Wednesday, January 30, 2013

That Special Feeling

I am in love with these pictures I shot of Natalie running like a wild one in St. James Park in London, right next to the Royal Palace. It was the most perfect day during our entire London trip. Perfectly warm and sunny. The parks full of people enjoying what felt like a mild summer afternoon. We all looked so small in this park, but I think our hearts all felt really big in this moment. People should run and jump more often in parks. It's good for the mind, body and soul.

The Healthy Hair Files

I'm not much of a hair expert at all. Or a beauty expert, if you really want to get down to it. I brush my hair only once or twice a week tops. Why am I even doing a post on healthy hair?? haha. Well, ever since I ombred my hair, I've been working hard to reverse the damage it has caused my ends. Never, ever again will my hair see an ounce of bleach. If I'm gonna go light, I'm gonna do it the good old natural way and just bum out at beach once summer gets here.

A lot of you have asked me how I maintain my hair and how I have managed to grow it so long in such a short period of time. I cut my hair above my shoulder s a little over a year ago (at least I got that out of my system), haven't cut it since, and already it hits right at my chest. I don't know what my secret is really. I just let nature run its course. And I guess my course is to have long hair. I am hoping that by summer, I'll have my original lengthy locks back. The messier and the more hippie-like the better. I want to be wearing a lot of bell bottoms this summer and I want to look legit. So, for said goal to be accomplished, I have been taking extra steps on top of my basic shampoo and conditioning routine to upkeep my ends and to stimulate my roots (which is me basically massaging my head as I shampoo and conditioner). 

Each night, while my hair is still damp, I rub in REDKEN's Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment into my ends and let them air dry before going to bed. It's light and basic, so I don't feel like I have a lot of product in my hair while I sleep. The protein complex in this product works to keep my ends from breaking even more and giving them more shine.

For a little extra nourishment and attention in the morning, I use my spray bottle full of room temperature water and dampen my ends. Then I gently rub in Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine Hair Polish to add more moisture and shine. I like to rub it in messily to give my hair that bedhead look. Then I spray in Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and rough up my hair even more all over. A touch of Arrojo's reFINISH Dry Shampoo at my roots makes sure I keep my volume during the day. If I ever feel like my hair is looking limp during the day at work, I'll just give it another rough and tumble with my hands, or flip my hair over a few times, to get it back in shape. 

Once a week, I use Dove's Anti-Frizz Serum to really zap out that dryness that so much affect my ends. After I shower, I'll apply a small amount, rub it in and let my hair air dry so that it fully absorbs. The oils act as a super deep moisturizing treatment for your hair which is exactly what I need since my last dye job pretty much stripped all the natural oils from my ends.

And, well, that really is just about it when it comes to keeping my hair looking and feeling healthy. No more whacky dye jobs for this head anymore! I've learned my lesson and am gonna embrace my true brown from now on :) BRUNETTES ROCK ON!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Penny Lane-ish

vintage coat, Free People tunic, vintage jeans, Volcom hat, Urban Outfitters backpack, Natalie + Dylana Suarez x Modern Vice Jett boots

A look that came together super last second. Tunic under long-sleeves under cardigan under leopard printed coat. And because the wind is quite an animal, tights are an under denim necessary object. I have become a layering freak this winter, and it has been very beneficial to my physical well being. My old brown grandpa cardigan is my lifesaver. And my red lips bring all da boys to the yard. All da boys to the yard. Well, not really, but I like to pretend so. I feel like Jimi Hendrix meets Penny Lane meets Indian gypsy lady. It's a rad feeling.

Can we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us

- Can't Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Am recently obsessed with this music duo and their new album Heist. I HAVE to see them live soon this year! Their song Thrift Song . . . pure genius.

Monday, January 28, 2013

That Coat

The Miu Miu coat that Hanneli wore on her blog has everything I crave for when it comes to the coat of my dreams. Vibrant. Kitschy. Streamlined. Unusual. 70's bohemia. A little bit masculine. It's all these things and I need to find one similar sooooooooon.

New Hope

A few weekends ago my friends Brigette, Naomi, Steph, Kelsi and I trekked outside of Philadelphia to the little hippie town of New Hope. Just to change things up a bit and take breather from the sometimes monotonous city life we have grown so accustomed to. Besides, I think we are all really little hippies at heart. Bring on the magical fairy stores, some tie-dye sweats, and crystal rocks please. Oh yeah, and specialty hot sauce from the dude with the beard and long hair. Yeauuuhhh. We had to make a pit stop off the road to say hello to our new curly haired friends and frolic in the grass like a bunch of munchkins. It was a little rainy and it felt nice to just be outside and feel all that openness on my skin. And see greeeeen. Oh, man . . . how I miss that green. If you ever get the chance to visit New Hope, please do! It's adorable and quaint and super quirky! And make sure to look in Night Bird Vintage! It has one of the best selections of Penny Lane coats and 70s-style maxi dresses I have ever seen! Gold mine.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Funky Sailor

Vintage blouse and skirt, Banana Republic coat, Gap beanie, Natalie + Dylana Suarez x Modern Vice red Jett Boots and cognac Jett Messenger Bag!

Always finding a reason to diddly daddly around my neighborhood in some red boots and my funky little sailor hat. I am obsessed with the red Jett boots my sister and I designed in collaboration with Modern Vice, but was always a little precarious about wearing them out too often because they are VERY RED. And VERY DARING. But really, once you take them out for a stroll, you want to just keep doing it again. And again. And again. It's like a drug. But one that is actually good for you. Let's you explore your wilder side. Kick around in some red babes. You'll never go back too all that boring and plain ever again. 

And here it is again:  THE JETT MESSENGER BAG!! Gorgeous, no????

I don't even know how I long I have had this skirt for. $2 vintage yard sale finds are THE BEST.

This weekend has gone by so fast! Can't believe it's already Sunday. I passed out early Friday night (the work week can do that to a girl), but I was rejuvenated for a Saturday full of vintage warehouse browsing, wine and stout drinking, and shuffle board. But man, it was COLD. But hey, at the end of the day I made out like a bandit with some amazing spring dresses. Hopefully spring really will be just around the corner, because this weather is cray.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Floral Dreams Run Through Her Head

A little shoot I did with my friend Melissa. I saw this floral crown that my friend made for me in my room and was inspired to bring a little bit of Hawaii into my backyard. Crazy how easy it is to create magic with just a little imagination. Thank you Melly for lending me your pretty face :) You can see more of my work on my new portfolio site here:

Hopefully you guys will be seeing more work added soon :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I need to wear this vintage dress that I wore to NYFW last season again very soon. Even though it's so summery, I have faith that its deeply rich tones will work in the winter, as well. I'll try layering it under a sweater and coat and see where that takes me. My tummy is currently filled with yummy ramen noodles. AND . . . tomorrow is Friday. Let's celebrate.

The Background Story

I always get a lot of emails and questions about how I came to work in the fashion industry and how/why I started my blog. It's all sort of a long story, and I never really thought it interesting enough to share. But I was reflecting a lot about how far I have come from where I was before and I just started writing. I've had this post saved for quite some time, and I think that now might be the perfect time to finally let ya'll get to know me a little better. So here you go. My little background story.

Color Me Nana actually started under said name way back in my junior year of college (fall of 2007) when I was still a direction-less little Bio major at UCLA. I was studying chemical reactions, growing mold in petri dishes, and figuring out the velocity of footballs being thrown at (insert # of degrees here) angles. My life was faaaaaaaaaaar from going in any sort of fashion-forward track. I mean I always LOVED fashion and gravitated towards it the whole way through. I just never expected it to actually be a career for me. More of just a hobby. I mean hey, I liked to get dressed up for Bio class. So what?? I spent an ape-shit amount of nights studying under that disgusting desk lamp in my dorm room filling my head with numbers, theories, and formulas that I didn't really care about as much as I should. It was just work, work, work for me. Too much effort and not enough love to actually be worth it. Underneath the serious, go-getting, soon-to-be (hopefully) medical school student that I was for two years was a serious, go-getting creative type just looking for a way out. Sorry Mom and Dad, but there isn't going to be a third doctor in the family.

I felt like a failure (just for a day) when I got back my horrible physics score (I HATED HATED that class), I called my parents and told him that I couldn't do this anymore. Yes, there were definitely tears in my eyes. Yes, I definitely felt a little defeated. And yes, I felt totally extremely small and lost. But I also felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. This whole wanting-to-be-a-doctor-sort-of-thaaaang just wasn't for me. It sounded great on paper. But in real life, my heart and my head just wasn't in it for the long run. I wanted to excel at something I was actually GREAT at and PASSIONATE about. I wanted to finally feel at ease and confident. I switched my major to American Literature and Culture the next day and it all went uphill from there.

It made sense I would study English, growing up as an avid reader and writer of short stories. My entire high school career was intricately laid out in a diary spanning a series of maybe 20 different composition books (all still back at home in Cali, and all hopefully still safely hidden from my mother). I consumed books with a hunger that even I was shocked to realize looking back on the situation. Analyzing stories came naturally to me and I was for once INTERESTED. I finally felt in my zone. But still I had no idea what that would mean for my future, especially with my mom telling me that being an English major basically meant that I would be unemployed for the rest of my adult life (she doesn't think so anymore, of course!). But after putting myself through over 2 years of a creatively stifled college experience, it felt very worth it to me to follow my heart and dreams, and just let that take me where it should. I hated having everything planned out for me step by step. The idea of going by a book kind of freaked me out. I was never good with making plans. The offbeat path seemed like the right one for me.

Magazines and were my haven and editorials filled my mind with dreams and stories (most likely the reason I couldn't concentrate on studying for organic chemistry class). Fashion has always been such a wonderful, enjoyable thing for me, ever since my mom made me my first pair of plaid pants to wear to school. I couldn't help falling into this direction-less direction. I still wasn't sure what I wanted to be in life, but not really knowing felt right to me. And so Color Me Nana blossomed. And it was my escape. I started my blog on a whim. The idea just hit me one day, and I wanted and needed a place to keep my thoughts and sartorial interests all in one place. Color Me Nana back in 2007 was far different from what it is today. My blog always had a strong sense of passion behind it, but I feel like my blog today is a lot more of just straight up ME, which a much stronger focus on photography and personal creative direction (two things I really love). I started interning at Teen Magazine and was freelance writing for online fashion publications. I went on to work in the girls' marketing team at Volcom as the social media manager (a job that truly stimulated my interest in marketing and social media).

Then I made the big ass move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two weeks after hearing about and accepting a web stylist position at the Free People home office. I always dreamed of making it to the east coast eventually, specifically NYC, but Philly will do for now. For me, Philly was the start of something brand new and super grand. My independence, drive, and lust for life grew so much over the past year, it's unbelievable. I've taken in so many new experiences, met so many new people, and seen so many new places. I have to say I am very lucky.

I styled for 4 months before making a change within the company to the e-commerce team as Free People's copywriter. It felt like the right move for me to explore and utilize my writing abilities, and get to work with even more departments within the company. It's my job to make the clothes we sell at Free People sound pretty, floaty, wearable and on brand. I describe the detail of each and every product that goes up online, including our massive vintage collections, and sometimes I work on homepage and email copy. I work with outside vendors to make sure I am giving our customer the correct information about what they are purchasing. I'm always running around to the web studio looking for samples. There are so many aspects of my job that I don't even think a lot of people at my work now about, and at times it can be very stressful. But thank goodness I am a very organized and hardworking person. Someone's got to do the job right.

Ever since moving to Philly, I've been diving more into photography, and who know where I plan to be in the future?? I love the game of it all. And I always trust my heart. There are still so many things I want to do in this industry, and I ain't gonna stop. I feel super lucky that even in this economy, I am able to have a full-time job at a company I love and have been inspired by for years, while also being able to run my blog and pursue my other passions outside of my daily 9-6 desk job. I couldn't ask to have it any better really.

There have been so many ups and downs the past 4 years, and I've learned that you just have to take it all by the reins, with your head up and your heart wide, wide open. Nothing comes easy, and that is the fun of it all. That's why life is interesting. You never know what's around the corner. And reaching a goal feels so much more grand when you get on the other side after going over hurdle after hurdle. So with that said, here's to more excitement to come in the future!

Yikes, what a cheesy post! But I hope it lets you guys get to know me a little better. And I hope it inspires you all to go after what your dreams. And to never say never (as sung by Justin Bieber . . . love that song by the way).

And here is to Marilyn Monroe, for reminding me every single day that:

**All flower pictures taken by yours truly!