Finding Friends on Instagram: #Dreamygirlgang

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I am a huge dork and I pretty much always have been. Maybe thats the reason why I’ve always had a hard time making girlfriend. People assume that I’m cool and then I open my mouth, awkwardness ensues and its over lol. I seem to have the same experience over and over again living and working in LA amongst digital influencers and industry people… which honestly tends to leave me feeling like I don’t quite fit (probably because I don’t). But this is why I love the internet! It is a place where dorky awkward girls like me, who really just want to have fun, go to Disneyland and eat cotton candy, can meet other people with a similar outlook on life. This becomes more frequent if you target the right audience with the help of programs like Kenji!

Thats exactly what happened last Wednesday. I took my Instagram relationship with Izzy (@Izzy_Jacqueline ) to the next level and started texting. We’d been having all of these near misses IRL at various events, so I thought… Hey, we obviously like the same stuff, lets hang out on purpose. She then informed me that her and some other girls from Insta were all meeting at Disneyland and invited me to join!

I was a little apprehensive. I mean people are weird… I’m weird… drop all that weirdness off in the middle Disneyland and who knows what could happen. To balance out my dorkiness, I invited my friend (and Studio Mucci photographer) Lauren to come along. Lauren and I also needed to meet up to work on a project so it all kind of came together perfectly.

Despite my initial anxiety, we all seemed to get on immediately. Everyone was just so sweet!

(I posted this to snapchat moments after Lauren and I joined the group)

And then we took like a million photos which was pretty fun! My husband is a great sport and will tolerate my incessant photo taking, but these girls were just like me… all about getting the shot!

House of Mouse Ears
We all had our ShopHouseofMouse ears (Made by Jess)
We obviously had to get ice cream! Duh!
We obviously had to get ice cream! Duh!

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Meet the girls and find out about their super cute outfits below!
Meet the girls and find out about their super cute outfits below!

We had so much fun! I totally felt like I was hanging out with girls I’ve known for years! And on the car ride home I found out that every single one of these adorable, fun, interesting women that I’d been having a ball with all day were loyal Studio Mucci customers (which made me a little emotional)! Needless to say, we’ve already made plans to do more fun things together. Follow along with our adventures on Instagram under #DREAMYGIRLGANG (cute name right?) We took some great instagram pictures and my friend decided to buy real Instagram likes so her pictures got noticed a little more.

Groupie!
Groupie!

The moral of the story here is… YES! It is a good idea to make friends on the internet. I mean I kind of knew this already (I met my husband online over 10 years ago). I have honestly made so many amazing friends online from all over the world and if geography wasn’t a factor my girl gang would be even bigger!

Heres a little more about these cool chicks and their cute outfits!

Izzy:

Meet Izzy Jacqueline! She’s the cute blonde in the middle serving palm leaf realness ;)! I learned (via her adorable accent) that she is Chicago native who just recently moved to the west coast. You can find her blog at www.izzyjacqueline.com and follow her on Instagram @izzy_jacqueline. Shop her outfit below!

All about Izzy
Thats Izzy in the middle, scroll to meet these other dolls 🙂

Jess:

Meet Jessica Gochman! She is the designer of all of the adorable ears we all wore! (They are my favorite for fun photo shoots!) She is also a fellow Wildfox enthusiast :). You can find her ears at www.shophouseofmouse.etsy.com and check her out on Instagram @shophouseofmouse. Shop her outfit below!

How cute is Jess!
How cute is Jess!

Karen:

This is Karen Pagtama Hickman and she is just the sweetest! When she’s not busy being a TV producer on some of your favorite reality shows, she makes the cutest pins and accessories! Find out more about her at www.littlesweetthing.com and on Instagram @littlesweetkaren. Her cute dress is from Unique Vintage, shop the rest of her look below 🙂

Karen Pagtama Hickman
She is a total ray of sunshine!

Jenna:

Jenna Fields is an true LA girl who loves retro clothes, tons of color and has a passion for sweets! Find out more about her colorful life @circusofcakes on Instagram and shop her look below!

Jenna Fields
As sweet as a cupcake!

Tisha:

Meet Tisha, who I am pretty sure is actually Minnie Mouse in real life! Find out more about her world filled with cute retro dresses and Disneyland excursions on Instagram @teamsparkle and shop her look below!

Team Sparkle
Team Sparkle

Lauren:

If you read this blog or follow me on social media, then you already know this little sunflower, but I’ll introduce you again! Lauren Comes is part of the Studio Mucci and Disney family which makes her twice as magical in my opinion. See what she’s been up to on Instagram @sunflowerdiaries and shop her outfit below! Just make sure you visit Rank & Style and get a good strapless bra to wear with this outfit as Lauren didn’t have one and said she really could have done with one!

Lauren Comes
Flower Child!

Lauren also documented our adventures on her new vlog! check it out and be sure to subscribe!

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What I Wore: Pastel Palm Frond

The minute that I saw this adorable skirt set, I knew that I had to have it because the mixing and matching possibilities would be endless.  I went clothes shopping for an event this week and took the bottom half (this cute little palm frond pencil skirt) for a spin!

Amina Mucciolo - Mint Green Skirt

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Amina Mucciolo - Mint Green Palm Frond

I was somehow able to exercise restraint and not go into Kate Spade

Amina Mucciolo - mint green palm leaf

But all bets were off at DVF

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Sephora Seflie!

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Had to rock this flower wall real quick!

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And then I grabbed a sweet healthy treat (Pressed Juicery Green Juice Freeze with coconut and pink Himalayan salt) before heading back to The Tasselfactory 🙂

Outfit Details: Top: Lululemon | Skirt: Forever 21| Bag: ModCloth | Scarf: ModCloth | Sandal: ModCloth | Sunnies: ModCloth | Phone Case: Skinnydip London

Cafe Gratitude

I’d heard so many wonderful things about Cafe Gratitude, So when a new location opened near Studio Mucci HQ  in DTLA, I knew that I had to stop by.

As described on their websites “about “ section:

“Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic plant-based restaurants specializing in gourmet cuisines. We strive to create a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability for both our community and the planet.”

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Upon entering, we were greeted with such warmth and enthusiasm, I just knew we were in for a great experience. The second thing that I noticed was the lighting and decor, very clean modern and welcoming, the perfect environment for a selfie!


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IMG_4198I was lunching with Carlos, Lauren and my friend Marcy. All 3 of them are non vegan/vegetarian but were totally into the experience.

We all ordered the “Elevated” drink (After we saw how awesome Marcy’s looked) which was a pretty sparkling rose water beverage, colored by a splash of beet juice.

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We started with one of their pizzas, as the sweet soft-spoken bubbly server recommended, and it was so good that Marcy decided to have it as her main.

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I ordered the “Extraordinary”  (All of their menu items are named this way)  which is basically a coconut bacon BLT wrap.  And the names of each dish were spoken to us as affirmations  when the food was brought out.  “You are extraordinary!” It was pretty cool and not at all as awkward as you’d expect something like this to be.

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While we were dining our server came back and offered a question of the day to our table “What gives you hope?” for us to discuss (“or not, no pressure”) as we ate. I am really all about the good vibes, especially in the middle of a stressful busy work week. But I am also somewhat cynical, and in the wrong hands these hippy-dippy shenanigans would be a turn off and the butt of many, many jokes. But everyone at Cafe Gratitude seemed so genuine and happy to be there that I was totally open to whatever they offered…  It was actually very refreshing!

I enjoyed my food and the overall experience. To be honest, I was  so busy chatting it up with the group that I didn’t eat that much of my wrap, but what I did have was pretty tasty. Both Lauren and Carlos were also happy with what they ordered.

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I will totally be back to try other things on the menu, and soak up some more positive vibes.

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Photography by Lauren Comes