Where The Wild Things Are

Wood, weaving, cut outs, spikes and fringe are the layered textures that have come together through a cohesive color palette of linen and brown.

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Every single piece was purchased at a different time but marry so well now that they have found each other. It’s one of my favorite things about fashion, to see how pieces find each other, even if they’ve been acquired months or years or oceans apart.

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{Skirt/Top/Belt/Shoes/Thrifted, Earrings & Necklace/Handmade by me, Hat/Purchased on a cruise, Bracelets/Bag/IAMSHEGLOBAL}

From Another Place & Time

It was the end of the day. Vendors were tired, getting ready to pack up and I had $11 left, burning a hole in my pocket.  I was doing my final rounds in the vintage clothing section of the Rose Bowl Flea Market and a sign grabbed my attention from a distance: 2 for $5.  Woo Hoo!! At that price, I could do some damage with the $11 in my pocket!

How happy was I when this vendor’s item were an amazing collection of vintage, global pieces! I scoured the racks and then dug into huge boxes he had filled with colorful pieces. I found more items than I could afford (as usual) but my approach to life, is that I have nothing to lose by asking, so I asked if he’d sell me five items for the $11 I had.  He was so kind and let me have 5 pieces for $10 and they were all amazing, each in their own way!

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This 70’s, dashiki inspired tent dress was one of those $2 items and I LOVE it!! So comfortable and the bright colors are perfection.  It did have ridiculously small arm holes that I made bigger but other than it was ready to rock!

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{Dress/Thrifted at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, Shoes/Ross, Mixed bangles/From Target, India & Kenya, Layered Necklaces/I bought in India, Earrings/Santee Alley}

Golden Glamour

Every now and then a girl just wants to get glammed up and I used the recent purchase of this vintage dress as a reason to do just that.  Bold shoulders, gold buttons, a flowing skirt all in a brilliant marigold color were the perfect lady like combo.  Of course, leopard print is timeless, so I used it to accessorize throughout.

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Did I mention I got this dress for $2 at the Salvation Army!! True glamour doesn’t have a huge price tag.  Its exuded from within.  Your poise, your confidence and your inner light are what make you truly glamorous!

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{Dress/Bag/Vintage & Thrifted, Belt/Target, Coat/Newport News, Shoes/Last Chance in Phx, Earrings/Macy’s}

Queen of Dragons

 

I’ve recently fallen back in love with thrifting and visiting the flea markets. I find that I’ve become bored with run of the mill clothing. Pieces from chain stores just don’t do it for me anymore. They aren’t interesting or eclectic enough. Their patterns are predictable and uninspiring for me. I need more and I have been finding it in vintage and thrifted finds.

Not only do I love the hunt of thrifting but the joy of finding that diamond in the rough, that dress or jacket that no one else will be rocking because there is only one! Yes, that is what inspires me. These pieces push my individuality, creativity and styling skills, like this dress.

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It’s actually a house coat from the 60’s or 70’s that I found at the Long Beach Flea Market last month. The color called me from a distance and when I saw the bad ass dragon print I knew it had to be mine.

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So how do you accessorize a wild printed house coat?? With wilder, bold statement jewelry of course. I added this neckpiece and ornate earrings I bought in India, a stack of bangles and bright contrasting shoe to complete the look.  Just over the top, just pushing the boundaries, makes it just right for me.

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{Dress/Vintage, Belt/Target, Necklace/Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Ring/IAMSHEGLOBAL, Clutch/Heels/Santee Alley, Downtown L.A.}

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Among the Palms

I’m getting so excited about traveling to the island of Zanzibar at the end of the year. It is a place I have dreamed of visiting for many years and that dream of white sand beaches swept by tradewinds and crystal clear ocean will finally become a reality. Until that time, I’m letting my wardrobe express my desire to be among the palms.

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{Dress/Fashion to Figure via The Plus Bus, Necklace/Earrings/IAMSHEGLOBAL, Shoes/AMI Club Wear}

Hodge Podge

One of the things I think makes for a unique wardrobe is the ability to mix and match items from different places and topping them with one of a kind accessories to create an interesting ensemble.  I like to mix items from Ross or Marshall’s, with a flea market find and jewelry I bought while traveling in another country. My style is a hodge podge of my life, a reflection of my journey and no one else’s, which makes it truly one of a kind. Just the way I like it.

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{Pants/Purse/Marshall’s, African Top/Rose Bowl Flea Market, Sandals/Target, Earrings/Handmade by me, Mixed bracelets/From Mali, India & Kenya, Horn Ring/Bought in Kenya, Headwrap/Piece of scrap fabric, Sunglasses/Claire’s}

Butterfly Birthday

“Butterflies are self-propelled flowers” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

Being the ambitious, entrepreneurial woman that I am, I am most definitely self-propelled and like a flower, I am perpetually blossoming. It seemed only appropriate to wear a butterfly-esque print on my birthday. A flower, a butterfly, a strong woman, embracing the gift of another year, in all its glory!

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{Dress/Fashion to Figure via The Plus Bus, Heels/JCPenny, Bangles/I Bought in India, Earrings/Ring/Clutch/IAMSHEGLOBAL}

Forever on Safari

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” ~ Karen Blixen, Out of Africa.

Take me back to where my soul resides, bathed in the calm of swaying reeds on the savannah, deep in the heart of Africa.

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{Dress/The Plus Bus, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Belt/Ross, Bag/Thrifted, Bracelets/From India, Necklace & Earrings/Handmade by me}