Friday, May 30, 2008

White Light - Gorillaz



I knew when I bought this 100% organic cotton tunic dress, that it bordered on the fine line of decency and be-careful-how-you-bend-over. I once wore it with leggings. . . but now I'm not sporting leggings too much these days, so give or take a thirty, forty washes and this dress is no longer suitable as a dress. I am simply not an Olsen twin (they can pull it off) nor do I have the overt confidence to ignore icy glares from other females.


So, I decided since the dress is 100% organic, I should continue the green movement. This winter I put black trim on the hem, to make the dress longer. . .but that was extremely heavy and I still wasn't wearing the dress to maximum capacity. . . so I was decided it was time for the dress to become a jacket.

I told Kelly when she returned from her sample sale yesterday, the dress I was wearing would be a jacket. And I am a lady who is good on her word. Indeed I did finish the jacket by the evening. And here's how:


1. Give the dress a good wear to say goodbye. Cut seven inches off the hem (including the pockets). Stop that crying, you're not hurting the dress. . . you're giving it a second chance at life.


2. Put your new top on and find the center of the front. Cut down middle.

3. Hem the bottom and your new jacket closure.



4. Use excess fabric to make whatever fancy, frilly collar you so desire. Let your imagination run free. Add snaps for closure (I'm doing that later), or leave as is.

5. Run outside in the sunshine and enjoy your beautiful new jacket.

Additional:

6. Maybe experiment with dying the fabric? Since it's 100% organic cotton, it would take nicely to fabric dye. . . to be continued. . . ?

(Photo: Malaysiantoday.com )

Great DJ (Calvin Harris remix) - The Ting Tings


Around 3pm yesteray, I was enjoying my afternoon earl grey when my phone started ringing off the hook. Sometimes I just don't pick up. Nothing personal. . . it just means I'm taking a moment to savor my life and ignore my phone. But when the annoying little bugger on the other line, proceeded to call repeatedly, I muttered a couple unpleasant words and begrudgingly made my way to the kitchen. After I finished my swearing tirade, I cleared my voice and smiled. It was Kelly dearest ! Kelly Dearest is my favourite office DJ. We went to Daft Punk together last summer and snuck away from the office for lots of overpriced iced coffees. It was a pleasant surprise to hear from her since the last time I spoke to her (on i-Chat half an hour ago), she mentioned she was going to a sample sale today (the busy life of us freelancers).
Well, that was just the problem. She was at the sample sale and had stumbled upon a glorious (but still somewhat pricey) Vena Cava dress, pictured above. She hadn't bought what she came for (Cheap Monday jeans) and did a completely 360 into a completely different item selection and price bracket. She knew what she wanted to do. . . but she just needed that little devil on her shoulder to show her the way to the cash register. (This is where I come in).


But before she could skip happily out the door, shopping bag in hand, I accosted her with the three questions which I reserve for myself during a sample sale. So here are my three rules, to determine whether or not I actually need it. . . or if I'm just blinded it by the light.

1. If I saw it in a boutique, would I immediately run towards it lovingly?
2. Are you sure, it isn't a case of everything being so awful, that I just picked the most wearable item and decided that I needed it?
3. Is there enough oxygen in this room? If not, I step outside and take a deep breath. . . it works, I swear.


In conclusion, she got the dress, which I'm sure will look smashing on her. But perhaps if Kelly and I had asked ourselves these questions two weeks ago, we would have both marched out of the A.P.C. sample sale empty handed. . .instead of laughing about the purchases we made, today over i-Chat. Ebay, here I come!

(Photo: Revolve Clothing.com )

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sunfed Shapes - Inlet


$229 for a necklace with plastic baubles. . . really Barneys ??? Because I found this amazing non plastic one at a thrift store a couple months ago and I absolutely adore it. Don't get me wrong, I think your's is nice too. . . but I guess the difference is, mine was $3. . . funny, that.

Went thrifting today with Peas . My shopping trip was fruitless. Peas on the other hand, picked up this beautiful leather bag for $3. I might have spotted it perhaps two seconds after she did. . .but she grabbed it first. And when I looked at it, admiringly, she gave me a very threatening look and said sharply, "I'm buying it". It was a side of her I had never seen before! Swedes man. . . "we're all peaceful and soft spoken until it comes to vintage leather bags, then we'll shank you and keep walking".


Completely off topic. . . the sunlight in the DC area is so beautiful these days. . .take a moment to savour it tomorrow. Breathe it in. Write a poem about it. . .

This Charming Man - The Smiths




There are plenty of days when I roll out of bed, stand indecisively in front of my closet in my pajamas, rubbing the sleep out of my eyes and think the ever-so-famous line, "I haven't got a stitch to wear". While we all know this is in no way true. . .it still happens. It translates into "I haven't got a stitch of creativity in my body right now". My solution to this problem? I ask myself, "What would Agyness Deyn wear?" Laugh all you like. . . but believe me, it works. . .

I think I'm going to bite the bullet and buy her i-D magazine issue. i-D is a once in a blue moon luxury for me because the price tag is a little daunting in the US. But I flipped through it and I love the feel of it. It's not totally autobiographical. . . it's more like a yearbook of everything I love about London and New York with familiar places and faces.


(Photos: The Mirror and The Age )

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Shoes - Paolo Nutini



"I thought hello new shoes, bye bye blues".
As I nervously teetered down the stairs in my bright orange Nine West shoes, I could only think what my family would say. You see, I am at an age, where my indulgences are tolerated but fiscal responsibility is praised. My shoe buying habit has gotten to the point, where I find myself stuffing my new shoes in my over sized tote before I walk in the door. Now ladies and gentlemen of the jury, please understand, this spring is an exception in my life. Most of my life, I've visited London, once (sometimes twice) a year. . . and I would skimp and save, the months leading up to my visit to buy my yearly shoe supply from Office and Topshop . Unfortunately. . . I haven't been to London in THREE years. . .and while I miss it. . . I know with the current state of our economy and the value of the dollar. . .I wouldn't get very far. So being that there is no plane ticket and no ridiculous exchange rate. . . I caught up for lost time this spring. And these darling will carry me nicely into the autumn, says Harper's Bazaar .



Well my mother sighed and muttered, "another pair of shoes". . . but she later admitted that she found them quite pretty. And when I showed her my issue of Harper's Bazaar. . . she smiled and said "well, you're always on top of the latest styles". Which made me grin from ear to ear because my mother doesn't give a hill of beans about fashion! My older sister bought Paolo Nutini's "New Shoes" from i-Tunes, in honor of me. . . and James found this amazing video for me. All of this in the span of three minutes. I love my family.

As a girl with size 10 feet. . . I completely identify with the $300 shoes scene. As a matter of fact, I laughed aloud, every time it gets to that scene. And Jackson B. next time you tell me "I think you have too many shoes". . . you know what's coming next. But for the record. . . these shoes rule. They boost you up nice and high but give you a not-so-obvious platform to stand on. . .so even the clumsiest wearer (ahem. . .me) can walk a good distance in them. I wore them tonight . . . as I was running out the door to meet Peas for sushi. . . "I'm running late, I don't need an excuse because I'm wearing my brand new shoes".

So what are you waiting for? "Let's get some shoes".

Red Angel Dragnet - The Clash



I adore the starkness and fluidity of these photos from Dazed and Confused by Horst Diekgerdes. It took me a moment to realize that the model was wearing an ivory body suit. Check out some of the other photos in (RED)alert if you have a moment. There's some really interesting, beautiful photography waiting for you browse it.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Your New Cuckoo - The Cardigans


Now if you've been reading this blog for a little bit, you understand that I am a lover of shoes. I love all shoes equally. But when I laid eyes on these shoes, I couldn't help but to wonder if Jil Sander misunderstood the assignment. You see Jil Sander, since women's shoes usually range from being hideous and comfortable to beautiful and very uncomfortable (the happy medium is a matter of thresh hold for pain). . . we try to avoid obvious discomfort in the design process, if that is at all possible. This looks like you're going out of your way to cause some unnecessary pain. If that is the case, you definitely misunderstood the assignment. It's okay, you can do it over again and pass it in tomorrow.

( Barneys.com is apparently drinking this shoe kool-aid)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kids - MGMT



This blazer was purchased from Salvation Army for $5 but in the blazer's first life (living with me is the second), it was the blazer your mother once wore to the PTA meeting in 1992. She nearly got out the door before you stopped her and begged her not to wear it. You cautiously explained to her that the year was 1992 and the blazer was purchased in 1981. All the other mother's would be wearing denim button downs and chinos from the Gap. Wouldn't she feel left out? Why couldn't she just blend in? Your mother decided then and there to wear the blazer, just to spite you. As she marched towards your school with her head high, chest puffed out with pride, she thought long and hard about the child she had raised. Who did you think you were? She and that blazer went to many fun parties together, back in the day when she used to go to parties instead of PTA meetings. That was the night you learned to keep your big mouth shut about your mother's wardrobe. Any way. . . that's my story and I'm sticking to it.











My older sister always has pretty much the same response to any funky, thrift store item I purchase. She watches me model the item, looks me up and down and declares:
"I don't like it".
I think from now on, I'll just turn to her in a lispy British accent and say:
"Now Andy what do you think?"

Meanwhile, my Mum, on the other hand. . . did like it. Surprise, surprise. . . eh?

(Photo: Lou and Andy.com , an entire site dedicated to the Little Britain duo)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Devil - The Rapture



"Economist say this is no time to trifle with your money" - says Glenda Bailey in June 2008 Harper's Bazaar . Maybe that solves the endless the question and discussion I've been having with my Mum lately. Why on earth is there so much great designer gear in discount stores right now? I mean, I have truly never seen this much goodness during any one season. Bad economy = bad for my credit card. I have had to show MASSIVE restraint lately (sometimes I have to leave a store before breaking into a cold sweat and panic). I did buy this glorious Marni top last week. . . it was my birthday after all. Everyone's got their own fashion golden rule. Meaning "if I see this, I buy it immediately". For some people it's nice fitting jeans. For me, it's discounted Marni.

A couple hints for the DC fashion lover:

Nordstrom Rack at Potomac Mills . . .expect to find Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Missoni, Rag and Bone, (I think I snagged the only Marni top), Sunner and a whole lot more (I had to leave before I got carried away).

T.J. Maxx at Tyson's Corner . . . expect to find Badgley Mischka, Bottega Venetta, Missoni, Hudson, J. Brand and lots of nice bath products.

But we must not forget Net-A-Porter, home of all things swoon worthy. It would seem, that every item which I've glanced at lovingly this season, is on sale. . . but mostly the sale items which interest me most is of the Mui Mui selection.




I have to go now. My hand is starting to twitch and I find myself eyeing my wallet with wolf eyes. . .

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Blue Little - 1032 (I listen to this once a day, right now)



Today's outfit inspiration is brought to you by Aya T. Kanai and her various Nylon magazine spreads featuring denim and heather grey jersey.



I quickly learned that when Aya Kanai styles, you PAY ATTENTION. Sometimes with artsy fashion mags, the fashion spreads are amazing but somewhat unaccessible to the average reader. But Aya styles in a way that is fresh (never stale or over done), fun and accessible.

She is definitely one of my fashion heroes. . . and whenever I crossed paths with her, I was always careful to keep my mouth shut and not gush too much (although I always wanted to. . .she's really very nice).

My denim shirt came from Salvation Army ($3.99) and my shirt dress from the Rogan for Target collection. I am not one to blow smoke up your patootie with unnecessary fashion hype, but the Rogan for Target collection, really is just that good. It would be in your best interests to check it out, if you haven't already. Tonight a cool girl from my ballet class complimented my style, which made me beam with pride. I would have driven her to Target then and there if it wasn't closed. . . I'm not one to keep a good thing to myself. . .

(Photos: Worship Worthy and Target.com )

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Typewriter - Shugo Tokumaru


I would be shocked if Jackson B. didn't already have this site bookmarked. I just stumbled upon it and I've bookmarked it. Fonts, posters, books . . . oh my. It's all very refreshing and inspiring. . . as it should be. . . the site's creator happens to be the senior art director at Ogilvy. Anyways Jackson, here's to you.

(Photo: Aisle One )

The Last Mile - Luseq


So you want to be a trend forecaster ?

Photo: New York Times

After The Rain - Little Dragon


Hi, I've missed you. I've been working like a mad woman and to reward myself, I decided to go to New York, where the city welcomed me with open arms by raining on me for three days straight. Throw in a touch of bad luck and you have a New York City weekend! Ta-da! I assure you, it was delightful. But I'm back.
New York isn't terrible. . . it would just take a lot for me to move up there again. Nice to visit and nice to leave, I always say. But let's stick to the nice things, shall we?






Caffe Falai always perks me up. They've got great coffee, excellent pastries and an interior which melts my heart. Did I mention their friendly staff? I have yet to have an unpleasant experience there.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Birthday Cake - Cibo Matto


Another year older. . . and none-the-wiser!


A.P.C. birthday dress compliments of my darling sister, Corn Puddin'
Shoes. . . an early birthday present to myself.
I'm starting to dislike birthdays. That's a sign I'm aging.
"I don't give a flying f*ck" - Cibo Matto

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kings Folk - Cornelius



Today while I was helping The Thinker move some stuff into her car, I stopped and realized I hadn't yet photographed the incredibly, poofy, collared jacket, I made this week. So we snapped some photos. Thinker passed me her bass to pose with, which happened to be what I had been carrying to her car. I couldn't help but to think, "who else wears poofy blouses, big shoes and plays a music instrument?"
Sadly, the two of us have nothing more in common than a love for poofy tops and tall shoes. I've never picked up a bass before in my life, in case my ackward pose and stance isn't tell tale enough.























(Photo: Classic 45s )

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Good Disease - Aim

So, it's official. . . I've gone a bit mad. There has to be some sort of clinical term for this shoe craze I've experienced. That is why Jackson B wouldn't allow me another pair of shoes. He simply thought I was at my quota. Meanwhile, I knew I was at my quota. But that didn't stop me from continuing my dirty habit. I present to you, my seven heavenly sins. . .

ENVY




Everything about Maloles Miracosta-Antignac's Paris apartment is enviable. . . I like the way she mixes mid century furniture with crystal chandeliers. If you haven't glanced at this month's Domino, you really should. When I saw these Sam Edelman shoes at Nordstrom Rack, I bought them just because they reminded me of the Maloles I have yet to afford. . . and a bit of old school glamour, which you don't see much of any more. But Peas and my Mum both thought other things. Both of them said at seperate moments "what's on your shoes?"

















SLOTH


These light blue keds are so perfect for a bookstore browse with Peas. . . and they came from Salvation Army, so that really doesn't count, does it. . .

GREED



And while we're at Salvation Army. . . let's just buy another pair of shoes. . . I mean it really doesn't count because it's so cheap. . .

WRATH


My sister bought these from Nordstrom rack and I loved them. Dolce Vita is one of my favourite shoe brands.
So last time I went back, I bought them (even though they were a bit big). . . and skipped happily out of the store. Oddly enough, if I were a real gladiator, they would be no happy skipping involved in my day to day wearing of these sandals. . .



GLUTTONY


And while I knew I was already at the sandal quota. . . when I saw this $12.99 pair at Target , I bought them simply because they were a great price and because Target adequately mimicked many of this season's big trends without making a cheap looking shoe. And I say "well done", to that.

PRIDE




Chie Mihara's shoes have been taunting and teasing me for so long. I've had a very hard time finding a size 41. . . and I've had n even tougher time swallowing the price. . . but with a Saks Fifth Avenue gift card, burning a hole in my pocket and nothing worthy to spend it on, I was determined I would not be beat. With the recent Sak's sale . . . and my gift card, these beauty's only cost me about $70. . .which isn't bad in my book.

LUST




So I've been wondering if I could ever pull off shoes this sexy for awhile. . . but today at Nine West , I took the plunge. They were having their friends and family sale (I tried posting the coupon on here for you all to reap the benefits, but it didn't work). Coupon holders received 20% off of regular priced merchandise and 15% off of sale's merchandise. I love the fact that I can always find my size in all the slightly offbeat shoes, at my local Nine West. Anywho. . . Lulu wears them very well and I'm hoping to follow in her foot steps. When I presented them to my family. . . my mother, shook her head and smiled.

Me- Are they slutty looking?
Dad - Oh definitely. That's for sure.

Me- Grammy what do you think?
Grammy - The things they make today for you kids. . .

Me- And Uncle Dave, you might as well get your two cents in. What do you think?
Uncle Dave - Are you going to New York?
Me- Why yes, actually this week!
Uncle Dave - Are you planning on walking the streets?
Me - Um sure, why not?