Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BORA AKSU fall/winter 2013.

since spring is hardly upon us, i may be getting ahead of things here, but ever since i saw this collection, i've been obsessed with it. the light, flowy materials are romantic, drawing me in, and combined with a tie-like addition here, a blazer there, i was sold on this coming season's menswear addiction. also sold on the plum used in many of the garments-- just enough color to not overwhelm me. oh, and have you seen the headpieces?


the headpieces and makeup make for a look that is "classically futuristic," dating back to 1927's metropolis-- each pretty little crown topper is a piece to remember, and it's easy to imagine a microchip implanted in one, somewhere amongst the lace and sequins. widely spaced, long lashes make for huge eyes, and life is breathed into each figure with a touch of pomegranate on the lips.

i really can't get enough of this. watch the shows, folks. you won't regret it.

till soon,

music: no bones -yeasayer

Sunday, February 24, 2013


putting up a couple of quick shots from not too long ago. i can't wait to use film again-- black and white is my favorite. soon enough, i'll be focusing on that and more of my own work again.

music: upward over the mountain -iron & wine

response to the man repeller: blog is a dirty word.

as we move from london fashion week to milan fashion week, many fashion bloggers are on top patrol, watching closely each runway scene to pick up on fall's trends ahead of the pack. but i think there's a lot more to the fashion blogosphere than simply regurgitating the most common shapes and colors and textures and so on for each season. i talked here about the necessity of tangibility in a street fashion blog-- the personality. however, when i read the man repeller's post "blog is a dirty word" and some of its comments, i was thrown off from my opinion.

TMR's mentions the concept of blogging as the glossy, editorial, untouchable magazine-type. which makes sense in a way that the "real" bloggers should only be the few, the ones that come out on top of the game, not a pack of jabbering gossips, but at the same time, having the gloss can provide restraints and squelch creativity. you can receive gifts from companies, get your picture taken by your photographer friend, and show off that new haircut from the latest and greatest, in a way like a magazine does, but who are you? what separates you as an individual? does it matter that you thrifted that shirt or bought it at urban, as long as you have a story behind buying or a reasoning behind styling to tell? can you talk about current issues in relation to fashion or beauty?

the "little" bloggers vying for attention outside whatever building and between whichever shows can be called a "circus" as mentioned in TMR's post-- these bloggers are entertainment. they're interesting to look at. but the ones that i pay attention to the most are the ones that can also speak. i find it perfectly acceptable to say ME... as long as something else gets said every once in a while.

i stand by my view that a street fashion blog should not be a series of photographs without words. even with the best photography, a little commentary is what makes the fashion accessible to those who can't buy a pair of louboutins... or jeffrey campbells. reading about the struggle to save up for that first designer piece that made you cry with excitement upon trying it on, or the dive into the depths of a vintage shop to get that piece from decades past, and then the talks of politics or sexuality or psychology within fashion-- that's what makes it. you breathe deep the real experience, and then you talk about it.

bloggers need to post the photos to display it all, but i still think they need just as much those words to be successful, to be inspiration.

till next time.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

the chill and the chillwave.

i've been playing a lot of really laid-back music, and i think it's been inadvertently inspiring my wardrobe as of late: i've been trading the extravagance on most days in favor of simple bottoms and tops, mostly black and white, which just happens to coincide with the spring trend of black and white 4eva. i like a more toned-down version of the desaturation, though, with one piece of white and one piece of black, rather than mixing stripes with checkerboards with plaids and so on. today, though, i mixed the forever-needed black with a plum topshop crop.

also, i have a few shots of my new winter coat, although they're not the clearest to really show off how amazing this zara piece is-- i'll be sure to take some more detailed photos soon. it basically makes me look like i'm from the matrix. cue slow-motion-backbend shots.

my new favorite thing, though, is this pair of black american apparel riding pants. complete with padding on the inside of the knees, these pants are versatile, sleek, flattering, and best of all, comfortable! i've worn them probably four days out of the past week, which is probably a record for me. i keep planning outfits with these pretty babies. they're a dream piece.

also, crop tops, whether form-fitting or loose, are still at the top of my fashion list. they appeared on the runway for last spring/summer, but i feel like they're still in full swing. it's probably my penchant for matching with high-waisted things, but i'm in love. they're simple and chic, and they also show a glimpse of unexpected skin in a way that isn't so over-the-top for my latest interests.

i did just find a cheap pair of clear spiked creepers, though, so. i guess my closet just jumps all over the place.

 the creepy statue head is a piece on campus that i love-- i've always wanted to shoot with it, and i finally found a quiet time to do it.

lastly, the messenger bag tucked tightly to my side is borrowed from my roommate-- she's brilliant with little accessories and things when i just can't find the perfect match to top off an outfit-- and i've used it all this weekend. of course, come tomorrow, it's back to the old school backpack routine, but it's been nice to use a cute little satchel for a while.

bowler hat, ebay / crop top, topshop / pants, american apparel / creepers, gift (y.r.u.) / coat, gift (zara) / bag, c/o

p.s. i've been paying almost zero attention to fashion week and feeling distanced from so many trends, so i'll be looking into that and bringing things up as it feels fit.

more to come soon,

music: so many details -toro y moi

Saturday, February 9, 2013

chick habit.

so here's yet another quick post-- i want to give a date that i'm going to have time to write and things, but for now, it's all snapshots.

i just have to say this: big sunglasses and silk scarves.

they're necessary things.

kitten scarf, ragstock / galaxy scarf, youreyeslie / black sunglasses, ragstock / floral sunglasses, gift

till soon!

music: chick habit -april march

Sunday, February 3, 2013

hello hello,

just a quick post to let you all know i'm still around and running; i've just been running around for school and related things, so i haven't had much time or focus for updating here, but i'll be posting more soon! stay tuned!