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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. 

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.

 

**~CoaCHeLLa~** Day 2

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If it involves a pina colada in a coconut, i'm there. Had so much fun at the Popsugar Cabana Club this Coachella weekend, I'm honestly still dreaming about the shaved ice machine. The party took place at the Avalon Hotel in Palm Springs, which is sooooo lovely I don't know how I've never been before. Would be perfect for a weekend getaway. 

Was so excited to be reunited with my pals from The Bay, photographer Ryan Chua and blogger Ariana Lauren. Wearing a one-piece by Beach Riot, booties by Free People, sunglasses by Wildfox, bandana by Vanessa Mooney, kimono by Topshop, hat by Brixton, & belt by Nordstrom.

Thank you Popsugar for having me! 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

 

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

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. 

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

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

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.

10 Things To-Do In Dublin

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1. 37th Dawson Street- Of course my number one thing to-do in Dublin would be a bar. Irish people really enjoy their whiskey and I'm learning to keep up (or at least fake it, don't worry dad). I absolutely loved this bar, it's trendy with the neon signs while having moose head taxidermy on the wall making you feel like you're in a cozy pub. 

2. Stroll The Neighborhoods- Something that I was totally unaware of before getting here is that all the houses have like the cutest doors ever. It's actually like a 'thing.' It's a decorative and historical thing to have a colorful painted door, read the full story by clicking the link. 

3. Collect Sea Glass On The Coast Of Dun Laoghaire- Find ocean treasures scattered across the beaches and put it all in a little jar and make yourself a souvenir! About a 20 minute DART ride out of the city. 

4. Grafton Street- Ireland's world famous shopping and culture street! It is gorgeous during the holiday; it's covered in sparkling lights and has multiple decorated Christmas trees. They have some of the same shops as the do in LA such as Topshop, Ted Baker, Zara etc. I fell in love with the store Brown Thomas; It's a high-end luxury department store that I would compare to Saks. I started salivating over the Celine Phantoms (per usual).

5. National Museum Of Ireland- So I'm not much of a history nerd like my sister, but she dragged me here. I appreciate history and all, but there's only so much I can take before it all looks the same to me. They have an exhibit here on the 'bog people.' Which are these super old dead bodies they find in the bogs that are preserved because of the environmental conditions (gross). So basically, I walked in kinda scared but I survived and it wasn't too terrible. I even found it fascinating. I made my sister walk into the rooms first, and then I would walk in subconsciously doing a wink face with one eye open. 

6. Irish Breakfast at Gerry's- If you're in Ireland, obvi you have to get an Irish breakfast. It's all the rage here and they take it very seriously. Personally I'm not much of a breakfast type of gal, but you gotta get it if you're here. If you don't want to eat the black pudding no hard feelings, I have a hard time eating it too once I found out what it's made of. 

7. Brazen Head- The oldest pub in Ireland! OPEN SINCE 1198. How crazy is that?! It's like as if you just stepped into a time machine. This bar is super cozy, great atmosphere and funky decor. You have to visit while in Dublin!

8.Gunniess Storehouse- The number one visited place by tourists in Ireland.  This place is absolutely massive, and if you didn't like beer before you will now. It's a 7-story self tour through the factory. After finishing the tour, the top level is the Gravity Bar where you can see a panoramic view of Dublin through all glass windows while drinking a pint. 

9. Bewley's- The cutest cafe on Grafton Street! You can come here for a casual coffee or sit down for lunch or dinner in the back room or upstairs. Shimmering chandilers hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered in vintage floral print wallpaper.  They have the best scones I've ever had in my entire life. Also I highly recommend the Irish coffee. 

10. Trinity College- The most beautiful campus. My sister is attending graduate school here, and I swear it looks like Hogwarts or something. This is where you can find The Book of Kells (a 9th century gospel manuscript) in the Old Library if you're into historical things. 

 

Wearing faux fur coat from Topshop, black dress by James Perse, tights from H&M and booties by Rag&Bone

 

When In Rome....

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Totally fell in love with Italy. A world where gluten-free doesn't exist and it is totally necessary to try a new flavor of gelato everyday. One of my favorite areas in Rome is Via del Boschetto. This is a trendy neighborhood in an ancient city. It is packed with pop-up floral stores, handmade jewelry, and my all-time favorite: vintage stores. The vintage shopping here is unreal. You will find designer vintage treasures in every other store. I would of shopped a lot more than I did if I wasn't backpacking across the country, but I just HAD to have this coat the moment I saw it. It's vintage Yves Saint Laurent. YSL forever is my favorite designer, and my first love. This coat is a alpaca, mohair and wool blend. Since the brand makeover of YSL turned into Saint Laurent Paris in 2012 due to the new creative director, I actually melt every time I see a vintage YSL label. 

I found this coat at a small funky boutique, Pulp. And I still have nightmares about the Moschino floral sweater that I didn't end up buying. It'll probably haunt me for a couple more months to be completely honest. 

Coat worn with all black everythaaang underneath, and Nikes since I seriously just walked all over the city all day. I would never wear workout shoes with this coat, but it kinda looks street style hip in some weird way. Right?