THIS IS HALLOWEEN

Welcome Witches! Happy Halloween!
It’s our season. It’s the time of the waning year and with the darkness comes an extra dose of magick. This past Halloween weekend in LA was extra special for a few reasons, one of them being because it was actually gloomy and raining! The energy at this time of year is always thick, fuzzy with the energy that comes with the veil between this world and the next thinning. And the gloomy, dark, overcast weather lent a wonderful, although heavy, energy to the Halloween festivities. One of my best friends Cory was visiting for the weekend and being able to show him gloomy LA was the perfect Halloween welcome.

14591838_10153824765836207_6460138977780490973_nFriday for work I dressed up as Wednesday Addams, again. I already had this set and I got this harness and these shoes at Deandri’s warehouse sale last weekend- they were begging to be worn together!img_8767

Friday night was an extra special treat because I got to see one of my favorite bands, Balance & Composure, for the first time in two years. Seeing them in LA was completely unexpected but amazing. I decided to prove my commitment and dress up as Sparkle Motion which made dancing a little bit more special and way more fun. I thoroughly enjoyed channeling my inner Samantha Darko.

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Halloween is the perfect time to bring out the most outlandish pieces from my closet and wear them all at once. I got this latex dress from Valfre about a month ago and was so excited to finally pair it with a fresh shave! I wore this during the day Saturday before going full Halloween that night.  I also loved seeing so many random people (mostly children!) dressed up, out and about during the day. I love being able to be especially out there at this time of year, when people are less worried about what others will think, heck you can be whoever you want on Halloween! How special is that.

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Saturday night I went out with some friends and decided to dress up as Black Phillip. Of course. Black Phillip is a character in the The Witch, a period piece about a family of English settlers in the early 1600’s who have a firsthand encounter with a Witch. It turns out their family goat, Black Phillip, isn’t as innocent as he seems…maxresdefault

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I  even had a book so people could sign their souls to me. I wore a vintage bathing suit, thigh high fishnet stockings, TUK creepers and a Disturbia jacket. I had to wear my horns a little lopsided but what can you do! I contoured my face with some gray makeup, drew on a nose and some freckles and called it a night.

img_8885My twin sister Alexandra was the Upside Down so of course we had to get a photo. It’s not everyday you can sign your soul away to the Devil in the Upside Down .img_8877We ended Saturday night with some Mexican food…as if I couldn’t love Halloween any more. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Sunday was spent eating brunch, walking around, enjoying the creepy and unnerving weather and modeling in front of beautiful pink walls (which I will post photos of in the next few days!) Halloween is the perfect time to wear what you want, love who you want and be what you want.14882172_10153833402691207_12386625749246764_oToday I dressed up as my Queen and came into work! Ha! Halloween is for fun and what’s more fun than dressing up as your idol//boss? Nothing. I’m so thankful that I’ve got to dress up so much for the holiday. Tonight I will be holding a ritual and performing divination. It’s the perfect time to reflect, honor those who have passed and take time to plan on what you want in the next year.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

XO
Gabriela

OUTFIT DIARIES::: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

Hello dear humans!
I apologize for the lack of posts. Between getting settled in LA, starting this internship and moving into a new apartment, I’ve been busy, tired and honestly a little bit lazy! I love my internship- it still hasn’t hit me that this is real. But one thing that has hit me is that I have a reason to dress up every day. Even when I’m not working, I can still hit the streets of LA in some of my favorite clothes. I haven’t gotten a single side eye from a middle aged white man since I’ve been here and it’s pretty dope! I love being able to utilize my closet and come up with new outfits so, here are some of my favorites!

13882453_10153621890521207_4814273352531022403_nMy “first day of work” look! I brought some loafers in case these got uncomfortable. They didn’t but they were horribly squeaky so I ended up changing mid-day!

14022323_10153646648331207_7306902177661710545_n14088562_10153640189751207_1932301849371639281_n A sparkly sweater is always a good look in my mind.

13920707_10153623142921207_8285650448951236534_nI’ve been enjoying playing around with my style, including leaning a bit more androgynous.

14079991_10153655755111207_6607005829545573495_n14079585_10153655347466207_3652113321109493510_nWhen you find an X-Files shirt and neat $10 glasses within the same week- you wear them together. 14117714_10153658242696207_4841912885996862026_n14079711_10153657827831207_6497348607077953115_nI’ve discovered that I enjoy wearing red and baby pink. I also appreciate obnoxious metallic clothing and accessories!

14086424_10153660759081207_7487665729059992606_o14100300_10153660443991207_6292307483380542231_nLace dresses, vintage scarves and cactuses (right next to my work)!  Friday’s are for black lipstick and selfies.

14233037_10153693386816207_650361281966892026_nOversized dresses with big pockets in front of my new living room wall! I decided to layer this shirt under it and I loved the result.

14192708_10153674092231207_4568227222885396636_n14117853_10153673605721207_5016062407816638921_nI slicked my hair back the other week and actually really enjoyed the look! Couple with some drop crotch paints I got for $10 and a shirt my sister gave me- I felt good.

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I saw The Coathangers, who I wrote about for NYLON, and a band called LA Witch opened for them. They were amazing and of course I bought a shirt. I paired it with a vintage tartan skirt for an extra kick of Viv.

14046146_10153650976466207_6167121791539839703_nWhen your outfit is #onbrand.

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I DID IT- I got my first Vivienne Westwood bag! I was pricing this and knew I needed it. It’s the perfect size, it’s sleek and it literally screams SEX. I paired it with some DIY painted shoes, an accordion pleated button down and a big gold clip to bring it all home.

14344353_10153713137006207_6821653797591803865_nI worked my first event last week and was sent to pick up 6 cases of champagne so of course I took a photo with some of them.

14446191_10153724486386207_1599522099824279431_n14344891_10153709742051207_3537529377942049640_nI’m feeling blue eyeliner and dad hats and I felt like being loud this day so why not just wear everything all at once?! Paired with some star socks and baby pink oxfords I got from London for extra eccentricity.

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My most recent look is what I like to describe as Eastern European flapper. It does the job! I got this bag this past weekend and I’m obsessed with it. I also got to wear this shawl thing I got a few weeks ago on sale.

What do you wear to work?!
XOXO
Gabriela

Saturdazae::: Bloody Maria’s and Metallics

I’M BACK IN THE SOUTH! I spent ten days in California and it was chill! I got back on Thursday at 4am. We flew into Charlotte-  where we found my sister’s car battery dead, thanks to me leaving a light on. That’s the second car battery I’ve killed in the past month. What even…The rest of Thursday was spent in a haze. It feels like today’s the first day that I am starting to feel like I’m back to a good internal clock.IMG_8506

Anyway, I’m glad it’s finally my favorite day of the week! Saturday is my absolute, guilt free lazy day. It’s my day to not do anything I don’t want to do and I absolutely love it. I love staying up really late and sleeping in on Saturday’s, or going to Soda City, Columbia’s farmers weekly market, if I actually wake up. Yesterday was spent staying up until 6am watching Bob’s Burgers and sleeping until 1pm today. Scorpio Moon, ya’ll. But I don’t have any plans and I don’t feel guilty about it!  I got lunch and drank a Bloody Maria and I’m currently sitting on my porch with no pants so I am content. IMG_8514I watched “Addams Family Values” for the first tim all the way through “as an adult” last night and oh my god. I get it. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an Israeli, Mexican witch living in Columbia, South Carolina- it’s like that. Also, as someone who had to go to outdoor summer camp for over a decade and hated it- I feel for Wednesday and Pugsly. Going into 7th grade, my parents sent me to a Jewish sleepaway camp for a month. I had never been to sleepaway camp and I already considered myself a witch- I did not want to go. I cried every day for a week straight.

Camp was the worst and suburban normies are (usually) the worst too! There’s nothing fun or important about failing to use your voice and be your own person, and judging people for this, and for not falling into your realm of comfort, is lame. Anyway, I loved the movie and am once again, reminded how Morticia Addams is probably the best fictional character ever and that she is severely underrated. Goals, am I right. IMG_8518 IMG_8519 Bodysuit:: American Apparel// Shoes:: Vagabond// Bag: Zara// Bolo, skirt, jacket:: VintageIMG_8520I hope you all have Saturday’s spent with people you love, dancing or relaxing!
XOXO,
Gabriela

The Breathing Fashion Guide to Being an Outsider

You never expected it to happen. The word itself never even crossed your mind. But one day, you wrap your mind around it like a sweater that’s been sitting at the bottom of your drawer for ages- one that never fit until just now. Outsider. It’s like a cloak has been lifted- a thin, gossamer veil shining opalescent in your peripheral vision for as long as you can remember. Suddenly there’s a name for the feeling and it’s found its way onto your flesh.

Step 1: Acknowledge It1-3091It only feels off at first. Like the balance has been shifted.  As soon as you see yourself from a perspective beyond your own, you have the power to change your situation. And the thing with being an outsider is that sometimes it doesn’t even feel like you don’t belong. Sometimes the way you perceive the nuances of life are just different- a slightly different tone or melody. A color shaded a little differently. A feeling worn a little bit heavier than those surrounding you. You coexist- but sometimes you feel like you’re living life on the other side of a veil, one that’s far less inhabited than the mortal realm.  No matter how far you wander, no matter how far removed you may feel, it’s okay. Taking time to figure out the way which you move through this world, no matter how different it may be from someone else, is all you need to exist inside your own reality.

2. Own It2-3093There will never be anyone else who sees the world from your view. There is no macrocosm without a microcosm.  You are just as important as everyone dwelling inside whatever perceived bubble you may see. And one of the things about living life looking in is that you have to remember there is no outside. There is no inside. There is no us versus them. There is just you. Talk to your demons. Learn what it is they’re strangling and grip hold of it and listen to the message it’s holding onto. The only way to live life askew is to do it on your own terms. Cast your fist up to the skies, and promise yourself that in spite of everything that has made you feel- compartmentalized or less than or not good enough- the only person you have to prove yourself to is you. If you already live life as an outsider, if you already feel different or absurd, then why wouldn’t you tackle the beast of your originality and wrestle it head on? Own it. Wear whatever you want. Listen to whatever you want. Do whatever you want. There is no one left to judge you.

Step 3: Let It Go3-3094One day you’ll get it. You’ll understand why you felt like you never had a place to fit into. You’re expected to conform to a singular mold. But you are vast. Infinite. You are oceans. Fluid- unable to decide on one way to see things. And one day you will realize- you are different. Like a cloud, you will float along in technicolor daydreams wearing your vintage hat and headscarf until the bubble you have submerged yourself in pops. And you’re back to your reality- one that doesn’t confine any spiritual experience to human terms. You feel like an outsider because you are made of stars and stardust. Let it go. You were never meant to feel human in this life.6-30994-30955-30977-3106Hat:: Sid & Nancy’s// Headscarf:: Strange Magick// Dress:: Urban Outfitters// Boots: H&M 8-3107All photos by amazing twin Alexandra Herstik.

Never be ashamed of who you are.

Sunday Style: Finding Home

I was resentful of being stuck in Georgia for a long, long time. Longer than I care to admit. Although anything is better than Bufflalo, where I lived prior to Georgia, I never really wanted to accept that this is where I was going to have to tell my children I grew up. I was born in San Diego then moved to Los Angeles and finally Buffalo before my family settled in Atlanta when my sister and I were 10. Add to that the fact that after 8 years in Georgia, the twin and I moved to South Carolina for university. Mix that with the fact that my mom is from Mexico and my father is from Israel and the idea of where “home” is becomes rather murky.

10 years later and I realize that Georgia is home. It’s not a fabulous fashion capital, it’s not where I have all of my memories or family, it’s not cosmopolitan or an enlightened and spiritual place… but it’s home. Georgia is where I’ve done my soul searching, it’s where I’ve met my best friends, it’s where my family is, it’s where I grew up and lived and loved and I’m thankful for that.

I spent my Sunday with my best friend Miranda and my twin sister Alexandra. We checked out a few nature preserves for Alex to take photos of a friend in and then headed to Downtown Duluth to take some more photos and hang out.

Georgia is great because you can see an alpaca on the way to Starbucks, eat lunch at an Asian supermarket, spend time at a nature preserve and then hang out in a cute little downtown area.

Home is Grey’s Anatomy marathons with your best friend. It’s hugs from people you love and the smell of the earth when it’s about to rain. Home is a kiss on the cheek and an “I miss you”. Home is, to me, where I found myself and defined my passions and set out to to help make the world a better place.

Shirt: Forever 21/ Skirt and Purse: Zara/ Hat, Shoes and Mesh Shirt: H&M.

Home is nothing more than a state of mind.

All photos by the twin, Alexandra Yael. Instragram: @alexyael

 

What does your Sunday hold?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Finals Week Uniform

It’s finals week and I’m doing my best to keep calm, be productive and not feel like I want to curl up under a rock. I went home last Thursday to a show and I brought all of my clothes besides a weeks worth of clothing to last me until I go home this Sunday. I kept some leggings, tank tops, my trusty boots and a few sweaters among other things. I moved out of my house and I’m ready for the week to be over, but I’m still doing what I can to look and feel good.

I’ve been living in this tank from Forever 21, with my H&M leggings, Urban Outfitters boots and shawl and my vintage purse.

What have you been wearing?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photo credit to the twin Alexandra Herstik

The Death Card

The thought of the death card in a tarot reading conjures up images of old fortune tellers with a distressed look on their face, promising death to a loved one, or yourself, in the near future. A negative connotation has been linked to this card, after all,  it’s the harrowing “death” card that leaves one with the touch of death on their soul, right?

The Wild Unknown Tarot

The first thing needed to understand the death card is a basic understanding of the tarot itself. The classic tarot deck was originally used as a card game in parts of Europe, like Italy and France, in the 15th century. This was later adopted by occultist and mystics, transforming into the tarot we know today. A classic tarot deck consists of 78 cards, 22 of which are considered the “major arcana” and the other 56 comprising the “minor arcana”. The major arcana are the more important cards, like “The Moon”, “Death”, “Judgment” and “Temperance”. The 56 minor arcana cards are divided into four suites, much like a classic card deck. The four suites, “Pentacles”, “Cups”, “Wands” and “Swords, are each numbered one through ten (the number 1 being the “ace” card), and contain four court cards; “King”, “Queen”, “Knight” and “Page/Jack”. Each card suit holds its own meaning, further coupled with the meaning of each card. The major arcana cards represent major themes and changes in life, and are usually more significant in a reading than the plentiful minor arcana cards.

The Faerie’s Oracle by Brian Froud

Like any form of divination, the tarot isn’t telling you something that is set in stone. The tarot is a map of sorts that reads the energies present in you. It simply draws the lines on a map that has been there all along; you have complete control over the roads you choose to take, the tarot simply lets you know what roads were there to begin with.

So what does the Death card represent? Complete and utter transformation. I chose this card because not only is it a personal favorite, it’s probably the most misunderstood and most frightening card in the deck. This card doesn’t mean someone close to you is going to die, It means one door is closing and another is opening, in the most important sense of the word. Get ready for some major changes and opportunities when you see this card because it has an uncanny ability to appear when new ventures are around the corner. Change is GOOD, and sometimes we have to lose something to gain something even better. Think of it as reincarnation; one thing ends and another begins.

Black is the lack of color, just like death is lack of life. The color black itself repels negativity; it is a strong and powerful color and for me, it encompasses the idea of the Death card. I chose this black dress, picked by the amazing Ivory from Hip Wa Zee,  this hat from H&M and these shoes from Urban Outfitters to create a look that matched my perception of this card. Like the tarot itself, everyone’s interpretation is going to be different. This is my personification of death

Check out my my amazing photographers website HERE and Ivory’s vintage store HERE.

Embrace the unknown with open arms and bask in the glory of its potential.

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Style Sunday: Twenty

It has been a fabulous day, my loves. I celebrated/ am celebrating my 20th birthday along with my twinnifer and it has been perfect. My parents drove up from Atlanta to celebrate with us and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and better birthday. We’ve eaten delicious food, talked about life, and we even found the apartment my sister and I will be living at next year! I rang in my birthday last night with good company and lots of laughs and smiles, I spent today with the same. I am just so happy to be alive and healthy with such beautiful souls in my life.

I always wondered if I would feel older at 20, and to be honest, I don’t. I am the same little soul I was yesterday, but this time I am finally starting to feel my age.

I am currently sitting and watching the Superbowl which is funny since I know absolutely nothing bout football. Alas, I am surrounded by some of my favorite people, so I have no complaints. Oh and there was a commercial with David Beckham in his underwear, so happy birthday to me.

Me and my fabulous papi. I love him to the moon and back!

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My signature move!

My best friend. My twin sister means the world to me and I can’t wrap my mind around how lucky I am to have her. Having a best friend and a sister is the best gift I could ever have and I am so thankful for her.

Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Leggings: Topshop/ Sweater, Necklace/ Hat: H&M

Namaste,

Gabriela Herstik

What I Wore Wednesday: Snow Day

If you’re from then you know of the snowpoalypse that’s been happening for the past two days. My hometown of Atlanta is in a state of emergency and people had to spend last night in their cars, hotels and schools since the freeways were gridlocked and getting home was not an option. My heart is with everyone in GA, and I hope all my friends and loved ones are doing okay and keeping warm!! My city turned into a huge family last night, and I had a lot of my friends offering up their homes for anyone who needed a house to sleep in. I think roads are still closed and I’m hoping that everything returns to normal in the next few days, but it is so beautiful to see people welcoming others into their homes during this crazy time.

It  didn’t start snowing up in South Carolina until late last night, but it was absolutely stunning! We didn’t have class yesterday or today and I am praying we don’t have any class tomorrow. Anyway, I got to spend a few hours outside with my twin and it was absolutely wonderful. I will never be too old for snow!

What did you do on this fine Wednesday?!?

All photos taken by Alexandra Herstik

XXX
Gabriela

Movies and Greek Food

First and foremost, Merry Christmas to all my Breathing Fashionistas who celebrate!!! I hope today was perfect, filled with love and family and food.  I don’t celebrate Christmas since my family is as Jewish as it gets, so, today was pretty routine! Well, it was kinda routine, the energy on Christmas is always so charged and happy and different, it doesn’t take celebrating to recognize that! I started off my day with some yoga on the beach and then I sipped coffee with the ladies in my family (typical) and relaxing. Later, we came back to the apartment to clean up before heading to the movies (again, typical). My dad, twin sister and I went to see 47 Ronin and my mom and grandma saw some other movie. I thought the movie was amazing, my sister wasn’t so amused with it or Keanu Reeves (again…typical). After the movie, we went to the restaurant that I’ve been going to in St.Pete since I was little, Skidders. Not my favorite, but it’s tradition!! It was a nice day overall, and the fact that I liked my outfit didn’t hurt..

Skirt: Vintage// Shirt and Necklace: Forever 21// Sweater: Zara// Shoes and Purse:Urban Outfitters

I had to whip out a yoga pose on the beach!

Yesterday was also spent at Skitters and the movies, except we saw Frozen instead of 47 Ronin. Let me just take a second to say that Frozen was one of THE BEST MOVIES I have seen in a very, very long time. It was perfect.

Shirt: WalMart// Leggings: Zara// Shoes, Shirt and Purse: Urban Outfitters// Necklace: Forever 21

Had to whip out an outtake and another yoga photo!

All photos courtesy of my twin, Alexandra Herstik

Merry Christmas!

Namaste,

Gabriela

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