Friday’s are for Ace of Cups

I love the tarot because after building a relationship with the deck weird things start to happen…like very strange things. You’ll shuffle a deck really, really well only to have the same exact card that just fell out of the deck mid-shuffle come up. Or, you’ll think about how you don’t pull a card a lot and then pull it. Or, perhaps, you’ll draw a card of the day in the morning, go about your day, come home,  decide you want to blog about a tarot card, put the card back in the deck, reshuffle the deck and pull the same exact card as you did that morning. Sometimes you can’t ignore the signs (especially when they’re pretty much cosmic and probably coming from the universe.)  So , today I’m blogging about the Ace of Cups.

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Yoshitaka Amano

Ah, the Ace of Cups. The card of new emotional beginnings, a card that sings of new love. The whole uncanny tarot thing also manages to go back to the idea that you pull cards that really speak to where you are in the moment, even if you don’t want to admit it. For the first time since September I’m in a place where everything feels new and fresh and free. I’ve come back from London, we sold our house, I know I’ll be in New York City for at least a little (interning with Rick Owens for Market Week!). There’s just this whole feeling that things are shifting and changing and transforming, especially with matters of the heart. I found some comfort before I left, in someone who I thought would eventually become a semi- permanent fixture in my life. Things never go as planned though. Life is tricky and distance is trickier and sometimes people who are meant to be in your life aren’t. I think it’s important to let go of what doesn’t serve you but I’m also the head gal to tell you that the universe is working in your highest favor, and that if things and people are meant to be in your life in the future…they will be. So you know what? For now,  I’m basking in the unknown, and floating in the sweet abyss that is transformation and new beginnings.

ace 2And then.. the Ace of Cups shows up. With its beautiful chalice and water and wonderful promise of new beginnings. There’s love in the air! There’s a promise of new beginnings! And you know what?  That’s pretty reassuring. But one of the reasons I wanted to write about this card was because sometimes the best thing you can do to channel the Ace of Cups is focus and love yourself. The universe always seems to be working on the law of least resistance; you have to let go to make things happen. If we put all our energy into one thing its like putting a kink in a hose; it won’t flow as smoothly. So, instead of focusing on loves beginnings, it’s important to take time and focus on ourselves every once in a while, so we have what we want sorted out before we share it with someone else. Fall in love with yourself before you let someone fall in love with you (or before you fall in love with someone else). Love all your weird quirks and the way your hair looks when you first wake up and how you sing along to your favorite song and how silly you probably look when you talk to your dog. Embrace who you are because as soon as you do, the universe will cheer you on and embrace you right back.

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Antonella Castell

The Ace of Cups is a reminder to be open to the universe and who it brings into your life. It’s a reminder that like death, when one door closes another opens; to have loves beginnings, there must be a sort of ending before it.

Here’s to the next chapter.

Gabriela

Travel Diaries Pt II: Paris

This post is way overdue, but cemeteries and Alien Lunar Death Queen Goddess vibes were pulling me to blog more than some cheesy photos. ALAS, I am finally getting around to putting my photos from my trip to Paris with LCF. It was an incredible five days where I got to drink wine out of baby bottles, see the most incredible view of Paris, visit Monet’s water lilies,see the Catacombs and a cemetery and also see some Fashion Week craziness! This was about a month ago, which is INSANE because that means I leave London ONE WEEK from today. There are lots of feelings going on, so before I can reminiscence about the amazing experience I’ve had in this city, I would like to post about other cities first (I have to save the best for last, after all).

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Happy Easter/ Full Moon/ Passover lovers.

Celebrate!

Gabriela

Tombstone Tuesdays

Okay folks, my time in London is coming to an end and I STILL can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE at posting, and I can’t apologize enough. If you keep up with me on instagram, you’ll be able to see more of my day-to-day, and hopefully once I’m back in the states I’ll be posting more. I don’t have classes on Tuesday and I decided that instead of shopping or sleeping or drinking coffee that I would spend some time outside and explore a new cemetery. I went to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to think, center and reflect, appropriate on #tombstonetuesday.

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Photo of me by Alexandra Herstik, everything else by yours truly

I’ve been trying to find my footing in uncertainty. My parents are moving back to San Diego in the next couple of months, we’re all moved out of our house (which I said goodbye to before I left), and I still don’t know what I’ll be up to this summer. Throw in an over-analyzing brain, a girl who likes to know where she stands in other peoples lives. leaving somewhere you’re finally finding your footing in and the idea of graduating college in a year and you have the perfect combination of lots of things and emotions going on at once (hence this horridly long run on sentence). So, I decided to do what I do best; get lost in my thoughts and wander around in a cemetery and think and all that stuff.

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Photo of me by Alexandra Herstik, everything else by yours truly

I’m a firm believer in taking time to connect to something, whether it’s art or the earth, religion or the universe.. I don’t think feeling isolated and small will serve you, especially if you let it overtake you. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means for me to believe in something else and I’ve been trying to find that sweet spot where presence, connection and surrender meld into one. I believe in reincarnation, and I think that the idea of something after I die makes me grateful for every aspect of this life, including the idea that one day there will be something else, that one day (in many, many, MANY, years) when I die, it won’t be the end. By seeing death as a new beginning I’m left feeling more grateful for everything that I have and everything that I will have, in this life and the next.I decided to connect to my spirit guides and my own intuition and the universe today, inspired by the idea of gratuity and death and new beginnings. The best way I could think to do this was to explore a new place. I spent a little time in the cemetery and I think it was exactly what I needed. I love cemeteries for a few reasons, but especially because I like thinking about how each grave must hold an endless amount of stories by its inhabitant. Old graves hold secrets and stories from a world I’ve never even known, and if that’s not something that makes you think…I also think there’s something beautiful about going back to the earth, and I think that cemeteries hold a sort of veil and energy that’s not found anywhere else. Also, the romantic side of me thinks that true love is being buried next to the person you love.Anyway, it was beautiful and sunny and windy and the crows and birds kept me company. I left feeling lightheaded from all the energy and connected… sometimes that’s all you need to change your mindset.11069664_10152649820101207_4752055735583772118_n 11058508_10152649819741207_7215046054504098854_n11081166_10152649820961207_3443161150832182003_n 11081100_10152649818416207_424294941004413263_n 11078082_10152649821381207_7415094833591180482_n 11076291_10152649825986207_7673953172657434180_nbackkkk10409036_10152649824911207_2717809318463832262_n21985_10152649820321207_6061204033378854276_n17405_10152649821651207_8681178624411243368_nIf you’re in London, I definitely suggesting taking some time to explore Tower Hamlets Cemetery. It’s beautiful and a good place to go to find some peace.

Cheers lovers,

Gabriela

HOW TO BE AN ALIEN LUNAR DEATH QUEEN GODDESS

It’s a big statement to make and I may not be the human to make such a statement but here is my advice on how to be an Alien Lunar Death Queen Goddess in 2015.ALIEN PRINCESS1. LOOK TO THE COSMOS

How do you expect to appreciate this life if you don’t appreciate the vastness of it? When you’re coming home from the bar at 11pm, or from your friends house or the library, look up towards the heavens and appreciate the stars. Even if you don’t believe iN anything, you can at least appreciate the beauty of the night (and the moon and the stars and Mars). Who knows who’s living out there?! Alien friends may be trying to communicate and we may not know!

2. APPRECIATE YOUR DREAMS

Have you woken up from a striking dream at an uncanny hour for the past three nights? Take note! Your dreams say a lot about your present situation in life as well as what you may be going through in the future (not to mention what your unconscious may be potentially dealing with). Keep a dream journal, or use an app (I love the Dreams Diary and Dreams Mood app for Iphone ) and figure out what is is your dreams are telling you. Find connection to the part of yourself that resides in the dark.

3. WORK WITH CRYSTALS

Need some peace? Grab an amethyst. Need to channel your higher power in every sense?? Grab a crystal quartz point or amethyst. Work with stones and find your center or whatever it is you need to find. A good list of crystal correspondences can be found HERE.

4. DAYDREAM

How do you expect to connect to the ultra-cool, astral lunar death queen goddess part of yourself if you  never let your imagination take over and drift off? There’s a reason the imagination is so powerful and that’s because it has the power to literally create and shape the world around us. Buddha once said “what you think, you become’. Thoughts become things, so may as well drift into that sweet spot and daydream yourself into the dimension where everything makes sense.

5. WEAR WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT TO WEAR

Want to wear an oversize floral tee with leather leggings, a vintage flannel and a pair of Dr. Martins, coupled with a grandpa sweater and red lips? GO FOR IT. Wear whatever your little alien, death queen, astral traveling soul desires. If you feel powerful in it (and it’s decently appropriate for the situation) GO FOR IT. What screams ” I control intergalactic dimensions” more than a great outfit and some confidence?? Absolutely nothing.

ALIEN PRINCESS  26. FIND WHAT YOU LOVE AND OWN IT

What screams GODDESS OF THIS LIFE AND BEYOND more than owning your own passion?? Whether it’s film, math, fashion, art, music or medicine, having a passion in this life is a gift! Own it. Use what you love and make a difference, inspire yourself and others, create your own reality based on this passion and give back to the world in which it was born. Even if you don’t have a singular passion, do what you love and you’ll be sending all the good vibes back into the world.

7.DAYDREAM ABOUT ALIENS

How can you expect to be an alien death queen goddess if you don’t think about aliens?! The probability that there is something beyond this life is astounding, so you may as well take some time to think about what this would mean in the context of your own reality. Or, at least take time to daydream about how cool having an alien bff would be (and what they would look like)!

8. FIND CONNECTION

It may be finding connection through yoga, through religion, through divination, through friendships, but finding deep rooted connections is so, so important. Find your roots. Own them. You can’t expect to live an interstellar life if you don’t know where exactly your roots began.

9. WEAR WEIRD COLORED LIPSTICK

This is simply because nothing will make you feel more like a lunar goddess than wearing lilac lipstick with silver eyeliner. Or maybe you’re more of a inky blue kinda girl, regardless. experiment with how you look. The way in which you travel through this life does have an impact on how you feel. Wear what makes you feel like the lunar alien death queen goddess you are.

10. RIDE YOUR CRYSTAL COVERED CHARIOT THROUGH THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT AND BE GRATEFUL FOR IT

Be unapologetically who you are. Ride the crystal chariot you created through this life and the next with an unyielding sense of appreciation for everything and everyone who has shaped you into the god(dess) you are and own it. Be thankful for what this life has taught you and envision your future; find what you love and believe in it without any doubts and it will manifest. Ride the unyielding wave of appreciation for who you are and what you encompasses and this world will give you amazing things.

OWN YOUR INNER ALIEN GODDESS AND CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY.

I hope everyone finds some sense of peace and comfort today.

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

Original photos by Mary Louise DeCrescenzio and Alexandra Hersitk (@alexyael)

Travel Diaries Pt I: Greece

The past few weeks have been incredible. After fashion week, I had a few days and then spring break started. I was in Santorini, Greece for four days before heading to Paris and then Florence, where I currently am. I thought that I should probably record my adventures, and I thought Greece would be a good place to start. I got to travel around with my roommate Emma and Miranda, of High Voltage Blog. 

1Santornini is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It was off season, hence chilly weather in the 60’s highest, so a lot was closed. Lucky for us that meant prime relaxing time. Drinking “cappuccino freddos” (iced cappuccinos!), eating Greek salads and fried feta cheese in honey and sesame (AMAZING) and just enjoying the beautiful views.  Also there were SO MANY DOGS. There were a lot of cats as well, and they liked sitting in branches and sitting on dumpsters, and even though some of them were incredibly sweet I’m still a fan of dogs. We even befriended a special dog we named “Dogakos”, she followed us around for a night and then we fond her the next morning! She liked to eat rocks… 2You can take the girl out of Mexico, but you can’t take Mexico out of the girl. Aka I can’t not dance when I’m happy! I was in paradise, how could I not be overjoyed?! We stayed in Fira and ventured to Oia (another part of the island). It was all absolutely breathtaking and relaxing. It was wonderful taking it at our own pace and taking the beauty of the Mediterranean in!  I never expected to be able to experience this, especially not at 21. So beyond grateful for this experience. 3Oia, the edge of the world. Exactly what you’d expect, but beyond what you anticipate.  4“A girl, her eyebrows and Oia, Greece; A novela” – by Gabriela Lorraine Herstik  5 6Fun fact, as I was sitting these dogs came up to me, snuggled me and surrounded me with a dog yin yang. I am convinced these pups are my spirit guides. SO beyond humbled by their sweet souls.yoooWe also found “Atlantis Books”. An adorable bookshop that I think doubled as a hostel ( bunk bed, small kitchen and all!). I bought a collection of Steinbeck’s short stories because when will I ever get the chance to buy my favorite author in Greece? Probably never again (or at least not for many, many years). 7Photo courtesy of Miranda Feneberger of High Voltage Blog  2015-02-28 04.24.25Donkey parade in Fira! 2015-02-28 04.49.42 2015-02-28 12.06.05-2 2015-02-28 12.12.48 2015-02-28 12.17.00-1   2015-02-28 12.47.36-2Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI kept my outfit grossly simple for Greece, we didn’t even have checked baggage! All carry on meant leggings and long sleeves for days. IMG_10892015-02-28 12.35.122015-02-28 12.38.47 2015-02-28 12.48.22 Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetGreece was the perfect start to Spring Break. I’ve made an effort to be present, and to absorb everything I’ve been able to see. I’m excited to share part II and part III of my travel diaries, through both Paris and Florence. Presence has been a reoccurring theme, as always.

Namaste friends,

Gabriela

Fashion Week Roundup

17 shows, countless showrooms, lots of running around and my first Fashion Week is finally DONE. To say it was an incredible experience is an understatement. I had the amazing oppottunity to accompany my editor at Deux Hommes, Amy, to a plethora of shows for the magazine. Since DH covers up-and-coming designers in the luxury sportswear market I was able see, and review, some of the most incredible and innovative collections that are often overlooked. Fashion Week was NOT glamorous, by any means. It was a lot of running around in the chilly London rain, trying to figure out where the next show was.

Anyway, here’s a wrap up of my 5 days as International Press for London Fashion Week.

410982353_10152581014151207_824650139378283076_n 11001747_10152581014081207_3016012724262615936_n jmThe first show of the day was Jamie Wei Huang. Her collection was titled “Nymphomaniac” and explored the idea of power and desire that a woman feels in every facet of her life. After the show, Amy and I ran backstage and I was lucky enough to ask Jamie a little bit about the collection. The idea of desire and power seemed to be a narrative woven throughout her brand. Very cool.  tumblr_nk37urwFPH1r421pio1_1280tumblr_nk3a540Msk1r421pio1_1280Day 1 included 5 shows, meeting Pandemonia, and getting to go to a show with Miranda. Miranda and I started our blogs around the same time, pledging that we would bust out of our little suburban Georgia town and make a name for ourselves. If you would have told me eight years ago that we would be going to London Fashion Week together I would have laughed. Life is good sometimes. 9 day 2 8Day two was great and just as busy as day one. Youjia Jin, whose pieces are featured above, sent out an absolutely striking collection inspired by a slightly dystopian Alice in Wonderland. I had the amazing opportunity to write about the collection, which you can read HERE, and I was even able to meet her at her showroom on the fourth day of Fashion Week.I kept day two simple, with dusty pink brogues I picked up at Zara for 5 pounds and simple sweater.

  I also got to see the Lucas Nascimento show which was an absolute dream. I wrote about Lucas for The Fashion Law over summer and I never expected to see his collection live, so it was really an incredible experience. 10 11


Day 3 started with Xiao Li, which was an absolutely amazing collection that spoke of the designers unhappiness with fast fashion and consumer economy.

12This was followed by Gyo Yuni Kimchoe,  a personal favorite, who truly delivered an AMAZING collection inspired by the balance between shamanism and science. The atmosphere was amazing and they even played a slowed down version of Black Skinhead during the show.13 14After Gyo Yuni Kimchoe we ran to Belstaff, a mile in the disguising London rain. Thankfully the presentation was beautiful, and themed ” Free Spirit”, a sentiment I can truly appreciate. 15 16 17 18 19After Belstaff it was back to Somerset House to see Phoebe English, another amazing designer who I wrote about for The Fashion Law but never expected to see. Her collection featured incredible netting and intricate embellishment. It was absolutely amazing and I would be lying in saying I didn’t tear up during the presentation.

 

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Day 4 featured some great designers, and was another day of running around. My phone has been very complicated and has been pooping out with the display, and probably the processor, so I have very limited photos. Once I get better photos, they will be posted as will my collection reviews. I also go to see an amazing showroom, which included the work of J Cheng.

2 Yesterday, day 5, was a little bit more relaxing of the days, with just one showroom and show. I decided to wear my sheer skirt from Urban Outfitters with my shell top from ASOS. Working Fashion Week as press was beyond what I could have imagined. I had the incredible opportunity of meeting amazing people, seeing wonderful  collections and basking in the fact that fashion doesn’t have to be stuck up and catty.

Until next season,

Gabriela

 

 

Sundays in Black and White

I’m lucky enough to be taking a styling class at London College of Fashion, and I wanted to share some of the looks that didn’t make it to our final project. Our theme was monochromatic and masculine inspired, and originally my partner and I were going to start with an all white look and transition to all black. We’re revising the final project since we wanted to make the looks more cohesive, but here are some outtakes that I modeled. These were all styled by Alexandra Cedervall and myself.

The next few weeks are going to be extremely hectic.. I’m going to London Fashion Week as press with Deux Hommes, which is ridiculously exciting, and then I’ll be leaving to Greece, then Paris and finally Amsterdam. I have incomplete outfits for fashion week which means speed shopping this week, and then I have a lot to do before Spring Break! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of posting things. Life is absolutely wonderful and crazy but I need to find routine amongst all the craziness! Until then! H  one42

I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with love, dogs and fashion week!

Namaste,

Gabriela

Deux Hommes

I’m excited to announce that I’m a fashion editorial intern with Deux Hommes Magazine! I get to write about up-and-coming designers in the luxury sportswear market and I couldn’t be more excited about it. My internship with both MOD Magazine and United Colors of Fashion has come to a close, but I’m excited for the next chapter of my life. You can check out Deux Hommes HEREdeux 2deux 1

Saturday’s at Cambridge

This week has been hectic and I apologize for the lack of posts! Monday was my birthday and although it started out pretty stressful, my night ended at a Kanye themed party with some good people. The week has been a blur, and I promise I will upload photos from Bath, but today I wanted to post some photos from my trip to Cambridge! I got to visit the university and the town yesterday and it was absolutely magnificent. IMG_0908We spent the day touring a couple of the colleges on the campus, eating at the pub, doing some shopping and just enjoying the view. We ended the tour by punting down the river; the English version of a gondola ride. It was magnificent, especially considering the city is almost 2000 years old and the university is over 800 years old! Cambridge is further north than London and I knew it was going to be chilly so I dressed accordingly. I ended up looking like a giant blog of gray and pink because I knew I was going to be outside and I wanted to be warm! Nonetheless, I grabbed my pink oxfords, my cheetah scarf and a beanie to keep cozy. cheesingI had to take the cheesiest photo possible, obviously. IMG_0916IMG_0932IMG_0947IMG_0953IMG_0956IMG_0965IMG_0969IMG_0966IMG_0971The views we had down the river while punting were absolultely incredible. Not to mention the fact that we got to curl up with some tartan blankets. It was cold, but really, who can complain!?

Where did you adventure to this weekend?!

XOXO
Gabriela

Sundays at Stonehenge

Today was a wonderful day of firsts and lasts. I’ve known that I wanted to go to Stonehenge since before my plans to study in England were solidified. Beyond that, I knew that I wanted to go as close to my birthday as possible. Well, folks, dreams come true. I spent my last day as a 20-year-old at Stonehenge and Bath; to say it was incredible is an understatement. I was born on February 2nd, also known as Imbolc. Imbolc is a Gaelic holiday that’s been adopted by neo-pagans as a celebration of the earth beginning to wake up and get ready for spring; it’s a day of light and new beginnings. Classically, Imbolc honors the Celtic goddess Brigid, the goddess of inspiration, fire and light. What better way to mark the beginning of a new year than to visit an ancient landmark on a day that honors a Celtic diety?! Although the Druids didn’t build Stonehenge, (it dates back 5000 years, way before the Celts), the stones were used as markers at the solstices and Stonehenge was probably used as a spiritual gathering place as well. Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAlthough the stones were smaller than I anticipated, and I couldn’t actually touch them (what a bummer), it was still so incredible to get to see Stonehenge in real life.There were lots of sheep and ravens and it was definitely a surreal feeling to look around and see this ancient landmark against the beautiful English countryside. This past year has been the best year yet. Of course, there’s always turbulence, but I’m thankful for all the opportunities and experiences I’ve had this past year. I started 2015 on a different continent and I’m starting 21 the same way.  My mantra and intention for the year is “I will live in love, gratuity, presence, abundance and joy”. I’m sure everything else will fall into place after that.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetI got so close to this raven, which happens to be my favorite bird. The raven is the bird of the goddess The Morrigan, a Celtic triple goddess. Pretty perfect for 21 and Stonehenge. Ravens are typically considered messengers, they’re linked with intuition, the occult and the other side. 10582809_10152537612921207_6144597560751144715_o 10974482_10152537614051207_3621929270395187131_o 10945696_10152537614781207_5906529860533202302_o10397182_10152537613561207_8082965418265180698_ounnamed (1)Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAfter Stonehenge we went to Bath, but that’s a post for later this week. Happy Sunday folks. Here’s to a new year, new adventures and lots and lots of abundance and love!

Namaste,

Gabriela