Model Monday: Monika

California winters are unpredictable: one day is cold and wet and the next is balmy and hot. Gothic, dark fabrics and classic, western-wear fabrics work perfectly together in a storm or in the heat. Whether draped over a bronze maxi dress with exquisite side paneling, paired with a black lace crop top, or as the bohemian centerpiece for a simple tank and jeans look, fringe is a must. Delicate, hammered brass bangles are appropriate for any time of day. Go Gothic with dark, antique, mixed metals and edgy lines paired with metallic stones, such as pyrite, or stick to a few statement pieces in the form of dramatic geometric earrings.

Name: Monika Ka
Age: 25
Height: 5’8″
Hometown: San Francisco
Agency: Scout Model Agency
Favorite Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Favorite Music: Deep house, dubstep
Favorite Film: Wuthering Heights (1992) with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche
What do you enjoy about modeling? Meeting creative and amazing people and being transformed into different characters.
What do you think is the most pressing current social issue? The way the world responds to terrorism is minimizing/undermining its actual threat.
Guilty pleasure? Bread, bread, bread. I love fresh, rustic Italian/European bread with butter!
Favorite article of clothing/accessory? Big, oversized sweaters! I love “poncho” style cover-ups, knits, etc.
Place you would want to visit? I love traveling! This year, I would love to go to Iceland.
What are you currently obsessed with? I am dying to have an amazing, fully stocked, professional kitchen. I love cooking and baking and eating!
What is your “guiding philosophy” for life? Trust your own judgement, even if counterculture.

Look 1:

Dress – Oh My Love, $86
Jacket – Wylor, $88
Shoes – Dolce Vita, $126
Short Necklace – Imogen, $42
Earrings – Canis, $38
Bracelets – Tennessee Bangles, $40 per set
Bracelet – Solana Bangle, $21 each

Look 2:

Tank – Glamorous, $54
Vest – Lira, $48
Shoes – Dolce Vita, $149
Long Necklace – Jaxon, $40
Short Necklace – Phoenix, $65
Earrings – Vega, $24
Bracelets – Tennessee Bangle, $40 per set
Bracelet – Solana Bangle, $21 each

Look 3:

Bralette Top – LA Made, $34
Vest – Pistola, $56
Skirt – BB Dakota, $72
Shoes- Free People, $178
Short Necklace – Vault, $52
Long Necklace – Jorunn, $40
Earrings – Zara, $34
Bracelets – Tennessee Bangle, $40 per set
Bracelet – Solana Bangle, $21 each

Photographer: Shona Sanzgiri
Photography Assistant: Octavio Martinez
Art Direction & Production: Anna Bagirov
Model: Monika Ka for Scout Model Agency
Stylist & Jewelry Designer: Kat Brackett for Nomad West
Hair Stylist: Jaymz Marez for Hair Diva Salon
MUA: Renee Batres
Wardrobe: Kitsch Couture – 10 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030
Location: Private Property of Lisa Harmon, Gilroy, CA

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