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!
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
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.
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.
These beautiful, beautiful, beautiful gowns are fit for a goddess. I will say no more.
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!
Jane Birkin – if you haven’t heard the name then I’m judging you ( just a teensie bit 😛 ). The English singer, actress and fashionista has made her rounds in the spotlight in the 70s and even inspired the Hermes Birkin Bag (see, you must have heard of her one way or another, she’s legendary!)
Starting her stardom was the controversial song written by Serge Gainsbourgh, originally for Brigette Bardot, “Je t’aime moi non plus”. Her fame came quickly and she instantly became known for her relentless, effortless and unique style. Unique being the key point – she was well-known for carrying a straw basket as a purse – a strange yet super chic accessory trend that only she could have started. One day, while boarding a plane, she spilt the contents of her ‘purse’ across the floor right infront of the feet of our very own Hermes, where she went on to explain that she just couldn’t find the right bag that actually closed at the top. there you have it. That’s when Hermes granted her wishes and made the inonic Birkin Bag in honor of her, and of course, gave her a few along the way. She keeps just one for herself, until it’s time for a new, and donates the others for charity.
Jane Birkin still continues to inspire style today, as the straw picnic-esque purse was actually quite the fad this summer.
Here are some highlights of her most casual, yet chic moments. Sometime’s it’s not the clothes you wear, it’s how you wear them.
Little needs to be said about this weeks inspo’… Most of my mood boards typically revolve around an elegant grunge and this one does as well. While I tend to over use the word ‘effortless’, this collage is too effortlessly beautiful to even require use of the word.
all images via tumblr. see more at stylestudiesx.tumblr.com
Dress: Urban Outfitters
It was an ongoing joke on the 4th of July to count and see how many people complimented this dress, and there were so many we couldn’t even keep track! It’s just so casually, effortlessly beautiful and elegant. I know I use the term effortless quite a lot, but if I could erase every other time I’ve used it and change the definition of it to this dress, I would. Though the front is very lowcut, thanks to my lack of packages it didn’t seem revealing. It’s very light, breezy and cool in the heat, but does shrink in the wash! I almost lost it when I struggled to button it around my ribs, but as the day went on it loosend back to its original fit. It’s a true beauty!
Top: Zara (in-store only, similar here)
Jeans: Zara (in-store only, similar here)
I’m a bit Zara obsessed at the moment, as you can tell. They had a huge sale on before the holiday so I took full advantage of the amazing deals and got myself a little going-away outfit! Everything in Zara is incredibly chic, even in the simplest of forms. I was in fits over this bell-sleeved, pinstriped top. It’s light and airy, and simple yet so unique! The jeans were supposed to be boyfriend jeans, but they only had one size left and I loved them so much that I got them anyway! Also, the shoes leave horrible blisters the first few times if worn for long periods of time 😬 but after being broken in they’re super comfy and match everything while being effortless chic!
This weeks inspo’ is all about those oh-so-glam, oh-so-sexy, summer vibes.
This week is more of a mood board than a style inspiration piece, but our moods typically reflect our style now, don’t they? Really starting to feel that hot, sweaty, lazy summer heat. I’m really into artsy pieces and feeling all sorts of vibes lately, and finding inspiration from simple things rather than others style. Hope you like it xx
There comes a day in our lives where we meet that special something that holds a place in our hearts, and with every meeting it never fails to warm it; That special something that influences our souls to flourish, to express itself in its most natural, unique state. That is the epitome of New York City.
Standing on Fashion Ave, after getting off my bus and arriving into the city, I’m standing waiting for a friend. Not a person doesn’t go by that my eyes don’t wander to. A woman with thick chunky platform shoes and hair cut to her jawline, the face of Vogue. A few friends walking the streets, dresses and skirts swinging so casually, yet anywhere other than the city that would be style for a special occasion. Headphones and leather biker jackets with literally just about everything. Even the athletic jocks and gym-goers look stylish in the city.
The embodiment of NYC street style is being oddly strange in the most normal way. Whatever it is that makes you your quirkiest and most offbeat self is suitable for NYC lifestyle. Not being average is the norm. I’m walking through the streets of Soho and strut past a shop with sunglasses displayed in the window, a pair with kaleidoscope lenses is shining in the sun, front and center, calling my name. Suddenly, I seriously consider buying them. They’re incredibly awesome and so unique! And then I remembered last Spring I was in New York, when I bought large, square framed pastel-pink sunglasses that were chic and acceptable in the city but could never be worn again in Virginia. Or the hippie, ripped, patched vintage jeans I bought in the city a year before that and only wore nearly a handful of times… The city brings out the inner extraordinary, unique parts of your soul and accentuate them.
For my first night out in the city I realized how true Sex in the City really is… Everyone’s single or pretends to be. Everyone is out clubbing till four in the morning. And while this may not be the typical weekend lifestyle for everyone, it’s beautiful in a most extraordinary way. No one cares if you’re out every weekend or you’re not. No ones cares about the standard rules and regulations of life; go to college, get married, get a job, have kids.They just live and don’t judge. Not a single New Yorker asked me if I had a degree, if I had my own place, they simply ask, “what do you do? Where are you from?” And talk about life and love and experiences.
Not everyone loves the city like I do. I’ve come to find there’s a true love-hate relationship for it, and most people I know hate it. But no matter your love, or lack thereof, for the smells of the subways or the business of the streets, there’s something to take from the city, and it’s a sense of freedom. The freedom to be completely yourself and not be judged, to wear what you want when you want to, to take whatever life path you want and not be judged. I met many adults who were writers, stylists, nannies. A New Yorker friend said to me, “No one I know has a proper job anymore. It’s so weird now. You can be Blac Chyna and make a bank… I know many people who don’t use their degree, myself included. Waste of money.” I even met transgender Mono, who was his born male, and was male by week, and a ‘drag’ female on the weekends. No matter their sexual orientation, outfit, or career path, New Yorkers didn’t care. I find that outside of the city, in many other states around the U.S., that that’s not the case. Here in Northern Virginia, and other places I’ve lived in, everyone has the same basic life map; college, marriage, kids, a perfect house and a 9-5 job. That is what’s expected. That’s what is strived for, nor is that wrong, but if it’s not what you strive for or where you’re heading, a filter of judgment is passed over you. That’s everything that’s wrong with a lot of society, everything that’s right about the city and exactly my point. New York City is the city of dreams, whether you like it, don’t, or have never been, everything you can take from it, and this, should be applied to your daily life whether you’re in the country, city, or a suburban town. Be the quirkiest you, embrace your personality, your opinions, your taste. Who cares what anyone thinks, if it’s what everyone else is doing or it isn’t, it’s what you want, what makes you happy, so embrace it and live every day like this life is yours to take.