High Fashion Force
This outfit is dramatic and bold which is what I love about it! I love dramatic pieces but this wins the Oscar for everyday looks on steroids which is what the biz calls High Fashion. For me, this screams strength and power! What woman doesn't wanna feel powerful on the job or out at a business brunch. Hand up! I do...
I'm not normally one to match different prints together but sometimes you have to think outside the box and pick out something you would never wear on a normal day but would wear on the runway! One day I'll actually be brave enough to wear this bold attire to an event but for now I hope these prints inspire you to take a risk in your own closet! For a girl who loves dresses this was surprisingly one of my favorite looks on the blog.
This series was inspired by the Valentine's Day hot pink suit outfit I featured. I loved how bold that suit was and how it pushed me past my love for dresses into something just as dramatic and daring.
This entire outfit was exclusively from Zara.
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!
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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!
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!
In past posts I've talked about my favorite vintage stores in Austin and Dallas, Tx. but now that I'm California dreaming I had to share what vintage stores are worth the drive and worth paying a visit too! Shop my picks for the sweetest pink dress for spring picnics and midnight strolls in this post! Gingham stripes to button down dresses, I'm obsessed!
For those of you in a long distance relationship or about to be; let me tell you it's so possible! And I'm not just saying that because I'm married. Chris and I were long distance the last year of dating before we got married. After months of being the person "at home" I'm currently in an adventure of my own and I feel the most settled and content I have felt in years. Chris is busy in Oregon playing Elvis and fishing and I'm out here in LA working on a show I'm proud of, auditioning, and nannying. We are right where we should be although it is a part. Happy Valentine's to my hunk of a man and partner in all of our adventures, separate and together...he has my back!