A Much Needed Break and a Full Solar Eclipse

A Much Needed Break and a Full Solar Eclipse

Hey all! Life has been fairly crazy lately, as I’m sure you’ve been able to tell…since I’ve lately had to change my post schedule from three days a week to once a week. A 9-5 can take a lot out of you, and this time every year is the busiest for me. This year seemed particularly more busy and stressful, which caused my poor blog to take a backseat! I’ve been working hard to keep up with my own ventures. Once I start and work as hard on something as I have on this blog, there’s no way I’m quitting that easily! Anyway, things have calmed down a bit and I feel fairly burnt out…it’s not often I get a legit vacation. However, now is the time! I’ll be heading up to Oregon to see the full solar eclipse at the Global Eclipse Gathering, put on by the Symbiosis festival out of California and other major festivals from around the world.

This is the first time a full eclipse has traversed across the United States in 99 years, so it’s a pretty significant deal! Just about every artist that has graced flyers across the global festival circuit will be there, most of which will take care of my entire artist wish list. Over 30,000 people are expected to pour into Big Summit Prairie in Oregon, and I have never been to any event of that size. My husband and I are driving all the way up, and I’m way too excited…this is such a much needed break! I hope more of you get the chance to experience the eclipse, or at least the partial eclipse from wherever you are. You can find more information about traffic, weather, and where it is expected to be visible, here.

Style wise, I’ll be wearing all of my favorite sustainable, organic and/or independently-designed festival apparel. I may or may not take photos, as sometimes with awesome events like this you forget you even have a camera! I will return on the 28th, and depending on how much catch-up I have to do after that, I’ll hopefully be back to my regular posting schedule of three days a week again. Either way, I’ll see you all again soon.

Birthday Recap of my Shiniest Moments in Blogging

Birthday Recap of my Shiniest Moments in Blogging

Birthday Recap of my Shiniest Moments in Blogging

Well it’s that time again, when I stop and think in disbelief how fast the time has gone…and how the hell I’m already one year (or two or three or…heck, 10) years older. It’s definitely scary how our relative perception of time gets shorter as we get older compared to how many years we’ve lived, making it feel like time is speeding up. At least, that’s the theory I’ve read and tend to believe. What’s hard to believe though, is that I even got into this blogging business to begin with. Only a few years ago it was just a fleeting thought with no plans to even bring it into fruition—the last time I had even attempted to start a blog was on Blogger in 2009 when I thought I would document the planning of my wedding. I did squeeze a few denim-related posts in here and there but only had one follower (my fiancé’s sister) and I just didn’t feel a drive, passion or motivation in general to continue beyond only a handful of posts. That probably lasted about three or four months. Perhaps I wasn’t as well rehearsed on how to promote a blog—social media was already a strong point of mine, as was networking and web development, but I definitely didn’t know as much about marketing or how to properly promote posts cross-platform as I do now.

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The Prayer Song World Choir Project

The Prayer Song World Choir Project - Logo

The Prayer Song World Choir Project

So this is kind of a different blog post…but my original intention of my blog was to showcase a myriad of things that I feel benefit the world, and everyone in it! If you haven’t noticed yet, my passions lie in several different avenues…some that mesh together and some that don’t seem to hold any common ground. But one thing is for sure, fashion and music form a special bond as art forms that are universal and have the power to make great change.

When I first started DJing in 2008, one of my greatest inspirations was producer J. Scott G. of Deepsky, an influential electronic group that rocked dance floors and dreams in the late 90s and early-to-mid 2000s. I consider myself to be a bit of a networking queen, which began when all I wanted to do was tell musicians that changed my life, face to face, how much I appreciated them, as I know being a music artist in this world is not an easy one. As my networks grew, that sprouted into a genuine love of playing the matchmaker of similar minds, introducing people and helping others continue their networks to advance their dreams! Recently, and thanks to Facebook (see, some good comes out of that cluster of a social media platform), I was able to get in touch with J. Scott G. and had a chance to meet him and his fiancé Naomi for drinks and dinner in Ventura, CA. It was then that I learned of his next venture in life. No longer a regular of the nightlife scene, his passions now lie in creating music for change. Prayer Song is the duo’s new life, which is a collaborative music project put together by people like you—thousands of voices from around the world are being collected to create a wholesome world choir to represent the need for world peace, the end of suffering, and overcoming our own obstacles and boundaries. Launched on January 22nd, 2016, the project is gaining traction and even earned a non-profit status thanks to HOPE!

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The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives

The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives

The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives

I can spend forever and a day perusing Etsy and filling up my various favorite lists…denim is fun and it’s fascinating to me how much can be done with the simple concept of a pair of jeans, but I think I find the individual talents of independent creatives even more wildly interesting! I find it sad that there are so many amazing artists out there who are completely underrated and underexposed, being lost in the flood of online (and offline) entrepreneurs, both budding and successful alike. It’s gotten harder and harder to market yourself over the years and finally catch a break!

I feel lucky to be part of a great community of creative friends, and I really wanted to present some of them to all of you! I am so proud of all of these people, who have ventured into a path I once thought I would take. I think the only thing holding me back was the fear of letting go of my favorite works…I think I’d want to keep them all! I guess maybe this is one of the reasons why I love supporting them so much—when something you value goes to a friend there’s always a little more solace in knowing that item will be well loved. But more importantly than that, check out the below, these talented folks deserve the recognition!

Diamond Wolff Dyes
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Diamond Wolff Dyes

I promise you’ve never seen tie dye quite like this before. Katie Diamond takes it a huge step forward from those typical colorful spiral tee shirts from the 60s (although she makes a lot of amazing versions of those too)! Shop tee shirts, infinity scarves, tanks, jackets, leggings, tapestries and more, for women, men and kids. As rad as these photos look, they definitely do not do the actual products justice, as the range of colors and dynamic designs are a sight to be best seen up close! As a bonus, use coupon code “FESTYGEAR” to receive 25% off your entire purchase now thru 4/6! Shop here!

As The Raven Flies
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - As The Raven Flies

I posted about this super cute shop from my friend TK last year (see post here). She and I have a crafty eye, and enjoy collecting trinkets to later use for jewelry! However, I’ve slacked in that department, and she’s gone on to make some great handmade pieces, whether for your wrist, ears, neck or hair. She uses all sorts of beads and charms, as well as real gemstones. Shop here!

Mustache Mineral Market
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Mustache Mineral Market

Speaking of gemstones, I have been building up a decent little collection (well, I have since I was a kid) lately. I can spend hours in a rock shop! I like all variations…polished, carved and raw, and this shop by my friend Matt is a great little online gemstone shop with all sorts of semi-precious stones such as tourmaline, garnets, aquamarine, quartz, fossils, tanzanite and more. They are all ready for jewelry making or adding to a collection, but he also has several wire-wrapped pieces, ready to wear! Shop here!

Hybrid Couture
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Hybrid Couture

This lady Catie has been a family friend for quite some time, and I used to work for her dad who runs a publication that discusses eco friendly automobiles. It’s only natural then that she would start her own eco-friendly clothing line, and name it the way she did! I attended one of her fashion shows years ago, which featured several cute basics with unique twists for yoga or just staying comfortably stylish all day. She also creates pieces for kids, inspired by her daughter (seen above)! She is about to restock for Spring, so check back shortly. Shop here!

All Beta
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - All Beta

Now this is a unique one. My friend Lucy loves climbing, and has gotten pretty good at it. Her shop features items that are climbing inspired, such as bracelets made out of rope and/or carabiners and chalk bags. Everything is so creatively cute…think, chalk bags that look like sharks, piranha plants or dino tails. So if you are a climbing fan, check this out! Shop here!

Dandy Kandi
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Dandy Kandi

Being a DJ, and living within the festival crowd, of course I’m immersed in raver culture from time to time! This colorfully fun lady, Seana, took the kandi kid world into her own hands and got insanely talented with turning the iconic beaded bracelet into a range of bras, cuffs, ties and face masks. Traditionally, those bracelets are traded at parties, signifying new friendships and experiences. However, if you’re looking for that final piece for your EDC outfit, this is a great shop to stop at! Shop here!

Lucid Noctum
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Lucid Noctum

My friend Melesa is not only a Reiki certified masseuse, but she also has an affinity for gemstones (the two go hand in hand, after all). She’s worked pretty dang hard on her store, offering not only raw gemstones but rings, feather earrings and essential oils (she is a helper at Essential Oil Wizardry, run by my friend Doctor Nick…I swear these are the best essential oils ever, made with lots and lots of love). However it doesn’t stop there. Shop decorated drums, home decor, and head chains/bands as well. Shop here!

Shannon Tamayo Jewelry
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Shannon Tamayo Jewelry

This lady, Shannon, I only had the chance of knowing for a short while in the past, but I’ve recently gotten back in touch with her and discovered her unique jewelry making talent! She also crafts pieces with gemstones, as well as sand dollars! I just recently picked up the gorgeous apricot quartz piece shown above, and it is absolutely radiant…as usual, the photo does not do it justice! She also crafts pieces with agate and other types of quartz, using well as copper, gold and silver hardware to wrap it all together. But seriously though, check out those sand dollars! Shop here!

Ollie Beez (Sara Bulygo)
The Etsy Shops of My Fellow Creatives - Ollie Beez

I have known Sara since I was a child, her parents being family friends of mine. I only recently got back in touch thanks to Facebook, and discovered this shop she created featuring all sorts of fun block sets for kids! I love seeing such a classic kid’s toy still being relevant today, as we see so many of the things we loved as wee ones disappear over time. Some things are just timeless! She has several themed sets that reflect Cat In the Hat, Star Wars, Alice in Wonderland and Bearnstein Bears…all of the things that bring back some major nostalgia. Shop here!

I know, I’m friends with a ton of total hippies, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Do you have any super creative friends on Etsy (or elsewhere for that matter)? Share links to their shops below! I’d love to see them!

Tailor Free Options for Jeans with Short Inseams

Tailor Free Options for Jeans with Short Inseams

Tailor Free Options for Jeans with Short Inseams

Ever since my obsession with denim went viral within my network of acquaintances and friends and their friends, I’m constantly asked for suggestions for the perfect jeans for certain body shapes, heights, fabric content preferences…you name it. And I love it! As silly as it might sound for me to say I’m happy to be some sort of denim guru, I am. Either way, I love to be of help with something I’m passionate about! The most common question is in regards to the best jeans for curvier body types. Fortunately, the denim industry has listened over the years, and my go-tos when asked this question are the Lovestory flare by J Brand, The Honey Bootcut from Joe’s Jeans, just about anything from American Eagle Outfitters, Parker Smith, and the Kimmie (Bootcut and Straight) from 7 For All Mankind. Other brands continue to add more to their already-amazing rosters. However, there’s still one issue that has yet to be widely addressed: shorter inseams! Fortunately American Eagle offers length options, as does Bluer and AYR (in their skinny and slim cuts), but what about those who require inseams under 30″? I’m fortunately a 32-33″ but that seems to be the baseline…even 7 For All Mankind’s much-welcomed Tailorless line stops there. I still see a market lacking for the shorter peeps! Even more so, for the shorter and curvier souls who are constantly frustrated in the never ending hunt for the perfect pair of jeans.

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Decadent Dissonance on Facebook

Decadent Dissonance on Facebook

Decadent Dissonance on Facebook

So I’m keeping today’s post short because I’ll be out for the weekend with the hubby (going to LA for a concert and to celebrate our four-year wedding anniversary yay!) and I still need to prep, which is perfect because I was trying to find a way to sneak in a notice that…I’m finally on Facebook! It just didn’t seem appropriate for a post topic initially. I already have a personal Facebook page, but I didn’t want to link it to this because I keep it closed off for only those I know. I figured it was about time, even though Instagram is where it’s at nowadays…but at least now my blog’s social media presence is pretty much complete.

It was pretty odd getting it started up after I’ve been running this blog for two years, because the first obvious question is…where do I start? There was no way I was going to try to catch up for two years time, so I just uploaded images from Denimology reviews and personal outfit posts and figured I’d work from there. So don’t mind any messes you might see…it’s still being perfected, and like this blog did when I first began, everything falls together with time.

So if you’re on Facebook and have been looking for me or would like to follow my posts, “Like” me right here!

While we’re at it, if you don’t yet follow me on Instagram, you can do that here…and Twitter, here!

Moving On Up and Trying Something New

Moving on Up and Trying Something New

Moving On Up and Trying Something New

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been just over a year that I started blogging with Denimology. Blogging was just something that sat on the back of my mind for so long, as a venture I might like to try as I love to write and share ideas with others, whether it’s to inspire or relate with like-minded people. I sat around and mulled over the idea for a long time because I wasn’t sure I could constantly produce enough content. The denim obsession was already a given, so when I saw the ad for new denim reviewers on a regular Denimology newsletter over a year ago, I didn’t even have to think twice in responding to it! And now, here I am, with no prior blogging experience just a year or so ago, with a full-blown blog that I’ve consistently posted daily content on and a brand new opportunity that’s just landed on my lap…I am now the Brand Relationship Manager at Denimology! Of course, I’m a little nervous, but it’s definitely one of those things that just feels right. Going into anything new is always a little scary, but when you just get into that uninterrupted flow that proves you’ve found a true passion, the fear just seems to melt away and there’s hardly a second thought. I am so excited to be a solid part of the Denimology team and be an influencer in all of this popular denim blog’s future ventures! I have had so much fun corresponding with brands and doing my best to represent them in the best way possible.

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Just a Chill Saturday with DL1961

Casual Saturday with DL1961

Jeans: DL1961 Florence InstaSculpt in Warner, Bag: vintage Coach, Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters, Top: Gypsy05

Just a casual Saturday shooting some Denimology photos for Bluer Denim, Freddy and one of my all-time favorites (the other probably being AG…with some Level 99 and Agave mixed in there), DL1961. With my and my hubby’s busy schedules (he’s my photog, as apparently is the deal with most bloggers), most of our photoshoots are done en-route to somewhere else. He’s a budding photographer, so he has no problem carting around his camera bag wherever we go! With it being nice and light out after work thanks to the time change, sometimes we’ll run somewhere later in the afternoon, or just carry the camera around on our weekend jaunts around town. You never know when a photo opportunity comes up, which is another reason why I carry my work-issued iPhone around in my purse (really, I can’t stand the things, but if I got one from work, I might as well take advantage of the fairly good camera they have!) for times when I actually wasn’t in too much of a rush out the door for work and feel my outfit is decent enough to document (which is one of the reasons I thought about starting a blog a long time ago, to help organize my closet by seeing how many outfits I could make out of it, and the Denimology came along and gave me the push I needed)!

Really, I have a lot of fun doing this (I have a bit of a passion for writing and sharing ideas), and it’s been a fun journey in gaining self confidence, self awareness and learning to frikken relax…it’s hard to be completely comfortable in front of a camera…what you feel you look like isn’t always what you look like (helloooo resting bitch face?)! Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my work thus far 🙂

Shop my look here, if you feel so inclined! The DL1961 jeans are the only item current, but I found similar items for your perusal.

Finding Your Own Gold Box

Gold Box

Finding Your Own Gold Box

A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar. “I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?” “Nothing,” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember. “Ever look inside?,” asked the stranger. “No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there.” “Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger. The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold. I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside yourself. – From The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle (found on Peaceful Daily)

This great little quote popped up in one of my daily newsletters (source above) and resonates with me in more than one way — I am a true believer in finding your own strength in life and paving your own path, but in terms of applying this to more of a personal style/fashion standpoint (so as not to completely yank this blog into too spiritual of a direction), it reminds me of when I never was truly happy with my own way of dressing until I stopped desperately looking for too many cues elsewhere. I, like most, went through many stages in high school — think goth, then grunge, then punk, then glam, then experimental, then a little more preppy with the beginning of my American Eagle obsession in college, to…now. I’m just me, which might or might not be a mesh of all of those past tastes. I remember having a few personal tastes, but I worried too much if they’d be “accepted” or “good enough” so I never listened to them (actually the goth one I did truly enjoy for awhile). With the myriad of fashion blogs, commercials, e-newsletters and all the awesome Fashion Week coverage out there, we are bombarded with so many ideas on what’s “cute” or “hot,” but I think it’s important to not take any of them to literally. Let them be great ideas, give them the ohh la las and double takes, let them inspire you, make your magazine cutout collages to your heart’s content but stop trying so hard to be something you aren’t, dangit. I think we’re all sitting on a gold box, but we’re too afraid of what society will think if we open it. I’ve never really been one for trends. I don’t beg for style advice (although I LOOooooOOVE ideas and inspiration), but it did take me some time to discover that gold box I was really sitting on for so long.

Either way, life is too short to go through life not realizing that you are awesome, so go flaunt it.

Learning Life Lessons from Kids

Learning From Kids

Learning Life Lessons from Kids

Memories constantly cross through my mind from my childhood that consist of running around the house dressed in my mom’s shoes and a Barbie tube top, or sitting behind one of my dad’s old microscopes playing Biologist looking at rainwater that sat in a backyard planter for a few days…like many kids, I just wanted to grow up. I knew of all these things I wanted to be, and that list was endless (well, it kind of is still pretty long). My parents always reminded me, “Hey you don’t want to grow up too fast!” but of course, I was always too busy asking my mother if I could play with her makeup or catch more insects in the creek to really listen. In grade school, we looked up to the 6th graders as people to aspire too (and hide from), and it wasn’t much different in high school when we were freshmen and admired (and hated) the seniors. We are all taught through school that once we grow up, we’ll be set, we’ll be smart and we think we’ll be some kind of superhuman know-it-all once we reach a certain adult age, but now I look back at my parents’ warning and I think we can take the “don’t grow up to fast” concept throughout our lives. It seems to have another meaning now. It’s funny, it takes growing up to realize that we don’t really truly stop growing up.

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