Common Thread

Photos by Minh Huynh

When describing a feather earring she bought while hanging out with friends, designer Carly Ealey channels her inner head-banger.

"We bought them from this hippie street vendor in Berkeley who warned us to reinforce the back of it so that, 'When you are partying like this <Ealey shakes her head wildly while talking>, you won't lose them,'" she says. "To this day, we imitate her when we wear shoulder-length earrings."

Ealey is co-founder of Sezio, a San Diego-based nonprofit that provides exposure, community support and other resources for emerging artists and musicians. An artist herself, she paints, shoots photographs and writes, sometimes using her creativity to add flair to her wardrobe. Among her recent DIY projects: dying a shirt a new color and re-sewing the hems on her jeans to create wetsuit-tight skinnies.

"Fashion makes my everyday life more interesting and inspiring," she says.

sezio.org
carlyealey.com
 

-Nicole Quiroz

Olive and Olivia Fringe Top
$40
Haven Boutique, Gaslamp
Ravinghaven.blogspot.com

 

Frye Philip Short Harness Boots
$268
Urban Outfitters, Gaslamp
urbanoutfitters.com

 

Spy Valentina Sunglesses
$130
Active, Mission Valley
active.com

 

Silence & Noise Faux Leather Moto Jacket
$118
Urban Outfitters, Gaslamp
urbanoutfitters.com

 

Spike Ring
$12
Haven Boutique, Gaslamp
ravinghaven.blogspot.com

Amazonite Crystal Necklace
$25
Home Boutique, North Park
amomentinyourlife.com

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