I will never get tired of the ocean view. If I could be anywhere at anytime, I would choose to be on a beach with a book. Now, I’m just a ten minute walk away from that scenario, and I don’t think that will ever stop thrilling me. Because I have been working on Central time, my work hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., which gives me some bonus time in the afternoon to walk the beach or ride my bike along the Strand, a bike/running path that extends up the LA coast.
Adam jokes that my Facebook life is twice as fast as my real life. In November we took some holiday photos with Le Zu Photography and were flooded by responses from people who thought they were engagement photos. Oops. I am guilty of loving being in front of a camera, so when Layla from Le Zu Photography asked if I would do a bridal shoot with her so she could test a new location, I jumped at the opportunity. So if you’re wondering, no this isn’t my dress. Although I have bought mine, and I am obsessed with it!
Thrifting, resale shops, consignment shops, whatever you want to call it, I love it. Los Angeles definitely does not disappoint in killer deals on designer duds. I’ve been in LA three months, and I’ve already found the consignment stores where film studios donate clothes from there sets and designers donate their samples, resulting is super cheap, new or like new wardrobe steals. Not to mention La La Land is home to a plethora of fashionistas who, apparently, dump clothes after a few wears as well. Jackpot.
Recently, Adam and I had the opportunity to work with Layla-Yasmine Hillial from Le Zu Photography and pose for holiday photos. The shoot was at The Holiday Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Manvel, TX. I didn’t know Christmas trees even grew in Houston! Layla had the most adorable set-up complete with a cozy blanket and hot chocolate. The photos turned out so beautifully, you couldn’t even tell it was actually 76 degrees outside- in November. I don’t know if I will ever get used to that.
I had such a hard time deciding which photos to display because I love them all. Here are some of my faves from the shoot.
Earlier this year, I was at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo waiting for a concert to start when I saw a girl a few rows in front of me wearing a plaid flannel shirt with sequins. I’m similar to a moth- I am attracted to anything shiny. I decided I had to have a sparkly shirt like hers, so when I got home I started Googling and was dismayed when I couldn’t find one for under $50.
Months ago, I sat down and filled out a Stitch Fix style profile. Then I walked away. My coworkers got their fixes and raved about the pieces they received, so I went back to the site and filled out the billing information, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I love shopping. I also love subscription based shopping because I LOVE surprises. Seriously, any kind of grab bag type deal, I’m all in. Even though I know stores throw all the crap they can’t sell into a bag, mark it down and call it a grab bag, I cannot resist. But I digress.
I’ve had a Birchbox subscription since the time when you had to know someone who had it and get a referral code to join. Then you had to wait a few months until they could accommodate another customer. So after repeatedly complimenting a coworker’s clothes and being told they were Stitch Fix, I bit the bullet and ordered my first fix.
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to model in Athleta’s Next f(IT) Girl Fashion Show & Charity Event featuring the new design collaboration between Athleta and Derek Lam 10 C. Fashion shows for the line have been popping up all over the country, and the Houston show went a step further and doubled as a benefit for Girls on the Run – Greater Houston.