explore la : nice coffee

Y’all know how much I love my coffee. In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening with dessert. Popping into cafés when I travel, meeting girlfriends for a latte date, reading with a cup of joe. At this point, it’s not about the caffeine but instead about the warmth with which it feels my heart, like […]

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how to define your personal style

As an actress, I’m so often advised to specify my “type”, to brand myself, to come up with a three word description of who I am in order to sell myself. I get the intention behind that. I get the point of figuring out the impression you leave on people, the niche of programming into which your […]

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east coast meets west coast : spring style

 It’s been a minute since my last East Coast Meets West Coast style feature (winter always seems to drag on forever, doesn’t it?), but today I am so relieved to be back with Nikki’s and my respective spring styles – all the way from New York to LA. Samantha, Los Angeles We joke about LA not having […]

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spring wardrobe refresh with thred UP

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ll have noticed that though fashion is a big part of my life, I’m not always buying new clothes, and much of what I wear is secondhand (see here, here, here, and here). I’ve talked at length as to where and why I shop for gently […]

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happy friday and a giveaway {closed}!

If you caught this post on Monday, you’ll remember I mentioned a fun giveaway with JORD Wood Watches. Watch the video above and head to my Instagram to enter (P.S. You’ll get something just for entering!). Good luck, and HAPPY FRIDAY! 🙂 Camera work by Tony Castillo. Editing, script, and voiceover by me. This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. […]

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antelope valley poppy reserve

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the best part about living in Southern California is that we are always a quick drive away from innumerable weekend destinations and landscapes. Whether it’s the beach, the mountains, the desert, or wine country, there’s no shortage of beauty around these parts. This past weekend, to celebrate the start of spring, […]

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remember time this spring

Human nature is a funny thing. We can freely give advice…but so often fail to take it. We both love unconditionally and irrationally have an aversion to others. Sometimes, we even willingly do those things that scare us. And though time is the one constant in our lives of which we may never be granted […]

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embracing my inner child

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit all over the place lately. Excited about opportunity one moment…completely overwhelmed and defeated the next. For as much as I try to live in the present, I’m a worry-wart at heart: an endless planner, a list checker, a goal seeker. In the midst of all of that, I […]

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building community and creating art

There are a lot of cool things about this internet age…a lot of unfortunate things to be sure, but a lot of really inspiring content and connection nonetheless. It’s so easy to snap photos, hit publish, stream video to thousands of people in the blink of an eye; all it takes is a half decent camera […]

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shop small : los angeles

As you probably gathered in this post, I have a soft spot for small business owners. As someone building a personal brand (both in my acting career and in this space), I can really appreciate the hard work that goes into growing something from the ground up. I can appreciate the bravery it takes to pursue […]

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