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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 oneโ€™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 (12โ€“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.

How do you like them apples?

15 Mar

All right, are you ready?

I am about to impart all of the wisdom that I have picked up as an apple shaped girl. The best thing about carrying your weight on top is that we apple shaped girls have great racks. Call me crass, but there’s no bones about it. We are women and we carry it out front for all to see. As such we have to take care of those girls with a really well structured bra. In my experience Victoria’s Secret and the Cacique bras from Lane Bryant have been the most supportive and comfortable but you have to shop around and see what works best for you. Also, it’s absolutely essential that you get a fitting. Victoria’s Secret and all the high end department stores like Nordstrom have people who are trained to take your measurements and can point you in the right direction for a bra. If you’d feel more comfortable doing it at home click here for a link that will give you instructions for a DIY bra fitting.

So now that you’ve put the girls in their proper place it’s time to think about shirts. It’s tempting when you have a tummy to wear shirts that are loose and flowy (a temptation that I’ve succumbed to many, many times) but this can make you look bigger than you are. Instead look for shirts that either have some sort of darting (little sewn in folds or seams that create curves in a garment) or have a waist line with some gathering so the shirt pulls away from the tummy. Button up shirts can be a great option because they are often cut in such a way that they are very flattering for girls with a tummy and they’re made of a stiffer fabric so they hold their structure well. Plus, button up shirts with a slightly western or “prairie” feel are an emerging trend so if you buy one get ready to be the coolest girl on the block. Here’s an example and an outfit to go with it:

Nordstrom button up

To create even more of a waist try putting a belt over the shirt at the thinnest part of your torso.

Anthropologie Shining Double Strand Belt

You’ll also want to emphasize the thinnest part of you which is your legs. A great way to do this is with a pencil skirt. Remember, if it doesn’t fit properly you can always get it tailored. Just buy it so that it fits the largest part of you and then have the rest of it sized down.

Talbots Triomphe jacquard pencil skirt

Wearing fun socks is very trendy and looks super cute when you’re going with a more classic, preppy look.

Urban Outfitters Pointelle Sock

ModCloth Small College Town Wedge

Another thing to watch out for is shirts that make you look pregnant. You want to find shirts that have either a high natural waist or empire waist and pull away from your stomach, but aren’t so loose that you look like you bought the shirt with a growing tummy in mind. Make sure the fabric just skims your body. Here’s a great shirt that has a high, natural waist and gently gathers without looking tented.

ModCloth A Bushel and a Dress

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t think bigger girls or apple shaped girls can pull off skinny jeans but I don’t think that’s right. It’s true that if you’re not careful you can end up looking like humpty dumpty but I think if you wear a long shirt (or short dress) that hits at the mid to upper thigh then you can get away with it. (Like the shirt above.) But if you’re like me then you probably have a hard time finding jeans that fit. There are companies that do custom made jeans but they can be pricey. Jeggings are a pretty good option because they have a lot of stretch. And you can always try companies like Lane Bryant and Levi’s that have different fit options. The important thing is to try stuff on and see what works for you, and again you can always get them tailored.

Also, white jeans are fun right now but can look a little bit like you’re trying too hard to be a Gossip Girl so try rolling them up a few times in a sort of messy way, not a clean cuff, so they look beachy and modern.

Levi's Slight Curve White Jeans

As far as cardigans go, in my opinion the cardigans that are made of thicker fabric or have too many folds or lots of ruffles can ad girth that you don’t have. Also, if you’re not careful they can make you look boxy. My advice is to wear thin sweaters that hit no lower than mid hip or if they’re longer they need to have a sloped hem rather than a rectangular one. For example:

J Crew Cadabra Cardigan

Urban Outfitters Aztec Print Lace Up

Jackets are the best structural pieces you can have in your wardrobe (and by now you should know that I’m all about structure!) but you need to be careful about the cut. Look for jackets that are cut for a womanly shape, rather than being menswear inspired, and preferably find jackets with a strong shoulder. Why? Because strong shoulders can trick the eye into thinking that your waist is smaller than it is. By strong I mean it has a detail that will make your shoulders look bigger and straighter, like a particularly stiff seam or some kind of gathering. Also, if you can find shirts with strong shoulders then that’s awesome too, but please avoid shoulder pads unless you want to look like a linebacker.

Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Maximilian Leather Blazer

For an apple shaped girl, finding pants and jeans can be its own special kind of torture so consider wearing more skirts and dresses on an everyday basis. They’re a great way to show off your awesome legs and they can be super comfortable. The principles for finding a great dress are the same as finding a great shirt: Look for extra seams and darting or a waist that hits you at your natural waist or higher, it needs to pull away from your tummy without being too loose (so as to avoid the pregnancy look), and try to find pieces with a strong shoulder if you can.

ModCloth Sketching Memories Dress

Urban Outfitters Over the Knee Pointelle Cuff Sock

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Here’s a fun fact for you, did you know that during the Northern and Italian Renaissance period it was actually fashionable to look pregnant? In this portrait by Van Eyck the bride to be is holding her dress in a way that makes her look like she’s got a baby bump. Maybe someday the tides will turn and that dreaded pregnancy question will become a compliment rather than an insult.

Van Eyck the Arnolfini Marriage