Considering the amount of time I usually waste shopping online, I figured sharing some of my weekly treasure hunting spoils with the blogosphere might be fun- and make it easier to abandon my shopping cart rather than finding myself broke with a bunch of opened packages strewn across my apartment floor. Seeking validation as to my fashion choices can be found through different methods besides actually purchasing and wearing things, I’ve found. Very healthy… very skillful… very proud of myself :)

I, just like everyone else, am a bargain fiend and routinely check up on what’s arrived at Vomit 21 and H&M each week. As long as you can accept that the shirt you purchased will warp and shrink after one wash, and completely fall apart by the end of the season- go for it! You get what you pay for with fast fashion, so as long as you can handle buying something that is the clothing equivalent of a disposable wet wipe, it’s all good.

Here’s some junk from my favorite junk stores that I’ve been eyeing lately… a couple of which I am guilty of actually purchasing -

FOREVER 21 (Use code SS15OFF at checkout)

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Here’s a few of the pieces I picked up and wore recently-

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Happy to find this snake print kimono at H&M while on the hunt for the perfect pool cover up!
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a subject I am more opinionated about than almost anything in current women’s fashion. I can take a deep breath and let go when I see those hipster jorts strut by. I can center myself when I pass a metallic Chanel knock- off. But one thing I CANNOT be zen about is festival wear.

Good. Lord. Not only are the many disastrous components that make up popular festival wear horrid on their own, but the overall idea is terrible as well. I DO NOT claim to be any kind of music buff (I spent today listening to Dolly Parton for Christ’s sake) or experienced festival- goer. I did Sasquatch a couple of times back in 2009 & 2010, and of course the occasional bumbershoot and quad stock. Admittedly, I dressed terribly… and that’s ok. I was there because… GO AHEAD AND CALL ME PRETENTIOUS… I wanted to hear the music. I got sunburnt, didn’t wear makeup, and let my frizzy- ass natural afro hair do its thing while I didn’t shower for a whole weekend. And I couldn’t have had more fun. I got to see so many of my favorite artists and groups (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gogol Bordello, Bon Iver, Decemberists, Mayer Hawthorne, Deadmau5, Nine Inch Nails, Band of Horses, and MORE!) It was fabulous! Of course If I were to attend a Gorge event now, I would probably give a few more f*cks about my outfit than I did when I was 16 and ensemble-y challenged. But something about music festival “culture” has changed. Another admission I must make is that I do not listen to any type of EDM/techno/dance/dubstep/house/whatever the hell music. At all. Ever. I have no problem with it, I simply find that’s it’s not for me. From where I stand, it appears that so much of the music at festivals now is of this nature, and has started a whole new middle class, white kid, fashion culture (I guess replacing what were the early days of hipster-dom brought on by many of the bands I just listed above).

My point is, it appears that the culture surrounding this type of music has become more prevalent than the music itself. I find this very sad. But then again, if the only point of the music is to be a background noise to trip balls to, no surprise they come dressed like they’re ready for a rave, a drum circle, or a stripper pole. 

And in this special little fashion tribe of current festival- goers, they’ve managed to put together some of the most truly infuriating (again, only my personal opinion) outfits I have ever seen. The enormous amount of effort and douche baggery put into looking just right at events such as Coachella, almost bastardizes the whole experience. There are whole blogs devoted to Coachella fashion, that make absolutely no mention of any music. People don’t even post cruddy, fuzzy photos of the bands on stage anymore- its selfles of them duck- facing & peace- signing with daisy chains and dip- dyed hair. While everyone strives to look as unique as possible with the exact same shredded shorts and feathery head nonsense, they end up looking like different messy pieces of the same horrible pie.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at a few of the offenders-

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Vanessa Hudgens has definitely been a repeat offender the past couple years. I know a lot of girls worship her festival style, but I just… ughhhhhh.

 

BUT NOW I AM GOING TO BE NICE! Yay positivity! I’ve decided to share some festival- appropriate looks that I think could fit the bill, and not have us looking like the vomitous love child of American Apparel and Spencer’s Gifts.

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There are options! There are many ways in which the genre of festival wear could redeem itself in my eyes, and should I attend something in the near future, I definitely plan on implementing some of the above looks. I’ll instagram and douche- out with the best of ‘em. I’ll just look better doing it ;)

 

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L’été is upon us! Perhaps not according to the calendar, but certainly with the toasty weather we’ve been enjoying lately. Seattle has been sunshine-y for more days in a row now than I can remember. A little distressing, honestly, as some are suffering slight rain withdrawals.

I don’t know if anyone else feels similarly, but I always find making a very sudden wardrobe shift (As I have since it went from 55 degrees with endless rain to the sweaty high seventies) sort of awkward if not down right frustrating. I didn’t spend a lot of time this spring thinking about what I’d wear this summer, and thus made a lot of impulsive decisions recently when I spied all the summer 2014 goodies out in stores. Summer wear can be tricky for some people, but an absolute delight for others. There’s a lot more variety in the colors, patterns, fabrics, etc of summer pieces, but the more complex the clothes- the bigger the challenge it is to put together a decent outfit.

Summer is the season where I see more disastrous yet highly- thought- out ensembles than any other time of year. You can tell people are stoked to get all dressed up in their summer finery, but managed to make a few mistakes amid all the excitement. Namely ignoring the age old saying “less is more.” Your crop top + high-low skirt + kimono + fedora + ray bans + gladiator sandals + body chain get up is a little excessive, my dear. Summer is the perfect opportunity to keep it simple and make one bold piece pop. You can get away with more colors, festive jewelry, and don’t have to hide behind a coat as you do on colder days. Just remember to pace yourself. One at a time. If you bought a giant sun hat, rock that sun hat- just not with an additional heap of accessories. You guys get it.

 

FOR SUMMER 2014, EVERYONE NEEDS:

1) Shorts. Duh. But I mean everyone needs a pair. There are a million options out there that suit a variety of body types and personal tastes. If you’re gam-shy, try some sateen bermudas, especially in white to show of a killer tan, then paired with a nautical striped top. Calves of steel? Strong legs actually look great in faux leather track shorts paired with an ankle strap heel. Again- theres an infinite number of options for every person. My personal pick are a classic black leather short that will go with everything and its mother.

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2) A big-ass hat. And I mean big. What I really want is Stockard Channing’s giant straw hat from Practical Magic. I searched the internet high and low for a dupe, but no luck *sigh*. I have a whole separate post on hats planned, after I went on a Brigitte Bardot internet- binge. I’ve seen a lot of “boater” hats around, which remind me of Mary Poppins, honestly. But the classic, wide brim sun hat is still my favorite.

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3) A denim jacket. Stay with me here. I know jean jackets are historically questionable garments. They’ve suffered some truly unfair criticism in the past due to poor styling. Yes, you can easily look like a rodeo princess or Marty McFly if thats what you wish. But denim jackets are actually staples in some of the most highly-respected wardrobes such as those of Kate Moss and Rachel Zoe. My take on the denim jacket would be to pair it with a white top and leather pencil skirt. 1, 2, 3 simple pieces. Bam. Done. Then you could do some converse or dress it up with a heel.

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4) A striped shirt. Because everyone wants to look like a retro, venetian, boating, mime- goddess. But really, a striped shirt is a classic staple that screams summertime. I’d go with a classic boatneck or a feminine scoop neck. And black or navy stripes on white. Y’all don’t wanna start looking like candy stripers.

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5) The perfect leather sandals. These can be SO hard to find. It took me all winter to find the Steve Madden ones I eventually settled on. Whether a true gladiator style, or a simple t-strap, the right leather sandal will stand the test of time, and go with pretty much everything you already own. I wear mine to the beach, to school, to work, and even to the bar because no one actually wears heels in Seattle. Even when they go out. Such a tragedy. I’d stick with black, but thats just me. wider straps have a more modern look and are perhaps more durable. The pair below are somewhat similar to mine.

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6) A floral dress. This can go so wrong so fast, I know. Here is where we use our amazing, discerning style skills to guide us towards the light of good taste. The type of “floral” pattern on said dress is the main factor. I find “tighter” patterns (smaller & closer together) that are non- traditional and in muted colors tend to be chicer. Think an oriental floral or faded english rose pattern as opposed to bright, in-your-face tropical messes (Lookin at you, Forever 21). I’m liking floral maxis, but obviously theres a million choices to be made in regards to the style of the dress itself. I’m loving the one in the photo below. A lot of the best prints I’ve seen are calling themselves “botanical” instead of floral, actually. And once you’ve found your perfect floral dress, you can top it off with your big-ass hat, naturally.

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There’s worlds more summer looks that I love, but aren’t quite as “universal” as these few. Each of these are relatively ageless & timeless. They can be mixed and matched even with some of your old fall pieces. Anyone else have their own take on summer staples? Let me know!

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Hello all.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Around three months, I believe. During my brief hiatus, I took care of a great many personal things- moving, working, studying, and attending to a serious health scare. As dear as this blog is to me, there’s an appropriate time and place for it in my life. These past few months just weren’t it. But I’m happy to be back in action, and find myself oozing with upcoming post ideas, so stay tuned.

OK TIME FOR THE FUN STUFF! This evening, I want to touch on the deliciously extravagant trend of necklace layering. Not just any necklaces- statement necklaces. I was enthralled by all the excessive, blingin’ neck candy I found in the inspiration photos I’ve posted at the bottom here. I myself am not dripping in diamonds, but I had fun messing around with what necklaces I do have- flipping some backwards and piling them on top of one another- to create my own take on this look. I am wayyyy too lazy to list the source of each necklace- which I’d typically do- so if you’re curious just ask.


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Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 9.07.55 PMSo despite the sunburn I had on my shoulder, this was way fun to play with. I love extreme looks, and this is no exception. Below are the photos that inspired me. Much more impressive, I know, but perfect to draw ideas from. Once my sunburn heals, I plan to rock some chest armor over a casual tee shirt like the first pic below.

At the verrryyyyy bottom, I posted some for-real (as in us lesser folk can actually get our hands on them) necklaces I found for sale online.

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Bonus points if you get the post title. I was leaning towards “Hot to Trot” as well, but my inner hipster decided making an obscure Twin Peaks reference was cooler. Feel free to punch me in the horn rimmed glasses/ironic facial hair/peter pan collar next time you see me.

As soon as it gets warm enough here in Seattle, I am so done with all these boots I’ve been living in. There is still a poorly dressed 17 year old in me that just wants to wear flip flops every day. Even in the snow. But man oh man here is a fun trend I can get on board with this spring! RED SHOES! ZAPATOS FUEGO! Fire shoes? I took French in high school, not Spanish, so I apologize.

Pop color shoes are such an easy way to add color to an outfit, especially if you are prone to wearing head to toe black on a regular basis (as I am) and are somewhat hesitant to invest in a bright garment. If you’re going to rock some festive shoes, however, be mindful that the rest of your outfit should be low key. A bright red shoe loses its chic/cool factor if you start adding insane prints or other brights, and you may begin to spiral into the under style worlds of Jersey Shore or Clown College. Keep it simple.

So here’s my current red shoe picks – followed by some inspiration 

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As we bid adieu to yet another year this week, let us reflect upon a few trends that defined 2013. Hopefully we’ll be saying adios to a few of them too. Since it is a resolution (more like a continuous daily aspiration- go me) of mine to live more mindfully and positively, I’ve also included the trends I felt were winners- and will be welcome in my wardrobe in 2014.

2013 “PLEASE GO KICK ROCKS” TRENDS-

1. Cut outs

They’re just everywhere now. The hint of sexiness that these little peeks of skin once held now give off an overplayed 80′s aerobicize leotard vibe

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2. Heeled Sneakers

Curse you, Isabel Marant, for bringing this heinous trend into being. I suspect those who purchased a pair last year are feeling the shame of this fad indulgence.

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3. Faux fur vests

But… I like… real fur ones.. :/ I guess my take on fur is muddled. I hate faux fur. And I love real fur. The fur things I do own are all genuine. And I feel much guilt from owning these things. I don’t believe I am well- versed enough in the politics and ethical dilemmas surrounding the fur industry to have a real opinion. Note to self: learn more.

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4. Mesh detailing

In the words of P’trique “It looks like Forever 21 vomited all over her.”

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5. Hidden platform lace ups

Because there obviously aren’t enough of these on Lookbook. You can’t walk in them- every blogger seems to own a pair- but you NEVER see people actually wearing them in the street.

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6. Crazy geo / tribal patterened tights

Forever 21 is continuing to vomit all over her.

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7. flower crowns

I don’t think you realize what you look like.

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8. Spirit hoods

STOP. Put down the anime comics, wash out the manic panic, and turn off the dubstep.

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9. Sugar skulls

Are you all magically Hispanic? “I don’t-a think that means what you think it-a means.” (Princess Bride reference, people)

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10. Slashed back shirts

These in neon are the worst.

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2013 WINNING TRENDS-

1. Denim on denim

I was so surprised to realize that this actually works. I hate mixing prints so I assumed this would gross me out- but it’s cute! Just make sure they are different washes.

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2. Pop color shoe

Post to come soon on red ones!

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3. Joggers

I have a feeling my opinion will change within the next year- but for now I like them- even the leather ones!

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4. Statement necklaces

I can never get enough of these! They take an outfit up a notch!

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5. Boudoir-inspired details

You know what I’m talking about. The straps, strings, and caged looks with slightly naughty notions.

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6. The chambray shirt

Cute, classic, easy on the eyes, and works for many body types.

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7. Camel coats

Classy and just a hint of warmth in the color!

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8. Boyfriend jeans

I’m not sure about their staying power- but I’m loving them right now.

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9. Slitted maxi dresses/skirts

No cleavage required- with a little gam exposure you’re set in the sexy department.

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10. Minimalist ankle straps

Timeless and they go with ANY outfit. I just wish mine weren’t so freaking hard to walk in.

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So what are you ladies loving and loathing? Lemme know!

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Haaaaha. I amuse myself with my post titles, obviously.

I am sure there are some of you still wandering aimlessly about the land of Christmas gift shopping. It’s a cold, harsh world out there sometimes, and grows only more so as Christmas approaches. Pickings become slimmer in stores, with only baby sizes and ginormous sizes left on the racks. Employees grow tired of stressed out shoppers and their customer service skills begin to sour.

But fear not, oh weary ones! For I present to you a gift guide of not-sold-out stuff for different members of your circle.

For sis

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 For dad

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For mom

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Hope some of these helped! Happy last minute hunting!

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Who knows, maybe Tom Bomb himself will see this (does my dad read my blog?) But for this readership, which I doubt includes my dear old man, here’s another wish list I compiled a la last years “Santa Baby” post. My taste may have changed a bit, but obviously not my blatant selfishness and consumer drive. Zing! Wish lists have got to be one of the most fun posts to do. I mean, obviously- I’m just posting a list of stuff I REALLY WANT AND TOTALLY NEED. Especially the skull ice cube thing, right? Need for sure.

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Foley and Corinna mid city tote in black with nickel hardware

I’ve been crying over this baby since I saw it in person at the F&C showroom in NYC. True Love.

http://www.foleyandcorinna.com/index.php/shop/classic-mid-city-2.html

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Forever 21 Minimalist Utility Jacket

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I’m not even a whiskey drinker, yet I have a major whiskey stone fetish. These black ones are simply delectable.

http://shop.coolmaterial.com/products/whiskey-stones-black

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K, I may have just bought these while writing up this post. They’ve been sitting in my Amazon wish list for a couple weeks and I have very poor self control. They’ll make a cute OOTD this spring, I swear!

http://tinyurl.com/bucklegladiators

(Use code 30OFFALL for 30% until 12/17 or 15OFFDEC for 15% off thru EODec! You’re welcome!)

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Zara flared dress with thin strap

http://tinyurl.com/satinflared

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Dita Condor Shades

http://www.tinacatherine.com/sunglasses/dita/dita-condor-3

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All Saint’s biker pant

http://www.us.allsaints.com/women/pants/allsaints-biker-pant/?colour=5&category=774

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These are just bad ass, are they not? I bet Batman or James Bond would gamble using these dice (what?)

http://shop.coolmaterial.com/products/machined-dice

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ASOS structured clutch bag in ostritch

http://tinyurl.com/ostritchclutch

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‘Cause no one is as cool as Chris

http://tinyurl.com/kp33ut6

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Who said I couldn’t practice my mindfulness in style? Eh, Linehan- EH!?

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Alexander Wang stingray embossed lighter case

http://tinyurl.com/n4w9439

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Casadei Blade Pumps

http://tinyurl.com/casadeiblade

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Muubaa cortez raw seam leather biker jacket

http://tinyurl.com/muubaacortez

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Bottega Veneta Intrecciato in black.

Ultimate, to-death dream purse. *sigh* one day…

http://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/shoulder-or-hobo-bag_cod45190288nk.html

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Gama-Go skull ice mold

http://tinyurl.com/skullicecube

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Steve Madden Zylon leather boot

http://tinyurl.com/zylonboot

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Nasty Gal UNIF spin skirt

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Young, Fabulous & Broke Livinia maxi

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My God, it’s all black and white isn’t it? Oh well, neutrals will always be in style. So what do y’all think of my monochromatic goodie list? And I’m totes curious- what’s on your wish list this xmas? Any ridiculous splurge items like my bottega veneta? Any cheap chic wishes? Lemme know!

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Can we all just take moment to oogle over how adorable Alexander Wang’s little niece is?! Aila Wang rocks custom looks from her uncle like no grown adult ever could. This is chicness at it’s best (and tiniest).

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Oh my god, that tiny little studded Rocco is EVERYTHING.

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Yeah, I doubt any of us were rocking quilted Chanel at this age.

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TINY BALENCIAGA!

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I am officially jealous of a toddler’s outfit.

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Ugh, what I wouldn’t give for some timberlands and a fur skirt lol

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This past week I’ve been plowing through The Killing on Netflix, and have only ten minutes or so left in the last episode as I type this. I love it- it’s like Twin Peaks meets SVU. I read in the depths of the interwebz that they’re bringing back the show exclusively for Netflix after it was cancelled this year after only 3 short seasons.

I’d say a huge part of my love for the show is my confusing crush on tweaker turned cop Stephen Holder, played by Swedish-American creepy- cutie Joel Kinnaman. Aaaand he’s dating Olivia Munn- arguably one of the most beautiful women alive. SUCH an attractive couple.

I just wanted to highlight not only their hotness- but their trendiness. I might make it a regular thing to share fashionable couples, because it was way fun internet stalking them. This couple has casual chic down to a tee. I just hope my future accented petit amie et moi will stroll the streets looking this suave.

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