Details: Very Minimal

My Chemical Romance released a mean and misleading teaser (x) about the 10th anniversary of The Black Parade and now I apparently think mirror selfies are back. I took some pics of my *summer lewk* today which literally only consists of a Victoria's Secret bralette and my moon necklace. Few things make me feel more feminine than a black bra and delicate jewelry. Also few things keep me from passing out in this heat. I would like to give a shoutout to the "glowy skin" trend because I do not wish to divulge how much of my shine right now is from highlighter (sup Glossier Haloscope) and how much is sweat. 

Anyways a girl has got to keep herself entertained when she is unemployed-ish and sometimes selfies are the answer. Also it was the 20th anniversary of Fiona Apple's Tidal so I was listening to that all day. "I got my own hell to raise." How I'm feeling.

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Oh hi Ojai

 I had never been to Ojai and I was very curious about it so I made Ian get in the car with me and go explore today! We had lunch at a delicious vegan place called Hip Vegan and then drove around the mountains looking for waterfalls. I think all the photos I have seen of Ojai were from not-summer because there wasn't very much water there. We did find some pretty flowers with which to take pictures as well as a pretty pink National Forest sign. I wore a cutie little shift dress from my mom and a new bandana from Crater Lake with some constellations on it. It was a good day.
 Dress - TJ Maxx
Bandana - Crater Lake gift shop
Sunglasses - Garrett Leight
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Cabinet of Curiosity I

I do inspiration posts sometimes, but I want to call it something better. The thing I like about the internet is, obviously, having access to many things and being able to share them back. I think of my online spaces as "collections" or the Renaissance-era cabinets of curiosities (wunderkammers, for those in the know). That's why I love blogging and Pinterest and Tumblr and whatever--because I can record and reflect on my findings in the big world. I was just looking through an old blog (the one I began with when I was 15) and it feels like this incredible time capsule. When I look at the images I saved there, I think of exactly how I felt at that time in my life. In awe, and sort of scared. I want to re-capture that in my life now. I want to be scared and feel things deeply. I think that comes from finding out what you connect with, even if they are vague "vibes" from a pretty bra or photo. So without further ado, my new Cabinet of Curiosities collections.

  1. First up is the fucking flawless A.W.A.K.E SS16 collection (x). The dramatic lighting with amazing silhouettes is sooooo my fucking aesthetic oh my god.
  2. The most beautiful tattoo I've ever seen by Baylen Levore (x). I probably wouldn't get a tattoo this large, but if I did it would absolutely be something like this. Triple Goddess importance. 
  3. A beautiful bra from For Love and Lemons (x) will always make me a happy gal.
  4. Okay but this is where I am bragging: I lived out a serious dream. I wrote an article about Renaissance witch art for Lone Wolf Magazine (x). This topic has been an obsession of mine for five years now and I was lucky enough to have a platform on which to express that. I am so grateful to Lone Wolf for the opportunity and I encourage y'all to check out the magazine because it is GORGEOUS. 
  5. Dreaming of road trips to the Bisti Badlands, New Mexico.
  6. Inspired by Koo Bohnchang's work for Vogue Korea (x) which reminds me to look for the strange things and work them into my art. There is no time to be boring, make it different and a little haunting.
  7. Just doing my duties as a person who works for a jewelry retailer--studying jewelry trends. Currently loving gorgeous Calder-inspired pieces by Faris (x) and bold statement pieces by Kendra Scott (x).
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Oregon Diary Part II

I left off on the Oregon adventure pt. 1 with some waterfalls which, to be fair, is also what most of this post will consist of. Here is the continuation of our lil road trip. I made a little video of our time in Oregon. It's pretty rough and I need to get better at remembering to turn my camera on when I see something actually worth filming, but it's a cute little thing that makes me very happy.

 After leaving the Columbia River Gorge, we drove to the Timberline Lodge to see where they filmed some of The Shining. Unfortunately it was incredibly foggy and we could barely see the building itself, but that made it even more spooky. We then continued to a little Airbnb in Sisters and spent the night there. The next morning we met my love Annie in Bend for some breakfast and a meeting with a very mean cat named Leonard. We all wanted to see Smith Rock, so we made our way out there. 
Smith Rock looks like it should be in Utah, honestly. It's a gorgeous collection of rocks that makes it look like a miniature Zion amongst the incredibly flat terrain of Central Oregon. Above is the rock known as Monkey Face, which you can kind of make out, right? We had a gorgeous day there; a river winds through the valley and I just like rocks so it was nice to be surrounded by them.

After Smith Rock we followed Annie down to her home in Crater Lake National Park. She works for the Wildlife department, searching for birds and stuff--basically doing cooler things than I will ever do. I love that woman, let me tell you. Crater Lake is a very surreal place. It's the deepest lake in the United States and was formed out of a collapsed volcano that has been filled with snowmelt over time. It's kind of really scary how still it is, and how you can see basically nothing beyond it. It was pretty rad to see though, despite making me afraid of what lives at the bottom of it.

It was too snowy in Crater Lake to do any real hiking, so Annie took us on yet another tour de waterfalls. We saw like ten huge waterfalls over the course of this trip, and that is enough to make me fall in love with anywhere. Our favorite by far was Watson Falls. We wandered into the forest and saw the stream that ran from it, kind of nodding our heads and not realizing where the actual falls were. Once we hiked further in we realized that Watson Falls was actually a massive waterfall shooting from the side of cliff. The rock faces on these cliffs are so gorgeous, as well as the bright moss that grows around them. Seeing a place so lush and alive is exactly what I needed after months in LA. We got sprayed by the waterfall endlessly and it was a gorgeous kind of baptismal time. 

After a few more waterfalls, we returned to Crater Lake to sit at the lodge with dranks and cheesecake. I just wanted to include some more photos of how eerily still this place is. The water is so blue because it the lake is so deep. The sky almost exactly matches the water so it's easy to feel a little topsy-turvy when you stare out. Seeing the mountains across the lake is almost like looking at a pulse in a hospital--it's so oddly symmetrical but kind of haunting.

Ian and I went to check out Oregon because we wanted to see if it was a place that we would potentially move to. I'm not sure it's the right place for us at the moment, but it was a stunning reminder of the beauty of earth and water. A reminder I certainly needed after shoving my face so far into books this year that I could barely see straight. I hope I can visit Oregon again soon, and I need to remember I really can't go very long without moss and waterfalls. 

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Ian and I spent the Fourth of July at his parents' house. We BBQ'd and taught his parents beer pong and watched fireworks! Ian was kind enough to take photos of my outfit, as he has gotten very good at doing. He wishes for me to start crediting him so here you go my love. I am wearing a dress I made, which you can probably tell. These off-the-shoulder numbers are everywhere and I love them, but they always seem so easy to make. They are basically just tubes of fabric and some elastic, so I was like "WELL I CAN DO THAT." So I did! The fabric is a bit heavy and I still might trim the length, but I like it overall. And yet again wearing a ribbon as a choker because no one, I repeat NO ONE, should be buying strips of solid fabric for actual money from Topshop when you can just get some ribbon for 99 cents. I have strong feelings about this. Anywho please enjoy some photos in which I rather effectively hide my horrendous sunburn I got from wearing a neckline like this and also my guest model Mowgli the cocker spaniel puppy. I should really just include dogs in all my posts, right?

A note on "Independence Day": I generally think of the Fourth of July as a celebration of summer, family, and friends. I rarely connect it to America these days because to be quite honest, I'm not super proud to be an American a lot of the time. This country can be very very fucked up and recently it has felt downright frightening. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are weighing heavy on my heart and many others'. I hope our country can wake up and change very soon. It's hard to know what to say in times like these and I'm sure me posting about it on my blog of like 100 mostly-non-American followers doesn't help much, but all I can think to say is Black Lives Matter.

Dress - Handmade
Sandals - Old Navy
Photos by Ian!!!!

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Oregon Diary Part I

Scrambling up rocks to get better views, getting eaten by mosquitos, drinkin' beer, and being in love. Our trip to Oregon was a success. Ian and I originally planned a southwest road trip for my graduation and then we forgot how hot it would be in all the places we wanted to go so we decided that mayhap the fall would be more suitable for such an adventure. And so we picked Oregon as our back up. I had never been to Oregon which is a little silly because I grew up in Northern California, so I felt I was about due to see it. We spent around 30 hours in the car spread out over a week. That really isn't too bad, and it didn't feel overwhelming either. We were always so excited to get to the next place so we just kept movin'. This is a post of photos and little thangs I picked up along the way. Part II is coming soon!
Our first stop was Ashland. It seemed like a natural stopping point because it just barely got us into Oregon and we didn't have to continue all the way to our planned destination of Portland. I wanted to check out the Shakespeare Festival as well. There weren't any plays showing the night we were there (although the plays next year look bomb and we might come back for those) but there was an orchestra concert which was actually very pleasant. We were the youngest people by like 50 years but I didn't mind. The theater was gorgeous and watching the sky get darker while listening to a string quartet wasn't bad. We finished off the night with some beers and avocado toast because we are so fucking LA lololol. 
Next came Portland. I fell asleep on the drive up (sorry Ian). Once we got into town we checked into our Airbnb which was a very strange basement but was up in the hills so it was in quite a pretty neighborhood. We headed out to Grassa for dinner which had the BOMBEST garlic bread. Ian said it was just because they put lemon on it but wow it was so good. We walked around for a bit and then headed back for the night. The next day we had breakfast at Tin Shed which I would revisit for the dogs alone. (The food was good too.) We then headed out to Rose Test Garden and surrounding park because as I have said before, we just like going to new cities to look at their parks. After that we headed to Salt & Straw, which we certainly get enough of at home but I mean Portland is their birthplace so we had to. It was back to the Airbnb for a bit and then back out for Deschutes Brewery and amazing mac n' cheese. We finished off the night with Voodoo Donuts. 
I was struck by how little I wanted to shop on this trip. Whenever I used to go to cities I wanted to find the shopping and now I am just so content to go eat and walk around. It's probably also because I'm broke, but it was just an interesting thing because one of the reasons I wanted to come to Portland was so check out the cool designers and artists there and I just had really no desire to do so when I got there. I think I was just very ready for being outside and seeing green after a year in LA. Overall, I liked Portland but it didn't have the magic I wanted it to have. Now that I've graduated, Ian and I are thinking about if we would like to move from LA or stay for a bit. I suggested Portland even though I had never been because I knew of some cool people doing cool things there. I don't know, I liked it...but it just felt like another place where people live. It didn't feel too much different from LA, honestly. Just a little greener, smaller, less diverse, and less overwhelming for sure. Not sure it's for me, but I definitely enjoyed it.

The really good stuff, though, was the Columbia River Gorge. Ohhh man I had been excited about that. Honestly some of these waterfalls looked like they should have been in Iceland. The green, the green! The water! Oh, it was just stunning. We stopped by the Oneonta Gorge, as well. I had really wanted to do the hike through that but I knew that I wouldn't be prepared this time. You have to swim through shoulder height water and with a brand new camera and no water shoes I didn't think now was the time. Although I certainly made attempts. Next time, next time! After the Gorge we drove up to see the Timberline Lodge, which they used in The Shining. It was SO FOGGY we could barely see it, so that was kind of a bust. But the clouds kept lighting up in gorgeous ways for the rest of the day and it made for some lovely pictures. 

 Overall, Oregon = A+. It was just the kind of adventure I needed. I'm so glad I had my new camera and a very patient boyfriend to wait for me when I stop in the middle of the road to take pictures. Look out for Part II of our adventures, which will include a video! And please enjoy this postcard I got on our stop in Eugene with which I proudly identified.

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Portland Pirate

 I don't know if that is really an accurate title. These pants feel vaguely pirate-y to me, maybe? But also they are just kind of chic, loose flares. I just pride myself in being able to look like a pirate. I dug this crop top out of my closet at home and I am again reminded that it is so much easier (and cheaper) to make my own clothes, even if it just means cutting the arms off something. I have hands, why not use them? Also loving these hoops from Rocksbox and as usual my hair in a bun because I hate dealing with it. I had a lot of fun editing these photos, I piled a lot of old film filters on them to make them look aged and I like it a lot. 

My boyfriend was kind enough to take these pictures of me at our Airbnb in Portland. We went on an Oregon road trip after I graduated and it was magical and full of waterfalls. The next few posts will be a lot of Oregon so get ready kids. The forest is coming.
Pants - Vince Camuto
Shirt - DIY
Shoes - Vera Wang
Earrings - a. v. max via Rocksbox
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