Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nocturne

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.


Comme Des Garcon 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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day By Day

The final days of summer vacay have came and went. This was my "last day of my summer" outfit which I wore while hanging out with my fam visiting from out of town. Maybe I'm in the minority here but I actually kind of enjoy starting fall classes. Heading back to school always gives me a "fall feeling" even when the weather is still scorching hot. Plus, it's an excuse to revamp the wardrobe (but in my book,"I'm bored of all the clothes I own" is also a valid excuse so maybe I'm not the best judge). 

On a more exciting note, I've recently joined the Obsession4Fashion team! If you're not familiar with Obsession4Fashion, they accurately describe themselves as a "worldwide fashion platform & online fashion magazine with shopping search engine which allows to discover the latest collection from the best brands in the fashion world." In other words, it's basically a fashion enthusiast's paradise and I can literally spend hours on there. For fashion news and inspiration, definitely check their site out along with all of the talented bloggers they showcase. 

Free People Portobello Road Dress- Free People
Steve Madden Lace Up Flats- Marshalls
Black Wide Brim Hat- Resale
Recycled Elephant Bag- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
All Other Jewelry - Resale/ Boutique/ Gift

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reuniting with Essential Oils

A few years ago when I working towards my health coaching certification, I started learning about the power and purposes of essential oils. The whole concept of using oils for beauty, cleaning, and aromatherapy was foreign but intriguing to me. One by one I started collecting oils and incorporating them into my daily life. Man did I notice improvements in my skin, hair and mental clarity. However, I'm going to be real with you guys: I fell off the holistic wagon a little bit in the past year after previously deciding not to pursue a career in nutrition. This meant unconsciously neglecting my essential oils and overall not giving my body as much loves as it needed. I'm trying to take better care of myself again and doTERRA essential oils definitely play a role in my journey to optimal health and wellness. Recently I was reached out to do a post featuring their oils. Although I typically stick to fashion on my blog, I feel too passionately about the power of these oils not to share them on here (plus, I feel like it was a sign that I need to get my life together and focus on my health again instead of living off cereal and coffee). 

So with that backstory out of the way, here are the oils I received:


Back when I first got into essential oils, I was mixing oils myself which was often a hassle. I'm not a precise person so I would end up adding too much of one of the oils every time. I can't tell you guys how much of a time saver it is doTERRA carries these blends. Since I've been sucking at falling asleep the past couple of months,the "Serenity" blend has become my new best friend. All I do is place a few drops into a spray bottle with some water and spritz it on my pillow before I hit the hay. Honestly, it's crazy that I'm now able to fall asleep in 15 minutes as opposed tossing and turning in bed for an hour or two (and I haven't even reduced my coffee intake yet!). I swear, it must be sorcery or something because it's made all the difference in my sleeping patterns.
 The mixture of spruce leaf, ho wood leaf, frankincense resin and other oils in the "Balance" blend is said to help ease anxiety. Whenever I smell it, I feel like I'm in a forest surrounded by pine trees which automatically chills me out. Seriously, I need to start bringing this bottle when I drive to keep road road at bay. 
Another note I should make: The blends do not have a carrier oil so you'll need to dilute them with a one (coconut oil or jojoba oil will do the trick) if you apply them onto your skin.


The other two also sent to me were the "Cheer" and "Passion" roll on blends. Who needs to perfume with all of the harmful chemicals and additives when these roll on oils exist? They both practically live in my purse and smell so heavenly (and the clove/cinnamon in the "Passion" one legit smells like Christmas). A little goes a long way- just a dab on the wrist and neck (the already have carrier oils in them) and the scent lasts pretty much the entire day. 


I didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to essential oils uses. For more info on essential oil uses, I'd recommend give this blog post a read.

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