So yesterday my friend Yezmene called the troops together to do a sort of James Dean inspired photo shoot. Jon, Ellie, and I. We ended up driving north on the 41, and stopping somewhere in the hills, and hiked our way into the fields. I for some reason thought it would be a good idea to wear open toed heels. The heels weren't so much a problem as the open toes were. Dirt and stickers and burrs all over the place. I think I learned my lesson (we'll see come next time, hah). After that, we drove a bit further and ended up near the river right at Friant Dam. It's been incredibly hot here lately, and we were all exhausted by the time we were over. It was an awesome day though. I live for the adventures with good friends like this. Seriously the most fun I've had in awhile. Just roaming around the countryside not a care in the world. It was a beautiful day. And I must say, I'm pretty happy with how these shots came out.
P.S. - I finally got my hair cut. The whole asymmetric thing was getting out of hand, and it'd lost all shape in the back. Thanks to amazing friend and future professional, Dani, my hair now has shape again and can grow out evenly!
I have been DYING for a kimono, but every one I've seen has been way out of my current budget. Then I found this tie dye scarf in Urban Outfitter's sale section. I couldn't resist the kimono like feel. So of course.. I decide to wear it as a kimono as such to satisfy my craving for one, and I'm extremely happy with how it works! Especially over this crochet dress I also found the same day. Match made in heaven right there. I think this must be my favorite summer outfit as of now. Plus the gorgeous abalone necklace my grandparents bought me while they were on a trip to Monterey! IN LOVE.
Also, I must say that I absolutely love how bright the red in my hair is now that the color has faded out a bit. Exactly how I wanted it to look from the start! <3
So you guys may notice a few things here. Beauty school finally got to me, and I have changed up my hair color with the reverse ombre! Red on the top, and my ends are still black. I had honestly missed having red hair so much, I'm glad to have brought it back. Also, I repierced my nose! Seriously in love with having a nose ring again, I'm not sure why I ever took it out.
So, summer has definitely arrived here in central California. Triple digit weather. Blah! I've never dealt well with hot summers, and I've lived here all my life! I've learned how to keep fashionably cool though. These are one of my favorite pairs of shorts, which I DIY'd to death. Bleach, dye, studs. Then this black lace bralette I found at Forever 21. Definitely does the trick. I have also been incredibly stoked with the fact that my grandmother has given me here entire collection of turquoise jewelry. I am obsessed! This turquoise collar and the hand chain are my absolute favorite pieces. Also, please note this beautiful crescent quill necklace by My Salvation I got via Casey's blog. I love this necklace so much that I have literally been wearing it everyday since I got it in the mail! I would highly suggest checking out My Salvation, as all her pieces are beautiful and one of a kind. I'm greatly tempted to buy everything on their online shop. It's love at first sight!
So my friend Virginia contacted me to do a shoot with her, and asked my to dress like a punk rocker. I decided to add my own little girly, yet tough look. I found this gorgeous dress at Goodwill for only $2, and couldn't pass it up. One of the hems was completely torn though, so I hand sewed it back together (I think my first time really sewing anything.. Yay me!). To toughen it up, I added the faux leather vest, shredded tights, boots with chains, and the spike ring from Foxhouse, which I absolutely love. That abalone necklace is one of my favorite pieces that I own right now. My grandparents got it for me while they were on vacation in Monterey. My family kicks ass.
Thanks again to Virginia for these beautiful shots!
As you all know, I'm attending Paul Mitchell Beauty School. Today we had a fashion show/contest, and I volunteered to be one of the models. The theme was "Under The Sea." Literally everyone went the mermaid route. Here's the makeup everyone did on me.
Yes, those are indeed scales on my face. I absolutely love what they did with my lips, the gold tone is amazing!
Skirt; I don't even know, I was digging through drawers and found it
Bandeau top; Forever 21
Turquoise choker; vintage
I figured since my makeup was mermaid themed, I'd stick with something flowy on the bottom (come in this skirt) and a bikini type top. I had been browsing through Forever 21 and immediately fell in love with the patter and colors of the bandeau. I couldn't pass on it. I am also so incredibly stoked because my grandmother gave me her entire collection of turquoise jewelry!!! And if you know me, you know I'm obsessed with everything turquoise. I have seriously been wearing at least one of the turquoise pieces everyday. I can't get enough!
I'm also waiting to get photos back from a couple of shoots I had last weekend. Incredibly stoked to see them! So much so that I'm getting impatient, haha.
As some of you may know, I've been volunteering at a nonprofit all ages venue, called Kuppajoe, for over three years now. We are a ministry oriented nonprofit, with the responsibility to give kids a safe place to hang out, and to help the Fresno music scene to thrive. We're here to welcome kids with open arms, who have often before been outcasted by Christians and churchgoers, those who are supposed to show love to everyone, yet don't always act on it. We're here to reach out to kids, to make a connection, to allow them to enjoy the art that is music. Here's a video that'll tell you more about Kuppajoe, and what it is we do, and what it means to us (yeah, you'll see me ramble a bit in here, haha).
For more information on what we're about, and a schedule of upcoming shows, please check us out at the following:
This place has become very near and dear to my heart, and I would much appreciate you checking out what I spend a lot of my weekends doing. This place has become a second home, and the people here a family.
My good friends at De Epoca Vintage are having a pop up shop this coming Tuesday. If you love great vintage finds and live in the San Diego area, make sure to come out! Art, music, and vintage, what could be better than that?!
Jessika, the mastermind behind De Epoca, definitely has a good eye. There's not one thing in the shop that I don't absolutely love! She's also quite the seamstress/DIYer (the above high voltage shorts that she totally reconstructed herself, for example. Gotta love the studs and fringe!!) Make sure you check it, you don't want to miss out on these amazing pieces at great prices!