Girl’s Guide To Making Genuine Girlfriends In A New City

This post is for you babes! Girls, I’m the first to tell you that making girlfriends is extremely weird, scary, defeating, and awkward as an adult. It feels like dating or trying on a new pair of shoes! But it doesn’t have to be. I’ve learned how to be a good pursuer of friends after traveling and living in different cities for several years and lacking strong women in the city I’m in. In this post I will give you tips on how to make the first move, be the initiator and how to assume the friendship. Read on subscribers :)

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10 Plaid Skirts You Can’t Live Without This Fall

Plaid is the go to fall fashion design! It’s on everything from dish towels, to hair ribbons, to heels, dresses, and handbags. I’m just as obsessed as the next plaid lover which is why I've researched the endless galaxy of the internet and found my favorite 10 plaid skirts you can’t miss. Shop this look and more by reading the blog post!

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Fall In Love With Fall Sweaters And Accessories

Well Babes! Fall is here :) It may not feel that way today with 70 degrees in Los Angeles but I just ran an errand in a flannel shirt so lets pretend as long as we have too! I’ve bought three pumpkin candles from Marshall’s recently to set the mood in my apartment and I love walking into each room and smelling the fall inspired scent. I’m sharing my other FALL MUST HAVE for my apartment in this post as well as links to my FAVORITE sweaters and accessories online right now for fall. Be sure to check out this post!

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How To Build Your Modeling Portfolio Without An Agency

After modeling for my blog in NYC and Europe I fell in love with posing in front of the camera, creating a story through pictures, and coming up with Cali inspired shoots here in Los Angeles. I was for the first time without a photographer. My best friend shot with me in NYC and Chris shot on our DSLR on the cruise ship but without a photographer for my blog in Los Angeles. My only idea was to ask new friends to help me out but that felt vulnerable and uncomfortable knowing well that my photos wouldn’t have the quality they had up to that point.

And then…SOCIAL MEDIA…changed…everything! Read below for how I started working with photographers in LA.

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How Marriage Counseling Changed My Relationship With My Husband

Some people experience turmoil 10-15 years down the road but for us it was early in marriage. Not to say we won't still go through our hardships but this summer we learned where our missteps were, how to communicate effectively, our core fears in our relationship, and how "control" has been the biggest common thread on why we have conflict. Phew! I know that's a lot. But I think there's a stigma about newlyweds/young married couples. The stigma being that everything must be bliss and perfect because your newlyweds. Umm...NOT TRUE! We definitely felt happy but loneliness and feeling like we couldn’t connect with other couples about our problems was discouraging.

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Why I'm Wearing A Bikini After My 7 lb. Weight Gain

I don't think our weight or our body insecurities should define us as people but so often we let it! In a world filled with Kim Kardashians it's really hard to feel secure in the body God gave you. Trust me I know! I've always struggled with body image, so much so that I had an eating disorder for a brief period in high school. I've gained weight, I've lost weight, I've gained muscle but never saw the scale move, I've gained weight when I started working out, I've done it all! And the only thing I can say is my body has never looked radically different, so much of it has been in my mind. So much of this crazy ride that is being healthy and fit is mental! YOU HAVE TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!!! That's really it.

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Little Whimsical White Dress

Last month I finished off spring in Ashland Oregon with my husband as he finished playing "Guy" in Once (A Musical.) Maybe you've heard of the movie. As I visited Ashland several times this past spring I always wanted to take pictures at this beautiful little spot downtown and I couldn't imagine a more perfect fairytale photography moment. I'm wearing a cropped corset like top from Anthropologie (old) and this vintage embroidered white skirt by Ralph Lauren. Funny enough I found this skirt at Good Will in Ashland! I can never turn down a good vintage piece like this one. Don't be afraid to look at thrift stores and places like Good Will!!! Seriously you never know what you might find! :) 

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How To Brand Yourself As An Actor

I really hope this blog post helped any of my actor friends get a little clarity on branding and on marketing your brand! Figure out what's special about you; what's unique about your personality and look and sell it. Know where you fit in the industry and then start introducing yourself to the people in that niche. Because nothing is better than your authentic and beautifully designed self! 

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Fiesta Colors, Coca Cola, and TACOS!

A few weeks ago I met up with photographer @nickcruz for a planned photoshoot in downtown LA at the colorful Chica's Tacos. This is a little hidden nugget in downtown LA. It's right in the middle of the fashion district and almost out of place. It's bright lite sign and taco trailer truck remind me of the Austin Texas restaurant scene. I love how bright the location and outfit choice's are and how well they coordinate! So bright, fun, and festive. The perfect way to walk through Spring! See outfit details below and how to shop this look. 

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Spring's Best Floral Dresses At The Flower Fields

Although my outfit is from Free People and very bohemian, my basket with flower and hat accessories made me feel like I was shooting for Southern Living.  I'm linking my favorite southern/floral inspired dresses below. These dresses range in price so be sure to check out each one for something in your budget. I've personally got my eye on the ruffle lavender dress below from J.Crew. 

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Tell All From The Citrus Farm On How I Learned To Model

Have you ever wondered how someone learns to model? Well I'll give you a few pointers! Basically I started modeling when I started taking pictures for my blog. Prior to that I had only done a few higher quality shoots. 1) Before getting married to my handsome hubby I did a sexy boudoir shoot for him and bonded the photos in leather bound book for him and gave it to him on our wedding night...oh la la!  2) My wedding photos on the big day!  3) I did a shoot in NYC in Central Park when I first moved to New York. 

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Southern Roots in a LA Girl: Inside my future dreams...

(Fun Fact: I look at Zillow and Truilia way too often in my spare time! I'm obsessed with looking at potential future homes for my one day bigger budget.) My hubby and I have been talking about laying down roots. We have no clue when that would be because we are still on the living out of a suitcase track but we hoping to buy a house around LA possibly in the next few years. 

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Fly Like A Bird (Pursuing Two Career Paths at Once)

I want to discuss balancing acting with fashion blogging or any other side career! It's not easy! And there's no real concrete answer on how to accomplish both with the same effort. Last year in 2017 I took a big step away from acting to focus on my marriage, save money on a cruise ship, and travel Europe and I really don't have much to complain about. It was the BEST decision I could have done for my acting career.

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Join my Smile Brilliant Whitening Giveaway!

As actress it's so important to look my best and yellow teeth from sugary foods and drinks isn't cutting it for me anymore! (Don't even drink coffee) I needed a little help and that's where Smile Bright comes in. Teeth whitening can be hundreds of dollars for real results or you can spend $50 and buy crest whitening strips that hurt your teeth and don't always work. Smile Bright is that perfect middle ground for people who are serious about owning their smile but don't want to break the piggy bank! 

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Why a NYC Actress Fell in Love with LA

For two years in NYC (and don't get me wrong there's a definite soft spot in my heart for NY) I yearned to feel at home, to feel a purpose there, to have peace and it never really happened. After a while I was content with the fact that it was my home but I didn't have to love it. That sometimes God calls us to places that don't feel right or make us feel uncomfortable. And that sometimes there just as much a part of the journey as the places that make us feel at rest. LA does that for me!

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