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Fringe Me Baby.

Getting these photos was a total covert operation. My buddy Cooper and I scoped out this location by “trespassing” onto the innards of the Mar Vista post office. We scaled their parking garage like ninjas, avoiding the “man” all the way to the top. That’s how we roll….

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This rad fringed top was sent to me courtesy of the bad ass clothing company Iron Fist. For all the fierce, edgy and not afraid to be yourself divas out there, you simply must check their site! They’re even offering a sweet discount to my readers, just click the graphic at the bottom of this post, and don’t forget to use the discount code Rebecca13. Iron Fist is definitely not your run of the mill fashion and this top was one of my favs!!! Unlike a typical skeleton screen print, this particular design has a gorgeous floral motif woven under the rib cage which adds a little touch of femininity to the wicked cool design. And who doesn’t love fringe?!?!?!

The denim really takes the outfit down a notch and makes it a little more versatile for every day wear. However, depending on your height, you could possibly wear it as a dress with some fun stockings under or a short skirt.

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Wearing:

Shirt: Iron Fist Clothing

Jacket: MyTribe 

Jeans: SOLD Design Lab

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Event Platform

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Glam Noir

A long time ago I found this gorgeous piece of wearable art on Etsy:

If you checked out the link, which takes you to the Etsy listing, you will see the jaw dropping price of almost $500. Wayyyy out my price range, but oh SO beautiful. I added the item to my favorites list and oohed and ahhed over it for years.

When it comes to shopping for unique pieces, my motto is “when in doubt… search eBay.” Some of my greatest finds have come from eBay, and always at a great price! Recently I was browsing eBay for an unrelated item, and stumbled across a beaded collar necklace that looked incredibly similar to the Etsy piece, and it was much more affordable, so I had a “treat yo self” moment.

My friend Sam and I got together to shoot the piece. I created the look, and she took the photos at her studio. My hair didn’t come out quite the way I hoped, but what can you do… once a half can of hairspray is in the hair… you’re not gonna make it look any other way.

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Generally I don’t like to fit any particular mold of one specific style, and tend to draw creativity from multiple genres of fashion. My inspirations for this look pull from goth and glamour, basically what I like to call “glam noir.”

A big thanks to Sam for letting me test out her amazing photography and editing skills. You can see more of Sam’s work on her FB fanpage here.

We took a TON of photos, however I don’t have the mad editing skills Sam has, and so she was kind enough to send me these images for use. This last one is my favorite.

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Goth is Dead!

Ugh, when will all these goth kids GET IT?! Goth is DEAD! 😉 Just like punk is dead, emo is dead, disco is dead, skater is dead, Lolita is dead, and blah blah blah. But guess what…? I dress how I want!

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What’s that? I’m invited to Bat’s Day at Disneyland? Well of course I’d love to go! Any excuse to play dress up! I wanted to explore the newest form of Gothic styling known as “pastel Goth” which basically includes all the lovely shades of black and rich textures; but features touches of soft pastel colors. All the cool kids seem to be doing it, so I wanted to be cool too.

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The Raid Shoe, by Jeffrey Campbell

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DIY chain & mirror harness.

 

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Iridescent, pastel and holographic handbag is by Nine West. This purse is EVERYTHING!

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A day filled with laughs, waiting in lines, giggling, photo taking, booze, more laughing and aching legs due to wearing brand new leather platforms to a giant amusement park. Although I don’t label myself as Gothic (or ever claimed to be “Goth”) I do adore Gothic fashion. Bat’s Day is a spectacular day to see all forms of Gothic styling from classy, really high end Victorian gowns to Hot Topic punk kids. Of course there is still a presence of mainstream public, so Bat’s Day is quite the interesting spectacle for those unaware of this special gathering.

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Wearing:

Shirt: Velvet Heart

Corset & Garter Stockings: eBay

Skirt: Guess (I found it in a thrift store!)

Socks: Karmaloop

Shoes: Raid, by Jeffrey Campbell

Coat: Forever 21

Purse: Nine West

 

This is Halloween.

Another day of the year for me to dress up. I love it!

This year I didn’t have an actual “costume” I just threw a bunch of stuff together to create a look. Sort of a hippie, gypsy, gothic tribes woman sort of deal. I nicknamed this look: Diamond Sinclair.

 

A few of my favorite Halloween moments from this year…

Top photo: My dear friend Lisa is now… a ZOMBIE!!!

Middle photo: Willow giving us the best La Llorona.

Bottom photo: Andrea monitoring the halls and writing people up. (The wig was not an original part of her costume, but was added later due to the pure hilarity of it.)

I hope your Halloween was filled with fantastic costuming, candy and memories!

Introduction to the Fashion Industry.

So I’ve been taking this class, Intro to the Fashion Industry at Long Beach State University, and I absolutely love it! We’ve had a few projects to belt out over the semester and I wanted to share.

Our first project display was based on a local designer of our choice. While the majority of the class presented on typical preppy, or mainstream fashion… I wanted to break the mold (as usual) and present a designer that would entertain, and wake them up from their naps. I chose to highlight a local milliner (a hat maker) named Sylva Scar Hattington who has an Etsy shop under the name Bubbles & Frown (click here to see her shop!) She makes these amazingly extravagant feather head dresses and other hats of all sorts, shapes, textures and colors.

Here is my display:

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Of course, I got an A.

Our second project was far more in depth. We had to create a concept for a retail store and explain the target market, customer demographics, the price points, the merchandise, etc. I created “Hot Couture” which would be boutique style and similar to Urban Outfitters, in the sense that it would have clothes, accessories, gifts, and knick knacks for the home. What makes Hot Couture unique, is all product inside (and the store itself) would be all in the gothic style. Not obnoxious junior high goth, but elegant, classy and mature gothic style. Think black lacquered crown moldings, chic feather accessories and overall darker, high fashion elements. Perhaps a little something like this:

Here is my customer demographic:

“The Hot Couture client is a confident, bold woman. She is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to express herself through art, fashion and style. She is most likely single; however the Hot Couture caters to ANY woman, young or old, kids or no kids, so long as she has a taste for Hot Couture’s style. She will have a darker side to her personality, where she finds extreme beauty in darker fashion elements such as rich velvets, blood red roses, skulls, dripping candle wax and the color black. Our client loves the night life and will never step out on a Saturday night in nothing less than an exquisite, gothic inspired, high fashion look from head to toe. Her daring garb and her seemingly effortless beauty make her the main attraction in any night life atmosphere. When our client steps into a room with Hot Couture’s apparel, everyone turns to gaze upon her.

Once she is done entertaining herself, it is time for her to entertain others. This is where our client will stop by Hot Couture every few weeks to pick up a new set of wine glasses or a black crystal chandelier for her dining room. Her living space will be enriched with lovely gothic elements and rich fabrics. With Hot Couture’s help, our client will have black and gray candles on the mantle; large, ornate black lacquered frames will encase black and white photos on her walls and there will be a rich velvety throw tossed over the arm of her sofa. She may even have Hot Couture’s latest plush, satin cat bed for her feline friend to relax in. Her living space will definitely match her refined darker style and Hot Couture will make it easy for her.”

Hmmmm…. sound like anyone you know? 😉

And my project display (which I spent a solid 5 hour block of time on):

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After seeing the entire class present, it was obvious I spent the most time and effort on my display. I was VERY proud to show this off when it came to my turn, having seen mostly mediocre projects beforehand. I knew all those years of intense scrapbooking would pay off!

The semester is coming to an end and I surely earned a high A in this class.