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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My friends took me to Morningside Market, a farmer's market held on Saturday mornings at 8am across from Alon's in Virginia Highlands.  It's a cute size and everyone there was very friendly and enthusiastic about sustainability, organic living, etc.  The produce and meat turned out to be really delicious - you can taste the difference.  There are a lot of benefits of organic food such as retained nutrients, less pesticides, and better pay for the producers.

As you can imagine, the way everyone was dressed reminded me of home - randomly-bundled or hipster.  But I liked the unpretentiousness of it all.  You can get some pretty interesting ensembles, intentional or not.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Still trying to figure out the camera on my new phone...

Friday, January 18, 2013


After discovering some really cool Australian fashion bloggers (Sara Donaldson of Harper and Harley and Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three), I've been longing to see these Australian clothes in person even though I probably couldn't afford them...  I didn't know that Australia had such an active, contemporary fashion scene!  However, most of them don't even ship to the US!  So sad, maybe one day...

Aje plays a lot with proportion and a lot of contrasting textures.  Very trendy.  What I would imagine is the equivalent of a "Cali girl" in Australia.

Lover, famous for their lace pieces and popular with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr.  When I looked them up, I was happily surprised to see that their pieces had smart, interesting cuts as well.

Macgraw, cohesive color palettes and flattering cool girl silhouettes.  A lot of both office appropriate and girly outfits.

 The last I've come across is Manning Cartell, a brand that incorporates a lot of beautiful print art and avant-garde shapes into their clothing.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pudi has always been the quintessential cool kid.  He's a SERIOUS magician, and he has a really unique style of his own that I couldn't see anyone else quite pulling off in the same way.  And I love his angel wing shoes.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Now, I'm all for creating a certain brand identity and trying to reach a certain demographic.  It makes business sense and artistically, the creative directors and designers can hone in on their visions.  However, Free People has always been one of those brands I've never understood.  I know what they're theoretically trying to portray - clothes for a free spirited, bohemian, young, fit, somewhat rebellious girl.  When I look at the clothes in person, I appreciate the (most likely?) handmade beading and embroidery, and I admire how they can mix and match very clashing textures and prints.  I like the crafted, organic aesthetic and 70's inspiration.  It sticks true to its image, and you can often tell just by a glance that THAT is by Free People.

From the latest Jan. 2013 catalogue.  credit: Free People

However, if you take a step back and think... how do you actually wear this stuff (appropriately) if you aren't in LA or Dublin, or off to a music festival?  I can't decide if I'd look crazier with one eccentric piece mixed in with my normal clothes, or in a whole ensemble.  Despite the often loose fits, how could a curvier person pull most of these things off without looking frumpy?  And is the price really worth the vintage look of pre-dirtied shoes?  If those unauthentic rips tear any more and the fabric flaps around your money is kind of wasted, no?  But then again this stuff sells, so... maybe I'm just not the target audience.

That has always been my dilemma, and I always want to give it a chance.  I walk into the store, feel silly and walk back out.  But the other day, I actually found something I really liked!

A fit and flare, 3/4 sleeve, slightly dipped back dress in a fabric that's in between jersey and ponte.  It falls very nicely and fits - and isn't too short, as many Free People dresses seem to be (and I'm not even all that tall!)  At 60% off, it was worth it.  I suppose as with any collection - even though you might not think that the brand as a whole is your style or price point - you might be able to find a piece that suits you, which is reason enough to give any store a quick comb-through.

EDIT:  I found it online - it's called the Garden Sleeve Embroidered dress :)  I guess I was lucky because it was a little cheaper in stores.

I kid you not, the embroidery caught my eye through the window from the back sales rack while I was outside the store.  In my opinion, this type of floral seems kind of European (although the trend lately has been towards Latin and South American designs.)  It's intricate but subtle, and has a slight sheen to it; it's not something like a bow or a ribbon that you could just sew onto a normal dress.  This sort of unexpected detail is what I love.

They bagged my purchase in a big sling tote instead of a paper shopping bag, which no doubt is included in the ticket price, but hopefully people will end up reusing them.

I now consider Free People a tiny bit un-puzzled in my mind's shopping registry!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

This was taken last summer.  But Seattle summers are often still a little chilly, so this look can't really be placed in a particular season.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I just watched The Fall (2006) starring Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru and I must say, it was a GORGEOUS movie.  I could go on and on about the writing and emotions and cinematography, but here I'll just focus on the costumes.

The movie functions in dual worlds: California in the 1920's, and the fantastical story that Roy Walker conjures for little Alexandria.  The "real world" is done in very soft sepia tones and seem more dream-like than the actual fictional universe.  But, that does allow Roy's story to take on very dramatic, theatrical, painfully beautiful imagery without being ridiculous.

(credit for everything unless otherwise noted: Enchanted Serenity of Period Films and Costume Captures)

Alexandria is an adorable European immigrant girl who broke her arm while picking oranges in the fields.  She always wears soft white and grey cottons and bows in her hair, highlighting her innocence despite her mischievous character.  During her hospital stay she befriends Roy Walker, a paralyzed inpatient who starts to tell her a tragic story.

This motley crew is brought together to take revenge against Governor Odious.  Because of the theatrical style, they are somewhat stereotypically dressed, but not mockingly so.  I love that despite the cultural references, none of them can be matched to any specific time period.  Left to right: 

1. Charles Darwin, in a hilarious but brilliant animal/insect inspired coat that shows his scientific side.  I love the sensible British touches - his bowler hat, white tuxedo button up and Wellingtons.  

2.  The Indian.  Amazing colorful pleated silks make him seem very majestic.  Everything down to his gold weapons and leather shoes are amazingly intricate.  

3.  Roy's imagination (in which Alexandria dives into) puts him in the role as the Red Bandit.  His Spanish-style uniform is masculine, but the flowing skirt gives it amazing movement and sensitivity throughout the film.  The use of masks and shielding one's true emotions is a large theme with several characters.

(On a side note, Lee Pace is gorgeous...........)


The fact that Alexandria has the same costume as Roy solidifies how this has become THEIR story, and that she is going to be an essential help to him despite being just a child.

4.  Luigi.  The cut of his coat (particularly the collar and cuffs) are almost couture.  Also, the fire pattern on his back alludes to his expertise in explosives and likewise hot personality.

credit: fanpop

5.  Otta Benga.  He doesn't have much costume on... but a close-up of his headpiece shows the impeccable detailing he has too.  The natural striping of the horns, the uniformity of the beads and how they change sizes...  He even has a piercing.

Sister Evelyn is a nun working as a nurse at the hospital.  Despite the simplicity of her uniform, it is gorgeously cut and pressed.  She also adds little details (a clip-on watch and knotted chignon).

Evelyn takes on the role of the princess in the story.  Again, here's the theme of secrecy and hidden identity and intentions with the mask.

I can't get over how gorgeous her makeup is, and how all the pinks are perfectly blended together just like her fan mask.

credit: anberlins on Tumblr

A fairy-like dress sets her as the goddess character which, of course, eventually backfires on the hero.  I have to appreciate the sheer and watercolor elements again carried on here.  Reminds me of both Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and Millais' "Ophelia."

AMAZING.  Again, another mask effect.  The pureness still has an aura of evil, which feels very genius.

-  Other noteworthy looks:

Sinclair/Governor Odius, the nemesis.  He keeps true to the historical 20's dapper look.  A Great Gatsby allusion with the pool death, perhaps?

The mystic.  I was speechless by this character, actually, because despite the simplicity he is not simply a 'native' - he's actually one with the trees, the way he blended into the story.  I suppose body paint counts as a costume as well.


In the end, everything is unbelievably human.  Roy's depression and heartbreak is as poignant as Alexandria's pure love for him and the importance that he live, simply because he's her friend.  Back to the normal hospital clothes, everything seems so beautiful and on the way to healing.

credit: sophiesnowflake on Tumblr?

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