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 

Pride and Balance

It’s a tricky balance to remain humbled by any sort of recognition or success while still taking pride in your accomplishments. I know it’s something I struggle with, constantly comparing myself to others who are doing “better” things makes me take less pride in my own aaccomplishments  There’s always room for improvement and a sense of instability is important with anything, in my opinion. I think that it’s important to remain open to change and growth, but it’s important to be proud of where you are right now. My lack of pride could very well be a testament to my inability to live in the present; perhaps all we need to do to be proud of ourselves is live in the now.

moddddddddI’ve been interning with MOD Magazine since July and it’s been an amazing experience. Besides blogging for them, I also had the really, really cool opportunity of writing a piece for their printed issue. I wrote a piece on Serbian fashion designer Ana Ljubinkovic, and although I knew it was a feature article I didn’t realize it would be a cover story. It was pretty awesome seeing my name in the issue. Although MOD is available online for free, I had to order my own copy since it was my first published piece.  annaaaaRight after this was published I felt really excited and proud, normal feelings for hard work paying off. Then I automatically started negating these feelings, say how I didn’t really have a reason to be proud, or excited; bigger and better things were coming, why would i be proud of this.

It’s hard sometimes to step back and be proud of yourself. I’m not saying you should completely lose yourself to ego because that definitely will not serve you in the least. Although, I do think it’s important to take a step back and be kind to yourself; realize that although you didn’t necessarily win the Olympics, you won a race, every Olympian has to start somewhere after all.

There’s a lot happening right now; tomorrow is the full moon, and an eclipse and Mercury is in retrograde. Be kind to yourself. Yes, there is always something bigger and better to come but where you are right here and right now is a pretty good place to be.

What are you proud of today?

Namaste,

Gabriela

PS- If you want to read the latest issue of MOD, you can HERE.

PINK Bras and Ballet Skirts

If you checked in on Breathing Fashion last week, you would have seen I partnered with PINK by Victoria’s Secret here at USC. I was able to test drive an amazing pair of yoga pants and also got to style this amazing seamless pushup bra. I need all the help I can get from my lingerie so I loved that this bra helped me out but was super comfortable as it was doing its job. Not to mention the fact that this bra is a really nice navy and has some great lace detailing. These bras come in a ton of different colors and they’re definitely worth the investment if you want a pushup bra that feels more like a bandeau or sports bra. Find them HERE.3Fall is a really, really charged time. Everything is changing, more so than in any other season, and the air outside feels different because of it.  I love challenging myself to wear something a little bit different, changing up my usual wardrobe to match the Fall air. I love the idea of pairing my old ballet skirt with leather leggings and some chunky heels. I threw on my PINK bra and an old H&M cardigan and  swiped “Autumn Leaves” on my lips to complete the look.  127856410 9 Bra: PINK, Leggings: Topshop, Skirt: Dance Fashions, Shoes: Forever 21, Cardigan: H&M

Photos by Alexandra Herstik,

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Fashion Law: Lucas Nascimento

My latest post on The Fashion Law is now LIVE.

“Brazilian designer Lucas Nascimento is making a name for himself with his unorthodox treatment and use of knitwear. The London-based fashion designer graduated from The London College of Fashion in 2008 and has shown consecutively at Rio fashion week for the last three seasons. This past season held special promise for the designer, as he was been granted the NEWGEN sponsorship by the British Fashion Council for Spring 2015. It’s the designer’s fourth season with the sponsorship by BFC, and Topshop, and it hardly comes as a surprise given Nascimento’s penchant for crafting knits into something more intricate, structured and altogether unexpected; thereby, setting himself apart from his peers…”

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Photo via The Fashion Law

Read the rest of the piece HERE.

 

Baby Steps

I’ve been trying to figure out if life slows down when you find balance or if balance is using the least amount of effort possible to keep up with everything that’s going on. I’m not sure if either of these are right, or if there’s truly an answer at all. I think that finding balance is finding moments of stillness among chaos. I’m taking baby steps towards balance. I’m taking baby steps towards working hard without being overwhelmed. I’m taking one day at a time, tackling all I can do with a soft heart and loving mind. Lately, baby steps have been nothing more than sitting outside on my porch at 11pm, listening to some music, burning some incense and taking some time for myself to breathe. Balance, for me, is taking time to explore with my sister and to take baby steps towards finding stillness in the motions of day to day life. 8

Alex and I walked around and explored the statehouse on a eerie day. It was perfect and just chilly enough and the energy of the day felt charged with change. I’m ready for October. I am ready to find stillness and balance.

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Jacket: Rag-O-Rama, Skirt, Purse and Necklace: Zara, Top: Forever 21, Boots: Urban Outfitters

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photos by Alexandra Herstik

 

5 Favorites From Milan Fashion Week

I’ve been so late in the game with this Milan round up. I’ve been keeping up with the collections pretty well for Paris Fashion Week, but Milan flew by me! Milan hosted some seriously dreamy collections, so without further adieu, here are my favorites from the beloved Italian city’s fashion week.

Francesco Scognamiglio

The 70’s have been all over the runway, but this collection takes the sweet and sexy side of the decade and updates it. Luxurious satin and sheer, skin exposing pieces ruled this collection, creating a sexy and chic take on classic hippie style. Flower Power was another motif for the Spring, whether flowers were embossed or used as a pattern, the result was the same; sexy, strong pieces suited for the woman who is free from her inhibitions, a la 70’s.

Fendi

With strong graphic motifs throughout this collection,Fendi wasn’t afraid to spice it up for Spring. Fendi sent look after look of elegant ease down the runway, with looks that seemed to be aimed at a younger audience than that of collections past. Sharp collars, bright prints,feathers and sexy strappy details all came along nicely in this collection. One of the best of the season, Fendi didn’t disappoint.

Agnona

Spring for Agnona was all about silhouettes. Sculptural elements, like slashed and paneled skirts, really helped to define this collection,  which also featured sleek metallic dresses in muted jewel tones. There’s a sort of mythological vibe to many of these looks; think an updated uniform for a Greek goddess or warrior. Gold arm cuffs and chunky heels in black, wood, and gold all create a strong visual statement for a collection composed of visually stimulating pieces. Wrap skirts and dresses were done in variations of the classic, and perfect tailoring really took this collection to the top. Agnona aced this season.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana really know all about the dolce vita. Baroque style detailing was present per usual, on pieces ranging from hot pant and cropped military jacket sets to all lace dresses. This collection was very sexy, with some serious Matador chic looks. Spanish style was clearly an influence for the designers who presented a collection that was ornate in the all right ways.

Luisa Beccaria

This collection was absolutely breathtaking.Sweet florals were paired with loose gowns in the lightest and sheerest fabrics. Plunging necklines and sheer dresses sans lining made this feminine collection sexy and ethereal. Luisca Beccaria really packed a punch with this collection, which was elegant in its approach, and young and free with it’s details.

Breathing Fashion X Victoria Secret Pink USC

I think that there are certain people, things and experiences that are meant to come into our lives; whether they’re meant to shape us, help us grow and teach us, there’s a reason they show up. Yoga is one of those things for me. Yoga is the counterpart to my love for fashion; it addresses who I am inside, while my love for style addresses that in a physical way.1516 Interestingly enough, I don’t really think about what I wear to yoga, it’s the one time during the day that I don’t care how I look. I tend to buy my yoga clothes from TJ Maxx since they have really great, inexpensive active wear. I like colorful sports bras, black yoga leggings and soft, dreamy pullovers. I don’t spend much time thinking about how I look which is refreshing. Sometimes, however, I have to go somewhere after class and I don’t have time to grab extra clothes or change. For those moments, I like to make sure I look halfway decent.14Thanks to PINK by Victoria’s Secret here at University of South Carolina, I’ve just received my new favorite yoga pants. I’m not even going to deny that I love fitted yoga leggings because they show off my butt and do their job while doing so. This is tricky territory if, like me, you wear your yoga leggings to yoga and not around; they have to hug you in the right places and they definitely have to be thick enough. I’ve worn super cute leggings to class and felt like death because they’re not stretchy or aren’t breathable and I’ve worn leggings that are too big and gap way too much in the back. The Ultimate Yoga Legging are the perfect fabric; they breathe, they’re stretchy, they don’t lose their fit throughout class as you sweat. For someone who doesn’t spend a lot on their yoga clothes, I’ll definitely be investing in more of these pants. They’re comfy, they’re adorable and they make your butt look good. I hate being in public in my yoga clothes, but when I wear these babies, I don’t mind at all. 111128910 7 5 4 3 26I tried the leggings out and they’re  perfect. Thank you so much to PINK at USC for letting me play around and feel awesome while doing it. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for giveaways and updates!

Thanks to my twin, Alexandra, for the photos, find her on Instagram for some cool photos. 13

PS guys- yoga isn’t about being perfect, or achieving perfection in a pose. You have your entire life to work on yoga; the asanas, or physical postures, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. I know that I’m not “perfect” in any of these postures. I think it’s a good reminder to let go of ego when you see a pose you’re not perfect in.

Namaste

Gabriela

6 Favorites From London Fashion Week

There’s a special place in my heart for British fashion, and Britain in general, and there’s always a special excitement during London Fashion Week for me. London Fashion Week is always a little bit more eccentric than its fashion capital counterparts, and there’s always a promise of the unexpected as well. London is known for being a springboard for up-and-coming designers and there’s always a promise of a designer who’s sure to be the next big thing.

Here are my top 6 favorites from London Fashion Week.

Antonia Berardi

Sweet watercolor florals were touched with a graphic twist, and satin and silks ruled throughout the whole collection. Structure was key, and a mastery of tailoring was evident from looks which ranged from kimono style dresses and tops to an origami style shrug. Silohuettes in this collection were almost as decadent as the fabric and details that treated each piece. Iridescent fabrics also made an appearance, adding yet another dimension to each look. A stunning collection that’s crafted exceptionally well

Mother of Pearl

60’s and 70’s sweetness is back, and Mother of Pearl clearly draws inspiration from the decades in their latest collection. Silky, baby doll dresses and sets feel grown up in mixed patters that are demure in their sweetness. Patterns were small and geometric, a perfect match with the a line sheath dresses that owned the runway. This collection is mod dressing done modern and it’s absolute perfection.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams features the sort of urban eccentric and graphic designs you’d expect from a British fashion house. Bras were worn outside of shirts and cartoon style patterns paired together to create a sort of high fashion vibe that’s childish in an adult way. This collection feels  like a goth pin up fashion fantasy, something that’s sure to be a hit with the fashion crowd.

Georgie Hardinge

This collection is sweet, prim and proper. 60’s silhouette are revisited with just the right amount of structure and graphic inspiration to create something a little edgier. Peter pan collars and pops of burnt orange help to ground this minimalist collection, aiding in a sweetness that still feels simple. Mary Jane shoes add the perfect finishing touch to this collection that feels incredibly British.

Shrimps

With a name like Shrimps, you know you’re in for something a little bit..different. This collection offered fur in sweet brights, all paired with silk pajama style pieces. The 60’s are back and with a vengeance, especially in this collection that features mod dressing with an edge. Cheetah print isn’t necessarily classic 60’s fair, so there’s a sense of refreshment to this collection with its prints and straight cut silhouettes. This collection is the perfect mix of mod style and innerwear as outterwear; sexy, inspired and mod-ern.

Marchesa

Marchesa always delivers, and this season is no different. Silhouettes were loose and bohemian and structured and sexy, in this collection that was as intricate as it was stunning. The attention to detail in Marchesa’s latest is unparalleled, florals, lace and bead work all own the collection and create the perfect wardrobe for a grown up flower child.This collection is easily my favorite from London Fashion Week, its both romantic and grown up and absolutely stunning. It’s clear that Marchesa knows what it takes to make a woman look, and most definitely feel, beautiful.