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As the end of summer draws near, many of my friends are parting ways to seek out their own post-HS adventures. One of my friends, Claudia, has the incredible opportunity to go to school in London to pursue a career in fashion design.

Claudia was nice enough to answer some questions about her personal aesthetic, her new life in England and her future in fashion design. Enjoy!

A few of Claudia’s sketches

Lily: So. Have you always known you wanted to be a designer? When did you first start sketching designs?

Claudia: I’ve always had an infatuation with clothing and aesthetics in general. When I was around 14 I started making simple things. If there was a trend I liked but couldn’t afford I’d customize my own interpretation of it, be it a simple modification of an old shirt or something more complex like making a bag. Until this year, actually, I assumed I would be an artist and work in fashion marketing, but when it came time to apply to university I decided I wanted to transition into the actual design aspect of fashion. This is when I started making original sketches and designs.

L: I love that you could make your own stuff. I think more teenagers should do that when they feel overwhelmed by expensive things. What was the actual application process like for your school? Did you have to send examples of your work?

C: Well, being the anxious and nervous person I am, I applied to an extremely wide array of schools. For Central Saint Martins  in particular, though, I needed a full art portfolio as well as two full sketch books. Not to mention the usual essays, references and grades!

Claudia’s newly dyed, silver hair

L: That’s so much! Are you comfortable sharing your work with strangers?

C: I’m actually a very shy person. I’ve never been the one to “like” photos [on Facebook or Instagram] or start a conversation. With my art and clothing, though, I’m the total opposite. I feel like I’m able to express myself and show my individuality through the way I dress and the things I create. I’m super comfortable showing my work, it’s almost like my version of a conversation, if that makes sense. I love when people comment on my work or style, whether it’s positive or not. I think it’s cool to stand out through the way you dress and the things you make.

Sketches of Coats

L: Total sense, your attitude about that is very cool. I love that fashion has the ability to enhance who a person is. Where do you find most of your inspirations for designs?

C: Well, my favorite designers at the moment are Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, The Row, Céline, Rosie Assoulin, Opening Ceremony and Vince. I get most of my inspiration from architecture, nature, bloggers and social network platforms such as Vfiles. The bloggers that I get most of my inspiration from are Ivaana Carpio of Love Aesthetics, Sabrina Meijer of afterdrk , Karley Slutever, Olivia Lopez of Lusttforlife and Clymdraws.  I’m mainly interested in monochromatic, simplistic designs. I love neutral colours, earth tones, black & white with tonal greys. Design-wise I’m a big fan of simple clothing with a twist such as an intricate collar or an oddly shaped piece that fits well.

L: You have such an established aesthetic. Sort of reminds me of Alexander Wang, actually. How do you think being in London (!!) will influence your sense of style/self?

C: Well, I think living in such a large city will allow me to access so many more creative outlets then I can here in Vancouver. London is known for its fashion scene, so I think the latest trends will be available more cheaply, allowing my style to evolve.

Some of her favorite pieces

L: Yeah, definitely. Topshop and Vivienne Westwood everywhere. Are you nervous at all for your move? Excited to finally start pursuing a real career?

C: I’m not very scared about moving, I’m mainly scared about the course load. My biggest fear is not being able to catch up with others in my course. I’m super excited to finally start taking classes in what I love and work towards a real job.

I’d also say for anyone interested in fashion: I think you should build up your closet with basics. My favorite items are my black and brass Alexander Wang Rocco bag, a vintage grey oversized Jil Sander blazer that I found for 14 bucks and my all-white Nike Air Max ’90s. I love them because they go with essentially every outfit.

L: Thank you so much, Claudia, you’ll be absolutely wonderful and fab in London. :)

For anyone else who has fashion school on the horizon—I wish you all the best!

 Stay golden,

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You may not know that I’m a huge nail polish junkie. I am! For weeks now I’ve been itching to get to the salon to try out a new fall color, and after ruling out darker emeralds, plums and reds, I went with this subtle military green.

Take a look:

As much as I love a nice matte black nail polish, I’ll save that for winter. This light green is the perfect transition from summer to fall.


I can’t help but show off my new phone case a little. My iPhone had been broken for the longest time so in honor of it getting fixed, I treated myself to this new Marc by Marc Jacobs phone case. (Ok, that’s such a bad excuse to get a new phone case, but I had to justify my purchase somehow!) This case is such an interesting item, lots of strangers have stopped me just to tell me how cool they think it is.


August 25, 2014

Delicate Details

While I would usually consider myself a statement necklace kind of girl, these last few months of summer have brought out my softer side. There’s just something so simple and elegant about a delicate gold chain. As opposed to wearing just one piece, I prefer pairing and layering dainty necklaces for a more casual look. This is one of my favorite combinations:

SHOP: Delicate Necklaces

Stay lovely!


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The first day of school is coming ever closer, like a shark (or a puppy stampede), so why not do something useful with your remaining days of freedom, like learn to do the perfect red lip? Nothing says, “I own you, eleventh grade!” like a bold, red lip.

Lucky for everyone, our friends over at “Teen Vogue” have serious connections, and they got Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, to show us how it’s done.

Ready to try it out? Here’s everything Mylah used to achieve the look:

•  Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
•  Beauty Blender Sponge
•  Kabuki Brush
•  M·A·C  Lip Pencil in ‘Redd’
•  M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’
•  M·A·C Penultimate Beauty Eyeliner
•  M·A·C Mineralize Skin Finish
•  M·A·C False Lashes Mascara

Have fun, divas!

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August 23, 2014

Cara for Topshop

Cara Delevingne has become one of my absolute favorite faces in fashion: she’s talented, hilarious and uniquely herself. And maybe a little crazy, so I feel like we can relate. It’s no wonder, then, that my style icon is the new face of Topshop! I am in love with the most recent Topshop campaign, so polished and quintessentially British.

Get inspired by some of my favorite shots of Cara as Topshop’s muse.

blazer, ripped skinny jeans and pointed black boots make a perfect rock ‘n’ roll outfit. Also I think I am going to go paint my walls yellow.


Smoky eyes and leopard print? Go for it!

I adore this picture and outfit, Cara reminds me of Brigitte Bardot with her fur jacket and silver heels.

Not obsessed yet? Watch this video highlighting some of Topshop’s new collection, featuring Cara in all of her madness. Please tell me she wouldn’t be the most fun best friend.

Check out all of Topshop’s new collection and get in touch with your inner British Bombshell. :)

Stay golden,

August 22, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Well, we kicked off the week with the new T-Swift video so it’s only right that we wrap it up with something completely different.

Hope you like ’90s music…

Many thanks to thistle & thorn for the recommendation!

During the summer I tend to get a little lazy and neglect working out. But, with the new school year right around the corner, I want to start getting back into a workout routine. I dance after school three (sometimes more) days a week during the school year and like to hike, take walks and run on the weekends. To motivate myself to start stretching and preparing for dance again, I put together a little list of some workout clothes that I love:


yoga pants | shoes | shorts | tank

What are some of your fitness favorites?


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This week we’re in full-swing back-to-school spirit. And what feels fresher than stocking your closet with a new pair of jeans? Well, this year we dare you to stray from your typical denim and try out a fun print like these Jolt Zip Detail Print Skinny Jeans.

heroprint skinny jeans | $48

Why we love these jeans:

The awesome print. Um, are you kidding? This print is amazing. It’s fun without being too loud, and it gives you a little something extra while still keeping the jeans fairly versatile—they’re black jeans, you can wear them all the time!

The zipper details. As if the print isn’t good enough, these jeans also have silvery zippers at the front hips. They don’t compete for your stylish attention, but do add a nice bit of kick to the look.

Make them your style. These jeans in particular can fit into any wardrobe. Are you a boho girl? Pair these with a crocheted peasant top or a lacy kimono jacket. Feeling a little edgy? Toss on a cool faux-leather jacket and some combat boots. Or if you’re into a more classic look, grab your favorite denim jacket and booties.

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August 21, 2014

Decorate Your Dorm Room

One of the things I’m looking forward to most  this fall is decorating my dorm room. I think decor should accomplish two things: serve as a creative expression of the decorator (that’s you!) and serve some sort of functional purpose.


For the cork board, you’ll need an old picture frame preferably with matting (the card stock-like material that is used to mount pictures) in the back, and a roll of cork. I found the picture frame at GoodWill and the cork in my basement; however, I’m sure that rolls of cork are available at craft stores. All you do is remove the glass of the picture frame, disassemble the picture frame, cut the cork to fit the frame, and then hot glue the cork to the matting. Once the glue is dry, reassemble the picture frame and you’re ready to decorate. I use mine to hang inspiration, concert tickets, and notes. For push pins, I just use old earrings that I don’t wear very often—repurposing AND more importantly, so much cuter than thumb tacks. I also stick the rest of my earrings in the cork, so that I don’t lose them!

To hang the necklaces, I just used Command hooks. These little guys are especially great for the dorms because they’re extremely strong, but don’t ruin the walls!

Can’t wait to get the rest of my decor figured out and move in!



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 Happy August! I can sometimes feel sort of apprehensive and sad for school during this month, but I have decided instead to live a glorious dance-filled four weeks. And what better way to do so than to immerse myself in music and sun? The Bumbershoot festival comes to Seattle every Labor Day weekend, featuring tons of amazing artists—a perfect event to fulfill my glittery August wishes.

For any of you attending Bumbershoot in the Emerald city, get familiar with both the fashions and musicians!


For music festivals, it’s always key to dress for the extreme heat. Flouncy dresses and lightweight rompers are wonderful when shuffling through big, hot crowds. For Bumbershoot, add some Seattle flare with ’90s floral print dresses or overalls. You gotta embrace the grunge!

Need to familiarize yourself with some Bumbershoot artists? Check out two of my favorites that are playing this year:

This lovely video from The Head and The Heart features Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars fame. I adore the vintage looks and antique cars.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a very talented American folk artist whose voice and style remind me of a California breeze.

For the entire Bumbershoot lineup, head to their website! And then hit BP. and Topshop for your festival looks. :)

Stay golden,



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