There are moments in life where everything seems right in the world. Somehow the stars have aligned and you have managed to find yourself in a place where you couldn’t have imagined yourself before because where you are is so amazing even your most vivid dreams could never have brought it to mind.
This is exactly how I felt this last Saturday sitting under the California sun, with the rays warming my already tanned skin and energizing me more and more as every minute passed. I was surrounded by old friends and new as we sat by the pool at a Downtown LA high-rise that my good friend now calls home. We were lulled into happiness by the drinks in our hands, the house music flowing from the DJ booth, and an atmosphere that you could only find in LA.
I can’t say it any better than this – I was happy. Exhibit A:
The other really great thing about being in LA was that I knew I would have the opportunity to try a few new things when it came to swimwear. I rocked my fatkini again one day, but I wanted to try something new with a swimdress as well. I know, I know. Sometimes swimdresses can seem so boring and matronly, but here’s what I’ve learned. It’s all about print and styling.
For this trip to LA, I chose a zebra print halter swimdress from Shape FX that I found on eBay, which is not only super trendy, but also has some amazing control and support when it comes to the midsection.
After considering the suit and the print, I turned to styling techniques. I added accessories that were simple, but gave an LA vibe, including my go-to heart chain necklace, some statement sunnies, and one of my new obsessions, an all black fedora. When the sun became blocked by the surrounding buildings and I got a little chilly, I threw on a Bohme neon yellow sweater (similar here) that I tied at the waist.
And if I wasn’t already feeling great, can you imagine my elation when I come out of my happiness coma and realize that there is a celebrity in our midst? Bad thing is, though, I couldn’t place him! I knew he was an actor, I knew I had seen him in something, I just couldn’t get my mind to land on it. Finally, my curiosity got the best of me and I just went over and said, “I know you’re an actor, but I just can’t remember what I’ve seen you in!”
Thankfully, he was a very good sport about it, joked a little bit, then said, “Have you seen the SAW movies?” And that’s when it hit me, this was Lyriq Bent! He played Rigg in SAW II, III, and IV! I’m a huge horror buff, and I can’t believe I didn’t put two and two together before. Needless to say, Lyriq is a great guy, an amazing actor, and this encounter was pretty much one of the highlights of my weekend in LA!
Lyriq, if by some chance you ever read this, thank you for the kind words! It really was great to meet you!
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