Monday, August 31, 2009

I want! I want!

Gap has asked blogger, Garance Dore, to pick out some of her sketches that will be shown in an exhibition for their 40th anniversary and for London's Fashion Week. T-shirts have been made, 69 of each kind. The blogger has promised that she will try to figure out a way to sell them online, but they are very limited. I want one!

DIY: Bib necklace

Ever since I saw this bib necklace at Anthropologie for $138 I thought, "This can easily be made into something almost completely the same for much less."
Well, as you can see, there is a difference in quality. I did only spend $10 on my supplies. I will take you through how I made it, and maybe you, my dear readers, can offer some advice and suggestions to improve my poor attempt at making jewelry.

My materials were trimmings that I picked out at Jo Ann Fabric. I thought I could cut the flowers in this lace trim so that each individual flower could stand out as a piece on the neckalce.

I positioned my different flowers over a pieces of felt and pinned them. I then began to sloppily sew the pieces to the felt, which would serve as the backing.

I then cut away the excess felt and sewed two pink strands of ribbon to the ends to tie the necklace.

And voila! I have something that maybe, slightly resembles the original. Granted, I think I can add some gems, beads, or pearls to spruce this up a bit. And I could add different flower pieces as well. Any other suggestions? What do you think of my first attempt?

Size, in society's terms

The Sartorialist posted about this image from Glamour's September issue over the weekend. A very interesting discussion formed in the comments section about women's perceptions of themselves and how society looks at them based on the appearance of most models—famished. If you have a shred of interest in this topic you should head over to his blog to throw in your two cents.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Have a weekend full of intrigue...

Haha, I am loving the polaroids of Marisa Tomei and Jason Schwartzmen for Band of Outsiders. Schwartzmen is truly hilarious.

Other interesting links:

Would you buy the crypt next to Marilyn Monroe?

The California garage sale sounds like fun!

The review is out on the September Issue.


Fall gets eerie

I love this spread for fall in the September issue of Vogue. I love the color, the idea, and most of the styles. I love the deep reds. I think the story of Little Red Riding Hood can be dark and scary, and I think that works well for the season—colors get darker, everything gets a little eerier...a little colder. So I thought that Shakira's new song, She-Wolf, would have been great music to play while doing this photo shoot. I know that this is a stretch, and I have just completely jumped topics, but in my crazy mind this works perfectly...just go with it. Plus Shakira is awesome.

Shop your closet

When you get a chance, please take a look at a newer project that my friend and I have been working on. It's a blog about finding new outfits in one's own closet and mixing those with newer pieces that have been purchased at reasonable and recession-savvy prices. We are trying to update the format of the blog to make it more interesting and different from other outfit and shopping blogs you have seen. Here is a preview of what I mean. Check out more at Shop My Closet.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The varying degrees of the harem pant

I totally have a craving for the harem pant look. I found these great pants at Forever 21, but I can't decide which pair would really be best. What do you think?

Do you think these shoes would be too much to wear with the harem pants? What would you wear? I was thinking either gladiator sandals or plain black high heels.

Places to shop: Tremont

I just found a new vintagey clothing shop, right in the Cleveland area, Tremont, to be exact. Tremont is a charming area that has been reinvented with galleries, shops, and some of the best restaurants and bars in Cleveland. It also is home to some very unique and creative merchants such as Lilly Handmade Chocolates, who carries specialty beers and wines in addition to her handmade chocolates. The store owner is in love with the color pink, and if you ever go to her shop you will find several pink piggy banks, not to mention bright pink walls. You never forget a place that sells chocolate and beer, and is completely decorated in pink—great marketing strategy.
Tremont also is starting to become home to some interesting clothing boutiques, including Pinky's Daily Planner, a handmade clothing collection designed by Stephanie Fralick. It is described on the site as being modern, but if anything the clothing has a vintage flair. It is where I imagine Zooey Deschanel would shop if she lived in Cleveland, and it has a similar style as Anthropologie—and similar pricing. The store has very limited hours: Friday 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 9 p.m., but you can also visit the store by appointment. And if you can't make it to the store you can make purchases on the Web site. Here is an idea of what they have:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The September Issue

I am of course excited to see The September Issue, the documentary directed by RJ Cutler, about Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, and her efforts in putting out the biggest issue of the year. In a surprising move to promote the movie and Fashion Night Out, she went on Letterman. I really like that she said fashion today is great because it can be done at any budget. And when Letterman suggested that maybe the budget went from $100 to $20 during this recession, she said, you can still buy lipstick. Happy shopping to my fellow recessionistas!

Beautiful homes and fashion

Have you seen the spread in Vogue on Juicy Couture co-founder, Gela Nash-Taylor's estate in England? It's ri-dic-u-lous! Her house looks like a historical landmark with the sole purpose of being toured. It is beyond ornate. Nash-Taylor is quoted in the article, "It's just psychotically gorgeous." 

Also, don't you love all of her outfits? She is so cute and small! The riding boots, vests, and jackets definitely point to a very classic, hunting look for fall. The Louis Vuitton vest and skirt and Edward Sexton jacket and pants are my new loves.

I am still flipping through the pages of the September issue of Vogue, and I like what I am seeing so for. More to come!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Camera phone art

A shot I took with my camera phone early this morning. I think camera phones are the polaroid of our time. Enjoy. 

Etsy find: Weekender tote

Happy Monday! I am liking the stuff they have at the Etsy shop Death and Texas. This is their weekender tote. How was your weekend?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Have a fun weekend!

I was thinking about my post on nude art earlier in the week, and I thought it would be fun to look up people looking at nude art on Flickr. I found these two photos. The top one is especially funny. What are you doing this weekend my dears? I am going to see Inglorious Bastards for sure and everything else will depend on how the weather holds out. It's supposed to be a rainy one. Break out your Wellies. Here are some things to get excited or intrigued about:

The Polaroid is coming back thanks to Urban Outfitters. Do you have $180.

Peek into the home of Jenna Lyons, J.Crew's creative director.

Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert comes out with her next book!

(Top photo from Flickr, bottom photo by Cornelius Verwaal)

Hard to beat

J.Crew's herringbone tights will be hard to beat this fall espeically at $22.50. Oh and these naughty knee highs would be great too! ($12.50)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

For the shopping impaired: Mango

"You can't have a de mango!"-Chris Kattan

What Cleveland shopping lacks are those unique, totally random boutiques where you can sometimes find clothing that looks and feels expensive, but isn't, because it's a boutique, and they are allowed to do that to you. Those of us who are strapped for cash in Cleveland can't taste the forbidden fruit of small boutiques in Chicago and New York—unless of course they have a Web site. Mango started in Spain, moved throughout Europe, and there are a couple of stores in the United States, so it is still relatively small. I have never actually tried to buy something from the online store, so I don't know where they ship from. All I know is that they have fashion forward designs that are reasonably priced. I love these items they have for the fall and just forget about the summer sale. The prices and the styles are definitely worth looking at even if you can only wear it for one more month.

Things to do: Cleveland

The Cleveland Museum of Art has been hosting a series of events on Wednesday nights called Art on Tap. A band plays, you can buy food or drinks, and there is usually a theme. The theme of their last event was Bare Essentials. A friend and I went, and we were given a tour of the new East Wing, with a focus on nudity. Cleveland's claim to fame is the Specer Tunick, pictured above, for which some 3,000 Clevelander's posed naked. You can see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Key Bank Tower in the background. 
Our tour was guided by a local who owns an art gallery in Tremont and is a physician. I can't wait for the next Art on Tap.

Movie props: 500 Days of Summer Headphones

So, you know those cool headphones that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wears in 500 Days of Summer? Apparently they are made by a brand called We Are the Superlative Conspiracy. When I went to that Web site, I couldn't find them, but Urban Outfitters carries what looks to be the same thing, if not something very similar. I have no idea if this is a good brand or if they are worth investing $58 in, but they look cool...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Swedes

A lot of bloggers, as of late, have been confessing their love of the Stockholm Street Style Blog, touting it as a source for style inspiration. I have to admit I have been in denial and out of the loop for a while. What could people from Sweden possibly teach me about style? Oh, that's right, I'm from Cleveland—everything. I especially love this girl's look. She really achieves that effortless, I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-look-this-great-everyday look. Note: Giant yellow clip. Who can pull that off? 

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend concert

I went to the Decemberists concert in Pittsburgh this weekend. At first, the Hazards of Love, didn't really appeal to me. It wasn't until I attended the concert and realized that it was actually a rock symphony meant to be listened to from beginning to end and is a folklore story about two lovers that I really got it and was able to enjoy it. I highly recommend buying the CD, learning all the songs, and going to the concert to sing along. Now you know what a big nerd I am. 

Friday, August 14, 2009

Have a cool weekend!

I am taking a glorious half day so I can squeeze as much sunshine and warm weather out of the summer before its over. Have a good weekend!

From Skinny


Just a cool photo from Skinny.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Home inspiration

Have you ever thought about putting wallpaper in your closet? If you have, good for you. You must be one of those creative types. However, I am not so blessed, and I think this is a novel idea. Not to sound like the typical girl, but I do spend a lot of time looking in my closet it might as well look nice. I especially love the light blue design of this wallpaper with the white wall and closet door accenting it perfectly. Great styling of the photo too. I think I see a pair of Chuckie T's right by the chair.

Harvard Yard

Harvard, the university, is actually coming out with a men's clothing line! It will be called Harvard Yard. Interesting.

Think: “short-sleeve plaid shirts, Liberty print wovens, seersucker shorts, regimental stripes, sporty knits, patterned jackets and fancy pants—all in a contemporary, tapered fit.”

Do you think you would purchase any of it?

Swell music

Marketa and Glen (Swell Season) have a new album come October. Swoon, swoon! One of the best concerts I have been to. Preview it at NPR. Gosh, they're cute!

Thanks to Frolic!

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