#WetSeal Flower Power Bomber

Three things about me:

  1. I love flowers
  2. My favorite color of all time is pink.
  3. Bomber Jackets are always a closet staple of mine every single year

So this Blush Floral Bomber checks out for me in so many ways! When my favorite store Wet Seal reached out to me about collaborating, I immediately looked through their online store and this bomber jacket screamed my name. When they actually sent it to me, I immediately knew it’d be something I’d be wearing over and over again when the cold weather hits (because heaven forbid we wear jackets in this relentless Arizona heat). Bomber jackets are generally edgier pieces of clothing, so wearing this one definitely made me feel like one of the cool girls. But the blush satin material and floral embroidery toned down the ‘bad girl’ vibes enough for me to pull it off comfortably. So if you’re one of them girly girls who love to spice up their outfits a little, this bomber is a must have in your wardrobe. They also have it in black and military green for those who aren’t too keen about the pink!

I had loads of fun working with the talented Bree Cota (check her our on insta!) to take some cute pictures of this bomber. I even got out one of my old rainbow/floral Wet Seal reflectors to complete the look. Also, isn’t it magical how the sky is blushing pink as well? AZ sunsets never fail to impress me.

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White tank from Pacsun
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Wet Seal Mirrored Sunglasses, sorta similar here.

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Photo credits: Bree Cota @BreeMariePhotography

Enjoy the rest of your summer loves! See you soon!

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4th of July Fun

It’s finally 4th of July weekend! Whether you’ve been spending time with family at cookouts, hiking, shopping up them Independence Day sales or simply just taking the time to rest up like yours truly,  I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend so far! And of course, most importantly, I hope your actual Independence Day goes well. I’m planning to go shopping in the day (when it’s a hundred degrees out because I live in an oven called Arizona), and then spend the evening with friends and my brother watching the fireworks at a lake right by where I live! What are some of your plans? Whether you’re in America celebrating the fourth, in Singapore preparing for Hari Raya, or anywhere else in the world, I’d love to hear them!

Anyway, this year I got to collaborate with one of my favorite clothing stores, Wet Seal, and they sent me a few pieces of clothing to style! I decided to use their oversized-denim vest to create a denim-on-denim, Fourth of July summer look. So here’s my red, white and blue outfit featuring the vest from Wet Seal. I added a little red neckerchief (which my mom bought about a decade ago- love it when trends come along and you already have it in your closet conveniently) to complete the rugged, casual look I was going for. All pictures were taken at Roadrunner Park by the lovely Bree Cota (@BreeMariePhotography) whom I’m so thankful for, she’s so so talented and nice. Have you seen my last shoot with her?


With that, I hope that gives you a little 4th of July outfit inspo if you were looking for some:) Thanks for reading, happy holidays! Till next post!

Love,

Valerie 

Adventures in the 602

I was extremely fortunate to go on my very first shoot with two lovely AZ photographers this summer.

So just a little background on how I found out about the AZ photography and creative community…

When I moved here two years ago, I found myself obsessed with the photography and content featured on instagram feeds such as the Brandy Melville, Free People and Urban Outfitter feeds. And I realized that some of the photographers and models are from Arizona and literally go to the exact same university as me. And so I followed, and followed and followed the many many accounts that I stumbled upon. And I realized that all these talented people were part of a community- everyone I followed knew each other, shot with one another, created art together. And oh my gosh, I wanted to be part of that community so bad. But I was so afraid to reach out to anyone to ask if I could work with them. I am obviously no professional model, and after a failed attempt at asking a photographer who told me I didn’t have a big enough following to benefit him, and simply not having the money to book a professional shoot with him at that time, I stopped trying and just…stayed in the sidelines and admired everyones work.

But fast forward two years later, this summer, a lovely soul and photographer, Bree (@Breemariephotography),  reached out to me and connected me with another talented photographer, Dillon (@Dillon_ivory), and just like that, I was able to model in my first shoot in Central Phoenix. And the best part about the shoot was that Bree and Dillon were one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Which really showed me how nice the creative community in Arizona is. Here are some of the pretty pictures that they took on the first part of the shoot in which I put together a somewhat vintage, 70s-inspired outfit:

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Outfit details:

-Stripped Cropped T-shirt from Pacsun (Similar here)

-Brown Suede Western Corduroy Skirt from the Kendall+Kylie line at Pacsun (Shop this skirt in Blue)

-Chokers from Forever 21

-Green Suede Hat from Forever 21 

-White Tennis shoes from Forever 21

-Sunglasses from Q Fashion

I loved shooting with Bree and Dillon and you should definitely head over to their Instagrams and check their work out! I’ll be uploading more pictures from the other parts of the shoot but you can view some of the pictures on all of our instagrams as well!

Well that concludes my first fashion/modelling/photography post. I hope you enjoyed my little back story as well:) Till next time!!

Love,

Valerie