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Aug

19

Western Goth Trend

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Clip from Lost highway by David Lynch.

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Some goth-y cross jewelry. Sure the trendy D&G cross jewelry is derivative of all this. Filigree, pearl drops, yada yada. All 18-19th century …

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As you know in 2014 there are a bunch of micro trends happening all at once. Skinny jeans and Culottes for example are happening all at the same time. Along with trousers and bell bottoms. It’s strange, these vibes, as it’s never once happened in history. Usually a period like the sixties has a uniform that’s defined.

One trend right now that’s feeling quite nice is this Western Goth vibe. Sure seasons ago Slimane slicked it back and remixed it with Dark Hollywood streets (with a bit of those Lynch nuggets thrown it). He also added that Parisian “stamp of approval”, a legendary house like Saint Laurent with enough of a name to make you part with your twice a month rent money. Messages were simple and uniform, all black, lace and cowboy hats. Except you can’t fool me Slimane! He was a tad early for those western vibes, but right now  I’m crushing hard.

When I say I want uniforms. I mean like hard uniforms. Shit people wear in the service industry. More soon.

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Aug

18

Jewelry Tatts

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Some really cute jewelry ideas here. Tattoo-d wrists and necks. I like it, assuming it’s not permanent. How refreshing for a cool summer night with a floaty dress? This is major instagram worthy material for my fella trolls.

Actually. Upon second thought. I’m already sick of it.

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Aug

18

Eggs with Crushed Chips instead of Salt

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I’m keeping in line with new changes on the blog. Which is like HI-LOW frequency. One minute you might get full on “editorial” style bullshit photos and the next I’m posting things that took me no effort at all. Couldn’t give a damn, really.

In 2014 you might have forgotten to bring salt to the table. You keep forgetting to buy it, but since you have a million things running through your mind, it’s fine. But I suddenly remembered that Salt and Vinegar chips are very salty. A seasoned crunch on top of jelly like eggs? Fine with me.

And some more food for thought (while these eggs were great), I just read Cathy Horyn’s latest article and as usual she gets her point across.

“Susan Sontag described a similar shift in the arts in the mid-60s, noting that “the most interesting and creative art of our time is not open to the generally educated; it demands special effort; it speaks a specialized language.” Today, as high fashion moves closer to mass media — with brand-hosted YouTube channels, films, huge spectacles — there is pressure to simplify. I also wonder whether the surge of new brands — their shows often crammed with weird and banal designs — hasn’t caused elite designers to rethink matters. Hence more straightforward clothes.”

“Whether that is a good development or a bad one is not really the concern of fashion designers, though. Their job is simply to reflect their times in a conscious way. In 1965, the year of the baby dolls, the mood was encapsulated by the words on a popular T-shirt in Paris, also observed by Gloria Emerson. It said, in French, “I am free and I am alive.” Since then the quest to be modern — and that is really what we are talking about — has been complicated by a new set of considerations, none of them less valid than wit and imagination. So, while I may not care for Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, it doesn’t matter. He has grasped modernity in its totality.”

She’s right and all. But what’s she saying? That designers of today should sell out the shameless way bloggers do? I mean should I quickly acquire a new boyfriend and start trolling around 5pm sunlit fields in a bikini and ratty cardigans? Would that be a form of rebelling…I mean I don’t know if I could stomach the prospect. I guess I just couldn’t, even if I had a boyfriend, I’d NEVER subject him to camera wielding while I frolic in the woods….

In terms of business my only point is this. I don’t pay for these “high fashion brands” because these mass market retailers sling cheaper and sometimes better replicas. If everything has been referenced by these top designers within 1 season of another designer doing it before, or if everything is referenced blatantly from the past (as we can all see) then what’s the point of people paying for it? The mass market retailers are swiping these trends, so everyone’s just copying then. I guess the old Warhol Adage is true. We’re all human copying machines. Me? I buy what my taste likes, and I find the cheapest version. That’s 2014 for ya. Unless another Rei Kawakubo comes along to change the game, it’s just what I’ll do for now.

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Aug

18

Pho Sandwich

PHO, pronounced PHUH, or FUH, the go-to hit-the-spot noodle stew for the urbanized folks. You know it doesn’t have to stay that way, you can always take the ingredients inside Pho and turn it into something more “street” friendly.

So PHO is great and all but I have my phases. Sometimes I’m addicted and I go for like 6 months without it and everything is fine. Today I share with you how to do the sandwich version! I’ve already tried this version 2-3 ways. For now this is the “rare” try. The meat here is flavored but not “cooked”. And yes there is a cooked version too but too many photos in one post is overkill right.

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What you’ll find in PHO soup. Basil, jalapeno, limes, bean sprout, onion, cilantro…What you won’t find. Avocado. But it’s avocado. You have to add it!

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Aug

15

Uniforms and my childhood…

I was obsessed with SueEllen only because this was my life as a young child and teen. My mother was never home. My father worked all the time. They loved me very much no don’t come here and get all OPRAH on my a$$ and tell me that my parents “never loved me” in the way I needed to be loved. Get a firm grip pal I was too busy anyway – I was lost in fashion magazines, movies, and in general busy being the most mischievous little kid around. Did I tell you my mother stopped giving birth after me….?

My dad tried to spend “quality time” with me. I told him I was out to Barney’s! Leave me the hell alone.

Did my mother come home from her business trips to a report card with a message from the teacher…sure…”Uhm your daughter bursts out in class, skips class and loses everything”…Ugh. Is this my fault I mean I just want to have fun. Drake said YOLO too late I was of the YOLO mindset starting in Kindergarten..

Anyway, the point of this post really is that I want uniforms…hyper customized.

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Aug

15

Youtube Fridays

I’d like to repeat this pattern of sharing youtube clips on Friday. Now I understand you are either at school, (reading my blog) and not listening to the professors (uhm hello, your education is more important than knowing how to get dressed !!!) or you are at work and reading my blog to escape this modern form of torture where you are required to see at least 1 person on a daily basis who makes your skin crawl.

On Fridays I promise you there’s this vibe at the office where everyone’s like “FUCK IT” it’s 9 am and we’re already ready to go home. It’s a wonderful day, like this feeling of being at the airport lounge (if you afford first class) where you’re just waiting to go home or leave it.

Well as a blogger I feel the same way. No, no high resolution photos for you today. I’m going to post clips. I don’t have to do any work. Enjoy this interview with, as a commenter has just recently said…”with relish”…I mean Princess Diana is fascinating. Her only flaw was that she thought a man (Prince of England) would save her. The opposite happened (of course)…As a woman of 2014, do not count on it pals! Men, not only do they ‘not’ save women, they make our lives worse.

My one slice of advice in the form of a sentence for you ladies. If you are dealing with a male asshole boss type at work, use indirectness as your best strategy.

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Aug

14

Yeah I see your board, where’s your clip?

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Skateboarding was and always will be an “emblem” of cool. For one thing, it requires grace and skill to maneuver rough concrete. You usually need to be in lean shape to board properly. It’s a street skill that has all the youngsters dying to learn. They say…for example, skateboarding gets “girls”.

But what happens when this “skill” that requires practice, and performance, becomes co-opted by the fashion elite? For example, we saw Phoebe Philo use a skateboard for one of her campaigns. Listen, my only question is, can Philo really shred in an empty pool? Can she beat a bunch of street kids who practice day in and day out, in an empty pool? Can she Ollie, flip, speed, and scratch horizontal poles? I don’t think so.

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The minute this image (above) (in the style of old Helmut Lang Campaigns) hit the blogosphere, we saw a bunch of young women, now holding “skateboards” as accessories. Whether they actually shred or not, was the question. Sure, they had 4 inch Chanel Wedges on. But I don’t understand, why would you wear wedges? The act of boarding is already extremely dangerous. Even pros wear sneakers….So it’s just for a photo-op? It’s just for pretense? Because holding a skateboard or being associated with one means you’re cool? I’m simply reminded of this photo below. A bunch of people on a board, that can’t actually shred a pool, let alone skateboard properly. I know nothing about shredding. But I’ve never posted a photo of myself holding a skateboard either!

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A pro boarder, on some hyperdub style wheels. I mean 7 wheels in a row? The heck???? This is some real baller style skateboarding. I’m curious to know where these streets are located. All I’m saying is, the photo isn’t enough. I want to see the clip. I mean like where is it??? The video of you like, actually shredding.

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And my final point is this. Philo’s campaign obviously started a cycle. The pattern of thinking it’s okay to pretend to know how to do something when you can’t. It’s not illegal but you shouldn’t go to a mall and hold a skateboard, you might run into youngsters who shred like professionals and they might ask you to show them your swag. Can you imagine those little disappointed faces when you can barely get your foot off the ground?

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Aug

14

I don’t wanna dance, I’m scared to death…!

There a lot of things on the back of my mind right now. Like what the hell happened to that “lost plane” and MH-17. And Gaza, oh boy…But it’s not like we can stop what we’re doing. We all have jobs, families to raise, dogs to feed.

I like his opinion on celebrity, and the audience’s relationship to them. It’s easy for me to separate myself, from a hollywood star let us say..It’s a given that the celeb is “fake”, she’s a character in a movie. No, I’m not going to go home and call them up. Of course not! It’s called common sense.

But lets ask ourselves this same question and apply it to fashion bloggers. These women are characters in the online world that operate (and run businesses) on the perception that what they’re slinging is “real life”. From every photo op to their instagram accounts they are sharing only a small slice of their world. No you won’t hear about anything personal. What you will see is a bunch of pre-determined, pre-selected photos that they choose to share, only because it elevates their public image in the sphere of “money making” brands. If it’s not good or expensive enough to inspire envy, for them it is not worth taking a photo. Hey they must make sure their 20 bracelets and foot rings match up in between plates of taco salads and iced coffees. It’s a world of killer clothes and fine cuisine, as I have been saying…for about 5 years now.

There is nothing wrong with capitalism but I’m just pointing out, like Dave Chappelle says, do not CALL UP INDIANA JONES. That online blogger is fake and isn’t concerned with you. She is worried about her front row seat and her next sugar free latte.

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Aug

14

Daily Ration: 8/14/14

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This should be more of a throwback as it was an outfit I was wearing two months or so ago. It’s a plain green silky shirt with black accents around the color and buttons with a sequin patch. Actually I love this patch, it’s one of a skull. I’ll take more photos later. Paired with self made jeans and this bag I got from Tokyo ages ago. Keep it simple! Loafers are from “charm foot”.

Okay this loafer I’m wearing, it’s like the one shoe in my closet that I can’t wear in public. Why? Because every chick needs to stop me and be like OMG YOUR SHOES and it’s just like I’m trying to get shit done…Well I could not find the link on Amazon I guess these loafers are sold out but you can check out their other options.

As an honest product reviewer, these shoes were worn so much (the loafers in black and white) that the sole was detaching from the platform within 3 months of purchase. But here’s the thing, I don’t care if it’s cheap quality, the look is what I’m into and I don’t mind taking them to the shoe repair guy to fix it. I could repair it myself actually but I don’t have time and my shoe “oven” is locked away somewhere. So don’t come here crying and yelling at me for a “cheap” shoe that broke within 3-4 months of you wearing them. I am telling you right now you get what you pay for and if you really love the design there are other solutions. The shoes are very comfortable and wearable on a daily basis, for work, for the subway, anything.

Other options by the same brand here…

And no I don’t care if PHOEBE PHILO for CELINE designed shoes like this. I don’t care if she was first or last. The woman swipes everything for herself and ad campaigns from slinging “HELMUT LANG” to “GEOFFREY BEENE”.

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