Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say I love the longer days that come along with the summertime…they give me plenty of time after work to get some shots taken for the two blogs I run! I had these shots taken a few weeks ago for a Denimology review but I was just too stoked on this new Soft & Sexy Cold Shoulder tee from American Eagle Outfitters and G-Star RAW 5620 Elwood Ultra High Waist Skinny in Medium Aged. I’ve been a fan of AEO for a long time now but recently I’ve fallen back in love with them thanks to their newest supersoft tees and Don’t Ask Why collection which was a smart move on their part…it helped spread their demographic across a wider age range.
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I’ve known about Mavi Jeans for quite awhile, ever since they used to grace a late boutique we had here in my town that I designed displays and window posters for back in 2008. However, I didn’t really get to try them out until 2014 for a Denimology review featuring the Emma Slim Boyfriend, and once again last year featuring the ultra soft Serena Jogger. This time though, I’m even more excited because I got to try the brand new Feather by Mavi Gold line, which I wrote about last month! These are really something special, and I’m excited to show off this pair which was my favorite from the line and stood out to me right away…the Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather!
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BLANKNYC at Brunch
Last Saturday night I had a DJ gig at a super secret underground location with some close and new friends (which was badass), but during the day my hubby and I ran out to Los Osos (California, for my new readers), to Celia’s Garden Cafe for a mimosa brunch. This place is so good, both in food and ambiance! They also have a garden with plenty of plants and artwork for sale, which we hung out and relaxed in for awhile afterwards. I wore my BLANKNYC Skinny Classique in Good Vibes, which you may have seen a million times already if you regularly peruse blogger profiles on Instagram. These are so crazy popular that BLANKNYC keeps restocking them, and I can’t think of any other piece from the brand that has been kept on the virtual racks as long as this one has been! I love that it’s a nice thick denim with only a tiny bit of stretch, so it’s nice and sturdy, and the rips and holes are placed so perfectly so you can kneel, sit, dance, jump or whatever it is you do on a daily basis without them ripping further. They do stretch out a little bit, so some people size down in this style, but I kept my regular size since BLANKNYC sometimes runs a tad small. I do need a belt with them now after a few wears, but some people do like to wear them slightly relaxed anyway (some even size up), so they are still a great jean! They go so nicely with everything. I also carried along my Foley & Corinna Disco City Clutch in Black which is so perfect for little outings like this!
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Art Tees and Tanks by Sociale Revolution
Here we go again with the art meets fashion thing! But who can blame me? There have been a lot of this lately, and they go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. However, apart from the high couture, limited edition, hand-painted work such as that from the MADE GOLD x Yuki Haze collection, there lies a few other brands that allow an outlet for multiple artists to get their work out there through printed tees, tanks, and occasional other items like blankets, leggings or pillows for example. Society6 and The Coterie are an example, but I’m actually excited to bring back up a totally different one that works hard to kick it up a notch with fitted, premium style: Sociale Revolution! I last wrote about this brand almost two years ago when it was still in the works as a Kickstarter campaign, and now it’s been flourishing as a brand in full production.
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Nomad’s Hemp Wear and Hudson Jeans
Days are just being strange as usual here in California. It was getting a little warmer for a bit as Spring hit, and now it’s getting cooler and drizzly for the weekend. I had been waiting for the temperature to drop a little bit to once again throw on this Sequoia Sweater from Nomad’s Hemp Wear, one of my current favorite tops. I can’t get enough of that shop! Along with it is a new pair of Hudson jeans I’m breaking in, and I think they might just be my new favorite skinny.
With all of the brands, famous and not as famous, that I’ve had experience reviewing and discovering at Denimology, Hudson is one of those brands that I have to revisit from time to time. Their fits are just amazing over my more athletic shape and I get a little obsessed with wanting to try all of their skinny and slim fit styles. I had been eyeing the high waist Barbara in Olympia for awhile, wanting to break away a bit from the lower rise fits for a bit and recently settled on this one. As usual, I sized down to 25 from my usual size of 26 since Hudson is known to be a bit stretchy, but this one was slightly more rigid and tough despite its tencel content. I did the usual dances and lunges to squeeze into them and they are breaking in quite nicely! The blue is dark but so pretty and vibrant, and they aren’t too high…just perfect, if you ask me! They stay put and I can tell they’ll only get better with wear.
Along with it all I’m wearing my favorite necklace of all time, from Third Eye Pinecones. I wrote up a little post about them awhile back, which you can see here! The boots are the Troopa from Steve Madden in Denim, currently sold out…it was another rad eBay find!
Shop the Hudson Barbara in Olympia here.
Shop Third Eye Pinecones here, and Nomad’s Hemp Wear here.
Go Couture and Marc Allison Jeans
Well I’m back, and I have to say how tough it is to get back to the commercial world after a freaking transformational festival. For those who don’t know, I was camping and dancing it up with friends at Lucidity Festival over the weekend, and oh how great it was to be back there again. I always leave feeling so refreshed, re-inspired and reminded what really matters in life: camaraderie, spirit, love and personal growth. The little things that drive me nuts on a regular basis just don’t anymore when I return, so it is so awesome to start writing again with a fresh mind. I was debating whether or not to wait until next week so I have more time to decompress, reflect and enjoy the afterglow, but I hate leaving things for too long!
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Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans
It was just a few months ago, I couldn’t help myself…Revolve had a sale. I was trying to ignore the barrage of deals flooding my inbox, but you know how it goes, right? I’d just take a peek…and BAM, those plaid Joe’s jeans did me in. I’m kind of a sucker for rocker or punky looks, or any piece that can make a fun juxtaposition with something with a totally opposite vibe. These awesome jeans are the Joe’s In Line Zip Skinny in Coated Red Plaid, and they have the cutest angled zippers below the front pockets! I decided to wear them yesterday with a new piece I grabbed from Aerie (now sold out, similar here), this charcoal sleeveless turtleneck. My Alternative cardigan goes with me almost everywhere (similar here), as a grab-and-go piece that’s lightweight enough for this silly California winter that can’t make up its mind. I’ve worn it for many of my outfit posts! You might also recognize my Steve Madden Troopa Boots from my Rag & Bone legging post last week too. They are just too comfy and convenient, much like the cardigan, and I love the earthy dark navy blue color! Just another day snapping some quick shots while at work…
The Joe’s In Line Zip Skinny in Coated Red Plaid is still available at 6pm here, but there are very limited size options! If you don’t see yours, you can do as I always do and hunt them down on Ebay…
Here’s a little collection of plaid jeans, sleeveless turtlenecks and lace up boots similar to those shown in my look above!
Zobha with Rag & Bone Again
So I know it’s only been a week since I last featured my favorite new wish list acquisition, the Rag & Bone Legging in Burnt Orange, in a post, but they and this particular color coordination was too much fun. I also wrote about Zobha in January, a favorite new brand specializing in athletic wear that’s just seems too nice to sweat up at the gym! RueLaLa often carries Zobha in their daily drool-worthy sales, so I kept my eyes open and snagged this black and white striped Annette Tunic, which is so versatile and such an awesome addition to my closet! I just love the extra fabric around the neckline that can be set off one shoulder, off both, or set like a cowl neck down the front. I lately have been working on a wardrobe overhaul and this was perfect as a last piece to help me get to a happy stopping point for awhile. I usually don’t like dressing in festive color combinations…like red/white/blue, red/green, orange/black, etc…but these leggings have enough red in them that they are almost as neutral as a cobalt blue, in the sense that they seem to go with more items than I’d think! Here’s a little shoot I took on my second day wearing them, after the last one, right outside of work (hey, I’m a busy lady, sometime you gotta do what you gotta do).
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The Rag & Bone Twill Legging in Burnt Orange
Rag & Bone is one of those brands that never seemed to fit me as well as others do, so I concluded awhile ago that they just aren’t meant to fit athletic or curvy body shapes and almost swore them off. However, I absolutely LOVE their prints and colors! There’s something about them that makes it hard for me to turn away, and I’m always looking back on this brand. The limited edition Goetz print legging was one that I scored Ebay for hours on end for, and finally grabbed a pair for a fun outfit post. For these, I had to size up, but still need a belt with them most of the time even though they fit like a glove. I tried another dark blue rinse skinny…same thing, except they fit true to size. Then I went for a high rise in a pretty light blue wash called Clean Water Street (similar here), and although it did fit better, I ended up needing a belt. But I still love them!
There was still one Rag & Bone jean on my wish list…the Legging in Burnt Orange (well, apart from the magenta version of the Goetz), which was seen all over the place, including on LeAnn Rimes and Malin Akerman. I just loved the color (see this post I made in 2014 featuring it), and after hunting for other brands that used similar shades, I couldn’t take my eyes off this one! Well, now it’s in my hands (yes, also thanks to Ebay), and I’m in love. To make things even better, they FIT! I’m not dancing around all day trying to re-situate them over my hips. They are so fun to style, and I wore them two days in a row so far (I’ll make another post showing how I styled them the second time), but this is my first day in them. I’m wearing my sorta-new black Dr. Marten Triumph boots, Old Navy black sweater with an American Eagle Outfitters ribbed boy tank underneath, and a Gap puffer vest on a warm winter day in CA.
Aaaand of course, I’m wearing my favorite necklace at the moment, yet again…from Third Eye Pinecones!
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Black and Olive Earth Tones
It’s funny, I was just going to call this “Distressing and Stripes,” and realized there was a pattern here…I had already named a post that last August (see here)! I guess I have a subconscious style preference. Anyway, two of my favorite pieces here are my black Alternative cardigan I got years ago and Level 99 Tanya in Crawford jeans, which are a deliciously soft high rise that just go with freaking everything. I just got this Long Sleeve Striped Pullover in Olivine (similar here) by Splendid from Hautelook (one of my favorite online haunts). This is my first item from Splendid, finally, and it definitely lives up to all my expectations! Olive is one of my favorite colors, and this Olivine shade is so pretty. The stripes are a navy blue color too, although they look black in these photos. I always like keeping contrast up with my outfits by wearing something black, but this time I went almost all black with one olive green piece to break it up. The boots are the Lace Up Quilted boot from American Eagle Outfitters (another similar one here), and I’ve been wearing them around to break them in for festival season (can’t wait)! My necklace is made from jasper, onyx and pyrite beads from Midwinter Co., one of my favorite jewelers. I love how well olive green and black go together!
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