Before being known for its ridiculous high price of living, tech snobs, and foodie scene; San Francisco was once known for its prominent place in the hippie movement. Peace, Love, and Music ran rampant through Haight Street during the 60’s and that set a free-spirited tone for the city ever since. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and I was lucky enough to find a vintage floral dress for the occasion. I shot this look in Golden Gate park, due to it being one of the main hubs during that iconic summer and also being home to many of my childhood memories.I’ve always been a huge fan of 60’s fashion; the bold & bright prints, mini skirts, and classic mod silhouettes. This love runs deep, in college I was obsessed with peter pan collar dresses and Twiggy makeup looks. Its super cheesy, but one of my favorite movies from my childhood is Austin Powers: The Spy that Shagged me (because of the outfits!). My floral dress featured was found at the City Wide Garage Sale in Austin. It was a major steal at only $8 bucks – which confirms my theory that vintage shopping is much better (or at least cheaper!) outside of California.
If I’m being honest I’ve been a Tarot skeptic for a long time due to my catholic upbringing. Tarot is in no way sacrilegious but due to my past misunderstandings I’ve had my oppositions. After getting my reading done the other day I’m much more open to the idea of the universe speaking through the cards and helping reveal things about myself that I have yet to come to terms with. It was a very accurate for my intention and it gave me a helpful understanding of my present situation and direction.
I had my cards read by Matthew of The Hanged Man Co who does a pop up Monday Nights at the Fig & Thistle. This was definitely a great first time experience; he gave me lots of insightful information in a cozy and chill environment. Fig & Thistle is a hidden gem in Hayes Valley and if you find yourself in the neighborhood you should check it out 🙂
Before I knew anything about Tarot I always found the images to be fascinating. The illustrations are strange and foreign, filled with deeper meaning and symbolism. I’m intrigued by most occult imagery so my interest in this ancient art is no surprise. The cards below were created by present-day designers and artists and are unique stylized versions of your classic Tarot cards.
Min’s Tarot Card Deck -These cards have minimal line drawings and fun pops of color. These definitely give me a cutesy vibe and if I were getting a reading with these I probably would be smiling the whole time.The Tarot by Oliver Hilbert -These illustrations are the sickest and my personal favorite. Oliver Hilbert has such a distinct style, nodding to the psychedelic 60’s while bringing in insanely bright images and surreal characters. If you’re not familiar with his work, stop what you’re doing and check out his world of madness here (after you finish reading this blog post of course :p). Under the eyeballs, melted scenery, and rainbow backdrops you still find the classic imagery of the tarot.
Bodysuits are (in my opinion) the easiest piece of clothing to whip on with jeans and have an instant cute look. Theres no “tucking in” and “riding up” fuss and when sized correctly should fit you like a glove. The one i’m wearing below is a dusty brown color and a super soft suede or pseudo suede (not 100% sure). Paired with my moto jacket and high waisted jeans it was the perfect outfit for walking around San Francisco’s windy streets.
I’m definitely #notamodel even though I try to be for my blog and during this shoot my girls were cracking me up to catch some natural smiles.