Friday, August 31, 2007


It's time to see what CubistLiterature, the best seller on Etsy, is up to these days. The last time I posted about his stuff he ended up seeing it commenting on the post! So lets hope that happens again. Or not.

This owl dress is completely and utterly the bomb. How could people not love you when you are wearing a dress with an owl applique on it? It's like a magnetic force. I would just be drawn to anyone wearing this.

I think Shel Silverstein wrote a book called 'Runny Babbit', and that is what I'm tempted to nickname this shirt. It's so cute I want to start talking to it in baby language.

"I'm not anorexic, I'm just fat". Yep, nothing screams 'hipster' like wearing your self-hatred on your sleeve. Or more literally, your tank top.

Honestly, what boy successfully pulls off tight pink Minnie Mouse t-shirt? He doesn't even look the least bit effeminate! I think I have an e-crush.

He does art too! It's the wonderful scribbly kind of art that seems juvenile the first time you look at it. Until you realize there's much more to it then that, and then you (or maybe just I) want to stare at it for long periods of time.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cruggs make me cry.

Anyone on this planet with a brain knows that Crocs and Uggs are the two most despicable styles of footwear ever created. I want to know what human being would be sick enough to mix them together into one awful shoe. I am dead serious.

Just one question. Is this a really sick joke? An even better question might be,can someone please kill me before these devilspawns proliferate?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Atlantis to Interzone (Crystal Castles Remix)

It should probably be illegal to have this much with a purple bodysuit. I'll probably hate it in a week, but at this point in time there are few objects or even people that can hold my attention more than this goddamned bodysuit.

It looks much better with my leopard print shirtdress then I expected it to. RAWR! Wow, that was really lame. I'm never going to capitalize animal noises on this blog ever again.

This combination is far more obvious. The purple/cream/blue asymmetrical colourblock top is from American Apparel. That place is so "hip", I'm surprised I haven't seen purple bodysuits on the racks there!

The final combination involves my famous 'sack dress' and a tiny Boy Scouts shirt. It's seriously tiny. I regret buying the little boys size XS. Anyhow, I think it's pretty sweet, even if you don't.

P.S -Shelby, I miss you!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I really am crazy.

This picture points to one thing and one thing only. I went thrift shopping today! I found the grey t-shirt in the little boys section and it says "Tin Tin a Hanoi" which is awesome, because I watched Tin Tin all the time as a kid. The skirt is old but the purple spandex is a recent wardrobe development. I am not wearing purple spandex tights, I am actually wearing a purple spandex BODYSUIT! It is the best thing I have ever paid $4 for. I want to lounge in it for the rest of my life, it makes me feel ridiculously happy. Or maybe just ridiculous.

I also bought burgundy corduroy pants and a lavender cardigan which are equally nice, but not enough to elicit a photo. I mean "cords" and "cardigan" is pretty self-explanatory. A purple spandex bodysuit needs to be seen to be believed.

Now excuse me while I hail the death of New-Rave and listen to M.I.A.'s new cd.

P.S.: Has anyone ever read the North American Field Guide to Hipsters? It is the funniest thing ever. There is also a Volume II, which can be read here.

I am crazy.

There must be something wrong with me, because I really like the way this girl is wearing acid wash shorts with suspenders? How does she do it? Acid wash jeans were designed to look like crap on everybody! Like an angel, she transcends fashion rules.

After seeing this outfit, I really wanted to buy a pair of acid wash jeans. But I can thank Urban Outfitters for putting me out of that mindset in half a second flat. Who is responsible for these atrocities? Pink and black acid wash was not a match made in heaven. These skinny jeans are acid wash done WRONG! I'm sorry if you bought a pair, but I hope the tag is still attached, because once you are sober you will really want to return them.

This guy's outfit is fugly, it goes without saying. But what do you think of his tote bag? It is cute bordering on obscene or vice versa, depending on how dirty you are. It takes guts to carry around a bag with hearts having sex on it. For that, I give Mr. Fugly Outfit some kudos. But only a few, because his outfit is really really nasty.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ingenius Invention

Oh, wow. The latest little blogthing to catch my eye is Sitemeter. If you don't have an account, get one now! I've had a sitemeter for a long time now, but purely to receive handy e-mails about how many page visits/views I get per week (around 2,000 visits!). I clicked the little sitemeter link at the bottom of the blog and realized that I could stalk my visitors by their country and their referral. What have I learned? Hipster Musings is read anywhere from Hong Kong to Sweden to Philedelphia. Shout out to the people who found this page after Google searching "fake chanel earrings", "good charlotte pea coat" and "don't like hipsters blog". Fascinatingggg.

I tried to write a Back-to-School (oops, I mean Back-to-Autumn, Emma)shopping list when it dawned on me that I really don't need any clothes for this coming fall. This is partly because the Sept. 2007 Vogue was so disappointing and partly because my wardrobe cannot hold anymore clothing. Instead of having a set list to shop from, I'll just have to see what a random thrift hunt recovers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Umm, wow. I have been ridiculously busy lately, one of my activities being a photoshoot photoshoot with my lovely and spectacularly talented best friend, Shelby. She will be at Pratt MWP this fall so give her a shout if you are too! Anyhow, we started out with an 'Amelie' theme to match my new hair. This is my best Amelie face with silly glasses on.

But as the photoshoot went on, the theme morphed into different movies. This "lying-in-the-grass" pic is more 'Virgin Suicides' than 'Amelie'.

From 'Virgin Suicides' to 'Lolita', another movie (and book) about a tragic ingenue... This picture is my favourite, it's so cute!

Keeping in time with the 'Lolita' theme. Why yes, I am wearing Doc Martens with a floral dress. Doc Martens have hardcore fashion value, especially if you are Enid from 'Ghost World' whom I truly aspire to be.

I hope you love the results! I do. Shelby's talent as a photographer certainly makes up for my incompetence as a model.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Leggings #1/1920s moment

The official first installment of my "Leggings Don't Have To Be Atrocious" blog series. This slouchy, grunge-inspired outfit is for a beach party. I look overdressed, yes, but it'll get cold after dark.

My grey star leggings, grey sack dress and loose navy cardigan are comfort and style incarnate when paired together. Oh, and I'm wearing navy Keds on my feet.

I think the reason why I like my bob haircut so much is because I'm inspired by the 1920s. I just love the smoke and rebellion of flapper girls. They cut their hair, disguised their figures and wore tons of make-up, much to Grandma's chagrin. After all, who cares about acting like a proper lady when you can have fun?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

High-Waisted Wonder

I am officially the last blogger to weigh in on what I think of high waisted pants.

So after this long wait, what do I think? Hot damn, I want a pair! I love the look of high-waisted skinnies. It's so professional and chic. When I buy a pair, I'm going to start smoking Gitanes just to look uber-sophiticated. (Joking)However, I really dislike high-waisted wide leg trousers. They are way to 'Wall Street' for my liking.

But I can deal with high-waisted mom jeans. In fact, I'm going to add "high waisted mom jeans" to my thrift list since I don't really buy new clothes. There's always plenty of high waisted Levis to be had a thrift stores, but only in larger sizes. That means I'll really have to keep my eyes open or else just succumb to buying new high waisteds. Who knows. I'm just counting the days 'til my paycheque comes in.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bobbed and Ready

Goodbye Cory Kennedy, Hello Anna Wintour. I did it! I lopped of my messy locks in favour of some good old fashioned follicular order. If you want some pictures, here you go.

I am now capable of dressing like a geeky art student or a business professional. Unfortunately, I am neither. But I would much rather go the srtistic direction. I don't enjoy dressing like there's a stick up my ass.
I'm going to go listen to some Kraftwerk now - neat, organized German electronica.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wild Children

I am so inspired by people with freaky hair right now. Both of these pics are from Hel-looks, the ultimate street style website.

This girl's orange hair slays me. This is the first time I've ever seen crazy orange hair look good on anyone! Perhaps my perceptions are just changing. But really. Her hair looks great with the blue earrings and green getup. It's fucked-up, but it works. If I was Tyra, I'd be saying "FIERCE"!

Though I think the pink outfit is a bit...much, the hair couldn't be more spot on. It hasn't even faded one bit. It's fabuloussssss.

I think my obsession with weird hair has to do with my intense desire for a haircut. I just want a bob so bad! I'm getting one too, hopefully in the next few weeks. I really would like to dye the bob a vibrant blue as well, but that's not going to happen. My hair is way to dark to bleach and then dye blue. It would wreak havoc on my mop. Oh well, I can still dream. Perhaps one chunky blue streak might suffice?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Work it, Sue Catwoman.

I adore looking at old 1970s punk photography, mainly to see what the people were wearing.

Do you see what I see in those pictures? The second photograph of Siouxsie Sioux and Jordan is my favourite punk photograph of all time. The girls look really edgy even though they're not wearing anything more special than an oversize mens jacket or a striped top. Girls that wear baggy jackets and striped tops nowadays don't look nearly that cool. So how do they do it?

My guess is body modification. A girl with a mohawk and a safety pin through her cheek will always get more stares than one without. Another educated guess would be the commodification of underground culture. No one is original anymore. Punks are no longer shocking when you can buy bondage pants at Hot Topic. Hipsters crawl out of every city nook and cranny, providing there is an Urban Outfitters in a 3-block radius of their location. It really depresses me. I miss fashion with an edge, now that everything is routinely co-opted into a trend. Though I don't plan on getting a Sue Catwoman haircut (seen below) any time soon, I just wish I looked as uncontrived and different as she does.

A simple solution? Just be yourself. Don't only shop at the mall. Don't exclusively shop at thrift stores either, for that matter. Bring back the freaks! Modify clothing. Modify yourself. Whatever works. After all, everyone seems to think that they are unique.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Mission Impossible: Gold Skirt

As promised, here are some pictures of me rocking my new gold American Apparel skirt in a semi-normal fashion. It's pretty comfortable so far no matter how tight it is. But then again, I haven't worn it anywhere for a very long time so I'm not sure if the sweat factor will be an issue.

My Wizard of Oz t-shirt is awesome.

I think the yellow in David Bowie's jaundiced face brings out the gold of the skirt. Poor David Bowie, I love him. I hope his jaudice clears up soon.

Whenever I post pictures of my clothes, they're never very tight and I always end up looking like I have skinny legs and a completely shapeless torso. But this shirt is pretty tight, and therefore I have photographic proof that I am not a total fatty.

I'm sorry that I'm too lazy to dream up outfits more creative than a cool t-shirt and the skirt. The outfits really should be accessorized somehow. All apologies.

But in the meantime, check out this interesting article called 'Can American Apparel replace the Gap?'

Thursday, August 09, 2007

American Apparel, yo.

I went to American Apparel yesterday, and even though I couldn't afford any of it I ended up buying it anyways.
Purchase #1. This crazy gold pencil skirt. It's totally outrageous and slutty. I bet no one reading this actually likes it as anything more than a joke but it really looks awesome, I swear. I'll post some pictures of me working it in a non-astronaut way.

Purchase #2. Comfy black leggings that I don't feel the need to post a picture of.

Almost Purchase #3. An honourable mention goes out to this overall-esque concoction. It was so much fun to try on and wear, and looked cute too. But alas, I just didn't feel like spending $50 on them. Maybe next time, Dov Charney.

Has anyone heard the rumour that you have to get a full-length picture taken and approved by Dov Charney if you want to work at any American Apparel? Is this true? It doesn't sound too far fetched, seeing as everyone working there always seems to be HOT.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

MyStyleDiary Super Special!

Today I have decided to be a prolific blogger and highlight two style mavens from MyStyleDiary.
#1. The first three pictures are from 'Muze', who is so cool she has to wear shades (or however that dumb saying goes).

Honestly, where does one procure a Pebbles Flinstone t-shirt? That show brightened my childhood and this outfit is brightening my (burgeoning) adulthood.

This outfit couldn't be more different than the Pebbles tee/shorts combination. It is professional and classy but quirky as well. The stripes look adorable with the puff sleeves, and did I even have to mention the fantabulous-ness of the skirt?

This outfit is my favourite, because I love the tan cardigan and I love wearing my cardigans exactly like this. When wearing white pants, you always run the risk of looking like J. Lo circa Puff Daddy. Thankfully, Muze rises above this limiting stereotype.

#2. PetiteFille is another stylish lady.

This outfit looks really tourist-y, note the camera. But I really enjoy how accessorizing with a purse, sunglasses, a camera AND a scarf still manages to look awesome. At least to me.

Ooooh, I love it! The boots, the tights, the tunic - I love it all! Owl necklaces have had their heyday but it still looks wonderful to me. Wow, I just really like black. It must be the 9th grade mall-goth in me.

That's all, folks. Hope you liked it! I also hope all these MyStyleDiary people don't sue me for stealing their pictures.

Monday, August 06, 2007

I'm pissed at you.

Has anyone seen those corny t-shirts that Bluenotes is selling right now? The ones with dove graphics and all sorts of text about peace, love and sustainability? They are really getting on my nerves. After all, one can only assume that they are printed on inorganic cotton which is polluting the world with it's overuse of pesticide on crops AND sweatshop labour from China/Malaysia/Bangladesh etc. was used to create them. Honestly Bluenotes, nice try but could you be any more hypocritical? I think not.

Sorry about the lack of pictures, I couldn't find any on the web.

P.S.: Stop freaking out about my post on neon rave shit. I believe I mentioned how it was a funny trend, meaning it is not meant to be taken seriously! I never said I liked it. The post was mainly about a band I like whose cover art looks kind of nu-rave. So seriously, shut up and stop bitching.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Truth doesn't lie.

Oh dear God, I am having a bloggers creative surge. So many things to write about, but I will only write about them one at a time in case I have an unsuspecting case bloggers block. Well, I'm not going to lie. I wore that leggings as pants combo that I posted about a month ago outside. Yes, I went out in public like that and I'm afraid I might do it again.

It's a Cirque de Soleil t-shirt, grey tunic with pockets and printed leggings I got for free at a friendly swap meet. And I like it... Leggings are great because I don't have to put on a pair of heavy pants to disguise my unshaven legs. Wow, I really hope I don't start doing this too often, or else people might mistake me for someone who wouldn't be caught dead without her black calf-length leggings, birkenclogs and Hollister denim mini. You know, that girl. Anyhow, if this starts catching on in my wardrobe, I might have to start a blog feature where I post my "Surprisingly Inoffensive Leggings Outfit" of the day. Watch for it...

Friday, August 03, 2007

Flora and Fauna

I'm not really a fan of floral prints. Too many loud colours in one garment just really turns me off, whether it's "vintage" or not. (Okay, I love Pucci. But don't tell.) In fact you'd be hard pressed to find any colour in my wardrobe that is 90% consumed with shades of grey and black. But this Face Hunter picture below made me realize that flowery patterns are not always obnoxious. They can be quite nice, in fact. All you have to do is toughen them up with a little bit of black - not hard for me at all! I have a floral thermal shirt already, but the pattern is small the flowers look more like little dots. If I find a nice floral dress at a thrift shop any time soon, I'm definitely snatching it up.

P.S.-Is this girl wearing latex rubber tights/leggings? I really hope she is, because that would just be kinky badass.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Oh Bondage Up Yours!

Oh Nu-Rave...what a spectacularly hilarious trend. Now that it's kind of on it's way out, I can reveal what I think inspired it. And what do I think inspired it? X-Ray Spex (1970s punk band).

Honestly, check out the cover art for two of their albums. All colours used on the 'Germfree Adolescents' cover (below) are bang on what you'd see if you walked into MisShapes or Boombox in London.

As for the 'Live at the Roxy Club', could the Ray-Ban Wayfarers be any more obvious? Now that everybody cool on this side of the planet owns a pair, it really couldn't.

Yes, Mr. Brooklyn. I know your secret. You listen to X-Ray Spex. Well, if you want to know a secret, I do too. In fact, anyone who knows anything about early British punk history probably does as well. So nice try at being obscure, buddy, because your secret isn't safe with me. Ahahaha! At least you have good taste in music...

I highly suggest downloading 'Oh Bondage Up Yours!' or 'I'm A Poseur' or maybe even 'The Day the World Turned Day-Glo' if you want to fully understand this post. I can't promise you'll like them (Poly Styrene does have a screechy voice), but I can promise that their artwork totally started this trend.