Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wed nes day

I just read all of my posts from 2007 & 2008.

My past self's grammatical skills and subject matters were making me cringe.

I'm thinking about deleting them, but I'll leave them up for old time's sake.

They'll be internet archaeological fossils.

Except, will they ever age?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Buddy & Roy

I've been obsessively listening to Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly's infectious tunes. I'm not trying to sound like a music snob, but their songs sound better on vinyl since every little hiss and crackle creates a vintage and intimate sound. It's ironic how the two men looked like complete "squares", yet their melodies are surreal and strange. Black, bold, plastic glasses are also ubiquitous with their image (which look great on girls too). Their style is absurdly clean and crisp. Each strand of hair is meticulously in order and their suits are perfectly ironed. They look like classic squares, but have the enchanting ability to make any girl swoon.

In reverence to these legendary musical souls, I've gathered some modern pieces to recreate their looks for gals.
Buddy and Roy

Monday, March 22, 2010

Review of Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010

Army. Military. Utilitarian. These words are uttered relentlessly by magazines, blogs, and the internet. I’ve seen countless fashion spreads in women’s magazines showing off the new trend for 2010. It’s finally chic for women to look as if they’re ready to march off into battle. It’s even more ironic the weather is finally warming up in Chicago, yet designers have already revealed their fall collection – thick coats and furry hats are almost unbearable when we’re all ready for sunshine and spring break.

Yes, Marc by Marc Jacobs undoubtedly embraced the military trend. Army surplus green and trench coats are fundamental staples within the closets of any World War II hero. Dark hunting caps mysteriously shadowing the eyes of Jacobs’ femme fatales would woe countless campy Humphrey Bogart-like character. What separates Jacobs from other designers is his decision to juxtapose youth culture, within otherwise solemn militant clothing.

The show opens with Karen O’s emphatic, yet child-like voice singing “Capsize” – which is quickly recognizable from this year’s Spike Jonze film, Where the Wild Things Are. The selection of fuzzy, teen-inspired songs thoroughly brings out the youthfulness of the collection. The Drums, a hazy and playfully kitschy band is responsible for “Let’s Go Surfing”. The music fits perfectly within Marc Jacobs’ world. The seriousness of a neutral green cardigan can be playfully transformed by un-tucking it. The satirical nature of a jacket or trench coat is exaggerated by lengthening it. Bold red-stripes vividly transform a model’s look in contrast with neutral pants.

Jacobs’ collection is reminiscent of what the youth of World War II would’ve worn if they had listened to Wavves or Jesus and Mary Chain. A dash of colorful enthusiasm mixed within an otherwise austere wardrobe. On a purely superficial level, the collection can be waved away as just “following the trend”. In closer examination, Jacobs’ aesthetics has always been about ironically embracing youth culture.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I am back from an incredibly long blogging hiatus (2 years to be exact).

Be aware of more updates.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hipster Mania, It's Insania?

In December I went to see Flosstradamus. They're a DJ duo (Josh Young, Curt Cameruci) from Chicago, known for their infamous dance parties. I feel like I should've put these pictures up months ago. But I was really pissed off because I lost half of the pictures from my camera memory card malfunctioning. I did find a batch of pictures that survived though.

But on a happier note, it was one giant, friendly, dance party. I don't know if you can tell, but everyone featured in this post were probably soaking with sweat from all the bodily motions and rubbing. The crowd went absolutely ballistic when the official song of 2007, D.A.N.C.E by Justice came on. I did get to meet the photographer who runs and in the midst of camera bulbs flashing off, gave him a giant cheesy hug. I guess I was just really happy to finally meet the guy who ran the site.
Kid Sister
(Pro-Nails w/ Kanye West) was also spotted, she was gorgeous and her makeup was perfect. For some reason, I took pictures of guys more than girls. The girls didn't wear anything much interesting, mostly sweaters and coats. It was 5 degrees outside, I guess the weather was a factor so they didn't fuss about clothing that night since it was freezing.

So tell me, is Chicago a hit or miss?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

How was your week darling?

As many have already heard, this whole week has been smothered with fashion. New York is probably going wild with the amount of gorgeous people and clothes in such close vicinity. I would've gladly given up my right hand and neck to have gotten to see a show. But alas, I'm unimportant and probably would've been giggling maniacally the whole time.

Which show would you have wanted to go to?

From my biased point of view, I would've loved to have gone to the Marc Jacobs show. Not merely based on the fact that he has awesome clothes, but Sonic Youth was also performing during the show. Those models must've felt like such bad asses for being able to strut in tune with Kim Gordon's voice. I saw Sonic Youth perform during the summer at a festival with other fellow music lovers. But it would've been so bizarre to see them at some fashion show filled with snooty celebrities and fashion people.

M.I.A. was also in attendance! I love the new ads that she's in.

André Leon Talley seems so intimidating in pictures. But this time he actually warmed me over. He's wearing a Barack Obama button! I guess he must be very proud to have voted. Also, I might be over analyzing this but I do like the nice little blue cap he's wearing signifying that he's a blazing democrat. It adds a sweet touch.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Snow Day

Classes have been canceled today because 5 inches of snow fell last night covering the state of Illinois. I am locked in my room and can't hide behind anymore excuses of why I'm too busy to make long awaited updates. I guess this post will be about what I've been up to this past winter.

For the past month and a half I've been working at Victoria's Secret as a retail slave. Every single day I had to interact with women and their whining needs for lingerie. For those of you living in the U.S., you know that they have a massive sale during the winter time called the "Semi-Annual Sale". Which means flocks of women wait in front of the store and rip the entire premise apart upon entering. Heidi and Adriana are probably delighted to be employed by this company. They get to pose for pictures and do runway work. But for the rest of us, minimum wage and bitchy customers is what our day at work is like.

I also hate, hate, HATE seeing girls wearing sweatpants in public that say PINK on the butt. Do they honestly think that it looks good?? Especially little adolescent girls who don't realize that Victoria's Secret is actually filled to the brim with sex. Overpriced sweatpants and cute panties is just a marketing tool to suck them into the store at an early age.

Enough with the ranting...

But I saw a couple of great movies this winter too.

Juno was a really funny and sweet movie. Of course the whole world fell in love with Ellen Page. Do you think that she'll be the next Molly Ringwald?? I also really love her style. Most articles about Ellen are accompanied by pictures of her in comfy hoodies and sneakers. I like how she's being herself and not turning into another Lindsay.

But these photos show her looking so chic. I need to go get a vintage bicycle now.

I'm Not There, was the long awaited film about Bob Dylan starring a crew of great actors. In my opinion Cate Blanchett stole the spotlight. Throughout the film I kept forgetting that the Bob Dylan I saw was really a woman. Then I felt really awkward and weird becauseshe made an attractive man. Anyways, can you tell the difference between the real Dylan and Cate?

I've also been interning for the senator Barack Obama. Since last September I've been making thousands of phone calls to people urging them to vote. I've also walked around neighborhoods in Iowa and Illinois, knocking on people's doors conversing about the country. It's astounding how far he's gotten in this election. I haven't met the man yet, but I've encountered many of his friends. They've all got so many positive things to say. He resembles the John F. Kennedy that millions have gotten excited about in the past.

I didn't buy that many clothes this winter, but I did come across a really neat pair of mustard yellow skinny jeans. I've always wanted a pair of colorful pants and these were just perfect. I now have an obsession for all things that are mustard yellow.