Monthly Archives: March 2008

Spring Outfits for Every Mood

Spring is here and though it’s still chilly here in Portland, the days are getting longer and slowly but surely, everyone is coming out of hibernation! When I think of spring, bright colors initially come to mind. With winter dressing, it’s easy to pile on the dark layers and blend in (which I’m totally guilty of). So, why not brighten things up a bit?

1. Spring Showers: Now that spring is here, there’s sure to be rainy days ahead, but you can still keep some style with a cute raincoat and a purse that will keep your things dry. The shoes might not keep your feet puddle-free, but at least the patent finish easily wipes clean!


2. Citrusy Spring: Warm up your wardrobe easily with juicy hues. Bright yet sophisticated, this outfit would be perfect for an afternoon in a café or as a prim yet quirky outfit for the office!

3. Spring Sophisticate Okay, I know that some of you just can’t part with your dark ways but at the very least, you can pair must-have accessories with a light-as-air dress.

4. Sunrise Schoolgirl: Everything about this outfit conveys happiness and warmth! Whimsical and match-y and oh-so-cute!

5. Spring Sweet 16: Bright, young, and fun! Take a youthful look to the next level by adding in a designer handbag and a well-made tulle drenched skirt. People will smile as you stroll through the streets!

6. Quirky Spring Academic: Use your spring break to jet-set to a new locale. The travel basics such as a roomy, basic black bag, super practical dark jeans, and fashionable low-heeled sandals pull this look together. (I snuck a Blacktooth Cities shirt in for good measure!)
 

What are your spring must-haves? Anything you’re dying to add to your wardrobe or wear for the first time?




What I Wore: 3.23.08

A quiet day at home…I don’t own anything in Easter colors (pastels) except a lavender Michael Jackson t-shirt, but it was way too cold to wear it.

Sweater, Abercrombie (thrifted in Texas last week)
Tunic (underneath), LA Made
Jeans, 0123456789
Heart belt, F21
Necklace, Helpless Romantic
Oxfords, Zinda




The Cult of Nemo

 

 

A few weeks ago, I showed up to Nemo Design and noticed that a fair amount of the employees were wearing white…a lot of white.

Seems I missed the memo that we were all going to be part of a shoot in the new white photo studio and the final portrait would be given to Judy, the first-ever Nemo retiree as a parting gift. All I had with me were my white boots, so after borrowing a shirt and skirt, I slipped into one of the group shots (at 2:23, baby!) and I have to say, it’s the best cult ever. Any company that lets employees pose in bath robes (with a bottle of whiskey), fur coats, karate uniforms and no pants(!) is good in my book.




Flickr Favorites Thursday #18

1. American Graphic Design, 2. Donna Compton, 3. Avant Garde Magazine, 4. Avant Garde, 5. Na Info (Front), 6. Na Info (Front), 7. logo_420, 8. inspiration, 9. against the grain, 10. blumarine_ad_2.jpg, 11. Tim Walker, 12. Treepapa, 13. "365", 14. i miss you, 15. Saturday Morning…..Fun Reading., 16. Love is gritty, 17. Love is a mix tape 003, 18. bunnylove, 19. ripsmed, 20. vogue, 21. Happy Birthday to Treeson, 22. Poland. Sopot., 23. Chamonix. France., 24. Lithuania. Vilnius., 25. Drama

Style Defined: Schoolgirl Necessities

Over the last year, I’ve become a big fan of schoolgirl style and there’s also been a huge resurgence of the look on the runways in the last few seasons. Cute and intellectual, the look is appealing for both its accessibility and whimsical nature. The prevailing style of today is not a direct take on the standard schoolgirl look of yesteryear. It is much more refined and ironic; more Luella and YSL than private school standard-issue uniforms.

To pull the look off with ease, there are a few staples that every schoolgirl-to-be should have handy: 

  
The accessory du jour for any self-respecting schoolgirl is a pair of heart-shaped glasses. Moschino and Cutler + Gross have done designer versions, but if your budget is a little tight, the once elusive frames can now be found at most novelty stores and sunglass stands. Mine are by Dr. Peepers. Or, stake out Ebay for a vintage pair.

Schoolgirls have a knack for searching out vintage books of only the highest quality! Anything you consider aesthetically pleasing will do. I’m a big fan of picture books like the Marilyn Monroe one you see above but if you prefer to actually read, vintage Penguin paperbacks have some of the best covers around. 

  
Timeless, indulgent and totally self-serving, nameplate necklaces add that finishing touch to a prim little outfit. The most common are those of the precious metal variety, but I prefer to riff on the staid classic and go with an acrylic version instead. Mine is by Helpless Romantic.  

  
Super popular right now, heeled oxfords are being offered by almost every major designer and there are versions for every budget. Much more prim than standard heels, the adjustability makes them decidedly more accommodating to different sized feet (more common than you might imagine)! Kris Atomic has a nice Chloe pair and Gala Darling has a stylish spectator style version.

A lolita staple, knee-highs have an innocent air about them coupled with old school appeal. For reasons unknown to me, they drive guys crazy! Sock Dreams has the most comprehensive selection of legwear I have ever seen and their customer service is impeccable.  

  
The schoolgirl’s bible, Lula has established a cult following in a very short period of time and Fashion Verbratim sums up its appeal best:

It’s hard to miss. There’s something distinctly different about Lula. The pleasant mystification begins with the title. Off center, relatively small compared to industry standards. In bright pink – no, fuchsia – the kind of shade you’d expect to find smothered across the face of a young girl as she bravely experiments with the world of lady lipwear.

Lula Magazine was started by ex-Voguettes Leith Clark and Becky Smith. Published bi-annually, it amalgamates fashion, art, film, and culture in a refreshingly unarmored manner. 

  

 
A true schoolgirl does her best to be punctual and organized and there’s no better way to do this than with a daily planner! Paper planners are so much more timeless than the digital options floating around these days. Nothing beats a Moleskine (with its secret pocket to store love letters and favorite photos) and a special marker to check off your to-do list! The red version above is a limited edition.  

  
A favorite of 40s pinups, the peep toe has a subversive feel when paired with schoolgirl basics. Personally, I skip the bare legs and pair peep toes with knee-highs or opaque tights (more schoolgirl looking in my book).

What are your must-have schoolgirl necessities?