This Halloween, I figured that there could be nothing more ironic than wearing a potato sack. But, this isn’t any old potato sack because it’s emblazoned with big, bold red and black type!
I hadn’t planned on dressing up this year but that quickly changed as I was wandering through the never-ending maze of booths at an antique show over the weekend with my brother. I spotted this amazing 60s era costume resting on a rack and with a little bartering, I walked away with it for 20 dollars (which might be pricy for a standard-issue potato sack but this one was very, very special!)
In full, the ‘dress’ reads:
Be beautiful in a POTATO SACK
Looks like a sack
Feels like a sack
IS A SACK
Fill with 100 lbs. or more of charm, and save money on new French inspired creations
Guaranteed to loose [sic] shape without ironing
For evening wear, add Mink trimmings
So, there you go. This Halloween, I went all out…wearing a glorious vintage potato sack with DKNY nude fishnets and All Caps Dahlias. I won’t lie…I wanted to belt it and accessorize so badly but I realized that would defeat the purpose! Have a fun and safe Halloween!
In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d share a recent set of landing pages I designed for Solestruck. Glitter-covered, heel-less platforms are the perfect finishing touch to all those Lady Gaga costumes that must be floating around, don’t you think?
These ads feature the Jeffrey Campbell Night Walk in Glitter Multi which is already sold out but some of the other colors are still available. Have a Happy Halloween! I wasn’t planning on having a costume this year but then I stumbled upon one this weekend when I least expected it and I’ll be sharing it a little later today.
Landing Pages for Solestruck.com, October 2011. Design: Nubbytwiglet.com. Photos: Joey Maas.
Dark Truth and The Arch, ceramic red crosses from the My Cross To Bear series. Details and scans here.
When Amelia Arsenic was in town last week, we were in a bar catching up when she handed me a baggie containing this amazing double antler necklace. It’s a total show-stopper and I just love her jewelry designs. Thanks, Amelia!
Hanging out in my office this weekend, I rediscovered an old Mohawk book of paper samples and it has some really great design elements and color usage throughout. My favorite drink at the moment is Trader Joe’s spiced cider (in the Pantone mug).
The highlight of my week was attending a pumpkin carving party. Can you tell which is mine? The A! I hadn’t carved pumpkins in at least 15 years but it was so much fun!
Walking around S.E. Portland after breakfast on Saturday. I wore an Urban Outfitters sweatshirt and dress, American Apparel tights, A is For Arsenic necklace and Minimarket wedges. I hope you have a cozy, Halloween party-filled weekend!
Image: Numero Korea, 2009.
• These sequin graffiti installations in Reykjavik are beautiful and totally unexpected.
• More big brands should follow the lead of de-cluttering their logos.
• The story of how Richard Branson started Virgin Atlantic is hugely inspiring.
• Made me laugh: Why Did You Even Put a Tree There? features trees that were planted in really awkward places.
• How about a jumbo-sized cross stitch panel for your living room?
• Do You Read Me?! is a magazine shop in Berlin that looks way cool.
• With the holidays creeping up, 10 ways to make garland comes at the perfect time.
• Whether you’re in the makeup business or not, listening to Jeanine Lobell, the founder of Stila talk about how she got her start is inspiring to entrepreneurs everywhere. She makes us realize that sometimes, you don’t need to have everything planned out down to the last detail to be successful.
• Cars in Cuba features shots of the many vintage cars that still cover the island due to the embargo that started in the 1950s.
• Barbie just got the best outfit ever: a Pantone dress.
I just couldn’t keep this design discovery to myself! Shiro to Kuro is a website full of beautiful design in, you guessed it, only black and white. It’s the equivalent of an exquisitely curated gallery with only the best of the best in design, typography and photography. Enjoy!
This vibrant shade of scarlet reminds me of Fall. I’m wearing a red plaid wool skirt today, inspired by this collage. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
I’ve known Bianca since 2003 and in that time, we’ve shared a lot including a penchant for the same sartorial choices. One of my favorite moments with Bianca was the day we became The Wondertwins in 2005. We were running through New York’s Chinatown in some wacky sunglasses we’d just bought when a guy stopped us and asked, “Are you two sisters?” If you know us, we don’t exactly look alike. But, we played it up and responded with, “No, we’re twins!”
Though we might not actually be twins, we do own the same dress. This H&M creation with oddly peaked shoulders is always party-ready. Here, we wanted to demonstrate how we would each wear and style the same article of clothing. Enjoy!
Back-to-school portraits, anyone?!
Bianca is wearing the Back Off by Jeffrey Campbell. All I have to say is FIERCE.
Wedges, Cheap Monday
Mouse Ears, Disneyland
Belt, Zana Bayne Leather
Wondertwins forever. Much love to Bianca for this shoot idea! You can catch her daily outfits here.
Goodbye, Steve Jobs. Such inspiring stories about a truly inspiring man in this issue.
On Thursday night, my friend Amelia Arsenic and her band Angelspit made a tour stop in Portland at The Hawthorne Theater. It was an all-ages show so I was in a sea of 16 year olds (probably for the first time since I was 16). Angelspit always gives it their all and afterwards, we caught up in the bar next door which just happened to be hosting a karaoke night. Amelia (who lives in London) got to experience a full-on Portlandia-style moment when a guy with dreads, sporting a pink suit gave a stunning performance of Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know, even jumping up on chairs. That was followed up by two hippies doing a spot-on performance of Straight Outta Compton.
I am a huge fan of architecture firm Skylab and when I heard that they’d designed Solestruck’s new flagship store downtown, I had to see it for myself. I took my whole family to the grand opening Saturday night (including my dad) and the place was packed. My photos don’t do the space justice at all. If you’re passing through Portland, this is a must-see.
I’m not a big perfume person, but this week I discovered Tokyo Milk. The smells are different from everything else out there — I picked up Tainted Love which is a combination of dark vanilla bean, orchid, white tea and sandalwood and have been wearing it nonstop since.
Just hanging out in front of a bar called The Trap (seriously) in my hood over the weekend. I can’t stop laughing when I hear of people compulsively gambling there…really?!! The name says it all. Have a great weekend!