Thursday, April 26, 2012
Trying hard to be from a La Garconne lookbook.
On J: On B:
corduroy shirt:: thrifted sweater: Our Legacy
trousers:: thrifted pants:: Folk
loafers:: thrifted boots:: LL Bean
bag:: H&M jacket:: ?? says B
I'D LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING that I thought about the other day. Thrifting is amazing for the obvious reasons: it's cheap, a lot of times you can find vintage pieces, you feel like you're mostly wearing unique items, etc.
BUT, I feel that there's a bit of an aesthetic disconnect with my styling that I'd like to address, if just for myself. I feel like I have two distinct styles that I display that aren't necessarily cohesive-- one is a little summery and flirty with nipped waists and sunshine and daisies (example- the last post with the yellow dress and the little hat and the little shoes -- that kind of styling is generally pretty flattering for figure's sake and also generally pretty popular with bloggers I think).
The other style, which I admit I prefer and strive to achieve, is an homage to the La Garconne-esque minimalist Margaret Howell-y or also kind of pseudo-Japanese tomboy/androgyny aesthetic that I love so very very much and which, if you scroll through my pinterest or tumblr, you'll see I worship. Unfortunately I have an average-sized chest and bum, to which the latter styling is not so flattering, though I sometimes try it (like today).
I'd also like to mention that whenever I do try to do this kind of styling, I wear my most flattening (that's flattening with an N) sports bra. I feel kind of bad about that in a "BE-YOURSELF-and-FEEL-GOOD-ABOUT-YOUR-BODY-and-STOP-TRYING-TO-MANIPULATE-YOUR-APPEARANCE-so-much" way, but I don't know, I think these clothes just look better on me that way, sans boobies, (though I fervently admire the ladies who rock the androgynous thing without feeling like they have to hide their chest).
ANYWAY, I think part of the reason there's that disconnect in styling is the flattering-the-body issue. Then also, on a separate note, I think thrifting feeds the disconnect, since I often just buy the items I like, without regard to maintaining a certain consistent or cohesive aesthetic. I can't tell if this is a good thing, in an "it's-okay-that-your-styling-is-always-different-because-that-makes-it-dynamic" kind of way or if it's just bad in a "I-can't-tell-who-you-are-or-what-you-stand-for" inconsistent kind of way. Though sometimes I have to remind myself that it's just clothing and the only people really making these vast ideological assessments of us based on our clothes is ourselves.
No one else probably notices this, but I wanted to address it anyway. It made me feel better.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Trash bins. Lots of trash bins.
I won this bag from Isla's Pulp Vintage giveaway a little while back, and I'm super stoked on it. I think I've used it every day since it arrived.
belt: men's J Crew
bag: Pulp Vintage
I once said that I would post photos of my apartment after moving in. Well, that was almost a year ago, and we're now looking for a new place, so I figured it'd make sense to post apartment photos before we start living somewhere else. So here's part one of J & B's apartment tour-- starting with the kitchen.
I'm not sure my apartment is extraordinarily blogworthy (I'm mentally recalling images of perfect ultra twee blog apartments), but I like looking at pictures of where people live that are kind of, I don't know, more average (so I feel more adequate). So I hope you enjoy these photos of the presentable parts of my apartment.
1. Microwave/toaster/rice cooker/teapot/wall art.
2. I drink a lot of milk. It's actually kind of strange how much milk I drink considering I'm not 4 years old. Anyway, we're left with a lot of glass milk jugs, so we use some of them to hold change.
3. It's a lot cheaper to buy huge cinnamon. So sue me.
4. Wall sculpture by my father. It's made of plastic bits from old toys my brothers and I played with in the 1990s.
5. Table centerpiece (the rest of the table is covered in bills and crumbs, so no photo).
6. I used to read Natalie Dee and Married to the Sea comics a lot, and one of my favorites was this one where it was like "JOHN ADAMS. Our littlest president." But then I found out that James Madison was actually our littlest president, so... I don't know, I put it on a chalkboard and hung it above my washer/drier. (?)
7. My very special and very nice little teapot that an old friend and special person bought for me in DC. It's one of my most favorite things.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Untwisting the balloon.
Lace up espradrilles! I keep seeing these online for lots of $$. Grabbed these for $2.
I wore this to the Easter parade.
shoes: thrifted, miraculously