Polaroids by Osami Yabuta from yesterday's shoot with ViVi here in Tokyo...cannot even convey how excited I was to work with them, I'm such a huge fan...it's been an amazing experience so far...I fought my mom every step of the way when she made sure to speak Japanese to me and put me in Japanese school every Saturday morning...but I could not possibly be more thankful for everything she did now. Sickening I know. Everyone has been so welcoming/funny/sweet/perfect and I think I've learned and spoken more Japanese in the past four days than I thought possible. I'm seriously even starting to prefer the humidity. And the crowds. And the walking everywhere. Ok stopping now before I say anything certifiably crazy.
Wearing pretty much Forever 21 everything, D&G wedges
Some shots from the Forever 21 preview party (and one from the next morning) - things started off surreally with a walk by the campaign bus on the way in..there was an editor's hour previewing new pieces, sipping champagne, and marveling over the cab parked at the bottom level and the 90,000 square feet the store covers...progressed into a packed house and a performance by The Virgins. I had a ton of fun and got to see a lot of my favorite faces..thanks F21 for having us! See more shots on their blog here - I'm at the Salt Lake City airport right now so I only have a few photos that I was able to upload before leaving my house this morning..but there are defintely more to come. Heading to Tokyo for a few photo shoots that I'm super excited about..just gotta get through this interminable layover first..I think my next step is wandering around in hopes of finding a Jamba Juice.
(eBayed shirt, Stevie jeans courtesy of Elizabeth and James, UO leopard scarf, Ray-ban aviators, Jessica Simpson heels, Balenciaga bag)
What I wore today while running last minute errands before flying out to New York tomorrow for the Forever 21 store opening in Times Square..which devolved into dinner at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants instead of packing. I figure I'll sort it out in the morning and just throw everything I'm liking the most into a suitcase/hope for the best/what I always do no matter what. I wanted to bring these jeans because I'm obsessed with them but 90 degree weather forecasts killed that idea...the top I bought months ago on eBay from South Korea (keyword fringe can be useful) and forgot all about it until it finally arrived in a spacey silver mailer last week and turned out to be the most perfect fringe tshirt ever. The only weird part being that the label in the back reads "Colin". Random.
Getting dramatic with the self timer setting and a mirrored dresser. Pictured: a very bored girl, YSL/Pamela Love/Soixante Neuf rings, vintage slip, Balenciaga platform sandals, and Black Onyx nails.
My last weekend at home for a little while..traveling to New York and Tokyo this week, then Philadelphia and San Francisco in July. And finally signed a lease on the perfect crash pad in LA so I won't have to be driving back and forth from San Diego the same day all the time. Well I'll still be driving a lot but it'll just make things..easier. Plus my mom got me those crazy transparent "Ghost" chairs..I've always wanted those things and for no specifiable reason. Newer pieces I'm wearing here: meshy Alexander Wang henley, Winter Kate silk cardigan, vintage stone ring, and Forever 21 lace ruffle shorts they gave me from the photo shoot.
('Tuli' cape courtesy of Tigerlily, vintage striped knit, shorts courtesy of Aritzia, Topshop Wisteria wedges, Urbn knot headband, vintage jewelry)
Striped long sleeve tops are one of those things I'm always looking for..I like that the material of this one is somewhere in between a tshirt and heavier knit. Also wearing the other half of my Topshop order - the chiffon tie Wisteria wedges that I jumped on when they restocked. So perfectly mummy-like..though I haven't figured out the most ideal way to do them up yet.
when you throw a bunch of people together in the forest, they become something more than just a bunch of people together in the forest
(Meadham Kirchoff x Topshop asymmetrical dress, vintage slip, Miu Miu clogs)
Got ahead of myself on the Topshop collaborations there...first there was Meadham Kirchoff. I probably would have worn most of the line because it's fun to look like a downtrodden fairy but I decided against the embellished pieces because I never wear sequins as much as I convince myself I might. The raw hem and asymmetrical patchwork quadrant are magical enough (this is me convincing myself that the peachy crop top layered dress is extraneous to my life..it's only kind of working).
Colin and I slipped down layers of leaves on almost ninety degree slants and got entangled in disturbingly strong spiderwebs to get to this spot...it was completely blocked from the sun and encircled by the greenest life I've seen in Southern California for a while. With the wispy dress and crunchy surroundings I ended up accidentally channeling one of my favorite movie characters, Pixel in Happy Campers ie. Jaime King as a bohemian (in every sense of the word) camp counselor dressed in sheer layers and glittery bits. You probably haven't seen it but you should. I think I caught it on TV once and now it's one of the very select movies I own. Not saying it isn't completely stupid too, because it is.
Talia: Here's where we tell you that this was the summer we lost our innocence.
Donald: But really, it's the summer we got it back.
Jasper: Excuse the cheese, but love matters, respect matters, and causing pain is never cool.
Pixel: Actually causing pain is about the coolest thing you can do, but cool isn't what it used to be.
Just when I was thinking I would never be able to own any cracked out crochet by the knitwear master. Two of the five pieces from Mark Fast's collaboration with Topshop...available in ten days. Still loving the moth-eaten look...fingers crossed that I'm awake when these two dresses go online.
Seas of jewelry, jumping in heels, 10 hours, 15 looks, and a lot of laughs. Thank you to to everyone who was involved with the shoot back in April, it was so much fun! I even got to have a say in the styling, which was unexpectedly awesome. The mustard shorts, black clogs, bunny ears, and sequined jacket were my favorites.
Rumi Neely x RVCA Machinery Dress
Second time ever in a tanning booth..these things freak me out. But they also look awesome.
The pieces I designed for RVCA are out! The Machinery dress is a tribute to Milla Jovovich's bandage gear in The Fifth Element and the Triad tank is an extremely generously cut and wearable basic. Check them both out on RVCA's site here - they'll also be available at Bloomingdale's and Pacific Sunwear. Thank you to everyone at RVCA who was involved in this collaboration, it's such an honor to be part of the RVCA family...the way Pat brings together creative people from so many different walks of life is inspiring.
(Zara dress and belt, gifted Aritzia shorts, Miu Miu platforms, gifted Karen Walker sunglasses, Balenciaga bag, vintage bracelets)
Catching some sun on a Tuesday afternoon in the fruits of a little shopping I did in Vancouver (Aritzia=wonderland)..I've been inadvertently adding all these nudes and pinks to my wardrobe, mostly in silhouettes that are about ten times the size of my body. Somewhere in my brain this makes sense.
Memorial Day was strangely uneventful..most of the time around here the fine holiday turns into an excuse for widespread excess alcohol consumption but things stayed pretty calm around the beach and there were only a couple woohoos per hour. This is fine by me for the purpose of maintaining a sense of personal space but if the 4th of July follows suit I'll be slightly concerned.