valentine

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If someone hasn't asked you to hangout Saturday night at this point, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that you probably won't have a date. And that's totally fine, boys kinda suck anyways. I mean if you enjoy his company I would say yes to the date, but don't go out of your way desperately looking for some #romance.  As much as I joke about my romance-less life, sometimes I do miss having someone to do everything with. Instead when I need a last-minute plus one to an event I go down a list asking all the same guy friends that I call when I need to put together Ikea furniture. When I ask a guy friend "what are you doing tonight?" he doesn't know if I'm calling about an open bar magazine issue release party with my babe model friends to introduce them to or if I need help building a credenza. Anyways, I've put together this hot list of activities you can indulge yourself into on Saturday because if you're single (or cynical) on this inconsequential holiday, calories don't count. 

1. Wine Tasting On Your Couch- Pretty self-explanatory, but underrated. I'm really into pinot noir lately...~swoon

2. Watch Gossip Girl- DON'T watch the romantic episodes. Instead watch the episodes when Chuck trades Blair for the Empire (still upset over this). Or the episodes where Blair is dating Dan Humphrey (still makes me cringe to this day that Blair would date someone from Brooklyn.)

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3. Make an obnoxious dessert and eat it all- IT'S 2015 AND CHEESECAKE FILLED STRAWBERRIES ARE A REAL THING. Get the recipe here

4. Shooting Range- If seeing some girl that you haven't talked to since junior year of high school post a photo of  flowers she got delivered to her office accompanied by a box of chocolates she probably won't even eat because she's afraid they have gluten in them makes you want to put a bullet in something, then shooting range might be a good idea. I'm not a violent type of gal, but if you're feeling distraught over how your last beau broke your heart this might be a good way to get some of your words left unsaid out. If you're in LA visit the LAX Firing Range, here

5. Mondrian Hotel Sky Bar- Because what's a better way to celebrate anything than being poolside with a refreshing cocktail. The lychee one is my favorite. AND on Valentine's Day they're having a little day party with DJ Best Ghost (I'm a fan girl for him). Event info below.

6. Buy yourself flowers- Go ahead, you don't need someone to buy them for you. You can post them on Instagram and hashtag #secretadmirer and pretend that someone left them on your porch. I won't tell anyone. 

7. Drive!- Have no destination and see what you stumble upon. Go up the coast and stop at hidden coffee shops. Drive up PCH to Malibu and go to one of my favorite spots on the pier, Malibu Farm. The Swedish Mini Pancakes are like one of my favorite things ever. The view is perfect. Go to a place you've always wanted to go to before. Drive to Salvation Mountain. Discover an ivy covered garden cafe. Make cheesy Valentine's Day cards and give them out to cute baristas. 

 

Teal Kitty goes to 21st Annual SAG Awards

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So yeah, I totally attended the SAG Awards. I can't believe I got to go to such an event and still the entire thing feels so unreal to me. It's so different watching an award show when it's not through a TV screen, and it was soooo LA. Most importantly, the red carpet fashion deserves a double high-five like the emoji. Some of my favorites were: Julianna Marguiles in the most stunning deep cobalt blue gown made by Giambattista Valli,  Rosamund Pike in the most gorgeous black floral dress by Dior Haute Couture, and I LOVED Julie Bowen's dress so much that I personally told her that she looked like a princess. She wore an intricate beaded dress that had the prettiest detailing, I think you need to see it up close to really appreciate it. She told me it was made by Georges Hobeika.

After the award ceremony, there was an after party put on by People Magazine. The award show took place at The Shrine downtown and the after party was under a decadent tent out back; and it looked completely different then the last time I went there (for a Steve Aoki concert many moons ago lol). I would estimate that I ate a total of 12 macarons throughout the night, don't worry I switched up the flavor every time. I had a pleasure of meeting some *~STaRS~* throughout the magical evening. I feel like such a fan girl having all these pictures but yolo idk.   I mean I seriously really am SAG-elligable so I guess that maybe counts for something, right? 

I'm wearing a short dress because the only long dresses I own are prom dresses (ask me how many times I attended prom, that's a good lol) and I can't re-wear those for picture reasons. So I settled with wearing the LBD by Herve Leger, shoes by Isabel Marant, purse by Topshop  and earrings are Kate Spade. Photographed with Naomi Watts, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. 

Alexa Chung For AG Jeans!

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The 'It' girl is back at it again. Alexa Chung debuts her collaboration with AG Jeans. The collection is more than just denim; it includes overalls that don't make you look like you own a tractor and fitted ribbed tees that is perfectly paired with any pair of denim. Alexa had a little launch party at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills last Thursday night; the event included Moscow Mules with decorative straws and a photo booth (my fav). So fun to have Alexa Chung be apart of a LA based company, and she looks so stunning in the ad campaigns! Shop the entire collection here.

Night of Generosity 6th Annual Gala

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Attended Night Of Generosity 6th Annual Gala last Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Generosity is a humanitarian organization that is dedicated to bringing clean water to developing countries such as Haiti and India. The event was hosted by Queen Latifah and Jason Kennedy, and honoring Megan Fox and her husband Brian Austin Green. I met and talked with Brian and now I regret never watching the original 90210 so we could have had more to talk about. Other guests included Mike Posner who performed and I also met Ashley Benson. So I know all girls are going to kill me, but just like Twilight I don't watch Pretty Little Liars. I've tried to watch and to be honest the show is kinda scary and the only time I ever watch TV is right before I go to bed and I don't want to get nightmares. I know, I suck. 

The night was very elegant, and so LA. xx

Wearing LBD by James Perse and shoes by Dolce Vita.