Sunday, December 29, 2013

nyc beanie: H&M mens | cardigan: kohls | turtleneck: kohls | pants: kohls | platforms: kohls
[photos by Sonia Yeh]

Today was a little "outing with the girls" and I actually brought my camera, but obviously forgot my XD card like the super-professional blogger I am, so I apologize for the grainy quality of these photos in advance. However, it was pretty awesome to just kick back with the babes at Dripp & Bruxie's. Dripp especially - it's so hip in there! I can't wait to go back!
I think it's pretty obvious now that I do a lot of shopping at Kohls - and I mean, its proximity and relative inexpensiveness probably have something to do with that. These polka dot pants are pretty much an updated version of pajamas, also the cardigan is kind of like a warm fuzzy blanket. (sensing a trend?)

goat cheese & mushroom waffle + waffle fries at Bruxie's

all i need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriends
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all i need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriends

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A whiff of peppermint, a flash of red and green. Sprigs of mistletoe pop out from the most unsuspecting of ceilings, santa hats a prevalent topper. IT'S CHRISTMAS! But the semi-stressful part of Christmas? The gift-giving. And, as there's 3 days left, you better hustle if you want to be the season's greatest gifter. Here are some ideas if you're stuck in a rut!
1. The reader: For the person whose nose is always in a book. Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange a classic, and the question of self-identity and what it truly means to "be yourself," always makes for a riveting read. 2. The indie fanatic: For the person who always rattles off the names of bands you don't know. Who couldn't appreciate the leather-jacketed smoothness of the Arctic Monkeys' AM album ($11.99)? 3. The caffeine fiend: For the person who can't live without their daily jolt. This cute antler printed mug (, $16) is sure to start the morning off right with a cup of joe, or end the day in bed with a cup of tea. 4. The beauty queen: For the girl who can't leave the house without her heartbreaker red lipstick. This Pur lipstain (Kohls, $15) will probably last longer, and red nails (Essie's Thigh Highs, $8) are a classic. 5. The sartorialist: For your fashionista friend. These adorable loafers (Asos, $13) will go with anything she puts together and keep her comfy too! 6. The mathlete: For the smarty-pants with a flair for organization. This Easy as Pi pencil pouch (Modcloth, $20) would be quite the treat, as she'd probably have fun solving the equations on the outside too. 7. The guy indie fanatic: For the guy you'd already lied about listening to a band to. Impress him further by listening to the band, then buying him the artist's shirt. 8. The future cat lady: For your favorite cool cats. You can talk about how much you hate people in it! Electrifying! 

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!,
Kripa Mehta.
The Gift Guide
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The Gift Guide

Saturday, December 14, 2013

top: target | pants: jcpenney | jacket: local store | shoes: deena & ozzy brand, via burlington

Yo, what up, it's Kripa! Long time no blog, I know, but I'm here now, and I'm relaunching this blog as Ya Homme Girl! If you're a little Fran├žais-savvy, you'd know that "homme," means man in French. The juxtaposition of "homme girl," is a reference to my love of androgyny in fashion. But wait! Of course we couldn't stop at one layer of meaning, so the pronunciation "home girl," is a tribute to my LA hometown and its gangster slang. 
Aaaanyways, onto the outfit! These pants were a Black Friday buy, and I love them to death. They're reminiscent of the infamous Philip Lim SS13 plaid (far right), and this clean minimalist print will be great for the winter and spring. Also, because black and white can be boring, I added my metallic holographic creeper-platform shoes (wow that's a mouthful!) They are quite literally EVERYTHING, and every time I wear em out I get compliments. They're by the brand Deena & Ozzy, and I'm pretty sure they were sold at UO at some point in time, but I got them at Burlington for only $13, which was quite the steal.

Hope y'all are doing well & good luck with finals!
Kripa Mehta.

it isn't black and white, darling + ya homme girl launch!
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it isn't black and white, darling + ya homme girl launch!

Monday, November 25, 2013

style profile: amanda khattak
photos by kripa // modeling & styling by amanda

Q: What's your favorite type of clothing?
A: I like comfortable but interchangeable articles of clothing to mix and match outfits.
Q: What stores do you shop at to achieve the "mix n' match" vibe?
A: I normally shop at F21, G-stage, Hot Topic (for graphic tees), and anything I find online.
Q: What area of fashion do you like the most?
A: Definitely the styling.
Q: What fall trends are you most looking forward to?
A: Doc Martens with knits and dresses, and nylons that go with anything! And don't forget sweaters.
Q: What's your word of advice to other fashionistas?
A: Adding an accessory, for example the cross chain in the last outfit, can make a huge difference and complete an outfit.

Be sure to follow Amanda on instagram @converseforelsket!
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style profile: amanda khattak
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style profile: amanda khattak

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Oxblood has been a major fall/winter trend, and is appearing pretty much everywhere. This is a pretty simple nail tutorial for a pretty simple look that's trendy but unique.

First, paint your nails. You can use whatever color you'd like, but I used oxblood/maroon, and the nailpolish is Avon's Nailwear Pro+ nail enamel in the shade Racy. (It's currently on sale for $3.49!) A little review, I love this nail polish! I would have preferred a more purply shade, as it does look more purply in the catalog, but it's opaque after one coat, and has excellent lasting power! If you want to go for a more wintry look, however, try Essie's Wicked.

Because I'm pretty bad at painting my nails, I use this Sephora Nail Corrector to clean off excess polish.

You can use any color you'd like for the accent, but I chose black because it's more autumnal. Make sure the first color has dried completely, then starting at the middle of the nail, drag the brush from middle to tip to create the accent. If you have a striper, you can use that to clearly define the accent's base.

And here's the completed look! To make it last longer, add a top coat once the accent color dries completely. Some other color variations I'm thinking of trying include mint base with lavender accent, black base with white accent, pale blue base with shocking pink accent, and white with gold accent.

Let me know if you enjoyed the little nail art post, as I'll try to start making this more of a fashion and beauty blog!
As always, thanks for reading & hope you have a great weekend!,
Oxblood with a Twist
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Oxblood with a Twist

Monday, November 4, 2013

collared button-down: f21 (gifted) | referee sweater: vintage | leggings: target | docs: rose bowl flea market

 It feels like eons since I've made an outfit post, and I apologize for that. Marching season is coming to an end, so hopefully I'll be able to increase my postage in the coming months. ANYWAYS, don't mind my weird posting schedule, so on to the outfit. I freaking love this jumper/sweater, and whether you're from the UK or LA, I'm sure you can agree on this. I got a lot of comments that I look like a referee which is pretty true, and it even has "authentic" embroidered on the front in blue letters, so it's straight out of the nineties. To dress this otherwise laidback outfit up a bit, I added this jeweled collared button-down. I love the gleam it adds to the otherwise monochromatic outfit. 
also even though I haven't been updating as regularly, I have an October style profile going up this Sunday, so stay tuned! x

enjoy the week (+ the extended weekend if you're in the US!),

monday blues
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monday blues

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Exciting news! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Miss Rosie Elsie Joy Wright from Rosie Says Relax (whose blog you should definitely check out!) It's a pretty fun way to get to know the people sitting behind the computers and discover new blogs.

 1. Link the bloggers that nominated you.
2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator asked.
3. Keep the chain going by nominating 10 more blogs with less than 200 followers, and be sure to notify them.
4. Create 10 interesting questions for your nominees to answer.

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memories are of my singing lessons with a voice teacher who passed away from cancer a couple of years ago. I could tell she genuinely appreciated my sound, and I learned a lot from her. Sadly, as time passed, I didn't continue my voice lessons, but I feel like if I picked them up again her teachings would resurface.

2. If you were in a band, what would it be called?
Caffiend (caffeine fiend) or caffereine (caffeine queen.) I'd make electronica/indie music about coffee and its necessity to my existence with jazz and afropop rhythms. I was actually in a band in the 8th grade, called the Haruhiists after the anime the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. We did a cover of the song God Knows and I played drum set.

3. If you could wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it consist of?
A black leather moto jacket, a white button up, black brocade pants, and heeled black chelsea boots with cutouts and golden hardware.

4. If you could have met yourself as a child, what advice would you have given yourself?
I would have told myself to not let anyone bring me down. In middle school, it was pretty hard to adjust to new company because I wasn't well liked. That seriously lowered my self-confidence and it took quite some time to raise it again. When I reached high school, fashion helped me a lot because I realized that if I could love myself, other people's affection (even if simply of my appearance) would shortly follow.

5. What is your most embarrassing memory from high school?
I'm currently in high school, but one of my most embarrassing memories from middle school was when I thought a trombone player was going to help me with my bell kit part when in fact, he was pointing to the kid behind me (who played trombone.) Even though it doesn't seem that terrible of a mistake, the entire band laughed at me.

6. What song gets you really motivated?
Anything by Icona Pop has gotten me really pumped lately. I love how upbeat and catchy their music is! 

7. Who would play you in a film about your life?
It would have to be Zooey Deschanel. Her sense of quirkiness and awkwardness parallels mine, and though she doesn't look like me, I feel like she'd portray my personality quite accurately.

8. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I would love to be a koi fish. The way they move is so hypnotizing, and I love the way the sun reflects on their glimmering scales. 

9. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal would be kung pao eggplant tofu from Panda Inn with frozen yogurt from Yogurtland and a salted caramel mocha frappucino from Starbucks. They don't really go together, but those are some of my favorite things to eat individually. 

10. What is your favorite moment in a film and why?
It would be a three way tie between the scene in Les Miserables where Fantine's hair is being chopped off and she's crying, the scene at the end of Les Miz where the people gather along the barricade in heaven, and the scene in (500) Days of Summer where Tom and Summer lie together on Summer's bed and she tells him about her dream. I love Fantine's scene because I can feel that raw emotion and utter despair Fantine feels, for she's lost absolutely everything. The scene at the end of Les Mis gives me chills every time because of the harmony of voices singing "Can you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men? It is the music of a people, who will not be slaves again!" The scene from (500) Days of Summer is just so beautiful, because it's so intimate, and the subtle things like Summer's face as she ends her recounting of the dream with "And then I realized, I was all alone," and Tom's expression of understanding make it so lovely.


1. What is your favorite type of clothing and why?
2. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
3. What is your favorite book?
4. What is your favorite font?
5. If you created a magazine, what would you call it and why?
6. If you had infinite knowledge of one particular subject, which one would it be?
7. What is your "life philosophy?"
8. What is your favorite holiday?
9. If you could star in a TV show, which one would it be?
10. What famous figure would you love to spend a day with?

Once again, I'm really grateful to have been nominated, and I hope everyone nominated will take part!
- Kripa Mehta.

The Liebster Award
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The Liebster Award

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ever have those summer clothes that you just love to bits and pieces? You don't have to store them away for winter, just layer them up! These are some of my favorite summer trends that I'm still going to be rocking in the fall/winter months.


In the summer, I like clean, minimalistic shapes, essentially clothes that are somewhat preppy/fresh/hamptons but simultaneously possess street vibes(?) In fall, I make a complete 180 to supremely grunge looks. This neon clutch is accented by the citrusy sandals in the summer look, and adds a pop of color to the otherwise all black fall/winter look. To layer it up, add a chunky cardigan, flannel, or fur gilet.


Crop tops are perfect for days where comfort is the number one priority. In the summer outfit, I paired this pizza one with a pvc skirt to add some textural contrast. Since it's colder in the fall/wintertime, I layered the crop top with an oversized flannel and woolen harem pants. I'd recommend investing in some fleece-lined leggings to wear under all fall//winter pants to retain more warmth.


I saved my favorite for last. In the summer outfit, the heathered gray crop top and snapback make the entire outfit quite casual. For winter, I've been obsessing over everything Kenzo, and this sweater is no exception. It blends seamlessly as a solid to the printed dungarees, and adds visual interest to the primarily monochrome outfit. To layer it further, add a leather jacket or leather bomber. 

want past inspiration?: lust list | inspiration board

Hope you have a great weekend,

fall fridays: summer to fall transitions
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fall fridays: summer to fall transitions

Sunday, October 13, 2013


kill mean girls.▲ | via Tumblr on We Heart It
Hello! This week's "fall friday" is actually being posted on a Sunday, because ugh life. This mood board progresses with the seasons, starting with warmer fall tones, then shifting to icier winter whites. I like to call this time "leather jacket season" simply because I get to wear mine out and few things make me happier. It's already getting colder her in SoCal, and I hope we continue this way.
past fall fridays: fall lust list
Don't forget to be awesome,
P.S: I apologize for the lack of outfit posts lately, but it's honestly been pretty difficult to juggle my school/marching band schedule, so things might be a bit iffy. 
**disclaimer: none of these are my photos, and if you know their owners, please let me know and I'll link back. c:

I want to make a Vampire Weekend version of this jacket, I just don't think I'm that talented. ;;


Ashish LFW S/S 2011


 (by victoria//grout)

fall "fridays": inspiration board
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fall "fridays": inspiration board

Friday, October 4, 2013

fall lust list. by cherry-cordial featuring cut-out booties

It's finally October! Now that it's time to perfect layering by wearing all kinds of different fabrics and silhouettes, I've put together a list of what I'm currently coveting. Also, this is the first part of a fall fridays series I'm starting for the month of October. Each Friday of October, I'll have some kind of fall fashion editorial/polyvore/tutorial sort of thing going on. Please be sure to check it out! <3

 Back to the wishlist, some common themes are chunky heeled boots, denim jackets, tartan/plaid, and monochrome palettes: all of my favorite AW13 trends. Lucite is also a trend that's growing on me, an example of the minimalist-luxe approach that brands like Celine champion. Speaking of designers, Kenzo's eye motif was a different take on the evil eye-esque wear that bloggers/edgy chicks have been sporting for quite some time now. I suppose you could say they see eye to eye?

What are you planning on wearing this AW13? Let me know in the comments!
- Kripa. 
fall lust list
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fall lust list

Sunday, September 29, 2013

denim dress | f21 | $8 (gifted)
The Forever 21 at my local mall was having a HUUUGE buy one get one free sale! This dress was actually marked for $16 in the sale, and $32 original, so it was a major steal. I'm going to have so much fun layering this with tights and cardigans in the autumn.

"wild youth" tee | cotton on | $5
I know this shirt doesn't have much hanger appeal, but I absolutely adore it. It was a men's medium, so it's really oversized and comfortable, plus it was super cheap. I love layering this shirt over dresses/rompers, because it's large enough to tie into a cute 90's knot.

tropical denim | cotton on | $10
A couple of years ago, I bought a pair of floral pants that were black and white with purple flowers. I feel like these are the grown-up, tumblresque sister of those pre-teen jeans. I love how refined and muted the colors are, and this piece will be great for the winter and spring.

pink top | f21 | gifted
I'm not usually a pink sort of person, so when I was originally given this shirt, I honestly didn't know what to make of it. However, after staring at it for a while, I'm kind of digging the delicate lace and the gorgeous exposed zipper. Maybe I'll actually learn to enjoy the color, who knows?

modern vampires of the city tee | vampire weekend concert | $30
Yesterday (September 28th) I went to go see Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl in LA. It was absolutely phenomenal! Since it was my first concert experience, I had no idea what to expect, but they did an awesome job of entertaining the crowd. The lights, the sounds, the garlic fries... everything was absolutely perfect. I should have an outfit post of what I wore to the concert coming out soon, so stay tuned!

top: vampire weekend concert | leggings: kohls | jacket: a local store | beanie: target
Here's a little outfit layout, as I'm just so stoked to style this amazing tee!

cases | aovoa | $10 apiece
I got the Samsung Galaxy S3 back in late July, but still hadn't gotten a proper cover for it, so I decided to treat myself. I totally dig the NYC skyline case, and it's on my phone currently. The deal was buy one get one free though, so I got this Polaroid case as well. I was a little disappointed by the image's poor quality, but it's my backup case anyways, so I'm not too disheartened. 

 contra album | barnes & noble | gifted
Last but not least, you can probably tell I'm a huge Vampire Weekend fan, so my brother and mother got me two albums, Vampire Weekend (their first album, not pictured) and Contra (the second album, above.) I'm super stoked to listen to these in the car on my way to school.

I hope you enjoyed this haul, also please let me know if ya dig the picture format? I was contemplating making a Youtube video, but figured people wouldn't want to hear me ramble.

Anyways enjoy the week as always,

september haul
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september haul