Courtney Trop

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We recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the beautiful and stylish Courtney Trop of Always Judging, an East Coast native turned West Coast beauty blogger based in L.A.

She first caught our eye with her well-edited portfolio of looks, her classically cool style and stunning white-blonde hair. Bonus: she’s so down to earth you feel like you’ve been friends for years.

Chances are you’ve heard of Always Judging and if not, we’re sure you’re going to be cyber stalking her by the end of our interview.

Courtney Trop

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Location: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Style Blogger
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Website: alwaysjudging.com

Where do you feel most at home?
In Southern California, it’s like I’ve lived here my whole life. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Who is your style icon?
I don’t have just one, but I love MK & Ashley Olsen, Christine Centenera and Sienna Miller.

How would you describe your own personal style?
Parisian with an Australian twist — it evolves and changes every day. I like to take risks and try new things. I keep it minimalistic and I always focus on one piece in my outfit, which is always the star of the show. I start with one piece when getting dressed and build the remainder of my outfit around that one piece. One thing my style is not, is girly.

Always Judging is …
A style blog I started 16 months ago, as an outlet to share my own person style and feelings about the industry.

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Most prized possession?
A nude Chloe blouse I got 5 years ago. I’ll never part with anything Chloe.

Must-have beauty products:
I’m not at all into beauty; I just know I love my purple shampoo and conditioner since I have bleach blonde hair. Also- I love my Anastasia brow products. If I had to only use one thing for the rest of my life, it would be brow products. I love a dark bushy brow.

What is your vice?
Finding new music and seeing live shows. I love DJ’s- Flume is my favorite right now.

Most exciting professional moment to date?
Every day is exciting for me, I strive for new things every day, so I can’t really say an old moment is the most exciting. I think waking up every morning and not knowing what’s going to happen that day is exciting. I don’t like to look back, even on good times. I don’t get lost in old memories, no matter how good they are…

Lipstick, gloss or natural?
All three, but on an every day basis, I wear smudged red- I almost rub all of it off, and then add chap stick over it.

What is your favourite hair trend?
Bed head.

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What was the last thing you bought for your closet?
Acne Mom Jeans.

What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
I died my hair black from my natural color, blonde. I had black hair for 4 years.

Tell us three things we need to know about LA.

  1. It’s not hot here, only when we randomly get a heat wave here or there.  Everyone thinks it’s hot here, but it’s mild in the low 70’s all year round.
  2. You can see some pretty cool shows if you’re into music.
  3. Gjelina is a must-eat at restaurant if you’re in town.

What’s on your iPod?
New music every day, I can’t even keep up with it myself, my Hype Machine account is “musiconthereg” follow me and find out. I  only use Hype Machine as my source of music, I don’t actually have any downloaded music on my iphone.

What do you love about AG hair?
The way the purple shampoo (Sterling Silver) takes out any trace of yellow in my hair!  It’s like magic.

— Told you so.

Originally Published: June 5, 2014.

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