Tag Archives: Wendy Brandes Jewelry

You've Got it Made

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This outfit includes a couple of handmade items: the vintage purse I re-worked by adding pom poms from Monday’s post, and a scarf that I knitted myself.  Also included in this outfit are pieces made by the talented Suki of Suki Bijoux.  In the detail picture below, you can see the vintage purse necklace, the “Recoil” ring and typewriter ring.  Lately, I have been wearing her pieces mixed in with my favorite ones, like the @ ring by Wendy Brandes.  Pieces like these handmade items give character to an otherwise simple California winter outfit.

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Outfit – H&M jacket, sweater and jeans; Tod’s suede boots; Honeybadger glasses by BonLook; Wendy Brandes ring; vintage purse necklace, custom-made “Recoil” ring and “C” typewriter ring by Suki Bijoux; handmade knitted scarf and pom pom purse

Photos by Rholnna Jiao

I Confess

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I first heard about Miista shoes when they followed me on Twitter.  I love discovering new brands, and lately I find out them due to follows on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  I must confess that it was love at first sight when I went to the website, and I have been fascinated ever since (I used a couple of their shoes in some recent Polyvore collages, here and here).  These are my first pair from Miista called the Gabi, and these shoes – along with everything that I see on their site – are show stoppers.  I’m not one to shy away from a fantastic pair of shoes, and these shoes start conversations.  Each time I wear them, I get stopped because people either want to know where I got them, or just to tell me they are an awesome pair of shoes.  I wore them recently to the Shimmer event that I went to a few weeks ago, and because they are flatforms, they gave me the height I needed while remaining comfortable.  I’ve already have a second pair from Miista’s AW2012 sale, and I’m deciding what to get next from their Electromancer SS2013 collection, which is simply ah-mazing.

Note: Miista is a UK based company, and I just realized how many English items I’m wearing other than my shoes: London Underground cuff, English Beat shirt (the title of this post is one of their songs), Union Jack purse, London map ring, and hidden under my shirt is my belt with a Union Jack buckle.  I must really miss London!

Edited to add on 2/5/2013: Check me out on Miista’s site (here)!  When you purchase shoes from Miista (directly from their site or the many retailers that sell their brand), take an outfit photo featuring their shoes and submit it to you at miista dot com, and you could win a free pair in a monthly drawing.  I didn’t win this month, but I’m going to keep trying!

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Outfit – Living Doll Los Angeles jacket; H&M jeans; English Beat concert t-shirt; The G Collection Union Jack studded purse; Gabi shoes by Miista (from Envi Shoes); London Underground cuff c/o designhype; rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Michael Kors watch; La Marquise glasses by BonLook; Park Avenue lipstick by Radiant

(Photo 3 by Eddie Flores of Love Life Photography)

Old Navy

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When I bought this sweater, it immediately reminded me of my father and old pictures of him when he was in the navy.  I decided to really do up the outfit and I came up with something that made me feel like a vintage sailor girl, circa 1920’s to 1940’s.  Then my sister and I went out to Harbor Drive near Downtown San Diego, so that we could have pictures with The USS Midway in the background.  It was a beautiful day, which really made the pictures even more like the ones in our dad’s old photo albums, especially with the sepia color.  I miss my dad, and it’s nice when we can pay some homage to him in small ways.

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Outfit – Hell Bunny sweater from ModCloth; Libertine for Target dress; Hanes textured tights; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; Fleur de Lis necklace (close up here), “Recoil” and typewriter rings by Suki Bijoux; Wendy Brandes ring; handmade bracelet given by my best friend Janice; La Marquise glasses by BonLook; unknown brand purse

All photos by Rholnna Jiao

Pretty Vacant

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I wore this to the San Diego Style Bloggers meet up last November, but did not get the chance to post the pictures.  The only difference is that I’m wearing my new Bon Look glasses and different shoes.  It was raining the night of the meet up, so I wore boots rather than these fuchsia pumps, fearing that they would be ruined.  I know it’s a bold outfit, but this Sex Pistols shirt deserved some strong elements like the pops of color and metal accessories, like the Swear Rings and the London Underground cuff.  The lyrics “We’re so pretty/oh so pretty” kept coming to mind while taking these pictures.  Pretty? I hope you all think so!  Vacant? Not a chance!


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Outfit – American Living blazer; Sex Pistols t-shirt from Hot Topic; Guess jeans; Mossimo by Target pumps; Bonjour! bag from Jump From Paper; Wendy Brandes rings; Michael Kors watch; black La Marquise glasses by BonLook; London Underground cuff c/o designhype; Union Jack belt buckle was a gift from a friend

PS: Thank you Wendy Brandes for the mention on your blog (her post here)!  That Jump From Paper bag is pretty amazing, as are your rings!

Photos 1 & 3 by Rholnna Jiao

Leave The BOY Alone!

Leave The BOY Alone
I know I haven’t posted any outfits in a while, so I’m using Polyvore to post something I would definitely wear.  I love BOY LONDON, and just purchased a sweatshirt from ASOS (pictured below).  This brand was iconic in the 80’s and has recently made a resurgence.  I’m not sure why I didn’t buy any BOY LONDON while I was in London this summer, but I’m making up for it now.  Don’t be surprised to see me rocking something similar to this outfit on the blog very soon!

Forever 21 leather jacket
forever21.com (I own a very similar jacket, pictured here.)

Tartan skinny jeans
nastygal.com (I bought a similar pair on Loehmann’s for only $17!)

solestruck.com (I actually bought these from Envishoes.)

designhype London Tube Cuff
youngrepublic.com (I have this, and it is amazing!)

Swear rings
wendybrandes.com (I rock these all the time!)

Catarzi brimmed hat
asos.com (I bought one from H&M for only $12.95.)

Studded belt

La Marquise Glasses
bonlook.com (Just bought this pair & can’t wait to wear them!)

99% Is- Leather Choker

OPI beauty product
$18 – ry.com.au (My favorite color, Private Jet)

Question/Exclamation Mixed Stud Earrings – Silver – Wendy Brandes
wendybrandes.com (I will be getting these soon!)

Until the End of the World

I’ve always admired designs by Vivienne Westwood from afar but never indulged until recently.  I love that her style was born out of the punk era, so her fashion seems to speak to me musically (I always include a little punk or goth into my wardrobe).  It was my intention to visit her shop, World’s End, while I was in London this past August.  Due to time constraints, we never got to do it.  Instead, this sweater was my first ever purchase from Vivienne Westwood, and I snapped it up when I saw it on sale on Zappos.  It’s from the Anglomania line and the crazy threads woven through the cable of the chunky knit gives it that punk feel.  I can let them dangle or cinch them up and tie them for the asymmetrical look.  My favorite part is the safety-pin closure.  I absolutely love this sweater!

Outfit – Vivienne Westwood Anglomania chunky knit sweater in chartreuse; Old Navy skinny cargos; H&M top; Gunmetal shoes; Wendy Brandes ring; Necklace gift from my sister; Rebecca Minkoff MAC purse; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA

(Photos by Rholnna Jiao.  Post title is a movie from 1991 and Depeche Mode’s song Death’s Door appears on the soundtrack.)

Warm Leatherette

The weather is starting to cool off, but I can still get away with wearing some sleeveless clothing now, that I know I can layer later.  I love these studded boots, and have been figuring out ways to always incorporate them into my wardrobe.  When I got this soft furry vest from Bloomingdale’s, I couldn’t wait to pair them up with these boots.  The cool colors and softness of the vest together with the leather and studs of the boots make me feel like a rock star (Warm Leatherette by The Normal was playing in my head while posing for these shots).

Outfit – Aqua faux fur vest; H&M Jeans; Steve Madden “Fraankie” boots; Rebecca Minkoff purse; Michael Kors watch; Coach sunnies; Personalized leather cuff from the San Diego County Fair; Unknown brand studded silver bracelet; Wendy Brandes ring; Cross necklace from Southwark Cathedral in London

All photos by Rholnna Jiao