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Punk Grunge Glamour

When I was in high school, I was soooooo punk rock. Also known as “a poser.” LOL. That’s just the way it goes. Along with going to local punk shows, being rebellious, wearing plaid and Doc Martens, came calling everyone else a poser. It’s quite funny actually.

Really I just enjoyed some classic & more modern punk music, and going to shows to let out some energy in a mosh-pit…  I very much enjoyed the punk style of plaids, leather, spikes, chains, patches, etc. I expressed myself through punk style during my last few years of school and then let it fade away. However I still love the style and I still love those same punk bands I loved years ago. Although I never got into the politics of the punk scene, it didn’t stop me from enjoying bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, Dead Kennedys, Vice Squad, the Adicts, Rancid, Operation Ivy, and the Dropkick Murphys.

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I was recently selling some clothes at Wasteland when I spotted what appeared to be a sweet ass vintage band t-shirt. I dropped everything I was doing to take a peek at this shirt that had just hit the sales floor…… A vintage Dead Kennedy’s t-shirt, AND it smelled good. SCORE! Not only do I adore the dark, eerie and rambunctious sound of the Dead Kennedy’s, but here I found a perfectly softened, old school vintage t-shirt with their political propaganda inked all over it.

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Completing my grungy punk style is the same leather bondage belt I rocked about a decade ago, a subtle plaid print on my jeans and of course a flannel knotted around the waist. As you all know, I almost always have to add in some glamour to whatever style I’m rockin, so in comes the teased hair, the shiny accessories and my fringed bag. The diamond shaped bangle is by Vinca, an awesome jewelry company based here in the USA. It is such a cool bracelet, made of laser cut wood!

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Click the picture to get your own laser cut jewelry from Vinca!

grungepunkglamourWMgrungepunkglamour6WMEven though I have grown out of wearing the every day “punk rock” style, there will always be a little punk rock edge to me, I’ve just added in some glamour.

Wearing:

Tshirt: vintage

Flannel: vintage

Jeans: SOLD

Boots: Dolce Vita

Bag: Lost and Found

Wooden bangle: VINCA 

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A Dash of Vinca!


All black everything… it’s a great look. It really never fails. Perhaps I should be living in New York? Pfffft, no way, I prefer my California sunshine. <3

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 This particular outfit incorporates some goth, and my favorite comic book character of all time: Catwoman. I don’t know, I just feel a little Catwoman-ish in this ensemble. I think its probably those heeled boots I have on… which I found at Ross for $20 btw!!! Yessssss.

But seriously, the white hair, the red lips and nails and the silver accents just look so fierce altogether. How bout those accessories huh? You’ve seen a lot of these pieces in other posts, however my unique crow necklace is totes new to this blog. The necklace is from Vinca jewelry and it’s all made here in the USA (yesss!) I picked up a couple of fabulous pieces from Vinca but the crows are my absolute favorite.

What a unique piece right? Crows…? A lil’ Alfred Hitchcock piece perhaps? I ran over a crow once. It was the worst. I felt its skull pop under my tire. I cried for at least 8 minutes. It was terrible. But forgive me, this isn’t a roadkill blog. ; )

So yeah, I LOVE the absurdity of those shiny black crows gliding over my collarbones having people ponder the what the piece is about. The necklace has got that unique edge that I just love… Thanks for the creativity Vinca!

Also thanks goes out to my photographer of the day, Cooper Griggs. He was kind enough to snap these shots and make them beautiful for me! Thanks Coop!

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Jacket: Tripp NYC

Pants: SOLD Design Lab

Boots: Found at Ross

Necklace: Vinca Jewelry

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When Clothing is Art…

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The jacket is by My Tribe and is made of leather and suede strips all individually sewn onto a rayon backing. It’s lightweight, stretchy and STUNNING! I absolutely adore the the rippled effect of the leather strips. Edgy, fierce and glamorous. This jacket IS art.

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Wearing:

Jacket: My Tribe 

Shirt: Sans Souci

Leggings: Lysse

Shoes: Dolce Vita

Sunnies: DIY

Same Shirt, Different Day.

Same shirt, same pants, same attitude.

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clinicwedgeDifferent shoes, different hair, different details, different day.

Wearing:

Shirt: Urban Outfitters

Pants: Ross

Saddle Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (from Mod Cloth)

Spiked Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell (from Solestruck)

Holographic purse: Nine West

Sunnies: DIY

Necklace: LA boutique

Not So Secret Garden.

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. 

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Wearing:

Hat: sample sale

Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack

Dress: Lush

Necklace: H & M

Belt: Anna Klein

Bag: Big Buddha

Sandals: Do you love them? I got them at Ross! 😉 

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Pin Up Style, Baby!

Remember I went to a pinup shoot a while back? (In case you missed it, you can read about it HERE.) I helped style some of the girls, and I got a few sessions of my own in. Of the four different looks we shot, I’ve received the sets from two of the photographers that day. They came out so great and I am one lucky girl getting to participate in the day’s festivities.

This set was shot by professional photographer, Isaac Suttell. Please see Isaac’s website for more of his phenomenal work!


Isaac’s photos came out absolutely stunning and I couldn’t be more honored to have had him shoot me. On a personal note, I’m not one for being tan, however this particular set of photos inspires me to get a little more sun this summer! Hehehee. Although I must say, Isaac captured me as a porcelain doll. Thank you Isaac!

Black and White, an Outfit for the Night.

The entire outfit was assembled around the headpiece, which I can proudly say I MADE!! Sparkly, sharp and extremely beautiful; it’s an accessory that flows with my personality like no other. As I stated on Instagram, I actually have one more of these pretty pieces which (someday) will be posted for sale. More details about the piece will come then.

Black and white is still a hot color combo for the season and pretty easy to put together. You can’t really screw up black and white ya know? I had been saving this peplum, houndstooth skirt for the perfect occasion, and it went great with this outfit. Garter tights are super trendy right now and hot hot hot, I suggest getting a pair NOW if you like the style. Just make sure to stay away from drunk Argentinian broads at bars who are likely to accidently burn a hole in your fabulous new stockings with their cigarette butts. (UGH!)

As usual I feel that every outfit is made by the accessories, so I had to pile them on. I like to sparkle so much when I enter a room, that people need sunglasses to look at me. 😉

Glitter, rhinestones, sequins, diamonds…. I love em all.

I loved this entire look (which I styled in about 25 minutes). The makeup, hair, clothes, shoes, and even nails worked together to create a visual symphony of a chic black and white ensemble that received quite a bit of positive attention out on the town. Ahhhhh, I love dress up.

Details on outfits often include where I found the item and its cost, because I think one of my specialties is dressing well on a low to middle income budget and still looking like a million bucks. It’s all about hunting for treasures and scoping out affordable places to shop such as sample sales, flea markets, thrift stores, etc. Spend less on clothes, and invest on shoes or accessories!

Wearing:

Fascinator: Rebecca Glam  (made by me)

Shirt: Velvet Heart (Found at a sample sale $10)

Skirt: Sensational Collection (found at Ross for $8)

Belt: TJ Maxx (for $6)

Garter tights: eBay (about $12)

Bag: Betsey Johnson (sample sale score for $20, bag retails around $200)

Shoes: Prickly, by Jeffrey Campbell (the only item I’m wearing that was expensive at $230, however you can find these shoes on sale currently for half the cost.)