31 July 2014

clare v's got your back

Maybe I'm a little late to the Clare V. party, but better late than never, right? While browsing through my Instagram feed the other night, one of Clare's bags caught my eye and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I've been following her for quite some time and I'm quite familiar and enamored with her pouches, but it's the other goodies that I'm becoming increasingly enchanted by. I've always loved a good leather purse. One that's reasonably priced, made in LA and aesthetically pleasing (while also hyper functional) is a total score. I've decided that the Duffle Petit will be my foray into the CV army.

for every day: Duffle Petit
for inside: Card Case
for classing it up: Constance
for a weekend getaway: Weekender
for a fashion statement: Petit Fannypack



29 July 2014

not fashion blog content


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I'm in a state of limbo. In survival mode. I know this isn't really "fashion blog content," but it's also true that I'm not merely a fashion blogger. In fact, that title is an increasingly small part of who I am and who I want to identify myself as. It's not that fashion bloggers are necessarily bad people (annoying, possibly; outwardly shallow, sometimes), it's just that I have other, more personal things plaguing my consciousness these days. In an effort to be an adult, I'm sitting with these feelings and learning from them, rather than doing my best to distract myself from the discomfort. As a result, I've had very little desire to churn out [good] content.

I'm not entirely devoid of creativity and I certainly don't shun other blogs as a source of my own inspiration. While I haven't been posting on here, I've been regularly pinning and 'gramming between intense gym sessions, job interviews and self-education.

I love the fact that I also have this blog as an outlet for when I want to express myself in a more tangible way. But it's intimidating to think that, in order to "blog" in this day and age, I have to take gorgeous photos of myself (hardly a task that can be accomplished as a novice), dress in the trendiest clothes, attend the coolest parties and work with the top brands du jour. Sometimes, I chastise myself for not being popular enough to warrant an invite to an event that all my other blogger friends are attending or not posting often enough to be noticed by some of the cooler PR companies. That's a really heavy and disheartening feeling. Yes, it's fact that I may not be getting the same level of perks as some friends, but the idea that I beat myself up over happenings that determine a minuscule part of my life is bewildering. Why focus on the negative -- the lack of invites and collaborations -- rather than celebrate the other side of it? There is so much more to be thankful for than I notice and I admit that is a characteristic of mine I'd like to change. Of course, it's easier said than done, but that's the path I'm on these days. It's not about blogging, specifically. It's that I have to finally start doing me. And that is quite the undertaking.

Thanks to those that keep checking in with Live Love LA and an even bigger thank you for those who don't shy away from talking to me about life.

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17 July 2014

youthful


cotton on kimono* | the classic brand tank* | brandy melville shorts (similar & similar) | just fab purse* | call it spring sandals*

14 July 2014

the cut


before

skip after the jump to see the "after" photos!

i'd been growing my hair out for ages. literally, ages. in july 2010, i had the wild idea to chop my hair down to a pixie. then, it took four long years to get it to its most recent length. in between, i underwent the growing out process and even threw in some bangs. here is a look back at 2011, 2012 and 2013.

10 July 2014

25 June 2014

11 June 2014

dressed in a dress


foreign exchange duster (similar cut) | asos dress | madewell booties (similar) | patricia nash backpack* | elizabeth and james sunglasses | forever 21 necklaces (old, but try these: one, two, three)

21 May 2014

what style means to me

I attended the #Style2020 lunch and panel a couple of weeks ago and, in addition to hearing some inspiring words and enjoying some delicious food, I got the opportunity to share with everyone how I define style. Check out my video, above, and click through to see what other attendees had to say.

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