Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stylish Spaces: Retro Loft

This is probably the loveliest loft I have ever seen. I love the splashes of color, high ceilings, industrial floors, and retro home furnishings. Artist Kelly Reemsten is living in a dream home (her artwork is pretty amazing too). It's a beautiful airy space that gives her room to breathe, create, and collect. More here.

Outfit: Trendcasting

While a big trend coming out of fashion week is 70s, I'm feeling much more of a 60s vibe. Of course, fashion weeks around the world have perhaps never been more diverse and less easy to trendcast than now. Some collections are paring down, showing fewer looks and less extravagent clothes at lower price points and others are going the opposite; more looks, more embellishment, etc. While I'm certain in ten or twenty years we will be able to look back on this time and pick out some predominant styles, at the moment things seem more geared towards the individual than the mass than ever before. It's so easy to identify a photograph from the 50s or 70s based on dress--how easy will it be to indentify those taken now by the same markers? It's not that people in the past have never clinged to trends past their expiration date, but that mass fashion seems less uniform than ever before.

Outfit details:
old barrette
Oasap dress (sold out, also here)
Seychelles heels (old)
*pictures by Thomas

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bow Envy

When I had my pixie cut I used to get bow and ponytail envy. My hair was so short it looked best when it was just left alone or with some very small detail--a large bow would've overwhelmed the 'do. As my hair gets longer it's really fun to curl it and find large bows to wear. I enjoy the process because it's been so long since I was able to do this. At the moment it's hard to ever imagine going back to short hair and I keep putting off a much needed trim for fear of losing any hard-sought length. 

Outfit: I Am A Poem

I was pretty over the moon when I saw this Miss Patina sweater with it's cursive ribbon spelling out "I am a poem." That phrase is one I've considered getting tattoed on my upper arm before. I find poems so beautiful and inspiring and if you can remind yourself that your breathing, living body is also a form of poetry than what better body and self acceptance can there be? Self acceptance is another reason I'll defend selfies until I'm blue in the face. People seem more concerned about the so-called "selfie generation" and illusions of narcissism than they are about the number of girls today with body hate. The last thing I'm worried about is girls loving themselves too much.
Anyway, the sweater (which also comes in baby blue) could easily become a favorite. I wore it slightly slouchy here over my skirt, but I could see it tucked in to a more dramatic skirt or even paired with my favorite black jeans. Which means I can indefinitely delay that arm tattoo!

Outfit details:
old tights
*pictures by Thomas

Friday, February 27, 2015

Want: Tuesday Bassen for Hello Holiday

I want to be part of Hello Holiday's "ugly girl gang"! They recently collaborated with artist Tuesday Bassen on a series of exclusive tees and sweatshirt with Bassen's distinctive illustrations. The "ugly girl gang" patch is already sold out, but I'm still tempted by the Girls Girls Girls sweatshirt. And if you want to add some flair to pieces already in your wardrobe (and do some good)--you can buy a set of 4 pins featuring Bassen's work for $5 and 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the UNION for Contemporary Art in Omaha.

Outfit: Color Coded

I really like the colorful doors and shutters in the small towns and villages around Northern Ireland. It seems that since most of the old buildings are grey stone or white washed people really enjoy painting their doors nearly every color of the rainbow. I think it's less striking in the States where homes are less likely to be stone. Matching these orange-y red shutters and door was coincidental, but I could probably find a door to match any color dress I might choose to wear just around the corner!

Outfit details:
old scarf
old jacket
vintage brooch
old oxfords (similar)
*pictures by Thomas

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art: Perrin

I'm quite enamored with these bold and detailed illustrations by Lisa Perrin. Much of her work is inspired by Eastern European Jewish folk tales and even if you miss a few cultural cues her historic roots is noticeable in drawing style calling to mind Victorian artwork and Haeckel's "Art Forms in Nature." As a fashion-obsessed person I would love to see some of her illustrations on fabrics, since to me the highest form of flattery is not copying a person's work but covering your body in it!
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