OUTFIT DIARIES::: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

Hello dear humans!
I apologize for the lack of posts. Between getting settled in LA, starting this internship and moving into a new apartment, I’ve been busy, tired and honestly a little bit lazy! I love my internship- it still hasn’t hit me that this is real. But one thing that has hit me is that I have a reason to dress up every day. Even when I’m not working, I can still hit the streets of LA in some of my favorite clothes. I haven’t gotten a single side eye from a middle aged white man since I’ve been here and it’s pretty dope! I love being able to utilize my closet and come up with new outfits so, here are some of my favorites!

13882453_10153621890521207_4814273352531022403_nMy “first day of work” look! I brought some loafers in case these got uncomfortable. They didn’t but they were horribly squeaky so I ended up changing mid-day!

14022323_10153646648331207_7306902177661710545_n14088562_10153640189751207_1932301849371639281_n A sparkly sweater is always a good look in my mind.

13920707_10153623142921207_8285650448951236534_nI’ve been enjoying playing around with my style, including leaning a bit more androgynous.

14079991_10153655755111207_6607005829545573495_n14079585_10153655347466207_3652113321109493510_nWhen you find an X-Files shirt and neat $10 glasses within the same week- you wear them together. 14117714_10153658242696207_4841912885996862026_n14079711_10153657827831207_6497348607077953115_nI’ve discovered that I enjoy wearing red and baby pink. I also appreciate obnoxious metallic clothing and accessories!

14086424_10153660759081207_7487665729059992606_o14100300_10153660443991207_6292307483380542231_nLace dresses, vintage scarves and cactuses (right next to my work)!  Friday’s are for black lipstick and selfies.

14233037_10153693386816207_650361281966892026_nOversized dresses with big pockets in front of my new living room wall! I decided to layer this shirt under it and I loved the result.

14192708_10153674092231207_4568227222885396636_n14117853_10153673605721207_5016062407816638921_nI slicked my hair back the other week and actually really enjoyed the look! Couple with some drop crotch paints I got for $10 and a shirt my sister gave me- I felt good.

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I saw The Coathangers, who I wrote about for NYLON, and a band called LA Witch opened for them. They were amazing and of course I bought a shirt. I paired it with a vintage tartan skirt for an extra kick of Viv.

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I DID IT- I got my first Vivienne Westwood bag! I was pricing this and knew I needed it. It’s the perfect size, it’s sleek and it literally screams SEX. I paired it with some DIY painted shoes, an accordion pleated button down and a big gold clip to bring it all home.

14344353_10153713137006207_6821653797591803865_nI worked my first event last week and was sent to pick up 6 cases of champagne so of course I took a photo with some of them.

14446191_10153724486386207_1599522099824279431_n14344891_10153709742051207_3537529377942049640_nI’m feeling blue eyeliner and dad hats and I felt like being loud this day so why not just wear everything all at once?! Paired with some star socks and baby pink oxfords I got from London for extra eccentricity.

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My most recent look is what I like to describe as Eastern European flapper. It does the job! I got this bag this past weekend and I’m obsessed with it. I also got to wear this shawl thing I got a few weeks ago on sale.

What do you wear to work?!
XOXO
Gabriela

#jointhereformation

Okay folks, I haven’t blogged in an ungodly amount of time and I know I was suppose to make announcements about why weeks ago.. well Mercury is retrograde and I am the worst, so after weeks of leaving you all shivering with antici….pation here it goes. I just finished up interning with Rick Owens at his showroom for Market Week for two weeks! I was in New York and let me tell you, that is a city you fall in love with. I had an amazing time and met some of the most hardworking and wonderful people and it truly surpassed any and all of my expectations. I have  a ton of pictures from my trip which WILL be turned into a blog post, I promise. BUT today’s blog post is featuring a brand that The Numinous founder Ruby Warrington turned me onto; Reformation. 5[1]Okay so besides the fact that Reformation makes sexy clothes that are swoon worthy all on their own, the story behind the brand is what makes it so totally Numinous (for lack of a better word). The brand was created by Yael Aflalo in 2009, and is leading the way in sustainable fashion. Every single piece is produced and manufactured in downtown Los Angeles and each collection is limited edition, how can you not swoon?! Garments are made with recycled and sustainable fibers, hangers in the store are recycled, orders are shipped in 100% recycled packaging; this is what the future of “fast fashion” needs.  Reformation tracks exactly how big of a carbon footprint each garment creates, and they take note; the idea of being better isn’t enugh; transformation and being the best is.  I couldn’t say no this bodysuit, especially knowing that it was a guilt free buy, so thanks Reformation. I’ve officially joined the cause. 6[1] 7[1]8[1]1[1]2[1]3[1]4[1]10[1]11[1]If you want to learn more about Reformation and how they’re changing the game, check it out HERE.9[1]

As always, photo by my incredibly talented twin, Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael).

 Namaste,

Gabriela

#JOINTHEREFORMATION

 

Full Moon ‘n Scoprio Woes

Well friends, it’s happened. I’ve been back and forth to and from Columbia the past two weeks and my twin sister Alexandra and I finally shot together..after months and months, FINALLY some new outfit photos. Beyond that wonderful thing, it’s beautiful outside, it was May Day a couple days ago, it’s the full moon AND the full moon is in Scorpio, which just so happens to be my moon sign! Life is extra good right now, and I have some exciting things which I’ll announce in my next post!5I’ve loved having papa sun kiss my skin. I love the gray skies but once the spring months roll around I crave nothing more than some iced coffee, lots of trees and some flesh exposing outfits. I’ve been really inspired by the notion of dressing in what makes me feel powerful and beautiful and all that jazz (which is nothing new), but for the first time I’ve figured out how to articulate what exactly it is that makes me feel beautiful.

I’m proud of who I am. I love who I am and I do believe I have a beautiful inside. But when I’m in my pajamas, with no makeup, I don’t really feel beautiful on the outside (which isn’t to say my spirit n soul don’t feel bright and pretty). But I have a young face and I just don’t feel as beautiful on the outside as I do on the inside when I’m au naturale… I feel guilty about that because I’m all about self love, but I realized recently what it is for me that makes wearing my makeup and a great outfit such a spiritual experience.

4When I get dressed up in an outfit like the one I’m wearing in this post, and I’ve got some lipstick on that makes me feel like a power woman, then I feel beautiful. It’s not the makeup, it’s not the clothing, it’s the fact that when I’m wearing something I love, I feel like for the first time how I feel on the inside is represented by the outside… it’s the duality and the synchronicity that make me feel whole. I feel like the best version of myself, I feel like I’m who I’m meant to be, and that’s what makes me feel beautiful. I feel like there’s an equilibrium between how I feel I look on the inside that’s represented on the outside, and you know, that’s a pretty great thing to be able to articulate! So here’s to my incredible twin sister, papa sun and an outfit and some photos that make me feel like a bombshell.3 2 16111098712Shorts: H&M// Top and Shoes: Urban Outfitters// Bag: Dolls Kill// Hat: Vintage// Glasses: Nasty Gal13                                                        Wear what makes you feel beautiful.

Happy Full Moon ghosties!

Gabriela

All photos: Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael)

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

 

 

A Little Fashion Alien

 

There’s something special about dressing in something that makes you feel a little bit different from your usual self. Fashion Week is in full swing and although Columbia doesn’t really constitute the sort of fashion playground that NYC does, I still decided to wear something a little different. I put my hair up in my alien mini buns and wore my favorite super structured skirt. I felt out of place in these pieces, like a fashion alien exploring a new and unfamiliar city. It was a good kind of different. Alex and I went to an old antique store and took some photos, and it was perfect, standing among the remains of forgotten objects that were probably important to someone at some point in the past.

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My favorite piece had to be the vintage phone booth we found. Standing in it made me feel like a Death Queen Barbie, ready to be shipped off to a foreign planet where I’d have an all black closet and the highest of high heels. It was fun playing a little with my sister, who no matter what, always puts a smile on my face.

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Top: Zara/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters.

All photos by Alexandra Herstik,@alexyael

What makes you feel like a fashion alien?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Dégagé

Ballet has always had a special place in my soul and bones. My mother was a dancer, and when she was pregnant with me she knew I was going to follow in her footsteps since I was always moving around. My grandma even gave me a gold ballerina pendant when I was born. I took ballet classes when I was a toddler, and left it behind  to pursue Tae Kwon Do when I was going into the second grade. Almost four years and a black belt later (my parents wouldn’t let me quit martial arts until I received that honor) and I went back to ballet. From 6th grade until I graduated high school, I took ballet classes from a Russian teacher who was the best of the best. I did pointe and even thought of becoming a professional when I was first starting out (even though I was never anywhere near being good enough), but once I got to junior year I had time to only take a single teen/adult class per week. 6I started my yoga practice senior year of high school and that’s something that really fed my soul and my love for movement. Although ballet and yoga are very different, I’ve been able to find meaning and connection in both. Now more than ever, however, I miss ballet. I’ve been inspired by the costumes and by my old ballet skirt. I wore my old ballet skirt and took some time to dance in a field recently. Few things are as simple. 12120171614151918141312eh11109875432

Leotard: Nasty Gal/ Skirt: Old dance skirt/ Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Photos: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

What makes you dance?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Daughter of the Moon Lust List

It’s official, I’m halfway done with college. How crazy is it to think that at this time two years ago, I was just graduating high school? It feels like a different lifetime! Even where I ended my year last year feels so different. I’m definitely proud of who I am and what I’ve done and where I’ve gone since  last year, even more so since graduating. I had my last exam this morning and I decided to spend one extra night in Columbia before heading home to Atlanta. Today was wonderful, filled with beautiful souls, lots of coffee and even a nap outside.

As always, I was thinking about what this change of season means and I decided to come up with some pieces that I think every  daughter of the moon could be inspired by. I may invest in a couple of these pieces, but for now they are just what I’m lusting after.

Chromat

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Minimale Animale

EX-PRESIDENT RASHIE TOPBLUE FLAME SPECIAL

Unif

Distressed Dolls

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Nasty Gal

House of Widow

What are you lusting after this summer?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

 

Finals Week Uniform

It’s finals week and I’m doing my best to keep calm, be productive and not feel like I want to curl up under a rock. I went home last Thursday to a show and I brought all of my clothes besides a weeks worth of clothing to last me until I go home this Sunday. I kept some leggings, tank tops, my trusty boots and a few sweaters among other things. I moved out of my house and I’m ready for the week to be over, but I’m still doing what I can to look and feel good.

I’ve been living in this tank from Forever 21, with my H&M leggings, Urban Outfitters boots and shawl and my vintage purse.

What have you been wearing?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photo credit to the twin Alexandra Herstik

Menswear Monday; How to Rock Shorts

It’s absolutely no secret that I love a man in shorts (and a mun, and a short sleeve button up..with a fade). I obviously have a type. Anyway, as the sunshine kisses our skin we’re urged to drop our pants (har har) and replace them with their fraternal twins, shorts! Many men are too scared to venture to the above-the-knee style, but I personally think they are the best. Grab yourself a short sleeve button up or loose tank and you’re ready to go.

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An easy way to incorporate skinny shorts into your wardrobe is by picking up a pair that’s either black or dark wash. These can be worn with any color shirt, making them a little easier to deal with then their bleached older brothers. For a more casual approach to jorts, grab a floral tank top and some Vans. Wear your jorts the same way you would wear your jeans! Grab a tank with an interesting pattern and some Vans in a cool color. All set to show off your sexy  knees.

 

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For a light wash pair of shorts, grab a darker top. I love short sleeve button ups and jorts, they’re always an easy and classy option. Grab some funky socks and some cool work boots (not to mention some trendy accessories) and you’re good to go.

 

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You will never grow as a person if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. Seriously, what’s more nerve wracking that showing off your knees while wearing a printed pair of shorts?! Maybe wearing a printed pair of shorts with some Chelsea boots and a hat.. Well men, take the leap! Pair a printed pair of shorts with a simple, solid colored tank top. Make sure to keep the shoes simple also! If you’re wearing a statement piece like these shorts you don’t need to add a lot to them, they do the talking themselves.

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If you’re picking up a pair of distressed jorts, don’t be afraid to commit to the Nirvana-esqu vibe they  may bring. Grab one of your flannels, tie it around your waist and top the outfit off (literally) with a vintage band tank or tee. Slip into some Vans or Keds or the like and you’re all set.

Never be afraid to have fun with style. Seriously, it’s exhilarating to dress for no one but yourself. Have fun, take risks and show off your sexy knees.

Namaste,

Gabriela

Inspired by the Belcher’s: Bob’s Burgers Style

If you follow me on twitter or are friends with me on facebook or in real life, you’ll know about my recent obsession with Bob’s Burgers. The animated series focuses on the Belcher family and their trials and tribulations surrounding their family burger joint. The brash characters and sexual undertones throughout the show, coupled with hilarious and quick witted jokes, make Bob’s absolutely hilarious. Bob is the owner of the restaurant along with his wife Linda, and his three kids, Gene, Louise and Tina,  all work at “Bob’s Burgers” as well. What’s better than being inspired by your favorite tv show?! Nothing, that’s what. Today I bring you outfits inspired by each member of the Belcher clan

Bob

 

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Bob definitely has the capability to be trendy, but business is never as good as it should be and the money he has is NOT going towards clothes he’s just gonna get grease on. Well don’t you fret, my men,  you can still be inspired by the namesake himself. Grab yourself a light gray short sleeve button up, some dark pants and some Vans and you’re set. Bob always has a way of getting into trouble, so he may as well carry around a backpack for secret weapons right? Oh, and don’t forget the apron.

Linda

Linda

 

We all know Linda is a snazzy woman with simple style. She loves her kids, she loves singing, she loves her hubby. I personally think Linda is the absolute best so I was thoroughly inspired by her look. Pair a red top with some high waisted jeans,a chunky tan boot, a tan trench inspired coat and  red leather bag. Again, don’t forget your apron!

Gene

Gene

 

Gene is crazy and weird and quirky and honestly, of course he would wear these hamburger socks.  Pair a simple yellow tee with some cut offs, a burgundy pair of vans, some hamburger socks and a keytar and your Gene-fied! Seriously, how perfect are these Topman socks!? I can’t get over them.

 

Louise

Louise

 

Louise was easily my favorite character to be inspired by. I personally think she’s freaking fantastic and she’s probably my favorite character on the entire show. In a couple years when hormones hit hard, Louise is gonna be a mega babe. I chose an Alice and Olivia dress with some Deandri shoes to give her day-to-day look an extra shot of something special. I added a leather coat to help give her a mysterious vibe, which she would love. Louise would definitely want her purse to double as a weapon, so of course, add some spikes to a bag to channel your inner Louise. Grab some black bunny ears (DUHHHH) and some bright pink lipstick and you’re all set.

Tina

Tina

 

Tina’s photo wasn’t on Polyvore, but alas, I made it work. We already know she’s a dork for zombies, horses and butts. Channel your inner Tina with a weird baby blue tee, some high waisted shorts, knee socks and some Vans. I feel like Tina would also have a unicorn backpack. Am I wrong in that regard? Probably not. That’s good, Tina is the queen of touching butts so for that I tip my hat for her.

What’s your favorite part of Bob’s Burgers?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

Midi Skirts and Rainy Monday’s

Olga already said it; if you’ve got it, flaunt it. I personally love hot pants and short skirts, but going to university four days a week permits me from wearing said fashion choices around campus. Even though I have 8 am classes Monday through Thursday, though, I still want to look good. What’s a girl to do when she feels like wearing a skirt but has to walk a mile around campus with a backpack?! Midi skirts are the perfect in between for women who want to feel a little more feminine and little more a la Dior, but still need to be practical. High waisted skirts that hit mid calf are both flattering and elongating and so easy to wear. Tuck  a sweater in, put on some chunky socks and short booties and grab a delicate purse and your set on a windy day. Throw on a crop top and some strappy sandals and you’re set for the perfect spring day as well! Midi skirts, especially flannel ones, have become my new love. So easy, so elegant and so fun to wear.

Photos by Trey Eckles of Eralphia Imagery.

Vintage midi skirts are so easy and great to find. I got this kilt from Ivory at Forgotten Feather Vintage. So easy to dress up, especially on windy spring days where it’s chilly but not cold.

What are you flaunting this spring?!

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 

Sunday Style: Death Queen

There is a certain comfort that comes along with wearing a solely black outfit, in textures that are comforting and warm. It’s no new fact that I love to layer black on black, it’s common knowledge and I am more than okay with that. It’s hard for me to understand why wearing black from head to toe attracts more attention than wearing all color, since you’d expect color to stand out more. The world we live in is full of bright colors, though, so I guess the contrast between a monochromatic outfit and the world is more startling.

Shirt: American Thread// Hoodie and Necklace: Zara// Faux Fur: H&M// Leggings: Express// Bag and Shoes: Urban Outfitters

I wore this outfit to brunch and Trader Joes!  The twin and I got some groceries and had some good conversation, the usual.I also went and  took a blindfolded yoga class to support research on diseases that cause blindness which was amazing! Now I’m gonna study and finish up some work.

What are you up to this evening?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 Collection Review

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and the fashion forward are hitting the pavement, or their computers, for glances of what the most noted fashion designers in the world are sending down their runways. Prabal Gurung showed his Fall 2014 Collection this past Saturday, and it is easily one of the best collections of the season thus far.

Asymmetry seemed to be the underlying force with just about every look in this collection. Boxy tops and sweaters were paired with asymmetrical skirts with gauzy draped tails. Fur was used in innovative ways throughout the show, especially as an accent. Whether it was lining a coat or dress or on a bolero style jacket, fur was in unexpected places and was even featured in unexpected colors. Strappy gladiator style sandals furthered the idea of asymmetry even more; the juxtaposition of heavy winter furs with short, thigh baring silted skirts and gladiators was refreshing. Cape style coats made an appearance, as did art inspired prints in burnt oranges, slate grays and navy blues. With prints that imitated splatter paint, marbling and sponging popping up on coats, sweaters, skirts and even trousers, there is no doubt that fashion and art can’t be one in the same.

Unexpected combinations were abundant throughout. Calf bearing skirts with thigh high slits were paired with button up long sleeved blouses, taking a more modern approach to a sultry style. Sweatshirts were even made high fashion with the likes of asymmetrical staggered fur accents in dove grays and ice-y whites.  Burnt oranges, crimson reds, stark whites, navy blues and midnight blacks all added high intensity to this decadent collection. Textured tops in these vibrant hues even resembled avant-garde snakes wrapped around their next prey, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “dressed to kill”.

This collection wrapped up with stunning gowns featuring cutouts in unpredictable places. All in all this collection is one of the best to hit the New York runways this far, breathing a new and exciting life into what the fall season will hold. There’s nothing quite like being able to revamp your wardrobe, fashion does thrive off of change after all.

 

All photos courtesy of style.com

What do you think of this collection?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2014 Couture Collection Review

This collection is every fashion-adoring-ballerina’s dream. Beautiful leotard style dresses in the precious powder pinks and peaches accented with hand drawn “tattoos” define this collection. Inspired by Viktor & Rolf’s new fragrance Bonbon, this collection was modeled by the Dutch National Ballet. The constant reminder of the so called dance between fashion and every other facet of art is perfectly shown by the ballerinas grace and Viktor & Rolf’s talent; an energizing duet that helps to shorten the schism between the two worlds. The aesthetics in this collection are a modern approach to a classic art. Silhouettes are reinvented with skin tight nude fabric designed to blend in to look like skin. Faux chest pieces, bow, and arm tattoos all add another accent to an innovative couture collection. The simplicity and elegance in each of these pieces are so wearable and are more than ready to hit the streets…or the stage.

Photos courtesy of style.com

Namasate,

Gabriela

Macabre Menswear Monday: Five Pieces Every Death King Should Own

If you live in the South, it’s that time of year where the weather fluctuates like crazy and leaves people sick and horribly confused as to what they should wear. Well my dear gentlemen, I am here to help you out. There are five pieces you should have in your closet to help make the process of actually getting dressed, and looking good, easy as pie.

Death King

 

1. A Nice Pair of Brogues or Combat Boots

It’s funny, I just wrote a blog post about five pieces every Death Queen should own, and it’s probably going to be very similar to this one. A nice pair of combat boots, or brogues, are seriously the perfect effortless, but put together, shoe. They’re comfortable, they look perfect paired with cut offs or cuffed jeans, and they are sturdy. Throw on a vintage tank top or short sleeve button up and you may as well call yourself my hubby (you’ll be looking that ace)

2. A Leather Jacket

Please don’t call yourself a Death King if this staple is missing from your wardrobe. You are so not punk if you don’t have a leather jacket (lol). Grab a biker style or a windbreaker style, depending on your aesthetic, pair it with your combat boots and BOOM, you’re good to go.

3. A Well Tailored Suit

So maybe you’re not all for the skinny suit, and maybe you’re not all for the classic suit. That’s okay. As long as you have one suit that fits properly, you’re good to go. Want a more modern take? Buy a color besides black; gray, maroon, even blue. You’ll be getting all the best looks. Also check THIS link about the “28 Rules of Wearing a Suit” out!

4. A Vintage Flannel Shirt

I realized I have never paid full price for a flannel shirt, and I have made this a life rule. I urge you to do the same. Hit up the local thrift store or Goodwill and find yourself a vintage flannel. Wear it with a loose tank and some skinny jeans or tied around your waist with a muscle tank and some cut offs. There’s a million ways to wear a flannel and I love it. Want to mix it with another pattern? Just make sure there’s at least one of the same colors in both patterns and you’ll be good.

5. A Straight Cut Pair of Dark-wash Jeans

i’m not talking about girl skinny jeans, I’m talking about jeans that hit at the natural waist and are straight down the entire way, creating long lean legs. They’re pretty much a universal leg lengthener and will really bring together your wardrobe.

Death King Essentials

 

The key to dressing well when the seasons are so crazy is layering. Put on your jeans, combat boots, a tank top, a leather jacket and tie your flannel around your waist. Get cold? Untie your flannel, take of your leather jacket, slip your arms in the flannel and BOOM. Also, I understand that you may not be wearing a nice suit in the dead of “winter” in South Carolina but come on, you need a nice suit. That’s a thing.

 

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Style Sunday: Twenty

It has been a fabulous day, my loves. I celebrated/ am celebrating my 20th birthday along with my twinnifer and it has been perfect. My parents drove up from Atlanta to celebrate with us and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and better birthday. We’ve eaten delicious food, talked about life, and we even found the apartment my sister and I will be living at next year! I rang in my birthday last night with good company and lots of laughs and smiles, I spent today with the same. I am just so happy to be alive and healthy with such beautiful souls in my life.

I always wondered if I would feel older at 20, and to be honest, I don’t. I am the same little soul I was yesterday, but this time I am finally starting to feel my age.

I am currently sitting and watching the Superbowl which is funny since I know absolutely nothing bout football. Alas, I am surrounded by some of my favorite people, so I have no complaints. Oh and there was a commercial with David Beckham in his underwear, so happy birthday to me.

Me and my fabulous papi. I love him to the moon and back!

Mid smile

My signature move!

My best friend. My twin sister means the world to me and I can’t wrap my mind around how lucky I am to have her. Having a best friend and a sister is the best gift I could ever have and I am so thankful for her.

Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Leggings: Topshop/ Sweater, Necklace/ Hat: H&M

Namaste,

Gabriela Herstik

What I Wore Wednesday: Snow Day

If you’re from then you know of the snowpoalypse that’s been happening for the past two days. My hometown of Atlanta is in a state of emergency and people had to spend last night in their cars, hotels and schools since the freeways were gridlocked and getting home was not an option. My heart is with everyone in GA, and I hope all my friends and loved ones are doing okay and keeping warm!! My city turned into a huge family last night, and I had a lot of my friends offering up their homes for anyone who needed a house to sleep in. I think roads are still closed and I’m hoping that everything returns to normal in the next few days, but it is so beautiful to see people welcoming others into their homes during this crazy time.

It  didn’t start snowing up in South Carolina until late last night, but it was absolutely stunning! We didn’t have class yesterday or today and I am praying we don’t have any class tomorrow. Anyway, I got to spend a few hours outside with my twin and it was absolutely wonderful. I will never be too old for snow!

What did you do on this fine Wednesday?!?

All photos taken by Alexandra Herstik

XXX
Gabriela

Carven Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Review

Carven has a penchant for creating pieces that emanate the effortless, proper and prim style of the French. Crave-able capes in camels, structured blazers in black, wool lined coats in scrumptious tangerines, and the perfect clog style sling back all shape this tough-prep look that Carven so seamlessly embodies. Paintbrush patterns and black and white plaids add another element of non-conformity to this rather preppy style collection. There’s a certain strength to designer who is innovative in their collection each season, while still maintaining the style and integrity of their house. Henry manages to capture that which is Carven; the strong, structured and sexy appeal of an effortlessly avant-garde woman, in each and every season. There is also a certain comfort in being able to return to your favorite house while knowing you won’t be disappointed. Carven is one of those houses for me; a house that’s cloaked in the promise of inspiration through each and every look. This collection holds its own with its variety of structured aesthetics and with its punk and prep love child looks, it certainly is everything a Carven fan could crave.

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela Herstik

Menswear Monday; Zachary Kent Adauto

Happy Monday, one and all! I haven’t featured a man for Menswear Monday in a good bit, so I decided to feature one of my best friends, and my fashion prodigy, Zack. It’s interesting how people who you don’t expect to be relevant in your life become relevant later on down the road. Zack and I would see each other at local shows all the time about three years ago, but it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago, the summer before my freshman year at college, that we truly became friends and started hanging out. Fast forward to present day and Zack is truly one of my best guy friends. Besides having a great sense of style, Zack has a spastic and happy personality, and even though he may not seem like it, he has a soft and beautiful heart. Zack loves telling people I am responsible for his sense style, and although I have helped style him on occasion, I think he needs to give himself some more credit.

If more men dressed like Zack, then I would be a very happy girl

Find Zack on instagram and twitter: @dookietrance

Namaste,

Gabriela

Style Sunday; Friends and Smiles

It’s finally Sunday and that means three things; friends, brunch and yoga. Per usual, I started my morning off with brunch with my twin and one of my best friends at our favorite brunch spot. We ate some delicious french toast, drank some coffee and talked about life and the future. Life has been so wonderful lately, and I have been so happy to be alive and healthy and well. I am so blessed to wake up each morning excited for the day, and for life in general. I don’t label myself as an optimist or realist because I believe you confine yourself as soon as you put a label on yourself. I thiink it’s important to feel whatever it is you’re feeling but I truly believe that seeing the positive in the universe is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Anyway, I had a wonderful time snapping some photos with Rachael. My incredible sister, Alexandra Herstik, was the photographer.

Shirt, Skirt and Faux Fur Coat: H&M/ Boots and Purse: Urban Outfitters/ Head Wrap: BCBG/ Hoodie: Zara

How did you spend your Sunday?!

XXX
Gabriela

No. 21 Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

Ahh, Menswear Fashion Week, How brilliantly you sparkle and how freshly you polish my heart. A smile never ceases to form on the edges of my lips as my eyes hungrily scurry across Style.com at all the well dressed gentlemen. I’m tempted to make a little scrapbook of all my favorite looks and collections so I never forget them, maybe I’ll just find a random boy to dress in all the latest trends..we shall see.

I’m still learning the ins and outs of the wonderful world of menswear, so I always find new houses and designers I’m not familiar with. No. 21 is one of said houses. Just like Guillaume Henry manages to create pieces that are both high fashion, easy, and wearable for Carven, Alessandro Dell’Acqua does the same for No. 21. Tartan sweaters, leather jackets, pleated dress pants and neoprene sweatshirts and jackets all layer perfectly to immaculately dress every  model who’s sent down the runway. Appropriately enough, there are, you guessed it, 21 looks in this collection. Layers are key, once again, for this jewel tone modern rendition of a somewhat classic urban style. Think modern German boarding school for this collection; peeks of collars under striped and cable knit sweaters, cropped dress pants and leather platform boots. Each layer and detail, from the leather soled boots to the perfectly mismatched patterns, all elevate this from a basic men’s look. The perfect burnt orange compliments all the navy, burgundy and gray, and patterns used as accents, such as stripes and tartans once more, all weave these colors together. Furs and shags all add yet another dimension to this collection, and paired with a slick side parted do for all the models, there is no doubt this collection is definitely up any menswear fanatics ally.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s YOUR favorite look?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

Hardy Aimes Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

There comes a time in every female fashion lovers life where her path of admiring  haute couture leads her to the wonderful world of menswear. There she finds the universe that encompasses everything from the perfect skinny suit to the immaculate leather shoe. It’s a truly wonderful world that hums it’s own song, a world that is often overlooked, but one that shall never be forgotten.

Hardy Aimes has created the most perfect world of all. Gorgeous sport coats in beautiful grays, fitted blazers in warm chestnuts and chinos and dress pants galore. Layers are the look in this collection, whether it’s a blazer and  sport coat combo or sweater and blazer pairing, Hardy Aimes wasn’t skimping. With only 12 looks, why should they?! Each piece is paired to perfection, but the first and last look of the show were easily the most notable. A dusky blue suit jacket  paired with a checked pant and a beautiful brown structured sport coat defined the first look. Pulled together with a brown leather bag and savvy brown shoe, the almost mismatched, dual tone look was perfect. The last look of the show was remarkable as well, a modern take on the classic tuxedo, made mod in the perfect jewel tone royal blue. A subtle black pattern adds a sheen to the skinny style tux, and paired with the black lapel and dual tone bow tie, this is a great look for someone who loves a good twist on an old classic.

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All photos courtesy of style.com

Whats YOUR favorite look?

XXX
Gabriela

Sunday Style on Monday: Dali

I got home yesterday from Florida and I am so happy to be back in my beautiful city, but I can’t deny that I had a nice vacation with my family. From breakfast, to yoga on the beach, to shopping, and the Dali museum, I would like to think it was a successful vacation . I’ve been to the Dali museum in St.Petersburg before it was renovated, but I hadn’t been to the new location. If you’re in Tampa or St.Pete or surrounding areas, you must go. Dali was such an incredible artist, there’s nothing quite like him or his work. He was such an incredible mind and soul and it’s worth it to get the little headphones and listen to his mustache narrate and explain his art. Perfect for getting absorbed and lost in his art on a rainy day.

Shirt: Urban Outfitters/ Jacket and Necklace: Forever 21/ Leggings: Topshop/ Pursse: Zara/ Boots: Dolce Vita/ Hat:H&M

This is a pretty accurate description of my twin and I, if I do say so myself.

Ladies and gents, don’t I have a beautiful family?! My grandma(in the middle) just turned 80 over summer, and my mother (right) just turned 59. My father, the lovely gentleman who looks like Ben Kingsley just turned 64. Also this means that in 2014 my sister and I turn 20, my mom turns 60 and my dad turns 65..wow.

I post regular photos of my adventures and outfits on instagram, @gabyherstik

Hope you all have a great New Years Eve Eve!

XXX
Gabriela

Witching Hour Wednesday: Splurge or Steal

It’s a very hot topic these days; splurge or steal? Sometimes something is worth the splurge; an investment piece is exactly that, an investment. But sometimes, most of the time, we can’t afford to buy every splurge we want. Well, that’s where the steal comes into play. I am in no way encouraging stealing, merely the idea of finding a cheaper alternative to the lust worthy Alexander Wang boots you’ve been eyeing. “Well Gabriela, how can we find such a heavenly alternative” you may be asking yourself. Not to fret, my fashionistas, I have got your back. I have gathered both splurge and steal versions of some of my favorite styles of the season in my favorite color, black. What else would you expect for “Witching Hour Wednesday”?? Click through for all the links!

Witching Hour Wednesday: Look 1

All black through this life and the next. That may as well be my motto. Anyway, if you’re in the mood to splurge, click the image above and you will find links to all the items. I love this lipstick and bag and cape and everything and maybe one day I will be able to buy all of it. Alas, today is not that day, but a girl can still dream right?! I love mixing textures with bright gold accents to create excitement in a monochromatic look.

Witching Hour Wednesday: Boots

Sexy and slick black boots are my weakness. I am still obsessing over Das Boot from Unif’s collection a year ago. And of course, these Alexander Wang and Topshop boots as well.

Witching Hour Wednesday: Bags

I’m a shoe girl, but I think I am even more of a purse girl. Well, I think it’s pretty tied. But I LOVE purses and bags, especially when they are big and have spikes and can double as weapons.

 

 

Witching Hour Wednesday: Look 2

Hurrah! Alas! Beautiful pieces FOR UNDER $50! You’re all welcome, I accept monetary donations as well as hugs and kisses as payment for my elaborate search for these wonderful treasures. Anyway, it may be hard finding a cape that’s relatively cheap if you want a true, thick, structured style cape. If there’s one piece I would invest on in this outfit it would be the cape; it will last you seasons and seasons and is worth the money. These Topshop leather leggings are actually the ones I have and I am OBSESSED with them.I actually even did a mini yoga class with my friend in them the other day, inversions, sun salutations, arm balances and all and they were comfortable and didn’t rip or stretch AT ALL. I love them, you can buy them at Nordstrom if you’re not in NYC or Europe and don’t feel like ordering them online.

Witching Hour Wednesday: Boots

I can’t get over these boots either. Again, all under $50, I may actually cry from excitement (although my wallet may not). I love boots that make me feel like I could kick someone and still look good doing it.

Witching Hour Wednesday: Bags

Purses, in my book, can swing between being a splurge or steal, depending on the piece and how well you know your steal. I love Zara purses because they tend to be good quality and they look super high fashion while still being relatively affordable. Forever 21 has cute purses but they’re definitely not good quality. H&M is also brilliant for purses, and they are pretty good quality as well. Again, all the purses above are steals, and hence, under $50!

Anyway, this could probably double as a macabre gift guide of sorts.

What are you splurging/stealing this holiday season?

XXX
Gabriela

Sunday Style: Books and Pastel Cats

I spent today at home relaxing until evening, bundled up on this cold Sunday and then I got dinner with a couple of friends and my twin before we headed to the bookstore. I could sit and enjoy Barnes and Nobles for hours and hours. I am so thankful my parents fostered a love of reading into my sister and I, it’s easily something that influenced my life. I gathered up Vogue Paris Collections, British Vogue and a couple of books and spent an hour in peace.

Sweater and Necklace: Forever 21/ Skirt and Faux Fur Jacket: H&M/ Boots: Dolce Vita/ Purse: Zara

I threw on what’s becoming my new favorite coat over a sweet lil’ lace number. I love the mixture of the dainty skirt with the big cat print. I felt very chic and simple but I do wish I pulled the skirt to sit a bit higher on my waist for these photos!

 

Sweater: Moschino Chip and Chick/ Skirt: Red Valentino/ Coat: My Wardrobe/ Bag: Boohoo Beth/ Lipstick: YSL/ Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Throw on a cat sweater, a tulle skirt and some chunky black boots. The pastels and black contrast perfectly and work with a bright orange lip in the best ways.

How are you spending your Sunday?

More regular, AND BETTER, updates to come! Lots of fun shoots in the future.

XXXX
Gabriela

 

 

What I Wore Wednesday: Kiss of Death

About a year ago I made a decision that altered how I view my surroundings. About a year ago I decided to wear whatever the hell I wanted to wear in Columbia, South Carolina. I literally decided to pretend I was going to school in NYC. Of course, Columbia is in no way close to the Big Apple, but that didn’t bother me. I was tired of having to alter my aesthetic as to not scare those around me. I was tired of having to think about how I wanted to express myself, inertly suppressing my creativity, to not seem strange or weird. Ever since that day I have worn what I wanted and I haven’t been happier. I get weird looks sometimes, and I hear the occasional mumble or laugh, but no one has the right to tell me I can’t express myself, except me; and I gave myself that right back a year ago.

Today I celebrated my fashion freedom by finally following through and wearing my black lipstick in public. I kept my cat eye on the lighter side, I tied my hair up in a topknot and I threw on all black. There’s nothing that makes me feel more powerful than when I wear black on black, I swear, it’s a power trip all on its own.

Shirt and shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Necklace and shorts/ Forever 21/ Purse: Zara/ Jacket H&M

My little kiss of inspiration to you is this; wear what you want, when you want. Feel beautiful according to your own standards!!

Namaste
Gabriela

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Review

Androgyny at its finest, this menswear inspired Pre-Fall collection has new and interesting silhouettes to keep the mind and eye happy. This collection starts off with an original take on a men’s suit by adding coral patent straps and royal blue athletic inspired collar and reinventing the silhouette. Structured pieces like oversize jackets and pleated wide legged trousers all work the androgynous style, but thigh high boots in leather and drapey tops in mixed fabrics add layers of sexiness. Nothing in this collection is truly fitted to the body (minus the exception of a beautiful gray woven dress and skirt), but details like mesh necklines, cutout patterns in tops and short hems make sure you know there’s still a strong and sexy woman wearing the clothes. Androgyny is reinvented in this collection in looks like a structured  white coat layered over a gorgeous camel turtleneck and paired with a short hem and thigh high boots to add a sexy twist to an otherwise conservative outfit. The details in this collection are beautiful; from the mix of leathers and woven silvery gray fabrics to the saddle shoes to the pops of color from drawstrings. This collection is easily one for the woman who likes to blur her own lines.

What do you like about this androgynous style collection?

XXX

Gabriela

Macabre Monday: Five Ways to Dress Like a Death King

Happy Monday one and all! While brainstorming something different for today’s post, I remembered I posted something on Instagram with the hashtag of #macabremmonday about a month ago. Well, since today is Menswear Monday after all, I decided to dedicate my Macabre Monday to my death kings out there. I love being able to wear all black and feel powerful and i honestly think a well dressed man in black is incredibly sexy. Today’s post features five simple ways to channel your inner Edgar Allen Poe!

 Classy and Casual

Start with the basics. A pair of jeans that fits well (not too tight, not too loose), a black short sleeve button up and some nice black suede boots or oxfords. Add a motorcycle style leather jacket, a leather briefcase and a thick beanie; I love the contrast of the slightly dressed up bag with the chunky beanie. Grab a book and a black and gold accented watch, and you look classy and casual and ready to take on whatever realm you choose.

Belstaff Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

 

Dapper on the Go

If you’re anything like me, you still take time to get ready for your 8:30 am class. I know this is unusual but I promise it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to look decent for an early class and i can promise you’ll feel more prepared and confident for the day ahead. My biggest advice is to pick your outfit out the night before. Start like before with a  good pair of jeans, but in the cold winter months I would trade a button up short sleeve for a thick sweater, adding a coat and some boots once more. Leather accents, such as these boots, wallet and backpack, help you dress like a death king and still be comfortable and prepared for the day (or 8:30 stat). Invest in a killer watch and you’ll never be late,  even to outrun death himself.

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Belstaff Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Phillip Lim 3.1 Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Dressed for the Heavens

Every man should have pieces that make him feel like a king. I adore a well fitted suit on a man, my preference is of the skinny variety. If you have to be more formal for an event, a monochromatic black look with gold accents is easy and so classy it hurts. I started with this button up dress shirt and added some skinny trouser pants. I thought that a skinny tie would pop nicely with a vintage gold tie clip, and opted for this instead of a bow tie. I added a men’s blazer instead of a classic suit jacket to change the look into something a little bit more wearable. Change the details to something unexpected; add some leather work boots and sunglasses in a unique shape or style. Again, a black and gold watch adds the perfect pop, and some gold cuff links wouldn’t hurt either .

Band of Outsiders Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Dior Homme Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Top of the Class

To wear the title of “Death King” means being inspired by many dimensions, many lives and many stores..including the beloved Topman. Topman has an endless bounties of macabre pieces that can be worn and worn through season after season. Bundling up in black basics is always a good option when you want to feel and look good. Start with some jeans and a long sleeve tee, add a black hoodie, leather jacket and some boots to stay classic and comfortable. Add details like a woven belt and a weird beanie and you’ll stand out in the best way possible. Topmen don’t blend in, after all.

Alexander Wang Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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The Laziest Death King

People tend to have this crazy idea that being comfortable and lazy means you can’t dress well. Well. I am here to relieve your distress and tell you that’s not true. The biggest tip I have for my lazy fashion loving men is to buy and invest in pieces that are comfortable but still wearable. Buy some black Vans, some sweatpants that are cool, a graphic pullover.  Have a few pieces, like a good hoodie or some really nice worn in jeans, that you can turn to when you slept too much or are sick (read, hungover) or just lazy and still want to look good. I have some tee shirts from Pull and Bear that I know I can wear with some leggings and a big sweater and be cozy in. Grab some cool sweats, a varsity jacket, a graphic pullover and a sassy beanie and I promise you, you’ll look like the death king you are (even with no effort)

Balmain Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Hope this post has inspired you to dress a little bit more on the dark side!

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

 

Between the Worlds

Happy Thursday my sweets!I couldn’t resist this throwback from my trip to Charleston a month ago! I love cemeteries.It’s almost the weekend, finally! I can’t believe I have four classes standing between me and my pup, Thanksgiving, Hannukah and tofurkey! Anyway, I find myself needing more and more time alone to regroup and attempt to quiet my mind. I have been doing my best to remind myself not to be judgmental and I have been trying to quiet my ego, and it’s been working, but some alone time is always helpful. Well, sometime last week my sister drove me past the most beautiful little cemetery that’s down the street from our house. I decided to take a walk and have some time to connect with the energies that surround this time of year. This little cemetery is absolutely gorgeous.

Douglas Cemetery is literally tucked away in what could be someones backyard. I love cemeteries. I love the quiet peace they bring, I love that there are so many stories and lives and struggles that I don’t know about. Right after I got home from my walk, I was talking to one of my best friends about how everything felt like it was going to change ( we refer to this as “weird changey feeling”). This feeling is the sort of gut feeling you get when something big is going to happen or shift and you can’t put your finger on what or how it will happen. Well, she then told me that Sylvia Browne passed away yesterday.The 77 year old was an author and a medium and I grew up seeing her appear on Oprah and other television shows. She is the one who inspired and cemented my own beliefs regarding reincarnation. Well, perhaps this is why I felt such a strong energy of change today; after all, I’m sure Browne is greeting death as an old friend. Anyway, I enjoyed my day walking around the cemetery and later sitting and listening to Deva Premal while perched on a rock. I’m curious to see what this feeling holds and what this holiday season brings!

My view from my rock perch.

I will definitely be returning to the little sacred space I got to explore today to leave rocks and flowers on the graves.

What did you do today to celebrate this life?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

What I’m Wearing Wednesday; Mid November Daze

I love November for the most part. I love that it gets chilly and that I can celebrate Thanksgiving. I love the fact that for at least one day a year, I can sit down with my family and be thankful for everything the universe has so graciously given me, the fact that  I have to drive home for Thanksgiving makes it all the better. This year, my Thanksgiving break is going to be busy and lovely! I am heading home Tuesday, seeing Paramore Wednesday with one of my best friends, celebrating the holiday Thursday and then celebrating my mom’s birthday which is Saturday the 30th. Not to mention that Hannukah starts on Thanksgiving! Yeesh, what a busy four days! Since I am a planner, I knew I had to squeeze in the shoot that I missed this Sunday! Well, the amazing Morgan was gracious enough to shoot with me yesterday. I whipped out my trustee white wig that I got at Hip Wa Zee, my new Topshop leather leggings and my Zara cropped long sleeve striped shirt for a simple outfit.

Shirt and Purse: Zara// Leggings and Bracelet : Topshop// Watch: Michael Kors// Jacket: Express/ Socks and Shoes: Target// Wig: Hip Wa Zee// Necklace: Forever 21.

What do you wear once the weather gets colder??

Namaste,
Gabriela

Belstaff Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

I couldn’t pass up the fantastic opportunity of writing a wee menswear collection review. Past all the Polyvore posts and featured men, Menswear Monday hasn’t been quite so exciting. I always need practice articulating how a collection looks, feels…etc, and I wanted to catch up on the men’s shows so here I am! I reviewed Belstaff’s Spring 2013 Collection a couple weeks ago, and I had I couldn’t resist a review  of their menswear collection as well. This military inspired collection is rugged and rough in all the right ways. With pops of citrus and the perfectly fitted pants, this collection is definitely suited for everything from the harsh city streets to more natural and rugged terrain. Thick, industrial style jackets are given an urban twist with cinched waits and structured collars which lend the collection a slightly more feminine vibe (in all the right ways). This collection includes work style men’s bodysuits as well as ascots and some beautiful leather bags, which are all unexpected for Spring, but with bright neutrals they will definitely transition well. This collection is the perfect mix of industrial bad boy and well dressed gentleman. Who knew Columbia, SC could spawn such a talented designer!

XXX
Gabriela

Super Soul Sunday

 

Life is life and things don’t go as planned, and plans change and you end your night by blogging at a coffee shop on campus at 9PM. Today I was suppose to shoot my weekly style post, but it was raining which made me have to postpone said shoot. Instead of resisting this and stressing about what I was gonna post tonight, I went with it; I regrouped, I planned.

November has treated me well. After a rather bumpy October, November started off with smooth sailing and is currently at that point of the semester where free time is getting more and more scarce.

It is times when I feel tightness rise up in my chest and anxiety hit my stomach that I have to step back and realize that there is nothing wrong NOW. My anxiety and my stress all arise from the fact that I am looking in the future and overwhelming myself with tasks that need to be done. The thing is, I can only work on what I am doing NOW; those things that have to be dealt with in the future will be dealt with then. I can think of the one hundred and five things I need to do by the end of the night, but how will stressing about any of it serve me? Wouldn’t it be more worthy to have faith in my abilities and use my time to get as much as I can accomplished? How will worrying about something you literally cannot deal with until later help anything?

I have a very hard time procrastinating although I’ve been doing it more than usual. I am a planner; I love having a schedule and being productive and getting things done and although this is a positive trait, it can also be a negative one as well. Life isn’t always able to be planned. Things happen and plans shift and being resistant to this is like trying to swim upstream; it is possible for only so long. Planning out what I am doing helps my peace of mind; knowing I have a way to get everything done can help shift my mindset but sometimes it creates a strong sense of resistance to day to day life.

The holidays can be stressful financially, mentally, even physically. It is at this time, however, that you need to remember that you have complete control over what you can accomplish; and you can accomplish everything you want to. For me, the times when I feel like I have no time to go to yoga is when I KNOW I need to got to yoga. It is when I am on my mat that I make space for my mind and soul to rest, and am able to step back and regroup. It is only after stepping off my mat that I realize the abundance of time I have and the abundance of talent I have to make what needs to happen, happen.

 

I wasn’t able to shoot and that change of plans was okay; I will be shooting Tuesday instead.So, today I am recycling some photos I made about a year ago.. I am leaving you with the message of remembering that if it doesn’t serve you, let it go.

The last photo is my all time favorite quote, taken from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

What do you do in times of stress?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

PS; THIS aura test is absolutely amazing and accurate. It even tells you what stresses you out! I am a perfect mix of blue and yellow, with violet following in a close second. What color are you??

Notes on the Bling Ring & Materialism

I wrote a slight analysis on the (Lifetime Move Network version of) The Bling Ring for Garnet and Black Magazine, which you can find HERE.  All in all, I accidentally watched the non- Emma Watson version of The Bling Ring. It was horrible and tacky and dramatic and infuriating.I was left wondering why i was getting so angry at a movie about dumb fame obsessed teenagers who were ignorant enough to take selfies with the pieces they just stole. I realized that their concept and construct of fashion is so skewed from my own, that I was actually offended.

Fashion has many forms. All in all, though, fashion is a privilege; having clothing on your back is a necessity that not everyone is fortunate enough to have. To be able to use fashion as means of self expression is an incredible gift that I know I can take for granted, but i am also well aware that it is something to be grateful for. The teenagers in The Bling Ring made me analyze why my view on fashion was so different and distant from theirs.

Nicki, who is the main girl in the movie, was more obsessed and worried about the labels she was wearing then what she was wearing in the firs place. Instead of viewing fashion as art, Nicki was viewing fashion as a status symbol and as something that could help her gain fame and respect. There’s nothing wrong with using fashion as a mold of creating what you want to be; I think fashion is an amazing tool to help you grow into yourself. This, however, was very different than the view Nicki was taking.

This movie dug at my skin because it was everything that I don’t like about fashion. I don’t like that it is used as a status symbol or as a means of portraying yourself in a light that will allow you to gain fame. I believe since fashion is a privilege it should be taken as such, as a means to dress your soul and as a form of art. Fashion is art you live your life in; it takes a level of vulnerability and strength to wear your story on your skin and that in itself is strong and gorgeous. I think it takes courage and bravery to be who you are enough to wear what you want to wear for you, and not for anyone else.

This left me thinking about materialism and fashion, and I was inspired to create a little photoset for it. So of course, I had to have a satirical yet sassy photoshoot to accompany this post.

 

 

Did you see the new version of the movie? What did you think ?

XXX
Gabriela

Winter Wanderlust

The weather in South Carolina has left me craving a new wardrobe. Per usual, the temperature here can be 70 to 80 degrees in the day and drop to 30 degrees at night…it’s absolutely insane. It feels more like winter with the sleet and cold and biting winds and it’s not even December yet! It feels like it goes from Spring one day to Winter the next without ever even taking a detour to Fall!

I’ve been craving big, warm, structured coats and statement making accessories. I chose five of my favorite houses to create my ultimate dream winter wardrobe.

 

I love how contemporary and edgy Acne Studios is. These boots are my absolute favorite; I love the mix of textures and the block-y heel. I love the ease that a fitted pant, oversize sweater and a beanie have; they create the perfect day to day outfit without being basic.

 

Chloe is the ultimate “it girl” house. With it’s chic avant-garde style, Chloe is definitely lust worthy. If I had this oversize coat, fringe hemmed dress and amazing studded boots, I would literally never wear anything else. I’ve been inspired by really delicate dresses paired with tougher, chunkier boots; I love the contrast and if the proportions are right you won’t look like you’re wearing bricks for shoes. Plus, how great are this bag and necklace?!

 

Classic Celine tee, incredible dream leather bag, the perfect wedge.. Celine, like Chloe, is the ultimate it girl house, filled top to bottom with perfect wardrobe finishing pieces. I have an affinity for gold and black and I love the touch that the emerald skirt adds, the monochromatic outfit pops with the right amount of subtle color.

 

My favorite house in the entire world, this outfit by Carven is easily something I would wear every single day, The structured leather skirt is the perfect piece to transition from fall to winter; add this boxy cream jacket and some thick tights and you’ll be warm in the cold days. I love the shape of the leather bag, it’s different and stands out while still being sexy.

 

Last but not least is the ultimate label for the edgy, leather loving babe. I love that this coat is different than the typical, overstated Balmain piece; edgy and cool but a little more underrated. I would wear a leather pant, thigh high stiletto boots, a leather tote and a huge, warm sweater with this coat. I love that black is s powerful and sexy. I would pair this look with a red lip and I would be invincible.

 

What inspires your wardrobe in the cold months?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

Menswear Monday: Sheldon

I’m always inspired by my male friends who have their own style and aesthetic going on. As much as I loveeeeee men in basketball shorts and flip flops, read I don’t, i also love a man who takes time to think about the way in which he’s presenting himself. I am lucky enough to be good friends with some rather dapperly dressed fellows, and my friend Sheldon is no different.

I met Sheldon through some mutual friends and he quickly became one of my closest male friends. Sheldon is the kind of guy that you love once you meet; he’s authentic and sweet and will never be anything he isn’t. I can’t tell you how many tweets I’ve seen at Sheldon about people who are so glad to have met him (he lives in Atlanta so I’m not there to hear it first hand). Sheldon’s a senior at GSU studying psychology and this  understanding of how people work probably plays into why he is such a good friend (MOST of the time, he can be quite sassy at times, believe me). Besides having a thorough understanding of what makes people tick, one of Sheldon’s most remarkable qualities is that he lives so truly to who he is; he doesn’t waste time trying to make others view him in a certain light, he is purely and utterly himself and it’s fantastic. Sheldon will tell you the truth even if you don’t want to hear it because he knows it’s what you need to hear, but he will also be there for you when times are tough. He lives righteously and lovingly and is always there if you need him.

Sheldon’s style is urban, relaxed and definitely cool. You will never see Sheldon without his signature beanie or hat, and you will probably always see him in a pair of straight cut jeans. Sheldon’s passion for music is definitely a prevalent influence in his style of dress, and the fact that  he lives in downtown Atlanta probably shapes his aesthetic more than a little bit as well.

Sheldon is a good person all in all, and the fact that he dresses well doesn’t hurt. I’ll probably keep him around.

Steal His Style:

Grab a pair of some dark wash, fitted jeans, a flannel and a hoodie. Throw on a leather jacket over it, lace up your Vans and grab your leather backpack, fake of course, and you’re all set to steal Sheldon’s style! The key is finding the balance between looking good and being comfortable.

What guys in your life dress well?!

XXX
Gabriela

Style Sunday: Supernatural

Happy Sunday one and all! Today should have been a chilly November morning spent sipping coffee, but alas in Columbia it was a warm morning that was spent taking photos (after sipping coffee at brunch of course). I don’t mind the warmer weather in the months it’s suppose to be warm, but it is almost mid November, October came and went and I want to be able to celebrate Fall!

Anyway, I will have to celebrate the season in my own way, which means wearing darker colors and embracing the fact that my olive skin will be looking pastey and pale for the next few months. I always try to challenge myself with my outfits, and I try to wear pieces I haven’t worn in a while to spice things up. Today I was really feeling a black color pallet with pops of gold, and I decided upon this thrifted skirt and my favorite black leotard. This leotard is easily my favorite piece and I have gotten so much wear out of it since i bought it to go see The Pretty Reckless that it’s ridiculous. My babe friend Rachael, who I went to brunch with, pointed out this old gas station that has been completely painted white. She loves dark colors as much as I do and knew this would be the perfect place to take photos.

Leotard: The Junkman’s Daughter// Skirt: Thrifted// Purse and Sunglasses: American Thread// Shoes: Dolce Vita// Socks: Target// ID Bracelet: Nasty Gal// Stag Bracelet: Topshop// Necklace: Forever 21

I had to take a photo with my beautiful blogger babe Rachael! Find her blog HERE!

What’s your Sunday look like?

XXX
Gabriela

Inspired by The Twilight Zone

Easily one of my favorite shows, The Twilight Zone is easily the best to watch when you want to dive into the subconscious mind by going into an alternate universe. The show features vignette style episodes that deal with a variety of macabre topics including aliens, time travel and apocalypses. I grew up watching this show with my parents, and I have many memories watching it on on New Years when they have their marathon on Syfy,

The season change, or rather “season change” in Columbia, has made me want to do nothing more than curl up in bed with hot chocolate or coffee and watch this show. The fact that the show is black and white (it started in the early 60’s) just makes it better; the old school glamour of this show is unparalleled. Rod Serling is the mastermind, and narrator, behind The Twilight Zone; he  has also been featured on Breathing Fashion because he is so classy and dapper.

I couldn’t resist creating a few looks inspired by some of my favorite episodes.

 

The Number 12 Looks Just Like You

In this episode everyone goes through “the transformation” when they turn 18. Like the book The Uglies, everyone looks the same; as soon as you’re of age, you undergo surgery to look like one of the number of models there are to pick from. But what happens when you think you’re beautiful before the transformation? What if you don’t want the surgery? These are the sort of problems that arise in this episode of The Twilight Zone

 

Twenty Two

In this episode, Liz, a “dancer” is hospitalized for being delirious and having reoccurring dreams. In this dream, she wakes up suddenly, only to break a glass, hear the clock ticking and hear footsteps down the hall of the hospital. When she gets up to follow the footsteps she sees a nurse disappear into the elevator. When Liz gets on the elevator to the bottom floor, she gets of and she walks down the hall only to be greeted by the same nurse who’s standing in front of the morgue and who greets her with one sentence; “there’s room for one more honey”. What exactly does this mean? You’ll have to watch the episode to find out.

 

Come Wander With Me

In this episode of the show, a man drives to the woods in an attempt to search for inspiration for his newest folk hit. He finds a guitar shop and a woman with a haunting voice. He hears this siren singing a beautiful song and he tries to steal it from her. Things don’t go as planned, and how could they, in The Twilight Zone?

What’s your favorite episode?

Namaste

Gabriela

What I Wore Wednesday: Whole Foods

Happy November! I can’t believe it was Halloween a week ago. October was a crazy month to say the least, Mercury in retrograde has been sending all kinds of crazy energy in abundance and I hope it’s starting to wear off. This week has been slower than past weeks. I had one class this morning, after which I ran a couple errands, made some lunch and took the best nap of my life. it was literally the most perfect nap I have ever taken (the key is to sleep on the couch using the pillow you sleep with at night). Anyway, after my marvelous nap followed by doing some accounting work, I went to Whole Foods with my sister. Columbia just got a Whole Foods about 8 months ago and it’s beautiful and new and I adore it. I’ve bene vegetarian for just over 5 years, and after starting yoga and taking into account what I put in my body, I have become more aware of eating better foods that nourish my body and mind and soul. I love health food stores in general, Columbia also houses a more local health food store called Earthfare, and Whole Foods is definitely at the top of the list of my favorites. I love that I can go and buy fresh produce and sample different things and just be aware of what it is I’m eating. Anyway, I had to take some photos of the beautiful produce, and wines and cheese…so much wine and cheese, and also snap some outfit photos.

What is it that you’ve been wearing and eating?

XXX
Gabriela

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Collection Review

Perhaps not the most cohesive collection, Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2014 show was all sorts of sexy and sultry. Opening with sets of sheer floral lace skirts and shirts in muted pastels, and later transitioning to a more neutral color pallet  in more substantial fabrics, Bailey definitely kept this season interesting. Proportion and draping were everything, whether it was an oversize, cape like camel coat or leather skirt with cutouts imitating lace. High waisted skirts ending below the knees, sheer or not, were the ultimate leg lengthener and seem quite sexy when paired with a cropped top. The classic trench was reinvented and reconstructed; the only truly recognizable trait was the length and fabric. Large, geometric appliques made an appearance on skirts and coats alike and brought back a baroque sort of theme in a modern and elegant context. Pearly pastels, lace and just the right mix of soft and structure all conglomerated to sculpt another note worthy Burberry Prorsum collection.

Photos courtesy of style.com

Don’t you wish you had that transparent raincoat??

Namaste,

Gabriela

Menswear Monday:

It’s always fun featuring long time friends on Breathing Fashion. I consider myself a baby (I’ll be 20 in February) but casually bringing up friends who I’ve known for 8 years never ceases to make me feel a bit old. Zackh is one of those friends. We met back in middle school where we bonded over our horrid science teacher and our involvment with the performing arts. Zach moved away before we entered high school, but through Facebook and Skype, and later Instagram and twitter, we were able to keep in contact and keep the friendship thriving. Zach is one of those guys who will literally warm your heart; his rosy cheeks and huge smile are the equivalent to a warm blanket and a cup of hot tea on a cold winter day. I have some great memories of Zach dancing to Cheetah Girls at the eight grade dance because he KNEW he rocked; even in the midst of the  ignorant chuckles of fourteen year old boys, Zach wasn’t afraid to be authentic and enjoy the moment. He has always been the kind of man who has an aura that is warm and golden and that draws others to him.

Beyond Zach as a person, he has always had great style! Zach is the perfect sort of classic prep. he pulls of “white boy who walked into J Crew” (his words) perfectly. Whether it’s the perfectly fitted polo or the cotton wife beater, Zach has his style down pat.

I asked Zach some questions about his style, what he’s studying in school, and his celebrity fashion crush.

I’m 19 year old, college sophomore, integrated marketing communications major (hoping to go into branding or social media), I love Chipotle (a little bit to much), love fitness, traveling, caramel lattes, cute puppies, and television. I have two ultimate style rules; always wear cute underwear and never be basic. Although men’s fashion can get boring and repetitive, there is always room to throw in a tie, a bright pair of shoes, or a quirky pair of socks. How I would describe my personal style: I would describe my personal style as classic white girl, no seriously, I would describe it as “quirky prep”. My favorite article of clothing has to be a good pair of khakis and a bow tie. When worn as an accent to an outfit, and not the centerpiece, a bow tie can surly turn eyes in a crowded room. If I could steal a celebrity’s closet,  I would obviously have to steal Brad Goreski’s (because duh), he is basically my inspiration when it comes to fashion and I try my best to take inspiration from him and use it with my own clothing pieces. I also really enjoy Theodore Leaf and Darren Criss. I always care about fashion because you never know when you are going to meet your future boss, lover, or best friend. I always want to make a good first impression. Most importantly though when I look good, I feel good. I feel more productive and confident. I shop at a combination of, GAP, Urban Outfitters, Express, Banana Republic, H&M, J. Crew, Bonobos, and PacSun.

What does your style say about you?

XXX
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

Electric Feather Spring 2014 Collection Review

One day you’ll wake up to soft white sheets and a tired whisper in your ear. You’ll wake up to packed suitcases and a warm hand, a cold morning and some hot coffee. You’ll travel in car, on plane, on foot, only to arrive in a country that hums in a different language. Your heart settles and your ears sharpen and your eyes soften and your hand grasps and suddenly your wanderlust has stuck and stuck hard in a country you’d only expected to imagine. Your suitcase chuckles as you pull it along behind you on the cobblestone but the music of the city blurs it out. Days pass and they pile up and you’ve lived vibrantly and brilliantly in clothing that is as beautiful and soft and huge as the Parisian lifestyle you’ve accommodated yourself to. Your thoughts have been saturated with a culture that feels new and old at the same time. You have been saturated by the taste of a life you’d wished was permanent, by the taste of your love’s lips sweet with wine by the Seine, by bitter coffee that warmed your hands and heart, by the taste of the air at the top of the Eiffel Tower. You have wrapped your heart with the city and you have cloaked yourself in clothes that are as vibrant as the culture you fell for, so when you go to sleep in clean sheets with a tired whisper in your ear, you know you’ll be okay.

Namaste

Gabriela

Menswear Monday: Inspired by the Supers

What’s better than having an excuse to dress up in a costume? Probably nothing (but chocolate milk comes close). Although it can be super fun to strut around in full blown super hero attire, sometimes the time, or money, constraints don’t let this happen. Even as a dude, though, you can still take a lesson in fashion from the sexiest men in the universe; Batman, Spiderman and Superman.

Batman is probably my favorite superhero. I love how dark and gloomy and misunderstood he is, typical, right? He’s pretty easy to dress as too! Grab yourself some black jeans, and a black tank top, a black leather jacket and a yellow hoodie. Slide the hoodie on under the leather jacket and let the hood hang out like a makeshift cape. Add a leather backpack, some black shoes and of course, a Batman mask, and you’ll be the darkest knight in sight,

 

Superman is a little bit more colorful than his bat brethren. Start with some black jeans and a blue tank top, add a red hoodie and black leather jacket (letting the hood hang out again) and top it off with some yellow shoes. Still don’t think people recognize who you’re inspired by? Add a Superman backpack for good measure,

 

Last but not least is Spiderman. You can easily channel him by grabbing a pair of dark blue jeans, a red tank top and a black leather jacket. Slide on some black oxfords or boots, a dark blue backpack and a red or blue watch and you’ll be a bigger babe than Andrew Gardfield (and let’s not kid ourselves, he’s a huge babe).

Who are YOU dressing as this Halloween?

XXX
Gabriela

Sunday Style : Halloweekend and Costumes

I’ve been working at Hip Wa Zee, an awesome costume and vintage shop in Columbia, this season and this has meant lots and lots of Halloween festivities. I’ve been able to dress up in costume for work this past week and it has been awesome. I went to a dance party at a local venue yesterday night and I was finally able to wear my homemade Lady Gaga costume. I was a maid, a pirate, a Greek goddess and a 70’s babe for work as well!

All of my work costumes!

I sewed a seashell bra on a nude leaotard, and I sewed beads and shells on nude hot pants. Topped off the costume with a blonde wig and some fishnets and I was finally done!

What have you been this Halloweekend?!

XXX
Gabriela

Sunday Style: Daytime Halloweekend

I changed it up this weekend and went to brunch on Saturday instead of Sunday! I decided I wanted to sleep a bit on Sunday since I’d be working and since I knew I was going out Saturday night. The temperature has dropped enough for me to finally debut my beautiful Phillip Lim for Target dress! After stalking the Target in Atlanta with my mama the day the collab dropped, I finally found this dress, which was one of the only pieces left. I love the glamorous sort of rockabilly vibe it has, and although it’s not something I typically wear, I absolutely adore it.

Dress: Phillip Lim for Target/Necklace: Forever 21/ Glasses: American Thread/ Purse: Urban Outfitters/ Socks: Loehmans/ Shoes: Zara

What are you wearing this Halloweekend?!

Namaste

Gabriela

 

Zara on Zara

It’s no secret that Zara is one of my favorite stores. The Spanish chain is known for it’s classy, high fashion finds in a rather affordable price range. I love the bold style and aesthetic that Zara has; it’s high fashion and classy but it’s not afraid to be sexy also. The clean lines and structured pieces are striking and perfect, and when paired with the perfect accessory, they’re unstoppable . I’ve put together a few of my favorite pieces from Zara to share!

I’ve been inspired by a neutral color palette with pops of pale pastels,

I’ve been feeling the boxy silhouette lately. Pair an oversize jacket with a tube style dress, add some sexy tights and some patent boots and you’re set.

I’ve also been feeling silver and white this season. It”s easy, futuristic and clean. This incredible coat is so wearable and the fleece collar makes the perfect statement while not being overpowering.

Monochromatic outfits with a variety of textures and a simple pattern are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

What are YOU craving from Zara?

XXX
Gabriela

Belstaff Sping 2014 Collection Review

Clean, simple lines in crisp whites and cool blacks are having their moment on the runway this season. Belstaff does it especially well too; leather and mesh paneling on sharp silhouettes help to script a futuristic and edgy feel for this collection. This spring collection dances the line between young and mature perfectly; the fit of each piece is relaxed but has a sexy detail, whether it’s that the shirt is sheer or the hem high, Belstaff plays well for a diverse audience.

You know what makes this collection, and house, even cooler? The creative director, Martin Cooper, is from Columbia, South Carolina! Better yet? My yoga teacher’s husband grew up with him and they remain best friends.

 

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela