Sunday, December 14, 2014

That Girl

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 I wore this look the other night the Fashion Club's second fashion show this year. As an alum, my overall objective was just wanted to wear something that would stand out. Nobody had seen me in person since my hair revolution so I figured the look should be as dramatic as possible. Sitting in the front row with a leather jacket over my shoulders and a skirt flowing on to the ground actually made me feel more prissy than bad-ass. But I think that's the fun of those types of events: you're allowed to be that girl.

Watch out Anna Wintour, I'm about to be Grace Coddington's bae.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wind in my Ponytail

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But what about the fit? The mood? The experience?

It's hard to look past what you get influenced and instead style something that comes naturally to you. Even while putting this look together, I couldn't help but want to put on more to overcompensate for the stark simplicity of this look. I've always been a fan of black on black on black on black (you get it), but I guess what satiated my itch to bling it up was the anticipation of what would happen during my day wearing this look. Wind in my ponytail, I've been throwing on quick layers in hopes of running free.

FUCK & Chain rings courtesy of Amarilo

Disclaimer: I swear I am not a matchy-matchy fan girl. And honestly this outfit was not planned....but fate has it that I'm sharing it with you today...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Like a Man

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The worst insult you could give a girl is telling her she looks 'like a man'. And not to get emo or anything, but I got that a lot when I was younger. The awkward phase was hard on me, as I'm sure it was for many a brown girl.

But I'm starting to reconsider what that really means. I like to think of it as a way to describe an easy-going style of dress rather than a reference to my facial attributes. Dressing in menswear inspired pieces has given me new light; in fact, often times it's these pieces that I can pragmatically wear every day. You can't say that about many womenswear pieces. And this is a notion that lots of women inspired by street style are taking into account, myself included.

A few layers, some cozy pants and some simple accessories are actually what help stand out amongst your average crowd of girls now a days. Tevin Vincent sent over these awesome beaded and chained bracelets from his new STACK collection. I absolutely love the fact that these accessories are realistic and clean: I can wear them every day, any way, without ever getting the urge to take them off. Proud to say I'm going to wearing these like a man.

Maybe male style bloggers are on to something.



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Friday, November 28, 2014

Pack Mule

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Every girl has that one friend who stuffs everything possible into their purse; the unnecessarily 'over-prepared' one. I'm that friend.  I just feel like bringing everything possible is a better idea than stranded in an unforeseen circumstance with only a few options. And it doesn't stop with my bag. I have a weekly rotation of shoes laying around in my car, spare necklaces and rings in my pockets and more infamously, 13 lipsticks on me at all times. It's bad.

But when it comes to whatever the hell you consider layering for a Californian winter, I still feel like there, too, lies strength in numbers.

Don't be scared of my pack-mule tendencies. There's a method to my madness.

The trick is to layer with super breathable fabrics, sheers, and airy pieces that give the illusion of a lot more dense of a look than you might actually be wearing. This is how I get away with packing on so many articles of clothing into every look. And although I'm working towards streamlining my outfits day by day, smart layering is just my way of proving that you can wear the same few pieces a countless number of ways.

Zara Booties

Friday, November 21, 2014

Miss Basic

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 libertydenied, zara, cobalt, blue dress, fashion blog  libertydenied, zara, threadsence, cobalt blue, BCBG, Herve Leger, Max Azria  libertydenied, zara, boots, wedges, combat boots, short hairI'm like every other girl my age. I eat too much. I spend way to much time staring at a screen. And yes, I discuss reality TV in depth with my friends for fun. In modern vernacular, these habits would constitute a basic bitch. And while I've always feared such an accusation, sometimes I can't help but feel like it may be true...

This year has shown some of the most extreme (and strange) weather. I haven't had the option of choosing pieces that reflect the 'seasons'. And it's been hard to be creative without overdoing it. So when 'fall' rolled around, I had no choice but to become the long-feared basic bitch with her chunky hi-low sweater, denim jacket and boots. But I also mean it in the original sense of the word; choosing timeless and understated textures/colors over the eccentric and overdone.

As much as I love obnoxiously long dresses and beads head to toe, this time around I just had to be miss basic.

Boots- Lana Del Rey for H&M
 
 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Still no Cap

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 Of all fashion weeks, I feel most compelled to keep a close watch on Mercedes Benz New York. And I swear, there was one season where everything and everyone (guys and girls alike) were decked out in cobalt blue and street wear (remember the flood of leather baseball caps?) If I'm not  mistaken, it was FW'13. Another unexpected move by Max and Lubov Azria during Herve Leger.

This is my sporadic attempt to join them. Months later. With a mix of a of pieces that are on opposite sides of the spectrum. But sadly, still no baseball cap.

I want to warn you beforehand, these shoes are not some short-term fling I'm having. I bought them knowing they were a size smaller. And since I know that, I'll be working ten times harder to break them in. My toes thank you for the challenge, Zara.

So you might have been wondering where I ran off to for the past +1.5 weeks. Well, I don't know. Time just goes by and although I have plenty to say, I feel like I'm cheating you if there's no way to show it.

I want to show you the world. Or at least,the world inside my head.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Baddies

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I swear, the more invested I get in blogging, the more strange questions come up.

Just a few weeks ago someone asked me if Libertydenied was my 'alter ego'. The first thing that popped in my head was, "I'm not Nicki Minaj and you don't know me like that," but somehow, I gained my composure and explained that as a blogger and a human being, I can't be expected to act the same way all the time. I'm a multi-faceted chameleon. I love art. I love fashion. And most of all, I love people who understand that.

I met Violet a little over a year ago at the Song of Style x Valentino Event. It was one of my first events and got me hooked on networking with like-minded guys and girls. Hearing about her crazy Halloween costume plans, obsessions with the natives of fashion blogging and the trials of being a working girl with a working blog made me realize something: life is all about surrounding yourself with the right people, ones who understand your personal and sartorial spectrum and support it.

While there was a slight bit of color coordination planned beforehand (#judgeus), I can honestly say that the rest of this photo set came together on its own. What can I say? We're just baddies and aren't afraid to show it.

Some say that fashion blogging is on its last leg. But in opposition, I say that maybe these friendships that are actually the catalyst for something even more spectacular...

 I'm excited to see what that something is.

Zara dress
Rock and Republic Booties

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