In the Closet of: Ayana Jimenez

Meet Ayana:

24-year-old Ayana Jimenez was born and raised in the Philippines, but she moved to Seattle, WA last summer. I met her at Coachella Weekend 2, and her style was too good not to capture. Two out of three of her outfits were original creations – she’s in the process of creating her own clothing line! Ayana loves to travel, dance and take photos. She was most excited to see Bon Iver at Coachella. Her dream job would be a professional dancer. In ten years, Ayana hopes to be “settled in,” hopefully by the beach.

How would you describe your style?

My style usually goes with how I feel. It could go from bohemian to sexy, girly to preppy, casual to elegant. Mixing and matching color palettes is my favorite thing to play with.

What inspires, or influences, your style?

I get inspired by my surroundings – color palettes of buildings, landmarks, sunsets, trees, deserts, skies, etc. Some [of my styles] are influenced by past fashion trends.

How did you decide that you wanted to start a clothing line?

I simply wanted to create clothes that inspire the free spirit – something that could work for everyone.

How would you describe your line? What kind of pieces are you hoping to put out?

I don’t have a line at the moment. [My cousin and I] are in the process of experimenting, and hopefully we’ll slowly put it out when we’re ready. For the line of dresses, we were thinking of something that has a gypsy, island girl feel to it, with subtle, elegant cuts or slits here and there. We want a lot of looks that tie around the body and waist, so it can work freely for anyone. My cousin, Alexis Jimenez, is currently working on a collection of sexy and elegant robes.

What has been the hardest thing about this process? What has been the most fun?

It’s a challenge to find the right fabrics and patterns. The fun part is seeing the actual product come to life.

Where do you see your clothing line going?

We could see it starting out online, and then moving into boutiques. Hopefully, we’ll be partnering with brands in the future.

What’s your favorite current trend?

Tattered jeans and denim. I love seeing sneakers!

Featured Image by Alexis Jimenez.

In the Closet of: Coachella

Coachella has officially come to an end, and my friends and I had the amazing opportunity to go to Weekend 2. After hearing about the surprise guests and seeing all of the amazing art structures, venues and outfits at Weekend 1, our expectations were high – and they were all totally met! SDSU students Alexis Jimenez and Rafia Rehman shared their thoughts and opinions on Coachella, festival style and their favorite looks

Looking back at both weekends, what would you say were the most common pieces? What items stood out to you the most?

Alexis Jimenez: A lot of people wore maxi dresses, sheer or mesh materials, bralettes and those Western-looking buckle belts. Cool, unique sunglasses with different colored lenses stood out to me a lot.

Rafia Rehman: Most people wore bandanas, shorts, skirts and crop tops. The items that stood out to me the most were the accessories people added to their outfits, like jewelry and glitter. Those can really turn any simple outfit into an original look.

Who, or what, did you take inspiration from when you were putting your outfits together?

AJ: Jhene Aiko. I like her style a lot – it’s really chill, but she always looks chic and put together. I also went for a ’90s, kind of a retro vibe for one of the days, and I pulled inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger for that. A lot of people go for the “gypsy,” hippie look at Coachella, but I wanted to look different. I wanted to be comfortable but still look cute, so I kept that in mind when I was creating my outfits.

RR: Woodstock, definitely. I was going for that carefree, 70s vibe.

What was your favorite look at Coachella?

AJ: I really liked the retro looks. I saw a lot of people wearing vintage pieces – vintage Gucci tees, old band shirts, sneakers with denim.

RR: My Day 3 look was my favorite. It was the most comfortable and it felt the most original to my style.

Which artists were you looking forward to seeing the most? 

AJ: Gucci Mane. He was the only rapper I’ve been wanting to see that I haven’t already [seen]. I was really excited to see Jai Wolf’s “Indian Summer” because that song holds a lot of memories for me. I saw Kehlani at the Pemberton Music Festival in Canada last year, but it was cool to see her again last weekend. She’s one of my favorites. Seeing Bon Iver perform “Skinny Love” was an amazing experience. I always tried to play it on my guitar; never worked out, but hearing it live was enough for me!

RR: Mura Masa, Francis and the Lights, Porter Robinson, Bon Iver and Kendrick Lamar. Francis and the Lights is such a quirky performer – he was fun to watch. I really wanted to hear NAO’s “Bad Blood” and Glass Animals’s “Gooey” – both were amazing.

Who would you have loved to run into at Coachella?

AJ: Aimee Song and Rocky Barnes. They’re my favorite bloggers, and it would’ve been cool to see what outfits they came up with. Vanessa Hudgens came back to Coachella for Weekend Two. She’s been deemed the “Coachella Queen” the past few years because of her festival style, so it would’ve been cool to see her. She was posting on Instagram, so I was trying to look for her outfit in the crowd!

RR: Rihanna. She’s fierce. I look up to her as a woman and a fashion icon.

What advice would you give to people interested in going to Coachella next year?

AJ: Bring a bandana because you’ll be literally inhaling dust for three days.

RR: Be prepared for there to be a lot of people. Plan out who you want to see so you can figure out how to get to everyone. Eat before you get there, and bring snacks – the food is ridiculously expensive! Don’t forget to hydrate.

Featured Image by Alexis Jimenez.

In the Closet of: Ethan Kokesh

Meet Ethan:

Ethan Kokesh is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Dallas, Texas, last year. He came back to sunny California this past semester to study business marketing here at SDSU. Ethan’s most listened to artists are Drake, Big Sean and Travis Scott. He hates country. His favorite food is mac-n-cheese, he loves acai bowls and he can’t stand Texan style. You can always catch Ethan at the beach, and he and his mom were in one episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”. In 10 years, you’ll find him living in either L.A. or San Fransisco, being a stay-at-home dad.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Topshop, H&M, PacSun. I worked at Hollister for a year during my senior year of high school, so I like to think I know the ins-and-outs of how retail stores work. Those stores just meet my standards: their clothes are made of good quality [material], for the most part, and they’re affordable, which is important because I’m a broke college student.

What does your everyday outfit consist of?

A t-shirt, flannel, chino shorts and Converse. I like my colors to be monochromatic. I like the way it looks – it’s chic, sophisticated and mature.

You’ve lived in three different places this past year (Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego). How has your style changed, or stayed the same?

My style has gotten more “beachy” since I came to San Diego. I still like my monochromatic look, but my style has evolved. I don’t necessarily mean that I wear less clothing when I say “beachy,” but there’s definitely more color in my closet. I wear more vintage, washed-out t-shirts, and I’ve branched out from Converse to Vans.

What are the biggest differences in style that you’ve noticed between California and Texas?

People in California are more dressy. They look more mature and put together. People in Texas dress more casual, with oversized t-shirts, running shorts and Chacos. I like California style better. I personally think it looks more attractive.

What are you favorite things to do in San Diego?

Going to the beach, exploring different neighborhoods, eating at In-N-Out and walking around downtown. You can find a lot a of cool, random places walking around Little Italy. My favorite restaurant is Cheesecake Factory – I always get their margherita pizza. I definitely recommend looking around North Park, Kensington and Hillcrest.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?

I hate when my shirt is the same shade as my shoes. If I have a white shirt on, I have to wear dark converse, and vice versa. I just think it looks weird when I’m too “matchy-matchy.”

Featured Image by Sabrina Kim.

Make a Statement

Let’s be real people, jewelry is SO important. It a way for people to express their unique style and personalize outfits. Something that I find super cool about jewelry is that each and every piece can hold significant meaning to someone. The meaning behind a necklace, ring, or bracelet is what makes it so special, and it is a tangible object that can last forever. Or, jewelry can simply be something that you saw at a store and decided to buy because you liked the design. Regardless, jewelry allows you to make a statement and let out your inner creativity.

One of my roommates, Sarah Formato, has mad style when it comes to jewelry. Let’s take a closer look at some of her staples – a few she even hand-crafted herself!

Rings! The essential accessory. Rings can add a pop of color or a touch of class to an outfit. Sarah has a large assortment of rings- she loves turquoise or jeweled rings, simple gold bands, and those with little designs (like the sun on her left middle finger). Don’t her hands look so pretty?

Photo by Rachel Joseph.

This next necklace she made herself. Inspired by the brand Free People, it is a delicate velvet choker wrap. I think this necklace looks great paired with denim to create a bohemian vibe.

Photo by Rachel Joseph

This silver statement piece definitely spices up any outfit!

Photo by Rachel Joseph.

This simple choker gives a bit of an edge to the clothes.

This one is my favorite, and it is also hand-made by Sarah and inspired by Free People. This dark choker can be worn many ways: with a basic outfit, for a night out, or paired with a cute dress for a day outing.

Hopefully this has inspired you to get creative with your jewelry!

Featured Image by Rachel Joseph.