Sunday’s Are for Surprises..

I’m so beyond excited to announce that I’m continuing my tarot series with the fabulous Mary DeCrescenzio. This beautiful lady and I were able to shoot yesterday and it was the perfect pick me up for an intense couple weeks. My twin, Alexandra, tagged along and we were able to shoot two looks inspired by two wonderful cards. I decided to shoot…

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The Magician and The Chariot

On Saturday, Alexandra and I ventured to Ed’s Editions, a really great used bookstore in West Columbia with a really great occult section. I wandered over and found the vintage tarot book pictured above and just about cried. It’s amazing, and dense and I can’t wait to take my time to really read it. The universe has perfect timing, finding this book the day before I shot some tarot inspired outfits? Perfection. 

The Magician

waonI picked the magician for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a card rooted in the idea of manifestation. The Magician speaks of using all the elements at your disposal to create whatever it is you desire. The four suites of the tarot deck (pentacles, cups, wands and swords) are all pictured in this card; the magician has control over every aspect of his/her destiny; material, emotional, creative and spiritual… it’s all there. The imagery in this card is also really, really rich (I have two other decks that I used for inspiration as well). It was easy to be inspired by The Magicians power.

The Chariot

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The Chariot is one of those cards that truly sings to the spirit and inner power. This card is all about movement, action and intention; it’s that inner voice that tells you to keep going, it’s that inner drive that makes you move forward. The Chariot from The Wild Unknown is one of my favorites in the deck. It’s probably my favorite image and the horse with the moon on her third eye and a pentacle near her heart really speaks of what the card represents. Intense, intuitive movement forward.

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I can’t wait to share more.

Namaste,

Gabriela

PS: This tarot deck is The Wild Unknown

 

Wednesdays Are for…

Wednesdays are for wearing something extra dark and powerful. They’re for working at Hip Wa Zee, eating El Burrito and watching American Horror Story. Wednesday’s are a personal victory, an ode to the middle of the week, an ode to balance right before the weekend. One of my favorite things about this semester is how I’ve come to appreciate hump days. Granted, I only have classes two days a week, but regardless I feel like I never slow down. Although my Wednesdays are spent working, I’ve managed to find some sweetness in them. During the month of October, and the most hectic month of the year, my friend Ivory and I decided to have “Witch Wednesday”, in which, you guessed it, we dressed in our darkest clothes. If you remember my witch post, you’ll know that every day is witch-day for me.. but it is fun to have a day designated to wearing my favorite pieces. wwWitch Wednesday soon coupled itself with the return of American Horror Story and so began my love affair for this very special day of the week. Here’s the thing; life is crazy and hard and hectic, and during all of this we forget how good it can be. Here’s a trick; don’t wait for life to throw something wonderful at you, instead, make something to look forward to for yourself. For me, this means spending the day  wearing an outfit that makes me feel like a Death Queen, working with one of my closest friends at work and then ending the day by watching my favorite tv show.  American Horror Story: Freak Show is amazing and watching it with Ivory and my sister makes it that much better.ww 2ww 3www4Today, I paired my favorite tulip shorts with a harness bra, some knee socks and my favorite “Witch” bag.

Shorts, bra and shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Dollskill

Namaste,

Gabriela

PS: Check out Ivory’s amazing vintage shop, Forgotten Feather. She’s absolutely amazing.

 

Seance Chic

It’s said that the moons energy lasts from three days before the full moon to three days after the full moon. This is a beautiful thing, especially on a chilly November Saturday when the river beckons you to come and bask in the energy of mother moon. As a student/blogger/intern/social media user, I spend an absurd amount of time on my computer. When the season shifts from summer to fall, I am made well aware of how little time I spend outside. Although I walk a lot on campus, I’m not enjoying the beauty of the season as much as I should be. I’m making an effort to go and explore more and yesterday, the twin and I did just that.1504995_10152859629456115_5784457175710925700_nI wore all black to spend the day with my sister and to explore near the river. The leaves are finally changing and it finally feels appropriate. The next couple months are so chock full of change that it’s a strangely comforting sentiment that the world understands too. I’ve been all about textures on textures when I’m wearing black, and I paired my favorite fuzzy sweater with a dress my mom gave me, some black thigh high knee socks and tights and my favorite oversize black hat. This outfit made me feel like a Death Queen on her way to a seance, and that’s not something I’m gonna complain about.821612111098734Swearer: H&M/ Tights and socks: Forever 21/ Necklace: Zara/ Hat: Vintage

What are you doing to celebrate the Fall?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

 

The Fall Edit

 I’m all about monochrome, specifically black, head to toe. There’s something so powerful about wearing all black. I feel like a true Death Queen when I wear my favorite color (sorry mom) but I do my best to wear lots of gold, or at least a red lip to break up the look a bit. One of my favorite things about wearing black, and  neutral in general, is that you can really amp up the texture. I’ve been all about fuzzy sweaters and I absolutely adore tartan and flannel, and now that the weather is getting colder, my obsession is only getting worse. This season I’m inspired by mauve, camel, stone grays, black and lots and lots of gold.
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Cheetah is also one of those prints I really can’t get sick of. These sleek booties are absolutely perfect and I love the vintage sort of style they exude. I’ve been all about midi skirts since last fall and I don’t think the love is gonna fade. Pair a midi skirt with a big, chunky knit for a new take on the silhouette.

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A tartan cape seems like a solid staple to have. I would pear this little number with a simple sweater, a thick beanie, and a black boot with a gold accent. I’m all about the circle shades, so The Row’s circle sunnies would be a go to.

 

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I love the juxtaposition of a delicate faux fur with a chunky boot. Grab an oversized sweater, some fishnets and some good gold accessories and you’re sure to be the sexiest girl on the block.

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Black, gold and cheetah are the ultimate sex kitten staples in my eyes. Add a red lip, some sexy sleek boots, a bit of fake fur and just the right amount of perfume and there’s no way you can’t feel confident. This clutch by Acne is absolutely ridiculous and to die for, and I love what it adds to the rather simple look.

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You can’t go wrong with leather, or with Alexander Wang. Sculpted pieces and the right amount of nude take this outfit to the next level.

What are you wishing you could wear this fall?

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Topman/ Zara Man Edit

It’s officially what I like to call the “fall man harvest”. It’s the best time of the year, when beanie wearing, sweater clad men crawl out of their manholes and into coffee houses and local costume shops. The man harvest is the time when menswear is king and I am a sweet, sweet plebeian, happy to adore from a comfortable distance. The colder weather means that layers are key, and even though I appreciate a good short short on a man, I appreciate a nice pair of boots and a beanie even more.

This season, i’m inspired by oversize silhouettes and knits, 60’s and 70’s style and of course, Zara Man and Topman. These two stores are my go-to for all sorts of male fashion advice. The wearable pieces still have a clean, edgy aesthetic that can work for almost any man who knows their own style. I’ve gathered some inspiration from both stores and pieced together some looks from them as for endless amounts of inspiration.

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I’m all about a bigger, looser silhouette complimented by a fitted one; think, oversize turtlenecks and super skinny jeans. Pair the look with an oversize coat and there’s a sort of effortless “I’m drowning in my clothes but still look super cool” vibe that I just can’t get enough of this fall. Reach for sleek accessories, like these boots and vintage inspired watch. The last piece of puzzle is the patterned sock, which grounds the whole look and adds some color.
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For a more colorful and casual take on the turtleneck, layer everything. Grab a plaid scarf and some brogues, an updated vintage style watch and your trustee jacket. Invest in some good outerwear and a couple pairs of good shoes and buy accessories that you can mix and match for a cozy cool look.

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Photos via Zara.com

What’s on your list for the men in your life?

XXX
Gabriela

Sundays in Tartan

It’s November and the cold, gloomy days don’t disagree. October is over, and with it Halloween season. It’s bittersweet; working at a costume shop during October gets hectic and crazy but it’s absolutely amazing. I’m ready for a fresh month and some new adventures and this weekend was the perfect welcome to that sentiment, One of my best friends, Miranda of High Voltage Blog, finally came and visited my twin sister and I here in Columbia. We spent this past weekend together, celebrating Halloween and the change of season and basking in memories, old and new.

The most exciting part? Miranda and I will be both be studying abroad in London next semester! She’ll be studying at University of Florida’s center and I’ll be studying at London College of Fashion; a dream come true to say the least.

5I spent my Sunday in one of my favorite vintage tartan skirts. Today consisted of Chipotle, coffee, shopping, Trader Joe’s and schoolwork. Always a good Sunday when it’s spent in something just colorful enough and surrounded by good friends. It’s been chilly yesterday and today so I paired my skirt with a faux fur jacket, some new clogs and some gold accents.I love pairing midi skirts with a chunky shoe, especially if the skirt is a heavier fabric, like this one is. 4 3 2 17 6810 9Skirt: Vintage/ Top & coat: H&M/ Shoes & hair clip: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Zara

All photos by Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael)

What are you wearing this November?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

 

Say No to Normcore

First and foremost, I need to apologize for my lack of posts this week. Last week was pretty crazy, and after the hectic week I had I went home for Fall break for a few days to relax.

I’m back in Columbia and decided to celebrate the season with my new favorite vintage hat, and my new favorite bra. It’s been unseasonably warm this October, but today I decided to embrace it instead of hate on it. One of the reasons I love the colder weather is because it’s so easy to compose an interesting outfit, but today I decided to capitalize on interesting details to create an outfit for this 80 degree October day. 6I don’t think I’m a simple person. I don’t like drama and I do my best to not complain, but everything about my life has many layers, if you will. I have a loud laugh, a ridiculously expressive face, I’m always excited and I don’t live a less-is-more kind of life. I think this shows in my style; I like pieces that take work, I love wearing all black but I also love gaudy, over the top jewelry and interesting textures. I am in no way, shape or form someone who follows the normcore trend. Normcore is the aesthetic of dressing “normally” with the mindset of ease and standing out by fitting in. Think skinny jeans, loose tank tops, Chelsea boots and an effortless it-girl style; not Gabriela at all. Admittedly, I find myself envious of these city chic girls who pull together simple outfits and look effortless. I don’t like what I like to stand out; I like what I like and if it makes me stand out, so be it. I’m not against the normcore trend, but I like to have fun with my style. So today, I say no to normcore. I take pride in my little weird quirks and that’s something I never want to be ashamed of.

15 4 3 28 7910Hat: Sid & Nancy’s/ Bra and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Tank: Loehman’s/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Glasses: Hip Wa Zee

Are you saying no to normcore?

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

Fashion and Function

This semester, I’m only on campus two days a week for class. This means two things; really great outfits five days a week and outfits that are functional two days a week. I need to be able to walk from one side of campus to the other, sometimes in under 20 minutes with a purse, a backpack and my big, chunky computer. This means utility. Utility, however, doesn’t mean I have to dress like a slob. For this past weeks outfit post, I decided to do something a little different. It was actually chilly out so I grabbed my Zara Men’s sweatshirt, my baby pink Zara jacket and my Kat Von Dee Coven lipstick to give my basic ensemble an alien vibe. 1I don’t think dressing well and being comfortable are mutually exclusive. I love being productive and sometimes that takes the right outfit. With a little creativity and some interesting details, the perfect balance isn’t hard to achieve at all.2 4 5 6 7 8 666Sweatshirt,jacket and necklace: Zara/ Pants: Joes Jeans/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Dolls Kill

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photos: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

 

 

A Menswear Monday Birthday: 65

I’m all about birthdays. I’m a naturally excited person and if there’s a reason to celebrate, I celebrate. Birthdays are no exception. Today, the most important man in my life, my dad, turns 65. October 13, 1949 my amazing father was born and the world hasn’t been the same since. Let me tell you a little about my dad.

1My dad’s one of those bright and loving souls that you’re drawn to as soon as you meet. He’s definitely a Libra because besides being loving, wise, and comforting, he’s also very just and very loyal. My dad’s a rabbi and recently it’s really hit me how many lives hes touched. My dad’s everything from a mentor and counselor to a teacher and a friend. He’s a pillar in the community and it’s really humbling to realize how many people recognize just how amazing he is.

10710815_10152313362426207_7190006652490922770_nPapi Herstik has been there for my sister and I through thick and thin. He’s always the first to encourage me, always the first to tell me I can do whatever I put my mind to. I grew up in an incredibly loving and affectionate household and there has never been a day where “I love you” hasn’t been exchanged. Whether I want to talk about religion, life or fashion, my dad is always there to listen to me. My dad has always been the one to tell me that it’s okay, that life will be better tomorrow. I’m a persistent, albeit stubborn at times, and my dads own persistence in everything he does has definitely contributed to this. My dad always has the best intentions and that’s a trait that more people should have. 2My dad is the ultimate menswear inspiration. Look at him! He looks great for 65, even though he’s been bald for decades. I’m so thankful that he and my mom have taught my sister and I to take pride in who we are, in every facet. My dad can rock a pair of oxfords like nobodies business and he can carry my pup while doing it.3My dad was born to Holocaust survivors. Both my Grandma Rose and Grandpa Harry survived upwards of three years in concentration camps. Birthdays are especially important to celebrate when the odds seemed against you. The fact that my dad was born is pretty amazing. The fact that my dad is such a wonderful, beautiful, compassionate, persistent and kind soul is even more amazing. My dad is working in St.Thomas for the year so I wasn’t able to spend time with him and I wish I could have.

Papi, I love you. Thank you for being the best dad I could ever ask for.

Happy birthday, bald eagle.

Gabriela

 

Anticipation

Anticipation is such a double edged sword. Being excited about something is fun and having something to look forward to is a blessing; it’s a good thing. Anticipation in the best sense of the word means there’s something coming up that must be worth getting excited for, and that’s pretty great. When reality doesn’t match up to your expectations things can get thrown off balance. Anticipation is good, but in moderation. Anticipate too much and you’re living in the future, missing all the beautiful moments that are happening right now.

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Taken by the beautiful Ivory of Forgotten Feather Vintage

Anticipation for the what’s to come and for work at the end of the month has left me living in the future. My anticipation for all the good things to come made me miss the good things that are already here. Life gets busy and for me, my favorite month of the year has been slipping by. I have to say though, the past week and a half of 90 degree weather hasn’t been helping either. South Carolina has been slacking with the fall weather.

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On Saturday, I dressed up with other people from my job at Hip Wa Zee to introduce Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band for Jam Room Festival here in Columbia. I hung out with some awesome people, got to pick some pumpkins, go to the fair and spend the night hanging out with some of my closest friends. It was such a good day, and it reminded to be thankful of what’s going on right now, even if the future seems more important.

I got some little pumpkins at the pumpkin patch and put them on my altar as a little reminder to be present and acknowledge the change of the season, as hard as the weather may make it sometimes. 


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 Every time I look at my altar I’m reminded of a good day and of the fact that it’s the best time of year, and not to waste it. I’m trying to stay present and enjoy life this week, no complaints. 

Namaste,

Gabriela