Monday, January 13, 2014

Downtown Discovery...

I find comfort in things I can count on, like a cozy oversized sweater. It's something you will catch me in when the temperature hits anywhere under 70. If I could, I'd love to stock up on these and live in cozy sweaters, but since the weather in L.A. is mostly warm and sunny, I like to find a few affordable options for those rare winter days. And this is one I recently found.

Speaking of comfort, this year I want to jump out of my comfort zone and discover new places. I'm quite guilty of making lists of places I'd love to visit, but very rarely make the time to actually do so. Luckily, my friend/photographer Jessica suggested we go to The Last Bookstore, which has been on my list for quite sometime. This is one of her favorite places to frequent on her free time, so she was the perfect tour guide. Jessica took me around to her favorite areas of the library; like this room filled with books for just $1. Everything from old childhood favorites that we read in school, to books that were once a part of someones personal collection.  We even found some old family photos sandwiched between some of the pages. Something I really enjoyed discovering. 

I'm so glad that Jessica helped me check this off my list. Definitely, a new favorite spot for me. Thanks again Jess!

Sweater- H&M [Similar on SALE] Jeans- [Similar on HERE] Purse- Sole Society

Make sure to check out  my favorite tour guide and photographer's work [HERE] and a few
Comfy knits I hand picked, all under $30. You can wear them alone, or as a layering piece if you live in colder areas:

<3 Stay L.A.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ready or not...

Dress -ASTR [on SALE/ Jacket-[Similar on SALE]/Purse- Aldo/ Shoes- Zara [Similar on SALE]

Currently, I'm at home sick battling a mild cold for the past week as I mentioned on Instagram. Although I've been sick these past few days, me along with the rest of the team who are also battling colds, have managed to go into the office this week to finish the last of the projects and things before the new year. 

But before the year ends, there is still Christmas and New Years to celebrate. Which I've been seriously avoiding. All month long I've been changing the station every time a  Christmas song would play and dodging any type of decorating. And as bad as it sounds, all the gifts on  my list are still not checked off . I think it's partly due to the fact that I wasn't ready for any of it, nor was I ready to end this year. But now that it's a little less than a week away till Christmas,  I think I've come to terms and I have finally put up my mini tree and began blasting the only Christmas music I enjoy ( a mix of *N Sync & Mariah.) I'm  finally looking forward to spending quality time with my family and friends.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday.

<3 Stay L.A.

Photography: Jessica Whitehead 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Moment of enlightenment...

 One thing I never thought I'd say is that I miss going to school. Recently I've been talking with friends of mine about the void in my life of feeling the "high" when you are learning something new. You know that excitement you get when the teacher explains something that you might not get right away, but when you do you understand, you get what Psychologist call an "aha moment." 

That moment of enlightenment, that moment where the pieces come together and some concept or some theory or idea, resonates with you. I've had a couple of those moments from teachers inside the classroom as well as outside. For me it takes more than just a concept to take hold of me and give me that feeling. It takes a great speaker who puts it into a perspective that grabs you and sits with you forever. 
I've been longing for that again in my life and since I've been out of school for a few years now, I knew it was in my hands to go out there and find it myself. I feel so thankful that I have the resources I have now to do so. Not too long ago I couldn't just turn on my computer and access this continuous hub of information we call the internet. But now that I do, it's my responsibility to sort thru it, read it, watch it, learn it & most importantly share it. I'm constantly craving new information because it's the only way that I can move myself forward, open my mind to different concepts and it inspires me to do so much with my life. 
Here are just a couple of my favorite places (online) to turn to when I want to learn something new, find motivation or need a positive push : Daily MotivatorTedGFDAOprah. These are just a few of the many other books and resources I like to reference. Share some of yours in the comments below!

outfit DETAILS
Shoes || Guess
Jumpsuit || Similar
Sunglasses || BCBG
Necklace || Hatti Chai
Bracelet || Hatti Chai

Stay hungry!

<3 Stay L.A

Photos by: Jessica Whitehead

P.S. The bracelet and necklace I am wearing in this post are from Hatti Chai. Designer & friend of mine Stella is someone who always inspires me with her amazing work. Make sure to check out her site HERE.