Memory Lane

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In my thoughts just a few days ago, I was thinking about when I first start blogging. How anxious and antsy I was for exposure, recognition, and well, a following. Not truly understanding that all these things will come with time, lots of time. I would spend hours browsing Instagram for inspiration, reading my favorite bloggers post continuously, and in any opportunity, asking for advice. I’ve always been the person to compliment instead of stare, to recognize creativity over competition, and most importantly support, support and more SUPPORT. However, there was one thing I didn’t really understand going into blogging. I didn’t understand that everyone isn’t me, everyone doesn’t work or move how I do. It took me sometime to grasp this, but once I did, it made blogging so much easier. 

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Outfit Details: Top- The Limited (vintage)|Shorts- The Goodwill|Clear Mules- Poshmark( vintage)| 

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Alignment

C477E2E1-70EA-417C-B57F-876F5FA002E3It’s been a while ! With summer being here & launching my thriftique, I’ve been a little distracted from blogging.  Distracted in all the most positive ways! With blogging &  owning my own small business (cravingvintage) , I finally feel like I’ve found my calling.  If I’m not brainstorming fits or ideas for my next shoot, I’m scanning through each rack at the nearest thrift shop for new items for my shop. 

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2FB7B962-6C0C-42AE-839C-86726640F8EC46603595-D4E1-4520-BAEB-88423639233E I also noticed myself being surrounded by the color blue! Blue being associated with depth & stability, symbolizing trust, wisdom, confidence & faith. I’m learning to pay close attention to exactly what is happening for me in this very moment, not what may have occurred in my past and not what the future may hold. You can’t change situations you have already experienced but if you live in the moment you will mold your future into what it’s meant to be! 

 

Outfit Details: Printed Silk Scarf – Cravingvintage.bigcartel.com| Black High Waist Pants – The Goodwill| Black Suede Mules- Zara| Black Tweed Handbag-The Goodwill

Lady in Red

F9CBA5CD-8586-4F78-875A-0BD0534D6438I could never really get into the color red, if you pay any bit of attention to my outfits you will barely find me in red. However, when ever I decide to pop out in the color I notice how much attention and compliments I receive. Recently reading about my sign (Aries), The color red stirs Aries’ soul and enhances passion, energy, and initiative. It’s the color of excitement and assertion, which supports Aries’ active nature and eagerness for life. Taking that into consideration, I’ve found myself picking up a few things here and there in red. 93015FF7-2339-444D-B684-EA55C8AFD46E71CE5748-97DF-402C-8937-C375F9037D6C9F0BCEB0-E9EF-469C-92D5-76F29BDD6C46935C90CD-61F9-4EE0-8670-01AABC6EB087

While recently thrifting, I stumbled upon this gorgeous red number. The black buttons down the middle and black silky collar added the perfect touches to the dress. I wore the dress with a pair of black suede mules from Zara, my favorite gold dangle earrings I purchased at the goodwill, and my new favorite black Sunnies. I feel my most confident in my thrifted outfits, especially when my fit is one of a kind, the red just added a little more umph! 

A-Line

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You ever have a specific item in mind that you really want but can’t seem to find the right one? For me, it was a circle skirt but not just any circle skirt. I wanted an A-line circle skirt with buttons down the middle and most importantly, pockets. 

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No matter where I looked I couldn’t find this specific skirt, the ones I tried on either didn’t fit properly, were missing buttons, or had no pockets. Just when I was ready to give up searching, I discovered this gem at the thrift shop unintentionally. She had every little detail I was looking for. I paired her with a white off the shoulder crop top from Forever 21, a pair of vintage white mules I found on Poshmark, with a trendy white net bag I also found on Poshmark. Yet again another thrift shop find wins !

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Writer’s Block

EB9953F1-C22D-41E5-86AD-B092FAD6C852I never really understood the whole “writer’s block” thing, whenever anyone would use the term I thought to myself “what exactly is stopping you from writing?”. As a blogger, aside from all the fun, cool pictures and the fashion pieces, your actual post has to have something that makes your audience want to continue reading. My last blog post was posted about a month ago, and I blame writer’s block! I would start a post, read it and then get frustrated and delete it. Until I finally decided I’m going to take a break, build up my creative juices, and deliver an impeccable post.

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Working and surrounding myself with creatives and open minded people also helps me broaden my horizons and execute. My photographer (Danilsa Rojas) pitched this dope monochromatic theme to me and I fell in love right away. We basically agreed to find colored walls around NYC and plan out a matching outfit to wear in front of it. I automatically thought of blue, 1.because I barely wear the color blue and 2. I knew I would be able to easily find a blue wall. And so here we are! Stayed tuned for the next two monochromatic looks! 

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Outfit Details- Blue Jumpsuit-Thrifted| Clear Mules- Amazon| Wicker Bag- Thrifted| 

ReCreate

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If you’re anything like me, you more than likely have a ton of jeans hanging in your closet. But out of that ton, you have your top 3 that always steal the show. The rest are just there to convince you that you own more than three pairs of jeans (silly I know), or maybe you hold on to them for convenience, for those “just in case” moments you’ve went over in your head. So what do you do to convince yourself to switch out of your uniform jean to something unfamiliar ?! 

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Periodically I check out what’s trending and how I can recreate some of these trends at home before spending a coin. Denim trends are forever changing; whether it’s the wash, the cut, the length, the details, etc. So why not make those jeans hanging in your closet useful ? Choose a denim trend you love and find a way to transform them into something more practical. 

These particular jeans I’m wearing I once hated! I brought them thinking, how can you ever go wrong with a pair of Levi’s ? But to my surprise vintage Levi’s and newer Levi’s are NOTHING alike. The newer styles just don’t do it for me, something is just always off . While I loved the wash of these, the fit was so bad, the actual cut was a weird boot cut hem that just sloppily sat on top of my boots/sneakers. I decided what more perfect jeans than these to cut and distress at the knee to recreate the “cut off jean” trend. 

Outfit Details: Vintage Blazer- Christian Dior| Levi’s Jeans- Bloomingdales| Black Suede Laceup Booties- Urban Outfitters| Black Faux Leather Beret- Forever 21

Give Me Color

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As of lately colors have been everything to me ! Coming from a typical all black wearing New Yorker, this is a big deal! Of course as spring/summer makes an appearance I try my hardest to arrange some pops of color into my attire but this year around I wanted pure color and less black. I’ve been mixing and matching color ways and prints mentally, and now it’s time for me to give my ideas a go.

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I spotted this beautiful royal blue top while thrift shopping and as I reached closer to it I noticed it’s beautiful gold buttons and I just knew I found a winner. While continuing my hunt I ran across a mustard yellow (my favorite color in the world) printed skirt with mini size blue squares and I thought to myself, ah this is it ! I am obsessed with how perfectly the two compliment each other, you would almost assume they came as a matching set ! My excitement immediately came to a stop the minute I thought about what in the hell can i wear on my feet with these colors! As days went on by, I continuously glanced at my power duo still trying to figure out what color I could possibly throw in the mix. And then that’s when it hit me, no color would compliment this look at all. I needed something transparent, something with absolutely no color, something clear. I surfed the web finding tons of sold out clear mules, sandals and heels. Until finally I found the perfect pair on Amazon, yes people I said Amazon! And just like that we have a look!

 

Outfit Detail: Royal Blue Blazer- The Goodwill| Mustard Yellow Pencil Skirt-The Goodwill|Clear Mules- Amazon| 

Throwback Thursday

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As a new blogger aspiring to be a successful influencer one day, I challenge myself to continuously post content no matter what. However, having content to always post can be a challenge here and there. Most of my shoots will normally last for hours or take up most of my day simply because I try my best to shoot at least 4 different looks that will last me for about a month. As of recently I noticed a pattern within myself that has become so frustrating. I love majority of my looks but then there’s that one outfit that I could’ve put a little more “umph” into or added/took away something to make it more special. Or is it just simply me over thinking as usual ? 

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I’m trying out something new to help me make some of my decisions when it comes to blog post. If I’m not crazy about an outfit, my poses, my hair, my facial expressions, l simply won’t post them. I will put them on the back burner and come back to it. If I come back to these photos and still feel the same then it wasn’t meant and I know going forward what to change.For the most part I always come back with a change of heart and wonder what the heck was I thinking ? So here we are, for this lovely throwback Thursday, a look new to you but old to me! 

 

Outfit Details- Vintage Plaid Blazer -The Goodwill|Green Dress- Zara| Black Skinny Jeans-Topshop| Tan Suede Boots- H&M|Black Leather Crossbody Bag- Coach| Gold Dangle Earrings-Aldo 

The Universe Is With You

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 The past few weeks have been major eye openers, some negative & some positive. Doing my daily reading of quotes, I stumbled on one that of course won’t leave my memory. “The universe will send you exactly what you asked for, then send you a distraction to see if you fuck it up”. All I’ve really been asking for is pure happiness, whether that be my job, my blog, my friendships/relationships, every & anything around me. 

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So many great opportunities have been opening up for me little by little & I must admit at times I’ve allowed myself to fall into distractions. Distractions that have no benefit to what I’ve been working towards, but just like you I’m human and I’m going to fall off sometimes. That just leaves space and opportunity to pick myself up and raise the bar even higher.  

Outfit Details: Vintage Blazer: Thecrulook.com/ Black Pencil Skirt: H&M/ Black Thigh High Boots: / Vintage Black Leather Belt: Goodwill/ BlackBerry Dangle Earrings: My Thriftque

Spring Ting

7F107156-B495-4992-B1D0-3160D351F3FDI’ve been so ready for spring but don’t feel like she’s quite ready for me. With peaks of sun coming in here and there, I’ve been tempted to just throw on a sun dress, sandals, and go. But back to reality, I don’t want to actually freeze my ass off! So I’ve done a little improvising and found different ways to wear my spring clothes and still be warm. For example, slip dresses and tanks paired with turtlenecks or long sleeve tops, sun dresses and maxi dresses paired with jeans, mini skirts with over the knee boots, and socks with sandals.

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