Friday, October 28, 2011

Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Books from left to right: Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin by Myra Friedman , Andy Warhol: Portraits of the 70's by Andy Warhol, The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade by Gerard J. De Groot

During an excursion with my best friend for the school newspaper, we went to the Salvation Army. I came across this totally lurid psychedelic button down shirt, reminiscent of Cream’s Disraeli Gears album cover. The shirt was priced at $2.99, but it cost me a measly $1.50, as all green tags at the Salvation Army are always 50%. Yes, I get totally get giddy saying that! It’s such a thrill when I buy some of my most favorite items for virtually nothing. The fabric is a really strange silk and makes wonder if it was originally a mate to a pair of pajama bottoms. Those would literally be the coolest PJs ever. Whenever I am wearing the shirt I sing my favorite Rolling Stones song, “She’s A Rainbow” to myself and imagine rainbows swirling out of my shirt. 

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Backpack Block Party!

 I had first heard of Al Baio when I watched her StyleLikeU Addictions: Backpacks video. Al is a painter, fashion enthusiast, fan of poodles and lederhosen, and has an innate fixation on childhood nostalgia. Carrying backpacks to her are like her safety net and she has quite the covetable collection backpacks too (including everything from Furby backpacks to Ronald McDonald to a backpack with a backpack attached to it). We had been tweeting eachother back and forth for a couple of months. Then, as the Twitter gods would have it, I was in Kmart afterschool one day and Al came up to me, recognizing me just from my Frida Kahlo backpack I had once set her a picture of. After we had a bonding sesh, Al asked to interview me and my backpack for Backpack Block Party! her column on the Huffington Post here. My backpack is an internet star!!!!

Where did you find your backpack?
The Frida Kahlo backpack I'm wearing is from Things Built, a vendor on Etsy. The artists behind the shop hand-make all of their backpacks with Mexico-inspired silk-screened images of Frida and Dia de Los Muertos. The bag was purchased for me by my best friend. She was very sneaky... I had the backpack on my wish list for a while and it was the best surprise for my 16th birthday.

Is this the backpack of your dreams?
I absolutely love my backpack. I find Frida Kahlo's work very intoxicating. The bag for me is a symbol of girl power/eccentricity. I also hate wearing dark colors, and so these colors on the bag in homage to Mexico are very much in keeping with my personal style and never fail to bring a smile to my face when I wear it. It's especially helpful in school, because when everyone dumps their backpacks down, I can easily spot it amongst the piles. Even so, I don't know if I can make a definitive statement like "this is the backpack of my dreams" because I'd love to own lots more dreamy backpacks!

What's your favorite thing to keep in your backpack?
Today my favorite thing to keep in my backpack is the valuepack of Hanes t-shirts I just bought. I'm using them for this line of "Teen Angst" t-shirts I'm printing for my friends which I'm uber excited about. On a regular basis I don't really keep anything too exciting in my backpack other than my fruity print pencil case. Inside you'll find my beloved Hello Kitty pencil sharpener and erasers, which I only lend out on special occasions.

If you were a backpack, who's back would you live on?
This is the hardest question! If I were reincarnated as a backpack, I would like to live on the back of Bill Cunningham so I could have amazing adventures around New York on the back of his bicycle. I would get to observe his photographic process firsthand and see all the eccentric people he highlights in his column.

But also Kim Hastreiter, Andy Warhol, Carmen Sandiego, Tina Fey and Pee-wee Herman all sound like nice backpack mates, too...

Addictions: Backpacks from StyleLikeU on Vimeo.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Digital Princess

All drawings above by Grace Miceli 

Grace Miceli is probably one of the raddest girls on the internet right now. She was born in Chicago, IL and currently studies at Smith College. Grace cites one the biggest influences on her work as the episode of The Simpsons when the dolphins takeover. The dolphin motif is carried out throughout a lot of the collages she does but my favorite art that Grace makes are her drawings. When making the moodboard of my favorites for this post, I couldn’t stop thinking “Grace, knows my life too well.” All of her drawings satirize young people and pop culture so well. Forget having your portrait drawn by some stuffy Renaissance painter, I want to be cool enough to have my own Grace Miceli portrait. There were too many caricatures to count that I wanted to include so you’ll just have to check out them out on her website after you finish reading this. Grace even does other drawings like one of Tia and Tamera Mowry from Sister Sister, a girl with angst saying “whatever mom,” Andy Warhol, Disney Channel Gurlz, prom girl , and feminist icons like Gloria Steinem, Yoko Ono, and Kathleen Hanna.

For more on Grace check out her website and go buy her stickers and zines here!
UPDATE: Grace saw this post and made me my very own drawing… I AM FREAKING OUT! I am happy to see that my barrettes made an appearance.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

X Chromosomes

Paper Magazine, September 2011. "Girlfriends" photographed by Diggy Lloyd.
Last month I purchased the September Issue of Paper Magazine. I’ve always love Paper because it’s one of the few fashion magazines that has interesting fashion editorials and writing of SUBSTANCE. Especially as my senior year draws close and I start to solidify actual college plans to propel my aspirations in the world of fashion journalism, I often think about this: as much as fashion magazines have the job to present unique commentary on style, first and foremost, a magazine is a business, and more often than not individuality gets thrown out the window if it’s not lucrative. I get so frustrated when I see fashion editorials where models stand, hair slicked back in front of a gray background or editorials of a woman looking wistfully out a window (although, this could be cool if it had a Rear Window-spin to it). I want editorials of models on carousels, at a discotheque, or at a 50’s diner sharing a milkshake, real pictures with some fun thrown in. Yet fun is often such a foreign concept to fashion magazines, which is in part why I want to be a fashion journalist so badly… I want to bring the fun back! While I do like many of Vogue’s editorials, their covers are lately the same to me. I always compare them like this: the controversial Lady Gaga one where she has that amazing bubblegum hair vs. the one with Natalie Portman where she is a nude color dress. Which is more interesting? As much as I don’t like Lady Gaga her cover was AMAZING! And Natalie’s was a super snooze yet everyone seemed to love it and the Lady Gaga one posed a lot of issues for the Vogue staff. 
The theme of the September 2011 issue of Paper was dubbed Girl Power, which I thought was really original. I really admired what Kim Hastreiter, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Paper, wrote in her editor’s letter. She talks about how the issue was a long time coming, but the choice for the theme was solidified after reading in The Economist, that on this year’s Forbes 500 list, only 15 of the CEOs are female, a very striking imbalance indeed. I, too, have always found it ironic that some of the most well-known and wealthiest fashion designers dictating the trends for women are men: Karl Lagerfeld, the late Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, the late Cristobal Balenciaga, and so many more. So in taking a stance, Kim made sure everything in the Girl Power issue was styled, photographed, modeled by, and designed by women. In my mind, Paper is one of the few magazines out there right now that is still so exuberant and original.

Just a little heads up, my scanner is broken so I tried to take pictures of the photos...I’ll try to find the real versions of the editorial online. The main fashion spread for the issue was entitled “Girlfriends,” photographed by Diggy Lloyd and styled by Martha Violante. 


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Starry Night

1.      Starry Night strapless dress, $200 available at Etsy
2.      Starry Night Custom Japanese Nail Art, $32, available at Etsy
3.      Custom Starry Night iPhone Case, $40 (for two), available at Etsy
4.      Starry Night Converse sneakers, $110, available at Etsy
5.      Starry Night messenger bag, $60, available at Etsy
Though I’m not traditionally a Van Gogh fan, I’ll forever find something mesmerizing about his painting of The Starry Night. The calm fire that burns in the forefront, the lapping waves in the sky like the Milky Way… it’s all so serene. Don McLean also wrote a song called Starry, Starry Night. The beautiful lyrics epitomize why I love it so much and the chill rhythm goes perfectly with the painting. 
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