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)
Skirt // American Apparel
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 Week has finally arrived from Paris to New York to London, making it's last stop in Milan, 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 
Shop The Links
1. Jeffrey Campbell Lilyn Stud Boot // Nasty Gal
2. Quay Joplin Shades // Nasty Gal
3. Epic Sequins Sleeve Sweater // Chicwish
4. The Boater Hat // Lack of Color
5. Be Bold Body Con Dress // Tobi
6. Vinyl Front Ponte Leggings // Top Shop
7. CONTROL Over The Knee Boots // Top Shop
8. Monroe Sheepskin Rever Collar Coat // Top Shop
9. Pack of 2 Stiff Necklaces // ZARA
10. Roxbury Skinny Jeans // Tobi
11. Mixed Prism Necklace // J. Crew
12. Asha Sunnies // Gypsy Warrior
13. Amore Tulle Midi Skirt in Caramel // Chicwish
14. Embroidered Navy Blue Midriff Jumper // Romwe
15. Brown Metallic Yoke Knit Scarves // Sheinside
16. Nasty Gal English Nights Cape // Nasty Gal
17. Leopard Print Pelmet Skirt // Top Shop
18. Smart Boxy Crossbody Bag // Top Shop
19. Chain Necklace // ZARA
20. Miista Alexia Platform // Nasty Gal
21. Black Mini Backpack // Chicwish
22. Matted Camel Shearling Jacket // Chicwish
23. ASOS Wide Topped Waist Belt // ASOS
24. Motel Ricky Tee in Tango // Motel Rocks
25. One Teaspoon Freelove Denim Skirt // Nasty Gal
26. Tuck Back Beanie // Top Shop
27. Cracked Leather High Heel Sandal // ZARA

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 direction; using subtle nods towards the 60's like sheer collared shirts, darker baby doll style dresses, and black leather knee high boots, to give this retro look a much more modern street style.

Dipped in Gold
For some time now gold has been making a statement in the fashion industry. Designers have been using it in the most delicate of ways and also in the boldest, using it as the perfect accent piece to offset any regular fashion piece or as a chunky-chained statement necklace, but this season gold came in with a flashy bang, proving to be a staple trend this season. Labels like Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Saint Laurent, Moschino and Chloe amongst so many more, all displayed their flare of gold whether it was a leopard printed gold dress, gold shearling fur jacket, head to toe gold and leather, or plates of gold disks sewn into a dress, it was all there and more golden than ever. My favorite of collections to conquer the gold trend is of course, Dolce and Gabbana. They rocked this style and took it to a whole other level of classic feminine beauty. I'm a devoted lover of Dolce and Gabbana because of the lace and the frills and the absolute sensuality they bring to each and every one of their collections-I just think they make clothing made to show off the beauty of a woman, but what they did with gold is absolutely royal. Each and every model looked straight out of a fairy tale, just too, too pretty.

Animal Kingdom
Animal prints were huge this season, tying in with the furs that hit all the runways to give our Winter a sort of animalistic feel...To our clothes. The list of designers that sported an animal print on their catwalk goes on and on, but to name a few that got really into it were Celine, Burberry, Balmain, Gucci, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent. But before you start to go through your head of the usual red lip/leopard print "since the dawn of time" combo, hold off because this is a whole new way to show off the wilder side of prints. Designers like Sebastian Suhl of Givenchy and Olivier Rousteing of Balmain mixed leopard prints with an Aviator-type vintage feel, making this trend a little more, eh hem, dare I say it, badass than previously styled before. Whereas other designers like Gucci, Burberry, and Celine took it a whole other direction, exaggerating leopard prints on coats and dresses to give off a very primal feminine power kind of feel with a little bit of the 60's trend spilling over into it. 

Knit Picky
This is definitely the epitome of what is a trend...Head to toe knitwear is quite the look to pull off, and if you are a die hard wear-it-like-the-runways kind of person then I want to see you rock this one. Designers like Paul Smith, Celine, Haider Ackermann, and Marc Jacobs took on this style whole heartily. It's certainly a comfortable outfit to go for, and the more I look into this trend, the more I'm realizing that this is great when done the right way. The head to toe monochromatic knit might be a tough one to pull off but there are definitely other ways to wear knits this season that are a little more user friendly; Skirts, hats, sweaters, belts, cardigans, if the designers are saying one thing about knits it's that they can be a lot more versatile than what we originally thought. Haider Ackerman, for instance, made a floor length, turtleneck, no shape, knit dress with pockets making for a rather elongated monochromatic looking model. And then there was Stella McCartney who made shorter knit dresses that visually played with shape and form, and look much more street/day friendly than some of the other pantsuit knits. Personally I'm always a fan of a knit hat or knit cardigan any day of the week so this trend will definitely be a part of my wardrobe this Winter.

This 2014 Autumn/Winter fashion season is definitely one of my favorites yet, with what was seen on the runways. I have so many favorites but Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, and Balmain would have to be my favorite collections with Saint Laurant, Gucci, and Celine oh so close behind them. I can't wait to get started on my Autumn/Winter looks with these trends, and have already started shopping for my favorite ones. I've made my own wish list for myself and provided direct links so that you guys can shop it too! Hope you enjoy!

1. Jeffrey Campbell Lilyn Stud Boot // Nasty Gal
2. Quay Joplin Shades // Nasty Gal
3. Epic Sequins Sleeve Sweater // Chicwish
4. The Boater Hat // Lack of Color
5. Be Bold Body Con Dress // Tobi
6. Vinyl Front Ponte Leggings // Top Shop
7. CONTROL Over The Knee Boots // Top Shop
8. Monroe Sheepskin Rever Collar Coat // Top Shop
9. Pack of 2 Stiff Necklaces // ZARA
10. Roxbury Skinny Jeans // Tobi
11. Mixed Prism Necklace // J. Crew
12. Asha Sunnies // Gypsy Warrior
13. Amore Tulle Midi Skirt in Caramel // Chicwish
14. Embroidered Navy Blue Midriff Jumper // Romwe
15. Brown Metallic Yoke Knit Scarves // Sheinside
16. Nasty Gal English Nights Cape // Nasty Gal
17. Leopard Print Pelmet Skirt // Top Shop
18. Smart Boxy Crossbody Bag // Top Shop
19. Chain Necklace // ZARA
20. Miista Alexia Platform // Nasty Gal
21. Black Mini Backpack // Chicwish
22. Matted Camel Shearling Jacket // Chicwish
23. ASOS Wide Topped Waist Belt // ASOS
24. Motel Ricky Tee in Tango // Motel Rocks
25. One Teaspoon Freelove Denim Skirt // Nasty Gal
26. Tuck Back Beanie // Top Shop
27. Cracked Leather High Heel Sandal // ZARA

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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Little Bit of Jewelry For Your Sunday

Hey everybody! 
Happy Sunday, hope it's as sunny as ever! I spent my Saturday night restocking all my different jewelry selling stores, that includes my online store, Etsy, and Depop app! Be sure to check out some of my various sites if you're into boho/crystal/metal/treasureful little things, handmade with love by yours truly :)

XOXO
Chelsea 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the Stars

What I'm Wearing
Crop Top // American Apparel
Knit // Forever 21
Shorts // Forever 21
Necklace // Vintage
Boots // Makemechic
Purse // Urban Outfitters

Who knows anymore
How to get to the stars
My map leads to too many places
Too many faces seem familiar first glance
And each chance seems more real than before
So who knows anymore
How to get to the stars
Because my map leads to too many places

I'm doing a quick post today since I'm heading straight for the beach to get some good ocean air in my lungs before I need to get back to work. I love this look because it's so versatile for different events, and not only that it's really comfortable and easy to get around in. I started with one of my favorite crop tops from American Apparel and paired them with these shorts that I love so much- they have the prettiest lace pattern on them, but the black lines makes it easy to pair them with darker things, which tends to be a must in my outfits. I then went with a color blocking knit cardigan that keeps me warm always, lastly adding some sparkle with these cutout boots, a necklace, and a gold chained purse to tie all the elements together. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Mornings


What I'm Wearing
Beanie // No Fun Press
Denim Jacket // Men's Levi's (borrowed from my wonderful boyfriend's closet)
Dress // American Apparel
Necklace // Made myself (See my Jewelry Collection Here)
Leopard Slip Ons // Makemechic.com
"It was all a part of being trustworthy-of being a piece of sea glass.
 High tides, low tides, storms, sand and mistakes all contributed to the polishing process.
Though difficult to endure at the time, the demanding elements helped smooth the surface, transforming one into a better person, not worse. A person who learned from the harsh environment, who knew the storm would end, and who felt confidence she would still be in once piece."
- Maria V. Snyder
That full moon last night was so big, I kept finding myself stepping outside to look at it. There isn't a thing in this world I find more captivating than the moon and the ocean so last night was amazing. I spent a lot of time this weekend really thinking about everything in my life; the things I've lost and gained over the last year. A little over a year ago when I started fashion blogging I had a lot of heavy/unfortunate/life changing things happening and I honestly couldn't picture where I was going to be today, but now that I'm here I couldn't be more grateful. It's been a lot of really hard work  but I can't even begin to explain how excited I am to just keeping doing exactly that; working on all of my goals, and keep expanding, pushing myself, and of course keep my loved ones close all the while. I'm just feeling so appreciative to all the people that I have around me, that support and love me for me, just the most wonderful, beautiful people I could ask for. Speaking of, I got to borrow this rad denim jacket from my boyfriend's closet, and I really think it pulled the whole look together. I've wanted to do a look with this dress for a while, but it's such a "Vavavoom" kinda dress that I've been trying to figure out how to tone it down a little for a day look. I just bought these leopard print slip ons that are rather similar to a Givenchy pair that recently came out (see here) I just love all the fashion going on right now and making it my own style, theres so many fun trends right now to work with.