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Fashion: Things You Should Wear. Edition One

17 Jun

So I got a little hater the other week on some current fashion trends and had every intention of following up with things I’d like to see people wearing instead. So I looked around the internets and found some pieces that maybe I wouldn’t personally wear but feel would be a step up from some of the designs/ certain patterns I keep seeing over and over.

I like this coral, teal, white palate for summer, it is a little 80’s beach house but most of these designs have a classic look that I could look at for several seasons and not feel judgey.
While I’m on the topic of fashion, I’m trying some new looks. I’ll get around to documenting it eventually but I wouldn’t want anyone to think I am a total current trend trasher, after all I am trying things out and those things include fashion. Go forth and dress yourselves.

Fashion: NO! Edition One

26 May

I’m adding a new feature here which is just essentially going to be my opinions on what I call a “No” look. If you’ve ever been out with me at the mall or people watching or something you’ve probably heard me say out loud “No” when I see a particular look pass by that just should not be happening.

A look will solicit this reaction from me based on two criteria:

1. Particular pieces should’ve never been made, let alone worn. (Just because they sell it doesn’t mean you should wear it.)

2. A really cute look is not working on a particular shape because for whatever reason they let their friends talk them into looking bad or their mother never taught them the golden rule of dressing for their bodies at EVERY age.

Prime example of rule #2 I have been seeing lately:

This look was designed for people with the body type of this model, a.k.a. teenagers.


Not that people older then teenagers can’t wear this look, they just better not have hips, or a butt, or thighs because while they might feel amazing, to the rest of the world they end up looking more like:

So before this post spins out of control here is, in my opinion, some of the latest bad ideas from stores popular with the 20- 30’s set:

I don't even know where I'd start here.


Unless you're Pocahontas you probably should stay away from this.


This reminds me of either a really ineffective tablecloth or a curtain you hang over the door of your doin' it room.


NO. Never OK.


Every season Anthro has a real "What?" dress. This is this seasons.


The combination of the one shoulder and short hem line make this look like either a dress for a little girls dance recital or a shirt missing it's pants.


No joke, when I imaged searched this dress several moo moos populated with it.


Who is this made for? The average American woman should NOT be wearing a hem line this short.


I don't even know. This looks trashy not sexy. Gypsy?

I’m clearly no fashion expert and have and do make many a fashion faux pas (like flip flops whenever possible and wearing a dress 15 days in a row just to wear it all the ways) but based on the styles I’ve been seeing lately I feel like we’re living in a fashion apocalypse. I realize my main issue with current fashion stems from my ideas that the younger trendier looks seem terrible (seriously, if I was a teenager right now, and knew better, I would be so angry about my clothing options) and I’m in a fight to obtain a more grown up, body appropriate look of my own that is still stylish not necessarily trend setting and it’s mildly overwhelming.

However, I think it’s time for this girl to finally accept I’m not forever 21 and perhaps $60- $80 for a pair of jeans that fit my body type perfectly (my body wasn’t on the design board when skinnies were created) and $50 on a fitted blazed to go with isn’t that unreasonable if it keeps me from wearing the sausage casing that becomes my favorite $5 H&M knit mini. And I should also begin to acknowledge that shopping at department stores instead of throw away fashion shops will probably offer me more flattering fits.

I think what I’m ultimately trying to get across is there is a look for every age, personality and body type. These looks might not be the hottest trends but should always look good on that particular person because they put forth some effort and found their style niche. I mean even some of the above styles have the potential to work for someone but I still think if I saw them walking around I would say “No.”

And remember, no matter what anyone says: going out and buying all the latest pieces at H&M and Urban is not a style, that’s just lazy. Now go forth and stop wearing ugly.

Jewelry Making: Necklace Edition

20 May

I’ve been trying jewelry making (sort of.) In December I was trying to come up with relatively inexpensive Christmas presents and after wasting several hours, maybe days, on Etsy looking for jewelry to gift I decided that I could just make some. I mean making your own gifts is normally cheap and how hard is stringing together some beads? Well turns out it isn’t exactly that cheap and more frustrating then I had anticipated. Tiny little beads + tiny little splintering wire + coming up with a design + ect. = pain in the ass.

So, I made one necklace and decided I didn’t have the patience for making more at that time but decide it would be a thing I would give another go at a later date. I had told a friend that I would make her a necklace and this week I got around to it.

As a side note to me trying this out: I have this weird anxiety that I’m going to be one of those girls who thinks what I’m making is really great and pretty, when in reality it is kind of lame and tacky (you know what I am talking about.) So I ‘m trying this out and crossing my fingers I’ll know when I have crossed the line from fashionable to unoriginal everyone makes it but no one wears it-ville.

This is the first necklace I made:

December Necklace

I used red beads between the big beads, but only on one side.

This is the second:

Coming up with a design.


I used a two strands of colorful beads that look a bit like coral.


Finished

Both Necklaces:

My catalog of jewelry.

The second time around didn’t seem to be as bad as the first, I think mostly because I figured out how to attach the clasps properly. If I were to do necklace two again, I might have played around with several designs before landing on this one, it’s not that I don’t like it, it’s more I wish I had tried some other stuff out. For next time I am thinking about purple and feathers.But maybe I should stick to things I would wear and not whats in fashion right now? Cause there are some fashion things happening right now that I just can’t get behind, but this is about things I’m trying, not things I hate.

Summer Fashion: American Apparel Bandeau Dress Edition

3 May

I’m trying out American Apparel Bandeau Dress in brown. I came to this dress through several coupons and a failed attempt at buying a new handbag and for $9.00 I thought I could give this pretentious brand a try. Normally I wouldn’t even try on the overpriced t-shirt brand especially a knit dress because historically knit is not my fabric, but I saw this halter looking dress on the rack at Loehmanns for $14.99 and I figured I could at least try it on. And I’m excited I did cause it fit great and I later learned it can be worn 15(!!) different ways, including as a shirt (!!!!).

So I bought the dress and have been wearing my way through the different styles. Originally the plan was to do 15 days straight but some days came up that I could wear pants so I did that instead. I’ve worn the dress 5 ways now and have loved every way. Here are some of the styles I’ve tried:


I like it so much I went back and got it in creme. They are still selling it on their website in a variety of colors but if you can get it at somewhere like Marshalls or Ross it will feel like a much better deal. If you want to see all the ways you could wear it you can watch the video.

Summer fashion commence.

UPDATE: I got around to trying this style yesterday:

Worst yet! Notice how it looks like her boobs are gonna pop out at any second? Try keeping you’re girls in there for an entire day! If you’re any larger than a negative A it’s an epic battle of boobs verse fabric. And constant questioning: will the nip slip? or won’t it? Thumbs down on this take.