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Happy 2014! How have your style and personality changed in the past year? Often times the two go hand in hand. What personally attracts you to Audrey Hepburn vs Marilyn Monroe can tell a whole lot about yourself. I personally take some characteristics from each Hollywood diva. Audrey for general feminine and conservative style and brunette features and Marilyn for her womanly curves!

Although my general style hasn’t changed much (still somewhat modest and into textures), I feel like I’ve matured in my clothing in some ways. I don’t necessarily think that’s a good thing. It’s just different. Less bright colors and A-line skirts and more earth tones, pencil skirts, and fur.

I’ve been really into accentuating with faux fur, especially ever since my obsession with Russian winter styles and Art Deco period pieces (have a look at my previous Art Deco fashion post). I can’t get myself to keep full fur vintage coats though, because it’s a pain to have to take it to the cleaners. I don’t go to dry cleaners ever. I’m actually very practical (or lazy) with the upkeep of my clothes. I try to find clothes that don’t need to be ironed and can withstand a good amount of washing. I will however not pass up buying a good looking vintage fur coat just to put it up on Etsy and maybe use it once!

Although I generally believe in dressing appropriately (e.g. occasions, environment, and modesty beliefs), I don’t really think there’s an “appropriate” color, texture, or even style for a certain age. There may be an association to age, but I really don’t mind seeing 50 year olds with pink hair. In fact, I like it! I wish I could keep up with style as I age, but as some of us know the transition from childhood to adulthood styles often times come naturally. Teens and young adults everywhere wanting to prove their adulthood to the public dress sexier, and we see that in celebrities such as Miley Cyrus. Often times, the transition can get forced or driven by desperation and cry for attention. There is no peace within with such motivation and others will see it through you. If we were all honest with ourselves, we’d know that we all have that darkness in us. We need to expose it by bringing our motivation to light at least to ourselves and perhaps reevaluate why we choose what we wear.

Let’s get faux real. What do you find yourself wearing different since the last year or in the past? What may be the reason(s) behind that change?

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I’m wearing a shell layering dress from Kosher Casual that is advertised to be good for not only layering underneath but also to be worn alone. I paired it with monochrome thrifted vintage faux fur hat and collar with a hint of gold from vintage accessories. The dress isn’t really that tight as pictured honestly. It’s supposed to look more pencil than bodycon. The under bust corset I was wearing underneath clung to the material, especially since it was cold and windy out!

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!

Monochrome Marant

March 1st, 2013

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Bag: Calvin Klein black & white logo tote bag (selling mine on eBay)

Shoes (similar): Isabel Marant Bekket sneakers

Bangle: vintage

I’ve been really into wearing monochrome and neutrals lately. Too many bright colors turn me off now, and that’s too bad because spring is just around the corner. I can’t hibernate in dark clothes for too long, but I know I can at least have the earth tones linger around those warm months. I’m pretty excited, because I want to dress like a hobo chic for a change :) I can’t wait to have my hair grow to my butt, flowery fungi growing in my hair, and not showering for days… wait, I already do that. Apparently it does wonders for your hair.

I’ve also been really obsessed with Isabel Marant’s sneakers. I know. They are super trendy, but WAY before Marant had these out, I had been begging for someone to make hidden low wedge sneakers for the longest time. I don’t really want to always have bulky looking shoes on, so Marant’s designs are a godsend to me.

The CK bag is great for going to the gym with, but these days, that doesn’t really happen much. I’m going to be selling this bag on eBay for super cheap shortly (link will be up on Sunday night). We’re moving out of our old moldy house and into a new condo, and I desperately need to get rid of a ton of stuff (stuff I’ve worn on the blog, for sure). There’s really no room to be too emotional about material things right now. I’ve donated a lot of our clothes, shoes, accessories, posters, books, records, CDs, tapes, etc even if they looked like new. It’s precisely this, looking like new and never been worn, that I need to get rid of my clothes. It’s clear to me the number of times I’ve actually made use of them. :-/ I’ve kept some to sell for really cheap though, in case some of you might want them. More on that later.

Oh, and have you ever donated things by mistake? I don’t think I recall, at least for now, that I have with anything too precious. My father-in-law though had his $400 chainsaw by accident in the pick up truck with our donation. We had to retrieve it at the end of the day only to find out that Goodwill ended up throwing it away, because they’re not allowed to sell gas-powered things. So, some very nice guys went dumpster diving for us to go find it, and they did. :) The manager said I was lucky, because when most people come back for their accidental donation, they’ve either been put out for sale already, bought, or thrown away and destroyed.

Circassian Black Hair

July 17th, 2012

After more than half a year being “blue”, I got bored with my hair. I changed it to a color that appeared like my natural color. I have naturally brown hair, but I like the way how jet black is so shiny! Bleaching really did kill my hair so bad, so this was definitely a nice change. I used two boxes of black hair dye, and I STILL have streaks of blue in some parts of my hair. I have been asked if dressing up with blue hair was difficult, and I have to admit it was at first. Without thinking, I would pull out blue items from my closet more than usual and put them on (like in this last outfit post, for instance). My mother-in-law would say for the nth time, “Your hair matches your shirt!” How come nobody ever says that for black, red, blonde, or brown hair?

 

How fortunate that the only ad I found for Circassian hair dye was an ad from Baltimore, which is where I live. Supposedly in the 1800s there were a variety of products inspired by the beauty of Circassian women. One of them is dark hair dye (dark brown or black) which was very popular at the time. Circassia now occupies mostly the modern day Russian Federation. Circassian women were thought to be the epitome of beauty, but they were also enslaved sexually. It must be so nice to be that beautiful that the whole world looks up to you, but at the same time, it is also miserable that you do not even own yourself. That is what tends to happen when women put out too much of their bodies and make it their identity. There is an illusion of power that they hold, but they really are nothing else but a fleeting image. If you want to learn more about Circassian women, you can always look the topic up on my trusty Wiki.

 

 

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