Autumn in the Summer

As I was going through the photos from this shoot, I realized that a lot of my clothes reflected my favorite season (if you can call it that in California) of the year. Autumn. My clothes reside in the warm, brown, and orangey range that complements the typical colors of autumn leaves around that period. Never been a summer kind of girl, really.

The first look is inspired by the longstanding 70’s off the shoulder vibes that has inundating my Twitter and Instagram feed since last year. In the beginning I paid no attention, and then subconsciously my mind began to register that it was a look that I must emulate. Boom, this top ended up in my closet. No regrets.

Of course, I had to pair it with my signature high-waisted mom jeans. A quick note I wanted to make about mom jeans. As you’ve probably read in my the last post, I’m off of FF (fast fashion) permanently. But even prior to that decision, I absolutely refused to buy “mom jeans” from a FF retailer. Why? Because they’re not the real thing. Real “mom jeans” are made out of real denim.  Currently, jeans from FF stores are usually made of this stretchy jegging/polyester material that wears out in 2 years. By then, the color fades and the material starts to loosen (especially if you have skinny jeans). You’re lucky if you get a 3rd year out of them. There is a reason why the jeans from your mother’s closet has lasted 3 decades. Trust me on this–bite the bullet and thrift your jeans.

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Mules: ASOS (I still own FF items so the transition will be slow)

The second look was built around this corduroy skirt I bought from Topshop way earlier in the year. I was wandering around the store and saw this sticking out of the sale section. It was love at first sight. Again, the skirt has an autumnal 70s vibe that my subconscious can’t seem to shake! Damn you, StyleWatch. It will be interesting to see how my style will evolve from here on out since I will no longer will a part of the massive hysteria surrounding seasonal trends.

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Shoes: Zara // Corduroy Midi Skirt: Topshop

All the credit goes to Photographer, Karlo Morcilla who shot and edited all these photos. Check out his Instagram here!

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-A

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Ethics + Aesthetics

Two posts in one day! Woo, I’m on a roll here. But I felt the need to explain a few things.

For one, I am changing the way that I view fashion and how I want to use this platform that is called my blog. Aside from styling being a hobby, I want to become more intentional about the messages I send, since I am a “fashion blogger”. I don’t want to be the messenger of over-consumption, unsustainable habits, and unreal, manicured depictions of who I am.

So what does this mean for my blog? Not sure yet. But as I go along, the ideas will keep coming to me. I’m learning to trust the process.

the true cost

For one, I have a resolution that I silently made many months ago, but was afraid to publicly come out and have my audience hold me accountable. And that is to no longer being a shopper of fast fashion retailers. I watched a documentary called The True Cost and I was really challenged to think about my spending habits and what sort of industry I am supplanting. As a believer of Christ, my views are that people are made in the image of God and therefore deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. From what I could understand in the documentary, my cravings for a new pair of shoes from Zara, directly affected the lifestyles of a many poor citizens in Bangladesh and other countries these suppliers outsource to. So if anyone knows a bit about this interesting journey with Christ, you know that “dying to your flesh” is a major key alert. And I had to implement it in this area of my life so that I can learn to built more sustainable habits when it comes to purchasing apparel.

Hows it been going? So far, so good. I’ve been an avid thrifter since high school so it’s not as difficult. Although, I’m little nervous about how I’m going to be shopping for shoes, not a fan of used shoes…but luckily I already have 20 pairs to juggle and style around. What would be really wonderful is if you guys could comment below or message me with amazing thrift stores in LA. Now that Depop and Poshmark will be my only “online” stores I will be shopping at, I need some in-person stores to balance it all out!

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-A

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Current Lipstick Collection 2016

Within the past 3 months I have found myself becoming more and more obsessed with lipstick. Which is a phase in my life for which I never really imagined occuring. Once upon a time, ya girl used to be very insecure about the size of my lips. But now that Kylie has since made it en vogue, I have learned that trendy or not, this is what God has blessed me with and I must try every color in the rainbow to properly accentuate them.

It all began one day when I decided to purchase my first liquid lipstick from Colourpop.

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Guess, LAX, Limbo

Ultra Matte Finish? Count me in! Highly pigmented colors? Yes, please!

While I am still in love with the company’s products, the only downside I found with the ultra matte lipsticks was that the formula really dried my lips out. By the 8th hour, I am basically picking off dead skin residue…so that was no good.

So I went on the hunt again for another matte lipstick but with more moisturizing qualities. I tried out Maybelline’s Color Sensational Creamy Mattes which were a little less than $6 at Target.

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‘Burgundy Blush’ is your typical cool brown, vampy color. I have one too many of these. However, the formula was creamier and much more satisfying to wear on the lips as opposed to other brands that are so creamy to the point of rubbing off even at the slightest change of temperature (cough, Revlon, cough). Curious, I bought the second color ‘Touch of Spice’ to experiment with a traditional nude color. Let me tell you something. If you are blessed with the size of my lips, colors can either turn out astonishing beautiful, or astonishingly horrible. ‘Touch of Spice’ without a proper lip liner looks like I’ve dipped my lips in a cotton candy machine (ew). So that’s my next venture–lip liners and how to properly use them.

Third time is the charm folks, because Milani changed my life.

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The fact that I could wear an almost neon purple on my lips and not resemble a psycho, campy character off of American Horror Story delighted me to no end! Oh how long have I wished to wear colors that weren’t so muted and dark! Milani answered that wish! The formula in the matte collection is the perfect balance between creamy, but also drying enough to stay put! I ate some breaded chicken with Matte Glam on, and for the most part, it stayed on almost as well as a ColourPop lipstick. These three are the most worn in my collection. Matte Confident is a true brick red, which is a nice break from the orangey-tinged Ruby Woo from MAC and Matte Fearless is also a true purple in every sense of the color, a nice alternative to ‘Guess’ by Colourpop which is a lot darker.

These are all colors I would readily recommend to anyone, especially us brown girls who know that lippies that suit us can be scarce at times. AND if you’re interested in the Milani collection BUT you’re on the fence about it, here you go:

Treat yoself.

 

 

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-A

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