Happy Pride!

Hey everyone! Happy Pride month wherever you are. We here in LA celebrated last weekend, our Toronto friends are celebrating this weekend, and everyone in New York is gearing up for next weekend. Moral of the story, it's June and it's a great time to glitter and be gay, as it were.

To make sure you partake in the festivities in fashion, we're sharing our pick for a look you can wear to your pride parade and beyond.

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Enter the Levi's Stonewall Pride Shorts. As you may or may not know, Levi's has always been a supporter of the LGBT community, and with their new summer line of pride-approved clothes, they're taking it to the next level. These shorts are our personal fave from the line. Now before you say it, we realize we declared Jorts dead some time ago, but never said anything about patchwork and embroidery!

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Each pair is stitched with the word Stonewall - in memory of the reason for the very first pride celebration - and a rainbow embroidery across the yoke. Added bonus, proceeds from the purchase of these will go towards helping LGBT resource centers and the Stonewall Foundation. So get out there and get into a pair of these! As for what to wear up top? That's up to you. X

What to Pack for a Trip to LA in June

Hi Everyone! I hope your week is off to a good start. I'm so excited because I am literally counting the hours until my friends from the East Coast arrive for a visit, which just so happens to correspond with LA Pride Week. (Okay, so maybe that was by design.) While they're here, we're gonna do it all - spend some time at the ACE in Palm Springs, hike Runyon Canyon, spend a day at Venice Beach, and of course, hit up the Pride Parade.

They keep asking me what they should bring on a trip like this, and I figured I'd help them - and anyone traveling to the Best Coast this month - with a packing guide, filled with 5 essentials you shouldn't leave home without.

1. It's important to bring layers. California weather is famously variable in at this time of year (June Gloom anyone?) so what starts as a chilly, grey morning can bloom into a gorgeously sunny - and hot - afternoon. Of course, all bets are off again once the sun goes down, so I'd recommend packing a great chambray shirt that you can throw over just about anything. Need some inspiration for a cute one - check out this DIY I shared a few weeks back.

2. I know on that long flight its tempting to hit the bottle en route to LAX. But let me tell you, the only bottle you need to be hitting should be filled with H20, not Veuve Clicquot. Save the celebrating for when you land, kids. In the meantime, fill up your extra large water bottle from Crate & Barrel and pop on a sleep mask. You'll be here before you know it.

3. Now, since we'll be having plenty of fun in the sun at Venice Beach and Palm Springs, its important to make sure you keep your skin protected. I recommend this ultra lightweight, but powerful, SPF 50 from Kiehl's. I've written about the virtues of this stuff before, but it bears repeating. Simply put, this is the best sunscreen I've found.

4. What about getting a workout in? No doubt we'll want to burn some calories (and um, some of last night's beverages) off at Runyon Canyon. After all, it is the most LA thing one can do. Except maybe go on a Juice cleanse - more on that later. The way to hike Runyon in style is to break out a pair of the new Nike Roshe's. I always wear mine when I'm hiking. Really. Don't believe me? Check it out.

5. Last, but not least: don't forget to bring a little something special for your hosts. Ahem. Looking right at you, friends. As we all know, I'm really into Rosé right now. And this one from Charles & Charles winery has to be one of my tippy top faves. That, and its less than $15, so. Theres really no excuse not to. Just saying.

So there you have it - 5 essentials everyone should bring on their next trip out West. Sure to keep you looking hot and feeling cool, I promise you can't go wrong with these. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go drink a Kale juice. X

MOG Gets Gloss-y

Happy Saturday, cool kids! I wanted to share with you some new favorites of mine from the it-girl skincare brand, Glossier. Now, it's no secret that I was already a fan. In fact, my love affair with them began months ago - when their dual masks were March's #MASKOFTHEMONTH. (Click here for that post!)

But, as luck would have it, Emily Weiss and the Glossier girls were having a popup shop here in LA at the Santa Monica NastyGal store. Naturally, I had to be there. 

In short, it was a dream. Great branding + Good Skincare + Chic Females = match made in MOG heaven. Added bonus: their all-pink packaging fits in perfect with this week's theme! I made sure to pick up a few new things to share with you all today.

First - their delicious, creamy, Priming Moisturizer. So hydrating, but not at all greasy - it'll easily integrate into any skincare routine you already have. Follow it up with their Perfecting Skin Tint - the PERFECT shear wash of color that just evens out your skintone, without clogging pores. Enriched with diamond powder, it provides the most dreamy, summery glow. Yum.

If you're in LA - I highly advise heading to Santa Monica this weekend for some fun-in-the-sun with a side of skincare. And if you're not in LA, head to Glossier.com to snag these products - and more! And PS, if you haven't yet - don't forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel for your chance to win our giveaway! Winner announced when our new video drops tomorrow! Good luck! xx

Hanging Out at LACMA

Today I wanted to share with you an easy, cool outfit that's perfect for days when you want to dress comfortably, but need a little polish.  

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I spent the day at LACMA Mogging away, and this was just the thing to wear for a day spent writing and doodling on the museum lawn - a fashion blogger's off-duty look, if you will. 

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Starting with my favorite jeans at the moment - my Alexander Wang X Denim  - I paired them with this great indigo pocket tee from Wallace & Barnes at JCrew. Because of the relaxed silhouette, I paired it with some great Cole Haan oxfords and a full arm party, to keep it feeling refined and not sloppy.

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I love days that I get to spend at the museum or art gallery. It's so important to get out in the world and see the interesting and exciting work other artists are doing - it keeps me inspired. What sort of places do you all go to feel inspired and get some work done at the same time? I'd love to know, especially if they're here in LA. Always on the hunt for things to do! Let me know in the comments below, and I'll be sure to check it out.

Warm Weather Whiteout

When I saw the Accuweather forecast pinned LA in the 90s this week, I knew I had to do something to beat the heat. What better way to reflect some rays than with an easy all-white look? (Yeah, I know it isn't Memorial Day yet... but who believes in those silly rules anyway? Carpe Diem, ya know?)

That - coupled with this amazing east side discovery I made earlier this week while meeting for coffee in Los Feliz - and this look was born. This work of art is entitled "Projection" and is an ephemeral piece by French artist Vincent Lamouroux. Formerly the dilapidated Bates Motel - aptly named because of its location on Sunset & Bates, and because of its eerie resemblance to the Hitchcock haunt from Psycho - now appears completely transformed thanks to a thin layer of limewash.

Truly, this work is even more stunning in person. It almost hurts my eyes to look at it, or maybe hurts my brain... it's one of those sights that seem impossible, or too unusual to be real. But there she stands. So, Nick and I went to work and shot this look outside its palm tree lined and barbed-wire covered gates (also painted white, of course)

I'm wearing a classic white tee from the Gap, and a great pair of rip & repair white denim shorts from Madewell. Paired them with my simple Madewell cuff, and trusty pair of white Chucks and managed to pull off a full whiteout, without looking like a house painter. Like the look? Click the names to shop! And as, always click below to subscribe via Email and Bloglovin! Happy Humpday, y'all.

A Date with the Mouse

Yesterday, as an early birthday present, Nick, my Mama and myself took a little day trip to Anaheim to pay a visit to the mouse. (Disney-disclaimer: Disneyworld is far superior to Disneyland. I'll admit it. But, I'll take my Mickey fix where I can get it.)

We did some classic Disney activities, like eating way too many mouse-shaped things, attempting (and failing) to keep "its a small world" from getting stuck in our heads, and ending the day with a parade and some fireworks.

But my favorite moment of the day was scoring this killer Disney x NEFF tee. I have about three Mickey Mouse tees that I've collected over the years and worn down to threads, so it was time for a new one to join the collection. Love it. 

What are your favorite things to do at the House of Mouse? I'm always looking for new things to try - let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm there! PS, click here to read the original post on #MOGBLOG. 

SimplyStylist LA

Sunday Funday is here, and I'm so excited to share with you my experience at the SimplyStylist LA conference yesterday! Having previously attended the International Style Institute last month and having the time of my life - I knew that I had high hopes for this event. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

The day began with a VIP brunch, sponsored by Barney's, and hosted by their fashion director, Tomoko Ogura. Complimentary Barney's giftcards were served with a side of mimosas - so you know I was on board.

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Following brunch, E! News Host Catt Sadler moderated a discussion with keynote speaker (and Victoria's Secret Angel-turned-Designer Alessandra Ambrosio. And yes - she is that beautiful in real life. The day continued on with panels featuring designers (Michael Costello, creator of Beyonce's stunning white Grammys gown), hair and makeup artists (Joey Maalouf of Rachel Zoe fame) and bloggers (Bravo's Stassi Schroeder). It was so inspiring to hear people from all aspects of the industry speak of their success and challenges along the way.

The afternoon session was a brand-immersion experience, giving us the unique opportunity to have one-on-one time with a number of exciting up-and-coming fashion, beauty and technology brands. (I'm particularly proud of the braid I was given by the stylists at ESalon.) 

Finishing the day, we walked away with VIP SWAG BAGS - VALUED AT OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! I'M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL OF THE GOODIES WE RECEIVED IN THE COMING WEEKS, SO STAY POSTED for more! So happy to have shared this day with fellow bloggers and influencers, and can't wait for the next opportunity to be together again.

SIMPLYSTYLIST OUTFIT CREDITS: BANDED COLLAR SHIRT BY H&M, SHORTS BY TOPMAN, LOAFERS ARE VINTAGE

Menswear Test Shoot

Earlier this week, Nicholas and I got together with Oscar - a friend of mine from my drama school days - for a menswear test shoot. When we were planning this shoot, we knew we wanted to do something bold and graphic, with strong shapes and angles, so we decided the Walt Disney Concert Hall was the perfect location. 

For those not familiar with the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it was designed by architect Frank Gehry to resemble a ship with its sails at full mast. Its stainless steel panels reflect the California sun, and are one of the most recognizable landmarks in the heart of downtown LA.

We really enjoyed shooting this one - and as luck would have it, supermodel Jourdan Dunn was doing a shoot there at the same time. Great minds, huh? Check out our photos below. (Fashion credits at the end of photoset.)

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Fashion Credits
Look One - Baseball hat by TOPMAN, Kimono by American Apparel, Leather Leggings by H&M
Look Two - Hat is Vintage, Kimono by American Apparel, Shirt by TOPMAN, Harem Pants by Forever21, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Three - Blazer by John Varvatos, Oxford Shirt by Band of Outsiders, Flannel is Vintage (worn at waist), Kilt by Gap, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Four - Polo Shirt by Uniqlo, Bracelet by Mateo New York

Photography by Nicholas Galli. Makeup and Styling by Erik Anderson.

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International Style Institute

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever International Style Institute with celeb stylist Anita Patrickson at The Grove here in LA. Co produced by SimplyStylist, the three-day event wrote the proverbial book on all things styling. 

Certainly one of the most exciting weekends I've had in LA, and definitely the most informative - I feel like my brain is still reeling from all the information we covered! A slew of guest speakers, a personal styling challenge, hands-on experience (and a pretty solid gift bag) made for a weekend I won't soon forget. 

styled this bold look on the beautiful julie dreiling for our allure magazine sponsored shoot!

styled this bold look on the beautiful julie dreiling for our allure magazine sponsored shoot!

below are some of my favorite images from the weekend - (clockwise) getting side-eye from my classmates - oops, on set with allure Magazine Editor Kelly Atterton, Myself and my parter on our personal styling challenge, and the ever-important bag-o-swag. Love.

update: I just found out i will also be attending simplystylist's next LA event at the grove on March 28th. Let me know if any of you plan to join! I'd love to meet up there!