If I've learned anything the hard way, it's how to travel light. My previous trip to Asia was a big lesson summarized by a 14 hour-flight, hotel changes, and train swaps that gave me enough lifting and pushing experience to figure out the golden rule for all international travel--Only use luggage with spinner wheels (Unless you are looking to increase your muscle mass or potentially break a few toes- no bueno).
I also learned how to prepare a fool proof carry on that will keep me happy, healthy, and fed (somewhat) and does not weigh a bowling ball. Here is a quick snap of the items in my bag pre-flight to Tokyo (where I am writing this!).
iPHONE- Having your iPhone on a flight is a no brainer ( yes to Spotify tunes and light productivity) but don't sleep on the importance of a good case. It's easy to lose track of your most important items on a long haul flight so I always make sure my phone has a noticeably LOUD case so that it's easy to spot among my seat and other items and also easy to track down if someone gets sticky fingers in-flight.
EARBUDS- All of my closest friends and family know I have an obsession with Gold tone anything. I also can't be without music. These Happy Plugs not only fit in with my chromed out electronic aesthetic, they also deliver on sound and portability.
HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE BUTTER- In-flight snacks and food are rarely a 10/10 on the taste or health factor so I stock up on small travel ready packs of nut butter ( JASONS Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is my fave) and energy bars. Keeps me away from the dark side of Hangry and also not bloated with airfare sodium.
TEETH WIPES- These Savvy Traveler Speak Easy's are literally minty baby wipes for your mouth. Not kidding. If you've ever slept next to someone in a flight you know how important fresh breath is. Although I can't always get the passenger next to me to pop a few Altoids, I can at least take comfort in knowing i'm not contributing to the Halitosis epidemic with one wipe across my top and bottom teeth and gums.
MASCARA- A full face of makeup is never ideal for a flight (nor IRL for me) so I always make sure I have my mascara (current fave : Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara) and concealer to pull of a quick not-so-haggard-red-eye post-flight look.
A CASUAL READ- I love to read but I know I'm not going to complete War & Peace in flight. I always choose a book that is easy to skim through or jump between chapters like an art or film book for some creative inspo or a self-help book. That way I don't feel bummed out for only making it halfway through a read.
LIB SCRUB + BALM- The air up there is incredibly dry. Which means chapped and dry lips for me. To keep things less Sahara Desert and more Maui fresh I use the LUSH lipscrub in Popcorn and Tokyomilk Lip Elixer in Clove Cigarettes.
GREEN POWDER- Obviously H2O is important, but it can't fight the travel fatigue alone. I get a head start on jetlag symptoms by mixing Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder that is filled with grasses and vitamins into a bottle of water about midway through my flight. Seriously good stuff and it takes the edge off the sluggishness.
SUNGLASSES- After spending hours in a dimly lit plane the first step out onto land is always the brightest and most headache inducing. I carried my Crap Eyewear frames with me nonstop this trip...seriously good eyewear.
HAND CREAM- This is in my bag for the same reason as lip scrub+lip balm. Plane air is dry, and hands need moisture. No one wants to shake hands that feel like they're constructed of shards of glass. This one is Tainted Love by TokyoMilk and is my favorite mix of vanilla, musk, and citrus.
HAIRSPRAY- Bleached hair = Flyaway central. KENRA's hairspray is a go to for me and I use it to spruce up my otherwise maintenance hair before stepping off the plane.
When someone offers to bring you out to the city you've been dreaming of to work on the project you've done crazy amounts of creative visualization to bring into your life, you say 'FREAKING YES!'.
So, that is exactly what I did three weeks ago and found myself in Seoul, South Korea. It was a whirlwind of nearly two weeks of back to back shooting with Endemol Beyond Asia for an under the wraps travel project and hosting a special in Busan (Korea's oceanside city) for the annual Film Festival with FOX International's, Stylesetter. All while trying to fit in exploring and getting accustomed to the fast paced life that fuels the continent of Asia.
One thing is for sure, ask for you want in life and it will be given...on it's own timeline..and at it's own rate. This gift was going 100mph.
I spent three years trying to get to Seoul, yet when I got the news a few weeks back that someone wanted me to go, I will admit that I didn't just say 'yes'.
The prospect of a 14-hour flight aside, It's so odd when you are given exactly what you've wanted. There really shouldn't be any doubts or hesitations in your mind, but when you are handed the pot of gold (much like getting what I would assume is a pony or puppy for Christmas) you have to question if it's real and if it's right. For a visual, google YouTube videos of people receiving puppies. You see those tears, that fear, that uncertain joy? That was me.
But, I digress.
I got over my trepidation and the trip was game changing. Sure we ended up staying at a Love Hotel (yes, exactly what you think, and it's actually pretty cool minus the tub accounting for 50% of your room) and I lost my wallet and all my cards the first day (yes true true story), but it was followed up by a night out exploring the crazy energy of hipster laden Hongdae with its open till 6AM clubs and overflow of aspiring singers and artists. It's like YOUTH CULTURE 101 minus parentals. Sounds dreamy right? Visually it's what 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica would look like if it had a baby with Vegas, and then only if that was then part of a college town.
My trip stretched my concept of what was possible to pull together on a short amount of time, made me believe even more in the "right people + timing", gave me affirmation that I could play outside my small pond in LA, challenged me to speak more Korean than ever before, and connected me to some of the most forward thinking people I have met in the past few years. People like rising street style photographer Alex Finch, the designers of Epiphany jewelry, Jason who runs the chillest celebrity loved lounge in Apgujeong, indie acoustic singer (and accidental translator) Ruvin, Boa of KPOP girl group SPICA, the designers behind east meets west luxury brand IISE, and Scott (aka the next Scooter Braun/global wunderkid talent hunter) who introduced us to them.
I was in my artsy sweet spot...hanging out with dreamers who believed in the idea of building your brand/creating yourself on more than one continent and who are also driven by the connection and creativity that comes from doing just that.
So if you ask me what my favorite thing about Korea is it wont be the music, style, or food.
Yes, I love all three of those aspects incredibly and I could easily live in Seoul's signature #OOTD of oversized sweaters, miniskirts, and sneakers while eating Bibimbap every day while listening to KPOP, BUT what really made me love (yes LOVE) Seoul, would have to be the people.
Looking back through all the footage and iPhone photos captured on the trip, all I can say is that it was wild. I'm excited about what I experienced there, and can't wait to get back.
There were lots of little lessons in this trip. Flying to Korea motivated me to commit to my crazy ideas and harness all that uncertainty into something better--adventure.
I think this quote sums up my current motto post-Seoul ...
"Buy the ticket, take the ride"
p.s. Thanks to Endemol Beyond Asia + Fox for being so awesome.
It's easy to feel like if you aren't traveling you aren't making the most of your Summer. But let me tell you, that is so not true. This past weekend my friend Alex and I went from one end of LA to the other shooting what I personally think are the 7 things to do before summer ends. Yes, none of which requires a ticket to anywhere.
Shooting this video made me fall in love with LA again. Los Angeles summers are sort of magical, and although it's not the cheapest city, I managed to have a completely fulfilled day from start to finish in under $20.
Even if you did fly cross country, roadtrip, or just laid out on a cruise this season...I think you may have missed some important details right in your own backyard. In case you did, Here are 7 more memories to pack in before the summer days are over. All cheaper than a date. Bring a camera and some friends with you and let the good times roll xx.
Created + Edited by Morgan Lynzi | Shot by Alex Kim Kenealy
Continuing with sharing my weekend of all out shameless beachbum-cali-vibes-living, here is the second part to the previous post from yesterday. Dreamy images captured by my friend Alex Kim Kenealy.
Also, Venice never ceases to put me in a good mood.
I've somehow made it through summer without once needing to be in swimwear. I'll pause for that sentence.
***Slow blinking and dry stares at California near perfect weather native***
So this past weekend I set out to start the end of summer strong by wearing nothing but, and doing things deemed bikini appropriate. I tried to longboard (not as easy as an airboard), hung out in Venice doing what you should always do while in Venice (not much of anything but chillllllaaxxxx), and explored my next-to-real life Uncle's beautiful home nearby. As proof that this did indeed happened Alex Kim Kenealy captured all of it. Three different swim ready combo's, three different doses of Venice lifestyle, and a whole lot of quintessential California beach girl vibes. Here is the Part 1 of my adventures in nothing but some of the comfiest two pieces I've ever run around in the sun in by Giejo.
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.