Which Witch:: Gabriela Darko or Gabriela Ross?

The summer before 12th grade, a boy I was talking to told me to watch Donnie Darko three times in a row. I had never seen it and agreed blindly. I don’t think I’ve ever been the same. Almost every day for the rest of that summer, I would go to the guest room in the basement and put Donnie Darko on. I wish I could remember what I though the first time I saw it, or when I bought it on DVD, but I don’t. It feels like the movie has always been part of my life. I actually have to forget I own it, or I’ll watch it a million times in a row and neglect every other option on Netflix//DVD. I fell back into this pattern this past summer. 4ecdcac03de1fed257e9bb839114f67a

For those of you who haven’t seen Donnie Darko- shame. Who are you, what have you been doing? Anyway, I love this movie because it always leaves me in a weird mood. It leaves me fidgety, slightly uncomfortable, sad and happy at the same time. You know the feeling you get in your gut when things are about to change and everything feels slightly off but you can’t explain why? I call that “weird change-y feeling” and that, my friends, is Donnie Darko. A supernatural, 80’s teen love story featuring a giant bunny rabbit and time travel is exactly the kind of thing I’m into. Richard Kelly, who directed the movie, was fresh out of film school when he made this film. It was filmed Los Angeles in 2000 and was released the following year. I was living in Los Angeles while it was being filmed (which is something I just found out) and I’m moving back to LA in about three weeks. I’m planning on scouting some of the locations to relive some of my favorite scenes, but until then- here are two outfits inspired by my favorites…

Gretchen Ross

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Gretchen is elusive.. she’s mysterious, she’s tragic, she’s assertive. My personal interpretation of this movie is that tangent universe opened up so Donnie could fall in love- he wanted so badly to not die alone and even though he did, he died peacefully without regrets. Gretchen was this portal for him- “some people are just born with tragedy in their blood” after all. Gretchen’s relationship with Donnie happened because all he wanted was to love and be loved- aka not be alone- before he died. Gretchen and Donnie’s first kiss is one of my favorite on-screen snogs of all time. But, although I love Gretchen, she doesn’t really have the best style. I put my own spin on her look, switching out the hiking boots for oxfords and the track jacket for a fuzzy sweater. I think Gretchen would have been into cool, patched up mom jeans so I added that into the mix too.  1-66761-66781-66911-6664Gretchen-66691-66981-67061-6707Sweater:: H&M// Shirt:: Urban Outfitters// Jeans:: Zara1-6709

Donnie Darko

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Donnie looks as good in a slept-in tee as he does in his school uniform. It’s that brooding angst that really does it for me. Donnie is troubled, and he’s confused, but he’s also predictable when it comes to his wardrobe. I did his favorite look,tee shirt and jeans, in all black, with a simple leather backpack because Donnie makes his look ace and I wanted to channel my inner gothic school girl.  unspecified1-67271-67411-67391-67431-6749Shirt:: Basement band tee// Jeans:: Topshop// Sweatshirt:: Zara// Backpack:: Urban Outfitters1-6746

Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!
XOXO,
Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik

Inspired by The Twilight Zone

Easily one of my favorite shows, The Twilight Zone is easily the best to watch when you want to dive into the subconscious mind by going into an alternate universe. The show features vignette style episodes that deal with a variety of macabre topics including aliens, time travel and apocalypses. I grew up watching this show with my parents, and I have many memories watching it on on New Years when they have their marathon on Syfy,

The season change, or rather “season change” in Columbia, has made me want to do nothing more than curl up in bed with hot chocolate or coffee and watch this show. The fact that the show is black and white (it started in the early 60’s) just makes it better; the old school glamour of this show is unparalleled. Rod Serling is the mastermind, and narrator, behind The Twilight Zone; he  has also been featured on Breathing Fashion because he is so classy and dapper.

I couldn’t resist creating a few looks inspired by some of my favorite episodes.

 

The Number 12 Looks Just Like You

In this episode everyone goes through “the transformation” when they turn 18. Like the book The Uglies, everyone looks the same; as soon as you’re of age, you undergo surgery to look like one of the number of models there are to pick from. But what happens when you think you’re beautiful before the transformation? What if you don’t want the surgery? These are the sort of problems that arise in this episode of The Twilight Zone

 

Twenty Two

In this episode, Liz, a “dancer” is hospitalized for being delirious and having reoccurring dreams. In this dream, she wakes up suddenly, only to break a glass, hear the clock ticking and hear footsteps down the hall of the hospital. When she gets up to follow the footsteps she sees a nurse disappear into the elevator. When Liz gets on the elevator to the bottom floor, she gets of and she walks down the hall only to be greeted by the same nurse who’s standing in front of the morgue and who greets her with one sentence; “there’s room for one more honey”. What exactly does this mean? You’ll have to watch the episode to find out.

 

Come Wander With Me

In this episode of the show, a man drives to the woods in an attempt to search for inspiration for his newest folk hit. He finds a guitar shop and a woman with a haunting voice. He hears this siren singing a beautiful song and he tries to steal it from her. Things don’t go as planned, and how could they, in The Twilight Zone?

What’s your favorite episode?

Namaste

Gabriela

Style Sunday and Smiles

Well, my loves, it’s been a long week. I’ve had a lot to do and I’ve been busy but life is so good! I had a great weekend filled with some incredible friends, sister dates, and some relaxation. I have a super productive, busy week coming up and I’m doing my best to keep my chin up and not get overwhelmed by all I have to do. The good thing is I treated myself to a couple thiings from Nasty Gal that were on mega sale and my parents and best friend are coming up to visit! How can I complain when my life is so sweet?!

Sweater: Zara/ Shorts and Moon Necklace: Forever 21/ Stud Necklace: Barney’s Outlet/ Socks: Loehmans/ Purse: Urban Outfitters

 

What did you do this Sunday?!

XXX
Gabriela

PS Big things are coming 😉

What to Wear Wednesday

It’s the end of August which means Fall starts in about three weeks and that means pumpkin everything, colorful leaves, beanies and all sorts of change. I’m excited for the weather to get colder, but I know I need to take in the last few weeks of sunshine and warm weather.

I’ve been loving holographic prints with white, I love how it’s so clean and modern, and I honestly want to wear that trend on everything. I love that this look is slightly 90’s but with a sexy, urban feel.

 

When the leaves change, and the temperature raises the skin on the back of your neck, fall has arrived. She kisses you on the cheek and leads you into the closest coffee shop, engulfing you in her sweet perfume. She’s soft and delicate and she always has an air of change around her. She will dress you in striped sweaters and the perfect jean, and when it’s time to jump in piles of leaves, she will slip you into your wooden soled boots. With your cheeks as red as your lips, and your wind whipped hair, you saunter back home, holding onto your bowler hat and smiling because you know that every day with Fall is a new adventure.

 

XXX
Gabriela

What I’m Wearing Wednesday

I had a lot of fun featuring some of my favorite ladies last month, but it’s time to change it up! Today begins “What I Wore Wednesday”, so I’ll be catching you up on what I’ve been wearing. I love throwing on a lot of layers, but unlike fall, which is my favorite season, Summer is time to lose the layers and bask in the season. Summer is time for bright colors and having sun kissed skin.

Here’s what I’ve been wearing this week!

Whipping out my new hot pants means looking like a death queen. I’ve been all about tying shirts at my waist #self #outfit #today #undercut #redlips #thighhighsocks #deathqueen #hotpants

What I wore today: lazy day consisted of my spike accented sweater, cuffs and gold satchel.<br />
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What I&#8217;m wearing today::  daisy bustier with spike detailing, striped button down and @unif for @nastygal garter shorts #self #outfit #today #daisy #macabrefaeryqueen #spikes #unif #nastygal

What I wore today: P!ATD tank, striped skirt, lace bra and my new perfect black leather bag. One of the only band shirts I have left! #outfit #fashion #panicatthedisco #deathqueen #wwd #womensweardaily #black #gold #love

The perfect black bag, gold detailed sandals and some Deepak. Wearing a Free People bandeau, faux leather pants and MY DREAM tangerine lipstick courtesy of MAC.  #self #outfit #today #deepakchopra #leather #fauxleather #undercut #tangerinelipstick #trendyandtart #love

What I&#8217;m wearing tonight ((friends 21st birthday edition)):<br />
Spiked bra, Marissa @jeffreycampbell shoes, structured leather @urbanoutfitters skirt and tank and my leather bag.<br />
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About to post this on Lookbook! Tee shirt and jeans were my friends. Worn with my @jeffreycampbell Lita boots.<br />
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Long, lean, tendu machine. What&#8217;s better for rainy days than thigh high socks, top knots and a pop of floral? #self #outfit #today #personalstyle #fashion #undercut #redlips #thighhighsocks #macabremeetssteinbeck

XXX
Gabriela

Chloe Resort 2014 Collection Review

This collection is the perfect antithesis to the Fall and Spring collections of earlier this year. Oversize, clean lines, a slight 60’s vibe and some vibrant colors all scream “resort” in the best way possible. Clare Waight Keller knew exactly what she was doing when she crafted this collection; although most looks may be considered conservative and simple, there is definitely not a lack of personality.With the perfect mix of soft and structured and the perfect combination of color and neutrals, Chloe is definitely having a winning season. Wide legged pants, structured jackets and soft lace accents create an ethereal vibe throughout each look. This collection is both effortless and beautiful in the most avant-garde way.

All photos courtesy of style.com

XXX
Gabriela

Wednesday Style: Spend the Summer in the Clouds

If summer does anything, it fills me up with wanderlust and hope and love like a balloon that’s about to burst. Summer is soft breezes and warm sun, fresh juice, giggles, best friends and far too many nights spent in the city driving around aimlessly.  Summer is spritzing on a favorite perfume and a lace dress, feeling light as a cloud and happy as a summer wind, sliding on some round glasses and biking. Summer is meant for visiting loved ones in your favorite oxfords with fresh flowers in your bicycles basket, and ending the day with a bubble bath.

Summer is simple.

 

Simple by gabrielalorr featuring a lace dress

XXX,

Gabriela

Leather and Tangerines

It’s nothing new; keeping it sweet on the surface and twisted and dark underneath. But who’s to say she can’t swap the roles? Maybe for once she can be clementine sweet underneath her leather exterior. Vulnerable and passionate, her mask is as thin as the paper she puts her citrus fruit in. She was never one to follow the leader, always dancing to herself and smiling, smirking, listening, learning. She took what she heard and what she saw and wore it on her skin, taking the deeper meaning and storing it away in a box in the deepest crevice of her soul that even she didn’t have the key to. She plays to no man”s rules, citing the devil as a fashion influence  and laughing dismally as people compliment her on her sugary sweet interior. She knows no man’s games, lives in no man’s land and sings to no man’s melody. She is what she wants because it’s everything they tell her not to be. Her sultry surface is no comparison to the hidden pearls of light she hides underneath. She may not glow on the surface, but there’s a reason she glows underneath.