Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Delete the Definite. Riding the Unpredictability of Life.

"Do you think you'll always live in Los Angeles?" Lately, a question that I have been prompted with in conversations. It always surprises me. How could I possibly know "where I'll end up" or what I will want in a few years? Twenty somethings are told to pin down life. We pretend we can control it, find ways to settle down. But that's unsettling for me. I think we are taught to run from the unpredictable or unknown. But I know, that's not for me. I learned that from my parents. They packed my brother and I up as young kids to the west coast. They knew no one, they had no clue what was next. I find that incredibly brave- and have noticed how that example has influenced the choices I have made. 
I don't like talking in "definites". That is not how life works. Right now, I love Los Angeles. I fall in love with hidden hillsides in Silverlake, and rocky beaches in Malibu. I fall in love with the sunsets during traffic jams, and the creative people I meet each week. But that doesn't mean its forever. I could live in New York for a summer or book a job in London or move back home to San Francisco. You never know where life will take you, and that unpredictability is the most exciting thing to me. The potential. No matter what age, you'll never know where you'll be in 10 years, 10 days or 10 minutes. Embrace it. 
Reformation Persimmon Dress, Marais Sandals, Clear Purse via Etsy, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Vintage Necklaces. 
Photos by Stefanie Marie


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fashion Test Drive- Denim Bermuda Shorts

I tend to avoid trends. As I have gotten older, I find my inspiration in honing my individual style. Verse blinding following what fills the racks of stores. But sometimes a look sparks your interest, and you all know, I am a sucker for anything denim. The denim trend for summer '18? Bermuda shorts. I like mine hitting right above the knee, loose in the legs, and tight at the waist. This style harps back to the early 90's- think Calvin Klein ads and Cindy Crawford. The length of this cut could be considered modest, but with a pair of heels, I find this look very sexy. 
I love these shorts as an alternative to beachy Levi's cut-offs. They are more practical for city life, but still keep you cool in those summer temps. These shorts work not only for LA girls, but my NYC babes as well (who deal with subways, cat calls, and miles of walking). I typically don't take style notes from the Kardashians, but they were some of the first sporting this look. I love how these shorts hug my curves, and highly my feminine silhouette. I paired it with a skin-tight tank, vintage clip on earrings and simple slides. The versatility of these shorts too give them my stamp of approval. Add a chic stiletto and a silk camisole and this outfit is perfect for an evening out. 
My shorts are from Topshop, but you could definitely cut a vintage pair of Levi's into this style. I have a white jeans from the Rose Bowl Flea Market that I am tempted to chop. I think with any trends, if they inspire you- try them out. Don't invest into the real deal, unless you know you will wear it over and over again. Personal style has room for experimentation (just look at some of my past blog posts). Have fun with it, and it will help you hone in on what clothing makes you feel like YOU. I did not expect to love these shorts so much, but sometimes the trendy can fit in in your wardrobe. 
Topshop Denim Bermuda Shorts, Topshop White Tank, Huma Blanco Slides, Vintage Gucci Backpack, Vintage Clip on Earrings from Hip , Vintage belt. 
Photos by Stefanie Marie


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Never Gonna Quit You- My Basic White Tee

I think we all have a piece of clothing that brings us closer to ourselves. It just feels right. You always grab for it. No over-thinking, or searching the closet. Mine forever and always will be my basic white tee. I don't think I will ever quit them. There's an attitude that comes from wearing this classic. Without any frills, I feel cool + confident. Maybe it also stems from my love of denim, but nothing feels more like me than this combination. 
Maybe it's from old movies of my childhood (You know one of them is Grease, guys), or from the pages of glossy magazines (still dream of the Guess ads of the early 90's.) but the white tee will always be my uniform. Currently, I love stacking vintage necklaces on top, with vintage denim shorts. I love this Anine Bing denim skirt for the scorching hot days that have been hitting LA. I also love how this top will always lean into masculine style, even paired with a pair of heels or cat eye sunglasses. This is a piece I grab for every morning, and steal from my boyfriend's closet, and never will forget to pack in my suitcase. 
Anine Bing Denim Skirt (Sold out but similar to here), Urban Outfitters White Tee, Vintage Necklaces (Loving the brand Missoma for new pieces like this one.), Raen Cat Eye Sunglasses, IMAGO Crossbody bag.

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