DIY Styling: Gucci Style Part One

If you love fashion and you’re breathing oxygen, you most likely have some kind of Gucci obsession.  The eclectic style has trickled down to almost everything we see in magazines and on television shows these days, and for good reason.  What is Gucci style?  Kind of…everything, all mashed up together!  That’s what makes it so glorious!  It’s a 70s meets bohemian meets fur meets prairie meets 60s meets harajuku meets menswear…and somehow after they all meet, they all get along grandly.

So welcome to a new series I am starting, called DIY Styling: Gucci Style.  I’m in no way, shape, or form, a TRUE DIYer…so these do it yourselves are mostly gonna be more like “put it on yourselves” which, as long as you typically can dress yourself, you are quite qualified to do!  Today’s post has a little bit of a DIY, but if you are scared of the DIY’s (like I am), have no fear.  Today’s DIY involves an iron.  Period.  Sure, sure, I hate ironing.  But this is ironing for GUCCI, and that makes it all worthwhile!

Unless you are living under a rock or are not on social media (if you say you are not, then I know you’re lying because you’re reading this post!), you have seen these embroidered bomber jackets.  They’re simultaneously chic and kitschy all at the same time.  Add one to a t-shirt and jeans and you suddenly look like a rock star.  They’re probably the most perfect jacket, ever.  Gucci came out with one of these bad boys and the world went bomber jacket mad.  Now you can find them almost everywhere…from Zara to Asos to Urban Outfitters to those fabulous reversible vintage ones that you will pay a pretty penny for.  The upside?  Spending money on one of them will inevitably be worth it because they’re comfortable, warm, and look Gucci-licious with everything in your closet, even your pajamas.  The downside?  Unless you’re spending over $200 or so on one, then you’re jacket is most likely mass produced and not all that unique.  It’s not a bad thing, but it’s a consideration for sure.  I decided that I wanted my own.  Here’s what I did:

I got a cotton bomber from Asos.  I chose this one because a. it is 100% cotton which means it’s breathable (in California this translates to “wearable for more than one season”) and the iron on patches I bought will stick to it without ruining the jacket b. it was a great price and c. it is a neutral color which will make the patches pop.  If you’re gonna do an iron on patch jacket you have to use cotton and not a silky fabric.  If you’re gonna sew them on, that’s a different story, you can use any fabric you like.  I found some patches I loved locally, but there are just so many on Etsy for such great prices, you will have no problem at all finding any look you like!  I found this incredible back patch on Etsy HERE for about $15 including shipping!

I ironed them on, and voila!  Instant Gucci style bomber jacket, in my own unique design!

Don’t want to DIY it? Here are a few of my favorite ready to wear jackets that won’t kill your budget!  Asos, jersey Asos jacket, this men’s Urban Outfitter’s bomber (since it’s men’s, size down!), and this Zara tiger jacket.

Happy Gucci styling!
Katy

On Being Born Free and This Tee That Reminds Me

I heard someone say something that really resonated with me today.  He said: “We were built for victory.  But fear keeps us in defeat.”  It really struck me for two reasons.  One, I don’t often believe that I was actually BUILT for victory.  I just assume that sometimes, dreams just don’t work out and accepting reality is just part of life.  And two, fear has been a major sticking point for me on a lot of things in life.  I was born a bold risk taker, and then rewired to be fearful and overly cautious to a fault.  So when I heard that statement, it really rocked my mind!

I was talking with my husband yesterday about how before we went through our few years of intense struggles, I had this very specific and intense goal and plan.  It was something that I had literally dreamed about since I was a child…and it was this thing that sort of drove me to keep going in a lot of ways.  I’m SUCH a goal oriented person, that it was a large, and sometimes too large, part of my life and my thoughts.  Then, when we lost all of what we had worked for and basically had to start over (and at a deficit no less!) I had gone for so long without even the hope of this goal, that it was gone.  It was like it was completely dead and buried in a graveyard of dreams that would never be.  And for a while, I was sort of “okay” with that.  I think in my recovery process, for a while I just couldn’t really deal with any more loss…I had lost enough, so the thought of dealing with things I never had and lost was just too great a burden to bear.  But after a while, I began to feel more and more of a whole person and then, the actual hole that the dream had left became more apparent.  In straight terms, I sometimes feel like I lack the vision and passion I had before.

Maybe some of that’s good.  That vision and passion drove me so hard, even to the point of depression at times because I could not immediately attain it, that it needed to take a breather.  It needed to be there, encouraging me forward, but not in a way that I could not enjoy life in the meantime and the journey to get to it.  However, I think I would like to regain some of that vision.  Because if I was “meant for victory”, then this story isn’t finished.  I told my husband that I go back and forth between thinking that my goals and dreams are not dead and that they’re still going to happen…and that I should just let them go and assume that they are a thing of the past.  His response was that the latter of the two options was dangerous, because it would allow me to slip into a state of apathy and acceptance for something that is temporary.  He was right.  I was not “meant for defeat”, even though defeat is sometimes part of the journey.  I was born free of fear…and the fear of hoping and dreaming again is what can keep me from that victory.

I have to remind myself that sometimes my leaning towards fears and accepting defeat are not part of who I am.  They were learned, and now I must UNlearn them and stand in the victory I was meant to.  Because I can still work for, believe for, and hope for the things that I was meant to experience.  THAT is victory even in the times when things are not obviously victorious!

I know you probably can’t read it, but this shirt says: “Born Free” so I thought it was appropriate for this post!  I gotta say, this outfit is pretty much straight inspired by Spell Designs…I can never get enough of their bohemian eclectic colorful fringy goodness!  The boots are old Sam Edelman, but fringe booties are EVERYWHERE now, and an absolute essential for the fringe lover like myself!  The skirt is Free People, the top is Bandit Brand (amazing vintage inspired graphic tees!), and the jacket is Off Fifth.  The belt is from “my” store (I call it “mine” because I love it and I have the privilege of styling there!) so it’s second hand amazingness!  Don’t forget about the necklace.  Ohhhhh that necklace is new from Zachary Pryor on Etsy.  Gotta love a good statement piece!

I hope you’re dreaming big and feeling free today!
Katy