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raveonettes style fashion The Raveonettes just came out with their latest album, Pe’ahi. I thought it’d be best to feature them in a fashion post! Here is to recreating Sue Rose Wagner’s and Sharin Foo’s wardrobe!

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Often times, you’ll see the dynamic duo wearing monochrome, structured outfits like some in the photos above. However, I’ve seen Sharin often wear brightly colored hues with dainty dresses and cowboy boots and Sue wearing bold slouchy sweaters. It might be confusing if you don’t know them, but Sharin is the woman :) Definitely, the iconic look for the The Raveonettes is black and white, much like The Beatles or The Hives. Thankfully, they are human and can make different choices at any given day, so they are not opposed to color!

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I’ve been really attracted to black and white and bold primary colors like kelly green and royal blue instead of mint and tangerine lately. Personally, it makes me feel stronger, braver, and ready to take on the world. Of course, that’s just my current mood and may change. The Raveonettes make black and white look so cool, and their hair tops it all off!

Below you’ll find some pieces that I feel may be a good fit for Sharin. Let’s not forget the leather jacket and black tights in the cold with these! As for Sune, there are loads of cool mens’ clothes I was eyeing up for him as well.

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A few days ago, I read an engaging interview on the Raveonettes recent style collaboration with Selected. However checking back again today, that same article is now gone. I did pick up that Sharin isn’t really interested in fashion, per se. She is interested however in self expression, how your clothes and music can show that expression and creativity through artful choices. Of course, that’s how I remembered her response in my own words, of course. No matter how elitist that may sound, I believe that it’s good to look at things that way instead of just conforming. If you like something that’s in though, don’t be an elitist just to be one. I have trouble with that sometimes with music and movies, but you know what… I’m trying to grow up :)

Surprisingly, they have uploaded the full album on Youtube. However, I recommend buying the Pe’ahi album for obvious reasons. When you listen to the Raveonettes, it is quite a magical experience. You really don’t want to be confined to streamed audio. It makes a huge difference. HUGE. Crank it up in your car with the windows rolled up while driving at night. You can dance. You can cry. You can celebrate. The album is not a let down. Hands down one of my favorite modern bands.

If you really want to have a listen right now, below is the streaming playlist of Pe’ahi:

 


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Although I haven’t consumed a bottle of bubbly in a long time due to avoiding sugar, I can’t help but share these wonderful Art Nouveau advertisements from the 1890s-1910s! Most of these are by the iconic Alphonse Mucha and some are from other wonderful artists such as Henri Privat-Livemont (above photo). Which one is your favorite?

Liqueur Bottles and Ladies’ Bodies

I do like the fact that Mucha emphasizes curves all over on his models’ bodies, on most if not all of his artwork (not just the alcohol ads). They’re obviously not today’s ideal body standards. Looking through art history is a good reminder that all types of body shapes have once been the perfect body type. It is nice to see that these women’s bodies could belong to any one of us today! If you’d like to see the above photo in its full bodied, belly out glory, you may do so.

Sounds Français?

If the word “champagne” sounds French to you, that is because you are correct. Champagne is sparkling wine originating from the Champagne region in France. So, if it’s not from France, technically it shouldn’t be called champagne! However in recent days, we’ve used the words “sparkling wine” and “champagne” interchangeably.

Pros and Cons

Champagne and some other types of wines are actually somewhat Paleo or Bulletproof diet in nature, because they are not made from grains. It is definitely gluten free. Although there are many, many health benefits to drinking champagne as they say (as red wine due to its antioxidants), let’s not forget that it is still a fructose drink. Consuming a lot will spike the blood sugar and cause you to break out or weaken your immunity in general. It is fine however in occasion if your body has not been greatly compromised, especially while celebrating… Happy Memorial Day!

 

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Kuma: Book Clutch Project

January 16th, 2014

kumabookclutch2 Recently, we’ve talked about and praised handmade artists on Etsy for their creativity and lack of much deserved attention. Today, I’ve got something special to introduce to you—Kuma, the book clutch! Made by artisan Mari Ojasaar, Kuma is a handmade leather clutch made to look like a vintage book. A famous quotation or a phrase of your choice is engraved on the outside of the book clutch. It is however still  a project in the works. It needs to come alive with your help!

Kuma is on Kickstarter and is in need of a lot of serious “backers” (investors with sweet rewards) by Sunday, February 9 to make Kuma a living creation. As you may know, the deal with Kickstarter is that the artist or project doesn’t get any of the donations if the goal amount isn’t met by the deadline. With every donation, you automatically get something from the artist.

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For example: For a mere $15 donation, you get the satisfaction of helping Mari’s project Kuma happen AND get a butterfly brooch from below:

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For higher donation amounts, you get bigger rewards—and as you may have guessed, including your very own personalized clutch like that piece of lemon cake above. Head on over to Kickstarter right now to give to a unique project and get back a reward. Watch the video below to learn more and fall in love!

If you haven’t read my previous post on Erté, a famous Art Deco artist and fashion designer, feel free to poke around! Art Deco is a style of art originally from France from after World War I in the 1920s up until before the outbreak of the second World War in the 1940s. If you only think of flapper dresses when thinking about the 20s, think again!  Art Deco is characterized by lots of ornamentation, vivid colors, and machine inspired geometric patterns. People at the time took great pride and faith in their technological progress.

Below, you’ll find fashion illustrations from the time period in that style drawn by other notable artists.

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Source: Art Deco Design Times

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Source: CTG Publishing

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Source: The Dandelion Chronicles

Some modern fashion renditions of Art Deco are below. I love these all, don’t you? Now all you need for these dresses from Holly Hunton below to make them wearable winter art deco is some faux fur or mink coat, shawl, hat, gloves, or collar—put them all on or just a few! Pick patterns and jewelry that are bold, with gold, and geometrical.

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 Source: Holly Fulton Spring 2011

If you’re not into wearing fur at all, you may opt to complete your Art Deco look by wearing outerwear with bat wing sleeves like below from Battise Fashions‘  winter collection:

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Source: Battise Fashions – Black Ragan Sleeve Knit Jacket | Black Knit & Leather Cocoon Jacket

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Source: Batisse Fashions- Long Cocoon Animal Jacket | Short Cocoon Animal Jacket

Here are just a few vintage items from various decades on my Etsy that could work in that style:

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Top (L-R): Diane Freis top | Naeem Khan Riazee Nights beaded dress | Alex Ku Indian tribal top
Bottom (L-R): Andrew Geller pumps | Gwen Pennington faux fur / velvet/ suede hat

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P.S. A GIVEAWAY for something with FUR from Battise Fashions is coming shortly!

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“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

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“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

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“There’s more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
Such as Audrey Hepburn’s beautiful personality and talent, for instance. The quote above kind of reminds me of Ashton Kutcher’s “sexy” speech at the teen choice awards, where he says the the sexiest thing is a person’s brain. audreyhepburn3

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.”

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Make no mistake about it: Audrey Hepburn was a remarkable woman. Not only was she one of the best actresses ever to have graced the silver screen, but she was also a good hearted humanitarian and – according to those who knew her – a lady who lived life to the full. What’s more, she always looked really good while doing it all!

Very few have managed to live up to Audrey Hepburn’s status as the ultimate style icon, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great lessons we can all learn and easily put into practice.

THE RIGHT FIT
(and length for your body type)

While Audrey Hepburn wasn’t especially tall, it often surprises people to learn that – at 5’7” – she was a good two or three inches above national average. The perception of her being a dainty girl was, in part, enforced by her being repeatedly cast alongside male leads with domineering statures. Obviously, we can’t all enhance our feminine physiques by appearing alongside, but thankfully there is another principle at play here.

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It all comes down to the FIT of the outfit. No matter whether it was a cocktail dress or a simple blouse, you’d be hard-pressed to find an image of Hepburn wearing an outfit that hung off her like a sack… not to say that you can’t look good in an oversized modest top like in a previous outfit post where I wore a large sweater. Of course you can! ;-)

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Audrey wore a lot of solid colored high neck tops (not necessarily turtle necks) and below the knee skirts and crop pants. Below, you’ll find modern day pieces tailored especially for taller women like her. There are tons of specialty stores for plus sizes and petites but not so much for tall figures. This store I found called Long Elengant Legs is specialty store for women with exactly that!

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NOT A WAIST OF TIME

Audrey also had an incredibly small waist size of 20 inches, which you can achieve through a corset over time. However, if you’re not the type who will put comfort aside for style, you can cheat with high waist bottoms with waist cinchers!

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LIKE DIAMONDS IN THE SKY

Audrey wore large chunky diamond earrings as seen above and also from her classic look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The chunky diamond cluster looked kind of like these modern but classic looking diamond earrings. To add class to a regular gingham outfit from the above left photo, she wore diamond hoop earrings. Not everyone can afford or want to spend money on real diamonds, regardless of being them conflict free. This is where cubic zirconia, a fine and cheap alternative to diamonds, comes in.

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Audrey Hepburn’s face was most characterized by her strikingly thick and shapely eyebrows, which can be achieved with a good pair of tweezers and a bit of eyebrow makeup magic. Her hair was usually in a neat updo with some baby “Bettie bangs,” which not everybody can pull off. Audrey’s best beauty advice however is…

 “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

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Patricia Smith’s Moon Bags

October 3rd, 2013

patriciasmith_moonbag patriciasmith_moonbag I used to be the proud owner of these two Patricia Smith Moon Bags pictured above until I decided to sadly part with them last year. I do still have an original Patricia Smith belt buckle (pictured below), made from the same material the bag flaps were made of (acrylic). It is one of a kind and very rare. If you think the bags are scarce, the belt buckles are nowhere to be found! Fortunately, I am also giving this away to anyone who wishes to purchase it from me. Please send me an offer!

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Who is Patricia Smith? Patricia Smith is an artist from Milwaukee, WI most well known, at least from my perspective, for her Moon Bags back in the 80s. I wish I could say that the material used to paint her artwork on was literally out of this world but alas I cannot. As much as I’d like to purchase a moon rock (an actual piece of the moon), I don’t think I’ve got the money for it! The lacquer that you’ll find as handles, flaps, or emblems on each Moon Bag is made of earthbound acrylic (that’s just acrylic).

Patricia hand painted each lacquer that you’ll find on her creations. She or her company also sold needlepoint kits to customers, and they in turn sent back their original work to be paired with Patricia’s lacquers and made as bags! What makes these bags extra special is that every piece is unique and no design was replicated. The clutch I had picture above is an example of one of those needlepoint bags. Not only would I love to get in touch with Patricia, I wouldn’t mind meeting the person who stitched the flowers as well. ;-)

In the late 90s, Moon Bags stopped being on the spotlight. Though that happened, Patricia still pursued the sheer love of art, with or without commercial success, through painting.

Below you’ll find a video of a fellow fashionista raving about her Moon Bags collection:

There are all sorts of handbag styles to choose from—clutches, shoulder bags, handbags, etc. Below you’ll find some Moon Bags being sold by previous owners (like myself) of Patricia Smith’s creations:


If you’re a frequent eBay buyer and buy or sell large things, you might want to try something like courier service “bidding” to get the best deal on shipping: http://www.anyvan.com/courier-services

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Some of us don’t wait for Halloween to wear “costumes.” For us, wearing elaborate or theme-inspired clothing is a daily matter. You call it costumes, we call it a way of living! Last year, I wrote about escaping from “Sartorial Stereotypes” for Halloween with just a quick list of ideas.  So, for most people who are just looking for cool and obscure references for their Halloween costumes, how about you take a hint from the lovely Lene Lovich?

Lene Lovich (born Lili-Marlene Premilovich) is an American singer-songwriter New Wave artist from the late 70s-early 80s (my favorite period!). Her most famous hit was “Lucky Number.” This lady, although born in Detroit came from an English mother and an Yugoslavian father. She also went back to her mother’s country for an extensive period to study art. In fact, her iconic hairstyle with scarves came from how she covered her hair to keep it away while sculpting!

Looking at her clothing and hair in plaits,  you can’t help but think of traditional Yugoslavian attire, most likely influenced by her father’s side. Below are a couple of photos of the country’s costume for women:

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Lene Lovich’s “Lucky Number” music video:

 

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