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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Faking Vintage

Faking Vintage
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Faking the vintage feel all the way down to the "noise" on my photos.

Thrifted tee | UO BDG two-toned denim | Loafers

I recently went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. I've only been a couple times since it only happens on the second Sunday of every month. This time around I came across this shirt for only $5. A steal! It reads "Tiger Army: Music from regions beyond". A quick Internet search tells me this is merch for a real psychobilly band that started in the 90s, but I was drawn to it because the phrase "music from regions beyond" reminds me of something you'd hear on Disney's "Haunted Mansion" attraction. The tiger heads even remind me of scary figures that a villain like Maleficent would summon. I was kinda hoping this wasn't going to be another tee of a band I don't really listen to, but I'll take that loss.

I built the rest of my outfit around the shirt and its fading graphics along with the Haim sisters' aesthetic in mind. I have still not fully embraced jewelry so I added these geo cat-eye sunnies, which is the extent of my dive into the tiny sunglasses trend. I love this All Saints leather jacket, especially since I scored it for a huge discount at a sample sale last year. I think these two elements give it a bit of a 50s vibe, especially once you consider the loafers too. The straight leg and extra-heavy seams of these UO BDG jeans mimic the relaxed fit of the oversized graphic tee. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect fit jeans, but I never have the patience to scour flea markets or vintage shops for those. 

I'm just trying to live my best life as the lost, brown Haim sister but I think I'll need tighter jeans and a boxier leather jacket to emulate their looks.

Stay tuned for more outfits with my recent pick ups from the Rose Bowl flea, or follow me on Instagram (@toricatapusan) because odds are that's the first place I'll post!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

90th Oscars Red Carpet

90th Oscars Red Carpet
Sunday, March 4, 2018
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With the Oscars comes the end of another awards season circuit. I am currently writing this with the Academy Award playing on the television. Though I am hoping Lady Bird and Get Out sweep, all of the movies this year were INCREDIBLE.

The political statements made on this red carpet paled in comparison with the Golden Globes. But it's always more than a pin. Since red carpets have become such a huge PR element, it's important to see the designers that people choose to wear. Clothes really do speak for themselves...and the creatives behind them. Margot Robbie in Chanel channeled nothing else besides the hype that she is now a face for the designer house. Greta Gerwig in Rodarte communicated her dedication to girl power. Anyways, here are some of my favorite looks from the red carpet tonight!

Betty Gabriel in Tony Ward Couture; Gina Rodriguez in Zuhair Murad; Beanie Feldstein in Sachin & Babi
Eiza Gonzalez in Ralph Lauren Collection; Daniel Kaluuya in Brunello Cucinelli; Greta Gerwig in Rodarte

Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace, Kelly Marie-Tran in Jenny Packman; Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé

Sally Hawkins in Armani Privé, Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli; St. Vincent in Saint Laurent
Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton; Lupita Nyong'o in Atelier Versace; Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
Salma Hayek in Gucci; Chadwick Boseman in Givenchy; Margot Robbie in Chanel
Taraji P. Henson in Vera Wang; Tiffany Haddish; Zendaya in GiambattistaValli
Lakeith Stanfield in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture; Octavia Spencer; Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein by appointment; Viola Davis in Michael Kors; Daniela Vega
Laura Dern in Calvin Klein by appointment; Danai Gurira in Gabriela Hearst; Mary J. Blige in Atelier Versace

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Best NYFW Looks

Best NYFW Looks
Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Every year I curate a list of my personal favorite shows from Fashion Week. Let's be real -- I am no expert when it comes to runway fashion. Rather than delving into the inspirations of each designer, the history of the house, etc., I thought I would just share the shows that personally sparked interest in me. On top of that, trends and this weird emphasis on decade-dressing have become extremely repetitive nowadays.

Whether it was through the colors, layering, or a killer "covet piece," each of these collections grabbed my attention. I know I'm super late on the Fashion Month game, but hopefully this will give you some inspiration. Be sure to check back for my re-caps on London, Milan, and Paris!

3.1 Phillip Lim

Cow hide jacket! Blazer-look puffer! I'm lusting for these pieces. Is this also signalling the return of the scarf? From the looks of the bandana-print fanny pack and the handbag engulfed in a quilt of them, I'd say so! (Does anyone else think the gum-soled shoes on the far left look a little too much like previous Alexander Wang wear?)

Calvin Klein

God, I love Raf Simons. This is just one of the many designers that included white booties in their latest collections. I love the silver toe caps on these especially. If you ever run a marathon, be sure to save your thermal blanket to repurpose for a CK-inspired look.

Gypsy Sport

Not gonna lie, this collection really just got me inspired to update my concert outfit rotation. I've been on the look out for a chain belt like the far left, but so far only vintage Chanel comes up. :/ Peep the cowboy boots, people! I'm telling you it's gonna be big...

Marc Jacobs

Though his shows and his inspiration may be questionable at times, I always like to see the way Marc Jacobs plays with silhouettes to create distorted illusions of the body. I think I'll always picture Winona Ryder in his collections. The third look just screams, "What's your damage, Heather?" 

Jonathan Simkhai

Jonathan Simkhai's collection felt like a guide throughout time. Starting from the days of the suffragette and ending with the look of the current activist woman. (It's all in the shoes, ladies!) It's all in the details of this collection. From the gigot-sleeved dresses to the fun take on the blazer, I want everything. These are power suits.


In an ideal world, everything in my closet would be from Tibi. Some of my favorite fashion bloggers at the minute, like Alwaysjudging, are always rockin' Tibi. I love the relaxed look of the their blazers and trousers. I have yet to master the talent of making a blazer seem less "job interview" and more Interview Mag, but here's hoping I can figure it out before fall. (White boots alert #3)!
Ulla Johnson
The colors and playful vibes of this collection really inspired me. Look at all the fluff and glitter! Now I need to know how to tie all my tops into a bow. I highly recommend looking at photos from the show because the presentation made it look ethereal. The structured bags reminded me that I should really invest in more bags that aren't black leather.

That's all for now! Don't forget to check back for more Fashion Week recaps!