Sunday, December 24, 2017

Eighth Avenue

Out to afternoon tea in this festive number. I almost forgot the joy of drinking tea for leisure rather than as a motivation for school work or to overcome a stubborn cold. What lifts my spirits even higher is using this opportunity to wear pretty tiny stilts a.k.a heels. Back in high school I used to scurry from class to class in pumps on a weekly basis. Five years later and I can't tell if I've become way less coordinated or if I'm more self-aware about my clumsiness (probably both). Strutting the streets in heels still makes me feel powerful even if I look like an awkward baby giraffe while doing it. Nonethless, I'm still going to keep channeling my inner Hilary Banks with the power of these classic pumps, this hat, and this Moschino blazer-esque blouse (even if I don't have daddy's money freely at my disposal). Happy holidaze y'all! 
Moschino Embellished Blouse- Resale
7 For All Mankind Jeans- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
Nine West Pumps- Resale
Silver Boho Necklace- Lucky Brand
Hat- Resale
Pom-pom Hoops- Flashbacks
All Other Jewelry- Flea Market

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Somewhere Somehow

Half of the time my outfit inspirations seem to hide underneath all of the random thoughts rattling in my brain. A few days after throwing this number together for an annual holiday work party, I was at home browsing through the "Your Top Songs 2017" playlist Spotify curates based on your most listened to songs of the year. One song on the list was Oddnesse's "Somewhere Somehow." Forgetting how much I enjoyed that tune I decided to revisit the music video. I initially remembered it being simple in concept yet so mesmerizing and fitting for the song. Apart from being transfixed on the circular panning from shot to shot, I noticed another detail I found interesting while watching the video again: how similar my black turtleneck/ high rise jeans/ statement necklace combo was to her's. Even our hair styles bear resemble (but mine is the less voluminous, more dull version). Although my intention wasn't to create an ensemble based on the video, it's as if myself subconscious decided to anyway. I guess style influences always end up rising to the surface from somewhere, somehow. 
Tiger Embellished Jacket- Free People
Black Turtleneck- Free People
High Rise Ripped Jeans- Savers
Patent Faux Leather Boots- Flashbacks
Belt- Goodwill
All Jewelry- Flea Market

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Rewind to about 3 weeks ago from today and here I was posing for some pics in Bushwick, feeling a thousand times happier than my dead-pan facial expression would lead one to believe. These photos were taken on one of my favorite days from my most recent NYC trip. We had spent this chilly fall's day meandering around the city, stopping by record stores (Captured Tracks I missed you) and interesting bars along the way. The last couple of photos were shot at Little Choc Apothecary, a super cute vegan creperie in Williamsburg that aesthetically reminded me of a couple cafes I visited in London back in 2013. It was a day ideally spent and is now a lovely memory I get to daydream about when I'm stuck doing monotonous, everyday tasks on the west coast.

Supreme x Levi's Jacket- Borrowed
Vintage Western Button-Up- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
Faux Leather Shorts- Resale
HUE Black Tights- Macys
Justin Roper Boots- Resale
Ann Demeulemeester Hat-Borrowed
 Statement Necklace- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
Sunnies- Flashbacks
All Other Jewelry- Boutique/ Resale

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Love Captive

Choices: We spend the majority of our days making them consciously and unconsciously. Fashion bloggers, myself included, dedicate a large portion of their blogs explaining why they chose to wear what they do. The reasons for this outfit are rather simple: 1. I wanted to emulate an equestrian style since it appeals to me & 2. This jacket's color scheme is one I never play off of so I felt like trying it out. The origin story for this ensemble doesn't stretch far beyond those 2 reasons if I'm being completely candid. In contrast, my inner monologue about choices regarding our perceptions of the outside world seems to drag on for days. I used to believe that I had little choice in what emotions I would experience. "Even if I was able to switch my feelings on and off", I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be unhealthy to do so because I would likely end up repressing sadness, anger, anxiety, etc.- a plan that's doomed to backfire at some point?" Recently my perspective on the matter has changed: My emotions usually stem from my perceptions of the world. If I choose to perceive situations and everyone around me as threats to my emotional stability, I'm inadvertently choosing to breed more hostility and fear than necessary. In contrast, choosing to view the cards I'm dealt with as (eventual) positive contributions to my well-being allows me to acknowledge the presence of undesirable emotions and find joy in knowing that I can control how I act upon them. In short, I believe we have agency over our perspectives and, by extension, choose our feelings to a certain degree. Not the most groundbreaking revelation but sometimes we all need friendly reminders of the obvious (or maybe only I do because my attention span seems to shorten day by day).

Vintage Floral Blazer- Flea Market
Kimchi Blue Velvet Tank- Resale
Topshop Tan Jeans- Resale 
Naturalizer Camel Boots- Nordstrom
Silver Boho Necklace- Lucky Brand
All Other Jewelry- Resale/ Flea Market

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Have One On Me

"Driven through by her own sword
Summer died last night, alone
Even the ghosts huddled up for warmth
Autumn has come to my hometown"
Despite never experiencing the full extent of Autumn in Southern California, the fall feeling returns to me while thinking about these lyrics from Joanna Newsom's, "Autumn." Each year fall's inherently introspective nature sends me into a listening session of Newsom's 2010 release, Have One on Me. Every aspect of this album is simply brilliant and makes for a perfect escape from reality. Filled with gorgeous harp arrangements, lush orchestral instrumentation, and lyrics with vivid imagery, this album catapults you into an entirely different world that resembles what I'd imagine the early 20th century was like. Part of that impression I get might stem from the ornate album cover which features Newsom in a 1920's-esque look surrounded by antiques. Since this record is so near and dear to my heart, I tried my best to style an outfit based on the album's artwork and sound as a continuation of my "Vinyl Vibes" series. Luckily I was even able to find my old head chain similar to the one she wore on the cover (although admittedly her's is infinitely cooler).
If y'all enjoy these looks inspired my records, please let me know! I love combining my two passions together so I just might do more of these kinds of posts in the future. 

Velvet Romper- MINKPINK
Peacock Leggings- Resale
Black Ankle Boots- Goodwill
Head Chain- Etsy
All Jewelry- Resale/Gift/Boutique

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Lemonade Grrrl

When life gives you lemons, wear them on your pants! Ok- y'all can't *not* expect me to recite the most cliche saying pertaining to lemons while wearing these trousers. I'm just going to assume everyone is like me for a second and appreciates the cringe of personalizing cheesy, overused phrases. No worries if my dialogue is outdated- I can keep things fresh in other ways. Take today's outfit inspo for example:
Driving around where I live I notice quite a few black/yellow signs scattered on the side of the back roads. While a lot of them seem unnecessary, (yes sign, I noticed that the "Hills Block View"- thanks for pointing out the obvious), they're oddly aesthetically pleasing with their jarring color contrast. Another interesting characteristic about my neck of the woods is that there are lots of orange groves and lemon trees, many of which can be spotted while driving by. It's very convenient to have them around so I can a pick a few lemons to chuck at ridiculously slow cars I'm stuck behind (kidding of course, I would never waste  perfectly fine fruit on insanely slow drivers). So needless to say, this "Small Town Road Rage" look is a new one of mine that I'll probably keep in my arsenal for as long as I live in my current town. Sometimes you gotta feel a little sour about the small annoyances of life to look/feel fierce. 🍋

Fringe Graphic Tee- Flashbacks
Zara Lemon Pants- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
Black Docs- Dr. Martens
Spike Dangle Earrings- Flashbacks
All Other Jewelry- Resale/ Flea-market

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