A Numinous Synchroinicty

I’ve been thinking about synchronicity a lot. I’ve noticed it more and more, in funnier and simpler ways. I’ll be thinking about someone randomly and they’ll text, I’ll say something that my friend was about to say, someone who I haven’t thought of will come up after being thought of, weird coincidences are becoming more and more frequent. The more I take hold and notice, the more it happens. Those are little kinds of synchronicity. They’ve been pairing with bigger full circles, in more ways than one, but one of the biggest and most relevant ways synchronicity has shaped my life is through a website called The Numinous. DQ 1Let’s start at the beginning, as much as I can without boring you to death. My path with spirituality began when I was 11. My moms friend owned a metaphysical bookstore with her girlfriend, and they gave me my first set of oracle cards. This started my journey and my obsession, which led to my discovery of witchcraft. I had visited Salem on Halloween when I was 7, so this connection was a cool circle; I had been so intrigued by Wicca, it felt right when it came back around. I became interested in fashion and journalism at 14, when I decided I wanted to pursue fashion journalism. Before this I had wanted to own my own metaphysical store.witch

Fast forward to my sophomore year of college. Up until this point I had been trying to find a way to incorporate my love for fashion and spirituality and magick into a singular medium. I had already started my tarot series (outfits based on different cards of the deck, which are here), and was posting more on spirituality, but it wasn’t adding up. One of my favorite humans, Kelsea, and I were having coffee when she told me about this website called The Numinous. I saw the tagline, “Material girl, mystical world” and knew I was hooked; could it really be everything I had wanted?! (The answer is a resounding YES).  I was obsessed- it only helped that editor Ruby went to London College of Fashion, worked as a fashion journalist and left to pursue a website “where Celine shoes and the Celestine Prophecy could exist in beautiful harmony.”  I kid you not, I felt like someone finally understood my soul. I had finally found a place to turn to, at least online. After obsessing over the site for 6 or so months, I decided to pitch a piece to Ruby- my first pitch ever, but I figured it couldn’t hurt, right?! She responded, said she loved the idea, and my piece on being a Death Queen and owning the Death Card came up. This was a completely surreal experience in itself; a personal piece up on my favorite blog!? Pretty freaking cool. DQ 2This was the first time I realized there was an avenue for what I wanted to do- and I decided to follow it. I kept in touch with Ruby and continued being a fan girl.I asked her about London, since I would be studying at London College of Fashion for a semester, and pitched a few more ideas to her. Fast forward to this past summer while I was in New York interviewing for a couple other potential internships and finally got to meet the lovely Ruby face-to-face (at the cutest cafe/yoga studio ever). We talked and chatted and it was when I came back to the city for my internship with Rick Owens a couple of weeks later that I officially accepted the position as an editorial intern, which I had been offered the previous semester. WHAT. What makes this even more mystical is that for my fashion theory class at LCF I wrote about fashion and spirituality- using The Numinous, and Ruby,as a case study and example. Another circle, right? numinatiI became a member of the Numinati, got my own contributors page, and was in charge of helping Ruby revamp content. I wrote everything from quizes to “listicles” to features on designers and interviews. It. was. magical. The internship was even for school credit; two birds with one stone. I also had the opportunity to write about dressing ~summer goth~ and featured one of my favorite brands in the process, Sisters of the Black Moon.  Fashion influenced by spirituality and witchcraft, and being able to write about it?! I never anticipated this becoming a reality, but I thank the cosmos for it everyday.  summer gothOh and I got to interview Audrey Kitching, which was also beyond amazing. She is the real deal, let me just say. audI’ve been incredibly lucky with the editors I work under; they’ve all been amazing, and Ruby was no exception. Working with her was an incredible experience; she was always willing to answer my million questions, give me feedback, encourage me and trust me with the responsibility of writing content for the site. Needless to say, by the time this internship was coming to end, I didn’t want it to. Thankfully it didn’t- I got a promotion of sorts and will be working social media for the site!! I freaked out when Ruby said she wanted to continue working with me and I freaked out even more when she offered me this position. The past ten years have come full circle and for the first time I’m able to combine both of my passions in a meaningful way. Life is so good and I’m so thankful for every opportunity that has led me to where I am right now. yaWith that being said- if you don’t follow The Numinous  on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (which is run by #girlboss Ruby herself) I can’t with you and you’re actually the worst.

What are your most noteworthy moments of synchronicity?
XOXO
Gabriela

Ill Tell Ya What I Want (Fall/Winter 2015)

Remember how I said I love fall and that I always daydream about what I want to buy and wear? If not, don’t fear. I’m currently reminding you of that and also including some things I’ve been obsessing over and lusting for in equal parts. Here are my top five items I want to wear forever and always this fall. Don’t wait up.

WHAT I WANTLet me just tell you, nothing makes me feel fancier than imagining three cocktail rings on each finger, stacked up, reading some tarot cards or sipping a gin and tonic. I was all about the stacked bands last year but then I remembered how easily I lose rings and how subtlety isn’t my strong suit. Touche. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing more fabulous, and slightly gaudy, than stacks and stacks of blinged out costume jewlery, an all black outfit and some lipstick to match the rings. Add some really long fake nails, a lot of attitude and you got it, girl.

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Vendome ad. Photo via Popsugar

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Trifari ad 1960. Photo via Hprints.com

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I’m a rather averge stature at 5’6 (here’s looking at you mom and dad) and I love chunky, bold, heeled shoes. Add a twist of grown up/ high fashion Wednesday Addams and you’ve got this lady hooked. Some crazy accents liek stacked soles, or gold cap tips have me spinning. Oversized oxfords with a giant tassel? Chunky black brogues?! Yes please- gothic chic, anyone?
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Who What Wear/ Style Caster/ The Zoe Report

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Courtesy of viviennewestwood.com

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been collecting some neat pins and been sewing some patches but I finally turned; I am a fan of the denim jacket. Okay OKAY I know I said it would never happen, but a girl can only stick to her high (sartorial) horse for so long, right?! I posted about the vintage denim jacket a friends mom gave to me and I don’t regret it. I love my denim jacket, but I want more! My favorite fall outerwear staple, however, is the leather jacket- preferably vegan and vintage. I’ve been craving a soft, leathery jacket in addition to my structured studded one. I just finished Viv Albertine’s book and I’m waiting for my copy of a book on Vivienne Westwood- it’s clear who inspires my leather love.

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I’ve gushed over my love of lace, and vintage, lingerie before and I will do it again. I love it. I love the delicate detailing and the sweet touch of beautiful lingerie on my skin. And I love how it looks! I had a lot of trouble embracing my A-cups (here’s to you mom and dad, again), but now I see them as a perfect excuse to wear the prettiest lingerie possible. Add some harness details, lots of mesh and cutouts an delicate straps and you’ve got my weak at the knees. I love layering bras like these under cardigans, and leaving a few buttons unbuttoned. These pieces look equally as good under men’s button downs worn as dreses. Oh and they look fabulous on their own. Win win, in my book. vintageLife cheat for amazing vintage lingerie. Become best friends with someone who has a knack for finding it and owns her own Etsy. My pick is my darling Ivory Woods and her shop Forgotten Feather. Also the store I work at in Columbia, Hip Wa Zee, always has plenty of good finds.

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Another recent obsession, again thanks to my dear Ivory, are vintage bolo ties. Something I never really knew about until a teachers father came to speak to my class when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I remember liking his bolo tie, but it wasn’t until the past few months that I’ve gotten into them. I haven’t really been into big jewelry as of late, but a bolo tie feels a good mix of masculine and feminine elements. I love that you can ajdust em to, convenience is key. I want to find some with crystals instead of pendants- yum. Last First Day of School3I wore a bolo tie to my last first day of classes EVER. 16th grade deserved to be sent off in style. Photo by the twin, Alexandra Herstik.

What are you wearing this Fall?
XOXO
Gabriela

What I Wore Wednesday: Denim and Summers End

Ah, the bittersweet (mostly bitter) realization looming in the air. It’s the last day of summer. In 12 hours I will be on my way to my first 8am of the semester. But alas, there’s a silver lining; it’s my last first day of school. Senior year of college, what a thought. It feels even more appropriate now to continue wearing black, all the time no exceptions, to mourn the passing of both summer and the past 15 years of my life which have been filled with school. 2I made my twin Alexandra Herstik take some photos of me the other day because I don’t wear my glasses often and I felt kinda cute. You know how sometimes that happens and you need photographic proof of it? Exactly. I never wear denim… except when I’m wearing this jacket, or my one pair of black Topshop jeans, or a pair of really sick torn up, high waisted, bleached denim I scored for $7, which I still need to post about. Anyway, back to this jacket- I was talking to my friend Zach about how I wanted a denim jacket and he said his mom gave him one from the 80’s and had no use for it, how fitting. I got some really cool pins from a lovely lady named Scout, and I added my Vivienne Westwood pin from Search and Destroy in New York. I threw on a Topman tee with my favorite shorts and shoes, both from Urban, and I wore my Zara bag with it. I topped this outfit off with a gold collar necklace by Marc Jacobs I got while I was in New York this summer.

Anyway. Summer’s almost over and I don’t really know what to think of it. It was a whirlwind of traveling and new experiences, people, internships, kicking people out (if it doesn’t serve ya..) and mostly just living. It’s been an incredible summer, the best yet, and although I’m not necessarily excited about school, I am in my own sort of special way. College is such a time of transition and impermanence… it’s strange being present and living somewhere that manages to feel so temporary. I’m right where I need to be though, and I’m where I would have wanted to be my freshman year; that’s a pretty nice realization. 1 9 7 6 5 4 310

Here’s to the best last first day there is, and here’s to the best twin there is.
XOXO
Gabriela

Coven of One

Oh Sunday’s. The perfect day for sleeping in until brunch and an even better excuse for getting a drink at noon. Classes start on Thursday, which would be tragic if it wasn’t my last “first day” of school. If everything goes according to plan I’ll be walking this May, getting my diploma and saying SEE YA to college and the sweet old South. On this particular Sunday, I decided to celebrate and do a few of my favorite things. I went to Rosewood Market with my twin sister Alexandra and one of my best friends Ivory and her boyfriend Travis. We ate a delicious meal and then Ivory, Alex and I went to the mall on the search for lipstick and gold nose rings. Alex and I later went to our favorite coffee shop to meet a friend (and which meant getting a mimosa for me) before we took photos in front of an abandoned gas station.

2I knew that I wanted to wear these sandals today (from Urban Outfitters) because they seem very brunch appropriate, and I decided they would pair well with this vintage skirt, which I got from Ivory from her store Forgotten Feather. Lovely. I paired it with my favorite vintage hat, some mirrored sunglasses from Hip Wa Zee and a patch I made that says “not yours”. Today’s aesthetic followed ‘I head a coven of misguided youth with abstract haircuts” and you know I’m cool with that. I know that it probably seems like I’m still riding on the “witchy” trend, and that’s chill because I’ve been on the witchy wagon for literally ten years. I use fashion as a way to physically express what my soul would look like, and for now, this is it! So cheers.

All photos were taken by my wonderful sister Alexandra Herstik.  1 5 4 367101112mineHere’s to one last year and lots of mimosas

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Six Black Balloons: Breathing Fashion Turns SIX

This is a warning; this post will be sappy, it will be emotional and it will be filled with LOVE. I know, I know, sometimes I’m even surprised I have a heart, but alas, it’s not as black or icy as I make it out to be. Anyway, dear humans, today Breathing Fashion turns SIX. HA! I’ve had this little blog for half a decade and it’s grown up with me, and  you know, that’s pretty special. I started this thing my sophomore year of high school, when I realized that I wanted to pursue fashion journalism as a profession. Everything I read said to start a blog and I did.13

Breathing Fashion has always been my sacred space. It’s where I come to write my thoughts; on everything from collection reviews to tarot inspired photoshoots, to happenings in the fashion industry to little spiritual tidbits that I think would be helpful to other humans. Breathing Fashion, more than anything else, is also a visual diary of how I’ve grown up and into myself, all while living in small suburban Southern cities. This space has been where I turn to so I can try to figure out who the hell I am, how the heck I can find myself in this life and how I can express myself in a way that would be beneficial for whoever decided to read this damn thing. The journey through this blog has been more rewarding than I ever anticipated. I’m so thankful for anyone who takes the time to read my posts, anyone who’s ever encouraged me and anyone who’s believed in me. There would be no point in all of this without you.

Breathing Fashion has been with me through every awkward outfit, every horrible collection review and every awkward photoshoot I’ve been through. This has been the place I turn to when I need to write and  get away from the fact that I’ve been stuck in cities who don’t understand my aesthetic. Breathing Fashion has been the reason I’ve said I DON’T CARE that I don’t live in New York. This site was the reason I decided to grow thick skin and wear whatever I wanted to wear regardless if people understand it or not. This blog helped me learn who I am and that as long as I’m proud to be Gabriela Lorraine Herstik, whatever anyone else thinks is irrelevant. 11

Breathing Fashion has taken a back seat the past year because I’ve actually been able to accomplish what I started it for; fashion writing. Six years later, I’ve had three cover stories for MOD magazine, I’m writing and interning for my favorite online magazine The Numinous, I’m interning with Deux Hommes magazine and went to London Fashion Week as international press for them. I’ve interned with Rick Owens. I’ve helped launch a magazine for United Colors of Fashion, I’ve contributed to The Fashion Law, The Cult Collective and FIG Columbia. My first resume builders were accomplished simply because of this blog. I’ve worked with amazing brands like Birds n Bones and Social Decay, I’ve been able to collaborate with photographers like Mary DeCrescenzio and my sister, and I’ve met some of my best friends through this platform.

So for that, I say THANK YOU. Here are photos with six black balloons for six black and fabulous years of Breathing Fashion. I’m wearing an amazing skirt by Forgotten Feather Vintage and all photos are by my twin Alexandra Herstik. Here’s to the future of Death Queen style.

10121197654321Body suit: Junkman’s Daughter// Skirt: Forgotten Feather Vintage// Shorts: Target// Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell 8Thank you to everyone who’s helped make these past six years AMAZING. Here’s to the next six.

XOXO

Gabriela Lorraine

 

 

Bad Bitch in Social Decay

So a couple weeks ago, I had the amazing honor of being Social Decay’s “Bad Bitch of the Week”. My amazing friend Ashley, their resident blogger, wrote a piece about me which you can read here if you wish. Beyond the fact that I was crowned with this honor, I also received an amazing shirt by the brand. One which I was lucky enough to shoot with my sister Alexandra who is finally back from her adventures in California.

10This past weekend I also scored big time at Goodwill with this amazing flannel which I will be wearing all the time from here on out (you have been warned). I knew instantly that this flannel and my Bad Bitch shirt were a match made in fashion hell, and I paired both with some shorts from Nasty Gal and grown up mary janes from Topshop. My twin Alexandra Herstik took all the photos (you can find her incredible photography on Instagram under @alexyael). Of course, we took some photos on the roof of our parking garage. Classic. So without further adieu, here’s me pretending to be a bad bitch. XO2 4 36 5
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KIMYE THE FINALE

For this last set of Kimye inspired goodness, Bakari and I went to one of my favorite places to take photos- the top of my apartment’s parking garage! Imagine that we landed on a private jet, in true Kimye fashion, and that we were carried off onto the makeshift tarmac while we were eating grapes (we weren’t). For this set of photos I wore Zara waxed jeans, a Zara leather top and Steve Madden shoes.

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KIM AND YE GO RUSTIC

As promised, here’s part II of  my KIMYE series with my favorite human Bakari.  For this set, we went a bit more rustic and endured the woods of Columbia, South Carolina for a bootylicious shoot (I hope). I wore a Topshop skirt and bra, Zara bag and some Jessica Simpson shoes to get my inner Kim flowing. DSC_6841DSC_6845 DSC_6846 DSC_6847 DSC_6848 DSC_6849 DSC_6850 DSC_6851 DSC_6853 DSC_6854 DSC_6855 DSC_6856 DSC_6858 DSC_6859 DSC_6861 DSC_6862 DSC_6865 DSC_6866

K I M Y E:: P A R T 1

So, my wonderful friend Bakari and I had the fabulous idea of doing a Kim and Kanye inspired shoot. Oh- but we didn’t stop there. We had three outfit changes in three seperate locations, all of which weree very, very Kimye.  I paired my Reformation bodysuit with my favorite Jeffrey Campbells and my favorite Topshop jeans for our first look. I’ll be posting the next couple looks over the next few days.

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Feeling Feelings

There’s a stigma on feelings. It’s quiet funny actually, how we think we should just turn certain ones off if they’re not fitting for an occasion. We don’t necessarily have control over a situation but we absolutely have control over which colored lens we choose to view it in.  As someone who is an inherently positive person, I tend to view the world in a sunshine colored filter. Things happen, people happen, but nine times out of ten I choose to be happy. But sometimes, especially at night, I get sad. Sometimes it’s because of something someone did, sometimes it’s because I remember something that hurt, sometimes it’s because I’m human and sometimes our walls crumble without our permission. Sometimes it’s even just weltschmerz- “world sadness”, one that happens because there’s this realization that the world deviates from our ideal expectations. The thing is, it doesn’t matter- it just happens. If you’re anything like me this leads to a train of thoughts, one that can veer off tracks pretty quickly if you don’t pull the breaks really fast. I think of why I’m sad, I reason, I use logic, I write, I wonder why I feel sad when I know I don’t have a reason to, and then I get angry at myself because I feel sad, and then I start to feel dumb for feeling sad. Funny, right? Here’s the thing though- reminderIt is. It is 100% okay to feel sad sometimes. One of my favorite yoga classes revolved around the theme of tastes, of palettes. We need sour and tart and bitter to know what sweet tastes like. We need a whole variety of flavors to live a beautiful, rich and full life. And you know what? That means our hearts are bound to hurt, we’re bound to be broken and we’re sure to feel sad. You know what else that means? That means you’ve got to stitch yourself up, grab your favorite shoes and kick down some new doors. Being okay with feeling is not weakness. Sadness is not weakness. Choosing to feel is not weakness. Choosing to embrace life, even when it’s damn hard, takes strength, Sitting with your sadness to learn from it takes strength. Sometimes we need a reminder that it’s okay to feel sad sometimes. Well, this is it.

You are strong. You are the universe incarnate. It’s okay.

XOXO
Gabriela