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2017

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Hi! I'm back! And it's been so long that I hope to never leave this long ever again. It's been a lengthy cat nap and some sort of writer's block. I have been extremely busy with exciting and not-so exciting things this past year. Also, I became slightly discouraged to write; I felt like I was contending against others on the internet that are ~brand ambassadors~ for teeth whiteners and ugly watches. Which obviously I can't even compete with. I have spent this time trying to get inspired. Stopping at every newsstand I pass by to flip through Vogue Italia without paying $14.95, watching Gucci runway shows while virtually foaming at the mouth, and going to Barney's to touch absolutely everything. So stepping into 2017 I have a few tips to share with all of you xx

1. Don't wear a band tee that you can't name at least 5 top hits from

Okay, so maybe I'm telling you to grow up and not shop at Brandy Melville. If you're older than age 17 it is time to broaden your horizons past 'one size fits most'. But also don't be wearing a Joy Division shirt if you can't tell me who Ian Curtis is. And don't be that girl when a guy comes up to you trying to start small talk before offering to buy your tequlia soda and you're wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt and you recite that your fav LZ song is 'Stairway to Heaven'. I'm just trying to help you out. Solution to this: if you like the vintage t-shirt look try to thrift store hunt for old shirts with fun graphics on them. Wash, dry, and cut them appropriately so they have a more worn-in look. I'm trying to find a photo reference but can't find a good example, I'll add one if I find one or take one of myself. ~stay tuned 

2. Stop wearing black everything

I'm guilty of this for maybe 300 days out of the year. Which isn't how I used to dress at all but I got in the habit of it. When wearing all black it is like you wear the same thing everyday. It kind of reminds me of the dress code during my days (actually, years) as a waitress when I worked at an Italian restaurant and permanently smelled like garlic bread. Dark times. But at the same time I'm not telling you to buy other colors if they're just going to sit in your closet.  If you're most comfortable in black, try changing it up with wear it with a floral scarf and fun lipstick shade. Or just wear something over-the-top like the photo above. 

3. Oversized Jackets

Okay, so Rihanna might have something to do with this one. I really do love this look with skinny jeans and booties. Makes it look like you maybe tried but really didn't.

4. Throw out your 5 inch heels

Yes it is time to take my Steve Madden ratchet pumps from Freshman year homecoming to Goodwill. They shouldn't have even made the lifespan of  making it to a Hollywood nightclub at age 18 with a fake ID.  Unless you have the closet space ( lol I don't), there is no need to hang onto these. Shorter heels are in. Invest in a cute pair of mules or sandal slides to wear everyday with denim. 

5. Mansur Gavriel 

So this might be a more personal one because lately I've been OBSESSED with Mansur Gavriel. The designers debuted in 2012, New York designed handbags made in Italy. They also make shoes as well (I'm size 39 if anyone wants to sponsor me). They're moderately priced so maybe I can afford one if I stop getting parking tickets and become okay with drinking wells vodka. The bucket bag is their signature look. I see one in my future for 2017.

 

Night Kat

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Honestly I don't know if burgundy is considered in style right now, but i'm really into it. Dark reds are usually a Fall time thing but I recently dyed my hair a shade of crimson (which is sadly fading terribly) so i've been trying to match. One of my go-to easy looks is always a graphic tee and high-waisted jeans with booties. I recently splurged on these Margot Boots by Rag and Bone that went on sale. Paired with my new vintage-feel shirt (half linen/half cotton=dreamy) by Current/Elliot and my favorite black skinny jeans by Paige. 

Bag by Ted Baker London, sunglasses by Celine, and jacket by Burning Torch

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.  

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

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

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.

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.

Coachella Desert Gyspy

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It's festivallllllllllll season. More is more. If you're not wearing 10+ bracelets, you're doing it wrong. And if you're planning on wearing a flower crown,check your calendar because it's not 2013. These are a few favorites I've come up with to wear while playing under the sun out in the desert. I've been to many music festivals and I've learned a few tips from experience on what not to wear to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. 

1. Don't wear a dress. Or a skirt. You will end up on some shirtless guys shoulders at some point, and that will be no bueno. Rompers are so perfect for this! Lately I've been obsessing over this Australian line: Spell and The Gypsy Collective. If you haven't heard of them, you HAVE to check them out!! They sell at Revolve too, so you don't have to worry about international shipping (my worst enemy). 

2. DON'T bring your favorite sunglasses. If you bring then lose your Tom Fords, I will shed a tear for you. I love love love the newest styles that Toms just came out with. They're a good price point and won't fall apart. The reflective lenses are so festival-esque. 

3. Guaranteed compliments if you accessorize yourself with anything from Waffles and Honey. These pieces are timeless and dazzling. And they're handmade in San Francisco! AND if you use the promo code 'tealkitty20' you get 20% off !!!!!! #dreamz

4. I swear on Nars matte lip liners. I have one in all of my purses. They're game changers, life changers, new best friends. Color stays on all day. My favorite color is Walkyrie

5. Don't wear sandals. They will break, you will get blisters and your feet will be so dirty by the end of the day. Wear cute booties or sneakers, you'll be on your feet all day!

Recap of FW15 Fashion Weeks

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Fashion weeks have come to a close for the season, and I'm assuming that you didn't sacrifice your life responsibilities like I did to lay in bed and appreciate my high speed internet with live streamings. I put my Netflix binge watching of Gilmore Girls on hold and would fall asleep watching Ralph Lauren in hopes of  dreaming about attending a polo match wearing a chiffon skirt and a floppy hat while bumping into Carter Baizen.   I try to lay low during this time of year since I rather go to bed early to wake up on EST to watch Zimmermann before heading to class. I watched some of New York, Paris, Milan and then attended some shows myself in Los Angeles.   After watching various shows this Spring, I've sifted out my personal favorites and the most important aspects to look out for this Fall:

1. Zac Posen

I've actually put a lot of thought into this and came to one conclusion. While Zac Posen's collection was nothing short of glamorous (as always), everyone knows what really stole the show. Naomi Campbell walking the finale in a full-volume gleaming ruby blush ball gown. I have been brainstorming theories of this how someone/something could look so perfect, and this the only sane settlement I came up with. I truly believe that Naomi Campbell was living in a Barbie box and they had her limbs wrapped up in zip ties and then they untwisted all the wires and unleashed her onto the runway. 

2. Chanel

Lagerfeld back at it again. He sets the bar high for himself season after season; last spring he had my jaw dropped when he transformed the runway into a full on grocery store and had the models strutting down the aisles with shopping baskets as if they were just casually strolling looking for whole wheat tortillas. This time around he took you to a Parisian cafe. Cappuccinos on the house, handsome dapper waiters, wooden oak furnishings and elaborate tile floorings. He named his faux cafe Brasserie Gabrielle after Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel herself. Lagerfeld talked about his collection and explained: "This is really what I would love to see someone wearing for dinner, lunch or breakfast...But not ladies who lunch, huh? That's another era." Yeah Karl, I'd love to go out for buttermilk pancakes wearing head to toe Chanel too. 

3. Anna Sui

The 70's are back! And it's so boho breezy chic vibe I can't even handle it. Of course, it's Anna Sui so her floral patterns are to die for in every shape or form. I loved the mixed textures with the brightly colored fur shearing vests and accents on shoes. I wish I could style myself to dress this chic everyday. She is the queen of interbreeding patterns. 

4. Valentino 

OH MY GOD. As if Valentino couldn't already be more perfect, they ended their show with a finale having Derek Zoolander and Hansel close out the catwalk. I was at school and when I saw this I actually made a scene by jumping out of my seat from shock and excitement. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson ILYSM!

5. Oscar de la Renta

I watched the live streaming of this, and as the camera panned the audience as everyone took their seats and celebrities were being interviewed...I was just sitting here s w e a t i n g. Completely ruined my fresh manicure with my excessive nail bitting prior to the show starting. Nervous. Excited. Worried. Sad. I was going through all possible emotions. Oscar de la Renta passed away last October, and this was the first show that was in the hands of the new appointed creative director, Peter Copping. I had my fingers crossed, legs crossed, arms crossed just praying for Peter to be able to live up to the fashion icon's legacy. And he so did. This show was so spectacular. The gowns were stunning as they flocked down the runway. All together, an amazing tribute and collection to start off a new chapter of the brand. SO well done, Peter. 

 

 

Pinot On The Go

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Fi takes wine country! Made a day trip to Chalk Hill while I was up north. I can never say no to wine tasting, and the weather was unreal gorgeous. I always say that I need a vacation from my vacation-like lifestyle. This was the perfect little getaway. I can always use a glass of wine (or seven).  Thank you Roth Winery for having me!

Wearing this adorable dress by Free People, I'm obsessed with anything with flared hippie-like sleeves.And  my everyday Rag and Bone booties and Celine sunglasses. 

Les Merchantes + Ziesche Blogger Brunch

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I've been spoiled with my multiple trips to San Francisco; I think I made it up a total of 8 trips within a year. The bay has turned into my home away from home. I was SO excited to take a quick weekend trip up north; I've been deprived of Union Square shopping and the guacamole at Tacolicious (a must-try)  since before I left for Europe. 

On Sunday I attended a blogger brunch at Beauty Company on Polk Street. Cutest one-stop shop to get all your beauty needs, a manicure and hair all done up.  The party was put on by Ziesche, a local apothecary company that is made locally in the pretty city made with the most dreamy scents. I got to try the lemongrass, vetiver and sage body lotion and let me tell ya: G A M E C H A N G E R. I don't even know what vetiver is to be completely honest but with my dyslexic brain the word looks equivalent to velvet, which is what what hands felt like after trying this little miracle in a bottle.

Also hosting the party was designer Les Merchantes. I'm kinda like a 5-year old child when it comes to  familiarizing myself with a new brand or collection. I have to touch everything. I'm that girl in a fancy department store that the sales person just follows behind me to put everything back into order. It takes me all of three seconds to flip up the right side of a garment to check the care labels to see what it's made out of. I blame my textile professor and my dad for brainwashing me as a child that polyester was this evil substance every time my mom tried dolling my sister and I up in matching outfits.   Besides the point, with one touch of the Les Merchantes garments my heart skipped a beat. Ooooooh yeah 100% silk. Gets me every time. Might just need everything. 

Other talented local designers came out for the event: Waffles and Honey Jewelry (handmade in The Mission, sending my future boyfriend to her to buy me everything), Marrin Costello (Stoned Collection might be my favorite thing, like ever)  and also Project Juice came and served they're new juice Beta-Bomb with bubbly. It was like a mimosa with a twist; you get your daily vitamins while drinking champagne. I'm not sure if life really exceeds past that point of happiness. Also I got to meet some new blogger gal pals !!! Always love meeting new bloggers in the bay area, check them out: Yurk Style, Champagne For Everyday, Pink Lace Pearls and Cuppa Jyo! Thank you so much for having me! I had so much fun at this event. 

Photo with Katey from Yurk Style and Jyo from Cuppa Jyo, wearing romper from Free People. 

 

 

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. 

 

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.