Express Yourself

Photography by: Jordan Zobrist

Wearing: Express

When you’re lucky enough to stumble upon an entire cactus garden in the middle of LA you take advantage of the situation. It never ceases to amaze me how many hidden gems there are in each place in the world. I mean, i’ve lived in LA for 8 years now and i’m STILL finding new spots to shoot in that i’ve never heard of, or cool new bars or restaurants to eat at. I could only imagine whats waiting for me outside of LA right now. Obviously with traveling and taking so many photos I have to keep up on my style game at all times. Its rough looking super cool and traveling, but somehow i’ve turned it into a fine art. Never be afraid to Express yourself and to live life as the most genuine version of YOU. After all, we are more interesting than anyone we could ever pretend to be. Live. Love. Travel. Inspire. BE Inspired.

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Home Sweet Home

    A few months ago my fiancé Mark and I moved into a new apartment. FINALLY a fresh start after living for 3 years in what was considerably one of the most unkept properties i’ve ever lived in. Don’t get me wrong… we made this other home extremely cute and chic, but when a building is old it requires regular maintenance and our landlord was NOT into such things. haha. ANYWAY! We moved into this new apartment, and we were SO excited to start decorating our living space. We bought a new deep blue chesterfield couch from “Wayfair”, a mid century modern entertainment center from “Overstock” side note: this site is amazing for furniture!  We also brought our gorgeous industrial coffee table that my fiancé built himself from our previous home its so special to us. Then it was time for the main event of our new living room. “The Wall” this is what ties our entire living room together. We plucked all things eclectic and special and threw it up on our collection wall. WOW! did it really add a lot to the space! We definitely are going with a folk / mid century rustic theme and we LOVE it!

    Then we had to make sure that our living space was full of plants and cacti! Well we found the most AMAZING little boutique Cactus nursery in Highland Park called “Ponderosa Cactus” if you’re ever in the neighborhood please drop by. They have the greatest selection of cacti and house plants, not to mention the shop itself is completely picturesque! You’ll see all of my little gems I found there pictured below.

    Of course NO great cactus or plant can go without a SUPER stylish and chic pot! I found yet another amazing brand called “Design Twins” they are this small business from Sydney that hand paints these super modern and folky vibe pots for plants. Mine happen to be the two largest sizes because, go big or go home am I right?

    Now comes the accent chair. I cannot stress it enough that no living space is complete without a really amazing accent chair! Just find one! Make it a bold color or pattern. We definitely went the route of the bold pattern and WOW! what a beautiful addition! We found our chair at “Living Spaces“.

    Last, but not least… Being that my fiancé is in the bar industry, we HAD to have a suitable place for all of our alcohol and to make cocktails for our guests. For this find we went flea marketing at the Melrose Trading Post. We stumbled upon this woman that repurposes old Spanish furniture, and we fell in love with this giant white hutch. Needless to say, we now have a TON of booze and a beautiful space to showcase it.

    In conclusion, our new apartment is coming along pretty well. I’m so happy with how cozy it is. Definitely try to switch up your living space now and again, you would believe the inspiration and creativity that will come from it. Below I will list all of the stores and places I mentioned in this blog with direct links to their sites/instagrams. I hope you enjoyed reading and exploring my new living space!

xx Mad Maven





Ponderosa Cactus /@ponderosacactus

Design Twins / @designtwins

Living Spaces

Melrose Trading Post


Mad Maven x Kenra Professional

Okay you guys!

So I just discovered the coolest hair color brand called Kenra Professional hair care and I’m happy to share with you their new line of Iridescent frost shades called “Frost Shine” that offers even tone deposit and a shine you can’t even begin to imagine!

A week ago I walked into Martinez-Samuel salon as a golden platinum blonde and I walked out a perfect platinum/grey tone. Basically I was a silver fox. The amazing thing about this color line is the shades range from a vivid violet blue to aquamarine green and even a frosted blue! Who knew you could have “Frost” in your hair color?! Now, a week into having this color, not only have I received a million compliments on how icy and beautiful my hair color is (thanks to Anastasi Mortensen) but this color lasts! I’ve washed my hair twice and even the tiny bit of fade unfolds an even more beautiful shade of frost and ice. The life span and wear of Kenra Professional hair color is without a doubt one of the best. Especially if you have bleach blonde hair like myself, your hair will suck this color right up!

Below are some photos of my journey to this beautiful icy blonde as well as the two colors we used to create this masterpiece. Enjoy!


Photos By: Nesha Torres



xx Mad Maven

This is the BEFORE color of my hair, Super blonde. Read through to the bottom for final results after using “Frost Shine” by Kenra Professional hair care.

First: we bleach these crazy dark roots of mine! Gotta get the brightest version of ice as possible!

Now: we incubate for a good 30 minutes or so…

Then: we rinse rinse rinse! (The best part) in my opinion.


Time to mix the colors and start creating magic! For my hair color we used 10VBlF extra light blonde/violet blue frost mixed with DF Diamond Frost. Both demi-permanent.

Now we apply, let set for about 30 min or so or the amount of time to eat a salad in my case. 

OKAY! Finally it’s time to dry! Look how magical this hair color already looks!

And VOILA! The final product!


Mad Maven x A&Bé Bridal

   Recently I was given the opportunity to try on and shoot some amazing gowns from one of the leading retailers in Bridal A & Bé Bridal Shop. Needless to say I was blown away by all of their different selections of brands from Rue De Seine, Made with Love, Rish Brial, Galia Lahav, Hayley Paige just to name a few!

    Being that I had recently been engaged to be married myself this was an absolute dream come true and perfect timing to start narrowing down my dream dress for my big day. A & Bé Bridal Shop is SO accommodating with which dresses I want to try, and if one of their 6 locations doesn’t have a certain gown, they do everything they can to get that gown sent to the store for you to try.

    Below are some images from a shoot we did last fall in Death Valley. Man was I lucky to have such an incredible team to work with on this day. We endured 2 days of 115 degree weather, 4AM call times and lots of hiking to get these perfect shots. Hope you enjoy!

Stay tuned for my personal wedding dress hunting experience with A & Bé Bridal Shop.

xx Mad Maven


Wedding Gowns: A & Bé Bridal Shop

Menswear By: Alexa Younger / Eleveé

Photography: Dillon Ivory

Floral Design: Tess Made

Videography: Audrey Alba Films

Accessories: Ranjana Khan / Amaroq Designs

Groom: Mark Daoust

Rumba Time

Mad Maven x Rumba Time x Tenoverten

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of host 12 of my favorite ladies to a day full of pampering and treats. Rumba Time was kind enough to treat us all to a manicure and pedicure as well as an amazing day with good people, sweet treats, wine, and best of all these beautiful new Rumba Time collection of watches and sunnies. The nail salon was Tenoverten at Platform in Culver City. This super cute boutique nail salon uses all non toxic polishes and products to assure a chemical free experience. Needless to say we were all in heaven! Unfortunately due to me hosting this event as well as getting my nails done I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I had planned, but here are a few below to showcase some of the product. I also pulled a few photos offline to show you just how cute Tenoverten is as well. Again a Huge thank you to Rumba Time and Tenoverten for having us and to all the ladies that put aside their crazy blogger schedules to come be there with me. SO MUCH FUN! I can’t wait until the next one!


xx Mad Maven


Rumba Time IG: @Rumbatime

Tenoverten IG: @Tenoverten


"Ride to Coachella"

Madmavenstyle x Skedaddle

Photo: @champagneunicorns

Skedaddle: @letskedaddle


Before I re-cap all of my exciting Coachella adventures, i’d like to start with the opening of my Coachella weekend, My Ride to Coachella. I teamed up with this new amazing bus company called “Skedaddle”. They picked me up in LA at the end of my street and took me to The ACE Hotel where I was staying in Palm Springs. Basically you sign up and create your route on their website of where you want to go, usually if it’s something thats already an event like Coachella, it will be pre listed on the site. So you choose your location and destination like normal, and it creates a personal route for you to get to where you’re going! it’s so cool! and SO inexpensive. The bus that picked me up early Friday morning was a personal mini bus with about 5 rows of seating. I walked on, there was a VERY friendly driver and there was already Coachella music playing on the bus! Which made me very excited to get to where I was going. I said hello to the other 7 passengers on this particular ride and walked to the back where I had an entire long seat to myself! I couldn’t believe it! I was able to lay down and rest the whole ride! The entire bus had tinted windows that stretched along  both sides, so you can imagine the desert view was just stunning. The ride was quick, safe, clean and so fun and relaxing at the same time! I would DEFINITELY get a group together next year to take Skedaddle to Coachella. My only real complaint was that the website be a little more user friendly. Some things weren’t as clear or obvious to me as a new user, but I guess thats something they can work on and fix. Also some of the email reminders were a little confusing as to where they were actually going to be picking me up, but the staff was so helpful and so kind, so the difficult part wasn’t very difficult for long. I look forward to working with Skedaddle again in the future! Maybe my next road trip to some remote cool shoot location… the possibilities are endless.Thanks Skedaddle!


Somedays Lovin'


Photographer: Champagne Cochran

Hair color by: Anastasi Mortensen at Martinez-Samuel Salon

Recently I had the pleasure of shooting some amazing gloomy beach day photos with Champagne in this super cute blushy salmon toned bikini from Somedays Lovin’, and can I just say i’m OBSESSED! Not only is this bikini completely flattering on the body, but it’s so comfy! I love a good high waisted bikini bottom, especially with a high cut hip line. It definitely helps elongate the legs if you’re a curvy woman like myself. Also this beautiful floral maxi cover up tied everything in just perfectly. What a beautiful day to shoot at the beach, even if the sun wasn’t present.




ARRIVE Palm Springs

ARRIVE Palm Springs x MDMVN

Recently I was fortunate enough to visit a new and hip little hideaway in Palm Springs with my three lady friends, it’s called “ARRIVE” and they just opened in February of 2016. Apart from the amazing location tucked away near the vast mountains of the desert, ARRIVE has all of the essentials a resort could ever need for  customers to enjoy their stay without ever stepping foot outside the hotel.

Lets talk about the entrance, when you check in, you walk into what seems to be just the hotel bar, only to be greeted with a smile from the staff at the counter. Woah! the lobby IS the bar! not too shabby, check in, grab a cocktail and head on to your room. The room I stayed in was full of natural light, style and comfort. The interior was a southwest folk meets modern feel, there is free wifi, apple tv, direct tv and just about every single thing you could use to entertain yourself. The shower is a magical wet room with a rain shower head above. The king size bed was far more comfortable than I could have ever imagined.

What to do at ARRIVE. During the day what else would we want to do in Palm Springs on a warm desert day? Lay out at the pool of course!!! This (heated) pool is ALWAYS open to the public, which makes ARRIVE extremely friendly and welcoming to most anyone. The pool is a very large pool with sun bathing beds surrounding it. There are cabanas on a first come, first serve basis for free, for those who prefer less sun. They have bicycles on hand if you’re more the adventurous/active type, theres a section with bocce ball and ping pong tables as well. The pool side bar has cocktail service as well as food from “Reservoir” their in-house restaurant. The food is unbelievable! They have everything from tacos, to burgers, to hot chocolate! We ate there just about every meal of the day, and the kitchen stays open until 2AM! So after a fun night out in Palm Springs we came back, ordered some late night snacks and hopped in the hot tub.

Next morning. Wake up, and feel free to pop over to “Customs Coffee” ARRIVES in-house coffee shop! Where they serve organic coffee roasted by the local “Joshua Tree Coffee Company”. After taking a morning dip in the pool, enjoy breakfast at Reservoir! Aside from the rustic and beautiful decor, there are some MUST try items. The “Fried Chicken & Churros” “Acai Bowl” and the “Smothered Burrito”. Definitely pair those with a few mimosas and bloody mary’s of course!

Hanging by the pool and around the hotel was definitely SO much fun! ARRIVE offers giant gold blow up heart pool toys, (outside blowup pool toys are welcome!) Last but not least the “Ice Cream & Shop(pe)” also attached to ARRIVE they have several unique and classic flavors of ice cream to choose from along with every fancy ice cream topping you could imagine. Also found inside Ice Cream & Shop(pe) is a little gift shop with a bunch of quirky fun objects to purchase, I spent about 45 minutes just playing with all of the fun stuff.

Overall i’d rate ARRIVE the best new hip spot to hang in Palm Springs not only in the summer, but definitely in the fall/winter time. Follow ARRIVE on IG @arrivepalmsprings and stay tuned for some summer fun as they will be throwing some pretty rad events soon. Thanks ARRIVE! I can’t wait to come back.