A Numinous Synchroinicty

I’ve been thinking about synchronicity a lot. I’ve noticed it more and more, in funnier and simpler ways. I’ll be thinking about someone randomly and they’ll text, I’ll say something that my friend was about to say, someone who I haven’t thought of will come up after being thought of, weird coincidences are becoming more and more frequent. The more I take hold and notice, the more it happens. Those are little kinds of synchronicity. They’ve been pairing with bigger full circles, in more ways than one, but one of the biggest and most relevant ways synchronicity has shaped my life is through a website called The Numinous. DQ 1Let’s start at the beginning, as much as I can without boring you to death. My path with spirituality began when I was 11. My moms friend owned a metaphysical bookstore with her girlfriend, and they gave me my first set of oracle cards. This started my journey and my obsession, which led to my discovery of witchcraft. I had visited Salem on Halloween when I was 7, so this connection was a cool circle; I had been so intrigued by Wicca, it felt right when it came back around. I became interested in fashion and journalism at 14, when I decided I wanted to pursue fashion journalism. Before this I had wanted to own my own metaphysical store.witch

Fast forward to my sophomore year of college. Up until this point I had been trying to find a way to incorporate my love for fashion and spirituality and magick into a singular medium. I had already started my tarot series (outfits based on different cards of the deck, which are here), and was posting more on spirituality, but it wasn’t adding up. One of my favorite humans, Kelsea, and I were having coffee when she told me about this website called The Numinous. I saw the tagline, “Material girl, mystical world” and knew I was hooked; could it really be everything I had wanted?! (The answer is a resounding YES).  I was obsessed- it only helped that editor Ruby went to London College of Fashion, worked as a fashion journalist and left to pursue a website “where Celine shoes and the Celestine Prophecy could exist in beautiful harmony.”  I kid you not, I felt like someone finally understood my soul. I had finally found a place to turn to, at least online. After obsessing over the site for 6 or so months, I decided to pitch a piece to Ruby- my first pitch ever, but I figured it couldn’t hurt, right?! She responded, said she loved the idea, and my piece on being a Death Queen and owning the Death Card came up. This was a completely surreal experience in itself; a personal piece up on my favorite blog!? Pretty freaking cool. DQ 2This was the first time I realized there was an avenue for what I wanted to do- and I decided to follow it. I kept in touch with Ruby and continued being a fan girl.I asked her about London, since I would be studying at London College of Fashion for a semester, and pitched a few more ideas to her. Fast forward to this past summer while I was in New York interviewing for a couple other potential internships and finally got to meet the lovely Ruby face-to-face (at the cutest cafe/yoga studio ever). We talked and chatted and it was when I came back to the city for my internship with Rick Owens a couple of weeks later that I officially accepted the position as an editorial intern, which I had been offered the previous semester. WHAT. What makes this even more mystical is that for my fashion theory class at LCF I wrote about fashion and spirituality- using The Numinous, and Ruby,as a case study and example. Another circle, right? numinatiI became a member of the Numinati, got my own contributors page, and was in charge of helping Ruby revamp content. I wrote everything from quizes to “listicles” to features on designers and interviews. It. was. magical. The internship was even for school credit; two birds with one stone. I also had the opportunity to write about dressing ~summer goth~ and featured one of my favorite brands in the process, Sisters of the Black Moon.  Fashion influenced by spirituality and witchcraft, and being able to write about it?! I never anticipated this becoming a reality, but I thank the cosmos for it everyday.  summer gothOh and I got to interview Audrey Kitching, which was also beyond amazing. She is the real deal, let me just say. audI’ve been incredibly lucky with the editors I work under; they’ve all been amazing, and Ruby was no exception. Working with her was an incredible experience; she was always willing to answer my million questions, give me feedback, encourage me and trust me with the responsibility of writing content for the site. Needless to say, by the time this internship was coming to end, I didn’t want it to. Thankfully it didn’t- I got a promotion of sorts and will be working social media for the site!! I freaked out when Ruby said she wanted to continue working with me and I freaked out even more when she offered me this position. The past ten years have come full circle and for the first time I’m able to combine both of my passions in a meaningful way. Life is so good and I’m so thankful for every opportunity that has led me to where I am right now. yaWith that being said- if you don’t follow The Numinous  on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (which is run by #girlboss Ruby herself) I can’t with you and you’re actually the worst.

What are your most noteworthy moments of synchronicity?
XOXO
Gabriela

Sundays in Black and White

I’m lucky enough to be taking a styling class at London College of Fashion, and I wanted to share some of the looks that didn’t make it to our final project. Our theme was monochromatic and masculine inspired, and originally my partner and I were going to start with an all white look and transition to all black. We’re revising the final project since we wanted to make the looks more cohesive, but here are some outtakes that I modeled. These were all styled by Alexandra Cedervall and myself.

The next few weeks are going to be extremely hectic.. I’m going to London Fashion Week as press with Deux Hommes, which is ridiculously exciting, and then I’ll be leaving to Greece, then Paris and finally Amsterdam. I have incomplete outfits for fashion week which means speed shopping this week, and then I have a lot to do before Spring Break! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of posting things. Life is absolutely wonderful and crazy but I need to find routine amongst all the craziness! Until then! H  one42

I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with love, dogs and fashion week!

Namaste,

Gabriela

When The Unknown Becomes The Known

This past week in my style journalism class we were asked to think of something going on in the world that we believe could impact fashion. After presenting our ideas, we were asked to write a blog post about it. I chose to write mine on outer space and the unknown. Happy Sunday folks.

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There’s a romanticism that’s felt when thinking of the unknown. After mastering all of the frontiers it’s easy to feel stagnant, to feel like our work is finished. The world is in a turbulent state and perhaps it’s in this difficulty that we turn towards daydreams, finding inspiration in the unknown by wondering about our place in the world.

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Photo courtesy of The Numinous

Perhaps, it’s when violence, war and poverty start seeping more and more into our perception of this life that we’re left looking towards space. In the 60’s we landed on the moon and we felt powerful and indestructible. 50 years later and we’re still inspired by space, by what may or may not be out there, and by the concept of finding our place in this universe, in this world and in this life.

Last week, the Air Force declassified over 10,000 UFO sightings and investigations, releasing them for online for free at Project Blue Book: The Black Vault. Besides the infinite amount of inspiration, and some eerie, eerie encounters, the Air Force declassifying these files only feeds our hunger to know what’s out there. NASA recently released the largest photo in the world of the Andromeda Galaxy, shaking up our perception of where we stand, quite literally, in the universe. Couple both of these amazing feats with the movie Interstellar, and there’s a clear motif that’s happening.

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Image courtesy of Free People

We are constantly searching for ways to make the unknown become the known.

We are hungry for meaning, and purpose and fuel for something larger than ourselves, and the fashion industry is wildly involved in making this quest a popular one. Websites like The Numinous are making spirituality accessible and fashionable. The site weaves fashion and spirituality together, creating a platform for the “numi girl” who wants to look good and find purpose while doing so. Brands like Crystal Cactus, I Am Vibes and even UNIF, are all incorporating spiritual and occult motifs into their clothing, whether it’s through crystals and hamsas to pentacles and tarot cards.

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Photo courtesy of The Numinous

We’re screaming to the universe, hoping it answers. We’re finding our footing in places that don’t feel concrete, and we’re trying to find our roots regardless. So, what do space and aliens and Interstellar mean for fashion? Perhaps it means inspiration. Perhaps it means UNIF, or I am Vibes will be inspired by a UFO sighting, or Interstellar, or by the beauty of our galaxy. It certainly means one thing; our fascination of wanting to know what’s out there and what it means for us down here isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

 

 

Fashion Alien Taking on London

If there’s anywhere that I can be a fashion alien, it’s London. Years of pretending I was living in New York City and dressing however I wanted has finally paid off; I’m in the city that literally doesn’t care how different you are. I am finally in a place that fosters being weird and off the wall and YOURSELF. I want to really explore my style and take risks and today, I decided to do just that. 10933809_10152494360046207_5780857599500095504_nToday, I decided to rock the alien mini buns, but I didn’t want my ears to freeze off so I decided to pair it with a head wrap. I’m a fan. My ears were warm, my hair was out of my face, what more could I want?!tumblr_nhvigamB5m1r421pio1_1280I paired my alien buns with an all black outfit. A black sweater under a black fuzzy sweater, some high waisted leggings, my Jeffrey Campbell Chelsea boots and a bag and necklace I got from Primark and an oversize parka. I’m all about this UAL sign and I’ve dubbed it my selfie station.10897056_10152494350836207_6780041623726232688_n10407245_10152494350681207_7750789892148927071_n10915276_10152494350756207_5551488067557329556_nI’m still in awe of the things I get to see while walking to class. This city is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to explore more once classes begin and I have some free time. I just wanted to post a quick update and some photos. Tomorrow is my last day of orientation and I have the weekend free before classes start on Monday! I can’t believe I’ve been here for almost a week. I will be updating with better photos and more regular posts once I have more of a rhythm going.

Until next time lovers,

Gabriela

 

An American Werewolf in London College of Fashion

It’s happened, folks. I said goodbye to America and jumped the great pond. I am officially in London.10527373_10152477569416207_3206012600880916540_nTo say London is beautiful is an understatement The city is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. London is a city rooted in history yet she tells a really new and vibrant story. London is a hub for musicians, designers, fashion lovers.. there’s a reason London is the fashion capital you move to if you want to make a name for yourself. If you can’t find inspiration from the buildings and people and stories that fill up the city, then you probably can’t find inspiration anywhere. London is old school meets new school, and that’s pretty great. One thing that shall be noted as well; I love going to USC, but I have seen more well dressed men in three days here than I have seen in almost three years in Columbia. There’s an elegance to this city that is mirrored by the people who live in it. It is truly magickal.10923220_10152487551596207_6522192063405225873_nI left Friday night and arrived Saturday morning. I was tired and somewhat sleep deprived when I got to London, but after coming to my loft and meeting my wonderful roommates I was instantly awake. We took a brief walking tour around the Bloomsbury and then had orientation. Walking around the city was incredible; it is more than anything I could ever expect. Yesterday was filled with more orientation, and an absolutely beautiful walking tour of central London; Big Ben, the Parliament building, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and a lot of other amazing places. It was the coldest it’s been all winter apparently, but nonetheless, it was a perfect London evening. I ended my night with a familiar face from school who was visiting his family, some good food and a drink at a classic pub. It was wonderful. IMG_0146

There’s something strangely comforting about being in a new city. Perhaps it hasn’t hit me that I’m so far from home, but as strange as it is, I’m not uneasy here at all. I live with wonderful people, and I’m not very uneasy about getting lost because I know it will happen, and I know I will be okay. If there’s any time to find balance and presence in a current situation, it’s now. Today I had orientation at London College of Fashion, so no photos were taken. I snapped some photos yesterday of the beautiful city and a couple of classic tourist photos because I couldn’t resist.tumblr_nhq389HVLH1r421pio1_1280IMG_0124IMG_0121 IMG_0106 IMG_0102 IMG_0101IMG_0133IMG_0139 IMG_0135 IMG_0133 IMG_0129IMG_0166

To new cities, new schools, new friends and new stories.

Until next time,

Gabriela