RED Hearts: Pick a Pepper

Introducing RED Hearts, guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February. Today, our first RED Hearts post is from Zulay Regalado, 20, Miami, who writes about her new favorite fashion line, Pepper + Pistol:

One of the many highlights of my trip to NYC this December was getting the chance to attend a fashion sample sale. And what girl doesn't enjoy a sale, let alone in a cool Chinatown loft space (sketchy old elevator and all) with a view of the Manhattan Bridge and sugar cookies? Hello!

It was there that I was introduced to Pepper + Pistol, a label created by Katrin Wiens and Silvia Hillman, two German-born designers living in New York, who are as original as the idea behind their name. (It comes from a German folk tale.) Their designs make it easy to look fashionably casual, patterned, and edgy, which is why I bought an awesome navy blue oversize tee with silver witch and cat prints--yes, witch AND cat. I mix it with black leggings and my signature hot pink flats

A must-have on my wardrobe list now is this hot-white Summer Sizzle Dress (pictured) from the Babylon Summer ’09 collection. The lightweight materials and breezy flow of the pieces are perfect for a stuffy July afternoon in Miami, which is major for me. If you’re more of a tees girl, then the boldly patterned shirts from this collection are great for a day around town or just to hang out.

After talking a bit with Katrin (and complimenting her on her adorable, single lipstick ear stud and P + P Eskimo leggings), I got a first-hand look at what really inspires her and Silvia's collections. It's all about what makes you feel like you--and the irresistible prospect of peppering your wardrobe with a little fashion-forward self-expression.

RED Hearts guest poster Zulay Regalado is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which was recently published in paperback.

 Photo: Ryan Michael Kelly