Saturday, July 31, 2010

The desk where you sit inside of a frame made of wood...

Sorry  for the lack of posts. The Internet hasn't been working at my house and as I type I am in my backyard using my neighbor's. I was actually going to blog this last night but, went to a late showing of "Dinner for Schmucks" with my older sister and one of my good friends. I wasn't really excited to see it, but it ended up being one of the funniest movie's I've seen in years (only a slight exaggeration). I usually don't laugh out loud during movies, but I was dying, actually the whole theater was dying. If you are going to see a movie see that one. I saw "Inception" last week with my sister and we both agreed that "Dinner for Schmucks" blew our minds much more. See it!  

sorry for the sparkles on my desk, I've been doing some crafts
Anyways, before the movie my sister and I went to a vintage store to see what we could find for fall (I've promised myself that I will only shop for fall now because I need whole new fall wardrobe (I lost a lot of weight during the winter so now I have no clothes that fit me). I didn't find any clothes during my trip but I did find these amazing Bass saddle shoes. I had a pair of Bass saddle shoes on my fall wish list that were on Urban Outfitters for $90, but these were a wonderful $24, and couldn't pass them up.

I also found this cute whistle from the 60's. It was in this giant bin of trinkets for $1 at this thrift store next to the vintage store I found the shoes at. I've had great luck in that bin in the past, and this visit was no exception. I plan on using an extra chain I have and making it into a necklace.
another angle of the whistle

I also purchased this amazing cameo ring at the thrift store. Though it was fairly expensive ($20), considering everything else was $1 to $15, I fell in love with it instantly ( I am a sucker for cameos). Though my snake ring has been my favorite for a while, I now have a new favorite.

I also purchased some amazing old photos from various time periods (1900's - 1960's). There were hundreds of old photos being sold, but these four really caught my eye.

1902
This one I chose because it was the first one I saw. I was amazed with it's age (it was only one of two with the date on them). I also loved her boots and the slightly rococo decoration around her.

These kids crack me up and are currently the background for my computer. The looks on their faces are hysterical, their short shorts are so telling of the time, and it almost seems like these kids should be in a Vampire Weekend music video.

I chose this picture because the guy had a great mustache. That's pretty much it.

May, 1952
This is the only other picture with a date. The calender in back of the girls working at the Hodge Insurance Agency says the month and year. I love everything about these working women; their hair, their outfits, they way they are not taking themselves too seriously.

My sister says it's creepy that I bought these pictures, but I love them. What do you think, is it creepy to buy old photos of people you don't know? (the wording of the question makes it sound weird). Anyways, I don't know when my next post will be, my Internet is so volatile and I can't steal my neighbor's Internet all of the time. I hope to take some pictures with my new Bass saddle shoes and share them with you guys soon !

Listening to: Airplanes by Local Natives

P.S. Happy Shark Week tomorrow! (I am such a nerd)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Out in the garden there's half of a heaven...

Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Free People
Hairband: H&M

I love this dress. The funny thing about this dress is that it was unwanted. It started out with a sad, sad, life. It was in a vintage shop I frequent for awhile, but nobody wanted it, so it was banished to the sale bin, where all of the boldly printed polyester dresses and mumus go. One day I was going through the box (which seemed a hopeless case) and I stumbled upon this beauty. It's a  really incredible 70's dress. I feel so cute and country. And I'm a sucker for gigham. When I tried it on, and if fit almost perfectly (a little loose in the bust), so i picked it up for around $10. Pretty good deal.

 
Here are my new brogues from Free People. They were on sale and I think I want to get them in another color because it was such a great deal.

Today's photo shoot is courtesy of my little 11 year old sister. She did one unsuccessful one before, but I let her try again because I was desperate, because she was my only choice. So, I pretty much begged her to take my picture. She said yes, if I agreed to dress her and put her picture on my blog. So, without further ado, here's my little sister Margaret...

She's wearing an H&M dress with an H&M floral headband. Isn't she adorable? In terms of personality she's like Little Miss Sunshine (you know the movie with Abigail Breslin?). She's spunky and really doesn't care what she wears, so I'm surprised that she's been really excited about my fashion blog and let me dress her.

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Listening to: Suspended in Gaffa by Ra Ra Riot

Monday, July 26, 2010

A demon at maths and science...

Blouse: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Vintage
Top-siders: A shop in Nantucket

Today's outfit was inspired by yesterday's post. It's very old fashioned and reminds me of a college girl in the 40's. There are actually two items that I showed yesterday, the blouse and the shoes. I actually got the blouse in the mail today, along with a few other things I bought on sale on both Urban Outfitters and Free People.

In preparation for going to college I cleaned out my closet for the first time since 9th grade (I've organized it, but never cleared it out fully). I didn't know that I had so much stuff. I ended up throwing out two garbage bags full of stuff along with four plastic shopping bags full of additional junk and gave away about 10 items of clothing to my little sister. I did discover a few cool things, like two vintage corduroy skirts that I need to hem and a pair of snake skin heels from the 60's. Overall, I feel better, like I have a clearer mind, with an organized. Plus, now there's more room for new clothes.



My sister took a lot of pictures so I made a little video clip. I wanted to make a gif, but I couldn't figure out how for the life of me!

video

Listening to: Act of the Apostle by Belle and Sebastian

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fall Inspiration: The Freshman (1925)



Today's post is about the 1925 silent film, The Freshman, staring the greatest silent film star of all time Harold Lloyd.

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The Freshman is one of the funniest and most timeless silent films I've ever seen (despite my age I have seen many). I first saw the film last year during a Harold Lloyd marathon on TCM and have been slightly obsessed with it ever since. This fall, since I'm going away to college for the first time, I decided to figure out a fall wardrobe inspired by The Freshman because it has one the most inspirational selections of collegiate wear I have ever seen.
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The funniest part of the movie was his special college handshake. He would start off by doing a little jig (which I spent about an hour after viewing mastering), then extend his hand and say, "Step right up and call me Speedy!"
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When coming up with my style board I wanted to mix vintage and preppy and was inspired by both the menswear and girl's clothes.
From Left to right:
Top row:  all urbanoutfitters.com
2nd row: modcloth.com, sperrytopsider.com, Jeffery Campbell shoes
3rd row: forever21.com, urbanoutfitters.com, modcloth.com
4th row: allynscura.com, 6pm.com, modcloth.com

One more thing! when I originaly posted this I forgot a key item. These bow ties from fredflare.com!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

It might have been the lighthouse spark...

Top: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Satchel: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Necklace: Christmas Present
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell via Lori's Shoes


Today I went back to the lighthouse. Last time I visited it was so mysterious and spooky. This experience was quite the opposite. Apparently my mom and I aren't the only ones who know about the lighthouse. There were throngs of people entering the lighthouse. Herding through the door, up the stairs, down the stars, out the door. The lighthouse looked nothing like it did previously. I was disappointed. I was also not able to get any good pictures of my outfit because there were people all around me. For example there was a great picture of me on a windowsill, however there was a fairly heavy set woman in a proportionally small bikini behind me. Didn't really take me back in time like I intended.


I ended up taking most of my pictures outside on the beach instead and they ended up pretty good. I love beach lighting. It is always the best.



I love this picture of the watch. I tried to take a picture that showed off my sparkly nail polish and the necklace and this is the result I got. I personally love it!



Good night! which put the candle out?
A jealous zephyr, not a doubt.
Ah! friend, you little knew
How long at that celestial wick
The angels labored diligent;
Extinguished, now, for you!

It might have been the lighthouse spark
Some sailor, rowing in the dark,
Had importuned to see!
It might have been the waning lamp
That lit the drummer from the camp
To purer reveille!

Emily Dickinson

Listening to: James by Camera Obscura

Monday, July 19, 2010

Swing my weight around, begin the windstorm...

Top: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Shorts: Thrifted
Necklace: Modcloth
Bikini: Juicy Couture
Vans: ?

So today my family and I went to the beach again, this time to Great Point. I love that beach because you get to drive your car right on the beach and there is a beautiful lighthouse. I had the best time at the beach. So many fun mini adventures!

The first thing I did was stalk a seal for about 15 minutes and take way too many pictures of it. I have about 30 pictures of this one seal! It reminds me of my dog. I wish I could have a seal as a pet.


The second adventure was the lighthouse. As I said, one of my favorite features of the Great Point is the lighthouse. However, my mother (the photographer) and I were surprised to find it open, so naturally, we explored it (and took amazing picture). It was so spooky inside. It's never open so it looked so old and abandoned. It was slightly romantic, in an erie way, and I wish I wore one of my vintage dresses there. Here's some pictures...







My mom and I were so enchanted by the lighthouse that we were oblivious to the ongoings outside. There was actually a major storm a brewing and people were being told to leave the beach.  We made it out fine and reunited with the rest of the family. While escaping the storm in the car my dad turned on movie music, which happened to be from Lord of the Rings. It was intense. Just like the sky.



Listening to: Windstorm by School of Seven Bells

P.S. I am very excited to announce that yesterday's outfit photo was admitted to the Chictopia style gallery. This is my first time and I am sooooooo excited. Hopefully there's more to come.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

The most beautiful colors chase the sun...

Today is the second day of my Nantucket vacation. Yesterday was chaotic, driving 4 hours from Connecticut to Cape Cod, then taking a ferry to the island. I am really excited about all the photos I am taking of the trip, both digital and film. I actually brought my Diana F+ (from Lomography) and I'm going to end up with some (hopefully) amazing pictures to show you guys. I took some pictures today! Here they are...

Romper: Forever 21
Shades: Fred Flare
Keds: TJ Maxx when I was 14

Retro two-piece: Modcloth

There's my sister. She's wearing my necklace. Anyways, when we were on the beach she was heavily hit on by a slightly creepy 30 year old man from Montenegro (by the way, she's 19, just a year older than me). He asked why we were not swimming. She responded that the water was too rough (it was crazy, someone was just saved about 20 minutes before). He did not speak a lot of English so he was confused what rough meant. 10 minutes later, after she made many strange hand movements, and he asked her three times "Sister shy?" (I responded "yes, I am shy", but the real reason I wasn't talking to him much was because I wanted him to leave.) my dad came up to my sister and I and the Montenegro man fled. Fun story right?

Don't worry, there will be more beach pictures soon (and other outfits as well)...

Blue sparkly toe nails!!!

Listening to: Sun Hands by Local Natives

P.S. Here's another teaser for my sparkly nail polish DIY post