I don’t particularly look like my parents. Like I’m sure never anyone has questioned if I was adopted or anything (except one time someone asked my dad if I was his mail-ordered bride, but that’s a completely different story) but I don’t look like a younger doppelgänger of either one of them. Yeah I have my dad’s teeth, my mom’s nose. My dad is responsible for my dyslexia and I chew off a manicure when I have anxiety the same way my mom does. But for the most part, many people have told me I look like my Grandma. And it is SUCH a compliment. She was homecoming queen, mother of 10 kids (10!!!) and had the biggest heart you could ever imagine. I lost my Grandma last summer. When flying back to attend the service I asked my Grandpa if I could have something of hers to remember her by. I didn’t have interest in her jewelry (I mean I did, but she had five daughters so it’s not like I’m going to win any in that category) or the family bible (which is actually already missing). I had my eye on obtaining a multicolored beaded jacket. Shoulder pads and itchy polyester tag, I wanted it all. This is one of my most prized possessions. I find myself putting it on just for fun when wanting to feel fancy while cleaning my house or wearing it out on a Friday night. I think I’ve had more use out of it than my Grandma ever did.
I styled this piece of hers for this look. I love adding one of her vintage pieces to an everyday look. When wearing a loud piece I like pairing it with a LBD to balance it out or dressing it down to look more casual with skinnies. The trick to pulling off obnoxious outdated-decade pieces: confidence. If you don’t think you can pull it off, don’t do it. Being comfortable wearing a conversation starter is key. I find myself always getting compliments when wearing out her clothing. I feel her with me all the time.
These photos were taken downtown Los Angeles outside the Bradbury Building, one of the most historical buildings in this city. I know if this place from the movie 500 Days of Summer; the interior staircases are well worth stopping in for a look. My hair color in these pictures is the same color I remember my grandma's hair, I did this subconsciously though ;) Photos by Chris Canon.