black on black on black

I found this dress a few weeks ago at my favorite brick-and-mortar vintage store. For $25. Yes, $25. I keep waiting to find something egregiously wrong with it, and that moment never seems to come. What better to team it with than these kickass $1 heels + sparkly fascinator from Kristina? Dress: vintage, via brick-and-mortar store Fascinator &…

mother said straight ahead

I borrowed my mom’s vintage cape and got to channel my favorite musical. Despite my lofty aspirations, I am far more Little Red than the Witch. It’s always weird when your mental image of yourself fails to align with reality. In my head I’m slinky and sinister and throaty-voiced; in real life I’m stocky and…

haunt for the holidays

Can we take a moment and collectively appreciate Kristina of Eccentric Owl here? I’d known since my birthday (back in May) that I had a package from her on the way, but I had no idea it would be this package. I finally received it on Monday (the day before my half birthday), and…lord oh lord was…

bustlin’

You have no idea how long I’ve been wanting to share this. Seriously, you cannot possibly know. But it’s finally upon us: my first article for Bustle was published today! Dress: vintage, via brick-and-mortar store Hat: vintage, thrifted Everything else: thrifted I am so excited. I got to write about an issue I hardly ever see addressed in…

brace the sails to starboard

I love open water. Love. I know r/thalassophobia is supposed to be nightmare fuel, but no – I browse it to bolster my dreams. The waves don’t scare me: the sea is a beast, but it’s a beast tamed by physicists and mapmakers. It knows the rules. On Saturday we took a day trip to Plattsburgh,…

patchwork imp

Jumping on my own “masked creatures in the woods” bandwagon. I could get used to this. Dress: vintage, via Rusty Zipper Cape: from a friend Mask: Earthbound Trading Everything else: thrifted

wine & dine

Last week, Jenna from Fairmont Hotels contacted me about seeing my best take on a “wine & dine me” outfit. Her branch, in San Jose, CA, is hosting a dinner-and-drinks event this month, and she said she’d like to get a few bloggers’ takes on elegance for inspiration. Now, I should mention that 1) I…

beluga, sevruga, come winds of the caspian sea

With her pervasive purpleness and queenly affect, Holly doesn’t need a lot of prep to become Ursula. I’ve been wondering for a while, though: where is the line between an artistically altered image – a blending of photography with other elements of storytelling – and an image that’s straight-up overshopped? I know badly ‘shopped pictures…

factory girl

I live in what was once one of Vermont’s foremost mill towns. Most of the mills have crumbled or been converted to offices and hipster apartments, but some of them still belch steam. What better backdrop for this thoroughly 1940s look? I found this dress at a theater-department costume sale, the same one where I…

indian summer & channeling kristina

We’re having a random warm snap (it hit 70 degrees today. In Vermont. In November.), so I took the opportunity to break in this Dirty Birdies Vintage dress. It was my “theater season is over” present to myself. Except, for some reason, it was WAY too big in the bodice. I swear I read the…

this isn’t my actual halloween look

I want that well and truly known. I still have a real costume coming to you sometime this week. These were just a few pictures I grabbed on-site at our haunt, between the Saturday matinee and the evening show. And then decided to make super-duper aggressively kitschy, because when else do I have a seasonally…