Thursday, October 9, 2008

a new/old outfit

This is a shot of an outfit I wore out a couple of weeks ago. It was the tail end of the TBA (Time Based Art) Festival in Portland, thrown by PICA. My mom had been bugging me to go for ages, and it took till the last day of the show for me to be convinced. I am sad to say, the art show was a bust, but we did finish off the day by stopping by one of my fave stores Una (where I purchased the shirt worn below) for some browsing and chatting with store owner Giovanna. I tried on the amazing sweater vest, by Tom Scott, featured on the store's blog. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Una consistently has some of the most interesting inventory in all of Portland.

I bought these Dries Van Noten oxfords right when I got back from Asia in August at Halo, and called them my Back to School Splurge. Because no matter how old you are, you need to do back to school shopping in August/September! It took me a while to wear these guys, partly because summer lasted through September, and also because I couldn't really figure out how to wear them...

I think I did OK on my first try. J. Brand jeans, Gap Euro belt, Dries oxfords, Pour.Femme Shirt.

I'm still trying to find a good place to take outfit pictures in my house. It is awfully dark in every single room, and there are very few empty walls, as basically every single space is filled with art or (less cool) stuff. I'm thinking in front of the garage door is going to be the best bet, when it's not pouring down rain...Also, sorry about the blurry pics. I think it is time to upgrade cameras, as this one has travelled ALL over the world with me in the past year. It is a little worse for wear at this point, and it's showing in the picture quality!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

in case you were wondering, i'm the girl in the leopard print boots.

Back in June, I was wondering around down town with my dear friend Anna, when we stopped into the shoe store Olive. I've never been a huge fan of this store, not really sure why, it's probably that I have a weakness for Halo and tend to go their before anywhere else when it comes to big shoe purchases. Anyway, back to June. We quickly browsed, and as we were leaving I spotted just about the most beautiful boots I've ever laid my eyes on. Knee high, chestnut brown, flat but with the slightest platform, with HAND PAINTED leopard spots by Georgina Goodman. the $800+ price tag prevented me from trying them on, even for shits and giggles. There was just NO WAY.

I left the store feeling sad, knowing I would never ever have those shoes in my possession. Fast forward 3 or 4 months, I was out shopping with my mom, who was on the hunt for new ballet flats and new flat boots. No luck at Halo, so i remembered about Olive, and the leopard boots. Drove past Olive, to find that it was no longer there! The sadness of that first day returned. Thank goodness for the Internet. WOO! Not only does Olive have a website, but my beloved boots were 60% off and available in my size. Making them, still expensive, but about the price I would pay for a new pair of boots full price. I don't think I've ever pulled my credit card out faster.

Since Olive is based in Portland, my shoes came in less than 48 hours. They are just as pretty in person. For that very reason, and their still hefty, tho lowered price tag, I will be sporting these boots on a near daily basis. I have yet to sufficiently play dress up with them yet, so I'll be posting outfits featuring the new loves of my life a little later. So, yes, that girl with the bright blond hair and the leopard boots on the other side of the bar or crossing the street or eating lunch, is most likely me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Last week, my sister and i were driving to the gym, exercise is one of like 3 things that fill my day, and we passed my mother coming out of an estate sale. Upon her instructions, we flipped a bitch and parked. I walked into the living room, and WHOA, I was bombarded by jewellery! All of it gold, flashy, ridiculous and FABULOUS.

Much to my sister's chagrin, I spent the next 20 minutes looking meticulously through the various 3 dollar bins, as well as a display case. this is what i came out with.

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the ring is totally genius. I can hardly stand it!!! I've worn it nearly every day since it was purchased! Also, the chain rings. Sorry the pics are especially blurry for those guys...still working on my blogger photog skillz. SO ghetto fab! I might just have to be M.I.A. for Halloween...

And yes, those are shoe clips. I plan on bringing them back. Stay tuned for my examples.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

back to the blogging world.

As some of you may know, this is not my first foray into the fashion/style blogging world. While living in Paris this past year, I kept my friends and family updated with my adventures across the world via my blog Fanny a Paris. Along with my daily gripes about being an American in Paris, I also commented on the various fashion-y things I was doing. It has been over 6 months since i wrote on that blog. When I moved back to Portland, my plan was to start a street style blog, a la Scott Schuman's The Sartorialist, as a way to pass the time as well as an excuse to take photos of all the hipsters that have suddenly taken over my home town, and not feel guilty for my constant bar hopping. But, a mixture of laziness and shyness kept me from pursuing that goal. For some reason, I just don't have the guts to walk up to some random person in a bar or on the sidewalk, and ask to take their picture. This is shocking to some people, I know.

So, I have finally escaped the black hole I was living in and with a new blog address and fresh batch of motivation and inspiration, I have decided share myself, my ideas and opinions on fashion/art/style, etc. with all of you.