Every closet needs a little black sweater dress. Easy to wear, and limitless possibilities when it comes to accessorizing.
When I look back at 2014, I realized I had some fabulous ensembles I threw together. I also had some awesome photographers capture my photo. Although these photos weren’t taken for the purposes of posting them to my blog, I wanted to post some of my favorite outfits, looks and photos from my 2014.
I don’t just “get dressed…” I create ART!
So obviously I have been MIA for like…. EVER. Sorry bout that. As you all know I got a new job (if you don’t know I am now working as a stylist for a boutique at Fred Segal) and for the first time in my life I am working full time. Five days a week, nine hour days. Definitely something I am getting used to. And speaking of my job… guess who is totally OWNING her position?!?!? Little do my clients realize this is my first actual job in the industry because they regularly tell me what a bad ass babe I am. And the best part? I LOVE helping these women!
Not only am I excelling at the job, but my boss totes loves me and is putting me on a fast track for success. I am thrilled. This job is definitely pushing me out of my comfort zone in certain areas of life, and challenging me to grow along with the career and I am soooo signed up because I see so much potential in where ever I end up with Fred Segal. Plus I’ve been hooked up with quite a few pieces of clothes which is always a nice perk.
On another note, that thing in the desert I go to every year, Burning Man, yeah…. it was great as usual. This year was particularly eye opening, challenging, mind bending and frankly, it changed my life. I have always heard people say “Burning Man changed my life…” and after 5 years of attending, I totally get it. Damn you Burning Man. Damn you. I wasn’t necessarily in the market for my life to be changed, but I guess that’s what life is all about. One book, different chapters.
So as for my blog, I am devastated that I haven’t had as much time as usual to spend on it. Not sure if you all realize how much time and effort goes into regularly keeping up a blog, but now that I am settling into my job, and my new city (btw Culver City is AMAZING!!!) I am going to try to get back on my blogging wagon. And I’ll start by sharing this fabulous story from today:
I went to scope out the goods at my local Ross and while sashaying through the shoe trenches I came across a lone pair Dolce Vita mega platform booties!
I snatched them up quicker than humming bird flaps its wings. Seeing Dolce Vita at Ross does happen but it’s rare. I knew for a fact these shoes were once selling for $185 on Nasty Gal. After salivating over their beauty, I looked at the price tag. EIGHTEEN DOLLARS. Seriously. $18 pieces of paper with George Washington on them was all Ross wanted for these exquisite Dolce Vita boots. It’s always fun finding a great deal.
Hey lovelies… sorry I’ve been laggin’ so hard on my blog as of late. Been busy with life you know? Job hunting has been relentless and I was losing hope. Leave it to Craigslist to lead me to my next adventure. I spotted an ad and as many of you already know, I landed a job as a stylist at the world renowned shopping destination Fred Segal!
I went in for an interview and they hired me on the spot and I started the next day. I’ve had 4 shifts total so far and I have to say I’m really diggin’ it. Sure, I am still in the honeymoon phase, however I feel more full-filled utilizing my talents for selling and styling. Our clothes are just incredible and I’m learning sooooo much sooooo fast. Granted, high end fashion has never really been my thing, however I can sure style it like any other garment. Perhaps this is my stepping stone to upping my fashion game.
Regardless of whether I love it or dislike it down the road… it is a new learning experience, new potential opportunities and will look great on my résumé. I am damn proud to say I work for Fred Segal.
In other news, I finally dragged out all my dusty Burning Man gear the past couple of days to prepare for this year’s journey. Unfortunately I have let all my fashion fans down because I didn’t make ANYTHING for this year’s Burn. My motivation and creativity just wasn’t around this summer. I suppose being busy with moving, and finding a job will counter creativity. So yeah, I have nothing new to debut for this year’s Burn, which is disappointing. Costuming is what I do best at Burning Man. It’s my art that I bring to the playa, and I seriously lagged on it this year. So when next summer rolls around, I hope you will bug me to get my costuming butt in gear.
I leave on Sunday for the remote Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada to spend a week frolicking under the sun and dancing through the playa. New outfits or not, it will still be an amazing journey and yet another magical, difficult, eye opening, AMAZING week in Black Rock City.
Hey hey heyyyyy! I was without internet for over a week and every minute of it was horrible. I FINALLY got it up and running. Hopefully I’ll be back to blogging soon! Sorry to those of you that hate the color green.
My new apartment rocks!!!
After two years of living in Long Beach, and two years of schooling at California State University, I finally made a visit to the Earl Miller Japanese Garden. It’s a lush, gorgeous sanctuary tucked away on campus. A wonderful area to meditate, nature watch, take photos or just relax with a friend.
Hat: sample sale
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: H & M
Belt: Anna Klein
Bag: Big Buddha
Sandals: Do you love them? I got them at Ross! 😉
The day finally came that yours truly graduated college. Looking back as a teenager and young adult, I never thought this day would come. I lacked encouragement and support throughout my early adulthood and didn’t have any direction. Luckily, a few years into my twenties, I had a friend give me that push I needed to go back to school and take it seriously. Thanks Quinn, I love ya.
Took me longer than most to finish my BA, but I worked my way through college, got good grades and still managed to have fun on the side. At the end of the schooling road, I’ve earned my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and I graduated with a 3.4 GPA from the flagship California State University: Long Beach! Go Beach!
Super proud of myself, and my graduation day was one the best days I’ve ever had.
Now for the photos!
Most definitely wanted my manicure to match my school’s colors, so I requested my nail tech to create this paint job for me.
I originally wanted “CSULB” painted on one of my ring fingernails and “2013” on the other, but it seems as if I was asking too much. No one could do it! I seriously went to four different nail salons trying to get this done, and it just didn’t happen. I felt I could do it myself, but alas, I am not left handed.
I settled for chunky gold glitter. *sigh*
My cap took me hours to complete, and I just love how it turned out. I hand glued a couple hundred Swarovski crystals to the hat and delicately added pearls, ribbon and as much sparkle as possible. Gotta match my hat to my personality ya know…. sparkling! Hehehe. 😉
Onto the ceremony…
Of course I had to rock the famous Mary Katheryn Gallager “superstaaaar” pose while sashaying through a storm of confetti.
Below is the family portrait including my stepdad, mom, grandpa, sister, and brother-in-law. My grandma also appears as the shining light in this photograph. She left us last November, but still shines.
Considering the required dress, I had to add in as much flair as possible. Gold accents everywhere, including my chic gold ankle cuffs and lots of gold rings. Yes, I even aim to make an over-sized drape of a dress look as glamorous as possible. 😉
Two of my favorite people.
Congrats to all the other graduates and best wishes to those starting or working through their college careers! If I can do it, you can do it.