How to Become a Girl BossWhere do you live?
I live in sunny Los Angeles!
How old are you?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a born and raised California girl! I grew up in a little hippie town called Ojai with super hippie young parents. I attribute my laid back style and love for adventure to them. I grew up around a lot of really good music, picked veggies from my backyard and did tons of Theatre & Dance, it was amazing! We moved to LA when i was going into 9th grade, so i feel like I got the best of both world's growing up.
I got picked up by the owners of Brandy Melville when i was 16 and that's where i was introduced to photography and styling. I worked for them for a while and really got to explore my own creativity and learn a lot about the industry. I've spent a lot of time in front and behind the camera and i love it all the same! So now, i'm just working on my own personal project and it encompasses all the things i love!
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
You’re gorgeous, what does your beauty routine look like?
I use very gentle products because my skin tends to do better that way. I use "Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser" morning and night, followed by "Andalou Probiotic + C cream". Before i go to bed, i swab my face with Apple Cider Vinegar and let it sit before applying my moisturizer. It smells awful but it honestly does a great job at balancing my skin! After that, unless I have a shoot, I don't wear makeup! I try to keep my face bare any chance i get. My biggest beauty tip is, cut out coffee!!
My Vintage Levi's and a Bikini, definitely.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation, Nars Sculpting Duo in Playa/Oahu, Too Faced Natural Eyes in Neutral, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Chanel Golden Sand Lipstick, and of course an Eyelash Curler.
If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would it be?
What’s your favorite thing to do in your down time?
I love going on pinterest and wasting time getting inspired!
They say you are what you eat, what are you?
Salmon, I'm a Salmon lol.
If your best friends could tell us something embarrassing about you, what would it be?
What are your favorite looks from Bikini Luxe?
Well, I'm from LA so I'm partial to Frankie's.
Where do you get your sense of style from?
I definitely get my sense of style from where i grew up, everyones very laid back in Ojai and I think I still tend to take one item off before I leave the house because I'd rather look like I don't care than I'm trying too hard. Also... comfort lol.
What inspired you to start your own Blog?
This might be bad to say, but after working for a bunch of different brands, I realized that I so much prefer to do things on my own and be able to act out on my own vision. I also couldn't decide on doing one thing because I love doing so many different things, so blogging allows me to really do everything I love on my own terms.
Tell us about your dream Collab, who is it and why?
Girls worldwide want to do what you’re doing, do you have any advice for them?
Yes definitely! My biggest advice is, just start shooting. If you don't have access to a photographer, train a friend and just SHOOT CONSTANTLY. If you think there's nothing interesting in your area, find white walls with good lighting, find hidden corners that work for the vibe your going for! Be resourseful and be yourself. Don't be afraid to say no to that Tea Cleanse offer and don't give up.
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