Sunday, November 30, 2014

solange knowles: a dedication

It's hard to know where to start when it comes to Solange Knowles, and I say this in a glowingly positive way! She is the human embodiment of a natural, tropical breeze enveloped by power, intelligence, and conviction, and these attributes are definitely showcased by her style, making her a cool, alternative style icon of our time. Knowles doesn't shy away from bold colors, unique prints, or clean edgy cuts, all of which have become her trademark. Modern, revitalized takes on vintage style (think the the 70's, the temptations, flashy female groups or backup singers) is also blissfully prevalent in her fashion choices, especially this clean and bright yellow and orange number:

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live." - Gianni Versace

Photo by Eddie O'Keefe
This photo and these women are not only mystic and beautiful on their own, but the whole image really gives me Solange-esque vibes--very intense and even a little dangerous.

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." – Rachel Zoe aka one of my favorite quote because of the overwhelming truth of it.

                     Solange Knowles I DECIDED from M2 Management on Vimeo.

"I was a little different
I didn't do what the fast girls do
Study my rhythm..."
- "I Decided" by Solange Knowles

These two masculine, suit looks are definitely my top two favorites. She combines her free flowing feminitiy with masculinity by wearing this suit with free flowing hair and no shirt underneath. This whole look contrasts a firm edginess with an abundant ethereal quality. AND THE CLOUD PANTS. THE CLOUD PANTS!!! Yall I basically love anything with clouds. I COULD DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN AND I'D BE KICKIN IT ON THESE CLOUDS because 1) They're cloud print and 2) They've been blessed by Solange's legs.

"Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess." - Edna Woolman Chase

More of Solange's urban, vintage taste can be found in these looks and it all adds up to her cool factor. Style really is unrestricted to clothing; it seeps into the way you live your life and the way you just are, and her style, her lifestyle, seems to be exactly that. Unrestricted, free, natural, and spiriful <3 So even beyond her outrageously amazing wardrobe, Solange is someone I consider to be an icon in general. She does it all and she kills everything she does! She's a singer, an actress, a style icon, a mother, a wife, and she's playing all of these roles cooly and so effortlessly.

Growing up surrounded by creativity, entertainment, and pressure by the public, Solange still managed to easily identify herself as an individual. She is carefree and unapologetically herself in every aspect of her life which makes her someone people would really just love to meet and talk to and even just be a fly on the wall to a day in her life. When she worked with Giorgio Armani back in 2008, he too picked up on her bright aura, saying "Knowles epitomizes the style, which is a vision of a young, independent, casual lifestyle, with strong and cool fashion sensibility." :-)

                      Solange Knowles Talks Fashion & Exposing Herself by Complex

The fluid movement in this dress looks like it could literally blow you away. 

I think I'm a little pissed at how perfect these two are, but, nonetheless, best of luck to this stylish power couple! 

sources: tumblr//google images


Monday, November 24, 2014

* a diy guide to making your room even more magical*


What You'll Need:
1. Paint
2. Paintbrushes
3. Or fingers!

What You Don't Need:
1.Artistic Ability

I'm always trying to make my room as personalized and creative-looking as possible and one day I felt my room was looking a little too naked. So I put some clothes on these salacious knobs and I ended up feeling less bothered. It works best if the furniture of your choice has a paler finish to it, but if it's a piece of black or dark brown furniture I'm sure some bright, neon pastels would totally look amazing.

What's awesome is there are no rules but if you're still locked down by the rents it may be a good idea to ask before you commence on your masterpieces. I didn't and they didn't really care but something tells me that sometime down the line they'll be wondering why I did this.

While you're beautifully destroying your furniture this magical song by two magical women is the perfect song to listen to and keep you inspired <3


~Stay gold~


Thursday, November 20, 2014

cause i feel like i'm dreaming

Lately I've been feeling like I'm in a time warp, inspired by the 60's (minus the blatant racial and societial issues raging at the time of course). The 60's was undoubtedly plagued with injustice and a lack of freedom, yet there was this pocket of renegades that found themselves on a completely different plane of reality. We're discussing the 1960's counterculture in US history right now, and one group that's always intrigued me and I've always wanted to learn more about is the hippies #420 #blazeit #passthebluntbitchyas{insert picture of marajuana leaf socks}

Robert Altman, 1969

I feel like they just had this innate freedom and uninhibition that led them to being so powerful and pungent in the mark they left on society. They epitomized counterculture and what it meant to be subversive. The hippie movement eventually died out, but even to this day they still make little chatters of noise. My psychology teacher's neighbor in fact is a full time nudist (actual, legitimate occupation) and hippie who conducts life like any other person and  I  give my props to him! There is something magnetic and admirable about being that liberated and reckless well into your adulthood, especially now when so much has changed since the 60's.
"There was a time when you got beat up, because you were a skateboarder, but now you beat kids up, because they’re not skateboarders. It’s like we becoming bullies. It’s not cool"

-Jake Johnson,

To say things have changed would be an understatement to someone like Jake Johnson. Jake Johnson is a pro skater who jumped into the realm of notoriety when he was just 16. Skateboarding first started gaining popularity in the 60's along with surfing and ever since it's been this thing really associated with the outcast, non-straight-edge sect of culture. The typical sk8er boi...

...archetype in movies espcially in the early 00's was generally very rebellious and seen as weird and losery to the jocks and preps, dangerous and threatening to the nerds, and really fucking cool to the kids who could relate. Johnson eludes to this in the quote from his interview about his career and how drastically the art of skateboarding has changed.

 Source: LIFE

Skateboarding has surged into pop culture, drawing bigger audiences, and like with most popular things, you have those who take advantage of it and use it as leverage against others who don't meet to them what's "popular" or "cool". Johnson goes into depth in his interview, expressing how the vanity and greed that's become apart of skaters has caused him to distance himself from the public world of skateboarding, instead focusing on his personal happiness in it. And even if you don't like or care about skateboarding specifically, I've been thinking how this can apply to anything somebody loves. If it's soccer, music, art, flying kites, or taking over the world,  maybe the most vital part of it all is maintaining the happiness you draw from it that ultimately makes it that something you love.

 These are the photos that have captured my mind and have a liberating, hazy, western aesthetic which is what I'm trying to model my life after right now :-)

Tony Hawk, 1980s
Salvation Mountain, Niland, California
"It’s like a sacred place in your mind. It’s personal for everybody. For me, it’s childish. It’s like having no responsibilities."-Jake Johnson

Steve McQueen, Stills from Ashes, 2014

Jerry Hall by Antonio Lopez, Texas, 1972

File under future makeup looks

Lucky Strike, 1987
-Kieth Haring

My outfit from last Friday that didn't withstand the cold but looked as if I just stepped out of a desert  I only wish I had a bolo tie to accompany my lonely collar.
Top: Thrifted
                  Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
     Pants/Belt: F21

"109" by Toro y Moi, or as you all should know by now my husband as previously confirmed , has this surfer, dusty drive to it that fits the misty, dreamy vibe. It's like kicking up dirt to reveal the clean truth of what lies beneath the surface--an ocean wave washing on shore and leaving behind nautical remnants of what's really floating in the sea besides tiny fish and turquoise H2O.


Monday, November 3, 2014

silver dreams

Happy November yall! This past weekend was oddly cold for the state I live in which is alright as it made for perfect fall festival weather!  At this particular festival I have two objectives: finding fries and this neat Native American booth that comes every year. The great grandmothers on both sides of my family were both of Native American descent and I've always wondered what it'd be like to meet them, what it'd be like to hear the stories they could share. This booth is magical--you know where it is by the pan flute music guiding your senses. Their collection of jewelry, time pieces, music, stones, you name it is absolutely authentic and genuine and I always feel such a comfort visiting. The people who run it are so sweet, and I wish I remembered their booth name so I could link you guys, but nevertheless here's some stuff I got and the outfit I wore:

If the choker was brought back, I'm for sure bringing back mood rings ;)

Kimono/Muscle Shirt: Forever 21
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Pants: Thrifted

To follow or to catch my dreams?

For some ODD reason I get the strangest looks wearing this in the South!???

A Local Natives song that reminds me of November <3

Another Local Natives song because I accidentally clicked on this video instead of exiting out but it turned out to be the best slip in fate.

"Three Months" by Local Natives sounds like big change, heavy change. The kind that clings against your heart and makes your gut feel pregnant with mixed, spiking emotions...

"You always hated every gorgeous coffee curl
You could never see that,
That to him they meant the world

I am letting you know
I am ready to feel you(x2)

I keep on calling just to get the machine
I've got to go on now;
Having thought this wasn't your last year

I am letting you know
I am ready to feel you(x2)"

Local Natives rarely ever performs this song--Fans actually consider it a special treat when the band plays it live.

As listeners, the lyrics clearly show us why.
As people...we understand.