Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Vintage Dress.

Yummm, 70's polyester.

Also scored an awesome new evening bag. Two years ago I wouldn't have even considered a bag with a chain strap- too dated. But when I saw it I knew it was mine. Shows the influence that the blog world has had on me, I guess.

Both of these were scored at Vintage Vogue in Kansas City, which I was shown a few months ago by the lovely Jenna.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Reason #2,239 I Should Learn to Sew

I have become obsessed with convertible dresses.

They're not a new idea, even to me. A few years ago I caught wind of an American Apparel convertible jersey dress and became a bit obsessed. A trip to the store a few blocks from me revealed, however, that the jersey was extremely thin and weird. I was truly bummed.

A few weeks ago I picked up a dress with a somewhat convertible top for a wedding, and while describing to my friend Jenna, she mentioned American Apparel to me again- this time with Le Sac dress. We both purchased one and played with them over the weekend.

Royal blue is my favorite color, but I went with the heathered blue because it felt a bit softer and more wrinkle-resistant. After playing with this a few days, my convertible obsession has been fueled again. How odd that Gilt should then start selling one?

I realize $99 is a steal for a $258 dress, but I just can't justify it right now. So I started puttering on the net. Apparently, it's not difficult to sew. There's even a pattern posted.

Though it seems a simple enough pattern, I also know my sewing skills leave something to be desired. So I will just have to see what I can get Jenna or my mother (both wizards with fabric) to take as a bribe.

I especially love the Butter by Nadia website, that has the cutest videos demonstrating how to wear these dresses. I personally like to click Song A.

P.S. If you live in the KC area and were interested in Emmy-Ray's jewelry, I hope you notice she wrote in the comments to let us know where she's selling:

"Hey ladies, I actually sell at bon bon atelier in Westport. Right now they have some fun items like some of my skulls, guns, and key necklaces. I'm doing a large shop update this week, and then I'll also be at the Ric Rac Roundup in Westport on July 24th with all kinds of goodies."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Emmy-Ray, Awesome Etsy-er.

This weekend I went to a street sale that hosted a few booths for local tradespeople. There I found Emmy Ray, a Kansas City jewelry company that makes some of the cutest stuff I have ever seen.

I was actually a little surprised to see her Etsy store had so few things, and that they were less crazy and weird than the ones I was so excited about in her physical store. But then it occurred to me to check her "Sold Items" section. Ah, there we go. (all photos copyright Emmy-Ray)

Here is Emmy-Ray's blog! It's completely freakin adorable.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Experiments in the Rough City.

Ever since I saw the new Alice and Wonderland, I've been borderline obsessed with girly things that I would have scoffed at before. I suddenly love tulle, big skirts, and flowery dresses. As a kid, I wanted desperately to be a boy and had nothing but disdain for girliness. I suppose this is my backlash.

I scored this F21 dress a while ago and have worn it here and there. I also have a tulle skirt I bought a few months ago for a party. I've been itching to sneak it into my regular wardrobe. I had a few hours free today before launching into my evening, so I decided to walk around the shopping area next to my apartment and try it out. To be fair, I knew going in that I live in one of the richest areas in the city, and that people around here are pretty conservative and laid back.

At first I wore it with the underskirt hidden underneath, creating a bit more fullness in the skirt. People stared at me the entire time I was out. Curious as to whether the stares were disapproval at how short the skirt was (a bit too), I tugged the tulle out a bit. I was really pleased with how flouncy everything got, and felt a lot more comfortable without worrying if my butt was showing.

People still stared.

You would have thought that I was wearing Saran Wrap and Crisco, the way people watched me. It's just a quirky dress, people. Anthropologie salespeople snuck weird looks, though Urban Outfitters staff were less phased.

I got serious validation, however, at Betsey Johnson. I kind of thought they'd like it, but was not expecting the "Oh my god, you're SO cute!!" squeal as I entered. Those salesgirls are very aloof and cold generally, so I felt like a mini rockstar, cracking their snobby facade.

The boots are Steve Madden, and I recently purchased them to replace the Target replicas I had. I wore the Target ones to death, and it was really starting to show. I was excited to get a better quality (not awesome, but still leather) pair, but these are actually less comfy. Rats.

Here's the dress without the underskirt (definitely less cool, in my opinion):

I realize this outfit is a bit out of the box, but I didn't expect the big reaction of Is She Nuts?? that I got. The only people to show me love were the Betsey Johnson girls and some Japanese students (thanks for the full turn-around as I passed, guys). One woman (who we will politely say looked very stereotypically Midwestern) whispered to a friend sarcastically, "That's hot," in her best Paris Hilton impression. Really, lady?

Saturday, June 5, 2010


I've been going through some rough patches lately and I never wanted this blog to be a sad place, so I've been leaving it alone until I felt a bit happier.

Well, still a bit lost, but bit more like myself the last few days. I finally figured out how to do a nice wing with liquid eyeliner and I've been amusing myself by trying them at different levels of exaggeration at work and going out.

Lately I bought myself a countertop dishwasher and the thing is huge. I have no idea what I was thinking. If I can motivate myself and lug the thing to FedEx and return it, I may reward myself with these:

They're ridiculous and like nothing own, but I've loved them since first sight. They're too expensive, but hey, if I return the dishwasher that I bought with birthday money... Actually, no. They're out of my size. Drat. Back to the drawing board!

Recently I DID buy these, for about $30, and I've worn them almost every day. They're super comfortable.

I can dress them down or up, they are simple and sleek and my new best friends. I've been getting brown leather flip flops from AE for years, but these are much more stylish. And lucky you, if you're interested! They're on sale at the moment.

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