Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Barbie

This dress reminds me of vintage Barbie. You know the classic Barbie in the striped swimsuit? Yeah that one; of course my proportions are different and my makeup is less fierce. Still a graphic dress like this combined with my pink hair makes me feel like a cartoon character if not a doll. Right before I studied in Japan a friend told me I wanted to go to Japan because I "wanted to look like an anime character" and he wasn't far from the truth. More than fashion magazines or pop groups and actors my early visual influences were definitely anime. I mean I read a lot of books, but they didn't have pictures so when I think about the clothes I aspired to wear or the people I thought were attractive it was usually an anime character. What I didn't know then was some animators were being inspired by runway collections. Naoko Takeuchi the creator of Sailor Moon created different costumes and manga pages inspired by 90s runways and ads. A villain was clad in Christian Lacroix while Sailor Pluto wore Chanel. It's interesting when you re-visit things that made an impression on you as a child and realize how they relate back to what is inspiring you now. I've watched a couple of the Sailor Moon Crystal episodes, but right now I'm more likely to be digging through the latest runway collections on Style.com than reading manga.
P.S. This dress is described as a navy and white on the website, but mine definitely arrived pure black and white.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Charmed, I'm Sure

*wearing this Modcloth dress (old, similar), this makeup, and pink star hair charmsies
My hair is doing this strange ombre affect as it fades--my tips are almost completely back to being blonde! I think the cause is the pink dye I mixed into my conditioner (a tip from a couple of people about preventing fading); it seems to be working on top but I guess my tips are too saturated in the shower to hold the color as well! Anyway, it's sort of fun and making me feel like a My Little Pony. Adding to that feeling is these Charmsies I've been wearing in my hair. They were another suggestion from someone on Facebook and I thought when else will sparkles look appropriate in my hair than when it is pink? They're surprisingly hard to photograph and I thought they were rather subtle in person, but I keep getting compliments on them whenever I go out so I suppose they aren't that subtle!

She's Cheer Captain and I'm On The Bleachers

Something about this skirt is giving me "back to school" vibes. I think it might be the stars with trailing rainbows that reminds me of the Reading Rainbow logo, but maybe it's just the cartoonish print that looks like the patterned folders you'd buy in Elementary school or the stickers you'd use to decorate your locker. Whatever the reason I couldn't think of a more appropriate backdrop than some school bleachers which are as uncomfortable as I remember. Without being a big sports fan I still managed to sit through a few games on similar bleachers--not to mention the times I was forced to run up and down them in gym class. I never understand television shows or movies that act as if high school were the best years of your life; I was quite glad to graduate and have never wanted to go back...

Outfit details:
Cheap Monday tee (old)
old flats (similar)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Animals Like Us

Sunday Remix: The Basic Trench

I don't advocate buying a lot of so-called basics many sites and magazines tout as being necessary in every wardrobe. I think everyone ends up having their own, unique basics; for example white button-downs and black trousers barely get any wear in my closet. Even when I briefly worked as a secretary my blouses were more colorful and a knee-length skirt was always preferable to trousers. One constant basic in my wardrobe is a trench coat. I usually own several in different colors and patterns (one of my favorites right now is this green one), but this khaki-toned trench is my most worn style. It's from ASOS a couple of years ago, but they still have similar styles available. It's not necessarily a piece everyone should invest in, but it's a basic I can't go without.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekend Wedding Planning: The Shoes

*shoes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My wedding shoes are giving me a bit of a dilemma. I keep finding styles I like and then thinking "oh but will these work outdoors?" A lot of heel styles will sink into the ground so I need to look for flats or wedges, but I'm not finding a lot of "bridal" feeling flats and wedges. The ones I tend to like are simple, elegant and a little sparkly. I actually think blue shoes would be very fun, even if I don't follow all the traditions of the day they can be my "something blue" but I haven't found many bridal-looking blue shoes either...And since I haven't decided on a dress I might want to put off picking a shoe until I know my exact dress, but I know I need to have it figured out by the time I do a dress fitting so the skirt length will coordinate with whatever heel height I decide on and I do know what style dress I want so I can discern what sort of shoes would coordinate. Anyway, as you can see I just keep going in circles. When I want to be decisive I end up being wishy-washy. In my defense I will say I haven't found a shoe I really love yet; I haven't seen something that I immediately think "I need to have that" and envision myself wearing it on my wedding day. So perhaps it's just a hunt right now for that glass slipper...
Everyone's been really helpful with advice on wedding checklists and such, so does anyone have a tip on where to find practical and pretty outdoor wedding shoes? Or flats that look appropriately bridal?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Style Crush: Elinkan

Elin of the now defunct Swedish blog Elinkan was one of my favorites when I first started blogging (back in 2007!). Lately I've been wondering why most of my "style crushes" are from the past--not even just vintage actresses but even blog style around five years old...But anyway back to Elin: her photography always stood out from the pack and I coveted her white-blonde bob and statement tights.  Her style was a mix of vintage, modern, and minimal. I like the way she mixed vintage with H&M finds and wasn't afraid to play with colors crafting an achievable style that was both relatable and covetable. Her signature details were red lips, hair bows, and quirky tights. She always stood out without look over the top. Her last update in 2013 stated she was putting a hold on blogging to focus on school, but you can still scroll through her photo archives if you're craving some inspiration.
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