Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mad Delusions: Kristen Lee Satin Hobo

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This bag is just so wrong for me. It's impossibly big for a satin bag, too glam for the daytime and way too unstructured for night, not to mention that it'd be impossible to clean. Plus, it'd probably be a magnet for little spills and stains, I'd have to keep it away from anything that might snag the fabric, and its contents would have to be limited to only soft, fluffy, voluminous things (stuffed animals?). If the bag was a person, it'd be the most annoying, high-maintenance, whiny, prissy, disgustingly girlish thing around. And yet? I love it. I love it so much that I'd be willing to devote my life to just perching atop a flight of stairs in an old Gothic cathedral (with a horde of bodyguards to make sure the pigeons, people, and dirt stay clear) wearing just this bag and a giddy look that says "this scene is just far too glamorous, isn't it boys?" Oooooh Kristen Lee. Shame shame for making me think these thoughts!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Channeling: Sock Monkey

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Lately, I've been in a bit of a funk--and I totally wish I meant the kind of funk which makes you spontaneously grow a soul patch and develop a deep and rolling kind of voice when throwing out the word "cat" and "righteous". I mean, all I can think about when I'm attending upper div classes/mopping the floors/buying toilet paper/writing checks for bills is how I wished I was five again and ruling the school playground in my Sesame Street jumper and converse high tops. But, I have a feeling that this thirst for nostalgia doesn't just stop at me: amidst all the sophisticated suits and structured dresses on the runways, there's a smattering of whimsical pieces. The best of the bunch? Those thick and cozy and knitty a la Mr. Sock Monkey. Pull your monstrous knitted top together with red tights, thick socks and a goofy smile (and avoid tattered black tights and too much eyeliner if you want to avoid looking like a MK Olsen circa '05 clone).

Topshop cardigan
Delias hat
We Love Colors tights
Rockford socks

Monday, August 27, 2007

Really Obsessed With: The Ryde T-Shirts

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Dilemma: either risk looking like a freshman on your first day of classes by dressing in your newest, shiniest fall duds, or be forced to resort to your ho-hum threads from last year. Solution: the Ryde makes t-shirts that are the perfect balance between trying too hard and looking sloppy. I was attempting to clean my room after tearing it apart trying to find something to wear, and I stumbled across a package shipped from Ricky at the Ryde. Lo and behold, it was the answer to my style woes: a beautiful silk screened t-shirt of a pair of lips (doing, what looks like quite the suspicious activity). The cotton is paper thin and super soft which makes it a little dressier than regular t-shirts, and the design extends all the way up on to the collar, which isn't something you usually see. This may indeed replace my ratty MJ one as my favorite t-shirt. Find your own at The Ryde.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fresh Junk: Cloche Hats

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I was on the lookout for a fall/winter hat that's a little more structured than my collection of knit hats. These cute felt cloches are perfect for keeping my head warm and balancing out the masculine-y feel of my fall wardrobe. I just recently popped into Urban Outfitters (who is having a super rad sale now a;lkdjflakd yes yes), and saw that their entire lot of cloches were on the sale racks (wtf). With the additional 50% off on sale items, the hat wasn't more than $10. It seems that this hat has skipped right over the Misshapes crowd and right into the pages of Vogue, which, if you ask me, makes wearing one WAY less annoying.

Sidenote: The only way that I can read the September Vogue is propped up on my desk like a textbook because it like hurts if it's lying on my body. That's how freakin' massive it is.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

OMG, Why?: Pigeon Toes

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If there's anything in the style world that I hate more than Cory Kennedy, it has to be the pigeon toed stance. It's sooo a favorite of masculine looking gals who feel the need to overcompensate their bedraggled looking selves by posing like a five year old kid. While the pigeon toers may think they're being all ironic and shit with their sex hair and innocent hip-cocked toe pointing, all it's doing is making them look annoying, whiny, and way too "I'm trying so hard to be hipster, can't you tell". Look at the two girls on the right. The clothing is kind of on par with the four on the left, but everything looks much less fussy and altogether confident.

Side note: Rori, this is not a personal attack directed to your perpetual pigeon toes because, alas, you are always awkward and ironic and have been living the pigeon life since infancy. All these other bitches be jealous.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fresh Junk: Fancy Sleeves

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I caved in to all the hype surrounding the Fashionista Diaries, and watched the first episode, and I have to say, it seems that all there is to being a fashion assistant is cut-and-paste jobs, memorizing colors and checking names off of guest lists. That said, I AM glad that I watched the season premiere, if only for the beautiful bell sleeves on Bridget's dress by Sretsis. I've been looking for a classy (and cheaper version) of this dress for winter parties. I tried on a silk shift at Forever21 that had these gorgeous pleated bell sleeves, but it also had a V neck and a slit that went up way past the goods. Sleeved dresses are all over the luxury brands but it may be awhile until we see them in high street stores.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Just Purchased: Denim Dresses

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It's t-minus two days until I head back to Berkeley, and I haven't been so excited to go back to school since the third grade. I'm soooo excited about my classes (game theory and revolutionary change? Huzzah!), my roommates just bought an electric scooter, and there's definitely a Morning After party scheduled for the next week. And it's only fair that I owe part of my excitement to my newly acquired fall wardrobe. It's chock full of voluminous coverups, thick socks and textured dresses. I got these two at Forever 21 today. The one on the left would look amazing layered over yellow tights, thigh high socks and leather heels. And I've got some major plans for the overall/jumper deal on the right, you just wait.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Layered Tights

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Perhaps I'm indulging my masochistic tendencies a little too much, but my favorite season is incidentally the one where I'm the most miserable. I'm blessed with a whole slew of allergies ranging from cats and chocolate to pollen and shellfish, but the only time of year when becoming an anti-histamine pill-popping junkie is unavoidable is the fall. However, there's nothing else that inspires me as much the possibilities of layering for warmth as well as style. This year, I'm not neglecting my legs anymore. Taking a cue from Prada's fall line, I'm stocking up on tights and socks of all hues and textures. My formulas usually involve one colored pair of tights + a ribbed pair of knee highs in a gray tone. Can't find that perfect pair of slouchy above-the-knee sock? Take a pair of girls' tights and snip off the top. Check We Love Colors for a myriad of tights colors.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Just Purchased: Old Navy Sweats

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I haven't voluntarily stepped foot into an Old Navy since god knows when, but yesterday, whilst Mommy Legit and I were bonding during a good old fashioned shopping excursion, I happened to walk by a spectacular elbow-length hooded coat in a store front window. "Whhaa" I thought as I veered into Old Navy. "Old Navy? Really?" But it turns out that Old Navy has finally wised up and is creating wonderfully cozy basics in modern shapes. I ended up with the said coat, a cute navy jumper, and a boxy white sweatshirt with a funnel neck. The pieces are perfect for layering over paper bag shorts, bright colored tights/socks and chunky shoes.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fresh Junk: Irregular Choice

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The last time I had the opportunity to handle Irregular Choice shoes, I was still caught in the carefully coordinated throes of matchy-matchy girlish J-Crew-dom hell (I'm still repenting, I swear). But my distaste for this brand wasn't entirely my own narrow minded selves fault: Irregular Choice's shoes had a little too many feathers, too many odd cutouts and way too many of those Japanese platform boat-shoe things. But as my tastes have matured, so too have Irregular Choice's. This season, they've featured a great collection of stacked heels, fun spins on old classics, and color-saturated palettes. However, don't go thinking that they've given up on their namesakes. For you crazies, there's still enough quilted ankle warmer flip flop concoctions to whet your whistle.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Graphic Print Swimsuits

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I'm a sucker for nostalgia: rather, I'm always craving things that I can't have. And right about now, as the air starts to get cooler and stores begin to stock fall's nubby lines, I'm really beginning to go kind of swimsuit nuts. But it's really not a bad idea. Stocking up on swimwear now is cheaper, the selection is smaller (is it just me or do more of you get overwhelmed when faced with too many options?), and from what I've discovered, the craziest, most overwhelming swimsuits are usually the ones left on the sales rack. I've gotten my most favorites pieces during August and September--like my purple crocheted bikini top, and my doodley Calvin Klein two-piece. The only thing is that oftentimes, you won't find a complete set, but hey, who wants to be matchy-matchy all the time anyway?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Inspired By: Hot Italian Grannies

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Things to do:
1) I must pack for my plane trip that leaves in two hours.
2) I must figure out how to get to the Mickey Avalon concert on Saturday.
3. I must find strive to become as amazingly glam as James' grandmammmy is. This involves finding a pair of sick frames and developing an exotic accent.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Article Vol2: Tagged!

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I never pass up an opportunity to write about myself (duh). Thanks to Chelsea Rae from Pink Rock Candy, here's another opportunity. YES.

7 Gratuitous Facts About Connie
1. I have a tattoo on my hip of a falling sparrow (a line from Hamlet--I'm a nerd, I know). It's my first, my last, and the only thing I've done so far that warranted a kicking out of the house by my parents (albeit, only for an hour). Yikes.

2. In high school, I signed up for Weight Training as my P.E. option instead of the girly yoga/pilates/meditation one. I ended up getting quite obsessed about weights and the like, set the school record for dips, and ended up with some rather masculine looking muscles. Needless to say, I quit after a semester and now am back to my un-fit self.

3. I have seen every single episode of Good Eats. Alton Brown? If you can read this, a;ldkjglakwejgalkew I LOVE YOU.

4. I can play the throat bagpipes and do a convincing imitation of a crying baby. Goddamn, I'm talented.

5. I LIVE for themed parties and have more costumes than a regular college girl should. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I've already begun to work on my costume. Sneak peek: it involves a beard, a vest and hot pants.

6. I eat my hardboiled eggs with ketchup.

7. I keep a notebook of phrases and words that I like the sound of. Newest additions: "It takes a certain amount of genius to stage a derisive spoof of MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 while enthusiastically aping the very materialism it promotes." (Jeannette Catsoulis on the newest Bratz movie), and "froding with my fo'ties" (thanks to Sarah, an Encinitas native).

Your turn! Behind Big Glasses, Fops and Dandies, Teen Fashionista, Visconti Is Me, Zebrasaur, you're it!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Karen Walker Frames

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As I was organizing my sunglasses collection yesterday evening (wahoo), I happened to notice that the ratio of aviators to non-aviators was a disgusting 5:1. But the problem with aviators is that, at least for me, they never seem to last very long. Most of mine had a missing nosepad or were bent funnily. One sad pair only had one lens. I'm on the lookout for chunkier frames made from near indestructible plastic so they can survive my penchant for sitting on them, dropping them on the ground, or stuffing them deep into my bags only to be crushed by heavy textbooks. Karen Walker shades scream "ABUSE ME, BABY", which, to be honest, is the only thing I want to hear my sunglasses screaming right now. Funeral for Aviators#12 and Aviator#7 will be held next Tuesday (BYOB).

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Mad Delusions: Home Decor by Area

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I've been working hard on glamming my pad up, but with three roommates (with distinctly different tastes) and a limited budget, my living room is more "hospice/crack den" than a page out of Domino. If it were up to Will, we'd be living in an Ikea catalogue. Sarah prefers her home (and everything in it) painted a delicious shade of American Apparel cranberry. As for me? Here it is: the entire contents of Auto's website. Colorful Missoni textiles, graphic print throws, quirky/kitschy pieces, and lots and lots books. And I SO WOULD decorate the entire house with things like this, but considering that the floral print pillow is itself near $200, I might have to do with my collection of hand-painted hipstersaurus figurines. One-of-a-kind art: that's got to count for something, right?