Earrings + All Jewelry on Camera Right Hand - Courtesy of JFR.SE, Other Jewelry - Konstantino + Random, Shorts - UO, Sweater - from LF, Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell from LF, Nail Polish - Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI
Hey d00ds, what's up? I've got 3 things on mah mind today, which is going to make for a schizophrenic post, but if you bear with me, I think (hope?) it might be worth your time. Without further adieu, let's begin...
JFR.SE sent me over some epic jewelry. Do you remember the snake ring from the last post (they put me on their website and everything -- so nice!)? Well, it's pretty much permanently affixed to my hand. Also, I have awkward child-sized fingers, meaning that rings never fit me, and this ring is even more awesome because it is stretchy and actually fits without falling off. True story: I accidentally mailed one of my favorite rings to one of my favorite coworkers once. It just flew right off of my hand into a box I was packing, and I didn't even notice. Anyway, so the ring fits, and that's just swell. The big huge mega cuff is also from them, as are the two zomg-amazing earrings. I am a tacky, tacky person, so I obviously opted to layer the silver cross earring cuff chain thingy over the wooden one. If you can believe it, I have even more rad jewelry from them, which I am just waiting to wear. One article is a pair of chain earrings with dangling feathers that connect across the bottom! Someone asked, based on my last post, if the jewelry was in Swedish Krona or Euro. It is in KR, babes, so it is super-affordable. Also, the whole website is in Swedish, so I recommend ordering your jewelry whilst surrounded by friends. Fake your way through the website and casually mention to them that you speak Swedish, fluently, duh. You will perhaps come across very cosmopolitan and intellectual.
My friend Colleen and I were out last weekend and passed by a Victoria Secret. She wanted to pop in to pick up some brassieres that she quite fancies, and I am in the market for a nude or champagne colored thingamajig, so I went in with her. I was seeking a simple bra, no underwire, no padding, because I have very small breasts and I just want something so that I am not flashing the world superfluous nipple when I wear low-necked and transparent things. My champagne-colored satin bra is losing all elasticity from over-use. Anyhow (now we are switching to present tense), I go in and ask the nearest associate where I can find a bra without an underwire. She smiles knowingly, eyeballing my barely-A-cup chest, and brings me over to their underwire-free section. Somehow, defying all of my preconceived notions of bra-making, every underwire-free bra that they make comes with boobs built into it. Seriously. There was (back to past tense now, stick with it people) like an inch of padding in every one. When I explained to her that I quite liked the size of my breasts and I just wanted something simple, she showed me a bizarre bra that pushed and cajoled and coerced whichever breasts unfortunate enough to be poured into them into a completely unrealistic location and in unnatural proximity to each other. Also, it still had about 1/2" of padding in it. My only padding-free options were straight up ineffectual lingerie, which the woman showed me while apologetically explaining that most women want the padding, but with an awkward smile that suggested perhaps I should want some oomph to my lady-bits, too. Do they, salesperson? Do they want the padding, or do they feel like they need the padding because you keep telling them that they do?
This whole experience was a bit unnerving to me, and I will explain why. I think of Victoria Secret as being the goliath of the bra market. When you think boobz, you think Vicky. The feeling that I got from good ol' Vicky was that there is no possible way that I could be happy with my A-sized chest, and that furthermore, breasts are only attractive in one particular way: size large, close together, and high up. Don't get me wrong -- that can be hot. Ladies with boobs like that, rock them because that is awesome. However, I would like to think that I should be comfortable with my breasts as they are, as well, and it is very upsetting that nothing in that store seemed to tell me that was an option. So, my solution? Continue to get my bras from American Apparel, because say what you will about 'em (and really, they do have their problems there, but I am a bit of an American Apparel apologist because I am so pro their production practices), but they are one of the only major retailers who does not seem to suggest that there is something wrong with my breasts that needs to be remedied in order to make them socially acceptable.
So, the eBay store thrifted.net recently became www.thriftedandmodern.com. Ha, a-ha ha ha. That's what I did when I saw the website, because it was so perfect that I thought someone was playing a joke on me. It was Britney, actually, because she showed it to me. I thought Brit was playing an elaborate joke on me. The site is...mind-blowing? Insanely amazing? Like a gift from the heavens? Things are already selling out, so I don't know about you, but I am going to get my buyin' on. Naturally, these things are all fantastic pieces of vintage beauty, so they are out of my typical price range, but I think that I might treat myself because oh jeez, they are gorgeous and special and a little piece of history and of history in the making, because I intend to make history in every outfit I wear.
Also, the website is simply beautiful -- uniquely designed and truly very enjoyable. Just all in all...wow.
Disclaimer: I only accept gifts that I really think are rad, I never get paid to wear anything, and any write-ups I do are completely unsolicited -- I'm not obligated to gush on and on about, for example, how nice the people at JFR.SE are, and I'm not obligated to post links to their websites, and I'm not obligated to tell you that their jewelry really makes me go "squee" inside. I tell you nice things about my blog-partnery-people because I like them a lot, and I think you might, too, and I want to make sure that we are always on the same page with that, lest I come across like I am trying to sell you a used car or something (although if you are in the market for a used car, my heap of junk--I MEAN GLORIOUS BEAUTY OF FINE MACHINERY--is always on the table for discussion). I'm not trying to sell you anything, because you are all intelligent people with agency over your preferences and decisions, and you will decide for yourself what you want to purchase. Yeah...