Moving Wishlist: Bedroom

(via Apartment Therapy)

There’s nothing quite like a move to send you on an emotional roller coaster. On the one hand, you’ve got to pack up your entire life, sort through all that extra junk you don’t need, and wrap endless kitchenware in newspaper. Even if you ultimately decide to hire movers, like I did, you can’t really escape the packing… not unless you want to trust someone to sort through your books, clothes, and Admiral Ackbar action figures, at least. Once you’re all moved in, you still have to go back to the old place and grab anything you’ve missed, and then… there’s the cleaning. Oh, the cleaning. I still haven’t gotten around to that yet, but it’s coming.

The exciting part about moving is, of course, the unpacking. The decorating. The endless pouring through magazines and their modern counterpart, Apartment Therapy, for ideas and inspiration. Though my new bedroom is currently a collection of boxes and bags, eventually it will be a new space just for me. In honor of that perfect, future set-up, here are a few of the things on my moving wishlist.


1. Luminous Dots Pillow 2. Round Captain’s Mirror 3. Between a Rock Lamp Base 4. Accordion Side Table


(via Advice From a Twenty Something)

Although I’m definitely not the crafty sort, I will be attempting a few Ikea hacks this time around. Wish me luck!

Carrie Brownstein

Style Envy: Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein

Way back in the early aughts when I still had braces and was made up entirely of knees and elbows, there was a time that I considered myself a punk. Let me be clear: I was most definitely NOT a punk. I was an angsty, shy thing stuck at an all girls school who furrowed her brows, blew out her eardrums with a combo of mid-nineties riot grrrl music and Elliott Smith (balance), and decided to wear all black whenever possible.

Carrie Brownstein

During this period, I listened to bands like The Distillers, Bikini Kill, and Sleater Kinney. You know. As angry teenage girls do. When Sleater Kinney guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein popped up on IFC’s Portlandia alongside Fred Armisen, I was thrilled. Carrie Brownstein had been a hero of mine, and to watch her share her very deliberate, very adorable comedy has been a real treat. She also has become somewhat of a style icon in my book, and pulls off that ‘look’ I’m often going for.

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein’s style is a perfect combo of feminine and edgy, with floral prints, clunky boots, and punk undertones. She’s also rocking the sort of short ‘do that I’d probably attempt if I were brave enough to chop off my hair. (Biiiig if.)

Carrie Brownstein

We’re even into the same bright lipsticks! Obviously Carrie and I are meant to be BBFs, and maybe she’d even let me raid her closet. We’ll just ignore the fact that she’s cute and petite and I’m a giant. Minor detail.

Also, she’s good friends with Aimee Mann and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, so I’d totally have an in with that awesome friend group. Brunch, anyone?

March 2014

InstaMonth: March ’14 / Announcements

March 2014

Gosh, it’s been a while. Sorry guys, but birthday and freelance took over my life for a few weeks there. It was a wonderful whirlwind filled with The Book of Mormon, LOTS of champagne, a Hollywood saloon, some awesome/nerdy presents from my friends (check out what Jamie made me!), and my very first set visit. I can’t tell you anything about it or the powers that be will have me killed, but let’s just say it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

Somehow it’s been forever since I’ve updated this ol’ thing, so I thought I’d get back in the swing of things with a few announcements…

#1: I’m moving! … four blocks away. After four years of living alone post-college, I’m moving in with my friend, Rhi. Hellooo, hardwood floors, A/C, and (more) movie nights! Goodbye, first “big girl” apartment. Thanks for all the memories.

#2: I’m also going to New York! If freelancing, work trips, and packing up my entire apartment weren’t stressful enough, I’m also taking a trip in the middle of all of it. Luckily, it’s all a good kind of stress. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see some of my NYC adventures.

#3: In the midst of all the birthday craziness, the Veronica Mars movie came out! On my actual birthday! I went to see it with friends on opening night, have rewatched my digital copy twice, and was able to do some fun coverage for Nerdist. Check it out:


A Marshmallow’s Take on Veronica Mars
Jason Dohring Shares His Reaction to the Veronica Mars Movie”>
A Chat with Chris Lowell on the Veronica Mars SXSW Red Carpet
Wallace Fennel, All Grown Up: Our Talk with Veronica Mars‘ Percy Daggs III
Tina Majorino on the Friendships of Veronica Mars
Ryan Hansen Talks Veronica Mars & Party Down

#4: I’m covering pop culture, comedy and food for the recently relaunched Static Beach! Make sure you follow us on Twitter for all things beach.

#5: Lastly, a big resounding thank you to everyone who celebrated my birthday with me this year. 25 was a bit of a tough one, but ringing in 26 with such incredible, thoughtful people really lifted my spirits. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Cute of the Day: First Kiss

I wouldn’t normally click on something like this. With all the click-bait out there on UpWorthy, EliteDaily, etc. etc. etc., I tend to avoid links like this that inherently feel a little manipulated. I wouldn’t normally click on something like this, but I’m glad I did. It’s very cute. Maybe it’s because my anniversary is coming up, or maybe because I find spring sort of magical, or maybe it’s because this video is in black and white, or because it’s set to this beautiful song by Soko… or maybe it’s because I’m secretly A TOTAL SAP.

The video is called First Kiss, and it’s directed by Tatia Pllieva. Essentially it’s a bunch of really pretty strangers making out with each other, and the whole thing is pretty effective. Check it out:

Black & White Birthday Wishlist

Black & White Birthday Wishlist

Black & White Birthday Wishlist

1. Spotted on the Scene Dress 2. Professional Present Wrapper Dress 3. Ikebana for All Skirt in Crystals 4. Mesh Well Together Bootie 5. Two-Steppin’ Out Dress 6. Tulip Legit Top 7. Cool House Rock Dress 8. After Party Planner Wedge in Black  9. Quote Me Ring 10. Moonlit Whiskers Earrings  11. Abraca-fabulous Dress 12. City Dwelling Bootie 13. Smooth as Looking Glass Necklace 14. Classic Collector Top in Black 

So, it’s my birthday this week. I’m turning the very-important age of 26. I’ve always loved birthdays — mine, yours, whatever — but recently I’ve been feeling a little down on the whole thing. It’s been a bit of a tough year, and for a while I thought I might just pretend my birthday didn’t exist. Then I realized that not celebrating would probably just bum me out more, so I WILL be celebrating after all. At a bar. With cocktails. As it should be.

It feels like LA skipped spring and went to full-blown summer this weekend. Global warming, everybody! I know with spring coming I should be all about florals and pastels, but I can’t quite shake my obsession with black and white. I blame my ’90s movie heroes and all those years I spent as a pouty little “punk”.

This Modcloth Wishlist is a little extensive, probably because I haven’t been shopping in months and I am in SERIOUS WITHDRAWAL. Here’s hoping I get a little birthday cash and can buy myself one of these pretty things. Who needs the color spectrum, anyway? Let’s get monochromatic.

The Future of Art in Los Angeles

The Future of Art in Los Angeles, at Flower Pepper Gallery

The Future of Art in Los Angeles


Do you live in LA? Do you like art, adorable art critics, and cupcakes? Well then, you’re in luck! On Saturday, March 15th at 1pm, the Flower Pepper Gallery will be hosting a panel discussion focused on the future of art in Los Angeles.

See a full list of the panelists above. The discussion will last about an hour, and will be moderated by The World’s Most Adorable Art Critic, Daniel Rolnik! Also, cupcakes! I’m going to do my best to take a break from birthday festivities and stop by, so maybe I’ll see you there.

Flower Pepper Gallery is located at 121 E Union St. in Pasadena. Check out the gallery’s official site for more information, and make sure you RSVP for the event on Facebook.

Crock Pot Chili

Crock Pot Chili + Frito Pie

Crock Pot Chili

Last week, it rained in Los Angeles. You might have heard a little something about it. Yes, us dumb Angelinos made a big deal about getting a bit wet, because the rain drives us crazy. We don’t know how to handle it. The streets flood, the traffic gets worse, and few of us own raincoats. This was some much-needed rain though, so it came with a sigh of relief.

The Academy Awards were also last week, and as I mentioned, I was invited to an awesome party with some seriously impressive themed food. The lovely hosts asked me to help out by making some Dallas Buyers Club chili, and thus — a new crockpot favorite was born. A reaaaal meaty one.


Best Dressed

The Academy Awards 2014

Queen Lupita

Well, those were some Oscars, eh? It felt like most of the categories were preordained, and Ellen played it a little safe (as did most of the red carpet), but all in all it was a perfectly fine ceremony. (And I won my group’s Oscar poll, so, heeeyyy.)

Now that we’ve all come back down to Earth, here are a few of my top picks of the night:



Oscar Party Round-Up

Oscars 2014

They’re here! The Oscars are finally here. If you’re anything like me, you realize that the Oscars are not only a joke, they’re pretty fucking exclusive (see a deeply depressing infographic on the matter here), and yet… I LOVE THEM. I absolutely adore the Academy Awards. I cry during nearly every speech, I have a blast checking out all the red carpet fashion, I desperately attempt to win Oscar polls, and I try to attend an awesome party where everyone nerds out as much as I do. Luckily, I have found such a group (I basically just stalk Alexei‘s friends) and have been counting down the days to my friends’ soirée for weeks.

If you, like me, are getting ready for an Oscar bash this weekend, never fear! There’s something for everyone here, from the baking queen to the movie novice.