New Room Vibes with Displate

I’ve been drifting around for the past couple months; honestly I’ve been drifting around since I moved to Los Angeles. I haven’t lived in a specific spot for longer than 5 months, all in quite vastly different areas, Hollywood, the valley, Culver City, and now Echo Park.

I haven’t really had a place to call home but recently I moved in with some friends, and my nomadic lifestyle has halted for a bit. I’ve been blessed to travel around so much but having a consistent place to wake up in the morning is lovely.

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I am excited to decorate my room so it matches my vibe. I love minimalism, plants, mirrors & art. My room will soon be so full of these little happy things. I just need to cultivate a space that brings me joy in the mornings & at night. Though I never plan to stop traveling, I still want a lovely space to call home.

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I recently was contacted by a brand called Displate. They have the coolest designs for metal posters, helping make my room more ‘me’. Displate works with artists to design each piece, which is so huge to me, as an artist myself, I love brands who support individual artists trying to make a mark in the world.

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I chose two designs, both involve vintage flowers. I’ll have them linked at the bottom of the post for anyone interested. They have designs for literally everyone, of every interest. They can make any space feel a little more personalized, and they come with a sticky magnet to help hang them. (which is such a plus for me because I hate having to find the proper materials to be able to hang something)

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Anyways, I’m so happy with the designs & am really excited to decorate the rest of my room. I moved in literally 3 days ago, so I feel this is subtle progress.

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Green florals can be found here

Black Roses can be found here

Use my code ‘LACEY20’ for 20% off your order at Displate

photos by Lily

A Week’s Worth of Adventures

Long time no post! Life has been stressful lately & I’ve just been trying to stay ahead but I have been having so much fun lately going on random adventures.

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Last week was so eventful I couldn’t not write about it. I went to Venice beach, Joshua Tree & Disneyland so of course I had to share a small diary.

My close friend Lily & I still go on many coffee runs. Sometimes we go close to home aka Echo Park & other times we go on adventures across the pond when a new shop opens up. This was one of those times. A coffee shop I’ve been going to forever, before I even moved here, opened up in Venice beach. A few years back I would often come out to LA for modeling work & stay with my family in Upland. The most punk rock coffee shop ever, Rad Coffee, is about a 5 minute walk from where I would stay, so I would always stop in.

When we heard they opened up a Venice location we had to check it out! We got one of their blended coffee drinks topped with cinnamon crunch cereal (if it still counts as coffee, honestly it’s a milkshake with some coffee but ya know)

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After coffee we hung out at the beach to watch the sunset! I feel it’s so rare to actually see the sunset at the beach, though I try to make it happen often it’s quite a drive when you live so far east.

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Shortly after I was headed out to Joshua Tree. My boyfriend & I like to go out to visit some friends. It’s like a desert oasis & a home away from home. Always such a good time. Our friend owns the Pioneertown motel, right by the famous Pappy & Harriet’s, so we always adventure around & stop in for a drink.

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After a few days in the desert, we set out for Disneyland. We woke up at 7am to walk over to the park, and didn’t leave until around midnight but it was such a fun adventure! I had never been on a date there previously & it was just so much fun! I think we walked about 20 miles but were able to hit just about every ride we wanted to! I had ice cream the size of my face which we all know makes me happier than most things.

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Last week helped remind me that despite everything I might be going through, I have amazing friends & an amazing boyfriend to adventure around with. Experiences are worth more than gold, and always will. It’s the little things 🙂

-Lacey

The BEST Vegan Snack

Recently I found my way back to the vegan/plant based lifestyle. I decided to completely cut meat out of my diet, and cut out eating dairy & eggs (with a few situational exceptions like traveling or ice cream that I just NEED to have). I’ve been feeling much healthier, happier and my recovery from my car accident has been a whole lot smoother.

This time around, I wanted to make sure I became plant based sustainably & for life. I have stumbled upon some goodies that definitely make this easy for me. A while ago, my close friend & I were walking to our favorite coffee shop in Echo Park, and stumbled upon a little bodega fully stocked with amazing vegan snacks. We came across Unisoy vegan jerky & decided to give it a try. I had tried vegan jerky in the past & quite honestly was not a huge fan. They were always so salty, had a strange texture & were overall not healthy for you in the slightest. When I’m snacking I tend to reach for a healthier option that leaves me feeling light & satisfied simultaneously.

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Unisoy was a total game changer for me. They currently have three flavors Teriyaki (my personal favorite), cracked black pepper & mild spicy. My friend & I demolished that whole bag in one serving. The texture is perfectly chewy & flakey. And it tastes absolutely amazing! I am honestly a huge fan of some good meat replacements. They appeal to my omnivore boyfriend & I often find myself becoming protective of my little vegan jerky. Unisoy has become a staple my snack arsenal & I always keep it stocked in my pantry.

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Also upon looking at the nutrition label, the sodium content is very low in comparison to other vegan jerkys. They have a very low amount of fat & are high protein which is great if you’re seeking good macros for a little snack. They’re TVP (textured vegetable protein) based which gives them that lovely meat-like texture.

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Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore, I promise you will love Unisoy vegan jerky. If you’re looking to try it, you can shop online or find them in health food stores. I want to hear your feedback to see if you all are as obsessed as I am! Please leave comments, email or DM me on instagram.

-Lacey

 

 

Flower Fields

Spring is, kind of, here in LA. I mean the weather seems to change every single day. We’ve had blazing hot days, days when the wind carries you away, chilly thick-knit sweater mornings & everything in between. But at least flowers do not seem to care. My social media feeds were filled with beautiful blooms & I know I needed to start off spring with a little adventure.

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A few days ago, Cole & I decided to road trip down to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. But first we had to stop for some coffee at one of my favorites, Eightfold. I mean, it is a road trip (and daily) essential for me. Coffee sets my intentions for the day. To put it in short, I feel like I have my shit together with a cup of coffee in my hand. Since I was little, my mom always taught me to appreciate the beautiful little things in day to day life. The world is so much brighter when you focus on the smallest things that bring you joy. Anyways…

After caffeine, we drove down to South Ponto Beach, a chill little spot in Carlsbad. I laid in the sun & Cole played guitar while we watched the waves roll into the shore. The ocean is another little thing that brings my heart so much joy. The waves are soothing to my little soul. My happy place is definitely by the ocean with the sun on my skin. There is something magical in the way sand follows you home days after you go to the beach, just a little reminder of a day well spent. Same goes for tan lines; and let me tell you I woke up with really strange ones!

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After some beach time, we set out for the flowers. I have been flower obsessed since I was a child. I remember going with my parents & grandparents to the Getty Museum flower garden & I made it my own personal mission to smell every single flower. I came home happy as a bee, but my nose could not handle all the pollen for about a week. I still think it was far worth it! Though I know better than to smell every flower, the flower obsession has never left. The Flower Fields were a dream world!

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I’ve never seen so many flowers in one place! Truly something magical.

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My attempt at photography (hey it’s been a minute) 😉

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Also to top everything off, fresh strawberry stands were everywhere! I was so stoked! They tasted like straight candy! If you know me, you know I am quite a little fruit bat. We demolished our strawberries in about five minutes!

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Overall, such a lovely day & one I will remember! I want to be rich in experiences & memories, to me they are the most valuable thing one can possess. Thank you for reading & following along with some of my favorite memories this year. I can’t wait to see all the places I’ll go & memories I’ll have. Many thanks to Cole for sharing this one with me & for being the talented human that he is!

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all photos of me by: @coleplay

my instagram: @laceynwalker

the Flower Fields

Lacey’s Day Off: Joshua Tree

A few weeks back I (very impulsively) decided to book an airbnb I’ve been eyeing for a while now. And this week, packed up my car & my best friend Levi for the short drive out to Joshua Tree. I haven’t traveled to anywhere new for quite some time & I vowed that this year would be the year I travel to 25 places. Hopefully I’ll get there. One down and twenty-four to go!

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Being in the desert was so calming. I could quite literally only hear the sound of the wind. I have been trying to meditate & just sit in silence at least once a day. I find I am always going so fast, jumping from one thing to the next, I don’t give myself time to process my thoughts & emotions. This has helped me so much. With such a lovely view, it was so easy. I ran outside barefoot & sat in the sun. One of my favorite moments from this trip among many.

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Right when we got in, Levi & I were starving so I decided to challenge my chef abilities (with lots of help from Trader Joe’s…). I shot high & made roasted tomato soup with truffle grilled cheese on sourdough for Levi & avocado toast topped with a little truffle cheese for myself. So freaking good! Definitely try Trader Joe’s truffle cheese, it wasn’t too expensive & if you love truffles like we do, you MUST try!

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After food, we made gin & tonic with lime. My drink of choice! And headed out to watch the sunset out on the back porch. I find myself missing the desert so much, at times, and this experience truly fed my soul. Sometimes when you live in the city, you feel so out of touch with where you came from.

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The next morning, we made coffee & sat out in the morning sun. Feeling the sun on my skin is so calming & healing.

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Here’s to many more trips this year & feeling the sun on my skin a little more. Many thanks to Levi for sharing this experience with me. Though we stayed for only a night, I have so many lovely memories to carry with me.

-Lacey

All photos of me by @mybrainisweird

My instagram: @laceynwalker

 

Alexandre Souêtre

Though I take most of my own photos for my instagram, the model side of me still really enjoys collaborating with photographers. A few weeks back I had the pleasure of collaborating with Alexandre Souêtre; his simplicity & minimalism is insanely beautiful in his photos. I want to share some of my favorites from our shoot with you, along with some relevant quotes I have found recently. I keep a journal to write down quotes I come across that speak to me & inspire me. Words are so powerful & I enjoy keeping a physical book I can just read whenever I feel lost. Anyways…

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“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile & personality. What you believe in & all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”

-Helena Bonham Carter

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“My goal in life is to be one of those people who are just light. You see them & you suddenly feel so warm inside & all you want to do is hug them. And they look at you & smile with the warmest light in their eyes…and you love them. Maybe not in a romantic way but you just want to be close to them & you hope some of their light transfers onto you.”

-Unknown

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“I hope you are blessed with a heart like a wildflower. Strong enough to rise again after being trampled upon, tough enough to weather the worst of summer storms & able to grow & flourish even in the most broken places.”

-Unknown

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“Flowers are reincarnation. They come out of earth, of our ashes. Nothing else looks so soul-like.”

-Francesca Lia Block

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“I look to her in the simplest, smallest moments, when she reads or drinks coffee, or brushes her teeth & I am breathless, knowing it doesn’t take a million dollar telescope to witness the crushing beauty of the universe.”

-Beau Taplin

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“I think we like to complicate things when it’s really quite simple: find what it is that makes you happy & who it is that makes you happy & you’re set. Promise.”

-Unknown

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“Learn to appreciate the beauty you don’t understand.”

-Vazaki Nada

Thank you for reading & hopefully you feel a little more inspired & a little lighter, closer to the sky today.

-Lacey

 

Valentine’s Day

Now I’m definitely one of those “love the people in your life every day instead of one day that’s centered around consumerism” kind of gals, but it has always been a fun excuse to tell someone you like them; take your love out for coffee; embrace your cooking/baking skills while you attempt to make everything heart-shaped & taste good simultaneously; go to the beach with a huge blanket & watch the colors dance across the sky; you get the flow, I’ve always been one for experiences over material things. I show love through acts of kindness. (That is one of the love languages right?)

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This past Valentine’s Day was the first one I had as a single lady since I was about 18. Not that I am a serial dater or anything. I’ve just had two long term relationships. I’ve loved a lot & learned more about myself in the process. I am happy where I am now. I feel inspired & strong. For those of you wondering, Levi & I are still very good friends. We actually spent the day together this year, just as best friends; such a simple & lovely day as well. I really don’t know how I feel about romantic relationships at the moment, I am much more focused on keeping close friendships with the kind souls I am lucky to know.

Anyways, I wanted to share some advice & show you my day.

First off, enjoy the little things. For me it’s warm drinks in the morning, yesterday it was a lavender matcha with heart shaped latte art. When you focus on the littlest things that bring you joy, life is much more beautiful. Flowers off the sidewalk, a puppy walking by you on the street, the comfort of a warm knit sweater, your favorite fruit, the color of the sky…

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Love yourself & know yourself before you give yourself to anyone. Know your strengths & own them. Be unapologetically yourself. But also know your weaknesses, accept them for what they are & continually seek the betterment of yourself. Bloom as a person. Remember before you are anyone else’s, you are your own.

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Treat yourself. I have always been one to buy myself flowers & eat out at places alone. I don’t see it as being strange. I see it as treating myself to the love I want to receive; also self reflection comes so much more easily when I am alone with my thoughts. That’s something I want to work more towards this year. I love so fully when I am with someone that I tend to lose sight of what I really want out of life in general. That’s something I need to work on.

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I hope you enjoyed my lil scattered thoughts & a look into my day yesterday.

-Lacey