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Saturday, May 13, 2017



Thredup featured my Instagram shot on their blog!  #claimtofame hehe

Almost that entire outfit was secondhand: 

Lace top by JCrew Collection (Thredup)
Slim pants by Banana Republic (Thredup)
Shoes by Salvatorre Ferragamo (found at Goodwill for less than $5!)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Again Thrift Shop
712 W Division St
Mt Vernon, WA 98273

After all the ridiculous moving in the past couple of months, I stopped having to drive down this one road in town.  In that time, this adorable little vintage shop popped up and I can't believe I just discovered it!  


Again Thrift is a mix of modern and vintage pieces - women's and men's clothing, accessories, furniture, housewares, local artwork - curated to be cute and quirky.  Everything is in great condition, hand selected, and organized, which seems more like a vintage, shop, but the prices are a lot more reasonable than many vintage shops that I've ever been to.  The owner was very sweet and even refurbishes or repurposes some of the items herself.



Loved the 70's vibes and free coffee.








I ended up just having to buy this embroidered burger patch cropped t-shirt (originally by Zara) as a gift for Jenni... but might wear it a little before I see her haha.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

I've already mentioned my love of Japanese aesthetic in terms of voluminous structure, but these are really great showcases of how it can really be stunning (and yet wearable) in real life.  One of my favorite captured streetstyle looks from my trip to Korea also featured such drama.  

Here are some from Droptokyo:


Name: Kurumi | くるみ
Occupation: Free Model
Tops: HELK
Pants: JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN
Shoes: Cry.
Accessory: Used
How elegant is this woman?  It takes skilled tailoring to achieve volume like this without looking heavy.



Name: Daiki | ダイキ
Occupation: Hair Stylist (OOO YY)
Jacket: Used
Sweater: UNIQLO
Bottoms: Used
Shoes: VANS
Something as simple as unexpected bagginess (while everything remains crisp) really adds attitude.


Name: SEN | セン
Occupation: Model
Jacket: LOEWE
Shirt: LOEWE
Pants: LOEWE
Shoes: LOEWE

I'm not sure if this counts as volume or just relaxed, but Sen Mitsuji is just good looking so I'll just leave this here anyway ;)



Name: Yuka | ユカ
Occupation: Office Worker
Tops: H&M
Pants: Bershka
Shoes: Balenciaga
Bag: LOEWE
Belt: Polo Ralph Lauren
Whether she works in a creative field or this is her off-day, this is an incredibly bold look!  Definitely not the typical OL-san.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sometimes the classics are the most striking.  Love how these looks all have a modern twist - whether it's in length, combination, hair and makeup, accessories, or cut - that definitely keep them from being anything but boring.


Name: Shuhei Uesugi | 上杉柊平
Occupation: Actor (KEN-ON)
Coat: UNIQLO


This blazer coat hits at such an interesting place.  Since the rest of his outfit is completely white it really highlights the sharpness of his outerwear.


Name: Ruka | る鹿
Occupation: Model
Jacket: ROSE BUD
Bag: ROSE BUD
Shoes: Dr.Martens
Styling is so important.  Neckline buttoned up all the way, matching red in the lips and nails = on point.


Name: Ken Morita
Occupation: Model (BARK in STYLe)
Sweater: UNIQLO
Denim pants: A.P.C. 
Rings and earrings are super subtle.  Love the cozy grandpa knit and suave hair.  Hipster style, Tokyo version?


Name: RUKO | るうこ
Occupation: Model
Tops: Acne Studios
Skirt: IRENE
Bag: Bottega Veneta
Shoes: Bottega Veneta
So many ways things can be reinvented.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Japanese fashion's influence on minimalism is monumental.  I absolutely love voluminous structure inspired by traditional shapes, and the classic combination of varying shades of navy and khaki reminiscent of indigo dye and bamboo.  The simpler some things appear, the more studied and perfected the lines actually are.

Droptokyo features all sorts of streetstyle, and I love how they give you facts such as occupation, so that you can imagine how each person incorporates their style into their normal lives.  It surprises me some of the unique major designer items people own, but they are always incorporated in a subtle, personalized style all their own, and mixed with low, and even second-hand pieces.

Here are some of my favorites in the muted theme:


Name: Saki Shibata | 柴田 紗希
Occupation: Model
Jacket: Yves Sain Laurent
Bottoms: Used
Bottoms: flower
Shoes: Used
Bag: GUCCI
No rules for petites.  Anyone can rock a dramatic hemline.


Name: Rintarou Asari | 浅利琳太郎
Outer: MUJI
Tops: Used
Bottoms: AOKI
Bag: Christopher Nemeth
That white scarf really pops despite the restrained, introverted air.


Name: Suzumi | スズミ
Tops: Used
Bottoms: MUJI
Shoes: JOURNAL STANDARD relume
Bag: ZARA
Hat: Used
Love her use of texture to break up the black, and make her French chic look not at all cliché.


Name: Sho Ono | 小野 匠
Occupation: Actor
Jacket: YANTOR
Tops: YANTOR
Pants: YANTOR
Glasses: Chistian Roth
Hair Salon: vicca
The hues of this look are so rich when combined in layers.  See how large yet streamlined the shape is.
Name: RYUTARO | リュウタロウ
Occupation: Hair stylist (OOO YY)
Jacket: NuGgETS
Setup: yotsuba
Casket: Yohji Yamamoto
Shoes: MIHARAYASUHIRO
A cute, mori ("forest") look.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The fashionista in me is cringing at all these proposed bridesmaid dresses...  Who would want to wear an office dress made out of shiny taffeta?  Why do the rest look like soggy caveman chiffon?  Did they really need to add a puffy flower there?  Is this really how I want preserved in someone's photo album forever?



Friday, December 23, 2016


"Fashion fades, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent

All the sorts of people were there today to view the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the SAM.  YSL has always had a dichotomous image in my head of being either very elegant and proper or very daring and pushing the envelope.  Like with any sort of art though, anybody can appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship and history of such a designer, whether or not it's their personal aesthetic.



These were some of my favorite pieces, although there were many more risque, elaborate, fantastical works that YSL was known for.  I loved all the mod styles with sleek cuts that just barely frame the figure.









Saturday, November 26, 2016

I never thought I'd say this, but sometimes regular shopping is much more exhausting than thrifting.

The difficult part about retail is that you have to wade through everything - each piece which catches the eye, and could theoretically be a good buy to some degree - and discern what you actually like and what you're actually being tricked into liking.  It's harder to pinpoint what pieces are actually special.  After a few stores you start recognizing the same trends and wonder whether you should've bought it from this place instead of that one, whether it really makes a difference that this brand put an extra ruffle here.  When they don't carry your size, you try to convince yourself that either you can squeeze into the smaller one or make it work with the bigger one.  And of course, there's the eternal struggle of "Do I really like it thi$ much"?


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