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8.22.2015

DIY: In Distress - How to distress denim

(Photos via Pinterest)
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It's been so long since I last posted a DIY post on Wilde/Free. 3 years to be exact. So as someone who loves crafty shit I decided I would do a tutorial on something I'm really really good at: distressing denim.

It all started with the picture above of Jenne Lombardo. I loved the detailing in her jacket; the cold shoulder+heavily distressed details. I knew I had an old Levi's jacket so I decided to give it a go since it wasn't being worn that much anyway.

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One//You're gonna need a few household things to master the art of distress. I typical use a pair of scissors, a foot file, a cheese grater (or foot...grater?) and an eyebrow razor (since its easier to grip and safer than a blade).

Two//Start by cutting and even ripping holes wherever preferred. I wanted a look similar to Jenne so I cut out both shoulders in a medium C shape and ripped the elbows and wrist areas.

Three//Be sure to add detailing to the back of the jacket too. I chose to distress the upper back shoulder area.

Four//Now that you've ripped/cut to your liking, go over rips with your cheese grater until desired distressing is achieved. I always go over with both the grater and foot file because it makes the denim a lot softer. I also hit a few spots that aren't ripped for a uniform "worn in" look.

Five//Now throw your jacket in the washer and let it wash like it normally would.

Six//Throw it in the dryer for sometime and allow it to dry COMPLETELY so that everything ripped will fray fully.

Seven//Style & profile in your newly distressed jacket! You'll have people from all over asking you where you got your piece!

Here is
my outcome:

Thanks for reading ;)

-PS LMK if you guys wanna see more DIY's!



xx



8.19.2015

#SeeSummerBetter with Warby Parker [Pt.3]

Ah, today makes me a little sad. It's the end of the #SeeSummerBetter series with Warby Parker which means that these babies will have to go home real soon (le sigh). Lucky for me, the Wynwood shop is only a few minutes away. 

For this final shoot I wore the Warby Parker Durand and loved how it made my look that much more quirky. I definitely have a new found obsession with tortoise shell glasses yall. Help!

I'm loving this vintage top I recently thrifted for $5. The pattern reminds me of a shirt the 90's Vince Vaughn would wear lol. It originally had shoulder pads but I usually snatch those out of every shirt/jacket I thrift due to the fact that I have more than enough shoulders. Shoulder pads ain't got nothing on me :/
I decided to go with my favorite faux leather skirt from F21 and my go to gold accessories. To top it off I threw on my new fave sneakers, a pair of orangish-red Nike Huaraches.

After purchasing these I realized I need more huaraches in my life. They are probably the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn next to the Nike Roshe Run. They fit like a glove! It's almost like you're walking on tiny little pillows lol. 
Shirt: Vintage Thrifted | Skirt: F21 | Sneakers: Nike | 
Jewelry: F21+Madewell | Glasses: Warby Parker
I definitely enjoyed creating this series with Warby Parker. 

For more info on the brand and how 
to get a free home try on: Warby Parker


xx

8.18.2015

#SeeSummerBetter with Warby Parker [Pt.2]

Sup! For this second part of the #SeeSummerBetter series I wanted to go for a fun look that I'd wear out to a fashion event or party. It's always steamy here in Miami (typical) so I paired this cute Urban Outfitters fishnet tee with a bright blue H&M skirt. I found the skirt on a crazy sale earlier in the year for $7 but I never wore it.
I topped of the look with my usual Madewell bracelets and tings. I've just recently gotten into accessories and jewelry so now I can't stop buying it! 

The denim jacket added an edge to the look, I recently distressed it for an upcoming DIY post and decided to throw it on. Distressed denim has always been 'a thing' but the trend has really blossomed this Summer. Designers are finding new innovative ways to structure denim pieces and make them a little less ordinary.

The real star of this look (besides me lol) is the lovely pair of shades by the name of 'Banks'. I loved the bold tortoise shell print on these babies and its oversized frame. The color of them are really unique, its like a greyish blue tone.

I've always been a wayfarer/aviator kind of girl but these definitely changed my mind. I know this is cliche but, I felt like a total movie star in these lol.

If you guys are ever on the prowl for a dope pair of sunnies or glasses Warby Parker is the way to go. They have a lil something for everyone!

Jacket: Levi's | Skirt: H&M | Sandals: Zara |
 Jewelry: F21+Madewell  | Shades: Warby Parker


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8.17.2015

#SeeSummerBetter with Warby Parker

What's up guys! The final days of summer are near meaning no more long weekends and a little less sunshine here in the sunshine state. While its here I'm making it count by treasuring my summer strolls down Lincoln Road, poolside soirees and Wynwood wandering. One of Wynwood's newest shops is the ultra-cool eyewear brand Warby Parker. I've admired this brand for quite some time now so I was more than honored when met with the opportunity to work with them!

If you don't know too much about the brand you should know that their logic is everyone has the right to see. With each pair of glasses purchased, another pair will be donated to someone in need. 

Now that's pretty awesome if you ask me. 

Their summer collection is definitely one worth checking out. It'll leave you wanting just about every pair you lay eyes on. You can even choose 5 pair for an awesome at home try on for free! Yes, free. (FREEEE)

I instantly fell in love with my picks but this pair def had me turning heads. They added an extra essence of cool to my look.

Be sure to check out the blog tomorrow for an all new look featuring another pair of Warby Parker :)

Jewelry: F21+Madewell | Shirt: J. Crew | Jeans: Madewell | 
Heels: Zara | Glasses: Warby Parker



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7.31.2015

Style Stalker: Buzzin

photos via pinterest // collage by me

It seems that every month or so I'm itching to change up my hair. I get bored easily so I like to experiment with different styles, colors, and cuts to figure out what works for my style and face. I've found that my favorite looks are usually short cuts as they work well with my round face. I went natural a few years back and the whole purpose was for healthier hair growth and...I wanted a huge afro. Too bad my patience is super thin, I spent the time I was supposed to leave my hair alone trying new things. Cuts, colors, braids. All that. Now I find myself wanting to cut my hair again. 

On one hand I'm like "Noooo what about your big beautiful afro?!?" then on the other hand I'm like "Fuck it, it's just hair!" There's no better feeling than being able to swipe a brush across your head and go. No flat ironing, no super long dry times. It's soooo easy. Plus, the shaved look goes better with my style and personality. I love not looking like everyone else.

Looks like I got a lot to think about. If all else fails, I can always buy a good afro wig :)


xx

7.29.2015

WWW: Kickin' It - New Classic

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As of late I've been obsessed with sneakers, especially Nikes. It seems like the older I get the less I desire to wear heels. That pretty much leaves me with the options of A) Sandals B)Sneakers or C)Ballet Flats as possible shoe choices. I'm not a ballet flat kinda girl so that's out and...sandals in Miami can get a bit boring (and gross) since the weather here is so bipolar. It can be sunny and bright one moment and hurricane idgafaboutyouroutfit the next.

I love a good pair of Nikes y'all, I do. There's nothing better than a new pair of Nikes. If you follow me on IG (@wilde_free) then you know that I recently picked up a pair of Nike Cortez and Air Huaraches that I can't stop wearing. A pair of Stan Smith's are up next. But...

Anywho, all kicks above are a bit of a remix on classic silhouettes worn throughout history with styles ranging from the Air Force One to the Stan Smith. All hold a special place in fashion history. Don't act like your ringtone wasn't Nelly's 'Air Force Ones'. Don't front for me. It was a hot song at the time, I'm not judging you for it...atleast not out loud :P

What's your favorite pair?

xx


7.13.2015

#R29StyleFestival

So this past weekend Refinery 29 put on a fun shopping party at Dadeland Mall complete with diy's, fashion & music by the oh-so-dope Twin Shadow. I got there just in time to make a cute boyfriend tank, and get a lil' bit of shopping in at UO. I even saw the gorgeous Zoe Kravitz! It made the perf end to my week.
For the event I went for a sporty chic look since I knew I'd be standing + walking for extended periods of time. It definitely wasn't the day for a sky-high heel. I would've dieddd.

I wore my oversized vest as a dress and paired it with a dainty pair of lace slip shorts. To top of this look I rocked my newest purchase: my croc Nike cortez sneakers. I've always wanted a pair of Nike Cortez (since the 7th grade) and I finally have them :)
My finishing touches were gold accessories and a bold red lip (my fave!) I loved this look. I would probably recreate this look for a more dressier occasion and wear a pair of bright strappy heels and a cute clutch. Optionssss.

Vest: F21 | Sneakers: Nike | Jewelry: F21 + Madewell

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Cool flash tat bar
The land of DIY
Beauty Station

P.S. - I recorded a bit of the show, have a peek :)

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xx

Music Monday


I am beyond excited to bring you guys yet another MM post! Why you ask? Because, I've got some new tunes I'm sure you'll love ranging from artists like Doja Cat, Kehlani + Mila J. Be sure to stick around & take a listen. 

Think of this as a little something to get your monday going ;)

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Jealous | Kehlani
Business | Teyana Taylor
Far Side of the Moon | Tinashe
One Night | Tiara Thomas
So High | Doja Cat
Runnin' | Kehlani
On My Mind | Pia Mia
Million | Tink
Collide | Justine Skye
Control | Doja Cat
Broken Hearted Girl | Teyana Taylor
You Changed | Kelly Rowland
My Main | Mila J


xx


6.19.2015

Glow

Hey guys! I got back from my trip Sunday but never had the time to go through them and post. I've been super busy with school as one of my classes are ending this week! I've been grinding so I can pull out an A :)
My brother snapped these for me at this really cool spot in Williston, FL. There were so many cool areas there, it was so hard to choose! The town is super small but I love that coming from big ole' Miami. Anywho, I've been obsessed with this top since the day I bought it! It's super comfy + versatile plus its my favorite color: Yellow. Yellow was made for me lol.
To jazz things up a bit I paired the top with my trusty green cargo pants from Gap ($8 score last year) and a vintage soft blazer around my waist. To finish my look off I layered tons of jewelry and threw on my new Zara sandals. Done & done.
Top: UO | Blazer: Vintage | Cargo Pants: Gap | Sandals: Zara | Jewelry: F21


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