Bad Bitch in Social Decay

So a couple weeks ago, I had the amazing honor of being Social Decay’s “Bad Bitch of the Week”. My amazing friend Ashley, their resident blogger, wrote a piece about me which you can read here if you wish. Beyond the fact that I was crowned with this honor, I also received an amazing shirt by the brand. One which I was lucky enough to shoot with my sister Alexandra who is finally back from her adventures in California.

10This past weekend I also scored big time at Goodwill with this amazing flannel which I will be wearing all the time from here on out (you have been warned). I knew instantly that this flannel and my Bad Bitch shirt were a match made in fashion hell, and I paired both with some shorts from Nasty Gal and grown up mary janes from Topshop. My twin Alexandra Herstik took all the photos (you can find her incredible photography on Instagram under @alexyael). Of course, we took some photos on the roof of our parking garage. Classic. So without further adieu, here’s me pretending to be a bad bitch. XO2 4 36 5

The Freshest Start

There’s something sort of sweet about fear. With the idea of the unknown comes, well, the unknown, and often this conjures up feelings up of anxiety and it’s sister, fear. With a new year comes a fresh start, a new page, and a brand new opportunity to step out of your routine and out of your comfort zone. It’s scary, and terrifying, it’s uncomfortable and anxiety inducing; it’s change. It’s the unknown. It’s the wilderness. Yet with this realization that there’s fear comes the simple idea that there’s strength, knowledge and growth to be found in that same fear. How beautiful is it to be reminded that we must be scared to find change; we must be the pioneers to find new, uncharted territory. The new year promises yet another unknown, and a beautiful, clean slate. Today I’ve been basking in fear and remembering that there’s no growth to be found in your comfort zone, that perhaps being scared is the best gift one could have. Being scared means adventure is ahead. 5[1]Tomorrow, I am crossing the great pond to begin my semester at the London College of Fashion. I’m ready and I’m packed, but I’m nervous and a bit scared. I don’t know what to expect, but I do know that I have all the tools I need to be okay. Today was an incredible reminder that no matter what, even countries away, I will always have a support system. I spent the day with my best friend and my twin sister, going to Waffle House, enjoying some coffee, taking photos in fields and watching Sweeney Todd. I even celebrated my birthday with the twin a month early since we’ll be apart as we celebrate for the first time (I’ll turn 21 before she does, how funny). Today, I remembered that I will always have my tribe. It was an amazing beginning to the year, and a wonderful last hoorah before I leave. No matter where I go, I will always have the strength that my family and friends have instilled in me, and that’s a pretty beautiful start to the year. Today, take a moment to remember the strength you need to survive this world is already inside you. Perhaps the key to unlocking this strength is fear, and realizing that it’s okay to be scared. them[1]1[1]4[1]3[1]2[1]8[1]I’ve had all my clothing packed since Monday, so I’ve had the same five pieces on rotation since. Since I’m not bringing this skirt with me to England I thought it would be perfect to spend the day in.9[1]10[1]11[1]
Skirt: Vintage/ Sweatshirt: Zara/ Boots: Steve Madden/ Sweater and Jacket: H&M12[1]Here’s to the best year yet. Cheers!!


Photos by Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

A Ritual for the New Year

Hello lovers, I hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday season! It’s absolutely insane to think that the new year is right around the corner, but it’s also quite a relief. 2015 sounds more concrete than 2014, at least to me, (I’m a fan of the number 5), and I’m excited for the fresh start the new year seems to bring. I think it’s important to find closure with what the past year has taught us, and I also think it’s important to think about what we want the next year to hold. I decided to share a little ritual that I practice at the end of the year, and whenever I feel the need for some closure.


My favorite ritual is pretty simple and it’s just three steps! It’s a simple way to release your baggage from the past year and a great way to really cultivate the idea of what you do want this next year. You’ll need a few things; some sage, or incense or salt ( I chose to use sage), whatever crystals you feel like represent what you want in the forthcoming year (ie rose quartz for love), some paper and a pen, fire, whether it’s a fireplace or a match and a sink (BE CAREFUL) and any tarot or oracle cards you want. Gather all your materials, find a sacred space and you’re ready to begin!


I chose to draw a card for 2014, Daughter of Wands, and one for 2015, The High Priestess. I burned some sage, gathered my stones, and grabbed my Kwan Yin, Ganesh and raven statue. I grabbed a pen and paper and found myself by my fireplace ready to contemplate and write. Grab whatever it is that makes you feel at peace, whatever it is that represents what you want to cultivate for this next year. Find a quite place where you can write and think and reflect. I wanted my god and goddesses and animals and crystals as physical reminder of my beliefs and what I want this next year to hold. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, and Kwan Yin is the goddess of prayer, very appropriate in this situation! Sit and think about this past year and this next year, about what you want to hold onto and what you want to let go of, for as long as you need.

7[1]2. WRITE

Here’s the fun part. I love writing, and I love writing letters. At the end of the year, I like to write two letters to the universe; one for the past year, one for the upcoming year  I go through and reflect on what I’ve learned, and who’s come into my life (and left). I think about everything this past year’s taught me, and I thank the universe for it. Then, in a separate letter, I write what I want to do and learn in this upcoming year. Here’s the best part; nothing is too big for the universe. I love to go into detail about what I want, creating my own future from the inside out. There’s no need to be modest, no one else is seeing this letter after all!  Think about what this past year has taught you and think of how you can use that in the next year. Reflect, take time to really think about what it is that you’ve learned and what exactly it is that you want and write it down.


Okay, maybe I spoke to soon. Burning your letter is the best part of this little ritual. Once you’re finished writing, burn your letter and release the energy into the universe. I love throwing my letters into the fire place and seeing them burn, there’s something so satisfying about seeing your words dissipate into nothingness, it feels so final and complete. It’s wonderful closure and a wonderful beginning, everything that makes the new year feel especially exciting. If you don’t have the luxury of a fireplace, a match and a toilet or sink are just as good. If you have no fire at your disposal, tearing up your letter is a perfect substitute. Take time to sit with the finality of burning or cutting your letters; and realizing that there’s a fresh new beginning right around the corner. 10[1]3[1]2[1]4[1]6[1]1[1]

No matter what you plan on doing this new years, have fun, be safe and be thankful! There’s a wonderful, fresh start right around the corner. EMBRACE IT!

What’s your favorite new years ritual?.



Photos by Alexandra Yael

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,



Breathing Fashion X Victoria Secret Pink USC

I think that there are certain people, things and experiences that are meant to come into our lives; whether they’re meant to shape us, help us grow and teach us, there’s a reason they show up. Yoga is one of those things for me. Yoga is the counterpart to my love for fashion; it addresses who I am inside, while my love for style addresses that in a physical way.1516 Interestingly enough, I don’t really think about what I wear to yoga, it’s the one time during the day that I don’t care how I look. I tend to buy my yoga clothes from TJ Maxx since they have really great, inexpensive active wear. I like colorful sports bras, black yoga leggings and soft, dreamy pullovers. I don’t spend much time thinking about how I look which is refreshing. Sometimes, however, I have to go somewhere after class and I don’t have time to grab extra clothes or change. For those moments, I like to make sure I look halfway decent.14Thanks to PINK by Victoria’s Secret here at University of South Carolina, I’ve just received my new favorite yoga pants. I’m not even going to deny that I love fitted yoga leggings because they show off my butt and do their job while doing so. This is tricky territory if, like me, you wear your yoga leggings to yoga and not around; they have to hug you in the right places and they definitely have to be thick enough. I’ve worn super cute leggings to class and felt like death because they’re not stretchy or aren’t breathable and I’ve worn leggings that are too big and gap way too much in the back. The Ultimate Yoga Legging are the perfect fabric; they breathe, they’re stretchy, they don’t lose their fit throughout class as you sweat. For someone who doesn’t spend a lot on their yoga clothes, I’ll definitely be investing in more of these pants. They’re comfy, they’re adorable and they make your butt look good. I hate being in public in my yoga clothes, but when I wear these babies, I don’t mind at all. 111128910 7 5 4 3 26I tried the leggings out and they’re  perfect. Thank you so much to PINK at USC for letting me play around and feel awesome while doing it. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for giveaways and updates!

Thanks to my twin, Alexandra, for the photos, find her on Instagram for some cool photos. 13

PS guys- yoga isn’t about being perfect, or achieving perfection in a pose. You have your entire life to work on yoga; the asanas, or physical postures, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. I know that I’m not “perfect” in any of these postures. I think it’s a good reminder to let go of ego when you see a pose you’re not perfect in.



A Step In The Right Direction

Sometimes when you go 100 miles a minute it feels scary to slow down, even if it’s only for a second. It’s really easy to tie our worth into how much we’re doing or getting accomplished, and I know I’m guilty of feeling useless when I’m not being productive. Things are kicking into high gear again, and the idea of not doing anything seems absolutely impossible. I get overwhelmed and stressed and I forget to breathe. I rush. I walk fast, I talk fast, I don’t stay in one place for too long. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to do what you love and do what you have to do, but  if you’re anything like me, it can become very easy to forget that it’s important to be here now.  Today, after  a weekend trip to Harry Potter World, a phone call with my mom, a planner filled with an overwhelming amount of things to do and deep breath, I took some photos with my sister. 10I let go a little bit. I took time to remind myself that yes, contrary to my own beliefs, I have enough time to do what I need to do and yes, I can do it with a smile on my face. It’s a new month and what better time to make a couple of new goals than now? I’m going to do my best to breathe more, read more and create more. i’m going to do my best to SLOW DOWN and ENJOY life. It’s important to look toward the future but it’s also important to enjoy what’s going on right now. Today, I am taking a step towards balance. 6Today called for a more casual outfit.

Shirt: American Threads/ Skirt: H&M/ Socks and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Purse: Zara/ Necklace: Topshop98754321Photos were all taken by my wonderful sister, Alexandra. @alexyael on Instagram.

What are you learning on this labor day?