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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

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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

 

Prairie Goddess

8 Nov

Long skirts are making a come back and it’s about freaking time! I’m really done seeing full grown women prancing around in outfits that make me think they are trying to live out their naughty school girl fantasies. (*vomit*)

Marc Jacobs was the first major designer I noticed to tap into this prairie/hippie/long skirt trend with his fall 2010 collection and I am thrilled to see that other, more accessible designers are hopping on the band wagon. Also it goes with one of my favorite songs from Hot Hot Heat’s newest album so it gives me an excuse to post the song on this here bloggy thingy.

What’s that? You demand an example outfit of the prairie trend? Well, I’m happy to oblige.

outfit total cost = $105

Urban Outfitters Lucca Couture Prairie Dress

Urban Renewal Cropped Corduroy Blazer

Charlotte Russe Lace-Up Work Boots

Thrice

7 Dec

I realize I promised to write about the Thrice show a couple of weeks ago on this here blog of mine so I will do that now. Thrice, for me, has been one of those bands that creeps up slowly and then slams you on the head with a baseball bat. My brothers and many of my friends have been fans for years. I casually listened to them as well but never really got into it until they came out with the Vhiessu album. I was going through a fairly intense Bejeweled phase and I decided that I was going to memorize this cd as I played that horribly addictive game. It was my way of unwinding after studying before heading to bed. As I listened to the music I started to get a feel for the subtle genius in their arrangements and to decipher the unrivaled lyrics of Dustin Kensrue. His lyrics are often biblical and offer messages of redemption and hope while still speaking about frustration, angst, and a general dissatisfaction with the state of man, a combination that speaks to the core of my life experience. Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs Artist in the Ambulance

Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can’t stop so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I feel an angel lift me up
And I open bloodshot eyes into fluorescent white
They flip the siren, hit the lights, close the doors and I am gone
Now I lay here owing my life to a stranger
And I realize that empty words are not enough
I’m left here with the question of just
What have I to show except the promises I never kept?
I lie here shaking on this bed, under the weight of my regrets
[Chorus:]
I hope that I will never let you down
I know that this can be more than just flashing lights and sound

Look around and you’ll see that at times it feels like no one really cares
It gets me down but I’m still gonna try to do what’s right, I know that there’s
A difference between sleight of hand, and giving everything you have
There’s a line drawn in the sand, I’m working up the will to cross it and
[Chorus]
Rhetoric can’t raise the dead
I’m sick of always talking when there’s no change
Rhetoric can’t raise the dead
I’m sick of empty words, let’s lead and not follow
Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can’t stop so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I feel an angel steal me from the
Greedy jaws of death and chance, and pull me in with steady hands
They’ve given me a second chance, the artist in the ambulance
[Chorus]
Can we pick you off the ground, more than flashing lights and sound

Metaphors obviously play a big part in Dustin’s messages and the way he sings leaves you with no doubt of his heartfelt passion. They’re classified as a post hard core band but they consider themselves to be experimental. While they have their roots in heavily distorted guitars and hard vocals their music has evolved toward a more thoughtful sound. Here’s a sample of what I’m talking about:

Did you catch the part that sounded like a freight train? And what other post core band uses the organ in their music? Too awesome for words. And their live performances will blow you away, particularly if you’re lucky enough to see them in Utah where they have an extremely loyal fan base. I mean at the show I saw in SLC there wasn’t even a mosh pit in the audience while Thrice was playing because nobody wanted to miss out on experiencing the music. Every one around me was singing along to every song. Sometimes it even got to the point where I couldn’t hear Dustin very well but I didn’t care. Being in a venue filled with people who love that music as much as I do is something I treasure.

Polar Bear Club and Deer Hunter were the opening acts and they were so, So, SO RAD! I’m thinking that I will buy their music with all those iTunes gifts cards I anticipate receiving for Christmas. 😉 Sadly, Teppei (Thrice’s guitarist) had to leave the tour because of a family emergency so several members of Dear Hunter stepped in, splitting up Thrice’s songs amongst them and they did a fantastic job. That was my third time seeing Thrice but I anticipate seeing them again and again. Thrice forever!!

Haha, yeah, I’m a nerd. 😀

This week I decided to design an outfit for all the plus size ladies out there. Plus size fashion is tough. It seems like retailers either want you to dress like a stay at home mom, a business professional, or a party chick. Not really my thing. So yeah, I struggled with this one but I think I came up with something that is really great. I didn’t want to mess with trying to photoshop all this together because each piece is presented so differently, which means you’ll have to use your imaginations yet again. Dig deep. You can do it. The outfit total cost is $138.38.

Oh, and these heels are scary high (what is with this trend? Do designers have some kind of deal going with hospitals where for every broken ankle they get a percentage of the profits? I can’t help loving some of these shoes, though 😛 ) but they could easily be replaced with a cute pair of gray or navy flats.

Faith21 tank

Faith21 jacket

avenue skirt

woman within tights

forever21 heels