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Collab'd with my friends Ziggy Denim and Sticks & Stones agency for a Cali culture inspired editorial. Check out the full piece here!
Very excited to share this new editorial + interview I did for GALORE magazine that we shot in the fabulously over the top Madonna Inn.
The concept was 1960s femme meets the irreverence of a glam rockstar and I think the team nailed it. Check out the full story + interview here: Switch Up Your Beauty Regimen With Morgan Lynzi's Pro Tips - Galore
I can not believe (like everyone else) how quickly the Winter season has come and hightailed itself out of the area.
I am beyond grateful for how the season was for me, but also feel just slightly bad about not doing a video sharing all that i've been into January-March. So here is that video! Press play for a light ramble on all things from enlightenment to face cream.
I've had a sweet tooth for as long as I can remember. I'm the girl who anticipates the dessert before dinner and the chocolate before bead, and I own it fully. Lately I've been on a baking kick and have been trying out at least 2-3 new recipes a week at ungodly hours...just to satisfy my cravings for sweetness while also keeping things super clean/gluten-free/refined sugar free/etc etc etc etc. This means I am experimenting with new flours (coconut and almond are still my fave), finding new uses for staples (70% dark chocolate on EVERYTHING), and also finding a whole lot of zen in the process.
One of my go-to internet healthy kitchen gurus is the My New Roots blog. I recently stumbled on her recipes for Almond Butter Blondies, and have pretty much found my soulmate in a pan of warm dessert. It's so good I decided to share it on my channel in my latest vlog. Fast forward to the end if you'd just like to watch melted chocolate food porn.
RECIPE (originally from My New Roots)
2 large eggs
2 splashes of vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted Almond Butter
¾ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt ( I love himalayan pink salt)
1 bar of chopped dark chocolate (70% is the goal!)
Preheat your oven to 325°F
Whisk eggs + vanilla extract together
Then combine coconut sugar, ¼ tsp.salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl.
Add almond butter to the eggs, then the coconut sugar+baking soda and mix together. Add half of the chocolate bar and mix again.
Pour the dough into a pan that works for brownies ( I used parchment paper at My New Roots recommendation mainly because I don't want to deal with the mess).
Add the remaining chocolate over the top and put it into the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
Let sit before cutting and enjoy with coconut milk ice cream or just on their own.
Fresh from Tokyo I pulled on this crushed silver velvet dress that somehow works for the bi-polar windy warmth of LA and the fast approaching holiday season. I mean, Christmas ornaments are already out (nuts), why not dive head first into the metallics and sequin ensembles?
Dress: The Ragged Priest
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.