Sunday Style::: Ghost Outfit Forever

Happy Sunday to all of you humans out there. We made it. Another week has gone by and we’ve survived. Heck yeah, I’ll drink to that. I’ve been celebrating this past week because I landed an internship with one of my idols and I am very excited! unspecifiedSo of course I celebrated by wearing what I would want to be dressed in for eternity, a ghost outfit if you will. If I were to die in a moment- this what I would die in and wear for the rest of my ghost life. This dress is one of my favorites- I got in H&M in London for London Fashion Week, which I did end up wearing it to (see below)!10523319_10152577553026207_1669849353173043297_nThis dress was with me for my interview for Rick Owens, which I also landed (still in shock that happened!)and it was with me to interview for Vivienne Westwood.Ck3LqDqUgAAU4kRunspecified-2This dress is me in my element. It’s simple but interesting, it can be worn a ton of ways and it will always feel sexy. This outfit was important for me because it was a physical manifestation of what I feel like- this is it. This is exactly what I want to look like (there’s only so much you can change)- and that feels damn good. I got these shoes from Topshop for fashion week as well, and they were another good spiritual//physical investment. I love these things. I wore a leather bra that I got from Ivory and my all time best investment on these $10 hot pants- and this $1 clip. It’s weird recognizing hard work pay off- there isn’t anything wrong with it folks. Recognize! Pay it forward! Wear a good outfit!unspecified-3unspecified-4 unspecified-1                                                         Stay sharp, my friends. Happy Sunday.

All photos by Alexandra Herstik.

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

Six Black Balloons: Breathing Fashion Turns SIX

This is a warning; this post will be sappy, it will be emotional and it will be filled with LOVE. I know, I know, sometimes I’m even surprised I have a heart, but alas, it’s not as black or icy as I make it out to be. Anyway, dear humans, today Breathing Fashion turns SIX. HA! I’ve had this little blog for half a decade and it’s grown up with me, and  you know, that’s pretty special. I started this thing my sophomore year of high school, when I realized that I wanted to pursue fashion journalism as a profession. Everything I read said to start a blog and I did.13

Breathing Fashion has always been my sacred space. It’s where I come to write my thoughts; on everything from collection reviews to tarot inspired photoshoots, to happenings in the fashion industry to little spiritual tidbits that I think would be helpful to other humans. Breathing Fashion, more than anything else, is also a visual diary of how I’ve grown up and into myself, all while living in small suburban Southern cities. This space has been where I turn to so I can try to figure out who the hell I am, how the heck I can find myself in this life and how I can express myself in a way that would be beneficial for whoever decided to read this damn thing. The journey through this blog has been more rewarding than I ever anticipated. I’m so thankful for anyone who takes the time to read my posts, anyone who’s ever encouraged me and anyone who’s believed in me. There would be no point in all of this without you.

Breathing Fashion has been with me through every awkward outfit, every horrible collection review and every awkward photoshoot I’ve been through. This has been the place I turn to when I need to write and  get away from the fact that I’ve been stuck in cities who don’t understand my aesthetic. Breathing Fashion has been the reason I’ve said I DON’T CARE that I don’t live in New York. This site was the reason I decided to grow thick skin and wear whatever I wanted to wear regardless if people understand it or not. This blog helped me learn who I am and that as long as I’m proud to be Gabriela Lorraine Herstik, whatever anyone else thinks is irrelevant. 11

Breathing Fashion has taken a back seat the past year because I’ve actually been able to accomplish what I started it for; fashion writing. Six years later, I’ve had three cover stories for MOD magazine, I’m writing and interning for my favorite online magazine The Numinous, I’m interning with Deux Hommes magazine and went to London Fashion Week as international press for them. I’ve interned with Rick Owens. I’ve helped launch a magazine for United Colors of Fashion, I’ve contributed to The Fashion Law, The Cult Collective and FIG Columbia. My first resume builders were accomplished simply because of this blog. I’ve worked with amazing brands like Birds n Bones and Social Decay, I’ve been able to collaborate with photographers like Mary DeCrescenzio and my sister, and I’ve met some of my best friends through this platform.

So for that, I say THANK YOU. Here are photos with six black balloons for six black and fabulous years of Breathing Fashion. I’m wearing an amazing skirt by Forgotten Feather Vintage and all photos are by my twin Alexandra Herstik. Here’s to the future of Death Queen style.

10121197654321Body suit: Junkman’s Daughter// Skirt: Forgotten Feather Vintage// Shorts: Target// Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell 8Thank you to everyone who’s helped make these past six years AMAZING. Here’s to the next six.

XOXO

Gabriela Lorraine