Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Miscellaneous Musings: Yellow

"Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow
I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called yellow
So then I took my turn
Oh what a thing to have done
And it was all yellow
Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
You know you know I love you so
You know I love you so."
images via Trey Ratcliff
Location: Huntsville, TX

Voltage Running Through Her Skin

Basically I was right about this weekend, I'm more sleep deprived than ever. My roommate's best friend came down from San Antonio and we all stayed up till 5'o clock in the morning almost every day this weekend. It was my roommate's birthday, so we all celebrated together :] It was a wicked fun time, but I'm not going to lie after 3 days I'm starting to feel the strain... I'm definitely going to bed early tonight. Plus my roommate and I decided that we're going to get back in shape again, so that means hitting the gym at 7:00 every morning. It's brutal, but we have just got to do it.

The weather's getting colder here, but this is what I wore the last day before the cold front came in (sometimes I really love Texas). I went longboarding in this random apartment complex (because naturally I was avoiding the cops, they have a City Ordnance in place here making longboarding/skateboarding illegal) and my great friend Ashley came and took pics. I just kept going around and around. I had to be careful though. I came really close to her a couple of times! I thought I was going to crash into her at one point! Bha ha ha! Anyways, the earrings I'm wearing were asymmetrical when I got them, but I clipped the top bits to make them the same length. Sometimes I really dig the whole asymmetrical look, but it's definitely not a look that works with everything. I got the crop top at Forever 21 for 3 bucks over the summer. I really love wearing it. It's so flowy!

I guess you could say that it's typical for skateboarders to wear long pants and a shirt when they ride, but I usually don't. Because unless I'm working on tricks or trying to carve a huge hill I just  prefer to wear the least amount of clothing when I'm out cruising, that way I can really feel the wind and the speed when I ride. If you haven't longboarded before you should definitely try it out. It's just one of those things in life that is good for your body and soul. I know that it makes me feel better. I've had some pretty stressful/crappy days where I'll get home and just feel like shit but as soon as I hop on my board, after a couple of hours everything doesn't seem so bad. It's just one of  the things that makes life great. I definitely recommend it.

The title comes from another MGMT song. I really love them. I go through music phases and right now their song "Electric Feel" gives off some pretty amazing vibes. It's the perfect mix of music throughout all of the ages. Seriously. Take the time to check it out HERE.

Hope everyone has a most wonderful Monday tomorrow! I'm off to watch a little bit of The Walking Dead with my roommate and then hit the sack most prolly. G'nite!

crop top / f21
earrings / nasty gal
shorts / secondhand
longboard / never summer
photos / ashley dehoyos
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Wildfox: Granny's Closet

 “This collection is a tribute to granny and her perfectly mismatched style, her love of cats, jewels, travels and gardening, her hair that she never cuts, the old mansion she bought in the 90’s with the last of her savings, her big glasses she always wears to brunch, and that grandma spirit we all know and adore.” 

 Wildfox's Resort Lookbook is flat out amazing. Not only is the styling insane, but the comic element underneath all of the pictures truly makes me smile. The picture of the two girls "jogging" especially made me chuckle. Wildfox has been around for a while, but they've been gaining popularity in the last two years. I love this brand. Everything they make is innovative, and its obvious that they don't follow the trends. They set their own.
 images via Wildfox
Location: Valencia, Spain

Artist You Should Know: POLOCK

POLOCK is just flat out amazing. I discovered the little Indie band sometime last year completely by accident and I've been hooked ever since. Their whimsical sound and light-hearted vocals make me want to sing along and press my foot harder on my gas petal every time they're playing in my car. 

The thing I love most about them is that they make straight up amazing music, but they don't need to brag about it. Beautiful. 
image via totoutard
Location: Huntsville, TX

Weapons, in the form of Words

This week has been so hectic. Why is it that they let us take naps in Kindergarten when we were all little balls of energy, but now that we're in college sleep is a luxury that the majority of students cannot afford? Absolutely everyone is suffering from sleep deprivation lately and it doesn't help that this is the weekend before Halloween, so the majority of us are going to/throwing parties which is no help to the sleeping situation... I suppose we can always "sleep when we're dead," but that's no use to any of us because we'll no longer be living ha ha! 

Anywhoo! I found this run down gas station the other day! It was so old that I wanted to show how intriguing this place was! I brought my friend Ashley with me to the station the other day and we ended up taking some pics. 

This is just a simple look I put together. I'm really loving oversized tops at the moment and wearing long sleeved shirts as jackets. So many shirts would make great jackets and if you layer them right you can get some really cool effects. Oh! I did my toe nails myself! A big sowie to anyone who doesn't like feet!! Bha ha ha! It's really easy though, I might have to do a tutorial on it or something. I just painted my nails white first (so they wouldn't stain) and then I got a paint brush and painted the black stripes on top. Took me all of ten minutes and cost me nothing :]

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! This week has really flown by. Hopefully this weekend is more calm, but at this rate of college insanity I doubt it will be any better.

long shirt / band of gypsies
earrings / forever 21
necklace / juicy couture
shorts / pacsun
shoes / dsw
photos / ashley dehoyos

Location: Huntsville, TX

Meet the Artist: Dan Phillips

I met Dan Phillips back in 2009 when I was volunteering to help him build one of his recycled houses for a single Dad. It was the coolest thing, because not only were we helping to build this guy a new home, but we were also learning how Dan builds all of his houses out of recycled materials. Pretty much everything is recycled or repurposed, except for the wiring etc. Just because it makes things safer, and complies with the building code. We also went to help with the Bone House, and build an extension to this little covered area in their backyard. The covering was made out of recycled wood and an old Chevron sign! I was so tired when I got back home that day, but I also felt so inspired. The fact that Dan takes the time to build houses for low income families, single parents and artists is amazing. The are cost efficient and Dan does it because he wants to help people, not because he wants to make money. It's a beautiful thing.
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Over the Moon with Honeymoonmuse

We already know that Canada is the place to be when it comes to talent. Music superstars Drake and Justin Bieber hail from this country, so it comes as no surprise that fashion innovators would be there as well. Marriki Schlifer created Honey Moon Muse, an inspirational brand that caters to "vintage junkies" and "fashion mavericks" all the while keeping "fashion gems out of the landfill" and in her customers closets. She has a pixie-like spirit and expresses her style and personality with everything she wears and does. She is both an inspirational and creative individual, a superstar on the rise and someone to keep your eyes on!

Marriki Schlifer
CEO/Owner of Honeymoonmuse
British Columbia, Canada

Where did the name Honeymoonmuse come from?
When I opened my shop I had no idea it would evolve into a full-time business. I didn't give that much thought to the name! It was a play off a lovely song I liked at the time called “Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur. I was debating a name change when Etsy came up with the option, but it has grown on me.

Who or what inspires you?
I used to visit loads of fashion blogs every day, but these days since I work with clothing all day I try to find my inspiration from other sources. At the moment, I am loving artist Shae Acopian Detar, who paints on top of photographs. They have a vintage feel, very beautiful. I frequent graphic designer Bri Emery’s blog (designlovefest ) and Rookiemag.com for everything else.

What is a typical day for you?
Each day is different; the one constant seems to be that I spend a lot of time online. Yesterday however, I sorted through a batch of vintage clothing that I purchased a few weeks ago. Most items I find at thrift stores aren’t ready to photograph, they either need mending (by hand or sewing machine), ironing or hand-washing beforehand. I started off this morning by packing up Etsy orders from this past weekend and make a trip to the post office. I am there every other day, the postal workers know me well! 

I am also looking forward to posting the latest fall lookbook for Honey Moon Muse on our website which I just received the (amazing!) results from our shoot in late August. Today (October 15th) also marks our 3rd anniversary on Etsy! I am busy doing promotion on our Facebook/Tumblr/Etsy pages of the big 30% off everything customer appreciation sale, which is going on until October 25th. It is also marks my 1st year of independence. It was around a year ago that I quit my day job and took the leap into becoming a full-time seller. It was one of the hardest and best decisions I have made for myself. I am so thankful to all my friends, as well as the strangers who have supported me this past year.

How would you describe your style?
I love the 80s, color, soft fabrics, layers and oversize tops. I generally wear leggings, a big t-shirt and ankle boots during the daytime. I really only dress up for special events or day outings with my boyfriend. Right now I’m loving sci-fi inspired looks, and anything velvet, gold or tie dye. My favourite vintage pieces that I keep for myself would have to be leather goods: 80s boots and flats, leather jackets, and cross body purses. They are good staples to have in your wardrobe since they are timeless and can be paired with so many options.

What makes your sense of style different than everyone else?
My own personal style is still evolving but I am getting better at narrowing it down. I have only recently come into terms with the fact that I am comfortable wearing certain shapes/cuts/fabrics and am try to stick to them. Being surrounded by vintage makes it easy to experiment with different styles, so I am getting better at cutting out what doesn’t work for me from my closet. I had a retail job for several years where the dress code was black and white, so upon leaving that job I decided to rebel a little by wearing more colour. All black is timeless and chic but enough people out there do it already. Fashion should be fun and make people smile.

How did you start your business? And how have you managed to keep your business in the forefront, since I know Etsy can be quite competitive!
I started an Etsy shop when it was still relatively new to a lot of people. There wasn't a lot of competition, yet Etsy was growing in leaps and bounds and I had no idea what I was doing. At the time I was a university student with an overflowing closet who frequented thrift stores weekly and liked the idea of getting rid of some items for extra cash. I had my first sale and it became addictive!

I treated it like a business from the beginning, analyzed what was selling and what was not, and always answered customer’s questions as soon as possible. I started doing my own accounting, with the help of my mother, who has been self-employed in some capacity or other for 20 + years. She was also a great help when I’d bring home vintage hauls. Some things I would buy for their great quality or style but could not place a date. Right away she would say - “That’s so 60s”. I've learned since then.

I also find that the Etsy community is very encouraging of one another and learned from other shops by example. I educated myself by keeping up to date on their “Quit Your Day Job” posts. It was all very inspiring to me as I was a full-time fashion design student who had no idea where I would fit into the industry upon graduation, the only thing I knew was I wanted to run my own show. I took the money I made and re-invested it into a backdrop, a better camera and a lighting kit from Ebay (not all at once). I took a Photography course as an elective in school. Photography is the most important part of a listing besides the actual product, lighting and styling being secondary factors to it. I am constantly discovering new shops on Etsy that I am blown away by the caliber of styling/photography. Some of my greatest inspiration is my competition, which I think is great because it makes want to be better at what I do.

Trend you're loving right now?
Burgundy and mustard for fall! Kimonos are lovely, high waisted shorts, chunky 90's boots, and anything photo-realistic print.

A phrase you use wayyyy too often?
“No big deal.” Ugh. I don’t know where it came from but I use it way too much.

One word that describes you?


Favorite quotes?

"If I can't dance, I don't want to be a part of your revolution." - Emma Goldman
“Be a warrior instead of a worrier.” Kelly Cutrone

Do you take your own photographs? If you do what kind of camera do you use?

I do take my own photos. I use a tripod and a Canon G12. The screen flips around so I can see how the photo are turning out and I use the self-timer on it.

Any additional information you'd like to share??
Yeah! Follow Honey Moon Muse across the interwebs...

Website - I style lookbooks with local models and photographers every so often. We’ll be posting the fall lookbook soon!
Etsy Shop - We are having a 30% off sale Oct.15 – 25th to celebrate our 3rd anniversary, so drop by for major savings!

A extra big thankeee to Marriki for letting me interview her and for sharing this invaluable information! Wishing you all the best!
Location: Huntsville, TX

Homecoming, I'm Coming.

Just some pictures from homecoming this weekend! That night was so amazing! When I heard the announcer call my name I teared up a little! I just felt so loved! By the student body, by my friends, sisters and even people I didn't know! My dad hugged me and kept saying how proud he was of me. As I walked across to the 50 yard line I came out of my daze and really heard the applause. Oh my goodness! The sound was sooooo overwhelming! I looked up at the stands and saw all of the people in the stands cheering for us! They were all smiling, waving and going crazy for us! It was so insane and beautiful at the same time. I felt so loved, by all of the smiling waving people. It meant so much to me. I felt like my heart was smiling!

The title comes from the song "Homecoming" by Hey Monday. You can check out the song HERE.
images via Matt Weintritt/The Huntsville Item