i’ll admit, it took me a good long while to get into pinterest at all. i signed up and tried it out well over a year ago and just didn’t get it. i can’t recall what made me try again but the second time around, things clicked right away and now it has become an invaluable tool in helping me keep track of all sorts of things. another perk is that if you really pick and choose who you follow and which of their boards you follow, you can chance upon some amazing things.
case in point, i discovered fashion illustrator antonio lopez via pinterest. i can’t recall whose antonio pin i saw first but i was immediately in love. born in 1940′s puerto rico and raised in new york, antonio worked with karl lagerfeld and discovered legendary models such as jessica lange, jerry hall, tina chow and grace jones all while creating illustrations for WWD, vogue, interview and many more. his late sixties / early seventies vibe, his vivid use of color and glamorization of mundane beauty rituals hits a perfect note for me each time -
- this last one hugely inspired my upcoming blog re-design … if only i had the cash to buy the rights to this pic! i would love to use it as my header image as it perfectly embodies an edgier & more grown-up version of my current bedroom scene. alas, i don’t have that sort of cash and instead went with a hand-drawn, custom font inspired by this pic for my new logo (coming soon!) -
tonight is the opening of photographer anja verdugo’s ‘bored girls’ show at the duplex gallery, which i highly recommend.
i actually sat for anja back in october for this project, i guess we’ll see if my portrait made the cut or not … i do give good bored face! this show should be anything but and i have a feeling the only bored faces you’ll see will be on the walls.
ay marieke released a new look book recently which showcases some of my favorite pieces from their current line in a very dreamy, verdant and magical fashion -
- photos by talia migliaccio -
fun fact: i am a native portlander, which is quite the rare claim nowadays. having grown up here, a lot of things i tend to view as “normal” might incite people from other parts to roll their eyes and proclaim “how portlandia of you!”. well, duh! i’m a townie in a town that has prided itself on being unique and eco-aware at least since the days of my childhood. so when i heard of the wildcraft studio school last year and the fact that they offer classes in subjects such as making plant-based dyes, hunting for wild mushrooms and making your own herbal medicines i was très intrigued. very “portlandia” pursuits to some, or you know, to others just normal and interesting things to want to learn.
wildcraft isn’t actually in portland, or even oregon for that matter, but it’s close enough and i am hoping to add some of their 2014 class offerings to my agenda this year. here’s a peek at what they’re offering in 2014 -
- primitive pottery : dig clay from a riverbed, hand build vessels for a pit firing and end with an outdoor celebration of primitive pottery -
- frame-loom weaving : learn the basics of weaving on a hand made frame loom -
- spring medicine workshop : learn to identify plants and make medicines appropriate for the spring season -
- hand made sandals : learn to make your own rubber-soled sandals -
- macrame plant hangers : create a unique plant hanger after learning the versatile stitches of basic macrame -
- the magic of indigo and shibori : learn traditional techniques for creating shibori patterns using indigo dye -
- herbal beauty : learn about and use plants and herbs to make your own plant-based beauty products -
and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! click here for a full listing of wildcraft studio school’s 2014 class offerings, including building your own outdoor bread oven, knife and bow making, more seasonally geared herbal medicine classes, an entire ayurveda series and much more. maybe i’ll see you in class!
i only just discovered dusen dusen in the later half of last year but i have quickly become a fan of the label’s awesomely unique and designed from scratch prints. the fact that founder and designer, ellen van dusen, also heavily features her boston terrier pup in campaigns is a super plus but for me the cherry on top is that dusen dusen is made entirely in the usa.
looking through the dusen dusen fall ’14 look book, i am loving the easy, cool and modern silhouettes, the color palette heavy with peaches and blues- and have i mentioned the designed from scratch prints? ranging from abstract geometric shapes to grids to fonts to tennis and soccer balls, there is something for everyone here and suddenly this summer lover can’t wait for fall as i can see myself wearing just about everything -
- photos by amanda jasnowski -
sarah vale rapp is the super fun and super sweet bundle of energy behind portland’s coolest accessories label, seaecho. i discovered seaecho last year via instagram and immediately fell in love with their clutches which are simultaneously beautiful, edgy and practical. i stopped by sarah’s studio (which she shares with lindsey reif) to take a peek at seaecho’s upcoming spring offerings and chat with her about the line and more -
VGS: Was being a designer / maker always a goal for you or something that just came about by chance?
SVR: I grew up sewing with my mother and went to school for apparel design. I knew I always wanted to be in a creative field and I am super lucky to have that in my day job as well as with SEAECHO. I feel lost if I’m not making/doing something. I have a lot of energy and I feel really lucky I was given the tools to turn that into something.
VGS: I love your fabric choices, most notably the Pendleton wools. How do you choose your fabrics?
SVR: It’s difficult because you have to think of pattern layout and placement in order to utilize as much of the fabric as you can- I hate waste, especially when using such beautiful fabric! And then you have to choose which colors and patterns really speak to you and work with the current season. There is so much that goes into it! It’s hard work but always very fun and rewarding.
VGS: What’s your biggest source of inspiration currently?
SVR: Artists, photographers and other creative types going after what drives them. The amazing ladies (and men) starting businesses driven by their passion for their hobbies.
VGS: What challenges do you face in staying motivated and how do you overcome them?
SVR: Everyday is a challenge and everyday I am super thankful. Its crazy how quickly the day can change and I am just super thankful to have this outlet and that it is going so well.
VGS: I have to know, who or what is Jaggy?
SVR: Jaggy is the most important and vital part of SEAECHO. She is my intern turned studio assistant. She is irreplaceable and got the nickname by a weird auto correct and oddly, it really fits her.
VGS: What can we expect from Seaecho in the future?
SVR: I really want to develop the line and have it be something that is long lasting. We are really looking forward to introducing new materials that compliment the Pendleton fabrics (such as leather) that will hopefully add to the line. Also in the far future we would love to become more than just bags.
VGS: What’s your favorite burger spot?
SVR: You mean burrito spot right?
- follow sarah / seaecho via blog, facebook, pinterest and instagram -
jeremy scott was named creative director for moschino back in october, and debuted his first collection for the house last week to very mixed reviews. as a moschino fan since way back, i felt the need to add my two cents …
by way of a little background, though i have been fashion obsessed since at least the age of five, it was age twelve that saw my fashion mania hit an all time high as i devoured high fashion magazines like whoa and lived for episodes of jeanne beker’s fashion tv. it was during that time that i ripped the below ad from a magazine and used it as the cover for my school binder, which i now see definitely helped fuel my obsessive love of junk food iconography -
- says scott : I always loved his [Franco Moschino's] humour and the way that his designs put a smile on my face! The Moschino ad with the model drinking from the perfume bottle with a straw is one of my all time favourites -
this image from the fall ’14 ready to wear collection says it all for me -
jeremy scott gets it, confirming for me at least that he is the perfect choice for the iconic house. i understand that his use of mcdonald’s brand imagery borders on ‘derelicte‘ height irony but that’s kind of the point and anyone familiar with scott’s previous work isn’t at all surprised, trust me. i’ll admit that perhaps my obsession with cheeseburger imagery is skewing my view- i mean, i did theme my summer dressing style a few years back with the moniker ‘kep-ustard’, and wore copious amounts of graphic red & yellow- but i see the collection both as a statement on consumerism and commercialism and just plain old cheeky fun.
i’m not saying that the people crying foul over the line’s re-creation of a mcdonald’s uniform as a dress are wrong, it’s just not that black and white. dialogue of class issues should be discussed when the uniform of minimum-wage workers is co-opted by a high fashion brand and sold for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and i understand that people feel it’s in bad taste or even mocks minimum-wage workers. ultimately, in this case the majority of people crying foul aren’t fashion critics, nor do they possess any knowledge of moschino or jeremy scott’s past work, and i feel just don’t understand the larger contexts. when viewed in those contexts, the collection is very in keeping with moschino’s very tongue-in-cheek ethos and aesthetic as well as scott’s fun and over the top style. overall, i believe one needs to view this collection as both art and commentary (commentary that i would argue validates the very complaints made against the collection) because i do believe that at it’s best that’s exactly what fashion is- art.
here are my favorite looks from the collection : lots of kep-ustard!, nods to moschino’s past riff’s on iconic chanel and versace looks, a splash of spongebob (cos why not?!) and so many junk food themed gowns i might never recover from want -
today i wanted to share the recently released look book for she and reverie‘s capsule collection, camp versailles, which was inspired by the opulence of 18th century france and the kitsch of classic american girl scout iconography -
- photos by serena reynolds -
i love that polaroid printed circle skirt which uses actual photos quinne took while on vacation last year, it’s so sweet & fun! i also love the comfy and versatile looking gardens dresses and the perfectly named sleepover hoody. i think what i love best about she and reverie though is how designer quinne myers is able to make each new collection new and unique and simultaneously cohesive with past collections, allowing she and reverie customers the ability to mix and match past pieces with the new.
recently red envelope asked me to participate in their ‘#redstyle – embrace your personal style’ campaign. as i wrap up my nearly year-long shopping ban i decided it was the perfect opportunity to share my final thoughts on the experience. march 1st marks the day i will be debt-free and embarking on a new path of when and how i spend my money- and it’s nearly here!
for those who don’t know, in april of last year i enacted a shopping ban on myself in order to accomplish a purge of sorts and reach the goal of paying off all the debt i had accrued over the years from my ongoing habit of excessive shopping. the original plan had me paying off my debt two months ago but i am fine with the extra months that came about- i hadn’t factored unexpected expenses into my budget but overall i am very happy with the experience. for one, my will power got a major work-out and largely rose to the challenge, and being (almost) debt-free is an awesome feeling! the experience also made me take a long, hard look at how and why i shop, inspiring new models and habits for the future.
first off, i’ve vowed to stop supporting fast fashion. to me that means no longer patronizing those retailers that specialize in mass-produced collections put out on a weekly or monthly basis, especially when those items are made in china or india. to that point, unless i can verify that a factory provides safe working conditions and a living wage for their employees, i won’t be buying anything manufactured overseas. instead i intend to support independent designers who use domestic production facilities. this should see me buying fewer though arguably better made pieces that support small business and/or my local economy. heavy, right? maybe but in the end, i believe this approach will have a more positive impact on both my wardrobe and my conscience. second, i will be staying within my monthly allowance when it comes to spending- no more credit. i believe these changes will make me more mindful of what i’m spending my money on while creating a habit of making fewer but more meaningful purchases.
which brings me to my current style goals and wardrobe needs. as a child of the 80′s, i was five years old when madonna suddenly rose to fame on MTV (her ‘material girl’ single was my first ever vinyl purchase!) and i credit her early videos for my initial interest in fashion. imagine five year old me suddenly and desperately coveting lace skirts, jelly bracelets and over-sized hair bows! needless to say, that was only the beginning and akin to madonna, my style is ever-changing. the past year has been close to excruciating as my tastes have changed but my wardrobe has not. in fact, i am finding huge gaping holes when it comes to casual wear as i had been focusing on my work wardrobe just before i enacted my shopping ban. so here is where i take stock of what i have that fits the aesthetic i’m moving towards now.
first up is the chambray shirt. undoubtably a classic piece, i only acquired my first last year. the verdict? i would live in it if i could, though i am still working out the many ways to wear and style it -
- chambray shirt : jcrew / scarf : jcrew / belt : trouve / jeans : paige denim / booties : dv by dolce vita -
- chambray shirt : jcrew / necklace : tiro tiro / leggings : sara bergman / flats : gap -
next is the shirt dress. i am obsessed with them and scored this one at the frances may warehouse sale last fall, making it one of my few shopping ban cheats. i just couldn’t pass up a $600+ dress on sale for $65!! now i want all the shirt / tunic dresses -
- dress : les aperizes / belt : billy kirk / booties : bp. -
one of the areas i am most lacking in currently is casual evening wear, something easy and cute for drinks with friends, a fashion show or party. here are my current go to’s -
- cropped jacket : fossil / peplum top : reif / jeans : paige denim / booties : bp. -
- sweatshirt : everlane / dress : reif / : necklace : tiro tiro / booties : bp. -
when i need to fancy things up, i pull out this baby which is a little bit witchy and a little bit saucy french school marm -
- dress : vintage / belt : trouve / booties : bp. -
my last look is inspired by my friend jessica who often rocks long, vintage skirts. she is easily five inches taller than me though and i am still undecided on whether this look works for me or just emphasizes how short and wide-hipped i am. either way, i am determined to work out the long skirt look this year -
- sweater : jcrew / skirt : vintage / necklace : tiro tiro / shoes : bc footwear -
not forgetting accessories, my current collection is definitely in need of more friends and i am dreaming of breaking my shopping fast with a great statement necklace and a new bag (or five). here are my current fave pieces -
- earrings : elysium jewelry -
- earrings : ay marieke -
- earrings : scarlett garnet -
- necklace and rings : tiro tiro -
- clutch : seaecho -
so there you go. i definitely see my upcoming style transition moving towards classic pieces with a slight edge. in the next few months i’ll be focusing on solid basics, interesting tunic dresses, more vintage pieces and bad-ass accessories. wish me luck!
i stopped by the reif studio last week for a little sneak preview of what lindsey has in store for this friday’s spring / summer ’14 presentation -
my first true reif experience came via last year’s mercury-sponsored spring runway presentation, open season. for me, reif was the star of the entire event with pieces that were fun, modern and most importantly, wearable. the release of reif’s spring summer ’14 look book last year showed the line maturing even further. inspired in part by calvin klein’s 90′s era campaign starring kate moss, lindsey describes the line as minimal, sleek and easy to wear. i couldn’t agree more! i especially love the overall use of color, patterns and solid neutrals, examples being a coral red dress with geometric construction details and truly interesting and dimensional pieces in solid black. not forgetting the ever useful and popular reif turbans, lindsey has partnered with the likes of portland’s pattern people (SS ’13) and local photographer autumn northcraft (SS ’14), to create some truly original and lust-worthy prints that can be found nowhere else.
so what can you expect from reif this friday? inspired by the recent new york fashion week trend of eschewing the traditional runway scene in favor of more intimate presentations, lindsey has a narrative based runway show planned that promises to highlight the clothing, including some never before seen garments (!), while creating a party atmosphere. as if that weren’t enough, there will also be giveaways, a photo booth, the opportunity to purchase many of the items seen on the runway (including shoes from solestruck, jewelry from NYC designer aoko su and new turbans in perfect spring shades of peach, lavender and grey), and many more special, secret treats- one of which i may have even witnessed discussions of … i didn’t quite catch what lindsey and her cohort have in store, but i am willing to bet it will be super fun!
i hope to see you there! more info below -
- event details here & buy tickets here -