A Bathing Ape

      When in Japan, you know I had to pay Bape a visit. We hit up four Bape stores, searching for the most suitable souvenirs.  I picked up this cropped hoodie, and it was love at first sight. The overtly logo-laden sweater pays homage to the beloved 90s trend, when it was unmistakable where you got your clothes from. I'm still in love with streetwear, and the femininity and masculinity of a cropped hoodie.

      In case you're not familiar with Bape, A Bathing Ape is a Japanese clothing brand with an iconic presence in the streetwear game. 'Especially in my pastel, on my Bape shit' as Kanye West mentions in 'Stronger.' It's not a coincidence that every Bape store had his latest album, 'The Life of Pablo' on repeat. Good luck trying to find a classic Bape shirt on their website. This brand keeps their stuff super exclusive by saving inventory for the storefronts.

 Rightfully, I had to shoot this hoodie in the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

Sweater: Bape (sold out)

Photos by: Chris (@ghostdances)

xo, victoria

Flower Bomb

When in doubt, it is best to keep things neutral. This goes for everyone, boys and girls. In case you've been living under a rock, neutral palettes have been the theme for several seasons now--and the minimalist in me is dancing in celebration.

Here is a pre-fall look I styled for Forever 21 (and a few more on the way)! Hate it or love it, but it is a common truth that Forever 21 capitalizes on impromptu, out-on-the-own ensembles. 

Bomber jackets can do no wrong (wear them with dresses, skirts or everything), and sheer high-neck bodysuits deserve their own spotlight. Street luxe exudes an air of confidence that is both refined and badass--my favorite way to be. Shop my pre-fall selects in the links below:

Forever 21 'Padded Bomber Jacket' and 'Sheer High-Neck Bodysuit'

Shoes: Steve Madden "Stecy"

Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff "Julian"

Photos by: Leon Tong 

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xo, victoria

Coat Check

News Flash: Even through the warm winters of California, the long overcoat is trending heavily. Maybe it is because its popularity coincides with its versatility. Maybe it is because it is chic enough to dress up or dress down. In any case, this classic coat pairs perfectly with an office outfit. It's great for day-to-night look and even completes a streetwear ensemble as you see here. People have made comments on how often I wear this coat, but IDGAF. I'm thinking about buying this baby in grey, as well. 

In addition to trending topics, baseball caps are all the rage. They give off a casual "I-didn't-have-to-try" vibe, when Lord knows you tried lol. 

How do you like my new sneakers? They're the "Blue Force" Nike Air Huaraches. Arguably, one of the most artfully constructed sneakers to date--coming from a girl who sold shoes for a living. I love their brilliant blue hue and how they add a pop of color to my outfit. 

This was one of my first photo shoots in a studio and I love how the lighting is so skillfully manipulated. Studio shoots typically aren't my preference, but I declared 2016 to be a year of new experiences. 

What new things will you try this year? 

Coat: Free People "Slim Long Overcoat" | Top: Urban Outfitters | Pants: Forever 21 | Shoes:

Photos taken by: @dirtbagmark

xo, victoria

Chasing Rooftops

Here I am, wearing Free People's "Eclipse" top in all it's glory. Perfect for moments when you want to look casual but still really, really, ridiculously good-looking. It's actually called a "brami" like a bra-cami, but I don't think I'm ready to make up names so soon. It's as if this top and "strappy back" bralette are a match made in heaven. Invest in a sticky bra, and not the chicken cutlet kind. The ones that feel like cloth and are maybe one quarter inch thick--because unwanted bra straps steal the show in a buzz-kill manner. Whatever you do, no bra straps! Unless, they are cool strappy back bralettes or something of the like. No basic bra straps here. 

I won't lie--these jeans make me so happy. Whatever helps me achieve an effortless cool, I'm all for it. People have asked me if these are One Teaspoon, which are the holy grail of distressed denim coming in at $150 a pop. But no, my friends. These glorious jeans are $39 from CottonOn. That's right. The back seam (the butt seam, let's be real) is a little off-center, but it's less noticeable with the dark denim (I also have the true black and white versions too). I'm sure all the females know how hard it is to come by a great pair of jeans. Ladies, these are my secret weapon!

If you've been following my Instagram, you'd know that these black beauties from Vera Wang are my go-to heel boots. Is it moto-inspired? Is it Victorian? Only a genius can somehow combine two contrasting concepts. 

These photos were taken by my friend Marco and I'm deeply grateful to share a creative chemistry with someone so talented. I style my outfits and tell him my ideas for the location/concept, and he almost always delivers. It's wonderful to be able to describe a scenario in so few words and have someone understand and execute completely. #blessed for sure. 

I worked 9-5 today and met up with a couple friends for happy hour and made it home before 10pm. I feel lucky to have all the energy to do everything I can do. Here I am now, listening to Justin Bieber's album full of bangers and writing this blog post. Sometimes, I think people feel guilty for enjoying themselves and that's outrageous. Indulge in your feelings and invest in you. Look out for number one. I'm slightly buzzed writing this now and I'm really liking my candid, unrehearsed tone. What do you think? If you like this writing style, give me a "like" or comment in the section below :) Thanks for dropping in!

Photos: Marco Alexander

Top: "Eclipse Brami" - Free People

Bra: "Strappy Back Bra" - Free People

Jeans: "Boyfriend Jean" from CottonOn

Boots: "Marilyn" by Vera Wang Lavender

Necklaces: Forever 21 and Violet Luxe