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.


Gabriela Lorraine



Birthday girl.Birthday week.


Wow. This week has been so crazy. As you may have noticed from the title, it was my birthday this week! Yes, on Tuesday to be precise, the big 1-6.And even though I had a good day to look forward to, I still have had a ridiculously long week. Not only have I had about a million projects, I’ve been super stressed and extremely tired, hence, no posts! And for that I am sorry

So I would love to update everyone on what’s new with my life.

  1. I am applying for Lit Mag (Literature Magazine for anyone that isn’t good with abbreviations) at my school. Lit Mag is a poetry and prose magazine that comes out each semester at my school. It’s beautiful, and includes poetry and art submitted by students at my school. I am done with my application and am turning it in tomorrow to see if I am selected for an interview. Keep your fingers crossed!
  2. I am officially obsessed with tights and leggings. It’s pretty sad. I spend my days at home cyber-shopping and longing over colorful and avant-garde fashions.
  3. I am going to learn (or re-learn) how to knit, thanks to my very fashionable grandma.
  4. I don’t have many readers on this blog so I am trying to spread the word and get known.
  5. I love the animal /princess/dinosaur bracelets, I have the princess kind (below).



    I don’t have any new looks on lookbook, so I am in dire need of an amazing photo shoot. Foreshadowing perhaps?





I long for lace…

    Ever since I saw Prada’s beautiful fall 2008 Runway collection, I have been in love with lace. Actually, Prada’s mesmerizing collection enhanced and deepened my love for lace. Ever since I was little I’ve been in love with tea parties, tea, and all things British. And along with being proper I’m sure lace falls into this category. When I was little I’d have tea parties with my friends or family and proclaim “Make way for the Queen of England “. How special was I?

Anyway back to Prada. This collection captivated my heart with the rich creams and blacks and the modern (and 20’s inspired) take on lace. Prada’s collection was anything but ordinary.






                My goal for this upcoming month is to buy lace leggings and a long sleeved lace top. So beautiful and so easy to layer. Perfect! I would also love to have a pair of Harem pants and …

                SHOULDER PADS!!!! For $2 at Joanns Fabric I am getting some. And I will update when I do.


I’m so sorry about the lack of posts and lack of outfit posts but I have been super busy and I can’t find my camera charger! So , once I buy a new one I will post a lot.A lot a lot.

                                Lots of love