Monday, December 3, 2018

Back in Black: Life Update.

Carry thyself with confidence, openness, intelligence and spunk.
 Invest in the truth, and it will set you free.
I wrote these words over a year ago. It's funny how messages tend to come into my life, exactly when I need them. I stumbled upon this quote while updating my blog. Truthfully, I haven't been feeling like myself for a couple months. This fall felt like a blur- from constant travels, to losing a grandparent, to juggling all my creative endeavors. I momentarily lost my nerve or so, my resilience. I've always cherished that part of me. The girl who was scrappy. The girl who didn't take no for an answer. I took it for granted. Not realizing that maybe one day I could wake up and not feel the same way. I am taking day by day, and remembering the power of my own thoughts. An earned lesson of being in my 20's. I like to see it as growing pains. Not where I use to be, and not exactly where I know I am headed. Sitting in the unknown is damn scary. But once I accepted it for what it is- messy, and complicated and endlessly imperfect- life has become much more beautiful and nuanced. 
I've spoken on this before. But clothing just like thoughts have a mood-shifting power for me. Most days when I am feeling defeated or stuck, I am probably in workout clothes or need to shower. It's important to find the things that trigger your inspiration and pull you out of a rut. I am finding more excuses to get dressed up (even if all my friends tell me I'm over dressed.) Wearing a red lipstick even  if its a Monday. Pulling out my favorite dress that feels like a AC/DC song. Dressing with purpose fires me up. Clothing has always been an escape for me. And it will always shake me up in the best way. 
Zara Faux Suede Dress, Nasty Gal Block Heel Boots (sold out but similar to here), Who What Wear Collection purse, Le Specs Sunglasses (affordable version here.)  
Photos by Los Angeles Content Creator Tash Baker  

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Classics for the Modern Woman with Tradlands

Let's be honest, I steal my boyfriend's clothes. I have been raiding his closet for years. Crisp button-ups, basic white tees. I find myself drifting towards mens wear more + more these days. I appreciate the simplicity, but also the power it generates in me. Maybe it comes from the history of women who have chosen to wear men's clothing. A urge of rebellion. A push to be respected as equals. The daring Katharine Hepburn once wore men's blue jeans onto set, despite the studios requests. They confiscated her pants while she was shooting on set, in hopes to persuade her to wear a skirt. She instead instead she would stand in her knickers until her pants were returned. It was the 1930's. They gave her the pants back. I love this story. All she wanted was to be treated equal. And let her do her job without combating what outfit was on her back. 
When I first discovered female owned brand Tradlands, I knew it was a match made to be. Women's wear pieces inspired by classic men's wear style. From tailored oxfords, on the go chinos, to cozy henleys, every pieces I could see in my closet. It's brand for women striving for simplicity + elegance. A woman who wants to be empowered by the clothing to wears. Tradlands is timeless. It all depends on how you choose to style. My favorite pieces is the Elms Oxford. For years, I have been scouting for a shirt like this. I don't like when my button ups are fitted tight to the body, and cut more for a feminine sillhuoute. I find power in wearing a more androgynous shape. The cut on this top is perfection, and I feel so beautiful every time I wear it. 
Lucky for you babes, Tradlands gave me a discount to share with you! They will give you 15% off your entire purchase by using the code eastwestedge15. If you have been following along with me, you know, I never share discount codes. But I adore this brand, and really hope you get to try their clothing out. Their pieces will live as staples in your wardrobes for years. And that's the kind of investment I am into as my style matures. ALSO* every time you shop with Tradlands your clothing is produced ethically and sustainably. That's important to me, especially in the current state of our world. Hope you fall in love with this company as much as I have. And I promise, you'll spot me wearing these clothes all over my feed. 
Photos by Los Angeles Content Creator Tash Baker  
Sponsored by Tradlands 
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fall Edit: My Go-To Side Pieces

Like clock work, always around this time of year, a apart of me longs for the east coast. There was nothing like a New England fall. I miss the crunch of rust colored leaves, and crisp October nights walking Newbury Street. Army jacket, and thick scarf always in tow. I like to pretend, I can will the shift of seasons in LA through my style choices. But we all know, a turtleneck in the middle of the day will leave you dripping from that constant California sunshine. 
One way, my style embraces the new season? Accessories. Goodbye strappy sandals, and basket bags, and breezy straw hats. I find myself reaching for structured purses, preppy heels, and a retro pair of sunnies (ok that didn't change from the summer). This Sophie Hulme purse was an instant favorite for me. I don't know why, but a faux fur bag always elevates a classic look. It is the ultra-chic finishing touch to a simple fall outfit. My Huma Blanco pumps will be in high rotation in my wardrobe. I love the shape of the heel, and toe of this shoe adding major length to my already long legs. Planning to pair these shoes with vintage levis, moody floral dresses and the velvet Silver Jeans co. pants seen photographed. 
So even though my mind might travel to far off places off (cough, Paris, New York City, Boston) I can still bring autumn to Los Angeles. Where in the world do you live? How does your style change for the cooler season? Comment below x
Silver Jeans Co. Black Velvet Pants, Huma Blanco Block Heels, Vintage Blouse from Melrose Trading Post (New version by Topshop), Sophie Hulme Teddy Purse (Unavailable online but style in other colors here), Who What Wear x Tacori Bracelet (Available soon!). 


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Rebellious For the Right Reasons

Since my birthday, I have been examining the way I live out my everyday. Questioning tactic, and thought processes that might be hindering me. Patterns, and habits that aren't serving those lofty ambitious that vividly appear in my imagination. There is a nerve in me, deep down, that knows I am meant to be creative. No matter the context.
I’ve noticed an urge to be more rebellious. To break the rules that are meant to be broken. Cut the narrative that doesn't feel accurate to who I am now, or who I want to be. I still have the days of self consciousness. Stressed that forging my own path won’t pay off. But there’s nothing more thrilling than taking a step forward without knowing the outcome. A bold face risk. And even in the wild mess of it all, I find myself more and more. I want year twenty-seven to be full of bravery. Breaking the rules isn't about being bad. I want to be a positive deviant. A person who promotes authenticity + is aware of the world around myself. 
 
Nasty Gal Polka Dot Dress, & Other Stories Sandals, Missoma Horn Necklace, Vintage clip on earrings, purse, scarf from Paris. 


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