twirl twirl twirl

the weather is odd. it’s overcast and muggy. not exactly warm, but not cold either. strange things must be brewing in the sky. what does that mean? i don’t know.

i bought this dress forever ago and then i tried to show off the stretchy, springy fabric that makes is so lovely to wear. i did a sleepy dance to show you. yeah, that’s right. i’m sleepy. and it’s laundry day. i need to finally warsh my clothes if i wanna get snazzy and wear some nice outfits again.

anyway, i’ve done a little bit of thrifting and have some good plans for estate sales this weekend. i bought an amazing brown faux fur cropped vest. just try to think of it. you’ll like it, i think. and some pretty amazing hand-made 60’s dresses that are oh so tiny, but oh so lovely, too. lucky for you petite girls out there! it’ll all be in the shop on thursday. and i mean it this time. really, i do.

vintage floral scarf
american apparel drawstring dress in slate gray
forever 21 tunic/tank
saltwater sandals in patent yellow

sewing project!

i want this dress. i really really want it. but not 600 hundred dollars want it. it’s just not in my budget, folks. at first, i decided that this hurdle was just too big. i would have to give up and throw my hands in the air, complaining about how it’s not fair that they charge that much for beautiful clothes.

but on second thought, i could totally make this. it’s like what? 3 pieces of fabric? maybe more like 6 if i want it lined? i can embroider. i can do this.

my version will probably involve less volume (so as to be slightly more flattering on someone who is not so long and slender). and i’ll have a completely different floral pattern and colors, i’m sure.

so my question is this: does this make me a designer knock-off? if you sew something by hand, fashioned after designer duds, are you a bad person? can we just call it heavy inspiration?

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kentucky derby ready

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to be honest, i’ve never even seen the kentucky derby. i just became fixated with it after i learned that the mint julep is one of my favorite drinks ever, which is also the official drink of the kentucky derby. they’re delicious. especially with crushed ice. the kind that you stuff in a sack and crush with a mallet until it’s like little shaved flecks. seriously. try it.

vintage ladylike straw boater hat
vintage ruffle shift dress
wolford wool stockings
aldo oxford heels

i am also turning into a hat person. you cannot and will not ever understand my excitement at finding this sweet vintage hat. and you probably shouldn’t. i don’t think that would be healthy. but for serious. i am already on my way to becoming one sweet eccentric old bag lady. i’m into it.

chictopia style icon

boy oh boy, i feel special today.
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ok, to explain, chictopia is a style networking site. they award the title of “style icon” to people with good style. 3 are voted in by users and 3 are editorially picked. i feel so happy because i was chosen this month! so, it’s very exciting for me, and i get this little banner to show off! hehe. ;)

summer florals

so there was this crazy heat wave like a week ago and i freaked out. it was hot. i was miserable. i was confused. so i did what anyone would do, and i bought a shit ton of dresses. now it’s not so hot, but i still wanna wear my cool new stuffs. i think i’m making that sad face because i’m a tad too cold. silly me.

vintage smocked floral strapless dress
no name white leather platform sandals

at a certain point this spring, i thought i had seen too many florals and i decided i would clean my palette and avoid them. but i was wrong. who can resist a floral pattern, really?

ladylike boater hat

oh hooray! i found myself just the hat i was looking for! got it on ebay, of course. my boyfriend (mr. garbee) recently discovered the joys of buying first edition books on ebay, so i started telling him about my ebay addiction, circa 1998. i can’t believe i have been (mostly) buying and (sometimes) selling on ebay for that looooong. ebay selling was actually my first job in high school. i worked in the dusty back room of a local junk shop selling used levis and zippo lighters. it was actually the coolest job ever.

anyway, that’s beside the point. check out the crazy hat lady.

and i finally fixed my sewing machine!!!! i have several projects to work on for the day. and, ug, see how badly i need to clean the office? note how all of the hangers are empty and hence, all the clothes are on the floor. oh brother.

oh and sorry the photos are so bad. i had just gotten out of the shower when the package arrived and i had to take pictures to send to my mom! i’ll post better ones later.

strong influence

i’m sure you all know about my chloe obsession. this outfit was heavily inspired by a certain see by chloe line… except it’s like a teeny tiny fraction of the price.

caslon boyfriend cardigan in turquoise
vintage cream and blue floral strapless dress
saltwater sandals in yellow patent

geek chic

say what you will, but i will never get over nerdy glasses. i’ve been wearing them since i was 15 and i will probably never stop. so that’s my disclaimer, because this post is about the glasses i’m ordering tomorrow.

behold, the 3.1 phillip lim glasses:

and for the sake of context, here’s what they look like on the runway, but i promise they will look like ten times cooler on me. hehe.

so. after i get these babies in the mail and get the prescription filled with my terrible astigmatism coke bottle lenses, i will no doubt already be thinking about yet another sweet pair. i’m quite interested in the ever classic moscot lemtosh frame:

and of course, the more recognizable and even more classic optical ray ban wayfarer. a standby. perhaps these will be my backup glasses.

now can you really call me shallow for wanting an incredible pair of glasses? i mean, they are kind of essential if i want to seeeeeee for chrissake.

ok, and done.

peach tree

yet another vintage embroidered mexican dress. i have so many that i can no longer decide which one is my favorite. oh geez.

vintage peach embroidered mexican dress
american apparel sash in turquoise/dark mint
saltwater sandals in brown

i’m pretty sure i’ll be taking photos of new ebay stuffs tomorrow, which is a very good idea because i’ve been spening like mad and i am but a poor college student, for reals!!! but i have to get up and get moving and do washing and ironing and fixing-up and getting ready first. ok, i’m almost up.

in other news, i am suddenly hankering for another hair cut. why is my favoritest stylist in the world so expensive? 70 dollars for a cut and that does not include tip! i will patiently wait and try to make a few bucks on ebay before i get crazy. anyways, i’ve got rent to think of. and i desperately need new glasses. oh expensive life!


j. crew cream blazer from spring 2005.
forever 21 denim romper.
star ling woven wood platform sandals.

uh, it’s pretty sweet, no?