Crop Top- American Apparel. Pants- H&M. Jacket: Thrifted. Shoes: Steven Madden. Crown: Buffalo Exchange. Necklace- Gift from my Chinese Teacher. Belt: Target

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So the past few weeks the weather has been dreadful, dreadful as in I will do a mile loop around my neighborhood and basically will turn into a pile of death. However, for some random reason it has actually been in the lower 70s so I no longer feel confined to wearing ~black tank tops and high waisted jean shorts~. 
Anyways, when I came up with this outfit I had a couple things in mind. Number one being the video for Bad Girls. I mean M.I.A totally kills it in her weird Abraham Lincoln hat and jumpsuit so obviously why not try to recreate it. I also have been thinking a lot about 1980's club culture, like you know in that scene in Desperately Seeking Susan where Madonna is being a party girl? Kind of like that.
In order to create this outfit I immediately dug up my kind of hideously awesome satin, fake Versace jacket I bought at the Salvation Army for like 3 dollars. You can't tell but there are a bunch of gold chains on it looks super lavish. Since it is summer and belly buttons are awesome I decided to pair my h&m mom pants (because the waist is elastic and is ultra high #momjeans) and a crop top I bought at American Apparel. Also, I made sure to wear my 70's style platform chevron wedges. I found them at Marshall's last year and they have been a life saving wardrobe gem pretty much ever since.
This outfit is one of those outfits that makes me really excited about getting dressed. I mean, you wake up in the morning wearing crappy target pajamas then before you know it you look like a grandma on acid who spent too much time out last night and suddenly you feel incredibly empowered and *fabulous*. Clothing is transformative. After my week of wearing nothing but tank tops and shorts it made me feel grateful to actually have such an array of wacky clothing. I don't ever spend much on it either, 90 percent of it is stuff that could be really bland if it isn't paired correctly. You can't just rely on one article of clothing, you have to incorporate as many found objects as possible until you finally create something awesome.

Photo Credits: Screen Shot from Desperately Seeking Susan, Artwork by Grimes, Artwork by Sharon of Outsider Zine


Lavender Lady

 Dress: Vintage from Sputnik in Reykjavik. Shoes: Modcloth. Bag: Gift. Hat: Vintage Borsalino. Frida Kahlo necklace: from a boutique near Burlington VT. Belt: Target. Sunglasses: Vintage Nikon. Hair Bow: American Apparel Deadstock
When I was Iceland I made a point of spending time shopping in Reykjavik. If you're not familiar, Reykjavik has an amazing conceptual fashion scene. Literally every store I went into sold tsumori chisato, kron kron, or comme des garcons. It was really hard for me not to buy everything so I only bought the dress I'm wearing in these photos and an amazingly dreamy knit sweater that reminds me a lot of shoegaze and hiking in the Adirondacks.
Anyways, this dress is perfect. I've been leaning towards psychadelic prints and kinderwhore vibes for a while so this dress was obviously a huge gem. It is hard to tell but the sleeves are actually fluted so it looks more like a sailor's uniform. Also, the pattern reminds me a ton of marni a couple seasons ago with the whole acid tea party thing.
To complement this dress I paired it with my modcloth silver t-strap dancing shoes I bought for prom (to my surprise these shoes go with virtually everything I own). I also decided to wear a hair bow I bought at American Apparel because I actually have hair now so I can do cute things with bows. The sunglasses have been a wardrobe staple all summer. The bag and Hat totally go with the whole Marni vibe. I personally am not a hat person at all but this hat caught my eye at an estate sale because it reminded me of Jackie O, was made by Borsalino, and was four dollars so basically it had to happen. Also, just because I'm obsessed with Freida Kahlo I felt morally obligated to wear this necklace I found in a random boutique with my Mom in Vermont a couple week ago.

Sissy Spacek in Badlands
My favorite Look in the Marni Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Girls lyrics and eight year old pressed flowers
 Artwork by Maya for the Wandering Collective
A picture of Courtney Love 
My favorite collage by Yayoi Kusama

 I've been thinking a lot in Vignettes lately. When I create my outfits I think of specific scenes in my life. Imagining myself with my hands on the window as it rains in iceland, lying down in the grass as I watch a lady bug walk across my eyebrows, writing in my journal, listening to Neil Young records. My outfits have become an aesthetic response to my personal life. I'm constantly transcending my own reality and I think that is beautiful and that is art.


Green Aisles

So, not to long ago I was fortunate enough to travel to Iceland. It is safe to say going to Iceland has always retained a sense of wanderlust. It's hard to become absorbed in the moody skylines, rolling green hills, and massive glaciers that stare at you when you're sitting in your car trying to read your book. Iceland's overwhelming beauty is unparalleled to anything I have seen in this life. Fortunately, I was smart enough to bring my camera to share it with you all.


Strange Magic

So I know its a little late to do a prom post. I've been planning on this since Prom actually happened in May but unfortunately, finals happened so I basically stopped posting on this blog in general. Prom for me was a very interesting experience. My date was my best friend Eva and we went in a big limo with all of our friends. The dancing at prom, while terrible, was amusing. The food also kind of stunk but it didn't really matter because my limo went for happy meals at McDonald's before hand. It wasn't like the virgin suicides where strange magic plays and everyone dances in pretty pastel dresses or even the homecoming scene in Freaks and Geeks. It was pretty fun.

As far as dresses go I probably angsted WAY TOO MUCH.  I decided very early on I wanted to do something that payed homage to the 1920's. After watching Midnight in Paris in English class and reading the Great Gatsby it is safe to say I romanticize about that time period a bit too much. It's fun to think you can time travel and instantly become this beautiful otherworldly creature, to dance to jazz music and play with the finger waves in your hair even though they're so tight they hurt your scalp. I eventually tracked down a beautiful black velvet antique flapper dress a family friend gave me that her mother bought for her at an antique store years back. The dress was soft and not too tight so I could move. The back was low so I felt ~fierce~ (kidding). I bought a pair of white fishnets and silver dancing t-strap shoes from modcloth and founds a pale pink Schiaparelli style purse quietly sitting in the back room of a roadside antique store far upstate. I also grabbed some vintage costume pearls at a store in Portland Maine.


Due to privacy reasons these are pretty much the only pictures I can show you guys but you pretty much get the picture, I'm a hot ticket. The bottom picture is a crappy instagram close up on my hair and makeup. I did my hair in finger waves which looked AWESOME and these photos do them zero justice especially because they took 2 hours.

Imitation of Christ Spring/Summer 2012. Imitation of Christ was seriously on point (and still is) in its ss 12 collection. It reminded me a lot of flapper brides. The drop waist and neckline was impeccable. In my nascent stages of prom dress searching I found the dress on the right on Opening Ceremony and literally lusted over it for a good week and almost made a kickstarter because being a teen makes it very difficult to spend 2,000 dollars on a dress #sadprivilegedwhitegirlprobz
This picture I found on pintrest a while back. I mean can we talk about this dress/her hair?? I'm totally obsessed with the super low cut neckline. If it were up to me I totally would have done something like that. I've said this countless times but the taboo of nudity is incredibly annoying. Are people that offended by their own anatomy that a woman can't flaunt her figure? Part of what clothes should do is to highlight your favorite body parts after all.
Marion Cotillard is an extreme babe. I'm pretty sure that is all I have to say

This ad campaign for Prada's ss11 collection is possibly the greatest ad campaign video OF ALL TIME. The usage of the Charleston (or something that is vaguely similar) in this was definitely prom inspiration despite the fact that the smell of sweaty teens made it impossible for me to Charleston, let alone keep my food down. That being said, a girl can dream!