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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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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real life girl boss : maddie mcguire

*Disclosure: YouTube automatically plays video at a low resolution. Click your Settings button on the lower right corner of the video and change to 1080p HD for the best viewing quality. I’m so excited to be back with my next installment of Real Life Girl Boss – this time on camera! – with Maddie McGuire, a filmmaker in […]

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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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hollywood sign : a video

Sometimes you can live in a city for four years and still not see some of its most famous landmarks. I don’t think there’s anyone on this planet who isn’t familiar with the Hollywood sign, and whenever I see it in the distance (on the off chance the smog has cleared), it’s always a bit surreal. […]

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new filmmakers los angeles

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the New Filmmakers Los Angeles festival – a monthly event sponsored in part by SAG-AFTRA (the actors’ union) that screens independent films. This was my first time attending an actual film festival, so I didn’t know what to expect. At the invite of my friend Maddie McGuire, […]

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explore la : westridge-canyonback wilderness

The past month all I have quite literally wanted to do is go on a hike. But with the onslaught of rain we got in the first few weeks of the year, it just wasn’t happening. So last weekend I told myself we were going on a hike if it was the last thing we did, […]

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explore la : main street

Main Street in Santa Monica holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because it’s one of the first spots we explored when we moved to LA (four years ago…WHAT). Or maybe it’s because it’s filled with so many cute shops and restaurants that are FAR AWAY from the hoards of tourists and shoppers at […]

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explore la : abbot kinney

Though it’s been raining consistently as of late (and I’ve been a big baby about it), the first day of the year was too nice not to be outside. 70 degrees and sunny – exactly why people move to Los Angeles (and a few other reasons, perhaps). So, after a quiet night spent in on New Year’s Eve, […]

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real life girl boss : nathalie holmes

Today I’m so excited to kick off a new series on this blog – Real Life Girl Boss. In this series, I’ll be interviewing, you guessed it, Real Life Girl Bosses. What is a Girl Boss, and what makes her real? Sophia Amoruso is the designer famous for coining the term in her book #Girlboss, where […]

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