Friday, January 25, 2013

red leather - not couch!

Although I am quite certain this whole leather obsession will be dying down quite soon, I still think it is worth exploring - or re exploring in the case of fashion.

What about red leather? Or any colored leather pencil skirts? Black is oh-so boring and completely overdone. I am currently scouring eBay and thrift shops for some cool '80s but not too '80s pieces. I like the way KimYe does it below, but I would personally play it all the way down. Chunky sweater, sweatshirts, or loose button downs.


allsaints hessian hair boot oxblood

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Blah Instagram Pics from the last week

Vintage jumpsuit scored off Ebay

American Apparel turtleneck crop top and American Apparel disco pants

Dress purchased from a random shop online and Gucci sandals

(Below shows the back, and me twisting)

Midi length long sleeve dress from H&M (gift), Stuart Weitzman boots with wool socks, Miss Sixty coat [yes, this really was taken in my bathroom..smh]

Below, close up of the beaded coral necklace I scored at a sample sale

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pitfalls of Fast Fashion

Is it possible to LOVE fashion and be eco-conscious at the same time? I have been struggling with this recently, as I have become more and more aware of what goes into producing all these wonderful clothes, shoes, and accessories that many of us spend hours lusting over. I am an avid blog-reader (and unfortunately not an avid blogger), magazine-page-flipper, and of course, shopper. But, recently, I have become obsessed with checking the "made in..." label. How can someone who loves purchasing items, just because I want, not need, at the same time try to care about the world?

I don't think many people share this feeling with me, especially when I note the increase of sales for Zara, H&M, Forever 21, TopShop, etc. I guess we really don't care what working conditions the factory workers at put through, as long as we can get the latest peplum top for a good price?

I really enjoyed reading this article I found on Maison Martin Margiela for HM via another blogger.  Basically, the writer talks about how Martin Margiela created this line of clothing many years ago to be the anti-fashion. Pretty sure that didn't include mass marketing way-overpriced clothing in Cambodian sweatshops in 2012. And of course, everyone flocked to the stores, as though they were actually buying vintage Martin Margiela at a great price. Uhm, no. None of the collabo lines are well-made in any decent working condition. Who cares though, right? If I can say I have a Versace dress for less than 100 bucks, then it must be worth it.

Now, we pay thousands of dollars for clothing and accessories that are actually handmade (such as Hermes bags). Funny, because thats how my mom had every beautiful thing she owned. SHE MADE IT!

Solutions? Thrifting is a great way to recycle clothes. Also, when I do searches on eBay, I really try to ensure I know where it was made, and who is selling it. Factory in China or Vietnam? Skip.  I hate to stop money from going to these countries, but until they can ensure that their workers are getting fare wages, it really sickens me. Also, there are brands out there that take efforts to create healthy working conditions, such as American Apparel. I hope their CEO gets his shit together so the company can thrive.  Here is a quote from another interesting article on fast fashion.

"The power of giant apparel retailers has caused the average price of clothing to drop, resulting in a generation of fast-fashion addicts (Zara takes only two weeks from design to delivery) and [according to Cline] it can't last. "These companies aren't going to be able to do this forever, there aren't enough resources. Especially if they continue their plans for worldwide expansion into the Chinese market; there's just not enough oil and cotton in the world to continue this way, so they're going to have to start operating more sustainably sooner or later."

All super cute looks, that are easily recreated. Who knows, maybe one day we can make these fast fashion houses realize their need is lost among the intelligent masses?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dee Dee Ramone

Hi! I had the pleasure of going to the new exhibit at Subliminal Projects (Shepherd Fairey's gallery in LA), which was of the late Dee Dee Ramone's art work. Always great fun, and Fairey was spinning per usual. Check out some of the work seen there, and go check it out in person if you're in the neighborhood.

I'm wearing a cropped tank from TopShop, wool trousers by Jil Sander, and stilettos by Donald J. Pliner.

My favorite subject!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Inspirational Fall Pieces

Jeffrey Campbell's (

Reiss multi-yarn crew neck jumper

My friend's amazing Rodarte for Opening Ceremony dress

Rag & Bone's ox blood leather pants

Michael Angel blouse

Jeffrey Campbells (

on an NYC subway

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

nyc in september

New York in September is a glorious thing. The weather has cooled off, and everyone is still on a high from Fashion Week, the seasonal rebirth of the art scene, and the US Open. I know the men and women of the city are always either 100% on their game or 100% don't give a fu*k, but together, everyone looks incredible. From the hipsters to the glams, its a real sight for the eyes. 

Lastly, me in a few outfits.

Ralph Lauren hand-knit with Celine sunnies

A horrible iPhone pic but oh well..

leather bustier by re-collection and gold pants by American Apparel

Sunday, September 23, 2012

two steps back into 1998

Recently revisited the first season of Sex and the City. Really, truly realized how QUICKLY fashion is revived. I guess our fashion designers are having a serious case of creative block. Check out the images below. Notice the neons, the brocade, the leather, the crop tops, and the colored fur.. and this was just 1998! Has all the good stuff already been done?

Doesn't seem like even a second has gone by when seeing these images, right? Hopefully Paris 
Fashion Week brings in some mind blowing stuff. :)