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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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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.

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some day my prince will come…

Even though I hate halloween I really do enjoy dressing up. So when my cousin Hannah asked me to dress up as Cinderella for her friend Sommer’s daughter Lana’s 4th birthday I quickly accepted. I mean I had nothing better to do that day so why not fulfill a little girl’s fantasy! As the day came closer I grew a bit more apprehensive. How does Cinderella speak? What does Cinderella say? What if the kids ask me a question and I can’t answer? How long do I actually have to stay in character? This is SCARIER than I thought!

So the day of the party arrived. I showed up around three and started to get ready with Hannah and Sommer. I must admit, getting ready for my “appearance” felt a lot like what I imagine getting ready for your wedding day would be like: a little champagne and lots of people helping you with EVERYTHING. It was so much FUN! I truly felt like a princess. A feeling I never thought I’d like.

First was hair and make up.

Since I had brown hair and Cinderella is a blond, Sommer let me use her blond wig. Once I put that bad boy on I REALLY felt like Cinderella. Then I put on the dress, choker, gloves, and the best part… the hoop skirt underneath! Now I was without a doubt Cinderella! At that point something inside me click and I transformed into Cinderella. I was no longer worried about what to say, or how to act because I was Cinderella!
Adjusting my hoop skirt.

Then came time to make my grand entrance. My backstory was that I was on my way to the “grand ball” but I wanted to stop by and give Lana a present! (How cute is that?)
Giving the birthday girl her present.

I finally made my grand entrance and I’m pretty sure all of the kids pooped their pants out of excitement! Most of them just stared because they were too nervous to even talk to me. It was freakin’ adorable. They were like OMG IT’S CINDERELLA!
The kids loved me!

Eventually the kids warmed up to me and suddenly all of them wanted to talk to me or play with me. Snow white even tried to set me up with her dad!
This boy had a crush on Cinderella.

This boy didn’t even try and hide his feelings. He tried to hold my hand a few times and then he asked me to stay for the pinata!
Some day my prince will come.

I ended up having so much fun! So if you need to hire a cinderella for your next party. CALL ME!

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IKEA: Some assembly required

I was just a little bit excited!

I finally took my first trip to Ikea. It was ALL that I could have imagined and more. I know, it’s rather shocking that I’ve never been there but no one has even taken me and I’ve never really need to go, so I’ve never been.

But my neighbor Megan asked me if I wanted to go on friday morning and I jumped at the opportunity. I was so excited and nervous all at the same time!! I mean I’ve heard so much about this promised land of milk and honey, how could I not be nervous? Even though I wasn’t planning on buying anything I was still excited to explore the maze like store.

Well obviously I ended leaving $108 lighter. However I got to take a butt load of AWESOME things home with me! This is what I walked away with:
* Two White Storage Boxes
* One weird accessories hanger thingy
* New bed spread + shams

* One new Japanese style Lamp shade
* One bath mat
* Three new cupcake hand towels

* Two yellow pillows for my roommates futon
* One Cat starter kit

SUCCESS! Then on the way home Megan and I stopped by Unique Vintage so she could find a black dress to wear to our friend’s wedding.

Megan bought this hot little number

And I joked that I was going to wear this classy piece.

Then on the way home we stopped by Mortigan’s Nursery, which is unfortunately going out of business. Megan needed some soil for her succulents. Well I found this funky purplish plant and I bought it!

So I’d say my friday was an overall success!

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Church Boutique

I heard about this really amazing store called Church Boutique from a few different people before I finally got off my ass and checked it out. It’s literally within walking distance from my house, so I really had no excuse. So one sunny afternoon my friend Hannah and I ventured down Santa Monica Blvd to find the store. We approached an ivy covered building and thought, this can’t be it. But sure enough, in the corner of the non-functional door there was a teeny tiny sign that read church. Yet, that door was bolted shut. So how do we get in? We almost walked around the entire building before we finally found the door on the side. Phew. Turns out, it was totally worth all the confusion.

Honestly, this place could have been a museum or art gallery. All of the pieces were displayed like art. It was incredible. We walked in and immediately to our right was a display of the most incredible, funky, edgy shoes you could imagine: chunky heels, studs, boots! YES! Then as I look past the shoes the store opens into a huge barn like building. The high ceiling reveals sky lights and exposed wooden beams with old pipes, ropes, rusted chains and wood hanging from it. I half expected to find a dead cow to be hanging from these but instead found expensive dresses and luxurious pieces. Juxtaposed by antique furniture and display cases. It sounds bizarre but it totally worked.

They had some really dark and edgy clothing from local lines I had never heard of, like skin graft and case study. They even had a really neat hat collection by Process & Content. The best part was, the staff was INCREDIBLY friendly. Most boutiques around here are filled with snobby sales people. However, the staff here was friendly and engaging without being to annoying. My friend Hannah even thinks she found her future wedding dress! 😉 So check it out next time you find yourself in the area!

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Introducing Admiral Finn Dexter

LIFE UPDATE:I got a KITTY! Well, I got one about three months ago. I know, crazy right? If we’ve had a close relationship within the past few years you’d understand just how random that was. I’ve never really been a cat person. I mean our house was always filled with animals when I was growing up. We had birds, dogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, rats, fish, etc, even a cat when I was really young. But that didn’t work out to well. The only pet I personally owned was a senegal parrot, Lucca (who unfortunately died about a year ago). After that I just wasn’t ready for the commitment of another animal and I was always pretty vocal about that.

Big beak lucca

But one day I woke up and thought, “I want a black cat.” So a few hours later my sister and I drove to the Animal Shelter in Orange and I adopted an all black three month old polydactyl kitten.
Now allow me to introduce you to the love of my life: Admiral Finn Dexter.
For the first 2 weeks he could only sleep on my chest!

This is what polydactyl looks like

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