MAY IN REVIEW

May was a whirlwind-  I can’t even believe it’s almost over. I graduated college, bummed around and balanced my time between being productive and being lazy, eating ice cream and taking it easy.May in Columbia is the best because it’s not sticky and overwhelmingly hot- it’s bearable and for the most part actually enjoyable, and once school’s out, the city slows down. Southern summers aren’t so bad.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on rooftops with my twin  Alexandra, who captured me in the photo above. But that’s not all I’ve been up to!

Here’s what I’ve been doing/ listening to/ watching this past month. Enjoy.

The Accessory:: Root Vegetable Head Scarf

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I got this scarf at Hip Wa Zee for $2 and almost puked! It has the sweetest root veggies on it- aka BEETS- aka the greatest vegetable there is. They’re the prettiest color, stain everything and taste like dirt- I get it. I paired the scarf with the heels I got for graduation, my favorite Topshop jeans, and a tank top and sunnies from Urban Outfitters. I wanted to keep the silhouettes of this look sleek to make sure the scarf popped. Red lipstick seemed like a natural choice.

The Cemetery:: Elmwood

IMG_6850I know a lot of people have a very hard time hanging out or visiting cemeteries, but for me they’re a place of peace, of reflection, of love and remembrance and honor. I’ve been spending sunny afternoons in Elmwood  Cemetery, with some tarot cards, my Book of Shadows, the song of the crows and sometimes some friends. Elmwood is huge- it’s 169 acres and was established in 1854. I’ve been to Elmwood alone plenty of times and have never been bothered- it’s peaceful, safe and a sanctuary that I never anticipated finding in Columbia. IMG_6628My beautitful, long lost triplet Amanda came to visit me from Charleston and we spent our afternoon basking under the sun. We read tarot and talked and laughed with Amelia of The Midheaven and Ivory of Forgotten Feather in what we realized is our newly formed coven- each of our astrological signs represent a different element, and our names even spell GAIA. Goddess Squad!

The Soundtrack:: True Widow

True Widow popped up on my Spotify Discover Weekly Playlist a couple weeks ago, and it’s probably the best thing to happen to me in a long, long time. True Widow is the dark, stoner rock I never knew I needed. I love having new music to dive into, especially if there are three albums worth of tunes to learn.

You know how sometimes you find music that sounds like the feelings you’re having?True Widow’s self-titled album does that for me- especially Flat Black. It makes me feel like I’m in some weird movie, and I love it. It’s a an auditory manifestation of all the feelings I’m feeling, and that’s pretty magical. 

 

The View:: The Quarry

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“The Quarry” is a magical place, somewhere deep in the woods of Columbia, South Caroline, where a (clay?) mine once was. And as horrible as this place is for Mama Earth, I can’t hep but admire the otherworldly beauty that it holds. I’ve only been here a couple of times, but each one has been special and magical, peaceful and relaxing- and slightly familiar. The vivid reds, lavenders and cerulean blues are overwhelming., as are the cliffs and acres of trees that surround the two biggest pools of water. It is truly incredible.

One of  my most unfounded childhood fears was my fear of quicksand- as if after a California rain, the sand at the playground would consume me whole. Thankfully I’ve never had to deal with this fear- until I was at the quarry and sunk hip deep into quicksand. Thankfully I knew that I wouldn’t go much farther, and that if you keep still it doesn’t keep pulling you down. After freaking out for a second, I regained my composure and pulled myself out- shoes and all.  Godspeed! IMG_6505IMG_6576You have to park and then wander to get to the quarry, and thankfully this is right where I parked my car. I’ve been watching Donnie Darko repeatedly over the past few weeks (see below) and this clearing with this couch and sick television is as close as I will get to having the field Donnie hangs out in.

The Movie:: Donnie DarkoIMG_6802

When I was 17 I was told to watch Donnie Darko– three times in a row if I could- and I did and I’ve been watching it obsessively since. The movie follows Donnie Darko, a suburban teenage boy, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who has to save the world from its end when a parallel universe occurs.IMG_6822

I always forget I have this movie on DVD, probably on purpose subconsciously, because once I remember I won’t watch anything else. I’ve watched Donnie Darko every day this past week with no regrets. I recently realized it’s my favorite movie- the only one I can watch over and over without getting sick of it. It always manages to put me in a weird mood. So if you haven’t watched it, don’t tell me that and watch it. And if you have watched it- watch it again. You’re welcome.

The Twilight Zone Episode:: Eye of the BeholderIMG_6629

Donnie Darko may be my favorite movie, but The Twilight Zone is easily my favorite show. One of the most amazing things about this show is the values and lessons it teaches- over 50 years later and the episodes are still relevant. Case in point- “Eye of the Beholder”, an episode that examines what it means to be beautiful- and why it’s all objective anyway. If you haven’t seen this famous episode, watch it! It rings especially true during a time when all politics seem to focus on is what separates us from one another.

Bones and Stardust

It has taken me so long to build a home of bones and stardust. And even now I feel like those flowers growing on the sides of highways. Yellows and purples misplaced and unapologetic. They simply bloom where they are planted- that is an ache I know all too well. I have planted seeds along my flesh and hoped the vines would creep around my ribs and snake their way into my heart. I have always wished to be my own home. My roots never found their way into their soil but they have always been shy of the light. Wall (1 of 1)I am those flowers that you pass along the busy interstates that carry you from one place to the other without stop. Without thought. A beautiful moment left for “another time” or perhaps “another place” or “another day.” Are they flowers or are they simply weeds with blessed with some good fortune? There is inconvenience in their beauty, admiration  from afar- comfortable. Stable. “I will not stop for you because you may not be what I wanted to pick. Your petals are not blooming from the soil I would have chosen for myself.  Your obscurity makes you dangerous and I do not choose to cross your path.” Because a home is meant to be lived in, not observed or carried like a shell along your skin. These bones have seen the best of me and the worst of me, too. I am a home among  a desert plane or a busy highway. I am a weed who chooses to see herself as a gift.Ledge (1 of 1)nip (1 of 1)meow (1 of 1)Wall2 (1 of 1) wallagain (1 of 1)-2Wall (1 of 1)-2Shirt:: Urban Outfitters// Scarf:: Nordstrom// Skirt:: Forgotten Feather// Shoes:: Target
jumpinjumpin (1 of 1) All photos by Cory Russel.

The Breathing Fashion Guide to Being an Outsider

You never expected it to happen. The word itself never even crossed your mind. But one day, you wrap your mind around it like a sweater that’s been sitting at the bottom of your drawer for ages- one that never fit until just now. Outsider. It’s like a cloak has been lifted- a thin, gossamer veil shining opalescent in your peripheral vision for as long as you can remember. Suddenly there’s a name for the feeling and it’s found its way onto your flesh.

Step 1: Acknowledge It1-3091It only feels off at first. Like the balance has been shifted.  As soon as you see yourself from a perspective beyond your own, you have the power to change your situation. And the thing with being an outsider is that sometimes it doesn’t even feel like you don’t belong. Sometimes the way you perceive the nuances of life are just different- a slightly different tone or melody. A color shaded a little differently. A feeling worn a little bit heavier than those surrounding you. You coexist- but sometimes you feel like you’re living life on the other side of a veil, one that’s far less inhabited than the mortal realm.  No matter how far you wander, no matter how far removed you may feel, it’s okay. Taking time to figure out the way which you move through this world, no matter how different it may be from someone else, is all you need to exist inside your own reality.

2. Own It2-3093There will never be anyone else who sees the world from your view. There is no macrocosm without a microcosm.  You are just as important as everyone dwelling inside whatever perceived bubble you may see. And one of the things about living life looking in is that you have to remember there is no outside. There is no inside. There is no us versus them. There is just you. Talk to your demons. Learn what it is they’re strangling and grip hold of it and listen to the message it’s holding onto. The only way to live life askew is to do it on your own terms. Cast your fist up to the skies, and promise yourself that in spite of everything that has made you feel- compartmentalized or less than or not good enough- the only person you have to prove yourself to is you. If you already live life as an outsider, if you already feel different or absurd, then why wouldn’t you tackle the beast of your originality and wrestle it head on? Own it. Wear whatever you want. Listen to whatever you want. Do whatever you want. There is no one left to judge you.

Step 3: Let It Go3-3094One day you’ll get it. You’ll understand why you felt like you never had a place to fit into. You’re expected to conform to a singular mold. But you are vast. Infinite. You are oceans. Fluid- unable to decide on one way to see things. And one day you will realize- you are different. Like a cloud, you will float along in technicolor daydreams wearing your vintage hat and headscarf until the bubble you have submerged yourself in pops. And you’re back to your reality- one that doesn’t confine any spiritual experience to human terms. You feel like an outsider because you are made of stars and stardust. Let it go. You were never meant to feel human in this life.6-30994-30955-30977-3106Hat:: Sid & Nancy’s// Headscarf:: Strange Magick// Dress:: Urban Outfitters// Boots: H&M 8-3107All photos by amazing twin Alexandra Herstik.

Never be ashamed of who you are.

Saturday Style::: Slips and Stripes

Sometimes you just deserve to sleep until noon and wake up as your body is ready, starting your Saturday with a slow stretch. Today was that sort of day. I woke up, made myself some breakfast and took it easy, enjoying my afternoon before slipping into a slip, some stripes and my favorite Deandri O ring choker. It’s funny, as I get older I see my interests as a child reflected more and more into what I choose to wear. I have always loved Tim Burtin, Sweeney Todd has been one of my favorite movies since I saw it in theaters when I was 13, and now more than ever I see it. I wanted to wear this slip from Ivory and it wasn’t until I finished putting my outfit together that I saw just how much Mr. Burton has influenced me. Oh that and The Craft. I cut my hair above my shoulders and now I’m feeling especially Nancy. Sick.

Super easy outfit:: Lingerie. A little cropped tee. Some kind of cool necklace. Weird sunglasses. Fun socks and some chunky oxfords. Done, done and done. Extra points if you incorporate stars and stripes into your outfit. I love wearing lingerie as real clothing- with a little manipulation and a little creativity you can pretty much double your wardrobe. This slip is floor length and I just used some safety pins to hem it a little bit. No regrets! 1 2 3 6

Slip: Forgotten Feather Vintage//Shirt: Nordstrom// Purse: Zara // Socks: Hip Wa Zee// Shoes: Target// Choker: Deandri// Sunglasses: Dynamite

Wear something good today! It’s Saturday!
Cheers,
Gabriela

Style Sunday: Supernatural

Happy Sunday one and all! Today should have been a chilly November morning spent sipping coffee, but alas in Columbia it was a warm morning that was spent taking photos (after sipping coffee at brunch of course). I don’t mind the warmer weather in the months it’s suppose to be warm, but it is almost mid November, October came and went and I want to be able to celebrate Fall!

Anyway, I will have to celebrate the season in my own way, which means wearing darker colors and embracing the fact that my olive skin will be looking pastey and pale for the next few months. I always try to challenge myself with my outfits, and I try to wear pieces I haven’t worn in a while to spice things up. Today I was really feeling a black color pallet with pops of gold, and I decided upon this thrifted skirt and my favorite black leotard. This leotard is easily my favorite piece and I have gotten so much wear out of it since i bought it to go see The Pretty Reckless that it’s ridiculous. My babe friend Rachael, who I went to brunch with, pointed out this old gas station that has been completely painted white. She loves dark colors as much as I do and knew this would be the perfect place to take photos.

Leotard: The Junkman’s Daughter// Skirt: Thrifted// Purse and Sunglasses: American Thread// Shoes: Dolce Vita// Socks: Target// ID Bracelet: Nasty Gal// Stag Bracelet: Topshop// Necklace: Forever 21

I had to take a photo with my beautiful blogger babe Rachael! Find her blog HERE!

What’s your Sunday look like?

XXX
Gabriela

Willow Spring 2014 Collection Review

As if the sheer, polka dot minimilistic madness could end. .Smooth, silky satin’s, sultry, straight lines and the perfect sheer paneling coupled with strategically placed fabric blocking make Willow one of the best collections I have seen thus far. Elegance and edge couple together to form a delicate dance that’s only enriched by perfect neutrals in interesting textures. Body suits and dresses that drape perfectly are accented by the ideal plunging neckline, revealing a little while still keeping the fun of imagining what lies below. Asymmetrical shirts and dresses are accentuated by sharp shoulders in asymmetrical hemmed cardigans in stark white and blacks. This whole collection is laid back, sexy, avant-garde goodness, and the last look surely doesn’t end on a bad note. A gunmetal gray biker jacket is accented with the perfect holographic silver on the lapels and is worn with a holographic bra and bodycon skirt. Willow is the perfect addition to the amazing shows at Fashion Week.

What’s your favorite part of this collection?
XXXX
Gabriela

Death Queen Style Sunday

Hello Breathing Fashionistas, I am so beyond glad to be back and to be, gradually, getting into the blogging grind! I am so excited for the year ahead of me, and I’m so excited to be back in Columbia.  I am also so excited to announce that my amazing friend Morgan Epperson, find her site HERE, is going to be collaborating with me every Sunday as my in house Sunday style photographer! Morgan is not only incredibly sweet and lovable, she is also incredibly talented and a fellow Fashion Board member. Today, we shot in my backyard, yes I have train tracks and a graveyard in my backyard, and I’m so happy with how amazing the photos turned out! I felt like today was a perfect day for a gauzy tank top, Carven inspired shorts and my Lita’s;  proper death queen attire

I keep forgetting I don’t have class tomorrow, which is super nice, and I’ve spent today with my twin at brunch and relaxing. I get to go to yoga later, spend the night with some friends and I’m looking forward to what the night holds!

Shirt: TJ Maxx

Shorts and long necklace: Forever 21

Short necklace: Barney’s Outlet

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Purse: Zara

Socks: H&M

Bracelet: Nasty Gal

Sunglasses: American Thread

 

What does YOUR Labor Day weekend hold?

XXX
Gabriela

 

PS: Make sure to check out Morgan’s site: mepperson.portfoliobox.me

What I’m Feeling for Fall 2013

Okay, it may be a tad ridiculous that I’m jumping from what I want to wear while strutting on the beach to what I want to wear come Fall, but it is me, and I am one who ADORES fall. (Remember my pumpkin flavored anything posts? Me too). The dark, gloomy part of the year calls my name and beckons for me to buy every jumpsuit and bodysuit in site. I’ve been so enthralled by all the macabre trends that have hit the runway, and I can’t contain my love any longer… I must blog about it. Here are my three favorite trends of the season.

1. Stacks and Stacks of Rings

anatomy of a stackI’ve been obsessed with Catbird ever since I saw Eva Chen wear their fabulous rings! Check out their selection of jewelry and home accesories HERE

For a long time I really loved a bunch of statement rings with oversize cuffs and a necklace.  I’m a more is more sort of person but I’m honestly loving stacks of thin, delicate rings as a way to make a statement. I think they’re perfect for any and every season, and I love that by mixing the textures and metals they can match whatever jewelry you’re wearing. Style.com is also feeling the trend of rings on rings, so you know that Catbird must be on to something! (PS bottom two photos are also Catbird!)

2. Bodysuits

Sparkle & Fade Mesh Block BodysuitSilence + Noise Black Widow Bodysuit

I couldn’t find any other bodysuits besides these incredible ones from Nastygal and Urban Outfitters, but you get the picture. I love the two leotards on the bottom, the only two from Urban, but I’m fond of their full length older siblings from Nasty Gal. I love how sexy bodysuits are simply because they’re so form fitting and sultry while still being appropriate. I’m calling body suits as one of falls top trends because they have mass sex appeal and if Nasty Gal has already jumped on the bandwagon it won’t be long before the rest of us do as well.

3. Harnesses

All of these photos are of the incredible lingerie brand, Hopeless Lingerie. Based out of Australia, they create handmade, custom lingerie with an edge. I love and lust over  all of their bralettes and garter belts and I seriously cannot wait until the day i can afford to buy a piece (or two or ten). Shop their collections HERE.

Harness Stud Dress

Blind Heat Harness Tank

Chained Cage Dress

If you’re not the innerwear as outterwear type, don’t fret. You can still find some amazing separates with harness detailing, like these from Nasty Gal. What’s sexier than a harness detail or a harness under a blazer (over a tank) when you’re going to work or class? Nothing. It’s such a sexy little unexpected piece that it’s sure to be a staple come fall.

What are YOUR favorite fall trends?XXX

Gabriela