Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I realized something over the last couple weeks. In order for me to update this blog every day, I'm going to need a blackberry-type device. So, when I switch phone services and have to purchase a new phone, I think that's what I'm going to do.

More to come soon!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Belts of thought

Today I had a serious wardrobial conflict between cuteness and comfort. Those new shoes I got (see past entry) gave me blisters after I walked the halls at work, which I was hoping wouldn't happen, considering they're already broken in. This quote came to me while I sat and bandaged my injured heels:

"I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time. There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing or accessories that are not practical."
-Giorgio Armani <---I've always liked him and his lovely, humble attitude! There's an article in December's W of a diary he kept about his trip to Dallas, and I really enjoyed it. You should get your hands on a copy of that issue if you can...maybe at a local Half Price Books or something. The cover looks like this:

And I'm going to talk about belts tomorrow when I have more time; it's been a very, very long day. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

questions and swaps

A dear friend of mine told me yesterday that it's important to ask yourself two questions whenever you're purchasing any sort of clothing or accessory item.

1: Do I love this item?

but more importantly,

2: Does this item love me?

After asking myself those questions, I actually bought about 85% fewer items than I would've bought if no questions would've been asked.

I think everyone should go through this mini self interview before they go to the cash register. It'll hopefully eliminate most of those things we never wear!

And speaking of never wearing something...Have you ever done a Clothing Swap before? I recommend that groups of friends in every community try it. You take whatever clothes in your closet you still respect but never seem to wear, and bring them to a specified time and place. Others do the same. Once you're all there, you basically set them out in the middle of the room and everyone just sorts through and takes what they want. It's a wonderful method of reusing resources that also feels safer and warmer, because the exchange is done with trusted comrades rather than mere strangers. I always love wearing a cute shirt I know was loved by my friend Melyssa or whoever.

I highly recommend it!

No pictures today. Subject for tomorrow: wide belts

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thrift Shops.

Today I got a fantastic pair of patent leather flats with an open toe and a multi-colored front. Here is a picture:

They only cost me 2 dollars and forty cents. THIS is why everyone should stop buying things at retail so much and take the time to browse Thrift Shops.

Everyone knows, vintage is completely back in, which is great. However, hardly anyone is actually getting their merchandise (whether it be shoes, clothing, purses, jewelry) from the past; they're paying gobs of money to buy things, brand new, at retail stores!

I say we need to stop creating things and start reusing what already exists. I will show you more great finds as they come along.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Scarflette

These are the future of winter wear. I do realize, Summer is around the corner for the Northern Hemisphere, but as most of you know, the fashion world is already preparing for Fall. Here are a few I really like, all different types. All of them are from www.etsy.com.

Interesting, aren't they? :)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

For Starters...

I'm sure there is a lugubriously healthy amount of helpful and interesting blogs about fashion for the artists, the cheap-a-leaps, the workaholics, the impatient, the neurotics, the pickier-than-anyone, or etc. etc. etc...

But is there a blog in this lonely world for any and all of the above?

There is now.

Welcome to the place you can go to find something you won't find anywhere else: the anatomy and workings of my fashion brain.

I sincerely hope you will find something useful or at least entertaining here, each and every day.

For today, here are a couple pictures of two types of things I'd like to see sold more often in the general array of less expensive chain stores in my town (or any town!). They're all from the Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear fashion shows.
They're both designed by ADAM.

For this first one, it's the material I like, along with the interesting high-waist. The bird brings a nice hipster touch to it. Doesn't it look like a tattooed yet Hepburn-esque woman named Mev Stoneblue made it in her spare time with the trusty Singer sewing machine she keeps in her bedroom? (and then you look at it and say "why yes, J. Pafoofnic, it does.")

And the second, it's mainly the cowl neck-piece I'm longing to purchase. Is it a scarf or a neck warmer? I don't really care which; I just wish I could know where to get one for under 25 dollars. If I find such a place that does, I'll let you know.