BREATHING FASHION TURNS 7

Last year when we turned six I was still in shock that Breathing Fashion is still here. Now we’re turning 7 and I’m STILL in shock. WOW. It’s been over half a decade with this site and I still love it. I started Breathing Fashion as a way to cultivate my voice in fashion journalism- it started as a platform share my own content in hopes that I eventually would be writing for other sites and magazines. And guess what fam- WE MADE IT. unspecifiedI’m writing for some of my favorite  sites and I get to write about feminist things and witchy things! I’m also now based in LA as I intern in the PR department of Vivienne Westwood. I just booked my first real styling shoot for a cool California based magazine and I have some fun pieces I’m working on. I’m still overwhelmed at life and you know, the fact that people actually care enough about what I have to say to read it. My fabulous twin Alexandra accompanied me to check another big thing off my bucket list- driving the Angeles Crest highway. Also referred to as Donnie Darko highway by the twin and I- Angeles Crest is where the Carpathian Ridge scenes of Donnie Darko were filmed. Unfortunately we only drove a few of the 66 mile highway, which goes through the San Gabriel Mountains (ha!) but driving the whole thing is another item on the bucket list. The view was overwhelming and beautiful and honestly just magical and majestic. Although I have a fear of heights, I was able to deal because Alex was driving and Donnie Darko, duh. And yes- I cried and played the soundtrack the whole time. unspecified-1 I’m going to do my best to have a real birthday post, but for now I think these will do. I’m wearing a vintage skirt I found at Goodwill with Ivory and some new shades I got here in LA. I’m so humbled by all the love you guys give me. I’m doing my best to make this even better.

PS- check out the new portfolio- gabrielaherstik.com

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Here’s to another fabulous year.
PS- thank you for the photos Alexandra.

Psychedelic Dreams and Sunny Days

Sometimes things are rough, sometimes you end up feeling like you’re in a Woodstock nirvana. Although this December has been unseasonably warm (and people still don’t believe in climate change!), Ivory and I used it to our advantage the other day when we decided to team up with my sister and make some magic.  We found inspiration in photos of face paint from Woodstock and decided the best route to take was to dress up in some 70’s garb, grab some flowers and take photos. The sun was warm and kissing along our cheeks, and there was the slightest breeze. There was one point where I was posing, eyes closed, breathing in the winter air and just felt it. Bliss. Have you ever felt like universe is just cradling you in its palm? That’s what it felt like.  1I think my favorite part about these photos is that they ended up looking like engagement photos or Ivory and I.  Although she’s my best friend and not my fiance, I am so beyond grateful for this beaut. She is just as ethereal on the inside as she is on the outside, and she has such a gift for finding vintage clothing and giving it a new life, I mean, look at these pieces! The icing on the cake was that my friend Cory tagged along and that Alexandra took these photos. So thankful for weirdos who get me. 3 467812131816171514 Vintage dress and slip (on Ivory) and jumpsuit (on me) : Forgotten Feather Vintage/ Necklace (on Ivory): Fossil and Hide / Poncho: Thrifted Sisters/ Shoes: Free People

All photos by my amazing twin Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael)

Happy Tuesday!
XXX
Gabriela

 

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

 

GIRLS

Breathing Fashion and Forgotten Feather Vintage bring you GIRLS.a

Sneak into the school bathroom with your best friend, ignoring the teachers who tell you that what you’re wearing isn’t up to par. You were never meant to follow their rules anyway.  So you enter the world of girls, transported back to a time and place where things didn’t make any more sense then they do know (but everything was better). Wear your cardigan with pride or irony, you’re best suited for both anyway. You pass notes and smiles, and laugh when you’re told to go and change. You’re far removed and isolated, lost in a time warp from decades ago, feeding in abandoned bathrooms with sisters of different blood. 12labifecb3ikabmnop

Ivory styled the both of us in head to toe Forgotten Feather. Shes a goddess.

All photos by my incredible twin Alexandra Herstik.

LCHAIM TO 66

I have always been extremely inquisitive. I’ve always been fascinated by the inner workings of the universe- the vastness of the universe, the things that connect us to one another, the way love feels between your ribs and how people smile from the inside when they find that feeling. I’m 100% my parents daughter- but it’s only since I’ve gotten older that I realized how much of my father’s soul I have too. My urge to know the deepest secrets of the universe and human truth? Definitely got some of my dad’s genes.

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So beyond the fact that my father is actually Gandhi (and the doppelganger of Ben Kingsley), he is also a soul completely tuned into what it means to live from a place of love. My father is one of the most compassionate, wise, kind and loving souls I have ever met.  He would drive Alexandra and I to high school every  morning at 8:00am just so he could spend time with us (even when I slept the whole way there). He never fails to listen to me, to remind me that I am capable and that I am loved. He also loves dogs, has a Bald Eagle as a spirit animal and would let us paint his toenails (when we were in middle school, mind you)10655395_10152897750836115_4991117442771030281_o

My dad has always been the epitome of love and grace. Born in Israel and the son of holocaust survivors, my papi has spent his life as a Rabbi- aka being a pillar for the Jewish community wherever we’ve lived. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized quite how far my dad’s impact has reached. Everyone has a story about how my dad has been there for them in a time of need.  Beyond anything else, my father is a healer. He listens and with love, he mends. 10658941_10152785119894631_3454680112538673083_o

Why am I telling you this? Because as of TODAY my dad is 66!! That’s right, one number shy of the devil’s, and my dad still looks amazing. I have this man to thank for my love of menswear, my appreciation for a good watch and the importance of a beautiful hat. I specifically remember an instance visiting Canada (because that’s what you do in Buffalo), where my dad spent a good deal of  time looking and picking the perfect wool cap. Ever since I can remember we’ve always gotten him watches as gifts, and he’s always had a beautiful array of ties. Also- my mom’s favorite compliment to give my dad was always “Ayyy Ron, you look so GQ!”10616404_10152951277026115_2932599597786266373_n

I could go on and on about how thankful  I am to have this human as my father.  He once said he feels like he worked too much when Alexandra and I were younger, and that he wasn’t there for us, and we literally laughed. My dad is a busy man, but he has always been there for us from Tae Kwon Do tests to birthdays to adventures and lunch dates. Father, Dad, Papi, Daddy Doo, Ronnie Robert Herstik. Happy Flippin Birthday. I love you to the moon and beyond, from this life to the next.

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XXX,
Gabriela

WESTERN GIRL SOUTHERN WORLD

Okay guys this post title isn’t even a lie. Fun fact, Alexandra and I were born in San Diego, where we lived for two years before moving to LA for five years. We ended up in Atlanta, where my parents have lived for the past ten years until they moved back to San Diego this past July. Alexandra and I now live in Columbia, SC where we’re seniors at USC. So, quite literally, Western girls in a Southern world.         54It’s been a really tough week for Columbia, something which deserves it’s own post (which will come in the next few days.) I’m lucky that my family and friends are safe, and that the sun was out shining for a few days. I had gone to Atlanta last weekend with Ivory where I helped her sell vintage at Fall Fest at Candler Park. On the way there we stopped at her favorite vintage store in Augusta, where I was promised incredible finds. I was not disappointed- overstock from Free People and Urban galore. It included this eagle halter top. It ties all the way down and is SO SOFT- and it looks perfect with my small boobs. I’m in. I paired it with my favorite  vintage hat in the world which I got HERE IN COLUMBIA at Sid and Nancy’s. I grabbed my favorite boots and my leather jacket and JEANS. Blue jeans. Blue jeans I found for $7 at Buffalo Exchange. I’m still in shock. This was an outfit of thrifted goodness, head to toe. 326711   Hat: Vintage// Jeans: Buffalo Exchange// Boots: Dolce Vita// Jacket: Express8 10 9All photos by the twin, Alexandra.

Happy Sunday folks
XXX,
Gabriela

Greyer Gardens

If there’s a secret to having a happy life, it’s definitely to surround yourself with friends just as strange and unusual as you are. Mornings spent draped in vintage lingerie with stacks of costume rings, stickers on your face, best friends, and iced coffee may be far and few between, but they’re some of my favorites. Finding people like Ivory is a blessing- finding a souls who are always down to take photos and put on green glitter eyeshadow are the kind of people you hold onto. Ivory and I saw these rings and knew that we had to go all out- white fur, crazy jewel tone makeup and loads of sweet vintage.The twin, Alexandra, took the photos, which were so much fun to shoot. We didn’t realize we were unintentionally channeling Grey Gardens until Alex pointed it out- we weren’t mad about it. 121203 10 8 6 511161514132223 Happy Sunday.
XXXX,
Gabriela

CATS, SKORTS AND VALFRE

I hated being tiny for a long time, especially when I was growing up in all my pre-pubescent glory. I use to get made fun of for looking like I had an eating disorder and I could never fit into any of the juniors clothing when I was in middle school. I was a late (late, late, late) bloomer and I don’t think I really and truly grew into myself until the past year or two. What does this mean? Embracing the fact that I’m small framed (I’m 5’6 so I’m not that short). What does this mean in terms of fashion? KIDS CLOTHING. And wearing skorts from Goodwill that are size 5 in juniors (whatever that means?) It means saying F*** IT and working what I’ve got- aka no boobs, a butt and love for clothing that verges on the edge of ridiculous. aI just finished Viv Albertine’s biography and I’m currently reading Vivienne Westwood’s so I’ve been wearing a lot of plaid and channeling my inner Viv. I think the punks had the right idea by really utilizing fashion as a form of rebellion- they understood the power of a good (and striking) look. In my case, that means some cat tights from Hip Wa Zee, a plaid skort from Goodwill, my favorite new shoes from Target, my trusty denim jacket (with an extra dose of pins) and this amazing choker from Valfre. This may be one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever worn, simply because it made me feel powerful, confident and like I could kick the world in the butt. MXmvki-ZBqg8531nt4ueWMC7f30fRQGjomuK1gENsa4 l k j ihedcbgfAs always, photos by the amazing twin Alexandra. 

XOXO
Gabriela

 

Disco Witch

Lay your flowers out. Carefully, veiled in a glamour thinner than the lace you place on your skin. You’re gilded,  a crescent moon found on the darkest night, soft summer clouds cocooning gentle light. Place your roses one by one. A magick manifests as the earth whispers her secrets to you, slowly through weighted breaths, lulling you into a world caught between this and the next. Your heavy limbs find their way to a circle, where the only answer is to move your feet and dance under the midnight sky. You can get caught here, dancing with the fey until you’ve forgotten where you come from.aaYou’re a disco witch, a different breed. You find your call in the metallic glamour of long nights and vibrant beats. Your magick comes in the form of sequins, flowers and friends who spend their time exploring what it means to dance unapologetically through this life. You paint yourselves in silver like the stars and gold and bronze the color of the melting sun. You’re of the cosmos, a wicked kind of soul that’s not afraid to seek answers in the form of opal gilded starts. bbGI3ccGI2ddiilloothis oneMove gently. mm nnThanks to my babe Ivory and my twin Alexandra for making my Sunday perfect.

Vintage- Forgotten Feather

Photos- Alexandra Herstik 

 

Coven of One

Oh Sunday’s. The perfect day for sleeping in until brunch and an even better excuse for getting a drink at noon. Classes start on Thursday, which would be tragic if it wasn’t my last “first day” of school. If everything goes according to plan I’ll be walking this May, getting my diploma and saying SEE YA to college and the sweet old South. On this particular Sunday, I decided to celebrate and do a few of my favorite things. I went to Rosewood Market with my twin sister Alexandra and one of my best friends Ivory and her boyfriend Travis. We ate a delicious meal and then Ivory, Alex and I went to the mall on the search for lipstick and gold nose rings. Alex and I later went to our favorite coffee shop to meet a friend (and which meant getting a mimosa for me) before we took photos in front of an abandoned gas station.

2I knew that I wanted to wear these sandals today (from Urban Outfitters) because they seem very brunch appropriate, and I decided they would pair well with this vintage skirt, which I got from Ivory from her store Forgotten Feather. Lovely. I paired it with my favorite vintage hat, some mirrored sunglasses from Hip Wa Zee and a patch I made that says “not yours”. Today’s aesthetic followed ‘I head a coven of misguided youth with abstract haircuts” and you know I’m cool with that. I know that it probably seems like I’m still riding on the “witchy” trend, and that’s chill because I’ve been on the witchy wagon for literally ten years. I use fashion as a way to physically express what my soul would look like, and for now, this is it! So cheers.

All photos were taken by my wonderful sister Alexandra Herstik.  1 5 4 367101112mineHere’s to one last year and lots of mimosas

8/16/2015

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