If you don’t know me by now, I am a full born and bred Cali girl. I’m hardly home, but I am always reppin’ Los Angeles City. I grew up learning how to roller skate on Santa Monica beach, playing basketball at Pan Pacific Park and spending my weekends at The Grove. Los Angeles will always be home but most importantly, it will always have my heart. Many people make the assumption that Los Angeles is the city of sink or city (it definitely can be), but when you are surrounded by people who truly care about your growth and success the journey is worth it.
People have often told me “if you’re not losing friends, you’re not growing up”, which was true for me but it doesn’t have to be true for every one. Some people are in your life for a reason or a season but that also relates to your environment. After I graduated high school, I began my college journey upstate New York. Many of my friends stayed local or went to college and universities a few hours away from home, but that was not my route. Spending my college years in Syracuse, NY, then moving to New York City after graduation, taught me that it’s important to live in an environment that makes you happy. I could of easily returned home to Los Angeles after graduating, but I wanted to challenge myself. I currently live in New York City, but every time I return home to Los Angeles, it’s like I am pressing a restart button.
Los Angeles has taught me that I ALWAYS HAVE OPTIONS. Not everyday is a surf on the beach, but it’s okay to watch the waves. The L.A. city life is definitely laid back, which has taught me that you can only control situations that you have control over. It’s annoying to sit in traffic, but you can’t control that, so find an alternate route because there is always a way. Home has also taught me that FAMILY IS EVERYTHING. When living at home, I became used to a routine which consisted of me spending time with my family. Los Angeles is a city full of adventure and when you have family to share those adventures with, it’s very rewarding. My family and I consistently tried new restaurants, worked out, and even went to concerts together. Success can always be accomplished when you are surrounded by individuals who feel rewarded witnessing your growth. Lastly, home has taught me that LIFE IS ABOUT BALANCE. Los Angeles has given me different outlets to find my happy place. I am the type of individual who needs a getaway when they are upset or off balance. L.A. is full of scenic views and each one I go to, I’m able to find peace and balance. I’ve been so blessed to grow up in this amazing city and gain knowledge of my surroundings, but the best thing of all is that I’ve gained knowledge about myself.
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Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner. This means that hair gets lighter, skin gets darker, and denim gets distressed. If your summer denim wardrobe doesn’t have any rips, tears, or bleach, it’s time for you to start shopping the Mahjing Wong Denimu Season 1 collection. If you don’t know already, Mahjing Wong was on Project Runway 15 and ripped his way into being a finalist. Wong is known for his innovative use of denim. This denim doyen knows how to mix and match different denim tones, but he also creates his own denim colors. As the saying goes “if they don’t have it, create it” (I think I made that up, LOL), and that is exactly what Wong does. The best thing about his garments are the construction. Wong knows how to construct denim to a tee. No matter if he is creating a skirt, dress, or trouser, he can make denim look sexy on any silhouette.
Make sure to shop the Denimu Season 1 collection at http://www.mahjingwong.com/category/denimu-season-1
Instagram : @mahjingwong
Photographed by Rai Smalls
“Less is more” is the perfect way to describe spring’s hottest clothing line, Doyenne. Minimalist style is never boring, if you have the right pieces and accessories. Doyenne is a new clothing line and brand that is geared towards the spicy minimalist. We all have that one friend or is that one friend, who is très minimalistic but magnificent, all at the same time. Doyenne might be for minimalists, but there is nothing minimal about the brand. Each garment has unique detailing and named after fearless female figures. The wardrobe definitely speaks for itself, but so does the brand name. Doyenne is defined as a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field (Google), a.k.a., a woman who slays everyday and is at the top of her game. According to CEO, Anayka Pomare, the brand is dedicated to ” boss babes who make their own rules.” The Doyenne brand isn’t just about making people look good, but making people feel good. Doyenne is already turning heads at Coachella and making headlines.
Photographed by Adam Sheridan-Taylor
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Since fall is here and we are going to be transitioning into winter soon, it is so important to me that my skin and hair are both moisturized. Skincare is important to me because I do wear make up often and makeup always look flawless when the skin is healthy and hydrated. The high winds make my face dry but thanks to Erno Laszlo, I have found the perfect face hydrating and nourishing products that have given my skin a glow
HYDRA-THERAPY DOUBLE CLEANSE TRAVEL SET (HYDRATE & NOURISH)
The best thing about these products are that they are a cleansing duo. All you have to do, in the morning and evening, is rub the cleansing oil on your face and dip the cleansing bar into warm water and rub on your face, along with the oil.
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HYDRAPHEL SKIN SUPPLEMENT
This toner should be applied on the face after using the cleansing duo in the morning and evening. Pour a small amount on a cotton ball and rub it evenly and gently on your face.
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HYDRA-THERAPY MEMORY SLEEP MASK
The sleep mask is an overnight mask that should only be used twice a week. After using the cleansing duo and toner, I apply a small amount on my face and upper neck and leave it on my face until the morning. Wash it off , moisturize, and you’re ready to go
Keeping my hair nourished and moisturized is VERY important to me as well. Good Hair Day is an amazing company that carries some of the greatest flat irons and curling irons that keeps your hair healthy and moisturized. I don’t like irons that burn my hair but GHD hair irons are set at the proper temperature that don’t over heat your hair. Also, the plates that are used on the irons are made to lock in the hairs moisture.
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Remember to stay hydrated!