Besides answering these Q’s, what are you up to at the moment!
I’m sitting in the UCLA Housing Media Team office and I was editing a video when I got this.
You have some amazing personal style! What do you think inspires you the most when it comes to getting dressed every day?
I’m suck at doing laundry every week and I have too many clothes for one person, so usually I just make an outfit out of whatever is left in my closet. I like to tell myself I don’t do laundry so I’ll be forced to have more diversity in what clothing items I wear, and it works because I can get creative with mixing and matching and create new outfits that I probably never would’ve had I had access to my favorite white pinstripes pants and black turtleneck.
What would you say are the top 5 items everyone should have in their closet?
oversized denim jacket
pants that AREN’T skinny jeans
pair of white shoes
a cropped coat/puffer/jacket
What’s a typical day in your life look like?
I hit snooze too many times before waking up. Do my 5 minute journal and read the Verse of the Day on my Bible app. Watch whatever Netflix show I’m on while I do my makeup. Run out the door because I’m always late. Make a smoothie or get one at one of the dining halls. Uber to class, do my thang, eat some food, go to work. At work, I’m on the social team so I’m usually covering some event at UCLA and just posting on Snapchat and Insta; it’s really fun n exciting. Go to a spin or barre class, meet up w some friends to do hwk, maybe end the night w some wiiine. Pretty usual stuff.
When do you find yourself most inspired?
When I’m surrounded by other creative people!! I work for UCLA Housing Media Team and everyone on it is creative in their own way, whether it be through photography, or graphic design, or just how they caption their insta stories. Also, when I’m in a meeting with UCLA’s Student Committee for the Arts where we plan events to promote the arts around campus. And I find myself thinking outside the box with these people a lot because we just build on each other’s strengths and ideas.
Who would you say is an icon in your eyes?
You’re based in Los Angeles! What do you think it is about LA that makes so many people flock to it?
Unfortunately, I think it’s partially for the instagrammable sights, but generally, LA is so diverse and tolerant. We’re so progressive in that sense and I think it’s especially a good place to be considering our current political climate.
How do you feel about the term, ‘Cool Girl’?
Generally, I think it’s kinda overrated because I feel like “cool” is synonymous with “trendy” which kinda reminds me of like Urban or Topshop and how their clothes are kinda unoriginal. I wish it was more associated with someone’s intuitive and natural interests.
What’s your fashion secret?
not really a secret but I go to one of those thrift stores that isn’t curated and they accept all donations so I have to go through like 100 items to find a good one and it’s amazing because it’ll cost like $7 at most. Like half of my closet, at least, is from a thrift store.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
When do you feel most you?
When I’m in the car with my dad and we’re listening to classic rock while driving through Long Beach. This scenario has been a constant in my life; whenever I’m headed somewhere, whenever something great happens, whenever my life has sucked, it’s always been accompanied by this.
You have some amazing fits, but also some impeccable makeup looks! What are your top 5 makeup/beauty products in your lineup?
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper (brow gel)
Describe your perfect day!
A weekend! I can sleep in and have time to make breakfast. If I see my extended family, I’m happy because there are like 30 of us and it’s always a riot when everyone’s there and I just feel so content around them. Or if I see as many friends as possible, I’m ecstatic because I’m cursed with crippling extrovertedness. I’d probably hit the town later in the night and see a show around LA, go to a party at a friend’s apartment. I love being at a show or party where everyone is on the same wave as me and I just feel like I’ve found my people. So basically, my perfect day consists of hanging out with people who ~get~ me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Growth manifests through discomfort; don’t be complacent.
Matte or Glossy? Glossyyyyy
Vintage or Runway? VINTAGE
Night In or Night Out? Night out for sure
Call or Text? Text
Day or Night? Day day day
Festival or Single Concert? Single concert
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Hot or Cold? Hot weather, cold beverages
Film or Digital? Digital
Black + White or Color? Color
Interview by Caitlin Rance
Photos provided by Audrey Ruiz