The Fall Edit

 I’m all about monochrome, specifically black, head to toe. There’s something so powerful about wearing all black. I feel like a true Death Queen when I wear my favorite color (sorry mom) but I do my best to wear lots of gold, or at least a red lip to break up the look a bit. One of my favorite things about wearing black, and  neutral in general, is that you can really amp up the texture. I’ve been all about fuzzy sweaters and I absolutely adore tartan and flannel, and now that the weather is getting colder, my obsession is only getting worse. This season I’m inspired by mauve, camel, stone grays, black and lots and lots of gold.
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Cheetah is also one of those prints I really can’t get sick of. These sleek booties are absolutely perfect and I love the vintage sort of style they exude. I’ve been all about midi skirts since last fall and I don’t think the love is gonna fade. Pair a midi skirt with a big, chunky knit for a new take on the silhouette.

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A tartan cape seems like a solid staple to have. I would pear this little number with a simple sweater, a thick beanie, and a black boot with a gold accent. I’m all about the circle shades, so The Row’s circle sunnies would be a go to.

 

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I love the juxtaposition of a delicate faux fur with a chunky boot. Grab an oversized sweater, some fishnets and some good gold accessories and you’re sure to be the sexiest girl on the block.

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Black, gold and cheetah are the ultimate sex kitten staples in my eyes. Add a red lip, some sexy sleek boots, a bit of fake fur and just the right amount of perfume and there’s no way you can’t feel confident. This clutch by Acne is absolutely ridiculous and to die for, and I love what it adds to the rather simple look.

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You can’t go wrong with leather, or with Alexander Wang. Sculpted pieces and the right amount of nude take this outfit to the next level.

What are you wishing you could wear this fall?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Sundays in Tartan

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.

5I 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. 4 3 2 17 6810 9Skirt: Vintage/ Top & coat: H&M/ Shoes & hair clip: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Zara

All photos by Alexandra Herstik (@alexyael)

What are you wearing this November?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

 

Fashion and Function

This semester, I’m only on campus two days a week for class. This means two things; really great outfits five days a week and outfits that are functional two days a week. I need to be able to walk from one side of campus to the other, sometimes in under 20 minutes with a purse, a backpack and my big, chunky computer. This means utility. Utility, however, doesn’t mean I have to dress like a slob. For this past weeks outfit post, I decided to do something a little different. It was actually chilly out so I grabbed my Zara Men’s sweatshirt, my baby pink Zara jacket and my Kat Von Dee Coven lipstick to give my basic ensemble an alien vibe. 1I don’t think dressing well and being comfortable are mutually exclusive. I love being productive and sometimes that takes the right outfit. With a little creativity and some interesting details, the perfect balance isn’t hard to achieve at all.2 4 5 6 7 8 666Sweatshirt,jacket and necklace: Zara/ Pants: Joes Jeans/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Dolls Kill

Namaste,

Gabriela

Photos: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael

 

 

W I T C H

The archetypal witch conjures up an image of an old crone mixing herbs in a cauldron, most certainly for a spell or ritual. The word “witch” makes us think of an old hag, riding around a chilly October evening on her broom, casting curses at whoever is unlucky enough to be in her way. Witchcraft and witches exist in modern day, but definitely not in the way that most of the populations thinks.  Every energetic worker, occultist, or witch will have a different definition of the word “witch”.  Although some people tie working magick to witchcraft, not all witches work with magick, just like not all magick workers are witches. What does that mean? Not everyone who manipulates energy for a certain outcome is a witch, and not every witch works with energy. The history of witchcraft is long and winding, and cultures ranging from the Celts to the Ancient Mesopotamian’s had their own form of energy work or magick which could be considered Witchcraft. Witchcraft, and the use of healing through herbs and natural remedies, divination, magick and spells can be passed down from generation to generation in a practice called Hereditary Witchcraft. Witchcraft ranges widely from practitioner to practitioner and you don’t have to have a family that practices witchcraft to practice it yourself. Since Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, you can follow almost any religious path and still be a witch.

Witchcraft can include anything from divination and crystal work to spells and herb and faerie lore and magick. It’s a personal practice, with an underlying idea that you have tools at your disposal to create and see parts of this life that you may have missed without the awareness or consciousness that comes with Witchcraft. It’s kind of difficult to understand in an objective light, so I’ll share a bit about my personal practice.

My practice of Witchcraft involves working with the tarot, faeries, crystals and and energy work. like spells. I work with the moon and I incorporate my yoga practice as a form of energy work as well. I practice magick, although I don’t believe in using that sort of energy to cause any negativity or harm to anyone. A lot of my practice is being positive, being aware of the power of my thoughts and actions and how I impact other people. In my opinion this is the basis of all energy work, how can you expect to manipulate energy if you’re not aware of the power of your own at all? Thoughts and intentions go a long way, after all.

I became involved with Witchcraft when I was 11 or 12. It started with a deck of Faerie oracle cards, called The Faerie’s Oracle, by Brian Froud. This led me to finding the book “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” which began me on my journey. 8 or 9 years later and my path is still evolving. I saw this bag on Dolls Kill and had to have it. I love to incorporate fashion and spirituality so this was a match made in heaven. I paired it with some drop waist pants, a halter tank with a low back, some black boots and lots of gold details to finish off the outfit.Shirt: Forever 21/ Necklace: Topshop/ Pants: Zara/ Boots: H&M/ Bag: Dolls Kill

For me, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that means being aware of my energy and my place in the world. It means using my intuition and the tools I have to create the life I want to live, in a peaceful and loving way. I don’t condone hurting anyone or attempting to hurt anyone to get a desired outcome and I especially don’t condone any form of magick that hurts more than it helps. More than anything, this is my practice and my story and my own form of witchcraft.

Talk to me about what you think about witchcraft on twitter @gabyherstik.

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. @alexyael on Instagram 

 

Fauna and Flora in Florida

Some of my favorite days are spent in leisure. Waking up late just to go to lunch and stroll around. I spent my Tuesday with the twin, walking around downtown St.Pete after we got some killer Asian food. We got some ice cream, found a little secret garden and wandered around a little bit taking in the salty air with some smiles and laughs. After we walked around the downtown area, we headed to the beach to take some photos against a stark turquoise wall.It was a lovely day with lovely company. Thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary  Sale and Zara, I picked up a couple of new pieces, including this killer Topshop wrap skirt and necklace and Zara bucket bag. I painted my lips with Candy Yum Yum by MAC and grabbed my favorite Deena and Ozzy heels to finish off the look.

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Top: Forever 21/ Skirt and Necklace: Topshop/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Bag: Zara/ Sunnies: Nordstrom.

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. Follow her on instagram @alexyael

What are you wearing this summer?

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Floral in Florida

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.

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Skirt and sweater: H&M/ Top: Forever 21/ Purse and necklace: Zara/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters.

What are you wearing this Monday?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Sunday Style; Dancing into Creation

Sundays call for sleeping in and spending time with loved ones. They call for big, goofy smiles and living from a place of love. Sundays are for slow moments sipping coffee, and nights celebrating friends birthdays. Sundays are for embracing what you love and letting it light you up.

 We were inspired by Nataraja, a Hindu God and a form of Shiva who is said to have danced the world into creation. 

Top and skirt: Urban Outfitters/ Hat: H&M/ Shoes and Moon Necklace: Forever 21/ Clutch and Chain Necklace: Zara.

My best friend Marissa stopped by and my sister took some photos of us. I’m so lucky to have such beautiful souls in my life!

All photos taken by my sister: Alexandra Herstik, @alexyael on Instagram.

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 

What to Wear Wednesday; Till Death

Her presence is felt as soon as she steps foot in a room. She is a woman whose power and strength emanates from her core, filling the space with an energy that is both subtle and intoxicating. Cloaked in all black, she is as cunning as a raven and just as connected to the other realm. She understands her own strength and she dresses for it in blacks as dark as ink and as opaque as the midnight sky.

There’s a certain elegance to a woman who’s comfortable in her own skin, an effortlessness that no outfit will ever match. Lack of color does’t mean lack of passion, and the woman who knows how to wear all black will most likely surprise you with her own vibrancy. Liberation is the sweetest taste for the woman who has stopped confining herself to the expectations of others.

Textured Elegance

She is insatiable, constantly seeking knowledge of the darker aspects of the human soul, inspired by the occult and macabre.

Rose of Death

The madame who wears all black plays with textures and details in ways no one else thinks of. Lack of color and lack of personality aren’t necessarily equivalent, after all.

Dream Life

Inspired by the world around her, the woman who’s layered in mystery isn’t necessarily secluded from the rest of the humanity. She may be shrouded in darkness but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to harness her own light.

 

XXX
Gabriela

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