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The Mersey Grunge

Jacket: Vintage | Shirt: Emma & Sam | Boots: H&M | Bag: Michael Kors [similar]

I will admit – I over wear this jacket. You could say our bond is like that of a squirrel with nuts in winter  – unbreakable (I have no idea where that analogy came from). This was my grandfathers jacket from back in the 50s when he served in the army. Pretty neat, right? Most people are pretty surprised by that. I’ve managed to make it into a vintage fashion statement shocker and match it with just about everything. The rest was history!

p.s. – the first day I wore these tights I tore a hole in them (typical), and so instead of throwing them away, I tore more! Now I have a sick nasty pair of badass punk tights.

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1/8 Mood Board…

 

clearly thinking largely about summer adventures…

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NYE OOTD

Dress: H&M [alternative  1 / 2 ]  | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Urban Outfitters [alternative]

 

I fell in love with this dress as soon as I laid eyes on it, but it also immediately became problematic. It’s completely made out of mesh and came with no insert piece to hide everything going on underneath. I figured the dress was worth the trouble and went on an intensive hunt for a black slip – but I fell short. Oddly enough, I threw the dress on over some jeans and came out with this little number. I decided to keep it low-key casual this New Year instead of falling into the stereotypical glitz and glam that surrounds it. Black and red is timeless. Sadly, these heels are no longer available from Urban, so I was unable to link them, but I added in a cute winter alternative up there. (I scored these babies on a last minute clearance sale for $19 it’s too bad they hurt like a bitch. )

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

Summer Nights Series: Emerald

Dress: Bebe (similar here) | Shoes: Aldo (see better options below)

Sad reality – these shoes aren’t the greatest match with this dress. Sadder reality – when you move across the country with your life packed into two suitcases, packing the perfect pair of dress-up shoes isn’t quite on the top of the list.  But hey, these Steve Madden babies would look killer with a dress like this… or these, or these, or these… You catch my drift. This has to be by far one of my favorite fitting dresses of all time. As you can see, the seeming on the lines along the hip are coming apart – which is probably why I stole this dress for a whopping 80% off, but regardless – it’s too beautiful (and an easy fix). It’s a bandage dress, so naturally, like all bandages dresses do, it sucks in all the little extra blub you might have laying around and makes you feel firm and tight (I think all of us wouldn’t mind that feeling in a tight dress every once in awhile). The fabric is ultra comfy and the details are all so flattering. I’ve never been able to complain about the fit on any of my dresses from Bebe – they’re magical!

June Gloom…

Top: Boohoo [similar] | Skirt: Forever21 [similar] | Sneakers: Adidas

June Gloom is upon us here in Santa Barbara, but that won’t stop my extravagant, summer style! Well, it may come with a sweatshirt in hand, but hey – I’m here to conquer you with my sunshine, gloom! Ain’t nothing stopping me. I have to say though, in all honesty, this skirt isn’t the most comfortable… but, we pay the price to have style (literally and figuratively). Maybe only for a few hours, though, as I’m all about being comfortable – so in a few hours time I was in a pair of leggings, bumming it. I’m also on an intense bra-less kick this 2017. If it’s not totally necessary, it’s not on me. Sorry peeps, free the nip 2017!

Five Etsy Finds of the Week

 

Ever since I’ve started selling chokers on Etsy I’ve came across a whole new world of merchandise – a type that I admired more than any other. Knowing the effort, time and money spent making my chokers, I understand and respect the dedication that others take to create their unique products on Etsy. Therefore, I’ve decided I’d start a weekly blog post featuring 5 new shops I come across that I admire, and some of my favorite pieces from them

  1. Aquarian Thoughts

This is by far my favorite Etsy shop at the moment. I’m not the biggest jewelry person, as I tend to lose it all, but I do find jewelry so beautiful (as expected). What I love most about this particular jewelry shop is the delicacy of it all. It’s simply stunning – and I mean simply literally. It speaks for itself…

 

2. Thread Thugs

This shop is trendy and unique! Many products are based off of pieces found at LF stores – a clothing store only found in big cities like LA and NY and can’t be bought online. Therefore, it most likely has exactly what you’re looking for but can’t find anywhere else. It’s edgy and chic, affordable and irreplaceable.

 

3.  Valdenize

This shop is a bit pricey, but makes dresses so you’re paying for what you’re getting. What I love about this shop in particular is the 50s inspired dresses. I have a strong obsession with the 50s era, and I mean everything to do with the decade even beyond the adorable flare skirts and gingham prints. I find it rather difficult to find good 50s inspired pieces, so I instantly fell in love with Valdenize.

 

4. LoisLondonNYC

These beautiful, beautiful, beautiful gowns are fit for a goddess. I will say no more.


5. LanoyeeSilver

This bohemian style shop sells everything from jewelry to clothing. I have always been on the edge about bohemian style clothing – sometimes I feel like it’s a bit too much, but the great thing about this shop is the variety. Not all pieces are overly bohemian styled, yet there are some pieces that are. It’s perfect for all who are interested in the style!

My Grandmas Shirt…

 

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Top: Vintage (similar here)

Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)

Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

 

This is by far my favorite top – ever. While visiting my grandma this summer I decided to do some snooping through her closet and took it into my own hands to inherit a few things (; In my suitcase back to DC I had managed to bring this top and a plain white one just like it, as well as a curtain (I know, sounds weird, right? Lets save that for a different post). My grandmother is a bigger woman, which explains the size, but I adore oversized clothes – adore being the understatement of the year. There’s nothing like a classic red lip and a polka dot top – so vintage chic! I’ve never really owned anything vintage in my life so I cherished this top over summer, wearing it far too often. Surprisingly, it matched everything, or I was just wearing it with everything – either way, in the words of my best friend, it was tres chic.  Unfortunately for me (but luckily just at the turn of fall (; ) my grandma called in a rage saying it was her favorite top and she needed it shipped back to her before her doctors appointment so she could look cute for her hunk of a doctor. So, bye-bye to my polka-dotted love. Until next summer!

Best of the Runway: S/S 17

It’s safe to say that next Spring is very… very, far away. But in the world of fashion – we are already preparing! Per usual, warmer weather brings out flawless whites, lace, and vibrant reds. The ongoing trend here is just that, and a classic, mature, (covered) look. Less crop tops and more elegance – it wouldn’t be  a new season of runway without a total change in trend! I know you’re probably (definitely) not thinking this far ahead, but, we must stay up to date with the world of high fashion! Who says you really can’t wear white after labor day?

 

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