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How To Survive Fashion Week

February 13, 2015

TEVA metallic leather sandals // SHOP HERE
A few of my tips on how to survive the the week we hate and love the most . . . New York Fashion Week. I’m obviously trying to be funny, so all you hardcore fashion enthusiasts don’t feel like I’m hating. Fashion is far more fun when you can be humorous about it. So here we go:

1. Stay Hydrated
Because passing out from lack of water in the middle of a show is not cute. Plus your skin won’t look as supple and fresh as the fashion week dress you just overpaid for last week. H2O. Chemistry. It works. 
2. Pack snacks. 
Because you work in fashion, you are already effing hungry 95% of the time. No need to be any hungrier. EAT FOOD (not gum) throughout the day during fashion week. Energy is love and your metabolism will be forever grateful.
3. Don’t kill your feet.
I’ve learned from experience that it is NOT WORTH IT to literally perpetuate the death if your baby toes because you want to be street style photographed. We will all be laughing deep down inside because we can sense pain from underneath those reflective retro cat-eyed sunnies babe. TEVA sandals in-between shows sounds just as crazy, but they are a LIFESAVER!
4. Get at least more than 5 hours of sleep each night.
There’s nothing more dreadful than that 9am fashion show you promised to be backstage at and that you know you will be showing up 10-15 minutes late for . . . looking dreadful. SLEEP PEOPLE. SLEEP. Fashion week doesn’t need anymore unhappy, tired looking people in the mix. 
5. Wear invisible layers under your layers.
UNIQLO HEATTECH layering shirts are you friends people. YOUR BEST FRIENDS.
6. Don’t forget your phone charger (or Boost Case).
You’re trying to get that finale catwalk video and then all of a sudden your iPhone 6 that you just got for fashion week dies on you midway through and everyone and their mama’s is posting the exact same video before you do on Instagram. It’s almost like that feeling of FOMO but worse. 
7. Stay fresh! Deodorant! Perfume! Face Powder!
Homeless chic might be in. But smelling homeless isn’t. Especially when you are dancing hardcore at the BCBG after party at the top of The Standard hotel in that metallic dress with absolutely no ventilation. THAT’S IT. Sorry. 
8. Pho.
Fashion week smack dab in the winter is just about enough sensory overload to make a fashion girl as sick as a dog. Pho is the perfect after-show escape your belly has been aching for. It’s as if the wind tunnels, stilettos in slush, frostbit, delayed subways and annoying fashion chicks in Louboutins never happened. VIETNAMESE MAGIC IN A BOWL. Viola!
9. Walk into the shows as if your favorite song is playing just for you.
Because nothing feels more killer than your fave beat. All day errrrryday. WERK IT and OWN IT. Doesn’t matter what you are wearing. 
10. Don’t over think your outfits!
How many times do I have to repeat? Over thinking leads to trying too hard. Don’t try to be a part of the pack. Be yourself and you’ll be sure to stand out. Dressing just for the street style photographers is LAME. Really it is. Isn’t it so much cooler to be photographed for something you’d actually have worn on one of your normal best days? I think so.
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H&M Sport

January 30, 2015
Exciting stuff going on over at H&M this year. They just launched a newly expanded sports collection! This push-up sports bra is what really got me all gaga over the collection in the first place. I’m a pretty flat-chested lady, something that I used to be pretty self-conscious about growing up. I imagined that I was Madonna and would stuff my Mickey Mouse printed Jockey bra with tennis balls and dance around the living room like a maniac. Life goals man. But I have since then learned to embrace my dainty ant hills. Because being able to go bra-less and totally get away with it on a regular basis is pretty much more than awesome. Bra-less at the gym is usually not an option though. That’s just awkward because gym creepers sadly do exist (see me eye rolling as I curl my biceps and shoot eye darts at anyone trying to knock me off my gym game with their creeper stare). Sports bras are actually my favorite part of getting dressed for the gym! It’s fun to know you have something super bright and funky on underneath your basic gym gear. This sports bra from H&M is sleek and simple, but up close it’s everything but basic. It’s like a sporty version of a wonder bra. Adjustable in the back and with just the right amount of molded curve to give a girl like me a little extra something while she twerks it on the elliptical. Sometimes it’s fun to actually pretend you have boobs.
I try to make it to the gym at least 2-3 times a week and I’m always pretty casual when it comes to attire. I go to sweat and release energy, not impress. It’s not like there’s really anyone cute at my gym to get dressed up for anyways, but you know what, getting dressed up for YOURSELF can just about be the best thing you can do for yourself at the gym. The saying “You feel good when you look good” really is true. No matter who is or who isn’t looking at you.
See and shop more from H&M’s new sporty collection:

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Chinatown Moments

January 28, 2015
I’ve always drawn to the colors and culture represented in the Chinatowns of the world. So diverse yet so directed. So vibrant and pulsing with life of the young and new, yet respectful of its past heritage and those who built it up. The steady flow of grandparents and grandchildren united all in one place. A flow only broken up by the footsteps of tourists and one time visitors. Knick knacks and things with no more meaning to them than the cartoon on its package or knick knacks and things with meaning that runs deeper than the root of even the largest potted Chinese bamboo tree. The smell of fish on the sidewalk fighting against the smell of fresh baked breads and red bean buns. That against the smell of cigarettes from the stumbled in hipsters exploring from Downtown LA. Instax cameras in hand. A reliable place where I can go to the same restaurant for what seems like the past 15 years and the menu will always be the same. Where my temptations to eat something with a weird, unpronounceable name and where my taste for all that is spicy, burning hot and tear-inducing can be thoroughly fulfilled. A place where I feel both a stranger but also just a regular. A place where I can enjoy with my eyes, ears, nose and fingertips the colors and curves and just be inspired by that.
Photos by me


January 23, 2015
Feeling a lot of what the title of this post says. But really it’s all my fault. Working the freelance life really can create some funky loops in your work and sleep schedule. For me, most of the time this means late, late nights  catching up on work and long lost emails that need much attending to. My mornings start early prepping for the day (7:30AM / 8AM the earliest on a normal day) and if I’m not working out of my home office, I’m usually trekking into the city for a gig or a slew of meetings in various locations. Then if I’m not catching up with my friends or on a date (oh boys), the day will end with maybe an evening event or the gym. Then once I’m finally home it’s back to work again. I’m a workaholic I KNOW. I like the feeling of getting ahead of myself and just doing more and more and more. But this way sleep doesn’t start until 2AM for me on most days sadly. And I WILL NOT WAKEUP without my alarm clock. And this doesn’t even including how and when and where I attempt to throw in some much needed Netflix time. Hello . . . American Horror Story Coven. Zip, zero, nada sleep. 
I’ve really been trying harder to get to that moment of shut eye earlier on purpose, and not only when my body physically shuts down on itself that I fall asleep mid-edit with my laptop open on top of me. Sad image I know. With my work, there is no such thing as a break and it’s nearly impossible to accomplish it all if I give my body the amount of rest it actually needs to function properly and healthily. So there are many days when I overdose on caffeine until I feel like my eyes are going to pop out. Or I just face the day perpetually feeling and looking like pure shit that not even my prettiest red lipstick can cover up. 
And you know what, maybe I don’t need to stay up an extra hour and two at night to finish a day’s worth of photo editing or a blog post that I procrastinated on before realizing too late that the deadline was actually much sooner than I thought. Maybe I just need to give in to my actually knowledge that sleeping will literally shrivel all my worries away, and that I’ll feel better about myself in the morning even with a heaping to-do list laid out in front of me. Getting that pressure to cram things all into one night off my back might just be the best thing for my mind, body and soul. I’ve started with tea to help me.
I’ve realized that tea definitely has been helping me become more at ease in the mornings and right before I go to sleep. It calms my nerves and makes me relaxed (and not lazy) in a good way. The mix of the slow heat, aromas and all the other supposedly good things in tea (I’ll trust the experts on this one) definitely creates a nourishing chemical reaction. But I know that it is also a mind game. Believing that it will help me actually does help me. Mixing some tea and some actual thoughtful writing is the best way for me to say hello to the night I have found. And starting off with tea in the morning reinvigorates me. So I’ve been working hard to have a cup of tea before my ONE AND ONLY morning cup of coffee. That way the antioxidants in my tea balances out the sugar in my coffee. Or at least I like to think about it that way. Yup. BALANCE. 
Life without balance is completely off kilter and unmanageable. Your mind may think you can manage it, but your nerves think otherwise. That doesn’t mean you need to overhaul everything in your life all at once to get to that point where you are completely ying and yang. It all starts with baby steps. For me right now, it’s all about having a more balanced sleep and work schedule so that my mind and body feels always on point with whatever I need to tackle during the day efficiently. I most likely won’t succeed every single day with this, but with passing time I will get closer and closer to that. It all just takes effort because you want it just as much as you need it. Easier said than done, I know . . . but sometimes saying it enough just might be that extra push to actually do it. 
Okay, I think I’ve said too much. How the heck did I end up rambling so much????? Must have been the tea. 
TEA. Coffee. Work. Fun. SLEEP. Repeat. 
Good morning, but sleep tight tonight guys ok?? xo
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