A spoonful of stardust and sprinkling of slightly Madonna-style layering work well together for an updated 80’s-type aesthetic. Layer sheer embroidered shirts under a ripped cable knit, then PILE on the contemporary-chic sparkle of Swarovski jewelry. Finish with some choice platform sneakers (more on these later) like all the cool kids are doing.
This unassuming, dingily-lit laundromat, complete with a sketch vending machine (honestly, probably not updated since the 80’s) matched the mood perfectly. The dusty ecrus and yellowed tones of a dated decor provided our somewhat eerie backdrop – how did this and the deep red chairs coincidentally match my outfit to a “t”?! Maybe it’s part of the master plan?
I’m definitely obsessed with the velvet creepers by Rihanna’s Fenty Puma collection (not the $150 pricetag) so I found some cheaper creepers and added crystals, of course. Glue flatbacks (mine acrylic, use Swarovski if you want to be a fancy pants) on the velvet for added embellishment.
Calling all my henna enthusiasts, I hate to break it to ‘ya but jagua is really the way to go. I’ve done henna for years but it’s time to break up and embrace the darker side of the jagua gel. It’s sooooo easy to use, no crumbling and dries quick, stains super dark and easily. I used the Henna City Jagua Kit here to get my hand tattoo – it stays on for about 1-2 weeks (I am careful when washing my hands) and stains amazingly well. Designs on the palm are literally pitch black. This stuff is serious – be SUPER careful in application, don’t get the gel literally anywhere you don’t want it. IT WILL STAIN ASAP (you don’t see it at first, but darkens overnight — the first time I used jagua, I had spots of it all over my drawing arm, hand and face — eekkkk!). The small bottle also is so much easier to use than henna cones, and the mixture doesn’t lump or clump. Looks like a legit tat. Are you sold yet?
As for the jewelry, in true Madonna style, layer the f out of it. Some of my favorite jewelry materials are safety pins – add ’em to chain (or large statement pieces like this one!) for instant grunge. They also are helpful at holding a multiple elements together (chain, bead drops, etc) and can reinforce pieces for strength. Tom Binns is definitely my inspiration for the continued safety pin usage.
Lastly, can we discuss this amazing journal below (thanks Jennifer!) – black, metallic gold, so much yessss.
Gotta bounce, bye!
○ ☽ ○ ☆ life on the other hand won’t let you understand why we’re all part of the masterplan ☆ ○ ☾ ○