Thursday, April 30, 2009


So, I have an exam tomorrow. My first exam of the exam season. On property law. Woo. My eyes are sore from staring and my brain aches from trying to memorize/understand convoluted legal principles and case law. All I want to do is run away, preferably to this redesigned chicken coop where I could nap, read what I like, disappear from all responsibilities and be completely fancy-free...

(Designed by J. Morgan Puett)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cote d'Azur

Yay yay yay! It's been decided, and this June I am taking the train from London, through the French countryside and down to the Riveria for a week of sun, sand and general Mediterranean goodness. I am SUPER excited!!! Exclamation points cannot express it. Whenever I think of the Riveria, I think of To Catch a Thief, and the great outfits Cary Grant wears (is it weird that I looked at his clothing more than Grace Kelly, probably, but she is too prim for me). Not that I will be buying a holiday wardrobe, but what I do need is a swimsuit. I haven't bought a new swimsuit in years. And I mean years. The whole experience is entirely dreadful, what with bad dressing room lighting and pale winter skin in the mix = disaster! While I know that that inevitable shopping trip looms near, I can bide my time by staring at the bathing suits from Lover's Sacred Hearts collection. Of course, they will only remain in my dreams as it's a bit silly to pay as much for a bathing suit as it costs to get to the Blue Coast, don't'cha think?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

fun fun fun til her daddy takes the t-bird away

These pictures just ooze summer. Even though spring is in full swing here, I am constantly thinking about the next season, the warmer and bare-er glory days of summer, with nothing but blue sky and sun shinin' down on me. These gals outfits are exactly how summer clothes should be, simple and minimal with sunglasses and a hat for good measure. Now, where's my SPF 30?

(via Style Sightings)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Stick Boy + Match Girl

Today, I thought I would share a snippet of one of my favorite books to glance at. I picked up The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy last year mostly because it is by Tim Burton, one of my favorite directors from childhood (Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands were on constant rotation in our VCR). He started out his career as an animator for Disney but apparently his vision proved to be a bit too macabre for the Disney crew...anyway, then he started making movies, became known for his twisted dark style and came out with this little tome in 1997. It is filled with the poems and illustrations about misunderstood outcast children accompanied with that perfect Burton mix of dark humor and sweetness. Here's one of my favorites, the very short love story about Stick Boy and Match Girl:

lamothe pastels

I don't really wear pastels, for fear that anything too dainty will make it too easy to shove me into that 'cute' category that most short people are labeled with...but I might break the rule for this jacket from Martin Lamothe. It has the right amount of slouch and looseness to make it the perfect summer jacket to throw over anything and everything. At $479, I will not being throwing it over anything, but at least it has gotten me to appreciate that pastels aren't always saccharine:

(via pixie market)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Rad or Bad"

So, go figure the day after I decide to wear socks and sandals, Refinery 29 pops up with a feature on whether socks and sandals are the newest micro-trend, or something that should be left to 9 year olds.

Personally, I wasn't aware that it was even a trend. In fact, I didn't really give it much thought other than my toes were too cold to wear sandals without socks but I bought those shoes a month ago and was aching to finally wear them. I guess I am the kind of person who only knows about those trends that are basically thrown in your face like ripped tights. I don't know if that is a good or a bad thing, but I just found it amusing that things that I don't even think about become points of discussion in terms of trends and style. Sometimes socks are just socks, warmth for the toesies without any more to it. I am not really sure if I am making a point but...sometimes clothes are better left unanalyzed.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Funny Face

Blech, I may be the most awkward photo poser ever. I actually am pretty terrible at forced photos, which I suppose is ironic since I submit myself to it on a fairly regular basis. But whenever there are those pictures with a whole bunch of people standing and smiling together, I am always the one with the too-wide-how-long-do-i-have-to-grin grin. Woe is me.

This is that skirt, based on an APC skirt, that my mom made me a while back. I wear it too often, but I love it so much. I have more projects for her when I get home...maybe I should just learn how to sew? Nah, having things mom-made is so much better plus I am a disaster at all things crafty.

dream the dream

All I want for summer is some Lyell tops! Lyell seems to have the perfect tops for summer, delicate little things with the perfect amount of draping and slight hint of daintyness. Something to be worn tucked into pants and skirts or thrown over some cut offs on those extra hot days. Sigh, couldn't you just imagine it?

(via Lyell)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

shoe candy

Alright Ms Comey, you win, I officially want everything you make, but these shoes may be the death of me, especially those clogs...

(Available at Opening Ceremony store)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My life revolves around you

I know that I talk about the weather a lot, but that's because it pretty much dictates my life: when I go outside, what I wear, my should be my homepage. It's not. But it should be. Today's forecast was rainy and warm, while I wanted to avoid the rain, I had to leave the house for errands and so with that mixed bag I threw on my first bare legged outfit of the season, but with boots and jacket to protect from the rain. And sunglasses in case the sun peaks out. I was well prepared as it both rained and was sunny, simultaneously windy and chilly in the morning and warm and sunny in the afternoon. Living in London, I just have to accept that my purse is my mini-closet and layers come on and off throughout the day. But hey, no tights!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hat in Miniature

(via Fashionista)

eep! A mini boater! Of all the boaters I've seen this may be the best, though I personally think that everything is better in miniature: mini cars, mini bottles, mini pizzas, mini cakes, okay well mostly food because that way you can have so much more and feel perfectly justified. Anyway, I am pretty sure, like all boaters, I would look like a child in this, but it's so perfectly twee, ain't it?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fashion Arithmetic

Gingham + Chambray + Straw = summer wardrobe falling into place.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cousin It in Knee socks

My bangs are out of control. But I am absolutely terrible at trimming them, and so I let them grow until my vision is almost obscured...then I take my scissors to them haphazardly, but only enough so I can see (for fear too short, too crooked will be the result of any further cutting). Which means that in a week, I will be visually-impaired again.

Oh, and by the by, I finally made it outside of my apartment this week, only to be greeted with gray, cold and rain. I refused to wear tights though, not in mid-April! So knee socks, which I've owned for quite some time, but never wear, were my only option. One small step towards bare legs...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Visual Smörgåsbord, if you will...

(Click to enlarge, if you dare)

Just a smattering of some of the things that get me going lately through the darkness of nonstop studying: flowers, oriental jackets, gingham, braids, curly hair, the long goodbye, short shorts and summer cardigans...they all put a smile on my face and keep me inspired while I am stuck inside the house wearing old sweatshirts and pens in my hair.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lauren Hutton-esque

EDIT: here's an attempt to repost a post that I tried to post a couple of days ago. Hopefully it works or I may go postal. heh.

I picked up the latest French Vogue to browse while at Borders. This issue didn't really strike me as particularly interesting, but I did enjoy this little accessories editorial inspired by Lauren Hutton's 70s style. While I didn't pay much attention to the actual accessories in the story, I do quite enjoy the recreation of Lauren Hutton-esque outfits. I'm not one for safari fashion myself, but the latter three looks with high waisted pants/shorts and oxford shirts are very appealing for a simple spring/summer look. And the little snapshots of Lauren are just perfect.

(scans from the fashion spot)

Permanent Vacation: le shop

A couple of things that I require and desire from the newly opened Permanent Vacation e-shop. Drat the pound for essentially being on par with the euro. I most certainly cannot shell out for any of these prettly little items at the moment, but they do add to my spring fever: stripes! flowers! robin's egg blue! okay, that excitement was exhausting, but fleeting. back to the law books, friends.

ps. sorry if my posting has been erratic... i've been trying to post things lately, and for some reason pictures will go from working to not working...hopefully this one is working, and i don't seem like a blithering idiot without illustrative photos.