Friday, November 21, 2014

A Leopard Can Not Change His Spots

Leopard print has a bit of a reputation; in the same way plaid calls to mind Catholic school girl uniforms and lumberjack shirts. But instead of seeming schoolgirl, clannish, or woodsy leopard print reminds you of aging sex-pots ala Mrs. Robinson or Joan Collins. Not the worst thing in the world, but perhaps a bit tacky. Still I've always had a soft spot for the print--I especially like it in red, but in the usual brown and beige print I think it works nicely as a neutral. I also thought when I was initially eyeing this dress it could make for a good Pebbles Flintstone costume for Halloween! For this outfit I avoided the caveman and cougar looks opting instead for a classic trench and scarf. As is the case with many a dress, regardless of print, it's all about how you style it.

"Jay Gould's daughter said, before she died, 
There's two more trains I'd like to ride. 
Jay Gould said, "Daughter, what can they be ?" 
The Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe. 

Jay Gould's daughter said, before she died, 
There's two more drinks I'd like to try. 
Jay Gould said, "Daughter what can they be?"
'They's a glass o' water and a cup o' tea.'"

-Jay Gould's Daughter

Outfit details:
ASOS trench (old, similar)
Shop Ruche scarf (old)
vintage purse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rosie Loves Hats

I recently stumbled across this editorial and while I like the whole outfits I'm really fixated on the hats. Seeing this definitely makes me feel like I don't own enough. How perfect are the simple shift dresses paired with comfortable flats and punctuated with quirky hats? I want every single look and I think what my closet is mostly lacking is the millinery! This editorial definitely spurred an Etsy search for cute fascinators.
Rosie Tupper By David Mandelberg For Marie Claire Australia November 2014

X Marks The Spot

These tights are so old that I can't remember where I got them or what year...and I'm usually good at dating my clothes. I think the trick with these tights is that I've had them forever and yet I've barely worn them. I usually pull them out when I'm looking for a pair of sheer tights, notice the "x's" on the knees and put them back. I just don't feel most of my outfits are improved by oddly shaped x's, but this one might be an exception. The text covered skirt seemed to call for some more fun and graphic accessories. Also the shoes seem like an exceptionally good fit with my favorite black heels.
P.S. I was wearing a coat initially but because my friend Kate helped me take pictures I ended up talking in all the shots with my coat on and made some rather ridiculous facial expressions...

Outfit details: 
Sheinside skirt (sold out)
old tights
*pictures by Kate

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2015

In recent seasons Olympia Le-Tan's clothes have filled a Luella-shaped void in the fashion community. One designer with their own perspective is not replacement for another, but there is a sense of fun and whimsy in Le-Tan's creations that echo the defunct Luelle brand and is sadly rare in fashion designers today. As more collections continue to push a black & white trend, minimalism and austere style it's nice to see that it is still possible to have fun with fashion. Many of the looks border on costume-y, but I loved the oversize pencil shapes which are the perfect complement to her famous book clutches. View the full collection here.

As Winter Changes The Trees

I feel quite Wuthering Heights in this look--completely with a windy day and overgrown field setting. Since I am American my picture of the wild moors mentioned in the book is probably quite inaccurate from the literal moors the Brontë sisters would have been familiar with. But I do admire and have some familiarity with spots of untamed nature--places with fields with weeds free to grow like this one, the tall untouched trees of the West Coast, even the power of the ocean's surf on a rocky shore...

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
-Emily Brontë

Outfit details:
vintage bow (similar)
Choies cape
vintage purse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Favorite Winter Looks Of 2013


We had our first near-snow of the year (not calling it the first snow until it sticks!) a few nights ago, so in honor of that I thought I'd post my favorite winter outfits from last year. Many of these outfits had coats layered on top that I briefly ditched for pictures. It was an incredibly cold and snowy winter so pictures were often snapped quickly and I reached a point where I couldn't be bothered to wear proper boots because literally every day called for snow boots. Anyway, it's time to locate all my mittens, scarves, and hats!

Jerry Go and Oil That Car

This week is turning into a week of leftover posts! Sometimes I don't like photographs after an initial edit or end up liking a different set more and post things out of order. These photographs kept getting pushed around and now they're quite off season for the current weather! Anyway, remember this old abandoned train car? It's an old food car complete with dusty seats and decaying kitchen. You can see some older pictures I took in it here and here. From the outside they just look like rusting out trains, but when you get inside you have these lovely seafoam walls and interesting design details. They're not quite a romantic as the vision of trains you see in movies from the 50s (North by Northwest comes to mind), but there's still something intriguing exploring inside them...despite the terrible graffiti. It's also hard to believe that I was wearing this just a few weeks ago--bare legs seem like ancient history. I'm a sucker for little pleated skirts though, I want one in every color and they're classic no matter the season.

"'Twas in November, 
in the winter time, 
An' the ground all covered wid snow, 
'Come, put the hand-car-r on the track, 
An' over the section go!'
Wid his big sojer coat 
buttoned up to his t'roat 
All weathers he wud dare 
An' it's 'Paddy Mack, 
will yez walk the track, 
An' Jerry, go an' oil that car!'"
Outfit details:
ASOS purse (old, similar)

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