For those of you who need a little boost for your Tuesday (I think everyone needs a little boost on Tuesdays), I want to share some words I found while browsing the internet last night. These images are from the book titled, “Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas” which I found on the blog Brain Pickings.
Sometimes when you hit a creative block, it’s hard to know what to do next. Maybe it’s an art project your working on for the first time, maybe it’s a wedding your planning, maybe it’s a blog post, a work issue, or even just cleaning the house; sometimes you get stuck! The important thing I’ve learned is to just keep going. Keep persevering, and you WILL get out of your block! Do what I do… give it a break and come back to it. Heck, cry it out. No matter how you deal, you will come back and finish it if you persevere. And the great thing about creative block is, you will always come out stronger, smarter, and more confident!
“Life is not easy for any of us,” -says Marie Curie. “But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
Do that, and…
Okay, so I’m going to tell you a little secret. Somehow a pair of my friend’s black Joni jeans made it into my bag after a trip to the desert. I took a look at them and was very curious…. hmm, I thought. I’m always looking for a good pair of black skinny jeans. Maybe it’s against the rules to try on your friend’s clothing when they don’t know you even have them, but I couldn’t help myself! I took the plunge and tried these bad boys on and I really could not take them off.
I started out just wearing ‘em around the house just to see how they fit, then I went to the grocery store in them (really, and that’s it)… BUT, now it’s been 3 days since I tried ‘em on and I’ve worn them every single day.
OOOOOPS. So moral of the story is: I FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE JEANS!
They’re these ones right here from TopShop. They are super high-waisted and they feel like leggings. SUPER stretchy, unlike my Levi’s high-waisted jeans though I love those too. These are the kind of jeans you can wear everyday, you can pass out in them on your friend’s couch after a night of fun, you can wear crop tops with, and you can eat pizza in! A pair of high-waisted jeans that can do all that is a go in my book. Now I just have to buy my own pair and give these ones back to my friend!
There are always those days where you just feel like wearing all black, am I right? I have been having more of those days lately! The thing I try to do when I’m feeling the all black vibes is I try to pair my outfit with a cool pair of colorful shoes and a unique bag. That’s really all it takes to go from frumpy to cute without even trying very hard. These saddle shoes are perfect for doing just that! I love the retro school-girl feel they add, and another plus is that they look just like the Fall 2014 Band of Outsiders oxfords that I’m currently coveting <3
Bass Enfield Saddle Shoes
Skirt – Lord & Taylor
Sweater – H&M
Bag – Thrifted
You’ve probably noticed that my hair is getting super long now! Last summer I was sporting a super short pixie cut, and as much as I loved having short hair – I haven’t had hair past my shoulders in years. I was looking at some old childhood photos, and I kinda missed having the long hair. So, here I am 20 years later trying to get back to my ‘roots.’ When you work 9 to 5 and are always busy, it’s pretty easy to forget about it and just let the damn thing grow.
On another note, I recently just purchased Sophia Amoruso’s new book #GirlBoss, and I have to say that I’m pretty stoked to finally read it! Every few months, I stop and take a look at my life and wonder if I could ever truly start my own business. Working 9 to 5 is pretty great because you don’t have to worry about health care, a paycheck, etc… but sometimes it can be tough when you are a creative person looking for new challenges all the time. It’s pretty amazing that Sophia Amoruso was able to grow Nasty Gal into a billion dollar company overnight just doing what she loves. Have any of you read the book yet? Thoughts? Maybe you can give me some inspiration…
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit on this blog! I owe you guys an apology. Well.. maybe not! I think we’ve all been there. When you start something like a style blog – it takes a lot of time and work. Sometimes it’s all you want to do is blog and talk about fashion – if I had the choice, I would be doing that ALL DAY EVERYDAY! But in reality, other things happen in your life too. Sometimes I even questioned why do I have a style blog? Does that make me seem vain? I’m sure to some people, it comes off that way. Really, though – it’s kinda awesome to look back at all your personal style moments. Not too long ago, I was rockin’ a little bob haircut. Now I’m sporting the long hairs & 70s vibes. How awesome is it that I have this documented!?
Hopefully this will be my “I’m baaaaack” post. My closet has expanded so much since my last outfit post. I can’t wait to show you!
Embroidered Mexican crop top – Mercy Vintage
High Waisted Denim – Levi’s (these are by far my favorite high-waisted jeans)
Clogs – Swedish Hasbeens
Sunglasses – MultiKulti
Lipstick – Nars Heat Wave
Turquoise ring – Resurrect Vintage
Necklace – Bridesmaids gift from my sis
UM… like seriously, Heidi Slimane. You are killing it with this collection. Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity of viewing this entire collection on the Bart train to work. Yeah, kinda weird- but hey, a girl’s gotta get her fashion in somehow! I couldn’t wait to post this!
Saint Laurent’s Fall 2014 collection is everything I’ve been dreaming of. It’s like Slimane read my mind and said, “Hey, let’s make a collection that speaks to Jenn Kubat.” Haha… yeah right. But really – this collection makes me so happy! What I really love is how Slimane pulled off the vibe of ’60s Brit pop, but freshened it up with a casual spin. This collection reminds me of dressing up with my friends for psych shows when I lived in LA. I love the eye makeup, it’s very Nico from the Velvet Underground and Edie Sedwick.
Patent leather mary janes, minis & coats, capes and boots, and to top it off, sequins and sparkles… and even fur shorts! If I ever have a reason to spend tons of money, I think it’s gotta be on something from this collection.
Enjoy! Hope this brightens up your day as it did mine :)
All photos c/o Style.com
This weekend I had the lovely opportunity of doing a shoot with Mirrors Vintage. Lucille from Gatekeeper is one of the co-owners, and just so happens to be one of my best friends. We shot these photos in West Oakland where there are a lot of really cool industrial spaces. Definitely was feeling the vibe of this outfit while we explored the area.
I stole this shirt for the shoot and never gave it back! It was so comfy, and reminded me of my badass college days. Joy Division was one of the first bands I really got into back in my heyday. Back when my hair was pixie short, my life was more punk shows and holey tights than working 9 to 5. Wearing this tee now, some 5 years later – and I go back a bit!
Custom Joy Division tee – Mirrors Vintage
Denim – Forever21
Jacket – Vintage
Boots – H&M
Lipstick – Nars Heat Wave
Don’t forget to check out the Mirrors Shop – as they are offering a sweet deal exclusive to my readers! Enjoy 10% off your purchase until Sunday 02/02/2014 with code: FASHIONANDFRINGE
All photos taken by Lucille Lares-Kiwan of Gatekeeper
Lately I’ve been going on lots of hiking adventures in the Bay Area. I never really thought that dressing for the outdoors was anything special… usually it comes down to just picking out things in my closet I don’t mind getting dirty. But after dressing for a few hikes, I’ve become kind of obsessed with hiking attire!
My typical hiking attire includes some combination of denim jacket, beat up boots, and of course – a warm and soft flannel. The key to outdoor dressing is to dress in layers. As you climb a mountain, you’ll want to be able to take on or off that jacket or hoodie depending on what temperature of the hike your in. Boots with rubber soles is also a good idea.. I really love these ones from Modern Vice. A great backpack is also a total necessity, and there are plenty of awesome backpacks out there that are functional yet still very chic.
Hopefully this little Polyvore set inspires you for your next adventure. What are your outdoor necessities? Also, please do tell – what are your favorite hikes in the US?! Links are welcome :)
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go, I wanna be sedated… Nothin’ to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated.
Yup, it was a Ramones kinda Sunday. Slept in, slightly hungover from the night before, lazied out of bed for brunch and a trip to Lake Merritt. The outfit just kinda went with it for some reason. Now before you go to thinking that this is look was planned, I need to tell you that I didn’t really mean to come out looking like Johnny Ramone, but after Davy told me – I was like, oh yeah… haha. That’s why I feel like such a bad ass!
I SERIOUSLY scored on this faux-leather jacket from Forever21. Like crazy scored, as in it doesn’t really even look that fake and it was like $30. These boyfriend jeans by Gap are also one of my favorites. It’s been too cold to wear ‘em lately, but today was a nice 70 degrees so on they went. My hair is finally growing out, and I almost just want to keep it at this medium length. It’s crazy how much my look has changed over the past year. With 2014 just a few days away, I am so excited to see what else I’ll come out looking like. Anybody know what they’re doing for New Years yet? Please do tell…
Outfit details:Moto jacket- Forever21
Favorite black tee – Forever21
Boyfriend jeans by Gap
Booties by Aldo
Sunday was honestly one of the most amazing days I’ve ever experienced living in the Bay Area! It felt like all the stars (sun and moon) had lined up and led us to this magical place! The Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
Holy moly! The sunny 60 degree weather was such a breath of fresh air compared to all the frigid cold we’ve been feeling in Oakland and SF. David and I were craving an adventure, so we stumbled upon this lovely little hike just a few miles outside of Oakland. We caught it at such the right time too – the sky was blue and the sunset was warm and colorful. We brought a beer and enjoyed it hillside in the sun while we let our imaginations soar in this mysterious and hidden gem of a land.
Outfit details: (Hat – vintage, Cardigan – Forever21, Boots – H&M, Denim - BDG by Urban Outfitters)
Is it just me or are we all thinking the same thing.. why is it so hard for us ladies to find a good plaid flannel? This one is from Madewell, and though I paid a pretty penny for it ($70 for plaid!!!? wtf!?) it was definitely worth it. I’ve worn this thing so many times in so many different ways.. under things, over things, tucked into things… that it honestly has paid for itself.
Quality over quantity they say… I feel like I am leaning more in that direction these days. I’m just tired of making that dreaded Buffalo Exchange trip every 3 months. Those trendy pieces I spend nothing on at Forever 21? Out of my life and out of my closet in 3 months! It’s like I’m an anorexic shopper… binging and purging! I mean hey, don’t get me wrong – I am a huge fan of Forever 21… but sometimes you just gotta try something else for a change!
Luckily I’ve learned over the years, that the “Quality over Quantity” thing is true… and when making that buying decision, I find that it’s always good to ask myself, is what I’m buying a staple or a trend? Staples are great… because they’re always in style and they are so versatile you will be happy forever! I would definitely call flannel a staple, along with a great pair of black jeans, a great pair of boots, and a great fitting black tee. Do you have any staples that you’ve splurged on over the years? Please do tell!
My new favorite plaid – Madewell
Denim -Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans
Vintage boots & sunglasses – Pretty Penny
Backpack – Thrifted