Heaven has manifest itself in this long sleeved maxi from Knot Sisters.
Alas, if only I could have this dress in a million variations.
It’s long and it’s flowy in the best of ways. With a plunging neckline (perfect for my fellow IBTC members) and a buttery jersey knit, it’s basically the comfiest thing I’ve ever had draped across my body.
A few months ago I was a part of a photography workshop. It was held in this incredible Victorian home, tucked away innocently in a less than savory neighborhood. I walk in the door and there’s this rack of unbelievable wardrobe lovingly curated by LA based Recycle 2 Riches. It’s got some mod, some modern, and a smattering of killer pieces from all the eras in between. Alright, I’m feeling this.
Well. It’s been like a year since I’ve paid attention to this. I really regret that.
So much has happened over the past several months. A handful of films, some great trips, and the little baby plunge into my fledgling, part-time modeling career. I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of oodles of really great shoots with super talented creatives and some very cool brands. I don’t often share more than one or two shots from any given shoot on social media, and that’s a shame. A damn shame, I tell you! So, in efforts to bring myself up to speed, I’ll be sharing a lot of my past images along with more recent ones. This is the first set from a lookbook shot a week or two ago for Livin’ Freely | Rica Boutique, and is part of a larger Glamping inspired lookbook by the cool kids over at B.Rose. I truly loved shooting this.
So without further ado, here are some words about it all.
The San Diego weather has been very bipolar. I find it hard to really plan an outfit in SD lately, so I always try to balance something light with a warmer piece, since it’s so “hot&cold”. It was cloudy & cold when I went to work, so I paired some distressed light jeans with a crop tank, Chunky Forest green sweater(one of my fave colors, especially for fall) & added some wedges to dress it up a little bit. I was super stoked when it got sunny so I could wear my new fave 5 panel hat from Vans- “He Loves me, He Loves me Not” with cute Daisies all over! I ventured to the Pumpkin Patch in hopes of finding a tiny bb pumpkin (I’m very particular, so no luck lol).
photos shot by the lovely ana becerra
model/mua&hair/styled by haylie calvert
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
Fall is the absolute best because we begin to forego pastels and cooler colors in exchange for deeper, warmer hues. Personally, I’m a huge fan of earth tones. They suit my very fair, yellow based complexion well and give my eyes a little extra “umph”, making rich browns and army greens a recurring color palette in a lot of my looks.
Today I built an ultra casual, super comfy outfit on a new pair of chocolatey combat boots and a hooded vest I just received from the mama-in-law back in San Diego. Cozy skinnies and thick-knit socks soften up these kind of masculine boots, while a heathered dolman top adds a bit of interest but still keeps it basic. I wasn’t about to don a utilitarian piece like an army green vest and not rock camo, so this cute headwrap got put to use. Seriously, how perfect are headwraps? Such an effortless way to accessorize. Definitely going to start wearing them in more of my looks.
Also, this is the first post since I’ve updated the ombre`. It doesn’t translate very well, but it’s actually an orange. I used Sparks Color direct dye in Orange Crush. They recommend some pretty serious lightening beforehand for ultimate brightness, but I opted out and used my summer hair as a base to dramatically cut the intensity. I did all over color which added a subtle red/orange to my still dark roots and top half, but increased in saturation as it reached my lightened ends, resulting in this funky color you see in my bun. Over all I’m pretty pleased!
hooded vest – Forever 21 ( similar here)
gray dolman top – Forever 21 (similar here)
black skinny jeans – Cheap Monday (here)
combat boots – brand unknown (similar here)
socks – American Eagle (similar here)
camo headwrap – Etsy (here)
writing to – pmac – One
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)
I finally got my maroon-y wine platforms from H&M shipped out from back home and couldn’t wait to get them on my feetsies.
Truly, I have such a fond appreciation for platform shoes in all their forms. When I was younger my mom would let me wear this one pair of KILLER strappy sandals she had. Green velvet with a funky sort of glittery pattern and the most serious platform you’ve ever seen. She wore those shoes to her first Bowie concert. They don’t mess around. So when I encountered these wine sneakers, I was thrilled to be able to incorporate not only platforms but velvet into my casual daily outfits.
I thought it would be fitting to pair these sweet velvet babies with a well worn Velvet Underground tee for a look I wore to run errands and work at home. Even though I rocked those with some high rise vintage GAP shorts, I tossed one of the beau’s VANS button-ups on top to help fight any breezes.
All in all, this outfit was just enough grunge (I tossed on a gray beanie when I went out), and the right amount of vintage. Most of the day I tied the button-up around my waist and channeled my inner 90’s kid. It was comfy without compromising my look or leaving me having to carry anything – always a plus.
plaid button up – VANS (similar here)
velvet underground tee – J Tomson (similar here)
black denim high waist shorts – GAP/Vintage (similar here)
velvet platform sneakers – H & M (similar here)
sunnies – vintage (similar here)