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odds and ends

I haven’t gotten many outfit photos lately (shocking, I know) so I did some quick drawings of a couple of things I’ve worn in the past few days:

What I wore for a girls’ night last weekend with some of my friends — Blood Is The Neck Black tank top, a buffalo-check wool peacoat from Gap that I’ve had for a couple of years, skintight leatherette pants and black suede platform heels.  I looked a little fancier in person than in the drawing above…but not much, honestly.

On Sunday I went with some friends for a picnic at the gravesite of our friend Lisa, who passed a year ago. She was a fabulous, flamboyant dresser with a penchant for dramatic skirts and outrageous hats, so I figured it was only appropriate to try to dress in Lisa fashion, in a sheer skull-print blouse, floor-length jersey skirt, floppy wool hat from Forever 21, and big sunglasses.


I’ve been kinda under the weather the past few days so I’ve just been laying low, messing around with my lap steel guitar and totally devouring 1Q84 on my Kindle.  I’ve got a friend coming into town for the weekend tonight and another coming out next week so I’m enjoying my last few hours of downtime before what’s sure to be a hectic but fun few days ahead.


my glamorous life

I really hate doing laundry so I let it pile up until I absolutely can’t put it off anymore and then I stuff it all into the biggest H&M bag I have lying around and lug it all over to the laundromat, which is right across the street from my apartment.  Convenient, right?  It also conveniently leads to situations like this one when I’m walking back home with my bags of clean clothes (which for some reason always seem to take up more space than dirty ones):

Sometimes I would kill to have my own washer and dryer.

zara tomorrow!

I’m so excited that ZARA is finally going to be shoppable online starting tomorrow!  There’s one at South Coast Plaza, about twenty miles south of where I live, but the idea of shopping Zara from the comfort of my own apartment is so much more appealing.  Plus right now they have so much great stuff for fall — adorable mod-feeling coats, super-saturated brights, and a plethora of extremely fun shoes.  Here are some outfits I’m fantasizing about after perusing the website in preparation for tomorrow…

I can’t wait!  Oh, man, when H&M goes online shoppable in Spring ’12 there won’t be a reason for me to leave my house anymore…except to show off the cute clothes I’ll be ordering, I guess.


I went to FYF Fest in downtown L.A. yesterday.  My camera’s out of commission for a few days, but here’s a drawing of what I wore:

The style you see at big outdoor music festivals like FYF is pretty ridiculous.  Lots of people seem to really go all out with their most outrageous outfits.  Personally, I just wanted to be comfortable and not too hot, so I wore a boxy dolman-sleeve t-shirt from Target, denim shorts, black ankle socks, and my saddle shoes.  My point of interest was the little handmade cameo pin I made:

I have a whole slew of these little guys in my Etsy shop right now!

a realizable fantasy

Usually when I draw up fantasy outfits they’re just that — fantasies comprised of items I’ve seen online that I totally want but definitely don’t have.

But! A couple of nights ago I was zoning out in the general direction of my clothes rail, and a couple of pieces caught my eye. I could totally put those two things together and it would look really cute, I thought.  I haven’t done it yet, but here’s what I’m thinking:

Small hearts on a sheer cream blouse plus big hearts on a tan skirt? I think it works, and I’m probably going to try it out this weekend.  The shoulder bag is actually a canvas military ammo tote I got for like $6 at the army/navy surplus, and the clogs are my trusty Jeffrey Campbell Charli-C’s, which I still love over a year later.

little obsessions

Here are a few things I’m really, really obsessed with right now…

LEUCHTTURM1917 pocket notebooks

I’m madly in love with my Leuchtturm pocket sketch diary.  I started doodling in it as a way to give myself something to do when I feel socially anxious (which is often), and now I carry it with me everywhere and use it  constantly.  Leuchtturms are so much better than Moleskines because they have hard covers, tables of contents, numbered pages, a perforated section, they come in a bunch of cute colors and they are free of hipstery-douche connotations.  I got mine for abut $4 at the Rainbow Co-Op Grocery in San Francisco, but I’ve been seeing them at art supply stores all over the place lately.

Trojan X-Rated Skinhead Reggae

I’m not a huge reggae fan, but I do really like the early trad skinhead stuff and it feels very summer-appropriate, so lately I’ve been listening to the Trojan X-Rated Box Set a lot as I drive around in the SoCal heat.  Every track on the three-record set is about sex, and some of the song titles will make you blush.  It’s super lighthearted, bouncy old-school stuff, and you can download it for yourself thanks to fuckyeahskinheads on Tumblr.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfume in French Lilac

Oh my god you guys, this is the best-smelling roll-on perfume ever.  You can throw it in your purse and reapply it ten times a day and it never gets overpowering, and it only costs like $11.  All the Pacifica roll-on perfumes smell really good (and the packaging is adorable), but French Lilac is absolutely beyond; it smells the way I imagine Emma Bovary might’ve — feminine, charming, and romantic.

Starbucks Gold Card + Reusable Mug

My Starbucks addiction is probably the least punk rock thing about me, but hell, I need caffeine and it’s the closest coffee shop to my office so I find myself in there almost every morning buying a huge raspberry mocha (don’t judge me).  Since I joined the Starbucks Rewards Gold program and invested in my (adorable) reusable eco-mug from Decor Craft, I’m saving about 50¢ a visit, which doesn’t seem like much but it adds up to $10 a month or more.  Plus I get a free cup of coffee every 15th visit, which isn’t too shabby.  Plus I’m being nice to the environment by not throwing away a paper cup every morning, and that feels good too.

Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC
Fundamentally I’m against pageants and the unrealistic expectations they put upon very young girls, but I’m still really fascinated by pageant culture and am therefore unhealthily obsessed with Toddlers & Tiaras.  My friends call me creepy, but this is must-see TV for me.  The glitz is so weird, the parents are so beyond, and the little kids are adorably earnest, precocious, and so sweet and strange I sort of want to adopt them all. I don’t exactly feel good about how much I love this show, but it totally sucks you in.  Perfect brainless summer programming, as long as you can turn off your feminist instincts for a while and just enjoy the surreality.

Cheap Colored Eyeshadow

When I was eighteen or so I dutifully coated my lids with about ten different meticulously-blended colors of eyeshadow every single morning.  Those days are long gone, but lately I’m kind of into the idea of a simple sweep of (just one!) bold color across the lids — kind of like how accessorizing with nail polish helps me to forget about how I can’t afford new clothes, investing in a couple $1 eyeshadows from NYX might be the perfect outfit pick-me-up.  I’m especially into the idea of corals, bright apricots, and even rosy reds for summer.

What are you obsessed with lately, guys?

more drawn style

Here are a couple more styling illustrations I did for my friends.  Thanks for all the feedback on my last drawings!  Those of you who emailed me asking for drawings of your own, I really appreciate the interest!  I’m pretty slammed right now but I’ll keep you posted, as in a couple of months I’ll be launching an online store where you can order hyper-customized personal styling illustrations like these ones for super duper cheap!  In the meantime here are a couple more of my test subjects:

Darcie didn’t really know how to define her style, but she loves her Frye boots and the color green, so I pulled together a fallish look for her that incorporates both:

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela knot necklace from Shopbop, ASOS blouse, Victoria’s Secret leopard trench, Moto skinny jeans from Topshop, Shop Suey Boutique satchel, Frye boots, Mark Pawson eyes badges from Tatty Devine, Zoya nail polish in Scarlet, pyrite knuckle ring from Urban Outfitters.

Brooke has cool, edgy style and selected a couple of pieces for me to build an outfit around:

Dylan and Rose denim jacket from Modcloth, Greatest Friend vintage dress via Etsy, vintage Thompson Twins button via Ebay, Low Luv x Erin Wasson evil eye cuff, American Apparel fishnet ankle socks, Deborah Lippman nail polish in Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Revlon Moon Drops lipstick in Hot Coral, Brooke’s own bag, Topshop creepers, star ring from Nasty Gal.

Check out more of my fashion illustrations at http://yournewoutfit.tumblr.com (and email me if you’d like to order one and you just can’t wait until the site launches)!