Tuesday, March 29, 2011

POETRY SLAM!

Hiya..... I am participating a local poetry slam soon! I've never done one, and this is a little different from most. It's just kids, and I guess since the organizers didn't want anybody's feelings to get hurt, it's not a competition. Slightly disappointing, but still. Anyway, I have selected an Emily Dickinson poem and written one. We're each supposed to have one by an actual poet and one by ourselves. Here's mine:

Wind
In the trees
Rain
In the trees
Ground
Beneath the trees
Birds
In the trees
A nature scene
Within the green
Fast forward!
A city is now sitting there
An urban scene
With neon glare
Wind
In the buildings
Rain
Outside the buildings
Ground
Beneath the buildings
Birds
Outside the buildings
Same old place
A different face
Ever changing
Always ranging
A place with change
But somehow always stays the same.....

And hither are my possible outfits for the 'Slam!
Eccentric and woodsy, like a fairy. (or so I like to think) I got 
this dress in New York. It's funny how boxy it is, but I like it.

Openly nutty. This is a vintage dress I got in New York.
 It has crazy shoulder pads that I have to keep just because.

Cultured and scholarly. My Banana Republic blouse and black jeggings with black tank 
top. The most calm of these outfits, which is probably a good thing. What do you think?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Clothes for Excercising

Bella Cotton Spandex Fitness Yoga Pant - Deep Heather 810 LBeyond Yoga Organic Pima Scoop Top, Lemon, SmallYogaAccessories (TM) 1/4'' Extra Thick High Density Yoga Mat (Phthalate Free) - Teal GreenMJ Soffe Men's Long Polyester Mini-Mesh Short, Dark Green, Medium  
I have mixed feelings on this type of garment. As a basketball player, I am obliged to don basketball shorts at least twice a week, but that  doesn't mean that I like them. In fact, I am much more comfortable in a skirt or skinny jeans. Most people don't understand it-- is must be my strong sense of what is right and wrong in the fashion world.

I am more open-minded about other kinds of excercise clothes. I had the idea for this post last night a yoga class, when I thought about my odd fascination with yoga clothes. I like the way they look in stores-- all solid colors and neat, matchy-matchy sets of stretch fabric. I think it must just be the shopper within me, because as soon as I get home, I'm bored with the yoga clothes. The unnatural fibers they are made of get pilly and the solid colors become such a yawn.

That isn't, of course, to say that I don't like yoga. I'll wear yoga clothes if it means two hours of stretching and relaxation. But I'll also wear basketball shorts if it means I get two hours of playing. I like bathing suits, but only if they are functional as well as fashionable. I'm not the kind of girl who sits around on the side of the pool getting a tan. I'm swimming like a fish. Okay, I think that's enough meditating on what we wear to get in shape. It is an odd subject.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Back!!!!

Okay, I am BACK from New York, and what an adventure! I walked so much in the freezing cold and freezing rain, and I was hoping that when I got back home it would be like "insta-spring". Alas, I brought the cold with me. I have more cold and rain to deal with-- those spring dresses will have to wait. I did, however get some fantastic T-shirts from "Wicked" and "Turn off the Dark", which will be added to my wardrobe. I think that my new obsession will be shirts from musicals. They're amazing! I really, really need the Billy Elliot shirt, but not only was I out of money when I found it, they also didn't have my size.

In addition to the musical shirts, I got two dresses. One is an interesting flowy number that is very light and reminds one of a fairy. The other is as vintage green dress with black polka-dots and shoulder pads. I LOVE THEM!!!! I certainly walked enough for them.

I went to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe (yes, of Harry Potter fame!!!) and it had the cutest dresses! Rosemary wore these pink '60s dresses. I HAVE to have one. The show was really good, too, though I did wait outside in the sleet for Daniel Radcliffe to come outside. He didn't. They said he wasn't feeling well. Oh well.

I <3 NY. Here's my video!

Monday, March 21, 2011

My miserable excuse for a post

I have been packing so hard for New York that I haven't had time to think of any new post ideas. I do, however, have a lot of footage of me spinning around in different outfits. I cobbled together a quick video of it, added music, and threw it on YouTube. This is the product.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

4 Girls with Style

I have to admit that, other than my grandmother, there are people whose fashion I admire. Today, I'm going to show them. They're all famous, because one thing I can't get enough of is media. I adore movies and magazines and especially TV shows. I love the glamour and the red carpet, which I think that all these people have captured, though not necessarily in a way that is traditional for their time.
I don't like drama out of the films, and I think all these people have managed to steer clear of it. They are true "movie stars", not "celebrities". They are four women with true, innovative, style.

4. Emma Watson. I don't think I am biased about this because of my love for Harry Potter.  I really do love her style and think that she is a great fashion role model.  Up until now, she has stuck to classic good looks, a wonderful thing for teenagers. Now that her time as Hermione is over, she apparently decided it was time for a new look; time to separate herself from Hermione. She did. She now has a pixie cut (featured below) and has taken to wearing more daring ensembles.




3. Zooey Deschanhal. I love her quirky (though apparently she doesn't like being called that) style with all the cute vintage. Even though her Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie did no justice to the book, I love her look and overall style.






2. Helena Bonham Carter. In addition to being an amazingly versatile actress (she does Shakespeare AND Harry Potter?), she has an incredible style. She has a bold, eccentric style that is often dark.... just like her. Her hair is also good. She just lets it go and that fits.

And last, but certainly not least.......
1. Audrey Hepburn. Who can forget this iconic style? She, unlike many fashion figures nowadays (The name that comes to mind is Lady Gaga), dresses to look good, not to look crazy. She wears classic updos, over-the-elbow gloves, simple black dresses..... it's all just right. She always seems to keep looking pretty in mind, not just making a statement.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My fashion staples

Hello! It's a wonderful day, except for the rain. (Is this stuff EVER going to go away???) So, one week from my New York City trip, I am really starting to think about packing to go there. It's time to think about what I really need in my wardrobe. I don't have time today to go through all my clothes and pick out what I don't wear, but I DO have time to go through and pick out what I can't live without! There are a few items that I can build tons of outfits out of-- and for me, of course, they're all quirky and colorful. So, first up:
A light, flippy skirt. These are fun and you can find them anywhere.

A fun skirt with a bold print on it, to indulge your inner child.

Wide-leg pants. They're very in this year, and great even if you don't think you're a wide-leg pants person. I was crazy about skinny jeans, and then I got these pants! They're perfect.

An all-purpose dress. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and it should flatter you. Instant chic.

A fun graphic tee. Just slip it on, and BAM! You have spiced up an ordinary outfit.

An interesting or "statement" sweater. Sweaters don't have to fit into the "sweater stereotype". You can wear them out of the house.

Jeggings. I know I said that I like wide-leg pants now, but I still love jeggings. They are so comfortable, but they are still acceptable as pants, unlike other leggings. I like the corduroy kind. I have three pairs: red, black, and green. They're warm enough that I wear them when it's too cold for tights.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Outfit of the Week

Hi, readers! Thanks so much for your support. My last post got 3 times the views of all my previous posts combined!
Anyway, I have a new idea. I'm going to post 1 outfit every Monday, and it will set the theme for the week. It'll be the "Outfit of the Week". I'm hoping it will give a bigger view of just what my style--and the style of the blog--is. This week, my friends, my theme is girly, retro, and kind of dressy. I know, I know, that is always my style. But this is distinctive because it is slightly more adult than most of the things I wear (I am still clinging to a polka-dot Mini-Boden skirt I got circa 2005). Okay, here goes:
This dress is from Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta. I don't know the brand; it's vintage and has no tag. Blouse: Banana Republic. Pale pink. Tights: Gianni Binni. Black flats w/bows. Tights: Hue. Coral pink.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Raiding My Grandmother's Closet

Yes, that says what you think it says. I find great stuff in my grandmother's closet. I clothed myself for an entire summer that way. I guess I'm lucky that I have a stylish grandmother who is also my exact size, otherwise I would probably have half the clothes I do. It's what got me started on vintage (which I am now obsessed with. Case in point: Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta, GA. AWESOME STORE). Mimi (as my brother nicknamed my grandmother when he was learning how to speak) is taking me to N.Y.C. soon (11 days!!!!) and when I'm in New York, I drink the fashion world like water. Last time, I got this really comfortable, very New York-y looking brown dress at American Apparel. It's the one place that all my crazy looks are at home. I'm also going to see Wicked there, and you know those costumes got a Tony Award!!! I suppose a certain style skips a generation, because my own mother says that HER crazy great-aunts were her biggest fashion influences. Stuff works in crazy ways.
Here are some great pieces that Mimi has given me over the years.
We're bringing back the '80s with tis J. Crew blazer! (note: not actually from the '80s. Hey, my grandmother is a shopper)

I got this when grandmother gave it to me for my spring piano recital. Made by Lily.

This was part of my costume in a musical last fall. Charter Club.

Crazy amazing dress. I like to wear it with green skinny cords. Pinkerton.

Another great blazer, though I need to study my grandmother for the proper things to wear blazers with. J. Crew.

LOVE THIS VEST. So chunky and warm! Talbots.

This is probably the thing from this post that I've worn the most. Unfortunately, I don't know what brand it is because the tag has been cut out. I'm thinking maybe J. Crew, but just because Mimi likes it so much.

Anyway, au revoir for now.... and remember: if your grandmother has boxes in her attic or basement, it might mean that she has super amazing old vintage clothes in them. LOOK. You will find good stuff. Happy hunting!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Good taste will never go out of style.

Here are some pictures of paper dolls cut from pattern magazines in the 1940s. Don't you think that if you wore this stuff today you would get compliments? They belonged to my grandmother when she was a child, and she turned out to be quite the fashion plate. She is probably the person who influenced my fashion sense the most, with her bold style and constant willingness to help me shop. I also routinely raid her closet for cute finds and have come up with some great stuff over the years. Right now I'm wearing a Talbot's knit vest (chunky yellow, green, purple, and pink wool) that came straight out of the "Mimi Collection".

I think the pink outfit looks very Eileen Fisher.

I just can't get over that blue dress.

So yeah, maybe I do have a vintage-y , retro style. What's wrong with that? The 1940s were a great time. And I get less weird looks from my vintage outfits than from my NCIS boots, which ARE a coming soon attraction.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Willow's Fashion

Okay, so I have to do it. I have to expound on Willow's clothes in seasons 1-3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow goes through an amazing fashion transformation in the series, from endearingly frumpy and boxy, to cutely fuzzy, to long skirts and lots of red, and finally to just stuff that's boring except when it's ugly or too revealing. I choose to show pictures of the early seasons, where her style is was more like my own.

Poor Willow. In this picture, Cordelia is asking her where she got her outfit, and Willow replies that her mother picked it out for her. This is the first episode ever of Buffy, so they don't have Willow's style down yet.

Are those PEACHES on her skirt? Too good to be true.


These are the fuzzy sweaters, some of the best things that Willow wears. FUZZY.

This is one of her best outfits, so it's a shame there aren't any good picutres of it. Her overalls are pink, and her sweatshirt has little monkeys on it. I wish I knew where to get stuff like that.

Dress




This is a dress I spent all day yesterday altering. It used to be huge on me, the skirt was below-the-knee, and it had no lace. I had never worn it. Now that I've added all this, the faux chiffon (I call it chiffaux) dress is pretty, and I think I'll put it to use :)