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.

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Are you saying no to normcore?

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

W I T C H

The archetypal witch conjures up an image of an old crone mixing herbs in a cauldron, most certainly for a spell or ritual. The word “witch” makes us think of an old hag, riding around a chilly October evening on her broom, casting curses at whoever is unlucky enough to be in her way. Witchcraft and witches exist in modern day, but definitely not in the way that most of the populations thinks.  Every energetic worker, occultist, or witch will have a different definition of the word “witch”.  Although some people tie working magick to witchcraft, not all witches work with magick, just like not all magick workers are witches. What does that mean? Not everyone who manipulates energy for a certain outcome is a witch, and not every witch works with energy. The history of witchcraft is long and winding, and cultures ranging from the Celts to the Ancient Mesopotamian’s had their own form of energy work or magick which could be considered Witchcraft. Witchcraft, and the use of healing through herbs and natural remedies, divination, magick and spells can be passed down from generation to generation in a practice called Hereditary Witchcraft. Witchcraft ranges widely from practitioner to practitioner and you don’t have to have a family that practices witchcraft to practice it yourself. Since Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, you can follow almost any religious path and still be a witch.

Witchcraft can include anything from divination and crystal work to spells and herb and faerie lore and magick. It’s a personal practice, with an underlying idea that you have tools at your disposal to create and see parts of this life that you may have missed without the awareness or consciousness that comes with Witchcraft. It’s kind of difficult to understand in an objective light, so I’ll share a bit about my personal practice.

My practice of Witchcraft involves working with the tarot, faeries, crystals and and energy work. like spells. I work with the moon and I incorporate my yoga practice as a form of energy work as well. I practice magick, although I don’t believe in using that sort of energy to cause any negativity or harm to anyone. A lot of my practice is being positive, being aware of the power of my thoughts and actions and how I impact other people. In my opinion this is the basis of all energy work, how can you expect to manipulate energy if you’re not aware of the power of your own at all? Thoughts and intentions go a long way, after all.

I became involved with Witchcraft when I was 11 or 12. It started with a deck of Faerie oracle cards, called The Faerie’s Oracle, by Brian Froud. This led me to finding the book “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” which began me on my journey. 8 or 9 years later and my path is still evolving. I saw this bag on Dolls Kill and had to have it. I love to incorporate fashion and spirituality so this was a match made in heaven. I paired it with some drop waist pants, a halter tank with a low back, some black boots and lots of gold details to finish off the outfit.Shirt: Forever 21/ Necklace: Topshop/ Pants: Zara/ Boots: H&M/ Bag: Dolls Kill

For me, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that means being aware of my energy and my place in the world. It means using my intuition and the tools I have to create the life I want to live, in a peaceful and loving way. I don’t condone hurting anyone or attempting to hurt anyone to get a desired outcome and I especially don’t condone any form of magick that hurts more than it helps. More than anything, this is my practice and my story and my own form of witchcraft.

Talk to me about what you think about witchcraft on twitter @gabyherstik.

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. @alexyael on Instagram 

 

Fauna and Flora in Florida

Some of my favorite days are spent in leisure. Waking up late just to go to lunch and stroll around. I spent my Tuesday with the twin, walking around downtown St.Pete after we got some killer Asian food. We got some ice cream, found a little secret garden and wandered around a little bit taking in the salty air with some smiles and laughs. After we walked around the downtown area, we headed to the beach to take some photos against a stark turquoise wall.It was a lovely day with lovely company. Thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary  Sale and Zara, I picked up a couple of new pieces, including this killer Topshop wrap skirt and necklace and Zara bucket bag. I painted my lips with Candy Yum Yum by MAC and grabbed my favorite Deena and Ozzy heels to finish off the look.

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Top: Forever 21/ Skirt and Necklace: Topshop/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Zara/ Sunnies: Nordstrom.

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. Follow her on instagram @alexyael

What are you wearing this summer?

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Floral in Florida

My family always makes the annual trek to Florida and for the first time in years, we’ve flocked during summer when it’s warm enough to enter the ocean. I’ve spent the past two days swimming in the warm waves and lounging on the sand with my latest read The Moon is Down. This lovely Monday was spent at breakfast with the family and at the bookstore searching for a new book to fill my time.

I love going to the bookstore and being overwhelmed by books to choose and love. I’ve always loved books and reading, thanks to my parents, and I still haven’t found it in myself to transition over to an electronic reader. Thankfully for me, this means lots of trips to bookstores and used bookstores to search for vintage Steinbeck’s and new metaphysical books to dig into. I chose to wear a simple floral circle skirt with my lovely halter tank. We’re heading to the movies later tonight so this is the perfect morning to evening outfit, especially with my fuzzy  white sweater.

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Skirt and sweater: H&M/ Top: Forever 21/ Purse and necklace: Zara/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters.

What are you wearing this Monday?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Sunday Style; Dancing into Creation

Sundays call for sleeping in and spending time with loved ones. They call for big, goofy smiles and living from a place of love. Sundays are for slow moments sipping coffee, and nights celebrating friends birthdays. Sundays are for embracing what you love and letting it light you up.

 We were inspired by Nataraja, a Hindu God and a form of Shiva who is said to have danced the world into creation. 

Top and skirt: Urban Outfitters/ Hat: H&M/ Shoes and Moon Necklace: Forever 21/ Clutch and Chain Necklace: Zara.

My best friend Marissa stopped by and my sister took some photos of us. I’m so lucky to have such beautiful souls in my life!

All photos taken by my sister: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael on Instagram.

Namaste,

Gabriela

Macabre Monday: Death Kings Hate Sun

I arrived in Florida yesterday afternoon and when I sat down to blog today I realized that I’m leaving out a huge demographic of death king trendy men in my blog posts; those who (sadly) live in warm weather at this time of year! Hey! It’s not your fault you live in Florida, or maybe it is, but either way, I should still be able to help you with what to wear! So, today’s blog post is a mini shopping guide for those fellas who get the pleasure of 75 degree weather at this time of year! Click the image for links to all the clothing online if you’re far from a mall, or are just lazy and want to shop online (I won’t judge, I promise)

Topman
 
Did anyone really expect anything less than Topman?! Again, if you’re in NY you have to go.. it’s not a question. If you’re not in NY, you can shop online or head to Nordstrom and pick up some pieces. Here, I styled some jeans with a tee shirt with leather sleeves, a beanie, some slip on boots, a backpack, and a bomber style jacket.
Forever 21 men
Definitely a cult classic, Forever 21 is a go to place if the option is available. They don’t always have menswear, but if they do, grab a floral short sleeve button up, some straight cut jeans, combat boots, a windbreaker style jacket, a snazzy watch and a beanie and you’ll be good to go.
Nordstrom

Nordstrom is a hub for all the death king essentials you’ll need. Like I mentioned before, they sell Topman which is ace if you’re like me and only live in NYC in your mind. Grab a cool tee shirt, some jeans, a nice briefcase and a motorcycle style leather jacket and you’ll be looking as dapper as death himself.

 

J Crew

Last but not least is J Crew. This last store isn’t so much “death king” but like anywhere, you can make it work with a little creativity. Button up short sleeves are always in style, and paired with this cardigan from J Crew’s collaboration with Comme Des Garcon, you got a death king match made in hell. I love these work boots and they play very well together with a pair of dark wash jeans. Snatch up some leather protector and you’ll be set for the best and most stylish “winter” of this life.

Also check out Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Aldo, Pac Sun and Urban Outfitters.

Hope that helped, death kings!

XXX
Gabriela

The Witching Hour

The shadows we play with can taunt us in some unusual ways. Sometimes somber spirits are the most deafening noises through their silence, curling and twisting into shapes that mold to the crevices of  bones. Sometimes the balance between dark and light can strip any color and leave the remnant of a forlorn black and white photo in its memory. The darkness can be overwhelming in its eager anticipation of what’s to come after the dance with this life ends, and this hollow embrace can be both relieving and terrifying. But if you view this dance of life as one of many, the fear of a closing door turns into patient readiness for another door to open.

The Witching Hour

Inspired my asylums and the idea of being silenced
Blurring the line between what’s dark and what’s light

 

What is this reality to YOU?

XXX

Gabriela

 

What I’m Wearing; Tulips

Although I wish I could cloak myself in a robe of tulips, I can’t. I can do the next best thing though and dress myself in floral print and tulip skirts in warm, happy colors. I saw this beautiful faux tweed tulip skirt at H&M and was so excited when it fit like a glove. I paired my skirt with a cropped, dainty, floral print top and some delicate gold jewelry. I grabbed some Vince Camuto flats and a quilted chain bag from Zara to finish the look.

Skirt: H&M

Shirt: Forever 21

Necklace: Barney’s Outlet

Shoes: Vince Camuto

Purse: Zara

Cuff: Nasty Gal

Watch: Michael Kors

Glasses: American Thread

XXX
Gabriela

PS: Check out Miranda’s blog, my babe is an awesome blogger & photographer

Sunday Style: Fathers Day

Happy Papi day to all my dad’s out there! I love my dad more than any other man in this universe. I couldn’t be more grateful for him. I thank the universe every day for giving me a wonderful family and today was a day to celebrate that! I am so thankful for my daddy doo who has been there for me through all the ups and downs of my 19 years of life.

I’m in the pink and my twin is in the yellow! My parents are like wine, they look better now than they did 15 years ago.My sister and I always make my dad breakfast in bed for Father’s Day, and today was no different! After we treated my dad to breakfast, my mom, sister and I went shopping and then met my father for dinner. My parents are currently enjoying a movie!

Today I wore:

Shirt and Necklace: Forever 21

Shorts, Rings and Purse: Urban Outfitters

Spiked Cuff: Nasty Gal

Baroque Cuff: Lavender

Dolce Vita Loafers: DSW

What did you wear to celebrate?!

XXX
Gabriela