:::HELLO 2017:::

Happy 2017!
It feels absolutely insane to be able to say that! This year has been an incredible one- one that’s caused me to neglect this blog for the exact reason I created it. Seven years ago, I started Breathing Fashion as a way to get into fashion writing. It’s worked! Over the past year I’ve written for Nylon (and picked up a monthly column along the way,) Broadly, The Hoodwitch, Refinery29, Fashionista, i-D, Sabat Magazine and have continued contributing to The Numinous. I graduated college, moved to Los Angeles, landed a PR internship at Vivienne Westwood (who’s my spiritual style icon) and have managed to blog here and there. I’ve made some incredible new friends, I’ve cut out toxic people in my life, I have grieved- for myself, for this country, for our world- but oh, have I celebrated.

And I think that’s the point right? It doesn’t matter if celebrating is taking a long, luxurious bath or going on vacation or connecting with the ocean at the beach. Taking some time to myself, doing what I need to honor where I’m at emotionally has been a huge part of my year. Celebrating the lows, as well as the highs, has also been a theme.

Alexandra and I went to visit our parents in San Diego for Hanukkah and I decided it was finally the perfect time to shoot my collaboration with Transient Co. I love the look of tattoos but don’t have any, so working with Transient Co, who specialize in earth and nature inspired temporary tattoos, was really fun. Alex and I shot this set at the dog beach, so really, what more can I ask for? I love that Transient Co thinks your physical body should reflect the natural beauty of the earth, no matter how you see fit.
1-0546 2-0561This was the perfect shoot to start the new year. Climbing along rocks and being half naked in front of onlookers playing with their dogs on Christmas eve felt right. This year has felt really rocky, and very vulnerable for myself and probably a lot of you as well. Many of us are scared for the future, for our friends and family who are minorities, and for ourselves if we are minorities… May those of us who are privileged use our voices to scream into the world. May we never turn a blind eye to injustice. May we walk into the new year with heads high and voices louder. And, may we venture into the year with the stillness and innate wisdom of the Earth.

Here’s to 2017- I’m cheering you on. 

3-05654-05687-05908-05929-059614-062915-0636last2-0662last-065817-065310-060311-0604All photos by Alexandra Herstik/ @alexyael
Faux Tattoos by Transient Co / @transientco 

Use code GABYHERSTIK for 15% off your purchase at Transient.Co.

Neon Lights in the City of Angels

It is the time of the waning year. The sun is saying his last goodbyes as he gets ready to wrap himself in a shimmering, iridescent blanket of stars and slip into hibernation. The energy is twinkling as well, neon blues and pinks are in the air as the veil between this world and the spirit realm softens, smoothed out by a dose of glamour. October is around the corner, and with it the promise of darker days, shrouded in mystery and ties to parts of ourselves we seem to forget in the warmer months. 2-8590This is a time of exploration, of curiosity- a time of intense introspection and rebirth. The wheel of the year is shifting to a season that celebrates the light but invites and honors the darkness to come. The Equinox was last week, a day of intense balance and energetic equilibrium. It is officially Fall, and with that comes an extra dose of new, creative energy. 3-8591My sister Alexandra and I live down the street from the bookstore, plenty of stores and resteraunts, a cool newsstand and a Trader Joes. Saturday’s have been spent eating delicious food, walking around in the hot Los Angeles climate and bathing under neon signs. The energy this past week has been intense- I’ve felt like a snake shedding its skin. It’s been two years since I moved into my last apartment, two years since I started getting ready for London, two years since I had to do a lot of reevaluating with who I let into my life. All this energetic baggage I’ve been carrying the past two years is finally dissipating. The equinox was on the 22nd- I am 22, my birthday is on 2/2 and I’m a twin- so I really felt the weight of this seasonal shift and I’m using the momentum to move forward in a positive, beneficial and creative manner. Now I’m left with a new, shiny skin, a fresh set of eyes and an excitement for life that can only come from moving to a new city. 4-85921-8580I’ve been more intentional with what I buy- I am extremely picky with jackets and when I tried this metallic one on from Zara I knew I needed it, and that it’s not something I will probably ever get sick of. I’ve also been lusting after a pleated American Apparel skirt, so I bought this vintage cheerleader skirt from a local thrift shop as a dupe. A bandana, some sheer knee highs from Nordstrom Rack and my favorite cosmic bucket bag were the finishing touches on this look. I’m a firm believer in only wearing what you LOVE. There is nothing quiet as euphoric for me as spending the day in an outfit I love- very often other things I love will follow.5-86046-86057-8611grab1-8617img_86228-8625Spend time with people you care about. Go to the cemetery. Leave flowers at beautiful graves. Go outside. Talk to the trees. Make some art. Sit under the full moon.

All photos by one of my favorite humans in the world- Alexandra.

I love you.

Gabriela

Bones and Stardust

It has taken me so long to build a home of bones and stardust. And even now I feel like those flowers growing on the sides of highways. Yellows and purples misplaced and unapologetic. They simply bloom where they are planted- that is an ache I know all too well. I have planted seeds along my flesh and hoped the vines would creep around my ribs and snake their way into my heart. I have always wished to be my own home. My roots never found their way into their soil but they have always been shy of the light. Wall (1 of 1)I am those flowers that you pass along the busy interstates that carry you from one place to the other without stop. Without thought. A beautiful moment left for “another time” or perhaps “another place” or “another day.” Are they flowers or are they simply weeds with blessed with some good fortune? There is inconvenience in their beauty, admiration  from afar- comfortable. Stable. “I will not stop for you because you may not be what I wanted to pick. Your petals are not blooming from the soil I would have chosen for myself.  Your obscurity makes you dangerous and I do not choose to cross your path.” Because a home is meant to be lived in, not observed or carried like a shell along your skin. These bones have seen the best of me and the worst of me, too. I am a home among  a desert plane or a busy highway. I am a weed who chooses to see herself as a gift.Ledge (1 of 1)nip (1 of 1)meow (1 of 1)Wall2 (1 of 1) wallagain (1 of 1)-2Wall (1 of 1)-2Shirt:: Urban Outfitters// Scarf:: Nordstrom// Skirt:: Forgotten Feather// Shoes:: Target
jumpinjumpin (1 of 1) All photos by Cory Russel.

An Ode

An ode to exploring. An ode to creating. An ode to the little things like warm days and to listening to the rainfall and painting what you hear. An ode to situations that you made the best of and the people you’ve met along the way. An ode to vintage shops and high waisted shorts, bananas and friends that think the same. An ode to yoga, an ode to ballet, a sonnet to poetry and words loved and laid down again.  An ode to college, an ode to Bree, an ode to the these photos she took of me!

_MG_1730Any day I can get brunch and model with Bree is a good day. Yesterday was absolutely lovely outside, the sun was warm on my skin and there was the softest breeze. It wasn’t too hot, it wasn’t cold and I didn’t even have to wear my sweater. Taking these photos was the ultimate celebration of freedom- that I’m done with college! The fact that one of my favorite people took them makes it even better. My time at The Univesity of South Carolina has had its ups and downs, but I’m so thankful for the years I’ve spent here. I’ll go into more detail about my experiences a bit later, but for now I’m excited to share these photos. _MG_1793_MG_1812This is also my ~official~ contributor photo for Nylon!  Check it out! _MG_1781Shirt and sunglasses:: Urban Outfitters/ Shorts:: Hip Wa Zee/ Boots:: H&M/ Bandana:: Vintage_MG_1847_2All photos by my amazing friend Bree Burchfield.

Here’s to what’s next.

Banishing the Creeps with Little Whip

I’m small. I’m 5’6 and 110 pounds with a big attitude and even bigger eyes. I see things and I notice things and even though I may not seem like I’m always aware of my surroundings, I’m always in tune to how things make me feel. Living in a city like Columbia , South Carolina means that I’m a novelty. The biggest pick up line that people use on me is “I’ve seen you all over” or “I always see you on campus but you’re in your own world.” Fair enough- getting noticed works in my advantage (hello this is a blog after all.) But there’s a difference between being noticed and being creeped on because I present myself a certain way.A-3119

Case in point- Early Friday afternoon I was in my car outside of Walgreens, about to get out when I noticed a bro in front of my car, desperately trying to get my attention and talk to me. I furiously shook my head NO while avoiding all eye contact, only to see said bro come to the side of my window to try and talk to me. My heart was racing as I tried to plan an escape- should I just jump out of my passenger side and run for cover in the haven that is Walgreens? Eventually he got the picture and left- but not before I walked past him with a look of rage on my face without making any eye contact while going into Walgreens.

Here’s the thing- I don’t mind a compliment. I don’t mind a smile. But feeling blatantly objectified and disrespected and honestly SCARED is never fun. I don’t know who’s psycho and who’s not. I’m not sure if this bro is gonna pull out a knife or gun if I reject him- so I have to be civil. Dressing with confidence, dressing for MYSELF, does not give anyone else permission to make me feel uncomfortable. That’s not how it works.

B-3121After taking to Facebook to complain about getting hit on, I of course had another semi-terrifying encounter that night while trying to buy some flowers at Publix. I was getting out of my car and saw someone in a flannel and five panel walking towards me, while I was walking in from the parking lot. After many “hellos” which I ignored as I was walking inside (into safety) this older man decided to tell me he moved here from San Diego and had never seen a punk chic in Columbia I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to be civil as I rushed to the nearest aisle of the grocery store, while he was still following me, and then he asked if he could walk with me. I gave him the dead in the eyes look before finally saying I wasn’t interested and walking away, to which he replied “damnnnn” as I strutted down the aisle to take refuge in the wine section. After I was done shopping, I rushed to my car and thought I was safe until I looked to the car next to me as I was about to back out and saw this same man NEXT TO MY WINDOW. I started to roll my window up and he begged me not to, telling me he wasn’t a creep or a weirdo, and that he had never seen anyone like me in Columbia. I said he was hanging in the wrong area and that I needed to go. He kept calling me “so damn beautiful” as I frantically whipped my car into reverse and left the store. F-3138

SO- what’s the point of these ridiculously long and unnecessary stories? These experiences, these encounters happen to women everywhere. Not all men are like this, but YES- all women go through this sort of thing. And as a white women I can only sympathize with my sisters of other ethnicities  and races who are objectified and discriminated on a level that I will never be able to fully comprehend. We can’t just scream F*** YOU because we’re scared of what will happen when we stand up for ourselves, and that in itself is terrifying. So what’s a girl to do? People tell me I look mean, or like a bitch- that I dress intimidatingly or scary. And you know why?! Because I don’t want people to mess with me!

One of the reasons I am so excited for this collab with Little Whip is because they stand for something I whole heartedly believe in- womanhood, unapologetic sexuality and power. By wearing pieces that are powerful and sensual I’m able to tap into both of those energies as I move through my day. Add to that the fact that this shirt is one of the softest things I own, and that I can pair it with pretty much anything and I’m hooked. Little Whip even has incredible pins like a whip (what else) and red lips. I’ll be blogging about those next week! But for now, I’m content pairing my cropped handcuff tee with some thigh high boots and an attitude that is unapologetic and confident. One that says- yes I love me but no, you don’t have to talk to me. Wearing something slightly “intimidating” means giving myself permission to worry and focus on myself- and not the creeps I have to keep away. So today, I am banishing the creeps. Thanks Little Whip.E-3135 D-3127 C-3124G-3147

Shirt:: LITTLE WHIP// Shorts:: Asos// Boots: Public Desire// Mesh and hat:: VintageH-3151

All photos by my incredible sister Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael .

Make sure to check out Little Whip’s amazing pieces HERE– AND don’t forget to check back next week for PART 2 of our collab.

SATURDAZE IN LACY LINDSEY LINGERIE

The newest collaboration in the Breathing Fashion universe is with lingerie company Lacy Lindsay, with crystals from The Hoodwitch and photos by Bree Burchfield. 

I present to you:
The perfect night in_MG_6007_resizePlans are cancelled. Your perfect “going out” outfit has gone to waste and the bottle of champagne you’ve been waiting to pop feels more morbid than it does celebratory. What’s  a girl to do?  Not one for the game of self-pity,  it seems as if a night in is in your cards. The obvious answer to any Saturday night dilemma is  lingerie, lipstick and lots and lots of lace. Why waste a perfectly good evening brooding when you could be fabulous in your favorite lipstick, leaving kisses on a giant glass of bubbly? Dress up and bathe in the glories that make you, you. Grab your crystals and keep them close, nothing says “girls night” like posing with your favorite quartz. Instead of (metaphorically) cursing the boy or girl who ruined your plans, you thank them. How else would you have an excuse to drink out of your favorite chalice while binge watching Sex and the City. There’s a silver line to everything, so you choose to tie a balloon to this line and to float somewhere fabulous and far far away. _MG_6011_img (1)_MG_6037_resize_MG_6024_resize_MG_6061-Recovered (1)_MG_6062_resize_MG_6020 copy_MG_6080_resizeHere’s the thing. Sometimes people mess up. Sometimes they let us down. But the one person who should always, ALWAYS, have your back is you. Spend your night celebrating everything that makes you the funky, weird, crazy human you are. And don’t forget to wear something good, and take photos, while you’re at it. _MG_5983_resize (2)
All lingerie:: Lacy Lindsey// Crystals:: The Hoodwitch// Black shag jacket:: Disturbia// Leopard jacket:: Zara

All photos by Bree Burchfield 

FLEXSUS STUDIOS PRESENTS::: BOTANICAL FRAGMENTATION

One of the coolest parts of the internet, at least to this lady, is its ability to create a global community. I have met some of my best friends through the internet and I’ve been able to work with some incredible people and brands because of it as well. Although it can feel isolating when this internet love turns into obsession, the potential for collaboration and community that the internet brings is truly incomparable.

Today’s post is special and different and, more than anything, exciting. My good friend Morgan approached me with this incredible video that her friend Sarah Prinz, of Flexsus Studios, choreographed and danced in. She knew I would love it- and she was right.

Botanical Fragmentation merges the creativity of Sarah alongside director Trevor Osmond, and pairs this with designs from Polish born Agnes Hamerlik. There’s an exquisitely unnerving quality to this video, with stark movements and choreography juxtaposed alongside delicately  decadent dresses. Blood red designs feel eerie adorned with floral embellishments and there’s a sense of decadence when this is followed by midnight black sequined chiffon. Sarah’s performance, her craftsmanship, brings these dresses to life- allowing a visual exploration of what it means to be human and to move through this life in your own skin. There’s an Alexander McQueen-esque quality to this piece- bold in its beauty with an underlying motif that the masks we wear only serve us if we let them.

Find out more about Flexsus at www.flexsusstudios.com  and reach them at flexsusstudios@gmail.com. The studio is always looking to collaborate.

Find more of Agnes Hamerliks designs at www.agneshamerlik.com.

Queen of Hearts::: Forgotten Feather Valentines Day Lookbook

I’m disgustingly lucky to be surrounded by ridiculously creative and talented humans. Seriously. Last week I spent  my Sunday dressing up in Ivory’s vintage lingerie with my two best friends and my twin for this super special Valentines Day lookbook. We rearranged my room and got into character- we were going for a mixed era, vintage-esque look. Ivory recently launched an entire collection of this incredible lingerie, which was shot by my sister and styled by Ivory with some help from yours truly. Spending the day with my favorite humans, some fresh flowers and some rosé wasn’t too shabby.

So, do you actually need an excuse to buy yourself some lingerie? Absolutely not. You are your best excuse, and if you have a significant other who will appreciate vintage lingerie, then that’s just a lovely plus. But here’s the thing. If you’re ever upset or sad or if you ever forget that you’re a bad bitch, throw on some vintage lingerie and cheer yourself up. Making yourself feel good is important- and there’s nothing wrong with draping yourself in some silky threads to do it. Have a party for yourself- celebrate everything that makes you, you- wear something that makes you feel like a goddess. Valentines Day is just a wonderful excuse to love yourself, your girlfriends and everyone who loves you as much as YOU love you.

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Photos: Shot by Alexandra Herstik , @alexyael

All the lingerie featured here is available through Forgotten Feather Vintage.

Happy Valentines Day!!
Gabriela

MONDAY MAGICK WITH THE NUMINOUS

Happy Monday one and all. I hope all my friends celebrating MLK Day are taking it easy, sending out grateful vibes for the amazing man and knowing that it’s up to us to keep his mission and legacy goin’. Today I worked a little, chilled a little and took some photos- of my CUSTOMIZED BIRTH CHART TEE SHIRT!! I came home from vacation to the most beautiful shirt from my #GirlBoss Ruby. The Numinous and YR Store collaborated for these sick tees and I am so excited to wear mine all the time and never take it off.2I’m an Aquarius, born in year of the dog and my birth number is 9. This shirt features all that and more- an amethyst for my birthstone, Uranus because it’s my ruling planet and cool blue because it’s my color. Erin Petson designed the shirt and I wish I had words besides “so obsessed” to describe my feelings, but I don’t! It’s super soft, it has all my favorite things, it’s from my favorite job/magazine and it’s personalized to me! 1Aquarius is the “rebel” and “humanitarian” of the zodiac, a trend setter committed to paving  the way for a better world, one weird outfit and idea at a time. Naturally, I wanted to accentuate this along with my love of the cosmos and also wanted add a little bit of party flair. I worked in my DIY painted heels, my trusty star tights from Target, my Deandri choker and my furry jacket from Distrubia (which I like to call my “fashion gorilla” coat). I added in some dark berry lipstick and a bit of sass as a final touch. Alexandra always takes photos that make me feel fabulous and I am so thankful for sharing a birthday with her. 548 967All photos by my twin Alexandra 3 Here’s to a wonderful year.
XXX,
Gabriela

Psychedelic Dreams and Sunny Days

Sometimes things are rough, sometimes you end up feeling like you’re in a Woodstock nirvana. Although this December has been unseasonably warm (and people still don’t believe in climate change!), Ivory and I used it to our advantage the other day when we decided to team up with my sister and make some magic.  We found inspiration in photos of face paint from Woodstock and decided the best route to take was to dress up in some 70’s garb, grab some flowers and take photos. The sun was warm and kissing along our cheeks, and there was the slightest breeze. There was one point where I was posing, eyes closed, breathing in the winter air and just felt it. Bliss. Have you ever felt like universe is just cradling you in its palm? That’s what it felt like.  1I think my favorite part about these photos is that they ended up looking like engagement photos or Ivory and I.  Although she’s my best friend and not my fiance, I am so beyond grateful for this beaut. She is just as ethereal on the inside as she is on the outside, and she has such a gift for finding vintage clothing and giving it a new life, I mean, look at these pieces! The icing on the cake was that my friend Cory tagged along and that Alexandra took these photos. So thankful for weirdos who get me. 3 467812131816171514 Vintage dress and slip (on Ivory) and jumpsuit (on me) : Forgotten Feather Vintage/ Necklace (on Ivory): Fossil and Hide / Poncho: Thrifted Sisters/ Shoes: Free People

All photos by my amazing twin Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael)

Happy Tuesday!
XXX
Gabriela

 

THE HERMIT

hermit-1Unlike any other card in my tarot series, The Hermit found its way to me. I had scheduled to shoot with Mary but I had no idea what card to pick. And for the first time, I was okay with that- I didn’t want to know. So what did I do? I went inside, played some Chelsea Wolfe (aka my current obsession), took out my deck, and meditated on what exactly it is that I needed at that moment- what was the universe trying to teach me? I didn’t even divide the major or minor arcana, I wanted to pick a card that I was meant to work with, and it turns out I did. The Hermit urges us to go inward- it’s a wake up call to remember that we have all the answers we need within us, it’s just a matter of listening. Just like the turtle has it’s shell and it can retreat inward, finding it’s home wherever it is, so can we. hermit-8This semester, this past summer, and this past year have been a whirlwind and they have taught me more about myself than any semester or summer or year prior. For the first time I don’t feel the need to prove myself to anyone,  I don’t feel the need to make sure any certain person likes me. For the first time the only person I am focused on loving is myself, and when I pulled the Hermit it was like a love spell straight to my heart. I’d been wanting to turn inward, get back to my yoga practice and focus on what gives me inner purpose and all of the sudden, I was pulling this card to remind me that YES- that’s what I should do, that’s what I needed, and that’s what I did. hermit-11What does The Hermit teach us? The Hermit speaks of vulnerability, of shedding your layers and moving inward, of finding the answers in your own connection to the universe, to the world around you, and to yourself. In The Wild Unknown deck, it says the Hermit’s one of the most valued and celebrated creatures because through going inward, The Hermit’s able to find knowledge and wisdom it can share. The Hermit is a cosmic kick in the butt to just stop, to listen, meditate and ponder- the most important things in this life are the moments we often rush over, the pearls of beauty we find in ananda- the bliss of being.

hermit-13The idea of the turtle really resonated with me when I was trying to figure out how to represent this card. The simplicity of wearing your home on your back is both obvious and profound, and the idea of finding home in my own bones is something I’ve been trying to work with. I decided to wear my spiked leather jacket for this post because it’s a barrier between me and the world- it gives me the confidence and strength to own my sh**. Pieces like my leather jacket are my shell- they’re my protection as I move through this life, especially as someone who can be passed over as vulnerable or weak because of my small frame. I wore a vintage nightgown that I got from Ivory for this same reason- there’s a sense of vulnerability that comes with wearing your home on your back. I wanted to represent going inward by wearing something really delicate. Embracing The Hermit means dealing with your own issues face on- finding them, learning from them and hopefully growing from them. It also means picking up your shell, knowing you’re your own home, and continuing along your own path as you explore what it means to tune into yourself.  hermit-35hermit-37hermit-18hermit-23hermit-24hermit-32hermit-53hermit-52hermit-63hermit-56hermit-77hermit-73hermit-72hermit-78hermit-79hermit-80hermit-86hermit-83hermit-87Of course, I had to reinterpret the classic version of this card, (green!) cape and all. So thankful for Mary who always takes amazing photos and helps my vision come to life.

Here’s to going inward.
XXX,
Gabriela

Bad Bitch in Social Decay

So a couple weeks ago, I had the amazing honor of being Social Decay’s “Bad Bitch of the Week”. My amazing friend Ashley, their resident blogger, wrote a piece about me which you can read here if you wish. Beyond the fact that I was crowned with this honor, I also received an amazing shirt by the brand. One which I was lucky enough to shoot with my sister Alexandra who is finally back from her adventures in California.

10This past weekend I also scored big time at Goodwill with this amazing flannel which I will be wearing all the time from here on out (you have been warned). I knew instantly that this flannel and my Bad Bitch shirt were a match made in fashion hell, and I paired both with some shorts from Nasty Gal and grown up mary janes from Topshop. My twin Alexandra Herstik took all the photos (you can find her incredible photography on Instagram under @alexyael). Of course, we took some photos on the roof of our parking garage. Classic. So without further adieu, here’s me pretending to be a bad bitch. XO2 4 36 5
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KIMYE THE FINALE

For this last set of Kimye inspired goodness, Bakari and I went to one of my favorite places to take photos- the top of my apartment’s parking garage! Imagine that we landed on a private jet, in true Kimye fashion, and that we were carried off onto the makeshift tarmac while we were eating grapes (we weren’t). For this set of photos I wore Zara waxed jeans, a Zara leather top and Steve Madden shoes.

We had lots of fun with these shoots, and more fun things are definitely to come.  DSC_6900 DSC_6902 DSC_6903 DSC_6905 DSC_6906 DSC_6908 DSC_6909 DSC_6910 DSC_6914 DSC_6918 DSC_6919 DSC_6920

KIM AND YE GO RUSTIC

As promised, here’s part II of  my KIMYE series with my favorite human Bakari.  For this set, we went a bit more rustic and endured the woods of Columbia, South Carolina for a bootylicious shoot (I hope). I wore a Topshop skirt and bra, Zara bag and some Jessica Simpson shoes to get my inner Kim flowing. DSC_6841DSC_6845 DSC_6846 DSC_6847 DSC_6848 DSC_6849 DSC_6850 DSC_6851 DSC_6853 DSC_6854 DSC_6855 DSC_6856 DSC_6858 DSC_6859 DSC_6861 DSC_6862 DSC_6865 DSC_6866

K I M Y E:: P A R T 1

So, my wonderful friend Bakari and I had the fabulous idea of doing a Kim and Kanye inspired shoot. Oh- but we didn’t stop there. We had three outfit changes in three seperate locations, all of which weree very, very Kimye.  I paired my Reformation bodysuit with my favorite Jeffrey Campbells and my favorite Topshop jeans for our first look. I’ll be posting the next couple looks over the next few days.

So without further adieu- here you go. DSC_6801 DSC_6804DSC_6812DSC_6813 DSC_6814 DSC_6815 DSC_6818 DSC_6822 DSC_6823 DSC_6825 DSC_6826 DSC_6828 DSC_6829 DSC_6830 DSC_6832 DSC_6833 DSC_6834 DSC_6835 DSC_6836

The Secret Garden of Temperance

There are cards that are easy to interpret and there are ones that are a bit trickier. Temperance is one of those cards that tends to stump me when it comes up in a reading. The tarot resonates in funny ways and I’m sure this is a hard card for me because it’s what I have trouble internalizing most; balance. The universe always has perfect timing, and Mercury was retrograde as I shot this look (thankfully it’s direct again!) This past retrograde was all about digging up the past, learning from the muck and moving forward… it was rough. Sometimes you have to go on and move forward and keep going with life; find your footing and balance between harsh elements. That’s exactly what this card teaches us.cardTemperance speaks of working with opposing elements and using them to find balance. Battle water with fire, earth with air. Temperance is a card of renewal, a flowing stream promising something better, something easier. I was so excited to shoot with  my favorite, Mary Decrescenzio, after what feels like years of not working together. Although lots of rain made the waterfalls we shot at murky, it still felt perfect to shoot among the flowing water; it’s exactly what Temperance represents. This card talks about moderation, about working among the elements and not giving or taking too much. Temperance is a card of healing, of renewal. It is, more than anything, a little glimmer of hope.gabbi-2Temperance urges us to find a sense of honesty, of balance and a sense of purity with what we do. Not too hot, not too cold…just right. It speaks of being like the heron and find your balance and find peace in a sense of opposition. I wanted to interpret this card surrounded by water, with pieces in sweet blue and just a touch of red (lipstick always counts). I picked up this wonderful vintage teddy from my job, Hip Wa Zee, and paired it with this sweet little robe I got from my friend Ivory who runs an incredibly curated vintage shop called Forgotten Feather Vintage. I was feeling very “Secret Garden” since we took so many photos amidst the incredible foliage. gabbi-3All you can do in life is take little baby steps every day. Learning from the past to move forward. Learning from the fire so you know to add a little more water next time. Temperance reminds us to find our own secret garden, our own place of peace. A safe haven to remind us that once we find balance, everything else will fall into place. Here’s to a fresh start and learning from the ease of the water.gabbi-5 gabbi-8 gabbi-7gabbi-23gabbi-28gabbi-30gabbi-36gabbi-45gabbi-25gabbi-49gabbi-57gabbi-64gabbi-81gabbi-70gabbi-74gabbi-91gabbi-89gabbi-103gabbi-20agabbi-21agabbi-107gabbi-121gabbi-112gabbi-126gabbi-129gabbi-127

Here’s to finding balance and moving forward.

Namaste,

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

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

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.

1419981_10203345039895329_644968274_nunnamedMore photos and all the details coming soon.

Namaste

Gabriela

 

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

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

W I T C H

The archetypal witch conjures up an image of an old crone mixing herbs in a cauldron, most certainly for a spell or ritual. The word “witch” makes us think of an old hag, riding around a chilly October evening on her broom, casting curses at whoever is unlucky enough to be in her way. Witchcraft and witches exist in modern day, but definitely not in the way that most of the populations thinks.  Every energetic worker, occultist, or witch will have a different definition of the word “witch”.  Although some people tie working magick to witchcraft, not all witches work with magick, just like not all magick workers are witches. What does that mean? Not everyone who manipulates energy for a certain outcome is a witch, and not every witch works with energy. The history of witchcraft is long and winding, and cultures ranging from the Celts to the Ancient Mesopotamian’s had their own form of energy work or magick which could be considered Witchcraft. Witchcraft, and the use of healing through herbs and natural remedies, divination, magick and spells can be passed down from generation to generation in a practice called Hereditary Witchcraft. Witchcraft ranges widely from practitioner to practitioner and you don’t have to have a family that practices witchcraft to practice it yourself. Since Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, you can follow almost any religious path and still be a witch.

Witchcraft can include anything from divination and crystal work to spells and herb and faerie lore and magick. It’s a personal practice, with an underlying idea that you have tools at your disposal to create and see parts of this life that you may have missed without the awareness or consciousness that comes with Witchcraft. It’s kind of difficult to understand in an objective light, so I’ll share a bit about my personal practice.

My practice of Witchcraft involves working with the tarot, faeries, crystals and and energy work. like spells. I work with the moon and I incorporate my yoga practice as a form of energy work as well. I practice magick, although I don’t believe in using that sort of energy to cause any negativity or harm to anyone. A lot of my practice is being positive, being aware of the power of my thoughts and actions and how I impact other people. In my opinion this is the basis of all energy work, how can you expect to manipulate energy if you’re not aware of the power of your own at all? Thoughts and intentions go a long way, after all.

I became involved with Witchcraft when I was 11 or 12. It started with a deck of Faerie oracle cards, called The Faerie’s Oracle, by Brian Froud. This led me to finding the book “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” which began me on my journey. 8 or 9 years later and my path is still evolving. I saw this bag on Dolls Kill and had to have it. I love to incorporate fashion and spirituality so this was a match made in heaven. I paired it with some drop waist pants, a halter tank with a low back, some black boots and lots of gold details to finish off the outfit.Shirt: Forever 21/ Necklace: Topshop/ Pants: Zara/ Boots: H&M/ Bag: Dolls Kill

For me, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that means being aware of my energy and my place in the world. It means using my intuition and the tools I have to create the life I want to live, in a peaceful and loving way. I don’t condone hurting anyone or attempting to hurt anyone to get a desired outcome and I especially don’t condone any form of magick that hurts more than it helps. More than anything, this is my practice and my story and my own form of witchcraft.

Talk to me about what you think about witchcraft on twitter @gabyherstik.

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. @alexyael on Instagram 

 

Sticks and Stones and Birds and Bones

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with one of my current favorite jewelry companies, Birds and Bones. This incredible jewelry brand is hand crafted in San Francisco by two amazing ladies. I knew I was in love with these incredible pieces as soon as I saw them and I still can’t get over how perfectly creepy and delicate pieces are. BAB meld my love for this life and the next by bringing together bones and oddities together to create incredible pieces you can wear in this life.

I was able to style their Quartz Necklace  and their Mus Pendant. I love being able to wear pieces that incorporate crystals and animals since both of these things hold properties of their own. Quartz is a powerful stone that helps harness energy; clear quartz can be charged for whatever purpose you want, whether it’s healing, love, strength…etc. I wear this piece as a little telephone from the universe to tell me hello now and then. This mouse skull pendant combines the agility and awareness of the mouse with the healing, and relaxation of amethyst.  Not only is amethyst my birthstone, but it is my favorite stone. It helps to connect to the higher self, the third eye and aids one with healing and relaxation.

I chose to pair these necklaces with a little bandeau from Zara, shorts from Nasty Gal, and shoes, a kimono and hat from H&M. This look was meant to be one for a hot summer day when you don’y feel like wearing a bathing suit, but don’t really feel like wearing pants either. I had so much fun prancing around in this.I felt powerful and ladylike and i can’t wait to wear these necklaces out and about!

 

All photos were taken by amazing twin Alexandra, @Alexyael. My soul sister Marissa, @rissakathrine, helped too.

What do you wear that helps you in this life?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

Breathing Fashion X Eralphia Imagery

It’s always such an honor to work with a photographer on more than one occasion, especially one who makes you feel confident. I love to model but will don’t consider myself to be one, so it’s always so fun to work with a photographer I’m comfortable modeling with. I’ve worked with Trey twice before, and I always look forward to our shoots. I shared some of photos of our most recent shoot in THIS post, but wanted to share the rest!

Shirt: American Thread/ Shorts: H&M/ Sweatshirt: Zara/ Leather jacket: Express/ Boots; Urban Outfiitters/ Socks: TargetShirt: Urban Outfitters/ Leggings: H&M/ Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

I wanted to shoot some outfits I don’t get to wear a lot. I chose these looks because they’re both different than what I wear on campus during the semester. I love wearing all black, but this was a little different than my usual get up, it had more of an “Alternative Press sort of vibe. I love the mesh and velvet top in the second look, but I’ve only worn the shirt a handful of times so I thought it would be perfect to shoot. I had to work with what I brought home for spring break which is why I kept these looks relatively simple (for me). Oh and I just love having an excuse to wear thigh highs and high heels.

What are you wearing this Spring?

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Hanged Man

Perspective is everything. Much like judgment, how we see things has a huge impact on our lives and our realities. We may feel stagnant, but the truth is we are not; we are creatures of the universe, constantly evolving. As our lives change, so must our perspectives. This idea is present in the 12th card of the tarot deck, The Hanged Man. This card reminds us to change our perspective, let go of ego, and embrace the sort of rebirth we feel when we see things in a  new light. The Hanged Man is a great reminder to listen to our intuition, and stop resisting what is. Just like the bat uses echolocation to see, we are reminded to use our intuition in the same respect.

When I draw this card in a reading, I am reminded to step back, see every possibility and then tune in to my own intuition to see  how my perspective can change.  There is no wrong or right in this life, things just are as they should be. I chose a floral shirt to represent growth and rebirth and a slick leather style skirt to represent how we must let judgments pass over us without resistance. The darker color pallet and oversize knit shawl were inspired by the aesthetic of the card itself, which shows a bat hanging upside down. I was inspired by pieces that make me feel powerful, intuitive and strong.

Shawl and Shirt: Urban Outfitters/ Skirt: Topshop/ Necklacce: Zara/ Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Shot by the amazing Mary DeCrescenzio. Tarot deck is The Wild Unknown.

What do you need to change your perspective of?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Judgement

For the fourth look in my tarot series, I decided to choose a card that was a little bit more difficult for me to explain, especially in terms of fashion. Judgment, the 20th card in the tarot deck, has been showing itself to me over and over and over again in my own readings. I’ve always struggled with judgment; of others and of myself. I know these are one in the same; judging others is a way of projecting my own judgments and insecurities of myself outward.I am constantly reminding myself to love more, and live from a place rooted in love and bliss.This card is a great reminder of that. Judgment speaks of awakening, or rebirth, of ascending to something greater and new. When I draw this card in a reading, I am reminded of a few key things about myself, and the way I view the world.

Drawing this card in a reading, for me, is a reminder to approach every facet of life with an open mind and heart. There are things that happen that sometimes don’t make sense and don’t seem to fit our notion of what should be. We place labels on things, deeming them good or bad, right or wrong, without taking a step back and looking at the situation in its entirety, for what it is. By covering something with a judgment we aren’t allowing ourselves to surpass whatever experience or person or thing we just judged; we aren’t allowing ourselves to learn. Sometimes judgment is necessary in keeping yourself safe and out of harms way, but sometimes it’s not. By labeling something, whether it’s an experience or a person, you are boxing said thing in. Don’t confine anything or anyone, including yourself, to labels or judgments. You are far greater than any word or words you can cast; your soul is much greater than that.This card signifies an awakening, a consciousness, that takes place when judgment has ceased, and life, in all of her forms, is accepted and welcomed. This card reminds us to ascend to a place where judgment isn’t necessary, and to see things from a different and more open perspective. Shirt and Skirt: Zara/ Bra: Urban Outfitters/ Necklaces: Forever 21 and Barney’s Outlet, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

So glad I have been able to continue working with Mary. Make sure to check her out HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela

The High Priestess

There has always been a certain sort of softness and admiration in my heart for women who cultivate their own strength and power. I am lucky enough to have been surrounded by these sort of females my entire life. My grandmas, my mother, my aunts, my family friends, all bask in their femininity and harness their own strength to manifest whatever it is they so desire. Each women on this earth is a high priestess in her own rite; she has her own inner connection to goddess, to parts of her consciousness that are unbeknownst to others. The High Priestess card represents a connection to the unconscious, to goddess, to the earth. The high priestess is a walker between two worlds.

The tiger does a good job of representing both assertiveness and intuition, while the crystal ball she guards can represent connection to what’s to come and the unknown. The high priestess has ties to what lies ahead; she is an oracle and she basks in her own wisdom.

My friend Yash handmade this dress, which I paired with a shoulder chain from Nasty Gal, a lace cardigan from American Thread, a scarf from Zara and some Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

What is it in you that connects to a higher power? What part of you resonates within the universe?

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Moon is Down

The second set of my tarot series is based off “The Moon” card. This card is one of intuition, of vivid dreams, of connection to the subconscious and goddess. Kiim Krans, the illustrator of the deck that inspired this series, The Wild Unknown, is also partial to this card. She describes The Moon perfectly; “The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. The Moon provides light as a reflection of the Sun, yet this light is dim, uncertain, and only vaguely illuminates our path as we journey toward higher consciousness. When a path leads between two towers into the distance, it is showing the way to the unconsciousness. The astrological sign associated with this card is Pisces – psychic, receptive and mysterious.” (via The Numinous)

 

I chose to represent this card with stark whites that contrasted against the deep reds and oranges of my backyard. White attracts positivity and is a color of healing; both things the moon herself represets. In the past few months I have grown more and more in love with mother moon and her beauty. There is something so comforting about her presence every night, a constant reminder that there is something larger than me in this universe. The moon is awake when my heart and mind are still, and her gentle kisses on my cheek have comforted me more than anything else.

I chose to wear this leotard from Nasty Gal with a Zara skirt and Forever 21 shoes. I’m usually cloaked in all black, with many layers of jewelry and red lipstick,but I have to admit, this minimalist look is probably my favorite to date. I wanted to channel the moon through this shoot, honoring her by basking in moonbeams. There’s a quiet sort of comfort in knowing that the sun and moon are always there, even when we can’t see them.

What comforts you in the late hours of the night?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Shot by Mary DeCrescenzio 

Left of Right

I’m an over the top sort of person in every facet of my life. I’m loud, I’m excited and I always celebrate whatever is going on. I love huge costume jewelry, I love wearing many statement pieces at one time and i just love life, and I like to think that shows. I love big jewelry that’s flashy and I’ve always been drawn to pieces with a  spiritual twist, whether it’s a raw stone or something with a healing quality.  When Left of Right jewelry asked me to collaborate I was ecstatic. Their statement pieces are edgy and avant-garde while still having a sort of mystical feel to them. I chose to style a hematite, snake eye cuff because it is so completely me and also I love the properties of the piece.

Hematite helps ward off negativity, it is used for psychic protection and it helps you calm down and can assists in aiding concentration. Hematite can assist in finding your own confidence and footing, it can help you ground and assert your power. The snake is connected to the life force, kundalini energy, healing, renewal and it’s an animal of spiritual guidance. Wearing the evil eye is said to ward off evil and negativity. I couldn’t resist a beautiful piece with all of these amazing elements, so I decided to style it two ways; a little more feminine and a little more urban.

Cuff: Left of Right/Shirt and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/Shorts and Purse: Zara/ Sweater: American Thread/ Necklaces: Forever 21 and Barney’s Outlet/ Glasses/ Hip Wa Zee

How could I not style this cuff with floral and black?! Absolutely impossible! I wore my moon necklace from Forever 21 to accent the mystic look the cuff has.

For my second look I was inspired by different gradients and textures. I wore a Nasty Gal Collection top, some leathery harem pants from Urban Outfitters and some gradient boots by Deena and Ozzy. I tied a sweatshirt from Zara around my waist a la Kanye and grabbed my spiked Deena and Ozzy bag to finish off the look! This was a little more urban that my usual attire, but I love mixing things up once in a while.

I had so much fun styling this piece, and I can’t wait to wear it out and about in Columbia.

Check out Left of Right HERE and their Etsy HERE, and make sure to check back later this month for their new collection!

All of these photos were taken by Alexandra Herstik (my twin)! Her goal is to “create every day”, check out her amazing photos on her instagram @alexyael.

What are YOU wearing that makes you feel confident and empowered?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Death Card

The thought of the death card in a tarot reading conjures up images of old fortune tellers with a distressed look on their face, promising death to a loved one, or yourself, in the near future. A negative connotation has been linked to this card, after all,  it’s the harrowing “death” card that leaves one with the touch of death on their soul, right?

The Wild Unknown Tarot

The first thing needed to understand the death card is a basic understanding of the tarot itself. The classic tarot deck was originally used as a card game in parts of Europe, like Italy and France, in the 15th century. This was later adopted by occultist and mystics, transforming into the tarot we know today. A classic tarot deck consists of 78 cards, 22 of which are considered the “major arcana” and the other 56 comprising the “minor arcana”. The major arcana are the more important cards, like “The Moon”, “Death”, “Judgment” and “Temperance”. The 56 minor arcana cards are divided into four suites, much like a classic card deck. The four suites, “Pentacles”, “Cups”, “Wands” and “Swords, are each numbered one through ten (the number 1 being the “ace” card), and contain four court cards; “King”, “Queen”, “Knight” and “Page/Jack”. Each card suit holds its own meaning, further coupled with the meaning of each card. The major arcana cards represent major themes and changes in life, and are usually more significant in a reading than the plentiful minor arcana cards.

The Faerie’s Oracle by Brian Froud

Like any form of divination, the tarot isn’t telling you something that is set in stone. The tarot is a map of sorts that reads the energies present in you. It simply draws the lines on a map that has been there all along; you have complete control over the roads you choose to take, the tarot simply lets you know what roads were there to begin with.

So what does the Death card represent? Complete and utter transformation. I chose this card because not only is it a personal favorite, it’s probably the most misunderstood and most frightening card in the deck. This card doesn’t mean someone close to you is going to die, It means one door is closing and another is opening, in the most important sense of the word. Get ready for some major changes and opportunities when you see this card because it has an uncanny ability to appear when new ventures are around the corner. Change is GOOD, and sometimes we have to lose something to gain something even better. Think of it as reincarnation; one thing ends and another begins.

Black is the lack of color, just like death is lack of life. The color black itself repels negativity; it is a strong and powerful color and for me, it encompasses the idea of the Death card. I chose this black dress, picked by the amazing Ivory from Hip Wa Zee,  this hat from H&M and these shoes from Urban Outfitters to create a look that matched my perception of this card. Like the tarot itself, everyone’s interpretation is going to be different. This is my personification of death

Check out my my amazing photographers website HERE and Ivory’s vintage store HERE.

Embrace the unknown with open arms and bask in the glory of its potential.

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Sunday Style: A Sweet Sample

I posted a preview of my most recent collaboration last week, and I couldn’t resist posting a couple more! I had the immense pleasure of shooting with Mary DeCrescenzio  for this set, an amazing photographer who I met while working at Hip Wa Zee. We shot three looks and are currently in the process of another collaboration which should be really great.

I’ve been keeping the theme of this collaboration secret, and I can’t hold it in any longer! These three looks were all based off of tarot cards. I’ve been reading cards since I was about 13, when I got the classic Raider Waite deck in a kit, and the cards have been part of my life ever since.. I am going to be incorporating spirituality and fashion more and more since both are my passions, and I thought this was a good way to start. Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away, so enjoy the preview, and more details (and explanation of the tarot) to come!

I can’t wait to release the entire collaboration and explain what each cards means to me. I hope everyone is having a fabulous Sunday!

Go check out Mary’s work HERE and check back for more photos!

Namaste,

Gabriela

Leonisa Lingerie

So excited to announce my review, and collaboration, with the lust worthy lingerie brand Leonisa. After working on this for the past few weeks, I am so excited to finally be able to review the amazing bra they sent me! I couldn’t resist styling the piece as well, black bras are the perfect accessory after all.

As someone with a smaller bust, I have the exact opposite problem with bras that ladies with larger busts have; I can’t find bras that are small enough that fit properly. Beyond Victoria’s Secret and pretty lace bras that don’t do much accept for being aesthetically pleasing, it can be a daunting task to find bras that really flatter my small frame. When Leonisa approached me about a possible review, I was excited but somewhat nervous at the prospect of having to review a bra that may not fit. But alas, I took the leap and ordered the Seamless Balconet Bra with Air Push Up in 32A and hoped it would fit well. When I received the bra and eagerly tried it on, I was beyond impressed and excited. The push up adds a lift that’s sexy without squishing my boobs together too much and giving me awkward cleavage; it lifts and pushes up and gives the always anticipated perfect cleavage curve. The fit of the bra itself is perfect; the slight dip in the straight across bust line shows off the push up of the bra while still having a bandeau style cut. Since the bra can be worn strapless, this cut is awesome because it covers enough to be able to be worn under a sheer, or even mesh shirt, without looking tacky. The bra has wire on the sides of the cups which I adore because it helps keep everything up and in and although the band itself can be a bit uncomfortable at first, the more you wear the more it will mold to your body. I seriously can’t wait to wear this bra under my crop tops for some extra lift and under my mesh shirt instead of a bandeau.

Leonisa has a ton of lovely lingerie, shapewear and activwear, and it’s all affordable. Check out their selection and let me know what you think! Check it out HERE

I dressed this bra up a little bit with some help from my Love Culture top, Unif for Nasty Gal shorts, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, a Nasty Gal necklace and of course, the Leonisa bra.

Styled this bra down with my favorite mesh shirt from H&M and my amazing new Deena and Ozzy holographic shoes from Urban Outfitters.

Thank you Leonisa for the fabulous new bra!

XXX
Gabriela

Warby Parker Fall 2013 Collection Release

Instead of taking the typical, advertisement route to release their fall collection, Warby Parker decided to take the trendier road; by using bloggers. I have the amazing chance of partnering with this wonderful company to show off their Fall 2013 collection.

If you know me, if you know what I believe in, if you know my love for fashion; you know that I will back up this brand 110%. For every pair of Warby Parker frames you buy, a pair of glasses are donated to someone who needs them. As if that wasn’t enough, the 60’s inspired looks will make your heart melt. Think social uproar, think a time when everything was changing and rebellion was in the air.

Named after famous literary reference, the story of this collection is already framed (har har) in a gold light. Each piece evokes a sort of nostalgia; a yearning for a time when one’s voice could ring out in rage, or happiness, and be joined by countless others in unison. Grab your favorite lace dress, some pumps and a pair of Warby Parker’s new frames and you’re sure to have your voice heard.

And don’t forget; these pieces may LOOK like they break the bank, at $95 for acetate styles  and both acetate and stainless steel for $145, they definitely don’t hurt your pocket.

Ripley Oak Barrel Eyeglasses

Ripley Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Ames Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Ames Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Throw on a lace dress and some oxfords to compliment your new glasses. A vintage watch and Chanel add some glamour to your simple look, while a red lip draws some danger in. Top it off with a spritz of perfume and you’re ready to go.

Duckworth Oak Barrel Eyeglasses

Duckworth Revolver Black Matte Eyeglasses

Rowan Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Holcomb Marbled Sandstone Eyeglasses

Holcomb Oak Barrel Eyeglassesprep by gabrielalorr featuring a mini skater skirt

Maybe you need something more retro, with an edgy pull. Compliment your sleek, new, second pair of eyes with a leather varsity jacket, a sporty sleek crop top, and top it off with the perfect turquoise skirt.

3/4 view Ames Graphite Fog Sunglasses

3/4 view Ellison Marbled Sandstone Sunglasses

3/4 view Ellison Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses

Fall Collection 2013

Ways to Wear your Feed Bag by gabrielalorr featuring a pocket purse

No matter what your style is, the new collection has something to suit it; whether it’s vintage whimsy or classic charm, every pair of glasses will make you feel as good as you look. I am a firm believer that it is important to give back to the universe that has blessed you with so much. If you’re going to buy yourself something, may as well help someone else while you’re at it!

Want to buy every piece? You’re in luck! The collection is live HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

VintEDGE Magazine!

One of my amazing friends wrote an incredible article about me and Breathing Fashion for VintEDGE magazine! The up and coming magazine is amazing and definitely worth checking out. It’s an honor to have been featured!

it means so much that people are invested in this blog and what I do. Thank you to everyone who’s  supported me and who continues to support me!

If you want a digital or hard copy, buy it HERE!!

XXX
Gabriela

Death Queen Style Sunday

Hello Breathing Fashionistas, I am so beyond glad to be back and to be, gradually, getting into the blogging grind! I am so excited for the year ahead of me, and I’m so excited to be back in Columbia.  I am also so excited to announce that my amazing friend Morgan Epperson, find her site HERE, is going to be collaborating with me every Sunday as my in house Sunday style photographer! Morgan is not only incredibly sweet and lovable, she is also incredibly talented and a fellow Fashion Board member. Today, we shot in my backyard, yes I have train tracks and a graveyard in my backyard, and I’m so happy with how amazing the photos turned out! I felt like today was a perfect day for a gauzy tank top, Carven inspired shorts and my Lita’s;  proper death queen attire

I keep forgetting I don’t have class tomorrow, which is super nice, and I’ve spent today with my twin at brunch and relaxing. I get to go to yoga later, spend the night with some friends and I’m looking forward to what the night holds!

Shirt: TJ Maxx

Shorts and long necklace: Forever 21

Short necklace: Barney’s Outlet

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Purse: Zara

Socks: H&M

Bracelet: Nasty Gal

Sunglasses: American Thread

 

What does YOUR Labor Day weekend hold?

XXX
Gabriela

 

PS: Make sure to check out Morgan’s site: mepperson.portfoliobox.me

Hello dear readers!  I’m  sorry for all the sporadic posts, and I apologize but I will be in a funky blogging schedule until the 16th! I’m moving in this weekend and then coming home only to go back to SC the 16th so until then, please bear with me.

My amazing friend Jordan accompanied me to my latest shoot on Saturday with No Contenders Photography, These are just the unedited shots he sent me, I can’t wait to post my favorites

Shirt and Necklace  Forever 21

Purse: Zara

Boots: Nasty Gal

Watch: Michael Kors

Skirt, Necklace and Shirt: Forever 21

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Watch: Michael Kors

Sweater: Loehmans

Shorts: Forever 21

Shoes: Jeffrey Cambpell

Purse: American Thread

Leotard: Junkman’s Daughter

Shorts: Forever 21

Purse: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Jeffrey  Campbell

Can’t wait to share more
XXX
Gabriela

A Wee Update

Breathing Fashionistas,

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, hasn’t it? Between going back and forth from Columbia, getting this site going, modeling for friends, shopping for the new house and getting ready for the cruise, my days have flown by! I’m not complaining by any means, the last month of bumming it has done wonders. I’ve been going to Ashtanga yoga classat least four times a week (I try to go more than that), and I’ve been doing my best to spend time with my family and friends. Anyway,  I wanted to catch you all up on some shoots I’ve been doing! I had the pleasure of modeling for No Contenders photography, and I had my makeup and hair done by the lovely ladies of Salon Modello in Atlanta.

I’ll be having more photos from this shoot soon, so stay tuned!

The next shoot was a collaboration between my lovely friend Brianna and her clothing line Moonsail, El Bambino and my new friend Kelsie of Salvation Photography!

 

More photos from both shoots coming soon!

XXX
Gabriela

 

PS; I’ll be on vacation for the next 10 day so get ready for some posts from paradise

High Voltage Blog X El Bambino Lookbook Pt II

As promised, I have listed some new crowns over at El Bambino! I’m also releasing some new photos of my collaboration with Miranda  of High Voltage Blog. As you all must know by now, I’m incredibly inspired by those of the other realm. I draw an immense amount of inspiration from the fay, or faeries. Miranda took the vision I had for the shoot and added to it, creating something incredible

What are YOU inspired by that’s out of this world?

XXX

Gabriela

High Voltage Blog X El Bambino

I’m so excited to announce my collaboration with Miranda of High Voltage Blog!! She just opened the doors to her own Etsy shop of the same name, and asked me to help model and style a shoot. I happily obliged and asked if she would mind if I could make a lookbook out of it by pairing some new crowns I made for El Bambino with her vintage finds. We planned it out and spent the day catching up, grabbing some (veggie) sushi, laughing, and basking in the incredible summer air. Check out her Etsy for some of the pieces we styled!! I’ll be posting 7 new crowns on my Etsy, El Bambino, within the next week and I will post a link once they’re up

www.highvoltageblog.net

www.highvoltageblog.etsy.com

www.elbambino.etsy.com

Part II of the collaboration coming when I put the new crowns online

XXXX

Gabriela

EL BAMBINO X JANE CARRINGTON

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So excited to announce the awesome collaboration I did yesterday with the ever lovely Jane Carrington. I’ll be busy making a ton of new crowns for festival season for El Bambino as well as selling them at USC Fashion Week’s vendor fair on Tuesday night so I was really excited to be able to get some good photos and promo shots. I loved Jane’s vision from the very start; she was feeling the ethereal vibe like I was. I’m so blessed to be able to work with such talented people and sell things I love to make. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has been ordering crowns and reading this blog. Here is part one of El Bambino X Jane Carrington collaboration.