Dress - Thrifted Vintage Shirt (Boyfriend's), Belt - Vintage (Boyfriend's), Hat - Vintage (Boyfriend's...geez, sorry I raided your closet, Lam), Purse - Vintage (Birthday gift from boyfriend), Boots - Steve Madden, Fur Collar - H&M, Jewelry - Flea Market + JFR.SE + Konstantino
Well... hello, blog. This is awkward. Okay, I know I haven't updated in something like ten days, but I swear I still love you. Now, to make up for days of neglect, I am going to dump a ton of things onto you right now. I'm sorry I never made it to your soccer games, but happy 16th birthday, here is a Ferrari!
First order of business: discussing the ensemble. The dress is another belted shirt. You all know my tricks and shenanigans by now. Go to thrift stores and buy things in odd sizes, then MacGyver new ways to wear them. I swear by it. Long-time readers may remember that my mother used to wear long-sleeved shirts as skirts, tying the arms into a bow at her hips. It's all about bizarre creativity. Also, most of what I am wearing was stolen from my boyfriend's closet over the past year-and-a-half. His closet is just too awesome! I can't ignore the many treasures lurking in there. He bought this shirt probably three years ago at a thrift store, pre-boyfriend times. I told him it was the ugliest thing I had ever seen, and he responded that he knew I would end up stealing it from him one day. I, of course, denied this vehemently, which means that when I sulked out of my dressing room wearing it, he smirked (smug!) and said, "Well, well, well. What do we have here?" We have one proven-wrong girlfriend, is what we have here. Anyway, the fur collar was just picked up at H&M this week, so they are still there if you want to go get yourself a faux-beast to wrap around your neck. I am planning an amazing winter-time look that involves my leopard leggings, a black-and-white very 1950s sweater also recently acquired at H&M, and this collar. I said on Twitter that my recent H&M purchases look like what would happen if Marilyn Monroe and Melissa Auf der Maur had a lovechild.
Second order of business: harassing you all about the Chictopia Influential Blogger contest. Do you feel appropriately cajoled into voting yet? It is a very cool contest that will send the winner to NYFW. Just sayin'...
Third order of business: I received an email from The Blind Hem. The site has not yet launched, but I am majorly stoked on it. It is going to be an online compilation of what they call "intelligent fashion writing." It's about our personal experiences and relationships with fashion. Finally! They are collecting submissions now, so if you feel that you have something, I encourage you to submit! This is a very exciting project and will be a great asset to the growing online fashion community.
Fourth order of business: Fall. What does Fall mean to you? I am a product of a consumption-based culture (still trying to come to terms with that), so to me, Fall means shopping. The changing of the seasons is an opportunity for us to reconsider our closets, schlepp unloved items over to Wasteland, Crossroads, Goodwill, and Salvation Army, and hunt for new articles of clothing that better express our current outlooks. Fall hasn't even started yet, but I am feeling the 90s, hard. At my age, I am on the cusp of proper adulthood, and I am excited to give my 20s one last hurrah by paying homage to the wacky grunge styles that so inspired me as a child. Anyone who follows my Tumblr already knows what I'm talking about. I remember watching Mallrats and Empire Records as a kid, leafing through the liner notes of Hole's Live Through This, and devouring the pages of Rolling Stone mesmerized by the whimsy of 90s grunge fashion. I love how there is a subtle rebellion in whimsy. I am especially pleased to see the spirit of 90s grunge mix with classic bohemian vibes.
Inspiration - Bohemian Grunge
That brings us to my Fall Shopping Checklist! A lot of these things can be found vintage or DIYd.
1. A Rad Jacket
Fringe, fur, leather, denim, knits, rivets, studs, etc.
2. A Pair of Knit Shorts
I am definitely going to be wearing my cut-offs over black tights come fall, but I'm also really into these knit little buddies. How perfect would they be with a flannel, denim jacket, and black lace-up boots? Also, I'm in the market for a pair of crushed velvet short-shorts with an elastic waistband and no detailing. I might have to make those bad boys myself.
3. Throwback Accessories
Pairing off-the-wall accessories -- 70s wide-brimmed hats with 90s mini-backpack purses and a simple dress.
4. Cozy Pullovers for Layering
All of these cozy pieces would look rad layered over printed maxi dresses. Also, I want to wear that cropped thermal top with everything.
5. A Printed Dress
To pair with beanies and combat boots.
6. A Doily Dress
With tie-dyed Keds...drool.
7. A Basic Maxi
It's like sweatpants, but socially acceptable.
8. A Simple Fringe-y Dress
Fringe isn't dead.
9. All of the shoes in the world.
ALL OF THEM.
10. Something Drapey or Hangy that Goes Over Other Things
I would pair one of these over a floral dress, but that's because I dress like somebody's nutty cat-lady Aunt Midge. I think I actually tone my looks down for my blog...
11. A Pair of Statement Pants
I think my dream pants would be crushed velvet floral bell bottoms.
Okay, now I feel like I've made up for my days of neglect. I swear, I'm trying to get back on a regular posting schedule!