Friday, July 8, 2016

Easy Essentials

Top + Bottom: Brandy Melville | Interlinked choker: River Island | Knit choker: Ventrone Chronicles | Shoes: Steve Madden 

Who else is ridiculously obsessed with off-the-shoulder tops? The moment I saw this piece in Brandy Melville, I just knew I had to have it (it was also the very last one in the store so naturally, I considered that to be a sign). It really is the perfect summer piece, and its versatility makes the possibilities endless when it comes to styling. I also bought these black jeans on the same Brandy shopping trip, along with the coziest blush sweater that I'll put up on here when the weather cools down a bit. While I generally put up with a lot in the name of fashion, the thought of wearing a knit sweater in this LA heat is just a bit too intense at the moment. I've been meaning to find a nice-fitting pair of black jeans for a while, so I was pretty stoked to find the pair featured here. A fabulous off-the-shoulder top and a sleek pair of black denim are two essentials that should be present in every girl's closet. They're both classics that work either on their own or paired together, and you can definitely rock them all year long. 

As for the chokers, I can't believe I haven't talked about my 24K knit necklace from Ventrone Chronicles yet! This is actually the second look it has been featured in, and I love how it adds a delicate touch of refinement to any look it's incorporated into. Ventrone Chronicles is a company based in Los Angeles that specializes in handmade necklaces and chokers, and I'm absolutely obsessed with them. This 24K knit choker was my first purchase from VC, and I later went on to get this lovely blush velvet choker as well. Expect to see it featured on here soon! (Probably with the aforementioned blush sweater, since they go super well together)


On a more somber note, I would feel wrong publishing this post without addressing the unjust events that have occurred in the past few days. RIP to both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - two men whose lives ended far too soon, in a manner that has become far too commonplace. Police brutality and the racism that fuels it is an unacceptable reality in this country. To act as if race does not play a major factor in all of these incidents is, at this point, a refusal to accept what has been happening right in front of us for a long time now. It's unbelievable that a white rapist receives a pathetic six month sentence while two African American men instantly lose their lives over minor infractions, such as a routine traffic stop or selling CD's. It's disturbing how some claim that mass shootings such as the awful tragedy that occurred in Orlando may not have happened had there been an armed individual present, yet are reluctant to defend the Second Amendment rights of Sterling and Castile. Larry Wilmore presented a powerful segment on the Nightly Show addressing these double standards, and I would recommend checking it out if you haven't already done so. Donations to the families of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling can be found here and here, respectively. 

Furthermore, RIP to the five police officers who lost their lives in the Dallas shootings. Violence is never the answer, and the events that occurred last night were just as much of a tragedy. A 2014 quote from Jon Stewart sums it up the best, and as Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated in her recent address to the nation, peace and protest must coexist with one another. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, and we have got to come together nonviolently if we want to fight the institutional racism that has cut short far too many lives. 

Black lives matter.

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