Studded Embroidered Leather

Sometimes I try and pinpoint what my fashion style is. I will admit, I love and also strongly believe in consistency. I know how valuable it is to stay cohesive. There are definitely certain styles that I tend to gravitate towards, like grungy clothes, floral patterns, comfy casuals, or texture play. However, I am very much a feelings-wearer. I usually dictate my outfit based on what I am feeling that day, because I view fashion as self-expression. I like to think I can be anyone I want to through the outfit I choose to wear. Sometimes I feel really sweet and mellow, so I'll wear a flowy dress and neutral sandals. Other times I feel daring and full of energy, so I'll wear a bright colored top with sparkly (or light-up) shoes to channel my joyful spirit. Or sometimes I feel really BA, like I could kick down a door or get a really big tattoo, so I wear black booties and a leather embroidered jacket, like the one in this post. I know this means that I don't always have one set style trend I fit into... But who cares?! Every day I wake up and get to emphasis a part of myself that I really like, and I don't have to fit into anyone's boundaries. It brings me peace and confidence when I focus more on expressing myself and less on fitting in. 

I am seriously loving the embroidery fad happening. It makes any piece a statement piece, and they go great with white, black, and grey clothes (which makes up about 75% of my closet...:)). This jacket I found at Forever21 is currently my staple date night jacket! click the links below for more cute embroidered leather. 

UO - As You Wish Moto

ASOS - New Look Biker Jacket

TopShop - Lace Embroidered Jacket (on sale!)

Zara - Embroidered With Frills

SheIn - Rose Applique Biker Jacket

Nasty Gal - Wooster Oversized Moto

If you agree or disagree with me, want to know you're thoughts on this! What styles do you identify with? Do you wear what you feel or do you like to stay more cohesive to one style? It's always fun to see what other people's fashion sense looks like :) comment below! 

Furry Feelings

Which type of person are you... the kind that would choose to be cold all the time, or the kind who would be hot all the time? It's funny because Jon and I are the exact opposite in this area, I love to be hot and he loves to be cold. I'm always bundled up and he's always trying to convince me to have a fan on or the window open, even in the middle of winter! We're learning to compromise ;) I really struggle with cold weather and the winter season... it's so dreary! But I will say, I get by with how fun it can be to dress for the cold! Turtlenecks, tall boots, soft sweaters, aaaand FUR! Fur coats are one of my favorite fads currently! They come in many colors and shapes, and can completely transform a simplistic outfit. This white one has a hood and is soft like a blanket! 

Gotta love a good band tee! This one is from Zara, and it's made out of the softest cotton. Everyone's always looking for a good band tee, so I've linked a few of my fav's below! 

Ramones Tee - Zara

Nirvana Tee - Boohoo

Grateful Dead Tee - Pacsun

Pink Floyd Tee - Forever 21

Rolling Stones Tee - Urban Outfitters

Def Leppard Tee - Urban Outfitters

Guns N Roses Tee - Asos

I love a good pair of ripped jeans! I have always wanted to make my own, and these were my first successful pair. There are a lot of ways people say you can do it, a knife, cheese grater, etc. I have tried multiple times before, and can never get the results I want. But with these, I found the trick! It's a lot more time-consuming, but I love how they turned out!

All you will need is a pair of scissors and tweezers. When choosing your jeans, the ones that work best are the jeans that aren't made with spandex. The strings will bunch up when creating your rips, and it doesn't look as good. To make your cuts, first choose the areas you want to have rips. make two horizontal rips that are parallel to each other, with enough space between them to make your holes. If you want, sometimes it is easier if you cut multiple horizontal cuts for a more messy look, plus it's easier to pull out the darker threads (this is the next step). As soon as you have your cuts made, you can take the tweezers and start tweezing out all of the vertical pieces of thread (usually the darker colored ones) that should slide right out of the middle section. That's basically all you need to know. If anyone is interested in a DIY post for ripping your jeans, let me know in the comments below and I'll put one together!  

Blue Sky Baby

The caged bird sings, with fearful trill
of the things unknown, but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill 
for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own. 
- Maya Angelou

Sometimes a blue sky is enough to feel limitless. I'll tell you one thing, being a creative person can bring days of immense freedom, but also days of cages and ceilings. It is hard to not get discouraged with those days... when you can't seem to see over that wall that blocks the view of your true identity. Just because you're a bird doesn't mean you can always fly. You have to continuously return to the place you belong, to the place you were made to exist. It will remind you of where you are meant to be, where your abilities are used for their true intent. It is comforting remembering the place God has for us in these times, for it is in that Heavenly place that our full potential WILL be reached. That is His promise to us. It is why we were made. So on days where I can't seem to spread my wings, I like to look at that big endless blue sky and remember what IS coming. 

I have decided this season is going to be one of hats. I just love what a hat adds to an outfit... it gives it more personality and makes me feel more sophisticated. I like this straw hat and love the added color it gives to my black and white ensemble. 

I have three words for this layered silver necklace from Express : Class. Rock&Roll. Flavor. How can a necklace accomplish so many things? I don't know. But it's on another level, people.  

Ladies & gentlemen: introducing my favorite suede booties in the WORLD, the Willow Booties from Roolee. they're so cute I can't handle it. 

Knotted white tank is my fallback for every pair of pants that needs to be the center of attention. I frayed these ones myself, be looking for a tutorial post soon!