Tuesday, July 31, 2007
-tube top: $3 nordstrom rack
-suspenders: 0.50 st. vinnies
-shorts: $2 UO outlet
-belt: 0.50 local thrift
-bracelet: my sneaky sneaky friend "gave" me
wow. i just realized how cheap I am. It's not a new revelation, but it was yet another reminder.
Monday, July 30, 2007
-vest worn as top ( i love this thing!): 0.50 local thrift
-belt: borrowed/stolen (since she doesnt know) from sister
-fiori de zucca skirt: 11.00 loehmanns
-shoes glued to my feet since I wear these now practically every day
-bag glued to my side since I bring it with me practically everyday.
-heart and pointy stone thingy necklace: 0.50 thrift
Sunday, July 29, 2007
So I went to pick up three friends and drove a big circle around the freeway because we all live in different places. Finally after two hours of driving we got home to drop my dad off since he didn't want to spend a day thrifting. I had my maps ready, I had my map reader on hand, and I had my thrifting cap on - I was ready to shop till I dropped. I had my young grasshoppers with me and was ready to teach them the ways of a thrifter. It was already noon when we went to Old Towne, antique capital of America (according to the website). It was fun stolling around the town with old folks...ahh..old people are so nice and cute. We walked to some antique shops and then our first thrift store. Didn't find anything but my friends did and fashaholic found a gorgeous dress! Then off to Cuban food!
We ordered chicken, pork and beef! Yummm!
Then more thrifting! We visited a small fleamarket and met such nice people. One lady let us take pictures with her awesome vintage hats. I bought a necklace and my friend, such a sneaky girl, bought this bracelet that I was eyeing but didnt buy and tried to give it to me as a gift, but I didn't want to accept it so I slipped it back in her bag, but then she was trickier than me because today when I went out, I found it in my car! We then drove to St. Vinnies for half off saturday! My friends found some boots and I found this hideously wonderful poofy 80's dress. I love it with all my heart. Then went to a McDonalds for a water/bathroom break. Then on to thrift store number three. It was old time favorite local thrift where that saturday was $5 a bag. But nothing caught our interests that much. Finally we drove off to two new thrift store that I've never been before and I must say I now have new places to shop! One of the stores was 50% everything too. Bought two necklaces, a belt, two hats, and a nice pair of earl jeans! And then right next door was another thrift shop and 5 minutes before closing time I found a nice leather briefcase. I'll carry it around school next year! I later found out that it even came with a key to lock it up.
- floral poof dress: 2.50
- rose necklace: 2.00
- glass heart necklace:0.50
- gold leaf necklace: 0.50
- belt: 0.50
- magician-y top hat!: 1.00
- wool round hat: 1.00
- earl jeans: 3.50
- leather briefcase: 3.00
Jeans and my super-duper Harry potter tee!
Sailor girl going to a tropical 80's dance club.
Me as a magician going to an 80's prom.
My adventure was not yet over. After our thrift tour, we went home and then we all went to eat Chinese food. BIG MISTAKE. After dropping everyone off I had the worse stomach-ache ever. I think it was a bad reaction to an overdose of thrifting. Yep, that's got to be it.
I'm glad with all my buys but I'm even happier that I have friends who love thrifting as much as me now! We should all convert people into thrifters!
-tank top: h&m $5
-skirt (my dad kept thinking I made it myself): given from my mom
-jewel payless flip-flops
-good ole handy dandy bag: icing 2.50
Friday, July 27, 2007
My favorite character was Remy's brother Emile. Why you ask? Just look at that round tummy. I have a weird obsession with fat things and Emile was no exception. He's just so round and cute! I wanted to pet him and his tummy the whole time watching. Sigh. I know, I'm a little coo-koo. But it got worst later on in the day. The family and I went out to eat at this chinese restaurant and then I spotted this fat guy sitting across from us and I couldn't help staring (i know, it's really impolite). But he looked so cute like he could be a pixar character and he had a round tummy that I wanted to touch! I told my friend and then realized how perverted I sounded. No wonder I get styes all the time (she told me it was a chinese thing that perverted people get styes).
Tomorrow is my thrift-venture so peace out folks!
It's summer time and I had nothing better to do than photoshop the pictures I took for my thrift finds. I really want to stroll around the streets of Paris like this some day or even just walk my dog in such an outfit.
The classic "lady" look has been a recurring theme in manyr of the designer's collections for the past seasons. I hope it never leaves so I can thrift more dresses as such and finally muster the courage to poop walk dear ole tyke in this hat and dress combo. I feel like an old lady, but I like old people - they're cute.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
My DIY senses immediately came rushing into my brain and I had to I mean had to just make one of these. I jotted down some rhymes but then realized that I felt bad for tainting the image of my beloved harry potter with these sexual innuendos this was my childhood afterall and plus I would feel really awkward wearing them. But nevertheless I loved all the ones above.
Since I was a reigning rhyming champion during my period 4 art days in high school I came up with some myself:
"Give me more, Dumbledore"
"Snog me, touch me, Ron Weasley"
"I like danger, Hermione Granger"
"I'll be your toy, Draco Malfoy"
I could keep going, but I have better things to do with my friday night.
But anways, last night I stayed up till 1:00 painting my shirt to say:
"You look Moldy, Dark Lord Voldy". Not quite the same humor as House of Holland's slogans, but I like it. It's cute and innocent and a little odd - perfect for me. I'll be a walking fashion trend whore now, but at least I will have the powers of the dark lord to blast away any mockers out there!
Don't worry though. It was a false threat. I would never turn to the dark arts...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
- The day we achieve world peace
- The day the masses have come to wear fancy hats as an essential to their daily wardrobes like underwear.
Everytime I go thrifting I look out for these lovely head pieces.I love hats especially beautiful vintage ones that I've started collecting them. I feel that these little hats have a personality of their own. They tell me a story. And I just love listening to a good ole bedtime tale.
Unfortunately, modern fashion and by modern I mean what everyone is wearing, does not include these fancy hats. No matter how much I love these hats, there is still the little voice inside my head telling me how outdated I look. It is an unfortunate inner struggle I face on a daily basis. To go with my passion of hat wearing or to listen to the condemning voice of shame that hats are not "in".
But wait! What about Marc Jacobs' F/W 07 collection? The hats were definitely a focal point of his collection. They were beautiful indeed. If I could produce money as fast as the hair on my leg grows then I would certainly snatch up one or two or three or maybe all.
And look at all those Couture Shows. Those lovely hats have been making salivate over my computer screen all day.
Armani, Chanel, Lacroix, Givenchy
John Galliano is a genious! I would wear that first hat of an artist's palette in a heartbeat if I had the benjamins to afford it.
Despite these runway trends, I can't imagine normal citizens trotting in these amazing head jewelry except the Voguettes, and the elite fashionistas.
For now, I will just prance around in my thrifted hats in the comforts of my own home - until one day when I am brave enough to show the world or until the day hats have replaced underwear as the most essential item in one's outfit.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
After an hour I bought these:
- red skirt: 0.92, too bad its a little small
- Antik Denim Tee, with cute lil deer: 0.92
- Betsy Johnson Purple Skirt: 0.92
- Pink Dress: 2.25
- Childish Necklace: 0.50
- Hat! (from the first thrift): 2.50
I love this pink dress! Reminds me of audrey hepburn
Look! I'm a watermelon!
Looks! I'm a grape!
-shirt: from my mom
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
What she said got me thinking, what makes someone cool? Or in a fashion sense, what makes someone’s style cool?
Now, I never thought I was cool. I still don’t. I prefer and love my geeky/nerdy persona even if fashionwise I am not that way. When I think of cool, I think of the clichéd popular kids at high school and not me, my artsy geek self. I wasn’t even one of those “cool” art people who dressed daringly and carried around their artworks like gods. In highschool I was rather shy and afraid to express myself through fashion. I wore the same ole jeans and t-shirts. Left my hair down, wore dirty flipflops and boring sneakers. I had always loved fashion but only from an observer’s point of view. I would look at people’s style and admiration and only wish that I was “cool” enough to pull that off. It wasn’t till the ending of my highschool career that I started to experiment if it was only with small accessories: adding a belt here and there, a little bit of layering.
College has definitely allowed me to experiment more even if my closet was the size of a peanut. Plus, my mom wasn’t there to tell me I looked ridiculous, so I was free to prance around in my bed-sheet dresses as much as I liked. Another moment of enlightenment towards the spectrum of “cool” was my discovery of thrifting. I was not “born” into thrifting. Born in cheapness, yes, but not thrifting. My parents still don’t understand my passion for the thrifts but have gradually come to accept penache for my second-hand finds. Thrifting and second-hand shopping has allowed me to try on a range of different styles and experiment without feeling guilty about forking over the money to big corporations. Another inspiration for me was my discovery of online fashion blogs and streetstyle. Wardrobe Remix was definitely another enlightening experience. To be able to see real people dress so savvy was a dream come true. I don’t need the models with their expensive designer clothes to tell me how to dress cool, I can just peruse the outfits of stylish real people in their own mix and mash of fast fashion, vintage finds, thrift treasures, and designer clothing.
But no, I don’t think any of these three points in my life were the reason why I magically turned “cool” (according to my sister). It’s really all about
Self confidence. (no louder..) SELF CONFIDENCE (there we go). Yes, predictable, but so very true.
Over this past year and months I have gained a lot of self-confidence, slowly but surely. One of the ways clearly was through my fashion. I am not the most extreme/daring/bizarre dresser but I like to twist what I wear a bit, add some key interesting focal points, but I have definitely found my style albeit a bit schizophrenic, but that’s a style in itself right? So the key to being “cool” is self confidence. I was never really happy with my body shape or what I looked like, but then my desire to join in fashion chic people made me realize that I had to shed this fear of looking like a fool or looking too fat or ugly. I felt like Tyra Banks and her SO WHAT movement. So what if other people stare or if I stand out or if I make myself look like a sausage. I’m dressing for myself and myself only (okay maybe the few exceptions when I must adhere to some dress code). If you have a dress that you love but are afraid to wear it because it is a little funky, all I have to say is, wear it. It’s a liberating experience.
I don’t think of myself in the traditional sense of “cool”, but I know deep down I am dancing my cool dance all the time even if it is the funky-chicken.
So little sister, “how does one be cool?” I really think you asked the wrong person.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
-dress: urban outfitters outlet $3.75! it was an extra 75% off :D
-necklace (cant really see): birdie one from grand canyon and faux pearl found on floor
-leather messenger bag: from mommy
-scarf to decorate: 0.50 st. vinnies
-payless flip flops
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
A mixture between innocent lingerie wearer and poofy ballerina idiot with a little bit of hobo due to the various holes in the pink poof.
I felt kind of ridiculous wearing this poofy pink thing that was on the verge of breaking apart.
-pink poof (lingerie I think): $1 Jet Rag
-sash: came with some jeans
-pink studded belt: gift from aunt
-cut off jeans
-my bling bling "T" choker: 0.50 the icing
-glass heart pendant: 0.20 from etsy!! it was a promotional free gift :)
group feet shot
man with metal detector machine that I stalked
me being happy or stupid
Then today was my much awaited....
went to watch it with my mom and sister. its been a long time since we actually went to a movie together. got there around 10:40 and it was sold out! so we skipped to the mall first and used up my mom's $20 nordstrom cash thingy that she had to use today. bought something and then back the the theatre we went.
so harry potter, the movie was okay i guess. I never expect the movies to be as good as the book but it was entertaining and it allowed me to get away from the heat and enjoy a nice long movie in nice air conditioning. the movie did reinforce a few things for me:
- I wish I were a wizard
- I wish I went to Hogwarts
- And I wish that if I did go to Hogwarts that I am friends with Harry and his entourage because cool stuff happens to them. Okay maybe not cool, but adventurous.
- I wish I had a cool owl
- I wish I remembered what I read in all the books so that I wouldn't have to keep whispering to my sister, "that happened?"
- I wish my life were more interesting or exciting.
- I want NUMBER 7 TO COME OUT NOW!!!
I did enjoy some starbucks courtesy of my sister's gift card afterwards. I'm slowly learning the basics of starbucks. tall is actually a small and raspberry mocha frapaccino is short for raspberry flavored chocolate flavored ice blended coffee and its pretty good.
wore this out on friday when I went out to lunch with my grandma and uncle :D
-blue shirt from forever 21: .50 local thrift
-seatbelt belt!: 0.50 local thrift
-death from above 1976 button to cover the big v: made by me courtesy of my floor button making night
-marc by marc jacobs skirt: $22 tjmaxx
-purple mocassin wedges: $7 loehmanns
-kate spade bag: 5.99 goodwill