On me: heather tank, Urban Outfitters / vintage tribal harem pants, thrift / vintage wooden necklace, thrift / embroidered Guatemalan pouch bag, Honduran streets / rhinestone sandals, to old to remember
Summer pushes you to get creative with your wardrobe. With the searing heat beaming down most days I just want to be in tank tops, shorts and flip-flops. I rekindled my love affair for Carrie Bradshaw’s style after being reminded how much I admired it through B. Jones Style“What Would Carrie Wear” series post. Patricia Fields has such a knack in styling so eclectically. I love her mix of prints and the way she styled with vintage pieces. And of course those amazing shoes! This reminded me of my own shoe collection and prompted me to dust off many shoes that have not seen day light in many years ( like the shoes worn in this post, it’s been 10)!
I’m glad I did go into the deepest crevices of my closet forgetting that I myself collected all styles of shoes. I’ve always considered myself to be eclectic style wise, but some how forgot that along the way. Not only did I remind myself of this but not having a budget for shoes at the moment I have in a way “new shoes”!
On this day, Zoe and I were really enjoying the weather. We had a great experience visiting a new Church and a laughter filled lunch date with friends. Zoe had a preppy boho vibe going on, with the cutest suede chukka shoes paired with lace skirt. I tease her now because she always stated how she did not like “vintage clothes” but I see her embracing a bit of the bohemian style proving our taste does always evolve!
When I came across the new Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony editorial a nostalgic 90’s moment happened. Although much of the early 90s was influenced by the 60’s and 70’s, I remembered having so many of these key pieces in my own closet. I had the vintage baby doll dresses, wedged patent leather open back shoes (Steve Madden, I remember), knee high striped socks, nubby cardigans, plastic girl hair clips, the list goes on and on. Everything in this collection pretty much sums up what many of my own friends were wearing in the early 90’s, it was also nice to see the now revived Vision Streetwear as well.
I also love how Ms. Sevigny who’s 38 manages to look great in all these outfits and would still wear pieces like this. It’s telling that there really is no defined “age appropriate” way of dressing these days, just as long as you can pull it well together and it looks great on you! My stand out favorites are the 60’s inspired plastic see through booties (hello can I say cuuuuute) the patent leather platforms and all the dresses! It was hard editing down which pictures I would post on the blog because I adored them all, the full scope is over at The Cut.
It is no secret I adore this striped top, I’ve worn it so many times in a few of my outfit post! Do you do that? Do you get infatuated with an item and wear it till you get bored or someone points out to you that you’ve worn that outfit twice this week! Haha, I do it all the time…I don’t mind.
California weather these days is always a mystery, you leave home with a coat by early afternoon you’re stripping it off. It’s one of my kiddo’s top complaints when dressing for the day. I guess what’s good about that as Miami girls is that at least we get to wear coats, something to be desired in my case because I love the change of seasons!
Currently I’m working on my fashion design portfolio. When brainstorming blog post that I would enjoy creating, fashion and style post are within my top 5 favorite post I enjoy doing. So when doing this I realized that I may benefit from this in 2 ways, not only would I have a blog post done but also an inspirational trend board; which we use allot in the world of fashion design / manufacturing to see whats currently “trending” and “hot” out in the fashion market.
This week I used Axl Rose from Guns n Roses as my inspiration. I loved this fella’s style back in the 80s early 90s. There are several men’s closets I would love to raid and Axl’s would be one of them! My favorites were his layering of jewelry and belts, skinny pants or leggings (yes, before meggings Axl rocked leggings) paired with motorcycle or cowboy boots and of course his trade mark bandanas and aviator glasses. He would mix some pretty bold outfits together but it worked and I fancy that type of eclectic mash-up. I definitely take a page in fashion from these rocker guys of the 1980s; it was a fun time in rock fashion!
It feels great to get back into the blogging world! Especially starting with a Mother / Daughter style post which is becoming one of my favorite things to do with my daughter Zoe. Not only do we have fun getting dressed up, but we are also capturing moments in time that we can one day look back at together. It is such a remarkable experience sharing little moments like “getting dressed” with my teenage daughter. And also seeing how much she’s grown just in the last year, especially in character; she has such a sweet and humble one that I pray will continue through adult hood.
The backdrop is one of my favorite canyons to hike in the summer called Baily Canyon. I feel so lucky just having it a couple of blocks away. Just being in the midst of it brought out so many senses. We could smell sage and eucalyptus in the air. The tree trucks look like a work of abstract art. The sun rays felt so good on the skin and all the beautiful earth tone colors were eye-popping. We were excited to see and snap a photo of a hawk circling in the air, it was so graceful and majestic. Surrounded by a beautifully created world.
We are still dreaming of cold weather around these parts of L.A.. Just when you feel the cool morning days and nights, southern California fakes you out by giving you 90 degree weather the following week! I can’t wait to get cozy in some of these items. As you may notice I’m on an orange kick this fall. I adore color, especially when neutrals tend to take over during this season. Although I may not be able to afford all the above pieces but a girl can still swoon over them…
What are some of your favorites on your fall wish list?
I’ve been yearning to wear this big, bad, bold sweater and finally we can feel the sweet crisp in the air coming around the corner in Los Angeles! I’m a big print fan and I love how this black and white polka dot sweater is so in your face. I couldn’t be any happier that it is a Nordtrom label and how the 100% cotton feels like a Snuggy around by body. And of course like always, being pre-owned and a thrift find is the sweetest deal of them all!
outfit: Nordstrom sweater, thrift $4 / black twill pants, H&M $24 / black zipper booties, Nine West in my closet since 2001 / bright bold lips in eucalyptus, NYX $2.99
I also fancy the bright lip combination with the black, even though fall usually calls for a more warm color palette; but that’s why personal style is so much fun. And on a side note, I’m glad my lovely photographer daughter Zoe told me to smile more…it does suit me better!
wearing: Vintage 80s Cotton Dress, thrift / Report Patent Faux Leather Sandals, Nordstrom Rack/ Mossimo Black Cat Eye Glasses, Target/ Vintage Panamanian Malo Bag, Estate Sale / Silver Tone Onyx Ring, F21 / Vintage 70s Pendant Necklace, thrift
I’ve been trying to stay cool and sweat free as much as possible; I’m sure like many of you out there! I’ve been quite the whiner these last few weeks with the 100 degree weather throbbing on my skin. So as of late, I have not been wearing anything too dressy or that requires any layers! It’s been a simple streak and feel’s kind of unimpressive, but I guess if you think about it, it is everyday wear for those days you just want to be effortless; which pretty much has been everyday for me! The dress is a classic vintage 80’s cotton dress in a nice pop of color. I quite like the fit because even though it’s very plain it looks flattering on the body. If I could find these in all colors it would be a dream, but then it would only be what I want to wear!
I ended learning a great bit of interesting history of the bag you see above. I was stopped by a security guard in Wholefoods and was asked if my bag was Panamanian, which it was but I bought it at an estate sale. He then preceded to school me and told me that it is a handmade “mola” bag made by the indigenous people “the Kunas” from Panama, which is where he was from. I was delighted to hear it and told him that I was contemplating selling it but had fallen in love with it; to which he responded “no don’t, it’s not only a piece of art work but worth allot”! He said that Europeans go to purchase the bags and clothing and sell it at the range of $500 to $900 back home, woah! I can’t believe I only paid $3! The lady who owned the home was a world traveler. I love getting the history of clothing, it’s 2nd to buying it!
Are their any finds in which you had no idea how great the history was or that it was worth allot more then you thought?
wearing: Mossimo Gladiator Sandals, Target / Max Mara Maxi Skirt, Marshalls / Black Ribbed Tank, H&M / Vintage South-Western Silver Turquoise Belt, Thrift / Silver Tone Onyx Ring, F21
Hi friends! I’ve been feeling like a hermit these days, holed up in my studio only focused on work and preparing for big shop updates! I haven’t been on any type of outing in the last 2 weeks to prompt me to get dressed in any cute sort of manner. It’s been sweat shorts, tee’s and flip flop these days, any one feeling me? The heat has been pretty unbearable here in Los Angeles, although I know you U.S. east coaster’s have had it much worst; I can only imagine. Although black is not the wisest choice in color to wear in 90 degree weather, I wanted to dress in the simplest and most comfortable manner; and this is what I pulled out of my closet. I threw on my vintage silver turquoise south-western belt, a ring and gladiators and “wallah” instant outfit! This is when accessories come in handy, it gives any simple monotone outfit a boost of cuteness.