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
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Full Moon ‘n Scoprio Woes

Well friends, it’s happened. I’ve been back and forth to and from Columbia the past two weeks and my twin sister Alexandra and I finally shot together..after months and months, FINALLY some new outfit photos. Beyond that wonderful thing, it’s beautiful outside, it was May Day a couple days ago, it’s the full moon AND the full moon is in Scorpio, which just so happens to be my moon sign! Life is extra good right now, and I have some exciting things which I’ll announce in my next post!5I’ve loved having papa sun kiss my skin. I love the gray skies but once the spring months roll around I crave nothing more than some iced coffee, lots of trees and some flesh exposing outfits. I’ve been really inspired by the notion of dressing in what makes me feel powerful and beautiful and all that jazz (which is nothing new), but for the first time I’ve figured out how to articulate what exactly it is that makes me feel beautiful.

I’m proud of who I am. I love who I am and I do believe I have a beautiful inside. But when I’m in my pajamas, with no makeup, I don’t really feel beautiful on the outside (which isn’t to say my spirit n soul don’t feel bright and pretty). But I have a young face and I just don’t feel as beautiful on the outside as I do on the inside when I’m au naturale… I feel guilty about that because I’m all about self love, but I realized recently what it is for me that makes wearing my makeup and a great outfit such a spiritual experience.

4When I get dressed up in an outfit like the one I’m wearing in this post, and I’ve got some lipstick on that makes me feel like a power woman, then I feel beautiful. It’s not the makeup, it’s not the clothing, it’s the fact that when I’m wearing something I love, I feel like for the first time how I feel on the inside is represented by the outside… it’s the duality and the synchronicity that make me feel whole. I feel like the best version of myself, I feel like I’m who I’m meant to be, and that’s what makes me feel beautiful. I feel like there’s an equilibrium between how I feel I look on the inside that’s represented on the outside, and you know, that’s a pretty great thing to be able to articulate! So here’s to my incredible twin sister, papa sun and an outfit and some photos that make me feel like a bombshell.3 2 16111098712Shorts: H&M// Top and Shoes: Urban Outfitters// Bag: Dolls Kill// Hat: Vintage// Glasses: Nasty Gal13                                                        Wear what makes you feel beautiful.

Happy Full Moon ghosties!

Gabriela

All 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

The High Priestess

There has always been a certain sort of softness and admiration in my heart for women who cultivate their own strength and power. I am lucky enough to have been surrounded by these sort of females my entire life. My grandmas, my mother, my aunts, my family friends, all bask in their femininity and harness their own strength to manifest whatever it is they so desire. Each women on this earth is a high priestess in her own rite; she has her own inner connection to goddess, to parts of her consciousness that are unbeknownst to others. The High Priestess card represents a connection to the unconscious, to goddess, to the earth. The high priestess is a walker between two worlds.

The tiger does a good job of representing both assertiveness and intuition, while the crystal ball she guards can represent connection to what’s to come and the unknown. The high priestess has ties to what lies ahead; she is an oracle and she basks in her own wisdom.

My friend Yash handmade this dress, which I paired with a shoulder chain from Nasty Gal, a lace cardigan from American Thread, a scarf from Zara and some Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

What is it in you that connects to a higher power? What part of you resonates within the universe?

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Moon is Down

The second set of my tarot series is based off “The Moon” card. This card is one of intuition, of vivid dreams, of connection to the subconscious and goddess. Kiim Krans, the illustrator of the deck that inspired this series, The Wild Unknown, is also partial to this card. She describes The Moon perfectly; “The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. The Moon provides light as a reflection of the Sun, yet this light is dim, uncertain, and only vaguely illuminates our path as we journey toward higher consciousness. When a path leads between two towers into the distance, it is showing the way to the unconsciousness. The astrological sign associated with this card is Pisces – psychic, receptive and mysterious.” (via The Numinous)

 

I chose to represent this card with stark whites that contrasted against the deep reds and oranges of my backyard. White attracts positivity and is a color of healing; both things the moon herself represets. In the past few months I have grown more and more in love with mother moon and her beauty. There is something so comforting about her presence every night, a constant reminder that there is something larger than me in this universe. The moon is awake when my heart and mind are still, and her gentle kisses on my cheek have comforted me more than anything else.

I chose to wear this leotard from Nasty Gal with a Zara skirt and Forever 21 shoes. I’m usually cloaked in all black, with many layers of jewelry and red lipstick,but I have to admit, this minimalist look is probably my favorite to date. I wanted to channel the moon through this shoot, honoring her by basking in moonbeams. There’s a quiet sort of comfort in knowing that the sun and moon are always there, even when we can’t see them.

What comforts you in the late hours of the night?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Shot by Mary DeCrescenzio 

Wishlist Wednesday

Well folks, the time has come. I have about two and a half weeks left of being a teenager. I know, I know, if I hadn’t put my age in my bio (over there——> ) you probably would have thought I’m 17,, or 12 and a half. Alas, that’s not so true now is it. This coming groundhogs day at 10:17 PM, I will officially be 20… and honestly, I’m excited. Being a teenager was a great excuse for making some dumb mistakes and having fun, and I’ve definitely found myself in the past few years, but that’s exactly it. I’ve already done that sort of soul searching that a lot of teenagers haven’t done; I know what I want to do as a career, I have my friends, I have my religious and spiritual views and beliefs. I started getting into the metaphysical and occult around 12; I spent my days after middle school reading up on faeries and Wicca, Paganism and tarot. These passions have carried over and helped to shape me into who I am today, and these settled beliefs and convictions have always made me feel a bit older than my age. At (almost) 20, I finally feel like I feel my age, although I may not look it. So, as celebration of 20 fabulous, beautiful and blissful years of life, I have complied a wishlist of things I don’t really need but would love to have in my closet.

In all honesty, I don’t really even want anything for my birthday. My parents are coming up to Columbia to celebrate with the twin and I and I have so me plans with friends for the weekend (three day weekends all semester can I get an amen). Honestly though, maybe that’s growing up; being happy with what you have.

Zara wishlist

My Zara favorites. I tend to ask for accessories as gifts, they’re more timeless and I can get more use out of them than just a single piece of clothing..

Topshop wishlist

I mean, it’s Topshop..that’s really all I need to say

Eugenia Kim Wishlist

Eugenia Kim creates some seriously fantastic hats. A little red fox ear cap?? Yes please

Nasty Gal Wishlist

Nasty Gal shoes, coats and lingerie. Thank you.

For Love & Lemons Wishlist

For Love & Lemons features beautiful and bewitching dresses and now has an entire line devoted to lingerie. Skivvies are the perfect birthday gift…am I right?

Click through for all links!

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