Harry Potter World

I would say with some confidence that my aesthetic is Hogsmeade branding. Or Weasley home clutter. And definitely starry rooms with  magical instruments. I'm not much of a Los Angeles minimalist. I much prefer things to be haphazard and weird. That's why I'm so happy this SHINING BEACON of amazing wizardry aesthetic is just over the hill from me at Universal Studios. So story time, friends: when my best friend and I were 17, our parents allowed us to fly across the country to Florida to go to Harry Potter World when it opened. And now, just 6 (HOW HAS IT BEEN 6 YEARS?!) years later we made our pilgrimage back, this time in LA.

So here are some photos of a really really good day in my life. Don't worry, I made sure to look as dumb as possible. I called my look "Harry Potter Girl Scout." I also bought a ton of candy at Honeydukes that I really didn't need, as well as a cool cauldron mug. So, I guess I can solidly say I'm a sucker for magical packaging. ENJOY.

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Details: Red and Silver

Okay y'all I wanna be a good blogger now. I can do it. I am excited about many things like travel, photography, clothes, makin stuff, writing, etc. I don't want my posts to feel so random. I want this space to feel curated and edited. I think I'll start a new little section called "Details" because sometimes it's the little things that make an outfit (or sometimes I don't feel like getting out my damn tripod). This might be a reflection of how I feel lately...people keep asking me "Well what are your plans now that you've graduated?" To which I respond, "Pls stop, I have no plans." Because I don't really...I just want to focus on the little moments and details and maybe a big picture will come together. For instance, this red slip dress I bought from Express filled a void: I felt I didn't have a solid slip dress so I got one. I rarely wear silver so I wore some. Not big accomplishments, but as they say, "it's the little things." 

 SLIP DRESS - Express 
NECKLACE - Vintage from my Gram
RING - Vintage from my Gram
HANDCHAIN - Kendra Scott via Rocksbox
KNOT CUFF - Jill Michael via Rocksbox 
(Try out Rocksbox free for a month with code "nibinquielxoxo"!)

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GUYS I DID IT! Well technically I have one more paper to write but the sentiment remains. I finished UCLA! For y'all who don't know, my college experience has been a complicated one. I started at UC Santa Cruz, which I loved a lot but it wasn't the right place for me. I took some time off, met my love at a study abroad trip in London, then went back to school at Chapman University. That really wasn't the right place for me either, so I left that too. Finally I found a home at UCLA and finished my undergrad work in a year. I took a lot of classes (like a lot) and really stressed myself out like crazy. But I'm so glad I did it and I'm so proud of everything I've done. Now you will never have to listen to me complain about school again! (Until grad school, whoops hahahah).

I got A's in every single one of my classes. I wrote an Honors Thesis of 35 pages on Hieronymus Bosch, an artist I have loved since I was 18 and first found Art History. I joined an on-campus magazine and had so much fun taking photos and writing stories. I was one of two people in my major to present at Undergraduate Research Week. I successfully figured out the Los Angeles bus system!!! Even if I don't continue on in my Art History education (although I am pretty sure I will) I feel so proud and so comfortable with the skills in writing and critical thinking that I have acquired from my major. I feel that I understand the world and its visual culture so much more than I could have as just a Studio Art major or even as an Art History major at another school. UCLA was so good to me.

Of course now I'm left with "What do I do now?" I think I will buy myself a new camera (possibly tonight; I want it baaaad) because mine can't even focus let alone take a high-quality image. I'm excited to have a camera capable of the kind of work I want to do. All I really plan to do this summer is work a little bit, take photos, write, make some stuff, and adventure. I'm so ready for a break. 

 Of course, I would not be where I am without the amazing people in the HILARIOUS photo below and everyone I have met on my journey. I have the most wonderful friends and family who support me in my weird and complicated ways of doing things. Oh also one more thank you is to my friend Alyssa who managed to snag me the last dress of my size in this style by Keepsake from Revolve. I need to take real pictures of it soon. It made my Beyonce Lemonade dreams come true and it deserves some pretty pics.

 Just one more note: unfortunately the last few weeks of school were touched by some sadness. During one of my finals, the entire school went into lockdown because of a shooting on campus. An engineering professor was killed by a former student. The UCLA community is very strong and we have dealt with the tragedy together but it is a very scary and awful thing. On Saturday night the unthinkably horrific shooting in Orlando happened. It's been an incredibly scary few weeks. I live two blocks from where LA Pride was held and I was so scared I would get news of hate crimes there. To think of any of the people who were in a space they thought was safe for them only to be met by events I can't even think of without feeling sick is so...I mean it's beyond words. I know I have a lot of followers that don't live in the US and I'm not sure what me saying anything on here will do, but we just need to make a change. It is absurd that people can purchase the weapons they can and it is absurd that these things keep happening. I feel sad that these events happened at a very happy time in my life, and quite guilty that I can continue to celebrate with my friends and family while so many are suffering. But I guess all we can do is start conversation and put out positive vibes to enact some change while remembering those who lost their lives and sending good thoughts to their family. We need to love each other. 

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Guess what everyone! Only one more week of me complaining about school! Aren't you lucky? 
My love and my light Ian was nice enough to take some photos of my because I haven't done an outfit post in quite some time and I was really excited about this one. I got this cool top from Zara and let me tell you, I will most likely be wearing it all summer because it barely touches my skin and that is what I look for in summer fashion. Also with the frayed edges, grommets, and ties it makes me think of when Ariel made a dress out of a ship sail. I paired it with some wool pants and I'm very lucky it's not dreadfully hot yet because these were the perfect fun-and-breezy-but-still-warm-enough-for-cold-classrooms pants. I also ordered these  ridiculous sandals from Od Navy. Overall, I just like this outfit because it plays with some cool silhouettes but these are also very silly and playful pieces. 

Top - Zara
Pants - COS
Necklace - Gorjana via Rocksbox
Shoes - Old Navy
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Morgan and Ally

A few weeks ago Morgan and Ally and I went out to a super secret beautiful park in LA. (It's not that secret: it's called Franklin Canyon.) Ally yelled at me for making her trudge through the forest in some sandals...which is fair...but whaterver, girl, you gotta be prepared for adventures when you're with me hehe. We didn't have much of a plan for these photos. I was kind of thinking of Cass Bird's Rewilding. I love the ease of her style so I was kind of trying to emulate that. But taking pictures felt so good. Only two more weeks and I can do it whenever I want! Graduation and creativity here I come!!!
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Dangerous Woman Looks

I haven't posted an outfit in a while and I'm not sure this is really an outfit either. It's more like a tunic...without pants. I love the low neck and the high slit on this sweater from Zara. It's actually really comfortable and I've been laying around in it all day. I paired it with a gorgeous druzy necklace from Robyn Rhodes, a designer I was introduced to through my yob at Rocksbox.

When I posted a while ago about my photos from Valentine's Day (in which I wore a bodysuit in the desert) I talked about how I had been feeling like I shouldn't post things that revealed my body too much. That's not really a belief I have in my real life, but for some reason I had been really scared about posting pictures of myself that are a little more *sensual* or however you want to put it. But I'm realizing more and more that like...I'm 23...if I'm not gonna be proud of my body now then I'm gonna be very disappointed when I'm older and don't have the body I have now. Also the other part about being 23: I'M A GROOOOOWN WOMAN. I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT. (Beyonce lyrics duh). It's my body and I can be excited about myself in clothes that make me feel good if I want. 

I think I was averse to posting "selfies" (and therefore outfit photos/etc. on my blog) because I was worried they didn't have enough substance. But I often forget that I don't just love fashion because I like to "look good". I love fashion because it gives me a chance to wear art. How amazing is that? I get to put beautiful things on my skin and prance around in them. What's more is that I rarely wear things just because they are trendy or "cute". I wear things because they evoke a strong emotion for me. And that's very important, I think. It takes clothes out of the superficial and into the personal. In the case of this sweater, I felt that it was the perfect piece to express how I have been feeling lately. It's a little dark and gloomy, but it has that element of "danger". About all I have been doing lately is write about dangerous women of the past--in my thesis and beyond. So I love these photos because they translate my work into my self. And that, my friends, is the power of clothing.
Tunic Sweater - ZARA // Necklace - Robyn Rhodes 
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Inspiration: More Flower Love

Oh my. I just feel like I am wasting away. All the work at the end of the school year (and my undergrad career) is making my stomach hurt. I know it'll all be over soon and I'm doing my best to stay calm. Today I found some lovely things that I wanted to share. These kinds of things help me remember there is life beyond my immediate situation. I mean that literally: this is all about plants--living, growing, inspiring.
The first thing is a series called "Great Gardens" by Nowness. It is just a collection of videos of great gardens. The films are so beautifully shot and the voices of the owners and landscapers are so calming and passionate. This series is amazing and it makes me want to drop out right now and help them make these. Also: did you know there is a career called "Garden Writing"? What have I been doing all this time if not that?

The second is the Pentecost Rose Petal Ceremony at the Pantheon in Rome. It symbolizes the descent of the Holy Spirit. Is this not one of the most magical things ever?

And lastly, some farmer's market flowers from my love feat. my rose gold Garrett Leight sunnies. This arrangement was too pretty to not take a picture of it. Trying to stay positive by surrounding myself with flowers and life for the next three weeks. And then freedom shall ring.

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