This jacket has somehow managed to survive¬†several closet purges. Back when I was in elementary school, every summer we would head south to Reno, Nevada for Hot August Nights, a classic car auction. Along the way there was this unbelievable army surplus store my dad had just happened upon which we would pay a yearly visit to in Great Falls, Montana. While Roddo would be sifting through old bits and bobs with my sister, I would busy myself poking around the clothing area with my mom. One year, in an attempt to “jazz” up some old band uniforms, the store decided to tie dye a batch of them. I was mesmerized. I had to have one. I got one. Flash forward to the following school year in Grade 5 and NOBODY understood the piece so I was ridiculed (kids are so mean!) and rather than stand my ground, I tucked it into my closet with a sincere vow to myself that ONE day this jacket would an integral part of my wardrobe. That day has finally come… get ready to see this tie dye beauty¬†on the regular. Never let someone else dictate your personal taste, it’s a lesson I’ve had to learn the hard way many times over.

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sunglasses – RAY-BAN c/o Shopbop | jacket – VINTAGE | bra – c/o SIMONS | shorts – c/o GUESS here & here | penelope bag – c/o KATE SPADE | nathalia platforms – c/o ALDO SHOES | scarf – VINTAGE | lip gloss in Vida Loca – c/o NARS

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Photographs – Craig Volkerink

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