Jw why no one warned me that being an adult feels like you’re trapped in that moment when the power suddenly goes out in a place you’ve never been before; and you’re just wandering around with your arms outstretched, in the dark, trying not to bump into anything while you figure out where you’re going😑😂
So glad to have @buggieslife with me for this next adventure! He always knows how to make me smile☺️ I’m a still little freaked out by how much stuff I need to do before moving, though. It’s really exciting to go somewhere new (still haven’t decided where, of course😂🤦♀️), but I’m so worried that I’m going to forget to do something major before I leave😩 Sometimes, it’s hard not to focus on how much we have to do, instead of actually doing it.
#Behindthescenes of a super fun project today💁♀️💁♀️ I cant wait to share this one with you guys! I’ve been so fortunate to have such a long #modeling career—did you know I started working as a #model seventeen years ago? When I first stared in this industry, a career this long was almost unheard of! The trick is being able to adapt: I went from doing fashion shows in #Milan, to doing commercials and #swimwear, and then switched to glamour modeling before becoming a social media #influencer! It’s been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! And, once in awhile, the jobs are super cool and random like this one, and still manage to surprise me!✨🤫🤫🤫 You’ll see the results of today’s shoot soon, and I hope you guys’ll love it!☺️😍
Last night at the #AdriftMovie premiere in Los Angeles. It’s always fun to get dressed up like this once in awhile, but I mean it when I say it takes a village! @zackteperman with #ztpr always hooks me up with the dopest stuff, @hairbynune always keeps my hair #redcarpet ready, and @matthewpaulmuzic is the only #MUA I call for events, ever! @californiacosmeticsoc always keeps my face looking fresh, and @naimies keeps my skin clear and healthy with their amazing range of #vegan #skincare! When I need a real tweak, I call my fave @dr.stevensvehlak, too😜 There’s so much that goes into taking care of yourself and getting ready that it sometimes feels like a full-time job! But, even if I weren’t a #model, I’d still go through all the crazy maintenance just because I think looking your best is really important for your #confidence. If you’re looking for help in any department, though, these guys are my fave! Never let anyone make you feel guilty about wanting to look and feel your best💕 @ Los Angeles, California
Here’s a longer shot of this dress! I really enjoy being a bit more covered up...I still remember when I was in high school and my mom told me that I was going to regret dressing frumpy when I “didn’t have this body anymore, someday.” Welllll, joke’s on her because I’ve figured out how to #eat healthily, so I still have that body😂 (anyone who was raised in the South knows the shock of learning that all food is not #deepfried and smothered in butter!)
I popped over to Glendale to see my favorite @hairbynune💕💕 I swear, you guys, it doesn’t matter where I go next in this world—I will be flying to LA to get my hair done! I didn’t ever think I’d be one of *those* people, but I’ve been coming to her for two full years and my hair is a completely different animal than when we first met. Seriously, I couldn’t be happier! And if you have blonde hair, you know the struggle just to keep it and not end up with extensions! I’m so thankful for her☺️☺️ @hairbynune
I really meant what I said before—I’m in a super cool position where I can throw my stuff in storage for a couple of months and literally go anywhere for the summer. Right now, I’m thinking #newyork would be fun because I’d like to get a bit more culture in my life—I’ve really missed being able to go to the theater and listen to my favorite music (Broadway show tunes...shhh), here in LA. I also really enjoyed road-tripping Europe, even though this time I’d have to be a little more stable because I need to take my USMLE before August. Has anyone tried taking a dog back-and-forth from the EU? Pointers would be appreciated as I #revolvearoundtheworld 😋😋 outfit @revolve by @houseofharlow1960
Kid in a #candy store🍭 I just found out I’m moving...and I’ve got the whole #world to choose from! I love the idea of hanging out somewhere new for a few months! Where would you go, if you could spend two months anywhere?😍🌎 I just want to go everywhere! #traveladdict #revolvearoundtheworld @revolve @loversfriendsla
There’s nothing better than having a puppy🐶 I seriously feel so lucky everyday that I get to share this little one’s life with him. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having, dealing with people—he’s always in a good mood and just wants to be hugged💕 I will literally almost always choose staying home with my dog over going out😂🙈 But, he’s travel-sized, so when I do go places, he usually comes with😋😋 #crazydoglady 👙 by @tularosalabel for @revolve #revolvearoundtheworld
#Perspective is the key to #happiness🌺 It doesn’t matter what happens to you—all that matters is how you react to it. Even though we can’t #control the rest of the world, we’re completely in charge of how we handle ourselves. It’s okay to take a few moments for yourself before #reacting to things, too—you never want to act rashly, and then #regret the things you said or did out of #anger, #hurt, or #fear✨ Choose your words carefully, because they do impact others—sticks and stones may break bones, but words can scar more deeply💕 dress @michaelcostello x @revolve #revolvearoundtheworld
Life sometimes comes at us in the most unexpected ways. I spent the eight-hour flight home from Europe talking to the man next to me, and realized that there’s something so freeing about engaging in #conversation with someone you’ll never meet again, someone who doesn’t even know your name: you can say anything, and it disappears with you when you leave.
You have to be willing to stand up for yourself and fight for what you believe in. No matter who you are, people will try to stand in your way, or treat you a certain way because they can’t accept who they are. They’re so blinded by comparing themselves to you, and trying to compete with you, that they can’t see their own amazing gifts and talents. Don’t ever let those people stop you, or bully you, or make you feel like you’re wrong for expecting them to treat you with kindness, consideration, and respect. Don’t ever let anyone intimidate you, and don’t ever be afraid to make waves when you need to be heard. Remember—the way that people treat you is a reflection of the way they feel about themselves. No one who is normal, happy, healthy, and proud of him- or herself is going to go out of his or her way to make your life miserable or more complicated—they’re going to stand up and fight with you💙 Outfit from @revolve #revolvearoundtheworld 🌺 Top and knit bikini by @tularosalabel, jeans by @grlfrnd_denim
One of the hardest things about #growingup is learning when to pick your battles. I never really understood what that meant as a kid, because I always felt like I had to be right. I always felt like I had to defend myself and prove that the other person was wrong about me, but now, I’ve learned to just walk away.
One of the hardest things about #growingup is learning when to pick your battles. I never really understood what that meant as a kid, because I always felt like I had to be right. I always felt like I had to defend myself and prove that the other person was wrong about me, but now, I’ve learned to just walk away. .
In case you missed my #InstaStory, I’m back Stateside! I had an incredible time in #Europe, seeing friends in between my solo tour! I spent the last few days doing a road trip in #France and #Switzerland all by myself! It was so much fun, but it wasn’t without a bit of #misadventure! My first rental car committed suicide while I was traveling through the Swiss countryside—at midnight!! AGH😳 Good thing I had international data on my phone, though, because I just booked a nearby hotel and waited for the tow truck to come get it! I always encourage people to take a solo trip at least once in their lifetime, but definitely make sure you’re prepared in case of an #emergency like this one! Someone did stop to help me, but I didn’t unlock my doors or roll down my window! It’s never a good idea, no matter how innocent someone seems. Even though the situation was a little sticky, I think it’s a really funny story, now!😂🙈 I’ll definitely do a #roadtrip by myself again, but I won’t be driving alone after midnight anymore—even in the #USA! Happy to be be home, and happy to have had the experiences I did.💛
I know I’ve said this a million times before, but I absolutely love the #beach. #NikkiBeach in #Cannes has such a great vibe and I love being just inches from the sea! It’s a beautiful day here in #France, and I’m so happy to be able to spend today with kind people💛 Also, for anyone who is wondering—this trip was paid for with my #crypto earnings! Everyone I know in LA is so tired of hearing me talk about crypto, but I swear that if you know how to read charts and can do your own research, it can be a great investment. It allows me to work from anywhere, and that’s a real blessing for someone like me who can’t survive in office life! If you’re looking to learn, I recommend a #daytrading book that I used called “How to Beat the Market Makers at Their Own Game,” by Fausto Pugliese. He taught me how to tape-read and understand #stockcharts, and it’s changed my life for the better. I’ve even sent a copy to my little brother and a ton of my friends! #notanad! Lol I just genuinely love the product and think it’s a simple way to become familiar with the skills you need to do #stocks!
Tea and cuddles with @miss8maria💁♀️ We met last summer in yoga class and were lucky enough to get to meet up in #Cannes this week! One of the best things about having #friends from all over the world is that, when you #travel, you find that you always seem to know someone! Last night’s tea and coffee at #hotelmartinez was a great way to catch up! Their patio has the cutest atmosphere💕 pic by @ms.vera1
The #RomanForum was awe-inspiring. In the #USA, our buildings barely last ~50 years. The weirdest part about that, to me, is that the Romans created domes and *new* structures from nothing. Their creations were almost all innovations! Even now, we’re building upon a lot of their ideas, and I really don’t understand how we’ve managed to architecturally evolve backwards, while some of civilization’s oldest structures are still here! Buildings like the #Colosseum and the #Patheon have survived fires and #earthquakes—and I can’t even find an apartment in LA where someone didn’t screw the cabinets in on a slant😂🤦♀️ We’ve been fortunate enough to have some amazing minds in our lifetime (*#StephenHawking, #ElonMusk, and #SteveJobs), but, as a whole, we’re not challenging ourselves to reach further than our ancestors did. But, WHY? We’ve been spared the challenge of forced innovation for survival, yet we’ve opted to take the cheap/easy way out. We’ve seen certain materials withstand the tests of time and the elements, yet we’re still creating #buildings that collapse from minor earthquakes. There’s a #quote I read once that said, “If no one thought differently, then nothing new would ever be accomplished.” Well, you DO think differently, so don’t be afraid of that power. PLEASE, don’t let your talents and creativity be stifled by the limitations of others. Each one of us was blessed with a mind unlike everyone else’s, and we have to be strong enough to push through the inevitable social pressures and judgements that come with that—even when they’re coming from those who are close to us. You’re the only one who lives inside your head, so you’re the only one who actually knows what you’re capable of accomplishing. YOU are the only thing that can truly stand in your way—everyone and everything else needs YOUR permission to do so. Every adversity in your life can be sidestepped with the right amount of #determination, and you’ve got no one to blame but yourself if you give up. #Challenges are obstacles, not road blocks, and I believe in you all, and the unique gifts that you’ve been given. I hope you do, too💕
The #RomanForum was so awe-inspiring. In the #USA, our buildings barely last more than ~50 years. The weirdest part about that, to me, is that the Romans created domes and *new* structures from nothing. Their creations were all innovations, and they’re still standing! Even now, we’re just building upon a lot of their ideas, and I really don’t understand how we’ve managed to architecturally evolve backwards while some of civilization’s oldest structures are still here! Buildings like the #Colosseum and the #Patheon have survived fires and #earthquakes—and I can’t even find an apartment in LA where someone didn’t screw the cabinets in on a slant😂🤦♀️ We are fortunate enough to have some amazing minds in our lifetime (*#StephenHawking, #ElonMusk, and #SteveJobs), but, as a whole, we’re not challenging ourselves to reach further than our ancestors did. What I want to know is WHY. We’ve been spared the challenge of forced innovation when it comes to architectural stability, yet we’ve opted to take the cheap/easy way out. We’ve seen ancient materials withstand the tests of time and the elements, yet we still create buildings that collapse from minor earthquakes. There’s a #quote I read once that said, “If no one thought differently, then nothing new would ever be accomplished.” Well, you CAN think differently, so don’t be afraid to do so. PLEASE don’t be afraid to be judged, and please don’t let your talents and creativity be stifled by the limitations of others. Each one of us was blessed with a mind that’s unlike all of the others, and we have to be strong enough to push through the inevitable social pressures and judgements—even when they come from those who are close to us. You’re the only one who lives inside your head, so you’re the only one who actually knows what you’re capable of accomplishing. YOU are the only thing that can truly stand in your way—everyone and everything else needs YOUR permission to do so. Every single adversity in your life can be sidestepped with the right amount of #determination, and you’ve got no one to blame but yourself if you give up. #Challenges are #obstacles, not road blocks, and I believe in you all...and the unique gifts that you’ve been given. I hope you do, too💕
I’m having so much fun rediscovering #Italy! But, I still haven’t booked a flight home! Where should I go next? I’m not ready to go back yet! It’s so nice to just be #free, to not wake up in the same place everyday, surrounded by the same people (even though I love them!). I’m happier without plans, right now, than I have been since I started studying for my #USMLE again! (And, don’t worry— @buggieslife is in great hands, so he doesn’t need me quite yet, either!) I met up with a friend here, so I’m not alone for the next couple of days, but it’s likely that I will be for the next part of my #adventure. It’s kind of cool not knowing where I’ll go next, but I’m running out of time to choose! Help😂😂 My top choices are: #England, #Iceland, #Czechia, and #Scotland—unless you guys have a better idea!💕
You know, I never thought I’d come back to #Italy again, after living here for six months in my teens. The first time I came, I couldn’t really explain why—it was like something was pulling me, and I just knew that I HAD to move here as soon as possible. I remember begging my mom to let me do a study abroad program in college, but she told me that there was no way she was going to pay for me to “party in #Europe for a year.” I couldn’t pay for the trip myself back then (college life, lol), but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was supposed to be in Italy. Instead of taking no for an answer, I reached out to a bunch of different #modeling agencies and found one that offered me a three month contract in #Milan—including flights, apartment, and “pocket money.” I was going to move to Italy for free! I still remember how mad everyone was when I left, and how unsupportive most of my friends were, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to be there. If I hadn’t followed my instincts back then, who knows where I’d be now. That one roadblock from my mom was a major defining moment in my life—that was the moment where I threw away every conventional aspect of my Southern upbringing and became an international #model. If she hadn’t told me no, I would have never seen so much of the #world, I would have never considered returning to modeling after high school, and I would never have really found myself, or have become the person I am today. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we all have these feelings that we belong somewhere, or that we just *need* to be doing something in particular, and sometimes we can’t explain them; but, if you follow your instincts over everyone else’s opinions, you’ll end up with a life more amazing than you ever thought possible. Don’t let anyone else’s doubts define your future, because only you know what’s best for you. In all honesty, we’re all just winging it❤️
I’m back in #Italy for the first time in twelve years! Did you know I used to live here?! I spent six months in #Milan as a fashion #model when I was a teenager (way before these boobs, obvs), but my agency never let us travel unless we had jobs out of town. I didn’t see too much of the country, unless you count that time I drank a bit too much and ended up on the night train to #Munich😂🤦♀️ I woke up at passport control in Austria and just kind of went with it🤷♀️ I had nowhere to live when I got to #Germany and didn’t really know anybody there, but I decided to go anyways, since I was already halfway there and super bored of Milan. I found a modeling agency in Munich the day after arriving and spent a beautiful summer in Sendlinger Tor, so everything worked out, lol🤷♀️ I loved Munich so much more than Milan, and I’m happy that I did what I did, even if it was pretty risky. That adventure is still one of my favorite #memories, too. Spontaneity is just part of who I am, which you can probably tell by the fact that I bought a one-way flight to #Europe and showed up in Spain last week with no real plans😂 I guess I’ve always been a little wild😜 But I’d rather be free than ever feel trapped🌹
Sometimes, things don’t work out like we planned, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’re going to roll with the punches, or just roll over and die. #Today was nothing like I anticipated, but I had an awesome, completely random #adventure that I would’ve never had if I’d been lying around bemoaning the fact that my plans here fell through. I got a local’s tour of #Santorini on the back of a #motorcycle, climbed some cliffs over the Aegean Sea, and saw a monument I didn’t even know existed; and, it was the perfect end to my stay in #Greece! Tonight, I’m off to #Italy—can you guess which city? First one to guess right + tag two friends gets a free signed pic as soon as I’m back stateside! *Hint: it’s somewhere I’ve never been, but have always wanted to go! And, just an FYI for all of you would-be solo travelers—visiting countries alone is hands-down the most amazing way to see a new place. You’re 100% on your own schedule and you have the freedom to do anything you want while you’re there! If you’ve never tried it before (even if you’re a #solofemaletraveler), I really recommend it. I do it all the time, and I wouldn’t change the experiences I’ve had for all the couples/group trips in the #world! I hope you all take the time, at least once in your life, to step outside your comfort zone and find your independence. We don’t need anyone, or anything, but ourselves and our wits to survive.
Taking time to smell the #roses🌹 It’s been so nice to relax here in #Greece! I feel like I’m always on the go in LA, so it’s been amazing to really just relax on this trip, for the first time in ages. I’m so #thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to travel and see the world; without experiences like these, I don’t know who I’d be. But, I know that I wouldn’t be as open-minded, #happy, or #grateful for the life I’ve chosen. I hope that you all get the chance to see a place that’s not your home, and can appreciate it. Let me know your favorite place you’ve ever been in the #comments below and I’ll #commentback :)
We’re having such a nice time here in #Greece! I love a good girls’ trip, because it’s such a nice break from the hectic life I lead in #LA. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the trip goes, and to see where else we end up on our adventure! Buying a #onewayticket to #Europe or #Asia is phenomenal, because you can easily country-hop; all it takes is few hours and a hundred bucks! Check out my #instastory to see what kind of fun things we get into in #Santorini today! And message me to lmk where you think we should head next💕💕
I’m getting so #tan here in #Greece! The only thing is—I’m really anti-tanning😂 I’ve been wearing a #vegan, #crueltyfree sunscreen (SPF50!) all day, but I still got so dark under the Aegean sun! A lot of my friends think I’m crazy for wearing so much #sunscreen, but I’d rather my skin look good for the next thirty years than for the next thirteen days! Plus, it doesn’t really keep you from getting a tan—it just minimizes #sundamage, prevents #cancers like basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, and keeps your #skin from turning into something that resembles cooked leather! So, next time you’re considering reaching for the tanning oil, think about your health. Your skin is your largest organ; it’s not decoration—so start treating it that way!🌱 P.S.—my favorite vegan sunblock right now is by #kissmyface, because it’s also paraben-free🌞
I’m getting so #tan here in #Greece! The only thing is—I’m really anti-tanning😂 I’ve been wearing a #vegan, #crueltyfree sunscreen (SPF50!) all day, but I still got so dark under the Aegean sun! A lot of my friends think I’m crazy for wearing so much #sunscreen, but I’d rather my skin look good for the next thirty years than for the next thirteen days! Plus, it doesn’t really keep you from getting a tan—it just minimizes #sundamage, prevents #cancers like basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, and keeps your #skin from turning into something that resembles cooked leather! So, next time you’re considering reaching for the tanning oil, think about your health. Your skin is your largest organ; it’s not decoration—so start treating it that way!🌱 P.S.—my favorite vegan sunblock right now is by #kissmyface, because it’s also paraben next-free🌞
Summer is almost here! And it’s my favorite time of year🙃 I grew up at the beach, so I’d always spend my summers out on the boat, #jetskiing, or having bonfires with friends by the shores of the #Chesapeake Bay. I haven’t been back there in ages, but I still love those memories of #Virginia summers. I don’t spend as much time on the water as I did back then, but the ocean horizon is still my favorite view in the whole world🌎 What’s yours?🙃
Took my baby @buggieslife to the #dogpark today🤗 It was so nice to see him playing with all of the other #puppies, and it was a great way for us to spend the day together before I leave for #Europe😭😭😭 I’m going to miss him so much!! The hardest part of traveling is being away from my #dog! But, I’m going to be giving him a zillion hugs tonight while I pack, and spend all day tomorrow with him, too. And then miss him everyday for the next three weeks😭😭💔
I know I look relaxed here, but I’ve actually been running around like a madman trying to get everything together before my trip! @buggieslife and I came to #TheGrove to meet with my manager, get some coffee, and check out #BarnesAndNoble! (We went straight for the #nonfiction section, obvs, because I don’t actually know how to relax anymore😂)