Roses & Roads

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Excited to try something a little bit different for this week’s Thrift Style!  Stephen created the short video above to showcase my outfit in a more dynamic way.  I hope you enjoy it – look for more of these in the future!

Pockets of downtown Rapid City and its nearby alleyways have the best little urbanesque vignettes – most appropriate for my recent collaboration with Long Island-based streetwear brand, Roses & Roads.

I really dig the clean, minimalistic design of this tee without having a brand name plastered across my chest, and the vintage varsity jacket adds some structure to counter the oversized look.  I happen to think the jacket makes me look more tuff (spelled that way apparently to emphasize how badass this jacket is) – and it still has still has the original owner’s name written in ink on the tag!  It’s so fascinating to ponder all the previous cycles a garment has had before it begins life anew in the thrifter’s closet.

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Tee c/o Roses & Roads // Thrifted vintage leather & wool varsity jacket // Ripped jeans //
Shoes: Vans Sk8 Hi // Baseball Cap c/o Roses & Roads

Hello, November.

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Let’s welcome November with a round of applause, because this year’s fall has been one for the books.  (And also because it feels like we’ve been celebrating Halloween for the entire month of October – and I love Halloween, but let’s be real now!)  Autumn has such a narrow window of time here in the Black Hills, and by some form of miracle, we haven’t yet truly had our “first snow” – that is, the snow where traffic is bonkers because everyone has suddenly forgotten how to drive.  And I am okay with that for now! I hiked through Spearfish Canyon over the weekend, and the colors are still lingering, crimson and rust still clinging to the branches.  So get out and enjoy the crispy fall air before snow is our permanent reality (at least until April or so)!

Out of curiosity, on a recent trip to Target for some necessities, I peeped through the women’s clothing section to gauge this season’s trends.  A skirt that caught my eye was very similar to one I had at home – ultimately inspiring this entire outfit!  Now that the air is crispier, I’ve been experimenting more with layering and texture.  And also because now I have a new lady crush on the bohemian fashion maven that is Katia Nikolajew – thanks Jackie for sharing her profile with me, and thank you Stephen for snapping these lovely pictures!

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Kimono top: Thrifted // Dress worn as blouse: Free People // Skirt: Thrifted // Boots: Thrifted // Hat: Forever 21 // Jewelry: Mixture of vintage & Forever 21 // Tooled leather handbag: Vintage

1970s Superstar

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Last year, I had the pleasure of restoring my dream bicycle. A bright, sapphire blue 1960s BF Goodrich cruiser, purchased for $10 several years ago at a farm auction near my rural hometown. Despite the bad tires and decades of dust, it just needed a bit of love to bring it back to its full potential. However, it’s not exactly built for commuting. And with the surge of traffic due to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off this weekend, it’s my goal to commute by bike as much as possible.

On Saturday, after I finished photographing the CHAOS Maker Festival, Stephen mentioned that he had seen a post about a local bike shop having a consignment sale. As soon as we pulled up to the place, my eyes were immediately drawn to this 1970s retro beauty. The bright burst of orange is what really did it in for me – truly love at first sight! And at $50 I really couldn’t say no.

For the maiden bicycle ride, I wore my favorite 1970s, attention-grabbing blouse. Today’s trends tend towards subtle, muted colors (thanks, Pantone), and I am anything besides subtle. The more outrageous the pattern, the better. Without being overly obnoxious, the blouse pairs perfectly with a white skirt, and my favorite baby blue fedora ties everything together.
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Aside from the sandals, this outfit is entirely secondhand/vintage.

New Beginnings: welcome to my blog!

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Hello friends! This space has been within my imagination for many years, and I am so excited to welcome you here. Laurophyll is where I will share my journey as a Creative Community Fellow, current projects, personal style, muses & tutorials, and to reflect upon life as an artist in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I hope to inspire you to live life more colorfully. Please enjoy your stay.

Creative Community Fellowship: Doodle Downtown

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More and more of today’s kids, especially those who call a rural community home, are growing up without art in their lives.

Perhaps the biggest barrier the arts face in rural communities – especially in South Dakota, as 75 percent of its public schools are located rurally – can be attributed to a lack of funding. Threatened constantly by government cutbacks, many high-need schools are forced to leave art out of their curriculum entirely, despite mounting evidence of art education’s powerful role in student achievement. This issue isn’t totally isolated to rural schools, either. The second largest school district in the state, Rapid City Area Schools, serves over 13,000 students yet lacks formal visual arts in its elementary curriculum.

Ultimately, this lack of exposure will raise a generation of children who are brought up to be unnecessarily intimidated by the arts, to be less culturally well-rounded, and to have lower self-confidence, empathy and social tolerance.

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This is the topic I chose to challenge when applying for NASCCF.

Last summer, I was able to host Doodle Downtown, Rapid City’s first ever chalk art competition, through a grant from Arts Rapid City. While the competing artists worked on their pieces, guests were welcome to grab a piece of chalk and add their own flair to the sidewalks. Needless to say, the entire Square was covered in colorful doodles! The competition was originally conceived as a one-time event, but I recognized its potential to engage and re-energize youth in small communities through chalk art workshops.

Why chalk? Children of all ages (including adults!) are naturally drawn to the medium; chalk is easy, colorful, inexpensive, and fun! People who aren’t artists can confidently pick up a piece of chalk and express themselves in a fun and playful way. Working  shoulder-to-shoulder inspires positive vibes which are translated throughout the colorful imagery. Collaborative workshops boost emotional intelligence, build confidence, and increase self-awareness for all who participate.

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Over the past five years, I’ve personally witnessed South Dakota’s growing tolerance for the arts. Young creatives have a tendency to flee this area, but I realize the community cannot continue to move forward unless people stick around to make change happen. I see so much potential around me, I must develop my leadership skills further in order to realistically implement change.

Thanks to National Arts Strategies and the Bush Foundation, the Creative Community Fellowship will allow me to explore my motivation to lead, test my self-confidence, and eventually inspire other young artists to become catalysts of change in their own communities.