What I love about fashion is that it's always changing and you can change with it! If you like a new silhouette, color, or fabric, you are free to try new things at any given time. Even my little motto “In With The Old” addresses how fashion is changing. The change may not be brand new, but we are reintroducing old classics all the time. I’d be lying if I said my 10-year old self agreed with every article of clothing my mother decided to hold on to. Then, I saw most of them only appropriate for costumes or dress-ups. Now, I see the light. My thoughts on my style are ever-changing and that is what makes getting dressed all the more liberating. And all Terry can say is, “I told you so” every time I claim her vintage as my own. Mama does know best.
I was never against sneakers per se, but I was truly ignorant to the changes occurring in this realm of the clothing industry until Mr. Sneaker Head Ian came along. Now that I’m a !CiTy GiRl! I am all the more grateful for the assortment of sneaks my boyfriend has introduced me to. And so are my feet! I no longer have a car, which I love, so we walk everywhere we can. I walk at least 3 miles a day, usually. Some days less and others 7+. I recently discovered I have Plantar Fasciitas. So I plan on healing this shit in style.
I never thought I’d say my Yeezy 500’s were my favorite shoes, let alone one of the most unique pieces I’ve ever owned. I never thought I'd own a dad shoe to begin with. Yet every time they're on my feet, I think, "Damn! Look at you two lookin' all cute down there!!" You may call sneakers like these trendy, BUT who knows? Maybe some of 'em will stand the test of time (like my mom's Doc Martens), and I'll see my future daughter rockin' my Pharrell Adidas Human Race's someday. ;) Le-sigh.
I love the juxtaposition of a streetwear style sneaker with a feminine dress. It's my new go-to outfit. It's easy, comfy, makes me feel good, and I could go all day in it in Filthadelphia. Another consistent go-to of mine is the brand that made this dress: The Line By K. I love this LA-based line. They care about their product, employees, and customers. My Line By K pieces are the ones I seem to grab again and again. They're my sexy basics, and with the attention to detail they'll never be deemed basic.
Photography by: Gina DeSimone
Check out her work. You won't be sorry you did.
Introducing Gina DeSimone: an extraordinary photographer, goofball and pal. I met this girl just a few months ago in my new city, at my new church!
I am so grateful for the Church. I can't think of a better place to make friends as an adult. The church is all about community. The church is community. And the beauty of meeting the women that I have through The Block meant that I met them in bible study, where you get down to the nitty-gritty right off the bat. You're instantly vulnerable and open up on another level where other social settings may not allow for that sort of rawness. I'm pretty sure I shed tears the very first day I met Gina. And with zero judgment and only comfort, she shared her trials with me along with this verse: Colossians 3:23 "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." And immediately everyone else at group grabbed their Bibles and started sharing other verses that lift them up, too. They rallied around me. It was a beautiful, empowering moment with what once were strangers at the time. And that beautiful moment had a lot to do with this beautiful woman! No longer a stranger, but... a pal.<3
I thank God for that. I thank God for her! And all her spunk, creativity, comedic relief, oh, and the hilarious viewings of The Bachelor she provides in her cute studio apartment, consistently stocked with veggies and four cases of Diet Mountain Dew (at all times!!) because Gina is a woman of balance.
Though the transition of moving to Philly has been a tremendous feat for me (and my patience is still tested every day in different ways), it is true that good things come to those who wait. For me, in the midst of waiting to make friends for instance, I experienced loneliness for the first time in my life. And while this feeling wasn't so much the "good" thing I was waiting for (the good-good was that I found an awesome community of course), maybe there was even good from the "wait." Now that I've undergone lonely times, I'll be able to relate with those that have, too. Another lesson amidst this struggle/feeling, was truth—that we are never really alone, no matter the strength of that lonely bug inside us. There's a friend out there waiting to befriend you back! A friend ready to make you feel beautiful with her photography skills, or expose you to awful reality television shows. Whatever it is! Whoever they are, know they're out there, ready to fill your life with goodness. This may mean putting yourself out there; going to church alone and taking it a step further and signing up for a small group. And while you may walk in "alone," you will not leave alone. I promise.
Gina is wearing a Free People top, Gap jeans, and shoes so cute she doesn't remember where she bought them from.:)
Gina is a [bad ass] photographer at Urban Outfitters and we got to play in the studio on this luscious couch, and explore the Navy Yard-based headquarters of URBN. It was a beautiful, sunny day full of smiles, hair flips, chasing airplanes, and lots of outfits documented.
More to come!
If you were unaware, this right here is my sister, Charlotte. You can also call her Charli, or Chuck when she’s feeling sassy (though that’s her regular disposition). I think you can see a bit of that in her outfit, too. She’s a one-button-rebel wearing our mama’s vintage cardigan, + denim shorts, Doc Marten’s, & grandma’s clip-on earrings.
We wound up in Westwood of Cincy where most wouldn’t assume there are many treasures to be had in this part of town, but we spent some time digging that day and found ‘em; murals that recently popped up by Girl Mobb, and the cutest playground you ever did see.
Charlotte has the perfect, sprightly spirit to roam with me and explore. And even if we were to come up empty-handed, time with her would still always be worth my while.
I look forward to packing up a picnic basket and heading to this park with my sisters & niece next time I visit Cincinnati in warmer days ahead.
As you've probably seen shopping or just browsing the internet, you know that two things are currently trending: the color lime green & kitten heels. And somehow my mom just knew this would happen, hence why she held on to this get-up that endows both for 20 something years. Sheesh! Not that either really went out of style, but society has allowed them to have their moment again. Welcome back, you two.
Kitten heels are my fave. 1) Because I am 5'10". Though I no longer mind towering over you all in my 3-inch heels as I once did when I was young, some days I am just not in the amazonian mood, ya know? and 2) 'Cause there's something these lil' guys do for even just a pair of Levi's and a t-shirt. It's easy to elevate a casual look with kitten heels. Try it! Oh, and carry an itsy bitsy handbag with the look while you're at it, too.
Some lime green pieces I currently appreciate:
The Line By K Saloma Dress
I Am Gia Naomi Top
Free People Liv Block Heel (not kitten, but still comfy, not too high, and neon!)
Sommer Swim Stella One Piece (wear the cut-out in the front or back!)
Wearing my mama's vintage Victoria's Secret dress & heels, a vintage, Japanese clutch, + Crap Sunglasses
I was fortunate enough to spend a month in Philadelphia this summer. I had to live out of a suitcase, which is difficult for a woman who dresses based on her mood... I loathe packing. Probably because my luggage is overweight 90% of the time. Luckily I could cram my shoes and purses in my boyfriends suitcase. Not so sure how I am going to get back to Cincy without paying that overweight fee but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.
While in Philly, I met the lovely Khrystyna Ryan. I found her through Insta and reached out and offered to buy her a cup of coffee and chat on creative things! Not only did she reply promptly, she bought me the cup of coffee! And along with coffee and good company, she fed me honest advice and sincere encouragement. She invited me along for a shoot the following day and brought her beautiful cousin along to model for us. We roamed quaint streets of Philly, and I scrambled some outfits together out of my crazy suitcase to style Vladka (These Ukranian beauties with cool names—I think that's a requirement of models these days, no?)
Luckily Vladka and I are similar in size! And she finally made my vintage Gucci scarf-made-shirt come to life! Along with a Reformation denim mini, a thrifted lil' purse, and vintage men's Levi's with a vintage men's Hawaiian button-up from Reunion Clothiers #vintagevintagVINTAGE.
Philly, you've been kind to me thus far. I am falling in love with this city of brotherly love.