Yo. Happy Monday. Here’s today music share - a newly remixed club ballad from Francis and the Lights featuring Chance the Rapper. The music video showcases some pretty sweet dance moves on a simple set as the camera captures everything seamlessly. On top of that is the feel-good verses Chance offers up to his daughter. So cute!
Anyways, just ran across this video this morning. Thought I’d share it with you.
So I totally had a 5 Things post this week … you probably didn’t see it because I didn’t do my due diligence and share it on social. It’s ok. I really wasn’t into what I wrote. It was kind of blah so I took it down. Instead, I’ve decided to write that backlog that I’ve been promising. I just feel like there’s so much to catch up on. Two years is a long time.
I could do bullet points to make things easier. Or I can talk in a more broader scope - hitting the highlights. What’s the best route right now?
I guess we’ll try bullet points:
I’ve been in LA for 5 years now and that is KNOTS (<—- that’s how my dad says “nuts!”)
I still live with my two same roommates (TRESDUDESFORLIFE)
they both go to different churches now so things are different (schedules, friends groups, etc) but at least we still have Rockwell shows
which btw I’ve seen like a billion of them (UMPO Mean Girls, Clueless, Home Alone, Scream, Cruel Intentions, Hocus Pocus, Devil Wears Prada … Zombie Breakfast Club is this weekend!)
if you’re ever in LA, we’re so going
I still do photography full time but I’ve narrowed my focus - mostly fashion brands and magazines
I’ve been working exclusively with 4 modeling agencies for test shoots - this ups my game like 1000%
I worked as the interim art director at Nous Model Management last year and LOVED it - some of the best people I know!
I’ve come to find that I really like coaching the newbies when it comes to tests; a lot of them are new to the game are need to learn how to move in front of the camera and not look totally rigid
I’ve also had the chance to do some photography coaching as well - the opportunity presented itself and I really enjoyed helping them out (just like how others helped me)!
Coaching in both arenas made me realize that I actually know my stuff. And that helped boost my confidence bit. Which is super helpful since I need that for the next steps for my biz (showing my book around and landing clients)
Also it’s been really cool seeing my models in random music videos (like Tommy HERE and Ellie HERE) and seeing them in Nordstrom ad campaigns or in Cosmo
I still nanny like a boss but only every once in a while which is good - it doesn’t take over my life but I still get the chance to hang out with some of my favorite kiddos
did some traveling - Maui with the sis awhile back, home to Seattle for Thanksgiving, PDX with the roommate, Palm Springs with some friendos, and NYC with the sis for Christmas. All amazing trips.
I’d like to do more traveling but haven’t really had a chance - I no longer have a flight pass so I can’t just go off on adventures like I used to anymore and that makes me sad
I’ve just been working a lot - shooting and testing and designing and editing and building websites and writing up contracts and setting up Mailchimp and nannying and dogsitting and the list goes on … so busy!
work has been awesome (which is such a blessing since I hustled for so long) but the friend department has been blah
it’s just a tough season and the people that I was so used to leaning on aren’t really there anymore - which is fine (it just sucks)
but I’m trying to keep my chin up and press forward
other than that I’ve been mainly concentrating on doing good work, enjoying life, learning to cook/eat at home, reading more, (trying to) run more, and demolishing debt. The debt part is the biggest one - I just really want to get rid of all my student loans. Ugh.
But yeah. I’ve just simplified everything down to work, church, roommates, and the occasional nannying/dogsitting. And I’m ok with that.
I wish I had more exciting things to tell you, especially after having been gone for awhile. But the time away was kind of nice because it gave me a chance to look inward and be present with those around me. I guess you can call that self-preservation. But I think I’m ready to face the world again.
You guys, it took me awhile to find the right live version of “Alaska” to share with you but I found it. There were other live versions but most of those were stripped to just the guitar. The thing about this song and the way that she originally rolled it out to the world (aka Pharrell) was with this interesting percussion beats. And so I wanted to make sure to find a version that included that.
Hope all y’all are doing well. I’ve been truckin’ along here between work emails, setting up shoots, and writing up email blasts and Instagram posts … I’ve been semi-busy but not really. Anyways, I’m still working on that backlog post just to catch you up on everything but for now here are 5 Things that are going on in my world:
1 JUSTRENEWED: 13 REASONSWHY - So it’s officially been announced that Netflix’s most watched/talked about show has been renewed for a 13-episode second season. I personally liked the show and thought it was well done and thought-provoking and eye-opening. It definitely left me with a ton of thoughts and feelings … but I know that it’s also gotten a lot of backlash too.
I know that it can be a trigger for some. Or that it’s over the top and/or unrealistic. That in a way it seems like it glorifies suicide or frames it as a way of revenge on others. But that’s totally not the way I took it. I generally think my high school experience was good overall (not perfect) but still a lot of their perspectives are relatable. But also because of that whole pre-frontal lobe situation (yeah science!) that teens aren’t fully developed etc etc … we need to spot the red flags because they’re there etc etc … reach out to others when they’re down and/or learn to just stop being jerks to each other.
Anyways, I’m interested in how they’re going to go about a second season. I trust and hope they’ll do it justice.
Other random thoughts about 13 Reasons Why: the soundtrack is solid (that Lord Huron song is my jam), I appreciate the diversity that they have among the cast, I’m glad they didn’t shy away or censor things even though some things were still super graphic (I think that visceral reaction emphasizes the weightiness of it all), Kate Walsh is amazing (always been a fan of Addison Montgomery but she is just as amazing in this role too).
2 FASHIONCH-CH-CH-CHANGES - I’m not sure if you’re all up in the fashion news but Jenna Lyons left J.Crew. I think that’s insane! Mickey Drexel has been running things at J.Crew but Jenna Lyons was iconic to the J.Crew brand.
This is not too long after Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy.
I do have to say that I’m wary but hopeful for what Somsack Sikhounmuong is going to as the new creative director at J.Crew. I’m pretty sure he brought a lot to the table at Madewell (and we all know how much I love Madewell). Hopefully he’ll bring that back to its predecessor.
3 THESESNLVIDSKILL - You guys, the social media/art department people at SNL are killin’ lately with these BTS videos. I LOVE them. They have videos about their hair & makeup process, their creative process in doing their bumper photography, the set tear-down in between the cold open and the opening monologue, visual effects, and more.
It’s like the best.
Here’s the most recent promo video for Chris Pine’s episode and I love the way they cut this. How fun!! I wish I could make something like this.
4 WILLRUNFORBAGELS - So for the entire of May I get free bagels from Panera and normally I never take advantage of that, but this month I will!
But I’m going to play it smart (y’know, instead of just straight packing on the carbs), I plan on running to Panera at least 3-4x a week and then walking back. Conveniently there’s a Panera about two miles away so this works well. Even if I don’t eat it that day, I can still throw in the freezer for later and/or give it someone else to enjoy. Asiago bagels rule.
5 SPEAKINGOFFOOD, I’M BUCKLINGDOWN - At the beginning of the year I decided to make a few changes to the way I eat. Not dietary stuff … although I have made some smart substitutions (less chips, more carrots - stuff like that). But the big change is that I’m restricting my dining out to two scenarios:
if it’s celebratory (someone’s birthday, it’s a holiday, someone got a promotion, etc) - then I can go out to eat
if it has to do with travel (ie. I am traveling or someone from out of town is coming to LA) - then I can go out to eat
Otherwise - there’s no real need for me to blow money on food that I can probably make at home. And the funny thing is that I’m saving a TON of money this way and I’m not that bad of a cook! Also it makes going out to eat more of a treat. And that’s kind of cool.
Although I did go to In-N-Out twice in one week because that’s where traveling parties wanted to go. I kind of wish I splurged for something else better. But it’s all good. The company was great and I’m OK with that.
You guys, I’ve been a real Haim mood lately. Which isn’t normal at all but right now I’m totally digging it. When I worked at Nous we used their tracks for like half the model videos so I feel like I’ve heard their music a million times. But just hearing something new from them - it’s awesome.
Anyways, here’s the newest single from their upcoming album, Something To Tell You, scheduled to drop on July 7th. I just love the rawness of it. The vocals, the drumming, the f-bomb at the end. Haha.
They’re scheduled to appear on SNL this weekend. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great but I’m mostly pumped for more of Este’s awesome facial expressions. Anyways, they’ll most likely introduce a couple other new songs just like this one: Want You Back. This one is also great.