Spotlight: Big Sur

photograph by Azikiwe Aboagye

Big Sur, CA. — Bay Area livin’ is something special, let me tell you. You are just an hour away from the beach, a few more hours away from the mountains, and a few more hours than that away from the forest. When you’re surrounded by tall buildings and morning fog, it’s nice to have those close escapes, so a few weeks ago I did just that. My beau and I hit the road in the early morning to Big Sur — a three-hour drive south from San Francisco — but, made many stops on the way at thrift stores, and just pretty scenes. Big Sur is a diverse national park with campgrounds and hiking, but we headed to Pfeiffer Beach. It is a beautiful small beach, but what really impressed me was the sand’s purplish tint. After eating lunch and basking in the sun for some time, we headed back home to San Francisco. It was the perfect day trip with not only stunning views, but amazing thrift finds, like this “P” letterman jacket (purchased for $5) and a Minnie Riperton classic (bought for $1).

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My Closet: Fall Florals

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American Apparel Cotton spandex Jersey Long Sleeve Crop Top $32 | Buy here
Vintage Floral Skirt | Similar style here
Anthropologie Woven Sandals | Similar style here
Embroidered Small Handbag | Similar style here

Oakland, CA. — Although last week’s calendar marked the first day of Fall, the weather is still in high summer temperatures. The sun is shining and the breeze is light, so the winter coats will have to remain in the closet. But feeling this season tug-of-war between summer and Fall, I modeled this look in an abandoned field in West Oakland. I styled a beige long sleeve crop top with a vintage floral skirt. Needing a pop of color I added green sandals and an embroidered handbag. I like this bohemian styled outfit because of its vintage feel and unique color pairings. I love to add pops of colors that you would not think to pair with patterns. Outfits such as this prove that with the season changing, it doesn’t mean you have to do away with your summer clothes — just style them in a different way. When the cold temperatures do arrive, this same outfit can be worn with brown combat boots and a leather jacket.


Currently Coveting: Blue Suede Shoes

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Roam // Navy Metallic $550 | Buy here
Wit // Denim Suede + Grey Lizard Print $365 | Buy here

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I once read, in a magazine maybe, that Fall is the time of year when a person can see if one can really dress. And, I think this is true, especially when designers seem to save all their gems for September. These leather combat boots from Freda Salvador are different in the best kind of way.

You could play it safe with black or brown boots, but take a risk with a colored shoe. Even their loafers are step above the rest with cut-out detailing and studs. These denim suede slip-ons have a grey lizard print in the back, perfect with cuffed trousers and a cozy oversized sweater. These colorful classics will give life to the simplest of outfits. Guaranteed.

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My Closet: Crop Top and Mom Jeans

Y_6photography by Azikiwe Aboagye

Shop My Closet

American Apparel Cotton Spandex Crop Tank | Buy here
Vintage Neiman Marcus Blazer | Similar style here
Vintage High-Waisted Levi’s Jeans | Buy here
Nike LunarGlide 6 | Similar style here

West Oakland, CA. — In our perfect universe, we have the best of two worlds, (perhaps fashionably) able to benefit from two very different ways of life. Grant it, this notion is often not used in describing clothing, but just humor me.

Some women might hesitate when told to embrace the crop top trend, but the trick, I’ve learned, is to add a blazer, which shows less of your tummy. And, to really turn down the sexy, I paired my top half with Mom jeans (also known as vintage high-waisted Levi’s) and sneakers. Why sneakers? Because comfort is key. Sure you can style the crop top with a pretty patterned circle skirt, but you can dress down this garment too.

This is a unique pairing because who would suggest to wear a crop top with Mom jeans? Although this outfit may be simple, it is far from boring. The bold yellow blazer actually distracts from my midriff baring crop top, and what about the tennis shoes you might ask? Well, pairing daywear with sneakers is the craze right now. So, get with it. As a fan of mixing different styles together, this outfit shows you can pair pieces together that are conservative, yet daring — what I like to call a fashion oxymoron.


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