Hi guys and gals! My name is Hailey Katz and I am a 22 year old, recent graduate of UCLA and true Los Angeles native! Before you ask, I will admit that I did try to live elsewhere for a year, but I found my way right back to the City of Angels before a second winter struck. Shoveling snow and tripping over piles of fallen leaves — or really any tangible way of experiencing more than one warm, sunny season was not for me. So naturally, I decided I was a Cali girl, and I have been not checking the weather and embracing it ever since. For that reason, and a few more (which I’ll get into shortly), I think I will make an informed and valuable, virtual tour guide of this great city I call home.
If you’ve made it this far and I haven’t lost you yet, you have most likely noticed my tag line, signed, “your not so basic bitch.” At risk of being perceived as a hypocrite, I am going to attempt to speak briefly both to its validity and its relevance to my blog. PLUS, if you are going to trust any of my recommendations, you certainly need to know who you’ll be dealing with.
While I might enjoy an occasional Starbucks latte, I pride myself on not being consumed with having the finest brand name items or attributing any of my personal self worth or external perception to material things. I know I am joined by many others who share these traits and to me, they are a crucial pillar of my character. Considering I will be reviewing and recommending a wide range of establishments, including various high end eateries and shops, I wanted to express in some way that just because I may rave about a delectable caviar cone from Jose Andres’s Bazaar, does not mean that I am above a greasy McDouble with extra pickles. On a regular basis, I fall somewhere very much in the middle — and the same principle applies to my clothing and accessories.
The last thing I think you should know about me, is that I am not a paid, size 0, Instagram model who is going to tell you that everything at every store “runs big” and looks “positively gorge” when you put it on. I’m a pretty average girl with pretty average curves. Shopping can be a really pleasant experience when the stars are aligned and everything fits just right, but a lot of the time, it can be dreadful and discouraging… That’s why I want to give anyone who wants to listen, an unbiased, comprehensive, real person recommendation of all the stores we know and some of those we haven’t discovered yet — from the fit of their jeans, to their general style, to their average price and even the overall vibe you get when you walk in. Above all, I want you to know what’s out there! But I also think you should know what to expect when you walk into a new store or be able to narrow down your list of must-hit shops when you’re on a mission for just a circle scarf.
Phew! I got it all out! That’s enough about me, but if you want to tell me more about you, you’re thoughts on my reviews or suggest any new places for me to add to the list, then head over to my contact page and send me an email, slide into my DMs or write me a letter!