Monday, 15 November 2010

Stuff I hate...Uggs

A teenage girl wearing Uggs in Dublin, Ireland. 
Over the last decade Ugg® boots have become a lazy 'style' staple for celebrities and the women who copy them. In case you haven't seen them on Pamela Anderson, Sienna Miller, Jordan or any other 'style' icon, they are sheep skin boots from Australia. They are basically slippers you can wear outside.

I was quite shocked that they were becoming popular again when I first moved to London ten years ago. I remembered them from high school. The popular 'trendy' girls, who dated the jocks, wore them with cut-offs and surf shirts and sweat shirts. Oh yeah and they all had long blond hair and perfect tans. I didn't know that Uggs had just started to be sold in the U.K., lucky them.
I hated them then and I hate them now. We used to say that Uggs was short for ugly.
Just say NO to Uggs and try and make a bit of an effort please.
(I'M NOT ADDING ANY LINKS TO OTHER ARTICLES BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL PRO UGGS AND I DON'T WANT TO ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO WEAR THEM)
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Sunday, 24 October 2010

3D Japanese Nail Art & Hip Hop nails

Over the last six months or so I have become obsessed with wild nails. For years I have said 'I want nails like Lil Kim.' Lil Kim once had $100 dollar bill cut up and glued onto her acrylics. But my friends always talked me out of it. But being unemployed and having lots of time on my hands, literally, I have started to 'do my nails'.
3D nails have been in the press recently because of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna have had their nails done in that style. Japanese girls are obsessed with everything that is 'super cute' or kawaii. Japanese 3D nails are just one of the many aspects of kawaii that include; Hello Kitty, Pikachu, Japanese Anime, J-pop, girly clothes, pastels and ruffles, child-like writing.
The first 3D Nail Salon has opened up in the Camden Stables Market.
http://3dnails.co.uk/london_shop/index.htm
 I haven't tried to do my nails like those pictured above but I will be giving it a shot soon. Here's some photos of my nails...
teal & rhinstones
red & stars
blingity bling
purple passion
scott pilgrim influenced
goth french manicure
bollywood nails
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Sunday, 25 July 2010

1234 festival part 2

Now it's the boys turn.
I saw a lot of short jeans and trousers...mostly rolled up and with the socks matching the shirt. I did not read about this trend in the Guardian until I got home that night...I swear!
pink check shirt + matching pink socks
plaid shirt + matching socks
olive socks
pinstripes and grey socks
Now for some other stuff I saw...
an extra from a merchant & ivory film?
a sailor
my friend bud wearing a vivienne westwood shirt
michael jackson?
And the best dressed guy I saw...
everything about him was dapper and cool. LOVE HIM!

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1234 festival part 1...

I went to 1234 Festival in Shoreditch Park Saturday. There were lots of amazing bands and a lot of interesting fashion...especially since the Shoreditch/Hoxton area is Hipster central.
Here's the girls...
I liked the bag and boots combo with the lacy dress.
I liked the shoes but everything else is a mess.
Really cute floral jumpsuit!
Cute floral dress + 'Pugs Not Drugs' bag.
I really like the feather print of this shirt + the tiny fringed bag.
I liked the Hello Kitty socks & she was wearing a kitten top. Others disageed.
I saw her as I was leaving. LOVE the dress!

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

style icon number 2

Jessica Fletcher
And no I'm not joking. I am a child of the 80's and love almost all 80's fashion. But one of my favorites is the pussy bow blouse or secretary blouse. It was usually made out of polyester but was sometimes made of silk. It came in all sorts of prints and colors...and Jessica Fletcher has an amazing collection of these blouses and dresses. I've had a quite extensive collection of the blouses for about 15 years now. Mostly from charity and thrift shops, but some new ones whenever the high street jumped on my band wagon.

As I became a huge fan of Murder, She Wrote, after watching the repeats daily on daytime television, I realized that J.B. Fletcher actually had a pretty good dress sense. There's usually at least one outfit she wears in an episode that I would wear. I have moved on from just the blouses to what I call 'Jessica Fletcher' dresses.
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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Todd Oldham

Todd OldhamImage by cameraartsblog via Flickr
One of my favorite designers is Todd Oldham. He doesn't really design anymore, he still has a jeans line but is more into photography right now. He did the photos for Amy Sedaris's book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. He's also involved with interior design, book publishing. And 'He's on the board of
Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), to work in partnership with indigenous people in conserving biodiversity, health and culture in Central America...and Aperture, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting photography.' (Wikipedia) So basically, Todd Rocks!
I love Todd! I even have a tattoo inspired by his logo.
I love Todd's designs because they were fun and had a sense of humor. He did a collection inspired by the 3 Stooges! The pockets had handles on them and the linings were a wood paneling print. Todd was also not afraid of color and prints...especially mixing up color and prints! His clothes were way more interesting to me than Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren or Donna Karen...which are all beige and boring!
(The suit to the left is Trompe L'oeil patchwork print silk.)
Todd's from Texas and embraces everything tacky, trashy and kitsch.
Todd was also on MTV...a lot. He was showing us girls how to customize and make our own clothes...how to use vintage and second hand clothes and re-style them. He was lovely and friendly and was like your Gay Best Friend before you even knew you needed one.

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

charming...



This was my friends Jeffrey, Michael and his sister Jennifer's band...Charming. We met at this Britpop night called Cafe Blue in L.A. They were going to play at this music industry festival in Las Vegas, so a bunch of us decided to go with them for support and general shenanigans. I filmed it for prosperity.
We were obsessed with Britpop and indie music and dressed as much like our favorite Britpop bands as we could. On the way to Vegas we made a list 'How to be Charming', copying the idea from one of our favorite bands Pulp. I will look for the Charming list and post it soon.
As you can see they were quite cool and glamorous but in a very British way. At the time all the girls in California and the U.S. wanted to look like Gwen Stefani from No Doubt. And I remember the boys all wearing wallet chains and wife beater tank tops and baggy shorts. Britpop was much more classy and romantic and looked really cool...It was literally 1,000 of miles away from what we thought was boring Southern California.

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Friday, 9 July 2010

style icon number 1

audrey hepburn - breakfast at tiffany'sImage by melilab via Flickr
Audrey Hepburn has been one of my style icons since high school. Most of my hair styles have been inspired by hers. I even gave myself blonde streaks like Holly Golightly's in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

I have like fifteen 'little black dresses' because of Audrey. She had a classic, simple style that was personified by her decades long collaboration and friendship with Hubert Givenchy. I feel like a lady when I dress like her.

"Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it."
Audrey Hepburn
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Sunday, 4 July 2010

Mary Janes...

I love Mary Janes. At one point I had 15 different pairs. I had to get rid of most of them when I moved to London. I am now building up my collection again. I like to think that all my designs can be worn with Mary Janes.
Here's some I especially love...
 
 
 
 
I had a pair like these but they were from Payless Shoe Source and cost $9.99.
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Monday, 21 June 2010

Jumpers

Here's some jumpers I'm planning on making...

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Things that inspire me...


On A Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Barbra Streisand
This is my fave Barbra film, it's completely mad! Here's the plot off Wikipedia:
At the behest of her ultra-conservative fiance Warren, scatter-brained five-pack-a-day chain smoker and clairvoyant Daisy Gamble attends a class taught by psychiatrist Marc Chabot for help in kicking her habit. While undergoing hypnosis, it is discovered she is the reincarnation of Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees, a seductive 19th century coquette who was born the illegitimate daughter of a kitchen maid.
Oh and Jack Nicholson plays her step-brother Tad.
This is my favorite scene in the movie. I love how her night gown is the same as the sheets and her dress is the same material as the chair! Love it!
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