I’m a bit obsessed with this blouse by 6×6 which reminds me of an eye chart. Type-covered and maybe a bit cliché to add to my wardrobe but I like that I can tuck it in and do a menswear-inspired look for work or leave it long, belted and dress-like for after-hours.
Speaking of type, here’s an out take from a long-forgotten project I worked on ages ago. I actually ran out of ideas for quotes so I started inserting famous Oprah sayings!
I was downtown again over the weekend and this cluster of signs in Pioneer Courthouse Square always cracks me up. Since, you know, Times Square is only 2,443 miles away and Casablanca? Only 5,643 miles!
Winter = freezing to death. This beauty from Topshop Unique a few months back has been my go-to sweater to avoid frostbite.
I finally had a chance to visit the MAC counter. I’d tried to get by with drugstore versions of my favorite lip gloss and mascara….huge mistake. Not even close. Dazzleglass is hands-down the best lip gloss I’ve ever tried. And Zoom Fast Black Lash is the blackest black and builds up super fast — no need to do multiple coats.
Still super obsessed with this dress from H&M (also featured in my Fall / Winter 2010 Style Direction). Now I just need some holiday party invites that involve formal wear instead of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Downtown with Joey, I caught our reflections in the Clyde Common window.
And with that, I’m signing off to get started on 1001 projects. Enjoy your weekend!
Source unknown, but I love this photo! Anyone know where it’s from?
• Web Typography: 100 Educational Resources, Tools and Techniques is an indispensable resource for designers.
• Brave girl! I quit Vogue. Now what?
• I am so inspired by the outcomes from 30 Covers 30 Days, a project in which 30 designers are paired with 30 authors and tasked with the challenge of designing a book cover in 24 hours.
• Is blogging self-exploitation?
• Seems that I’m not the only one obsessed with Wolford Bondage tights. A few celebs have discovered them as well!
• Fooducate is an iPhone app that lets you make healthier choices at the supermarket — it scans the barcode of a product and then tells you the good and the bad while suggesting healthier alternatives.
• The coolest birth announcement I’ve ever seen.
• 12 timeless rules for making a good publication.
• Get a grip, Phil Collins! Seriously, you have to read this. He claims that he now spends time “collecting artefacts from the battle of the Alamo. His fascination with the US civil war is deeper than just an amateur historian’s curiosity: he claims he may have fought in the famous battle during a previous life.” It gets even better from there.
• Ah, I love this calendar. Red, black and very Swiss looking.
• Looks like someone else also noticed Urban Outfitter’s purposely ironic website redesign. At least, I hope it’s ironic.
• Diamonds Aren’t Forever, an interesting discussion about marriage.
• 13 tips for beginning bloggers.
I just put some ads together for Solestruck featuring Danish rainboot brand Ilse Jacobsen that were featured earlier in the week on their their blog. I loved the imagery they provided for these so much that I thought I’d share — nothing like some bright, lush colors to brighten up dull, rainy days!
We also did a little teaser for the lookbook that they have coming out soon. It’s sure to be full of cool new stuff…I can’t wait.
Over the weekend, I was walking through Portland’s newly opened H&M when this layered mesh tank top stopped me dead in my tracks. It reminded me so much of my all-time favorite Ann Demeulemeester collection from Spring / Summer 1998 (I’ve always referred to it as the ‘tattoo collection’). For some reason, photos of this are extremely elusive on the internet but after much searching, I was able to find two.
Does anyone else remember this collection? I have a book on Belgian Fashion Design from around 2000 with a reference to it and I remember it popping up in a few American fashion magazines at the time. I loved the script printed on sheer mesh, giving the illusion of type-based tattoos.
Mesh, sequins, type and black are always a winning combo in my book. I have no idea what ‘Cool by night’ is supposed to mean but I’ll take it!
Most of these images were collected a few years back when the nautical theme was still going strong in fashion. I’ve always been drawn to these looks because though they can be whimsical, they also feel timeless. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
Yesterday afternoon, in my dining room.
Lately, I’ve been thinking more about defining my style and developing a strong, unified look for each season (remember Gala’s Psychedelic Ladies Who Lunch?) I’m still very much drawn to black but I want the silhouettes to be sleek and European-inspired. And, I want the dark palette to be offset with a dash of metallic detailing. Body-conscious but not showing too much skin. Tall shoes but with chunky, stable platforms. Major monotone accessories. Space-age and super mod. Slight Michael Jackson-inspired flashes of androgyny. Silver, sequins and studs. What should I call this look?
Current Fashion Inspiration: United Nude Stealth Boots, ModCloth Midnight Foil skirt, Herve Leger dress, Miu Miu Crepe Turn-Lock belt, AIAIAI TMA-1 headphones, Shoes, unknown and ModCloth Shake Things Up dress.
I also created a little mood board with some stylistic influences. I don’t have all of the image sources but I love the top editorial featuring Jessica Stam, Leigh Lezark’s consistently sleek all-black looks, any 60′s space age influences, smooth and shiny bluntly cut hair, the oversized Miu Miu turn-locks, edgy yet comfortable black silhouettes, major treads and statement jewelry with a twist.
Though I don’t actually have anywhere to dress up and go to in Portland at the moment, this would be my ideal seasonal look. I’m wearing an H&M dress, Zana Bayne Leather 4-Buckle belt, Wolford Bondage tights and Sam Edelman Zoe boots.
Readers: Have you ever thought about defining your look and developing a regular style direction?
ModCloth just sent me a package with some fun new stuff that I’ve been dying to show you including the Haute Wire Headband (wear it as a bow or grow bunny ears on the spot!), the Apartment Perk Dress and the Jukebox Tights (which you can see below).
I’ve been downtown twice in the last week, working on an article and Joey & I wrapped up one afternoon by stopping at The Tube (which is home to perhaps the most affordable happy hour in town). If I’m not mistaken, a mix drink and beer totaled $4.00. I had to do a double-take at my receipt!
ModCloth sent me these rad Jukebox Tights which are super fun and remind me of something a hot 80′s secretary would wear. I wore them out today with my trusty burgundy Dries wedges but of course, it started pouring and I nearly froze to death. The things we do in the name of fashion!
The mouse is in the house. I’ve been in major cleaning mode, organizing what I want to keep, getting rid of excess clutter and stocking up on basics including my new favorite jeans. In my world, an organized homestead = increased productivity.
Finally, maybe dreams really do come true. Perhaps my prayers to the heavens have finally been answered? A girl can hope.
• Miseducated just published an interview with me where I discuss my career and how I’ve managed to succeed thus far. Thanks to Megan for asking such thoughtful questions!
• Fashion in motion! Downtown from Behind is a collection of photos of creative people biking the streets of downtown Manhattan, shot from behind.
• The Miu Miu Fall 2010 collection was by far my favorite of of theirs to date so I really enjoyed looking through Miu Miu Fall 2010: Runway to Print which shows the transition from the catwalk to magazine covers.
• Smashing Magazine’s Designing Memorable Websites is overflowing with cool ideas.
• Haha. Is Courtney Love getting her life together? You be the judge.
• I think I just found my next book purchase: Things We Love. “The creative minds over at Kate Spade worked with Ed Miller at Graytor Printing to produce Things we Love, a book that collects bits of their inspirations in printed form.”
• Walgreens is suing another company…over their choice in W’s.
• Graphic design throughout the decades: The 80s.
• 50 new free high quality icon sets. Cuteness overload — there’s even a Moleskine icon!
• Steve Pavlina weighs in on how to manifest money.
• Here I go mentioning Kate Spade again….check out the photos from their London apartment turned pop-up shop.
• Why your blog is not going to make you rich or pay the bills.
• Sea of Ghosts is one of my favorite style blogs — I always appreciate the honesty and realness of the content.
• Were you a fan of the (now defunct) back page in every Lucky magazine that featured Creative Director Andrea Linett’s illustrated Fashion Babble page? She’s keeping the spirit alive with her new blog, I Want to Be Her.