3:32 am

follow me down to the rose parade

23/12/2010, back to the woods, california love

(Therese Rawsthorne dress, Zara scarf, Theory bag, fashiontoast x DANNIJO necklace, Jessica Simpson Dany platforms, Stetson hat)

I think wearing all of your favorite crap at once is a very valid way to get dressed. There was no one around for about a mile when we shot these, I think. But you still get that feeling in such a hauntingly beautiful place that you’re being watched. I was half expecting some field specter/Mr. McGregor type to emerge out of nowhere waving something or other around but he never showed up. One day I’ll wear this dress in the more elegant way it was probably intended for.

Categories: back to the woods, california love
9:48 pm

i won’t be weird i’ll be whatever what you want me to be

16/12/2010, back to the woods, california love, jewelry, topshop, vintage

(RP Encore headpiece, Topshop velvet dress, Jeffrey Campbell Climber boots, vintage wool poncho)

Some people love to wear new things immediately..I am the opposite (to a fault), I have to wait to feel like I’m in the exact mood to wear something. Colin had been egging me on to break this headpiece out for a few months and we finally came upon the perfect place to shoot it while running around one of the canyons by our place in San Diego. Although arguably a happened upon tepee is the perfect place to take pictures of anything. RP Encore is a fascinating label, as in one of those sites you click on that makes you stop and stare to figure out exactly what is going on. The idea behind designer Reid Peppard’s designs reminds me of American Beauty’s Ricky Fitts’ take on ordinary or grisly sights taking your breath away if you just take the time to see them right (I’m sure everyone remembers the plastic bag scene):

Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
Angela Hayes: Why?
Ricky Fitts: Because it’s beautiful.

That scene pretty much inspired the entirety of my interest in photography, and is probably why I take way too many shots of like, the ground and broken things. Anyway, Reid uses animals that have already suffered their fates and transforms them into everything from cufflinks to necklaces. This is of course visually upsetting to some people and some of the pieces may be hard to translate into daily wear, possibly including this headpiece she sent me, as much as I may love it. But the final message I get from her work is the possibility of finding and creating beauty from unlikely sources. Check out this Huffington post article here if you remain curious.

Categories: back to the woods, california love, jewelry, topshop, vintage
12:16 am

you’ve given me things to think about until at least february twenty seventh

10/12/2010, back to the woods, california love, phillip lim

(3.1 Phillip Lim double sleeve sweater, vintage belt, Forever 21 lace shorts, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Theory bag, hat from Oak NYC, cross ring courtesy of Lord Griffon)

Sorry for the absence! A couple pics from Norcal in a knit hat I got at Oak in New York in September and a Phillip Lim cashmere sweater with mid/double/rolled up/waffle woven sleeves. I’m still here in Tokyo for a few more days and have just now managed to take care of basic internet issues with some sort of miraculous go-anywhere pocket wifi device I bought in Shibuya today that looks like a computer mouse but..isn’t. I haven’t had much time to breathe but the trip has been amazing between the people I’ve met, the opportunities I’ve had, and the chance to work on my Japanese through complete immersion. Exhausted but happy.

Categories: back to the woods, california love, phillip lim
10:21 pm

nimbus hour

05/11/2010, back to the woods, california love, phillip lim

(3.1 Phillip Lim asymmetrical dress and leather shorts, fashiontoast x Dannijo Isosceles Necklace, Target sheer tights, Acne boots)

Felt pretty triumphant when I ordered the last size in this dress from Net-a-porter after deliberating over it for a few days. Reminds me of wearing a spiderweb or a cirrus cloud. Which is pretty much the ultimate compliment. Colin and I took it to a proper field to let the light seep through it. Indian summer temperatures in California have everyone complaining but I’m kind of enjoying it, though finalizing plans to go to apparently frigid New York City and Tokyo this month might have something to do with that.

Some of you guys may have read about the jewelry line I designed for Dannijo exclusively for Tobi this week on Refinery29, The Examiner, NBC, and Harper’s Bazaar. I’ve been working on this since June and am so excited that the pieces will be available soon (Tobi’s having a presale so get your orders in because quantities will be limited)…I’ll post more on my inspirations for the line and detail shots ASAP – it was seriously a dream come true getting to realize my vision and work with the Dannijo sisters. Wearing the Isosceles necklace here and actually have been wearing the prototypes in all of my posts from the past few months..I’m so happy with them, all of the pieces couldn’t possibly be

Categories: back to the woods, california love, phillip lim
10:06 am

all in one

27/10/2010, alexander wang, back to the woods, california love

(Alexander Wang hooded romper, fashiontoast x Dannijo Deserver Cuff)

Weird amount of things that I love going on with this little suit for being so simple – one piece, passable as pyjamas, hooded, smushy knit..and the easiest thing to throw on in three seconds when running out the door. Though the chances of having to do that might be slim since it’s also become my default for lazing around the house. Possible step backward.

I have a million boring things to do tomorrow before driving up to LA for the weekend to welcome Bryan for his first visit to California. Halloween ideas are non-existent..and I was so sure that inspiration would have struck by now. Slowly starting to scramble.

Categories: alexander wang, back to the woods, california love