my fungal valentine

Sometimes I’m glad my webcam glosses over the finer points of any given shot, because otherwise you’d be able to tell exactly how sick I am. Seriously. I got a flu shot back in November, but it’s done fuck all. This is the first I’ve gotten out of bed in three days: I’d eked out the very last of my shampoo and toothpaste and didn’t want to be even more disgusting than usual. I thought I might as well dress up, though. It’s not much harder than throwing on yoga pants, and feeling put together always has a pleasant psychological effect on me.

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This is one of my favorite dresses. The pattern, unfortunately, doesn’t photograph too well.

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Dress: Bella Boutique Sweater & Necklace: Battery Street Jeans Shoes: Danform Ring & Belt: Handed down from Mom Shoes: Danform Bow: Old Gold

i promise i won’t jump

I finally got back some modeling shots I took at Red Rocks Park back in September.

Copyright Philip Davidian 2012.

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I’m not a big fan of this outfit. The day I took these photographs boasted weird in-between weather, and I was trying to stay warm and cool at the same time. Early fall is my least favorite time for fashion.

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I FINALLY have my computer back! Outfit posts to come soon.

the lost kardashian

If Nadia Aboulhosn is a long-lost Kardashian sister (as I often suspect she might be), then I’m at least a second cousin today.

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I’m going to redo this post as soon as I have a better webcam. I really, really like this outfit, and I want to do it photographic justice.

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I look like Nessarose Thropp. Saffron cream* to anyone who gets the reference.

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Dress & Necklace: Battery Street Jeans Boots: Handed down from Mom Jacket: Handed down from neighbor Bracelet: Claire’s

*hell no. that shit is expensive.

we all like to think we’re not predictable (we’re all wrong)

It’s funny how transparently my influences evince themselves in my style. I puzzle over whether that’s nature or nurture – am I drawn to those whose aesthetics resemble mine, or have I adapted my own to express admiration? – but it all comes to the same thing, really.

I follow quite a few bloggers (see blogroll), but three stand out as the ones whose posts I anticipate the most, whose photos I squirrel away in a special folder in my hard drive: Andreea at Thrill of the Heel, Rebecca at Winnipeg Style, and Amy at Amy Flying a Kite. As I browse their photos and note the ones I’ve bookmarked, my own style becomes a little more evident. Most of their outfits aren’t just things I admire from a distance, they’re things I would absolutely, unequivocally, and immediately wear.

Brought to you by my lack of inspiration and totally transparent fishing for pageviews: yet another inspirations post.

awesome leopard print thrill of the heel

Source. I’m starting to appreciate leopard print in the right context. And I’m mad about the paper-bag waist and the skirt’s overall texture.

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Source. Are you even a little bit surprised? Really?

insect dress amy flying a kite

Source. Simplicity done superbly.

Both Amy and Rebecca have impeccable shoe collections. I cling hawkishly to my beloved Miz Mooz and pretend I’m getting there. I couldn’t wear heels for years due to a bone defect, and now that I’m growing out of it, I’m loving the new sartorial facet finally open to me.

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necklaces thrill of the heel

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petal coat amy flying a kite   petal coat amy flying a kite II

Source. Amy has the most exquisite pieces. All these girls can put together a damn solid ensemble, but Amy’s individual pieces are always of incredible quality.

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purple midi thrill of the heel

Source. Love dressy + casual.

shirtdress amy flying a kite

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Source. I wrote in my okCupid profile that I dress like a “crackhead society dame”. If you ask me, Rebecca is the grandest of the crackhead society dames. (And I mean that in the lovingest way.)

floral pants thrill of the heel

Source. I predict that my spring 2013 aesthetic will be heavily informed by billowy printed pants. The black harem pants I got in October have made me crave the slouchy.

circle skirt amy flying a kite

Source. Knotting shirts at the waist is something I used to do far more often. I did it exclusively with men’s oversized shirts, but something more feminine could be fun too.

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Source. I mentioned Rebecca’s shoe collection, right? Case in goddamn point.

Also, this is one of the coolest skirts I’ve seen lately.

polka dots thrill of the heel

Source. The overall shape of the outfit is a bit out of character for me, but the elements and colors are not. It reminds me of Tania from Never Dreamed about This.

THOSE SHOES amy flying a kite

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Source. I might accessorize this a little less uniformly, but I love the idea of a flamboyantly printed suit. I wish mock trial were a less conservative endeavor. (After my next scrimmage, I’ll post pics of myself all lawyered up in my pinstripes.)

wool skirt

Source. I’ve never liked flannel or most plaids. That said, this is probably the best example of a sleek rendition thereof that I’ve ever seen.

There’s a wool skirt very much like this at Old Gold. I’m hoping my drool stains will wash out of it.

fuzzy amy flying a kite

Source. For a while, Old Gold had a jacket like this, only brighter. I didn’t jump at the time, and now it’s gone.

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all black thrill of the heel

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doughnut amy flying a kite

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Source. Like less offensive Hell Bunny.

polka dotted skirt thrill of the heel

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bikini amy flying a kite

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seducing you and then biting your face off

It’s a classic and probably overdone combination, but I love combining toughness and frills. The jaggedness of the petticoat’s hem makes the dress itself a little badass, and the leather tops it off.

Shout-out to my friend Hailey (she comments a lot), who instructed me to blog this outfit.

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Unbrushed hair works pretty well with this look.

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I considered wearing the spiderweb jacket with this dress, but there was too much going on with the print and the jewelry to add another print on top. It calls for something sleek and monochromatic.

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Skull bracelets!

Jacket: Handed down from neighbor Dress: Wild Mountain Thyme Boots: Handed down from Mom Belt and Rings: Battery Street Jeans Necklace: Voltaire fan store Bracelets: Mexican “Day of the Dead” craft fair

cue the mandolin

I didn’t leave the house or even get dressed today, so here’s a roundup featuring one of my favorite dresses. It makes me feel like a French country maiden. Photo age ranges from three months to two weeks.

My hair was orange in February and March. I like pink much better. The orange wasn’t intentional – rather, it’s what happens when Manic Panic Pillbox Red fades. I switched to Raspberry Splat in April, with no regrets. It fades, sure, but retains the same basic tone, and it doesn’t make my hair frizz appallingly like Manic Panic did.

    

This dress is from a novel little shop in Middlebury. It’s a lot less structured than I usually like my dresses to be, but the bust is gathered enough to compensate for the flimsy waist. And it’s great for my shoulders.

Both taken a month or so ago. I really prefer the dangly necklace to the pseudo-choker. The baubles accent the flower pattern. (My pin says “it’s not rocket surgery”.)

Taken on my birthday in May. The hat. IT’S A CAKE.

Bonus shot of sheer WTFery. (Also, I love how even a dress this summery can be winterized by boots, hat, and jacket. You can’t really tell, but the jacket is my famed spiderweb one!)

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This, I feel, encapsulates the essence of my style.

     

   

I need a haircut. I prefer it a little rounder and bouncier. But I’m loving this magenta hair. I used to use Manic Panic Pillarbox Red, which was gorgeous for a few days and rapidly faded to brittle, mangy orange. Now I use Splat Raspberry, which gives much richer color and actually makes my hair softer.

This dress is strapless with a sweetheart neckline. Usually I’d let it show, but this particular dress suffers from a broken clasp (the reason it was only $27). Without the cardigan, the entire back of my bra would be visible.

Sundress: Old Gold, $27

Cardigan: Bella Boutique, $38 (Far more than I’d usually pay for an accessory item, but it’s a true investment: I wear it with everything.)

Pendant: Battery Street Jeans, $1 (Fucking STEAL!)

Belt: Battery Street Jeans, $2

Hat: Gift

Harley boots (invisible): Hand-me-down from Mom

Tights: Drugstore, $5