8.01.2011

100 - Woohoo!

 Vest - Courtesy of Chicwish ($30 -- it fits the rule, y'all!), Belt - Forever 21, Big Cuff - Courtesy of JFR.SE, Lizard/Iguana/Alligator (?) Ring - Gift from Brit's trip to Mexico!, Shoes - www.wholesale-dress.net, Lipstick - Revlon in Kiss Me Coral, Everything Else - Vintage (I think?)

100 outfit posts! Yeah-yuh. I have been waiting for a super-hot day to wear this Chicwish vest, and I finally got one (sidenote: I think Chicwish should be the go-to place for anything crocheted and pretty-like). In fact, yesterday was SO hot that Brit and I were melting while working the Telltale Hearts vintage party. Like, seriously, melting. Every photo of me from that event looks like I'm wet, as though perhaps I just went swimming or something. Oh, no, I was just standing around in Los Angeles heat, don't mind me. However, the event was fantastic. We sold gear, ate quesadillas, hung out with the always amazing Nicki Wong, and met some fine new folks (including some rad people from LA Vintage and Echo Park Independent Co-Op). Also, Telltale Hearts is an amazing store with vintage and new in a wide range of pricepoints. Someone's getting added to my recommended shopping list...

I feel like my 100th post should be an epic retrospective on my blogging process thus far, but really, I am exhausted and have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow, so my brain is not working quite as well as I had wished. Instead of something brilliant and insightful and appropriate, I will leave you instead with brief musings inspired by a comment left by Northwest is Best. She left a comment regarding nonreligious persons wearing crosses, which is obviously a big trend right now. As this is a kind of fashion philosophy (and y'all know how I love me some o' that) I thought I'd throw my musings in on this.

I believe that as time progresses, symbols (especially those affiliated with mainstream cultures in certain geographical locations and social groups) evolve just like other forms of language do (because really, symbols and icons are a form of language). Through this progression, they can become naturally re-contextualized. Where once a symbol had a singular meaning, through centuries of existence in multiple different settings, it can come to represent a number of different things. I believe that due to its perseverance and high visibility in Western culture, the cross has undergone a process of evolution that leads it to currently be interpreted differently by different people. I think that this re-contextualization, which is enhanced by pop-culture and the media, explains the movement of non-religious persons wearing this particular motif. It simply means something different to everyone who wears it, and symbols are always open to the interpretation of the viewer. As a general rule, I support this process of re-contextualization of iconography as both a form of art and social critique/commentary, especially when the iconography comes from a high-visibility group of people who tend not to be subjugated or persecuted in the area in which this re-contextualization occurs.

Now, I am going to exhaust myself further with my Bloglovin' subscriptions. Hey, can we all make a pact right now that this week is going to be rad? Please dress accordingly.

From where are the three unlinked pictures?! This is why I hate Tumblr sometimes. EDIT: Thanks to the anonymous reader who tipped me that the last photo is from http://www.badlands777.com/! Oh geez, in love with that blog now.

40 comments:

  1. Wow the girl in the multi fur coat is a dream! Congrats on your 100th

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  2. Congrats on the 100th! And lovin your outfit, its the perfect summer music festival outfit in my mind! The vest is too cute and those shoes are to die for! xxAnisa

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  3. love ur style so much! :)
    so pretty!

    sweetdifferences.com

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  5. I completely agree with your interpretation of wearing, not just crosses, but other global icons and symbols. With time comes change and some people are more open to it than others. I have not one but two jesus bracelets yet I can't remember the last time I even stepped into a church. I wear them because they mean something to me and I let people interpret them as they please. Great post!

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  6. Wau! so great.. always and again GREAT

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  7. Amazing.

    xoxo, Céline
    areyouincorrect.blogspot.com

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  8. you look great as always! and you're jewelry's the best x

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  9. congrats on 100 oufits!love your shoes and your sunnies in this!

    http://myheadandwardrobe.blogspot.com/

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  10. awesome. love that green lookin' ring.

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena x

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  11. i LOVE this outfit! everything is perfect

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  12. YOU ARE BRILLIANT. And officially my favourite blogger.

    "I support this process of re-contextualization of iconography as both a form of art and social critique/commentary, especially when the iconography comes from a high-visibility group of people who tend not to be subjugated or persecuted in the area in which this re-contextualization occurs."

    That ^ is exactly it. So well said.

    You look damn awesome as well in this outfit. LOVE that lizard (alligator?) ring. I wanted so bad to come to the Telltale Hearts thing last night and am very sad I missed it. :(

    xo
    ZK
    www.glitter-and-ink.blogspot.com

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  13. Love the vest, and congrats on your 100th!
    I have loved reading your blog because it has an intellectual element that is so refreshing in this day and age, something that you do not see every day in the blogosphere. Thus I hope that you can see that I am not trying to nitpick what you are saying for the sake of nitpicking, and am only interested in generating dialogue.
    I thought that it was very interesting what you said about symbols and crosses and language. But for the sake of argument, does this not somewhat contradict what you were trying to say in an earlier post about tribal wear? I definitely agreed with that post, but what you are saying here is that changing times changes definitions, and re-contextualizes it. Can that not happen with "tribal" clothes as well? My point is that you take offence to the fashion industry using the word "tribal" to label a certain type of clothing, because it demeans those cultures. I 100% agree, but does this not apply somewhat to the idea of crosses as well? Does not taking a religious symbol that has meant something specific for hundreds of years (and still means something to many people today) and making it into whatever you want it to mean, do the same thing as taking an indian headdress and wearing it for fashion or taking an exotic print dress and calling it 'tribal"?
    I realize that most "tribal" style comes from marginalized countries, but how much should this factor into the respect that we give other cultures and people, and whether it is okay to market that style and culture? Should not we treat everyone with equal regard, and think as much about putting a cross around our neck as a buddha statue in our house or a "tribal" print dress on?

    Julia

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  14. Yay Julia! Dialogue -- I love it. You are not nitpicking, you are having a conversation, and that is exactly what I aim to get out of this blog. I want to preface this by saying that I am not speaking from any point other than my own personal beliefs, and I acknowledge that everyone thinks differently.

    Okay, the first thing I want to point out is that I find nothing wrong with wearing (pretty much) anything anyone pleases. If, as an American white girl, I stuck to American white girl clothing, I would not be able to adequately express the many facets of my personality, tastes, and preferences. Heck, I'd probably still be wearing those little Puritanical buckle ensembles, right? At the very least, cowboy garb on the daily. I believe that just like physical trade, aesthetic trade between cultures helps to encourage the growth of fashion as both a form of art and of artistic expression. The point of my tirade in the previous post was against the fashion industry using the word "tribal" as a marketing tool, specifically. It is the act of using a broad and inaccurate label that I opposed (not any garment itself being worn by anyone at all) because I found it to be reductionist and condescending. So, I think that the source of our conversation actually revolves around a miscommunication on my part. To clarify: consumers should have the right to wear whatever they please, but the media (who has an obligation to the masses) shouldn't broadly lump every non-white culture together under a cutesy inaccurate name in order to make it more commercially appealing. That's the part that "icks" me out. I recognize that other people might feel differently about this, but I'm just trying to explain my own belief system here, not make mass blanket claims about the way the world should operate.

    With all of that cleared up, I would also like to clarify that the issue of mass cultures versus marginalized cultures having their symbols and iconography re-contextualized really are two completely different things (to me). The latter needs to be approached with more sensitivity. Often times, this comes down to geographic location due to prevailing social and political structures in that particular region. For example, I would personally find it more appropriate to re-contextualize Christian iconography in a country like the US (where Christianity is dominant and the most powerful leaders we have are all Christians, and where our laws are still being made based on Christian value systems, and where the Christian god is mentioned in our institutionalized "Pledge of Allegiance" to the US flag and on our currency) than I would in a country where Christianity is a secondary or tertiary belief system (like, for example, a predominantly Muslim or Buddhist country) or a persecuted belief system.

    Also, re-contextualization is not always the same as social commentary. Despite the fact that I am a non-religious person, I have always had an affinity for religious art, especially Byzantine Christian art. That is why I, personally, wear a lot of Christian iconography. I appreciate it purely from an artistic standpoint. It is inspired and often times emotionally charged, and very simply, visually stunning. Even a simple cross is an homage in my mind to centuries of breathtaking artwork.

    I hope that clears up my specific position on these issues.

    This is going to be obnoxiously in all caps:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Thank you for actually taking the time to read and consider the things that I write. As I've said before, I feel so fortunate to have such intelligent and insightful readers, and I thrive on community and dialogue.

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  15. congrats on your 100th post and every outfit has been more than perfect look forward to the next 100 ;)) xoxo

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  16. the last pic is off a blog, heres the url: http://www.badlands777.blogspot.com/

    xx

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  17. Congratulations on your 100th post and woohoo to you for always being so awesome. Have a lovely Monday, Madeline!

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  18. if you looked wet, then i looked greasy. really greasy. i felt like a washed off an inch thick layer of grime when i took a shower afterwards. i hope something happens to every photo that was taken of me that night... like... their camera's blow up or get run over by a semi.

    the babely babe dude is my babely boyfriend now. mission accomplished.

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  19. I LOOOOVE YOUR STYLE!!! ♥

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  20. well spoken iconography speech. I concur. I once got chewed out by an old lady in an elevator about wearing crosses when I'm not religious & how it was a sin. & I'd burn & stuff. longest elevator ride ever.

    I LOVE that vest! & your shoeeeeees!

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  21. Just in LOVE with your style.
    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and i read it from the begining... Love it sooo muuuch.

    XOXO

    Diglee

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  22. Great read yet again.

    Like that "moderncowgirl" look you have here. Very pretty :)

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  23. the whole cross thing becoming a huge trend as been something that has been bothering me/jumping around in my brain for a while. nice to hear a different, intelligent point of view. mines will always be the same and some point i'm not in complete agreement with however, i still appreciate your words. :D

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  24. Awesome outfit girl! I'm digging that vintage chain closure thingy for your vest too. My grandma gave me one and now i know how to make it look chic!

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  25. Congratulations on reaching the big 100 - I always enjoying checking in on your style but don't always have time to comment. And no worries about dressing rad. I always dress rad! x

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  26. congrats on the 100th!
    love your shorts and i am absolutely in love with your lizard/reptile(dinosaur?!!?) ring!
    i think the first picture is from stockholm streetstyle? not 100% certain tho

    talesofmonkeyandpig.blogspot.com

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  27. I could never get sick of you! So good. xo

    halcoholic

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  28. love this look :)

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  29. love the hat and am always so drawn to your accessories!!!

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  30. love your outfit! you're blog is awesome.. diggin the style..

    x0
    annette

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  31. Madaline,
    Thanks for responding, and I totally see your point of view –on both points– and I would hate to be stuck in world of cowboy fashion ;)
    I now understand why you wear crosses, and feel comfortable deriving your own meaning from them. (I also like Byzantine art, and actually got to see an amazing piece in a church in Ravenna, Italy, – the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe– which you should look up if you have a chance, it's breathtaking).
    I guess I sometimes get annoyed that people actually buy into the "cutesy" marketed blanket fashion that the media (or whoever dictates these things) spits out, without a thought to what it really means or where it comes from. I know that for a lot of people, fashion is a means of personal expression –like with you and your cross jewelry– so you don't choose what you put on your body just because it's "in." I think I just am afraid that those who wear what's "in" will start to wear things like crosses, with no meaningful thought behind it. Thus any symbolism that might have been behind those things would be cheapened and devalued.

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  32. I actually got into an argument with someone about this. She kept arguing that wearing crosses was "offensive to Catholics." I am not religious, but I was raised Catholic and one of my parents still is. I've never met a Catholic who was offended by non-religious persons wearing crosses- and I know A LOT of them. She kept saying that my information was wrong. I think it's silly to get angry about people adapting religious symbols in their personal day to day dress- be it a Buddhist amulet, a cross, whatever.

    Congrats on your 100th post, you got a shout out in my latest one because I had a Victoria's Secret gift card and... I had an experience similar to yours.

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  33. What a perfect outfit for a 100th post! I found your blog via Chictopia; loved the tips on thrifting. I love thrifting, but I often find myself overwhelmed or unable to see the alterations necessary to make something great. I've recently learned to use my sewing machine, so it's probably time I just go for it and see what happens.

    Loving the blog!

    - Mel

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  34. The first picture of the brown haired girl is from "stockholm-streetsyle.com" = http://carolinesmode.com/stockholmstreetstyle/?p=38

    (url of pic: http://static.feber.se/article_images/19/36/29/193629_980.jpg )

    Fanny

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  35. looove it, specially the vest and the earrings (:

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  36. love your vintage style!! Please check out my blog about my online vintage boutique! http://gypsygaminevintage.blogspot.com/

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  37. Those shorts fit you like a dream! :)

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  38. Hot mama!

    I love everything you're wearing. On point!

    Bisou

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  39. that last picture is from http://johnnysbird.com/

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