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We Are All Stories

March 21, 2016

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VEDA wrap top
Ace & Jig pants
Wildfox sunglasses
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“I HOPE THAT YOU NEVER, NOT EVEN FOR ONE SECOND, BECOME A SECONDARY CHARACTER IN YOUR OWN STORY.”

I found this quote on one of my favorite tumblr pages recently and it really stuck out to me. It’s so thoughtful and rings so, so true. As I get older, and as more and more things weigh up on top of my shoulders . . . adult things like taxes, bills, romantic relationships, caring for loved ones across the country . . . well, it’s easy to forget that the simple act of taking the time out to truly love ourselves really counts. And when we do finally find the time to give a second to ourselves, we focus not as often on our strengths, but instead more often on our weaknesses. And then TLC is put into action to only better ourselves for fear of failure, as opposed to simply appreciating ourselves for the unique human beings that we are . . . beings who are both perfect and imperfect at the same time. Human beings with strengths and weakness. Sometimes, actually a lot of times, we forget that it is okay to have both. That it is normal to have both. That it is actually beautiful to have both. There is no doubt about it that there is beauty in our flaws. So, so much beauty. For appreciating them actually makes us stronger at the core. It is an unconditional self love, the type we give towards our family and friends and new budding romances that sweep us off our feet, that we must remind ourselves on the daily, on the second, that we are very much deserving of. That this self love isn’t self absorption or ego. No, it is self awareness and it’s the closest we can become with ourselves. It is the driving force between all of our relationships and the things that we touch with our heart and soul. Because nothing on the outside can be totally and completely full unless we are full on the inside. Like a friend once told me, we are all stories. And we are the drivers of each and every one of our stories. Don’t be afraid to be the main character no matter what. We deserve AT LEAST that as long as we believe it.

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Pink Leather and Leopard

March 4, 2016

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VEDA leather tank and moto jacket // SHOP SIMILAR
Citizens of Humanity cropped flares // SHOP HERE
Rag & Bone leather boots // SHOP SIMILAR
Brixton hat // SHOP HERE
Breelayne choker
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Can’t you tell that I am dying for spring to get here so I can go all pink without a coat on? You can tell right? Leather twinsets in tones are becoming my new favorite thing. Baby blush pink tones are my absolute favorite in the springtime. Kind of a funny thought for someone who is a bit of a tomboy around the edges. But I love how subtlety feminine the color is (secretly, I love feeling pretty). It’s nearly a neutral for me that can be paired with just about anything. But I adore it most with darker hues, like these washed black cropped flares. Rock and roll with a soft side. No matter what mood I’m in, my outfits usually have at least a hint of rock and roll to them. It’s the music that I connect to the most, and the characters that are built in my head because of the music. I can’t help but have it reflect in the way that I dress. It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel like I can conquer anything. Such a cheesy thing I know, but it’s true. The way we dress is very much a lifestyle in a way, or at least it plays a large part in it. For me, fashion is far less about the material aspect and a whole lot more about self expression, self motivation and creativity. Don’t let others criticisms or expectations of others affect the clothes you are drawn to. You make that decision yourself.

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I Am Mermaid

January 14, 2016

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For Love and Lemons dress // SHOP SIMILAR

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When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was Ariel from The Little Mermaid. That was my favorite Disney movie of all time. I was literally brought to tears at the end of the movie when she goes off to marry her prince because I was so damn sad that the story was over and I would have to leave Ariel’s magical world . . . until I rewound and started from the beginning again. I miss those VHS days! Totally nerdy, I know. I think all of us as girls, and now as women, found a whole lot of ourselves in Ariel, and especially in her rebelliousness. Ariel is like all of us who who grew up in a tiny town in Middle America, or a sleepy suburb a long drive from a big city. Ariel wanted excitement and unexpected curveballs . . . a path untrodden . . . serious adventures. She followed her heart even though everyone told her she was silly and stupid for doing so. That takes some tough guts. She was fiery, just like her hair. This For Love and Lemons dress reminds me of something washed up from the sea, and it only made sense to photograph it on a deliciously warm and sunny day home in California. Sun soaking remedies all woes. Like Ariel, I like knowing I can have the best of both worlds. For me, that’s both the west coast and the east coast. I know that I am lucky to say this. Whenever I find myself in need of an escape, I’m only a 6 hour flight away from my sunny haven of a front porch back home at my parent’s house. My appreciation for where I stemmed from has grown tenfold since I was a rowdy kid looking for a way out. When I was younger, all I wanted was to get the heck out of the valley and its endless rows of bland, cookie cutter homes with small front yards. The movie theatre and indoor mall, sole providers of entertainment, bored me to death. Sports teams and cheerleaders literally ruled the school, yes . . . kids got stuffed into lockers, and the SAT was life or death. I myself felt far removed from this world. I didn’t care for a letterman jacket nor dating a letterman jacket. I didn’t even go to prom. A big city, far, far away from home was the end goal. That’s where my heaviest sights were. At the time, extremely boggled (and secretly scared) at ways to get to that end goal. But now I’m here. In the biggest city in the world. Crazy to think about who I was then, who I am now and the the things I’ve experienced in-between. I wouldn’t change what I have now for the world, but I’m happy to know I can always swim back home when need be. That I can always rely on. Tail or no tail. But at the end of the day, I’ll always be perpetually swimming in untouched waters towards something new, because that is most exciting. In a way, I am some sort of mermaid.

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