So this is a… problem. | The Leather Jacket Dilemma

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I’ve been thinking some Serious Thoughts about leather jackets recently, and (in light of a short Twitter conversation with a few of my favourite human beings on the interwebs), I thought I may as well get my predicament out there.

Because I’m sure lots of you will be having the same problem.

Just kidding! No one else is having this problem, because I’m a good number of degrees weirder than the rest of the world. But hey! What’s a blog for if you can’t bitch about clothes every now and again?

(Basically, I just want to find a warm, soft, secondhand leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper and a bit of a masculine edge. Is that really so much to ask for?)

(See, but that’s funny, because it really, really is.)

The problem(s)

Basically, there’s this thing wherein when I put on a leather jacket, I look like I’m on my way to beat someone up. (Conversely, when my adorable older sister puts on the same jackets, everyone around her is faced with an unbearable urge to give her candy or pat her on the head.) It’s not my best look, by far.

(Unless I’m going for “aggressive to a fault,” I guess. Though I can’t really think of a situation which would call for that.)

That’s problem one.

Problem two is that I’m not really into leather. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, but there’s just something kind of uncomfortable about the idea of wearing something else’s skin around, you know? I’ll make an exception for shoes (preventing back problems is always a priority for me, and I’ll take good arch support wherever I can find it), but I’ll avoid leather bags and belts if I can.

[ Aside: If it’s something that I could find non-leather, I’ll go for the non-leather version. If not, I try not to get too hung up over it. At the end of the day, it’s a squeamish issue for me, not an ethical one. ]

Anyhow, leather biker jacket ramble –> over. I think I’d like to go secondhand or vintage if I do pick one up (smaller eco footprint, not directly supporting the businesses producing leather, etc), but I’m still not sure.

In all likelihood, I’ll just put it off until I forget that I wanted a leather jacket in the first place. Crisis averted! 

Quips, questions, qualms: hit us up in the comments.

Beauty & the Backstage | NYFW Fall 2012 RTW {part two}

Saturday, February 18, 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim / Alexander Wang

Donna Karan

Donna Karan

DvF

Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Thakoon

Marc Jacobs / Anna Sui

all photos via {Style.com}

Jason Wu

I fell a bit in love with the gorgeous “Ming dynasty and 1940’s Hollywood” green lids at this Fall’s Jason Wu show – and, okay, that’s probably 85% because I’ve been hugely into dark green recently, but still. They were pretty! It’s admittedly not a combination that sounds like it would really work, but it totally does, right?

Head makeup artist Diane Kendal created the look using MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Tealo (lid) and MAC Eye Kohl in Minted (crease) to act as a base, then added Club and Kelly Green (pigment) on top. To finish off, she used Haute and Naughty on the lashes, Blooz Eye Kohl to the lashline, and Blacktrack to finish defining the cat-eye shape of the eye makeup. (source)

Loving… | NYFW Fall 2012 RTW {part one}

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

.{ Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera }.

.{ Diane von Furstenberg }.

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Currently loving… | Antonio Berardi Pre-Fall 2011

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I don’t typically… have feelings about clothes. Or like, lots of things, I suppose, but clothes in particular. I’ll go through phases, drowning myself in the theory behind structure for months and then bumming around in tees for the rest of the year.

These pieces, though? Feelings. Lots of them.

(And alright, so the emotions probably stem in part from the gorgeous wall colour rather than the clothes themselves, but all the same – they’re structurally gorgeous. I believe you’d find yourself hard-pressed to deny it, even if you’re the roll-out-of-bed-and-go type.)

(Though if you are, isn’t theNotice kind of a strange place for you to be?)

images via style.com

Kate Spade New York | Holiday 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how head-over-heels I am for this collection? Because – I’m not usually a Kate Spade fan. Actually, I’m not really a clothing or accessories fan. But give me a couple ribbons, throw in some gold, and I’m as good as gone.

Kate Spade

Sometimes I feel like Kate Spade is the Deborah Lipmann of accessories – there’s no such thing as too much glitter, and it is so possible to be whimsical and chic at the same time.

(The detail on her Curling Ribbon Bow headband; how cute is that?! God, I’m such a ridiculous sucker for folded metals.)

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