Zip Wide Leg Trousers

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Sassy pants? Fancy pants? Let your pants do the talking. I've been looking for culottes for a while, and these fancy pants from Topshop have set the bar high! (similar here and here) I'm loving this quirky emerald green mixed with the risqué exposed zipper. Plus, the o-ring is the bold cherry on top! Topshop makes the best trousers, woth every penny. Expect quality fabrics and flattering fits! See how well the pant legs drape? I'm all about structure!

I love wearing my fitted tall boots from Public Desire underneath wide leg pants or skirts--such a feminine, polished look! And crop sweaters are a great way to make a statement when you're dressing for colder weather but still want to look dashing. (similar here and $10 option here) Love the high-low cut on this sweater, made to pair perfectly with high-waisted pants! 

Shot by Shane Menez

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xo, victoria

Self-Empowerment through Setting Boundaries

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Kindness is not a sign of weakness. Whether it is a personal or professional relationship, respect and communication should be the forefront of your intentions. In moments of friction, I tend to react--call it a side-effect of being a passionate individual. But as the fumes from my ears begin to subside, I'm learning how important it is to have compassion, and make efforts to understand the person on the other side.

The way we act in complex situations will ultimately determine the outcome of the relationship. Don't say something you'll regret tomorrow.  Empower yourself by speaking up for what you want. Know what your limits are, and take the time to gain some clarity so that said limits can be discussed in a calm, non-combative manner. Be easy. Be easy to work with, so that this client will come back and work with you again. People will respect you more when you stand up for yourself, and even more so when you can communicate your frustrations without verbally attacking them. We make the mistake of assuming we are right and people should understand our opinion, but it's obvious that not everyone shares the same mindset. Take a moment to shed some light, use your words gently to create an outcome that is ideal for you. Create the life you want to live. Difficult situations are what molds an individual. In times of tension, I hope these words can guide you to be diplomatic and triumphant!

Trousers: Uniqlo (similar)

Boots: Public Desire

Hat: Forever 21

Top: Groceries Apparel (organic/recycled materials sourced and made in Los Angeles!)

Photos by: Shane Menez

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Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode

xo, victoria

Public Desire - Janine Over the Knee Boots

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Two parts class, equal parts sass. Not sure who loves thigh highs more, men or myself? Call it a natural attraction. Thigh high boots are like a PSA alerting the masses that you are not a force to be reckoned with! 

Lately, I've been exhibiting a transitional phase that resonates throughout my expression and style choices. (But if we are always growing, aren't we always transitioning? At least that's the goal). There was a time where I thought I'd live my whole life in a crop top, and now I'm the opposite of Drake's "wearing less and going out more." (Here's another way I styled them, also coincidentally my first shoot with Alex!)

I want to be noticed in different ways than I used to. I don't like the same things I used to. When I'm out with most people, I'd rather be at home writing, editing, scheming with some wine in between.

 "And you, you scare people because you are whole all by yourself". -Lauren Alex Hooper

Living in San Francisco makes it easy to find beauty everywhere. The rolling hills, the skyline, or how about the iconic Painted Ladies behind me. This photo shoot was cut short when I spotted a puppy French bulldog and was somehow lured into a nearby dog park. Nuff said. 

Photos by Alex Rios

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san francisco painted ladies public desire over the knee boot janine forever 21 crush velvet beret vince printed shift dress victorialamode victoria ly
san francisco painted ladies public desire over the knee boot janine forever 21 crush velvet beret vince printed shift dress victorialamode victoria ly
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