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Sometimes, a maxi skirt is so freaking comfortable that it surpasses the whole “casual and comfortable” thing too far, where basically you’re wearing a jersey sheet with holes in it… Not exactly appropriate for every occasion, know what I mean?

That being said, I have a sick love of being overdressed, so an on-the-fancy-side, floor-length dress is something that I deviantly want in my closet (I actually have a few…). I can’t be stopped! Blame those dang Olsen twins and their unfortunate inseams. Everything goes to the floor, and at first it bothered me, but what can I say? It’s growing on me…

Anyway, I always think it’s nice to have a range of dresses on the Formal to Casual spectrum, and floor length is tricky, so it’s nice to have some variations!

Okay, really…

Sometimes you want to look fancy and you don’t want to shave your legs, ok?

Here are some maxi dresses we’d wear to a nice bar while tarted up, trying to get expensive drinks bought for us because we don’t have any money - only versatile dresses:


[L-R: RACHEL Rachel Roy Maxi Dress, $84.99; Muse Watercolor Halter Dress, $79.99; Wrapped Cap-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $42; Donna Morgan Pleated Maxi, $59.97; ASOS Scoop Back Maxi Dress, $76.64; Gentle Fawn Casablanca Dress, $69.]

 

This post is long overdue. These have been in every store I’ve shopped in for months, and I can’t dodge the issue anymore.

I don’t “get” loafers.

Why? Why are these appealing? I mean, there have been an ungodly number of flats since forever, so why the loafer-specific craze? They remind me of thrift shopping in the 90s and Jackie from Roseanne. Some people might be into that mid-90s style, but I suppose I’m not on the train.

That’s not to say I couldn’t be sold, though.

I disliked pickled ginger for years and years, but it always stared me in the face when I was enjoying the hell out of my sushi. So after a few years, I decided to learn to like it. It was definitely a decision. Nowadays, I can eat the whole little pile! Flatforms: same story, without the eating. I think that there’s potential for me to understand loafers, if not like them.

I’m interested to hear from people who swear by this style. I want to know how you wear them, and especially how you get the 90s Roseanne connotations out of your head when you wear them.

[Loafers, top to bottom: Nine West Black Pony Hair “Panto”, $69.99; Bamboo Mansion Loafer, $29.95; Rocket Dog Morrison Flat, $34.95.]

How do you wear loafers? If you don’t, would you?

How To Wear: Sequin Leggings

Clearance sales do strange things to people. They seem to disorient and affect judgement. The Jägermeister of Shopping, so to speak.

Well, with this ridiculous ASOS sale that’s been going on over the past couple weeks, I’ve made some questionable decisions. Most recently, I bought…

Baby blue sequin leggings.

Yeah, I don’t know where it came from. You saw a sneak peek of them in my post where I waxed about my new shoes, which I also got in the ASOS sale, but they are so much more than anything a camera could capture. Truly. Flat, soft blue sequins on one side, ultra-soft jersey on the back. This prevents the sequins from totally destroying themselves when I cross my legs or sit on anything three-dimensional.

UnIntentional manicure-matching. 

Anyway, so I bought these bad boys, and now I’m wearing them around the house with everything from a neon yellow silk top to my pajama shirt. I’m wearing them just to wear them, basically, and I want to stop these shenanigans and do justice to these shining (literally) gems. Seriously, I feel like a mermaid (specifically Daryl Hannah) every time I wear them.

So, naturally, I asked the internet what I was supposed to do, and the internet spewed tons of amazing (and horrifying) ideas for me to mull over. The question: how the hell do I wear these?

How The Internet wears sequin leggings:

 I love the idea of treating sequin pants and leggings like they’re boring pants. I’m into the idea of treating them as thought they are the most casual of all pants. So, now I’m on the hunt for tunics, a-line & swing shapes, and luxurious basics. And blazers, apparently, but I am not in a blazer mood.

Oh, and you’ll notice a trend of ass-coverage. It’s something I’m pretty passionate about.

[Row 1, L-R: Vero Moda Shirt, $35; ExOfficio Gill Shirt, $44.95. Row 2, L-R: T by Alexander Wang Sweater, $44; ModCloth Simplicity is Sweet Dress, $49.99. Row 3, L-R: Fornarina T-shirt, $49; Mossimo Ultra Soft Boyfriend Cardigan, $22.99.]

Where to Buy Sequin Leggings

If you can find them cheap, you really should consider picking some up! You never know when there’s going to be a neighborhood sparkle party. Or maybe you’ll get dumped and need to act out! Either way, they’re sure to come in handy. Some things to note:

  • Make sure the sequins are as flat-against-the-fabric as humanly possible. You’ll be amazed at the amount of stuff those bad boys get caught on.
  • The higher the waist, the better - in general! No one likes seeing your panties - or worse - and sequins don’t make the experience better for anyone.
  • If you’re a leg-crossed, consider panels. There are tons of leggings out there with only sequin panels - meaning a portion of the leggings are just jersey or cotton, free of sequins. Mine are this way and, like I mentioned, crossing my legs and sitting on gnarled fabrics (like, um, my couch) are not a concern thanks to the soft, smooth panel in the back.
  • I wouldn’t pay more than $60 for a pair of new, sequined leggings of good quality.

Here are some I’d suggest looking into if you’re currently sequin-legging-less:

But, of course, if you can DIY these - I am your servant!

 Would/do you wear sequin leggings?

It is a minefieldof knock-offs and reproductions out there in Sneaker World right now, and it’s all thanks to Isabel Marant and her wedge sneakers. They’re adorable, no doubt, but they’ve definitely rocket-fueled the loud & proud sneaker takeover because all of a sudden, ostentatious sneakers are everywhere.

In fact, they’re so everywhere that I snapped up a pair for myself at the recent ASOS sale that got everyone I know whipped up into a frenzy. Mine are gorgeous mint green and grey suede hi-tops. They were only $18 (and there are a few more left!) What more could a girl ask for?

I’ve fallen hard for loud sneakers. They grab your attention in the same way a striking stiletto would, but as soon as it’s got you alarmed, you realize… they’re sneakers. It’s not gaudy or tacky, it’s casual, and that makes it ok. See what I mean? If I was wearing bright teal and grey suede strappy sandals in a dive bar, it would be weird; bright teal and grey suede strappy sneakers… Totally acceptable.

Do you see this magic? It’s like a free pass to be as ridiculous and immature with your taste as you like, because when it’s a sneaker, it’s edgy. When it’s a rainbow leather jacket, it’s flashy. I mean, look at my other pair, for goodness sake! White-on-white satin polka dots? Who makes this !@^# up?

Lately, I’m particularly enamored with hi-tops. Where they’re old-school like mine, or old-school like All-Stars, they are a really interesting and expressive upgrade from sneakers, basic flats or… flip flops.

[Clockwise, from top left: Aldo Climer Sneakers, $34.98; Nine West Sneakers, $37.50; Call It Spring Legman Sneakers, $20; ASOS Downtown Hiker Sneaker, $42.50. ]


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      • Isabel Marant and her wedge sneakers. They’re adorable, no doubt, but they’ve definitely rocket-fueled the loud & proud sneaker takeover because all of a sudden, ostentatious sneakers are everywhere.

        In fact, they’re so everywhere that I snapped up a pair for myself at the recent ASOS sale that got everyone I know whipped up into a frenzy. Mine are gorgeous mint green and grey suede hi-tops. They were only $18 (and there are a few more left!) What more could a girl ask for?

        I’ve fallen hard for loud sneakers. They grab your attention in the same way a striking stiletto would, but as soon as it’s got you alarmed, you realize… they’re sneakers. It’s not gaudy or tacky, it’s casual, and that makes it ok. See what I mean? If I was wearing bright teal and grey suede strappy sandals in a dive bar, it would be weird; bright teal and grey suede strappy sneakers… Totally acceptable.

        Do you see this magic? It’s like a free pass to be as ridiculous and immature with your taste as you like, because when it’s a sneaker, it’s edgy. When it’s a rainbow leather jacket, it’s flashy. I mean, look at my other pair, for goodness sake! White-on-white satin polka dots? Who makes this !@^# up?

        Lately, I’m particularly enamored with hi-tops. Where they’re old-school like mine, or old-school like All-Stars, they are a really interesting and expressive upgrade from sneakers, basic flats or… flip flops.

        [Clockwise, from top left: Aldo Climer Sneakers, $34.98; Nine West Sneakers, $37.50; Call It Spring Legman Sneakers, $20; ASOS Downtown Hiker Sneaker, $42.50. ]


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Did you see it? Did you see it go by? That was summer. Yep, it’s gone. G-O-N-E. We had it for a week, and now it’s back to normal, mediocre temperatures. 65°F in the middle of August? Seattle weather, you’re making a mockery of seasons.

Yeah, I’m upset. I am! The week of summer, I spent inside my toasty-as-hell apartment nursing a busted foot. No beach trips, no adventures… Me, at home, sitting with ice on my foot (VERY LIMITING despite being very refreshing) watching Sex And The City as part of an I’m Injured on Summer Vacation anthropological project. Not pleased.

So this week’s Monday Wedgie will be closed-toe due to the weather’s decision to go against the grain. Yeah, I’m trying to reprimand the weather via my fashion blog, so what?! You don’t know that it won’t work. I don’t know you, but I know that you don’t know that.

Not only are these over 60% off, but they are available in almost every size. Take that, weather.

> J. Jill Wooden Wedge Oxfords: $49.99 

 

I get a lot of grief about my very dark, macabre taste in things. I’ll admit - I’m not your average girl.

This fashion moment will be inspired by my birthday party. I’ve had a rough year or two and so I decided it’s time for a fresh start.

I’m hosting a funeral as my party to mourn the passing time and celebrate life in the years to come!

What does one wear to a fashionable funeral? Black, of course! …and accessories are extremely important:

What if it’s a sunny day?! You’ll certainly need to shelter that porcelain skin!

A parasol is key.

Battenberg Lace Umbrella by Dragonfly Designs, $45


A veil is very important for all your mourning needs.

Birdcage Veil “Camilla”, $85; Black Peacock Feather Veil, $275; Black Bridal “Irene” Hat, $190


My love of black lace is just endless.

Rib Cage Lace Top, $56; 1960s Vintage Reproduction Black Lace Dress, $49.95

Lace Drop Waist Tank Dress, $19.99; Knee Length Chiffon Full Skirt, $60; For Love & Lemons “Zoey” Dress, $93

Scalloped Mesh Insert Collar Dress, $47.68


I say fuck it and go with a romper.

CJ Black Lace Romper, $72


You’ll need a good flask to sneak in Absinthe.

Gunpowder Black Flask, $12

…and something to carry it in.

Flask Harness Garter Belt, $85


Well, here’s your chance to be fashionably goth. Could it be a fall trend?

Maybe my Birthday will inspire a little macabre in all of us. Drink a little Pacifique Absinthe in my honor and cheers!


La Petite Mort is a Seattle based visual and performance artist who is naked most of the time. From half-dead stage performance to Whedonesque Burlesque (a Joss Whedon-themed cabaret) - she’ll do it, and she’ll do it in five inch, glitter-covered wedges (and undoubtedly some fake blood). She is also half of the production company 8mm Afterglow, putting on lowbrow narratives in and around Seattle. We proudly boast her as a Broke-Life Babe, and she’s damn proud to be one! Check out her site (currently undergoing renovations…!), Glitter & Gore.

It’s really hard to be a tech chick in a budget lifestyle. It really is! I watch my relatives and friends get the newest phone, or tablet, or laptop while I’m scraping change to do laundry for the first time in three weeks - life is tough! There is a new iPhone coming in a few weeks, and I’m sure that there are tons of adorable, tech-y girls (& dudes!) looking for a way to scrape together a little extra cash for an upgrade. Enter Glyde, a really simple way to get some cash for your old smartphone!

Glyde is a site that allows you to buy and sell old smartphones, tablets, video games and DVDs. Listing your old stuff is really, really simple - you don’t even have to upload any photos! Glyde does all the work. You just need to fill out a questionnaire regarding the condition of your gadget, and that will generate a price quote from Glyde. You could use the cash to subsidize the cost of your new iPhone (or whatever you’re drooling over - I’m looking at you, gamer chicks).

Aside from the competitive price quotes that Glyde offers to their sellers (an iPhone 4S in excellent condition can rake in about $300 - yummy!), Glyde also has a wide range of how-to guides for their users. Most of the content comes just in time for the iOS 6 update that will be released in the fall. Got your iPhone wet? Glyde has tips for dealing with water-damaged iPhones. Alternatively, if you’re getting ready to sell your old iPhone, Glyde teaches you how to wipe your iPhone.

So, if you have some old gadgets lying around, you should check out Glyde and see if you can get some cash from it.

I, personally, love television. Movies, TV, mini-series, bad infomercials - I love it all. I can’t help it! Well, I can help it - but I choose not to. So, imagine my sheer delight when I found the First Season of 30 Rock on DVD for… $3. Yeah. $3. That’s 93% off. No kidding.

And won’t my boyfriend be delighted when I bring him home a brand new LEGO Harry Potter: The Video Game for Xbox for $8.25? No, probably not, but it’s going to be hilarious.

I have a bucket (okay, drawer) full of old smartphones that I’m absolutely going to list…

What gadget is on your wish list? Do you sell on Glyde?

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        Aside from the competitive price quotes that Glyde offers to their sellers (an iPhone 4S in excellent condition can rake in about $300 - yummy!), Glyde also has a wide range of how-to guides for their users. Most of the content comes just in time for the iOS 6 update that will be released in the fall. Got your iPhone wet? Glyde has tips for dealing with water-damaged iPhones. Alternatively, if you’re getting ready to sell your old iPhone, Glyde teaches you how to wipe your iPhone.

        So, if you have some old gadgets lying around, you should check out Glyde and see if you can get some cash from it.

        I, personally, love television. Movies, TV, mini-series, bad infomercials - I love it all. I can’t help it! Well, I can help it - but I choose not to. So, imagine my sheer delight when I found the First Season of 30 Rock on DVD for… $3. Yeah. $3. That’s 93% off. No kidding.

        And won’t my boyfriend be delighted when I bring him home a brand new LEGO Harry Potter: The Video Game for Xbox for $8.25? No, probably not, but it’s going to be hilarious.

        I have a bucket (okay, drawer) full of old smartphones that I’m absolutely going to list…

        What gadget is on your wish list? Do you sell on Glyde?

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Remember when women used to care at all if their undergarments were showing? Remember those days? Well, they’re gone, and I’m reminded of that every time I walk outside and see a billion cute girls with their bras out, all a-flail.

Bras are basically considered Outerwear Optional these days, but I’m not sure I’m ready to rock one of those super-big-arm-hole gym shirts with my boring-ass t-shirt bras underneath. Not that I would wear those, ever, but you get what I mean. Those cute, lightweight or sheer tanks that are basically just a piece of gauze held together with staples? (I love those. LOVE.) Nope, the bras would have to be way more special than a beige one - or even a black one.

Elaine L.

I’m talking about glitter and sequins and shit stuff. I have nothing like this in my underwear drawer - in fact, to be honest, it’s kind of a desolate wasteland in there. (Okay, every lingerie blogger who reads this will likely crucify me for telling you this, but I have a bra in rotation that only has underwire on one side. I KNOW. I know. I only wear it when I need to do laundry, but it’s sad either way.)

Charlene O.

Were I to venture into this look (it’s definitely not not on my list…), I would definitely go with a long line bra, also known as a merry widow, bustier, or plain ol’ bra top. They’re not only extra-supportive, but they smooth out anything in that area you wish would be smoothed out, and give off a really cool, easy-going vintage vibe. That’s all in addition to some extra coverage and stability! I’m into it.

Fun fact: Longline bras were originally called torsolettes or corsolettes, but were re-released by Warner’s in 1955 with the name “Merry Widow” after the famous operetta by Franz Lehár. The operetta was also adapted into film several times, including this one from 1952 with Lana Turner (likely the one that inspired this rerelease - wouldn’t you think?)! Swoon. 

So is the rest of the world, it seems, because they’re relatively easy to find these days, considering how “granny-like” and old-school they are. There are a ton of super-spendy (albeit adorable) bras from fancy folks like Marni and Kiki de Montparnasse, but there’s no way I can shell out $200 for a bra (even though the Marni bra is on sale for just over $100 - still out of my league!). I’ll look under $100, but I’ll buy under $50.

[Top to bottom, left to right: Fetching Femme Bra in Poppy, $19.99; Cosabella Never Say Never “Sweetie” Bra, $52.50; AllSaints Lopezia Bra, $48; ASOS Mesh Zip Longline Bra, $13.62; House of Dereon Studded Bralette, $37.47; AllSaints Maisie Leather Bra, $75.]

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        I’m talking about glitter and sequins and shit stuff. I have nothing like this in my underwear drawer - in fact, to be honest, it’s kind of a desolate wasteland in there. (Okay, every lingerie blogger who reads this will likely crucify me for telling you this, but I have a bra in rotation that only has underwire on one side. I KNOW. I know. I only wear it when I need to do laundry, but it’s sad either way.)

        Charlene O.

        Were I to venture into this look (it’s definitely not not on my list…), I would definitely go with a long line bra, also known as a merry widow, bustier, or plain ol’ bra top. They’re not only extra-supportive, but they smooth out anything in that area you wish would be smoothed out, and give off a really cool, easy-going vintage vibe. That’s all in addition to some extra coverage and stability! I’m into it.

        Fun fact: Longline bras were originally called torsolettes or corsolettes, but were re-released by Warner’s in 1955 with the name “Merry Widow” after the famous operetta by Franz Lehár. The operetta was also adapted into film several times, including this one from 1952 with Lana Turner (likely the one that inspired this rerelease - wouldn’t you think?)! Swoon. 

        So is the rest of the world, it seems, because they’re relatively easy to find these days, considering how “granny-like” and old-school they are. There are a ton of super-spendy (albeit adorable) bras from fancy folks like Marni and Kiki de Montparnasse, but there’s no way I can shell out $200 for a bra (even though the Marni bra is on sale for just over $100 - still out of my league!). I’ll look under $100, but I’ll buy under $50.

        [Top to bottom, left to right: Fetching Femme Bra in Poppy, $19.99; Cosabella Never Say Never “Sweetie” Bra, $52.50; AllSaints Lopezia Bra, $48; ASOS Mesh Zip Longline Bra, $13.62; House of Dereon Studded Bralette, $37.47; AllSaints Maisie Leather Bra, $75.]

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Poketo for Target Make Office Pretty

Ever since I was a wee child, I have had a passionate love affair with office supplies. Any and all kinds - I love them. This includes stationery, day planners, calendars, pen cases, file folders, and oh god the notepads

I’ve been keeping my eye on Poketo for a long time now - Poketo is a collective of artists and masters of design that sell their doodles together, and I just saw that they’ve announced a new Poketo x Target 2012 collaboration is available in select stores! (They’d had one previously in 2010 which included bags and other cute things, but this one - it’s all about the office.)

Check out this list to see if your local Target is stocking Poketo x Target 2012!

Where do you get your favorite inexpensive (or not) day planners and date books?

I’ve been waiting for this day for… days. Days and days. 6pm.com is having what they call a “yard sale." I think that’s pretty tame, considering…

Summer Everything (aka sandals, heels, and flats) is 60-80% off.

Yeah, everything. I’m in kind of a catatonic state of sale shock. I can’t unfurrow my brow and I look like I just found a hair in my soup, but I assure you, my excitement is growing at such an exponential rate, it’s taking all of my emotional resources just to stabilize it. I’ll be fine in about 45 minutes.

In the meantime, ingest my Shoe Porn.

[Top to bottom: Calvin Klein “Posha” Sandals, $34.65; 2 Lips Too “Too Nobu” Wedge, $28; Rialto Giana Sandals, $15.60; Auri Cecelia Wedge, $35; Madden Girl Gette Wedges, $21.98; Jessica Simpson Jaclyn Heels, $39.20; Madden Girl Mygee Heels, $17.98; Andrew Gellar Claressa, $27.60.]

Did I mention there’s FREE SHIPPING?

Sagaform has perfected the All-In-One party object. This is a Scandinavian Party Set, which includes:

  • 1 ice bucket base
  • 4 cute shot glasses
  • 1 glass carafe

I spotted it on SneakPeeq (which is addictive, if you haven’t discovered that on your own) and immediately reveled in the idea of doing a whole lot of shots from an ice cold… place. Anywhere, really. My sweat is sweating over here, I need a drink, okay?!

> Scandinavian Party Set: $24 

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      • Sagaform has perfected the All-In-One party object. This is a Scandinavian Party Set, which includes:

        • 1 ice bucket base
        • 4 cute shot glasses
        • 1 glass carafe

        I spotted it on SneakPeeq (which is addictive, if you haven’t discovered that on your own) and immediately reveled in the idea of doing a whole lot of shots from an ice cold… place. Anywhere, really. My sweat is sweating over here, I need a drink, okay?!

        > Scandinavian Party Set: $24 

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When I am not thinking about how I could be cheaper than I currently am, I’m thinking about food. I found this killer list of 30 Indian-inspired rice dishes (complete with links to recipes) because rice is cheap as hell, and I am a sucker for Middle-Eastern/Asian cuisine! The recipes I looked at relied more heavily on good-for-a-year spices instead of exotic, expensive ingredients. (Except for fresh chiles - but those are pretty cheap, too!)

Target + Neiman Marcus/CFDA? This collaboration has potential.

Street style isn’t as new & novel as we may have thought… Check out this Edwardian street style circa 1900!

Missing: 20 oz. skinny mocha from Starbucks. (barf!)

Do you know the difference between wainscoting and beadboard? (Find out which is best for your space!)

My favorite food blog, Budget Bytes, announced her first book! It’s absolutely going on my shopping list!

Have a good weekend!

WYW: Rose Gold Jewelry?

Rose gold has always kind of held a stigma for me. Kind of like when you’re 18 and trying to be appear super classy, so you tell everyone your favorite wine is a rosé and then, 3 years later, you realized that rosé is basically tinted white grape juice, and the cooler thing to say would have been “pinot gris.” Rose gold was like the Lisa Frank of precious metals.

These days, I could care less about drinking the only wine with a heavy tween following, or any age-appropriation for rose-gold - it’s unusual, pretty, and has sufficiently piqued my interest. You know, “rose gold” kind of got the short end of the stick. I bet if it were still called Russian Gold, it would have a better following, don’t you think? But really, all rose gold is: copper + gold alloy (usually a 25/75 mix). That’s it! It’s been called a million different names.

I was peeking through Fantasy Jewelry Box, and came across a surprising number of rose-tinted pieces:

Norah’s Rose Gold Buckle Ring | $39.95

If I really wanted to get on this trendy train, I would couple a rose gold band with Ruby rings by Gems.tv. I know, sounds gauche, right? It’s not, I swear! But then again, I have a huge soft spot for monochromatic dressing… It would fit in perfectly! Then, on days when I want to tone it down and be a little more classic, I’m hoping that I just randomly find a velvet pouch full of loose diamonds from Durrants London Jewellers. Then I can set one in some rose gold and that can just be  my “everyday ring.” Yeah. Seems likely, right?

Right.

Would you wear rose gold jewelry?

What to Wear to Fall in Love

I think “What to wear to:” (work, school, shows, festivals, etc., etc.) posts are a bit silly, in all honesty.

The entire point of attending these types of things, attire-wise, is to experiment and find out what works for you. That’s the entire point of “fashion”, right? Self expression? So when I see a “How to dress for… blah blah blah” post, I feel a little offended. Being that I’m of the belief that fashion does not come with a handbook and is, instead, a platform upon which to enhance yourself, I can’t bear to imagine a lost soul finding one of those posts and adopting whatever it is that the author is pushing. I’m sure I’m guilty of a few of these in the past, but what is a blog if not a documentation of progress?

So, my approach to this “What to Wear to…” post is fully inspired by my multiple personalities, which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. There is the personality that wants that corner office in Manhattan… The one who wants to live in a tree house in Puerto Rico live off of grass and catfish… The one who wants to be forever smarmy and sass strangers in bars while scrawling random fragment sentences in a Moleskine… The one who wants to turn her crappy apartment into a gigantic closet with a stove and oven, and just sit around staring at things…There are so many.

I play out little movies in my head about each one of their lives (am I to be committed yet?), and sometimes - particularly when I hear a specific song - I envision them meeting their perfect match and spiraling into love. Each has a different song, and a different path, though… And that’s what I want to try to illustrate here.

So here we go. I suggest playing the song before looking at the spread. Think of it as an expression of what the song would wear -after all, every song you hear is a part of you for at least a second.

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home (from the album, Up From Below)

MP Unlike Stripe OTK Socks from Sock Dreams $10
Industry Tube Dress w/ Button Placket$92
MIA Silverado Boots$53.36 (were $133.40)
Gap Lightweight Eyelet Scarf$19.50 (was $29.50)
Katz Round Aviator Sunglasses$10

I think that this is an appropriate outfit for carving names into trees, and making out in lots of tall grass. Correction: Lots of making out in tall grass.

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Deer Tick - These Old Shoes (from the album, War Elephant)

Cheap Monday Tight Denim (All Over Cut)$78
Lexi Dolman Top$24.90
Report Lyndon Boots $91 (were $130)
Quiksilver Firefly Motorcycle Jacket$70.80 (was $118)
Striped Draped-Front Vest$22.50
Obey Two Feathers Antique Necklace $38

A little destructed, but still romantic. I think, anyway.

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Martina Topley-Bird - Anything (from the album Quixotic)

Lamixx Shades of Grey Floral Dress$56
Ribbed Knit Tights$8.99
7 For All Mankind Alaines
$95.55 (were $325)

This one doesn’t need much, just like the song says. So pretty.

What is the best “falling in love” song  you’ve heard? What does it wear?

When Glamour and Kitsch Collide

I was browsing last month’s Lucky Magazine this morning, and came across the most beautiful, delicate necklace on one of the “I’m Loving This” pages. It was almost a broken tulip shape, with the bud at the chain, and a very elegant, curvy stem.

I discovered that it came from Demitasse Jewelry, who I’d never heard of, previously. I love finding beautiful, interesting jewelry because I know nothing about it. I always crave it, but my passion lays in the garments of the world. I’m a buffoon when it comes to accessories.

Anyway, back to the necklace. Point is:

It’s beautiful.

I’m in love with it.

I need it.

Oh yeah, and it’s not a tulip after all…

IT’S A FREAKIN’ MUSTACHE.

I’m in love with a golden mustache.

Sure, some people would argue that wild, outlandish jewelry isn’t a wise investment for a versatile wardrobe. I say, have your mustache and eat it, too. I am the kind of girl who can revel in the timeless simplicity of John Greed Jewellery, which is both affordable and gorgeous, but I’m also the kind of girl who wants to be able to pass down a golden mustache to her godchildren. You know what I mean? 

I go back and forth on the importance of accessory versatility all the time! On one hand, I have pieces of jewelry from my grandmother that I would (and do!) still wear with modern, current, very-non-Grandma styles… so versatility is key for true value! That would mean that “investing” in something classic and “forever” like H.Samuel.co.uk when it comes to wedding rings and all that “forever"-y stuff would be the smartest move. That being said, you have to admit that this mustache craze is likely a poignant, anthropological datapoint along the Earth timeline, so there’s value there! Or maybe I’m the only one who will "admit" that… Either way, my blog, my jewelry box, MY ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSTACHE MUSINGS.

This particular model, shown above, is Salvador Dali’s (or The Dali’la Stashe) mustache. Turns out I’m not so shocked about my own adoration - Salvador Dali & I have always had a strong connection. We share birthdays, and a total adoration for surrealism. Being that this necklace is only $65, I may just have to save a couple weeks of coffee money to snag one for myself! What’s two weeks of home-brewed coffee when you could have Salvador Dali’s Mustache immortalized around your neck forever? If you want to up the cute-factor, I’ll tell you that this mustache is only 1 1/2” long.


Beautiful.

Also, if you’re not really into Dali, don’t fret - there are others….

This is the Georgina Demistache, modeled after King George, available for $115.

Perhaps you need a Demistashe Rosary to help clear yourself from the great sin of shaving. Available for $98

I know you didn’t think it could get better, but let me drop a little note about the designer…

LA-based designer Rachael White established her fine jewelry line, Demitasse, in 2006. Demitasse reinvents the opulence of antique tableware and serving pieces into fine gourmet jewelry of gold, sterling, diamonds and sapphires.

True love. It’s here.