Posts in the textures category

 

Letting other cultures across the world inspire me and my style has never failed.  No matter how many times I look at a colorful photo of a ceremonial ritual in Africa or of a holy man in India, a flutter in my heart occurs.  It may be the lack of interest in their part to please us westerners with their fashion, that is so appealing to me, or the intimate connection that their clothing has to their spiritual lives.  This month’s mood board draws from striking images I’ve compiled while browsing through Pinterest and Tumbr, conducting basic searches like “men in India” or “people in Africa”.  I specifically kept the search vague and open in order to eliminate the fashion riff raff I may have otherwise encountered, and really focus on the essence of these people and their cultures. The images struck a cord in certain instances due to their colors, in others it may have been the expression on ones face, or simply the diligence in which their faces were painted with perfect little dots.

Enjoy!

 

There’s just something about a well made garment or accessory isn’t there?
Every time I feel a texture and take in the richness of a color combination, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of hope that there are still people out there who care more about producing something thought out, carefully executed and beautiful to look at, rather than a cheap quick fix for our instant gratification obsessed culture.
As mentioned previously, my love for vintage partially stems out of my appreciation for attention to detail and the quality that was the norm way back when.  Fast fashion has really deteriorated our standards of quality, so girls who shop at forever 21, have no inkling as to how poorly a garment has been sewn together, and why their $7 shirt will inevitably shrink or be full of holes after the first wash.  We sure get what we pay for nowadays, and unless you wipe your butt with $$$ the less logical it feels to dish out hundreds of dollars on a single purchase, when you can buy an entire seasons wardrobe for that same cost at H&M.  It’s hard to escape the allure of something that costs as much as your lunch and I admit I am fairly guilty of indulging in cheaper knockoffs of certain trends especially when I know I will only wear it for one season. The question as to whether these trend indulgent purchases should be made at all is something I’ll investigate in another post but for now I’ll leave it at that.
 As I’ve gotten a bit older though, I’ve learned to combat this disgusting shopping habit by buying more vintage, and also checking out designer sales on gilt and THE OUTNET.
I bring this up because it is particularly important to keep quality in mind in winter months, when wind, rain and snow can really damage your clothes and shorten the lifespan of a garment.  A cheap coat or rain boots will surely fall apart because they are not coated and sewn properly and the materials used are not meant to endure the stresses of the season.  Pendleton and Woolrich are just a couple of the trusted brands which put in the effort to ensure that their wool products would stand the test of time.  Below are some of my most favorite winter pieces, carefully picked out not only for their quality and craftsmanship but also the way that the colors and designs reflect our modern aesthetic needs.  I also threw in a couple of jewels, and of course my Rodarte shoe crush at the moment, heavily inspired by the elements of nature, in particular wood. 

Where to find these pieces!
The two button down shirts and grey Pendleton coat, along with the buffalo cap are all from the amazing Etsy shop ETIQUETTEshop.  They primarily sell men’s items, yet I am all about an oversized flannel and this is my go to for really cool southwest vibez; Turquoise vintage ring can be found here; The Ikat clutch or ipad case can be purchased here; The stunning vintage gold ring can be found here; The awesome cantaloupe coat and southwest belt are both from OmniaVTG; The vintage woven purse can be found here; For these incredible Rodarte sandals click here; The boots are Missoni and can be found here;

Tartan Tuesday

I’ve been saying for a while now that I’d like to include men’s looks on the blog.  There are various reasons for this.  For starters, when men dress well, they dress better than most women.  Also men’s looks can easily be translated into inspiration for us ladies, and are often mine, so why not give them the credit they deserve.
I find it particularly fitting to begin this exploration with photographs of a guy named David Robinson.  David is a costume designer from Brooklyn.  He caught my attention a few weeks ago at a party, but I was too shy to approach him at the time and left it to chance to bring us together again.  Chance was good to me and I ran into him again this past weekend, this time equipped with a good camera.  I snatched the opportunity to capture his amazing style and also ended up having some great conversation… mostly about fashion of course. A few things about David and his personal style:  I  found out that Bill Cunningham has taken his picture half a dozen times but has never used any! we also talked about our love of individuality and originality in the fashion and art world, and loving being behind the scenes as designers and stylists. Davids outfit is mostly custom made.  His jacket was altered to become what is a kilt appropriate length blazer.  Most charming of all pieces was his furry bag that he carried nonchalantly around his waist.  Apparently a neighbor of his didn’t think she could sell it for much and gave it to him because she could see him getting use out of it :)
 On a side note: David is NOT of Scottish descent, even though his appearance could fool you.  He just put on a kilt one day and said to himself he never needed to wear pants again.  The rest is history.

So, boys and girls what lessons have we learned from David and his amazing style?  Do mix the shit out of prints and textures but keep the colors in the same scheme.  You can have a bright accent color such as the tomato red in this case to make the look pop.  If you are going to mix prints like a pro, do keep in mind the scales and try to variate them, as he cleverly has by wearing a small scaled checkered shirt.
Last but not least, wear whatever makes you happy. You’ll notice the difference and so will we.

In the past I’ve amused you with various selections of vintage handpicked items.  This post is no different, with the exception that I’ve taken the quirky to a whole new level.. cause I can.
Spring is all about color, texture and adventure, so with that said, here is a bunch of amazing, affordable and possibly adventurous pieces for you to incorporate into your wardrobe.

This cute lil baby is a gorgeous canary yellow and has some awesome textures going on. I’m so down. You may scoop this up here.
Colorful beads strategically placed in squared off raffia boxes? priceless.  Find this cool mama here.

Roosters in mid kiss action? Come on! that is hardcore whimsical.  Find this beautiful vintage Enid Collins bag from the 60’s here.
As my burning passion for the color orange continues, so does its popularity, so why not celebrate it with this awesome raffia vintage handbag.  Find her here.

 Lastly i’d like to share with you, my personal favorite and what will soon be my springtime whimsical handbag.
 Voila! an intense dosage of awesomeness..
Happy Memorial Weekend folks.