Friday, July 4, 2014

RED, WHITE, BLUE AND MY BOO


Happy 4th of July you crazy kids!! Happy birthday Merica!
Milk that summer sun cause it ain't gonna last for long. I know I am. Tbh, It's a horrible thing being an adult sometimes, cause I can't remember the last time I had a real child-like summer. Cause you know, I'm like an adult and work all year long. But when a 4 day weekend comes my way, or in any adult's life, WE GO HARD! WE RAGE! WE APPRECIATE EVERY SECOND OF IT.

Last night, I celebrated a friend's birthday on a thursday night and partied like it was a friday night and now it feels like saturday and now I feel like an old lady. I slept the early part of today trying to recuperate. And I had my lil pup keeping me company. Then finally managed to wake up and muster up the energy to get myself a cherry Icee. Only way to fuel oneself on a hot summer day. Shortly after, I went to celebrate my sweet lil niece's birthday, then headed over to a friends party, then got some bombass chili cheese fries w/ my buddy, called it a night and now I'm back to laying with my baby boo. My lady. My pup. My errythang. So it was a good day. Now I'm ready to get my rest and celebrate the remainder of this long weekend like a champ!

Wearing: vintage star button up, U.O polka dot hat, vintage glasses, fo21 pants

PEACE
NESSA

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Solitude is bliss.

"You will never come close to how I feel." 

It is currently 4:48am, and I've been up since 1am. I've been on a crazy schedule, and I've pretty much let myself become a crazy person due to said crazy schedule. I arrived to my studio after a long day at work, literally stripped down to nothing but my undies and passed out on my bed. Next thing I know, I'm waking up from a full nights rest at 1am. This is by far the trippy-est night I've had in a while. And I don't have hallucinogenics to blame. I've been productive these past couple of hours, ate a bowl of ramen, killed a cockroach and took a long warm bath while I belted along to Nina Simone. And now I'm missing the summer of 2010, back when I couldn't stop listening to Tame Impala and Solitude is Bliss was my jam everywhere I went. I even remember taking over the white board at work and telling everyone to listen to that song. "SUMMER JAM- SOLITUDE IS BLISS." This song couldn't be more perfect for my current situation right now. There's nothing better than having a crazy couple of weeks that then leads to insomnia which then leads to you dancing by yourself in nothing but undies and a tie dye shirt to your nostalgic tunes of summer bliss...at 4am in the morning. I'm going to miss this. Having solitude. It's great living by myself but in a month I move. With the possibility of roommates, unlesssss I find a cheaper and sizable studio in LA.

Anyways, I'm in such a psychosis state that I am in no mood for smooth transitions. I'm just going to jump and tell you that this post is just going to be a fucking mess. I like kimonos. I sleep at odd hours of the day, and I like kimonos. Relevance is of no importance to me right now. Ooohhh, I get to see the sunrise in a couple of hours! Ok back to kimonos. I sell them at rare quantities in my store. I already sold a couple because they are amazing gems, and I've put some more on sale. Check them out because they are beauties. Soft, hypnotizing velvet, with silky fringe detailing and dreamy images of Hindu Gods, and Geishas. All too good to pass up. See photos below of the one I sported before it immediately sold out! And I guess you could say it's pretty clear I was listening to Tame Impala while I designed these photos on PS...I don't need earthy drugs to alter my mind. All I need is some good music and my already altered mind. 

Interesting yet not so interesting back story on this bb shoot was that it was done in my apartment building.  I asked my friend to shoot me on my rooftop, which is usually accessible because I go up there with friends to drink wine and shenanigan it up all the time. But the one time I need it for responsible purposes, it's closed. Some maintenance shit. So we resorted to doing it in my hallway. Worked out fairly well. Hooray for improvisation. 


WEARING: PARAGONDESERT KIMONO. EBAY SHADES.

PEACE OUT
NESSA

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ALMOST FAMOUS

So for those who don't live in Los Angeles, we have this summer tradition here in the city. It's called Cinespia, and they show movies all summer long at the Hollywood Cemetery and it's one of my favorite things to do over the summer. That and pool parties. As years have gone by, the summer cinespia has gotten a lot more hype. They constantly try to make each one better, bringing cast from the movies being shown, directors, Q&A etc, a themed and set up for a photobooth, dj and more! They launched their summer showings about two weeks ago with a Lampoon movie. But the big one was this past memorial weekend! A SOLD OUT ALMOST FAMOUS SHOWING!! One of my all time favorite movies. I made my outfit from scratch, designed the top and pants myself and put on one of the mannyyy penny lane coats I own. It was hard to decide what coat to wear that night but I made the appropriate choice. It was a night full of fun, memories, music and meeting the director Cameron Crowe! It was well spent with great friends, and the substances treated us nicely too! And PIZZA GALORE! and munchies. Our group of 12 prepared well. I'm a girl who loves to dress for the occasion, so I took the photo opportunity to document it all! Enjoy! 
 
 

WEARING: VINTAGE COAT, EBAY GLASSES, PANTS AND TOP DESIGNED BY ME.

PEACE 
NESSA

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

YELLOW FLORALS

Ahhhh a new stock of vintage kimonos are coming soon! Some real good pieces coming soon! So be excited bitches. Check out the store for other vintage goodies while you wait on the new arrivals: www.paragondesert.etsy.com

The one piece I'm sporting in these shots is a floor length vintage 90s yellow floral chiffon kimono! A dream to prance around in. I feel like the ultimate hippie princess in it and it's the most refreshing/comfortable thing in the world. Anything floor length is good in my book. And spring is here, and summer is near so this piece is a must have!!! Hope you are all having a great spring so far! The weather here in California has been really sporadic. But I can deal.

Wearing: Gap tank, and Gap flare jeans. Vintage kimono available in store this week.
 

PEACE OUT
NESSA

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Goth Summer


Great scott! I have had a rough couple of months and keep getting more and more backed up on this blog and updating. I recently have dealt with the thing we all call life and came to a realization that we all must live life to the fullest. Live it and treasure every second of it, and do what you love. So as I return back to this lil thing I called my blog, I come back with a slight aesthetic change. I've lacked in color and prints in my latest fashion endeavors, and have resorted to all that is black, dark, pale and overalls. I have recently purchased a total of 3 additional overalls in the last week. Might be a little excessive, with the already 3 other overalls I already own...So I guess my summer staple is going to be all about the overalls. And boy do I have my variety of choices. My favorite one as of late is this H&M black overall I purchased for only $3! It had a sale price of $10 and just my luck it was actually $3!! So I have been wearing it non stop, and on top of that I got these free YRU fringe creepers gifted to me by the lovely Solestruck!! Due to my newest black pieces, I've eliminated all color and even started a new beauty change as well. It's all about the dark Tim Burton eyes, pale face and Dark gothic lipstick!! 

And for more updated you can all follow on instagram @fromabolivian and also follow my store now with it's new instagram @paragondesert

Wearing: H&M jumper, H&M organza jacket, Vintage island printed Crop top available at my  store (paragondesert.etsy.com), ATWELL necklace, YRU creepers from Solestruck, U.O. tortoise sunglasses.

PEACE OUT 
NESSA

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Arizona Roadtrip

So I took a road trip to Arizona last week. With a destination to The Grand Canyon! About two years ago I attempted to go to the Grand Canyon, but little did I know, the vortex known as Sedona wouldn't let me out! This time around, I was determined to reach this grand place. I went with my two best friends. Started driving friday night and hit Arizona by 1am. We slept at a random rest stop not expecting it to get freezing cold at night, but it did. So we spent most of the night shivering in our seats. We woke up to a cold morning, with other wanderers/travelers around us. We bundled up as best we could and were ready to get back on the road. As we were leaving, a family asked us to help start their car, apparently they left their lights on the entire night! We jumped their car, wished each other good travels and went our way. 

First stop was Phoenix, AZ. There we stopped at Last Chance hoping to snag some great designer finds. I found some gems, but it was a drag to find them. Not as good as it used to be. We the proceeded to get powered up with some acai smoothies at a near by smoothie cafe and got back on that Arizona road. We spoke of love, family, memories, the past, the power of words, hope, mistakes, fears. Anything and everything. We argued, we laughed, we got passionate. That's what best friends are for. We stopped on the side of the road about 1hour into our drive to The Grand Canyon from Phoenix and jumped a barbed wire to explore the CACTUS PARADISE that endlessly went on. We might have been trespassing but we couldn't find a home. It was just GIANT cactus after towering cactus/cacti? 

A quick pitstop/photo op and we were back on the road. We hit Flagstaff and began to see the dark green trees covered in snow. Absolutely stunning. The road kept getting more exciting as we drove on. The sights were getting more beautiful, and the energy was just oozing with anticipation in the car. We finally hit Grand Canyon village, and the road up to the entrance of the park was magical, it started to snow! My second snowfall. As we entered the park, inches of snow, and the snnow kept falling and we were just the happiest ladies in the world. We bundled up in the worst gear for winter ever known. We didn't expect snow. I luckily brought coat options cause I overpack, and stopped at the general store to purchase gloves cause being the cali girls we are, we were very unprepared. 

After sort of getting lost, we found our way to the canyon. And for a moment we were speechless. We stood by the edge of the cliff and stared at amazement. In all it's glory. Even people around us just stood there and looked beyond. There was remnants of snow on the side of the cliffs and clouds perfectly shading the canyons. A beautiful experience. We stood there and made a tiny snowman to leave our mark. And we laughed and danced and embarrassed ourselves. As perfect as that moment was, our trip didn't end there. We spent a couple of hours in the park and spoke of future plans to HIKE it in the future. Which I very seriously intend to do. But we left and headed to Sedona to spend the night. 

We drove a bit but before exiting the park, we had to have an impromptu snow fight cause you don't experience a snow ball fight at the grand canyon everyday. So we stopped on the side of the road again and chaos ensued! We hit Sedona with growling stomachs and found a local vegan hot dog place. The owner spoke to me in Spanish and we shared stories and got to know each other. A kind soul. He originally lived in Los Angeles and moved to Sedona and opened up this delicious hot doggeryyyy. Mine was mouth watering and he checked back on us and asked how we were enjoying ourselves and we just felt so welcome. We explored the night life(not much of a night life) but we explore and we could say we did. Then woke up the next morning to explore this beloved town. I didn't want to leave, I didn't want this short trip to be over but we were on the road again, back to reality. We left Arizona loving each other more than we did before. Knowing things that we didn't know about each other before and we all experienced a monumental moment together. Many more to come!


VIDEO MONTAGE I MADE OF THE ROADTRIP

XOXO NESSA

Monday, January 27, 2014

Same Funky Style


I've always been one to steer towards the more colorful, the more bold, the funkier pieces. So this two piece Indian outfit is no exception to my personal style. If it's ethnic and colorful, IM WEARING IT! 
I found this at a vintage shop in LA and was just shocked that no one had picked it up. I went crazy and grabbed it, along with the matching pants that are the definition of parachute pants but I dont curr. I've already sported it out once and felt like the coolest chick to ever walk this earth. I kept sassy walking up and down the street like I owned 3rd st. Don't you ever feel so good in an outfit that you stop and think "If I lived in NYC, Bill Cunningham would totally snap a shot of me!" That's how ridiculous and confident I get(you should get) when you've found an outfit that makes you feel great. Anddd if you love this kind of stuff as much as I do then today is your lucky day! The jacket is currently up on sale at my shop so snag it before anyone else can. I know what some of you are thinking, how can you part ways with such an amazing unique piece!? Wellllll I kind of have an unhealthy addiction with jackets/coats and my SECOND closet is already packed with them and I can't add more to my collection cause the closet space has reached it's limit. Sad but true. So this piece needs a new amazing home! Pants might go up on sale, might! One step at a time Vanessa.



PEACE OUUUTT.
NESS