A VAMPIRE DANCES THE LIGHT

7If The Lost Boys met The Craft met Interview With a Vampire, that would me right now. Or before when I shot this with my sister,  obviously, since it’s almost 10pm. I shot these earlier today, before taking ugly Christmas sweater photos with the rest of the Hip Wa Zee crew.  We obviously all got into it (costumes are literally our thing after all). I’m finishing up Tank Girl with the twin right now, we started it last night after flying in from Thanksgiving with the folks in California. I like blogging at night. Being awake is my thing.  If you didn’t already know, I’m pretty much nocturnal as it is.  I also sneeze anytime I go into direct sunlight- on average 5 to 7 times. Sometimes I feel like a vampire, and sometimes I dress like a vampire stepping into the light for the first time. It’s fine, just let it happen. I got this incredible Free People dress for $20 and haven’t given it enough love, so I had the twin capture it earlier today. I also got the Venus palette by Limecrime and am obsessed. 1563289TRiple3 hour time changes get you feeling extra nocturnal. I wasn’t really jet lagged but I’m sure this is what it would look like if it was.
Dress: Free People/ Hot pants and bra: Urban Outfitters/ Boots: H&M10All photos by my twin Alexandra Herstik. 

Happy Sunday lovers.
Gabriela Lorraine

 

THE SELF-LOVE REVOLUTION

Earlier today I came across an article- but not any article. THIS article. One which says the “Strat’ uniform is revolutionary. For those of you who don’t live in an SEC college town with an ungodly amount of Greek life, that’s the code for sorority uniform- oversized shirt and Nike shorts. The revolution, I suppose, comes from the idea that dressing for comfort, and purely comfort, is revolutionary. The writer didn’t actually talk about this, they just put it in the title and never brought it up. So, I don’t know what’s revolutionary about wearing tee shirts and shorts. If you think dressing like everyone else, simply because it’s the easiest choice and it’s practical, is revolutionary. you’re wrong. Saying that this uniform is revolutionary is taking away from women and men like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Rei Kawakubo. You’re taking away from the importance of what we wear to express who we are, especially in terms of gender and social constructs. I’m not here to lecture you, I’m just saying you’re wrong. Fashion can be revolutionary, just not in the way you think. There’s an interesting feeling that comes with purposefully crafting the way you move through this life. If you’re able to shape the way you enter the world, if you’re ever given that opportunity and don’t take advantage- you’re missing something good. There’s a power that’s found in that sort of self- love, one that I would argue is revolutionary.You don’t need anyone else’s approval. The only person who has to be comfortable with who you are, with what you chose, with the way you live, is you. If we all loved ourselves without fail, and empowered one another to do the same- that would be revolutionary.

Carrying this self-love in the form of fashion is my personal revolution.

1My revolution comes in the form of soul style. Which, for me, is finding an aesthetic representation for my soul.This means all  black, bright lipstick, a half shaved scalp, beautiful lingerie and strong eyebrows. When I wear all black, I feel like there’s a silhouette and less detail- like I can be who I am without people being distracted or worried about the little things. They’re too busy taking in the bigger picture (and unintentionally feeling my vibes and aura). I feel an energetic alignment when I wear something that makes me feel connected to the night and to the universe, especially when it’s in the form of a kick-ass outfit. It is my opinion, that self-love is a radical revolution; ignoring it, is not.

Today my revolution came in the form of brunch, taking these photos with Alex, cleaning, and movie and craft night with Ivory. I wore a pink harness bra from Urban Outfitters, my Betsey Johnson earrings and a new Wet and Wild lipstick that is my current obsession (and only $2). My shirt was handed down from one of my favorite friends, and the shorts are from my work, Hip Wa Zee. Lot’s of love went into this outfit.

2 3 4 5 6 7810 11Team effort with the twin, in her own soul style. Alex is the best and her photography skills make me feel pretty, so thank you twin.

Here’s to a new revolution.

Here’s the Sundays with a little bit of soul (ha)
XXX,
Gabriela

Ill Tell Ya What I Want (Fall/Winter 2015)

Remember how I said I love fall and that I always daydream about what I want to buy and wear? If not, don’t fear. I’m currently reminding you of that and also including some things I’ve been obsessing over and lusting for in equal parts. Here are my top five items I want to wear forever and always this fall. Don’t wait up.

WHAT I WANTLet me just tell you, nothing makes me feel fancier than imagining three cocktail rings on each finger, stacked up, reading some tarot cards or sipping a gin and tonic. I was all about the stacked bands last year but then I remembered how easily I lose rings and how subtlety isn’t my strong suit. Touche. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing more fabulous, and slightly gaudy, than stacks and stacks of blinged out costume jewlery, an all black outfit and some lipstick to match the rings. Add some really long fake nails, a lot of attitude and you got it, girl.

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Vendome ad. Photo via Popsugar

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Trifari ad 1960. Photo via Hprints.com

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I’m a rather averge stature at 5’6 (here’s looking at you mom and dad) and I love chunky, bold, heeled shoes. Add a twist of grown up/ high fashion Wednesday Addams and you’ve got this lady hooked. Some crazy accents liek stacked soles, or gold cap tips have me spinning. Oversized oxfords with a giant tassel? Chunky black brogues?! Yes please- gothic chic, anyone?
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Who What Wear/ Style Caster/ The Zoe Report

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Courtesy of viviennewestwood.com

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been collecting some neat pins and been sewing some patches but I finally turned; I am a fan of the denim jacket. Okay OKAY I know I said it would never happen, but a girl can only stick to her high (sartorial) horse for so long, right?! I posted about the vintage denim jacket a friends mom gave to me and I don’t regret it. I love my denim jacket, but I want more! My favorite fall outerwear staple, however, is the leather jacket- preferably vegan and vintage. I’ve been craving a soft, leathery jacket in addition to my structured studded one. I just finished Viv Albertine’s book and I’m waiting for my copy of a book on Vivienne Westwood- it’s clear who inspires my leather love.

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I’ve gushed over my love of lace, and vintage, lingerie before and I will do it again. I love it. I love the delicate detailing and the sweet touch of beautiful lingerie on my skin. And I love how it looks! I had a lot of trouble embracing my A-cups (here’s to you mom and dad, again), but now I see them as a perfect excuse to wear the prettiest lingerie possible. Add some harness details, lots of mesh and cutouts an delicate straps and you’ve got my weak at the knees. I love layering bras like these under cardigans, and leaving a few buttons unbuttoned. These pieces look equally as good under men’s button downs worn as dreses. Oh and they look fabulous on their own. Win win, in my book. vintageLife cheat for amazing vintage lingerie. Become best friends with someone who has a knack for finding it and owns her own Etsy. My pick is my darling Ivory Woods and her shop Forgotten Feather. Also the store I work at in Columbia, Hip Wa Zee, always has plenty of good finds.

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Another recent obsession, again thanks to my dear Ivory, are vintage bolo ties. Something I never really knew about until a teachers father came to speak to my class when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I remember liking his bolo tie, but it wasn’t until the past few months that I’ve gotten into them. I haven’t really been into big jewelry as of late, but a bolo tie feels a good mix of masculine and feminine elements. I love that you can ajdust em to, convenience is key. I want to find some with crystals instead of pendants- yum. Last First Day of School3I wore a bolo tie to my last first day of classes EVER. 16th grade deserved to be sent off in style. Photo by the twin, Alexandra Herstik.

What are you wearing this Fall?
XOXO
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

Say No to Normcore

First and foremost, I need to apologize for my lack of posts this week. Last week was pretty crazy, and after the hectic week I had I went home for Fall break for a few days to relax.

I’m back in Columbia and decided to celebrate the season with my new favorite vintage hat, and my new favorite bra. It’s been unseasonably warm this October, but today I decided to embrace it instead of hate on it. One of the reasons I love the colder weather is because it’s so easy to compose an interesting outfit, but today I decided to capitalize on interesting details to create an outfit for this 80 degree October day. 6I don’t think I’m a simple person. I don’t like drama and I do my best to not complain, but everything about my life has many layers, if you will. I have a loud laugh, a ridiculously expressive face, I’m always excited and I don’t live a less-is-more kind of life. I think this shows in my style; I like pieces that take work, I love wearing all black but I also love gaudy, over the top jewelry and interesting textures. I am in no way, shape or form someone who follows the normcore trend. Normcore is the aesthetic of dressing “normally” with the mindset of ease and standing out by fitting in. Think skinny jeans, loose tank tops, Chelsea boots and an effortless it-girl style; not Gabriela at all. Admittedly, I find myself envious of these city chic girls who pull together simple outfits and look effortless. I don’t like what I like to stand out; I like what I like and if it makes me stand out, so be it. I’m not against the normcore trend, but I like to have fun with my style. So today, I say no to normcore. I take pride in my little weird quirks and that’s something I never want to be ashamed of.

15 4 3 28 7910Hat: Sid & Nancy’s/ Bra and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Tank: Loehman’s/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Glasses: Hip Wa Zee

Are you saying no to normcore?

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

PINK Bras and Ballet Skirts

If you checked in on Breathing Fashion last week, you would have seen I partnered with PINK by Victoria’s Secret here at USC. I was able to test drive an amazing pair of yoga pants and also got to style this amazing seamless pushup bra. I need all the help I can get from my lingerie so I loved that this bra helped me out but was super comfortable as it was doing its job. Not to mention the fact that this bra is a really nice navy and has some great lace detailing. These bras come in a ton of different colors and they’re definitely worth the investment if you want a pushup bra that feels more like a bandeau or sports bra. Find them HERE.3Fall is a really, really charged time. Everything is changing, more so than in any other season, and the air outside feels different because of it.  I love challenging myself to wear something a little bit different, changing up my usual wardrobe to match the Fall air. I love the idea of pairing my old ballet skirt with leather leggings and some chunky heels. I threw on my PINK bra and an old H&M cardigan and  swiped “Autumn Leaves” on my lips to complete the look.  127856410 9 Bra: PINK, Leggings: Topshop, Skirt: Dance Fashions, Shoes: Forever 21, Cardigan: H&M

Photos by Alexandra Herstik,

Namaste,

Gabriela