Food Gal, At Heart

Rebranding…#Butfirstcoffee Location: Alfred’s Coffee Kitchen, Melrose Place

It sure has been a long time, how is everyone? These past few months have been challenging. I’ve been really frustrated with social media and uninspired to the point where I ask myself why am I doing this? Are people even listening or do they even read my captions anymore? I’ve been sad and angry with the politics in our country. I’ve been frustrated with my day to day because even though I am self employed, I don’t have anyone to help me (yet.) I often feel very isolated with nobody but Boo to talk to or bounce ideas off of. It’s been very lonely and I definitely lost myself somewhere.

Recognize The Problems

Finally acknowledging that I wasn’t happy, I realized how my mood bled into how I went about my day and effected those around me. In an effort to change, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my home away from home which is LA this past month, eating and photographing along the way. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know just how many food adventures my tastebuds have been on recently.

I’ll look at other bloggers out there putting out the same content, same filters, etc. It’s that hamster wheel of manufactured/preset content. I believe that’s exactly what you don’t want to do, which is be like everyone else. So what do I bring to the table? This is what I asked myself a lot lately.

Take Action

Because I don’t know everything and recognize that I’ve flatlined, I have enrolled in some marketing and strategy courses to help fine-tune all that I’ve been doing myself these past years. Asking for help is hard, but it’s essential to grow.

Reestablish Who You Are

I’m a food gal at heart. I live for food. All types of food. People ask me all the time based off a few photos they’ve bookmarked off Instagram for recommendations in whatever city I happen to be in. They’ll ask me what to order based on cuisine and flavor profile, how to order it, and what time to go. I light up when I talk about Heidi’s Banh Mi shop in Venice Beach. I direct people to Okane SF for the most beautiful and fresh sashimi, but you can only go for Lunch particularly. See? I know my restaurants, in both cities. And it finally clicked. It was about time that @shoes_and_sashimi needed to be redefined. Once I looked at what made me happy at my core, I got my fire back.

I will still be mixing in personal style, after all I still enjoy that aspect too and I’m not named Shoes & Sashimi for no reason. But, it’ll be done in a more purposeful way. I’m not here to sell you anything, it has to go deeper than that. I hope you will enjoy coming along my food adventures with me, you are always welcome to sit at my table.

See you soon,


Published by Lauren Nakagawa

Hello everyone and welcome to my personal style diaries, my name is Lauren Nakagawa. Born and raised in the Bay Area, I am a quintessential California girl to a tee. I hold a BFA in Costume Design from the prestigious California Inst. of the Arts and have lived and worked as an LA based Wardrobe Stylist and Costume Designer for the past 6 years. I've had the privilege of dressing many talent over the years, men and women from haute couture to street wear. And as much fun and grueling this industry is, the tide has been changing to where I ask myself "what's next?" With the shift in LA's film industry, the Bay Area has been pulling me back recently and I am very happy to split my time each month. While deep in thought as I wrapped up my last shoot of the year, I was looking at my beat up little sneakers as I ate my sushi lunch...and then Shoes & Sashimi was born :) This style blog will serve as a photo diary of all my wardrobe pieces I have collected and continue to collect over the years thanks to my countless shoots and films I've been a part of. And because I'm not on set every day (although I would love to be) you'll also get to see my love for food as I eat from the Bay to LA and back again. Thank you for taking interest in my journey whether it be for the fashion inspiration, love of food and city life or all of the above. I'm not entirely sure where this blog will go or become, but I know it'll be 100% me. All the best, Lauren

5 thoughts on “Food Gal, At Heart

  1. Happy to hear that you’re back, Lauren! Definitely missed your posts! And yes, I definitely agree – it’s important to take a step back sometimes and really assess why we started in the first place! Can’t wait to see more of your great content moving forward! <3 :)

    XO, Elizabeth


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