The 90’s

Have you ever wanted to go back into time or felt you were born in the wrong generation?

This is an oldie but a goodie. Main eras that I am downright gratified by, dipping into on a regular are the 50’s-60’s, 90’s,  including bits and pieces of the 80’s and Victorian era. As the 1990’s plays a significant portion of my everyday, I perpetually been enthralled with the rawness of development, creativity, style, fashion and music. Emerging diverse grounds while evolving, I feel fortunate to hold recollection of all surroundings, the ambience and my community building as a young kid from Queens, New York.

Granted, I grew up in a household which consist of listening to Rock -n-Roll, alternative, disco, rockabilly, hip hop and r&b, I indulge in styling/mix-matching and combining eras. One thing is, I  do not allow myself to fall under any restrictions nor full commitments to dispense a particular image. I am a chameleon and my moto is “Style is what you want it to be”


OUTFIT DETAILS:
 TURTLENECK: BARNEY'S NYC

JEANS: THIFTED 

BOOTS: TIMBERLAND

 JACKET & BOOKBAGE: VINTAGE TOMMY HILFIGER (THIRFTED)

JEWELRY: LOCAL BEAUTY STORE 

 
LACU 

 

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 

 
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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 

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 


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