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Jul

26

Shoe Addict ….

I have an addiction to shoes. Send help. Or send me shoes. Either way I am 100% sure that I need a “shoe” psychiatrist. Everyone start flipping out “She needs help! She’s crazy!”. *Scoff in sarcasm*. I’d like to invite the Bozos at NowManifest to come shred on my machines. Oh that’s right you can’t. You don’t really do anything but dabble in casual eating disorders and you know, take photos of your photoshopped selves all day long. If anyone is crazy, it is you ladies, for giving up your independent voices … At one point I used to religiously and obsessively read these ladies’ blogs. There was so much inspiration, so much to swipe. Now? It’s more like a dead zone of old information. And the writing, oh boy the writing! How is it possible that these women get away with such low-grade journalistic skills? I mean I am no Hemingway but come on. And the spelling errors are a whole ‘nother story. Anyhow here are some of my pics.

Starting off these grommet studded loafer like kicks. None other than Jil Sander. I can’t help but love this woman for making a comeback. I feel like she’s annoyed that people think Philo invented minimalism. Maybe that’s the reason why she came back. I can’t help but assume a woman like her isn’t doing it for the money. Who knows.

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This is not current Todd’s…Sourced this from EBAY.

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Right now I love these Rubinacci of Napoli sneakers. Somewhere between a super sexy ballet flat, to a pointy toe, to a superga…(well these are like, the hyperdub version of those boring supergas..) I really love how sophisticated they look … the lace up proportion is unusually small in comparison to what we normally see on sneakers.

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Someone can definitely help me tag this designer. I could dig through my files (which are infinite believe me, I don’t have time) because I totally forgot which runway this filtered down through. This thin slice of Lucite paired with a hollow wood heel is easy on my eyes.

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Jul

26

The future already happened?!! What do you mean…

There are two fashion journalists I read, their names would be Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes. Cathy Horyn is my favorite because she is the only Alpha at New York Beta Times: a paper where you get the feeling that they want to give you the red pill, but can’t handle the consequences. Cathy Horyn sat in her unique position at New York Beta Times, where her honesty was permissible, only because you got the feeling that NYTIMES didn’t care enough about “the fashion industry” as a whole to take it seriously. So she got the best of both worlds. She got away with giving us no bullshit criticism (which 99% of the time I agreed with what she wrote) and at the same time she never really got in trouble. Yes true, she’s been banned from fashion shows, but I think that says a lot more about the designer than the critic. Horyn saves her praise for designers like Alaia and Isabel Toledo. And rightly so.

Suzy Menkes is someone with a much more romantic approach to criticism. Me I say fuck romance let’s get to the bottom line. Do you think the collections sucks or not. If I can’t explain why it’s good right away, I say it sucks. Go home. Try again next season. Or quit…LOL!!! I prefer her to be more “alpha” like Horyn as well, but actually she brings something totally different to the table. And if you read a little on her bio you’ll see why. She’s a woman who actually studied fashion design, so she must know something about the process that goes into creating. Her vast encyclopedic knowledge of fashion and applied arts is also something that has helped her, though yes, her journalistic approach seems to be much more “timid”. Having read her for years I now come to share with you her recent research on shoes, with a focus on modern usage of heels. What I also like about this woman’s approach is her invisible one. You have to read carefully to understand what she’s saying. A timid review, is only timid in disguise. Far more is read in between those shrewd lines of hers. Ugh, fine, if she wants to take the sophisticated approach. I assume this makes me a caveman in comparison.

I’m only too thankful to know that women like Horyn and Menkes exist in a world filled with bobbly headed fashion bloggers and idiots with too many greenbacks.

She found these shoes in Italy in a curated show. Curation, is everything. Today I share a little bit about my surprise when I find out the future already happened. Some shoes that I only saw in my current present … only to figure out they’ve existed way in the past.

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Jul

26

Chunky solid boat stone necklaces ….

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This chunky v-shape necklace format has been on my mind as of late. Not because it has been a trend for a while, we all know about those candy coated overpriced Shourouks, Tom Binns, and any other designer who has been slinging this bib format. I don’t follow trends. I choose to go in when I feel like it, late, early, late, it doesn’t matter. In fashion you are either very early, or very late. But if you think about it, if you’re very late, you could also just be too early. So it doesn’t even matter nowadays. Do whatever the hell you feel like. So long as guys are asking you out. So long as they follow you around. So long as your outfit is so good that it is sparking conversations. That is the point.

These necklaces include a lot of boat stones, in these bib format accessories boat stone shapes are used to round out other predominant shapes like triangles and squares, otherwise it is hard to get a whole unified shape..

I have also another jewelry tip. If you go out a lot to bars and restaurants and you have a problem with men who won’t leave you alone, even though you clearly have EARPHONES on and CLEARLY you are juiced into an outlet near a wall, even though your nose is in a book….just wear a fake ring and be like, I’m married. This one guy was so persistent and kept saying, you know the point of being out is to talk and interact with other human beings. I wanted to up and leave of course but couldn’t…

And surprisingly, well maybe not so much, since shopping everywhere is part of my job, I found this at Jcrew Discount. It was like, 10 dollars or something.

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Jul

23

After 7 PM Oxford …

I can’t even believe the stupendous fact that most of these photos were taken nearly 2 years ago. Yes again, believe it or not…I’ve actually had content to share. I’ve been not sharing, partially because I mean, it just got so boring. The comments were nice, sure, very supportive…but even then you start to get sick of people liking you solely on the fact that you can deliver. I mean what am I? I just didn’t feel like performing anymore. That and the entire fashion blogging circus, was quite frankly, nauseating.

I created these shirts, again, out of need. Not feeling dresses or slutty ensembles at the time, I wanted a simple oxford shirt with sheer panels. You know like, something in the spirit of Kate Moss….for the night…Though, there is nothing wrong with racy dresses, just at the time I was feeling more “closed off”…. I saw this material and at 80$ a yard it was about 5 inches wide. Had it been an actual yard wide piece of fabric, I’d have made an entire shirt with this glistening stuff. In this case you always have to work around what the fabric can’t do. I mean you just can’t make up stories in your head.

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Jul

23

Cinderblock Orchids

I may know how to cook and sew but one thing is 100% true and that is I know nothing about gardening. Wake up and talk to plants in the morning? I can barely remember to water them! I’m too busy worrying about my dog’s watering cup being filled …

Anyway recently I saw t his cinderblock and felt the need to place some orchids in them. Does it work? Yes. But just like anything else you need to remember water it. 99% of the time the reason why my orchids die is because there’s too much sun exposure or I’ve forgotten to water it. With this method I tried everything from watering the dirt, the cinderblock, and even placing ice on top of the concrete. They lasted quite long…but you should still do your research on google and find out as much as you can.

So anyway why did I place some ice on top of the concrete? On my instagram account the minute I posted this photo there was a whole thread consisting of conversation between professional florists and women who had tried watering their orchids too. Of course having slung tons of content before, I made sure to say, “….you know, I’m never sure, I tried it this way, but we can talk about it…” I think this is so important. I hate this idea of one person overlooking an entire brand or lifestyle or “way to live” as a standard. I am 100% sure from my blogging experience that there is always someone out there to prove you wrong. Always.

Anyways, all I did here was transfer the entire plant into the cinderblocks. The ice works just fine, as it melts naturally into the stone. I placed a towel under the dirt so that the water doesn’t seep into the surface. Orchids are challenging to keep at home, keep alive that is. This easily works with other flowers … Or I’d assume so.

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Jul

23

No fuss entertaining, simple shots …

You could go on a weird Sandra Lee style craft binge decorating your living space with all sorts of disposable goods. You could dig pinterest and try to outdo your other girlfriends who had some clever setup. Or you can buy some culinary syringes and call it a day. Use your brain seriously, it works? Besides nobody can hassle you. If you try to impress people they will find some passive aggressive way to call you out on it. “Omg you did all this? Omg where do you find the time.” How ’bout no, this took me quite literally 3 seconds I’m not here to please you. You just happen to agree to come over that is all.

If you can figure out what I did … It’s quite simple. Load the alcohol into a clean metal bowl, place the syringe into the bowl and pull. Fill up and place into freezer until whoever arrives. All I say is make your life easy. You can find these syringes here.

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If one of your guests is a bit uptight and has a problem loading these shots directly into their mouth, just tell them to grab a shot glass.

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Jul

23

Ballet Flat for the street …

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I need this but with little grippy things like they put on those Todd’s Gammino loafers. With an elastic criss cross ankle strap and pink leather with a slight sheen you get this ballet look without all the pain that goes along with dancing ballet.

No, I would never even consider doing ballet beautiful. But these are perfect with denim and daily walking rituals.

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Jul

23

Stacking it from scratch …

I think this idea of doing this “bracelet” stack is so cheeseball. But in case you want to do it yourself, here is the instructional. Despite the stacking look being so 2005 in my opinion, this one actually looks enticing.

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Jul

23

Favorite dress from Bebe

I never really thought of swiping at BEBE, since this mass market chain shop is no place for those kinds of shenanigans. But no, that would just sound incredibly snobby, an affectation I’ve clearly mastered …. *scoffs* … In all seriousness in 2014 I’m having more trouble finding purchase worthy goods at moderate to expensive chains that carry snooty labels. Offline or online you get what I’m saying. Places like Vince and Theory I don’t bother with. Why? Because the basics are produced masterfully in quality fabrics, but again the patterns are so easy to replicate there’s no way I could swipe.

Couture labels nowadays carry the most amazing things of course. Thing’s you’ll find on the runways of Chanel, or Dior (two couture brands that are noteworthy). But who actually shops at those places besides the wives of Oil tycoons from Texas or Dubai? Let’s just stop one second and talk about those nylon (or whatever high end material it is) trousers with pockets at Dior? You know the cargo ones? I can’t handle how great they are.

Anyhow I recently found a piece that I was super excited about, in the least expected of places. This is my first BEBE piece since like, 7th grade or so. It’s derivative of 90′s and 00′s Galliano, and I can still remember this sheer + nude compensated lace dress Kate Moss wore to some event that had me on my knees. It was a lace patchwork of sorts that, if you could imagine, was both racy and ethereal in one frock.

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For a more casual approach I paired with a Madewell military jacket. I can’t wait to write more on this piece, as I’ve wearing this number all summer long. Short sleeved and maliciously designed again it proves Madewell is a force to be reckoned with, and not just in their jewelry department, which seems to be embellished research from Pinterest and unknown designers from Etsy.

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Ironically this favorite dress of mine which I feel shouldn’t even go on sale is now on sale at their chain stores. I got this when it was at $125 but it should be like half that now. Come to think of it it is not so ironic. People who could easily buy this won’t because they fear shopping at Bebe like it’s Walmart. People who don’t buy this dress may not recognize it’s value, and that’s more of a lack of fashion history and the derivative design of this dress than anything else. It doesn’t matter to me I dress to either stop traffic, to get checked out, or to get compliments. It’s really that simple.

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