13 Reasons Why Interview by Ariel + Alder

**View original post by Natalie Murphy on ArielAndAlder.com** 

Your Name Is: Hannah Payne
You Live In: LA
Your Instagram Theme/Aesthetic In 3 Words: bright, colorful, cheerful
Favorite Disney Character: Mary Poppins (hence my blog's name!)
Go-To Coffee Order: lately, a cold brew with almond milk and no sweetener
Your Theme Song Is: "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles

When did you start acting and what inspired you to pursue it in college?
I started acting when I was seven years old doing community theater. Balancing school and a career is something I've done for most of my life, and I didnt see why that had to change as I transitioned to UCLA.

What prompted you to audition for 13 Reasons Why?
Weeks before auditioning for Stephanie, I actually got called in to audition for a different character. Later when I got a second call from casting for 13 Reasons, this time for Stephanie, I was definitely excited!

Who is your character on the show and what can you tell us about her? Are you similar in any ways?
I play Stephanie, one of Courtney's best friends. Courtney is one of the reasons why and is a much more complicated version of your typical mean girl. Stephanie isn't the brightest person, which definitely adds a little lightness to a pretty heavy show.

What were your filming hours like and how did you manage it while still in school?
The bulk of my scenes are in episode five, which shot during the summer. Days were long, but I loved every second of it! I am my most joyful, fulfilled, and passionate when I'm working on set, and shooting 13 Reasons just affirmed that this is the direction I want my life to go.

What are you most excited for when the show comes out on Netflix?
This show isn't your typical teen series. It talks about heavy, yet incredibly relevant issues. I am so proud to be even a small part of a conversation that so desperately needs to be talked about.

You wear a lot of hats as a student, blogger, actor, and model! How do all those things fit together? 
Honestly, by embracing that it's impossible to have a "perfect" balance. It can be crazy at times, but following these passions is the most beautiful kind of crazy!

While shooting, what was the hardest thing you encountered?
 Haha. Funny story. A few days before I booked 13RY, I happened to break my foot. Obviously I didn't wear the boot or crutches while filming, so between takes I was constantly icing and elevating my foot!

While shooting, what was the most rewarding thing that happened?
Getting called back to shoot another episode was definitely so gratifying and affirming.

After the show wrapped, what was the most rewarding thing that happened?
Meeting the author, Jay Asher, and getting to thank him for writing such a meaningful, important book.

For more of Natalie's posts, you can read her blog (Ariel and Alder) or follow her on Instagram
13 Reasons Why is now streaming on Netflix


Mythology Clothing


What a crazy story I have about this top + the girl behind the brand! As I was emailing back and forth with the designer of Mythology Clothing for our upcoming collaboration, I thought her name sounded familiar, but I couldn't pinpoint it. Then, when I got this beautiful crop top sent to me with a return address to my tiny hometown of all places and knew that I had to know this girl. After some mild Facebook stalking, it turns out that we met back in 5th grade! Madeline went on to go start her own clothing line and I went on to start a fashion blog. The odds that we would be reconnected in this way are so cool and one in a million! I thought I'd share a bit more about Madeline + her incredible clothing line. You can check out her interview below and then head to her site to see a little profile on me! Also, Mythology is offering 10% off during their opening week (4/17-4/22) with the code FIRST10. 

How did you first become interested in fashion design? 
My mom taught me to sew when I was very young. I remember when I was about 5 I would sit on her lap at the sewing machine (because I couldn’t reach the pedal) and we would sew together. I think the first thing I ever made was a super simple belt to go with a costume for a girl in our school play. I was so proud seeing my creation on stage. After that I was coming up with all kinds of ideas for things I wanted to wear.

Describe your personal style
My style seems to be ever evolving into something new. Lately I’m super into odd proportions that look somewhat awkward. One thing that has always been a part of my style is that clean and simplistic, or classic look. I typically stick with the less is more motto.

What's behind the name? How did it come to you? 
Mythology, to me is a word that encompasses other ideas like culture, community, and those aspects of life we share together. It is an idea that is very attractive to me. I’ve known I want the brand to celebrate people’s stories and journeys through life, and Mythology just fit. Actually, I originally came up with the name when I was about 17. I think I was writing- working on a short story- and liked the idea (though it wasn’t fully developed). When I was at the point of needing a name it was one on the very long list. It ended up being the one that best described what I want this brand to be about.

Describe your design process
I believe that everything should be both beautiful and practical. That is always my goal in designing. Typically I take inspiration from the body’s natural shape and curve. I love the idea of molding a flat piece of fabric around a three-dimensional body. I want my designs to have that aspect of practicality to them as well. My ideas become more dynamic when I start looking at how that design works in everyday life. When I’m designing I think to myself, “I better be able to wear the dress all day long or it’s just not worth it.” We aren’t just still sculptures that stand there and look pretty, but we move- in some odd ways too. Creating something that doesn’t hinder that movement, and hopefully enhances it in some way is a beautiful challenge. My process is very internal. My best ideas are nearly fully developed in my head. In my imagination I’ll visualize the design and adjust different parts. I imagine what each pattern piece would look like and then I’ll imagine sewing it. I guess I go over each design three times: first in my imagination, once on paper, and then in fabric.

What is Mythology's mission? 
We strive to create intricate, inventive design, while producing in ways that better the earth. Our goal is to bring forth beauty in everything around us. And we believe that nothing can truly be beautiful if it causes harm. At Mythology Clothing our goal is to change the way clothing is made. We deeply care about this world and all of its inhabitants. So, our mission is to raise the standard of living without harming the environment. In order to achieve this we do things like using eco-friendly materials and natural dyes; adhere to fair trade regulations; give 10% to charity; and recycle and re-use materials. We are always looking for new ways to improve the ways we do things. Our goal is to reduce the stress on the environment while caring for the people who live in it.

What does it mean to create sustainable clothing? 
I think practicing gratefulness is always a great way to live and create sustainably. Sustainable clothing means creating clothing in ways that won’t leave us depleted. Making use of what we have is so important to sustainability. Something we are doing with the line of tops we have coming out is exactly that! We are taking textiles that were on their way to be tossed out from factories and surplus stores and making them into beautiful garments. Honestly there’s so much that goes into it. Anytime we look at sustainability we really should be looking at a fuller picture. To create sustainable clothing you have to create sustainable textiles. In order for that to happen you need sustainable fibers and farming processes and suddenly you’re looking at food shortage studies and how much water really goes into dying processes, and asking how much water should we be using? The list goes on. Making relationships with growers and mills that work on similar beliefs is so important! Going back to small scale production that isn’t so worried about pumping out product can be a huge game changer. And finding new ways to use the resources we already have can save the environment (and your wallet) a lot of hardship. Thankfully there has been a huge surge towards sustainability, which means a lot of great new research and ideas.

What is the next step for Mythology Clothing? 
We are launching our first garments on our website on April 17th! That is my birthday as well. Such a good way to celebrate! Right after that we are jumping into work for our fall collection. Summer hasn’t even started and I want to wear winter layers. The mind of a designer is a bit backwards that way. Between all the design work though, we are really trying to get the word out there and share with people what we’re doing.

Sausalito City Guide


When I'm not in LA during the school year, I call this little city of Sausalito my home away from home. Our little home in the bay is my own version of paradise; quiet, peaceful, and only a short drive away from San Francisco. Sausalito, often outshone by it's metropolitan neighbor, has its own undeniable charm and beauty that, in my opinion, matches or even beats SF's. The two cities on each side of he Golden Gate Bridge have similar vibes but very different paces. Where SF is fast and busy, Sausalito thrives on peace and stillness. One of the very first things I did after we moved in was sit on the dock and make a Sausalito bucket list. I didn't want to miss a thing in this little city! Throughout our first summer living there, we definitely found our favorite spots and things to do.

Eat and Drink: 
Salito's for classic seafood right on the water (my favorite restaurant in town!)
Equator Coffee for the best chai latte on this earth
Honeymoon Ice Cream for unique ice cream flavors with local ingredients
Juice Girl for fresh acai bowls, green juice, and avocado toast
Pick Me Up Chocolate for the best chocolate truffles
Le Garage for the best French food in the Bay Area
F3 (Le Garage's sister restaurant) for equally incredible French food in a more casual setting
Laperts Ice Cream for classic flavors at this local staple
Cibo for their local ingredients, delicious brunch, and excellent Blue Bottle coffee
Salsalito's for Mexican seafood and the best salsa
Fish for the best Dungeness crab rolls (be prepared to wait in a long line)
Sausalito Seahorse for the authentic Italian food and live music

Chai lattes from Equator Coffee 

Honeymoon Ice Cream 
See and Do: 
Muir Woods for a hike through the stunning Redwoods.
Kayak for a unique way to explore the floating homes in Sausalito
Hwy 1 for the scenic route starting in Sausalito, through the Marin Headland, and across the Golden Gate.
Rodeo Beach for a perfect, cloudy afternoon on the water
Marin Headlands for a picnic with a view of the Golden Gate
Sailboat for a perfect morning on the Bay
Golden Gate Bridge for a morning run (or walk) before the crowds get too crazy!
Proof Lab for a surf and skate shop like no other.
Elephant Fountain for enjoying a scoop of Lapert's Ice Cream in Town Square
Socksalito for the craziest, funky socks and a shopping experience like no other!

Do visit Sausalito during the week! Weekends are crazy.
Don't rent bikes and ride from SF --> Sausalito.
Don't go to the Muir Woods during the weekend. You won't be able to find parking.
Do stay in a floating home instead of a hotel for the most authentic experience!
Do admire the wildlife from afar when kayaking or spending time on the water.

Sunset in Waldo Point 

Sailing through the Bay

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Golden Hour


THIS LIGHT. There is something so special and beautiful about that little bit of time in the early morning or late afternoon that just shines. Photographers have a fancy term for it called golden hour, which I think perfectly captures the feeling. As it's started to warm up, I've tried to make a point of feeling that golden light absorb into my skin, breathing in the breeze, and listing off things I'm thankful for when I walk to/from class. My mornings spent like this (with coffee in hand of course) are especially my favorite. It is so easy to get trapped behind my computer screen all. day. long. But it really does change my entire day when I step outside and embrace the sunshine! Just a little note about light on this beautiful Monday. 

Hello Spring


 photos by Angelika Johns 

I dug these photos out of the archives from last summer and really found myself missing sunny Georgetown days with one of my favorite photographers and friends, Angelika! The timing of this post is actually kind of perfect because her and I were just catching up and throwing around travel plans to hopefully see each other this next summer! We are both those types of people who thrive off spontaneity, adventure, and new experiences. Though we have actually only been able to hang out/shoot together twice (once on my coast, once on her's), it feels like we've known each other for years. Which is why Im so excited that we might have another fun photography trip in the works! Any tips for where we should go? We are thinking a West Coast road trip, but nothing is set in stone yet! 

What It's Like to be a UCLA Bruin


As college acceptances are starting to come out, I'm starting to get sentimental again about my own UCLA decision. I remember attending Bruin Day as a senior in high school with absolutely no idea which university I would even end up at. By the end of that day, I made the decision that would not only change the next four years of my life, but probably my life all together. (I wrote all about my UCLA decision in this post!) Now, I've been able to look back on the experiences had, memories made, and lessons learned within this first year of being a Bruin!

The Quarter System
Obviously, the main part of college is the academics. And UCLA is no joke. Instead of semesters, UCLA is separated into quarters. This basically means we have short, super intense 10 week learning periods instead of the standard semester. I personally have grown to love the quarter system since I am a very "all in" type of person, but at first it was a shock. I'm not going to lie, my first quarter was tough. But that adjustment period was necessary to grow and become a better student (and person).

Greek Life
A huge part of my experience in college has been in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. I wasn't sure about the whole Greek life thing at first, but I decided to go in with an open mind and ended up in Theta. All I have to say is that trusting in the process of finding your house really does work. It has been the best experience. I definitely learned that your experience in a sorority is absolutely a reflection of what you put in to it. I have found the most genuine, fun, and supportive friendships through my sorority.

The Daily Bruin
Even in this big school, I've been able to share my voice and what makes me unique. After I was on Larry King's show, I was contacted for an interview.  It was so fun to do a story on my journey with blogging, modeling, acting, and being a student! On the day my article came out, I definitely grabbed a stack of newspapers to save forever!

My Faith
It has been so awesome to find friends through organizations like Cru and Greek Crossing, which is a ministry specifically geared toward UCLA's Greek community. Being surrounded by friends who are actively pursuing a relationship with the Lord and seeking community in Christ has built me up and challenged me like never before. And that wasn't something I really expected to find in college. Whether it's been in my dorm, sorority, or classes, God has been working. The challenges that I've faced this year have drawn me closer to Him and affirmed that God is so much joy and love and strength. College has truly been such a time of growth.

You are looking at one of UCLA's 2016-2017 BearWear models! I get to do what I love for the school that I love by modeling UCLA apparel. It's kind of funny to see myself when I visit the student store or get snapchats from my friends when they receive catalogue or newsletters. The BearWear posters are in the most random places on campus, so you might see a familiar face if you visit UCLA!

Being at a Huge School
I finally feel like I'm coming into my own on this campus. Trust me, it can be intimating to be just one of 43,000. It's easy to feel less like a person and more like a number. Though at times it can be difficult, but when you come to a big school, you also join a huge family of people to will support, encourage, and challenge you. To be a Bruin means to be part of a giant family. And I promise it gets less intimating. The other day, I ran into like 12 different I knew on the walk to class!

PS: Here are more college related posts, including my first dorm tour, my sorority house room tour, study tips, tips for college apps, and my high school graduation, and my UCLA themed grad party