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12/08/2008
2:29 am

beater

08/12/2008, General

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(RVCA tank dress, Urbn cardigan and back seam tights, DIY studded Zara boots, Givenchy bag)

  • beach pigeons are seasoned warriors so brave they didn’t even attempt to scatter when I stomped over – luckily I’m only a little terrified of birds
  • I’ve been living in this tank dress this weekend..the fact that it’s pretty much just a slinkier version of a wife beater is very ideal for me (the top version)
  • the cardigan I ordered last week that’s just the cozy piece I was looking for
  • if anyone wants to make me a rad new header I will love you forever
  • yesterday it was a magnificent 80 degrees so the look was a little more..bare

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(RVCA dress, Chloe boots)

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12/06/2008
7:27 am

denim update

06/12/2008, shopping

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Hot Topic is henceforth my favorite place to buy jeans. Such a perfect fit, and $40 a pop? Mmmmmmk. And I think I’m entranced by that mutant silver zipper.

The only problem being that after I placed my order online, I had to call and verify my identity before they would ship it. Apparently they have a lot of kids going to town with their parent’s credit cards? So funny. But seriously, no one should have to go without Twilight merchandise and fluffy black petticoats, right?

I am exhausted after a crazy day with Kristin and Colin working on something that we’re all SO EXCITED about. Sleep has never sounded better.

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12/05/2008
2:38 am

the real wet look

05/12/2008, General

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(vintage shirt and Chanel backpack, Korcula necklace, Topshop patent leather skinnies, Monrow hoodie, Marc by Marc Jacobs boots)

Death stare II. I could not possibly be more excited about these Topshop pants..but after buying American Apparel’s lame leggings, Kate Moss’ wet look skinnies, and now these suckers, I think I’m going to cut myself off from the shiny stuff. I’m also going to start repenting for long neglecting these boots, which were one of the first pairs of expensive-ish boots that I bought as a blogger..previously I had pretty much kept to MJ too actually. I’ve only been turned astray due to a depressing lack of soaring heights and platforms in his recent collections. I promise I still love you Marc! Just give us the good stuff. I’ll have to see if the cross-strap wedges I used to be so obsessed with are at my parent’s house when Colin and I are in San Francisco in a few weeks. And I’m totally out of touch with everything Bay Area so if you have any New Year’s Eve suggestions in the city, let me know!

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12/04/2008
10:00 am

the tunnel effect

04/12/2008, General

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(secondhand mesh top, Erin Wasson for RVCA tank, Kate Moss for Topshop jeans, Aldo boots)

Man that’s quite the camera stare-down..I don’t think I was that angry. Maybe just sick of lurking in a tunnel with oddly tan-enhancing lighting. I think everything I’m wearing here is wardrobe favorite status..after some scattered online purchases I made today hopefully the pool will be expanding. I’m not sure why it is that I shop so much less at stores these days, but it’s gotten to the point where the UPS guy expressed shock today when delivering something for Colin instead of for me..after which he assured me that I still “have him beat by far”.

What I’ve learned:

  • don’t just blindly Google..Shopstyle delivers results from everywhere that matters
  • buy two sizes, return the unwanted
  • learn to gage an item outside of the box ie. what will look good oversized, if a dress can be made more casual with a sloppy shirt worn over it..pretty soon you’ll be able to look at a piece and tell if it’s the length you want just on it’s proportions in the photo
  • check often, as in before Topshop runs out of your size..again
  • perhaps not specific to online shopping, but before you buy makeup, check Makeupalley‘s reviews..since I’d much rather spend money on shoes than lip gloss, I just do a quick scan for the highest percentage “would buy again” from a drug store brand I recognize and then trustingly purchase it..this works out pretty much always, to the point where I haven’t had to even try anything new in ages
  • sporadically make a really frumpy/weird/pseudo-ugly purchase – these often end up being my favorites..speaking of which, the sweater in the last post is indeed vintage..sorry!
  • Yoox is the designer shoe whore’s best friend..I get a lot of questions about my Chloe wedges and well, I owe it all to Yoox
  • don’t knock the not-so-obvious stores..who knew that Bebe made, put on sale, and sold out of a pair of sandals that weirdly channel Balmain ss09..or that Bakers has a pretty amazing pair of studded boots reminiscent of..do I even have to say it? PS Hot Topic has some of the most amazing selection of skinnies for like a cent..paint splatter, leopard print, lace-up..
  • eBay is the eternal hotbed of standout pieces, even/especially for things like 70s camera straps and tiny magnets (look up “neodynium magnets”) that will make your inspiration board that much better…randomness is key
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12/02/2008
6:01 pm

the rest from julian

02/12/2008, General

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  • I don’t think I’m going to be penning any literature on how to dress in the boondocks anytime soon
  • a few of you asked about these boots – the verdict is that they’re more comfortable than most flats and they run a half size large…personally, I’m in love
  • I got the bandage dress at Forever 21 a couple months ago – freaking love the gold (functional!) snaps and cutout back
  • it might be time for me to update the wardrobe with a few things..all of a sudden I feel like I don’t have anything to wear..maybe I sold it all? hmmmm..
  • I think I miss Julian already

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