Friday, April 24, 2015

end of the semester photos

School and work and interning is all wrapping up in the next couple weeks, and I am doing my best to accept the change with open arms. I'm not one to end things easily or happily, but as always, change can be an enormously good thing. I'm not sure what I'm doing this summer yet, but maybe doing nothing is the best thing for me? As always, here are some photos from the last couple weeks.
I went to the opening night of a musical this past weekend, and decided to try the whole "lets make black jeans dressy" look with this older Givenchy top I bought in high school and these super strange American Apparel nude flats which I think they discontinued.
I've been reading The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman for my anthropology class and it's really had a profound impact on me. The story is absolutely heartbreaking, but the writing is gorgeous and the information is more than invaluable. A definite recommend if you have the time.
I've been wearing a ton of green and blue lately. This is just a snippet of the things that have been in rotation.

Went to The Grove last week, and in addition to seeing Fast and Furious 7 (which is phenomenal by the way) I also picked up this little neon holdall from Topshop that I literally carry around with me everywhere even if I have another bag. It's the perfect size for our phone, coin purse, lotion and headphones and maybe a crystal or two. I love it.
I also picked up these matte cat eye sunglasses by Quay. I have never been much of a sunglasses person, but I've decided to actively try and use them all the time.
A couple weeks ago I went to Spellbound Sky-- a crystal and healing shop in Silverlake-- with my cousin, in part for a research project but also just to be immersed in an incredible room full of crystals.
My mom also gave me a couple from her collection and so now I find little ones around the apartment and in random bags. It's always good to have a crystal or two around if only just to look at something pretty, but I also believe in charging them with energy and setting intention.
I promised at some point I would do an apartment tour but its getting so late I'm not sure of thats possible. But a couple weeks ago the sun became obscured by the clouds and I took a moment to just rest in my living room and it was so peaceful.
Been wearing Mr. Kate's tuxedo handpiece a lot lately. Love the delicate gold chains paired with other gold rings from my jewelry collection.
Twice in the past month I've ventured to the Writer's Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills to watch some of my favorite television and film screenwriters talk about their writing processes and the general craft at large. The top photo is from the first day (wearing an Urban Outfitters poncho) and the bottom photo is from the second gathering.
I've probably mentioned in the past how low key my skin care routine is, but I've gotten sick of just rolling out of bed and doing nothing and actually want to take a second to take care of my skin now (also it's been pretty dry lately and have felt the effects of the weather). I stumbled upon Glossier and really fell in love with the brand and their whole deal so I ordered their Phase 1 set and their moon mask. I think I'll post a video because I kind of love the results but suffice to say I'm more than obsessed with these items.
Just a shot of a beautiful lavender tree on my block.
Most recent internship outfit with a Zara leather jacket and Topshop pants. Can't go wrong with black.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting Coffee: Intern Dressing

I'm currently sick in bed with a major head cold, but I thought I'd share these photos from last week before everything went down(wards with my body). I've been interning in various places around Los Angeles for almost a year now, and so you'd think I'd have the whole "intern dressing" thing down pat. However, I've come to find that each place has its own vibe that you must respond to accordingly.

Luckily, the places I've worked at have never had a strict dress code nor have I been required to wear super formal things like a pencil skirt or blazer or any office cliché like that. This is an outfit I wore Friday, which I think encapsulates the best intern-wear I could manage: a pretty but fairly conservative floral tunic, black jeans (honestly my favorite piece of clothing), and my new favorite Dr. Martens oxfords. Simple, but slightly unexpected too. It's all about your personality when it really comes down to it. I say the more fun you have with it, the more you stand out. Also, try to be the fun (yet hardworking) intern as much as possible. This comes in handy. Everyone just wants to have a good time (while getting work done, of course). Writing about interning right now is getting me a little bit anxious-- I have yet to really lock down any options for this summer in terms of employment elsewhere. But hey, maybe I don't need to intern every summer, right?
Free People Floral Foil Print swing tunic, Topshop Moto Zip jeans, Lauren by Ralph Lauren crossbody bag, Dr. Martens 3-eye oxford, Verameat pretzel necklace.


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

my uniform lately

Super quick outfit post from the other week. I'm obsessed with my new Dr. Martens and this linen shop coat (I stalked it for months before it went on sale). You know when you get a new pair of shoes and suddenly everything changes? That's how I feel about these oxfords. I love pairing them with little white socks for that good school girl vibe. I think a lot of my wardrobe lately features black with some earthy overtones like tan and deep green, plus an emphasis on texture and unexpected details (like crystal pendants for jewelry and thin chain hand-pieces like these).
Madewell high riser jeans, Brochu Walker striped muscle tee, Urban Renewal shop coat (now sold out but similar here), Dr. Martens 3 eye oxfords.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Went extremely simple the other day in a pair of Gap pants I picked up at the Goodwill and a sweater that I cut off and cropped myself. I am all about the comfort right now. But also somehow still looking put together? It's an interesting dichotomy that I'm still playing with and exploring.

Things are maybe the craziest and most busy than I have ever been. I feel like I say this a lot but it bears repeating. I'm directing a short film in a group project for class, while editing the film I mentioned last time, and re-writing another one for someone else to direct. On top of continuing to intern and write for the school paper and blog. You guys, it's a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't believe how fast this semester went. Only a month of school left.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Break: Film, Film and More Film

Last week was my spring break, which I spent mostly devoted to filming, but in the process I went to the beach, found amazing film soundtracks in the clearance section at Amoeba Records, swam with friends, crashed a party in the Hollywood Hills, cried, laughed and just generally lived. Peek below for more photos and the full story...
The short I wrote/directed for my film class at USC took extensive planning, location scouting and just general pre-production things. I finally wrapped filming Wednesday night, and now I have a week to edit it (and most importantly, find the right music for it!) These are shots from the first day of shooting. We shot at my friend's beach area in Malibu. It was really dreamy and magical and a great way to start production. The story I wrote is about a couple, and we really spent the day getting comfortable both behind and in front of the lens.
Early in the week I needed to pick up a couple of china balls for some lighting on set and so I headed over to the Vine American Party Store on Melrose-- a place I used to love to go to when I was a little kid. They have wall to wall bows, streamers, decorations, and knick knacks. It's amazing but also like a vortex.
We shot all around Los Angeles, and this was taken one night shoot at the Santa Monica pier. I basically dug my own grave writing all the different locations into my script, but it had to be done.
The film class that I'm taking requires you to be your own writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor and production designer. It's an obscene amount of work (that really makes you appreciate everyone involved on a film set) but some of the beauty of it is when things work out just as you wanted them to (because they so often don't). I wrote a romantic/dream-like dinner scene into my script and had this light decorated tree in mind when writing, and I ended up set decorating it exactly like I planned!
After the first day of shooting my friends and I went for a swim late at night. It was so nice and the perfect end to such an exciting and meaningful day for me. The project I am working on is very personal, and filming it was an extraordinary experience to be in charge of and create.
For work outside of my film project, I had to record an ethnographic event for my anthropology class. Therefore, my cousin and I took a class on Crystal Healing and I wrote about it for my paper. Now, we're knee deep in the process of bathing and charging our crystals. Say what what you want about their specific healing properties, I think if you put positive energy towards anything something's bound to happen.
Something I really enjoyed over break was the few times I got to spend with my mom when I wasn't filming. We went out one friday and got dinner and went to Amoeba. It was so fun. This is an outfit from that night, wearing my new favorite Adidas superstars.
My mom and I also went and got lunch at La Boulange on La Brea on one of our lunch breaks this week (hers from work, mine from my internship at Plan B Entertainment). I'm addicted to iced matcha lattes now!
Been loving the color green lately. I don't know why, but its come into my wardrobe rotation a bunch. And cargo pants are perfect for running around the city when you have a ton of errands to run.
Some essential items I was carrying around in my bag all week: rose oil, extra camera batteries, headphones, and camera lens cleaning supplies!

P.s. The sunsets have been crazy here lately. I've been loving the weather, and its absolutely perfect for filming 'round the clock.