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This giveaway is for all you clothes and music lovers! Wizards of the West, a hip indie label is giving away a $25 gift card to be used on their store. It might not sound much, but the store is currently running a lot of half off items, and this gift card can be used for those as well. My favorites are the retro-looking black and white dresses! They’d be great as tunics or with tights.

My Emoticons is also giving away a $25 iTunes gift card to the winner of this raffle, so in total the lucky winner will be receiving $50 worth of prizes.

All you have to do is follow the prompts below. The first two are *required*. I will be checking to see if you have done them and the bonus entries. Lots of extra points will be given to those who participate through comments throughout the blog + Instagram ;-) So don’t wait ’til the last minute! The comments that you make in this giveaway will be eligible to be used as extra points for the HUGE giveaway I will be having on the 1st of July as well!

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This giveaway is based on random drawing. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning. Good luck! Open to all (US and international) and will end on Sunday, July 7th at 12 am EST.


Longitude & Latitude

June 29th, 2013

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T-Shirt: Banana Republic | Belt: Moschino | Blouse: Oasap | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Vintage YSL | Jewelry: Vintage

I liked the idea of opposing vertical and horizontal lines in an outfit so much from my previous outfit post that I did it once again! This striped top from Oasap is great to wear as both a light cardigan and a blouse. It felt natural to tie the cardigan around my waist when it got a bit hotter out—good transition from dressy to casual. Hoorah for big pockets on this one!

I was hoping that this skirt would be a tad longer on me. This is what happens when you don’t try clothes on before purchasing. In this heat, I just want to buy (if I can find where to get them for a great price) a whole bunch of light pencil skirts in different colors and patterns that are knee length. I personally think skirts that are longer make your legs look longer, because they hide where your knees begin! Sounds like a punch line to a joke, but I’m serious. I live by this!

Oh, and stay tuned for a few surprises (free stuff) coming up!

Links à la Mode

June 27th, 2013

I’m highly honored to be once again part of this week’s Independent Fashion Blogger’s Links à la Mode! I love the selection of images from this feature’s header. Although they picked an image from my post from the new Great Gatsby movie, I have not seen it. There’s a good bit of discussion from my post below, and I’d really like it if some of you contributed! Opposing thoughts are welcome.
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The Wide, Wild World of Fashion

I love to think about fashion, beauty, and style outside of what we wear on a daily basis. What’s the history of a perfume or designer? How did they evolve into what they are today? How does that impact the fashion cycle around us?

This week’s LALM is about the wide and wild world of fashion around us– from designers to brief nuggets of history. To iconic movements and figures (the flapper!) to reinventing and revitalizing old trends (crimping hair!). And of course– looks into icons and industry people. It’s all a wonderful reminder that there isn’t always anything new in fashion, but there are always new ways to explore it, challenge it, and investigate it.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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The Shoe that won’t quit

June 26th, 2013

canvasshoeskimilsung Most, or at least a lot of the things that are commonly used, worn, or ingested in this modern day have a fascinating history and tale of how they came in to existence and thus survived the ordeal of time to remain a popular part of our human experience.

There’s a story, of an old Korean leader named Kim Il Sung and his shoes. It tells of a summer’s day in 1965 when Kim Il Sung, on an inspection of Changsong County in Korea, where he summoned the officials of the Sinuiju Footwear Factory to discuss the supply of shoes for the people.

After stressing the need to produce attractive and durable shoes in large quantities, he showed his own canvas shoes to the officials, saying, They are well made. Comfortable and durable, indeed,” “I bought them about five years ago, but I keep them because they have not worn out,” said the leader. The officials felt guilty of their lack of sense of economization. As they were working at a footwear factory, they would frequently change their shoes, slightly faded or worn out, for new ones. A factor now made an embarrassment.

Kim Il Sung was referred to as a great leader, and this great leader’s choice of foot wear were the ultimate canvas shoes. The rubber-soled, canvas-upper-halved shoes have been around as long as we can remember. They are said to have been developed as beachwear in the 1830s by the Liverpool Rubber Company and since, have been long journey through athletic shoes, school sports-wear and uniform shoes, gutties, pumps, dappers, beach shoes; in fact the plimsoll is the shoe that just keeps giving, the shoe that just won’t quit!

Today, George at ASDA provides a selection of these great canvas shoes. They can be found in a variety of colours, patterns and designs. With laces for a sturdier fit or the original slip-ons for the comfort you cannot compare to anything but the notion of slippers with the durability for the outdoors!

It is no wonder that Canvas Shoes are so popular, even with country’s leaders. They are comfortable, too easy to slip on and kick off, stylish, go with everything, and so durable and well made that they last forever. They even get cooler as they get more worn in; it really is the shoe that won’t quit and you’ll see them clinging on for dear life a few decades down the line with their owner shedding a little tear if they finally have to lay them to rest.

flapperempower copy In 1922, a magazine called Flapper published the “Flapper Dictionary” and included Cosmo Hamilton’s definition of a flapper as having “a jitney body and a limousine mind.” A jitney was a cheap five cent ride, and limousines, we all know what those represent! Flapper magazine would at least be the most outspoken supporter for the flapper lifestyle at the time, but even they were aware of the reality—that flappers sold their bodies. It could be argued that the ability to sell your own body is part of a woman’s power, but at the same time it cheapens sex and your body as something you can put a number on.

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Orphans of the Storm (1921)

I’ve heard the argument that killing oneself should be every individual’s right. It’s a statement I fall prey to during my darkest of days. It is true, albeit somewhat, that your body is in fact your own. It’s not so easy to defend that when you’re under a marital covenant like me, having taken an oath in front of witnesses, swearing that you are one with your spouse and that your body is not just your own. When you’re single however, most people believe that you can do whatever you want with your body in the name of liberty. The legal system, working together to protect your civil liberties, also prohibits you to enjoy certain freedoms if they have somehow proven that what you do is harmful to yourself and others. Examples of such are the usage of marijuana and steroids, drinking while driving, and prostitution.

How does selling your body for sex harm yourself and others? Unlike marijuana, prostitution is frowned upon by the majority of people, mostly because of its relation to slave trade and sex trafficking. A lot of feminists I know frown upon the act as well and for basically the same reasons why I don’t espouse to it—being harmful to your own body and demeaning to the worth of women. It is a mystery to me why it is legal to be a sex worker via pornography but not in the streets (another topic for another time). So, why did the flapper sell herself? Perhaps because it was frowned upon, and it was her goal to do what was unconventional. Mind you, not all of them involved themselves in this business, but it was the general idea that came with the culture. It could’ve been a stereotype, but all stereotypes are derived from having something happen enough.

Everything else about flapperdom it seems is a delight to feminists. It is ironic however that the corset (which I am much a fan of) was representation of structure and was abandoned by forward-thinking women including the flappers; but now, corsets are attributed to promiscuity. All I know is that it makes me feel better with my posture, my shape, and my back!

I put the below outfit together for my idealized modern day flapper, with the elements of gold, feathers, tiered skirts, layered necklaces, and a fascinator—all of which a flapper in the 1920s would’ve incorporated in her dressing. The difference with my ideal flapper is that this woman would have had a limousine body and a limousine mind. She would, as I do now, enjoy her voting rights and her position as a boss of a business, without having to resort to using her own body as sign of power.

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Bag: Minsstyle | Dress: Belonda | Locket/Pendant: Fashion Junkie 4 Life | Shoes: Pamplemousse Vintage | Fascinator: These Woods | Pearls: Chanel

Bag’s name is Coco by designer Lily Vasaelini and can be purchased through Minsstyle. I’m very much into black and white contrasts, striped or not, and this purse looks very pleasing. It’s also a good size and made from quality Italian leather. The dress is from Belonda who makes silk printed dresses, and this somehow made me a think of a tamer flapper Bjork with its resemblance to a dress I’ve seen her wear!

The heart locket you see up there is actually a replica of a rare Victorian vinaigrette necklace. Back in the Victorian time, women didn’t have the luxury of bathing daily, so to cover up the evidence of that fact, they would dip the pad that you see up there in scented oil and place it in the locket. They’d wear it around their necks and replace the pad as needed!

 What do you like or dislike about the flapper culture?

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Great Gatsby (2013)

 

Links a la Mode

June 21st, 2013

Thank you, Independent Fashion Bloggers for the June 20th feature on Links a la Mode! Go check out the others chosen for this week.

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The Nostalgia of Summer

It’s been a long time since I’ve edited LaLM, but it’s how I began my time as an IFB contributor. It seems appropriate to return during the summer because it’s always been the season for nostalgia. It doesn’t help that I turn 30 this summer, something I look forward to with a great, child-like enthusiasm. It also makes me think about the last 10 years of my life, where I’ve gone, and how far I’ve come.

Somewhere in the heart of these posts is a sense of nostalgia they bring out in me. Whether it’s the childlike enthusiasm over nails that resemble a sprinkled ice cream cone and reminiscing about my first time watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s or thinking about high-school physics with fashion, how I got out of credit card debt, or the changing tide of the blogosphere, I hope these posts stir a bit of nostalgia in you, too. (Or at least inspire you to start rewatching The Nanny on Netflix.)

Or, as The In Club asks, maybe we’re just too damned nostalgic.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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Eye Spy Spy Clothing!

June 18th, 2013

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What better femme fatale to feature for spy clothing than Emma Peel from the 1960s TV show The Avengers! Contrary to what most people think about the good ole’ days though, there were a lot of risque and scandalous clothing before now. The Avengers was not at all what you’d call sexploitation, but it was around the time when women unilaterally didn’t get all up and arms about women’s rights and equality. That was up until the women’s liberation movement of second wave feminism came along in the late 60s and early 70s. Before all that, men easily got away with using women’s bodies to sell movies and to make women believe that their powers reside in their sexuality. Women have brains as much as breasts, muscles as much as… men-struation? Yes, oh so sexy.

Setting aside geeky alliteration, here are some things I came across the web that deserve some attention, good or bad.  All these are great for a well-covered feminist spy who carries around gadgets instead of lingerie for a change to save the world. I am a lingerie addict, but I can’t pretend that it does any good outside the bedroom.

scottevest-trench-coat-spy En-trenched with this trench coat. I complain about how women’s clothes are lacking in pockets, but that’s what purses are for, right? Then again, it could just be a massive conspiracy where women’s clothing designers intentionally don’t add pockets so that they can sell more bags. Check out this trench coat by Scottevest. It has 18 pockets?! They have a whole line of TEC (technology-enabled clothing) that is perfect for a spy. Oh, and I spy Amy Tan sporting the coat on their website!

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A Purse and a Boot, to Boot! Elizabeth Anne’s The European boot looks like an ordinary boot from the outside, but take a close look at the interior. This Canadian designer made the “The World’s First Purse For Your Feet.” I could see an Emma Peel in this decade wearing these as she whips out a credit card to pay for her purchases and picks up her cellphone to make a call. I’ve seen a lot of crazy fashion ideas out there, but this one seems not too far fetched from sanity. Femme fatales have been hiding knives and guns in their shoe and garter belts, pretending like they’ve obviously got nothing to hide in their skintight clothing. Oh, looks can be deceiving.

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Zoom-ba! I recently saw a commercial for Zoomies on TV, and I immediately gave it the same creepiness factor as the Snuggies commercial. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Snuggie. It’s an odd-looking thing, but its use is so practical. Zoomies may be very useful, but they do open up a can of worms for predators. Snuggies however do not, but perhaps another person can argue otherwise.

When it comes to decisions on clothing and accessories though, I  do succumb to aesthetics over practicality almost every time. I know some people may frown upon that, but dressing up can be and is an art form for some of us. If we were to supposed to wear the most practical pants, then we’d be all wearing cargo pants. I wore cargos in the 90s, and although I really liked them at the time, I may not ever go back.

My point in this post is this— there’s nothing wrong with “impractical” clothing if you see it as beautiful. However, if you’re going to try to kick butt, make sure you do so through “practical” skills and not your body.

P.S. Thank you for choosing me as one of your top 25 political and feminist blogs in June 2013! I’m not going to take this TOO seriously for two reasons. One, I haven’t written anything on point in a while. Two, I was ahead of Michelle Malkin by two points.

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