Monday, April 13, 2015

Jungle.






Overalls: Red Light Vintage, Sneakers: Steve Madden
https://soundcloud.com/waylivecartel/doublecupped
Money is the Anthem?


Somewhere in the smoggy hills of LA's Griffith Park lays an abandoned zoo that used to house everything from lions to monkeys. Call it what you want in its current state, it now features a visual wonderland of graffiti and decaying structures that are equal parts cool and spooky. You can even make your way into some of the old cages and buildings by holes created in the fence, what's adventure without a little bit of danger? Though the only danger in this case might be getting a cut from the jagged iron edges. Nonetheless, this is certainly a cool location for a day time trip, or to take some out of town visitors for a "weird Los Angeles" experience. And hey, you could also bring some spray paint to test your artistic talent...

The Old L.A. Zoo
Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Friday, April 10, 2015

Way Up



I'll let you in on a little secret; sometimes I think we focus too much on "What should we do?". Are we really that afraid of just spending time in a certain place without a planned activity? Or maybe its just that I'm very much a day dreamer and happen to love things like looking over the city from a birds view. Its kind of like that idea that when you're comfortable with someone you don't have to spend every second filling the space with words.

Regardless of the introspective nature of my ramblings, I really did have a good time perched on the 17th floor garden of this Seattle (financial) building. This gorgeous location was found through a quick phone search and proved to be a relaxing hideaway from the everyday. A Japanese style garden facing the Pacific Northwest waterfront just isn't something you expect to find on a rooftop with Chase bank on the first floor, which makes it all the better. Pair the view with a best friend and some music, and hey, not so bad.


Baby Blue- Action Bronson feat. Chance the Rapper









I was originally going to just make this an usual outfit post, but I've been listening to a lot of songs over the past few days, as well as viewing interviews with a few artists that quite frankly really had an impact on me.  For example last night I listened to an NPR interview with Earl Sweatshirt in which he described how we wants to only put out quality work that really has a message and content, and how he only recently became "woke", or conscious of his self and surroundings. Although I haven't had any dramatic life relevations myself, or extreme bursts of creativity, I have realized that I myself want to do things I am truly proud of. I don't want to create mediocre results or simply work in this industry, I want to contribute and help others develop their own visions. I also realized that I don't really know what I want to do. I love fashion, and art, and music dearly but I still don't know how I'm going to put all my loves into one. But as are with most good things, I think time will sort that out and hopefully give me some more indication of my strenghts (and weaknesses). In the meantime I'm really yearning to work together with some people here in LA to show off what the new generation can put out.

(Just some of my thoughts for the weekend).


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Risky Business

So I found this hat in the mens section at H&M.
Jeans: Vibrant Denim from Love Culture
Crop top: Top Shop
Camel Coat: Kimchi Blue

Please don't take this title as an indication that I like Tom Cruise, no I'm not referencing the movie or the actor who I can't stand for no justifiable reason, I just like the title because it somehow suits the setting of today's pictures pretty accurately. Upon shooting at this coffee shop's bathroom (by the University of Washington) we got suspicious questions from the owners of the place; apparently its not common to have an unplanned photoshoot in a restroom, who knew? Subsequently we had to prop the door open so we wouldn't go against the "one at a time" policy of the establishment.

But as is my affection for ridiculous settings, this look was very much inspired by the internet. I've been lusting over bloggers and musical artists wearing camel coats with sneakers for a while now, and finally have the pieces for such an outfit! It might be a commonly worn combination but I think this is for good reason, its comfy and chic with a touch of carelessness, helped of course by my genius beanie.

It should also be noted I should not allow myself to go to Red Light Vintage due their immediate ability to make me buy a bunch of clothes I don't really need. Though these babies might be used tomorrow in a shoot I'm doing so you could very well be seeing them again pretty soon...


Saturday, April 4, 2015

White Teeth Teens




Pants: Zara
I'm back in the suburbs of Washington for spring break and long t-shirts are my new love interest. I bought this baby by Fresh I AM  from a vintage/streetwear shop on Fairfax in LA and I think its the real deal; we're not going to be separated for a while. Think about it, you can throw this on by itself as a mini dress with say sneakers, or then dress it up and layer it with some leather pants and heels, a win win situation. And of course if you decide to have a clothing swap occasion you can now even invite your favorite boys! Now for the hat, this is just an old-school cap I found in my (old suburban) room that somehow manages to walk on the fine line between Bruce Jenner and hip nostalgia....or at least thats what I tell myself.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ya Bish.





Shorts by PHLO
Welcome to my apartment.
Let me start out by saying I don't think I'll ever get into a stage of my life where I don't enjoy a clever  t-shirt. I guess its the norm that only teenagers like band t-shirts or witty phrases on their clothing, but I don't think I'll really get tired of it. I'll probably be 80 and wearing a J Cole top and fur coat because that's just what I like. But I especially like this sequined top by This is A Love Song that I purchased last month because you'll only get the true reference if you're an avid musical fan. "Ya Bish" of course can be understood as simply a twist on the saying, "Your B!&$," but its actually something that Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar popularized (listen to the amazing Money Trees to confirm this). Furthermore Kendrick of course has been killing it lately with his (soon to be classic) album To Pimp A Butterfly and I definitely think he deserves all the hype. So even though I might get some judgement walking down the street in this item (oh the never ending "cultural appropriation" struggle) I don't really care because you can stop me and we can have a lengthy discussion about K Dot that I can contribute to...


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Los Angeles Collections FW15: Day 2

The second day of the Los Angeles Collection's shows had a very varied range of styles, providing something for everyone and keeping us waiting to see whats next. Lets recap (keep in mind I could only attend the last three shows as I was stuck counting decimals in math class).


Vilorija
Vilorija showed a collection which was clearly influenced by looks of the past with a very nostalgic and feminine feel. Dresses anchored the collection, while shorts and even pants provided a more modern element. Although the collection had a few pieces (some of which are below) which I found more relatable to my personal preferences (such as the matching tops and shorts and long fitted maxis) the majority of the collection was something I couldn't see a huge portion of buyers wearing (although of course there is always a niche market). I would be interested in seeing these pieces styled differently just to see how they would be worn by say the fashion blogger crowd or just the everyday women in general.

http://www.vilorija.com


This pattern was a fun twist.




Though I have to add I could see someone like Nicki Minaj rocking the printed pants or shorts on a casual day out if styled in a different manner!


Linden
Linden's presentation was something that I found to be a truly entertaining concept. With models undressing and dressing in different items from the collection right in front of viewers we got to see how the pieces could be worn in different combinations with ease. In general I find that presentations can provide more of an idea of the atmosphere of the designers line in comparison to  just runway shows. I also liked quite a few of the items in the collection such as the high waisted undergarments and paneled leggings. What do you think do, are presentations becoming more important than ever (the Kanye x Adidas collab certainly made the headlines)?

http://www.lindenca.com







William Bradley
There's a moment when you see a show and immediately know its high caliber and has capabilities for huge success. Well, William Bradley's FW15 runway was definitely one of those great occasions. With sharp tailoring and eye catching details, the collection was chic, stylish, yet oh so wearable. The simple styling also assured the viewers that nothing extra was needed to distract from the clothing. Its safe to say I'm still lusting over the grey, suede dress and fur/leather vest that were shown.

http://www.williambradleycollection.com



Ps. Shoutout to http://styledbynoosh.com for being a great seat companion! Hopefully we can work together in the future!
Seat selfie (not the greatest but nonetheless).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Baby Blue- Action Bronson ft. Chance The Rapper



Vintage shorts found in Vancouver.
T-Shirt by County of Pusha (purchased at Dope on Fairfax)


When you un-intentionally wear almost the same outfit it sort of reiterates your friendship. Denim shorts and white sneakers just so happened to be what we both picked out this morning in separate parts of the city, and that's a fun thing to discover when you meet up. I mean quite frankly I didn't have a specific look in my head when I put these things together in the morning, but I can say I was feeling a bit sassier than usual with my exponentially large hair (due to the fact that its about 90 degree in my un-air conditioned apartment currently), so over sized grandma shorts and a loose shirt it was.

Upon meeting Kyler in North Hollywood we then made a quick trip to the recently opened Tea Pop cafe for some deliciously refreshing drinks (honestly). I would certainly have to name this spot as a new favorite as the atmosphere and crowd is right on point (and the interior design is bright, fun, and modern). So if you're in the area this is where you should grab something to hydrate instead of your usual Starbucks.

TEAPOP
  • 5050 Vineland Ave
    North Hollywood, CA 91601, 
    North Hollywood






Here's to more Sunday afternoon discoveries.