I've definitely reverted back to some of the same attire that I once wore in elementary school. We're talking overalls, tiny skirts, and oversized denim. I've also narrowed the reasoning for this down to being any of the following: a) it's hotter than ever and kids are irreverent about anything unless it's being comfortable, so I'm taking notes (are we not all in agreement global warming is real yet?), b) #babycore is officially a thing, c) I'm just trying to live out my traits as the child of the zodiac (aries that is- and yes i'm into that stuff), d) this is a response to I immediately get positioned as the one to "baby" in all social situations...even if I am the sassy one. Call me Baby Spice. Whatever the case may be, this look is the epitome of this. Now all I need is one of those "Daddy" or "Babygirl" shirts that have taken over. All kicks and giggles aside, I really love the nod to nostalgia in what people wear, even if that does mean every third human being is wearing a 90's esque get-up.
I snapped this look on Melrose, which in my opinion, is one of the most colorful, messy, and stylish in LA. With scuffed platforms, bed head, and the sleekest (and most obnoxious) stripes I think I may have made the cut as a local.
I just spent a whole week submerged in creative collaboration. Seriously. I went from a full day on set for a project TBA where an unbelievable amount of people came together to create the bigger picture, and then spent the next few days taking part in the ICON creator Summit where I got to meet and co-create with one of my new favorite people (and fellow digital content creators), James Welsh.
The experiences of this week were a huge reminder of just how important "collaboration" is in my industry. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the drive and the competitiveness, but let's be real...no success story was made alone. It's the friendships, networks, and word of mouth that make something move. Being around 20+ creators for 24 hours with the sole goal being to produce something mutually beneficial was a refreshing change. Can't wait to share the content we worked on.
In the spirit of all the collaboration that went down this week I'm rocking one of my favorite style meets art collaborations, my Shop Koshko X Esther Loves You two piece.
Ten shades of tan later the reality has finally hit me that we are mid-summer. It's easy to miss out on the excitement of the season when you aren't a part of a 9-5 or corporate setting and have already finished school. So for the sake of getting psyched about sunshine and personal freedom (like we all did back in elementary school), here are my favorite tunes to set the mood for the warmest weather and the raddest times.
With anything in life I know within the first encounter if it's going to be something I love or could do without. I live based on the premise of "TRUE ROMANCE" and in the words of Rihanna, "Baby if I don't feel it I ain't faking...no..no".
How? Simple. I ask myself does this rock my world? Yes? I make it a part of my life. No? Move on.
Some people think it's a soft or flighty approach but i'd like to think it's the most punk rock way to live. It's gut feeling based and crazy decisive and has helped me to figure out who are the gems to keep in my life as well as what material pieces deserve a spot in my often overfilled closet. I've met some of my favorite people just within the past few years and knew from the first day we met that it would be the real deal.
I'm in constant edit mode with a goal to keep only what I love, and eliminate the rest. And why not? Cheesy and idealistic as it sounds, I think we all deserve to live in true romance with everything and everyone around us. This Missy Skins get up gets this (and me) and I've proudly been rocking the True Romance jacket and skirt nearly six days straight. Hey, say it loud and wear it proud.
New video up (a little out of the norm of my vlogs and style stuff) dedicated to living a childhood dream: to have pink hair. Don't worry it's out in 3-5 washes and you can also grab some from SF based cool kids TINGE. Press play for a run through and visual proof.
I'm a Fashion District frequenter and get to meet and interact with quite a few wholesalers and brands in the area so it seemed only natural that I'd do a collab with one. This Tea & Cup (Why has no one thought of this before???) video lookbook featuring their latest pieces is the result of of just that.
For this collab I wanted to take things down a notch and share a more casual laidback side of myself. One that's out for tea, book shopping, and general supermarket shenanigans...sans much glitter, leather, statement, and hyper put togetherness. I call it laidback trashy chic. A look that screams "I threw on whatever was on the floor by my bed after a really great night out- and what?". Like a rock and roll understatement I wanted the looks I put together to beg for no attention. Confident in the calm and true to the West Coast spirit.
Being in your 20's there is some degree of expectation to refine your personality and appearance into something that resembles that of an "adult". I've definitely had my go at trying to please and appease and measure up to the maturity standard but have luckily settled back into fully owning all the facets that make up Morgan Lynzi, especially the ones that scream playground days. My loudest rebellions are my voice and the image I choose to present to the world, and whenever I get the chance to scream at the top of my lungs through my wardrobe, I do.
Case in point. This look:
It's playful from head to toe. A quality I admire intensely in anyone and anything. There is a Plato quote that sums up why I love it best: "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." Truth. The ability to not take things so seriously and to inject that into how you dress, create, and interact is a big round of applause in my book. Not to mention--the people I care about most all know how to partake in impromptu dance parties and karaoke marathons with wreckless abandon.
Taking a trip down memory lane, the last time I recall wearing a bucket hat I was definitely under the age of 10. Putting it on now instantly brings back the freedom of being that age. The feeling of going into my backyard with binoculars and pretending I was on an expedition with denim overalls and an oversized flouncy top.
In summary: This outfit is my inner 7-year-old's doing. I'm certain there is a photo somewhere of me wearing something uncannily similar. Unconcerned with second guessing whether a boy will find the ensemble attractive or if the other girls will think it's cute and let her in on the group. It's the uniform for the curious and carefree. A Girl At Play.
My lovely friend from Germany, Lisa Dam, is not only ridiculously cool but also incredibly creative. She started The J Pack as a hobby to spotlight artists of all disciplines and has already shot up to over a 11k insta followers (crazy).
She did a fun interview with me about hosting, fashion, and creating the things you wish existed. Photos for the interview were snapped by my girl Alex Kim Kenealy (few of my favorites from Antigua Samuelson were included as well)You can check out the words and full photo story at http://the-jpack.com/morgan-lynzi .
So a few people had requested via my social channels a haircare routine, and being the genie that I am, I made that happen. Unfortunately, no real magic is involved in this routine (although I really wish there was), but on the flipside this means that its steps and products are accessible to just about anyone who has recently crossed over to the Blondtourage. Press play for the rundown.
Oh, but before I wrap this post up let me address the inevitable question: Why did you go blonde?
I've wanted to have blonde hair since I was in junior high ( I've wanted pink probably just a little less longer ), and I'll be the first to state and affirm that I am not jumping on a bandwagon, train, or any speeding form of transportation headed for the trend graveyard.
Why didn't I do it back then?
There is no way that I was capable of maintaining or caring for my hair at the level I do now as a pre-teen. I mean if you are still getting the hang of personal hygiene, you should probably wait things out.
Fast forward to being a young adult.
Dying your hair is a big deal for some, and as natural as changing underwear to others. I am not the latter.
I started dying my hair at 16 and have since been everywhere on the color spectrum. On the blonde journey It took me about three years of progressive highlighting, toning, regrets, hesitation and second thoughts to get my strands to this level of sunshine. I hovered in that confused overly highlighted/light brown territory for a good year and a half before I met an amazing colorist on set for a project who took my hair under her wings and has healed the damage done by previous hands and gently, and much more naturally (hey Aveeda dye), transitioned my hair to the color it is now.
I see countless people do the overnight blonde which frightens me to be completely honest. I could never, and would never do a process so harsh so quickly. No break-up could drive me to alter my hair so extremely. We may be over but I'd still like to maintain the integrity of my follicles as I go forth into the world single. My one exception for overnight color would be for a movie in which I get to rock leather and kick a lot of ass. I think you get the point.
But I also commend the very real bravery it takes to risk it all hairwise--quite literally.
One thing is for certain, the process of dying over the years has made me intensely aware of the health of my scalp, head, and the future of the hair that I have attached to it. So when people assume that my color choice is something done on a whim or to be a part of a fleeting fashion I'd instantly like to roll out my color dying trajectory...but I don't and I wont. What I will say is that dyed hair is a job in itself, and I don't sign up for things I don't think I qualify for or If I feel up to the list of demands it will entail. A year later I think I've got the hang of things--this video is the product of that hair confidence.
**SPOILER** The key to well maintained blonde involves a lot of Purple/Violet.
Finding out what's inspiring to someone is always interesting to me because chances are all those bits and pieces shape up to the bigger picture of who they are. So here's a window into MY WORLD. These are my CURRENT FAVORITES + INSPIRATIONS that are on replay and rewind.
There is a sea of content out there, but these are my current faves.
1. ANYTHING BY TA-HA
Anything reminiscent of the early 90s is a win for me. This TA-HA feature covers every base of nostalgia I want coming from the decade.
2. LYKKE LI- HOLD ON, WE"RE GOING HOME (COVER)
Honestly the most unique and beautiful cover of this (dare I say) OVER COVERED track. It also came out on my birthday so I'm going to pretend it's that much more special.
3. KIRSTEN DUNST-ASPIRATIONAL (SHORT)
This short film touching on social media (and dare I say the validation that comes from being relevant through it ) really hits home with everything that is our generation. For me this film brought up two questions: What's the value of a "like" and what's the value in 2015 of an "influential/aspirational" person outside of a world driven by retweets? Still pondering. If only everyone watched this one...
If you aren't familiar with the world of YouTube, let me get you up to speed. A GRWM does not stand for grown woman contrary to popular thought... but for "Get Ready With Me". Whodduthunk? Plus- It's an even simpler premise. In a video, share how you get ready for an event (whether it be girls night out or for the daily grind). I chose a concert night out because thats just what music junkies do. Watch my first stab at the #GRWM below:
You can also find out how that concert went in my first episode of what I promise is a weekly vlog series here (fast forward to around 4:36 for the clips).
I stumbled on Friedia via Space 1520's Instagram account that then led me to a feed of DIY heaven. More importantly DIY glitter chocolate.
That is a sentence I never thought I would say and actually be referring to something tangible and based in 100% reality. Yes I can have my glitter, and eat it too.
Fast forward a week or so and I reach out to Friedia with idea of collabing for my web series #EastMeetsMorgan on ISA TV. She says yes and here we are. The result: A combination of extra quirky, detailing of to never be forgotten items eaten on a Japanese game show, and a DIY that could have fit in right on Tumblr or in an episode of The Simpsons. Oh... and not to mention a new friend in the digital space. Press play for a a low calorie donut statement DIY and some candid convo with a creator I personally admire for doing things her own way.
Because nothing is more fulfilling to stumble on when surfing the web. Press play-no regrets.
I am surrounded by amazing talented young women pursuing their passions 110% and are open enough to share their up's and downs. Unfiltered. Press play for a 1:1 convo with me and some of my favorite females about dreams, failures, success, and what it means to be your own "Queen".
Maria is a beautiful Latin American talent who I met through our manager...her energy is contagious don't you agree? If your a girl, making art, creating, or just breathing (everyone reading this) than you should def press play.
Yeah- i'd say they are pretty cool.
I love lookbooks (let's just get that out of the way) and naturally I have been plotting when I would put one up on my channel to share my personal style. Enter: Alex Kim Kenealy. A super rad camera queen who is able to make my Sofia Coppola dreams come true on film and who just so happens to be very keen on crafting lookbooks. World works in mysterious ways.
We first met to shoot a few photos together and ended up really hitting it off. Fast forward a few weeks and we've collabed to create my latest video...the spring lookbook.
So is this a video showing trends? Not really. It's a lookbook consisting of my personal style and what I would wear on any given day this spring. When dressing I'm always inclined to reach for whimsical feminine looks and chase it with some glam rock n' roll edge...sometimes the reverse. A low maintenance dreamer that's got a heart of rebellion and a taste for glamour. Hence the name of the lookbook: Rebel Dreamer.
I hope you enjoy this lookbook as much as I did working on it. Welcome to spring...a slow dreamlike awakening to warmer days, wild nights, and plenty of time to soak it all in.
Not a "trendy" girl but definitely willing to incorporate a popular style if it's calling my name. Case in point: FRINGE. Really can't get enough of it. Makes me feel like i'm four and I can frun around in a field pretending that I'm at woodstock. I took things a little further by showing you the "3 DEGREES" of FRINGE. Aka three levels of style adventurousness for pretty much every girl. Enjoy!