Monday, May 31, 2010

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Do you ever feel creatively stifled when you can’t wear EXACTLY what you want? Usually I love a challenge, like taking something ugly and incorporating it into an interesting outfit but when you have to dress a certain way almost every single day I almost want to give up! Last summer, I worked an office job and I had to dress ‘business casual’. Sometimes I managed to come up with cool outfits, but most of the time it was subtle variations on button-down shirts and black pants. The problem is, it didn’t feel like ‘me’. Now that I have to dress myself entirely in one brand for work, it’s even more difficult to inject bits of my personality into daily outfits. I bought this scarf in hopes that weird tie-dye will jazz up my outfits a bit more, and inspire me back into the blogworld.

Speaking of blogworld, last Friday I attended the Worn Fashion Journal Issue 10 launch party! It was a ridiculously excellent time just jivin’ on the dance floor to all the 60s music, as well as meeting so many familiar faces (Hi Anna, Hannah, Kevin and Stephanie!!) I wish there was a good picture of my outfit but I look like a crazed swamp creature in every single one.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Parochial Morning

Frankly, my fashion mojo hasn't been sizzling lately. Something about "summer" renders me utterly incapable of putting an outfit together that involves anything more than an old t-shirt and jean shorts. Today I was about to walk out the door in that age-old combo until I took the extra time and actually put some thought into my clothes. So if you're feeling rather uninspired these days, have no fear you're in (questionably) good company.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Post of Epic Proportions: Club Kids

It all started when I was 16. I was in a friend's basement doing questionable things, and watching a movie called Party Monster. This movie was my first introduction to that crazy period of New York City nightlife during the 1990s and is the 'based on a true story' account of the downfall of Michael Alig, one of the scene's most important 'club kids'.

Last week I picked up the book 'Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture' by Frank Owen from the public library. Though I didn't really like the book very much, as it mostly focused on the 'murderous fall' bits, it did re-spark my interests in club kids and all their outrageousness. It's really fun to watch these kids in bizarre get-ups parade around on daytime television, shocking the hell out of Middle America with their perceived narcissism. The club kids claimed their lifestyle was all about having fun, and who can blame them? I really appreciate their dedication to confronting cultural norms by looking as weird as possible.

But watching their appearances on Phil Donahue and Joan Rivers wasn't quite enough. In order to satisfy my craving for more club kid shenanigans, I had to go back to where it all began: Party Monster. I took about a zillion screen shots for your viewing pleasure. Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green can really rock the 'outrageous homo' look with plenty of sequins to spare.

I love how they featured a parody of all the talk shows that the real club kids appeared on.

Not to mention the movie featured everybody's favourite, CHLOE SEVIGNY.

I must start dressing like this on a daily basis.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Still an Animal

It's a little terrifying that I'm finding outfit inspiration from one of the creatures on 'People of Walmart', but I really want to be wearing tie-dye and floral shorts right now.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Floating in Space

Ahh, the dog days of summer. I've spent most of my time occupied with work, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. The rain is making me a bit melancholy this morning but it's the perfect mood to listen to Elliott Smith. I wore this outfit to work yesterday, when it was a bit sunnier. These Salvatore Ferragamo loafers were thrifted a few weeks ago, but somehow haven't made it into an outfit picture yet. The only designer pieces I ever find at thrift stores are Ferragamo shoes (and Moschino purses). It's like they gravitate to me, the same way weird sweaters do.

Joel drew on my water bottle. I like it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

You'll Understand

I've been noticing a distinct trend popping up all over the internet: calf-high white socks. It's such a hopelessly nerdy look, a classic case of "so bad it's good" and I can't help but adore it anyways. Especially with the clunky boots, it looks like should be attending a preparatory school! My new mantra is "nerd socks are cool". You heard it here first!

You know what else is so bad it's good? Sleeping in and then spending the rest of the morning watching trashy 80s episodes of Phil Donahue.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Only One

Yesterday, I decided to wear my new riding pants from AA, which are basically two long tubes of stretchy elastic. I find this both frightening and wonderful at the same time. I also decided to wear a crop top with a crop sweater, because I thought it would be funny. I got the crop sweater in a package from the lovely Pomeline, thanks so much lady!

Lately I have decided to take pictures of funny anecdotal things that happen in my life and make me smile. I wonder if this post office won some sort of contest in order to claim this title.

Also, for those who wanted additional pictures of my room: this is what I wake up to every morning.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pretty in Pink!

Last night for the first time in my pathetic life I watched the 1986 John Hughes classic Pretty in Pink. I won't bang on about how lame the plot was (seriously, I'm too old to care about people's high school problems), but I will say that it was an overall visual feast. Molly Ringwald's character Andie is a semi-loveable oddball who knows her way around a thrift store and a sewing machine. As you are about to tell, I went a little trigger-happy with screen captures this time.

Pixie boots and floral socks. Yes.

Nice granny glasses you got there.

How come every cool person in the history of the Earth has worked at a record store?

Girl rocks the floral patterns like no other!

I wish I looked this good while doing homework.

Seriously, who is responsible for this masterful work of interior decorating?

Don't think I missed out on all those clever nods to the Smiths!

Note the leopard print couch.

The epic pink prom dress in construction, and in action.

And of course, it would be futile to not mention Andie's best friend (who she treats like crap) Duckie! This guy is the male equivalent of Andie's wacky style sense and can call me any day. Just look at those plaid pants.