Ah, the bittersweet (mostly bitter) realization looming in the air. It’s the last day of summer. In 12 hours I will be on my way to my first 8am of the semester. But alas, there’s a silver lining; it’s my last first day of school. Senior year of college, what a thought. It feels even more appropriate now to continue wearing black, all the time no exceptions, to mourn the passing of both summer and the past 15 years of my life which have been filled with school. I made my twin Alexandra Herstik take some photos of me the other day because I don’t wear my glasses often and I felt kinda cute. You know how sometimes that happens and you need photographic proof of it? Exactly. I never wear denim… except when I’m wearing this jacket, or my one pair of black Topshop jeans, or a pair of really sick torn up, high waisted, bleached denim I scored for $7, which I still need to post about. Anyway, back to this jacket- I was talking to my friend Zach about how I wanted a denim jacket and he said his mom gave him one from the 80’s and had no use for it, how fitting. I got some really cool pins from a lovely lady named Scout, and I added my Vivienne Westwood pin from Search and Destroy in New York. I threw on a Topman tee with my favorite shorts and shoes, both from Urban, and I wore my Zara bag with it. I topped this outfit off with a gold collar necklace by Marc Jacobs I got while I was in New York this summer.
Anyway. Summer’s almost over and I don’t really know what to think of it. It was a whirlwind of traveling and new experiences, people, internships, kicking people out (if it doesn’t serve ya..) and mostly just living. It’s been an incredible summer, the best yet, and although I’m not necessarily excited about school, I am in my own sort of special way. College is such a time of transition and impermanence… it’s strange being present and living somewhere that manages to feel so temporary. I’m right where I need to be though, and I’m where I would have wanted to be my freshman year; that’s a pretty nice realization.
Here’s to the best last first day there is, and here’s to the best twin there is.
I’ve been trying to figure out if life slows down when you find balance or if balance is using the least amount of effort possible to keep up with everything that’s going on. I’m not sure if either of these are right, or if there’s truly an answer at all. I think that finding balance is finding moments of stillness among chaos. I’m taking baby steps towards balance. I’m taking baby steps towards working hard without being overwhelmed. I’m taking one day at a time, tackling all I can do with a soft heart and loving mind. Lately, baby steps have been nothing more than sitting outside on my porch at 11pm, listening to some music, burning some incense and taking some time for myself to breathe. Balance, for me, is taking time to explore with my sister and to take baby steps towards finding stillness in the motions of day to day life.
Alex and I walked around and explored the statehouse on a eerie day. It was perfect and just chilly enough and the energy of the day felt charged with change. I’m ready for October. I am ready to find stillness and balance.
Jacket: Rag-O-Rama, Skirt, Purse and Necklace: Zara, Top: Forever 21, Boots: Urban Outfitters
Photos by Alexandra Herstik
Her presence is felt as soon as she steps foot in a room. She is a woman whose power and strength emanates from her core, filling the space with an energy that is both subtle and intoxicating. Cloaked in all black, she is as cunning as a raven and just as connected to the other realm. She understands her own strength and she dresses for it in blacks as dark as ink and as opaque as the midnight sky.
There’s a certain elegance to a woman who’s comfortable in her own skin, an effortlessness that no outfit will ever match. Lack of color does’t mean lack of passion, and the woman who knows how to wear all black will most likely surprise you with her own vibrancy. Liberation is the sweetest taste for the woman who has stopped confining herself to the expectations of others.
She is insatiable, constantly seeking knowledge of the darker aspects of the human soul, inspired by the occult and macabre.
The madame who wears all black plays with textures and details in ways no one else thinks of. Lack of color and lack of personality aren’t necessarily equivalent, after all.
Inspired by the world around her, the woman who’s layered in mystery isn’t necessarily secluded from the rest of the humanity. She may be shrouded in darkness but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to harness her own light.
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??
I had a lot of fun featuring some of my favorite ladies last month, but it’s time to change it up! Today begins “What I Wore Wednesday”, so I’ll be catching you up on what I’ve been wearing. I love throwing on a lot of layers, but unlike fall, which is my favorite season, Summer is time to lose the layers and bask in the season. Summer is time for bright colors and having sun kissed skin.
Here’s what I’ve been wearing this week!