suns out guns out

shirt c.o. suburban riot
jeans: diy
clogs c.o. moheda toffeln

It was actually 79 degrees, but whatever. 

The weather literally just woke up on Monday and was like "You know what? Forget spring, forget summer, let's just go directly to hell." It's been above 75 every. single. day. And not a cloud in the sky. Sunny and 70 ain't a joke - it's our lifestyle.

These jeans are the best idea (and most successful diy) I've had in a while. Never underestimate the power of a pair of boyfriend jeans with holes and big pockets. Paired with my clogs/new best friends, this was a perfect lounge about outfit.

Let's take a moment to say a few words about Coachella:
 Bad hipster outfits. Floral. Uber. Drake. Madonna assaulting Drake. Fake IDs. Hair dye. No-Show Vanessa Hudgens. Unclear art. Live stream crash. FKA Twigs. Snapchat stories. Rihanna???

Drake, if you ever tryna find someone else to bring on stage,
 just give me a heads up so I can plan for it.

x J

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justina + ian thomas | interview

"He's a singer from the Netherlands. Or is he a vine star? One of those. He's nominated."

 On the carpet at the Kids Choice Awards, I heard about Ian Thomas before I saw him coming. He's one of those fantastic quick interviewees who actually thinks about your question and focuses on you. I enjoyed our *literally* 80 seconds together so much, I decided to extend it. So now, meet Ian Thomas. (He isn't a vine star. Or the creepy husband from Pretty Little Liars.)

Justina: You're from Belgium, right?

Ian: Yes, I am! My mother is from Amsterdam and my step-father is from Belgium, so I'm half and half. 

 Either way, you're pretty far off from LA, haha. Tell me a little about your "journey to the States".

Well I moved here five months ago, but it really started when I worked on a song with Anise K and Snoop Dog and Lance Bass. They wanted to bring it to a European audience and really loved what I did, so they wanted me to fly out to LA as soon as possible. That's how I got here the first time, and I really liked it. 

And now you're here!


What's your favorite thing to do in LA?

My favorite thing..I really like everything. I like the weather so far. Where I'm from it's always cold and raining, so to wake up and have the sun out just makes me super happy. I also enjoy all the new things, I'm playing piano now...I'm very busy. I'm still getting used to everything. But my favorite thing is probably meeting new people, or going and relaxing, being out in nature. 

I don't think people realize how much beautiful nature LA has.

They don't! And also here you have the beach and the mountains in the same place, it's beautiful.

What do you think is the biggest difference between Belgium and LA?

First of all, the people in LA are way more welcoming. In Belgium people are kind of on their own, doing their thing in their own family. Here, people are way more open and social. I know sometimes it is "fake", but it is nice to have more open minds. In Belgium, people are very much like...make sure you go to school first, and go to university, and graduate, and then maybe in a few years you can pursue your dream. Here, people think if you have a chance and an opportunity, go for it, wow. Or like, driving a Lamborghini. In Belgium, people would say "oh my god what a cocky little bastard". But here in America, people look at you and say "oh nice man, good job". 

It's all that sunshine, it makes us optimistic. 

Yes, that must be it, haha.

So let's talk about your music - when we met at the KCA's, you were telling me about your song Cheers, with Tyga. (the music video to which just dropped on Vevo, go check it out. There's an easter bunny one piece.) Tell me about making that.

Ah, yes, we wanted to create a feel - good song, something you could listen to when you were down, and it would up your mood. I feel like we really did that. I personally really wanted a rapper on the song, and the perfect person to me was Tyga so my management got in touch with his, and we made it happen. It was very natural, working with him.

Who else would be a dream collab for you?

*Doesn't skip a beat* Kid Cudi.

Hahah, Kid Cudi? I feel like that could sound really cool.

He's one of my hero's, on both a musical level and on a personal level.
He truly inspires me. On another note, I'd love to work with Justin Timberlake. There's so many - Frank Ocean, even Kanye West. Really anybody. There are so many talented people out there, and whatever happens, happens. 

I'll get back to you in ten years and we'll see what you've done by then, yeah?

Yeah! It's so crazy - this is just the beginning.

In researching you for this interview, I found that you get compared to Justin Bieber a LOT. Like, a lot a lot. You're literally called "Europe's Justin Bieber". What do you think is a big difference between you?

I think we are completely different people. I don't know him personally, but no one can be a copy of someone else. I think we get compared because I covered one song of his, but I don't think that means I am copying him, you know what I mean? I am my own person, and I'm not planning to be the next Justin Bieber, I'm planning to be the first Ian Thomas.

Iconic words have been spoken.

I want to inspire our generation to do great things, whatever their thing may be.

What do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

I want people to feel connected to me and their moment. Whether they are sad and want to feel better, or are happy and want to be there, I want them to connect to me and my music however they can.

Well speaking of that, let's talk about your social media...

*I said the magic words. We talk about instagram for the next ten minutes*

*Justina gets back on track*

So you have a pretty distinct look, and I've been wanting to talk to you about it. What do you think influences your personal style?

My style is influenced by everything, honestly. I will see an outfit on tumblr, and say "Okay, that is what I want to look like today", or I see a person walking down the street. Life, I guess. Life inspires me. You know what I mean?

Yeah! I'm the same way. Plus, you live in LA, which is the perfect place. 

Yes, it is!

Speaking of LA - I saw a post you put up a few days ago about going vegan. Are you vegan?

I am vegan now! I wasnt in Europe, but then I moved to LA and I became a vegan. LA is getting in my head.

Hahah it is, but again, it's the perfect place. LA is set up for vegans.

I think it is so important that people are educated on where their food comes from. You literally become what you eat, and if you are eating chemicals and genetically modified foods and such, that is what you are becoming. But they are - there's a whole movement starting, and people are becoming aware.

It's about time. Ours is running out as well, so here is your last question: what is something you've always wanted to be asked, but no one ever has? 

 Oh...this is a hard one. I want to give you an honest answer, so let me think about it.

***several hours pass**

The thing I have always wanted to be asked, or want people to know, is that I want to be different. I don't want to be the guy who says he will do something and then doesn't. This is just the beginning for me.

Cheers to that.

You can check out Ian's music here, follow his extraordinarily well curated instagram account here, and continuously groove to Cheers here. Have fun, or as they would say in Belgium, amuseer je.

I think. Google Translate hasn't got the best track record.

x J

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can you see the light

 So ONE of the things I did in the last few weeks was run around LA with Element Eden and shoot photos in their Summer 15 collection. You'll get to see everything soon, but here's a sneak peek. This dress is one of my favorite pieces, mainly because it's velour cheetah print. That's right. Velour. Cheetah. Print. Just let that soak in. This was the last outfit we shot, but it was by far my favorite location: the LACMA. If I'm being completely honest, I didn't even know it existed outside of ~youtuber location world~.

Fun fact:  I learned that saying the sentence "I'm not as great at climbing poles as I should be" will always illicit mutterings from strangers, even if you are literally surrounded by massive light poles and your mum.

 x Justina

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snap the strap | aerie for yellowberry

all pieces c.o. american eagle

So I had a definite direction I wanted to take with this post about the wonderfulness that is the Aerie for Yellowberry collection, but first I want to shout out to the big brother who was in my local Aerie store taking his little sister bra - shopping. I don't know your life man, and you probably won't read this, but you're doing a really good job. Also, the pink lace was definitely your look.

Everyone's got awkward underwear shopping stories. Aisles are too bright, you don't know what size you need, that person you know from somewhere just walked by, your mom is being uncomfortable. Now imagine being a thirteen year old girl shopping for a bra. Everything is too sparkly, too old, too much. It's practically traumatic. Megan Grassell, an 18 year old big sister in 2013, could not deal with this nonsense and changed the game. She started a company, Yellowberry, that launched a collection of cute n comfy options for younger girls.  Flash forward to 2015, and she's partnered with my faves at Aerie to bring it to ~the people~. Personally, 13 year old Justina and I are PSYCHED. The whole shebang is exclusive to aerie.com, so get it while you can, save a thirteen year old.

I like to pretend I wear a ton of color but lets be honest, at this point its all just Barbie pink or stripes. My name is Justina, and I am #aEsThEtIc.

x Justina

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L.A. LOVE | Kids Choice Awards 2015

all photos and video shot using FUJIFILM X30 

I just did that thing that you do after a trip where it sounds like you're sighing but you're actually just exhaling all of your pressure and excitement and whatever airplane air was still stuck in your lungs. You know what I mean. The last five days have been crazy. Crazy fun, crazy busy, crazy eye-opening, and crazy crazy. I can't wait for you guys to see all the things this last week has set in motion. It's going to be awesome. BUT FIRST -

LEMME TALK ABOUT THE KIDS CHOICE AWARDS. It was so weird to pack up and head there knowing that this was my SECOND one. I felt like an old hat. A glitzy, selfie taking old hat, but an old hat all the same. I wore a fire Element Eden dress and my beloved Moheda Toffeln clogs, and it was the perfect outfit for a day that had even the most weather hardened natives dripping. I got to see some old friends, make some new ones, photobomb 5SOS, talk to Iggy, compare accents with the Janoskians, selfie with Kevin James. You know, the usual. HAHAHAH we both know I was freaking out. I documented everything for HuffPost Teen, and you can click here to see the whole shebang.

Besides not getting slimed, there was something else on my to-do list for this particular trip: visiting Suburban Riot. The name might not be familiar to you just yet, but I'd be willing to bet money one of their products is:  kale sweatshirt. That's right. The one Beyonce wore in the 7/11 video. Mhmm. They were nice enough to invite me to visit, so I swung by to pick up some snazzy pieces for future outfits. Dance skills not included.

But lets be honest, none of you want to see me dance any more than you've already had to.

x J

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WHO'S the princess??

dress c.o. unique prom

 I may have never gone to highschool, but I look GOOD in a prom dress. Well, this prom dress.

Today is the day and the time is up, pumpkin or no pumpkin. Someones getting a stunner of a Unique Prom dress (Tiara not included, personal sparkle and grace sold separately) That someone is....

Even if you didn't win, fear not: now's the time to call your grandmother - you might be heir to a small European country.

x J


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see you in the selfies | KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015

It's time to go back to where it all started: the Kids Choice Awards. 

That's right, tomorrow,  March 28th, I'm going back to the orange carpet to bring a splash of sparkle and a smattering of selfies to the slimiest of  shows. Expect serious dance breaks, important questions about fandoms and eyebrows, and me not breathing regularly for approximately an entire day. I'll be documenting the whole thing LIVE for HuffPost Teen on their Instagram account (@huffpostteen) starting at 2:30pm PST/5:30 EST. Be there or be an annoying half face selfie.

Last but not least: 
If you throw slime at me, 
I throw a wooden shoe at you.

x J

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who's that dress? | GIVEAWAY

dress c.o. unique prom

Pretty dresses are kind of important. Do you think Prince Charming would have been half as down to go chasing all over the place looking for some girl if she'd been wearing glass shoes and a velour track suit? NOPE. What if Mia Thermopolis had been crowned Queen of Genovia in some Levi's and "gangsta rap made me do it" crop top? NOT ACCEPTABLE. No magic can happen when you look like your rolled through an Urban Outfitters trash bin on your way out. In all fairytales, however, whether based in small European countries or "real life", a fairy godmother is around to amp up the #ootn game. That's where I come in.

I'm teaming up with the fairies at Unique Prom to give one of you lucky ducks a lil' something snazzy to hop out of your pumpkin/parents car with at prom. That's right. This pink and pretty and overall very 80's prom dream dress could belong to you. All you have to do is find your own tiara, because I sure as heck ain't handing over mine.

RULES (no curfew involved):

1. Follow @unique_prom and @abentpieceofwire on instagram!

2. Regram a photo from this post, tag both @unique_prom & @abentpieceofwire and #uniqueprom 

3. Tag 3 of your faves! 

One entry per day, per girl. We'll announce the winner on Tuesday, March 31st, and then someone's dancing the night away in a very magical dress indeed. Might even get a foot pop in.

x J

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but can you throw them


clogs c.o. moheda toffeln
jeans c.o dstld
shirt: j. crew
jacket c.o element eden
purse: new look

 Okay, nobody freak out or anything, but - I GOT CLOGS. SWEDISH ONES. FROM SWEDEN.

Basically, they're super legit.  

They are also really cute, very comfortable, and most important, make that fantastic loud clopping noise that was the soundtrack of my childhood. As a kid, I ran the streets in brightly colored Hanna Anderson clogs that were great for all adventures, finding me (thanks to the aforementioned noise) and throwing, in order to express a wide range of emotions. I didn't have any for a long time, but now thanks to Moheda Toffeln, I am BACK and ready for summer. 

I have just realized that these photos make it look like it's like 60 degrees or something. You know, cold. It wasn't. It was a brisk 75 in Cupertino. I just like wearing this jacket, regardless of the weather. It's got all the good stuff, because it's from the homies at Element Eden who, as we all know, are practicing the dark arts. Pockets, ties, a militant collar. The basic necessities.

I would also like to thank you all for the lovely comments about my crazy week on my last post and for not jumping ship on me. You the real MVPs. Or maybe you just can't swim.

*clomps around in a happy dance*

x J

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take me to the river

All photos taken with Fujifilm X30

Last week Yanna and I decided to wander downtown for sushi, selfies, and  candy testing. We ended up doing all of those things as WELL as getting a shoe stuck in a railroad track, eating American Fries, and taking our rendition of "Blank Space" to the river. Literally. In the 20's they would have given us our own boat.

This week has been 500% certifiably insane. Two exams, one of which was apparently a midterm (surprise surprise), three 4-H meetings, and nOT ENOUGH BLOG POSTS. But like Prince, I always come back. Usually wrapped in sequins.

x J

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