My parent’s home | Pittsburg, CA.
Mobile home | West Oakland, CA.
photography by Azikiwe Aboagye
Vintage Youth Football Jersey (Similar style here)
Rachel by Rachel Roy Zipper Trousers (Buy here)
Ivanka Trump Two-Tone Suede Pumps (Similar style here)
Antioch, CA. — Yes, you can play with the boys, but still feel like a lady. It’s all in how you style it. Before the rainy days came, I did two fun photo shoots out in the East Bay hills. In these photos I modeled a vintage youth football jersey, which I snagged at my local Goodwill, with black dress trousers. It should be no surprise that I am a fan of tomboy fashion, so when I found this cropped jersey I knew the perfect pieces to make the look more feminine. Tomboy looks are about taking masculine pieces and mixing them in with feminine elements, and that can as simple as throwing on a pair of pumps, like for this look.
It’s really all about having fun when styling your outfits — and bending the rules, of course.
Forever 21 Glammed Out Sequin Top $48.70 (Buy here)
As much as I love a gorgeously detailed sequin top, it can be very difficult to style without going overboard. But, there is also nothing more festive to wear to a holiday party. You just feel pretty! By dressing your blouse down with jeans, or leather leggings, you can still make a statement, but in a quieter way. It’s what we in the fashion world call casual glam. Fitting, I know. This Forever 21 semi-sheer mesh top comes in two colors, both featuring multi-colored sequin and a beaded baroque pattern.
The Chapel | Mission District, San Francisco, CA.
Grand Lake Theater | Oakland, Ca.
photography by Azikiwe Aboagye
Jean Paul Gaultier at Target Floral Dress $8 (Purchased at thrift store/Unavailable)
ZARA Leather Biker Jacket $125 (Available in-store)
Ivanka Trump Pointed Suede Pumps $89 (Similar style here)
Oakland, CA. — So, you’ve come on my blog because you need some fashion advice perhaps? You are in need of some guidance on how to style your Fall looks? Well, you’re in luck because today I am giving you my first piece of Fall fashion advice: Purchase a badass leather jacket. Yes, the term badass is a broad one — similar to cool or chic, but I’m not going to leave you hanging without the details. If you are taking my advice seriously, then I would suggest one of three types of leather jackets: The aviator (a military trend with extra padding to keep you warm), the colored jacket (a bold statement piece not for the plain dresser), or the biker jacket, like I am wearing in these photos. All the above mentioned jackets are dynamic pieces on their own, which will only enhance your styling options whether wearing pants or a dress.
Speaking of dresses, I find myself still trying to wear spring dresses, like this floral low-back halter dress. Not the most practical for the weather, but that’s where this badass jacket comes in, giving my spring dress a little more edge, and my look a lot more street appeal (and warmth). I paired it with turquoise suede pumps, because I love a pop of color.
The leather jacket has been a fashion staple since the 1950s, but as time passes, it fails to age, so have fun with it! Make your own statement with a classic piece.
Empty Building | Point Richmond, Richmond, CA.
High Drama Houndstooth Cape $78 (Buy here)
Oh the drama! This cape is fitting for any diva not afraid of a little pattern, or in this case, a lot of pattern. As the winter season approaches you’ll be wanting to make bold statements with your clothing, and this soft, thick woven cape is the perfect statement piece. In addition to the large houndstooth pattern, the cape has black satin trim, an open front, open sleeves, and an asymmetrical fit. So fancy, yet still practical. Throw this cape over a collared shirt, or even a lightweight sweater, and you will be festival, work or brunch ready. Yes, it’s fitting for almost any occasion because…well…it’s just that stinking cute and comfy. You can purchase this item at Nasty Gal online.
Below is a video to give you a peek inside my thrifted apartment. Everything from my floral couch, to the colorful bottles that decorate my humble abode, were found at thrift stores, yard sales and some occasional digging through my parents’ relics. Enjoy.
Home from Paige Ricks on Vimeo.
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