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12 Mar

I didn’t know Muccia Prada watched The Simpsons…

Is that weird that this episode of The Simpsons probably ran in 1995 and it was burned into my subconscious? This photo was actually a little hard to find. I tried “Bart Simpson striped suit” and “Bart Simpson small dog” but it only came up when I tried “Bart Simpson Chihuahua.” I can’t remember exactly what this episode was about except that Bart was using optical illusions to make himself appear taller. Anyway, while searching, I found what to get Mike for Valentine’s Day! (Since we don’t really celebrate hallmark holidays it won’t be a big deal that it’s a month late…)


prehistoric fashion blogging

31 Dec

Here’s a fun holiday look from 1997, featuring a wiglet which actually looks pretty legit, like Jessica Lange from American Horror Story (new fave show!). The faux-fur-lined chinoiserie jacket which was a previously most-prized possession. I just wish I had better shoes on. They are probably from Payless since at the time all I ate was bagels with no cream cheese (too expensive!) & mountain dew because it was cheaper than coffee in NY. Poorsville. The LBD belonged to my grandmother, it’s velveteen with those weird little armpit sweat pads on the inside. I like old details like that. It reminds me of being in her bathroom and her deodorant was in a little metal tin sort of like Murray’s pomade. Why don’t clothes still have that? Nothing is worse than a dude with pit-stains on a french blue or heather grey shirt… bring back pit-liners in 2012! Happy new year!

prehistoric fashion blogging

27 Nov

My intention was to use these funny old pictures as fill-ins when I didn’t have any time to write… the past 6 months have gotten the best of me so thoroughly that I couldn’t even do that much! Anyway, here is another gem from 1998-ish. I am still all about the black tights. And those old quilted jackets? I haven’t seen one at the thrift store in ages… I used to have multiples. This was right before I moved back to Seattle from Brooklyn, that’s why my mattress is propped up against the wall. I might have also been crying (judging by the flushy cheeks) because our family dog back home here in Seattle was dying & I wasn’t sure if I would get back in time to see her.

eclectic vintage preppy? parisienne americana?

6 Jul

There is a lot of talk going on about identities of customers at work lately. It makes you wonder… what kind of customer am I? Apparently I do not fall within the realm of “our core customer” since the only things I regularly buy from the store are skincare products, eyeliner, & black tights. Then you get those e-mailers from Shop Bop and it inevitably classifies the girls as: Bohemian, Downtown/Urban, and some variation of Sporty, Classic & Preppy. For some reason I always respond to the preppy outfits but that is the farthest from how I would describe myself. I prefer to think of my style as 70’s French girl who dresses like an American girl. Or American girl who dresses like a French girl. Which is either Françoise Hardy or Linda Eastman. Right?

It’s always uncomfortable to be summarized. Like when Amazon told me “people who like paranormal romances & gluten-free cookbooks are also reading…” Ugh. Is that all I am? Some annoying alternative baker who reads teen vampire romance novels? I’ll have you know, everyone read those vampire books that year. It should be no reflection on my taste level…

Anyway, sometimes I wonder if I will ever have grown up taste. I can hardly bring myself to buy a black piece of clothing (besides tights of course) and I kind of don’t care about edgy urban designers like Rick Owens or Alexander Wang too much (although as a person I do love Alexander Wang after seeing him on The Day Before,) I just can’t get over my quirky brights aesthetic, it’s a product of thrift store shopping and Sonia Rykiel & Marc Jacobs & A.P.C. just compliment it so much better than fancy grown-up art gallery curator kind of clothes.

I was once watching a vintage Sonia Rykiel sweater on ebay and the seller said it “reminded her of how her older sister used to dress when going to the roller rink in the 70’s, with super high-waisted dark jeans, shrunken stripey sweaters and jammy lip gloss.” Jammy lip gloss has stuck in my mind ever since.

Sonia spring/summer 2011— where can I get my hands on those jeans?

strawberry jammy lip gloss?

the ultimate american girl beauty accessory

On a side note, why didn’t I buy that ‘Lips’ land line phone from The Goodwill the other day? Well, because I can’t even imagine ever having a land line again. And it was $7.99. Highway robbery.

On another slightly related side note… some amazing 70’s English cosmetics ads:

Pot o’Gloss now glossing you over. All over. Lips. Cheeks. Eyes. Et cetera. And so forths. You’ve got to be young to get away with it.

I would NEVER let anyone get away with this copy. But I love how blasé it is with the “Et cetera & so forths.” And so ageist!

fashion police

18 Jun

Sometimes I read Us Magazine on my phone while I blowdry my hair in the morning. It’s never really very interesting or inspiring (it seems that they mainly profile girls from ’16 & Preggers’ nowadays) except when you get an outfit idea from the Fashion Police section:


I do realize putting my picture next to Alexa Chung kind of makes me look like Renee Zellweger in ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ but whatever.

what the fendi?

11 May

I can't believe these exist. Can you imagine finding these? I would totally pee in my pantaloons. Merci Garance...

10’s 70’s 40’s

6 May

1971 YSL shoes have been reincarnated by Marni. It’s like 2010’s version of the 1970’s version of the 1940’s. I just wish they came in a more moderate heeled style… I don’t need or want 5″ heels. But I suppose that’s just fine because they are $650 and I wouldn’t be getting them anyway. Maybe Sam Edelman will knock them off for me (in a size 12 with a nice 2.5-3″ heel please.)

from Harper's Bazaar March 2011

P.S. I love the nude pantyhose with black open toe shoes look. I might have to try that out…

super tall Marni platforms

the originals