pendleton collaboration

eeeks! all the more reason to regret that i didn’t buy that vintage pendleton sweater vest/skirt set at the thrift store the other day! i feared that the length of the skirt was all wrong, but now i know that with a little nip/tuck, i could’ve had a very lust-worthy item there. oh well. who knew that pendleton was going to have a comeback? actually, i guess everyone knew, since they announced it back in january. oops! didn’t i just say that fashion moves to fast for me? even when it’s moving backwards! haha!

anyhow, i just came across the lookbook photos for opening ceremony on refinery 29 and i just had to post them here. because despite my latest goth post, i’ve always been a sucker for vintage pendleton. i’m drawn to it. and here they come out with something so perfectly updated, and certainly out of my price range! i almost want to save up and buy something just to keep it in my closet waiting for that moment when it actually works with my wardrobe!



oh! and i really need to start doing other posts besides all this designer inspiration! but my dear photographer has been working constantly and i don’t have a tripod. still haven’t been motivated to rig up a chair with a pile of books to take photos! oh dear.

the fall forecast

from the lover f/w 2009 collection, white moon rising

so in the midst of a heat wave, and in my very favorite season, all i can think about is fall 2009. i’ve had enough of these sandals and sun dresses. it’s boring. and anyway, it’s always better to look forward to the approaching seasons so you can start collecting your vintage items now. less competition in the thrift shops! haha.

but that does require a tad bit of forecasting. what will be big in the fall?

ah, but i’ve been thinking about this a lot. fashion moves too fast for me. i really need to stop trying to grab a hold of what’s fresh, and just let go! if i grab onto what i love instead, it will never go out of style (perhaps because it was never in style, but who cares?). it’s so simple, but it’s definitely not so easy. but i will always know what attracts me. i’m forever a romantic at heart and i love anything ruffles, sheer, and lace! i have never turned down a peter pan collar, or a delicious bow, and i die over vintage. as if that wasn’t obvious! haha!

but having said that, i am looking towards the fashion shows and smaller designer collections for some fall inspiration. i like to sprinkle in a few trendy items here and there if they fit into my wardrobe. that’s really all one needs, isn’t it? just a few updates and you’re good to go! well, at least if you’re a student on a budget like me! so let’s get into some of my current fall/winter designer inspiration.

right now, i’ve got three collections in mind:

lover white moon rising fall/winter 2009 collection

a natural progression from what we’ve been seeing in the spring/summer. ruffles, lace, and romance, but with a more gothic edge. add in a cape, a killer trench coat, and some velvet and you’re good to go. to me this has some elements of the 90’s/grunge that’s been so big, but this feels a little more fresh to me.

erin fetherston fall/winter 2009

leave it to erin fetherston to bring in the whimsy. it was hard to exclude all of the lovely pastel numbers with the cute little jeweled masks, but that’s for another post! here, i am loving the textures. we’ve got tulle, satin, velvet, and amazing sheer stockings! it’s got a lot of the romance, but again, with a little more edge. i’m still loving all the bows, and i really need a good pair of mary janes!


rachel antonoff fall 2009 collection

ok, so now we’re going all-out halloween! yes! i have to admit that when i first saw this, i thought it was a little silly, but now that we’re getting closer to fall, i can definitely see it! she’s really brought in some great vintage elements with that costumey edge. i’ll be keeping my eye out for cute 40’s dresses and blouses in black and white for sure. and you gotta love those pictures of alia shawkat!

just looking at these, i’ve gotten my idea for a halloween costume. wednesday addams, anyone?

now excuse me while i go watch the lost boys and listen to the cure.

boy by band of outsiders

ok, seriously! what is wrong with me? how is it possible that i have never seen this blog/website??? and how is it possible that i completely zoned out and never saw the spring collection from boy by band of outsiders? craziness. i am especially in love with the pretty pictures of kirsten dunst modeling the line. and don’t get me started on the pictures of michelle williams modeling the fall collection from last year. she’s so adorable! oh, remember her dawson’s creek days? haha!

anyway, i caught up on this reading the refinery29 blog because apparently they’re having a sale on the spring collection right now.

anna sui for target

so i do my blog reading “rounds” every morning with a cup of coffee and some yogurt. i find it quite relaxing. and during one such session, i discovered that the anna sui for target lookbook just leaked. apparently she’s doing a gossip girl inspired collection and all of the looks are divided up into the different female characters on the show. and i must admit that i do like me some gossip girl. like, as in, i wouldn’t mind if it were a part of the dvd collection alongside other teen girl dramas such as 90210 and my so called life. but let me tell you something about this anna sui line. it’s pretty disappointing, because who would would be interested in dressing like anyone besides blair? and the blair looks leave a little something to be desired. i’ve posted 4 of the looks, but you can see the rest of the images here, at the cut.

i think i would only ever consider buying the first dress. and i probably wont get it. BUT if those shoes will be available, i’ll take them all, please! i’m pretty intruiged by the low heel nude mary janes and those t-straps! yeah, i’m broke this summer so i’ll take the target shoes, thankyouverymuch.

shoe picks!

top: rachel comey for urban outfitters, bottom: seychelles

i’ve slowly started to ween myself off of urban outfitters. everything looks great in the online catalog, but whenever i end up in the shop, i’m always sorely disappointed by the price for the quality. it all looks better in photographs. but there are always going to be a few exceptions. today i looked at shoes.

we all need at least one simple summer flat. (that goes without saying, really.) and i’ve found my match in the frye softie sandal, but what we really need for summer are low heels. and hey, i checked out urban outfitters and they actually had a few pairs that will totally work for summer. you gotta love those designer collaborations, because two of my three urban outfitters shoe picks are rachel comey. go figure!

ok coral

these images are from here.

all that talk about the impossibility of orange has got me thinking. probably one of my favorite colors for the season is coral. it’s pretty. it’s wearable. and these particular shades are just lovely. and i’m a sucker for silk these days. seriously. silk is underrated. and i really do love natural fibers. i would wear wool underwear every day if the good stuff wasn’t so expensive. really. you should look into it. maybe i’ll have to do a post…

anyway, these wonderful outfits are all by alexi freeman. i have to warn you, the site will give you a seizure. but if you can get past the jumping yellow optical illusions, you’ll find the collections and they’re pretty cool. and while i didn’t get too excited about the other looks in this collection, i just couldn’t get over these colors and fabrics!

and speaking of inspiration, i wouldn’t be honest if i didn’t tell you that i happened across the alexi freeman collections by browsing one of my favorite fashion blogs, kingdom of style. but i just had to share.

3.1 phillip lim resort

these photos came from style.com

i was never a fan of 3.1 phillip lim before this year. he was just off my radar. i don’t know how i missed him. though honestly, i don’t always follow the fashion shows so closely. but this year i’ve been particularly obsessed with the spring lines that came out from chloe, charles anastase, and isabel marant. then, i discovered that i was also enjoying marc jacobs and 3.1 phillip lim, especially when i discovered his new eyewear collection! oh i love my new glasses!

and then he came out with the resort collection, which pulled together alot of the elements i was loving in those lines. the lace is reminiscent of some of the isabel marant, and the shorts suits and clean palette (and gold pants and shorts that aren’t shown here) remind me of a lot of the chloe spring collection. but it’s all perfectly pulled together and so wearable and young. i want it all. and shoot, for that matter, a lot of his spring collection is half of at netaporter.com, but alas, i am broke again! summer is such a bad time for me!

kim noorda hair inspiration

these photos came from style.com

you may remember how much i deliberated over my last haircut. it was serious business. i had become so afraid of getting my hair cut after letting it grow long, long, long over the past 3 years that i just couldn’t bring myself to go to a salon. and then, when i finally did, i had a pretty bad experience. let’s just say that my recent cut was mostly accidental, but i did eventually find a wonderful stylist, who really saved me and made me feel good about my new cut.

i’ll spare you the inner dialogue here. i have many thoughts about the progression of my hair and my terrible experiences at salons. but let’s get to the point. i am very, very inspired to grow and then cut my hair so that it looks as lovely as kim noorda’s from the spring ’09 season. i’m even considering lightening up a little, though not nearly as light as this. actually, never mind the color of her hair. it’s the cut i like.

also from style.com

to me, this is just the epitome of summer cool. california cool. and while i know i wont (and don’t) look anything like kim, i really think i could wear this cut well, even though i’m not 6 feet tall and 90lbs. and really, i’m well on my way to this cut. i’ll just have to bear through the awkward growing-out-bangs phase. what do you think?

charles anastase sheer skirts!

excuse my terrible magazine scan from lula. my favorite magazine at the moment.

it’s true. i’ve already done a super-obsessed charles anastase post before… but it’s been months. er, at least one month… and in that time, i had forgotten about the collection for a moment.

but now i can’t get it out of my mind! ruffles, bows, sheer fabrics, romance, denim, boater hats, nerd glasses, super tall platform sandals with socks! it’s the way i would dress if i had the commitment to any one style! it’s the way i would dress if i had the money to buy the whole collection. er, i don’t even know where to get this stuff anyways. do they even sell charles anastase in the states?

anyhow, what i’m really thinking about most are the sheer skirts! oh, the sheer skirts! i would sew one right up out of a certain shade of dusty rose fabric i saw in the fabric store the other day, but i don’t think i’m skilled enough with the sewing machine to do something sheer. i wouldn’t be able to hide my mistakes!

i put together this little photo collage using photos from style.com


so instead, i’ll sit here and feast my eyes on the collection. and who knows, maybe i’ll find something vintage that’s incredible similar…


let’s dream, shall we?

chloe wearing chloé

i found these photos here.

i don’t think it’s any secret that i’ve been obsessed with chloé this season. i just love the simplicity, the colors, the scalloped edges, and oh! the sashes! that’s where it all began for me.

and i know that people have already blogged about this, but i just can’t help myself. i have to post these pictures because i like chloé. oh, i’m talking about the designer here, not chloe sevigny. but you know what? i like her, too. especially when she’s wearing chloé.

and here’s the funny thing. i’m a big fan of reading the ever-popular gofugyourself blog. i read it everyday. it’s funny. and i typically agree with the authors of said blog. but i found both of these photos of chloe sevigny on their blog, being slammed for looking ridiculous. BUT i do not care. this only makes me laugh, because i still really really love chloé (the designer) and i quite like these outfits.