Monthly Archives: March 2009

Style Signatures

Whether we’re conscious of it or not, we all have our own little style signatures. It could be something as simple as a particular shade of red lipstick that you wear every day, a brand preference that winds throughout your entire wardrobe, a dash of a texture that you always work into an outfit (sequins, anyone?), a pair of favorite shoes that you constantly wear, a particular color scheme that reappears in outfits and even a haircut (or color) that you embrace year after year.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that I have a few style signatures of my own. Maybe it’s the Virgo in me, but no matter how much my clothes and personal style change, some elements are always consistently in place.

I discovered the Fall 2007 RTW Dries Van Noten wedges a little late, but once I finally tracked down a pair in the middle of 2008, it was love. These shoes are shockingly comfortable in part because there’s a hidden platform in the front so that actual rise is pretty manageable. With a few pairs at my disposal, I began wearing them so much that people started recognizing me on the street by my shoes alone!

True story: I wore my Dries to the Honolulu Airport and the security guy scanned my shoes twice because he thought that they may have a secret compartment in the heels! He then repeatedly asked me what they were…he was totally dumbfounded by them.

I used to have issues when people were meeting me for the first time and couldn’t understand what ‘Nubby’ was. The second I received my Helpless Romantic nameplate necklace, I could simply point to it, smile and save a lot of energy. Haha.

Stripes. Even when I was very young, I preferred stripes much more than flower patterns. And, during my goth days in high school, I embraced having stripey tights in every possible color combination. Stripes to me are always timeless. Yet, they can make any ensemble pop. If stripes are worn right, they have that classic French quality that everyone secretly loves.

And, black nails. I used to wear other colors (mainly reds), but I much prefer black these days because it matches everything and looks way cool against my white skin (and white Mac keyboards)! Believe it or not, three coats of the cheap stuff works just well as its department store counterparts (I prefer NYC Black Lace Creme) and for 99 cents, it’s a total steal!

I proudly carry the Mouth With Pill tote (now sold out) every day. That way, when someone offers ‘paper or plastic,’ I can politely decline. We should all try to do our part to be more green.

Miu Miu gets me every time. Miu Miu was started in 1992 by Miuccia Prada and the brand is based on her nickname. My love affair with Miu Miu started in the late 90s when I’d sit around reading fashion magazines in the back of History class. I faithfully saved a stack of ads from this time and they still strike me as being totally iconic.

And then, the S/S 2008 campaign featuring Kirsten Dunst hit. Normally, I’m not a sucker for buying the stuff I see in ads, but for some reason, I was hooked. I saved up my graduation money and bought my first Miu Miu in the Spring of 2008.

The thing about these purses is that the styling is so classic that even if everyone else has one, you never feel like you’re carrying an ‘it bag.’ Miu Miu makes the type of bag that you’ll carry until it’s totally beaten up, throw it into the back of your closet, pull it out 10 years later and fall back in love with it all over again. Mine all have stains, nicks and pen marks from constant use. And to me, that’s what fashion should be all about; everyday luxury. Use what you love instead of storing it away for a rainy day.

These red cross luggage tags hang from my bags and get a lot of the clichéd “Are you a nurse?” comments. Why the obsession with the red cross? That’s another story….

What defines your style? What elements make it unique and totally yours? Are they accidental or have they been purposely incorporated? What would you like to add to your style arsenal?

What I Wore: 3.28.09

It’s been pouring all day. When it’s raining this hard, I tend to leave my good shoes at home and wear my Harley boots (with crazy custom treads!) instead. The look I’ve been going for lately is sort of a worn-in take on what I thought the future would be…if that makes sense.

Leather Jacket, Wilsons
Jeans, Kill City
Burnout tank, F21
Scarf, Apt.9
Purse, Miu Miu
Boots, Harley

The Week in Pictures: 3.27.09

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

I had to have them. Basically, these boots are a sleeker version of my Dries wedges. A pair of short and practical black boots are something that I’ve desperately needed since my beloved BCBG boots (circa 2000!) have been dying a slow death.

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

It’s always nice to receive real mail. The lady that assisted me at the YSL boutique in Honolulu a few weeks ago just sent me a sweet personalized letter on the best stationery ever. So cute!

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

Going to Disneyland earlier this month was really exciting, but at the same time it made me miss the overwhelming size and number of parks at Disney World. I haven’t been since 1994, but later this year, I’m gonna try to pull off a pilgrimage to Florida with my dad. Sidenote: The first time I went to Disney World in 1992, I got to see Captain EO featuring Michael Jackson! I might be a little biased, but they should totally start screening it again.

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

Phone calls from Star, ridiculously funny chats with Gala about reality shows, sneak peaks at Helvetica necklaces, hard cider with dad at the Kennedy School, rediscovering old clothes, stumbling upon a favorite new designer and getting super good feedback on a project I’ve been working on for the last few weeks….

How was your week?

Link Love: 3.26.09

1. Is it time to retire the black and white logo?

2. From the Small Business Marketing Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Design.

3. A few clips from Carine Roitfeld’s long awaited CNN interview can be found here.

4. If possible, avoid the ‘power up’ symbol in your logo (via speak up).

5. “is intended to be a humorous look at what can go wrong when an unskilled person (your neighbor’s brother’s uncle’s friend anyone?!) designs a logo.”

6. Six Six Sick wonders, what do we have if we don’t have our own integrity? There’s a big difference between being inspired by something and by flat out ripping it off and the people doing it the most may surprise you…

7. Hmm. What does one trillion dollars look like? I know you’re curious! (via tishon).

8. Park & Cube shows us how to DIY the Rodarte S/S 2009 cut-out leggings.

9. The Guilted Age: Spending to Keep Others Afloat (via murketing).

10. In case you’re curious, here’s a peek inside the abandoned mansion of Mike Tyson.

11. Doe Deere tackles the age of 27 and it’s a good read, whether you were, are or will be 27 soon. I’m 27 and agree with what she’s saying and the comments are also worth reading to see what others’ experiences have been at that pivotal age.