Archive for May, 2009

How to Dye Your Hair Crazy Colors + Keep It That Way: A Guide

As you can see, I have had nearly every color under the sun. Also a mohawk. And this collage doesn’t even cover it all! One of my favorite color schemes was during a camera-less period - when it was very short with bangs, neon orange in the back, purple in the front, and a skunk-stripe of green in the bangs. At any rate, here it is now:

I get questions and comments on my hair all the time. I’ve had unnatural hair colors for nearly three years now, with a few periods of normal-ish hair. I of course can’t say it’s something I’ll do until the day I die, but I LOVE having it this way and it’s sort of become my trademark (esp. in a town as small as this one!). When I had to have “normal” hair, it just didn’t make the day as great, silly as it sounds. At any rate - this post is for those who love the candy colored hair too, and want to know how to do it to themselves (or inflict it on their friends/family…muahahaha!), or are just curious about the process!

(obvious disclaimer: I am not a professional and cannot be held accountable for any bleach and/or dye related havoc!)

How do you get it that way?

With bleach and dye, of course! For a bleaching FAQ, check here. (the other memories are also great reading!) She covers most of the basics including the color theory you need to know to work with hair, and does it well. It’s pretty basic: bleach hair, rinse out, shampoo (and condition, probably just for ease of combing, but nothing too intense, see below!), put dye on (using the same method as the bleach, to make sure you get it everywhere!), leave on for a while, rinse, tada!

Re getting hair white: It is hard, and will probably damage your hair. The first time I got any part of my hair white it was a total accident and I just kept it that way; the second time (with the green and white, where I’m making that oh-so-attractive face) I was bleaching out from purple, which made things a lot easier as it was already toned! If you’re bleaching out anything that is red or orange based (which will be almost everything except for like, an ash blonde or light brown), you’ll want to pick up some toner or make your own - I used a tiny tiny TINY (like, less than pea sized probably) of RAW purple in a bunch of conditioner and it worked great for me.

What do you use?

Mostly, Special Effects dye. I’ve always had great luck with it and found it to be the longest lasting. Punky makes a great turqoisey color (the picture with purple and green-blue mohawk? that’s Punky Apple Green) which lasted a decent chunk of time too. I’ve also had good luck with the RAW Purple Passion and True Blue. I don’t use Manic Panic a lot myself, but I’ve heard good things about After Midnight Blue. To be fair though, everyone’s hair is different - I’ve seen friends have Manic Panic’d hair wash out in literally two shampoos, but when I used it (in one of the reddish pink shades, forget what it was) it lasted a while, and I keep a tub of Vampire Red around for mixing.

Speaking of mixing - yes, you can mix semipermanent dyes! Doesn’t matter what brand, or colors (although of course there are bad ideas, like say, red and green, which will just make poop-brown). I myself really like to mix colors any more, it seems to make the result a little more multidimensional. But I also have a pretty crazy dye collection from 2ish years of this, so I know mixing is not as feasible for beginners. A note about mixing though; I’m not sure why but when you mix several dyes, the result tends to be VERY dark for the first few days until it fades a bit. See the top picture with red and blue hair? The purple on the side was mixed, and it appeared near-black for several days until fading to a rich purple. My theory is that there’s so much pigment it just takes a while for the real color to show through. That might be poppycock though.

About “permanent” and/or “professional” brightly colored dyes: I’ve personally found them to be overpriced and only last as long as SFX anyways. I’ve only seen a few in action, but there you go.

Doesn’t that fry your hair?!

Repeat after me: CANDY COLORS DO NOT DAMAGE HAIR ANY MORE THAN NATURAL ONES! Very common misconception! In fact, bleach is the only part of the process that actually damages hair - pretty much all of the dyes the average consumer can get their hands on are vegetable based semipermanent dyes, which means that they’re sort of like very very pigmented conditioner. You’ll notice that you don’t need to mix the dye with developer, meaning it contains no hydrogen peroxide at all. This very fact is why it’s ok to leave semipermanent dyes on for hours; I usually leave it on for 2-3 for maximum saturation. Some people say there’s no noticeable difference after 45 minutes, but I’ve done a few experiments and I definitely noticed a difference.

It is, of course, a great idea to invest in a protein conditioner or treatment just to make sure your hair is in tiptop shape after the bleaching (but use this AFTER the dye - you want your hair as porous as possible so that the dye will soak in well!), but unless you were trying to say, bleach out black, or are already dealing with very damaged hair, your hair will probably be fine.

How do you keep it bright so long?

It’s a pain, I’ll tell you. The main thing is not shampooing my hair in every shower - which is easy enough for me, but might be harder for some hair types. I will say that when I first starting doing this, it made my hair a little gross for about a week until my scalp adjusted to it. A lot of times, people overshampoo without knowing it, which just makes the scalp dried out, which makes it produce more oil. So when the overshampooing is stopped, the scalp is like “MOAR OIL PLZ” anyways, and it takes a while to get used to the new routine. Shampooing with dye-friendly shampoo (no sulfates for you!) also helps.

The second thing, which is not as easy, is washing your hair in cold, or at the least, lukewarm water. Hot water drains the color out like crazy. It’s a pain, for sure, but if you want to extend the life of your color, there you go! These tips work for “normal” hair colors too, and I’ve heard stylists tell them to clients who are getting red dye jobs (red is one of the hardest colors to keep in, since the color molecules are so large).

Finding a job with colored hair:

This can be tricky. As far as short term (i.e., you’re a student and just want something part time), I really liked working at Hot Topic, despite the various things you hear (”OMG dude yer a sellout!!!”), it’s on the Forbes Best 100 list, and is a fun environment. There’s also Target and Spencer’s Gifts, off the top of my head - and it never hurts to ask, either! If you’re in a bigger city, you’ll have a LOT more luck with this, especially if you’re a creative-minded individual - jobs in the arts seem to be much more accepting of funky personal style (candy colored hair, piercings, tatts, etc.). There’s also these memories in the dyed_hair community that have some suggestions. However, sometimes, unfortunately, you just have to play by the rules before you can break them (great post by Birdie!).

But you’re so pretty, why would you dye your hair THAT color?!

Because it’s my hair and I wanted to. Eff off.

Just kidding, hope none of you were planning on asking that question! My answer in person is usually a slightly more tactful “I like the color” and a smile. Unless the person in question is being intentionally rude,  in which case they might get the above answer. Or my personal favorite - “Well, THAT was rude! You must be so embarrassed.”. That works in a variety of situations, by the way.

People will stare at your new hair. I tell myself it’s because they’re not used to seeing so much concentrated awesomeness in one spot. But sometimes they just think I look dumb, which really, happens even when normal hair is had. It doesn’t bother me at all and writing about it makes me think of a situation at Target - one of my coworkers told me they loved my hair but they would NEVER be brave enough to do it. Why not?! Especially if your employer doesn’t care! Have pink hair! The happy stares and “Look, mommy, she’s like a My Little Pony/Rainbow Brite!” from five year olds will more than make up for the crotchety people who are probably just pissed off about something else and taking it out on you.

In that vein, I will share a heartwarming story, possibly my best crazy-colored-hair related one. A friend and I were at the food court in the mall; at the time her hair was light pink and mine was dark blue. A relatively “normally” dressed woman came up to us and asked if she could speak with us for a minute - we exchanged “Oh great, here we go” looks but nodded anyways. She pulls us aside and says, “Well, girls, my daughter LOVES your hair” - this is where we notice the little girl, probably around four, hiding shyly behind her mom - “but she is too shy to say anything, so she told me ‘Mom! Those girls must be rock stars, with hair like that! Can you get their autograph for me?’ ” And the mom hands us a little pink sparkly notebook.

CUTEST THING EVER. Of course we agreed. And things like that, my friends, are why having crazy hair is beyond worth it - even if I didn’t love seeing it in the mirror every morning.

So! That covered everything I could think of. Any more questions? I will be happy to answer to the best of my ability, promises!

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Links a la Mode May 28th


Stylist Melting Pot

Edited by Clutch 22

This week’s edition of Links a la Mode includes a variety of style tips, collectively helping us all achieve wardrobe domination. Dirty Laundry gets creative with monochromatic colors, we have a juicy American Apparel shopping tip from The Coveted, Capitola Girl introduces us to new wooden accessories for summer and Vulgar Moon even shows us how to look good in sweatpants. Be sure to check out all the links and feel free to let us know which posts are your favorites!

(lots of great posts this week, guys! Be sure to check ‘em all out!)

Links à la Mode : May 28th

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Defining Your Personal Style, Part Two: The Essentials

So, every book on fashion ever written has a chapter or section on essentials. I, personally, find these really useless. Example? The “essential” crisp white button up shirt is a total throwaway to me. They make me think of servers, finding button up shirts that fit at bust and waist is a nigh-impossibility for me, and hellooooooo stains! Admittedly, I am a wee bit klutzy when it comes to food and that might be a large part of my bias towards this supposed wardrobe essential (+ most anything white). But, psst, if you’re curious about creative ways to work it in to your style, check out Sal’s post on the subject.

Really, everyone’s essentials are going to be different - the most you can say is that people with similar styles might have similar essentials. But depending on a person’s favorite/most flattering colors, figure, or nuances in their taste, even that might not be the same. Why am I doing an “essentials” post then? Well, if there’s someone with a similar style to mine - which I’m going to very roughly define as a love of bright colors mixed with retro influence and a healthy dose of whimsy + a love for dark fairy tales and 70’s punks (I said very roughly, didn’t I?!) - my list might be a good starting point. But mostly, I’m hoping that by showing you my thought process in choosing them, it will make you realize your own. What are your basics? See anything that’s on my list? Why are they so essential and versatile in outfits? What do you love about them, and, if anything, what do you dislike?

Ok. Now that you’re thinking about that, here’s my list:

  • Black patent Mary Jane heels - I bought the Sofft shoes back in, I think, November. I have worn them COUNTLESS times since. They can make a look more polished, they work fantastically with retro-inspired outfits, and they can ground a really “out there” look. Some people find patent tacky, but I love it.
  • High waisted pencil skirt. I love high waisted skirts, I really do. I very rarely wear it with the tops tucked in (although that does make legs look a mile long, especially when paired with a heel/wedge that doesn’t have any straps - creates an unbroken line), but girls - a high waisted skirt will suck you in like you would not believe, without being uncomfortable!, and just having the fabric between your top and your tummy tends to make the top lie smoother.
  • Peep-toe slingbacks in a neutral color - Mine are black. I’m putting these on the list even though I haven’t had them long (I’m speaking of my Pekoe Fluevog slingbacks), because I’ve had them two weeks and worn them probably 5-10 times already! They’ve gotten rid of my old aversion to open-toed shoes singlehandedly. They’re cute, fun, and flirty - this pair has a little extra going on with the knotted leather, but a p lain pair would be just as versatile, I’m sure. Slingbacks are so great for me because I seem to have a problem with heels slipping - a strap across the foot or a slingback seems to really help with this problem.
  • A-line skirt, or, conversely, a circle skirt. I know these are NOT the same thing, but I consider them essentials for similar reasons - they look cute with almost anything (given that the colors don’t clash terribly, of course) and add a little retro flair. My only real beef with circle skirts is that, usually, you have to tuck the shirt or top you’re wearing in, or it’s not very flattering. This problem might not exist without wearing a petticoat underneath it, I’m not 100% sure. That’s not usually a problem with a-line skirts, though.
  • Black boots. If you’ve been paying attention, you know I love me some boots. I wear them year round and scoff at those who say boots are winter wear only! A good pair of black boots can go just about anywhere and with anything. I own several variations on this (Dansko ankle boots, Nine West lace-ups with buckle accents, slouchy Bronx boots, and the Fluevog engineer boots), and if I don’t already have a pair of shoes planned for an outfit I usually turn to one of those pairs.
  • Big costume jewelry rings. I love them, ’nuff said. They are sparkly and awesome and borderline tacky, everything I love in a piece of jewelry!
  • Feathery and/or otherwise over the top hair accessories. They make me feel glamorous and amazing, and really, that’s enough of a reason to be an essential, don’t you think?

Another exercise is to look at one of the dreaded “every closet MUST HAVE THIS!” lists. To start getting an idea of basic wardrobe building blocks, take each individual item on the list and think about why they suggested it (aside from that a lot of essential lists are simply rehashes of every other one every written *cough*), and then think of something that has your own little twist that fulfills the same function. Example: the white t-shirt. I’ve seen some lists that say you should have three of this item in your wardrobe. No matter what. But me - aside from the aforementioned food hazards, I very rarely wear white and not by my face if I can at all help it, because it washes me out. Since I am, you know, very nearly that color myself! So what takes the place of a white t-shirt (i.e. a piece that is a blank canvas and can be accessorized or layered at will - why most lists seem to love the white shirt) in my case, would be a black puff-sleeve shirt - black because it goes with everything I own, puff sleeves add that little bit of whimsy I love. This method is how I realized that I need a shirt as described in my wardrobe, and so I’m planning on purchasing one soon!

Now, I’m going to ask you again - what items do you find yourself turning to again and again? Wearing over and over? It really helps to make a list of these, or at least really think about it. If the current versions of these items are getting worn out and/or are uncomfortable (doubly so if they’re uncomfortable and you keep wearing them - you trooper you!), you might look in to investing in another version of them. To me, the smartest way to build a wardrobe is to get the highest quality you can (which does not mean spending oodles!) on the things you’ll wear constantly, and get more budget-friendly versions of the rest. Then again, my high waisted pencil skirt is a Converse one from Target that’s lasted great so far, so whatever works for you is, again, the rule of thumb!

Whew. Now that THAT process is over, what are your newly discovered style essentials? Have you realized that there’s something you’re missing? And let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see covered!

Coming up next: how to put together an outfit based on a photo or film.

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Marvelous Monday!

Well, the most marvelous thing about today is that it’s capping off a three day weekend for most people! But on to the list:

  • This photo editorial (posted at dapper kid) is lovely. Full of spiderwebs and dreamy tulle/chiffon concoctions!
  • This video with Ellen!
  • Found via Feministing.

  • Loving this editorial as well! (found via Farpitz)
  • These 80%20 Jackie boots, new for spring, are pretty awesome.
  • A photoshoot in a normal fashion magazine featuring a “plus size” model! When will this happen in the US? Because I want to see it!
  • Haute Macabre has some droolworthy, lovely pictures (+ a video!) of Reem Alasadi’s latest on the runways.
  • Perhaps most marvelous of all, the swelling on my ankle has SERIOUSLY gone down. It is, of course, still pretty puffy (had trouble getting it into my engineer boots, the most comfy flat shoes I own), but that’s a vast improvement on the tree-trunk that had replaced my ankle last night.

How is YOUR Monday going?!

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Daily Outfit 5/24/09 + News!

I am not so hot right now, as Alicia and I went to take a few photos, in which I was wearing my new shoes shown below. As it turns out, jumping around in near-four-inch heels is NOT a good idea - I took a nasty tumble and my ankle started swelling almost immediately. Urgh. So now it is propped up with ice on top of it. Anyways…

Sorry for the up-the-nose shot! New Corso Como mary janes, Target leggings, vintage ’60s dress! I wouldn’t have normally been wearing the leggings - but my maternal grandpa was at my sister’s high school graduation (the occasion for being all gussied up!). I would not do this for anyone else in the world probably, but my if I don’t cover my hair and tattoos around him, my poor grandma hears it for ages. She doesn’t care about them  but he is a wee little bit more stodgy and conservative! I was wearing a wig - took a picture of it on for kicks and giggles but the picture turned out terrible, so no posting of it. I felt like I was going undercover on a top secret mission! Their fiftieth anniversary was yesterday and we were out there for it; I meant to take some pictures of the pretty landscape (and the place where their barn used to be, until the storm a few weeks ago), but alas, all I got was this picture of my sister, Scooter (her dog - the blue beagle), and George (my mom’s new Cavalier Spaniel puppy, who is the CUTEST. THING. EVER.).

Am I right?!

Speaking of vintage…I am pretty excited about a soon to come feature of Decline Designs! I’ve been not so much talking about it, because I am superstitious and afraid of jinxing it, ha. But, when we get to Austin, I’m hoping to be mostly self-employed - selling vintage + my handmade items on the weekends; either getting a part time job or working freelance as a seamstress during the week. I’ve been stocking up for a few weeks and the vintage dress above was in one of the lots I bought. The vintage stuff will also be online, of course. I’m not trying to compete with anyone else, selling off-line will be my focus - but I’m really excited about it! I’m also going to make a concentrated effort to find cute vintage clothes in the larger sizes - I’m a size 8 or 10 and I have a HELL of a time finding things in my size so I can’t imagine how someone who is a true plus-size chick who wants to find cute vintage clothes feels! So; watch for that. I think I will probably just be listing them on the website itself; I don’t know if Artfire lets its members do vintage, but I’ll probably double-check.

I have some great (or, I think they’re great, I hope you’ll think so too!) posts lined up for this week, I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting next week - next Sunday is the day we’re doing the drive down to Austin, and hopefully we’ll be able to get the internet set up ASAP but I’m not 100% for sure. At any rate, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and have a good Memorial Day!

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Links a la Mode May 21

Wardrobe Workout

Edited by Dramatis Personae

Welcome to another wonderful round up of Links a La Mode! This week we have a wonderful selection of posts to help refine, define, and challenge your wardrobe. From Agent Lover and Style Symmetry, we’ve got the spectrum covered when it comes to hosting and attending Clothing Swaps. Clutch22 shares with us how to negotiate price matching at retailers, and Krislyn Diaries challenges us to try out great summer up-do’s. Decline Designs conceptualizes personal style (yay!! I was so excited when I saw I was in it!), while Dirty Laundry helps us refine our self portraits. All in all, our lovely bloggers help you get your wardrobe and personal style fit and in shape for the upcoming Summer season!

Links à la Mode : May 21st

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New Design!

As you may have noticed, I’ve redesigned the website! Please bear with me over the next couple of days as I get the kinks worked out - I’m planning on adding a few widgets to the right sidebar which is why it looks so bare right now. Any suggestions or comments, feel free to let me know. :) Thanks!

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Defining Your Personal Style, Part One: The Concept

Defining personal style can be an intensely difficult thing to do. For some people it comes very easily, for others, not so much. If you’ve spent every day for the last several years just throwing on whatever is comfortable in the morning, it can be pretty challenging to start actually thinking about your clothing choices. There isn’t anything wrong with that, by the way. I don’t think anyone has any obligation to dress stylishly. As was posted at A Dress A Day, in a post I’ve linked to before, “Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.” In fact, that quote from Chanel - “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness.” - really annoys me, and if someone said that to me I would probably tell them to eff off, which is probably one reason nobody is going to be quoting me in fifty years. Anyways! If you choose to do so, viewing your clothing and the way you wear it as a creative endeavor can be extremely rewarding and a whole ton of fun!

But how do you get started? The process is probably going to be different for every person, so I can’t give you a step by step guide. I can tell you what I did, in hopes that it will help you.

  • Think about the kind of films you like, the kinds of books you read, your favorite websites. What do these say about you, and how can you incorporate that into your personal style? Are there recurring themes? Do all of the movies you like have a film noir feel, a gothic feel, or are they all classics from the 50’s? What do the characters wear? You might want to take notes next time you watch it, as geeky as that sounds. Or, another approach is to just watch films with a strong aesthetic to get a feel for what you’re drawn to. My approach to this was to write down (or print out) films that won Academy Awards in the costume and art direction areas. It’s a good place to start, at least!
  • Look everywhere for inspiration, to start getting a feel for what you like visually, and what you don’t. Here’s some suggestions: Flickr (just search random phrases - some neat stuff comes up!), which as most everyone knows, is a photo hosting site/community. Wardrobe Remix is a group on Flickr and is also a great place to look for inspiration. Street fashion blogs are great for this - Hel Looks is a good place to start, Japanese Streets is also pretty cool. Model Mayhem is just awesome for inspiration, as you may have gathered. You can find an infinite amount by googling “street fashion blog”. I have an inspiration folder on my computer where I save any photos, whether of outfits or costumes or whatever, and being able to flip through all of the images is great.
  • Speaking of your inspiration file folder - download Picasa and start making inspiration or idea boards with the images! Find yourself downloading a lot of fairly tale themed photo shoots? Make a board based around the idea of the modern fairy tale! Or, try and narrow down where your influences come from (i.e. certain movies, vintage fashion, subcultures, etc.) and then make a collage exploring all of your influences. Here’s my attempt at this from a while ago.
  • Or - another good exercise is to make a magazine clippings inspiration board! Tutorial here.
  • Polyvore is also an incredibly useful tool. Put the Polyvore bookmarklet on your browser, and whenever you come across something you like, clip it! Start constructing outfits with all of the things you like. You’ll be surprised what goes together! Don’t worry about the prices of the items right now - just getting the creative juices flowing is what’s important. We can always find more budget friendly items later, non?
  • Look through your inspiration folder and Polyvore items. Take note of recurring colors and patterns. I, for example, noticed I seem to love the colors of pink, turquoise, and black. When I buy anything now, I ask myself if it will go with these, or at least clash in a way that I like. If the answer is “no”, I reconsider buying the item. This is a useful strategy to employ because it keeps you from having those items that you can only wear with one certain outfit - a waste of a great garment, to be sure! For more on this, see Ashe’s series on developing your wardrobe palette.
  • Come up with a style statement. It can be vague and you can refine it later, or hell, it can even just be a list of words that you’d like to reflect in your style. I.e., colorful retro glamour, etc. I find that easier myself, I feel kind of pretentious pretentious coming up with an actual statement, honestly. There’s an entire book called Style Statement dedicated to this - I’m about halfway through it as of this post and it’s pretty good reading so far, so it might be worth looking in to!

The really important thing is to not get discouraged - this is a process that WILL take a while. I started seriously thinking about this right around the time I started this blog (October of 2008); I had had the same style for years, whether out of comfort or habit I’m not sure. Sometimes I still buy things that fit the Michelle of three years ago much better than they fit the Michelle of now, and only in the last two months or so am I getting to a point where I feel comfortable even TRYING to define my style. If you mess up a couple of times, that’s fine! Don’t stress about it, it’s all just part of the process.

Related things to read and love:

Top Five Ways to Define Your Personal Style

The Definition of Real Style (Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love iCiNG) both articles by Gala Darling

Eccentric Glamour by Simon Doonan

Any more suggested reading? Leave it in a comment - I love reading things about this topic :)

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Marvelous Monday!

This video, found via doublespeak on Livejournal, is awesome. (her aesthetic and sense of style is awesome too - her outfits are to die for!)

I agree with everything he says on education wholeheartedly!

  • Mrs. O’s No Jackie O. (And That’s A Good Thing!) at Cheap JAP. Did I already post a link to this? Hm. Oh well.
  • IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) has relaunched and is now a social networking site! It’s so much fun to poke around on, go have a look!!
  • Self Loathing Coated in Butter at Casual Blasphemies. Right on.
  • These photos of Lie Sang Bong’s F/W 09 collection are to die for.
  • You’ve probably already seen it, but this post at Queen Gilda is great. Love it.
  • Remember Dream Sequins from the wonderfulicious guest post? Of course you do! Go check out the giveaway on the blog that’s going on right now in celebration of 100 posts (yay + congrats!).
  • I have a confession to make. I really really have a magazine problem. Yesterday a friend and I went to Books A Million to get some coffee and flip through magazines, and while she was satisfied with the second PostSecret book, I lugged a stack of several magazines that was, no joke, about six inches high, to the table. Why are international magazines so much better than our’s?! I looked at AnOther, which had too many ads for my tastes, Sportswear International - which I liked, a lot, but didn’t get up ending and I was very confused by the name since I didn’t see a lick of sportswear in it!, WWD Accessories, which has a ton of good shoe eye candy and I nearly bought, W, which I did get, and Lush, which I also got. Among others which I don’t remember right now - I was looking for Lula, but alas, they don’t carry it! I didn’t actually read them before buying, just flipped through and looked at the editorials, but they looked like the best out of the bunch! Also, I’m super glad I had my 5′8″ish friend with me, because I could not reach even the second to top shelf despite the fact that I was wearing near 4″ heels. Anyways, if you have access to international magazines, I highly suggest checking Sportswear out - I’ll let you know what I think of Lush!
  • I love these B Store shoes - the heel shape is awesome. After looking at their website, I can safely say they make some cool shoes; I like these and these too. Although it looks like the second is Opening Ceremony, not B Store. Anyone heard anything about how comfy or not they are?
  • I also LOVEEEEE and want these Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes. I think I would get the salmon with the black heart. So drool-worthy!
  • Not shoe or fashion related, really, BUT, a redesign is coming soon! I’ve got it mostly worked out and I am soo excited!

What’s marvelous about YOUR Monday?

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Daily Outfit 5/17/09

DIY’d tank, vintage ring and necklace, Elie Tahari skirt, Fluevog shoes (told you they look cuter on!)

Yup, I need to paint my toenails! They’re really comfy too, as far as the height goes - the leather around the toes needs stretched out a bit.

I’m excited about this week - have a lot of great stuff for the Marvelous Monday post tomorrow and I’m gearing up for the start of a new series :) Stay tuned!!

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