look book : VPL pre-fall ’14

April 23, 2014

vpl only hit my radar last fall after a friend scored one of their camisoles at the frances may warehouse sale and i found that i was pretty bummed that i hadn’t seen it first! their use of graphic lines and unique take on color blocking makes for pieces that look great on their own but as evidenced below, look just as good when worn layered.

this latest line sees them embracing their active wear roots more than ever and despite the fact that i’m probably the least sporty person ever, i say this collection totally fits the lounge wear bill too. though if you happen to be sporty, even better! vpl will ensure you’re the most fashion forward person at the gym- though i would advise skipping the heels!

 

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look book : hotdog mustard pump

April 21, 2014

‘hotdog mustard pump’ is a collab between photographer nicolle clemetson, illustrator / designer will bryant & kristin lane and i for reals want to know how the three of them snuck into my brain and all but turned my daydreams into reality?! save for the glaring exclusion of burgers, this couldn’t be any closer to what’s swirling through my head at any given time: bright colors, fast food imagery, awesome print heavy fashion and 80′s nostalgia -

 

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HMP9- how yelle is this one?! -

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for the record, i consider hotdogs a close second to burgers so when it comes to ‘hotdog mustard pump’, i wholly approve.

shop will bryant for print all over me here.

brb!

April 14, 2014

i know it’s a little late in the game to be taking a spring break hiatus but the first rule of blogging is, there are no rules! i do promise i have lots of great posts on the horizon- including new rad ladies and sister styles!

in the meantime, here is a video from turkish prison, which is one of the members of my fave australian electro-rock band of the moment, midnight juggernauts, doing the production / dj thing.

see you next week!

 

what i wore : bag edition

April 10, 2014

we all know them: ladies that are like, ‘i’m a shoe-aholic!’ or ‘i’m a purse fiend!’. that’s not me. i love it all but tend to collect articles of clothing more than accessories, especially when it comes to bags. oddly enough, i’ve always viewed bags as more of a utilitarian item of necessity than an opportunity to make a fashion statement and as you might expect, it’s catching up with me. mainly because i super hate all of the bags i’ve collected over the years -

 

IMG_9968- bags of shame : the VGS collection -

 

as you can see, i tend to gravitate towards odd colors and patterns, which is great for something you don’t wear every single day. to top it off, they’re all functionally retarded. the most recent addition to this collection is the clava in the upper right hand corner which i got because it’s fairly neutral in its color scheme without being too boring and it’s chock full of pockets and compartments. it seemed great on paper but it isn’t very structurally sound and won’t stand up straight without constant prodding and adjustment, which is a problem when you’re a perfectionist. perhaps more importantly, the handles are too small for me to be able to wear it over my shoulder comfortably (or even at all), meaning i usually have to carry it queen elizabeth style which makes me self-conscious and really limits my freedom of movement. ugh! and don’t even get me started on the others or we’ll be here all night.

i’ve been scouring the interwebs this last year for my dream bag but excepting options costing upwards of $600, i haven’t been able to find anything that appears to be ‘the one’. growing ever more frustrated as i cycle through my collection of sad sacks, i lost it very recently while carrying that rasta/goth l.a.m.b. x le sportsac monstrosity (seriously, what was i thinking when i bought that??!! i don’t like gwen stefani even a little bit!!). in a fit of desperation, i decided at this point i may as well just start using a tote. you know what i’m talking about, just a plain ol’ cheapie cotton tote bag. i know you have a bunch, i totally have a bunch but have been using them solely to carry my lunch stuffs to work. well no longer!

 

IMG_9921- tote bag by reif plus pouches by paperchase, seaecho & poketo for target -

 

turns out it’s perfect! perhaps you’ve noticed all my pouch-centric posts lately? as i’ve suspected but only just now tested, they’re really all that’s needed to keep an open bag from becoming a disorganized quagmire. all this time i thought i needed built-in pockets & compartments but they never did the job i expected of them. pouches come in practically any size you want- and look at the fun variety! i can get my color & print fix without causing any outfit clashes! i don’t know why i didn’t try this sooner but i’m hooked now. i love this reif tote but with others starting at like, $10 i can collect tote bags for my every mood & outfit!

 

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around portland : franz ferdinand & cate le bon

April 9, 2014

i missed the memo but apparently live music in portland is on again. the cold months saw a dearth of acts that piqued my interest and i just sort of forgot to keep up on who’s coming to town and when. i’m now scouring all the live music listings to make sure i don’t miss any more great acts than i have to- this week alone i’ve missed dum dum girls, blouse and la femme!!

one upcoming show i’m psyched for is franz ferdinand and cate le bon.

i honestly haven’t listened to FF in years though i did enjoy their self-titled debut when it came out, oh ten years ago. not enough to keep up with them obviously but listening to their latest single (below) i think seeing them live will be a fun time, allowing me to relive the energy of the early 90′s brit-pop movement i was so caught up in -

 

 

truth be told, i’m far more interested in their opener, welsh chanteuse cate le bon. i’ve had her recently released ‘mug museum‘ in heavy rotation for the past two weeks and i am super psyched at the prospect of seeing her live -

 

 

tickets for the april 26th show are available here.

look book : young frankk mid-s/s ’14

April 7, 2014

richmond, virginia’s christine young began young frankk jewelry in 2012 as a way to transition her drawings into metal work that is inspired by both graphic geometric lines and organic forms.

young frankk’s s/s ’14 collection is very sleek and modern but still fits in well with the line’s past designs which are on the more organic side of the spectrum.  i really love the simplicity and clean, bold lines of each piece, many of which keep things interesting by mixing shapes and incorporating asymmetry here and there. i also love that the collection appears to lend itself to whatever the wearer is feeling, whether that’s wearing one or many pieces, all young frankk or mixed with other lines -

 

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yf9-9_lo_grande- photos by seychelle stapleford -

 

miscellany : spring storms mix

April 3, 2014

spring in portland is both lovely and cruel (i suppose spring is likely the same, or at least crazy similar, most everywhere but my frame of reference is portland so let’s stick with that). a mere day or two of warm sun, blue skies, little white butterflies flitting about and the distant sound of lawnmowers inevitably leads to a full week of chilly, dark grey skies dumping water down all day and night. sometimes you get everything jam packed into one day- hail showers, dizzyingly lovely sun breaks, rainbows, black skies, more rain, more sun and on. we’re all so ready to slip winter’s last stranglehold but it just keeps on keeping on, fighting against the coming summer that we want so desperately.

with that looming over me day in and day out, i conjured up a mix which i’m sharing with you today. it’s a little bit euphoric, some parts melancholic, heavily dreamy and definitely optimistic. i hope you enjoy! just remember- summer is coming.

 


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trending : dye jobs

April 2, 2014

you may have noticed the avalanche of shibori, tie-dye, bokeh-esque bleach splatter and ombre dip-dyes taking over the indie design world these last few months. honestly, as a print & pattern lover, i am enamored with this trend and want all the things! as with most trends, i am also wary and telling myself not to over do it lest i end up reliving the great ruffles-on-everything trend of 2010. after buying all the ruffles i had to give in to the fact that they overwhelm my curvy, petite frame and had no business ever becoming part of my wardrobe. that said, here are some of my current dye job faves -

 

KM_Dyed_Tank_dress- indigo and black fractal hand dyed tunic dress by karina manarin -

 

NW_shibori_bra- shibori tie dye harness bra by norwegian wood -

 

white_space_top_bc- white space top by martha w mcquade -

 

marblenotebooks- marbled notebooks by arminho -

 

Wisteria4_dress_Hackwith- wisteria dress by hackwith design house -

 

caribou_backpack_cookandgates- caribou backpack by cook & gates -

 

sara_bergman_top- triangle cut-out trapeze top by sara bergman -

 

marblescarf.02_scoutandcatalogue- marble scarf by scout & catalogue -

 

serranecklace- serra necklace by academy-

 

gatherdress- gather dress by black crane -

 

violetrosecandle- violet rose candle by oui candles & ceramics -

 

wild_heart_strawberry_front_1024x1024- wild heart tote by fieldguided -

 

tiedyebodysuit- tie dye body suit by majorey -

 

barrowombre- white and pink ombre pendant by barrow -

 

doommaillot- doom maillot by minnow bathers -

miscellany : unruly things feature

April 1, 2014

oh hai!

i don’t usually post on tuesdays but i just had to share that i was featured on the unruly things blog today, sharing some of my favorite rings in the ‘show me your stack‘ series … click here for all the details. many thanks to alyson for sharing my stack!!

 

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look book : seaecho spring ’14

March 31, 2014

yup, i’m writing about pouches again. this time, it’s regarding my favorite local pouch purveyor, seaecho. they just released their spring line-up look book in both photo and video forms and i’m totally smitten with their outdoorsy babe and her seaecho for every mood & occasion -

 

 
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seaecho_spring14_8- photos by hannah rosa lewis-lopes -

 

i’m still eagerly awaiting the not yet released kingston carry-all but in the meantime i am planning on picking up a few ramona & fherin pouches as well as the marley half & half, a new design for spring which features pendleton wool on one side and leather on the other- i love the contrast between the two when the top half of the clutch is folded over! which are your faves??

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