Friday, February 27, 2015

Back to Basic

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CAMP t-shirt
Siwy jeans // SHOP SIMILAR
Vintage leather belt
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For a girl who loves flowers in her hair and overly embellished maxi dresses, it's funny to catch me in just a basic tee and some blue jeans. But you know, it feels good to wear these things every now and then. It's like when you go out drinking all weekend and decide to stay in and drink tea every night for a week afterwards. You know, a fashion detox sort of situation. Especially when the stripes are bold and the jeans fit like a charm. That's enough to keep me smiling, red lip or no lip at all. 

So here it is, top 10 basics every fashion girl needs (in my opinion):

1. Black and white striped tee (not too tight and not too loose)
2. High-waisted medium blue distressed skinny jeans
3. Black long length blazer
4. A brown stiff-brimmed hat
5. Simple gold cuff bracelets for stacking
6. Burgundy leather moto jacket
7. Printed silk neck scarf
8. High-waisted button front mini skirt
9. Distressed vintage rock tee
10. Metallic leather oxford shoe

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Light vs. Dark

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Sabrina SL jewelry
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Played around with the shadows one day with my little sister Natalie and our friend Sabrina who made all the jewelry featured here in this little photo set. It's the best feeling in the world to be surrounded by people you are inspired by constantly, and whom let you know how much you yourself inspire them. There's something so dramatic about the idea of light vs. dark, as well as the union of the two. Light . . . airy, innocent, fresh. Dark . . . sexy, smoldering, intense. I think every person has full access to both sides within them, no matter how much they show themselves to be on the exterior. The final product just depends on how much of each is channeled. The best way to start is by letting down your inhibitions. I know that both light and dark live within me, and only those closest to me see all my sides, and understand where they come from. There's a huge side of me that is made up of things that are light. My friends and family and work keep me forever smiling. I find a reason to laugh over just about everything. I never take myself too seriously. Nothing really feels like the end of the world to me. I like to make sure that everyone is included, and that I get to hear all stories before putting down any sort of judgement. On top of that, I am very accepting of all kinds of people, even if they are completely opposite of me. I'm a Libra through and through, and it takes a lot to really kick me off balance. 

But I do topple over about some things. And when I do, I usually I topple over pretty hard. At least for a little while. Really it's not a negative thing. I'm just known to be a very passionate person. And it usually just means that when I put a lot of energy into something that strays from my normal routine, I expect a lot back. And if I find myself not feeling like I'm getting back what I put in, my darker, more emotionally contemplative side comes out. Sometimes I sound crazy. And I even start to act crazy. And you're done if I'm on my period. But I get over it fast, and I find ways to grow and move on, as opposed to staying put and pondering in misery. The best way for me to get over my darker days is with a whole lot of hope. And a whole lot of writing. And probably some water coloring. Oh, and a few glasses of wine. The turning of pages is the best remedy in some cases. And this way, my dark side turns into something more creative. So in the end, I usually do still end up winning. It's all about how you think about things. I could never have my light without my dark. And vice versa. We need the full spectrum to be a full person, so try not to try so hard being someone you are not. Just keep yourself in check. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As I Wait

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Topshop sweater // SHOP SIMILAR
AG skinnies
Vintage glasses
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Enjoying every moment that I can in my favorite little sunny nook at home. Waiting for spring to get here, but this is the closest thing to spring for right now. This fuzzy Topshop sweater keeps me cozy as I wait and try to get reacquainted with my dusty acoustic guitar that has been begging to be strummed since over two years ago. I think it might be time for me to get back into my more musically inclined sense of self. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Road From Here

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Scosha rings
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I'm not normally one to get too ahead of myself and think too hard on what lies in my future. 5 days from now. 5 months from now. 5 years from now. I'm more of a moment by moment sort of girl. The uncertainty in the future doesn't intimidate me, nor wind me up in ways that leave me feeling out of control. In fact, I find it liberating to know that some things can totally and completely be left up to fate. That I don't have to watch my every step along the way to avoid failure or a path of regret. That how things fall into place, where they fall into place and how long they take to fall into place is just meant to be. It's the ways we interpret and allow ourselves to be positively open hearted to the moments that lead us up to our final destination (or multiple destinations) that really matter. 

Happiness is always key. The pursuit of it correlates almost perfectly with how we factor in the existence of our future into the present-ness of our current lives. What is going to make us happy in the end? What steps do we need to take to get there? I asked these questions to myself all the time. But a lot of the times I found myself feeling less happy when I thought too much this way. I found myself feeling more doubtful. Less carefree. And I have come to realize that making sure our happiness reaches its highest potential in our future is just as important as how happy we are with the little things scattered right in front of us that have no direct correlation with our future. The existence of the right now. And that should be enough to guide us in the direction we were meant to take. 

I found this awesome quote recently posted by one of my favorite digital Instagram babes Charcoal Alley. A quote by one of my favorite worldly men of television:

If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move. 

– Anthony Bourdain

And advocation to move. Exactly where doesn't really make a difference. But how you get there makes all the difference. And that is exactly the point. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Beauty Files | The Amplified Lash

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L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara // SHOP HERE
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Recently I've been skipping the liquid liner for a simple shadowed eye flavored up with a more intense lash. I'm talking about thick and long mod lashes. Twiggy status. I haven't been more excited about a mascara before. L'Oreal's Miss Manga mascara is the bomb diggity bomb. The lash brush actually flexes, that way it gives more coverage to each lash, creating an amplified look. Who uses false lashes anyways? This is so much easier and less time consuming. My friends always joke that my selfless are sometimes somewhat verging Kawaii status, so this mascara is totally fitting to my alter ego. Give it a go, and you'll see what I mean.