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Omnivores are people too dang it

31 Jul

I have a confession to make.

Those of you who know me know that I have been an environmentalist from the time I was a small child. Spending my early years in California with the huge influence of the Sierra Club and witnessing the effects of gross air pollution first hand had a profound effect on me. Those of you who know me also know not to get me started on the subject because I won’t stop until you agree with me and become an environmentalist too. (That or you just curl up into a ball with your fingers in your ears, crying for respite. In which case I will take pity on you and change the subject to feminism. Mwahaha.) I can even get staunch republicans who don’t believe in global warming to agree that pollution is bad and cap and trade could actually be good for our economy. Maybe I really should be a lawyer.

Anyway, back to my confession. My big secret is that as much as I love the environment I am not super concerned about animals. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in protecting endangered species. (Except prairie dogs. Prairie dogs can suck on antifreeze and whither away for all I care. But that’s a Cedarian thing.) I like polar bears and dolphins and I recognize the necessity for Amazonian tree frogs to stay alive because eco systems are fragile and bla dee blee bloo. But as far as poor little cows having souls and deserving to not be eaten and PETA’s recent campaign to anthropomorphize fish so that people won’t eat them either, I say – screw you, man! I’m an omnivore! And guess what? So are you! (okay, anthropomorphize is the wrong word but there isn’t a better one. Click the link, you’ll see what I mean. It’s pretty hilarious.)

Seriously, don’t feed me garbage about soy replacing meat because it also replaces my healthy cells with cancerous ones and don’t tell me that egg plant can taste like steak because unless you’re Harry Potter it never will.

The reason I’m going into all this is because I’ve recently become a tad obsessed with leather boots and I don’t care that cows had to die to make people’s feet look good. So what if cows have big brown eyes with crazy long eye lashes and cute little ears that look so soft. No, okay, seriously. I’m not switching sides. Goooo Meat! (But the cute baby cows! *whimper*)

Yes, back to my love of boots. Especially boots that are inspired by the early twentieth century and modern military. (Sorry but no construction or hiking boots for me.) The boots I love the mostest, though, are the ones I can find in second hand stores that are beat up and worn and gloriously distressed. The thing about shopping vintage is that it’s hard. It’s rare to find something you really love and even more rare to find something you love that fits. This got me thinking, why not find a way to distress your own boots? What if you could buy new boots and then make them look vintage, taking all stress out of the equation? Thank goodness for websites like eHow and about, because I actually found several guides on how to distress your own leather. Hoodihoooo!

Here’s my favorite one http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5935431_distress-leather-boots.html and make sure you read down where she talks about tips and warnings. They seem important. If I ever manage to save enough money to get some awesome boots I will definitely try this out and post pictures.

On to this week’s outfit. It’s a guy’s outfit (Brady – :P) inspired by my favorite show So You Think You Can Dance. Twitch and Kent did a stepping routine and their outfits were so incredibly cool. Who would have thought that preppy and military can go so well together? Here’s a pic.

Cat, Kent and Twitch

They just look so masculine yet still stylish that I had to replicate it. Also, it has boots! Yay!

Outfit total cost = $103

AE Letterman's Cardigan

Old Navy Tee

Dickies Original 874 work pants

Army Surplus Boots

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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 mean 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. 😐 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 😉

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