Wednesday’s Are for Islands

My last adventure of the year has rolled around. My sister, mom and I packed up our bags yesterday to head to St.Thomas to visit my dad, where he’s working for the year. The island is gorgeous and relaxing and definitely a much needed reminder to slow down. The year is coming to a close and realizing how wound up and stressed out I get is a strong reminder that there are patterns I need to break before 2015 rolls around. This means lots of soul searching, cleansing and connecting. I’m going to make an effort to write down some resolutions before the year ends. I want to start the year with some good habits in place! (Keep an eye out for a blog post or two about that)10849927_10152428054826207_8346011853355634971_nSt. Thomas is absolutely stunning. The island is really small, but it packs a lot of beauty into the small space. There are chickens that run around, lots of little lizards, iguanas and of course, lots of ocean life. I’m making an effort to watch less television and to read and write more, taking time to once again, slow down, and be present. I don’t think the view could really get any better, who wouldn’t want to sit outside?1495337_10152428054201207_5628839073099444612_oYesterday was spent relaxing at the condo, and today we walked around, had some drinks and went to the Ritz Carlton where my dad had the honor of lighting the menorah for the second day of Hannukah. Happy Hannukah to anyone that celebrates!! St. Thomas is beautiful, but it’s not a crazy, ridiculous fancy island. It was just a pinch of glitz and glam tonight, all we really needed.10478443_10152428053931207_2020284421178193247_nIt’s ridiculously warm here, so outfits feel a little bit seasonally confused. I have almost all of my things for London packed and ready to go, so my aesthetic leaning for St.Thomas runs along the lines of easy and “everything I’m not bringing to Europe”. I love dressing for the colder weather, and I’ve grown used to it, so being creative in the hot island sun is taking a little more effort than I anticipated.

Tomorrow I’m embracing my inner undine and mermaid and heading to St. John with the family to read, relax and hopefully have a margarita or two. Tonight, I’m being productive and crying since I won’t be able to watch American Horror Story until I’m home.

Until next time,

Gabriela

The Magician

There’s a certain power that arises when you tap into your own intuition, into your own spirit, and declare to the universe that YOU are the one in charge of your own manifestations and actions. I think this sort of surrender is an ongoing process, and it’s one that I’m trying my best to practice each and every day. I think it’s important to keep in mind that although you may not have control over situations that arise in your life, you do have control over how you handle those situations. I think in this way, gratuity and positive intention really make a difference in the way that you deal with life’s punches; because here’s the thing, shit happens. It does. We don’t have control over that, but we do have control over how we view and handle those situations. It’s when it feels like life’s trying us most that gratuity becomes the key in coping.

View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianDon’t get me wrong, I think every emotion is worthy; the good and the “bad”. But I also believe that it’s easy to get stuck in an emotion, in a past story, and I also believe that gratuity for the present moment, as well as the past and the future, is the key to getting out of this rut.

The Magician sings of this sort of intentive action. She is inner strength, manifestation and power. She uses all the elements at her disposal to create. In this case, The Magician uses the suites of the tarot deck, the chalice, the wand, the sword and the pentacle, to conjure up whatever she so desires. The Magician is the second card in the tarot, although she is number one in the deck. The Chariot sings of movement forward, of inner strength being a guiding light of sorts. The Magician is this inner strength, this inner power, which is used to create and manifest whatever you want. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianThe Magician sings a gratuitous song. She reminds us that we have control over ourselves, we are the ones driving our own chariot onward, creating our own path, manifesting whatever it is we so desire. The Magician is is the card of the individual, speaking to individual action and manifestation. When drawn in a reading, The Magician is a reminder that we have power to cultivate, that maybe we’re not seeing the bigger picture; maybe we’re not realizing the power of our own intentive manifestations. The Magician reminds us that we have the elements necessary to manifest our intention into reality.

I wanted to feel alive, regal, and (my version of) colorful in this outfit. I wanted to feel cloaked, and protected and magickal. I wore the dress I wore for my 20th birthday layered under a big, knit sweater and I added layered necklaces and a scarf i cinched around my waist. I wore two different mala beads around my wrist, wrapped my pentacle necklace into a bracelet, grabbed my skeleton hand chalice and figured I would grab a wand from the forest and use my eyes as daggers to round up all the suites in the card. I wanted to feel draped and covered with jewel tones, I wanted to feel strong and powerful, I wanted to feel like I was magick manifested. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianDress: Urban Outfitters/ Sweater: Zara/ Necklaces: H&M and Forever 21/ Shoes: Jeffrey CampbellView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianI’m so thankful for Mary and her amazing spirit. Working with her on this series has been absolutely amazing and I’m going to miss her while I’m in London! I can’t wait to continue this series and keep up with this beautiful woman. Find Mary’s Facebook HERE and her website HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela

See by Chloe Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Review

There’s been a shift in emphasis, from the woman who dresses well to the woman who dresses well for herself, and with ease. What proves more inspirational than the 70’s, when love was abundant and ease was a necessity? For See by Chloe’s Pre-Fall collection, the idea of personal dressing rang clear with obvious sartorial cues from decades past; denim was a reoccurring motif as were fringed boots and oversize, flowing, midi length skirt. Denim jumpsuits, relaxed fitting striped dresses, and collared shirts layered under graphic sweaters and western style skirts all created a sweet, western  vibe that isn’t lost in translation in today’s day and age.

Navy blue, camel, white, tangerine and cream compliment the subtle sweetness to See by Chloe’s latest offering. The effortless aesthetic is complimented by the colors, which work with the played down sexiness of the collection. Whether the look in this collection features a monochromatic take on hippie dressing, or a subtle watercolor pattern, there’s still a statement being made, but in true Chloe fashion, in an understated way.

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The Chariot

I don’t believe in cosmic coincidence. I don’t believe that things just happen; that which feeds our soul, those people who impact our lives, the moments where we stop and really and truly feel, to me, aren’t coincidence. One of my favorite ways to describe the tarot to people who are learning about it is as a map to places within ourselves that we’re unaware of. When I’m reading the cards, I imagine they’re blank until I flip them over; there’s a possibility that I can pull any card, and the one I pull is the one that I’m meant to. I don’t believe that  an accurate reading is a coincidence; I think that it’s channeling the same cosmic destiny of sorts that we see with the things I mentioned above; people and places and experiences that are literally too good to be thought of as coincidence. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsThe Chariot has been beckoning to me. I’ve always been drawn to this card, and finding out two people I’m close to dubbed this their card of choice only furthers the significance of it.The artwork on this card is easily one of my favorites in the deck, and that’s no surprise since the beauty of the card is mirrored by the significance of what it represents. The Chariot is the seventh card in the tarot deck. She sings of action and movement forward guided by intuition. She speaks of direction and in a way, change. She is determination, she is knowing that movement, any movement, is better than staying stagnant. November was an intense month, where I found myself in an energetic and spiritual rut. It’s only within the past couple of days, specifically yesterday thanks to the powerful full moon, that I’ve started to find my footing once again. Today, this card has special significance. Today, The Chariot is telling me to keep going, to keep moving forward. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsI chose to represent this card with silver, black and a lilac lip. My WITCH bag had to be brought out, because for me witchcraft is an extension of guided, intuitive movement and action like the card itself. I wanted a subtle equestrian feel to my look, so I chose to represent that with a silver leotard and a wide brimmed, vintage hat.I pulled this look knowing that I wanted to feel powerful, I wanted to feel capable and more than anything else, I wanted to feel like the one guiding my own chariot forward. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsLeotard: Amazon/ Hot Pants: ASOS/ Skirt: Urban Outfitters/ Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell/ Cardigan: American Threads/ Necklace: Extollo Jewelry/Purse: Dolls Kill/ Tarot deck: The Wild UnknownView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsToday, I urge you to find that which drives you onward. Find what feeds your soul, what speaks to you of destiny. Listen to your intuition. Know that you are capable, powerful and regardless of whatever else life throws at you, you are still guiding your own chariot.

It’s been so wonderful to work with the beautiful Mary DeCrescenzio. I am so thankful for her, for her spirit and for helping me make this series possible. Check out her beautiful work HERE and find her on Facebook HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela

MOD Magazine, Holiday 2014

My internship with MOD magazine has been quite the experience, and my second piece for their printed magazine was published the other day in their holiday issue! I got the amazing opportunity to interview and write about German born fashion designer Tim Labenda, who recently made the transition from menswear to womenswear. He was really great to write about, especially considering the fact that his latest collection was inspired by The Never Ending Story. Check out the holiday issue HERE, it’s full of beautiful editorials and trend guides. issue 3modIt’s been such an exciting experience seeing my pieces in a printed magazine, especially one that’s so beautiful. Here’s to many more.

Sundays are for 60

I have a very special place in my heart for the strength of a powerful and confident woman. It’s no surprise that my love and appreciation for this special breed of power girl stemmed from my mother and her strength and grace. My mom is why I love fashion; she’s who I’ve admired since I was little,and she’s the reason I love dressing up. She has looked fabulous for the last 20 years of my life and will no doubt look even better for the next 20. 10488158_10152115454806207_6032125164296711650_nToday, my fabulous mother turns 60, YES 60. First off, I hope to look this great when I’m her age. I’m convinced both she and my father are like fine wine, getting better and better over time. At this rate, I’m going to look young forever. In honor of my wonderful mother, I wanted to share one of the most important things she ever taught me, and I know that I’ve talked about this on here before.

The first lesson my mom ever taught me was all about self love. She’s the one who told me that you  have to love yourself first, no matter what. You are the basis for all the love you send out into the universe, and you are the basis for all the love you receive. It’s a process, and it’s difficult, but a little understanding and compassion towards yourself goes a long way. First and foremost, you have to love yourself. Period.149236_10151899755576207_1759347200_nSeriously, 60 years of self love will make you look this good. That’s an offer I can’t pass  up. Here’s another lesson my mother taught me; live from the heart. Do what inspires you, wear what makes you feel beautiful and never, ever forget that being alive is reason enough to celebrate and bask in the gifts that the universe gives you.momMother and I even unintentionally matched today. Dear mom, thank you for being fabulous, inside and out. Thanking you for instilling in me an unparalleled passion for lipstick and  (faux) leather. Thank you for being the most incredible, power woman I know (my mother owned her own private practice by the time she was 20… sheesh!).Thank you for being the best mother I could ask for. I adore you, feliz cumpleanos mami, te adoro.

Movement Forward

10815150_10203345040215337_337382133_oI love dreary fall days, when the sky is dark and gloomy and the wind bites my cheeks as it stirs up some change. There’s something so thrilling about the air when it’s charged with the promise of something new, I love being able to sense the change in the air when Fall truly takes hold. I find myself feeling a little stagnant when I’m busy during the colder weather, as if my perspective shifts along with the season if I don’t find moments of stillness for myself. I’ve been back and forth an insane amount the past week, trying to do all I can so I have my Thanksgiving break free so I can relax, rejuvenate and plan for London. I’ve been inspired by The Chariot in the tarot deck, with it’s intentional action and movement forward. This Thanksgiving, I am reading, writing, relaxing and connecting to my own self and my own power. This Thanksgiving, I am inspired by all the change surrounding me, and I choose to use to drive me forward and not hold me back. Mary DeCrescenzio sent me some photos from The Chariot inspired set we shot, and I thought I would post them as a sneak peek.

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Namaste

Gabriela

 

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.

treesMy sister, Alexandra Yael, snapped this photo yesterday while we were shooting.

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