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Cucu for Coco

C H A N E L.

A few words come to mind… Timeless. Iconic. Couture. Freedom. Equality. Fashion. Effortless. Classic. Forever.

Coco Chanel, the brains & beauty behind the signature label. A woman who evolved into a full fledged business woman with an eye for superior style. Her fashion sense created waves, influencing many designers over the decades.

Known for her exemplar esthetic, Chanel became famous for her paragon collections featuring sophisticated silhouettes in silk, tweed & jersey. Creating coveted visionary constructions was her modus operandi… A clever Coco knew too well what women wanted when it came to fashion and thus she delivered! Updating the closets of many was her standard, as she wanted women to look and feel fabulous in her designs, while also maintaining an element of comfort and ease– hence the little black dress, a piece she famously conceived. Clean lines and simple shapes with decadent fabrics, fancy embellishments, as well as adornments, made for a shining example of House ChanelRemembered as a fashion legend, Chanel was the beautiful mind behind the innovative– and now, often duplicated– use of stripes, jersey, pearls, hats, tweed, drop-waist dresses, pristine combinations of black & white, and the ever distinguished quilted handbag with gold chain-linked straps. In addition, Coco worked closely with exclusive French perfumeries to develop her own signature scent: Chanel N˚5. 

As a tribute to her imaginative fashion spirit, I have gone ahead and compiled a series of photographs featuring her designs as well as her look, both personal and commercial… View the pictures below for a taste of Chanel!

Enjoy! XO, SC

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Serpent Spectacular

Rebirth. Resurrection. Initiation. Wisdom. 

Just a few of the words associated with the powerful medicine bestowed to us by the mighty snake. With a contentious mythical reputation, the snake has always been a creature of paradox; seen as both a symbol of the higher or the lower, the good or the evil, the devil or the healer. No wonder this animal resonates with our humanity as we learn day in and day out the inner struggle of our own personal inconsistencies– as well as those of others and of our society.

Across cultures the snake has a variety of different meanings. In Native American art and lore the snake is a powerful and dramatic healer that brings about a transcendental transformation, enabling the individual to transmute all poisons within the body or otherwise. For Meso-American cultures the serpent is depicted as feathered and flying. Known as Quetzalcoatl, the Patron of the Toltecs, legend has it that his dominion is the heavens, the stars and all the motions of the universe. Grecian mythos states the snake signifies alchemy and healing, where wisdom is expressed via medicinal associations and prowess. Additionally, snakes or serpents represent sexuality and creative life; growing, ascending through various energy channels and developing new wisdom and capabilities.

Shedding and rebirth are other associations made when the snake appears both in mythology and lore cross-culturally. This characteristic is key in learning to develop from the past in order to outgrow the old and transform  i n t o  the new. 

Snakes have come up lately in my life, especially during the final months of Summer as we transitioned into fall. Undergoing personal changes, this often reproachable reptile appeared to me during a trip to the river… as I was going through a time of change and transition. Although scared by his appearance, instead of acting aghast I embraced my fear and found peace with my situation. A lesson soon to be lived and learned… According to Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak, when snakes or serpents emerge in your life it is time to look into a rebirth of new powers of creativity and wisdom.

Below striking snake images, a few  from The Wild Unknown tarot deck featuring the wands- a family of snakes! Also, stunning jewels that remind me to harness and tap into the many charming snake traits of clairvoyance, compassion, cunning ferocity, creativity, transformation and healing!

Medicine! Love! Blessings! Magic!

xoxo, StonerChíc  

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SUTRO

“Can We Give That ONE Statement?” …That’s the question SUTRO shoe designers Mehran & Nooshin Esmaili ask themselves daily.

Founders and owners of Shoe Biz SFthis husband & wife duo have spent 33 years cultivating a business model that works exquisitely; boasting beautiful shops wonderfully decorated, courteous and efficient staff, and most importantly: superior shoe styles!

Having experienced their own growth and learning in the years that came before such rampant success, Mehran & Nooshin have seen an outpouring of support from their local and trend savvy San Francisco community. When they began their efforts towards creating an in-house label for expertly crafted shoes, their only prerequisite was that each design evoke California heritage specific to the identity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Drawing inspiration from their regional environment, as well as maintaining core SF values, Shoe Biz SUTRO shoes are made in Mexico, yet with an eco-conscious frame of mind while taking pride in treating their factory employees with dignity and respect. Providing quality of life work conditions makes for happy shoe construction! Each pair is lovingly made within 22 hours from beginning to end and by approximately 5 people sharing 1 sewing machine. Featuring a goodyear welt construction where each panel is hand-cut, formed to shape and then stitched to the sole of the shoe, thus creating a welt, or ribbon like seam, SUTRO shoes are a one-of-a-kind fashion statement while being extremely durable.

Nooshin oversees the operations from start to finish. Involved and very passionate about the design, creation and manifestation as each pair is brought to fruition, Nooshin is available for her workers to provide them with care and support during the laborious process. She has also created strong business bonds with those who are employed at the factory and her presence allows for the quality of each hand crafted SUTRO shoe to undergo optimal supervision during assembly. SUTRO shoes has made a commitment to being eco-conscious; therefore, they use recycled products with minimum filling, natural rubber, are lead and mercury free and use non-chemical dyes opting for vegetable treated tannins instead. In addition, each shoe is made using glove leather to which an assortment of processes allows for a variety of finishes, achieving a new look in texture: from smooth and sleek leather to grainy and rustic suede. Embellishments are added as a finishing touch; including zippers, eyelets, laces and stitches.

Fortunately, SUTRO has become an increasingly more desirable shoe for Bay Area folks since each pair has a unique SF charm coupled with versatility in the form of fashion expression. Meaning, these shoes are comfortable and easy to wear, while looking fantastic with a variety of different outfits! Additionally, as SUTRO shoes are influenced by the city of San Francisco, everything from the brand name, the seal & the shoe is bursting with that special SF poise, with each pair being dedicated to an SF landmark or street, such as: Golden Gate, Valencia, Market, Sutter, Dolores & Fell.

Take a look at the pictures below to see if you find some spectacular soles that speak to your specific style!!! With such thoughtful construction and attention to detail it is hard not to fall in LOVE with SUTRO. And if you happen to be from the SF Bay Area then you will appreciate the look of these shoe styles since they truly capture noteworthy, individual SF character… “that one statement.”

xxoo, StonerChíc

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Fashion Myth Debunked

When it comes to fashion advice, there is plenty out there… From Marie Claire to Vogue to In Style– fashion magazines suggest what to wear and how to rock it!

Lately, however, it has become increasingly clear to me that style is a means of self expression where your personal creativity of spirit is meant to shine!

Although I still find some useful tidbits here & there, I prefer to dress for m y s e l f.

That is why this post is all about debunking fashion myths… Particularly, the most common of them all: that black & navy OR black & brown DON’T mix. Fashion Blasphemy! 

Now don’t get me wrong. Trend tracking by the experts is fabulous… It helps guide us through all the style choices to be made as seasons fly by and new looks emerge… Yet after all is said and done, no one but YOU can chose what to wear, how to wear it, why and when!

Tired of being confined by fashion experts, I’m choosing to expand the possibilities… StonerChíc Rebellion, Done Right!!!!

I’ve included a killer gallery of further proof that Navy & Black or Brown & Black actually do work well together by creating richness in color & texture, while adding an element of drama and sophistication. It doesn’t matter how you chose to rock this look!  A simple accessory such as a smashing belt, a luscious handbag or a stellar pair of shoes can add just the right amount of depth to an all black look; otherwise, color-blocking is a fantastic option, taking the style further by creating a dynamic look where various patterns and textures can be used to spruce up an everyday black ensemble…

Behold the possibilities to be worn! xoxo SC

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Pretty In Punk

Long Live Vivienne Westwood: Queen of Punk!

As a Punk & New Wave fashion innovator, Vivienne Westwood created an exquisite synthesis between clothing & music. 

Shaping her designs around this aforementioned union gave birth to the 1970’s PUNK FASHION SCENE. Collaborating with Malcolm McLaren of the Sex Pistols made this transformation possible as his influence directly correlated with Vivienne’s vision. Westwood was interested in “seeing if one could put a spoke in the system.” Thus creating styles that revered anarchy and chaos– as a means to express self identity without compromising to the attachments or obligations of the greater social schema… Political Fashion Indeed! 

Vivienne drew from various looks to construct her Punk Collection: BDSM Fashion; Bondage gear & attire; Safety pins; Razor blades; Bicycle chains on clothing; Spiked dog collars as jewelry; Crazy Hair (mow-hawks) & Heavy Makeup (thick eyeliner). Additionally, Westwood sought to make the traditional elements of style seem risqué, using fabrics such as tartan to add dimension, texture & further shock value.

Leading the pack as trend setter, and always maintaing the cutting edge, Vivienne Westwood’s creations have had transformative, metamorphic effects on fashion. A Sophisticated Rebel, Vivienne epitomizes the StonerChíc mentality … XoXo!

 

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Back It Up

I adore an adorable backpack!

An adaptable accessory that can be worn with a variety of looks–especially for a girl on the go– the backpack is resourceful while adding an element of comfort. Instead of always schlepping around a heavy oversized handbag with all of your daily necessities, the backpack comes in handy since you can choose to wear it on one or both shoulders as you easily store many of your girly goodies…

Knapsacks come in a multitude of stylish prints, patterns, colors and materials; embellished with leather, hardware, zippers and woven fabric. Searching on pinterest  I found some of my favorite rucksacks… These bags would be great for an exciting Saturday cruising the city streets!

Pick out your most coveted cary-all, you are sure to love your backpack for all of life’s little StonerChíc adventures!!

Xoxo, Sc

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Sporty Spice

For Fall I am loving the continuing Sporty Chíc trend.

Being feminine and flirty doesn’t have to be limited to sequins, pearls, glitter, feathers or ruffles… In fact, think outside the box! With this trend you can take a very simple, sporty item, such as a jersey inspired tee or a letterman influenced jacket, and spruce it up with fun accessories or sexy heels! Mixing and matching looks, styles and patterns can expand your outfit potential while additionally creating a spunky look. Be bold, embrace your inner grit!!

I’ve created a gallery of looks that embody the in vogue sensation: sporty chíc … 

Think of jersey influenced “touchdown tees” embossed with graphic numbers reminiscent of your high school days… And who could forget the letterman jacket? An Americana staple taking us all the way back to the 1950’s when all the babes wore their beau’s team proudly on their sleeve! Not to mention, baseball tees & caps with panache, making them versatile enough to accommodate any styling you chose… Additionally, I am loving the sporty spin on fashionable, signature items; sweaters, sneakers, clutches and backpacks, all designed with the sporting edge in mind, using clean lines & sophisticated materials.

This trend is casual and lighthearted leaving it up to you to decide on how much sporty spice you want to factor in.

Dare to turn up the heat, flirting with trouble while looking effortlessly chíc… That’s the SC way!!! 

Enjoy the pics, xoxo StonerChíc

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Minkoff-tacular, Wang-A-Licious, Whole-Lotta-Hoffman

Earlier this month was the ever alluring New York Fashion Week.

A fantastical time of year where creative spirits collide in a frenzied week of fun, fashion, flirtation, & fabulousness!

Scanning the images of various stylish runway fashion shows I came across my all time favorites! I’ve included looks from all three designers: Rebecca Minkoff, Alexander Wang & Mara Hoffman.

I love the versatile looks created in all these fashion forward collections.

Specifically, however, the colors & prints found in both the Minkoff & Hoffman collections speak directly to my style esthetic. I just love how bold & bright their designs are!

As for Alexander Wang, his Spring line is daring.  An edgy exploration of menswear inspired fashion, made with the most delicious feminine twist and a lusciously simple color palette; featuring structured  pieces to be combined with your favorite everyday looks or put-together for a work-friendly, business approach or finally, dolled up for a glamorous night out!

Get carried away with these whimsical fashion designs! Enjoy!

xoxo, StonerChíc

MINKOFF, SPRING 2014:

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Gravel & Gold

This store is perfection! Located in the heart of the Mission, off of Valencia at 21st, this tiny little shop is charming and delicately curated.

You can find the most luscious thermals and cozy indoor comforts, as well as yummy winter sweaters, colorful jewels, playful accessories, leather goods & plenty of beautiful house ware trinkets and gifts!

Below a few pictures of this fabulous store… xox, SC

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NYFW Street Styles

New York Fashion Week, stylish from beginning to end…

Amazing looks found all over town as fashionistas make their way from runway to runway to view designer’s fabulous new works of art!

Below, a gallery of some of my favorite looks… from head to toe outfits, jewelry, shoes & handbags! All the goodies that make for an impeccable ensemble!

xxoo, StonerChíc

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