It’s November and the cold, gloomy days don’t disagree. October is over, and with it Halloween season. It’s bittersweet; working at a costume shop during October gets hectic and crazy but it’s absolutely amazing. I’m ready for a fresh month and some new adventures and this weekend was the perfect welcome to that sentiment, One of my best friends, Miranda of High Voltage Blog, finally came and visited my twin sister and I here in Columbia. We spent this past weekend together, celebrating Halloween and the change of season and basking in memories, old and new.
The most exciting part? Miranda and I will be both be studying abroad in London next semester! She’ll be studying at University of Florida’s center and I’ll be studying at London College of Fashion; a dream come true to say the least.
I spent my Sunday in one of my favorite vintage tartan skirts. Today consisted of Chipotle, coffee, shopping, Trader Joe’s and schoolwork. Always a good Sunday when it’s spent in something just colorful enough and surrounded by good friends. It’s been chilly yesterday and today so I paired my skirt with a faux fur jacket, some new clogs and some gold accents.I love pairing midi skirts with a chunky shoe, especially if the skirt is a heavier fabric, like this one is. Skirt: Vintage/ Top & coat: H&M/ Shoes & hair clip: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Zara
All photos by Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael)
What are you wearing this November?
Sometimes when you go 100 miles a minute it feels scary to slow down, even if it’s only for a second. It’s really easy to tie our worth into how much we’re doing or getting accomplished, and I know I’m guilty of feeling useless when I’m not being productive. Things are kicking into high gear again, and the idea of not doing anything seems absolutely impossible. I get overwhelmed and stressed and I forget to breathe. I rush. I walk fast, I talk fast, I don’t stay in one place for too long. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to do what you love and do what you have to do, but if you’re anything like me, it can become very easy to forget that it’s important to be here now. Today, after a weekend trip to Harry Potter World, a phone call with my mom, a planner filled with an overwhelming amount of things to do and deep breath, I took some photos with my sister. I let go a little bit. I took time to remind myself that yes, contrary to my own beliefs, I have enough time to do what I need to do and yes, I can do it with a smile on my face. It’s a new month and what better time to make a couple of new goals than now? I’m going to do my best to breathe more, read more and create more. i’m going to do my best to SLOW DOWN and ENJOY life. It’s important to look toward the future but it’s also important to enjoy what’s going on right now. Today, I am taking a step towards balance. Today called for a more casual outfit.
Shirt: American Threads/ Skirt: H&M/ Socks and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Purse: Zara/ Necklace: TopshopPhotos were all taken by my wonderful sister, Alexandra. @alexyael on Instagram.
What are you learning on this labor day?
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.
Skirt and sweater: H&M/ Top: Forever 21/ Purse and necklace: Zara/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters.
What are you wearing this Monday?
Three years ago today I got the craziest haircut I’ve ever had; my undercut. I don’t know if I anticipated loving it so much, but it’s become my signature hairstyle and I truly think i’m still going to be donning it when I’m 80 years old (along with my red lip, of course). I’ve changed so much in the past three years, along with my hair and style, and I thought it would be…endearing… to take a look back on how I’ve evolved. Breathing Fashion has definitely seen some of my more embarrassing “fashion” photos. Honestly, having such an “odd” and out of place haircut has made helped me grow so much as a person. I’ve had to realize that I need to make decisions for myself and that ultimately, I’m the only one who has to be happy with said decisions (and deal with the consequences). I realized what other people think of me is none of my business, and that it truly doesn’t matter what other people think. That lesson is something that’s going to carry with me for much longer than this haircut.
It wouldn’t be a proper montage without an ode to my inspiration, and the reason I shaved my undercut; Alice Dellal. Fun fact, I asked my parents to let me shave my hair, I showed them photos and I even wrote them a letter appealing to ethos, pathos and logos, like we learned about in AP Lang. They still said no.. I still did it anyway. It is still my best act of rebellion. Alice was the face of Chanel last spring and she was a pretty big model when I got my undercut. I haven’t kept up with her, but she’s still the best.
Without further adieu, the evolution of the sidecut.
This was junior year of high school, probably not long after I got it cut for the first time. Check out my posters.
Going into senior year/senior year and.I was still figuring our my style; it was a very interesting time for me fashion wise. I started wearing lipstick senior year and I kinda started finding my own aesthetic towards the end of second semester.
I had steps in my undercut at one point last December. I was still trying to figure out my style during my freshmen year.
I’ve had gray in my hair this year and it’s been many different lengths. I like to think that I’ve found my own style and cultivated it more and more. Puberty and growing up can work wonders.
What’s your favorite/ least favorite haircut you’ve ever had?!
Happy Mothers day, one and all! I hope you have all spent today with a woman who means the world to you. Summer is finally starting to feel like summer, and I will be working on Breathing Fashion and El Bambino a lot!
Today’s style post is dedicated to all the selfies I take for my instagram, and as a personal fashion diary I can refer to when I can’t remember the last time I wore something.
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What are YOU wearing?!