A few weekends back I was up at my mom’s place in Big Bear, a small town in the mountains about 2 hours outside of LA, and went to take some photos near the lake. I don’t know about you but being near a large body of water always makes me introspective.
When I was in high school and first got my driver’s license I would test the limits of my newfound independence. I’d take off after school and drive an hour or more across town in traffic to go to the beach. I would park, walk barefoot in the sand, and plop down in front of the waves. I’d then call my mom to tell her I was safe (I wasn’t a maniac) and sit and watch the horizon.
What is it about that view that makes every other tribulation in life seem insignificant?
I don’t know but it always makes me see the big picture.
Okay. Diary entry over. Carry on.
We’re squarely in the summer season now so what are you still doing with dusty wintertime accessories and clutter sitting around your bedroom?
Be honest – Do you have random clothes tossed over a chair or side table near your bed? Does your nightstand have random charging cords, magazines, late night taco bell receipts, etc. piling up on it?
Shouldn’t the first thing you see in the morning make you smile? Make you think, “Oh, that’s lovely…”? I think so.
Well then let’s transform your nightstand from resembling the bottom of your purse or gym bag and make it the best thing to lay your eyes on.
I started from scratch with the basics – water for late night sips and a candle with a calming scent. Oh and some succulent clippings because, duh.
Now every morning starts with, “OH THAT’S LOVELY!”
While I’m on the subject of being ballsy with summer trends… let’s discuss all white.
You might think, “Don’t I look like a house painter? Or a nurse?”
A few tips to look your best and not like a total newb:
First, you might not completely get this from my pics but it’s important to go with tonal whites. You don’t want to wear all bright white everything because you will definitely look like a mental ward staffer. Wear an off-white with a bright white.
Second, do not wear white shoes. Go with grey or light brown. Something with texture like a suede desert boot.
Third, and most important, don’t make it perfect. Roll your cuff. Wear some weird jewelry. Half tuck your shirt in if you have a cool belt. You don’t want to look like someone who would freak out if you got some BBQ stains on your shirt or grass stains on your pants. That’s what bleach is for.
Okay so if you know me at all then you know that I’m a mega nerd and love sci-fi. After recently perusing some super dorky books on Amazon, I stumbled across a reco for a book called Sleeping Giants.
It had a massive metal robot that an ancient alien race had disassembled piece by piece and scattered across the world thousands of years ago. It had a team of scientists scouring the planet in the hopes of assembling this massive humanoid. It had an international crisis as clandestine government agencies feared that it was a weapon of alien origin.
Needless to say, it sounded exciting and right up my alley.
Oh, and the best part – turns out it’s the first book of a trilogy. I read the first book in like 45 minutes (ish) and returned to Amazon to pre-order the second book (which is out now). I love when a good book just keeps on goin.
If you drool over movies like Independence Day, Star Wars, World War Z, etc. – then I HIGHLY recommend Sleeping Giants + Waking Gods.
Happy reading, ya big nerds.
Turquoise is having a little boost in popularity this summer so I thought I’d chime in with my own take on it – specifically in the form of an oversized men’s ring.
So here’s the deal. I think most people see a big chunky ring and think, “Oh my God… there’s no possible way I could ever pull that off.” Well in that moment you have fallen victim to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You know how people pull off statement jewelry? By not giving a fuck. If you don a big, crazy ring and are caught up in how it looks on you and whether people are judging you and how silly you must look… then you’re not wearing the ring. The ring is wearing you.
How’s that for some sage fashion wisdom.
My advice: wear the ring (in turquoise because that was the whole point of this) and don’t give a single fuck about what other people think. And it doesn’t hurt to wear that ring on your middle finger just in case you need a reminder of what frame of mind goes with it.