August 29, 2008

Thurs Aug 28th - Blank....

Somehow the days seem to just go by faster and faster as my trip to New York looms closer. I'm utterly excited! I can't wait to fill my days with aimless strolling, thrift and vintage scouring, sips of thai tea as I silently watch people walk by, and neat little pastries from various bakeries all around Manhattan.

I'm still looking for interesting places to lounge about in Manhattan, whether it be a nifty cafe or a neat little live music venue. All suggestions welcomed!

I spent the entire day mulling about with a fellow geekfriend in Pomona today. It was epic and full of laughs, including much jesting of my newly obtained bowler cap. Despite what he says, I am absolutely enamored by it!

Vest-Dress : Thrifted
Blouse : Jet Rag Vintage
Heels : Macy's
Hat : F21
Purse : Thrifted

August 23, 2008

Tues Aug 19th - Funny Faces

This has been a longggg overdue post. I left my camera at my friend's house after some barbecue fun on Tuesday, and really didn't get it back until recently.

As for the day itself, it was awfully fun. I love mulling about with old friends, and it's always nice to dress up a bit for any old occasion. Although I didn't want to look too dressy, so I ended up throwing together my chucks with my look for a more casual twist. I have to admit, I will be wearing them much more often, I forgot how comfortable they could be!

Dress - Forever21
Tights - Urban Outfitters
Shoes - ???
Purse - Thrifted

August 18, 2008

Flashback to the 60's & 70's

Been so busy lately, I apologize for the lack of real updates. To be honest I've been pretty drained of inspiration and motivation in my outfits as of late. But I'm hoping this week will look up!

On Wednesday I was able to stop by a vintage spot named Jet Rag over by La Brea in LA. It was pretty awesome, wall to wall affordable bits of vintage pieces from all sorts of decades. I nabbed myself about 3 dresses and a top for about $75, which isn't too bad. That's less than $20 per dress, and the top was only $12!

I really do have to thank Painfully Hip for the link to this wonderful collection of photos from the trends of the 60's and 70's. I spent hours this night looking through the images and daydreaming of such tumultuous and exciting times.

This definitely called for an inspiration board....again. I couldn't help but juts fall in love with everything. Even my typical skepticism for platforms and extremely high boots have been demolished in light of these images.

The site can be found HERE. Enjoy if you have some spare time!

August 11, 2008

Mon Aug 11th - Frills & Lace

You all may have remembered my small tribute to Cabaret in the other post. Well, today I decided to actually put that inspiration to use!

I didn't want to wear anything too revealing, so I opted for jeans for the first time in a long time. It was pretty uncomfortable I have to say, especially since I've been living off of dresses, skirts, and shorts all summer.

It was fun trying to piece the outfit together while still trying to keep the influence in view. I took a lacy and frilly black top that I had thrifted, worked it in with a slightly masculine vest, and then just paired it up with some more casual pieces like the jeans and the granny heels.

Lace Top - Thrifted
Jeans - Forever 21
Vest - Urban Outfitters
Shoes - Thrifted
Accessories - Forever 21, handmade

August 10, 2008

Sun Aug 10th - Hello There

I found the perfect pair and cut of shortalls in a local Goodwill recently. I knew immediately that I had to get it. It was the pair that I always dreamt of. Although, the only real downside is that it is very short, and it's a little problematic since my shorts usually never cut up that short. Seeing my tanline in the mirrors and photos make me laugh to myself.

I'm also wearing new frames that I thrifted at a store. However, I had to pop out the lenses since they were prescription glasses and were too strong for me. I'm hoping they don't look too silly since they do lack lenses.

I don't have much to do today other than run errands and catch a flick with my family.

Shortalls - Thrifted
Plaid Button up - Thrifted
Glasses - Thrifted
Shoes - Urban Outfitters
Accessories - F21, Mexico

August 9, 2008

Photog Session

My friend Vivian came over today to help me model and take photos of my batch of ebay materials. It was really nice catching up with her again since I haven't seen her in a while, and our adventure taking photos today was even more fun!

I wanted to take all of the photos at an abandoned railroad track, since there's a huge section of it cutting across various areas by my house. So me and Vivian packed up our stuff and headed out. It was a little shady admittedly, since the closest we were able to park was by a liquor store. There were also a few bums here and there, which wasn't a problem until a few of them sauntered over to our "shoot" and started watching us. It wouldn't have been so bad if the area were more....populated? But like I said, it was abandoned and we were actually changing in the bushes so the rest of the shots were then taken back in my front yard.

Although it didn't go entirely as planned, it was still fun anyways. Here are some group shots me and Viv decided to take together, and a few shots of pieces that I'm throwing onto ebay.

Haha, this last photo made me laugh so hard.
with a 10sec timer, I still couldn't scramble into place in time and still pose properly. A tribute to the failure of timers!

Here are some things that I planned on throwing onto my ebay account sometime tomorrow.

Vintage pink party dress, floral high waist shorts with vintage cathy jean loafers, vintage polka dot dress, and finally a leopard print body suit. I'm very excited to finally share them with everybody!

August 8, 2008

Must love Cabaret

So on one of my boring mornings where I didn't have much to do, I somehow found myself venturing into the Wikipedia page of Liza Minelli. (Admittedly, this spontaneous act of interest was a mix of influences from Family Guy jokes and Arrested Development cameos.)

From there I was able to find myself on google, searching for random pictures of her role in Cabaret. I just happened to be stunned by the bold features that Minelli was infamous for in these photos. The long prominent lashes, the ruby red lips, her jet black helmet hair, and of course the black sleek outfit of a Cabaret girl. There also happened to be amazing images of Marlene Dietrich as her role in The Blue Angel and Amanda Lear posing a la Blue Angel in another photo as well.

Excited by this newfound influence that was obviously much more dramatic than usual influences, I dug through my closet and found a curiously whimsical black lace top with a frilly tutu-esque frill and a corset-fit bustier. All I was missing is the bowler cap, which Forever 21 conveniently had at my last visit. (Although the purchase was not done. For $16, a bowler cap needs to be thought on.) Although very over the top, I would love to go out strutting like a Cabaret girl.

August 3, 2008

Sun Aug 3rd - Come thrifting with me!

I spent this morning raiding some more thrift stores. I actually got some things from Goodwill, which is rare since I usually don't like their prices and selection of goods. I was pleasantly surprise this time around. I'll actually post some photos of stuff I've gotten recently, since I actually took the time to photograph them today.

My outfit for today wasn't exceptionally special or great. I just wanted to throw something on that I haven't worn yet, and this dress came to mind since I just rehemmed the length. It was originally ankle-length, and I can't stand having a dress that long tangling me up as I walk.

Dress - Thrifted
Purse - Thrifted, Vintage
Belt - my sister's closet
Shoes - Urban Outfitters

And here are some things I've bought in the past two days. There's actually quite a bit, so I'm not going to post all of them, but it was great having all these sales come in at once. The Salvation Army around my area is always pumping out 50% off sales, so it's fun to just randomly raid them for goodies.

Thrifted - Oscar de la Renta secretary blouse, vintage high-waisted shorts

Thrifted - dress, straw hat, vintage t-straps

Thrifted - ethnic knit vest

Devendra Banhart - Carmensita

I finally got to peek at Devendra Banhart's new video for "Carmensita", a track off of his latest album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. I have to say, it's been a while since such a funny and humorous music video actually got to inspire me artistically. But then again, Devendra's vision as an artist mixed with the smooth catchy ambiance of his music would inspire anyone.

The use of bright bold colors and motifs from old 60's/70's Bollywood films was such great fun. And of course, seeing Natalie Portman was a definite bonus. (For those who don't know, Natalie is actually dating the musician himself.)

I now present you all with my musical inspiration of the moment, Devendra Banhart's "Carmensita".

August 1, 2008

Fri August 1st - F21 Does it Again

Sorry for my lack of updates lately. I've been really busy trying to sort things out in my life, and taking photos of my outfits just wasn't my highest priority.

I was actually able to go shopping yesterday in an actual retail store. I feel like I haven't been in F21 in so long, although I'm sure it wasn't as long as I may have thought. I didn't expect to really enjoy or buy anything, but two dresses just caught my eye and I couldn't resist. (I'm turning into a genuine dress fan! Good-bye to my jeans indeed.)

There was a nice sale going on in the surrounding Salvation Army stores, so I decided to go and pick up some things for me. I ended up getting denim patch shortalls, a sweet little country dress, a floppy straw hat, this vintage black chain purse, a button up short sleeve, a floral embroidered cardi, and this black lacy frilly top. I'm so excited to wash them and try them on!

Dress - Forever 21
Denim Vest - Thrifted
Boots - Vintage Ebay
Accessories - F21, Mexico