The Many Sides’ Winter Look Book + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)


The Many Sides is a shopping hub for indie, alternative, edgy, and creative fashion. You could almost think of it as an art gallery where you could purchase the pieces and wear them! I gathered my favorite winter clothes from their website to show you!


Purple vs. Black

Womens Blue Leather Biker Jacket Trento JLG Leather

If you had a chance to pick between this hue of purple or black in the same style of jacket, what would you pick? I really like black and would choose it over purple, BUT if I had her purple eyes, maybe I’d reconsider! I really like a lot of zippers and buckles on leather. It’s just so punk.

You can find this jacket and other womens leather jackets from JLG Leather.

Monochrome Marant

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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.

What People Who Don’t Get Us Get Us: Rants on Being Misunderstood

Christmas season is over for most people, and for some of us gift giving hasn’t ended. I personally just received a Christmas gift card today from friends whom I haven’t seen in a while. It was a restaurant gift card, which I am plenty sure Rob and I can make use of. So for the others, what do people who don’t get us get us? By us, I mean people with a particular sense of style. What do others give us in terms of style-related presents, recommendations, or comments?

They might say things like:

“This would look GREAT on you!”

“Oh yeah, she totally likes pink. or flowers. or sequins.”

And you think,

“Well yes, I like some things with those but not ALL of them!”

PUNK. If you like punk, post punk, steam punk, or other variations of punk (the look, the lifestyle, and hopefully the music) like I do, you probably like the clothes of Richard Hell, Karen O, old school Madonna, Ann Demeulemeester, etc. Instead they give you clothes that resemble what’s actually called emo: Avril Lavigne’s, black hair phase Ashley Simpson’s, and Paramore’s Hayley Williams’. Instead of rust and distress, they give you cute cartoon skulls and neon colored chalky hand drawn stars on a black background…ooh real scary.


90s. If you like the 90s look, which I have been admiring a lot this year, you probably like  a more refined version of the 90s’ clothes like how Luanna from Le Happy’s dresses. You take inspiration from Claire Dane’s character Angela from My-So Called life without actually dressing like her completely because that could get a little frumpy without modification. Instead others might think you like wearing PJs out, always wearing flannel and beanies and other things stereotypical. The 90s had good style too, apart from the bad ones.

LOLITA. If you like lolita, you probably feel or look best wearing a certain type of lolita—whether it be classic, sweet, goth, or punk. If you wear classic, some people might think that you are just really into really old vintage, without even knowing the time period (which in this case is Victorian and Rococo). If you are into sweet, others might just think you like cute and girly stuff period. Or Hannah Montana. They get you things that are pink, floral, and glittery. Though sweet lolita is cute, it is a combination of cuteness and mischief. A lot of folks don’t get that.


SWEET INDIE VINTAGE. I say vintage loosely, because all the things I listed above are from an older time (same way I use “indie” loosely). The sweet indie vintage look is what most fashionistas like right now. It’s like nothing else is fashionable to them (I guess I can’t blame them, because I went through that too). This could look like a bit mod or 40s with flirty dresses, knee-high socks, cat eye make up, secretarial Mary Janes, boat shoes, or oxfords. Most people who are keen on pop culture can think of Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom, because they somehow still get film style even if they don’t quite get fashion style. Some people just see the “sweet” part of what you’re wearing and totally ignore “indie” and “vintage.” I used to wear this style for about 2 years with an emphasis on 60s Parisian, and I had friends who kept thinking I like pink and girly things, and that was all I was to them. I don’t even really wear pink…especially not hot pink.


INDIE POP. The first person I think of when I think of indie pop clothing is Katie White from the Ting Tings. People who don’t get it will think you’re into hip hop or something. At one point in my life I wore indie pop clothes—colored tights and big bold 80s patterns. At that phase of my life, one of my friends picked up these really colorful and girly earrings and told me they were “so me.” I haven’t even worn earrings since early college, so I’m not sure how that even resembled me at all.

I know these complaints might sound a bit bratty, but you’ll only really “get it” if you’ve been a misunderstood victim like I have. This post is for those of you who need to have to go someplace else, including the WWW, just to be understood by like-minded people who live and breathe clothing. As much as you want to be thankful for people’s thoughtfulness, sometimes you can’t help but be just a little bit hurt by how wrong others perceive you.

Though we shouldn’t try to let others’ comments affect us negatively, how do other people think of you?


And oh, I just signed the pledge to shop second hand first by the ever cool Citizen Rosebud. Come join?

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Rebellion has Blue Roots

So I’ve had blue hair for over half a year now—I think? I can’t imagine it’s been that long (it’s been a while since I posted photos)! I went from turquoise to a deep blue to a regular blue. It was a lot of fun while it lasted (it was a semi-permanent color, of course). Over that period of time, I have gotten a wide variety of reactions. Some of the more memorable reactions were guys yelling “cool hair!” from several feet away, girls asking to touch my hair, and little girls stopping to talk to me everywhere I went. On the negative side, I had mothers sighing and rolling their eyes while they ignored their daugthers’ vocal fascination for “the girl with the blue hair over there.” Also, I had people thinking I was into anime cosplay, and to that I would just say, “I like punk.” The worst comment I ever got in public, which happened on many occasions, was “Hi/hello Katy Perry!” Shoot me, please.

Why wouldn’t some people pierce their nose if they would pierce their ears? Why wouldn’t some people pierce their eyebrows or lip if they would pierce their nose? Why wouldn’t some people get tattoos if they would get cosmetic surgery? Is it a conviction or a preference? The conventionals have the same odd reaction to people with unnatural hair colors as someone with piercings or tattoos—possibly even worse. HAIR COLOR IS NOT PERMANENT, even if it says so on the box. I would say that there is a stark difference between the two.

Permanent or not, the conventionals look into what it represents. Sure, I can buy into that (no sarcasm). Even though it’s hard to discern, I do believe in staying away from “the appearance of evil,” 1 Thes 5:22. Pertaining to modesty, there might be a select few who get aroused by women with unnatural hair colors, but that is a very narrow number from what I am aware of (depending on where you hang out also). Women’s hairstyles haven’t really been too much of a distraction in the office—unlike showing cleavage—unless it literally obstructs others’ vision. That is why you don’t generally see Christian girls covering their hair for protection from sexual predators.

So what else could be a reason why unnatural hair colors leave a bad taste in the conventional’s mouth? It might also be because it represents rebellion. Rebellion isn’t such a bad thing. I’ve been embracing it all my life. However in my earlier days, especially as a teenager, it wasn’t the good kind. I still automatically turn my nose up against anything too popular, without really having a good reason for it. I may be immature in that way. So to be compared to the queen of today’s pop was my warrant to murder someone. I am appalled by shallow expressions of meaning (as they dictate lifestyles “artistically” and/or technologically), and I will not stop rebelling against it by whatever means I am allowed.

What I am wearing: Boston Proper lace shirt – Hanes blue t-shirt – Steve & Barry’s jeans – LS sandals – Manic Panic Shocking Blue – Sally Girl nail polish