Saturday, May 31, 2008

street stylin'

In light of my impending move to Ukraine, I have rediscovered one of my all-time favorite street style sites, FAK! Kyiv Everyday Fashion. The photographer is obviously blessed with an uncanny eye - the photos border on being artwork, and the outfits are always so fresh, crisp and eye-catching. Here are a few of my favorites! I'll have to find these ladies and force them to be my shopping buddies.

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...I have been a bit negligent with the blog lately. I graduate in less than two weeks and am knee deep in final papers! I have also been boring myself to death with my outfits. I'll reassume my groove post-haste.

Monday, May 26, 2008

(Variants of) taupe and black

These days I am attracted to the color combination of taupe/beige/cream/nude and black. It has an antiquated, art deco feel to it.

On the ladies:

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I love the simplicity of the black. The cream scarf really pops. Also: why do I not leave the house every day looking like a freaking fairy tale?


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Poets have literally died trying to describe that umbrella.


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Someone needs to compose an opera praising this neckline. I need to scour my apartment to find my opera writing hat.

(photos courtesy of copenhagen street style, the facehunter and liebemarlene vintage.)

Up for grabs:

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Think of how much better this Target top would look on a person with an entire head.

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These Forever21 lovelies would look too cute with something ruffle-y, flowy, or otherwise cutesy. F21 tends to make cute shoes, but they only go up to a size 9...we freak shows are shut out in the proverbial cold.

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Oy. I can lust after things from Topshop all I want, but the exchange rate simply does not permit me to indulge. If I were to travel to England, I could use a roll of American $100 bills to prop up the leg of a wobbly chair and it would still be more economical than actually spending them.

...on another note, thank you for all of the kind words in response to my last post. I am not sure about blogging while I am gone, and won't be able to say for sure once I am actually there and can assess accommodations at my site. In either case, I am here until the end of September and will continue to blog!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

My future

The letter I have been waiting for has finally arrived. I graduate college in June, and I have just received word that in September I will be moving to Ukraine with the Peace Corps. I will be an English teaching Volunteer there for two years.

I am so excited...I have been planning to volunteer with the Peace Corps for years, and Ukraine was the country I was hoping for all along. I am brimming with happiness and cannot wait to embark on this new stage in my life.

Thank you to all of my readers...your comments and support are always so appreciated. I love you guys!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

A plague on you, Louis Vuitton

Confession: I, like many others, am guilty of supporting unethical practices for the sake of fashion. While thrifting certainly alleviates many of my ethical concerns, I also get my kicks from the likes of H&M, Forever21 and Target, each of which are guilty of more than a few ethical violations including poor environmental and labor practices.

Still, I have my limits. I can honestly say that after reading this, I will never toss a dollar over to Louis Vuitton.

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The design house has sued artist Nadia Plesner for copyright infringement. Plesner, an artist with Designers for Darfur, designed this t-shirt for the organization, the proceeds of which contribute to fight the genocide afflicting the region.

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Plesner's image crticizes the values of the public in light of terrible world events - it implies that, instead of being outraged by the tragedy of Darfur, many people are interested only in celebrities. "I felt horrified by the fact that even with the genocide and other ongoing atrocities in Darfur, Paris Hilton was the one getting all the attention," Plesner said. Vuitton's lawsuit follows a cease-and-desist letter that read, "We cannot help noticing that the design of [your] product includes the reproduction of a bag infringing on LV's intellectual property rights."

Louis Vuitton should be ashamed. The brand seems perfectly happy to poise itself as being emblematic of status and luxury. LV is a willing participant in a culture that feeds off of wealth and elitism. Plesner cleverly used the image to make a potent observation about our society. Her art also funds a terrific cause - and the fact that Louis Vuitton is trying to sponge off of funds intended to serve victims of Darfur is nothing short of disgusting.

This is one of the most offensive examples of elitism in the fashion industry in recent memory. It is highly doubtful that Plesner's work is effecting LV's sales in any way, and so I can only interpret this lawsuit as an exercise in greed. Meanwhile, the victims will ultimately be those already victimized in Darfur.

Or, a bit less articulately: Fuck you, Louis Vuitton.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

leaning

I am off to an improv show tonight. Someone from 30 Rock is going to be in it, which would probably be cool if I had ever seen the show.

purple and teal

Beret: flea market in Paris
Vintage scarf: from my grandma
Vintage dress: thrifted
Vintage belt: rummage sale
Tights: Urban Outfitters
Flats: Target

...and I still have no love for the postal service...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A wait on my shoulders

I have been quite distracted for the past few days waiting for a terribly important letter. (Note to US Postal Service: You are DEAD to me.) Fret not, I'll disclose the details soon.

Suffice it to say that waiting for something crucial can be agonizing. All I can do is wait for time to pass. Tomorrow will be the fourth day of approaching my mailbox thinking, "today is the day..." only to be let down.

Since all I can think about is waiting, it seemed appropriate to include a few photos of pretty vintage watches on eBay.

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Now let's all hope, once again, that tomorrow is the day!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

black, white and red

I happen to be one of those rare people who was naturally born with pale pale skin and hair so dark it is nearly black. Make-up is always a challenge - several lines don't even make shades light enough for me, and it is easy to over-do it on color.

Still, lately I am craving a cherry pout. I love wearing red lipstick, but it seems as if I always get it on my teeth, my food, my cup, and any other thing that could make contact with my lips. It also seems to fade and I have trouble finding the right shade. I am terribly worried about achieving this decidedly unflattering effect:

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Especially since I have that top in 11 colors and never leave the house without my pumpkin.

There are many famous ladies with my coloring who manage to pull off the look without looking threatening.

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Ashley Judd is pretty divine.

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Though I personally have never seen the resemblance, not a week goes by in which I don't get told by a random stranger that I look like Anne Hathaway. It must be the hair and skin.

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You know what? I adore this woman. This post is actually about to devolve into a brief homage to Ms. von Teese. She always looks really terrific, except for when her favorite accessory was Marilyn Manson.

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That felt nice. Remember how a few days ago I said that I try not to post photos of celebrities? Clearly I cannot be trusted.

Anyhow. If you look closely at the first photo of Dita, you can she is holding a tube of lipstick. I suspect it is a tube of MAC lipstick. I decided to browse the shades MAC has to offer, and I found this. It is called Russian Red, and it looks like the perfect shade I've been searching for...not to mention I am mad about all things Russian, and so it seems like a match made in a very superficial heaven.

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I think I'll have to try it out despite the fact that expensive lipstick makes me convulse a little.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

MIA

Agathe, the lovely Norwegian of Style Bytes, is such a vision.

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I am a bit concerned about her, though. She left for a weekend in Stockholm on April 24, and has not updated her blog since. Agathe nearly always posts daily, so her disappearance is certainly unusual. Additionally, her husband's blog Trashion has been deleted. I hope that they are safe and that everything is okay. Does anyone know where she is?

Monday, May 12, 2008

A not so worthy effort brought to you by Crocs

Nice try...

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But they still look like Crocs. Slapping some lipstick on Rodney Dangerfield will not make him pretty.

taking care of business

A few weeks left until I graduate. A busy weekend + procrastination = plenty to do today.

blue violet

Beret: shop in San Francisco
Necklace: thrifted
Dress: thrifted and shortened
Belt: from my Grandma
Slip peeking out: thrifted
Black tights: Target
Eggplant overknee socks: H&M
Black patent mary jane pumps: Payless

Thursday, May 8, 2008

a bit of this, a bit of that

To do: errands, homework, reading, class, thaw the chicken.

It is cloudy but still quite bright, and I couldn't help squinting.

errands and class

Beret: Paris flea market
Necklace: Paris flea market
Black tee: Target
Vintage beige blazer: thrifted
Belt: from my Grandma
Flowy teal skirt: thrifted
Tights: Kohl's
Pumps: Target

It is in the 40s today. Where is global warming when you need it?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

She got the way to move me

I actually wore this yesterday. It served many purposes: it took me to class, to dinner, and finally to a Neil Diamond tribute band concert and drinks. I had a blast! Lastly, this outfit escorted me to a greasy fast food place at one in the morning because I somehow became convinced that I needed, nay, deserved, a burrito.

cherry cherry

Beret: shop in San Francisco
Mustard Cardigan: Target
Black and white chiffon dress: DKNY, thrifted
Tights: Target
Boots: Delia*s

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Having a (costume) ball

I rarely find celebrity style too groundbreaking...some of the most frequently lauded style setters bore me. Even if I liked what Jessica Simpson was wearing (note: I don't,) I can't afford it.

I do have to make an exception for last night's annual costume ball at the Met, and have decided to include my favorite looks.

Christina Ricci

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She is like a valentine's card with glitter on the front and a cheesy poem in a nearly illegible cursive font poem inside that happens to rhyme 'dove' and 'love'. But in a really good way.

Michelle Monaghan

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When I first saw this photo, I was so happy for Ms. Monaghan for having worked off all the baby weight after having Tom Brady's child and showing up looking so much more smashing than Gisele Bundchen. Then I realized I was actually confusing her with Bridget Monaghan and that Michelle Monaghan has not beared a child recently. Still, she looks great. She played the free-spirited brunette in The Heartbreak Kid, which I saw on an airplane. I sat through the whole thing and laughed at a few parts. I am just now beginning to bear looking at myself in the mirror again.

Elizabeth Banks

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Ms. Banks was the crazy, drunk blonde at the beginning of The 40-Year Old Virgin. This is how I feel Met ball dresses should be...a bit kooky, a bit artsy, but elegant and polished.

EDIT: Ms. Banks actually played the book store girl, not the crazy drunk one. I am proliferating lies on the internet. Thank you to Hailey of Style Symmetry for feeding me a hot bowl of truth.

Claudia Schiffer (with Valentino!)

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Tips for pulling off a dress like this:
1. Be Claudia Schiffer.
2.

Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky


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Fine. I don't actually think either of them were actually at the gala, and this photo was taken almost three months ago. But isn't it kind of glorious that they are still friends? They are probably en route to another meth intervention for Stephanie Tanner.