Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Celebrate Good Times: Halloween


Ladies and gentlemen, I'm glad you're here with me on my favorite holiday ever. Hopefully, you've got your costume down, but if you don't, I have a few cardinal rules for you. Number one: a novelty headband + fishnets make one really, really shitty costume. Number two: either go frumpy on top and sexy on bottom, or sexy on top and frumpy on bottom. If you've got all frump or all sex going on, either you're going to look ugly, or you're going to look like last weekend's trash. Number three: better specific than general. No one wants to see another "cowgirl", but if you're Annie Oakley and carry around a shotgun and a beer bottle, your costume's just gotten a thousand times better. Number four: Facial hair is always funny. If all else fails? Dress in orange and black and carry around a bottle of Lucid. If anyone asks you what you are, respond with "I'm PrettyLegit's favorite holiday. Duh".

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mad Delusions: Christian Louboutin Killah Boots


So, I'm sure that Sir Louboutin didn't name this exact shoe his "killah", nor am I quite sure what I was thinking when I photoshopped (and thus named) this post a week ago, but just go with me here on this one. To justify: if you were to, say, change your name to Foxy Killah, and cultivate an afro and develop a rolling voice dripping of sex and soup, I'm sure these would be the shoes you would rock. The Olsens have been trotting around town in the black ones, but I think that magenta lightens up the overall S&M-ishness of them.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Celebrate Good Times: My Birthday


Hugs and kisses all around! It's my birthday today--and I turn a fat TWO ZERO. Thanks for sticking with me long enough to watch me grow out of a teenager mode and enter...adulthood (eek). If I could, dear readers, I'd send everyone a funfetti cupcake and a tiara, but alas, my accountant (read: mother), says I can't so you'll have to make do with the loads and loads of intangible love that I'm sending out right now. Love you all! Muah!

(I am a little bitty inebriated right now which, I feel, makes the excessive gooeyness of this post acceptable. Cheers!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fresh Junk: Comme Des Garcons Topshop Archives


Fashion is cyclical---I'm sure we've all heard this thousands of time before, but I never realized the extent of this reinventing until I saw the newest additions to the Topshop Archives. There's something so modern about dressing "Like One of the Boys" that, with the right accessories, can take the 80's right out of these drapey dresses. Leave your pumps and leggings behind, and instead, think about tall platforms and bare legs.

Monday, October 22, 2007

What's What: According to Miu Miu Spring 08


There are some things in fashion that I can’t understand. Form over functionality, I know, I know, but it’s really hard to justify things like sheer MC Hammer Pants, or fishnets. Something else to add onto that list: Miu Miu’s super-short pantaloons. I’m probably going to be eating my words come spring when everyone around me is sporting a diaper booty. I’m hesitant to say it’s going to make any sort of impact on the fashion community (since it is so damn fugly), but since every other look that came down that runway involved a poufed nightmare, I’m loathe to say that I’ll never see these things again. So, if you’re braver than I, or have a more avant garde aesthetic—steal those bloomies from right under that beer wench sorority girl next Wednesday. You’ll be ahead of the curve.

Really Obsessed With: Crew Necks


You know that inadvertent authority figure in your life who, despite all your efforts to silence, always manages to interject their annoying little voices in your conscious during the most inappropriate times. In my case, the voice is Bridget from the Fashionista Diaries--a person that is so coke-chic-Barbie-legged-raspy-up-talk-asdljflask that I want to yak all over SoapNet. And what does she say? "Ew? Like v-necks are so over? Puh-leeaasse." And while I'm picking out t-shirts from American Apparel, I'm waging this little inner war with Bridget about the cute-ness of my V-necks. But then again, maybe she has a point. MK Olsen has the most beautiful, sheer, oversized crew that she wore to the Tonight Show, and lovelies on Facehunter have been tucking them into patterned skirts and high waisted bottoms. Get (cheap) ones by the bulk from Hanes (the lightweight kind, to avoid looking too thug).

Sidenote: for any of you hailing from San Diego, my thoughts are with you and your family (and I am working very hard on sending bad vibes to the forest fire).

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fresh Junk: Moschiono Gloves


Usually, I've got my winter outfits down the the nines. I don't overlook a single detail--that is, except for my gloves. I've just worn out this dirty dollar store pair that I've had since forever, and right now, my options are to either wear some pharmaceutical company swag thing (with the tips of thumbs cut off for easy iPod handling...cute...), or get another pair somewhere else. Fortunately, Yoox is showcasing almost-vintage 90's Moschino duds for relatively cheap prices. These above range from $40-$100.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Prep the Themester: B.C.E.


To anonymous with the upcoming B.C.E. dance: Can I first say how much I envy you for going to a school with some sense of creativity? Secondly, there’s such a range of costumes that you could go as. Spice up normal toga costumes by adding character accessories. Perch an owl on your shoulder and you’re Athena. Attach branches to your arm and you’re Daphne. Cleopatra, that weird Roman Wolfmother thing, and an Amazon warrior are other rad (and hot) girl costumes. If you’re looking for something more creative (read: nerdy), go as a fictional character. While George Lucas may not have specified how long, a long, long time ago really was, I’m pretty sure you can argue your case to justify that Danish roll hairdo you've been dying to sport.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mad Delusions: Marc Jacobs Booties

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Apologies all around for the lack of posts recently--it's true what they say, when it rains it pours. Yours truly has been trying to stay afloat amidst all the work and drama and stress that's been filling up my life in the past week. The best type of therapy for this though? Shoes. Shoes. Ohmygawd, shoes. These Marc Jacobs booties would be the perfect pick me up to get me through the next couple weeks. Seriously, they're perfect. Jewel toned, ribbon laced, with a chunky heel? Someone figure out how to hook me up to an IV drip filled with these babies, and I'll be back with a blogging vengeance sooner than you can say shucks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Channeling: Bottles of Booze


Sarah asked "I've been invited to a (mandatory or die) Halloween party my best friend is throwing, and I have to dress up myself and a bottle of booze. Any ideas?" Two assumptions: one, you are poor and don't want to show up with a $200 bottle of vintage wine; two, you're not sharing, so bringing a handle of hard liquor is probably dumb. My suggestions: a forty or cheap, cheap bottle of wine (Two Buck Chuck, anyone?) is probably a smart move. A bottle of Mississippi Mud calls for a bayou-themed swamp costume. You should probably dress as a Minnie if your date is a Mickey's. Charles Shaw calls for a mix of high and low (think overalls and pearls). Dress as a 19th century steel tycoon if you bring a Steel Reserve. And a Colt 45 definitely warrants a cowboy hat. Hope this helps! And also? I AM SUPER JEALOUS.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Celebrate Good Times: Halloween, Animal Style


My love of costumes and extrapolates far beyond themed parties. Fittingly, my favorite holiday is Halloween. Ever since I was little, I wasn’t content on settling on the mediocre “princess” or “witch” costume that everyone else had. I had to be “Daphne, Goddess of the Starry Sky” or “Johnny Appleseed’s Little-Known Female Companion, Lonnie Appleseed”, or “a camel”. Even today, I have little tolerance towards the ill-planned, hastily thrown together, slap-on-some-spankies-and-a-novelty-headband, and call it a costume, costume. What really gets my goat (you’ll appreciate my word choices in a second), is the popularity of prostitute animal costumes. Stand out in a sea of fishnets and cat ears by taking a normal sweatshirt and attaching eyes, ears, trunks, horns and teeth to the hood. A mess of yarn and a funnel could easily make a unicorn. Have a bit of cardboard and some felt? Turn it into a triceratops head. Or take a cue from this costume maestro and draw pupils on two Styrofoam balls and attach pipe cleaner antennae to your hood. Voila! Ms. Lobster at your service! Keep your outfit from looking too home ec by pairing them with colored shorts.

PS: This is going to be beginning of a series of costume tutorials on Halloween costumes.
PPS: The picture on the bottom right? That’s the first thing that came up when I googled “imagination”, and incidentally, the first ingredient you’ll need in creating your costume!
PPPS: God, I’m corny.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Just Purchased: H&M Dress

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My shopping budding KarKar asked me what funeral I was about to attend when I picked this number up. And it's true, a LBD should probably be, you know, little. But what it lacks in a body hugging cut and a cleavage baring neckline, it makes up for its (short) length and its sheer-ish fabric. It's risky and sexy and best of all, it's ample camouflage for whatever food gut I might end up with.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Cheapass MJ Shirts


I admit it. I am a closet label whore. As much as I am all about finding unbranded clothes at obscure little thrift stores or integrating a Target top into my outfit, I still get that weaky knee feeling whenever I spot an original Chloe or Marni no matter how heinous the piece can be. In case this happens to you too, head over to your nearest Marc Jacobs store, PRONTO. Shirts are $35, so you can do that annoying thing to your friends and say “Oh, this Marc? Isn’t it cute? It was actually super cheap.” I have a London themed one, and although the cut may seem kind of weird online, it’s actually really flattering. I go large to really emphasize the…well, large t-shirt thing, and the material is supersoft and similar to American Apparel tri-blend. And if you don’t have a nearby MJ store? Bad news bears. I might be making a run up to SF this weekend, so shoot me an email if you’re dying to get your hands on one.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Prep the Themester: Country Club


When I was deciding which college to attend, I had the option of going to a large, public school in California, or attending a small, private school in the East Coast. While this decision may seem dichotomous, it was actually very hard to make, and I finally settled on the fine (West Coast) institution I’m at now. I’m sure I’ve made the right choice, but sometimes, I think about how I could have been pulling out blazers and ribbon belts from my closet instead of sandals and cotton separates. Last weekend’s Country Club party gave me a chance to entertain my other half. True, it was bizarre dressing in a polo, a cable knit sweater, and a headband, but at the same time, it was oddly satisfying. This doesn’t mean I’m trading in my American Apparel for JCrew anytime soon, but sometimes it’s fun to see how the other half lives. Avoid looking too much like Mommy Muffy by keeping things short, and mixing in modern pieces to balance out all the Nantucket-y class.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Green Outerwear


Growing up, I’ve always been mad attracted to the color green. It connotes everything that I ever wanted to be as a woman: earthy and mysterious, full of lore and elegance, and way too classy to be dealing with anything other than her cadre of fairies and mushroom babies (that might be stretching it). It’s too bad that I can’t stand getting “earthy”, I’m one of the most unmysterious people there are, and I have 0% Irish blood in me so I seriously doubt if I’d have the same effect on magical woodland creatures. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still dress like it. I’m on the lookout for an inky emerald cover-up that’d translate perfectly with the woodsy, crisp feel of fall. If I could, I’d get the metallic-y Alexander Wang coat that Nylon editor Aya Kanai is sporting on The Sartorialist.

From top:
Camilla and Marc coat
Fendi coat