Friday, November 21, 2014

Miss Basic

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 libertydenied, zara, boots, wedges, combat boots, short hair
 libertydenied, zara, cobalt, blue dress, fashion blog  libertydenied, zara, threadsence, cobalt blue, BCBG, Herve Leger, Max Azria  libertydenied, zara, boots, wedges, combat boots, short hairI'm like every other girl my age. I eat too much. I spend way to much time staring at a screen. And yes, I discuss reality TV in depth with my friends for fun. In modern vernacular, these habits would constitute a basic bitch. And while I've always feared such an accusation, sometimes I can't help but feel like it may be true...

This year has shown some of the most extreme (and strange) weather. I haven't had the option of choosing pieces that reflect the 'seasons'. And it's been hard to be creative without overdoing it. So when 'fall' rolled around, I had no choice but to become the long-feared basic bitch with her chunky hi-low sweater, denim jacket and boots. But I also mean it in the original sense of the word; choosing timeless and understated textures/colors over the eccentric and overdone.

As much as I love obnoxiously long dresses and beads head to toe, this time around I just had to be miss basic.

Boots- Lana Del Rey for H&M
 
 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Still no Cap

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 Of all fashion weeks, I feel most compelled to keep a close watch on Mercedes Benz New York. And I swear, there was one season where everything and everyone (guys and girls alike) were decked out in cobalt blue and street wear (remember the flood of leather baseball caps?) If I'm not  mistaken, it was FW'13. Another unexpected move by Max and Lubov Azria during Herve Leger.

This is my sporadic attempt to join them. Months later. With a mix of a of pieces that are on opposite sides of the spectrum. But sadly, still no baseball cap.

I want to warn you beforehand, these shoes are not some short-term fling I'm having. I bought them knowing they were a size smaller. And since I know that, I'll be working ten times harder to break them in. My toes thank you for the challenge, Zara.

So you might have been wondering where I ran off to for the past +1.5 weeks. Well, I don't know. Time just goes by and although I have plenty to say, I feel like I'm cheating you if there's no way to show it.

I want to show you the world. Or at least,the world inside my head.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Baddies

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I swear, the more invested I get in blogging, the more strange questions come up.

Just a few weeks ago someone asked me if Libertydenied was my 'alter ego'. The first thing that popped in my head was, "I'm not Nicki Minaj and you don't know me like that," but somehow, I gained my composure and explained that as a blogger and a human being, I can't be expected to act the same way all the time. I'm a multi-faceted chameleon. I love art. I love fashion. And most of all, I love people who understand that.

I met Violet a little over a year ago at the Song of Style x Valentino Event. It was one of my first events and got me hooked on networking with like-minded guys and girls. Hearing about her crazy Halloween costume plans, obsessions with the natives of fashion blogging and the trials of being a working girl with a working blog made me realize something: life is all about surrounding yourself with the right people, ones who understand your personal and sartorial spectrum and support it.

While there was a slight bit of color coordination planned beforehand (#judgeus), I can honestly say that the rest of this photo set came together on its own. What can I say? We're just baddies and aren't afraid to show it.

Some say that fashion blogging is on its last leg. But in opposition, I say that maybe these friendships that are actually the catalyst for something even more spectacular...

 I'm excited to see what that something is.

Zara dress
Rock and Republic Booties

Find Violet here:  IG, Twitter, Blog



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This is My Season

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I waited all year for this weather, but its sudden appearance came as a bit of a physical shock to me. I just assumed the Indian summer would never end. But you know what they say about making assumptions...

Since I subconsciously choose to snuggle an extra five minutes to keep from the bone-shattering cold of my room at 6AM...2 second outfits are a given. This may seem daunting if you're not used to the bipolarity of Southern Californian weather, but that's actually the fun of fall and winter here. You can pull off the coolest looks by just piling things on, there's never too little or too much. And when you're like me and have mounds of black long-sleeved tops and a drawer bursting with tights, things FINALLY start to make sense.

This is my season.

Monday, October 27, 2014

At Arms Length

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I bought this top from Buffalo Exchange months ago. I thought I would never find anything like it again, and yet I completely forgot about it (this often happens when shopping becomes a hobby). After happening upon it this week while organizing my closet, I felt the need to figure out why I picked it up in the first place. The only way to put it to the test was to style it: layering accessories and adding some flow.

With short hair and a completely different outlook on how I wear what I already own, I see this piece as a gateway for what I hope is a wave of sartorial reinventions.

My commercial abstinence this month has given me the chance I've had to re-visit things I've taken for granted. Not just with clothes, but old writings, photos... even friends. It's was always just easier for me to keep my past at arms length, but I'm now realizing how necessary it is to take all my decisions/purchases/relationships in stride.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Minimize

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Removing myself a bit more this month has been great in helping to gain some clearly.

Bad habits. The way I spend my time. Over-indulgences in material things: I've been doing destroying my own character in lieu of learning to be content with what I have.

I used to pride myself on being able to craft a unique look out of a finite set of clothing. But as soon as I felt like I had a pretty penny, I started 'solving'  my problems with things.

If you're wondering, yes...I've worn each one of these pieces a million times.
My goal now is to become more  resourceful with my styling; minimizing the excess and focusing on what matters. I'm now realizig how important it is to take pride in the pieces I buy instead of fixating on flashy one-time wears. Don't get me wrong, gorgeous gowns and micro minis are fun during the dog days of summer... but it's not really art until you're making it your own.

What is individuality if you think you have every material good in the world at your disposal? I would say nothing.
As a tribute to Oscar De La Renta... I'll leave you with this
 "Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself"
RIP.

Zara Dress
Forever 21 Jacket
EShakti Trench



Monday, October 13, 2014

Am I Kylie Jenner Yet?

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I'm on a hiatus.
Not from blogging, but from buying. I'm seeing how long I can last without purchasing or even browsing in person. It's a dirty habit that started as an emotional band aid. Now I'm ripping it off. Two weeks strong.

This dress isn't mine, but I helped a friend shop for it right before I began my retail cleanse. Immediately when we saw it, we both squealed "KYLIE JENNER"...honestly I think everyone who sees this dress probably does. It just looked so damn good on her.

Nothing about it is particularly noteworthy. But the homage to Zara's asymmetrical skort was a nice touch on Windsor's buyer's part. And as much as I want to hate pop culture and everything about those little baby Jenners...I can't deny the mix of class and edge in this piece. Anyway, it was a comfy fit and made me feel a bit more like a super rich kid from Calabasas.

One step closer to knowing Will Smith. What more could I ask for?

Dress from Windsor similar