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Have You Seen This Locket?!!?!?

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Not sure if it was a slow news day or I underestimated the power of the internet but this whole thing got real wild, real quick. 

With the mind-boggling number of responses, retweets and support from famous Irish celebrities and public figures-I am forever grateful. At this time, my tweet has been viewed 282,210 times, with over 2.5k likes/retweets (!!) I truly want to find the owner and for this story to have a happy ending. I have no leads so far. 

While I have a *~ GLiMMeR ~* of spotlight, I do want to explain why I was in this charity shop where I found this dress to begin with. I was looking for a birthday outfit!! And I was onto my 4th charity shop of the day. Thrift shopping, buying secondhand clothing has become standard to me. One reason being that I actually dread running into someone who is wearing the same thing as me. I actually have anxiety even thinking about it. 

But besides my personal reasons, I do want to resonate a topic that's always on my mind. The fashion industry is the second-leading cause of pollution in the world. The age of fast fashion and disposable clothing is here: cheap manufacturing overseas, mass producing of synthetic fabrics, pesticides in cotton farming, toxic chemical wastes from dyes etc.

I don't have a solution on how to end the problem. We're all guilty of it. Including myself. I think it'll only get worse. Learning about this while studying fashion in college, it made me second guess walking into a Forever 21 or Zara.

Buying used clothing is a small start. I know that it doesn't sound very glamorous but I promise when you find a good find, because you eventually will, you will be very pleased with yourself. 

My vintage 'digging' has become a fixation. You should of seen how many thrift stores I dragged my dad into when we did our Northwest road trip. Or that the highlight of my Berlin trip last month was finding a suede skirt for 10 euro. I have become obsessive over fabric content, apparel construction, country in which the garment was made, and imagining what type of person owned it before me. 

I am determined to find the owner of the locket, I hope that with reading this that maybe next time you need a new outfit, that you'll go to your local charity shop and find a garment that you're in love with. And check the pockets. 

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Dress from Oxfam on George’s Street

Sweater/Jumper from Tasty Threads (one of my favorite secondhand clothing stores in Dublin!!)

Boots- Shakuhachi (now out of business so LOL)

Sunglasses- Karen Walker

Read more about my story here:

Do You Know Who Owns This Locket? -BBC

Do You Know Who Owns This Locket? Woman Looks to Reunite Jewellery Found in Charity Shop Dress with It’s Owner -Independent.ie

Can You Help Solve The Mystery of This Locket Found In Charity Shop Dress? -Extra.ie

Interview on-air with Jenny Greene-RTE FM 2

Barca Barca Barca

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I went to Barcelona over the weekend and I don't think it actually hit me that I was in Spain till I was boarding my flight back home and vino sangria was infused in my bloodstream. SPAIN?!?! That's unreal to me. What the hell was I doing in Spain?! All these European countries feel so physically far in my brain that I can't even comprehend that I'm actually traveling to all these places. I had a boyfriend once (lol) that after we broke up, he moved to Barcelona. So naturally, I hit him up for reccomendations. (He is is the sweetest human and we are v cordial so this wasn't weird or anything). I'm going to write my favorite things to do here and pretend they're all my ideas, but really he emailed me some attached Word document with a potential itenerairy and meal plan. I think he sends this to anyone he knows that is visiting Barca, but I want to pretend that it was really personalized 4 me. 

Barcelona favorites include the Picasso Museum, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Famillia, and Park Guell. I did none of these. Lol. I was only in the city for two days and didn't realize that all these main tourist attractions you need to buy tickets in advance; SO if you're  going to Barcelona, you should probably click on all those links above and plan accordingly. What I did was really just enjoy the city. Our favorite place for Paella was El Rey de la Gamba 1. The portion size was as if it was meant for a growing teenage boy, but obviously that wasn't a problem for me. For sangria you have to go to Mescladis; it was the cutest vibrantly-colored outdoor patio that you could sit outdoors and relax. Seems like a local spot since we didn't hear anyone speaking English. My overall favorite for the trip was La Bouqueria Market; it's the perfect place to roam while snacking on a fresh fruit cup or croquettes. Lastly, I want to acknowledge that Barcelona's cute dog game is next level. Seriously the cutest pups everywhere, I was going nuts. 

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Hi From Dublin!

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My mind is buzzing. Always. I constantly feels like a Fiat 500 is doing a crash test that is happening in my brain. On my mind lately is how my style is evolving. I don't want to make this dramatic or a post about *~FiNDiNG MySeLF~*; but the way I dress has always been a reflection of my identity. I recently moved; I left Los Angeles and moved to Dublin, Ireland. When I told people I was moving, many people asked what I was running away from. And to tell the absolute truth: nothing. My life in Los Angeles was an absolute dream. And sometimes being too comfortable is uncomfortable, especially for a person who's mind is buzzing faster than she can even comprehend. That's kind of my problem- I get distracted so easily. And I know that an attention disorder sounds like a total millennial disease but I've got it pretty severely. So I'm here, on the other side of the world and I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing but at least I have the time to sit and write rather than attending another chicken wing special happy hour. And I hope while I'm here I start to write more. 

Before I get completely off topic, here is what has been buzzing in my mind lately style-wise. So much plaid, mixing prints, sneakers (haha coming from me), off-the-shoulder jackets, lob-like hair, crochet sweaters, peachy lipstick, oversized coats, nude colors, and fairytale-like shimmery highlighter. 

A few styles on Tumblr that I love rn. I'm not sure if this at all makes sense and/or correlates with my above description; that'll just help you understand the mess in my mind. I'd love if you'd share your fav styles rn with me too. 

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Living Room Chic

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My newest project has been to put my vintage hoarding to use, and give my living room a makeover. Every piece in this space was a result of an impulse purchase that was hand-picked, hand-carried (except the couch, I needed like 7 people's help to get it in here), and curated by me. I have absolutely no formal training in interior design; I always wanted to take a class in college but those were the classes that always had extreme wait lists and had no beneficial graduating credits. So here I am: self-taught by Pinterest and inspired by Tumblr. The first piece I purchased was the 12 foot long couch. One piece, solid wood, from the 1970's. She was hoisted thru my 3rd story balcony. Then everything else from coffee table books to vintage barware, was added to compliment her piece-by-piece. 

Where did I find all this stuff? I dig. Thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, Craigslist, selling apps. I have mastered it all. Every piece I find is a treasure and has a good story. I bought all my plants off a man moving to Portland on Letgo for $25. I named all the plants after characters on Big Little Lies; Ronada is now on my balcony because she got too tall. I carried my magazine stand after purchasing half a mile to my car that I left in a free parking lot. My red goblets I found in a Goodwill and bargained with a man who also wanted the set, so I let him have half. I only have 6 glasses instead of 12. Later I realized the glasses were numbered for the set, I have glasses 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 11. 

My inspiration behind this room: 1970's Los Angeles, my interest in *wanting* to believe in crystal healing and a romantic charm. 

Enjoy photos below! I hope you love it as much as I do. For questions about redecorating, feedback or consultation on how to revamp your space. Feel free to email me fiona@tealkitty.com, I'd love that. 

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Light Jacket

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I have the most worn-in denim jacket, ever. It's a flea market find, and these pictures don't even begin to show how raggedy this thing is. Also, here's another outfit of mine wearing denim on denim. I have my phone number written inside my jacket like I'm a 3rd grader; hoping that if I ever god-forbid lost it, that it would come back to me. The gold angel pin on the collar is something that I hand-picked out of my grandma's costume jewelry trinket box when she passed. I love it. Slowly adding pins and patches to this has been fun for me. I highly encourage bedazzling a favorite vintage piece like this. Any suggestions on where to find vintage pins? Do you have a fun denim jacket? Let's talk. 

Photos taken by my very very amazing friend, LA/SF based photographer Adam Dillon. Vintage Levis worn with Flynn Skye's Avery bodysuit and Gentle Monster sunglasses. 

Kitty-ing Around

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With this red hair, I have to be careful what I wear so I don't look like Christmas decor. I'm usually a little more colorful with my wardrobe but lately when I'm not wearing all black looking like a ~gothic princess~, I'm wearing neutrals like this. Love this romper and it's a super easy outfit for when you wake up late, you're super hungover going to brunch, trying to pretend you tried etc etc. 

Got this romper on Tobi and you can get it here. Tobi is perfect for finding an outfit for pretty much everything. Paired perfectly with these Karen Walker cat-eyes. Photos taken by my v amateur photographer friend Kosta (I think you did great). 

2017

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Hi! I'm back! And it's been so long that I hope to never leave this long ever again. It's been a lengthy cat nap and some sort of writer's block. I have been extremely busy with exciting and not-so exciting things this past year. Also, I became slightly discouraged to write; I felt like I was contending against others on the internet that are ~brand ambassadors~ for teeth whiteners and ugly watches. Which obviously I can't even compete with. I have spent this time trying to get inspired. Stopping at every newsstand I pass by to flip through Vogue Italia without paying $14.95, watching Gucci runway shows while virtually foaming at the mouth, and going to Barney's to touch absolutely everything. So stepping into 2017 I have a few tips to share with all of you xx

1. Don't wear a band tee that you can't name at least 5 top hits from

Okay, so maybe I'm telling you to grow up and not shop at Brandy Melville. If you're older than age 17 it is time to broaden your horizons past 'one size fits most'. But also don't be wearing a Joy Division shirt if you can't tell me who Ian Curtis is. And don't be that girl when a guy comes up to you trying to start small talk before offering to buy your tequlia soda and you're wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt and you recite that your fav LZ song is 'Stairway to Heaven'. I'm just trying to help you out. Solution to this: if you like the vintage t-shirt look try to thrift store hunt for old shirts with fun graphics on them. Wash, dry, and cut them appropriately so they have a more worn-in look. I'm trying to find a photo reference but can't find a good example, I'll add one if I find one or take one of myself. ~stay tuned 

2. Stop wearing black everything

I'm guilty of this for maybe 300 days out of the year. Which isn't how I used to dress at all but I got in the habit of it. When wearing all black it is like you wear the same thing everyday. It kind of reminds me of the dress code during my days (actually, years) as a waitress when I worked at an Italian restaurant and permanently smelled like garlic bread. Dark times. But at the same time I'm not telling you to buy other colors if they're just going to sit in your closet.  If you're most comfortable in black, try changing it up with wear it with a floral scarf and fun lipstick shade. Or just wear something over-the-top like the photo above. 

3. Oversized Jackets

Okay, so Rihanna might have something to do with this one. I really do love this look with skinny jeans and booties. Makes it look like you maybe tried but really didn't.

4. Throw out your 5 inch heels

Yes it is time to take my Steve Madden ratchet pumps from Freshman year homecoming to Goodwill. They shouldn't have even made the lifespan of  making it to a Hollywood nightclub at age 18 with a fake ID.  Unless you have the closet space ( lol I don't), there is no need to hang onto these. Shorter heels are in. Invest in a cute pair of mules or sandal slides to wear everyday with denim. 

5. Mansur Gavriel 

So this might be a more personal one because lately I've been OBSESSED with Mansur Gavriel. The designers debuted in 2012, New York designed handbags made in Italy. They also make shoes as well (I'm size 39 if anyone wants to sponsor me). They're moderately priced so maybe I can afford one if I stop getting parking tickets and become okay with drinking wells vodka. The bucket bag is their signature look. I see one in my future for 2017.

 

Desert Dreamland

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Had a day-getaway to the desert. It's getting to the time if year that if you go there you can only be wearing a bikini, so this outfit isn't something i'd wear IRL (in real life). Especially the over-the-knee boots. Anyways, I love the detailing on the all silk dress, it's super beautiful up close and makes it stand out from your usual LBD.

Dress by Burning Torch, boots by Stuart Weitzman, hat by Brixton, and sunglasses by Wildfox

Photographer: John Roberts Woods

**~CoaCHeLLa~** Day 3

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These sunglasses probably make me look cooler than I actually am in real life. By day 3 I actually almost missed the festival because I was so content lounging around the pool at L'Horizon. Totally in love with this place. Here for the #mycalvins party for Calvin Klein and they served margaritas and margaritas pizza (*queue Future voice*) at the same damn time. Hello heaven. 

Wearing one-piece by Shakuhachi, lace cover-up by For Love and Lemons, body chain by Vanessa Mooney, gold choker by Urban Outfitters, bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs (RIP), sunglasses by Wildfox, boots by Free People & ring by Spell and the Gypsy Collective.

MCxMN Launch Party!

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One of my favorite LA designers and sweet friend, Marrin Costello, launched her new collaboration collection with *~celebrity~* wardrobe stylist Mercedes Natalia. Pretty pearls, delicate chains with a feminine chic vibe. The collection is AMAZING. Can I have one of everything? K thx. The styling in their lookbook is drool-worthy and after flipping through it you'll have to accidentally leave it at your boyfriend's house with everything you want circled in it. Really though. 

The event took place at my go-to spot in LA to go get my makeup done, the Nars boutique on Melrose. Super cute if you've never been, totally better than going to a department store makeup counter. Here are a few of my favorites from the MCxMN collection (featured above): Polkadot Bralette ($238), Thread Earrings ($48), and Pearl Drop Lariat ($88). Check out her entire line here

Here are a few photos from the pretty pretty event. Thank you Marrin so much for having me!! xx

Winter in Los Angeles

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I can't really say that it is winter here, but like most basic Southern California girls I'm going to pretend that there is some significant seasonal change to make an excuse to buy another slouchy sweater. Lately, i've been really into a 70's style. I have every intention to bring back the biggest flared jeans matched with a cable knit over-sized sweater. I saw an old friend recently and he noticed how I was wearing a black dress and said that I never used to wear black and said "LA did that to you." Well yiiiiiikes, that sounds a little bit morbid. But really, I think I've just finally learned that black is a good investment. So actually, I'm just getting smart.  I used to buy anything except for black, but now I just find it more convenient. My life is non-stop. Like I don't think a normal human could relate to how fast-paced my life is sometimes.  I do so many outfit changes in my car that my trunk has eternally turned into another closet and I have fully accepted that strangers have watched me switch shirts at a red light.  I'll wear a black dress to work, and be able to throw on a leather jacket and meet for happy hour later. It's always important too to have extra shoe options too. This winter my staple style pieces are a long sleeve black turtle neck, neutral faux furs, high-waisted vintage denim, over-the-knee boots, layered costume jewelry and baggy sweaters. Anyways, here's a few inspiration pictures that have been on my mind lately. Enjoy xx


Fall Fringe

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 This Fall, fringe is having a comeback. And the only basic thing you need besides pumpkin spiced lattes, is this crossbody made out of the softest leather by Camino Brands. All bags are made in California by a San Francisco based company. Isn't that amazing?!

 It still doesn't feel like Fall in LA. The heat wave is still real and I'm in complete denial and can't get myself to take off my new Highland boots by my newest seasonal boyfriend, Stuart Weitzman.  The quality of my life significantly has changed every time I put these puppies on. I'm trying to come up with a halloween costume around these, any ideas on what I should be?! 

Dress from For Love and Lemons and sunglasses by Kristin Perry

Shopping Guide: Everything I Want For Fall But I'm Broke AF

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The title of this post might seem semi-depressing. But don't worry, it's my birthday season and after I finish writing this I'll send this link to my non-existent boyfriend. But reallllly, I've been swooning over the new fall collections that are coming out; and I'm so head over heels in love that I get the same satisfaction out of Stuart Weitzman boots as I would be by being in a relationship. The highland boots are such a staple this year. If Kate Moss has them, I have to have them. right?

My birthday is next week (!!!!!) and I'm planning on celebrating (one of the many, many ways) by buying myself something from Androgyny Designs jewelry. All pieces are handmade here in LA by a pretty girl named Courtney and their instagram feed makes me drool. I have a couple of her pieces and I always get compliments every time I wear them. Above features the One-of-a-Kind Silver Ear Pin and the Bronze Fractured Earth Cuff. 

Another thing I have been obsessing with more than usual is stationary. I have turned into a stationary HOARDER. I just wait for any occasion to send a card in the mail. I honestly think I sent one of my friend a good luck card before she went on vacation for 2 weeks. The only thing better than sending cards, is receiving cards. And sadly, the return rate isn't doing so hot right now. But I have optimistic thoughts for my birthday. One of my favorite stationary brands right now is  Rifle Paper Co. ; anything floral is my fav. 

Discovered this new designer through their pop-up store on Abbot Kinney that is open for a few more weeks; and these bags had me at hello. Cuyana is a Bay Area brand that has been popping up around LA, previously before Venice they were at The Grove. I adore the elegant simple designs, all the bags are timeless and will never go out of style. My favorites are the Classic Leather Totes (that are made in the USA!) and the one featured above, the Cinch Shoulder Bag. 

What are your must-have pieces for Fall?! Links to shop my favorite pieces above, here!

 

 

 

Outside Lands Music Festival 2015

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All of my outfits for Outside Lands were a result of vintage shopping, thrift store digging or things borrowed from my pretty friend's closets. This outfit was one of my favorites since I have an unhealthy obsession with cheetah print. All things borrowed from my friend Talia except for my two layered shirts who are made by Morrison Grey. Here's a not-in-order assortment of internet appropriate photos from my time in dreamy San Francisco with the best of friends a girl could ever ask for.  Above photos by my bff Brooke Janzen

You Make It Real

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An easy on-the-go outfit featuring my favorite basics for the not so basic. Tank and leggings by one of my favorite Los Angeles-made brands, Morrison Grey. Each piece is carefully dyed to transform into your new favorite everyday shirt. I wear mine anywhere from underneath a blazer to the office to over a sports bra to pilates. It's challenging to find any shirts made with super soft modal that doesn't start accumulating small little annoying holes everywhere after a couple wears. I have worn and washed all my Morrison Grey tops several times and they always stay in ~PeRFeCT CoNDiTioN~*

Chelsea booties by Rag and Bone, photos by my very dear friend Jose Gallina. You can find Morrison Grey here! More to come xx

House of Harlow 1960 Pop-Up Shop X The Grove

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More than the daughter of a musical legend and all grown up from her reality days on The Simple Life (showing that there is hope for all of us);  Nicole Richie has made a name for herself for being a fashion icon. Just a smidge above five foot, Richie has reinvented herself as a style savvy goddess. Nicole Richie is idol-esqué. I dont know if I've ever really said that I've idolized anybody except probably my father. So this is kind of a big deal.

I have been following Richie's line, House of Harlow 1960 for years. She has been the creative force behind the line since it launched back in 2009; the brand has a feel of vintage inspiration while being fashion-forward, as well as timeless all at the same time.  HOH is mostly known for it's fashion jewelry, being top-sellers at stores such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Nicole debuted her new line at a pop-up shop at The Grove and for the first time ever featuring clothing, sunglasses, home goods, jewelry and vintage pieces curated by Nicole herself. I attended the grand-opening party that had sushi rolls and bubbly,  and with all 5'1 of Nicole being swallowed in the crowd as she went around to greet her guests. At this event I was most excited about seeing the new clothing collection. When I first lock eyes with a garment it's a matter of seconds before I'm lifting up the left bottom corner to check the care-label. Textile classes have ingrained this in my habits to the point where it's just done subconsciously.Great story: one time I was on a first date and I was more concerned about this guy's shirt than how many siblings he had, and I honestly don't remember anything he talked about except for the fact that I actually real life asked him what kind of fabric his shirt was made out of. He did the typical shrug-shoulders-post-typical-guy-response of 'i don't know' mixed in with a  3 second dead stare where he probably asked himself where he found this girl....~(tinder :-)))))~ Moral of the story is this boy will forever be remembered in my heart and soul as 100% pima cotton xoxo. Annnyyyways, I was so impressed when looking at House of Harlow care label tags and reading that they are made here in the U.S.A! With some garments being made with fine silks, it is becoming harder and harder to find quality clothing being manufactured here. Even though they are more expensive, I am willing to pay more knowing that the maker was paid with fare wages. 

My favorite pieces from the new collection are below! The House of Harlow pop-up shop will be open at The Grove in Los Angeles until July 19th and also can be found on their website.





Wedding Attire For The Dateless Looking For A Date

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I lack photos of this magical wedding because I was busy having too much f u n. My very dear cousin Kelly got married this past weekend in the mountains of Vail, Colorado to her boyfriend of 10 years (!!?@$%), Marcus. I think I have a better chance of owning 10 dogs before I'm in a relationship for 10 years to be completely honest. Vail is one of the most beautiful places I've ever traveled. Mostly known for it's ski slopes in the winter, this place isn't given enough credit for it's summer beauty. 

This dress has been collecting dust in my closet just waiting to be worn. It was one of those impulse buys where I had no idea where I would wear it at the time but it was sooooo pretty that I felt like me buying it would initiate world peace or stop global warming.  The intricate beading is so pleasing to the eye that weeks before the wedding I just had it displayed in my room with it hanging from my curtain rod. 

The wedding cake toppers were free-hand drawn by my very talented cousin Megan. Absolutely unreal! Kelly and Marcus live in San Francisco, and she perfectly drew the Golden Gate Bridge! See more of her cookie designs here: June Bug and Moo

Dress by Parker New York, shoes from Topshop, ring by Spell and The Gypsy Collective and clutch is vintage that belonged to my grandma. xx