Thursday, December 31, 2009

Chaos - U.N.K.L.E.


This year was about as much fun as a root canal. Let's hope next year is ten to fifteen times better. I want to continue to:

1. work
2. blog
3. love
4. grow
5. cook (interchangable: food/ideas)

If you still need a moment to make promises to yourself which you will most likely lie about keeping, go here. Otherwise, go have a cocktail. We've earned it.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Playing With Yen - Milosh


Could I be you? My scarf is nearly done and I already own a fine pair of hammer pants.

Just looking at these employees from the Commes Des Garcons Black temporary store blog, made me go to eBay to try and find some H&M leftovers to layer with the things which are already in my wardrobe. You can find some dotted cardigans on eBay for $25! But the punchline of the joke is the $20 it cost to ship it from Japan. Still . . .








PS- Did you like how I refused to use the phrase "pop up shop" (regardless of how awkward my phrasing was)? One of the most overused phrases of 2009 in fashion, in my opinion.

(Photos: here)

Sleeping Beauty - Sourya





As I settle into my comfy, cozy new abode, it becomes more apparent to me that I could very well be one of those crazy hermit types that never wants to leave her house. If this is indeed true, I may be kean to invest in some perfect lounge wear and gorgeous underwear. Just like in a Alexandra Carr photograph.

While I'm Waiting - Steve Miller Band



While I'm waiting for Matthew to one day visit me, I may as well sue him for friend neglect.

Matthew James Reginald D. III the charges against you include being quite possibly one of the loveliest chaps the defendant has yet to come across and yet one of the worse long distant friends known to mankind. Should you plead guilty, the punishment is purchasing one of these lovely pixelated totes from Cristian Zuzunaga (by way of Tate Modern) for the defendant and shipping it to her new address in "the States", which of course she would provide, willingly. How do you plead?

Skint?!? You can't plead skint. Oh wait. Yes, you can.

Still, I want. And looks like if there's an outrageous shipping fee to be paid, I'm going to be paying it . . .

Monday, December 28, 2009

Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano

Christmas
So . . . did you get good loot?

I did! Glasses, Marimekko, Macbook Pros. Holyshit. I wasn't even expecting a lump of coal, so I would say I did well. And I celebrated with new in laws and and extended family, making thirteen of us total. It turned out almost okay.

Well, it didn't end in a slapping match, so I would conclude that we're in the black.



(For Cornpuddin', who knows how to bring the drama).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mrs. Cold - Kings Of Convenience


I told you I would be constructive if I got snowed in, didn't I? 72 hours indoors is all you need. I kid . . . this is actually a blanket from Anthro that I'm hoping to buy for my living room once it hits around the $50 mark. Man that thing is cozy. (If it weren't utterly ridiculous you know I would try and pimp this like a scarf, you know that already . . . ). So now that I've been knitting for three days straight, I'm a bit addicted. All I want to do is curl up in a ball and do something in repetition, making straight little nearly perfect lines of warmth.

And now that I have this beautiful new Kings of Convenience album to enjoy, I'm even more enticed by the idea of never leaving my abode again. The world is a general mess of jerks right now. Lines, impatient people with cabin fever, holiday madness. I realize the album isn't really that new, but life has been so busy I'm just catching up on everything none work related. How did you all fare?

(Photo: Pitchfork and Peas)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let It Happen - Kathryn Williams



Everyone calm down. It's just snow. And if you're smart, you'll get yourself a pair of pajamas (like this pair from J Crew which you'd have to pry off my cold frozen body today)



. . . a fat stack of books, a bottle of wine and something to knit.


Or if you're not smart, you could try to drive. But I have a feeling you are so much smarter than that!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

SW - Blond Redhead



Because I can always use another wrap sweater thingie . . . and Complex Geometries is constantly producing new ones.
My cousin always impersonates his wife when it comes to Christmas shopping. Apparently she always suggests buying a "sweater" but with her cute Pennsylvania accent it comes out as "sweader". How bout a white sweader or a black sweader?
I just bought this one from Calvin Klein. It was 40% off and it looks quite simple and glamorous all at once. My one friend who refuses to stray from black always looks so put together (even when she's being quite casual). Her style of dress has had a most indirect effect on the way I plan my outfits in the morning.



(Photos: Complex Geometries and Calvin Klein)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Beggin - Frankie Vallie



Wouldn't it be great if high school dances were drained of all their angst and uncomfortableness and everyone could just cut loose in a total and utter un self-conscious way? Wishful thinking! But it makes me realize that it's been way too long since I went somewhere where could just dance. Dancing for me is haphazzardly throwing my body around in different directions vaguely to the beat of the music.

Monday, November 30, 2009

She Moves She - Fourtet


Laziness isn't becoming but moving is very hard work. I'm doing it in bits and pieces and like Aggy, who needs a moving truck when you have appendages and a short distance to walk?

Pictures to come soon. You are going to love it. I just know it.

(Photo: from here)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Opened - Kathryn Williams






I love when something from our past makes a comeback with a vengeance. We can rebuilt you, make you stronger, better, faster and all that jazz. That's what is going on with the haute couture house, Carven. This spring Carven will launch their ready-to-wear line and so far, everything's looking awfully nice. The world needs more ready to wear. Just like I need more shoes. Always.

(Photos: Dazed Digital)

Bang Your Drum - Wolf Parade



And somewhere far away, someone heard the vociferous, piercing war cry of Sister Wolf.

(Notebook available from: Lazy Oaf )

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Good Life - Kanye West feat T-Pain


Hope everyone's having a good and restful long weekend. I have been busy being sick (cough, COUGH, cough), going to work (despite being sick . . . much to the horror of my coworkers) and lusting after this bag. And being that I am moving into a house in a couple of days, I will probably never be able to afford another Marni product. And that's the way of my life, isn't it?

Eat, drink and be merry everyone.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Go Deep - Jim Rivers



I am gutted.

Daul Kim
1989 - 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher



Fashion bores the shit out of me these days. Forgive me if my mind starts to wander. I submitted this image of my parents to My Parents Were Awesome. Correction: my parents are awesome.

(Photo: Pops.)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm Trying - Milosh


Not even all the Marni in the world can drag me out of this funk I've been in. It's the sky darkening earlier, the cool quiet after the storm (of my sisters nuptial), the roughness of my cough (acquired from too much ripping and running), and another year coming to a close. Sometimes everything builds and I get a bit glum and sad. So I went to Neiman's the other day with the best laid plans of buying Marni (eyes glistening with glee) and left empty handed. The flats were too prissy, the red pumps were too small. I'm pretty sure I saw tears in the salesman eyes as I shuffled off into the sunset.


(Photos: Marni )

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Shut Up - Madness


It would seem almost romantic comedy perfect that the week that my mouth would cause the utmost of trouble, I would wake up at the end of it with no voice. This morning my voice was gone and I wasn't pleased. But later, I realized what I thought was going to be a frustrating day turned out to be nearly pleasurable. I realized I was enjoying the silence radiating from with in. Maybe I wasn't the only one.

It's mind boggling how we're so amazingly dependent on our voices and our ability to express ourselves through sound. And yet, when left without it, I found every activity which involved communicating to be refreshing and new (I also felt twenty times more productive). Going to the library worked out perfectly, I wrote down what I wanted on a piece of paper and the librarian was pleased to see a quiet client. Picking up Pho, I pointed to the menu, smiled and nodded. Purchasing a dress, I wasn't able to be chatted up into looking around for anything else by a sales assistant. Not a bad day at all.

I should probably talk less in general. Seems to keep me out of trouble.

(Illustrations: by Richard Gray. I love their long necks).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Untitled - Interpol



The Giving Tree narrated by Shel Silverstein.

I think this was sent to me with a definite reason. Though I'm not so sure.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dayvan Cowboy - Boards of Canada




Suggested book titles:

The Lazy Girl's Guide To Getting Dressed: Just Wear Black and Unusual Shoes

Sweater - can't remember
Tee - H&M
Pants - H&M
Boots - Finsk
Headband - Homako

Rabbit Heart - Florence + The Machine


If I still lived in London, I would just take the 242 to Topshop to buy these Fifi Lapin cards. Then I would come home, sip some tea and start writing everyone I know. But since I don't live in London, I will lie here in bed and try and decide whether or not the shipping justifies the purchase.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ghostbusters Theme - Ray Parker, Jr.




Happy Halloween. From Max, Pippi and Mr. Dancing Pumpkin Head

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin



People wear designer for many different reasons. I wear it because it's easy. Because when your boss tells you you're going to an award show whether you like it or not, you can come home, grab your Vivienne Westwood trousers off their hanger, slip on your Marni blouse, contemplate a shower (decide against it) and be out the door in five minutes. Smelling mediocre but looking like gold. With simplicity like that, it leaves plenty of room for procrastination, to which I do in abundance. Please excuse the over exposed, blurry photos. I may have mentioned something about being in a hurry.

And now, our award show recipient, Bill Cosby. Congratulations, Dr. Cosby. You are one of the most deserving comedians of my life time. The moral of this tale: children are not to be trusted. They will sell your ass down the river.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rules of the Game - Brazilian Girls



"Love to help you get to 100 pairs :-)"

No thanks, I can get there on my own.

Reason number #1,500,245 why online dating is awesome. And when I say "awesome", I mean, makes you want to crawl into a hole and never come out. Mr. Foot Fetish Man has been chasing me for weeks now. Sending me IMs and messages, begging me to let him play with my ugly, ballet broken feet in exchange for free expensive shoes. All because I was foolish enough to list my love of shoes under "interests" on a dating website. When I tried to explain this to my parent's innocent ears, they looked a bit shocked for a moment, and then both coyly smiled and said "and you considered, didn't you"?

Sho' did.

(And then I blocked him).

My dad just went to this post and announced, "Loooord don't send him this picture".

I also tried to buy these Melissa shoes today from Ideeli. I'm beginning to develop a strong dislike for these frenzy, crazy sample sale sites. Damn you, slow work computer.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Moi, Je Joue - Brigitte Bardot



Who doesn't love a good old fashion Goddard film to leave you puzzled and somewhat sad? I knew that was exactly what you needed on this late Sunday night. Much of the film is pretty hammy and slapsticky (which might explain why it's my favourite Goddard as of yet). But the thing I love most about Goddard characters is that while they're suppose to be adults, in many ways, they're incredibly childlike, goofy and mellow dramatic (as demonstrated above).


Oh and I love the fact that Jean-Paul Belmondo casually mentions that Breathless is playing on television in A Woman is a Woman. Veeeery clever, Goddard.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Coelophysis - Douster






I cannot believe I forgot to look for the Marni S/S10 show this season. I was so wrapped up my job that it slipped by me. But as usual Marni did not disappoint. You want to look like a hot art teacher teaching a semester in Provence? This is your brand. And quite frankly the three things which I own by Marni have maintained their place as some of my best pieces in my wardrobe. Consuelo Castiglioni does not shy away from the pattern of muted tones and summery, art deco style prints but you know that saying about if it ain't broke . . . .

(All photos: Style.com)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cinderella - Hooverphonic


Ouch. While I may praise our fashion fairy godfather Margiela as much the next fashion loving fiend, but I will say this post begins and ends in "ouch". When we were told the story of Cinderella as children, we never imagined how difficult and foolish it would be to attempt to run in glass heels. And while there may be no doubt that these very expensive wonders are certainly works of art (and probably not meant for long distance running), one has to wonder if there is at least one eccentric out there, willing to brave the streets in glass heels. All I can think is "and then she tripped". Ouch.

(Photo: Cool Hunting)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

111 Archer Avenue - Mark Mothersbaugh



And since we're on the subject of shoes and items which make my mother cringe, I just happen to think inside every girl is a little Margot Tennenbaum, trying hard (but not too hard) to claw her way out. Mine prefers the leopard print variety.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mine's Not A High Horse - The Shins




Guess what I got? Just for you, Andrea.

I love a package especially when it's from England. And while they were quite a bit of cash to pony up (tee hee), I KNOW I will wear them until they fall apart, as I did with my last pair of ankle boots. They're also my prize for working my tail off these last few months on the show and I always reward myself accordingly.

I love, love, love the fact that I can still buy things which make my mother recoil in horror. She did not like these one bit. No sirree. She actually shook her head in disgust as I came prancing down the stairs in them (yup, definitely my second horse joke). And we all know how Sister Wolf feels about them. But me? Me, I absolutely love them. Oh yes I do. Now if only it can stop raining so I can wear them outside of my house and take some good pictures. They look sweet with almost everything I own.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mi Tierra - Gloria Estefan



Pardon my absence. I woke up this morning and asked my Dad, what day it was. I literally couldn't remember whether I still had a show to work on. This has consumed my daily life, my evenings and even my ability to sleep. I woke up frantic one night that forty people couldn't get into the White House and it was all my fault. I'll whine to the high heavens about my job, we are all aware of this. But when I get to stand in the back of a tent on the White House lawn and watch the First family have a dance on stage with some very talented performers, suddenly, it seems like the best job in the world and I miraculously forget about the sleepness nights.

Now without further delay, back to fashion.

(Watch the show on your local PBS, it'll be on again . . . and again. . . and again).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunrays - Yesterday's New Quintet



When I know that it's going to be an incredibly long, tiring day, I find I have a habit of wearing bright yellow. Just looking at this scarf in the mirror, gives me that little energy burst I often crave so desperately.

Scarf - Marc Jacobs (bought at the accessory store, $35)
Blazer- BCBG (it's knitted like a sweater)
Tank - J. Crew
Jeans - The Gap (best skinnies I've bought in a while)
Shoes - OU (tried them on because I thought the were ugly, ended up loving them)



Monday, October 5, 2009

Vision One - Royksopp



I always forget that I own red lipstick, but then I catch a glimpse of a photo like such and I feel so foolish for not wearing it every waking moment of my life.

(Photo: Jak and Jil)

Back From Space - Amon Tobin





Oh Rick Owens, everywhere I look people try to imitate you. But only you, do you so well. When I received my first Rick Owens Lilies item in the mail, I opened it up and gasped at the beautiful angular design and generous collar. Now I always look forward to whatever he puts on the runway. Some photos from S/S10 by way of Dazed.


Back From Space - Amon Tobin

I love this Amon Tobin song. It sounds like Claire De Lune and March of the Sugar Plum Fairies mixed together.