Tag Archives: charlotte russe

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.


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

growing up isn’t moving on

26 Jun

Yes, I am a grown up. Yes I have chosen writing as my vocation but does that really mean that I’m committing some cardinal sin against adulthood if I sometimes fantasize about what I would be doing if I had decided to go ahead and be a fashion designer? I don’t think so. I hope not anyway. I can’t help it if sometimes I see things that make me think “Oooh, if I were in high fashion I would so use that as inspiration in a collection.” I also can’t help it if I actually imagine entire outfits and then put models in them, maybe even have them walking down the catwalk to a certain song, and end it all with which celebrities would want my clothes and maybe even be my best friend. (Cat Deeley anyone? I would have So You Think You Can Dance tickets for life yo!) Anywho, as a special little treat for you I am going to fully submerse you in my fashion fantasy mind with pictures of the things that lately have made me waste minutes (okay, hours, but not many!) imagining what I would make a collection out of. They’re all from movies I’ve seen which shouldn’t surprise you if you’ve been reading this here bloggy thing.

First is textiles. I’ve admired this leather jacket for many, many years but only recently did I think that it would be an awesome starting point for a collection. I love the color and how distressed it is and how it makes Toby Maguire’s eyes look so blue and dreamy. The things I could do with Toby Maguire- I meanย this leather…

Seabiscuit Toby Maguire's leather jacket

The next thing is the gun harnesses from the Untouchables. Sadly I couldn’t get a picture of them but luckily I’m not the only person in the world who thinks that harnesses are a cool accessory. Unfortunately I am one of the few who is inspired by military and police harnesses used for gun holsters rather than the bondage/s&m stuff but that’s a subject for another post. And maybe another blog. ๐Ÿ˜ Here’s a harness that one designer did that I think is super rad.

Another accessory I think is super cool is spats. I’ve loved them ever since I saw the movie Oscar. Most recently, though, I saw Saving Private Ryan and part of the World War II army uniform was something called leg spats. These struck me as being something that could work in modern fashion.

Lastly, as a way to get me even more excited for the upcoming live action version of The Last Air Bender, I’ve been re-watching the cartoon series. Anime clothing has always been a source of fascination for me, particularly the characters in the Final Fantasy games, so it seems natural that I should become slightly obsessed with some of the costumes in this awesome show. Specifically Aang’s outfit with the capelet and the tunic that actually ties under the knee is oh so rad.

If you ask me this whole military/anime vibe is something you could build an entire brand around. All I need now is an awesome name…

Here’s this week’s outfit. It is neither military or anime inspired. In fact, it’s very girly and sweet, which just goes to show how open minded and cool I am ๐Ÿ˜‰

Outfit total cost = $126.50

Anthropologie zipped rosettes jacket

DownEast Sweet and Scallop Skirt

Charlotte Russe Butterfly weave crinkle flat

Ann Taylor’s website is lame so sorry for the tiny thumb nail! Click on it if you want to see a full glorious picture on their website. And to be clear I like it in Moon Grey.

Ann Taylor Loft beaded tuxedo tank

Converse… please don’t go

21 May

Lately it seems like everywhere I look there is a pair of Converse on sale. This possibly means that the demand for the big C is going down and that the trend is waning. This makes me really sad. The same thing happened with Docs in the early nineties and then skate shoes in the early millennium. Personally, I never stopped loving Docs or skate shoes. I still feel like they have a legitimate place in everyday fashion. For instance, what could be more punk rock than wearing a frilly dress and Docs in a contrasting color to your prom? And what says summer more than a basic white tee, a cool pair of shorts and some classic Vans? So I say even if the Converse trend is waning don’t go throwing out your Chucks just because your friends are sporting gladiator sandals or booties. If you love something and it makes you feel good, then wear it. I love Converse and I’m gonna wear them ’til I die.

In this spirit I’ve included the raddest pair of Converse that I’ve seen in a while and they are on a super sale so they’re probably going to sell out fast. Also, I like the shirt in yellow for this outfit but I’m posting the grey because that’s the only full pic they’ve got. Oh, and the shirt should be a little oversized so when the belt is worn at the natural waist it cinches it all in. Outfit total cost = $126

Free People hand embroidered Converse

Ragstock Rolltab Shirttail Tunic

Charlotte Russe Belt

American Apparel Unisex Stretch Cord

Serious bonus points to whoever can guess why I thought of this running sketch from SNL when I was writing today’s post.


27 Nov

Thanksgiving is a time when we’re supposed to think about the things in our life that we’re thankful for but this is something that I try to do on a regular basis because I find that it helps to stave off my crazy. As a result of this frequent pondering of just how blessed my life is, my list of things I’m grateful for is extremely long. So for this post I’m just going to give you the highlights.

I’m grateful for my toothbrush, my pillow, my bed, pandora.com, my house and my car. I’m grateful for unexpected kindness, for friendly people, for the way the internet brings the people and things that I love together, for the fact that snow always melts and for the jolt of joy that a new pair of shoes always gives. I’m grateful for books and movies and tv shows that sweep me up and take me out of myself for awhile. I’m grateful for my country, my faith, and my education. And most especially, I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for them for a million reasons but here are just a few: I’m grateful for my family because they truly offer unconditional love, because we get each others sense of humor and laugh until our bodies hurt, because they would do anything for me and I would do anything for them, and because I know that no matter how bad things get I will always have them in my life.

Another thing I’m grateful for is the fact that tights have made a comeback, so here is an outfit with a beautiful pair of tights from Urban Outfitters. Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about layering skirts. Unfortunately the trend right now is for skirts and dresses to be crazy short and since that is neither pleasing to me aesthetically or in accordance with the doctrine of my religion I’ve come to the conclusion that layering skirts of different lengths would be a fantastic way of staying current and modest. Because I don’t have the time or money to make a whole array of layering skirts (like layering tees with cool trims and in different colors) I will just fantasize about it here on my blog. Because that’s what this blog is all about, right? My fashion fantasies? Which brings me to another thing I’m grateful for, this blog.

As I said before the tights are from urbanoutfitters.com, the skirt is forever21.com, the scallop trim fabric is from fabric.com, the vest is charlotterusse.com, the shirt is oldnavy.com, and the boots are target.com. Miraculously altogether the outfit only costs $96.76.