Zero Inspiration.


Sometimes I have zero inspiration. Literally none. I don’t write my posts ahead of time and I don’t use an editorial calendar, so all these uh – gems of posts come from my happy-go-lucky, brownie loving, style obsessed mind right before you read them. So there are days where I just don’t feel inspired. Hmm, do I want to write about those really adorable cat emojis on Facebook Messenger? Would any one be genuinely interested in my current obsession with laying in bed with my sweatpants on and no bra and reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?” What about my love for smoked gouda cheese? Is anyone interested in that? My plans for world domination and to marry  (simultaneously, of course) are unlikely to garner anything but skeeved out online glares.

On LACB, I really look to celebrate life through fashion, adventures and the little things. But sometimes, life isn’t particularly exciting. Sometimes you just have to grind through it. When I’m lacking inspiration, instead of sitting in my bed and crying with a large jar of nutella and wondering, “Why me?”. I try to take a somewhat less pathetic approach and just step away completely from the computer and the online world. I like to write (with an actual pen and paper – unheard of today, I know) and I also like to hike and binge watch the Food Network. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just take a break.

My absolute  favorite ways to get re-inspired though? Spend time outdoors. Attend local events. Do something different. Hang out with friends and stay away from social media. Try a new recipe for those delicious double chocolate chip cheesecake brownies. Travel. Read a book. Read the newspaper. Read anything really (except those lame pamphlets that people always put under the windshield wipers of your car).

The key is to stop looking for it. It will find you again when you least expect it.

3 Things That Are Making Life Easier.


With balancing a full-time marketing and social media job, volunteering for a non-profit, going on auditions and blogging, there’s a lot of juggling (not real juggling because that would just be embarrassing), reading of LifeHack articles in the quest for ultimate efficiency, and running around that happens. That being said, here are 3 things that are making my life easier right now.

1. Sabra’s Supremely Spicy Hummus. This is like crack. Not that I would know what crack is really like. But the actor in me is good at imagining, so I think the comparison works. This has been my favorite snack for the past week and I’ve been obsessed with it! Served with pita chips and a few slices of salami, this hummus has my mouth watering even as I type. It’s legitimately difficult not to just start drooling over the keyboard as I think about it. Maybe I shouldn’t keep that last sentence in this post so I don’t sound like such a food-obsessed crazy person. Eh, deleting it would be too much effort. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

2. Crossroads Trading Co.’s Sell By Mail option. I did spring cleaning with Crossroads a few months ago, but another pile of things that need to be donated and sold is living at the bottom of my teensy closet. I’ve been meaning to take them all in to Crossroads, but don’t have the energy or willpower to a) carry everything on my commute and get dirty looks from everyone who is trying to cram into the train during rush hour and b) experience the buyer’s remorse of pieces that I bought and loved originally but realized didn’t fit or looked bizarre on me. All you have to do for this awesome new option is request a free (yes, I just wrote free) pre-paid shipping bag via the Crossroads website and they’ll send it to you within 4-6 business days. They pay 35% cash or 50% trade credit of what they would price each item for and what makes it even better is that they can donate what they don’t buy or return it for an additional fee. I ordered my bag today and I’m excited to fill it up with goodies/see my closet floor again!

3. Exercising first thing in the morning. I started doing it recently and I already feel ten times more energized. Most days I leave the apartment at 8am and don’t get back home until around 10pm, so getting exercise in is really difficult. Coming from a dance background and overall just living a pretty active lifestyle, sitting behind a desk all day is definitely taking it’s toll. Therefore, although morning runs make me want to weep a little (or a lot if we’re really being honest), I feel better knowing that I’m getting the day started off on the right foot and getting some much-needed exercise. If you’re hesitant to do morning workouts like I was (or still sort of am actually), try it for a few days and gage how it makes you feel. I lay my workout clothes out before I go to bed so I can sleepily stumble into them once my alarm goes off. It makes actually getting out the door for my workout so much easier and also simultaneously makes me feel guilty if I don’t change into them. Win-win!

What have you been doing lately that’s making your life easier? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

Twitter | Instagram | Blog Lovin’ | Pinterest | FaceBook

OOTD: Rompers & Adventures.

Cardigan – Wet Seal (similar here)// Romper – Crossroads Trading Co. // Necklace and Bracelet – chloe and isabel // Shoes – Buffalo Exchange (similar here) // Wallet – Burlington Coat Factory (similar here)

I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that I spent so much time chasing tomorrow that I never really enjoyed today. That includes all the not-so perfect parts of my life. Like my crazy cowlick, my unnatural love for cheese even though I’m slightly lactose intolerant, and a long and so incredibly luxurious hour and a half commute scrunched up between a big sweaty man and a teenager blasting their music so loudly through their headphones that I can hear every single lyric loud and clear.

My life is a beautiful mess full of weird tan lines, bad dance moves and piled up laundry. And you know what? I love it. It’s not always ideal, but it’s mine. Each day is an opportunity for something new or different. Sometimes the fire alarm goes off because I burn the eggs. Sometimes my clothes look like a dozen cats rolled around on them and left their fur everywhere. Sometimes I accidentally hit snooze on my alarm five too many times. It’s ridiculous. I’m ridiculous. And well, I’m having a ton of fun figuring this crazy thing called life out. This adventure gets better and better every day. Wherever you are today, I’m hoping you’re enjoying your adventure too.

OOTD-Melanie-Sutrathada-10 OOTD-Melanie-Sutrathada-11 OOTD-Melanie-Sutrathada-12OOTD-Melanie-Sutrathada-6

Are you following me on Twitter yet? I’d love to hear from you!