Friday, September 30, 2011

Big Dots Little Dots Part 1

If you haven't seen the Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 collection by now I have no excuses for you, except that your magazine subscription ended and your neighbor finally figured out you were stealing their internet, SO NOW instead you spend your time doing things like socializing with real human beings and reading actual books and rewatching every single episode of your favorite TV on DVD before the new season premiere. Something like that. 

While the saying goes "you can't be in two places at once" I'd use this collection as the perfect HA! I-Told-Ya-So rebuttal that you'd get to end by saying HA! I-Told-Ya-So! (because really, getting to say that is the only reason for starting an argument) but I'm not sure when, where, or how else the Victorian era, the 1940s, and the Future would rub elbows other than in this Lunatic Chic Ready-to-Wear collection. A little bit more than rub elbows they did. HA! I told ya so!

One thing was most evident: lunatics love polka dots. So when my gem of a friend Brianna Hurley (also actress and style muse) told me about her secret stash of thrifted and gifted polka-dot regalia, my inner Kusama erected and my weekend plans could only be summarized by two words (one word?) Photo op.  So we met up and we played and we took pictures and below my friends are a little less than half of the results. Which means some of the other ones are up on my facebook page and then the rest are being reserved for a killer Big Dots Little Dots Part 2.   

In your best excited Oprah voice, “Pollllkkkkkaaaaaaaaa Dotsssss.”
[via Fashables]


Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 via Style.com; Self Obliteration by Dots via afraidofcertainthings; Vintage Vogue UK cover

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mishto Means Awesome

When the dirty laundry pile starts getting high and Friday finally comes around, my recipe for weekend dressing is simple: find clean clothes, decide which ones will make me feel the least restricted and/or the most Cat Lady like, and wear as many layers as weather appropriate at once.  Get it? Got it? Good.

Cat Lady by Lucille Fornasieri-Gold 

When I tell you there are no limitations to my Style Inspiration...
I mean it, there are no limitations to Style.


I had a photoshoot with a friend this Saturday and I can't wait to share the pictures, they are so much fun! On my way there I wore a thrifted lace slip, a thrifted sheer rose slip dress, a thrifted trench coat, thrifted boots, sheer leopard blouse, and fishnet vine tights. My friend Michael came along for moral support and just in case there was heavy lifting to be done. He took this picture of me and says the blurry head is just like me because I'm all over the place. Except he says my smile is much bigger, I like that it gives my eyebrows a nice Frida.


I bet you were wondering what Michael looks like? Well this is what his feet look like.


 and this is Michael when he's having the time of his life with me waiting a long time for the train and it's so humid three showers are a requirement....


 I'm normally not a fan of someone that gives me the bird but...


Mishto is romanian gypsy language and it means AWESOME.
I think Michael is trying to tell me that he thinks thrifted clothing is awesome!

No wonder we are friends.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Studio Love

A few months ago I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Brooklyn-based photographer Michael Popp. It's Mikey Popp for cool, Mike Popp for casual, and M. Popp for short. Well at least that's what I decided just now for no particular reason. Anywho, isn't that such a happy fun name? I hope you'll take the time to browse through his website geniously named www Michael Popp dot com. What I love is how well each of his photos captures emotion, energy, and observation. It truly does, you should see this guy work, this is definitely a case where passion is prevalent and vision is natural.

Working in a studio was a learning experience to say the least.  A bit scary at first because you realise how much more detail these professional cameras can capture when they have a professional behind the lense.  Then you start to loosen up and feel like Cindy Crawford. It's one of those weird things that instantly happens when you're looking so damn thrifty.

I hope you love these photos of my friend Michelle. I took pictures of her once in a thrifted waflle grandpa sweater (here) that do not compare to the gorgeous greek goddess she is below. She's a vision in blue.  We thrifted this dress that very same day as the grandpa sweater at Goodwill. The elastic belt she is wearing I had previously thrifted at Salvation Army, but when I saw them together I knew it was a match made in thrift heaven.  The look was very much inspired by the simplicity of Lanvin Spring 2011 and his famous hit of the collection, the one-shouldered dress.

thrifted dress, thrifted belt x photos via style.com & michaelpopp.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

For The Good of Fashion

Audrey Freighton's blog FRASSY just made my day. WHY?

READ THIS:

"I bought this 'dress' at a flea market in Paris a couple weeks ago. I spotted the blue frills and got excited, but my friend (who came shopping with me) insisted it was a skirt.  I was convinced it would look awesome as a dress. As I held it up to my body, laughing at how the frills bounced as I twirled around, the vendor angrily declared it was "une jupe" (a skirt). Before he started yelling, I handed him a 2 euro coin and so this weird garment of clothing because my favourite, most hilarious 'non-dress'.


Huge amounts of money doesn't guarantee "style"- if you don't have the dollar, you just have to be extra creative. And you know what, even if I could have every piece of designer garb I've ever wanted, I would still shop at flea markets. Because lets face it, how often do you see a dress like this? And, its not even a dress- I decided it would be.

  
And so here's what I am trying to convey: every garment, even the most bizarre, wacky piece can be styled into something great. 

So for the good of fashion, shop at flea markets, vintage stores, charity shops, raid your grandma's wardrobe: because I believe within the fabric fibres of each and every piece of clothing lies infinite styling possibilities." - Audrey Freighton
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Couldn't have sait it better myself.

   MORE FRASSY STYLE HERE 

xoxo

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Prep

I can't tell you how much I LOVE Fall. Oh wait, yes I can. I LOVE it, love it, love it! I love the air, I love the colors, I love the leafs, I love drinking tea, I love cookies, I love soup. I also love that my inner lazy girl and my inner squirrel get together and go nuts...ahaha...get it?!...squirrels, nuts, fall.... ok ok I'm done.

I've been in a bit of a preppy mood as of late.  Weekend sportswear, blazers, collared shirts. Easy dressing wins. I thrifted this oatmeal cotton stripey dress on family day.  I think it's just cotton fabric but the stripes feel a bit like terrycloth. Maybe this was a swimsuit coverup? Oh well.  Use your imagination.

Perhaps oatmeal isn't the most exciting of colors to you - it certainly didn't jump out at me from the racks, but just imagine how well it will look with rich autumn hued coats, bold scarves, loads of chunky sparkly necklaces, and apple cider in the park. UH HUH. Now we're cookin.  This snappy cell phone pic below is just the base for all of those things and more. 

How would you jazz it up?

thrifted skinny belt; thrifted collared shirt; thrifted dress; gifted booties
  
DKNY Fall 2011 via Style.com x Tod's Lace-up Boots via my cell phone



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Style.Spot.FUN - Advanced Style Party

I can't tell you how much fun I had at last night's Advanced Style x Style Rookie Party
The room was filled with UNAPOLOGETIC STYLE, confidence, wisdom, and happiness.
I was particularly happy when they pulled out the delicious cake....YUMMMM!!
My oh my I love me some cake.

Seeing the fabulous faces of Advanced Style in person was also such a dream. Everyone was just as warm as they are on camera.  I couldn't think of a more positive humble energy filling the room. I met lots of fellow thrifters, new friends, and even a few party goers who said it was their first Fashion Week experience.

 Three cheers to Ari and Tavi for being such welcoming hosts.

More photos on My Facebook Page

blurry hosts Ari Seth Cohen & Tavi Gevinson and Ilona Royce Smithkin 
The Countess of Glamour
Claudia Byrdine ChicaBoomFashion
Glamour girl Brianna Hurley
THE CAKE

apologies for the blurry photos, it's my cameras fault


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

If You Seek Style

I really am excited to be going to the Advanced Style with Tavi session at the Ace Hotel tonight.

"A cross-generational celebration of style, wisdom, classic elegance, and flamboyance"

DOESN'T IT JUST SOUND FAB?!

Not only am I a huge fan of the blog, it's message, and it's "incredible, inspired style" but I have had the pleasure of knowing its creator, Ari Seth Cohen, and one of it's wildest muses Lynn Dell
The Countess of Glamour, through whom I've developed an appreciation for personal style confidence.

Here is a very small ode to some of my favorite moments of these stylish ladies that I whipped together with a dash of the Advanced Style quoted "Best Accessory" - Red Lipstick!  xo

 

Monday, September 12, 2011

White Collar Times

The final looks from YSL Fall 2011 collection will most likely have you jonesing for the perfect All-White After Labor Day Party outfit. You've been searching for one right? Me too. (The outfit and the party). But more likely than that it will have you asking yourself one all-important question...

Why do I not own an oversized lucious white feather boa. WHY?

I may not be able to tell you why, but I can suggest this quote fom Black Swan -

The only person standing in your way is you.


On the other hand you may not care about said Lucious White Feather Boa nor about taking advice from Black Swan movie quotes. To each their own!  More so you probably care loads about my newest thrift addition, this Sheer White Collar Pleated Top. I love it loads too. Loads and loads and loads!  


How could you not love anything that has a little bit of THIS going on?

I call it like I see it. 

However, most fittlingly I will do more than contemplate wearing my newly thrifted top in a Layered Dracula Style via Miu Miu Fall 2011, collar fangs out over sweater necklines and boxy shapeless dresses simultaneously channeling my favorite neighborhood nun.  This is about as close to 'holy' as I will get in my dressing.


I keed I keed! I'm an angel.

And you betcher Spring 2012 Runways when the weather is right I'll be lookin like one courtsey of my all-white inspirations Yigal Azrouel, Tess Giberson, NAHM, and Doo Ri. 
via Style.com

Friday, September 9, 2011

These Are The Days Of Our Lives


Just a small picture recap of my totally smashing time at Fashion's Night Out
Do you like that I said SMASHING? I also like to say DAHHHLING
Even though I didn't get to every place on my "list" I spent the night in total thrift style fashion
The excitement from the night was so overwhelming I almost forgot to take pictures... thank goodness for fabulous friends with fabulous memories! I really am a lucky girl.

I put these pictures and more on my facebook page like a true blogger social medialite would do (or whatever it is you'd call my type)?

Go on there, go ahead, I know you want to see this goofy face of mine
OH AND don't forget to tell me what you did for your FNO!
xoxo

p.s. here's what I needed for breakfast after all that bubbly...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

And the winner is....

Today, someone stopped me and said,

 "You're outfit, I like it! You're very Gucci"
Hehehe. Exactly.

 ...ain't that thrifty?
Happy F.N.O.




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