Friday, October 15, 2010

Recipe: Tee Shirt Layers

I’ve been trying to experiment these days with layers and mixed patterns. I like tying this oversized tee in a knot; it adopts such a different vibe from how I used it before. The scarf is one of my India finds; all of the scarves in India are massive. Scarves have become so generic lately, so I really like how I can wrap it up around my neck to create some drama.

My man-ring is so tiny, but so wonderfully strange! He’s wearing a black bindi and has some tribal etchings that evoke a Heart of Darkness sense of the “Other.” I found him at my favorite London market – Spitalfields – a must for anyone visiting the city. Since he wasn’t over-the-top enough on his own, I added my two biggest rings. More IS more!

Millau tee shirt from LF over Aritzia tank dress (tied in knot) layered with C&C California gray long-sleeved tee, Fabindia scarf, Vintage ankle boots, Rings: Free People, Thrifted vintage “poison” ring, vintage ring with face from Spitalfields Market, London

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Recipe: Color Story

So I’m in this phase where I’ve started to want to expose my midriff at every possible occasion.I’m not sure exactly where this is coming from, except that maybe I’m channeling my youth? Whatever the case, this gorgeous blouse from one of the Brick Lane haunts is ideal for experimenting with this silhouette. I think it stays just shy of being tarty because the top is so loose and elegant. But that’s just me…

This belt says “Made in West-Germany” on the reverse side. I love that! It’s a little piece of Germany history, and as a result, I can date its production to before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. That’s kind of amazing, and also totally exposes me for the huge history dork that I am.

Vintage blouse, purchased on Brick Lane, London, J. Brand 12” jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors shoes, Vintage belt, purchased at Oxford Circus Topshop, London, Earrings from BellaBeadJeweled, Etsy

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Recipe: Blazin'

A good blazer is any cosmo girl’s best asset. However, I am not usually one for structure (except when it comes to ruffles OF COURSE). BB Dakota’s boyfriend blazer (I bought this for last season, but I saw it made a comeback for F/W 2010) is soft and slouchy enough that I don’t ever feel constricted in it.

I spotted this tee across a large warehouse-like space tucked away on Brick Lane, and I knew that I had to have it. Reminiscent of the French Riviera, its paper thin fabric and schematic print are so retro-Europe.

Vintage tee purchased on Brick Lane, London, AG Catwalk jeans, BB Dakota boyfriend blazer with grandmother’s pin, Vintage boots, purchased at Blondie, London, LAK Bangles from India, Vintage Trifari earrings, purchased at Vintage Underground

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Recipe: Girly Girl

While I was living in London I went through this phase of buying pieces with ruffles at the neck. ..this is still a look that I love (see here and here). The climax of that phase was my discovery of this dress: gravity-defying ruffles and in my favorite color. It evokes such different moods depending on the belt that I pair with it. Today I’m going all-out girly with this darling J. Crew bouquet belt.
One of the Lucky magazine’s guides to looking sexy recommended juxtaposing ruffles and a tough choker. This is how I went about that.
Another dreary autumn day, so more indoor shooting. Good thing Middlebury is as picturesque inside as it is out!

Chi Chi dress, purchased at Oxford Circus Topshop, London, J. Crew belt, Kate Spade tights, French Connection Wedges, Malababa choker, Earrings from India, Topshop ring

Monday, October 4, 2010

Teaser: Winter Textures

Here’s a little preview of what I’ll be wearing when winter hits.

I like to pin this fur collar to anything that has a boring or questionable front. You’ll see much more of it as the weather turns and I break out my late fall/early winter coat.

Martin & Osa sweater, Vintage fur collar, purchased on Brick Lane, London, Thrifted vintage necklace

Friday, October 1, 2010

Recipe: All Tied Up in Knots

While procrastinating on the internet, I stumbled upon this image from American Apparel:

While vaguely reminiscent of a flight attendant, it intrigued me, so I decided to give this scarf-in-a-bow-faux-ascot look a go. I think it came out fairly successfully, though I wish the bow was bigger.

Vermont weather has ranged lately from out-and-out gloom to 60 mph winds and hail. As a result, I shot today’s outfit in the old library at Middlebury. So stately!

Vintage men’s oxford from Rokit, London, Hudson jeans, J. Crew belt, Thrifted vintage scarf, Seychelles wedges, Vintage snake necklace, purchased at Highwood Street Market Festival, Vintage Trifari earrings, purchased at Vintage Underground