DENIM DAZED

There is nothing more satisfying in life that finding the PEFECT PAIR of denim jeans.  Sometimes you go shopping just in search of this magical mystical creature...and sometimes you strike out and sometimes --if the stars have aligned-- you find them when you're least expecting.  I have had an abundance of luck lately in the world of denim.  Styles have shifted out of the mega-high-waisted, to a nice loose fit, as well as embellishments GALORE.  Here's my favorite trending denim topics for this Spring/Summer season *~~~~

THE CROPPED FLARE:

Summer can be a hard time to dow your denim, but that's to cropped varieties you can let your ankles breath a little...and get yourself a beautiful tan line at the same time.   For my lanky limbs, I am just grateful it's cool again for my jeans to be short on purpose.

THE DIY/ THE EMBELLISHMENT:

I am a sucker for denim on denim, and this raw-edge denim mini was a glutton for my embellishment-crazed punishment.  Using iron-on denim patches cut into cute cloud forms, I had a one of a kind piece in about 30 minutes.  Try and resist your next blank canvas of denim after you see the amazing pieces popping up out there like wildfire this season. I doubt you can resist!

THE RUFFLE:

Denim has an tendency to feel very masculine,  especially with the more baggy and loose boyfriend styles of the now.  I swooned over this denim jacket with the small ruffle on the back and didn't even hesitate to buy a second jean jacket that I probably didn't need.  ALAS.  Not only does it add an interesting and more feminine touch, but it adds a great element of surprise when you turn around.

 

WHERE TO FIND THESE LOOKS & MORE:

THIS BOSS OF A RUFFLE JACKET: WHO WHAT WEAR @ TARGET

 THE BEST EMBELLISHED DENIM EVER:  THE RAGGED PRIEST

CROPPED FLARE JEANS (SHOWN): FOREVER21


 

WE NEED 2 TALK ABOUt YOUR FLAIR

"you do want to express yourself, don't you?"

Whether the bare minimum is enough for you, it's okay, because flair these days is for anyone who wants to personalize their clothes easily.  More and more brands and individual illustrators and artists are putting out patches and quirky buttons that I've become obsessive over...I soon may get a few P. Goomba ones of my own made *hint hint*.  As a lady who's all for a fun and easy DIY the iron-on-patch is where it's at.  Wanting to "jazz" up a button-up baseball jersey I had in my closet I took to the craft stores and riffled through a sale bin of a million letter "Q"s to find "GOOMBA" letters.  Then I scored big at a Walmart once searching for puffy paint on a whole set of sports related badges.  As you can see (above) it's really fun to slap a whole slew of these guys at random onto something, or (below) is easy to make a bold statement with a small embroidered piece at the pocket.  

My next project might be a jean jacket-- which work well for button flair!  I follow a few fantastic artists and shops on instagram where I plan to gather up my patch arsenal and if you're looking for some special flair, too, I'll link you---

Sex + Ice Cream (Nicole is a KC lady..about to open an IRL shop, so look out!!!<3)

Robin Eisenberg (She makes some cool X-File and pizza pins)

MILKBBI (has the most kawaii buttons!)

Big Bud Press (SOOo many special cute pins)

Lazy Oaf (for some fantastic patch packs!)

 

THE DARK PRINCESS

She's All That, In All Black

You ever feel a lil moody?? Daily?

Ok, Hi, we're the same 24 year old redhead that is a fiery as they come.  No?  okay, if you're moody on a daily basis we'd probably just get along super....well if we're on the same schedule. Nonetheless, you probably like to wear a lot of black and get into your feelings and what better way to wear your emotions than on (not just your sleeves, but) your WHOLE BODY.

On most days (which are moody)  I end up wearing a lot of black-- I confess, about half of my wardrobe is black and grey even though you may presume it much different if you view the rest of my dress up outfits.   There is always one thing that remains a constant here though--- that anything can be cute if you feel cute!  So pile on the black and dark blues because you look fabulous no matter what.  Consider playing up a variety of textures and fabrics in your monochrome endeavors for full effect.  Leather and lace and sequins are the dark things of my dreams.

In staying with the theme of this post, I should note that accessorizing your all black with more all black is my current obsession.  It can be a bit of challenge but I'm always up for it if it involves my darker side.  Both of the accessories pictured above are things I've made!- Add gigantic pom poms to the laces of your oxfords by attaching an old hairtie and looping it through the ties.  ~or~ wrap some scrap leather around a boss-ass black crystal and make yourself a statement necklace. 

 

 

That '70s Show

Fashion always finds itself in a state of resurrection, and thank God for that because I would've missed out on too many good decades I wasn't alive for.  Thanks to vintage hand-me-downs and thrift shop finds, we are lucky enough to blast to the past and enjoy seeing ourselves fit for a dinner party in the '50s or power-suiting our way into the '80s.  Lately though, I'm stuck in the '70s and the mod vibes of it's decade before.  There were those brief moments of wide leg pants and flare leg attempts a year or two ago, but it's finally time this decade gets a good rewrite, and who would've thought 2015 (into 2016) would bring it back?!  I'm excited to see suede, patchwork, and jumpsuits make their comeback in full force.  

For my looks? I was recently graced with a box of vintage clothes from my sister-in-law containing handmade pieces from her grandma, aunts and mother back into the '40s and '50s and I was ecstatic to find the yellow and white wide-leg jumpsuit (which was apparently an outfit worn IN a wedding).  In my obsession the last few months with the '70s resurgence I've found a few pieces just as worthy to fit into my modern wardrobe-- pairing a mod flap pocket plaid shirt or those groovy faux suede flares with none other than a crop top.  I decided to take my maxi dress (in a slightly "loud" print) and compose it with a sleek and simple skinny jean to keep groovin' on into the 20-teens<3

In the spirit of Drake & Future, WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

 

Wild West

starring the Princess Goomba

As a kid Sunday afternoons were made for squishing myself in the recliner next to my dad and watching Bonanza and Rawhide (and inevitably falling asleep).   I still swoon over Little Joe's handsome smile now-- but let's get back to the point-- the wardrobe! In their button-ups and suede vests they were taking out all the bad guys, all while looking cool and collected.  Similar in fashion, the Wild West finds itself in the saddle-- guns a'blazin!  At the tail end of the never-dying-boho-summer-music-festival trend, a more utilitarian cowboy look seems right in line for upcoming fall weather.  What do you think?

 

Designer // Chanté Gossett

closet remix

More often than not, I open my closet and stare into the dark abyss of the "same ol' same ol" (a lot like when you open the refrigerator and you "have no food").   Recently though, my friend Chanté let me *steal* her latest collection of ready-to-wear designs to mix up my life a little.  I'm so lucky!

Chanté is one of the raddest babes I've been lucky enough to meet and befriend.  When there's the need for a sophicated, put together bad bitch look (more often than not, this is the desired mood), Chanté's designs are the first to mind.  I always feel confident and cool and super special when I get to hang out in her clothes and I'm always honored when I get to walk the runway each season

Her current collection  (that I'm wearing here) was for this year's West 18th Fashion Show in Kansas City.  Similar to a post I made with another collection of Chanté's (see here! and here!)  I mixed in pieces of the collection with my own closet for fun :)

Keep an eye on my lady, because she is making moves-- *~literally~*!  All while putting together this collection, she was focused, too, on interviewing and creating content and ideas for Free People for a design position.  Recently, she accepted the offer and has started her journey for the brand in Philadelphia!

Be sure to check out her website for images and much more of her work <3

 

 

FRuit Bowl:

dressing up like your favorite fruit is cute!

Being a strawberry is fun! All you need are a couple of polka dots to style yourself in red and green (think: Christmas in July)

Being a strawberry is fun! All you need are a couple of polka dots to style yourself in red and green (think: Christmas in July)

Being a banana is easier than you ever thought!  Base your outfit around a soft pastel yellow or light cream/off-white, and top with a  bright sunny yellow hoodie or cardigan <3

Being a banana is easier than you ever thought!  Base your outfit around a soft pastel yellow or light cream/off-white, and top with a  bright sunny yellow hoodie or cardigan <3

 
Being a fruit has its obvious benefits-- you are sweet, you get to spend most of the day outside soaking up sun rays-- i'm not sure it gets much better!  If you are scared of wearing color take some advice from Mother Nature and use your favorite fruit as a color palette to concoct the perfect fruit salad this summer-- YUM!
Like the strawberry use the basic complimentary colors of a watermelon, the Princess Goomba opts for a lighter palette-- using mint green on the top to play up the melon-dip-dyed shorts on bottom!

Like the strawberry use the basic complimentary colors of a watermelon, the Princess Goomba opts for a lighter palette-- using mint green on the top to play up the melon-dip-dyed shorts on bottom!

Can't decide on a fruit? Be the fruit bowl! You may feel like a Froot Loop-- but that's a good thing!

Can't decide on a fruit? Be the fruit bowl! You may feel like a Froot Loop-- but that's a good thing!

 

Princess in Pastels

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Pairing a pastel (baby blue) w/ your favorite primary color (red) sure makes a statement many dare to try!

Head-to-toe is the motto-- try your favorite muted hues all over by mixing in texture and subtle print!

Who says you can't go punk in pastel? (Probably your mother, but obviously you are a rebel---go for it!)

A crisp light blue button-down and your lightest washed denim are a sure-fire way to feel cute <3

Pastels are really really cool and cute...and lucky for the Princess-- very relevant for Spring 2015!