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RADVENT: December One — Remembering

Well, it’s been a while. Thanks to a combination of being way to freakin’ busy plus the worst writer’s block evar I’ve taken an unexpected hiatus. But now I’m ready to jump on the bandwagon and embark on Princess Lastertron’s Radvent Project. (I’m a little behind, please excuse while I catch up.)


What were you doing five years ago today? As the holiday season began? Where were you? Who were you with? What did you want? What did you have?

Woah boy, where do I begin? In 2005 I was seventeen and about half-way through my senior year of high school. I was literally having the time of my life.

Keegan and I catching snowflakes in Waupaca, WI.
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I am Stuck on (Cynthia Rowley) Band-Aids

When I was younger, I was OBSESSED with band-aids! I didn’t like to wear much, but apparently I LOVED putting band-aids all over myself, even when I didn’t need them. To be totally honest, I still love them and sometimes look for an excuse to wear them. I mean why wouldn’t you want to sport a hot pink Hello Kitty Band-Aid?

Naturally, I was uber excited to see these brilliant Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids. By now, I’m pretty sure you know how I feel about glitter/sequins!

So freaking awesome. I want. Plus, a dollar from the sale of each box goes to Design Ignites Change, which is an organization that partners with students in design and architecture projects, which address social issues in their local communities.

They are limited edition, MUST BUY NOW!

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She’s a Woman, You Know What I Mean

“I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be – I knew I wanted to be a woman who was independent, a woman who was in the driving seat, a woman who didn’t need for the man to decide.”
— Diane Von Furstenberg

I’ve always loved this quote. It’s one of my mantra’s. I graduated from FIDM back in March of this year and was (f)unemployed for about five months following. Although I’ve been interning for Offbeat Bride and second shooting weddings for Megan Finley Photography, which have both been incredible and I feel so lucky to have both opportunities. They aren’t enough to sustain a living (yet!). Plus, I still had all kinds of free time. And I’m the kind of person that needs to be busy. I really like working hard. It makes me feel like I have a purpose and some control over my life.

When I first moved to LA I got a sales job at Club Monaco and I freakin’ loved it. I was there for a year and a half when I got offered a job to be an assistant manager at a tween concept shop. It felt like the next logical step in my career. Unfortunately, due to the economy it went out of business about five months later. Leaving me unemployed about two months until graduation.

So the job hunt was on. As y’all know, in this economy it’s nearly impossible to get a job, let alone a good one. And now that I had been an assistant manager, I did not want to go back to being a sales associate. Plus, I was done working retail. Although I’ve always loved my jobs, anyone who has worked in retail understands how exhausting it can be. It would be nice to have a consistent schedule and weekends off.

However, after four months of mass resume emailing, phone calls, interviews, second interviews, etc. I was about ready to give up. Reluctantly, I decided to apply for a retail sales jobs again. Well, after the first interview I was offered a job. But I still wasn’t sure and I was hesitant to accept the position. I really wanted something more and I didn’t want to have to give up my AMAZING internship at OBB or stop photographing weddings. (I mean, Megan and Ariel fucking rock!!!!) Plus, the location is eight miles away, which means an hour commute in LA. And was I really ready to go back to retail?

Well, I spoke with my new manager and we worked out a way that I could work there without having to quit my other “jobs.” So I accepted the job. And boy am I glad I did it. Soon after starting, I realized that I actually love retail. I had just forgotten. I fucking love clothes and I love helping people find the perfect piece that makes them feel bananas amazing. It’s really rewarding when a customer leaves thanking you for all your good advice and great suggestions. Also, I really like being around people. I can be alone but it’s not my preferred state.

And I am so fucking happy now, that it scares me.

To be completely honest, I’m still not sure what I want to do when I “grow up.” I wish I was one of those people who had a “calling” (like my dad or sister, who both always knew they wanted to go into the medical field). But that’s not me.

In spite of this, there is one thing that I know and have always known, and that’s the woman who I want to be (thanks to my very determined, hard-working and fearless mother/mentor). Wherever my career and life may end up leading me, I know that I will always be a woman who is independent; A woman who is driven; A woman who is respected; A woman who believes in herself; A woman who is capable of great things.

That is what drives me and I’m gonna make it happen. (Whatever it happens to be.)

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Stop Collaborate and Listen

My favorite store in the whole wide world has to be Target. In fact, when I lived in Seattle my friend Garrett and I trekked to Target from Capitol Hill, which meant taking three buses, which took FOREVER, in the rain, just to go to Target. Let me tell you it was worth it! My favorite part about Target is their regular collaborations with high end designers like Proenza Schouler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Liberty for London and more!

True, half of the items don’t translate well due to cheaper fabrics and poor quality but I feel like in almost every collaboration I can find at least one gem! Like those Zac Posen bathing suits I got for my Mexico trip!

Anna Sui!

Liberty for London


Dolce Vita

I can’t wait to see what they do next. I’m very excited for the Mulberry collaboration this Fall.