Saturday, June 30, 2007

What's What: According to Facehunter

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There's not much to wax on about this, uh, fashion trend I guess. But really, I guess there's nothing that makes your chances of getting laid closer to zero than going out with the girls (or boys) in football pads. Just sayin'.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Fresh Junk: The Babushka

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I have to be honest, never in my life did I think that I'd ever type the words "fresh" and "babushka" in the same sentence. But you know, this is fashion, and one day you're all "I wouldn't be caught dead in that Prada turban" and the next you're all "ohmygod, my new Forever21 headwrap is SOOO cute." Except you'd probably phrase it a little differently because YOU, dear readers, are not annoying like the girl I sat next to on BART who was sporting a black satin knockoff with that ubiquitous American Apparel deep V neck and skinny black jeans. Yawn. Anyways, is predicting that the next big thing will be the babushka headwrap, which, right now seems so ridiculous, but who knows? Maybe six months from now, I'll be wishing I was slapping the "ohmygod" girl next to me on BART wearing a fur Little Red Riding Hood hood.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fresh Junk: Insight's Winter 07

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Something about Insight's Winter '07 makes me want to dislike them, but only in that way that I dislike things that scare me because they're so damn cool. Like if this line was named Frannie, I'd empty out my milk money at Frannie's feet, do all her homework and then run home and daydream about the day I'd get to wear gray stockings, red T-straps, grungy jackets and primary colored separates. Check it out for yourself here.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Iridescent Flats

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My dilemma: either sacrifice the privacy of my room to a bedroom door that won’t close, or take down my 54 pair shoe rack and find an alternative way of storing my sick, sick obsession. On the one hand, I get a shivery sort of addicted-to-heroin-y thrill whenever I stand in front of my own personal footwear waterfall. On the other hand, I realize that not all of my roommates care to see me dancing in my underwear to Rick Springstein (sorry, Will). But the real problem? The more pressing issue? Which pair of iridescent flats should I get? Snakeskin? Pointy? Bright metallic? Laced?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

OMG, Why?: Bra Tops

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Now, I absolutely love StyleBubble, but it's rare that I can imagine myself wearing some of the things that Suzie posts on her site. Take this pretty little number for example: the bra top by Martin Margiela. For starters, the girl (not Suzie, but a random on facehunter) seems like she's walking around in a strapless stick on bra (ok, because she's not, it's just flesh colored fabric--but really, I had to look really closely to make sure she wasn't actually going all exhibitionisty). Moreover, the rest of her is super conservative which makes this top hella bizarre. The icing on the cake? A reader commented that she liked the outfit because it looked like "her boobs were wearing sunglasses."

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Mad Delusions: Oversized Cluth by Miu Miu

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Let me explain: I've never showcased MaryKate Olsen on prettylegit, not because she's not a trendsetter (which she is), but frankly, I am terrified of this mini person. I mean, she resembles a perfectly botoxed eighty-year-old that's been shrunken and set free amongst us regular folk. And those eyes? Oh god. But, that Miu Miu tie dyed clutch that she's been toting around is fab enough to allow me to break the rules (and face my fears) just this once. It's such a beautiful plum/red that'd go with just about everything in my closet. And from her outfit choices, you can see that you can dress it up or down. But then again, I have my doubts. Even though Saks says it is oversized, I can't help but wonder if it just looks large by comparison on the fragile Ms. Olsen.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Fresh Junk: Straw Hats

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Maybe it has something to do with the awful awful awful dyejob that I just got (my skin tone just isn't suited for bright orange highlights), but I've just started paying attention to straw hats. I know Sienna and Kate have been wearing versions of these foppish hats for a year now, but I've never really felt their vibe until right now. I'm really loving these straw hats--but whether you decide to go for a fedora, a panama, a flat top or a trilby, keep in mind that these hats are masculine at heart--so either femme it up with floaty dresses and pretty colors, or go the full monty and don a vest and trousers.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Check the Hottie: Ari

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I have mad respect for all my girls out in the blogosphere, but one particular blogger has got me all wobbly kneed over her fine wordwmithing and original content. I'm talking about the snarkiest fashion blogger of our generation--Ari from Visconti is Me (or the Asian Leprechon for you old schoolers). Why I love Ari: "An outfit isn't a Reader's Digest. It shouldn't be a representation of multiple designers with varying influences- otherwise you look like the latest issue of NEO2 featuring Cory Kennedy. Hagsville!" Find jewel-tone jersey, Carmino Campus bags, and wingtips from APC, H&M, UO, Vintage Alaia and Sass and Bide.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fresh Junk: The Denim High Waisted Short

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Talk about impossible. There is nothing in this world harder to wear than a high-waisted short (except for chain mail underwear, perphaps). And yet, when they're done right (which is not often), there's something about them that makes me want to hug the wearer. Yeah. Nicole Richie. I want to hug Nicole Richie because her shorts look so damn good. Why? 1) They're not quite boob high but sit at a cozy height. 2) They're short enough to balance the waist. 3) She's skinny. Duh. 4) There's no conspicuous poochage to be mistaken for womb fat or overzelous camel toe. 5) The wash is fabbity fab fab. The other girls have got it close but they're all a bit off (Lolita-glasses your shorts are not meant to be a bra, Kirsten-they're not quite high enough, Chloe-POOCH).

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Inspired By: Style Bubble's Lovies of Mine

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Last week, Style Bubble challenged her readers to collage some of their favorite lovies (things you don't need on a practical level, but you absolutely LOVE). And so, bored on a 10 PM Saturday night, I decided to balls up to her challenge.

1) Luella for Target top. I can't even begin to tell you how versatile this thing is. It's the perfect loungey top, good for wearing over shirts, and even saved my ass in a pinch (who knew it was such a good top for an Oktoberfest party?)

2) Vintage faux fur hat. It's odd how many people have included furry hats in their lovies, but I can't do any type of hardcore studying without it. Whenever I've got them pom poms tied under my neck, my roommates know I'm about to pull an all-nighter.

3) Lobster beater. I just love it. I have no idea why. I bought it at Everyday People in Minneapolis, and I thought it was someone's handiwork, but I saw some girl wearing the exact same lobster on a sweatshirt in Santa Cruz.

4)Red pencil skirt. I feel like a hot secretary in it. And I keep wearing it, no matter how many times I have to keep sewing up the seams when it rips on BART.

5) Vintage silk dress. It was my mother's and there's this amazing picture of her in it with these white pumps, straw hat and a lace parasol.

6) Gold slipons. Of course they'd be on here :)

7) Denim/jersey hoodie. Most people who see it are all "Pink denim? Zipped hoodie? Squish white football uniformy stripes? Really, Connie?" And I'm all, "Yeah?"

8) Jaws pendant necklace. I bought this for fifty cents at the Ashby flea market.

9) Miles Davis shirt. I designed this shirt for my high school jazz club. Yeah. I know. I was in jazz band in high school, WANNA FIGHT?

10) Gold Marc Jacobs wallet. I just bought this and it's already scratched up. I've got bling on my wallet even if there's no bling on the inside :(

11) Vintage leather boots. I found this at an old lady consignment store amidst Mom jeans, Liz Clairborne discards and sensible shoes.

12) H&M pendant. It goes with everything.

13) Red batwing top. Also my mother's.

14) Yellow luggage bag. It doubles as a backpack, and I actually use it as a (gasp) luggage bag. Plus, I don't have many yellow things.

15) Target fur collared vest. It's very Michael Kors FW03 (don't ask).

Channeling: Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party

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When Lau Lau was studying for her art history exam, she taped all of the three hundred and some pieces up on our lounge walls in chronological order. And out of the three hundred and some pieces, sadly, art-ignorant me only recognized one: Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. Try the look for yourself with straw trillbys, raffia flats, your lived-in Hanes tanks, and gauzy floral tops.

(Shoes from Steve Madden, hat from Urban Outfitters, shirt from Topshop)

Edit: I just noticed, but doesn't this remind you of Kiera Knightley?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fresh Junk: Cheap Knockoffs

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I've been hardcore sweating the Marc Jacobs Hudsen bags since the birth of this blog (and six months is a long time to sweat), but with a thousand dollar price tag, there was little chance that I was going to be making this purchase anytime soon. Thank goodness for Forever 21 and their sticky little copycat fingers. They've made a pretty decent looking knockoff for 2% of the original's cost. Aaannndd, it's got a longish strap, so my lazy ass doesn't actually have to shlep it around the city.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Dolce Vita Jazz Shoes

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I'm afraid that the time I'm taking to locate the perfect jazz shoe is going to lapse the time they're spending in the spotlight, but, like so many other trends, you can either wear it well (and look like a page out of Vogue) or wear it not so well (and look like a page out of TeenBop). I thought I might be able to go the cheap route and score a pair of authentics from Payless, but their kids' department jazz shoes were wide, fat, and crazy awkward. I might have to shell out a hundred or so for these lovelies from Dolce Vita (I'm thinking gold?).

Sunday, June 10, 2007

What's What: According to the Teen Vogue Staff

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I sometimes cannot stand Teen Vogue. Its articles are mostly ridiculously trivial (not to mention hypocritical), its fashion spreads are recycles of shoots past, and the overall tone is overally self-congratulatory. However, I always find myself buying the newest issue because I am in love with A) their layout (genius genius genius--can you tell I'm a bit inspired by them?), and B) their snapshots of real girls and real rooms. I stumbled across their Team Vogue website whilst I was doing research for my job and my love/hate relationship with Teen Vogue was manifested on its 11 page feature: Staff Polaroids. What I love: the addicting and fun to read mini interviews and pictures. What I hate: That they're all dressed the same. Oh, and quotes along the lines of "Oh, I say 'Hennes & Mauritz' instead of H&M. It's much more sophisticated." What they love, apprently: Black Wolford tights (opaque, textured, sheer, whatever).

Friday, June 8, 2007

Just Purchased: Marc for MJ Extravaganza

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Buuuhhhh ugggauuuuhhh dddeejefimmm sdlkfjjfjjeeeeeekkj llsiejjfff sliuuuee clkjjs aaaaaaa gggooooogggguuuuuhhhhh aaaaaakeeeee iffftteeeeeee mmaaaarrrrrccc jaaaacccccooobbbbbbbb maarrrryryyy meeeee? duh*

*Translated: Apologies for not being able to speak, but headed over to the new MJ store on Fillmore and came home with much more than I thought I was going to. Marc Jacobs? Why you gotta be so amazing?

$60 - A BACKPACK? It's a lovely plush plum cordoroy and actually really really cute.
$20 - London taxi t-shirt
$25 - Savannah thermal
$1.50 - Lipstick pen
$5 - Gold leather keyloop
$1.85 - Bandaid holder
$18 - Gold wallet
$5 - Heart compact
$10 - London tote
$12 - MJ tote

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Mad Delusions: I Love Curls Hoodie

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I was hellof stressed about my outfit on the first day of work (it's gotta be professional but hot, and trendy yet original) but finally (after three hours standing half naked in front of my closet), I settled on a black v neck dress (worn backwards), cobalt blue tights, and my black boots. While it fit all the above categories, it did NOT fit the weather. SF decided to be windy and freezing and absolutely miserable. I sooo wish I had this fur lined I Love Curls hoodie so I wouldn't have been a freakin' chatter monster as I waited for the subway.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Really Obsessed With: T-Strap Sandals

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I saw this woman at the Civic Center a few months ago while I was shopping for rainboots. Her outfit wasn't anything to merit a hoot or what, but the image has stubburnly stuck in my mind for this entire time. It was just a black t-shirt, dark rinse jeans, and single gold tennis bracelet. But what's really stuck with me were the the most simple black little t-strap flats on her feet. It was very Sophia Coppola, very Jil Sander, and very very sweet. I'm not quite sure about the pointy toe, but the weaving work has got my credit cards itching.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Fresh Junk: Built by Wendy goes Nautical

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I tried out the nautical theme back in 01' when it reared its ugly striped head with wide bell bottomed pants and deck shoes. This, was of course, an awful decision, as my thirteen year old self couldn't even pull off a t-shirt, let alone a unfortunate lacy-ish red and white striped top. Ever since, I've developed a distaste for all things nautical--that is, until I saw Built by Wendy's Spring 2007 line. My favorites: the printed dress, boyish tees, deck shoes and the bibbed top.

(Also, sorry for it's been pretty quiet on the blogging front--I've just moved into my new apartment and I've been busy putting together Ikea furniture and scrubbing away the filth.)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Check the Hottie: Nicole M

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There's that certain je ne sais quoi about Californian girls that I can't seem to pin down--they can look unbelievably stylish yet effortless in something that would make me, for example, look like yesturday's dishwater. Whatever that something is, Nicole's got it. Want to steal her look? Look for sundresses and printed separates at American Apparel and H&M (as well as little boutiquey vintage stores), but if you really want to copy her closet, you might have to travel a bit. Most of her shopping is done during the summers--her favorite pieces are from Ebase (a Xi'an, China based shop).