California Camp

I am stoked to share my first look from my collaboration with Shop Future, a Los Angeles vintage studio. Curated by the lovely Lane Leavens, Shop Future is your one stop shop for the best vintage pieces. This brand creates an aesthetic that honors the past, while still feeling fresh and cool for the modern girl. This studio has a specific eye to source vintage that has the ability to transcend the era it originally was made. Shop Future draws inspiration from the past, but holds relevance to the girl in the present moment. 
I am never afraid to wear double denim. A small dose of confidence takes this look from costume to everyday wear. I love these boyfriend Levis with this striped vintage bodysuit. It has the tomboy flare, while still showing off my female form. I have noticed vintage clothing tends to fit me better than new clothes made today. The cuts and shapes of other eras (specifically 70's) seem to work on my body better. Adding a bandana gives the look an Americana feel. I am ready for summer to begin and this outfit is the perfect transition between the seasons. I would identify this look as 'California-Camp'. Bright, worn-in but still crisp. 
@ShopFuture
Hair by: Briana Dunning @frizzy.b
Photo credits: Britt Crowe local Los Angeles Photographer 

LBD.


The LBD. The Little Black Dress. "Every woman needs their little black dress". 
Possibly the most over-used/generic concept found in fashion. This simple dress continues to find relevance decade after decade. Why does every woman need this article of clothing as a staple in their wardrobe? How can it feel effortless and cool, when most fashion platforms repeat and rewrite the same idea over and over again? I never want my fashion creativity to feel standardized or boring.

Local LA brand Saul, has the solution to the snooze fest of the LBD. The Ties Dress dismisses the blah-ness of a basic black dress, while still remaining minimal and simple. Saul reconsiders and recreates classic silhouettes, updating their styles for the modern woman. This dress is elegant without having to add accessories or other distractions. As my world gets more chaotic and busy, I am driven to style choices that are straightforward and chic. 

The LA fashion isn't only about the clothing anymore, its about the materials used to make the product. Saul uses vintage fabrics and dead-stock to create all of their clothing. I am drawn to brands that are aware of their impact on the environment, and how to lessen their carbon footprint. 

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Saul Ties Dress, Nine West Shoes, Topshop Vegan Leather Jacket.
Photo credits: Lauren Adriance NYC/NJ photographer


Big City Dreams.

New York City is always romanticized in pop-culture. Whether through in literature, movies, or plays there is something ethereal about this thriving metropolis. When I was 19, I packed my belongings and moved to the East Coast. Straight out of high school, I did not know exactly what I wanted, I only knew I needed to get away from my west coast lifestyle.
  So, I headed for a college just outside of NYC. It was one of the most challenging and scary times of my life. I was far from my home and family, and within a few weeks of classes, I came to realize that I wanted to pursue a degree in the theatre arts. I never felt more alone. 
That's when the magic of New York City came to my rescue. You're never alone in Manhattan, and you're not the only one dreaming wildly. Gradually this city helped me build my confidence and independence. My dreams were reaffirmed, with each subway train ride or walk through Washington Square Park, not realizing the power and poise I would obtain until I left. My favorite place (no matter how sentimental) was Soho District. There, I would pretend I was a professional actor or stylist living out my daily routine, hustling from one place to the next. This, of course, was during a time long ago before instagram and smart phones, so I was forced to learn the city by trial and error. But isn't that the best way to experience life?
So let this post be a milestone for how far I've come. Looking back at my naive teens, I can clearly see the foundation for the woman I am today, and that foundation was paved by New York City. Though it can be daunting at times, this city allowed me to dream big and push myself out of my comfort zone. It allowed me to be someone else until that person manifested into me. It was not a person who helped me during the darkest time of my life, but a place. 

When prepping this shoot, I wanted to feel girly, classic, and elegant. I fended off the impulsive to be practical, and traded in my beat up sneakers for some Carrie Bradshaw heels (Yes, a post about NYC needs a cheesy Sex and the City reference ok.) For this shoot I collaborated with LA brand Saul. Their versatile and simple skirt can be worn everyday. 
This brand plays into minimalism without losing personality. The light blue color is my absolute favorite, and I find myself constantly styling with it.  
I love seeing how my style changes from East to West coast. That was the original idea behind my blog. A California girl, living in Boston- how do these completely different styles communicate and work together? This outfit represents both coasts. 
Saul LA Skirt, Brandy Melville Sweater, Nine West Heels, Coach Purse, Essie Nail Polish.
Photo credits: Lauren Adriance NYC/NJ photographer


Female Formation


 Thick legs, big biceps, DD breasts, blue eyes, broad shoulders, brown short hair, size 9 1/2 feet, patchy tan skin. Somehow all these parts make up me. My body. This is the vessel that holds all of my thoughts and dreams and feelings. But what you see first, is what you think of me. Why does my external frame become the thing that defines me? 

Our bodies become something to be judged and interpreted immediately. My form makes statements for me without my trying, it says something politically or socially just by the way I look. My voluptuous chest needs to be covered up, or I will be accused of "asking for it". My legs and arms are muscular, so I need to be careful not to bulk up or I will be perceived as masculine. My hair is short, it must mean I am a tomboy. It is ridiculous how limited society likes to make women feel, just based on appearance.

There is so much power in embracing the uniqueness of our bodies. Nothing is more beautiful than loving yourself and being confident. So let's throw those middle fingers up to irrational beauty standards that plague our culture. My body is not the only part of me on display. So is my brain, so is my heart, so is my gut. There is power in owning the things that distinctly make me, me. If I was told this as a 12 year old girl, maybe I would have been a lot nicer to myself sooner. 



This bodysuit from Ivy Park is all about owning your power. I love this piece because of its sleek simplicity. I am allowed to own my curves, and the asymmetry of my form. I would wear this for a brisk beach day, or for a dance class. And yes, maybe I am feeling myself a little more because its by Queen Bey. I love the detail of the mesh long sleeves. I could tell this piece was crafted with a woman's body in mind. Slicked back hair and minimal makeup makes this look be JUST about you. 




 Bless BeyoncĂ©. Each step in her career she has found a way to protect and raise up the female self. She has given voice and appreciation to the women whose stories go unheard in our world. Through her music, she encourages women to feel sexy, confident, and strong, no matter their skin color, physical form, or upbringing. I will always stand behind a woman who has the ability to connect people- despite the barriers that are reinforced by our society. 


Ivy Park Body Suit, Urban Outfitters hat, Vintage Sunglasses
Photo credits- Tavio Valencia Sacramento based photographer
@taviothephotographer 


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