Make beautiful things out of dust

Rag & Bone leather jacket
Surface to Air top
Sea reptile printed leggings
Givenchy lace up boots

This insanely tagged up building in Seattle used to be a spa until a couple years ago it was discovered to be a brothel and then condemned. I feel like the colorful graffiti is such an eerie offset to the desolate lot. One thing I love about shooting is that my boyfriend (I get asked this question a lot about who is my photographer) and I roam around and find these awesome spots, it’s a fun hobby we share. We literally shot these before grocery shopping yesterday (I changed into flats.. felt weird going into Whole Foods wearing 5-inch heels). Anyway, I like these reptile printed leggings especially for the thick elastic bandaging detail around the lower leg that peep out from the boots if you look closely, easy to wear with all black since they’re crazy enough on their own.


  1. May 10, 2011 / 2:33 am

    The colors in these pictures are so pretty, you definitely pop in all black. I love the reptile print as well.


  2. May 10, 2011 / 3:00 am

    This is literally the perfect background for this outfit. Rock on!

  3. May 10, 2011 / 7:15 am

    Oh, God! You look perfect, I love your leggings and those Givenchy's
    That first photo with the leather jacket on top is like from a fashion editorial 🙂

  4. May 10, 2011 / 7:26 am

    omg those leggings are insane, i love them! those boots are pretty awesome too!
    yeah, i probably wouldn't wear them to whole foods either, some people are just not fashion oriented to understand certain styles of clothing 😛

    Fashion Bag 411

  5. May 10, 2011 / 7:51 am

    Those Givenchy boots are TO DIE FOR.

    Love the graffiti building, and the story behind it. I have a fascination for abandoned buildings.

  6. May 10, 2011 / 11:04 am

    Love these pictures! Your outfit rocks and the background is awesome!

  7. May 10, 2011 / 11:18 am

    Absolutely gorgeous look and photos!
    Love those Givenchy boots!


  8. May 10, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    these photos are damn breath-taking 😮
    and in fact, the quote was from her ;D

  9. May 10, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    Great shots 🙂
    Such a stunning look!
    And those lace up boots are kick-a** You're rocking it!

    p.s. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and for dropping by my blog!


  10. May 10, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    I love all the time and thought you (and your bf) put into your outfits and photos. It truly shows. Amazing background to offset the dark outfit. Great job!

  11. May 10, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    This is such an amzing location for photos! and your outfits looks even more amazing in this setting 🙂 x

  12. May 10, 2011 / 6:03 pm

    you look fierce! and that location is really cool indeed 🙂

    x Breshna

  13. May 10, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    This outfit friggin rocks! I have snakeskin print leggings but I've always been afraid to wear them with uber sexy tall boots (I am not sure what my issues is), so I always paired it with something more casual. Kudos to you for making it look so chic! And the graffiti is the perfect backdrop.

  14. May 10, 2011 / 6:57 pm

    lovely lovely photos! 😀 i love the contrast…where is that building anyway???

    it's so lovely that your bf is able to take such fantastic shots of you!! sighh if only my boyfriend were better than me at using a camera haha…

    btw, I'm going to Seattle soon! 😀 for vacation!! Any places you'd recommend to check out? Places that like mainly locals would know and aren't too particularly touristy? Be it shopping or food or simple a fun thing to do??


  15. May 10, 2011 / 9:59 pm

    i love your blog. your photos are fantastic. now following. xx

  16. May 11, 2011 / 1:32 am

    This is such a fantastic backdrop for pictures, and that outfit is perfect for the location 🙂

    I love the leggings and the boots, but I don't blame you for switching to flats before hitting the grocery store…I've absolutely done the same thing.

  17. May 11, 2011 / 5:38 am

    HOTTTNESS! esp. those fierrrce boots~
    all your photos looks fantastic.
    now following 😉
    xo Diana

  18. May 11, 2011 / 6:40 am

    Hi Carolyn. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.

    A little ironic cause I've been following your blog for quite some time but have never left a comment, so it was strange to see your stumble across my humble little blog. 🙂

    Love the outfit, and the background is super awesome! Take care!

  19. May 11, 2011 / 8:27 am

    Awesooome photoos!!!Lovely blog giiirl


  20. May 11, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    Sweet boots and leggings! Love this fierce outfit Carolyn! And the background perfectly complements this style.

    I wish I could manage to force my boyfriend into doing these things for me. He's not so much in favour of taking outfit photos for me haha (and thats where my brother comes in … :D)

  21. May 11, 2011 / 2:12 pm

    this is amazing, everything! from the shoes to the location xx

  22. May 11, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    I absolutely love your blog. The colors in the background of these photos in comparison to your outfit really make a statement.

  23. May 11, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    i'm such a sucker for graffiti! love the all black contrast!! and those leggings are amaze!!

  24. May 11, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    those boots are killllerr. pretty awesome. hehe i would feel funny walking through whole foods in 5in heels as well! i think this outfit choice looks amazing in front of the graffiti.

  25. May 11, 2011 / 6:48 pm

    Stunning! Those leggins look fierce, love the set perfect for the outfit! Thanks for your comment on my lbog, loved yours like a lot, I'll make sure to stop by often!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  26. May 11, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    I always miss the good stuff on Gilt!! Arghh. Those leggings are so pretty and add the perfect amount of interest to the all black outfit.

  27. May 12, 2011 / 2:29 am

    Hottie Biscotti!! Killer outfit, and location!I love a good location with a little bit of history behind it.

    x Sarah

  28. May 12, 2011 / 2:39 am

    Wow, personally I LOVE graffiti. Amazing! And love the pants.

    xoxo uyen

  29. May 13, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Girl, I love me some ALL black ensembles! Very chic and edgy look! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  30. May 15, 2011 / 1:12 am

    You look hot! I love these pictures. I agree; They're really eerie in a colorful sort of way.


  31. May 26, 2011 / 7:11 am

    i absolutely looove everything about this post!

  32. June 16, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    Really awesome outfit!! love it, so cool 🙂 Great post!! xx

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