:::HELLO 2017:::

Happy 2017!
It feels absolutely insane to be able to say that! This year has been an incredible one- one that’s caused me to neglect this blog for the exact reason I created it. Seven years ago, I started Breathing Fashion as a way to get into fashion writing. It’s worked! Over the past year I’ve written for Nylon (and picked up a monthly column along the way,) Broadly, The Hoodwitch, Refinery29, Fashionista, i-D, Sabat Magazine and have continued contributing to The Numinous. I graduated college, moved to Los Angeles, landed a PR internship at Vivienne Westwood (who’s my spiritual style icon) and have managed to blog here and there. I’ve made some incredible new friends, I’ve cut out toxic people in my life, I have grieved- for myself, for this country, for our world- but oh, have I celebrated.

And I think that’s the point right? It doesn’t matter if celebrating is taking a long, luxurious bath or going on vacation or connecting with the ocean at the beach. Taking some time to myself, doing what I need to honor where I’m at emotionally has been a huge part of my year. Celebrating the lows, as well as the highs, has also been a theme.

Alexandra and I went to visit our parents in San Diego for Hanukkah and I decided it was finally the perfect time to shoot my collaboration with Transient Co. I love the look of tattoos but don’t have any, so working with Transient Co, who specialize in earth and nature inspired temporary tattoos, was really fun. Alex and I shot this set at the dog beach, so really, what more can I ask for? I love that Transient Co thinks your physical body should reflect the natural beauty of the earth, no matter how you see fit.
1-0546 2-0561This was the perfect shoot to start the new year. Climbing along rocks and being half naked in front of onlookers playing with their dogs on Christmas eve felt right. This year has felt really rocky, and very vulnerable for myself and probably a lot of you as well. Many of us are scared for the future, for our friends and family who are minorities, and for ourselves if we are minorities… May those of us who are privileged use our voices to scream into the world. May we never turn a blind eye to injustice. May we walk into the new year with heads high and voices louder. And, may we venture into the year with the stillness and innate wisdom of the Earth.

Here’s to 2017- I’m cheering you on. 

3-05654-05687-05908-05929-059614-062915-0636last2-0662last-065817-065310-060311-0604All photos by Alexandra Herstik/ @alexyael
Faux Tattoos by Transient Co / @transientco 

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Banishing the Creeps with Little Whip

I’m small. I’m 5’6 and 110 pounds with a big attitude and even bigger eyes. I see things and I notice things and even though I may not seem like I’m always aware of my surroundings, I’m always in tune to how things make me feel. Living in a city like Columbia , South Carolina means that I’m a novelty. The biggest pick up line that people use on me is “I’ve seen you all over” or “I always see you on campus but you’re in your own world.” Fair enough- getting noticed works in my advantage (hello this is a blog after all.) But there’s a difference between being noticed and being creeped on because I present myself a certain way.A-3119

Case in point- Early Friday afternoon I was in my car outside of Walgreens, about to get out when I noticed a bro in front of my car, desperately trying to get my attention and talk to me. I furiously shook my head NO while avoiding all eye contact, only to see said bro come to the side of my window to try and talk to me. My heart was racing as I tried to plan an escape- should I just jump out of my passenger side and run for cover in the haven that is Walgreens? Eventually he got the picture and left- but not before I walked past him with a look of rage on my face without making any eye contact while going into Walgreens.

Here’s the thing- I don’t mind a compliment. I don’t mind a smile. But feeling blatantly objectified and disrespected and honestly SCARED is never fun. I don’t know who’s psycho and who’s not. I’m not sure if this bro is gonna pull out a knife or gun if I reject him- so I have to be civil. Dressing with confidence, dressing for MYSELF, does not give anyone else permission to make me feel uncomfortable. That’s not how it works.

B-3121After taking to Facebook to complain about getting hit on, I of course had another semi-terrifying encounter that night while trying to buy some flowers at Publix. I was getting out of my car and saw someone in a flannel and five panel walking towards me, while I was walking in from the parking lot. After many “hellos” which I ignored as I was walking inside (into safety) this older man decided to tell me he moved here from San Diego and had never seen a punk chic in Columbia I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to be civil as I rushed to the nearest aisle of the grocery store, while he was still following me, and then he asked if he could walk with me. I gave him the dead in the eyes look before finally saying I wasn’t interested and walking away, to which he replied “damnnnn” as I strutted down the aisle to take refuge in the wine section. After I was done shopping, I rushed to my car and thought I was safe until I looked to the car next to me as I was about to back out and saw this same man NEXT TO MY WINDOW. I started to roll my window up and he begged me not to, telling me he wasn’t a creep or a weirdo, and that he had never seen anyone like me in Columbia. I said he was hanging in the wrong area and that I needed to go. He kept calling me “so damn beautiful” as I frantically whipped my car into reverse and left the store. F-3138

SO- what’s the point of these ridiculously long and unnecessary stories? These experiences, these encounters happen to women everywhere. Not all men are like this, but YES- all women go through this sort of thing. And as a white women I can only sympathize with my sisters of other ethnicities  and races who are objectified and discriminated on a level that I will never be able to fully comprehend. We can’t just scream F*** YOU because we’re scared of what will happen when we stand up for ourselves, and that in itself is terrifying. So what’s a girl to do? People tell me I look mean, or like a bitch- that I dress intimidatingly or scary. And you know why?! Because I don’t want people to mess with me!

One of the reasons I am so excited for this collab with Little Whip is because they stand for something I whole heartedly believe in- womanhood, unapologetic sexuality and power. By wearing pieces that are powerful and sensual I’m able to tap into both of those energies as I move through my day. Add to that the fact that this shirt is one of the softest things I own, and that I can pair it with pretty much anything and I’m hooked. Little Whip even has incredible pins like a whip (what else) and red lips. I’ll be blogging about those next week! But for now, I’m content pairing my cropped handcuff tee with some thigh high boots and an attitude that is unapologetic and confident. One that says- yes I love me but no, you don’t have to talk to me. Wearing something slightly “intimidating” means giving myself permission to worry and focus on myself- and not the creeps I have to keep away. So today, I am banishing the creeps. Thanks Little Whip.E-3135 D-3127 C-3124G-3147

Shirt:: LITTLE WHIP// Shorts:: Asos// Boots: Public Desire// Mesh and hat:: VintageH-3151

All photos by my incredible sister Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael .

Make sure to check out Little Whip’s amazing pieces HERE– AND don’t forget to check back next week for PART 2 of our collab.

MONDAY MAGICK WITH THE NUMINOUS

Happy Monday one and all. I hope all my friends celebrating MLK Day are taking it easy, sending out grateful vibes for the amazing man and knowing that it’s up to us to keep his mission and legacy goin’. Today I worked a little, chilled a little and took some photos- of my CUSTOMIZED BIRTH CHART TEE SHIRT!! I came home from vacation to the most beautiful shirt from my #GirlBoss Ruby. The Numinous and YR Store collaborated for these sick tees and I am so excited to wear mine all the time and never take it off.2I’m an Aquarius, born in year of the dog and my birth number is 9. This shirt features all that and more- an amethyst for my birthstone, Uranus because it’s my ruling planet and cool blue because it’s my color. Erin Petson designed the shirt and I wish I had words besides “so obsessed” to describe my feelings, but I don’t! It’s super soft, it has all my favorite things, it’s from my favorite job/magazine and it’s personalized to me! 1Aquarius is the “rebel” and “humanitarian” of the zodiac, a trend setter committed to paving  the way for a better world, one weird outfit and idea at a time. Naturally, I wanted to accentuate this along with my love of the cosmos and also wanted add a little bit of party flair. I worked in my DIY painted heels, my trusty star tights from Target, my Deandri choker and my furry jacket from Distrubia (which I like to call my “fashion gorilla” coat). I added in some dark berry lipstick and a bit of sass as a final touch. Alexandra always takes photos that make me feel fabulous and I am so thankful for sharing a birthday with her. 548 967All photos by my twin Alexandra 3 Here’s to a wonderful year.
XXX,
Gabriela

Fashion and Function

This semester, I’m only on campus two days a week for class. This means two things; really great outfits five days a week and outfits that are functional two days a week. I need to be able to walk from one side of campus to the other, sometimes in under 20 minutes with a purse, a backpack and my big, chunky computer. This means utility. Utility, however, doesn’t mean I have to dress like a slob. For this past weeks outfit post, I decided to do something a little different. It was actually chilly out so I grabbed my Zara Men’s sweatshirt, my baby pink Zara jacket and my Kat Von Dee Coven lipstick to give my basic ensemble an alien vibe. 1I don’t think dressing well and being comfortable are mutually exclusive. I love being productive and sometimes that takes the right outfit. With a little creativity and some interesting details, the perfect balance isn’t hard to achieve at all.2 4 5 6 7 8 666Sweatshirt,jacket and necklace: Zara/ Pants: Joes Jeans/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Dolls Kill

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photos: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

 

 

Dégagé

Ballet has always had a special place in my soul and bones. My mother was a dancer, and when she was pregnant with me she knew I was going to follow in her footsteps since I was always moving around. My grandma even gave me a gold ballerina pendant when I was born. I took ballet classes when I was a toddler, and left it behind  to pursue Tae Kwon Do when I was going into the second grade. Almost four years and a black belt later (my parents wouldn’t let me quit martial arts until I received that honor) and I went back to ballet. From 6th grade until I graduated high school, I took ballet classes from a Russian teacher who was the best of the best. I did pointe and even thought of becoming a professional when I was first starting out (even though I was never anywhere near being good enough), but once I got to junior year I had time to only take a single teen/adult class per week. 6I started my yoga practice senior year of high school and that’s something that really fed my soul and my love for movement. Although ballet and yoga are very different, I’ve been able to find meaning and connection in both. Now more than ever, however, I miss ballet. I’ve been inspired by the costumes and by my old ballet skirt. I wore my old ballet skirt and took some time to dance in a field recently. Few things are as simple. 12120171614151918141312eh11109875432

Leotard: Nasty Gal/ Skirt: Old dance skirt/ Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Photos: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

What makes you dance?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Wang X H&M

Fashion lovers rejoice. It has finally happened; the holy day. Alexander Wang and H&M will be collaborating in November. Wang recently announced his latest endeavor at a Coachella party, where guest arrived to see the retail and designer would be joining forces. Wang, who’s the first American retailer that H&M has signed on to collaborate with, is known for his sporty chic style and it-girl aesthetic. His collection with H&M, which will be released on November 6th, will sport both men and womenswear. This collection also marks H&M’s 10 year anniversary of collaborating with designers. Wang is infamous for keeping his lips sealed about what he’s doing, what he’s showing and how he’s showing it, and this collaboration is no different. Keep your eyes and ears open and mark you calendars, fashion girls and boys… Wang says this collection promises “newness”, and it is sure to not disappoint.

Sunday Style: Soft Stripes

Happy Sunday one and all! It’s been a great week and a nice relaxing long weekend and I have  been blessed with some great conversation and company this past week. I can’t even deny that I love being back at school, it’s been truly wonderful to be with my friends and be productive once more. I’ve gotten my four weekly yoga classes in, I’ve drank lots of coffee and I’ve done a bit of shopping, what more could I ask for?

I got this jacket for $30 from $130 and these Deena and Ozzy boots for $30 as well. I really don’t think I see myself taking either of these pieces off ever..

Anyway, I have two weeks (as of today) left of being a teenager. I think I’m going to try to do something new everyday until my birthday to really make these teenage years important.

Coat, Shirt, Boots: Urban Outfitters/  Leggings: Zara/ Beanie: Pac Sun/ Purse: Grandma

 

What are you doing on this long weekend?!

XXX
Gabriela

Movies and Greek Food

First and foremost, Merry Christmas to all my Breathing Fashionistas who celebrate!!! I hope today was perfect, filled with love and family and food.  I don’t celebrate Christmas since my family is as Jewish as it gets, so, today was pretty routine! Well, it was kinda routine, the energy on Christmas is always so charged and happy and different, it doesn’t take celebrating to recognize that! I started off my day with some yoga on the beach and then I sipped coffee with the ladies in my family (typical) and relaxing. Later, we came back to the apartment to clean up before heading to the movies (again, typical). My dad, twin sister and I went to see 47 Ronin and my mom and grandma saw some other movie. I thought the movie was amazing, my sister wasn’t so amused with it or Keanu Reeves (again…typical). After the movie, we went to the restaurant that I’ve been going to in St.Pete since I was little, Skidders. Not my favorite, but it’s tradition!! It was a nice day overall, and the fact that I liked my outfit didn’t hurt..

Skirt: Vintage// Shirt and Necklace: Forever 21// Sweater: Zara// Shoes and Purse:Urban Outfitters

I had to whip out a yoga pose on the beach!

Yesterday was also spent at Skitters and the movies, except we saw Frozen instead of 47 Ronin. Let me just take a second to say that Frozen was one of THE BEST MOVIES I have seen in a very, very long time. It was perfect.

Shirt: WalMart// Leggings: Zara// Shoes, Shirt and Purse: Urban Outfitters// Necklace: Forever 21

Had to whip out an outtake and another yoga photo!

All photos courtesy of my twin, Alexandra Herstik

Merry Christmas!

Namaste,

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

Piece d’Anarchive Spring 2014 Collection Review

Edgy, dark, structure with an urban flair.Cool, crisp midnight blacks and stark whites emphasize the  vision of this collection. Flatform sandals and converse, as well as patent boots, give an ode to Converse and Dr.Martins and tinker with the idea of low fashion inspiring high fashion. There is no lack of texture or pattern in this collection, grid-like cutouts, and stripes and checks all add detail that keeps the eyes wandering. New age style bowler hats and beanies also add a flavor of high street style to this collection. Layers of cutout skirts are thrown on and under leotards, shirts and dresses, while geometric style tee shirts and jackets are seen on almost every model, male or otherwise, There is easily a street and sport style influence and taste to this collection; high maintenance gone fussy, if you will. One of my favorite looks includes a button down black cardigan with oversize steel buttons, grid cutout inserts on the sleeves, a checkered pencil skirt over legging shorts, a black bowler inspired hat, and some platform white Converse inspired shoes worn with white socks. This collection is edgy and dark, just as seasons past were, but it has a whole new take on how it presents those tones. The grunge sort of feel is out, and urban is in. There’s no doubt about it either; this collection will be making its way onto every paved surface available.

All photos courtesy of style.com

XXX
Gabriela