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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Flares are really growing on me. The raw hem thing doesn’t hurt either!! This is the AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed that I recently received for a Denimology review, and I am absolutely loving them. I wore them with a black lace headband from CVS, my Lucky Brand Whipstitch bag (yet another eBay score) and a crop tee I got from American Eagle Outfitters last year to showcase my high rise jeans during product reviews. I had so much fun with this shoot! My hubby and I ran out as quickly as we could after work to catch the sun before it went down in a local park, and the light was just perfect. Vintage looks are so in right now and although I don’t yet have any true vintage jeans, I love the vibe and suddenly my skinny jeans are getting some decent competition!
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The Joe’s Finn and AEO Tie Dye
Another warm day at work…but not too warm to wear one of my favorite pairs of jeans I got recently from Joe’s! The black skinny with knee rips thing somehow got super huge all of a sudden, and although I don’t usually care for trend following, I fell for this one. The Joe’s Finn in Regan are super soft, the denim fabric is stretchy enough that the holes won’t break open further, and I’m digging the cherry on top: the raw hem! This Soft & Sexy Muscle Tee from American Eagle is indeed soft, and loose fitting enough for the warm weather. I’m wearing an organic bra from Nomad’s Hempwear since it looks stylish enough and not much like a bra when it peeks through. The wrap is from Lucky Brand that I grabbed for $10 with a recent sale they had (yeah really!). I’m a huge fan of wraps and they are just perfect to stay just a little warm in the mornings during this super hot California summer before it warms up as the day goes on. I just love how all of these colors come together! And don’t mind my ugly feet…I need a damn pedicure…
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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.
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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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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