The Death Card

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

The Wild Unknown Tarot

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

The Faerie’s Oracle by Brian Froud

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Sunday Style: 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

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

Sunday Style: Soft Stripes

Happy Sunday one and all! It’s been a great week and a nice relaxing long weekend and I have  been blessed with some great conversation and company this past week. I can’t even deny that I love being back at school, it’s been truly wonderful to be with my friends and be productive once more. I’ve gotten my four weekly yoga classes in, I’ve drank lots of coffee and I’ve done a bit of shopping, what more could I ask for?

I got this jacket for $30 from $130 and these Deena and Ozzy boots for $30 as well. I really don’t think I see myself taking either of these pieces off ever..

Anyway, I have two weeks (as of today) left of being a teenager. I think I’m going to try to do something new everyday until my birthday to really make these teenage years important.

Coat, Shirt, Boots: Urban Outfitters/  Leggings: Zara/ Beanie: Pac Sun/ Purse: Grandma

 

What are you doing on this long weekend?!

XXX
Gabriela

Sunday Style: Scalloped Edges

It’s that time of year again. I have packed up all my belongings, mustered all the goodbyes I can, and driven the treacherous drive back to Columbia to start a new semester. After a month at home, my brain isn’t quite ready to be in full on school mode again, so Alex and I came back an extra day early to settle into our abode. My Sunday was spent at brunch with a couple good friends, at Whole Foods buying some yummy food to cook, and at yoga, getting my vinyasa on. I’ve unpacked everything and my beautiful walk in closet is looking alive and well once more.

Today I decided to wear the beautiful mid calf lace cardigan I picked up a couple weeks ago from American Thread. I paired it with my cheetah print velvet leggings from Zara, my lace trimmed top from Urban Outfitters, and my incredible necklace from Zara. My trustee oxfords and spiked purse, both from Zara added to the ensemble. To top it off, quite literally, I wore my new favorite hat fromm H&M.

All photos taken by the beautiful Alexandra Herstik

What are YOU wearing this Sunday?

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

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

 

 

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

Sunday Style: Holographic Absurdity

Happy November, Breathing Fashionistas! October has come and gone, sadly, but the holiday season, yes the HOLIDAY SEASON, is now beginning! November means Thanksgiving and Fall being in full swing and I am more than ready for both of those things.

Today was the perfect Fall day. Mr. Sun was out but the air was crisp and the wind was nibbling at our cheeks. For today’s shoot, my friends Morgan and Rachael and my sister Alex and I went down to the river to take some photos. Morgan’s an amazing photographer, and Rachael, a fellow blogger, was my impromptu stylist! We had a ridiculously fun time basking in the sun, chatting, and taking some of the funniest photos I’ve ever seen. I decided to wear some ombre tights from seasons past that I’ve never worn, a Nasty Gal crop and accessories and my new Deena and Ozzy holographic oxfords among other things. 

Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Tights: Target, Purse: Urban Outfitters, Top and Bracelet: Nasty Gal

Skirt and Mesh Shirt: H&M, Top, Purse and Shoes: Urban Outfitters, Necklace and Bracelet: Nasty Gal

And some more

She was subbing in for the tiger we didn’t have

She was keeping my hands warm!

Check out Rachael’s site HERE and check out Morgan’s blog and photography site HERE and HERE

How was your Halloweekend??

Namaste

Gabriela

 

Sunday Style on Monday: Charleston

My parents and my best friend, Marissa, came up to visit my twin and I this past weekend. It was lovely being able to see my favorite people in the universe and it was even more lovely to go on a day trip to Charleston! My parents have gone for their anniversary but Marissa, Alex and I had never been. More than anything, we were all just excited to explore such a beautiful city and spend time together.  We ate some delicious food and ice cream, became friends with a couple horses, viewed some cemeteries, saw some babes.

It was a good time.

All photos taken by Alexandra Herstik

Forever 21 Top and Necklace,/Thrifted skirt/Off 5th Sandals/Zara purse

What did you do this weekend?

Namaste

Gabriela

 

Style Sunday and Smiles

Well, my loves, it’s been a long week. I’ve had a lot to do and I’ve been busy but life is so good! I had a great weekend filled with some incredible friends, sister dates, and some relaxation. I have a super productive, busy week coming up and I’m doing my best to keep my chin up and not get overwhelmed by all I have to do. The good thing is I treated myself to a couple thiings from Nasty Gal that were on mega sale and my parents and best friend are coming up to visit! How can I complain when my life is so sweet?!

Sweater: Zara/ Shorts and Moon Necklace: Forever 21/ Stud Necklace: Barney’s Outlet/ Socks: Loehmans/ Purse: Urban Outfitters

 

What did you do this Sunday?!

XXX
Gabriela

PS Big things are coming 😉

Style Sunday: A Look Back

Today was the Fall equinox; the day where night and day are equal lengths. The equinox marks the first day of fall, a time when change is thick in the air. Fall is easily my favorite season, I feel like change is so prominent and the opportunities for creating your perfect life are infinite. I spent today working at my yoga studio, going to brunch, doing some schoolwork at a coffee shop, yoga class and celebrating the equinox.

I kept it simple in a cropped black tee shirt and some electric blue shorts.

My lovely photographer was unable to shoot today, so I am going old school and posting some instgrammed outfits!

 

What have YOU been wearing??

Namaste,

Gabriela

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Death Queen Style Sunday

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

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

Shirt: TJ Maxx

Shorts and long necklace: Forever 21

Short necklace: Barney’s Outlet

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Purse: Zara

Socks: H&M

Bracelet: Nasty Gal

Sunglasses: American Thread

 

What does YOUR Labor Day weekend hold?

XXX
Gabriela

 

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

Sunday Style: Soft Spots

It’s been a fun weekend filled with seeing friends from school who I’ve missed. I spent the day today drinking coffee, eating pancakes with friends, going to yoga and as of right now, watching the VMAs. I’m more than ready to throw these jeans on with a chunk knit sweater and some ankle boots. I’m so excited it was a mild summer, but I’m also excited for the chilly Fall ahead.

Snuck my roommates cat into a couple photos. Marceline is the cutest.

Jeans and Purse: Zara

Tank Top: Loehmans

Bra: Gap

Shoes: Vince Camuto

Necklace: Forever 21

Ring: H&M

XXX
Gabriela

Watch: Michael Kors

Style Sunday: Black, White and Yoga

It’s Sunday! That means this week is drawing to a close and another week is about to begin. I had a wonderful weekend filled with spending time with my family and friends who I haven’t seen in a while. I love being able to catch up with friends I miss when I’m away at school. I ate some yummy food, went to yoga with my mom, spent time transferring posts over to WordPress and drinking a lot of coffee. It’s been disgusting and dreary so the weather has called for pants and sweaters. I’ve also been sitting in Starbucks a lot, and the air conditioning has also called for warmer clothes!

Miranda of High Voltage Blog is my favorite photographer, and she snapped these photos while we were hanging out. We got to catch up from her Miami vacation and just take silly photos together.

Tank Top and Sweater: Loehamans

Pants: BCBGeneration

Shoes: Dolce Vita

Purse: Urban Outfitters

Spiked Cuff: Nasty Gal

 Miranda also snapped some photos of me whipping out some yoga poses!

XXX
Gabriela

Tee Shirt and Jeans

Happy Sunday, one and all. I wasn’t feeling my best after celebrating a friends 21st yesterday, so I took it easy today, throwing on this silk tee and bright cigarette jeans. I spent the day with my sister and mom, buying a mattress for next year and shopping for the house!

I think it’s interesting that most people have a comfort zone that revolves around tee shirts and jeans. I have an incredibly hard time wearing plain denim, as that’s OUT of my comfort zone. It may be a fear of blending in, and not feeling like myself, but wearing plain blue jeans makes me feel extremely uncomfortable and I stopped wearing it years ago. I have jeans and tee shirts that are different, an interesting texture or pattern, something that appeals to the eyes and when I’m feeling lazy, or sick, that’s what I go to when the weather is a bit warmer!

Shirt: from a boutique

Pants: Gap

Purse: American Thread

Shoes and Cuff: Nasty Gal

Necklace: Forever 21

 

What are YOU wearing?

XXX
Gabriela