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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Blooms

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Often times, I run out of things to say.
I just want to you know that it's possible
to find beauty in structure
in mediocrity
in repetition
in vacuity
in sobriety.

          And when you feel like you've exhausted every avenue trying to inspire yourself, let the redundancy ferment until something new blooms.

Zip jacket from Zara
Mesh tank similar
Zip drop trousers thrifted similar


Monday, September 29, 2014

Like a Puzzle

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 libertydenied, H&M, Jewelry, DKNY, Nasty Gal  libertydenied, H&M,DKNY, Zara I can't attribute my personality or opinions to my heritage, but one thing's for certain: On the rare occasion that I style outfits to give off brown vibes, I know my cultural detachment isn't a complete reality.

 But what has been the reason for this hesitance in the first place? I come from a really rich background with lots of beautiful colors, music and ways of dress. Maybe it's just the fact that I'm so far removed that I've never been able to conceive how I fit into that pretty picture. Regardless, I'm not willing to live completely 'white-washed,' if you will. It took me a while to come to terms with this, but I think I get it now.

I guess this look is my way of making an effort to rep those roots a bit more.

Often times, creating the right look is like putting together a puzzle. You have to make sense of it all before you fit the pieces together.

DKNY Dress similar
H&M Trousers similar
Nasty Gal Shoe Cult Sandals

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sparklepants

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There will ever be a time in my life where I completely wing my outfit. I'm just not that kind of person; never will be. But even still, there are instances when I know that a piece is powerful enough to wear as is: no extensive prep required. I think this jumpsuit is definitely one of those. It said something without screaming it...and I appreciate that.

Being the mall rat that I am, I was actually scouring for something interesting to wear to DRAKE VS LIL WAYNE for a while. After all, he was only going to be thousands of feet away and never see me, so it was necessary to buy something brand new. And I think I made the perfect choice. Some people went overboard, wearing their clubbiest dresses and  making their drunk boyfriends carry them back to the cars after the night was over.

Good times.

But as 90% of my friends would put it, "I'm not about that life".

I'm my own boyfriend. I wore flats. And until the day comes when I can romp around in a mini skirt and sky high heels for 7 hours without a single complaint, I'll be sticking the slightly ghetto sparklepants I know myself to be.

Stick to what you know, and know yourself.

Jumpsuit from Charlotte Russe

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Way Up

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No better way to end the week off than a night of nonsensical trap music and fake eyelashes out the wazoo. Outfit pictures to come.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Delicate Statements

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I don't think I've ever shot photos indoors for this blog. I guess this post is kind of an ode to my high-school self who was obsessed the Terry Richardson white-walled-hyper-flash photos. But since that time, you can tell that I'm my aesthetic has softened up quite a bit.

When you're at a point when your style starts transitioning organically, the times where you aren't stunting as hard are equally if not more important. I love kicking back and knowing that sometimes, how you carry yourself is 'fashion' enough. And I've really come to appreciate simplicity and the power of delicate statements. That may seem like an oxymoron, but take these pieces for example:

Amarillo Jewelry at Showroom Joplin sent me these dope gold rings and armlet. While, from a distance, they may seem like just a little sparkle, but tell a lot more upon closer inspection. I love being able to speak my mind (oftentimes profanities) without even opening my mouth...and I love that these pieces do that for me. After all: that's the power of art, isn't it?

My shift in style has aligned right on time with the start of the Indian Summer.  Now I have every excuse to just wear a plain black midi and deck myself out in just the right details.

Thanks again to Haati Chai and Amarilo xo