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Long time no blog, but popping in to show y’all a little ditty I worked on with LEAFtv and GAP Styld.by!

I got to spend a day with two of my favorite power ladies, Jaclyn Johnson of Some Notes on Napkins + (No Subject) and Geri Hirsch of LEAF + BecauseImAddicted. We talked boys and business and played dress up in GAP’s Spring Collection. I hesitate to label anything as classic as stripes a trend, but they are definitely having a moment, and I’m into it (GAP’s doesn’t call this one the “Essential Striped Tee” for nothin’). I’m also super excited to land in a LEAF video — I’m obsessed with their channel for making fancy food like a “Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Toasted Hazelnut Salad” seem less Gwyneth and more like a totally easy DIY lunch.

Check out the rest of GAP’s Spring collection (the colors are perfect) and the video below.

As for all things “me”? All in due time.

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A/X Armani Exchange tank dress

This is what I wore for some desert festivities last weekend, then again yesterday when it was about 75 and covering up just felt like sacrilege. The tank dress is another look from A/X Armani Exchange (thanks A/X!) and it’s perfectly barely-there in all the right places with a hint of shimmer that seemed impossibile to photograph, but totally does the glimmering-in-the-sunlight trick in reality. 

Having grown up in California, I’ve always been more into Spring/Summer dressing, when the clothes start coming off, than piling on layers. I didn’t see real snow until I was nearing 18 years old, so I’m just more equipped for skin-baring. The current heat also has me dreaming about theme parks, snow-cones and most importantly, new ways to get my butt-long braids off my neck; so far it’s between a massive top-knot or Chun-Li pigtail buns. And since she was the only character I ever played in Street Fighter anyway…

 

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The final result of my Doctrine Jeans DIY @ Space15Twenty

There comes a time in every young LA girl’s life when a contrarian declaration of “I’m not going to Coachella,” suddenly morphs into “I’m going to Coachella.”

To mark that very likely transition in my own life as of… about 11pm last night, here’s my very festival friendly DIY  from an event I hosted with Doctrine Jeans last week at Space15Twenty. You know I like my DIY’s easy, and here’s how:

1. Cut off jeans about x2 longer than your desired length.

2. Use a large embroidery or yarn needle and stitch haphazard X’s or +’s onto one half with yard of embroidery floss.

3. Roll ‘em up. That easy.

Give or take one low-cut armhole tank (which I recently wrote about on Nasty Gal’s awesome new blog!), you are ready for sweaty desert days and wasted nights.

Some more sage advice: whatever you wear, don’t over-think it and DO NOT don a onesie/romper/jumpsuit like those pesky Coachella fashion guides are telling you. I promise, 2 beers and one porta-potty later, you’ll thank me.


Armani Exchange red trousers with Blood is the New Black “Terror” Boyfriend Tee, Monki denim shirt (a hand-me-down from Jayne), vintage belt and Theysken’s Theory pumps / photos by Joshua Spencer

Natalie and I are hard at work styling a 20-person campaign this week which led us to talking about the “stylist uniform.” Namely about how too much of our day can onsist of (often literal) running around and needing a “uniform” that can take us from air kisses  at a ‘shcmancy showroom (secret: my black lipstick doubles as kiss-kiss repellant!) to schlepping returns to hands-and-knees digging through a warehouse. Looking like a Fashion Week street style snap, while fun (sometimes), just isn’t always practical. But you knew that already.

As my day to day routine varies, I don’t know that I’ll ever have, nor truly want, a “uniform” per se, however I do love transitional pieces that can take me from “Stylist” to “Assistant” to “Writer” to “Creative Director” to “WTF am I doing with me life?” all in one day.

I won’t wax poetic on the “Pop of color for Spring!”, but since dark wash denim gets monotonous and I get “are you feeling ok?” looks when I opt for leggings-as-pants, these red trousers (sent to me by A/X and available here) have been my saving grace this week. Give or take a 6″ wedge, they say “business” when I need them to and “casual” when I don’t. And I think we’ve talked about this before, but red is still my power color, so they may or may not give me superpowers, too. Always a plus.

PS – Braids!

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at In n Out wearing gifted Tsubo x Timo Weiland Sedna sandal in Putty / photos by Julia Chesky

I’ve been describing this shoe as a stucco-colored gladiator flatform meets orthopedic brace… which sounds so wrong, but they’re just right and well, and either way I love them and felt like I was bouncing around on clouds all day. Which means they’re crazy comfortable. I’d normally have opted for the black version, but decided to take leap of footwear faith and got them in Putty.

Also, toes coming out of hiding and donning nail colors you would’ve picked as a kid? A sure sign of Springtime.

 

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