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Glitter in Gold

December 20, 2013

Stylestalker dress, Willow & Clay cardigan, Vanessa Mooney silver cuff, Bing Bang skinny cuff, Giles and Brothers leather bracelet
‘Tis the season to party and dance and drink champagne! Oh wait, that’s everyday, but we just go harder this time of year. This Stylestalker dress is my crochet-overlapped dreamboat. I wore it out for a Broadway show with friends a little while back and then later went on to drink beer in a metal bar with the Led Zep heads. Perfect for every occasion. It makes me feel super sexy, which is obviously not the norm for me, but it’s nice to embrace this side of the river every once in a while. More often than not actually! Threw on this little metallic cardigan on top to really feel in season. 2014 is almost here and there is every reason to celebrate it with gold 🙂 It’s crazy to me to think that right now basically marks my 5 month mark in New York City. What a crazy whirlwind it has been. So many faces, so many places, so little time. It feels like a million years has passed though, but I have been enjoying every single second of it. This upcoming new year is going to be a very special one I know it. Here’s to what’s to come. Oh, and California again in a few days. Can’t effing wait. 
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True Blue

December 20, 2013

These pictures got lost in my archives. TRUE BLUE. Didn’t even realize that this day this past September, my sister Natalie and I were rocking the lighthearted hue. Don’t know what I’d do without this girl! Natalie is wearing all Artisan De Luxe. 
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Pompeii

December 18, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana floral coat, UNIQLO turtleneck, Forever 21 skirt, Jeffrey Campbell boots from Nasty Gal, vintage Brahmin bag, Vanessa Mooney silver cuff, Giles & Brother leather cuff and railroad spike cuff

If you know me, then you aren’t surprised when I come up with yet another whacky print combination. See above. It all started with this secondhand Dolce & Gabbana floral printed coat that my mom found for me in Los Angeles. Gah!!! She knows me soooooooo well. Definitely not suited for winter in NYC, so I gave it a test run on a mild Los Angeles day. I’m already imagining all the ways I can wear this baby come spring!!! I’ve been finding the perfect print to make love to the tribal pattern on this skirt. It was like a romantic chemical reaction of pattern on pattern greatness. I’m really impressed with myself, can’t you see? And then this bag was just like the icing on the cake. It’s a circle! And texturized! So cute! It finally had the chance to have it’s main moment on my shoulder, alongside some Italian florals and high street tribal print.

As you can see from the title of this post, I’m still on a huge Bastille kick. Can’t stop listening to them. Tickets are sold out in NYC I hear. Noooooooo. 

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Jean Paul Gaultier // Brooklyn Museum

December 18, 2013

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:  From Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum. It was definitely an eye opening experience, and one of the most interesting exhibits I’ve ever thoroughly explored. And it hit close to heart, as well. Gaultier was more than just an iconic fashion designer, he was a revolutionary and stood for what he believed in since the beginning of his career. And he did it with his creativity and passion to push boundaries in tact the entire way through. I wasn’t too familiar with his design work, even though I of course knew his name and the fame behind it. After seeing this exhibit I was almost punching myself in the face at the fact that I haven’t learned more about this man before this. Well, better late than never right? It was amazing to watch the evolution of his design work from the prestigious haute couture collections he presented to the modern day punk-inspired tartan gowns that made the 80s stand out from anything that has ever been done before. No two designs were ever alike. No idea was ever impossible. No lines were never meant to be crossed or explored or manipulated. The classification of what was female and what was male was blurred. Every man could be who he wanted. Every woman could be who she wanted. I left the exhibit with my mind refreshed and my heart reminded why I love this industry so much, despite its many downfalls. It’s tastemakers and minds like Gaultier’s that once again leave us with the reason why we adorn ourselves with such frivolities to express even our most inner most emotions and imaginations. It’s because we can.
One quote from the exhibit really that really stood out to me:

 “I like difference. Perfection is relative and beauty is subjective. I wanted to make imperfection admirable. That shows in my choice of models, among other things. Sometimes a different energy and bearing, or an unusual type of body, catches my eye and makes me want to invent something.”

 – Jean Paul Gaultier
It made me happy to learn to that Gaultier embraced the idea of imperfection being something we should cherish and love, rather than banish and hate. He chose all his models for his shows and campaigns himself, based not on how mainstream they were, but for their personalities, individualities and imperfections that made them stand out from the pact. He chose people who wore his clothes just as much as the clothes wore them. The person and the clothing, too ingredients that cannot live without the other, injected with life because of one another. It’s a beautiful way to look at fashion. 
If you haven’t had the chance to see the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, you still have a chance! It’s running until February 23, 2014! I almost have an itch to go back again, it was that phenomenal. 
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