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When I think back on Tustin... "It feels small, now. It didn’t feel quaint when I was growing up. It’s considered part of Orange County, and for my pivotal developmental years — when The OC and Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County were on TV — there was this big moment for the area as a whole. Even though Tustin wasn’t coastal, I remember being in high school and totally identifying and feeling like part of that trend, especially in the early 2000s."
Growing up, I always wanted to wear... "What every girl was buying at the time. I wanted designer jeans and halter tops. But I was also interested in editorials and loved immersing myself in magazines. I would try something that I felt looked like high fashion, but it didn't draw attention in a positive way. After college, I started to wear more tailored pieces that you don’t see much of in Southern California — there's not a lot of structured blazers or classic East Coast prep wear. It wasn’t really until I came to New York that I totally evolved."
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Living in New York has been so pivotal for me because... "One, my age — coming here in my mid-20s and now moving into my late-20s. This is a defining time period. Then, add an extreme change in location and lifestyle — the fast pace, not having a car, living in a smaller apartment...almost every single facet of life."
I still cringe a little bit when I think about wearing... "My first year here, when I was doing a lot of the grungy hipster look. Looking back, that felt a little too much like costume clothing. I still love having some edge, in terms of adding in leather, studs, or wearing a lot of black. But now I have some balance."
My style philosophy is... "I approach dressing outside of my industry the same way I do auditioning: You go in for so many different projects that need you to be a different character in a different time period. Even if it’s [an audition] for a dance role and I’m wearing shorts and a sports bra, how I do my hair and makeup and choose my color scheme all need to help casting directors envision me as the character. I take a lot of that into consideration when I’m dressing outside of auditions or rehearsals, too. Where am I going? Who am I going to be with? Will we be taking pictures? I spend so much of my time in dance clothes that when I get to put on my real clothes, I get so excited and approach it the same way."
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On a typical day, you can likely catch me in... "Navy and white nautical stripes, via a T-shirt or long-sleeved sweater — I've got about seven or eight variations in my closet. Then, some sort of tailored jacket. Whether it’s an oversized moto jacket or a black blazer, this really ties together an outfit. And then, probably skinny jeans. Also, I love menswear flats — either a smoking slipper, loafer, or a brogue. That outfit feels very me."
How my past still influences my style... "There’s still so much California in me. As soon as the weather warms up here I go back to my default — I put on ripped cutoffs and am trying to get myself to the beach."