Saturday, September 22, 2012

Playlist vibes for this week

Just ideas.

1. Love Shack - The B-52's
2.  California Girls - The Beach Boys
3. Polythene Pam - The Beatles
4. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
5. Rip Her To Shreds - Blondie
6. Fascination Street - The Cure
7. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
8. Golden Years - David Bowie
9. Sunshine Superman - Donovan
10. Down On Me - Janis Joplin

Going for some Weetzie Bat Vibes this week even though it's not really summer anymore. More like Witch Baby vibes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Livin' just enough for the city

I went to New York City today. Yay.
I dressed with punk/schoolgirl vibes in mind, and I work this fake leather jacket that I put a Sgt. Pepper patch on the back of. It was really weird out in the city (It was raining and windy but at the same time really hot) so I ended up taking off the jacket.
 Skirt, turtleneck, and jacket from Goodwill, socks from Old navy and shoes from the online Doc Martin's store.

 I was listening to my iPod when I got my boots shined, and "Venus in Furs" happened to come on so I was all "MY BOOTS OF SHINY SHINY LEATHER" and felt like I shared some kind of inside joke with myself.

 This place actually made my entire day. Not gonna lie.

I went to this record store on Bleeker Street, and I found The Velvet Underground & Nico and a 45 of The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "I Get Around". Then I found a Tiffany's, and obviously I ran to the nearest cafe, bought a croissant and a coffee and proceeded to eat it outside of Tiffany's. I feel that a life-goal has been accomplished.
I also went to this makeup store and tried on some lipstick that probably cost more than my whole house. The saleswoman there wanted me to buy it and I sort of left so I wouldn't accidentally buy the whole store with my college money.
Another note, I saw a gay couple sitting on a park bench all cuddled up, and I was remind of how much I love NYC. If they were to do that in my town, or a great many other places nearby, they would be yelled at or insulted by passers-bye. It made me so happy to see that they could just be together without people attacking them for it.
That's pretty much all!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fashion vs. Trends

People often blow me off when I explain that I like fashion and style. People will tell me that fashion is stupid and shallow. This is a big problem for those of us who love fashion and style, because it is often discredited because of it's association with "trendiness" and movies and media that stereotype fashion as a shallow, vacuous world.
The problem with this thinking is that it associated "fashion" with "trend", which couldn't be more different, in reality. "Fashion" is really an art; it's when a designer comes up with an idea that is theirs. True fashion isn't always well received. Take the Marc Jacobs grunge line in 1992, and Mary Quant's mini skirts and short hair in the early-to-mid sixties. But they are still incredibly influential lines, and often the reason they weren't well received was because they were so revolutionary. True fashion is really about not giving a crap. People copy true fashion because they admire the people who have the guts to crate such extraordinary pieces, and this is how the fashion business works.
"Trends" are the opposite. A trend is something that everyone likes, something that is safe and "strong in numbers". The more people who follow the trend, the more likely it is to suck other people into it. Trends work because people care about how other people think and work. True, trends can also be incredibly influential (hippie, punk, grunge), but trends always stem off of something else, whether it's art or music or poetry or high fashion. Trends don't happen unless their is some original creation that they can copy.
Someone recently tried to convince me that fashion is not an art, and that it's only a business, and that it's solely about the money. And that is partly true, it is about money, and fashion shows can be incredibly expensive. But so can big-name concerts, and art museums exhibits. Yet all of those things are considered art and fashion is not, when in reality music and visual art is as much of a business as fashion is. Fashion is as much of an art as anything else, but it's discredited because it involved putting on clothing as opposed to picking up a paintbrush.
People make the mistake of thinking fashion is all about the clothes, and that's what makes it so vain and empty. But fashion is not just about the clothes. It's about the stories the clothes tell, the social climate of the time, and the circumstances surrounding the clothes. Fashion is about everything.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Talkin' about the midnight gambler the one you never seen before

Today I dressed like a member of the Rolling Stones.

 We went to Woodstock today, and on the way there was this old abandoned house that looked really awesome and photo-worthy. There were no "No Trespassing" signs, and we probably weren't supposed to be there, but we went anyway CUZ WE CAN'T B TAMED!!!1!1
Also, the front door was unlocked, which was a bit weird.
 The shirt and the jacket are from the Salvation Army, the pants are from the Gap, the glasses are actually prescription and from Zeni Optical, and the shoes are thrifted.
 My sister found this jacket at the same time I found this shirt, and we were just showing them to each other when I had a GENIUS moment, stuck the two together and BAM! this outfit was born.

 There was this big peace sign as we got closer to Woodstock, which made it all feel even cooler.
 We stopped in this town called Liberty, which was sort of sketchy yet incredibly awesome at the same time. There was this store that had a sign out front for typewriter sales and repairs, and I looked through the window to see the date on the calendar to make sure it wasn't 1975.

 Awesome boxing place. I was sort of worried that big-muscled boxing champs would come down the stairs and beat me up for being such a skinny tourist noob.
People gave me funny looks at the Woodstock museum. I guess it was because I looked like I was part of the museum.
Life is tough when you're born in the wrong time period.
I got all these awesome 16 magazines from 1966-67, and there is a lot of Beatles stuff in them. On the back of one there is this origami cut-out Christmas ornament with Paul McCartney's face on it. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sometimes my mind don't shake and shift but most of the time it does

The other day I was looking at some Meadham Kirchoff stuff and really wanted to do the makeup the models had on. I also figured out that if you mix eyeshadow with vaseline you can get any color lipstick in the world, so I used blue eyeshadow on my lips because I'm lazy and broke.
This isn't really a fashion post, just a makeup post.
 I made the Doors shirt with acrylic paint and a stencil.

 I went to the Salvation Army and Goodwill today and found some AMAZING stuff. I also bought a super he-man sized jacket to do a project I saw on Rookie:
 me shopping.

I just realized that the girl behind me was giving me an "Oh no you didn't" look.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunset Boulevard

I found this neat old polyester kimono in my closet and really wanted to see how it floated around in the water. I think I bought it in some sketchy shop in Chinatown NYC, but that's pretty much every Chinatown shop, which is why I love it there so much.

These photos seemed so Hollywood-gone-bad and the whole pool thing is Sunset Boulevard (get it??  Cuz the guy dies in the pool?? And I'm in a pool?? haha??) so that's the title. Here they are:

"It's not exactly what you'd call a figure, is it?"

This week I channelled my inner Edie Sedgwick and did a lot of heavy eye makeup, wore minidresses and pranced about in English gardens (okay, ignore that last part)
Here are some photos, taken by my dad, the only one in the family who owns a functioning camera.
 I sewed this dress myself, the tights are from H&M and the shoes are thrifted.

 Same photo in color, so you can see the pattern.
There aren't any other pictures of this outfit, but the dress is a hand-me-down.
I got a lot of people saying stuff like, "Woah, your makeup is intense," and I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult, but WHATEVS I do my own thing.
I'll post more photos later. Doing a grunge thing I think.


My name is Lucy, and I'm 16 and fashion-obsessed. I will be posting some photos of my outfits here soon, and by soon I mean, like, today.
So, after that rather uninspired greeting, let's get started.