Before I get into how magical this shoot was, let me tell you that this guy right here, Mark, my other half, reeeeeally isn’t the biggest fan of being photographed. He’s a cinematographer and spends most of his time around cameras or reading about cameras or looking at pictures of cameras or talking about cameras, but I assure you he will never be the first person to volunteer to be in front of one. That being said, he was a bonafide gangster for this shoot with Voz Collective x Yellow Wallpaper HM.
And I’m home.
It took a minute, but I’m finally settling back in. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it is to be back in some mother lovin’ heat. All I want to do is wear tiny, little flowy things and lie in the sun. And it’s that exact notion that inspired this most recent number.
While gone, I had a hole in my heart the size of these thrifted boots, so as soon as I was back I could barely wait to slip my feet into these little guys. A floral maxi and a deconstructed vintage tee play on the rad, retro party that these beautiful platforms are, while a wide brim fedora makes me feel super cool and mysterious.
I think it’s probably an undisputed fact that black is the chicest, easiest, greatest color of all time. No lie. Classics like the little black dress just wouldn’t be the same if they were purple, broody teenagers would look way less angsty in brown, and Jay-Z absolutely would have lost like 15 cool points had he insisted in all gray everything. Though admittedly, black is a little tricky for owners of little white fur babies such as myself, from a stylistic view it’s adaptable and, let’s face it, downright effortless.
As if I didn’t live in beanies as it were, I recently received this killer spiked number from my friend Mandy who works for Steve Madden (and who will soon hopefully be contributing in some style posts of her very own!), and have hardly been able to take it off because I just love it so much. So much in fact that this entire look was styled around this wondrous little piece of badassery.
I like the juxtaposition of pairing such a rough piece with something as innocent as this a-line dress from Express. I hid the sweetheart neckline, accentuated my waist, and added interest by knotting up a basic stripe top over the dress. A structured faux leather moto jacket mimics the angles of my dress-turned-skirt, while knee socks keep it playful and ready for fall. Classic faux leather plimsolls and a studded backpack play up the look and create a grown-up school yard vibe that I’m definitely feelin’.
To achieve optimum outfit awesomeness when styling all or mostly black looks, keep the following few things rattling around in your pretty little head
- Match your blacks. Please, dear God, match your blacks
- If it’s ill fitting, don’t rock it. Try structure and clean lines
- Stave off blandness by mixing textures and fabrics
- Maximize black’s magical slimming properties and experiment with tighter silhouettes (insert catcall whistle here)
- Use your all black base to showcase a pop of color or bit of bling
- Transition your look from day to evening by swapping a nude lip for a bolder one
beanie – Steve Madden (here)
strapless a-line dress – Express (similar here)
stripe top – Sheinside (here)
moto jacket – Forever 21 (similar here)
knee socks – Forever 21 (here)
plimsolls – Forever 21 (here)
backpack – thrifted (similar here)
writing to – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Broadripple is Burning
Hi, I’m Haylie, new on the Dainty Desperado team! Today was a weird day – started off a little overcast, then got extremely hot. Mind you it’s October in San Diego, CA- it SHOULD be more chilly (well at least for us spoiled San Diegans anything below 70 is cold lol). I paired my new Vans Skater Dress with Some Opaque Lace Thigh Highs & black Wedges to wear to work in the Office. When I got off work I added the floppy hat & sunnies later in the day- it got to be 88 degrees! I accessorized with this cute little dinosaur choker necklace(my best friend made it & is selling similar ones online, check the link below), and I almost never leave the house without my 2 rings that my mom gave me for Christmas one year. (Not shown, but I traded my wedges for some Black on Black Vans KVD flats to wear to work at Vans later that night.)
mallard blue x-ray “stewart skater dress” – Vans (here
wedges- Pacsun (similar here
semirimless cat sunnies – Vans (here
t-rex choker necklace – Anabeephoto.com (here
lacy thigh highs- Walmart (surprise!) (here
photos shot by ana becerra
model/mua&hair/styled by- haylie calvert
If I had my way, I’d be a desert dweller. A full-blown desert weirdo, complete with feathers and dream catchers, maybe funky art on the boulders outside my dream yurt – the whole shebang. I’ve held a fascination with arid climates and a deep love for things southwestern or Native American for as long as I can remember. So let’s suffice it to say that I’m absolutely thrilled to own such a badass tribal coat. BB Dakota has always created really great outerwear, a legacy that I believe to have lived on in this little number. I mean look at it! Pleasantly oversized, a killer print, and quality craftsmanship? All I want to do is cozy up in it, perhaps surrounded by succulents and cacti, and peacefully drift off to coat heaven.
While I didn’t rock this piece en route to a desert oasis, I did incorporate my vintage GAP shorts and GoJane combat boots to help create an air of vagabond-y-ness (Not a word. Totally should be). I accessorized with pointelle knee socks, and styled everything up with a metallic knit sweater for the slightest touch of glam.
coat – BB Dakota (here)
metallic gold knit sweater – H & M (similar here and here)
black denim high waist shorts – GAP/Vintage (similar here)
combat boots – gojane.com (here)
socks – Gypsy Warrior (similar here)
writing to – Asaf Avidan – One Day/ Reckoning Song (wankelmut remix)
With relocating, working, and traveling, I feel like I missed out on a lot of summer. And as I write this (in the rain) from our Pennsylvania apartment, I find myself missing my pool back home and really craving all the wonderful, (mostly) dry heat that southern California has been getting. It’s sad, but I know it’s just a matter of time before it gets super cold over here and I have to start breaking out the tights, so I’ll be damned if I don’t show leg for as long as I can.
This tiny t-shirt dress from Urban Outfitters, a crucial component to many of my summer looks, now helps out my lightweight knit sweaters for days with a little more bite. Kept it simple with slouchy vintage cowboy boots, because they look like summer but feel like fall….Or look like fall but feel like summer? I don’t know. They’re a little bit of both, and that’s all that matters, because they can top off transitional outfits like no other.
As it gets colder, I might swap out this sweater for a chunky cable knit, add tights, and opt for a riding boot. We shall see!
oatmeal split-hem sweater- ASOS (similar here)
shirt dress – Silence + Noise (similar here)
boots – vintage (suggested here)
Most of my days are spent working at home or running around town tackling errands, so when it comes to everyday looks, I keep it laid back and as comfy as possible. However, if you’re like me and wear a lot of looks built on neutral basics, it’s important to add a little bit of interest. A textured necklace keeps the grunginess of my beanie and burnout muscle tank in check, while bling-y embellished flats style up lightly distresed, mid-rise jeggings. When I was out and about I added a studded black leather backpack I scored on my most recent thrift binge. It didn’t make it into any shots during the shoot, but keep an eye out, it’ll be debuting pretty soon.
I have some really exciting opportunities in the next few days and will be all kinds of busy, so it might be a hot minute before I get to posting again. Stay tuned!
burnout tank – H&M (similar here)
beanie – Swell (here and similar here)
ankle leggings – Express (here)
flats – Steve Madden (similar here)
necklace – Guess by Marciano (similar here and here)
If I had a summer staple, it would be these shorts. High waist and a pretty great acid wash? These just go with everything. Clearly I’ll be trying to get the most out of these bad boys as the warmer days begin dwindling. Which is why I wanted to experiment by pairing these with a comfy, curl-up-by-the-fire knit and an interesting color palette that incorporates both bright and deep colors.
I toned down classic summer pieces – like my itty bitty shorts, turquoise jewelry, and bitchin’ 90’s shades – by tossing on this wine sweater, and tying it all together with a pair of awesome rainbow platforms. This outfit was perfect for running around town. I’ll definitely be revisiting this look and imagining new ways to style these shorts (and shoes!) as we get deeper into the autumn months.
wine sweater – Express (similar here)
shorts – J Tomson (similar here and here)
turquoise bracelets – handcrafted from the Navajo Nation (similar here)
platforms – Urban Outfitters (here)
sunnies – vintage (similar here)
Well jeeze. It’s been two months since my first, and last post. I’ve been so wonderfully busy since that inaugural 4th of July look. I slept roadside as the puppy, the man, and I drove across country, we made the semi-permanent move to Pittsburgh, and spent over three weeks literally living in a movie set, and every second has been fabulous. Now it’s nearly fall and things have finally started to slow down a little bit. While I couldn’t be more excited to experience actual seasons (!!!!), it totally sucks to see summer go so soon. Fortunately, September is that great point where I can transition my wardrobe and I can hang on to some of my light, breezy summer clothes I never had the chance to write about, while still indulging in all the autumn coziness. I’m pretty excited about this and doubt I can limit myself to just one look, so I’ll be putting together a series over the next week or so. Stay tuned!
I decided to style a sundress I picked up on one of my most recent shopping trips. I love sun dresses; they’re easy, and effortless, and above all, VERSATILE. To transition your dresses into fall, try some of my options. This floral slip dress has such a summery daisy thing going on, I love it, but its darker tones makes pairing it with more season-appropriate pieces foolproof. Add layers to your dress to accommodate the changing weather. Go with a patterned t-shirt like I did, or a blouse in a bold color. Next, try throwing new fabrics into the mix. Think denim or leather outerwear. Cozy it up with some knit socks or a beanie, both of which are super great at jazzing up most other summer pieces. I roughed up the edges with a good pair of combat boots, but your compatible shoe options for this outfit are infinite (sandals, flats, cowboy boots, whatevs), so you do you, booboo. Top it off with a statement necklace, or a scarf if it’s nippy, and you’re officially a little ray of autumnal sunshine.
floral dress – Wet Seal (here)
stripe top – Sheinside (here)
denim jacket – Sheinside (similar here)
socks – Gypsy Warrior (similar here)
combat boots – gojane.com (here)
necklace – thrift store (similar here)