I double dare you.

Have you done something lately that you’ve been afraid of for so long? Have you confronted your fears head-on and decided that you have nothing to lose?

That’s been the story of my life recently, in more ways than one - starting with this photoshoot.

The three of us (




and I) ventured deep under the Downtown LA bridge (yes, this is where they filmed

Grease Lightning

). At one point, as we were maneuvering through a tunnel, it was so dark that I almost tripped over. I hate the darkness, ironic for someone who gravitates towards blacks, greys and neutrals all the time. I guess you can call me claustrophobic. Seriously though I was so grateful to see the light at the end of the tunnel, both literally and figuratively. The moment I opened up my eyes to the beautiful industrial landscape before me I knew that momentary discomfort was all worth it.

But it really was the next challenge that almost brought me down to my knees -- how do I possibly style a pair of socks with sandals and make it look good?

While I am no stranger to Teva sandals by now

, I always thought that such a sartorial preference were limited to a select granola and hippie-ish demographic. The more I thought about it, however, the more eager I was to rise to the occasion. Then it hit me - why not suit it up? A suit with


 - I love a good fashion alliteration anyway and can’t resist a pair of comfy, luxe Woolrich socks. When it all came together, I knew I was onto something. It also goes to show that there are more ways to suit up than what we’re kinda used to these days. And that’s all it took to conquer two big fears of mine.

Obviously I had to take it to the next level with my

custom marble iPhone 6 case from Zazzle

along with my jewelry staples from

my capsule collection with LZZR Jewelry



(more on this new label in another entry!).

Feel free to air out any fears or style challenges you’ve had to deal with in the comments below - would love to hear your thoughts!


ASOS skinny grey suit


3.Paradis white shirt


Teva sandals and socks


MYBELONGING x LZZR Jewelry collection

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Photography by Randy Tran