Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Miramar

Miramar
(Rag & Bone Miramar Jean/Alexander Wang booties/Jewelmint necklace)

Looks just like true-blue vintage denim, right? But the much-hyped Rag & Bone Miramar "Jean" is even better than the average boyfriend cut. Why? Because it's actually a sweatpant that's been digitally printed to perfection in Japan. For me, comfort is key and I think that the everyday uniform should incorporate at least one item that feels good in the physical sense. Let me tell you, this pair wears like a dream. Give me an elastic waistband and you get one happy camper. For all the lazy fashion girls out there, this is a definite must.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Plaited

vintage

vintage
(secondhand sweater, American Apparel dress, Robert Clergerie x Opening Ceremony satin booties)

I stumbled upon this crazy braid-adorned sweater in Eagle Rock after gorging myself on some killer vegan tacos. (If you're in the area, I highly suggest Plant Food for People.) Like a moth to a flame, I was immediately drawn to the exaggerated silhouette and all-out weirdness. Unfortunately, the tag is missing so I'll never know who to credit for this kooky thing. What a beautiful little mystery.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hump Day

Metallica t-shirt

Wednesday. Snooze-button central. Five glorious rounds of back and forth between semi-sleep and walking dead. This is the end result. Sometimes it's more fun to wing it and hope for the best... That's basically my life mantra. 

Wearing: 
Metallica tee // loosely structured Calvin Klein blazer // pajama-soft grey jeans // vintage rhinestone necklace for a touch of fancy 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In With The Old

Tapestry

tapestry

In true thrifter fashion, I spent the last days of 2013 sifting through some of Milwaukee's finest junked goods. Even though it was a pretty lean haul this time around, I often leave LA thrift stores empty-handed, so even this pitiful pull felt like a jackpot.

Thrifted

Behold!
The goods:
  • 1 red button-up shirt with hand-stitched striping
  • 1 tapestry bag with tassels 
  • 1 beaded scarf
  • 1 tapestry coat (top photo)
  • 1 embroidered jacket
  • 1 insane snake-emblazoned T-shirt 
  • 1 basic black sweater 
  • 2 sleeveless sweaters
Grand total: $29.20

embroidered

In a moment of extreme confusion, I almost passed on this Balmain-esque vintage jacket. Why, you ask? Because at $5, I thought it was overpriced. Let me repeat that: At $5, I thought it was overpriced. Seriously. The thrift store fumes must have gone to my head because that's some crazy talk. Thankfully my years of training allowed me to push through this severely impaired judgment. I fought off the pesky inner voices spouting the virtues of frugality, said eff it, and chucked it toward the checkout counter, a sartorial Hail Mary. The cashier was right where I needed her; she plucked the jacket out of the air, scanned it without batting an eye, and victory was mine.

And now... 2014. May the year be fruitful for us all.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Denim on denim, with a twist


  • Dress worn as a top: Beautiful People 
  • Shorts: One Teaspoon
  • Denim Shirt: Thrifted J. Crew
  • Shoes (pre-veganism): Alexander Wang
  • Cuff: Purchased from a street vendor in Kathmandu, Nepal

As usual, this outfit was completely unplanned, which can explain the top's wrinkly appeal. I saw it balled up in my closet and thought, 'Bright... Sheer... But completely scrunched, hmm... Nopedon'tcare.' I briefly entertained the idea of steaming it, but people were waiting on me to get outfitted and that can certainly take for-ev-er if I'm in the mood for playing dress up. So throwing caution to the wind, I yanked it on over my favorite Bonitas, finished up with a denim topper, and was out the door. Sometimes you've just gotta deal with life's little wrinkles.


Let's talk cuff, shall we? I paid about $5 for this while on holiday in Nepal and it's quickly become a wrist fixture. That country stole my heart and it's nice to have a little reminder of it with me each day. I also brought back about one hundred other little reminders, but who's counting? ;)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-changes


California has been full of transitions for me. I've been in the mix here with buying, styling, and writing, but the one of the biggest changes came pretty much out of the blue and completely altered my perspective of fashion, among other things.

After watching a few food documentaries, I decided to dabble in vegetarianism by doing meatless Mondays, which I enjoyed so much that it quickly became full-time. When the new year approached, I decided to take the plunge and adopted a completely vegan lifestyle, much to the surprise of my family and friends, who know how much I like to eat odd things. Despite that, a plant-based diet has really clicked with me, but being vegan extends far beyond food. I've also refrained from purchasing anything leather or made from animal materials, which makes sartorial purchases much harder. I'm on the fence about buying those those things secondhand. Some are more lenient and allow their opinion to lean toward ethical, while others consider it an absolute no-no. Currently, I'm abstaining from purchasing, hesitantly wearing what I already have, though definitely on much more seldom occasions. Vintage fur is absolutely out for me though.

My biggest sacrifice has been shoes, glorious shoes. While I amass my collection of cruelty-free footwear, I reluctantly wear my pre-veganism purchases with the mindset that the monetary contribution has already been made, the damage done. I often wonder whether this is acceptable reasoning and toy with the idea of simply selling everything off. I really don't know the answer though.

In the meantime, my alternative is clear: Stella McCartney. What would a fashion-loving vegan do without this wonderfully thoughtful designer? She's responsible for the coral sandals above and I couldn't be more grateful that I can depend on her cruelty-free collections season after season.

I hope you join me as I navigate the new waters of animal-friendly fashion and beauty. I promise it will be a worthy ride.

xoxo,
M

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

On my mind for Pre-Fall 2013: Geo-blocking

Givenchy/Jean Paul Gaultier/Givenchy

Being a big fan of color blocking, pattern blocking,and basically all things blocking, I was immediately drawn to these looks at Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier. They're bold and busy, but the muted color palette on a black base reigns them in a touch. After a year of plentiful brights, nude tones seem just right. 

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