#HERSSENTIALS: Patched Denim Skirt

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Rad + Refined shades |Rodarte necklace| Are You Am I top| DIY skirt | fishnet tights | Chanel sandals

Believe me, nothing has ever looked better than being able to rock a patched up skirt. Even when you don’t feel like saying anything, verbal patches are effective enough to ward off sleazy cat callers. (Ugh, that’s the one thing I have to deal with when I first moved to NYC!) While it feels SO tempting to plunk down $200+ for a new “reworked” style denim skirt, I am at my highest when I get down ‘n dirty to turn a pair of vintage Levi’s into a midi skirt. See how easy that is?!

Cutting, gluing and sewing may take time; however, don’t let that faze you. Even if patched denim feels stiff after you try to break into your new pair, you honestly shouldn’t feel intimidated to pull it out.

Here, you can throw on your patched denim and make it look elegant as 1-2-3! Top it off with a mean mug of iced cold brew.

Similar: Public Desire lucite sandals ; The Bashful Bunii gunmental and rhinestock padlock necklace

All photos by Hallie Geller

#HERSSENTIALS: The Gucci Loafer

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Liana socks | Gucci Princetown loafers

Gucci, gucci, coo! Tell me, who isn’t in LOVE with Gucci’s Princetown loafers?! Although they’ve been around for the past 1-2 years, I just jumped into the game when my mom went to the Gucci store in Milan. Originally, these loafers were supposed to be for her friend. However, she wasn’t able to get them since Gucci ran out in her size. By fate, these furry cute (pun intended) loafers came in my size. The moment I tried them on, it was love at first sight. We were told by the saleslady that those were the LAST pair in store and all of Milan. I was floored. Truth be told, I never regretted having ’em in my closet!

I’ve worn them with shorts, jeans, bustier top, off-the-shoulder tops and just about anything. But here, I want to show you how YOU can make your magic work with a pair of statement shoes like these!

A) The Bad Gal

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This look is unlike any other out there. Here, I tossed on my vintage bomber jacket, bustier top, shorts, pins, cross body bag, XL hoops and gray sunglasses. As you can see, this IS a look that you can fuck with as it’s the perfect balance between prim, sexy, sporty and edgy. If Bad Gal Riri herself wants to cop this, she is more than welcome to jack my swag! Seriously, it’s the look she wishes that she can wear.

B) The Snapdragon

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Okie dokes, if you are wondering what the hell is a “snapdragon,” I’m actually referring to the Pamela Anderson movie. She’s one of my fashion and beauty muses, ICYMI. In that movie, she wears a cheongsam (body con dress with a high collar) that perfectly FITS her curves. Not only is it classic, but it’s totally sexy! When you throw on those loafers, it makes the dress feel like the perfect day to night staple. If you haven’t owned a cheongsam yet, buy one now!

C) The Number One Angel

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If you are wondering what’s up with pairing loafers with socks, it’s because YOU need extra warmth during those chilly NYC nights! On top of that, it’s hella cute enough to rock it to your next concert. Last month, I went to a Charli XCX concert at Le Poisson Rouge and I felt SO inspired by her. The singer’s sporty sexy style inspired me to pull out my pink glitter socks, pink vintage Chanel skirt, moto jacket and Karameleon gold velvet bikini top. Ta-dah! If I have to describe this look now, it’s so angelic, yet daring. See, loafers don’t need to be saved for Sunday brunch!

Have you ever wanted to wear these Gucci loafers? If so, what do you plant to wear it with?

All photos by Hallie Geller

Party Time Excellent: Shades of Cool

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Giant Vintage Mwah shades

Okie dokes, you know what this is….Festival season is still brewing up and while you may have missed out on Coachella, don’t fret! You can get your blue jeans and band tees, but the one thing you need is a pair of statement sunglasses. To me, no look is ever complete without one.

Speaking of statement shades, there are so many different types. Whether it be campy cute (e.g. kissy lips), glam (e.g. bejeweled flower shades) or classic (e.g. colored lenses), you need to pick your poison. If you are a Gemini like myself, you can do all three. But if you are any other sign that likes to stick to one thing, kudos for being able to have it together! (Just kidding, Geminis! You can wear one thing and get away with it.)

While a pair of statement shades is generally believed to be unwearable, you can actually wear it outside of a music festival!

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Rad + Refined’s Flower Cat Eye shades

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Garrett Leight x Clare Vivier shades

You see, you can go for a tomboy look, a bad and bougie vibe (FYI, I like the feeling of it, but I hate the song!) or channel your inner roller rink gal (i.e. knotted tee and high-waist mom jeans). It’s honestly not that difficult.

Have you ever tried on a pair of statement sunglasses before? If not, do you have any plans to purchase one?

All photos by Hallie Geller

P.S. The Garrett Leight x Clare Vivier shades I got were one-offs made for the NYC store. If you want to have the same pair, ask them to customize ’em for you!

P.P.S. My Rad and Refined shades aren’t sold in stores yet, but you can find other models by this awesome brand on Dolls Kill or their website!

Interstellar: Dark Star 006

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Me wearing the Dark Star 006 with OCC Lip Tar in Technopagan

I might be late in the game to talk about it, but at least I didn’t miss out! Celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath just released a set of killer eyeshadows called Dark Star 006 earlier this month. Packed in hues of silver, black, white, blue and brown, this eyeshadow kit was something NOT to sleep on! Given that each and every Pat McGrath product was bound to sell out as quickly as a pair of Yeezys, I knew that I had to get one. In that sense, the one that I was DYING to get was the Dark Star 006: Ultraviolet Blue.

For someone who loves blue eyeshadow like me, the Ultraviolet Blue set was something that I could rock all day long whether it be a regular stroll in the street or an R5 concert. What was nice about the kit was that you could wear it in SO many different ways whether it be a regular smoky eye (no blue pigment) or like a Hadid sister at Anna Sui’s fashion show. Given that Dark Star 006 had this ’90s nostalgia vibe about it, why not spend the money and have it?

In that case, the product breakdown kinda goes on like this:

1 brush

1 iridescent eye gloss with microfine blue and white glitters

1 black powder eyeshadow

1 ultraviolet blue pressed pigment

1 white powder eyeshadow

1 silver eyeshadow

1 black kohl eyeliner

Speaking of Pat McGrath products, you’d be literally getting a LOT of product; hence, the justification in the pricing. In that sense, you’d be getting $18.57 per item. It may seem a lot, but for a name like Pat’s, you knew that you would be paying up for the quality and prestige associated with her brand value. But most importantly, here was the biggest question I had for you: was it worth the splurge?

Verdict: 😜😜😜😜

*Drumroll* Hell yes! Not only did the pigments perform well, they were able to stay on FOREVER. For my photoshoot, you could totally tell that the pigments never moved. The eyeshadow stayed in place and each color was easy to blend. With the kohl stick, it was easily movable, but you could make it stay put after you stopped moving it. Since the blue pigment had the potential to stain, I put eye primer underneath it as advised by McGrath. You could definitely see that the entire kit had an HD-like quality in photos.

If you put the eye gloss on top of the entire look, that would be an entirely different case. For those who LOVE an eye gloss, it’s best to go easy on it. If you put in too much, the eyeshadow would fade from the creasing and oils on your eye. If you dabbed it, the look would stay put. When I put in a gunk of eye gloss for an R5 concert, I had to move it around twice before I left the house. But if you ain’t an eye gloss gal, put it on your lips! Seriously, this could help you make most out of the $130.

Wear this look with a Chinese print top, patched jeans, XL silver hoop earrings and cute lace-up boots for that ’90s redux effect!

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Photos by Hallie Geller

 

It’s Red Hot: Why Denim Day Matters

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Wendy Brandes earrings | Staud top | DIY jeans | Chloe shoes

As a woman, being in denim is nothing different than being in lingerie. It’s something that I cannot live without. Think of it as the breakfast, lunch and dinner of clothing. However, the message of wearing denim is not something to be taken lightly.

In 1992, a woman was raped by her driving instructor and pressed charges. Six years later, Italian Supreme Court overturned the case by arguing that the victim’s choice of clothing helped her rapist undress her and declared it “consensual”. That choice of clothing was a pair of jeans. Not did I find that extremely ridiculous, it pissed me off that the blame was put on her.

Unfortunately, victim-shaming STILL happens today. I never want to let my love for denim to be shamed for expressing my sexuality and identity as a woman. Ladies, let’s do this today, shall we? Gentlemen, you are more than welcome to join.

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All photos by Hallie Geller

The Last Dance: How to do Prom Right

I may be long out of high school, but the memories of going to prom have never been forgotten. I have to admit that I came a long way from looking like a basic bitch: smoky eyes, pink lipstick, natural makeup, whatever! Not to mention, a big ass ball gown, sky high heels and an undo was the thing back in 2011. I honestly loved going to prom, but I wish I was more adventurous with my dresses (other than me wearing a tuxedo the year after).

Instead of going out on big dresses and big hair, keeping it simple is the way to go.

A) Pretty in Polkadots

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Are You Am I top | Rodarte choker (worn throughout) | vintage ’90s dress | Alice and Olivia x Pretty Polly thigh highs | Chanel sandals (worn throughout)

Inspired by the ’80s vibe of Pretty in Pink, I pull out an off-the-shoulder top and style it with a sleeveless polka dot dress. It gives that cutout shoulder effect that the era was known for. Have you forgotten to shave your legs for the past week? Pull on some thigh-high stockings! Believe me, it’s unbelievably avant grade when you rock with lucite sandals. Throw on your choker and you’re good to go!

B) Emoji Flamenco

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American Apparel tee | vintage ’90s (or ’00s) dress | Clare Vivier x Garrett Leight sunglasses | Fogal tights |Sandro coat |Fenty x Puma sneakers 

Still stuck on the flame trend? Give that a go with an asymmetrical hemline! This red dress has an asymmetrical hemline that can elevate the look immediately. When paired with lace tights and a white tee, you got this look on lock. Believe me, it’s very 2017 with the white tee underneath everything look for formalwear! When your feet are exhausted and you’re too cold, grab a coat and put on your favorite white sneakers. If you choose to stay up until the morning comes, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!

Will you try those looks? What other suggestions do you have for unconventional prom outfits?

 

All photos by Hallie Geller

#OOTD: Back to Reality

Weekend One has already ended and it’s a bummer that you have to go back to work. However, the festival spirit is still inside you. Remember those statement sunnies and that bling bling choker you bought three weeks ago? Put ’em on again! Before you think about selling your velvet shorts to Buffalo Exchange, plan another outfit with ’em! If you marry your festival wardrobe with your work basics, it’s a whole new take on that “I just got out of work” outfit that can take you to drinks to a fun night out!

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Rad + Refined sunglasses | Rodarte choker | Sandro coat| Backstreet Boys tee | Bad Vibes shorts | fishnet tights | Mansur Gavriel backpack | Laser Kitten pins | Fenty x Puma sneakers

All photos by Hallie Geller