Friday, November 30, 2007

Credit Card Mail Order - The Brunettes


I told my Pops that the next time I got a longterm job, I would get a serious lady handbag to go with the position. I've recently gotten some short term contract work with a former employer. . . so I treated myself to a slightly serious lady handbag as a reward for working again. . . every day. . . (sigh). . . can't you tell, I'm looking forward to it?
I got it on eBay though (because the butterscotch colour is no longer available), so it was nowhere near full price. Which is nice!

(photo: Revolve Clothing )

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sawdust and Diamonds - Joanna Newsom







A while back, I posted a blog about Stina Persson and how much I love her illustrations. Peas suggested that I check out
Lovisa Burfitt . Since you do not personally know Peas, I'll just let you know, she is usually right about most things. When she is wrong, I rag on her, only because she's usually spot on. Lovisa Burfitt is so talented and her drawings make me want to either get dressed up or lay around in my underwear. Not sure which effect they have yet. So I'll stay put in my jeans and cardigan.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Reminders - Jaga Jazzist

Some how, Gap Europe has become this beacon of cool and they intend on keeping it this way, for Europeans only. Years ago, my best friend in London was employed by the brand Mulberry. Each Mulberry employee is granted one wholesale handbag per a year. Because my friend swears she's not a handbag girl, she was willing to pass on her wholesale handbag to me. This was right around when the Roxanne bag, was at it's height of popularity. Even at wholesale price, the bag is hardly a deal. And have you tried lifting it? With all the hardware, the bag weights nearly 10 lbs empty. By the time, I would be finished loading it up with all my necessary crap, the bag would weight 30 lbs and give me back problems for life. So I declined. . .

Now Product (Red) has this amazing heather grey jersey version (which is only 85 GBP). Jersey is light weight. And more important, the proceeds go to a really amazing cause. But it's only available in Europe! So, I emailed my other friend who works for Gap. . . maybe we can work something out. . . and if that doesn't work, I've got a Plan B. . .

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pumpkin Soup - Kate Nash

Recently I had a bit of a meltdown when I looked at my bank statement and realized that there was less money than I had anticipated. . . the money appeared to have up and walked itself straight out of my account. Then I remembered Erin Fetherston for Target. Oh yeah. . .

My coat didn't receive rave reviews. . . (the average buyer didn't like it at all) but I really like it. It has it's imperfections. The bottom doesn't quite close as it should, it's a little thin for a coat, but for the price and the style, I think it's quite nice. I think white coats are so ladylike and elegant, but I never want to spend an arm and a leg on them (because I am not-so-ladylike and quite playful) therefore, this is the perfect solution.

The black twill pants, fit decently. I had to go up a size because the thighs were small, the waist big. . . and I like the pocket detail but I'm pleased that it's hardly noticable, except when you look close (otherwise it might be too cutesy for me). I have enjoyed wearing these.

Now the rest of the collection treads dangerously close to the "Too-Cutesy-To-Be-True" zone, which doesn't suit me at all.


These jumpers remind me of something my mother tried to stuff me into for school picture day in the 2nd grade. I strongly protested then and I shall stand firm in my adult years. I waited long and hard for my right to drink booze and vote so why on earth would I want to look like an 8-year-old now?

Cutesy and coy while still being cheeky is nearly impossible to pull off. But if anyone can do it, Patron St. Kate of All Things Cute and Cheeky can do it.


Photos: Target

Straight Pysche - Amon Tobin

Do you remember when you were younger and everyone used to shout the phrase "pysche!", all the time, when letting you know that the wool had been successfully pulled over your eyes? Well, I keep expecting Topshop to send me an email that says, "Pysche! We were just kidding about the granny pants we tried to sell you".


I suppose Topshop didn't get the memo that Sienna Miller admits to wearing those pants to divert the media's bright and shining light from her style of dress.
"I decided I'm just going to wear disgusting things, and I went a bit nuts". - Sienna Miller, Nylon Magazine.

You can say that again, Sweets. You looked positively crazy. And Anna Wintour looked a little scared for/of you.


But for some inane reason, Topshop thinks we ALL want to emulate this look (not two, not three, but four pairs of these horrific hot pants can be found on their website). Topshop, read your mags. It was a joke guys! Ha. (The type of joke where someone falls on their face, jumps up and protests, "I meant to do that"). Either way, you won't catch me running around, looking like the village idiot in these things. . .

(Photos: Oh Topshop! , Fuggin' It Up)

Busenfreud - Philippe Lussan, Camel Hinds


Lately I've been craving a good bustle skirt. Funny thing to crave, I know. With my shape and the curvature of my derriere (I was not slighted, in that area of my body), one might think that I would stay away from such designs but. . . well. . .the thing is. . . I simply don't care. I wear what I like.
(This one from Bernard Wilhelm is very cool with an even chillier, unwelcoming price tag of $495)

And I love this home made one worn by Clara of Underbaraclara (She has amazing style).

I decided to make my own too. It's a surprisingly easy, 30 minutes project.
Start with a men's (or women's) dress shirt from Salvation Army. The bigger the better, because you can have more folds.
Pin folds accordingly, where ever you see deamed necessary.
I pulled the sleeves up and pinned them twice and wrapped them around the front (I think I'm going to sew down the cuffs into nifty little front pockets).

Sew a straight line, where ever you placed pins (There's no picture for this because I cannot sew and take pictures at the same time).

Button around hips and you're ready to go.
You might need to adjust the buttons so it fits your waist better. Luckily, I didn't have to do that!

(Photos: Clara of Underbaraclara, Seven )

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fuck Was I - Jenny Owen Youngs


My darling ex roommate, was a ribbon dancer in this sweet little video for this new recording artist, Jenny Owens Youngs. She's wearing a yellow top and she has two (not one, but two), two second twirls.
Not only am I pleased because my ex roommate is doing what she does best, but I happen to love the song. It's very delicate and sweet yet sharp and biting. I know I've been there before. Have you?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Circles - Osunlade


Some of you might know that I recently picked up ballet courses on Sunday. Two to be exact. Aside from feeling a little lost and kind of out of my league, I genuinely enjoy the challenge of both courses and when I finish, I feel sweaty and sore but joyful and happy. Afterwards, I go and treat myself to coffee and book browsing in DuPont Circle (where the studio is). It's a quiet, peaceful existence. But with the cost of classes, it doesn't leave much room for ballet gear (although I'm pretty well covered in that department). But if I could allow myself one small expense, I might get this sweet little bag from 2K T Shirts to put my shoes, wallet, i-pod and many peeled off layers in.

Female Demands - Prefuse 73



Last night was a girl's night out. It wasn't meant to be, it just happened that way. The boys went to a lame bar and we went to Prefuse 73 . We had way more fun.
Click here for a lovely sampling from our fantastic night!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Everest - Ratatat


WINTER LOVES:

-Eating tons of food on special holidays and falling asleep by the fire like a grandpa.
-Winter coat excess (you need it, right?)
-Cuddling up with someone on the couch, whether it be a good friend or someone special.
-Textured tights.
-New boots.
-Knitted hats.
-Listening to music in a warm house with all your friends around.
-Cashmere. Cashmere. Cashmere.
-Sitting in a coffee shop with your friends, watching the world pass by.

WINTER HATES:

-Dry hands, lips, face, legs. . . everywhere.
-Cold cars, which creak if you don't let it warm up before driving.
-Cold houses which induce sprints to the shower when I wake up . . . (I never want to get out of bed especially in the winter)
-Textured tights.
-Waiting in the cold for anything (subway, bus, friends. . .)
-People who park in the spot you shoveled (them be fightin' moves).

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tenderly - Django Reinhardt





My town is prettier than your's. For this brief moment in time. It's also unseasonably warm. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Golden Cage - The Whitest Boy Alive


This video is awesome. It also helps that it's one of my favourite bands.
For you, Brent.

Les Yper Sound - Stereolab

Last weekend I totally acted my age. . .and it feels nice. Sometimes I think I'm far too responsible for my own good. But now, I'm resting (looking like the bookish librarian and knitting). . . which nice as well.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Drunken Tune - Cinematic Orchestra

There was a Barney's Co-Op fashion show in DC and a Beaujolais Nouveau party.

One Beaujolais,

Two Beaujolais,

Three Beaujolais. . .


FLOOR!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Iced Cooly Beatnik - Boards of Canada (I love this short song. . . )


Do you ever pick a favourite outfit and live in it? I have a couple this season. . .but here's one of them. Thanks to J Brand denim's high waisted wide legs, I shall no longer feel the wind on my nearly exposed backside. . . and that feels nice to say.

Let's Ride - Q -Tip


If I lived in Paris today. . . getting around the city would be quite the feat. That's why god made beautiful bikes. The Paul Smith one is a little too sporty for my prissy riding skills. But the Jorg and Olif bikes appears to fit me just right. . . I love that it's bright and red. (It also looks lovely in cream). I think we should ride, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. . .


Somebody loves their bike a little too much .
(photos: BBC and Cool Hunting)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My Man's Gone Now - Nina Simone (remixed by DJ Wally)

Mens wear in the womens wear section has run amok for the last couple of seasons in the fashion world. Here are my current two favourite pieces.



I'm a sucker for a bib front and anything which would appeal to Tuxedo Mask.
(photos: All Things Evil Begin Here , Delias , Animeinfo.org

Monday, November 12, 2007

Storm Returns - Prefuse 73 (Peas Favourite Song)


Alice Temperley is on sale at our Target for half price and they've already started putting out some Erin Fetherston stuff. Sometimes I don't miss New York at all. The Erin Fetherston scramble is going to be ugly in Brooklyn.

(Yup, we bought the top and sweater which, we are wearing in the picture. . . and yes, that is love in my eyes).

It's been grey and rainy in our little part of the world. Met Peas for coffee, knitting, Salvation Army shopping spree (we got goodies galore. . . more later) and of course. . . Target ! What chases away the blues better than a little retail therapy?

(Photo: Lolcats . . . I am starting to worry about this site's unhealthy popularity with my friends).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Me For Real - Arthur Russell





I was in the car with Matt recently and we were talking about the "Me Sprees" we've been taking ourselves on lately. (Overpriced sweatpants, cashmere sweaters, the works!) Autumn shopping is sometimes tricky. While I realized that my winter wardrobe from last year is still amazingly current, that doesn't stop me from indulging in a few new things every autumn. This sweater from Calvin Klein is so clean and classic, I want to wear it almost every day. And if you're wondering about my magical, new and improved bustline. . . Calvin Klein is also responsible for that. I kind of blew the bank there last week.


My Rules For Autumn Shopping:

1. Quality always beats quantity. Less is more.
2. Never buy anything made from itchy wool. If it's not cashmere or cotton, it's probably not worth it anyways.
3. Keep in mind the things you need, but don't restrict yourself to buying just that, because you'll end up with a bunch of stuff that you're not crazy about. And if you're not over-the-moon about it, is there really a point?

I also bought this elegant animal print cardigan from J. Crew. I love it. Aisha and James tell me it makes me look like that crazy woman in every office, who goes to every office party, gets intoxicated and talks loudly about "being on the prowl". I say: purrrrrrr.


(photo: J. Crew)