A few months ago, I met makeup artist Melissa Bedi and Khephra Lord on set while shooting Laura and Vanessa Marano! We got along so well that day, that we decided to collaborate on a shoot together! In the beginning stages, Melissa and I went to Khephra’s home, and we prepped the shoot together. Between Khephra’s amazing wardrobe, and all my accessories, this was the outcome! Photos are by Kormi Lamarr, creative direction / grooming by Melissa Bedi, model is Khephra Lord, and styling by yours truly! Below is our fabulous shoot (and a couple outtakes not published) and it can be seen in Lucy’s magazine volume #49 (starts on page 240).
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A couple months ago, my stylist friend Emma Trask asked me to fill in for her for another Morphe Cosmetics campaign–this time featuring Cassiee MUA! I brought a bunch of gold chains, and different types of jewelry for the shoot, since the looks varied quite a bit! Most of the jewelry pictured is from my kit, but you can see my Raiyana earrings in the green wig look in the video! Below are the photos as well as the video that was shot! Photos by Vlada Haggerty.
A few months ago, I got a call from my dancer BFF Dean Elex Bais regarding styling a music video for singer/songwriter Sophie Rose! I literally had one day to pull and prep for the shoot, and I had already committed to an evening at Six Flags the night before the shoot! I’m so thankful for Alexandra and Tanya at Maison Privée PR for accommodating my last minute request for this project! Below is the finished video for “Break Up With Myself”, and more photos and fashion credits are after it! Video is directed by the very talented (and fun to work with!) Kimberly Aboltin. Hair and makeup by Monica Alvarez. Still photography by Jarrod Anthonee. Shot at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake.
A couple months ago, my stylist friend Emma Trask asked me to help her out with an ad campaign she was styling for Morphe Cosmetics! Little did I know what I was getting into when I was on set that day! The hairstylist wanted me to literally build a chain wig on set, and it was the first look! Thank goodness Emma prepped me in advance and had asked me to bring all my tools and extra chain with me. And this is the result! She’s also wearing my earrings in the photo above. (It was for Morphe’s New Year’s Eve campaign!) Photos by Warwick Saint, model is Lia Liza, hair by Jesus Guerrero, makeup by Lipstick Nick, and styling by Emma Trask.
Last June, my BFF Tien and I decided to take a spontaneous getaway trip to Sedona, Arizona! I went there once as a kid, but it was quite a different experience as an adult! Tien had never been there before, but she was intrigued by the energy vortexes that surrounded the area, and we both wanted to escape from LA! So we booked the cheapest flights available through Spirit Airlines–and even though it’s generally known that the seats are quite small, and has little leg room, it was actually manageable for an hour and a half flight! We decided to fly into Phoenix, and then we took a two hour scenic drive up north to Sedona. On the way up, we jammed and sang along to our favorite 90’s hits, like “The Sign” by Ace of Base, and quite a number of Boyz II Men songs! (And yes, we remembered ALL THE LYRICS!)
Unfortunately, the time we chose to go there happened to be during the first heat wave of the year, so temperatures were well over 100 degrees! With our throats hoarse from all our singing, we decided to stop at Pisa Lisa for a bite to eat! The reason the photo above is important is because their Passionista pizza is one of the best pizzas I have EVER had! What makes it incredible is not only the toppings, but this particular one is baked on a paper thin French dessert style crust! It was so amazing I don’t even care how I look in the photo, I sure enjoyed eating it as fast as I could! (Of course the place was so good, we went one more time!)
After filling our bellies with deliciousness, we decided to check out Sedona’s uptown area! It is lined with numerous gift shops, cafes, restaurants! It was so hot that I could feel the heat from the asphalt coming through my flats–so I was hopping around in certain areas like a crazy person! Also, behind some of the shops, you can catch a spectacular view of some of the city’s famous red rocks that surround the area. Of course I had to take a photo in front of Gypsy Jenny’s boutique–where Tien also scored a gorgeous pair of silk printed pants!
Afterwards, we picked up some groceries, and decided to settle in at our hotel. We stayed at the Sedona Summit resort, just a mile or so from the downtown area. Technically the resort is a time share, however, they do allow non time share guests to book a short stay there. They gave us quite the room, it was basically the size of a large one bedroom apartment! The resort is equipped with several pools and hot tubs, which we made use of to relax ourselves and wind down.
The next day, we decided to visit Sedona’s most powerful energy vortex at Bell Rock. According to the site www.lovesedona.com, a vortex is the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by the motion of spiraling energy. Familiar examples of vortex shapes are whirlwinds, tornadoes, and water going down a drain. A vortex can be made up of anything that flows, such as wind, water, or electricity. The vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest. There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes.
We decided to hike the southern trail up to Bell Rock! Despite the ridiculous heat, I still wanted to look super cute, so I’m wearing a gauze top by Jen’s Pirate Booty, pink denim shorts from Forever 21 plus, my own Expedition necklace, and sunglasses by Free City x Mosley Tribes. Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.
And no day can start without me having some kind of Frappuccino style drink in my hand! Even though we’re taking a selfie, notice how I wouldn’t let it go on the right side! Also, all the guys who work at the Starbucks drive thru in Sedona are all adorably cute and helpful! Unfortunately, the heat and the earthly energy all around us proved too much for us sensitive Angelenos, so we turned back towards our car and decided we would go back to Bell Rock later that day!
After cooling off in the car, we decided to head to Sedona’s famed Chapel of the Holy Cross! The iconic building is situated on the rocks high above, and was built in the 1950’s by architect August K. Strotz. From the ground, it almost looks as if the building emerged organically from the rocks as a beautiful monument to God!
As you walk up to the chapel, there is an amazing view of the surrounding areas! Of course I had to stop and take a breathtaking photo!
Pictured above is a plaque with info about the church, and the gorgeous interior and its beautiful view! We explored more of Sedona that day, but there’s so much to cover, it’ll be in a separate post! More fun adventures in Sedona to follow!
A few months ago, my bestie Tien and I decided to take an exploratory trip up to Paramount Ranch! It currently functions as a location for film and tv shows, but on the days it’s not booked out for a shoot, it is open to the public! It is the perfect place to live the ranch lifestyle for a short amount of time. Readers who are dreaming of a permanent ranch lifestyle should enquire about these texas ranches for sale. It is not that far off of a drive either, it was about 30-40 minutes north from Hollywood–including a little traffic time, LOL! The first place we started to shoot at was in this golden field behind the ranch-style buildings. There were signs to watch out for rattlesnakes, so be careful! I walked up the hill a little bit and heard quite a bit of rattling, so I decided to go no further!
I’m wearing my favorite gold aviator sunnies from Le Specs, a thrifted vintage buckram and gold trim hat, a vintage 1960’s or 1970’s lace caftan from Etienne’s Mommy, tank top and distressed shorts from Forever 21 plus, my vintage gold and quartz point bracelet, and my own MIA boots. I regularly check the Etienne’s Mommy eBay store, she always has such great vintage items at an affordable price! If you love all things boho and lacy, her eBay shop is definitely worth bookmarking! All outfit photos are by Tiensirin Tienngern.
A few years ago, my mom bought this silver sequin fabric from the Philippines! She thought it would be fun for me to use for a display or for a photo shoot! I’ve always wanted to experiment with it, so Tien and I took this opportunity to have some fun! Above is my favorite shot using the fabric. The security guard thought we were doing a wedding shoot, LOL!
This time, I got my hands on the camera and photographed Tien with an ostrich feather fan! And then I had another idea to wrap the feathers around my face to highlight my topaz coated quartz ring! I love it when spontaneous ideas come together–especially when they come out beautifully!
We found this gigantic wooden barn door, so Tien wanted to shoot my gold reverse quartz choker on it! Also, part of the ranch has a lone chapel out in a field. It was covered with caution tape, but the security guard was kind enough to let us go inside it! (Making people laugh does have its benefits!) It was empty, and the afternoon sun was shining brightly through the windows! Tien thought it would be a great idea to make use of the lighting, and capture a moody, romantic photo of me inside the chapel.
Here’s the “town” part of Paramount Ranch!
I took Tien’s fancy camera from her to get this awesome shot of her! The sun was setting, and we loved the shadows that the hat created on her face!
Goodbye Paramount Ranch! Shortly after this photo was taken, a park ranger drove right up to us asking us a few questions about our shoot! You’re not allowed to shoot there for commercial purposes without a permit. But you are allowed to shoot there just for fun. I told him we were just two cute girls trying to up our Instagram game–but Tien just happened to have a fancy camera on hand! For more info about Paramount Ranch, please visit their website at: https://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm. There is no fee to enter the ranch, and there is plenty of parking and bathrooms right by the ranger station. Get out there and have fun! Share any pics of links of your visit in the comments below!
A range of my chokers recently made an appearance on the stunning Southern California all girl band Bahari! They’re currently performing in LA and San Diego with their easy, California cool tunes — the kind that makes you wanna go for a drive with the top down and just cruise ’til sunset!
The request was for chokers a-plenty, so I crafted a wide range of varying styles including simple leather ones, wraparound ones, thin stone chokers, and chokers with stone pendants. For me, it was actually fun to make stuff that’s a little different from my usual pieces, and it gave me a chance to finesse my choker-making skills for the next time around!
More pics of Ruby Rose Carr, Sidney Sartini, and Natalia Panzarella of Bahari wearing my chokers are below! Photos courtesy of Ladygunn magazine, Getty Images, Kamara Morozuk, and John Hancock Photography.
My friend Josh Williams and I did a photo shoot with actress Vanessa Marano from the popular television shows “Switched at Birth” and “Gilmore Girls.” We met Vanessa at her house, which sits amongst a stunning landscape mix of giant golden fields and desert cacti, inspiring us to create different moods and looks!
On a day to day basis, Vanessa does comfy, easy chic and typically wears only black, or as I like to call it “summer goth”! For the shoot, we explored different directions — from a Victorian turn of the century look, to a vintage 1920’s sequin inspired look, to a boho desert traveler, to a retro Vamp look!
Vanessa was so easy to work with, she was decisive, and really sweet! It was refreshing to meet someone so passionate about her craft, and well-informed about world events, freely discussing politics and current events with no filter! Look out for our images from the photo shoot on her Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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On a typical hot, cloudless Southern California day, I decided to escape the city with my work husband, photographer Josh Williams, and my friend Ken Raif. We hopped in his car and headed to Vasquez Rocks, a vast 932-acre park located just an hour from LA where Star Trek and other sci-fi films are shot. The plan was to shoot pieces from my new fall collection, and the concept was to take something organic and paint it an “unorganic” color!
We spent a bit of time scouting around, which was challenging in the 90 degree heat! Josh discovered a pile of abandoned sticks which created a lovely, raw texture in contrast to my pieces set amongst the natural environment. By late afternoon, we started to notice the sky was beginning to change color dramatically! A wildfire had erupted in Santa Clarita, causing layers of smoke to rise and slowly glaze over the piercing summer sunshine, transforming the sky into an incredibly thick blanket of rich, golden tones.
The atmosphere felt royal, yet wild, powerful and untamed — the perfect setting for the new collection inspired by the wise, courageous ancient goddesses of the past. May each of these pieces serve as a “totem” as you wear it, reminding you of how truly unique you are. For those of you choosing to wear these pieces, I hope you’re reminded of the this truth: that there is only one you, and therein lies your strength and your personal power!
I cannot get enough of Kaleo’s music! Thankfully JJ also can’t get enough of my jewelry either! When stylist Audrey Brianne contacted me about their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, of course I agreed to make some custom pieces for them! I actually taught myself how to macrame bracelets just for this project! JJ ended up wearing his favorite carved horn and red pheasant feather necklace for this performance, but they all kept a significant chunk of my bracelets for their current tour! Audrey told me that “[JJ] loved it all”, and “[He] was so thankful when I told him you made it all custom again.” Up above is a video of them performing “No Good”, and just below is a video of them performing their hit song, “Way Down We Go”. If you’re a fan of rock and roll and unique vocals, definitely pick up their debut album “A/B” out in stores, or preview it on Spotify!