#ArtinMotion: Selly's UK Trip

TRAVEL AND STYLE HIGHLIGHTS FEATURING REDBUBBLE!

Just before I left for my trip, I packed some choice accessories. It seems I'm not the greatest at packing light (I am so, so sorry to all my hosts while abroad, for my stupidly heavy suitcase.) But the pieces with the biggest impact to my overall look each day, were actually the lightest. That's all thanks to the fine people at Redbubble and their gorgeous Art in Motion campaign: a new womens street style line, showcasing the work of some truly brilliant independent artists.

When I look back at one of my earliest blog posts featuring Redbubble, I feel that both this blog and the company have evolved by leaps and bounds, this latest collection being a perfect example of that.

Redbubble reached out to me about showcasing some pieces from their new collection. I saw my epic trip as the perfect opportunity to do just that. I wouldn't blog about something I didn't love, and it was love at first sight when I saw these pieces. The "Wings" butterfly pouch by Cassia and "Peacocks" scarf by Andrea Lauren--in addition to being stunning-- really resonated with me emotionally.

Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

I felt that the butterflies represent the many facets of my personality, and were symbolic of my flying abroad, going on this journey, socializing all over the place. Bonus: The artist, Cassia, is in fact based in the UK!

My being a bag lady, I thought I'd prefer the larger pouch, but the smaller size not only ended up able to hold everything I needed : Passport, cash, phone, mirror, lipstick... even shades (!!); but the small scale also made it much more suitable for evening.

My first time ever in Sheffield. Good thing the guide to Sheffield fits perfectly into my pouch! You can grab yourself a guide --and a great cup of coffee-- at Cafe 9. You can even catch some live music there. Wednesdays you can also grab an amazing personal pie from Nether Edge Pizza.
My first time ever in Sheffield. Good thing the guide to Sheffield fits perfectly into my pouch! You can grab yourself a guide --and a great cup of coffee-- at Cafe 9. You can even catch some live music there. Wednesdays you can also grab an amazing personal pie from Nether Edge Pizza.

The peacocks were also symbolic. I took their representation a step further when I wore the scarf out to tea and cake at the famed Maison Bertaux . The scarf and the place were me paying homage to The Girl at Midnight. A beautiful new YA Fantasy novel by the brilliant, violet haired Melissa Grey.

TGAM Redbubble peacocks
TGAM Redbubble peacocks

In a book about warring races of bird (Avicen) and dragon (Drakarin) people, one of the standout characters is the peacock feathered, Jasper. And this renowned French Patisserie in the heart of London--a location frequented by other leading characters, including the book's heroine, served as the perfect backdrop. One of many gorgeous scenes that played well against the accessories with their gorgeous, bright color palettes and whimsical motifs.

Have a look at some of the other places I took my Redbubble goodies to, and how I styled them!

SHEFFIELD

Hardware. Redbubble Cassia "Wings" Pouch and Zipfront River Island Skirt. Galaxy Gear rose gold watch
Hardware. Redbubble Cassia "Wings" Pouch and Zipfront River Island Skirt. Galaxy Gear rose gold watch

LONDON

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Do I look the part of a foreign dignitary? I think so. My fanciest selfie in a gilded mirror at Danson House, wearing my Redbubble scarf and bag in tandem. Never be afraid to mix prints. Look for a solid foundation in a complimentary/ contrasting color to build off of. Bright pink coat: H&M
Do I look the part of a foreign dignitary? I think so. My fanciest selfie in a gilded mirror at Danson House, wearing my Redbubble scarf and bag in tandem. Never be afraid to mix prints. Look for a solid foundation in a complimentary/ contrasting color to build off of. Bright pink coat: H&M

YORK

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GLASGOW

EDINBURGH

 

FINALLY, BACK HOME IN BROOKLYN....

(mixing prints like a pro for the theater)

Which of Redbubble's latest pieces is catching your eye? How would you wear them and where?

If My Blog Was an Outfit

At long last I have jumped aboard this chic geek girl blogger bandwagon, joining my friends: The Nerdy Girlie, Girl Gone Geek, and Leslie IRL; the originators of this link up party: A Dose of Paige, and Hairspray and High Heels;  and several other awesome geek girl blogs (scroll down The Nerdy Girlie's post for a list!) If this is your first time reading my blog, welcome! You're about to get me and point in a nutshell. Here's hoping you'll be enticed to read on..

 

The Outfit:

 

If My Blog Was an Outfit
Intrigued? Excellent!

I'm proud of myself for having really found my niche as a blogger. This outfit series of posts is proof enough that there are tons of awesome geek girls out there blogging, but what makes Fashion + Geekery so unique, is the focus on high-end fashion and luxury goods. Brand names and fandoms are friends here, and they make beautiful music outfits together. Let's examine some key pieces....

The Breakdown:

Preen Sith Shirt With Darth Vader

When this shirt walked the runway at Preen, my mouth fell open. I gasped. I thanked Disney for pushing their newly acquired license on people. I was madly in lust ever since. This is perfect embodiment of my blog and personal style. It expresses a fandom in a chic, beautiful, tailored piece. It's geeky, and elegant at the same time. At $830, it may be too rich for all our wallets, but dreaming about it is free. And oh, how I dream.

Saint Laurent Y-Ligne Classic Cabas Carryall Bag

One of my nicknames at work, and often on my morning coffee cups as scribbled by my friendly barista with a sense of humor  is "YSL." I mean, my name is YISSEL helloooooo.... how could I NOT want a gorgeous designer bag with my initial on it?!

When I first started this blog, the tagline I used to describe it was: "For the girl who's set her sights on a TARDIS blue PRADA bag. Well, who am I to say no to a TARDIS blue Monogrammed beauty like this? It was made for me, and if I had my way (and an obscene bank account), I'd have a Y-Ligne in every color. I do try to showcase variety in my posts after all.

Anya Hindmarch Courtney Star Cruiser printed satin clutch

I'm a bag lady, okay? I'm almost always carrying at least two. A beautiful accompaniment to the Saint Laurent Carryall, this printed clutch is yet another shining example of what happens when high fashion and geekery unite. I'm here to let you know that this is out there.

Helmut Lang Leather-trimmed crepe shorts

This simple piece represents something very special. It's a nod to my very first blog post (back when I stupidly started this blog on tumblr), Helmut Lang's Game of Thrones collection.  Every time I think about it, I'm immensely proud of myself. Despite the poor platform, as a writer with a strong POV, I feel like I started off really strong with that post.

Charlotte Olympia Carmen canvas wedge espadrilles

Charlotte is the biggest geek , and I look forward to highlighting some of my favorite geeky works of hers right on this blog. I mean, her logo is a web and her twitter is @Charlottes_web so that should give you some idea. I chose this shoe because I don't want an outfit too heavy with black. Much like I don't want to saturate my blog with too much of one kind of post, and I want to include some light posts in the mix. Personally, I love heels, but they need to be comfortable. I'm not about to walk around a con in stilettos. Think: height, color, comfort.

TOPSHOP  Stone Flower Stud Earrings by Orelia

IN lieu of costumes, we have costume jewelery. See what I did there?

I'll never forget the day I visited my aunt's home--may she rest in peace-- only to have her and my mother stare at my naked ears upon my arrival and recite in unison (and en Espanol): "sweetheart, a girl without earrings is like a vase without flowers." They never saw me without earrings again. Note that I prefer not to spend a lot of money on jewelery, earrings especially, because little things like to get lost.

I love this outfit (c'mon it's freaking killer) and what it represents and would love to see yours. What would your blog look like as an outfit? Link in the comments below!

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