I Blame Pinterest

8 Jul

Sorry I’ve been MIA for longer than usual. I found a new website called Pinterest and it’s been fulfilling my scour-the-internet-for-awesomeness needs. If I lag with my posts again and you find you’re missing me you can always clicky on that button over there on the right and see what I’m up to on the time suck that is Pinterest. (I warn you, it’s addictive.)

I’m going to move to Dallas in about a month in search of fame and fortune and I’m freaking out a little bit. It’s going to be great to live in a big city finally and hopefully get a good job and not have to travel at least three hours if I want to see some form of art that isn’t landscapes, but I’m worried that it’s going to be too hot and the people will be weird and I’m going to miss my family like crazy. I’ve just learned to like Utah and now I’m leaving. Isn’t that the way of things? But it’s going to be good. And exciting. I’m ready to experiment with city living.

Anywho, onto the fashion because this is a fashion blog after all. Maybe you’ve noticed the upswing of button up shirts popularity (seriously they’re everywhere), also brightly colored shorts are hotty hot hot this season and what could be better than bringing those two things together? It feels a little bit like a Gap ad via mid-nineties but I think I’m okay with that. You could wear the shirt tucked in, or with a belt, or just free and flowy.

Outfit total cost = $72

Urban Outfitters Breezy Twill Yoke Blouse

 

Forever 21 Box Braided Belt

J.Crew 9" Chinos

 

Urbanog Bamboo T-Strap Flats

These are the taupe sandals, btw. I don’t like the gold over much but that’s what automatically comes up when you click on the picture.

the Lagwagon Bandwagon

13 Jun

When I first listened to Lagwagon in eighth grade I’ll admit that I was pretty non-plussed. I hadn’t become fully acclimated to punk yet (I was mostly listening to ska and the Counting Crows) so all I heard was the heavy distortion and none of the brilliance. That changed when they came out with the Double Plaidinum album. After hearing the song Making Friends I was hooked.

I got the CD for Christmas and listened to it pretty much everyday. Here’s a picture of fourteen year old me on Christmas day with the CD.

Me in 1997 with my Double Plaidinum CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that I fell in love with Lagwagon. Joey Cape is amazing.

 

In the nineties I really hated goth fashion but elements of it are creeping back into the fashion scene and I have to say that I love the way it’s being revamped. It’s so chic and almost elegant but still really open to being played around with. It’s fun.

Outfit total cost = $92

Urban Outfitters Wonderer Tee

Akira Sheer Skirt

Urban Outfitters Asymmetrical Wedge

We were perfect when started, I’ve been wondering where we’ve gone

8 Jun

For some reason listening to Sublime the other day has sent me on a real nostalgic streak so I thought for my next few posts I would talk about some of my favorite bands from my teenage years.

Counting Crows was my favorite band from age 11 all the way through high school. Their first CD, August and Everything After, was the first CD I ever owned. The lead singer Adam Duritz is a true artist. Their first hit was Mr. Jones, a song about Adam and his friend who would spend time together dreaming about being famous. When I went to see them in concert after their third CD came out instead of singing the original lyrics Adam changed them to reflect the fact that he had achieved his dream and left Mr. Jones behind and how much he missed that friendship. Even though I’m sure there were more than few fans who were upset by the new rendition of the song I thought it was incredibly cool that he would stay true to himself like that.

Adam’s lyrics never fail to knock me out and although I’ve outgrown their musical style I still keep at least one of their first three CD’s in my playlist at all times. This song, Murder of One, always reminds me of being a lovesick middle schooler.

And now for some fashion. These pieces are from a few shops that I always manage to forget about but they really have great, inexpensive stuff sometimes. Outfit total cost = $55. Don’t you love summer and how awesomely cheap the clothes can be?

Madewell Shrug Tee

Papaya Floral Long Skirt w/Belt

And don’t go hating on these Jellies! Talk about nostalgia, I had these when I was a little girl and when I was in high school, and now they’re back again. Plus I love the color.

TopShop Harbour Jellies

 

Summer Time and the Livin’s Easy

2 Jun

Who remembers Bradley Nowell from Sublime? I think about that band every time summer rolls around. Bradley’s Nowell’s voice was summer, it was honey butter, it was finger lickin’ good. I have to listen to Scarlet Begonias at least once a summer. I wish the styley sound were still around in all its glory.

I’m feeling slightly obsessed with maxi dresses worn with crop tops. I know I just did an outfit with a crop top/maxi combo but for realsies every time I look at clothes on the web this look draws me to it like a magnet. I just want to wear it while I go on an art walk or peruse a farmer’s market or twirl around in my bedroom.

Outfit total cost = $92

UO Lacy Edge Floppy Straw Hat

Forever 21 Ethnic Print Maxi Dress

Delias Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Sandal

Happy summer everyone!

Twofer Tuesday

10 May

I recently got a comment from a reader who said he loves steampunk and pirates and tries to incorporate those aesthetics in his personal style. To reward his super nice comment and to hopefully encourage the rest of you to comment (for realsies guys, the best thing about blogs is that they’re interactive, but really getting comments just makes me happy) I’ve decided to create two outfits that have steampunk and pirate elements in them. Plus, it sounded like fun.

For you who are unfamiliar with steampunk, it’s a sub-genre of fantasy and sci-fi set in the Victorian era when steam power was widely used. To really understand what it’s all about you need to see it so here’s a clip from the cop show Castle from an episode that featured the underground world of steampunk. It sums up the style pretty well.

But how do you fuse everyday fashion with a style that’s so over the top and fantastical? First you have to break it down into its simplest elements. The colors are rich and warm, the fabrics are velvet, lace, wool, felt and tweed, the clothes are fitted and romantic, and metals like gold, brass and copper are essential to the aesthetic.

Accessories are the easiest to directly translate. There are several Etsy shops devoted entirely to steampunk and these are some of my favorite (and most affordable) items that I found.

Antique Button Ring from pixie 14320

Vintage Engraved Brass Steampunk Skeleton Mechanical Pocket Watch Chain

And here’s the outfit to go with them. I used a bowler hat but an aviator cap would have worked as well, the shirt is romantic and ruffled, the pants are tweed, the vest is fitted and features a little lace, and the shoes have corset style lace-ups and buckles. So it has many elements of a steampunk costume but comes in the guise of modern fashion.

Urban Outfitters Bowler Hat

Forever 21 Polka Dot Ruffle Top

Charlotte Russe Lace Trimmed Racer Back Vest

Urban Outfitters Tweed Pant

Forever 21 leatherette heel work boot

Now for the pirates. I’m assuming you’re all familiar with those guys. So, to break it down, pirate fashion is closely related to steampunk in that it has Victorian elements and gold plays an important part in the aesthetic (arrr, me treasure! haha, I’m such a nerd) but the fabrics are less lush and the fit of the clothes is much more loose and utilitarian. I’ve decided to do a guy’s outfit for this one so I’m going to skip the ruffles (but if this were a girl’s outfit I’d say go for it) and instead favor stripes. So maybe this outfit is less of a pirate captain and more of a pirate deck hand.😉

Urban Outfitters Wool Stripe Beanie

Urban Outfitters Ruby Stripe Tee

21 Men Pinstripe Woven Vest

AE Jean

ALDO Luy boots

AMEX jewelry skull biker ring

And guys, if you wear rings keep it to one per hand and, unless it’s a wedding ring, wear it on your thumb or middle finger. Pinky rings are for pimps, football players, and class rings. And wearing a ring on your index finger can sometimes make you look like a hippy. But that’s just a weird rule that I believe in. To each his own…

Nixon Score watch

And that’s it! A fun, modern approach to pirate fashion. If there are any other styles you’d like me to interpret just leave a comment.

Inaction Is the Unethical Standpoint

28 Apr

The other day I was watching a video about nanotechnology and a guy was talking about how many critics there are who refuse to support nanotechnology out of fear but he said “I think when you understand what kind of impact nanotechnology could have on some of the global problems… I think that inaction is actually the unethical standpoint. I think stasis is unethical in this case.”

That’s exactly how I feel about feminism and the cause for changing the way media portrays women. I love fashion, obviously, but the rigidity with which the fashion world holds onto this “ideal beauty” is seriously messed up. People are different and it’s awesome but we are conditioned every time we turn on the television or go to the movies to think that those differences are actually flaws. The inequality in the representation of women is staggering. Don’t believe me? Go to this website and read all about it: http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report.aspx

Here’s an excerpt: “While alone in a dressing room, college students were asked to try on and evaluate either a swimsuit or a sweater. While they waited for 10 minutes wearing the garment, they completed a math test. The results revealed that young women in swimsuits performed significantly worse on the math problems than did those wearing sweaters. No differences were found for young men. In other words, thinking about the body and comparing it to sexualized cultural ideals disrupted mental capacity. In the emotional domain, sexualization and objectification undermine confidence in and comfort with one’s own body, leading to a host of negative emotional consequences, such as shame, anxiety, and even self-disgust. The association between self-objectification and anxiety about appearance and feelings of shame has been found in adolescent girls (12–13-year-olds) (Slater & Tiggemann, 2002) as well as in adult women.”

So when I read something like that, something that reflects my personal experience perfectly and makes me realize that women everywhere are dealing with these same soul crushing problems, then yes, inaction seems completely unethical.

So here’s an outfit that I think any woman would look amazing in plus it’s modest and cheap. Unfortunately the models are scary thin but what choice do I have?

Outfit total cost = $80

Urban Outfitters Hat

ModCloth Pick of the Crop Top

Forever 21 Ikat Maxi Dress

Wild Diva Buckle Side Canvas Combat Boot

And if you wear these boots with scrunchy socks then the outfit will just be so stinking cool.

Style icon: Natalie Wood

9 Apr

Maybe when you think style Natalie Wood isn’t really a name that comes to mind. I know she wasn’t for me. But recently I was researching fifties style and I came across this picture.

Of course the first thing that caught my eye was the unbelievably awesome, pearl studded, oh so trendy red, chunky knit, scallop trimmed, dolman sleeved, could I find more ways to describe it (no?) cardigan. I immediately put this picture in my fashion inspiration folder because one day I’m going to find a way to replicate this object of perfection. And I’ve found another way to describe it. Perfect.

Anyway, I’ve peeked back at this pic about a million times and gradually I started noticing the awesomeness of the rest of this look. The navy blue, fifties style swim suit. The gold bangle bracelets. The fisherman-like hat with the bell-flipped brim. (If you have a more accurate description of this hat please send it my way. I can’t find anything like it on the internets but I think that maybe due to the fact that I have no idea what to call it.) And the more subtle bits, the white painted toenails and matching-but-not-matchy-matchy pearl painted fingernails. The strong brows and ruby red lips.

Sigh.

What would it have been like to live in So Cal in the fifties? In my mind it’s exactly like that picture: all boat trips and picnics and fashion so good my grand daughters yearn for it.

Anywho, I tried to replicate this look. I’ve been trying for weeks. But there’s nothing like it anywhere. The swimsuits are all forties rather than fifties inspired, no cardigan can come close to that one (perfection is rare after all), and all the hats are fedoras. So instead I’ll continue to save this picture for inspiration when (and a huge if) I have my own fashion label.

How are you planning to dress for the beach this year? Do you think it’s time that we ditch the board shorts and sarongs in favor of an awesome cardi so we can show off our legs and update our look?

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