Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drive Darling

What I'm Wearing
Bowlers Cap // H&M
Sunglasses // Celeb Wholesale Shades
Gold Sequin Tank Top // Free People
Denim // Kill City (Wasteland LA Denim)
Chain Necklace // Vintage
I've found some sense of being in this place. Once again recognizing the feeling of my own hands building up a life I've forgotten to keep dreaming of. Dreams that got lost somewhere between the realities of existing, and the actuality that I'm a part of it; a part of the realness of living. That thought has left my mind a bit more naked, more raw, less sheltered; I've learned to hold onto that nakedness and embrace the absolute vulnerability that comes with it. Within vulnerability lies the potential for beautiful and triumphant breakthroughs. I'm beginning to see that when I get tossed into that place of fear, when things don't feel right, there's an opportunity for acceptance, acceptance for myself, and for my situation and where I'm at. I can know that what I'm feeling and what I'm doing is absolutely and perfectly correct. And when I can accept all that is without trying to control or change it, I can let go, which only makes a big pathway for the good to come. It's a process that I'm learning to appreciate slowly, because it is pretty magnificent in the whole scheme of things.

Here's a casual Wednesday look. This outfit is something I feel totally and absolutely comfortable in. I could wear it anywhere and feel ready for anything. This leather jacket was given to me by Dad a couple Christmas' ago, and with his passing this previous year, it's become something I really treasure. I feel so grateful to have something so amazing like this leather jacket to remember him, along with other things, but this is definitely one of my favorites. I love a good head to toe black outfit, especially when I can wear my bowlers cap. The Free People top really helped to give the look a softer touch with the little bit of sparkle. Not to mention these amazing cat eye glasses that give it some femininity.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Old Pine

What I'm Wearing
Hat // Forever 21
Crop Top // Pacsun
Shorts // Bought on Melrose in LA
Bag // Billabong
Sunglasses // AMI Clubwear
Gray Sparrow Socks // Sammy Icon
Boots // Dear Diary
Necklaces // vintage chain, Chelsea Den Jewelry

Autumn is my absolute favorite season, and being from Colorado originally, I'm used to some pretty beautiful ones. Having lived in California for coming up on four years now, I have to say I really miss seeing the leaves change, feeling the wind shift to a colder season, and how the air just smells different. Santa Barbara has literally gotten hotter since summer ended and I'm trying not to complain, but I want to start bundling up so badly! As much as I want to layer up and break out my coats, the weather just does not agree, therefore I'm faking Autumn-layered-up outfits with oversized cardigans, short shorts, hats, socks and crop tops!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Floral Fall

What I'm Wearing
Bowlers Cap // H&M
Denim // Lark and Wolfe (Urban Outfitters)
Dress // Lush 
Shoes // Make Me Chic
Bag // Forever 21

"People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: they hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters, they get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren't determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they're satisfied with small changes. Over time though, small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world."
-Beth Clark
I read that quote this morning and it really stuck with me. One thing that I was taught my whole life is that no matter what, through thick and thin, people come first. That reading really emphasizes that it doesn't take a whole lot to make this world a better place for everyone to live in, including yourself, but you have to start somewhere, a change has to start somewhere. I've got so many dreams-I talk about dreams all the time on my blog because I can't help but drive home how important I think having dreams, and even daydreaming is! Dreams push us to imagine pursuing what we've always believed isn't possible, they inspire other dreams in other people, they motivate, captivate, expand normal every day thinking and make us question what we are capable of accomplishing...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Last Days of Summer

What I'm Wearing
Denim Jacket // Lark & Wolf bought at Urban Outfitters
Necklace // Etsy
Crop Top // Pacsun (Tops)
Heels // Betsy Johnson

We walked holding the hands of giants 
knowing all too well the weight of their steps
And the places with which they could take us
It wasn't difficult to see you through the haze
From the way your light caught my eye
We've been through it all, but you've still got that smile
The one that breathes out the eases of home
  Leaving me naked and bare, full of air with no ground
I'm wrapped up in this story we've decided to write
Mixing up the beginning without pinpointing the end
So take my hand and let's just leave
As we step in place with the giants

I had a rather long weekend of working, and lately that seems to be my most productive days...Not sure how that keeps happening. This weekend though, and continuing on, is New York Fashion Week and I was so thrilled to get to watch all of the Instagram videos of the runways since I couldn't be there myself. I spent a good portion of last night trying to see a full length video of Ralph Laurens 4D projected water show in Central Park...(WHAT??) and it was absolutely beautiful! Getting to see New York fashion week is such an inspiring time, even when I'm watching from the complete opposite end of the country! All of the 60's style on the runways made me want to pull out my own bell skirt and do a fun end-of-summer post. I started with this bell corduroy skirt from American Apparel and paired it with this super comfy cotton Pacsun Crop top. By the way, every time I go into a pac sun lately I fall in love with so many items, which is a new thing for me...I just love they're sunny California boho style now! I then added one of my own Amethyst necklaces from my own line and some fun Besty Johnson heels.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall/Winter 2014 Trends

Summer is ending and Fashion Month has finally arrived from New York to London to Milan, making it's last stop in Paris, which means it's time for my 2014 Autumn/Winter trends post! This season was so incredibly beautiful fashion wise, from the retro-fresh 60's inspired catwalks of Gucci to the fur covered models of Fendi, I've got the total recap of this years Autumn/Winter designer runways and what you'll be seeing on the streets in the next upcoming months. You'll also find my own Autumn/Winter wish list that has some more affordable versions of the biggest trends on the runways, with all the shopping links provided. Happy Autumn/Winter 2014 shopping!
My Wishlist 
(see links at bottom of post)

Runway Recap
Coats, Coats, and Coats
As normal as this might seem, by far the biggest trend of this season and the staple piece of almost every designer's runway was the winter coat. But not just any regular coat, parkas, capes, ponchos, furs, biker jackets, boxy tailored blazers, long trenches, short shearlings, any type of outerwear you could think of walked each of the designers runways. This Winter's fashion is all about bundling up and  finding those core statement pieces that will serve their purpose, all the while being utterly classic and luxurious fashion wise.  A fairy tale like cape seen at Dolce and Gabbana was a particular favorite of mine. And how could you not love the custom initial stitched ponchos of Burberry,? (Thanks to Cara for rocking it so well) I was pretty surprised to see the Parka make it's return with quite a bang (it's hard to admit how well Balenciaga made such a marshmallow shape look so chic). There's really no wrong way to go with this one. Personally I'm going to be looking for some wild (faux) furs to rock, and if I can find a poncho that I can pull off, you better believe it'll be mine!

Swingin' 60's
Another huge trend for these next months is the swinging' 60's. So think short skirts and tall boots (or take a direct cue from the runway and go with pants), patent Mary Janes, pastels, shiny metallics, trapeze dresses...Even a brand new Go Go boot-anything to create the baby doll like style of 1960's London. This is a whole new look for Winter, it's brighter, fresher, and more effortlessly chic than the usual layered up, darker garb we're used to rocking through the cold. I'm finding this trend can be taken one of two ways, there's the way that Gucci did the 60's; with vibrancy, warm toned leather skirts, neutral toned bottoms like a classic trouser pant and a leather knee high boot-a definite tribute to that time. Whereas designers like Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent took it in a different

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Blues

What I'm Wearing
Crop Top // American Apparel
Skater Skirt // Forever 21
Belt // Urban Outfitters
Socks // Sammy Icon
Shoes // AMI Clubwear
Necklaces // Chelsea Den Jewelry // Etsy
I just got a bunch of really amazing socks from the brand Sammy Icon. (see link above) They're so soft and comfy and the designs are super fun to pair with outfits to add some more pop! I shot this look at home, so of course my dog Mika stuck her lovely self into a few shots, she's just the absolute best haha. I love this look because this is something I would wear every day if I could. I'm always a fan of dark colors, blues, blacks, grays, burgundy, and I especially love a comfy cotton-y slouchy boho look, so this one takes my heart. I just bought this belt at Urban Outfitters on sale for an amazing deal, but I'm still on the hunt for a great black leather conch belt ( I want one so badly!) This outfits perfect for a fun Friday night! Happy Friday everyone, have a magical weekend :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oceans Apart

What I'm Wearing
Hat // Forever 21
Crop Top // Dear Diary in Santa Barbara
Jacket // Forever 21
Denim // Abercrombie & Fitch (bought at Crossroads Trading Co.)
Boots // Dear Diary in Santa Barbara
Gold Triangle Necklace // Etsy
Tote // Billabong
Oceans apart with no where to go, Tuesdays with you in mind. As of late my body works at a quiet still, numbering my days with each glittering sunrise and sunset. I've no need for time in this place that I live, not since I realized the full length of this life and of you and I. You came in with a silent bang. I felt your footsteps before you entered the room, complicating my once simple way of life before I could even take a breath. I'm still staring at the pieces wondering if what we've destroyed will become something unheard of, something too beautiful to have existed with us before. It's all too close to look at...My biased judgement will tell me to run. Run because this vulnerability you show me could blow me to smithereens. You were so easy to wish for until you arrived. I've found myself staring down the dreams of what could be and realizing they were so much bigger than I could have ever imagined. And I would be lying if I said a part of me didn't shutter at the overwhelming feeling this brings on, but I've asked for it, and I'm working for it, so I have to think that something inside me knows I deserve it.   
I've written my whole life, whether it was for school, for myself, or for publication. I love to write. Creatively though, that's for sure. One of the many things I love about my fashion blog is that every once in a while I can share some of my own personal writings. I've always been pretty shy with sharing a lot of the things I'm passionate about, especially my writing, so most people don't even know that I do it, but as I share more and more I'm beginning to get more confidant in it, and I love that. So today I decided