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
2:38 am

vanity affair

15/12/2010, shopping, tokyo, topshop

ViVi magazine took me to the new Topshop in Shinjuku to style a look to shoot in store…I had about 15 minutes to go through the racks and pick something out. Ended up going with the chunky sweater, pony skirt, and red suede platform sandals, though that nude sequin tunic was tempting too. I used the dressing rooms set aside for their personal shopping service, so cute! With chocolates, Evian, huge rooms, and a gridded rack on the wall to be able to get a better look at your options, you couldn’t really ask for much more. Sort of wondering how hard it would be to dedicate a wall or two of my own to this floor-to-ceiling display idea. Might save a few things from being perpetually draped on the couch.

Categories: shopping, tokyo, topshop
9:42 am

obscure rock song lyrics

25/11/2010, nyc, topshop, vintage, zara

(Zara coat, vintage velvet shirt, Levi’s shorts, Topshop boots, Mulberry bag)

A mix of new and old basics and a teddy bear-ish coat with a scrap of a hood I salvaged from an old jacket for an afternoon in Soho dropping by the Michael Angel studio and lunch at the Mercer Kitchen..I’m back at my parent’s house in San Francisco relaxing for the holiday weekend..happy Thanksgiving!

Categories: nyc, topshop, vintage, zara
3:00 am

dressed up in the afternoon, soho

22/11/2010, mane and tail, nyc, topshop

(Lanvin for H&M dress, Topshop boots)

I have no idea how I managed to fit this dress in my suitcase when I packed it yesterday afternoon to come home to California. Unbelted, it juts out actual feet from the body in a way that makes you sort of pat yourself absentmindedly (I might mean creepily). I ended up getting three pieces from the collection after the show on Thursday night and figured it was worth freezing in it for ten minutes or so outside the Soho Grand since I have no idea when I’ll actually deem it appropriate to wear it again. I’m no Carrie Bradshaw sitting forlornly on a hotel bed in Paris or anything. But definitely a fun dress to wear, apparently at any hour of the day..I especially love the mousy color and nude neckline and general princess-ness going on.

Categories: mane and tail, nyc, topshop
8:57 am

mango in madrid

16/11/2010, topshop

Hi from Madrid – I got here yesterday and am excited to go to the Mango fashion show tonight. And actually dress for legitimate winter weather! Plan for right now – el Museo del Prado and shopping.

Categories: topshop