Summer of Wanderlust – Greece Inspired Look Book

I have always dreamed of traveling to Greece, a land where the blue of the sky dances with the blue of the sea for as far as the eye can see.  This October I am blessed to be able to make that dream a reality so I thought I should get some outfit planning in the works.

This look book is inspired by the iconic Greek colors of blue and white in easy, flowy fabrics, paired with unique sandals and a healthy sprinkling of gold.  Channeling my inner Greek goddess with bare shoulders and billowing silhouettes, I am ready for my island adventure.

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{Dress/Hemant & Nandita via Gwynnie Bee, Sandals/Michael Kors, Bracelet/Bought in India, Earrings/Vintage}

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{Pants/Michael Kors, Duster/Ralph Lauren via The Plus Bus Boutique, Blouse/Thrifted, Bracelets/Sandals/Santee Alley, Belt worn as a necklace/Target, Earrings/Bought in India}

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{Dress/Ross, Belt/JCPenny, Earrings/Sandals/Santee Alley}

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{Jumpsuit/The Plus Bus Boutique, Shawl/Remnant fabric, Belt/Thrifted, Necklace/Bought in India, Bracelets/Sandals/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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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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Looking Fly in Bomber Jackets for Spring

A bomber jacket is a somewhat unexpected wardrobe item for Spring but I’ve learned that experimenting with my wardrobe often leads to unexpected surprises, so I gave it a go!

I have never owned a bomber jacket so I was excited for the challenge when we decided to style them this month as part of our Unitedly Plus collaboration!  While they come in various weights I opted for this thin one from H&M, which is a more sporty version of a cardigan and I think is the perfect weight for Spring.

I am also not known for wearing black but the mixed animal inspired prints on this jacket are quite bold so I let them be the star of this ensemble. Leopard booties and belt tie nicely with the colors and print of the jacket and I added a fedora because I love hats and it looks fly.

For more ways to style a bomber jacket for Spring check out the links below from my fellow blogger babes!

Note: This post is part of a blogger collaboration between Joi of InMyJoi , Sahily of PrettyInPigment and myself. Check out the #UnitedlyPlus hashtag to learn more about all of us and our collaboration!

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{Jumpsuit/Style & Co from Macy’s, Bomber Jacket/H&M purchased on Ebay, Shoes/Alfani,  Hat/Santee Alley in Downtown L.A., Hoop Earrings/Gift}

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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}

 

 

 

Sting Like A Bee

Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.

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Inspired by the enlarged butterfly print of this skirt, I paired it with a small scale, textured print top, all in hues of the honey bee. I think I have my insects covered with this outfit.

I layered two belts on top of each other and wore them backwards for a clean line in front to break up the two busy prints. Layering also came into play with my necklaces and I chose these heels as the cut outs mimicked the butterfly shapes.

A bold look for sure, but I never was one to blend in to the hive.

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{Skirt/The Plus Bus, Top/Alfani,Thrifted from Goodwill, Sweater/Newport News, Belts/Target, Shoes/Earrings/Santee Alley, Black Necklace/Macy’s, Faces Necklace/From Nepal}

Dora Who?

Channeling my inner explorer, I rocked this comfy look a few casual Fridays ago. A vintage dress from India, lace up boots, the perfect mini knapsack and an Indiana Jones style hat had me ready to pull out the map and get scouting.

Dora ain’t got nothing on me! Carmen, I’m coming for you next!

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{Dress/Vintage, purchased on Depop, Boots/Newport News, Belt/Bag/Thrifted from Goodwill, Hat/ The Left Bank, Ring/From Nepal, Sunglasses/Ross}

 

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}