Wednesday, January 31, 2007
A thrifting rendezvous in Belleville offered up the following items.
1. Gray Cardigan
2. Black Sequin Vest (wonderful, but needs some serious size adjustment)
3. This leopard-print scarf.
Guelph offered up
1. A pair of gently-worn Doc Martens boots (which I've been searching forever for)
2. This grandma-esque knit cardigan
So who wins? It depends on which outfit I wear... I love both cardigans, the leopard scarf is versatile and chic and the Doc Martens cross one item of my 'To Buy' list. Instead of choosing a winner and loser, I conclude that thrifting is awesome no matter where you do it.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I'm inclined to label them "hare-lip boots" but these, Tabi (as they are called in Japan) have an undeniable appeal. If you don't do Doc Martens and are too cool for Converse, I think Tabi could be an unassuming way to make an outfit original. No one has them, and even less would even consider wearing them. Perhaps that's why they're cool - it takes guts to wear something this polarizing. Though I don't plan on spending $33 (cheap!) for a pair imported from Asia, I fully admire anyone who does.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, so here it goes. My name is Isabel and I am a style schizophrenic. Sometimes I like to vamp it up in form-fitting black dresses and sleek heels, but I'm equally partial to floaty vintage lace. Then there's the 'rock-chick' vibe I exude most often with my band shirts and perpetually unbrushed wavy hair. Sometimes it's fun to play characters but other times it's just plain confusing. Who am I, and why don't I have a signature style? I would love to have one signature style that I can always depend on, but that's not a decision that can be forced. I suppose I'm still searching for my "indentity", so the closest I can come to taming me style is to just plain admit what works on me and what doesn't.
What DOES work on me:
- Neutrals: Black, white and grey. Yes, anything to tame the beast that is my out-of-control personal style.
- Patterns: It sounds like a contradiction to rule #1, but it's not. So long as the pattern is in a neutral colour, it's safe. A dash of plaid, polka dots and animal prints are almost necessary to jazz up the neutrals with.
- Leg-Enhancing Silhouettes: I don't really know what constitutes an "attractive" leg. All I know is that I'd like to look taller than 5"5, and the way to do that is by baring a lot of leg in either minidresses and skinny jeans.
- T-shirts: I am inseparable with my t-shirts. We often don't leave each other's arms for days.
What does NOT work on me:
- Cartoon characters: As much as I admire Hello Kitty, I put my foot down on "cute". Unless the cute has a dash of irony a la Emily the Strange, cutesy cartoon characters will not be entering my wardrobe or jewelery box any time soon. As much as I admire people who can pull off the "walking Sanrio billboard look" aplomb, it just doesn't work on me.
- Loud Floral Prints: I am not a country-club matron. I am not classy or old. I don't like my clothes to scream at me or anyone who lays eyes on them, therefore I abstain from loud floral prints.
- Most colours: Aside from neutrals, the only colours I wear are green, blue and red. Pink makes me look like Lolita. Orange makes me look edible. Yellow makes everyone look like Big Bird. End of story.
So there it is. I will try my hardest to abide by these guidelines in the 12-Step Solution to solving my "problem".
Saturday, January 20, 2007
1. I am quite averse to drugs and alcohol.
2. I was a big-time poser punk at the beginning of high school. I listened to Good Charlotte and wore black nail polish and eyeliner. It was the lamest angsty phase ever - thank god I've reformed.
3. I'm 17 and still can't drive.
4. I have a crush on a musician whose initials are an alliteration.
5. I plan to go to York University and take Environmental Studies, so I can help save the world.
Now it's my turn to tag you: Miss Couture, Bombazine Doll, Viva Las Divas, Ashcan Rantings and Fashion Verbatim - reveal, I command you!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Anorexics starve themselves in order to make every bone in their body visible. Instead of encouraging this unhealthy habit, why don't we just buy a ribcage tee-shirt and pelvic bone skirt for every eating-disorder case to enroll in rehab. I quite like these "expose-all" pieces, so why not solve the fashionable body-type problem with fashionable clothing. Can't you just see girls with already-skeletal frames running around in bone clothes everywhere? Okay, so I can't either. But it's a novel idea...
If I may reiterate, this is a jesting excuse to post pictures of interesting clothing. So don't write angry comments on how insensitive I am. The skirt is from CubistLiterature on Etsy.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
While doing "homework", an Ebay search resulted in my discovery of these Fornarina pumps. They're crazy, they're cool, they're (if I dare use the term) sick. Actually sick. These shoes look like their Kindergarten playdate resulted in a nasty case of measles. I never equated illness with fashion, but these shoes seem to be doing a decent job of combining the two. You can say polka-dots are over, but everyone has to have a bad case of the chicken pox once in your life and I'd like to have mine on a cute pair of shoes, thank you very much.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Speaking of perfect, I was on the Decades blog and stumbled across the perfect purse for me. Black. Croc. Chain-link handle. Sleek. Designer (It's Chanel). Yes, that pretty much covers perfection in my eyes. Excuse me while I stare at the picture, barely believing such a beautiful creation could actually exist.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Sublime Stitching is a site selling wicked-awesome embroidery patterns. The patterns are reusable iron-ons and are quite innovative. I adore this specific "Rock 'n' Roll" pattern for seamlessly merging fashion and music. A serious question: Who knew embroidery could be so awesome?
Buy Olympia is another one of Bust's frequently advertised websites. They're famous for their 'Reading is Sexy' merch, but my particular favourite is this 'Punk Rock Saved My Life' tee. I think this tee would look much better on me than ii does pictured here because unlike the mannequin, I'm not a male with a beer belly.
There's also Naughty Secretary Club, where all of the merchandise is so impossible cute that I just couldn't decide which picture I could post, so I didn't post one at all. Check it regardless of my lack of graphics.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
The gray dress with the plunging neckline + red lipstick and the floaty white dress + vest ensembles are just gorgeous. They're two different looks but she looks just as comfortable in vixen mode as she does in bohemian. She's a natural girl, that lucky Restoin-Roitfeld.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I was stuck downtown for an hour or two with nothing urgent to do, so I decided to stop by the St. Vincent de Paul's thrift store. Lo and behold, this beautiful $3 vintage dress popped it's head out at me and begged me to take it home. I couldn't refuse, and now I am the proud owner of this "indie-Little-House-on-the-Prairie" dress. It's too cold to wear right now, but come springtime I will be rocking this dress like it's a musical instument.
Monday, January 01, 2007
I have finally found a kindred spirit in a movie character. Thora Birch's character, Enid, in Ghost World is me. We're both cynical, kooky and somewhat Jewish. I'm less monotone and can't draw, but Enid has gained solid ground in my good books. The way she dresses is ridiculously fabulous. Her barettes, random tee-shirts and combat boots reminisce the spirit of hipster-dom before it was eclipsed by the mainstream. More people probably resemble her now than when the movie came out, but I still think that her "out there" style is highly underappreciated. The movie itself is an amusing piece of work, and I highly recommend you watch it if you agree with any of the opinions expressed in this blog.