Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Feathers and shells

You've probably noticed how there's been this kind of native Pocahontas theme in fashion for the last little while. You know, feathers and beads and dream catchers and leather fringe. Native is the new hippy boho. Whatever it is, these two Sass & Bide dresses are definitely channeling it. I can't even decide which I like better. And the big messy bun is the cherry on top of the cake.

(via Knight Cat)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Things I like

Ridiculously long knit sweaters for fall. (via Face Hunter, Ems Edge & Knight Cat)

These Shape Shifter dress shirts - short in the front and long in the back.
(via Studded Hearts & Nasty Gal)

Your boyfriend's dress shirt as a light summer jacket. (via Lina di Moda)

Knots. Love this whole Acne outfit. (via A Fashion Tale)

Full metal bustier? And cowboy hats. And Erin Wasson. (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Where I've been

I'm back in Amsterdam, have been back since Wednesday. It's been hard re-adjusting, especially after my 2.5 weeks in happy. Before I get back into fashion, which I will, here are the polaroids I promised.

One of the best parts of my trip was wandering around Portland and finding the death to the Pixies t-shirt I've been looking everywhere for (the boyfriend's is too tattered and too big for me). There it was on a hanger all perfect and in my size for 10 bucks at Ray's Ragtime.

And then I got back here and threw it in the wash, not knowing there was a small tub of lip balm in some pocket of some unimportant garment. A small tub of lip balm that subsequently was discovered, empty, after unloading the DRYER. Death to the Pixies, spotted in little oil stains. Heartbreaking. It's not too noticeable, but it bothers me. Possible fix is to put in small vintage-esque rips where the stains are...sigh.

Friday, August 6, 2010

West coast

I've been in 4 cities since the last post - Amsterdam, Montreal, Vancouver and now Portland - haven't had any time to post. I've been busy (and by "busy" I mean "lazing around on various Vancouver beaches and road tripping south") but polaroids are being taken, will continue to be taken and will be scanned in time. Looking forward to the city today and sand dunes and surfers tomorrow. Peace out. xo

On Caitlin's couch with my new $5 scarf in my hair.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Things I'm into these days

Inspiration: Acne Pre-S/S 2011. Thick heels make stilettos look like wimps. I'm tired of wedges too (that was fast). Besides, these would fare well on the Dutch cobblestones I tackle awkwardly on a nightly basis.

In descending order: Seychelles Cheerio boots, Jeffrey Campbell Bradley boots, Chloé leather lace-up boots, Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots (if you want to buy me these as a present, I'm a size 7 and go here and I'll love you forever).

Inspiration: Clémence Poesy. I like wide brim fedoras best, but why not have fun and go leather or cowgirl?

Descending: Maria from vanillascented, Acne Pre-S/S 2011, Urban Outfitters cooperative felt boater hat, ASOS wide brim fedora.

Inspiration: Nadia from FrouFrouu. This is the easiest more perfect summer look to go with a messy up-do. Just go out, find a little vintage $2 silky scarf, do a quick twice-over-wrap-around (makes sense to me?) and tie a knot at the top.

Descending: Alexander McQueen cashmere-blend skull-print scarf, Otrera Hamsa printed silk-chiffon scarf and Urban Outfitters floral print.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I want to dress like you

I always thought I wanted to dress like Audrey Hepburn. Skinny pants and flats, maybe a white dress shirt. I thought I wanted to be platinum gamine in stripes, shoulder-dusters and thick black kohl, like Edie Sedgwick. Wear suits like Diane Keaton, but be able to pull off that Jane Birkin see-through black minidress. I thought I wanted to dress like Ali MacGraw. Faye Dunaway. Catherine Deneuve. A little punk like Debbie Harry.

NOPE. Guess what. It turns out, I want to dress exactly like NADIA.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Even MORE shearling

Remember when I just couldn't shut up about shearling for fall? Turns out, I'm not done yet! Here are some shearling jackets from Acne pre-fall. What I like about these is how they're kind of oversized, like "this is my dad's old jacket I found in the attic" - especially that last one.

Erin Wasson x RVCA Fall Lookbook

There's no doubt about it. Erin Wasson is pretty rad. Illustrations by Alia Tenner.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hmm, could it be?

I realize it's wishful thinking. Wishful thinking that I'm this beautiful wispy nymph-like creature in Garance's illustration, wishful thinking that she'd use ME as her subject...but wishful thinking is alright sometimes. Maybe it's me with a different hair cut. Or me if I were a cartoon character. A cartoon character when I was 14?

On the topic of illustration, I'm working on a few of my own right now. After my camera died, I thought it would be fun and challenging to illustrate some of my recent outfits and post my drawings. And then I realized not only do I not have a scanner, I don't have a camera (Hello, it broke! Remember, Tu-Linh? It happened at the beginning of this paragraph!) to take pictures of the illustrations and post those. So for now, I have to keep you in suspense while I continue to draw.

Illustration by the talented Garance Doré (cropped by me)

Proof that I'm hard at work

Monday, July 12, 2010

Girls will be boys

I'll always be obsessed with women in menswear. Diane Keaton as Annie Hall is THE icon for this style, with her waistcoats and oversized blazers. Now, I prefer the look when it's less baggy, a bit more tailored to the female body and kind of retro rockabilly. Skinny trousers, white dress shirts with skinny black ties, oxfords and brogues and the nonchalantly tousled & flipped short hair.