It’s been 90 degrees here in LA for the last week, which is INSANE but to be completely honest, totally normal. Our summer has basically become August through October. So while the rest of the country is breaking out sweaters and having pumpkin spiced lattes, Angelenos are trying to wear as little as possible to stay cool.
As we all know, not every trend works for every person. Just because the fashion industry touts something as “the next best thing” doesn’t mean you have to get on board. That’s one thing I love about fashion, you wear what works for you. I still don’t think I have a specific style. Sometimes I like more of a rocker vibe and sometimes I want to be more girly. And that’s totally ok. I’ve also had to make some adjustments over the last few years switching to a vegan lifestyle. There are plenty of things that I won’t buy just based on the fact that they have animal products in them.
All that being said, I am completely loving this off the shoulder trend. I love the upper part of a woman’s body. The shoulders, the neck, the clavicle…I think it’s so sexy. So shirts that show them off are a straight up HELL YES for me!
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Shoes: Madden Girl (old)
Necklace: House Of Harlow
Photos by Becca Murray
Shoes: Vans (Vegan ones OBVS!)
Necklace: Melrose Trading Post
Photos by Matt Misisco
Truth be told, I never met a romper that I didn’t like and I have no idea how to fix a motorcycle. I know in this shoot it TOTALLY seems like I know what I’m doing but I have no idea.
Romper: William B
Shoes: Nine West (they’re old as fuck if you couldn’t tell by the heels falling apart)
Jewelry: Flea Market
Lip Color: Avon Bold Bordeaux
A friend of mine recently told me about Kippy’s. It’s this little unassuming non-diary ice cream shop in Venice that makes all their ice cream out of fresh coconut meat…on site…and it’s organic!!! All of it is raw but only 2 flavors are actually vegan (the other flavors use honey). You can mix and match any 2 flavors for $5.50 so obvi, I had to try both of the vegan ones. The first flavor was date (which blew my fucking mind) and the other was chocolate.
If you’re in LA, this place is must! I brought my friend Matt who isn’t a vegan and he loved it as well. They also sell fresh coconut cream there along with a bunch of other stuff. Their ice cream is so good for you that they offer a CLEANSE of ALL ICE CREAM! We had it for lunch and felt great about it.
Wait, did I get some on my face?
So as you can tell from my empty bowl…I hated it 😉
For more info check out http://www.kippysicecream.com
Photos by Matt Misisco
I am all about gingham these days. And having fun. Which is why I still frequent playgrounds. The kids at the park were a little confused as to what I was doing there but I think deep down they were thinking, “Wow, that old person is really cool.” The adults on the other hand probably thought I was creepy. But not nearly as creepy as the weird girl who brought her puppet to the park and was making videos with it on her iPhone.
Top: Love Culture
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Necklace & Ring: Hardware
Bracelet: Kim and Zozi
Love You Earrings: Chato Boutique (I’m obsessed with their jewelry) http://www.chatoaccess.com
Photos by Matt Misisco
If you would have told the high school me, that my future self would be partaking in things like sound baths or meditation to cleanse my soul, I would have been all, “Eww. No way. That’s only something the weirdos who shop at the Wild Oats market and smell like patchouli would be into.” Cut to present day and I’m the one rallying my friends to try things like depravation chambers, sessions with shamans, meditation classes…you get the idea.
My first trip to The Integratron was 3 years ago when we went for my friend Christina’s birthday party. Since then, we’ve made it an annual trip. What the fuck is The Integratron? Let me tell you: it’s a 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome that was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel (I didn’t come up with that myself, I stole it off their website). But real talk, they do sound baths there and its fucking magical. Smack dab in the Mojave Desert is where you’ll find this little slice of heaven. It’s in Landers, CA which isn’t too far past Joshua Tree. When you arrive they have this great little area to chill in while you wait to do your sound bath. There is also some cool art to look at.
You can rent out The Integratron for a private session, with a group of your own choosing or you can be part of a pop-up, which is with a group not of your choosing. I’ve done both and they are equally great.
When you enter the dome, you are guided up a narrow flight of stairs to where the magic happens. All around the floor are make-shift beds (yoga mats covered by blankets and a pillow) that you’re on for the duration of the session. The sound bath consists of someone playing crystal bowls for 23 minutes. Apparently 22 minutes is an optimal amount of time for your brain to rest and reset. I think that is what Joanne, one of the owners, told us during our last visit. However, I have a terrible memory so I could have just made that up but it sounds like it could be a thing, so let’s go with it. I do remember her telling us that each bowl plays a different note and each note corresponds with a different chakra. It’s hard to explain the experience but I’m going to try. If it were physically possible to lay inside a speaker, that is what a sound bath would be the equivalent too. It’s loud and resonant and you feel it through your entire body. Yet it’s soothing, relaxing and meditative. Guys, that’s a terrible explanation. You just have to experience it for yourself. If you want more info on The Integratron like, how to get there, cost, the history of the place, you can check it out here —-> http://www.integratron.com
Who says you can’t look fashionable while shopping at The Home Depot?
Sandals: Steve Madden
Necklaces: Thrift Store
Photos by Matt Misisco http://mattmisiscostudios.com