After a while of hearing about The Drums and how good they are I finally got down to hearing their stuff and at first I didn't really think much about it but now about a few months later I'm drawn and going to their show in a few weeks.In addition to that a few weeks back I went to this little hidden party at Fontana's and they were playing a bunch of songs from the late 50's early 60's. The combination of the two has really gotten me into a surf rock, twist-y kind of vibe and this is what I've been listening to lately:
another modern band feeling the 50's vibe
Saturday, November 28, 2009
This was taken some time in October. I wore this outfit for work/going out after. I needed an outfit that was appropriate enough for work but could also look casual enough for a Minus the Bear show.Honestly I felt a little bit Debbie Harry meets Alexa Chung. The vest and patent oxford brogues being something miss Chung would wear and the rest being the former's choice of attire.
Jacket:Faux Leather Shrunken Motorcycle Jacket(Charlotte Russe)
Vest:Black Sweater Knit Vest(forever21)
Dress:Sailor Striped Jersey Dress(H&M)
Shoes:Patent Black Oxford Brogues(Buffalo Exchange)
Bag:Vintage Black Saddle Bag(Thrifted)
Sunglasses:Vintage Club Masters(Flea Market)
The show was seriously one of the best shows I have been to in probably ever. They sounded amazing live and true to form.It was just one of those shows that wasn't too pretentious and a real chill vibe....very west coast!!!(They're from Seattle)
There was a bit of craziness for me, right before the show. After work I went to get on the train to go meet Danielle at our meeting spot to head over to the venue when I got this crazy pang of realization. I Left My Ticket At Work!!!!! At this point I had already made it to the station where I needed to transfer to another train. I had to go back one stop get back to work and only to realize no one was there anymore. So in a panic I told Danielle to go to the venue and see if she could score a ticket at face(being the price I paid for it), but no such luck. I headed over there in hope of maybe telling the ticket guy my unfortunate story and see if maybe they would let me in out of sheer generosity.(I was not going to miss this show...I waited 4 years to go see them).Finally I told my story to at least 4 people before I could actually tell the manager(who had the final say) and with some eyelash batting and puppy dog eyes he let me in with a bit of hesitation.Seriously one of the best moments of my life. I could kiss him, if...you know... I was that kind of girl.
Then to top it off the show was amazing and they played a lot of old stuff.After the show we headed over to Yaffa Cafe to get some late night eats.An awesome way to end an awesome night.
(excuse the dizzying effect, there aren't any videos that are any better than this. The band in their first albums didn't make any music videos)
Monday, November 16, 2009
It's pretty obvious what this collection is being veered towards. The holidays are creeping up and when thinking about New Years, there's always an element of sheen involved. This year it just happens to be on everything. When I came across this collection by Forever21.... Yes... that's right Forever21, I couldn't believe that there was a real editorial vibe going on. I mean usually you can see that they have a bit of a catalog feel with their collection ads but this one really doesn't look like that at all. Taking inspiration from queen of disco, Donna Summer, it really is done well with dare I say it.... creativity!!! Can Ya dig it?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I love this dress. I found it in one of the very few good, "cheap", thrift stores there are in this city. It was kind of hanging there looking really sad and
I overlooked it at first glance but then I looked at it again and I really found potential in it.It was originally ankle length and had three tiers of ruffles towards the hem.I hemmed it and its amazing what one wash could do because it looks good as new.Also thinking of it now, it really reminds me of Jade in Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes.She's such an inspiration and she has this aura that you could just sense right out of the speakers. Shes also in a previous post of mine.
Jacket: Black faux leather motorcycle cropped jacket(Charlotte Russe)
Dress: Vintage Cream Embroidered Leaf Boho Dress(Thrifted)
Tights:Brown Opaque floral printed tights(Target)
Shoes: Dark Brown Suede Mary Jane Wedges(Micheal Kors, Ebay)
Bag:Vintage Black Saddle Bag(thrifted)
Home - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
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Saturday, October 31, 2009
The leather jacket was purchased some time in September and was seriously one of the best buys I've made. It was exactly what I was looking for in a leather jack. Cropped sleeves, shrunken fit and cheap. Although it is faux, it really does it justice since it doesn't look or feel like it is.
The bag was actually one of those random buys that after purchase you were like "How did that happen?" I was walking out of Mudspot with my friend Danielle after lunch and I immedietly spotted something in the lower corner of my eyes and darted right for this bright multi-colored trunk bag with this string attached to it. It was sitting alongside bohemian knick knacks and indian inspired accessories.I pick it up and ask the lady who ows the shop right next door to Mudspot how much it was and she responds, to my astonishment, "$4.00". I turn to Danielle and she could tell of my excitement she says to me"Definitely get it" I couldn't care less that the thing looked like it belonged to a 70's stripper, something that I've been looking for and it costs $4.00 and I found it at a Manhattan boutique, that alone was worth owning.
I brought it home and painted it all balck which was no easy feat,because it had wavy multi colored stripes and panels.I added a velvet ribbon with an adjustable ring for the strap and viola!!! My very own, DIYed trunk bag.
Jacket:Faux Black Leather Shrunken Motorcylce Jacket (Charlotte Russe)
Sweater:Dark Gray Wool Shrunken Sweater(H&M)
Dress:Vintage Button Front Light Blue Printed Dress(thrifted)
Tights:Black Opaque 100 denier(H&M)
Shoes:Black Gladiator Ballet Flat(forever21)
Bag:Black DIY Trunk Bag(Boutique in E.V.)
Sunglasses:Vintage Clubmasters(flea market)
Belt:Black studded Belt(Forever21)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Post Script: There were many looks from this season's fashion weeks that I would just love to add but it was getting to be a little strenuous and tedious and I'm sure at this point any sort of media has covered it all.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Talk about mature apparel. So yes, I was being a bit harsh on Charlotte Ronson for going that route of making her collection look mature, but it's only because she lost her niche along the way. Whereas Erin hasn't lost it just is doing it gracefully. This is a bit mature compared to previous collections but its transitioning is done just right. Also I need that trench by Spring!!!
Is there something in the parisian waters? Because this collection looks like Isabelle Marant designed it and Hannah McGibbon just signed off on the designs and called it her own. Despite the similarity in aesthetic for this collection it is great, not amazing though. Because if we were gonna compare Hannah's first collection to this one its safe to say that the former is more "Chloe" than this season's collection is. It very much has the Parisian Chic aesthetic that Isabelle Marant is known for.From the use of neutrals and nudes to the menswear/oversized everything and the outdoors-y influences. Its hard to see the transition from the last collection to this one because they are so different but no matter what, anything Chloe produces is magical in my eyes.
Keeping up with the Charlotte girl gone haute, this season's collection was just that of a continuation from the last show. It's not the Charlotte Ronson we knew and loved but a Ready-to-Wear couture house. There are still some glimmers of what was once a distinguishable look from the designer.I don't dislike the collection it's just not what I used to love, but maybe change isn't so bad? It's just that you used to expect a certain feeling when seeing this show and you just don't get that familiarity anymore. Overall I think the palette is fantastic and the silhouettes are great, but (I reiterate) not what I would expect.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I've never reviewed a Balmain collection on this blog before but I've recently come to notice that I've been attracted to disco era attire and this collection although not 70's in nature, has colors of the decade(or should I say decadence). The silhouettes are by no means retro but rather grecian and armor like as a Balmain collection should be. I was also most attracted to the usage of military coats/jackets.I've never really had a connection to the design house but they are starting to grow on me.You could see they really have a point of view and that is always admirable.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
What hasn't been said about the downtown darling that I could possibly say. An ingenious collection right? A fascinating take on Varsity Inspiration? Whatever the comments he definitely has people's attention.I found the collection appealing but a bit of a departure for our young ingenue.If we look back at his collections we see a dark edgy mono-tonal collection with the exception of a few spurts of colors here and there.The varsity inspiration is somewhat strange when attached to his name don't you think? It's like the anti wang wang girl. Does that make sense? I mean before the wang girl was clad in leather and chains and all that but now she's the angel dressed in white? Its funny and its ironic and I suppose that's what the designer wanted. To keep us on our toes because how else is a downtown darling supposed to stay on top?
Overall I've neglected to do a recap of all the shows during fashion week. New York and London have blown right by and not a single update was done on my part. It started in February, with a feeling of apatheticism(not sure if that's a word I made up) due to a somber mood because of the economy and a lacking of "wow" factor. This season I wasn't quite ready to be seeing a slue of spring/summer styles right when we just got out of a summer that wasn't quite summer-y.I don't know what it is this season but just starting to get into fall mode, I was completely distasteful to anything remotely related to Spring/ Summer. Fashion week always landed in the first weeks of September and its always right after Summer so I'm not sure why I can't seem to be bothered with this right now when I've done the opposite in the past. That being said there were some looks that I did find appealing despite the timing.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
So I've been quite the neglectful blogger lately huh? I feel like I should apologize for being so sporadic with posts lately. Its just that I've been dealing with a bout of "lazy". I don't know what it is. Sometimes I get very inspired and post stuff everyday and other times I just fall into a hole and don't feel like doing it.There's no reason for it except my own faults.Many bloggers have stated this exact same thing saying that sometimes they feel like this is a full- time job and they don't want to feel like that because they started doing this for fun and it shouldn't feel like a chore. Although I don't agree with this completely I do however feel strained sometimes.
Well, moving on this was taken about a month ago(where we last left off). I went to meet up with a friend who comes and goes in my life but I love her dearly. Our lives are on separate tracks but sometimes we try to make them intertwine.
We went out to some bars in Williamsburg to catch up.
Dress:White Beaded/Crochet Neck Chiffon Babydoll Dress(Forever21)
Socks: Scalloped Edge Ankle Socks (H&M)
Shoes:Black Lace-Up Ankle Boots (Nine West)
Bag:Vintage Black Quilt Chainlink Bag(thrifted)