The Joe’s Finn and AEO Tie Dye

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Side Shot

Top: American Eagle Outfitters Cutout Muscle Tank (sold out, other colors here), Wrap: Lucky Brand, Jeans: Joe’s Finn in Regan

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…

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Front Shot Angle

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Front Shot

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Back Shot

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Front View 2

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Side Shot

The Joe's Finn and AEO Tie Dye - Front View 3

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Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW

Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW - Front View

Tee: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar here), Jeans: G-Star RAW, Shoes: Boutique 9 (Similar here)

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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Mavi Gold Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather Review

Mavi Gold Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather Review - Front View

Top: Nomad’s Hempwear, Necklace: Third Eye Pinecones, Jeans: Mavi, Heels: Guess (similar here)

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

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

Art Tees and Tanks by Sociale Revolution

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

Nomad's Hemp Wear and Hudson Jeans - Front Shot 3

Top: Sequoia Sweater by Nomad’s Hemp Wear. Jeans: Hudson Barbara in Oympia. Boots: Steve Madden Troopa (Sold Out). Necklace: Third Eye Pinecones

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!

Nomad's Hemp Wear and Hudson Jeans - Front Shot

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Nomad's Hemp Wear and Hudson Jeans - Side Shot

Nomad's Hemp Wear and Hudson Jeans - Leaning on Wall

Nomad's Hemp Wear and Hudson Jeans - Laughing

Shop the Hudson Barbara in Olympia here.

Shop Third Eye Pinecones here, and Nomad’s Hemp Wear here.

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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Go Couture and Marc Allison Jeans

Go Couture and Marc Allison Jeans

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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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!

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - With Cardigan

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…

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - Front View

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - Front Angle View 2

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - Back View

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - Side View

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - Front View 2

Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans - Side Angle View

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!