Currently Coveting: Coach Backpack

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Coach Bleecker Backpack in Pebbled Leather $598 | Buy here


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A good, durable leather backpack can be hard to find. I have been lucky enough to find a few leather backpacks at thrift and vintage stores, but sometimes a girl wants to splurge. That is why I am drooling over this pebbled leather Coach bag that is “thoughtfully designed to carry everything you need.” Coach’s words, not mine, but this beautiful piece of cowhide seems to be the perfect unconventional weekender bag. In contrast to duffle style weekenders, this backpack has extra outside pockets, a laptop compartment, and adorned with brass hardware. It also comes in a beautiful tan color. It’s conventional and chic? Amazing find for a working traveler.

My Closet: Puca Shells and Cut-offs

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Maison Scotch Puca Shells Jacket $150 | Unavailable
American Apparel Sexuli Tee $34 | Buy here
Levi’s Cut-off Shorts $10 | Thrifted, but similar style here
Barney’s Sandals $100 | Similar style here
Vintage scarf worn on head | Similar style here

Emeryville, CA. — After a few weeks a rain, the sun has finally decided the shine, and Spring has decided to arrive. This Maison Scotch puca shell shouldered jacket has been in my closet for some time now; an item I purchased on sale during the wrong season. Pairing it with a white t-shirt, Levi’s cut-offs and brown sandals, I still felt like my outfit was lacking some color. Grabbing a vibrant vintage scarf from my closet, I wrapped it in a bow around my head.

Sweet and simple. Plus, you have to ease outsiders into the puca shell trend returning — but, trust me on this. Although named one of the “Top Ten Worst Trends For Douchebags,” I think that only stands true for the hideous necklaces of the 1990s. In a modern way, Masion Scotch took the same beads that scared the 1990s, and made an amazing shoulder detail that is unique and striking.

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Picture This: West Oakland Glimpse

For about a year now, I have been photographing West Oakland — a neighborhood in transition, a neighborhood gentrifying. In addition to photographing street scenes, and people, I have been capturing video, and interviewing the people affected by this change: the long-time residents of West Oakland. Here is a peek of the video I am working on, but it is still in progress.

West Oakland from Paige Ricks on Vimeo.

My Closet: Palm Springs Livin’

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Vintage T-shirt (Stolen from my boyfriend – similar style here)
American Apparel Cuffed High-Waisted Shorts $58 (Similar style here)
Barney’s Sandals $100 (Similar style here)

About a month ago I traveled to Palm Springs for a short vacation before the Spring semester started. Having never traveled to the desert, I was excited to explore the area, take photos, and of course thrift shop. With my summer clothes in tow, I trekked to Palm Springs with my significant other, and we organized a few small, but fun photoshoots. Above I styled a simple outfit: My boyfriend’s oversized vintage t-shirt, tucked into olive green high-waisted shorts, and paired with brown summer sandals. The simplest of outfits are often the most comfortable, and in the desert heat, comfy is exactly what my attire called for. In this post I added some images I took while exploring not only Palm Springs, but also a unique community about a hour outside of Palm Springs, called Salton Sea.

Salton Sea sits below sea level, and was created by a flood that occured in 1905 when water flowed in from the Colorado River. It was once a popular tourist attraction during the 1950s, but now it is an attraction for lost roadtripers, grafitti artists and photographers like myself, looking to capture this place with their cameras. Although a mainly muted colored place, its energy is drawn through the contrast of grafitti-colored buildings against a beautiful sea landscape; vintage tellings of buildings and homes that once were; remanants of recent stranger visits, like forgotten jackets. I will continue to post photos from my trip in the coming weeks — even some stops we made while driving down the I-5!

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fashion images by Azikiwe Aboagye | landscape images by Paige Ricks

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Currently Coveting: Taller Baller Tee

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Stylestalker Taller Graphic T-shirt $72 | Buy here

We all wish for something, whether that be a sweet new ride, or just a t-shirt, like this one which states that you wish to be a little taller — and a baller. Songs lyrics never rang so true before for some, and now thanks to the online shopping website 80s Purple, your wish can come true. No you won’t grow taller due to owning this tee, nor will you be a baller (actually, you may be a baller — it’s more of a state of mind), but you’ll be tres chic in your graphic tee. Stylestalker’s Taller Tee features galaxy printed text designs on a loose-fitted muscle tee, which can be paired perfectly with any style of denim bottoms or their very own Stylestalker’s Space Jam Shorts. Yes, you read Space Jam, but its not that Space Jam (bummer!), but still very far-out. Your welcome.

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