Summer of Wanderlust – India Inspired Look Book

To describe India in a few words is like trying to put the universe in a box. It just can’t be done.  To do it justice, one must visit and immerse themselves in the cacophony of sights, sounds, smells and colors. It’s brilliant and jarring, chaotic and magical.  In my two visits I have only scratched the surface of its mystery.

These looks are inspired by many of the pieces of jewelry and clothing I have purchased when traveling to India and also by the easy, comfortable way I would dress when I am there.  Light layers, exotic prints and bold colors are the heart of Indian design and they are the center of this look book!

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{Pants/Michael Kors via Macy’s, Top/Sandals/Ross, Necklace/Handmade by me, Bracelet/Santee Alley, Bag/I bought in Jodhpur, India}

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{Pants/Necklaces/Bangles/I bought in India, Shoes/Ross, Blouses/Thrifted, Ring/Thrifty Upenyu on Etsy}

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{Dress/Single Dress Plus, Top/The Plus Bus Boutique, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Ring/Target, Earrings/Vintage}

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{Skirt/Necklace/Bought in India, Blouse/Shoes/Thrifted, Ring/Earrings/Santee Alley}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Morocco Inspired Look Book

Only two weeks left in our Summer of Wanderlust and I’ve left some of my favorite countries for last.

This week’s look book is inspired by Morocco.  My husband and I took a private tour by car through the vast landscapes of Morocco in 2006 from the forest through olive groves to a night spent in a Bedoin camp, watching the sunrise in the Sahara Desert.

Buying rugs in the desert, drinking mint tea, getting lost among mounds of spices in the markets of Marrakech, eating our share of tajine, covering my hands in henna, discovering beautiful details around every corner, meeting amazing artisans, uncovering hidden courtyards.  It was a magical journey and I can’t wait to return.  Until then, I leave with a little Moroccan inspiration.

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{Kaftan/Ross, Sandals/Target, Bangles/From India, Earrings/Macy’s, Necklace worn as a headpiece/Santee Alley}

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{Pants/Love Culture, Kaftan/Thrifted, Sandals/Marshall’s, Necklace/Macy’s}

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{Dress/Depop, Scarf/Worn as a belt/Target, Red Belt/Made in Morocco (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in India, Shoes/Forever 21}

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Heels/Michael Kors, Bracelet/Necklace worn as a headpiece/From India, Earrings/Santee Alley}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Hong Kong Look Book

Sixteen years ago for my honeymoon I went on my first big international trip to Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.  That trip forever changed the trajectory of my life and ignited a desire to travel the globe that is everlasting.

This look book is inspired by the details of Hong Kong, the place where my ultimate journey began.

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{Top/Jacket/Jewelry/Thrifted, Pants/INC International, Shoes/Santee Alley}

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{Dress/Gwynnie Bee, Shoes/Target, Bag/Bracelets/Earrings/Umbrella/Thrifted}

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{Vintage Housecoat/Long Beach Flea Market, Bag/Belts/Thrifted, Earrings/Purchased in India, Bracelet/Old, Shoes/Michael Kors}

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{Skirt/Last Chance, Top/Chico’s (Thrifted), Earrings/Necklace/Purchased in India, Fan/99 cents store}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Bali Inspired Look Book

Bali is an exotic and tropical land with deep cultural traditions.  While I have yet to visit I am inspired by the intricate details of its temples, colorful ceremonies and the spirit of the Balinese people.

These looks are inspired by the traditional batik and lush landscapes found all over Bali.  They are my modern take on fashion inspired by Balinese elements.

I’d love to hear if you have been to Bali and what your favorite memory is!

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{Pants/Michael Kors, Top/Thrifted, Bangles/From India, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Hat/99 cents store, Earrings/Necklace/Santee Alley}

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{Dress/Belt/Shoes/Thrifted, Durry Bag/Bought in India, Long Necklace/Bought in Romania, Short Necklace/Santee Alley}

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{Sarong worn as a dress/Victoria’s Secret, Shoes/Belt/Thrifted, Bag/Claire’s, Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Thrifted, Ring/Santee Alley}

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{Dress/Kimono/Umbrella/Thrifted, Belt/Target, Necklace/Sistas Jewelry, Ring/Tenzin Beads, Bracelet/Earrings/Macy’s, Heels/Nine West}

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I hope that you are enjoying your summer, whether you are traveling or livin’ it up at home! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog because next week I’ll be sharing all my Southwest adventures from last week from shopping tips to folk art festivals to hidden gems you can’t miss!  Until then, have a great weekend!

~ Sheena

 

 

Be Your Own Canvas

“I found I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Fashion is art to me.  It’s one way I express myself, my creativity and the things that inspire me. I think of my body as a canvas that I can layer color, shapes and textures on in an interesting way.  I don’t take it seriously and I think that’s why I have so much fun with it.

I recently thrifted this multi-colored top which looks like brushstrokes of paint and after playing around with what to pair it with I decided the perfect contrast would be the opposite of these brilliant colors: black and white.  I really love how this outfit came together.  It made me feel like my own work of art.

Does art inspire your wardrobe?

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{Top/Thrifted, Pants/Lane Bryant via The Plus Bus, Belt/Bought in Mexico, Heels/Prabal Garung for Target, Hat/Target, Clutch/Querist Vintage on Depop, Bracelets/Santee Alley}

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The Grass Is Always Green

“The grass is always green where you water it.”

This green inspired outfit is perfect for celebrating Earth Day. In honor of preserving our planet, almost every piece in this look was purchased at the thrift store. Refashioning clothing items helps with waste, allows you to be creative with your style and the treasure hunt is tons of fun.

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{Dress/Top/Handbag/Thrifted, Belt/Puma (worn backwards), Heels/Santee Alley, Bracelets/From Philippines, Necklace/Bought in China (worn doubled over)}

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Where Does Your Wardrobe Take You?

The colors are what got me with this skirt.  While I don’t have a lot of florals in my closet, the feel of this skirt reminded me of traveling.  It’s lightweight, flowy and of course colorful.  It made me think of strolling local markets or dancing the night away under a far away sky.  I love how fashion can transport you, even if you never leave your own backyard.

Where does your wardrobe take you?

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{Skirt/Blouse/Shoes/Belt/Thrifted, Necklace/Gift from a friend, Bracelet/From India, Bag/I Bought in Mexico, Hat/I bought on a cruise}

Black and White

I live for color.  Ever since I started traveling and saw how other cultures embrace every color of the rainbow, my wardrobe has slowly become a sea of color awash in patterns.  You’d be hard pressed to find anything sold in there these days and I love that.  It pushes me to get more creative with my pattern mixing.

With my love of color on full display, it’s ironic that my favorite color combination is black and white. I am so drawn to the graphic quality of this combination, no matter what the print, I’m hooked. It captures me from across the room and while I try to fight the urge to add “more” black and white to my wardrobe (“you have enough Sheena”, says internal voice of reasoning) the collection of this striking combo continues to grow in my closet.

This look is dedicated and inspired by my love of all things, black and white.

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{Jumpsuit/Ross, Kimono/Thrifted at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, Necklace & Bracelet/I bought in India, Shoes/Marshall’s, Green Belt/Puma Outlet, Ring/Thrifty Upenyu}

Show Them The Way

How you dress is a form of design.  While in school for interior design, I learned your eyes will travel where they are lead and you show them the way with color, pattern and texture.

Mixing prints in fashion used to be SO intimidating to me until I realized the same tricks used for interiors could be used in an outfit.

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At first glance, looking at the leopard print on this top and the psychedelic ikat print of the skirt, you wouldn’t think they’d go together. But by using the same color palette throughout from my earrings and necklaces (top of my body) to my bracelets (mid body) to my shoes (bottom), your eye seamlessly travels without anything being jarring as it all keeps within in the same colors.

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I tried a plain brown belt and to be honest it didn’t add anything to the outfit, so for an additional layer of interest I went with a belt and bag that have a similar pattern and texture.

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This simple trick of using like colors and textures or patterns throughout will always create a cohesive look. Above all, wear what makes you happy!

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{Skirt/Alfani, Shoes/Nine West, Both Thrifted from Goodwill. Belt/Target, Bag/Buffalo Exchange, Shirt/Forever 21, Mixed Bangles from Kenya & India, Spike Necklace/ Sistas Jewelry, Other 2 necklaces/Santee Alley, Earrings /Thrifty Upenyu}

 

 

 

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}