Come Swim

Last night I saw Kristen Stewart’s film Come Swim at Sundance Film Festival’s short film tour. I love films. I would rather go to the movies on a Friday night than do anything else. Films like The Big Sick, Drive, Girl Interrupted, Her, Like Crazy, Amelie, Mean Girls (an actual classic and if you don’t agree, we can’t be friends), Silver Linings Playbook, Melancholia, and the list goes on. But I don’t keep up with the film industry. Mostly because I went to USC and the film nerds from that school have shrines to Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese in their bedrooms and follow Rotten Tomatoes like it’s God’s word. I’m not saying those aren’t two great directors and that Rotten Tomatoes isn’t a reliable source–but most of those students just don’t question movies that are made by the elite of the industry simply because they are made by the elite. My motto is to question everything. It feels a little unsolicited to voice my opinions on films considering I didn’t study film. I’m not trying to get a bunch of film majors’ panties in a bunch and open up my Tumblr to a slew of anon hate–which is why I don’t talk extensively about my love of this art.

Anyway, I digress. When asked about her film, Kristen said “I wanted to externalize a literally internal thought process” and that’s simply beautiful. Putting your internal dialogue on display for everyone to see and criticize is incredibly courageous. Using film as a way of displaying the human condition–her human condition–resonated with me more than any written piece could have.  I didn’t have an opinion on Kristen Stewart before but now I’m a fan.

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(Il Pastaio)
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(Cecconi’s)
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Prince of Wales print jacket-Bershka, similar here (expensive), and here (affordable) 
red heels-Zara, similar here (affordable), and here (cheap)
snakeskin boots-River Island
tube top-asos
denim shorts-asos, similar here (affordable), and here (afforable)
bag-Balenciaga

Guide to Iceland

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View of Reykjavík from Hallgrímskirkja

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Dyrhólaey

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Grillmarkaðurinn

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Apotek Kitchen + Bar

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Langjökull

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Hidden Mine//Oxidized Iron

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Blue Lagoon (super touristy–but totally worth it)
swimsuit-Goodwin
necklace-Mr. Kate

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Hallgrímskirkja

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Jökulsárlón

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Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon: Where JB shot some of “I’ll Show You”
necklace-The M Jewelers

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Diamond Beach (one of my favorite places–it looked like someone had hand placed the rocks and ice [melted/washed up glacier pieces] on the beach)

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Mýrdalsjökull

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Dyrhólaey
earrings-Natalie Joy
top-TOPSHOP
jacket-Henry Holland

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Reykjavík
jeans-TOPSHOP
bag-Balenciaga

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Þingvellir

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Midnight Sun in Reykjavík
dress-Realisation Par
heels-Zara

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Breakfast at our hotel, Canopy by Hilton

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Rooftop at our hotel // dress from Gylltikotturinn (in Reykjavík)

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pants-asos
top-J.Crew
shoes-Nike Cortez

Iceland is one of the most beautiful (if not the most beautiful) country I’ve ever visited. It was totally worth getting bronchitis, losing my luggage, being flown to SFO instead of LAX on the way back and having Russian hackers get their hands on my Uber account, PayPal, credit and debit cards. (After a long and stressful phone conversation with a guy from PayPal, he said, “Now after we get off the phone, I want you to go put a kettle on and make yourself a cup of tea.” LOL).

Tips: Unless you know your way around inflating and deflating tires for certain terrain, how to use a GPS device (that isn’t an iPhone) and how to drive on glaciers and gravel paths on cliffs–I would recommend using a tour company (e.g. Viking Trips, Guide to Iceland, Reykjavik Excursions–we used multiple during our 6 night stay just in case one of them wasn’t good).

If you do decide to rent a car, you have to get an SUV. We went to so many places where there were signs prohibiting sedans from passing (though many tourists decided to ignore those signs and struggle their way to the destination).

Pack lots of snacks. Restaurants are pretty expensive in Iceland (mostly because tip is included and because of how many tourists they have). I went to a grocery store in Reykjavík and definitely paid about $50 for just a few Quest bars.

If you want a “luxurious” vacation–stay in Reykjavik and make day trips out to the southern part of Iceland/the Golden Circle/etc. Otherwise, there are many small, boutique hotels/bed and breakfasts inland.

Gold Hoops & Silk Neck Scarves

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Gold hoops are the new black choker. The 90s are dead and it’s time to retire the velvet, leather and plastic pieces that have been donning our necks for the past year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t propose our necks go bare all winter–but it’s time to move on. It’s all about dainty, gold chokerssilk scarfs and neck ties that evoke an Old Hollywood glam aesthetic and of course–simple gold hoops.

My gold hoops picks: one, two, three, four.

My scarf picks: one, two, three, four.

Lace, Satin & Layering

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Lately, I’ve been inspired by Kendall Jenner’s style which makes me feel incredibly basic but everyone is a product of their environment, right??? (getmeoutofLAplz)

Naturally, the bralette she wore in the photo above is sold out but there’s an option to be put on the waiting list here. The bralette was designed by LA native and formal model, Anine Bing.
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Here are some other options:

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Since this bra has underwire in it, it’ll have to be layered over a skin tight white top or even a short sleeve bodysuit. You can always go for a For Love & Lemons SKIVVIES bralette but then your basic level would be off the charts so I’d advise against it. I’m going to be recreating this layered bralette look but here is my take on the satin slip over white tee trend. There’s something so sophisticated about satin dresses and faux fur.

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white tee-Monki
slip dress-TOPSHOP
faux fur-ASOS
choker-ASOS

If you haven’t ordered from Verge Girl yet, I highly recommend it. The brand is located in Australia but it’s definitely worth the $22 shipping fee to the US. The quality is great and the fit is exactly as described. Surprisingly, my order came within 4 business days. This dress is definitely a new favorite of mine:
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Coachella ’16 Recap

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top-Bustown Modern Vintage
skirt-Eden & Eden Vintage
cape-Fairfax Flea Market
sunglasses, necklace-Fairfax Flea Market
shoes-asos
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top-Bustown Modern
skirt-One Teaspoon
crown-Nasty Gal
shoes-Jeffrey Campbell
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top-Sorella Boutique
bodysuit-American Apparel
necklaces-from India
shorts-Levi’s & DIY
sunglasses-Crap Eyewear
shoes-Zara
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Coachella was a shit show. The festival is filled with so many different types of people that the vibe is off. Imagine standing next to a racist, a gay man, a homophobe and a person whose first language was not English. Everyone is full of disdain for each other. The Desert Sun came out with an article talking about the racism at Coachella. And don’t even get me started on the amount of Native American headdresses that I saw…

All of this is in contrast with festivals such as Outside Lands and Lollapalooza where the love and positive energy is palpable. I yelled at a group of men for talking (about drugs) throughout the (incredible) Sia performance. That didn’t even work. Two other women had to yell at them as well and then they finally left. It seemed as if everyone was just trying to do drugs and dance like crazy instead of having a meaningful experience. The VIP section was even worse. Those people were just there for the photos–they didn’t enter the crowds with their heels and Chloe cross-body purses (trying to imagine these chicks pushing through to get to the front for a set makes me lol). I would only return to Coachella for networking purposes if I work in the fashion industry. This isn’t a festival to attend for good vibes and positivity.

I still had a relatively good amount of fun though…seeing Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, Emily Ratajkowski, Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler in person was really cool. Models are way skinnier in person, BTW–even the “healthy” Victoria’s Secret models. Oh so bony and frail. I feel like if I sat on Alessandra’s legs, I’d snap ’em like twigs.