Samantha Mariko x Büddy Starr

My photo shoot with Büddy Starr is by far one of my favorites I’ve done so far. His style of photography and thy way he directed the shoot really brought the energy level up to create a variety of  poses and expressions. One minute I was doing the sultry look, the next I was jumping … Continue Reading

Elegant street chic on Melrose

LA always reminds me of my university days, back when I had the privilege of attending UCLA. Coincidentally, Chase, my photographer for this shoot, is also a UCLA alumni from the Anderson School of Business. Background story about these photos: my brother and I decided to wait in line for the Daft Punk exhibition at … Continue Reading

In the backstreets of LA

I’m back from my slight blogging hiatus, and I’m ready to get back into the game. In my last post, I mentioned that I was visiting my hometown in California, and also traveling to New York and Texas, all in just 12 days. To be completely honest, it was not enough time at all to … Continue Reading

The Line Hotel pt. 2

Lounging around in my room at the Line Hotel a few weeks ago, in all adidas. I picked up these Originals By Rita Ora kimono print leggings at Urban Outfitters, intrigued by the traditional Japanese design. When I’m in my comfort zone, expect me in something simple and comfortable. Hence the T-shirt & leggings look. I already … Continue Reading

The Line Hotel pt. 1

I’m still in the process of sorting out all the photos I took during my LA trip, so they’ll be coming up over the next couple of days. One of my favorite destinations was the Line Hotel in K-town. My girl friend introduced me to this cute little hotel, and I wanted to check out … Continue Reading

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is the epitome of a Californian oceanside paradise. You got your cloudless clear blue skies, vast ocean, palm trees swaying in the wind, colorful graffiti walls (and palm trunks!), the quirky souvenir shops along the Boardwalk, cafes and clothing boutiques on Abbot Kinney… and the list goes on. My friend Tina introduced me … Continue Reading

Hello Melrose

 Walking through Melrose brings back memories of my UCLA days. Just one more week in California and I feel like it’s going to fly by. 久しぶりにメルローズの道を歩くと、UCLA通ってた頃が懐かしくなる。カリフォルニア滞在残り一週間。時間はあっという間に過ぎそう。1日1日を大切に過ごしたいな。 jacket: Comptoir des Cotonniers; top: Bershka; jeans: Moussy; sandals: Steve Madden; clutch: Dezso

OUTFIT | downtown streets of LA

My two-week vacation in California is slowly, yet quickly coming to a close. After going to eggslut with my brother the other day, we found some cool graffiti walls and fences in the industrial district of downtown LA and he was cool enough to snap these photos for me. I was very pleased with his … Continue Reading

OUTFIT | Knit Dress + Vans

I always love a simple outfit, especially when it only consists of two items + accessories. I picked up this knit dress from Madewell last week. The day I took these near Sawtelle, it was warm enough to wear it by itself, but I’ve worn it with black skinnies on colder days (I’d rather not … Continue Reading

The Line Hotel, LA

While my friend Amy was in SoCal with me, she decided to spend a night at the trendy Line Hotel in LA. It was such a chic little hotel! The lounge & bar area was spacious and clean, and as you can sort of tell, we loved the sofas. It’s a little lonely without Amy … Continue Reading