(BCBGeneration tank, Isabel Marant belt, Forever 21 shorts, Topshop boots, Alexander Wang Jena clutch)
Warm sunset in Silver Lake, so dreamy. Basic silk tank with the uniform. Ponytail courtesy of having used this awful new Garnier conditioner that turned my hair into what felt like a superglued mass affixed to my head. This ended up being depressing when my fingers kept getting stuck or my hair tosses abbreviated so I braided it upwards and pulled it back in defeat. I wish I was better at hair things so I could wear it some other way than down..but I always forget it’s even an option to do something more than nothing to it. Maybe I’ll try to remember to screw with it more. This week I’m cementing some summer plans – right now it’s looking like Tokyo to Paris to London and then the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco in August. I haven’t left California since the Tokyo earthquake cause I just wanted to stay put for a while but I’m getting excited to work on a summer suitcase and see some new sights. Feels like it’s time again.
I wore it with an Isabel Marant open knit cotton tank dress (?) I got at Creatures of Comfort and Barbara Bui motorcycle boots that I had dyed black from a much less wearable pewter. Well worth the two week wait and the involved process of removing the dye from the rivets one by one with cosmetic Q-tips dipped in nail polish remover. Actually that part was kind of fun. Right now they’re looking a little obscenely jet black but they should slowly dull beautifully. End outfit post.
(Whyred sunglasses, Isabel Marant Muddy sweater, vintage leather dress, Topshop boots, Fendi bag)
I peeked through the blinds at 6:30 this morning and was groggily pleased to see it was raining but all is back to normal now. Wearing Isabel Marant’s crew neck sweater I ended up being unable to resist over a vintage leather dress from a store in Venice Beach that has since closed. Going to catch up on life today and hopefully reward myself by curling up with The Andy Warhol Diaries later on. One of the most quotable books I’ve read in a while.
I know I’ve posted this before in the early days of my blog but I was staring at it too long yesterday to not repost it. I have all my favorite magazine scans synced to my iPad so flipping through it makes me feel like I’m re-reading the best magazine in existence. It’s quite fun, and I add to it almost daily. There are many Une Fille, Un Style and En Vogue features throughout, the more ancient the better – for me these have always been the most inspiring parts of Vogue Paris, the most actually wearable. It’s not that I would wear every item pictured but the general feeling of these pieces, with the sense that they could almost be considered generic but have the perfect silhouette or some detailing that sets them apart, I find infinitely fascinating. Perfect casual clothing has this effect on me. I love the plain black skirt, the loose pullovers, the flimsy white dress, the belted denim, the silk petal shorts (saw quite a similar pair at Creatures of Comfort on Melrose yesterday, from their own line)..my go-to mood board for spring.
(Line cardigan, twentysevennames tshirt, random shorts from Melrose, American Apparel clutch, Forever 21 sunglasses, Prada platforms)
I’ve had this cardigan for over a year now and never posted it – totally not representative of our relationship. It’s excellent for tossing on over virtually anything. And I just really like waffle woven things. The shorts I bought a few weeks ago when Bryan was visiting, we went shopping along Melrose and I picked up these shorts at one of those generic stores that sells a mix of glitter-flecked slutty things and marabou trim pens. Perhaps predicting that I would forget what the store was called (if I even checked?), I stocked up and also got them in white and brown. Although Bryan jumping up and down and declaring them “so this season Dolce & Gabbana” may have had something to do with that too.
(Therese Rawsthorne dress, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Mary Jane platforms)
Today’s inspiration in hindsight: kindergarteners and angels, and maybe the entire existence of Lula magazine. I realized I wasn’t really making use of all the pretty dresses in my closet, so I put on a pretty dress. This one I got in New Zealand, and it’s perfect with the closest necklace in sight, hefty wooden blocks on my feet, and very little sign of a breeze.
(sorry, I’m posting this again as Blogger was having problems the past day and a half..all blogs were in read-only mode during that time and apparently all posts and comments made right before it were subsequently removed)
I have sort of a fluctuating, wandering eye type of relationship with makeup – sometimes I become fixated on trying new products, and then I’ll go weeks at a time using the exact same five. And then there’s the massive stockpile underneath the sink I dive into now and then (last investigation turned up some Cargo bronzer I decided to re-love for a couple weeks). I’m actually more into skincare and creating the ideal system for myself. My current favorite look is just clean skin with a hint of cream blush and liquid liner catted out at the corners and a sweep of MAC’s Shroom eyeshadow or NARS Copacabana for a bit of sheen.
Above are my current favorites I’m playing with. Bumble and Bumble’s new texturizing cream is an update to their legendary surf spray, the tiniest bit gives you just the right amount of mussed up texture. My hair has this sort of inconsistent wave naturally so it really plays it up perfectly without giving me like, dreadlocks. Sometimes I’ll follow up with a bit of the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue oil at the tips, mostly because it smells like everything good about flowers without the fake perfumey thing most similar products have. I became addicted to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser when Kiehl’s Japan sent some to my hotel room in Tokyo last December, I’m on my second repurchase right now. I love that it’s unscented and so mild. I’m obsessed with unscented things. I’m not so faithful when it comes to moisturizers, I feel like they’re all so different so I’ll alternate a bunch. Their Creme de Crops is my favorite all-over moisturizer but I always have a vat of Cetaphil moisturizing cream around too. The only color I’ll experiment with for the most part is blush and bronzers, for summer a quick smudging of a NARS Multiple is enough but for evening I’ve been using Benefits half and half “10” bronzer. It’s pretty. For my lips 95% of the time I’m probably just using a bit of Vaseline/Aquaphor, if I do lip color I gravitate towards the zombie look with MAC’s C-thru or NARS Chelsea Girls. Readers will ask me what lip color I’m wearing and most of the time it’s nothing. I feel like I’m always too aware of it when I’m wearing anything heavier on the lip. The last few months I’ve been using Chanel’s now discontinued (whimper) Teint Innocence but I also like Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation, both good because they’re buildable and give sort of a glow-y look. My next task I’ve assigned myself is to try to find organic products that don’t suck. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments, I’m curious!
(vintage silk shirt, Ksubi shorts, Alexander Wang bag, Karen Walker sunglasses, Balenciaga boots)
I love this little strip on Franklin Ave. – the Daily Planet for magazines, Real Raw Live for juice, The Bourgeouis Pig for escaping a bit.
Boots of the
season year century. Robot boots or cutout Docs, I can’t wait to break these in.
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