Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dope.




Shirt by ADG
Once in a lifetime you find a shirt so dope that you justify spending 79 dollars for a simply cut and sewn piece of fabric. Then again this isn't really just a t-shirt, it has the pretty mother#%$@! himself and the (formerly) blonde pop goddess Sky Ferreira (along with a menage of Tumblr photos) . So really it was an investment of pop culture glory.

This triumph of an item was found at Dope, a street-wear store in LA's Fairfax shopping area.  I visited this stylish street post volunteering at The Grove, knowing very well I would probably spend some cash I don't have/shouldn't use. If I somehow ended up dating Drake in my later years (ahem or Rocky) the first thing I would do after having him sing for me would be to take me on a Fairfax shopping spree, its a heaven of printed tops and leather sneakers! But lets be real any place where the rap is blasting and the men are well dressed is quite okay with me.

In case you need to get your boyfriend, girlfriend, or self some Christmas gifts:


Fight The Power Bucket Hat $28.00 


Switch Goalie Jersey $54.60


Geometrica Sweatpants $61.60


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Psychedelic Tigers






Slits on skirts are all fun and games until you realize they don't exactly stay in place when you walk down the street....

Regardless of the difficulty of moving from point A to point B in this skirt I do admire its aesthetic appeal. And hey, the cashier at Urban Outfitters "liked my dress" so I guess its not altogether unappealing. Though I think I'll stick to my un-slitted pencil skirts for going to class and move this skirt to my "inside only occasions" closet section.

My trusty 1970's shirt however continues to work its way through my wardrobe in all its 100% non natural fabric glory. I wouldn't be mad at all if someone decided to gift me another psychedelic printed top for Christmas, or New Years, or say just a Friday night gift of friendship.

Happy Holidaze!

Oh and in case you wonder what I sometimes splurge on:

Doesn't it look dreamy?
Coffee at il caffe on Broadway is a personal favorite of mine now as the vibe of the cafe is very different from the Starbucks of the surrounding area (plus they have delicious french bread sandwiches). Expect to see well dressed women and men with beards frantically typing away at their Mac's.

Cut-Out High Waist Brief & Silence and Noise Riley Mesh Thong
Got a pair of high waisted black underwear and a pair in a lovely emerald color at Urban today, and I might have to somewhat blame this impulse buy on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last night as there were some amazing black lace pieces on there that I would have loved to own. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One Time for my LA Sisters






Sometimes the past is the best inspiration. Today's outfit is undeniably 1990's, from the denim overalls to the bucket hat and Calvin Klein set. Yet even with its very throwback origins it manages to look fresh as ever for 2014. Although this look has been done countless times and seems to continue its voyage through the Tumblr realm, I still don't get tired of it. There's something about the combination of comfort and attitude that is just so right.

See what I'm saying:
R&B queen Aaliyah

Modern day rapper (and my favorite) Chance (the Rapper)
Vintage Ms.Moss in those infamous pants

Kendall in her Calvins
LL Cool J sporting a bucket
Internet starlets with buckets will never get old
PS. Listen to this: Forest Hills Drive

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Esta bien


Travi$ Scott just dropped to the visuals to his track Mamacita off of Days Before Rodeo, and whether you want to call him the next Kanye or not, its definitely an interesting piece. The darker vibe of the video with its cloudy weather and empty parking lot seems duly appropriate for the overall mood of the mixtape. Definitely check out the hyperlink above if you're into the latest in rap, or simply skinny jeans and vintage cars.

But even though artist's videos themselves warrant a post, I wanted to incorporate something I'm currently in love with (materially speaking) in addition to the music.

My favorite piece of jewelry in a while.
I recently bought a Bien necklace from Madewell which I've been wearing religiously, and because of this decided a few weekends ago to do some DIY to make myself a Mamacita necklace (you already know my obsession with the word). After stomping through the fashion district in my fake Timbs looking for the craft store, I managed to buy some letter beads and chains in a delirious state of hunger. When I eventually got back to my apartment I kind of failed at making the necklace I wanted due to the fact I have zero experience in jewelry making, but I still managed to put together this colorful chocker that adds a nonchalant and semi sarcastic touch to any outfit.


But in case you want an actually quality accessory I found the options below so you can flaunt your slang knowledge in glory:

Well, turns out no one else has really attempted to sell a similar product, so name plate customization might be the solution, or you can just use your best impromptu skills like I did. I did however manage to find these super cute options below if you still want some golden words upon your neck:



BBGirl necklace from VidaKush 

Dope chocker from Shopjeen

*PSA: But no don't call anyone a mamacita if you're creepily cat calling from across the street.....

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Girls Run The World: A Q&A with PHLO

As someone who scrolls daily on Tumblr and Instagram oohing and aahing over the flawless girls rocking streetwear and looking sexy while doing so, I was really excited to see PHLO at the Melrose/Fairfax market. There’s just something undeniably cool and refreshing about the brand and even better is that their designs can adapt to almost any wearer. Certainly the clothes look amazing on curvy individuals, but even if you have a bit of a more boyish figure you’ll look like a straight up mamacita walking down the street. This one’s for the bad gals.


Kind of in love with this two piece I bought!




Because I was so drawn to the brand I decided to ask the leading lady herself a few questions:

1. Where do you find most of your inspiration for the brand?
 I find most of my inspiration from my own style and today's pop culture. I love the individuality about it.

2. What is the main goal that you hope to achieve with PHLO?
 The main goal I hope to achieve with PHLO is the greatest success

The Virgin Mary Printed Crew Playsuit

3. Do you think clothes have the ability to change someone’s confidence and general outlook for the day? 
 I definitely think clothes can change someone's confidence and outlook on the day, putting on a new flattering fit is almost the reflection of the day.


4. Are there any women who you think are at the forefront of personal style and really killing it right now?
Women I feel are at the forefront with personal style would have to be Ciara, Kim K, Victoria Beckham, and Nicole Richie I love.

Sleek and sexy.

5. Do you think women’s street-wear will ever become as popular as its male counterpart
Women's street wear is definitely different from men's street wear,  but I do believe it can become as popular just because a lot more woman these days are into it!


6. How would you describe West Coast style in 5 words?
 Colorful, vibrant, mastering, brilliant



7. What can we expect to see in the future from PHLO?
 You can expect to see greatness in the future from PHLO :)


Be sure to keep an eye out on PHLO's website and social media to see what is next!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 Things I've Learned from 2 Months in LA

Sitting in my bed listening to the now normal noises of the freeway (post Ferguson protest helicopter sounds), I've come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, I've learned a few things from residing in the City of Angels for the past two months. I'm heading to Seattle tomorrow evening for a little bit of a Thanksgiving break, but in the meantime, here's what I'm been storing in my mind for the past few weeks:


1. The people you surround yourself with makes a huge difference
Trader Joe's run(ning) with Ashlin
With Sam *from Seattle as well*
Pictures from Bianca's Facebook because she takes fab pictures.

To be absolutely honest when I first got to Los Angeles I was very overwhelmed. Its one thing thinking about moving to another state and completely changing your life, and quite another actually going through with it. Luckily I've been able to find some great new friends (certainly not all are pictured) who make me feel right at home. The kind of people who will sit on the couch with you laughing about a stupid movie one minute, but will give you real genuine advice the next. Anywhere can feel alright if you just meet the right people.

2. Hollywood isn't really Los Angeles
What is Los Angeles is how absolutely jambled and almost uncomfortably random this city is. From hundreds of donut shops lining the strip malls, to celebrity filled shopping events, to rundown street corners, to students bicycling to school through the concrete sidewalks; that is LA. Not the artificial & sterile tourist cover of  this place. So sorry, its not a fame center sparkling with money and perfection, its a real place covering a rather large section of Southern LA. But isn't that all the more interesting?

But you can still go and do this....


3. The best places are the ones you haven't visited yet
I was quite satisfied.

As a perhaps too avid checker of Yelp and other review sites, I tend to know how good a restaurant should be before I even set foot in the establishment. But the real method to finding both the best food and shopping in LA is to just try everything out. If you can't find delicious food here then quite frankly you should train your taste buds because its everywhere (ps. the Thai food at the Grove's market is absolutely yummy).

4. Public transportation here is just fine
Sunday subway sounds.

I don't know exactly where I heard about Los Angeles having a terrible public transportation reputation, but in all my experiences I have to say that's false. I frequently take the subway from a station near my apartment downtown and as far as I can tell its always been on time. I've also only had one experience with the bus never showing up, which for such a large place I'll just ignore and move past. Nothing negative I can say either about the train which I can easily take and be by USC in just a couple of minutes. A much better system overall than back in Washington. Just remember to keep your TAP card and not lose it like I did when I had just put 10 dollars on it.

5. You will meet (semi) famous people
Though I haven't technically had any real up close and personal encounters with *stars*, I have had a few experiences which certainly would not have occurred back home. Lets see: I've casually sat on the floor of a UCLA frat house with the guy who played the brother on Zoey 101,  I saw that blond curly haired actress from Orange Is The New Black while volunteering at a UNIQLO store opening event at Beverly Center, and I managed to have a semi casual conversation with Sky Ferreira's music producer. Oh and someone who hangs out with Lil Debbie and Soulja Boy lives on the 10th floor of my apartment....

6. Seeing places you've heard about will still be surreal

Knowing me, I tend to obsess slightly over music. Hence when I sat in the back seat of my friend's Jeep driving through Hoover Street, I just smiled to myself at the mere fact that I was in the location of a Schoolboy Q song. I might be the palest girl in my building, but I can still rock a bucket rolling through "the South".

7. Surprise, the news actually happens here
Meanwhile, on the roof last night.

Things that have happened:

  •  Freeway crash from driving the wrong way on the 110 right in front of my apartment 
  •  Blocked off freeway (last night) from protesters on the same freeway
  • Guy with weapon at donut shop the night before going (Smart? Maybe not, but then again when you need donuts you really need donuts)
  • A million other things that I don't actually want to know about to avoid paranoia


8. Be prepared to meet people way cooler than you
Its kind of a bummer but although you might have thought you were really the creme de la creme of the hip back in your town now you're just one in a million (quite literally). The girl next to you will have met Mac Miller last week, and the guy a few seats back will have sold jewelry to Frank Ocean. But all you can do is work hard until you know you've made it. Network, network, network and never settle.

9. You don't really have money to spend on threading your eyebrows (but you will anyways)
Your wallet will not enjoy a major metropolitan venue. It might soon convenient living next to 5 different nail salons and a million cafes, but that convenience will soon diminish when you check your bank statement. Maybe just eat a few less "Spicy Asian chicken wraps"....

10. The penguins in Madagascar were right

"Just smile and wave boys". To finalize this list lets quote a DreamWork's animated film. Lets just say you will encounter a few individuals with view points and attitudes you do not truly appreciate. But instead of fretting and getting all Disney channel tween attitude about it, just grit your teeth and walk away. There is no use starting drama where it isn't needed, in the end realizing it doesn't matter makes you the smarter person!



Now we'll just see what the next few months bring.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fantasy- Alina Baraz and Galimatias



For some...


Glistening and glimmering
Look of the day, a space age hip hop alien of sorts


School Daze

Do Good Deeds
OBEY.
Happy Birthday Greg (whoever you are).
Inner city foliage finds

Blue dreamy scenes from an afternoon stroll through downtown. Walked with Bianca after class just getting more of a feel for the area we reside in and snapping some photographs. I might be in a love (or lust) affair with the somewhat imperfect and grittier than advertised version of LA, with its filled to the brim mom and pop shops lining Broadway, and little bits of art you find in the most unexpected of places. Oh this is a place much more than just Botox and beaches.