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My Favorite Online Reads

What are some of your favorite blogs or sites to subscribe to?

Photo credit Emily Shearing for The Spoiled Life

I posed this question to my Facebook and Twitter friends last night in hopes of discovering new blogs or sites to add to my Feedly subscriptions. When Google Reader phased out, I got rid of a lot of the sites I'd saved in my move to a new RSS reader. My friends recommended a diversity of their preferred online haunts, very heavy in food for some reason but also covering lifestyle, inspiration, music and fashion. I'm going through them this morning to see if there are any new favorites out there waiting for me. 

I thought this was a good time to also share what I try to read on a regular basis. On my never-ending quest to spend my time more wisely (i.e. not mindlessly scrolling through social media), I've made it a priority to organize my Pocket and Feedly and visit both collections on a daily basis. Here's a mix of my recommendations:

  • Nieman Journalism Lab: The Nieman Foundation at Harvard started the Journalism Lab to help good journalists find their place in the Internet age. If you like Harvard Business Review, this might be interesting to you!
  • Bullett Media: A fairly new online hub complimenting the quarterly print magazine, covering art, fashion and pop culture.
  • Sincerely, Jules: I adore Julie SariƱana. If perfect style is a thing, Jules embodies it. She can wear anything so effortlessly, and so convincingly I'm sure I've clicked on every one of her rewardStyle links. 
  • The Daily Love: I subscribed to Mastin Kipp's daily email on thoughtful inspiration at least five years ago, and it's been amazing watching his growth both personally and professionally. His daily emails are a mix of inspirational quotes and vulnerable reflections from his own life and in his relationships with others. Great for those who are into quick reads, quotes and setting intentions!
  • Medium Editors' Picks: Anyone and everyone can contribute to Medium, which makes it a really varied bag of topics and writing styles. It can be really overwhelming, so I usually stick to the Editors' Picks.
  • LEAF TV: Short video vignettes on living, eating and fashion from another one of my most favorite fashion bloggers, Geri Hirsch and co-founder Erin Falconer.
  • The Coveteur: Where I get a lot of my fashion and fashion lifestyle news. Love the clean, glossy aesthetic and fonts!
  • Fast Company: Another aesthetically-pleasing read, except focused on business and entrepreneurism.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Articles on blogging, for bloggers, by bloggers. I also happen to contribute every Wednesday to it, and am a fan of IFB co-founder Jennine as well as the other contributors!
  • Man Repeller: I never read TMR before, but after seeing Leandra Medine speak several times then reading her book, Seeking Love, Finding Overalls, I've found her hard to resist. She's so funny and eloquent. TMR now has a few contributors who are equally hilarious and smart as she is.
  • Greatist: Awesome health & fitness site updated several times a day with workout suggestions, recipe ideas and general health & fitness tips, apps and hacks.
  • Seahawks: Because GO HAWKS!
  • Necole Bitchie: Because a girl needs her gossip reads and this is really the only one I can handle on a regular basis. Also, Necole is gorgeous!

I'd love your recommendations in a comment below as well!


Aces Interview: Chanelle Laurence

Fashion blogging is so. freaking. BORING lately. Somewhere along the line, fashion bloggers all started to look and dress the same - and where's the fun in that? The industry may have jumped the shark, but it only makes the ones who go against the grain stand out even more. I adore following a lot of L.A. fashion bloggers for this reason - no matter what, they are always reppin' that perfect California style. One of my favorites is Chanelle Laurence of The Penelope Times. She's got a distinct style that's all her own, and I love it. I'm also a fan of her store, Penelope's Vintage, and had the pleasure of blogging alongside her at WWDMAGIC in August. She's bold, sassy, laid-back and one of the nicest bloggers I've ever met. Real recognize real and I'm happy to know her. Meet Chanelle:

Chanelle Laurence

What's on your playlist right now?
Running by Jessie Ware, Another Tomorrow by Lusine, Jessica by Major Lazor, Kilo Kish and anything Classixx.

Describe your style.
My style is edgy with a hint of vintage and ALL LA. I love looking like a tomboy one day and throwing on a dress for brunch the next... it’s always changing but that’s why I love fashion: I can wear whatever I feel like being that day.

Chanelle Laurence

Who inspires you?
Entrepreneurs, Designers, Go Getters and Edie Sedgwick.

What are you reading?
Right now I’m GLUED to the Shopify blog because I’m a social media + marketing nerd. I also recently started reading The Secret which I can’t wait to finish.

Chanelle Laurence

What are you most excited about in the coming months?
My boyfriend and I are in the process of working on a clothing line which has been occupying my day dreams for quite some time now. We both graduated from FIDM so it’s been something we’ve been planning for a while. I can’t wait!

Chanelle Laurence

Thank you!

Find Chanelle online: The Penelope Times | Penelope's Vintage Twitter Facebook

Read all of my Aces interviews here.


My Favorite 2013 Moments

Happy last day of 2013! I'm finally feeling a lot better after catching that bug, and wanted to post this before we ring in the new year. In the past, I took to the blog to reflect on my favorite songs, books, posts, etc. It is really real when they say material things don't mean so much when you get older, because when I looked through my year of photos and posts, it was the experiences I wanted to reflect on most.  I hope my mama is reading this, because I was that materialistic child/teen and she wouldn't believe how far I've come if she didn't read this herself. I love you mama!

I hate lists and countdowns. Who am I to tell you what the top whatever of whatever is anyway? They're very self-serving. So instead of calling this "top moments of 2013" - here are some of my most favorite experiences. This is also very self-serving, but just indulge me today. These are the experiences that make me so truly proud; that made me say, "Holy shit, is this really me right now?" and the people who made them that much more special. Being sick lately had me feeling down on the year, but when I look at these photos, I can't deny 2013 was an amazing one. Looking forward to the adventures 2014 has in store for me!

I kicked off the year with the For the Glow Resolution Challenge, and on the second day of my detox, decided on a last-minute road trip to Portland with my best. She had pizza and Pine State Biscuits; I had water and chia seed pudding. It was worth it though, as it kicked off a year towards a healthier lifestyle that fits me. Paula's doing the 2014 Resolution Challenge this time :)

I always have such a blast in New York, eating, shopping and drinking my way through the city. This time I navigated the transition to a superfood diet while traveling!

That time I was included in the CRAVE Seattle guide along with a city full of badass lady entrepreneurs. So humbled and grateful for Melody!
 That time I got to interview the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff!

Paula convinced me to take my first Zumba class in February, and I've been hooked ever since. It really makes the Glow Girl life a party!

I am obsessed with Gyptian. So much so that Paula and I went to Gambian Independence Day at 88 Keys so we could see him live. One of my favorite shows ever!

Did The Big Climb with my family for the first time. That was hard. I'm doing the timed challenge in 2014!

If you have not experienced Major Lazer live, I highly recommend doing so. ML & Gyptian pretty much dominated my Spotify playlists (until Beyonce's album came out)

That time Gilt City had me as their Seattle insider, and everyone & they mom found me in their inboxes for a couple of weeks. So weird!

That time Sarah Lovrien and I flexed our collective creative and editorial visions and she took some amazing photos of me for my 30th birthday.

See all of my 30 Fresh posts here!

Celebrating 30 with some of the flyest ladies in the entire world.

Even got a birthday mixtape!

That time I ran my first 5k, The Color Run!

I loved Dru Hill when I was a teenager. When they came to Neumos you know we had to roll out!

May wouldn't have been complete without an epic Vegas trip with the lady Aces.

That time Jacob won another MMA bout! Fighter wifey life is no easy task.

This is our favorite photo of Spike, out paddleboarding on Paula's brother Patrick's board. He looks like he can take over the world :)

That time I got to interview Jason Wu!

I had so much fun with Sarah Lovrien, we got together in the summer to take some more shots on Alki. Summertime fly!

That time I met Simon Doonan, and we discovered a shared love for crazy flower prints. He asked me if I'd be offended if he called me a 'blogger' and not a 'writer.' I'm not. I consider myself both.

That time Create + Cultivate came to Portland, and I spent the day with amazing women like Jaclyn of No Subject L.A., Jeanine of Range and Emma of Wildfang.

That time I was an official blogger for WWDMAGIC! Probably among my top experiences as a blogger thus far.

I came home from Vegas and promptly went into a 2-week candida detox. One of the toughest things I've ever done, but I came out looking like I never had before. And it felt amazing!

I live in Seattle, but most of the bloggers I follow and adore live in L.A. So I was stoked to be included in this roundup of 25 women in business for Racked L.A.!

Seeing yourself in print is always weird. This was for 425 Magazine:

Sara and I met some of the Shahs of Sunset in the fall. It was an interesting night :)

That time I modeled for Goodwill in their Glitter Gala runway show. We rocked pieces that sold at the Glitter Sale the following weekend, and were styled by the creatives over at Salon Circa. Goodwill raised a record amount of funds for its job training and education programs this Gala!

That time Microsoft invited me to co-host the Microsoft Surface 2 midnight launch in Bellevue Square. Richard Sherman was there! U Mad Bro?

December was a whirlwind of traveling, family and holiday fun. Thankful to get some sun and werk in at Runyon in L.A. while my bf and I were down there.



Aces Interview: Kate Franco

In this wonderful world of blogging, I am both a contributor and a reader. Today's Aces interview features one of my favorite bloggers to follow. Meet Kate Franco of Undeniable Style!

Fashion bloggers are a dime a dozen these days, and there's a small handful I keep up with regularly. They each have a distinct style that's all there own, making them standouts in a sea of the same same (see "Do you dress like a 'blogger'?" on IFB.) Kate is definitely on that short list, always coming strong with a savvy edge to that bohemian California style. Every time she's got a new outfit up, I'm like, "YES, GIRL" and wondering where she scored each piece. Most likely, some of those pieces came from Poshmark, where Kate is one part of a wonderful assembly of human beings. Seriously, the Poshmark team is comprised of some of the sweetest, most stylish people in my universe and if I worked anywhere (not for myself), I'd want to be there.

Anywho, I consider Kate my style soul sista because she is always on point. Aside from her sartorialisms, I admire Kate's love of meditation, green smoothies and wellness. You can wear all the clothes in the world, but it's always what's inside that counts.

What's on your playlist right now?
Great question. I have to preface the answer by saying that I am terrible with music! You never want to play name that song/artist/album with me, I'll lose 9 times out of 10. So, I'm going to rely on Spotify to give you the true answer:

Alabama Shakes, Lana Del Ray, Kings of Leon, The Temper Trap & Massive Attack.

Also: John Mayer, Hot Bodies in Motion, Thievery Corporation & Mark Farina. I love Miley's Wrecking Ball. Sorry, can't help it!

My daily commute consists of country, some jazz, classic rock and '90s jams. And Oprah. Lots of Oprah. I'm all over the place. Gotta love satellite radio!

Describe your style.
Constantly evolving. (Thanks for the revolving closet, Poshmark!)

I think in the last couple of years it's settled somewhere between bohemian and edgy -- which I guess is pretty trendy right now, so that works.

I feel my best when I am comfortable. I like oversized, slouchy shapes, cool draping, piles of jewelry and lots of leather. Notorious for buying clothes that are a couple sizes too big for me. I'm going through a hat phase. And a minimalist phase in terms of colors; I'm drawn to neutral palettes lately.

Most importantly, I dress for me and no one else.

I secretly wish I could pull off the granny chic J. Crew kind of look!

Who inspires you?
I consider Gabrielle Bernstein my guru. She's been a huge part of the change in my life the last couple of years and is a constant source of inspiration. I am continually in awe of the passionate team I work with at Poshmark. My soul sisters keep me going, and I am blessed to be surrounded by driven and motivated ladies who are living out their entrepreneurial dreams. Lila & Abby, I'm looking at you!

What are you reading?
I LOVE reading! My grandparents were worried when I was young that I was going to be socially awkward because I always had my nose in a book. (Don't worry, I turned out okay.) Sadly, I don't have the time to pick up a physical book these days. I am currently doing the May Cause Miracles 40 day workbook.

Some books I've listened to recently via Audible:

Blogs & Websites I have bookmarked:

  • Tiny Buddha
  • IFB
  • Plus, a MAJOR twitter addiction. It's seriously my main news source.


What are you most excited about in the coming months?
There's so much to be excited about! When you look at each day as a gift, your perspective changes.

Having never traveled abroad, I'm looking forward to upcoming international trips (St. Martin, Tokyo, Greece), celebrating milestones of dear friends, and majorly fun projects both at work and for the blog. Stay tuned!

Thank you!
Find Kate online: Blog | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Read all of my Aces interviews here.


Aces Interview: Jasmin of Vintage Vandalizm

My next Ace is a fellow blogger who's inspired me with her laser-like focus on crafting a personal style that's all retro but decidedly refreshing and different. I write once a week for the Independent Fashion Bloggers and thus pay a lot of attention to the fashion blogging landscape, and I can say with 10000% confidence that Jasmin Rodriguez's Vintage Vandalizm is one-of-a-kind. I had the good fortune to meet Jasmin in person at IFBcon, where I spotted her while speaking on a panel, and had to run up and tell her what a big fan I was of her blog. I was surprised by how humble and shy she was in real life! She's one of my favorite people to see whenever I'm in NYC.

She's got legions of fans all over the world just like me - and also critics, haters and copycats. Some try to emulate, others straight up duplicate - but none of Jasmin's imitators come close to her clear and unabashed love for rockabilly and other fine vintage eras. She lives and breathes the lifestyle as much as the modern world will allow. This is why she's no trendy throwback (what up Katy Perry) - Vintage Vandalizm is the real rockabilly deal. Her commitment to this life & style is what makes her one of my favorite bloggers on the interwebz.

Vintage Vandalizm, Jasmin Rodriguez

What's on your playlist right now?

  • Lots of Lana Del Rey
  • Pervov Stelar
  • The Great Gatsby Soundtrack
  • The Weeknd
  • Niki and the Dove
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • and some rockabilly compilations.

Describe your style.
I'd like to think of it as a marriage of the timeless beauty of vintage & the gritty rawness of my vandalized city, NYC.

Vintage Vandalizm, Jasmin Rodriguez

Who inspires you?
I am deeply inspired by the classic hollywood actress' of the 40s, 50s, and 60s like:

  • Debra Paget
  • Ivonne De Carlo
  • Diana Dors
  • Grace Kelly
  • Eartha Kitt 
  • and of course Elizabeth Taylor.

What are you reading?
Right now I am enjoying listening to many inspiring TED Talks like my recent favorite by Shawn Achor, who says that we have to reverse our perspectives on success. He says that we are taught that "We must be successful to be happy;" but in fact..the happier and more positive we are, the more successful we will be :).

Vintage Vandalizm, Jasmin Rodriguez

What are you most excited about in the coming months?
I am working on a few projects to be finished by next year but you will have to stay tuned to find out ;). I am also excited to be attending Lingerie Fashion week and NY fashion week before my big move to Vegas. I am pursuing my dreams and though it is quite scary to leave a place I called home for 26 years, I am ready for the big change ahead of me.

Thank you!

Find Jasmin at

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August Fresh: A Recap

It's been a ridiculous August and I have a severe lack of blog posts to show for it. I'm sorry my dear readers! As I'm sitting here watching Justin Timberlake and *NSYNC light up the MTV Video Music Awards, I thought it'd be fun to share some photos of what I've been up to this month. Tomorrow I'll back with the first of some seriously amazing interviews, outfit shots and recaps of my time as a WWDMAGIC Official Blogger :)

Most of my time has been devoted to LUNA & CLIF Kid Bar. It's our busiest couple of months in the year, but winding down now. I've been having such a blast at all of our events but I'm excited to have a little quiet time to blog in the coming weeks.

I'm stoked to be on the team bringing Slideluck to life this year in Seattle! Part potluck, part art extravaganza. Coming in November to Pioneer Square! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates leading up to the event.

Still getting my For the Glow workouts & superfood diet on. Been traveling a lot so it hasn't been as consistent, but I refuse to give up on it completely. Never that.

Thoroughly enjoying summer but looking forward to fall, because that means SEAHAWKS FOOTBALL! Caught the last day of training camp a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Bing for having me!

My family is everything to me, and now we will have one more to add to the mix (officially!) Congrats to my cousin Erick and his beautiful longtime girlfriend Ashley on their engagement. 

Super honored to be included in "The Voices of Fashion" piece in 425 Magazine this month! Read the article here.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you know my last week was spent in Vegas covering WWDMAGIC. Such a life-changing experience. I'm still trying to comprehend all the wonderful things that happened there, and you'll see a few posts going up in the next few weeks detailing them!