Monthly Archives: August 2008

What I Wore: 8.24.08

This is what I wore out to dinner with some old work cronies. The food and company were awesome!

Cardigan, Field Flowers (Anthropologie)
Dress, Forever 21
Tunic, LA Made
Leggings, Forever21
Watch, Swatch
Boots, Dries Van Noten
Purse, Miu Miu

People are always shocked by how heavy my purse is. Hey, I carry a lot of contraband around in there! Sometimes it gets to the point where I’m like, “Here, YOU hold it!” (see last photo). Maybe I need one of those carts with wheels…

Fall 2008 Shoes: The New Wave

Top: Prada, Marni, Viktor & Rolf. Bottom: YSL, Marni, Alexander McQueen.

The new crop of shoes that many designers paraded down the runways for the Fall 2008 RTW collections were outrageously high, super sculptural or a combination of both. While I love the wackiness (I’d throw on those Pradas to go to the grocery store, even) I’m wondering how walkable they really are! I’m loving the future; it’s about time it arrived!

What do you think of the new crop of designer shoes? Super fun or truly, truly outrageous?

The Secret Society of Lady Bloggers

A few days ago, this question (and the resulting commentary) popped up on Ask.Metafilter. I was considering not posting about in on here at all but a few things kept turning in my mind so I thought I’d add my two cents.

Personality-based blogging by females is nothing new. Pioneers of this movement like Heather Armstrong of dooce have been doing it for years and are very successful at it.

Personally, it was fascinating to read about a group of girls that I’m friends with from the perspective of an outsider. Most of the time, I don’t notice our similarities but after reading the commentary, it seems natural that a group of friends would share ideas and inspire one another (and that others would take notice over time).

The knuckle tattoos are so for real, people.

What I admire most about this collective group of girls is that they’re all positive, hillarious and creative. Gala is a writer, Star is an illustrator and CSS ninja, Gilda is an aspiring fashion designer, I’m a graphic designer and Marie can make you laugh so hard that wetting your pants is inevitable (and, anyone that rocks a corn suit is good in my book).

The main thing that should be stressed about these girls is their authenticity. Without authenticity (both in real life and on a blog), there really isn’t much left to stand on. Even on the internet, people can see through a facade a mile away. One of the reasons that they are inspiring is because they’re living out their dreams every day and have the courage to write about it. Being happy with your life and where you’re going is a pretty awesome feeling. Positivity coupled with strong personalities and a sense of humor is infectious and it’s no coincidence that they’ve been successful in sharing their anecdotes and advice.

Of course, this isn’t a unique phenomenon. It’s probably not a subtrend, either. There are over 110 million blogs out there. A handful of blogging friends with similar interests isn’t necessarily a movement. While I would never consider myself to be part of ‘the next big thing’ (that’s dated and gross), blogging definitely is. Blogging has come a long way since I started out in 2001. With much better platforms and plugins, it’s no wonder people are embracing it.

The interesting part of the equation is that a few of us ran personal blogs for many years on Live Journal. Five or so years ago, it was a hotbed of activity. But by 2006, the momentum and interaction on Live Journal seemed to be fizzling. Some of us began jumping ship to blogs hosted on our own domains. I still love Live Journal and keep a blog on there, but these days, it feels like a ghost town.

The similarities in design and formatting between a few of us that the original question brought up isn’t an accident either; it’s due in part to collaborative efforts. Star built both my site as well as her own and I’m in the process of working on logos for some of the other girls. It’s pretty cool to be surrounded by a group that’s always willing to help one another out.

My goal in writing this isn’t to come off as self-posturing or arrogant. In a way, I’m glad that the original question was asked because it’s generated some fantastic commentary and I’m all for girls bonding with one another and creating positive content that they’re proud of. I’m inspired by others who choose to live their lives with no regrets, follow their dreams and stay positive while doing it. We’re not the first (or only) group of girls doing this and definitely not the last. Thanks for listening.

Extra reading:

1. Raise your hand if you’re a lady blogger! by Gilda

2. We’ve Been Outed! (Or, that Metafilter Thing) by Star

3. Fight Club, Lady Blogger Style? by Marie

4. How Friendrank Will Come to Blogging by Ben Barren

The Week in Pictures: 8.22.08

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

Life has been exceptionally good lately. Gala (my Virgo soulmate) and I have been feverishly planning our joint birthday celebrations in Central Park on September 13th! Since we’re on opposite sides of the world at the moment (she’s in New Zealand & I’m in Oregon), there’s been a flurry of emails constantly flying, sometimes up to 15 or more a day!

We’re getting the job done; so far we’ve picked out a cupcake supplier, booked an amazing hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows and asked the best photographer in town (who’s also a Virgo!) to take some snaps of the festivities! We’ve got all the basics covered! Now, onto the invites….

In Other News

Last weekend, I traded in a huge pile of old clothes and the cleaning frenzy continues with no end in site. When my surroundings are organized, I feel better. Though, I also have an ulterior motive: the Fall fashion offerings in NYC are always so good that I need to make room for new acquisitions!

Even though Lee & I have been living in our place for 8 months now, I still felt like we had no furniture. I was sick of the bare bones look, so we just made a trip to IKEA and procured some basics like this locker cabinet for the living room to hold our records (my collection of Journey albums needed a place to live, I tell you!)

More good news: I’ve been accepted into the elusive & exclusive Secret Society of Lady Bloggers. This all stems from the commentary on this page (of which I will expand upon more very soon).

Have you ever tried this San Pellegrino orange drink? It’s super tasty and I’ve been picking one up when it’s too hot to drink coffee. YUM!

So, this is very very weird (and naturally, could only take place at Nemo). I was sitting at my desk yesterday morning when I noticed an odd mix of choking sounds coupled with the infamous ‘chicken dance’ song. When I walked around the corner, this is what I saw! HA!

How was YOUR week?

What I Wore: 8.17.08

These are the only shorts that I own! I got my first pair of lederhosen at three years old when my parents returned from Europe in 1984. They were gray buckskin with red straps and heart-shaped pockets!

Lederhosen were always a staple in my family since I’m mostly of German and Austrian decent. We would visit the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, Washington almost every year in the 80s and dress up.

Shirt, Nordstrom
Cardigan, Isaac for Target
Key necklace, gift
Socks, Forever 21
Lederhosen, vintage
Wedge shoes, Dries Van Noten
Purse, Miu Miu

I found these shorts on Ebay last year; they didn’t come with the traditional straps. They belonged to a lady that visited Germany in the 1950s when she was 12 years old. I love clothing with a history. When I wear these, there’s always a bit of a bulge where the flap is because lederhosen are normally worn by boys and men. Oh well, it’s a small price to pay!