NEW MOON WHO DIS

This past weekend was amazing but very heavy energetically. The Scorpio New Moon had me feeling heavy with contemplation, examining the cycles of my life as they present themselves in new ways. Halloween on Monday meant the veil between this world and the spirit realm was at its thinnest. Halloween is the day that spirits can come and go as they please, as can faery. Halloween weekend was the first time it’s been rainy and overcast since I arrived in LA three months ago. It felt like Autumn and it was beautiful but also very strong. I was on edge and vaguely anxious but spending time with my favorite people helped- a bit of hot chocolate, seeing a little boy in a dinosaur costume, and buying a cute scrunchy also helped. The energy is still strong so take time for yourself. Take a bath, reflect on the past month, go to a therapist, make some art- do what you need to do to make sure you’re in the safest, healthiest place you can be. Wear something that makes you feel good about being in your body if you can.

Wear a little color, layer up and enjoy the ride. img_8959img_8960img_8963img_8961img_8962Sweater:: Zara// Jeans:: American Apparel// Bomber:: Urban Outfitters// Shoes:: T.U.K

Photos::: Alexandra Herstik ( @alexyael)

HELLO CALIFORNIA

Oh California!! It’s been such a lovely few days so far. I flew in on Friday, went to La Jolla for lunch, saw some seals and took in the sights. On Saturday we drove to LA to spend the day with what may as well be our family. When you’ve known the same people since you were 2, and you call their parents mom and dad and you’ve stayed in contact even though you’ve spent more than half your life on opposite coasts…you’re family. Seeing everyone was incredible, and being back in LA for the last time before I graduate college has left me feeling every feeling, all at once. 1LA has always been a very weird place for me energetically.  I was super attached to Los Angeles growing up. We moved to our home in Woodland Hills when Alexandra and I were 2, and I spent the next five years in little Gabriela,  90s Aquarius child style euphoria. My days were most enjoyed biking around the cul-de-sac, licking coffee Popsicle from the Mexican supermarket down the street and bathing in giant plastic tubs outside. Our house had the most beautiful garden, with an arbor filled with roses., that occasionally led to the most magnificent inflatable kiddy pool I had ever seen. It was always so scary running through the triumphant arc into the garden- the probability of stepping on a thorn always felt exponential, but it was a risk I was always willing to take. I don’t know how to describe this bliss spent under the blue California skies. It was punctuated by trips to Baskin Robbins listening to the Spice Girls on blast and playing on the jungle gym of our temples preschool. There were trips to Emily and Amanda’s, once I missed a play date and was so jealous because Emily and my sister collected pine cones and turned them into pets.5 4I think I’ve always been a weirdly spiritual child and it wasn’t until I got back to California that I was able to really connect to this energetically.  My childhood was colored by the backyard of my family friends. The same ones that I spent this past weekend with, laughing and crying over home videos.  I went outside to the garden (pictured above, duh) and it was just strange. Weird. Different. Realizing you’ll never be able to accurately describe your childhood experiences to anyone else and realizing you’ll never be able to relive them is weird. It’s heavy.  The eclipse and Supermoon are inviting me to step back into that curiosity, the unyielding joy I felt as a child. I accept. And I think I am being invited to bask in silence. To listen. To enjoy the moments between this phase and the next.3LAObviously I chose to go to LA in all black- with this tank top I left here over Winter Break. I am very excited to have it back. I have had these wooden soled boots from Zara for YEARS and I love them. And my denim jacket and Bolo tie felt like the final touch. The key to being energetically confused? A good outfit. I swear to god/dess if you have something you feel confident, sexy and capable in, you will always feel grounded. That’s a secret, one that I am writing at 10pm from me to you. Use it wisely. If your auras in a funk or if you’re in an emotional turbine, wear something that makes you feel like the bad b**** you are. On Monday I got my wisdom teeth out, which means I spent the day in bed, eating ice cream and watching Harry Potter.  I never need an excuse to do these things, but having one was refreshing. Yesterday I finally got out of the house for some lunch and coffee, to work on my latest pieces for Nylon and Broadly, and to generally enjoy San Diego. Andale.naturalI also tried to do the whole “natural” makeup look  thing yesterday and I’m not hating it! Of course I had to wear my zodiac shirt, you know because of the Supermoon and Eclipse. All the normal universal shenanigans going super speed and really hard. Today was spent at the doctor and eating at an amazing cafe in Del Mar, where a lovely lady from USC comes up to me and goes “Are you Gaby?!” Is this an existential riddle? AM I Gaby? Or am I just, Gaby. These are the thoughts that plague my mind. Anyway, yes- Gaby is me as I am she. Apparently she recognized me from a coffee shop I frequently visit in Columbia- and she said her friend follows me on Instagram. HA! How cool. It’s a small world. 12801205_10153285433101207_8413695245791993442_nAfter lunch, my mom, Alexandra and I went to the Self Realization Fellowship meditation garden. If you’re in San Diego- GO.  The garden is absolutely phenomenal. I definitely cried at all the beautiful flowers and their sweet faeries and the view. You walk up stairs through the most vibrant garden only to be greeted by the never ending song of the ocean and the most overwhelming view of the sea. The sun was shining and kissing my cheek. I turned my phone off and just spent time talking to the flowers, looking at all the cactus and just listening to mother nature. One of my favorite flowers was a cactus with huge spikes and the most delicate, vibrant pink flowers blooming at the very tips of the plant. You know how sometimes you just get a plant? Me too.  The garden was incredible, and after we had to visit the gift shop (duh altar tressures) and guess what I got?  A COMIC BOOK ABOUT GANESH AND ANOTHER ABOUT THE BHAGAVAD GITA. I had to. I am not sorry. Today was lovely, partially because I was singing along to the Beatles with my mom while we took in some beautiful views and partly because my face may still be a bit swollen but I put on makeup anyway.8car views7Sometimes it’s even the little things like exteriors of houses that remind you of what it feels like to love someone truly and deeply.


I hope you each find some peace today.
Until next time,
Gabriela 

FEELING YRSELF

Guys it’s happened. For the first time in my 21 years of existence I’m feelin myself- completely and utterly without any damn guilt. I’ve had this sense of peace with who I am, where I am and where I’m going and that feels good! A big part of this, for me, is that for the first time I love what I’m wearing. I feel like my clothing is a conscious and visual manifestation of my soul; I feel aligned. I like to think of this as enlightened personal style, soul style if you will; a non-verbal, purely aesthetic representation of the beauty your soul feels from all the high vibe living it’s doing in this life. In my case, this means a freshly shaved head, some good lipstick, a lot of black, something slightly unexpected and a tad of something sultry. In today’s post this also means something outside of my comfort zone- color. 1Okay so deep green may not be a shocking color, or anything explicit, but for this gal (who feels wholly herself in head-to-toe black) it’s a step and it shall be noted. I saw this top and immediately gravitated toward the slight side boob silhouette and the folky pattern. This top reminds me of the Celts, of folklore, of the faeries. When I realized this shirt fit perfectly, I had no choice- I was in and I had to buy it. I paired the look with the most amazing and probably most important piece of jewelry I have ever received. My lovely Ivory found was telling me all about this magnifying glass necklace she had found at the flea market and I knew I had to have it. I even asked her to hold on to any Aquarius coins she found so I could pair it with the necklace. That night she got home and sent me a photo- she had an Aquarius coin and hadn’t realized it. Synchronicity anyone?? The next day she gave me this necklace- the most beautiful, yellow gold, perfect looking magnifying glass with the trusty coin right beside it. I definitely cried- it’s like a friendship horcrux, when you do something so out of love that you give your friends a little piece of your soul so they’ll always have you with them.  2I paired this top with my only pair of black jeans from Topshop (which I am obsessed with). my trusty fuzzy sweater and some clog like sandals. I was going for space alien 70’s chic. 11 10 9 8 7 4Shirt and shoes: Urban Outfitters// Pants: Topshop// Necklace: Forgotten Feather Vintage5What’s your soul style?
XXX
Gabriela

 

What I Wore Wednesday: Denim and Summers End

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. 2I 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. 1 9 7 6 5 4 310

Here’s to the best last first day there is, and here’s to the best twin there is.
XOXO
Gabriela

Wednesdays Are for…

Wednesdays are for wearing something extra dark and powerful. They’re for working at Hip Wa Zee, eating El Burrito and watching American Horror Story. Wednesday’s are a personal victory, an ode to the middle of the week, an ode to balance right before the weekend. One of my favorite things about this semester is how I’ve come to appreciate hump days. Granted, I only have classes two days a week, but regardless I feel like I never slow down. Although my Wednesdays are spent working, I’ve managed to find some sweetness in them. During the month of October, and the most hectic month of the year, my friend Ivory and I decided to have “Witch Wednesday”, in which, you guessed it, we dressed in our darkest clothes. If you remember my witch post, you’ll know that every day is witch-day for me.. but it is fun to have a day designated to wearing my favorite pieces. wwWitch Wednesday soon coupled itself with the return of American Horror Story and so began my love affair for this very special day of the week. Here’s the thing; life is crazy and hard and hectic, and during all of this we forget how good it can be. Here’s a trick; don’t wait for life to throw something wonderful at you, instead, make something to look forward to for yourself. For me, this means spending the day  wearing an outfit that makes me feel like a Death Queen, working with one of my closest friends at work and then ending the day by watching my favorite tv show.  American Horror Story: Freak Show is amazing and watching it with Ivory and my sister makes it that much better.ww 2ww 3www4Today, I paired my favorite tulip shorts with a harness bra, some knee socks and my favorite “Witch” bag.

Shorts, bra and shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Dollskill

Namaste,

Gabriela

PS: Check out Ivory’s amazing vintage shop, Forgotten Feather. She’s absolutely amazing.

 

Baby Steps

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. 8

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.

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Jacket: Rag-O-Rama, Skirt, Purse and Necklace: Zara, Top: Forever 21, Boots: Urban Outfitters

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photos by Alexandra Herstik

 

What I’m Wearing Wednesday; Instagram Edition

Having a job where you wear a uniform is great for a few reasons. Namely, you don’t have to figure out what to wear everyday, and when you have an off day you can go all out. I’ve been doing my best to start documenting my outfits via Instagram once again, and thought it would be worth it to share them on here as well. I bought this incredible purse at work, Zara, since we’re having our sale and I’m obsessed. If you’re lucky enough to have a Zara near you, GO! I wish i was exagerating when I said the whole store is on sale..but I’m not. Be nice to the employees and go wild! Amazing pieces are up.





What have you been wearing?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

What to Wear Wednesday; Till Death

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.

Textured Elegance

She is insatiable, constantly seeking knowledge of the darker aspects of the human soul, inspired by the occult and macabre.

Rose of Death

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.

Dream Life

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.

 

XXX
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

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

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

What to Wear Wednesday

It’s the end of August which means Fall starts in about three weeks and that means pumpkin everything, colorful leaves, beanies and all sorts of change. I’m excited for the weather to get colder, but I know I need to take in the last few weeks of sunshine and warm weather.

I’ve been loving holographic prints with white, I love how it’s so clean and modern, and I honestly want to wear that trend on everything. I love that this look is slightly 90’s but with a sexy, urban feel.

 

When the leaves change, and the temperature raises the skin on the back of your neck, fall has arrived. She kisses you on the cheek and leads you into the closest coffee shop, engulfing you in her sweet perfume. She’s soft and delicate and she always has an air of change around her. She will dress you in striped sweaters and the perfect jean, and when it’s time to jump in piles of leaves, she will slip you into your wooden soled boots. With your cheeks as red as your lips, and your wind whipped hair, you saunter back home, holding onto your bowler hat and smiling because you know that every day with Fall is a new adventure.

 

XXX
Gabriela

What I’ve Been Wearing Wednesday

I’ve officially moved into my house, installed wifi and gotten pretty settled and this means regular blog posts once more! It’s silly, but when I don’t post I feel like a mother neglecting her child.

Anyway, I have been really obsessed with tight, cropped tees and tanks with my little quilted bag and some sandals. I’ve been dying because of the constant war between rainy, mucky, disgusting days and hot, humid, blaring sun days. It’s been raining like there’s no tomorrow, and it’s followed by MAYBE one day of real sun. It’s hard to dress well when it’s hot and wet outside; I usually just go for outfits that look good layered.

 

I love hot pants, but when I have to walk around campus I make sure to tie a patterned button up around my waist.

I need to invest in a “Celfie” tee as well as these amazing hot pants. I can’t wait until it’s cold enough for leather jackets!! Also I love these sandals, just chunky enough!

 

What have YOU been wearing this summer?

XXX
Gabriela

What I’m Wearing Wednesday

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!

Whipping out my new hot pants means looking like a death queen. I’ve been all about tying shirts at my waist #self #outfit #today #undercut #redlips #thighhighsocks #deathqueen #hotpants

What I wore today: lazy day consisted of my spike accented sweater, cuffs and gold satchel.<br />
 #outfit #today #spikes #macabreinspired #deathqueen #love #gold

What I&#8217;m wearing today::  daisy bustier with spike detailing, striped button down and @unif for @nastygal garter shorts #self #outfit #today #daisy #macabrefaeryqueen #spikes #unif #nastygal

What I wore today: P!ATD tank, striped skirt, lace bra and my new perfect black leather bag. One of the only band shirts I have left! #outfit #fashion #panicatthedisco #deathqueen #wwd #womensweardaily #black #gold #love

The perfect black bag, gold detailed sandals and some Deepak. Wearing a Free People bandeau, faux leather pants and MY DREAM tangerine lipstick courtesy of MAC.  #self #outfit #today #deepakchopra #leather #fauxleather #undercut #tangerinelipstick #trendyandtart #love

What I&#8217;m wearing tonight ((friends 21st birthday edition)):<br />
Spiked bra, Marissa @jeffreycampbell shoes, structured leather @urbanoutfitters skirt and tank and my leather bag.<br />
XXX #outfit #tonight #leather #jeffreycampbell #spikesonspikes #macabreshit

About to post this on Lookbook! Tee shirt and jeans were my friends. Worn with my @jeffreycampbell Lita boots.<br />
Www.lookbook.nu/gabrielal<br />
Www.breathingfashion.typepad.com #self #outfit #today #nastygal #jeffreycampbell #fashion #stylesunday #undercut #redlips #macabremeetssteinbeck

Long, lean, tendu machine. What&#8217;s better for rainy days than thigh high socks, top knots and a pop of floral? #self #outfit #today #personalstyle #fashion #undercut #redlips #thighhighsocks #macabremeetssteinbeck

XXX
Gabriela