Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fall 2009 Accessory Report- Part One

I love when I open my email and notice a lovely update from in my inbox.  That, and the WWD morning reports are great to wake up to.  So I was happy yesterday when I received the Fall 2009 Accessory Report, only to click and be directed to a huge list of designers.  After sorting through over 500 photos of shoes, bags, and jewelry, I saved about a quarter of them to my desktop with the intention of posting my favorites.  Needless to say I have to break them up into separate posts but who cares, right?  More posts for you!

Part one:  Booties!  It took me a while to get into this style, mainly because when I heard "booties" I initially thought of the akward, square-toed ankle boots my mom used to wear in the fall and winter.  Now I can't get enough of them!

To be honest I was quite surprised with some of these.  Designers that I typically ADORE (ahem, Proenza Schouler) really didn't have anything that were that amazing to me, except this one pair of boots.  On the other hand, designers that I typically don't care for, like Donna Karen & Coach, had some of the best (umm HELLO purple booties, I am drooling all over my keyboard).  It was interesting.

Brian Atwood suede bootie

Balenciaga suede cage bootie with suede sash

Coach "Alexandria" fold-over heel

Donna Karen suede oxford bootie

Salvatore Ferragamo leather laser-cut bootie

Giambattista Valli croc cutout ankle boot

Rupert Sanderson for Karl Lagerfeld patent leather & PVC boot with ax heel

Christian Louboutin hidden double platform suede bootie

Alexander McQueen black punk boot with enamel studs

Proenza Schouler suede bootie

Next post is...?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Someone call the ambulance

There's gonna be an accident
-I'm coming up on infra-red...

Just when I told myself I didn't need another bag.  Well, I lied.  'Cause I definitely NEED this bag!  This Dark Matter by Knox messenger bag is glorious, and available at UO for a mere $168.00 (still out of my current price-range, but whatever.  I'll have a job soon enough).  

The biggest obstacle has nothing to do with money, it's deciding which color I shall have!  The black is so sleek, but I like the mint green color too.

The best part is that it really reminds me of all those Proenza Schouler bags and satchels I've been coveting since the beginning of their existence.  *sigh*

PS1 medium leather satchel, $1,595.00 at net-a-porter

PS1 leather Pochette, $895.00 at net-a-porter

Lyrics: Placebo

Monday, April 27, 2009

The 'NYC' outfit

So I don't really make outfit posts, particularly because although I like my style, I don't think it's anything to write home about.  But since I love this shirt (and my outfit gained such a reaction from my sis) I thought I'd post it.  I wore it out Friday night for my friend's 21st.  And then she spilled her long island down the back of it =)

Elizabeth & James tee
American Eagle cut-offs
fake Rays
assorted vintage, AE & grandmother's necklaces

Friday, April 24, 2009


"You look very New York.  And not penthouse New York but 'I live in a box' New York"
-my sister, commenting on my outfit this evening.

Don't you just love them?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rocky & lazy day dresses

First things first; I want to stock my wardrobe full of dresses that I can just throw on right after I wake up and immediately walk outside into the summer sun.  Just easy, lazy-day dresses in cute patterns or pretty solid colors that only need sandals and unkempt hair for accessories.

I picked a few from two of my favorite online shops, Need Supply and, of course, Urban Outfitters.

drawstring pocket dress, $68.00; tie dye tunic, $44.00; jungle dress, $78.00

printed plaid dress, $78.00; Kimchi Blue printed shirtdress, $55.00; Mirror/Dash tank dress, $58.00

Secondly, I love playing all of my Rocky Votolato albums in the summer.  His music is the perfect warm-weather companion while driving with the windows down.  I think Rocky is severely underrated; he has the sexiest voice I've ever heard and is just an amazing musician and lyricist.  His music just screams summer to me, I crave acoustic guitar and harmonicas when the weather is warmer.

I urge you guys to check him out, or at least momentarily un-pause the song at the bottom of this post =)

top photo: we heart it
Rocky photos: google & flickr

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pretend all the good things are for you

Pretend all the good things are for me, too
And the weather changes not halfway between 
your house and mine.

Simple post today- statement jewelry.  Although I don't often wear it, I long to, especially these.

I love the sweet contrast of the satin and ruffles with the edgy studs and chain.
Super Candy by Candace Ang satin ruffle necklace, $48.00

I think this would look amazing against a plain white tee or beater, and just the right amount of tough elegance to an outfit.
UO Geometry necklace, $48.00

I especially heart this ring, and the blue color on the beetle.  And yeah I almost spelled it "beatle."
PYT scarab ring, $168.00

This necklace is made of flat electrical wire!!  It would be so appropriate of me to wear it while listening to some of my NIN or Skinny Puppy or Ministry.  (Get it?  Industrial, electrical wire...?  Industrial music... yeah...)
Paola Volpi criss-cross necklace, $250.00 ($225.00 for MoMA members)

Leather zipper cuff with silver chains.
Jen Kao cuff, $660.00

Or if you're like me and prefer the daintier version.
Jen Kao bracelet, $440.00

lyrics: Rilo Kiley

Thursday, April 16, 2009

AE or Anthro?

I have 2 interviews coming up in the next 2 weeks with both American Eagle Outfitters and Anthropologie (the same people that own Urban Outfitters).  Not sure which store I'd rather work in; Anthro has better clothes but AE has much nicer employees and a much nicer store manager.  

Originally I really really wanted to work at Anthropologie, but after meeting employees from both stores I'm now leaning toward AE...  Plus they both would like you to wear their own clothing as much as possible while you work (obviously) and umm HELLO?! I'd rather pay $25 instead of $200.  Even with a 40-50% discount, which I would get at both places.

If you guys were in my position, where would you work if both stores offered you a job?  Has anybody worked at either one of these companies?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


And where was this during the winter when I somehow managed to only buy hood-less coats and jackets?!

This would have been perfect.  I spent my days messing with hats or 2197263485602 scarves wrapped around my head and neck to keep the frigid Ohio-winter wind from blowing my face off.  Seriously, walking around Kent State is like walking through a wind tunnel.

This has got to be the cutest thing ever!

Chloe Hood by Coal
You can find it at Karmaloop for $65.00

Oh and P.S.- Doesn't the model look like she could eff you up in a heartbeat?  And not in a bad-ass way but more of an ass-bad way.  Not attractive.  I wouldn't want to turn my back to her for fear she might knife me.  

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's sixteen miles to the promise land

And I promise you I'm doing the best I can.

Last night I ate an avocado.  And boy was it scrumptious, my dears!  I just attacked it with a spoon like I was eating a grapefruit =P

So, I've been feeling a little blah lately.  I don't know if it's been the flip-flopping of the weather since it can't make up it's mind or what, but I have just felt like complete shit.  My head feels twice its size and I feel just gross.

PLUS I'm a bit bummed because my paintings I submitted (see a few posts below) did not get "accepted" to the exhibit I applied for.  I got a nice generic email from the grad students who were "judging" the entries which said "We regret to inform you... blah blah blah... the amount of entries exceeded our expectations and we couldn't accept everyone... blah blah."  In other words "Emily you shouldn't have submitted unfinished work and now you're fucked."

But I did drop into the Starbucks by my parents' house and asked them straight up if they are accepting any new artwork to be displayed and they are!  So hopefully this will work out =)

In other art-related news I'm currently making a fashion illustration based on this photo.  I wanted to do something with the Balenciaga dress, and I loved this photo.  Right now it's just working and re-working in my sketchbook, and I can't decide if I want to complete the final illustration in b&w or color.

So anyway, since my blog has felt uninspired lately (I do apologize for the lack of posts) I decided to blog about another blogger who has plenty of inspiration.  Frankie at Swell Vintage is one of my favorite bloggers who constructs the most amazing pieces of jewelry out of vintage materials.

For instance her necklaces made from antique drawer-pulls?  Genius, I say.  Genius!

I urge you guys to check out her blog, and her Etsy shop.  I told her the only reason why I have yet to purchase one of her pieces is the simple fact that I'm broke =/  But I have a job interview on Saturday with American Eagle of all places, but a job is a job!  They've gotten better clothes in recent seasons anyway...

Lyrics: Rilo Kiley

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't know what it is
you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
-Mark Twain

I am craving spring and summer right now.  Yesterday it snowed! and it's the beginning of April!  I was quite sad, as I got new sandals over the weekend and have yet to be able to wear them.  Instead I had to bust out my winter boots again, which I did NOT like one bit.  I don't mind snow too much- when it's the appropriate time to be snowing!

And there are three things I love most about warmer months: green tea, dresses & museums.  Preferably going to a museum wearing my favorite dress drinking an iced green tea =)

Francis Bacon Man in a Cap, c. 1943

Hopefully this summer I will be able to go back to NYC to visit the Met because, starting May 20, the works of one of my favorite painters Francis Bacon will be there.  And I really don't want to miss this exhibit since I have never been able to see any of his works in person.  So am I going to have to withstand another 10-hour drive to NYC?  Why yes, I am.

I love wearing dresses when it's warm out, and this new-ish online collection of dresses is just amazing.  Sunday Brunch has vintage-inspired dresses that are perfect for spring and summer; casual enough to wear during the day yet dressy enough so that you feel all lovely and fancy walking around in one.  Eventually I'm going to have to fork over some cash and buy myself one of these little numbers because they are going fast!  My favorite blue one (below) is already sold out!

My beverage of choice during the summer is green tea.  I should say my favorite summer ingredient is green tea because I lovelovelove green tea ice cream.  It's so light and refreshing with a unique flavor.  If you have never tried it, I'd suggest that you head on over to the nearest hibachi-style restaurant or sushi bar and order yourself a huge bowl full of it!

For anyone that is interested I have a recipe for Almond Peanut & Biscuit Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting (to add to my green tea obsession) from The Sugar Bar.  Another non-traditional way to enjoy green tea!

What are your favorite things about spring and summer?

Francis Bacon photo: Wikipedia
Cupcake photo: The Sugar Bar