October 15, 2018

Move your skinny jeans over and buy a new pack of hangers, because the latest fall/winter wardrobe staple has arrived.

Top brands such as Madewell, Free People, and more already stocked their shelves and online stores with their take on the cut-off or ankle culotte pant.

The best part of the culotte pant: they are beyond comfortable. Your street style needs a pair of culottes for casual work day wear or weekend brunch and antiquing.

Whether you are chasing the kiddos, running between appointments, or sitting in meetings all day, these pants literally fit your busy lifestyle. Culottes are easy to move in, feel breezy in hotter temperatures, and keep your legs warm in cooler temperatures without squeezing the life out of them like a second skin that needs to be peeled off at the end of the day.

This modern twist on a ‘70s boho vibe pairs well with day and night looks:

Casual: Crop or tucked-in t-shirts + tennis shoes

Comfy: French tuck chunky sweaters + booties

Chic: Vintage button down shirt tied in the front (crop) + pointed mules or boots

I tried a bunch of brands’ culotte cut-offs this season to find the right fit for me. The high-waisted tailoring to this style of pant definitely impacted the fit around my hips and stomach areas.


Free People, the Patti Pant in Black and Chili Flake – Ideal cut, color, and comfort of a culotte. These do 100% run small so purchase at least one size if not two up. My size is usually between a 26 and 27. I bought the 27 and they fit perfectly once on, but are still a bit tight around the hips pulling up and down.

Zara, the ZW Premium Marine Straight Jeans in Brown and Black – These were recommended by one of my #fashiongoals Instagram influencers, but they are my least favorite. They fit more like a cross blend of a jean and corduroy pant than a culotte. My legs are fairly long and these hit the floor for me instead of hitting above my ankle. They also run quite small and I could not even button my regular size.

Madewell, the Emmett Wide-Leg Crop Pants in Burnt Sienna – A bit of a heavier material that runs a teeny bit big in the waist, but I think that makes them all the more comfy and movable. These have a bit more of a flare and less of a tailor than the Free People Patti Pant making them naturally looser. If you have little ones, purchase these pants immediately before they run out so you can feel stylish without pulling on stiff pants.

Zara, the Straight Cut Hi-Rise Authentic Jeans in Black – I gave Zara a second chance and was happy I did even though the tailor is slightly more straight. These run small as well, so I think Zara’s sizing is simply that way. I normally wear a size 2 but opted for the size 4 or 27 waist for a perfect fit. The material feels more jean for an option that you can be a little more messy and a little less careful with, so you can save your Free People culottes for higher fashion occasions.


Nervous to try a pant with such a flare? First off, you CAN pull off culottes no matter how tall or short you are if you find the right pair. Their versatility fits all body types. But, you can start off with a straighter leg cut-off style ease into the fashion such as the insanely comfortable jeans called “The Power Jean aka The Perfect Straight Ankle” from Old Navy. (Pictured below.)

Needless to say, I’m obsessed with culotte cut-off pants this season. I don’t even want to put on my skinnies and combat or riding boots. Grab a pair of these QUICK while they float around various brands before they sell out and become extremely hard to find at any store!



July 5, 2017

Raise your hand if you could live in an antique store. Let me know if you ever get the opportunity, cause I'll be movin' right on in with you!

My mom and I went antiquing a few weeks ago for a little bonding time. Not to brag, but we hit the jackpot.

She was hunting for a medium size trunk to store blankets. My little brother officially moved into his first adult apartment in Downtown Indy, and Shear Bear's trying to make the most of being an empty nester by turning Josh's old bedroom into a black toile and pale yellow sitting room haven.

My eyes were peeled for a list of wedding decor pieces to make our venue, Laurel Hall, look all the more 1920's style authentic. Inexpensive decanters, antique silver trays, and gold frames were among the items I hoped to find.

Our frequent antique shop go-to remains Old Antiques of Carmel, but my friend Maria and I already scoped out the area a few weeks prior. So, I took my mom to an antique store a little further out in Noblesville where Zach and I often explored when we were first dating.

Not only did my mom and I both find exactly what we wanted for brag-worthy prices, but I picked up a few random treasures along the way, including this fabulous hat. I couldn't help myself :)

Black rimmed hats have held a solid popularity for a couple years now. My head lands on the tinier side, so these larger hats often swallow my noggin up and make me look like a kid playing dress up. Plus, so many people own them, that the fashion didn't feel enough like me.

When I spotted this smaller sized black hat with a little bow detail in the back, it called out my name. The only thing better than finding a trendy article of clothing with a twist of your own personal style is finding that piece in an antique store. It gives the accessory a touch of character, I think.

My new yet old hat matches my desert explorer dreams and my flirty, girly side. What accessories are you pairing your summers dresses, rompers, and crop tops with this year?


January 22, 2017

In the '90s, wearing a metallic shirt with feathers or faux fur trim on the sleeves or collar meant my Spice Girls and Britney Spears style game was on point. Then, that trend died. Bye, bubblegum Pop music and all of your tacky wonders.

I get that faux fur, especially in the '90s, can go from chic to cheap as quickly as you can say, "Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I". But what happened to older women wearing fur coats like classy broads? What happened to that 1970's faux fur gypsy jacket?

I personally adore that faux fur is in again. And, even it if ever fades out, I'm still wearing it! Living in Indiana, I'll take any garment that keeps me toasty while remaining fashionable.

I own a slightly more extravagant faux fur coat that I only wear on special occasions. But, finding faux fur pieces wear on the daily was a wardrobe must have for me these past couple of years.

My favorites in my faux fur collection include:

1. Faux fur jacket - It pairs with pants or dresses. And, I love it with monochromatic look.

2. Antique fur collar - Not so faux, a little fancy. You'd be surprised where you can tie this little number in to modern articles of clothing and it actually blends.

3. Gypsy faux fur coat - When you want to be casual and look like a million bucks. The '70s got it right with boho chic.


Spice Girl snake skin belly shirts and Britney Spears low-low-rise pants might be so '90s, but even Pop Culture icons today keep a good fur in their closet. Marla Singer, Madison Montgomery, and Chanels, I hope you're proud.


November 11, 2016

Swing dress: Free People

Headband: Etsy

Booties: Forever21

All of you are over here setting up your Christmas trees, and I'm still embracing Fall. It's not over! Sure, I packed up our Halloween cobwebs and skeleton bones. But, the pumpkins remain out! 

Where did October go? I mean, truly. My birthday has even passed already, too! I'm chillin' with a pumpkin hot chocolate and knit blanket mourning Halloween right now.

I'm not ready for the bright, crunchy leaves to turn to mulch. I'm not ready to have to cover up my outfits with a coat. And, I'm certainly NOT ready for... dare I say it... snow.

With the loss of my favorite month of the year, here's my top bargain find of the Fall fashion season. Snagged this Free People swing dress for 1/3 the price on eBay. Poshmark hit me with a few good deals, but this Boho chic dress took the cake. 

I further honor the month of All Hallows Eve by styling this dress in true AHS Coven fashion. Has there ever been a more fabulous and freaky show?! At least not in this generation. I worship the goth meets gypsy designs and ensembles. 

I honestly find it humorous when people dress up like the feisty witches from Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies for Halloween. Outside of work, this is the kind of fashion I wear daily. Watching this show was watching my closet goals come to life.

A little Misty Day come back to life with a vintage gypsy dress. A touch of Madison Montgomery (bitchy idol!) in my head wrap and knee high accessories. If only it was more socially acceptably to waltz around in giant fur coats again. Le sigh.

The material on this dress keeps me warm with its surprising thickness and mimics the coziness of a fancy, vintage night dress. It pairs well with a leather jacket for nighttime escapades, too. I wore it to a silent movie date night with Zach, as well as a Fall friend date of coffee and shopping in a charming little town, and this outfit kept me feeling stylish and comfy.

But seriously, guys and gals, the Autumnal season is not over. Don't put your witch hats and layers away quite yet. We still have Thanksgiving to dress up for soon!


September 27, 2016

Dress: H&M

Scarf: H&M

Jacket: Target

Shoes: Payless

If you don't love stripes, I don't understand you. I have to forcibly prevent myself from buying more striped clothing all the time. They are easy to dress up, down, or make yourself feel like a carousel goth queen.

In an everyday outfit, I think stripes look amazing with a pop of color. Whether it's a scarf, lipstick, hat, or tights, the color adds more of your style to the stripe and accentuates the pattern.

Stripes are sleek. They are timeless. While I equally love its sister, polka dot, there's something about stripes that seem more chic. Like the cute girl next door who will also beat your ass in a game of wits.

IT'S OFFICIALLY FALL & even a little chilly outside in Indy, so best believe I've got my stripes & black tights on.


August 17, 2016

Dress: Forever21

Shoes: ModCloth

Fashion confession: I am terrible at vintage thrift store shopping. Antique stores? Let me at 'em. But, I completely lack the eye or knack for finding hidden clothing treasures, and I can admit that.

I am always truly impressed with individuals who can spot vintage goodies and piece them together for a modern twist on an old flair. For others like me, there's Forever21.

The new Fall collection at Forever21 is to die for in my opinion. Not as "thrifty" or inexpensive as vintage store hauls, but pretty darn close. I appreciate that commercial stores carry the throwback, retro styles for, dare I say, lazier fashionistas like myself.

A-line silhouette, collar, button down, and floral print... what more could you ask for in a day dress?

My oh so comfy brown loafers are from ModCloth, which is on the expensive side. But, who can deny their love for ModCloth bringin' the classy eras back?! I wear these bad boys to work all the time. Grabbing up pairs of shoes that won't compromise trendiness or comfort during your work week just feels good.

Mid-century modern interior design and architecture is extremely in right now. And, your #ootd should match your scene setting background. This light-weight, yet quality (especially for Forever21) dress hits the vintage closet spot. 

While the dress works well in these last romantic Summer nights, I can't wait to cozy it up with brown booties, a knit sweater, and maybe even top it off with a hat for crisp Fall days!


June 21, 2016

Dress: Lily & Sparrow (Olive & Oak)

Shoes: Toms

Patterns are in again, and dresses - well those are always ideal in my book! I've found it difficult lately, though, to find patterned dresses that don't remind me of 1970s curtains.

While I do lean towards monochromatic looks with pops of texture or color the most, I love a good pattern when I find one. This dress is last season (Fall sales FTW!) from one of my hidden gem boutiques in Fishers. But, it's style remains relevant and exactly what I need for the first official week of Summer!

My staple pattern dress for this Summer reminds me of banana tree leaves or cactus flowers. It has an overall exotic feeling, whether you get desert or tropical vibes from it. I feel like I'm on vacation when I wear it in the Summer breeze.

It first reminded me of Arizona, where Zach grew up and where we plan to move one day, so I knew I had to have it. The dress stands out without being too loud in the world of patterns. And, the green color pops the pattern and my eyes.

"Can you even dye my eyes to match my gown?"


"Jolly old town!" -Wizard of Oz

June 11, 2016

Dress: Forever21

Sunglasses: Silver in the City

The one struggle of Summer comes when Zach's workday was swamped, I'm exhausted driving home from my Downtown office, and it's one of few gorgeous Indiana Summer days. The guilt of soaking up the short-lived season sets in. But, all we want to do is curl up together under a blanket with Qdoba and Salem.

I found a solution to our lazy problem that takes zero sun rays away from our day! PICNICS! Naturally, I had to pick out my perfect picnic dress for the chill occasion, inspired by T-Swift's picnic fashion in the "Blank Space" music video. (1:33)

Zach semi-recently bought a recreational drone, my friends and I have a Badass Bitch Summer Book Club with which I need to keep up, and we both adore food. We also set a goal to eat out less so dates are more special and we save money. Packing up a wicker basket with homemade goodies became the obvious solution to all of our Summer dilemmas.

Now, even when we both feel worn out and slothful, we can appreciate the sunshine and lounge sipping iced tea and munching on picnic salads.

Step 1: Pick out the the perfect picnic date dress. Check. Step 2: Pack up the picnic basket! Here are a few affordable, quality couple's picnic baskets for the most bang for your buck, which I found online:

The crucial point of picnics is not forgetting anything. The only thing that kills the carefree ambiance of a picnic more than leaving a dish or blanket behind is bugs. I pondered a Summer Picnic Packing list for all of you, and myself:

- Picnic blanket

- Sunscreen

- Bug spray

- Hand sanitizer

- Citronella candle and lighter (optional)

- Sunglasses

- Fancy hat (optional)

- Entertainment items (books, drone, CD player, frisbee)

- Plates

- Napkins

- Forks, spoons, knives

- Cups and/or wine glasses

- Serving bowls if you want it to look fancy

- Plastic bag for trash

- 1-2 fruit dishes (strawberries, pineapple, banana, cherries, blueberries, melon)

- 1-3 salads (greens, potato, chicken, tuna, egg, pasta)

- Bread (crackers, loaf slices, croissants)

- Drinks (iced tea, soda, champagne, oj, wine)

- 1 veggie dish (ants on a log, carrots)

- Optional dip and chips or veggies (hummus, french onion, salsa)

- 1 dessert (pie, ice cream, popsicles, tart or jam pastry)

- Bucket of ice for frozen drinks or dishes

I always try to find a partly shady spot under a tree with less foliage for our picnic blanket, so we aren't beaten down by the sun, but also not stuck in the shade away from beautiful, sunny sky views.

Zach and I are heading to the local Farmers' Market for fresh fruits & veggies, and then spreading out the picnic blanket in a garden for much needed relaxation and outdoor recreation... without the action part. Happy picnicing!

May 4, 2016

Pants: Forever21
Sweater: Forever21
Shoes: Journeys


Role model status! I'm an Audrey, not a Marilyn, and I'm proud to shout it! That classy, chic brunette with brains and style who takes no sass, but still dances to life's happy tune is incomparable to any other woman in my eyes. And, it's her birthday today, so of course I'm celebrating with an honorary blog post.


A lot of Audrey's signature pieces are more preppy than what I used to wear. But, that monochromatic black look with the occasional stripe or pop of color defines most of my wardrobe nowadays. Add in a pair of black, chunky glasses and a hat, and you're set in sleek Audrey style.


I highly suggest taking time out of your day to read more about this pop culture and fashion icon. Audrey was much more than a pretty face painted with flawless makeup on the silver screen. While there is no official biography or autobiography for the star, you can find various works on her life, style, and accomplishments.


The novel, "How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life," by Melissa Hellstern should be arriving in my mailbox today. There's no better way to pay homage to Audrey Hepburn on her birthday than with an intriguing book, a glass of champagne, and simply being lovely.


"Happy girls are the prettiest." - Audrey Hepburn





April 27, 2016

Photo by: Stalph. From left: UaZit, WaZeil wearing custom shirt and dress from WAZUAZ collection.


A creative soul trapped behind family shaming. A woman who cut her own ropes, unbinding herself from oppressive silence. An artist freely expressing herself through raw paintings of self-growth and awareness. A powerhouse couple dedicating their lives to their creative work and building worlds hand-in-hand.


Born Emily to an Egyptian, Pentecostal family, this woman did not find salvation within those boundaries. WaZeil [Wah-Zel] came to life after barely escaping an attempted honor killing with her fiancé, Jonathon, UaZit [Wah-Jet], by her side to pick up the internal pieces.


WaZeil is an accomplished artist and fashion designer. UaZit is a skilled graphic designer and musician. As one being, fueling each other creatively, they are WazUaz [Wahz-Wahz], conquering the world behind their collaborative brand, Stalph.


An older work of WaZeil’s highly detailed drawings hangs in Zach’s and my bedroom. While gorgeous, it does not do her present work or artistic growth justice. Recently, she custom designed a shirt for me from her WAZUAZ collection, and I was fortunate enough to have her sit down with me for a little Q&A.



Three summer looks featuring custom made Ellie PhOnt crop-top designed & fashioned by WaZeil as part of the WAZUAZ collection.



How would you describe your art?


I say Neo-impressionism because of the era and the similar subject matters in Pointillism because of my extreme attention to detail. My clothing I don’t even know how to describe what it is. (laughs). My art though is more important because I think it helps people understand.


It’s kind of sinister. Eerie, creepy, weird… I do like a lot of blood, I don’t know why, but it just comes out.



Would you consider yourself an Indy artist?


I think my style is very different than Indiana, but my work ethic is very Indiana. I feel like people in Indiana work hard versus other places where things are handed to people. I feel like I worked hard to get where I am, so in that sense I’m an Indy artist, but my style is very different than what you see in Indiana. I walk down the street and the clothes that I make are not what people are used to. We get some weird looks, like, “What is that…”, but I think that’s positive; it’s new, it’s fresh.



Who or What are your outside inspirations?


Ralph Steadman is a huge inspiration. I love his art and just the way it’s free and splattered and not a lot of restraints. I also look up to Salvador Dali because he is in his own mind on a whole different level. I’ve been researching him a lot and he used this method where he would literally drive himself mad and it showed through his work and that’s how I feel. I don’t want to necessarily call myself crazy, but sometimes (laughs).



What is your favorite pattern?


I like parallel lines, especially in the clothing line. I like zig-zags and straight, crisp lines. It meshes well with the freedom of water color and the splatters. And, I do have a lot of circles for Pointillism. I’ve always done that.



What is a piece you’ve done that you’re most proud of?


I’d say my self-portrait, I am what I Think, See, Say. When I was feeling really low in my self-esteem about myself and I look back on it now, and I think it’s one of the best pieces I’ve ever done. It really shows how I was feeling about myself and how my self-confidence has drastically changed. In that painting I was focused on my pores being big, and my nose in that piece is huge. There’s cobwebs on it because I was feeling like my skin was wrinkly and decrepit and I wasn’t taking care of myself because I was in such a dark period in my life. I think it’s one of my best pieces I’ve ever done because it’s true. I didn’t hold back. It actually felt good to look at it on paper.



What’s the average time each detailed piece usually takes you to draw?


I think it definitely varies because I have some pieces that I sit down and do in a night. And, I’ve got some pieces where I spend 3-4 days on them. Then there’s pieces that I start, and then I put down, and I don’t get back to it for a few weeks. But I’d say the average would be a couple days, 3 tops.



Do you usually stay up late completely pieces?


I don’t as often anymore. It’s frustrating because he [UaZit] works on the computer most of the time and when you’re using Photoshop or Illustrator, if you make a mistake you can erase it, you can retry. But, I get really frustrated because it gets to be like 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and my hand gets sloppy and I fuck up pieces and I get really pissed off. I get frustrated and then it’s like, I don’t want to go to bed, but I’m tired and I’m messing up my paintings, so might as well. I don’t pull the all-nighters as much as I used to because it shows in my work when I get sloppy.



Tell me more about the history, the backstory behind you, from Emily to WaZeil.


I grew up in a very strict Egyptian home, and I didn’t have a lot of freedom to express myself. Even down to the clothes I had to wear, I couldn’t reveal my body. I had to wear skirts, I had to wear sleeves that didn’t show my armpits or shoulders. I couldn’t show my cleavage or my bare back. Very constricting outfits. I couldn’t even participate in swimming in high school because no co-ed swimming. The standards and morals my family live by restricted me a lot in my lifetime. When I got into fashion design, my parents were very not into me going to fashion school and didn’t support that. The environment I was in wasn’t ever very supportive. Because of that, I never felt close to my parents or trusting of them.


My backstory, my brother-in-law sexually abused me, or assaulted me is the correct term to use. I never felt the need to tell my parents because it was awkward for me and I didn’t know if they’d believe me or what was going to happen because my sister has kids with him. There were a lot of things that I held inside. And, when I was old enough to move out on my own I did, and I started learn more about myself and who I was as a person. My parents were not supportive of that either. They shamed me a lot on my choices and the way I dressed and the way I styled myself or the way I would act, the friends I would have; it was just a lot of shaming. I think that’s why I do a lot of self-portraits and it shows the negative self-images because that’s the way they would treat me.


A lot of my pieces are dark because I’ve had a lot of things that have been stuffed inside of me and I’m just now able to release them because I have someone [UaZit] who is confident in me to help me release them. He’s helped me a lot to stop suppressing all that and get it out. I think it’s good to get that shit out. It’s hard to hold that stuff in. My art never really got good until I confronted my brother-in-law because that was the first step of opening up to my problems and it may have backfired [within the family] but it’s made me a better artist. If I hadn’t gone through that, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I feel like I’m on the right track now, which is positive even if I wish my parents had been more supportive. But sometimes, you need the struggle to be a better artist.



What is the darkest piece you’ve ever done in your work?


The darkest piece I’ve ever done were the two very first pieces I ever did after this traumatic experience, and it was a letter to my dad and a letter to my mom. They didn’t look dark, but the meaning behind them was very dark. The one to my dad was Don’t Choke on your Teeth, because he was not being a very good father and it’s funny now because he’s having a lot of teeth problems; two of his teeth broke. I find it humorous because in the painting, it’s a picture of him and his teeth are all cracked and broken and that’s why I named the painting Don’t Choke on your Teeth.


And, the painting of my mom was Don’t Choke on your Pills, because last year she was really addicted to pain pills and just wasn’t present or herself and it was bad. I think those are my two darkest pieces because they have the most emotion behind them; I was angry as fuck. So you look at them and if you don’t know the history, then you don’t realized that they are actually dark pieces, but they are.



What pieces are outside viewers usually the most drawn to?


I do a lot of faces that are double where there are two faces in one. I learned from the RAW show that people really relate to those because it shows different personalities. Like, one girl told me the pieces with multiple faces spoke to her because she’s bipolar. But, it speaks to people in different ways.


I feel like a lot of the times when I’m painting that there’s a master controller who’s helping me move along. And, sometimes I paint things, and I don’t even know why I’m painting them. I’ve got some weird extraterrestrial paintings that I don’t even know where they came from. But, I feel like when people see that, it has a different meaning to each person because it speaks to people in different ways. They could look at my paintings in one period of their life and then look at it two years later and it could mean two totally different things.



If you could send one message through your art, what would you want the public to receive?


I go in a few different directions with my art. My self-portraits, I want to portray self-love. And, that’s what’s really important. Everyone is judgmental of others sometimes, it’s human nature. I realize it’s bad because people will judge me and it tears down your self-esteem. I think with my self-portraits I want people to learn to love themselves and that’s why they’re so raw dog… The second thing is being free to express themselves without any hindrance because I’ve struggled with not being able to fully express myself. I want people to be able to express themselves however the fuck they want.



What are the next steps for WaZeil and Stalph?


Stalph is mainly it. We [WaZeil and UaZit, aka WazUaz, aka creators of Stalph] work really well together and feed off of each other. I think that’s the cool thing about our art. That’s what we want to do more is collaborate. I think that what I want to do personally with my art is to go bigger in scale. I’ve stayed smaller, like I think 15X20 is my biggest, but I want to go big scale. It’s just a matter of finding the right mediums to do that.


As far as the clothing, I’ve got big plans for that. The WAZUAZ collection is strictly custom clothing for people. I want someone to come to me with a vision in their head down to, “I want the stitching around the bottom to be a certain color,” like, I want it to be customizable for them and what they envision in their head with still a twist on my end. I think that’s important because no one around here is doing that. Customizable pieces made by you for you, that’s really fun. It’s really fun for me. I want the label to be well made and handcrafted. Eventually I would like to have multiple lines under the collection. When I first started I was doing evening wear, like homecoming dresses, prom, formal clothing, and I think I want to get back into that and high fashion items. That’s where my cool designs are. Those designs are just kind of staring at me on my wall right now.




Looking back on WaZeil’s self-portraits throughout the past year, you can literally see her growth as an artist and as an individual over time. Her transition of self-love took a lot of strength, support, and paint. WaZeil noted to me that learning to love yourself is a process of which we are all constantly going through and changing.


While WaZeil still loves her Egyptian heritage, she thinks the culture oppresses women and prevents them from expressing themselves. We are all humans and should have full freedom to express ourselves creatively how we fill fit, not how others feel we should.


Both WaZeil and UaZit exemplify freedom of censorship in their works. From art to fashion, from photography and design to music, Stalph offers personal, detailed, and distinct forms of expression. I am personally extremely excited about repping my Ellie PhOnt crop top from the WAZUAZ collection this summer. #CHANGEtheCHANNEL





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