Guatemalan Textile Bomber

Lots of life must have lived in this jacket antecedent to it finding me, I envisage the long haul drudgery of looped woven stitches to it’s finalization and distribution. My mind wonders trickling across thrift clothing and self perception. For example,  If you wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a doctor, your ability to pay attention increases sharply. But if you wear the same white coat believing it belongs to a painter, your attention span may differ. I love the idea of trying to figure out why when we put on certain clothes, the affects of our mood & basic abilities shift. This is my perception & aesthetic w/ this jacket, some worn pieces say a lot without saying anything at all.

I bought my ostentatious bomber jacket from Resale Folds, one of my favorite treasured thrift shops to shop – ask for Lucia & Jesse. They both own & restock all items w/ detailed vision alongside infectious personalities you will not be able to stir away from, genuinely prodigious human beings. This magnum opus is a beautiful vibrant vintage handmade Guatemalan textile patchwork style bomber jacket. Its a unisex multicolored stripes and pattern weave background, cotton batwing long sleeve w/ a front zipper, stand up collar, ribbed knit cuffs, two inset pockets, rib knit elastic waist band, boxy shoulder fit and some neon love.

I made usage of comparable color scheme scarf I owned which is actually a knot-wrap for gift wrapping from Lush. For the past years, this has been my “go to” buying most of these wraps turning them into head scarfs. I gelled my front hair, throwing the rest of it in a rivet messy half ponytail as coupling my curls hanging out whimsically.

I wore light weight beige thermal underneath, standard blue jeans adjacent to Converse Chuck Taylor multi-colored sequin sneakers with upper a reflective patch and a cushioned insole. Kept the jewelry light wearing only my gold hoop earrings, cat eyeliner, mauve nude lipstick from MAC Cosmetics (I can’t remember the shade) zing green eyeshadow from Jane Cosmestics in the inner tear dot for that pop of radiance & highlight.  Closing out the outfit, I clinched a large pin across the collar to keep that up-right effect w/out having to “pop my collar” consistently – worked like a charm!

OUTFIT DETAILS:
 GUATEMALAN TEXTILE BOMBER: RESALE FOLDS 

HEAD SCARF: LUSH 

JEANS: THIFTED 

SNEAKERS: CONVERSE

EARRINGS: LOCAL BEAUTY STORE 

 LIPSTICK: MAC COSMETICS 

 
LACU 

Richard Allan x H&M

Im bringing in two pieces from last summer I haven’t put to use until recently besides my jewelry, jacket & boots. H&M’s launched a collaboration with designer Richard Allan’s son to paying homage in celebration of his father’s legacy & iconic scarf designer to revive the spirit of Swinging Sixties. The new collection reawakens contemporary of abstract, avant design in high octane colors which delivers a wide range of stylish dresses, blouses, skirts, shirts, trousers and of course scarves.

 For this post as my main picture displays, it appears I’m wearing a one piece suit. However, its two separate items for the collection of top and bottom.  As mentioned in previous posts, Im all about prints & patterns prominently if they clash. Ok so, there were amounts of ways I could have put together this look including a belt to snatch it all together but I didn’t want to counterbalance any accessories I may adjudicate. I also gave thought about wearing a scarf because why not? That’ll bring the alimentation of this collection. Granting all this, I felt better doing things my way which developed into a feisty, catty, bold lipstick, rest bitch face across the room look with that Cleopatra/Gotti bling to compliment lol.

The turtle neck is a fitted long sleeve top in soft patterned modal jersey and same replica of leggings in thick material avoiding any peak show w/ slight sheen and contrast print pattern with high waisted, elasticized waistband for a good hug around your curves and decorative flatlock seams. My leather jacket and boots are thrifted as well as my vintage jewelry from non other than Paradox Thrift Shop. All items there are to die for, ask for Jessie J – love her! Now that the outfit is at the pinnacle stage, I dolled up my hair to emulate to that “Sixties” greaser vibe, bold red lip wearing Lady Danger from MAC Cosmetics, some light eyeshadow and extending my cat eye baby!

OUTFIT DETAILS:
TOP & BOTTOM: H&M X RICHARD ALLAN (CLICK HERE)

LEATHER JACKET: THIRFTED 

BOOTS: THIFTED 

JEWELRY: PARADOX THRIFT SHOP (CLICK HERE) 

 LIPSTICK: MAC COSMETICS - LADY DANGER (CLICK HERE)

 
LACU 

Stripes & Corduroy

Im writing this post from a place of confusion and intramural emotions. I gotta give myself an entirety mind, body & soul reset while keeping my eye on the prize and rolling w/ the punches amongst a shitty situation because fuck it – the show must go on.  Im taking deep gasps and exhales reminding myself when you feel lost and tangled, distinguish each sound. And when there is none, let the rhythm of your own breath bring you back to state of peace & presence. 

With that being said, moving on – –  I am an admirer of patterned stripes anything as it furthermore grabs my attention. For a bit, I have been eyeballing a sweatshirt online by Nike throw on and go crewneck w/ dropped shoulders, stripped design, Nike swoosh logo and relaxed fit for a slouchy silhouette. At first, I wasn’t so quick to buying the sweater being too pricey for my liking. I figured, if its meant to be I’ll catch it on sale which eventually I did for 50% off few weeks later.

I instantly knew the crewneck would work well w/ my classic high top Chuck Taylors from Converse that features a vintage inspired wale wide corduroy fabric and topped w/ the iconic All Star patch and insole for maximum comfort. I mingled in wearing thrifted light washed jeans w/ my tan-ish brown corduroy fanny pack with zippered front pockets and a top closure, grosgrain waist belt strap, and a release buckle closure which I picked up from Forever21 on a whim during the fall. Although, both corduroy items both have different shades of brown, it still all mixes well. To finish off the look, I threw my hair up in faux bangs w/ a sheer white thrifted head scarf to channel my inner love for the 50’s & 60’s era as mixing it w/ modern times. Added some blue eye shadow, my signature cat eye, lip gloss & gold hoop earrings.

OUTFIT DETAILS:
SWEATER/CREWNECK: NIKE 

JEANS: THIRFTED 

FANNY PACK: FOREVER21 (CLICK HERE) 

SNEAKERS: CONVERSE  

 HEAD SCARF: THIFTED

EARRINGS: LOCAL BEAUTY STORE

LACU 

Combat

“Creativity Can’t Be Quarantined”

Hey guys, I hope you are all safe & healthy. With the state and chaos w/ Covid-19, Ive been indecisive on pushing back the relaunch of my blog, as I have – easing into the shift of humanity worldwide yet not being desensitized among current events. I do deem a jovial place for artists to be exactly that artists, create content and expand which these days shine to do so for uplifting. Veritably, Ive had some hard knocks with the consistency. However, here I am with a greater ambition and appetite to continue this odyssey as equivalent to the very beginning from when I first started blogging. In conclusion, progressing forward w/ new material featuring various looks, mix-matching eras, colors, contrast & patterns together pieces at a time in hopes my website can bring some light & comfort during these asperous times.

For all my readers who have been around since day one, the current, very new ones and those who may have even stumble across my site, welcome & welcome back!

Synchronically combing black on black top & hat w/ a splash contrasting zebra and camouflage print, I spurred up this look. The dominant pick of clothing stemmed from the Champion Heavyweight Mock Neck long sleeve with branded detailing and rib-knit trim in a men size medium I purchased last fall in urban outfitters (linked above).  Wearing a thrifted soft-knit black beret accessorizing using two pins which one of the pins I bought from Midtown Comics and the other is a “Ranchero Pin” from La Sirena NYC. I fused in my skinny ripped camo jeans from Forever 21.

My tan snatched belt was thrifted ages ago adding some warmth against the darker colors. My kicks are zebra print converse which is no longer stocked on the website but I’ll link HERE the exact replica featured under “Chuck 70 Archive” still available online with a higher chunk on the heel and different finish as this one applies a leather-ish feel and the sneakers Im wearing are fabric like and flat heeled. I straightened my hair  wearing it sleeked down and whipped on a foresty green lipstick  in the shade “Raunchy” from Coloured Raine cosmetics.

OUTFIT DETAILS: 

TURTLE NECK: Champion Heavyweight Mock Neck
BERET: THRIFTED
CAMO JEANS: Forever 21
BELT: THRIFTED
SNEAKERS: CONVERSE - SIMILAR PAIR HERE 
PINS: Midtown Comics & La Sirena 
LIPSTICK: Coloured Raine

LACU 

Dolls Kill

Quick back story:  Tracing back to the spring time when I took a “girl’s trip” w/ a friend to Los Angeles. Mid-day on our way to cram & ingest brunch, cruising down LA’s boulevards in our rent-a-car we stumbled across a Dolls Kill store. Sudden gasp, all in awe’s among some mean eyeballing as we drove by, we both shouted “we gotta go there.” If you aren’t familiar w/ the brand,  Dolls Kill is an online boutique featuring a rebellious spirit and attitude, mixed with a bit of punk rock, goth, glam and festival fashion. As for those who know me, I mean those who really know me – know I’m always a punk kid at heart!

After digesting down & devouring brunch we made our way to the freshly new opened store in LA located on 415 N. Fairfax. Apace of pride, I strode away leaving w/ two staple pieces I can wear multiudinous ways.  These two staples being inspiration for my outfit involves and strictly revolves around a O-ring choker bull charm with a buckle closure and captain hat with a vinyl bill. Now, lets fast forward to present time where I accoutre everything in sync.

Aiming for more of a militant image, I assimilated a sleek yet simple all black garments. I gathered my thrifted belt, mid high wasted jeans and sleeveless black bodysuit in ribbed stretched jersey with a mock turtleneck and lined gusset with snap fasteners for that secure strapped in feel.

To execute the fit, I wore a pair of faux leather knee-high combat boots featuring a round toe, lace-up closure, side zipper, and buckle strap detail. My black skull earrings are from Tarina Tarantino. I just love her jewelry, very costume like and these classic  Memento Mori skull and black swarovski crystal detail. My rings & moon ring  are all from a boutique from different parts of Los Angeles.

Outfit Details:

Top: H&M

Jeans: Thrifted

Captain Hat: Dollskill

Choker: Dollskill

Belt: Thrifted

Boots: Trash and Vaudeville - Boutique in NYC

Earrings: Tarina Tarantino

Rings: Boutique in LA

Lacu

 

Androgyny.

Androgyny – is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics, partly male and partly female in appearance, gender identity, sexual identity or sexual lifestyle.

At a young age I’ve always considered myself androgynous, mentally identifying myself as a women and man in freely what is seen as masculine and feminine behaviors.  Throughout time in all aspects I have been able to balance and comply with both on many levels being in between fashion, characteristics & lifestyle.

On a regular day, no occasion I whipped up this timeless ensemble .

  In the 1900s, social rules have restricted attire according to gender. Trousers, bowler or top hats were traditionally a male form of dressing which was frowned upon for women. Traditional gender roles blurred and fashion pioneers such as Paul Poiret and CoCo Chanel introduced trousers to women’s fashion. Women activists during that time would also decide to wear trousers, for example Luisa Capetillo a women’s rights activist and the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. 

 My trousers have a regular waist, concealed zipper, slim legs with ankle-length including slit hems and stretch fabric leaving you with enough room to wiggle. The vintage single breasted button down trench coat is primitive. It has rain protective fabric, popped with faded olive brownish shade peeking out the inter collar and side pockets. 

Fortuitous, I was successful in snagging a true vintage bowler hat two years ago. The material is a black wool as the hat base and the brim are in great condition! In replacement of not having a black scarf, I cut up an old thin t-shirt using it underneath to hold back my braids leaving a more sleek appearance.  

I specifically wore a white ruffled top in representation of the Victorian era. The precious addition to styling this look was to embody this rare vintage lion necklace, inclusive of different size pearls wrapped all across as some lingering down from the lions mouth. 

Trench Coat: Thrifted

Bowler Hat: Thrifted

Top: H&M

Trousers: H&M

Necklace / Earrings / Ring : Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

Boots: Gifted 


Xo Lacu Xo

Hawaiian Hibiscus

Ok so originally, I planned on wearing a long flowy maxi  bottom or pencil skirt with this top. On the other hand, I was heading over to my girl’s birthday party which was taking place on the rooftop of her building. Putting thought into it realistically,  wearing a skirt would not have been the greatest choice throughout the day rolling into the night most importantly if I wanted to dance without any high rises.  Instead, I slipped on a pair of loose fitted acid washed joggers w/ elasticized drawstring and leg cuffs along with enough room to move & groove.

I often get asked “who does your braids” and I do them myself. Keeping up w/ it can be time-consuming but I take good pride behind the whole process of maintaining it including the labor and all lol! I revel in changing up the style of my braids whether it’s up, down, ponytail, space buns or wrapped. Leaving it down, I twisted my braids to create more of a bulkier look adding a colorful Hawaiian hibiscus flower hair clip with alligator clasps to provide grip & hold.

  • Fun Fact – I am Salvadorian, French & Hawaiian born in Mexico and raised in Queens, New York since 1 year old.

My shirt features all over Hawaiian hibiscus and leaf print with a basic collar, button down front closures, short sleeves and point hem which I tied up into a knot to add some edginess. Accessorizing the shirt, I wore a sea shell brooch I purchased from Paradox Thrift Shop. This shop is one of my favorite local thrift stores here in New York. Ask for Jessi, she’s the sweetest person ever<3


I even accessorize my braids too!

Floral Shirt: Forever 21

Jeans (Joggers): Buffalo Exchange

Broach: Paradox Thrift Store

Flower Hair Clip: Local Boutique 

Shoes: Converse

Rings: Forever 21

Earrings: Local beauty supply store


Xo Lacu Xo