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That’s So Meta

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You might remember how a few year’s ago I mentioned my perusals of Craigslist’s Missed Connection section and Sophie Blackall’s illustrated depictions of select postings (she’s gotten a lot of attention since then – including a book).

I still check out the section from time to time and a few weeks ago I noticed the above post. A missed connection about a girl carrying a missed connection bag?! Brilliant! Of course, my curiosity was immediately piqued in regards to this mysterious bag and I dove into the internet intent to dig it up. And I did!

The bags are made by Oh Deer Dry Goods and they seem to have sold out in the few weeks since I saw, saved and am now posting about them. Sad face. Still, I think it’d be kind of The Ultimate if they whipped up bags with the missed connection referencing them. Really and truly. Especially if someone then posted a missed connection referencing THAT bag. Meta meta meta.

Alas, though I feel like a goof for having saved the Craigslist post and the bags weeks ago and am only now getting blogify them  (better late than never?), it turns out that in the interim Oh Deer Dry Good’s have listed some missed connection tank tops that’ll be on sale soon. So, it’s not a total loss, amiright?

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Spring Forward

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I’ve been mildly obsessed with this gorgeous photo of ranunculus flowers by Jessica Nichols ever since they popped up on my Pinterist feed last week, where they were pulled from Poppytalk. The flowers in and of themselves are spectacular, but the combination of colors against that fabulous blue-grey background ups the ante for me. And so, I couldn’t resist pulling some of those colors out for our admiration.

Today also happens to feel so amazingly spring-y that I wound up decking my hair out in flowers on a whim to celebrate. At first I was just playing with a mega high bun to pair with my gleefully bare shoulders; then came a little headband (which I need to find in more colors); one flower, the orchid; and then! why not circling my bun in them?A sort of little tiara of flowers. It’s my first time doing it, so I may need to experiment more, and maybe find some new flowers. But definitely a fun prospective springtime little ‘do.

Svpply on the brain

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So my long lost cats and kittens, I’ve become somewhat addicted to Svpply.com. It’s a fun place for me to plop ALL of the many things I find while cruising around the internet that I wish I could own, or imagine that it would be fun to own. It’s also fun because sometimes I think I don’t know what I’m liking or am into at the moment and if I just plop them all there it provides a nice overview to what I like. You can follow people to see what they’re picking and add it to your own list, see who likes what you like and find an astounding array of other absolutely fabulous stuff. So, basically, if you like stuff you’ll love this site. Especially if you can’t buy most of it, and putting it here makes it feel as though you own it in some deranged way. It’s very “this is what my taste may be if I actually had the money.” It’s also an interesting way to see what other people are liking. So, one (or two) nights while I was up adding things at whim I found my brain on hyper drive imagining all of the things I wish the site could do / how it could be made even better.

Such as:
Adding things is freakishly easy, which I love. If you see something you like that’s already on the site, you can click the + sign and *poof* it’s added to your page. If it’s on another site, you have a button you can add to your browser that will make this pop up:

And you can select what categories it goes into/price/etc. Those things are searchable. Now, I think it would be even more handy if it it had a little more tagging as an option. Though that would require more effort I suppose on account of the users, and what’s great about the site is that it’s easy. But if, for example, you could choose in clothes between skirts / dresses / blouse / pants / etc, it would make it easier if you were looking for just skirts on Svpply. Adding in color tags would be cool, too. Or being able to tag an item with a more detailed subscription such as “ombre.” I say that because just last night my friend went all “omg, I want an ombre dress, help!” And I’m always up for the challenge, but typing “ombre” into the search field didn’t help too much. Which leads me to another desire:

Making lists!: When my friend asked me to help her search for something specific, I was up for it. I always am. I usually end up sending along a bunch of links in such scenarios, which isn’t terribly pretty. I’ve suggested her joining the site but she hasn’t yet. Regardless, it would be super duper splendiferously awesome if you could make your own separate lists,  so that when I was compiling a list of products for her, I could make a little list on Svpply with all of the items which I could then send to her all nice and neat in a “Ombre dresses for Sara page”. She could see all of the items, and get to each item by clicking on the pretty picutes. And the magic of the site might enable her to find other things she likes more. And hey(!) maybe then she’d join up.  It’d be neat to be able to do this for all sorts of situations. Whether it’s a list I’m making for someone, or a list I’m making for myself, separate from my general “I want this” menagerie of delights. Could be fun for personal shoppers, stylists, too. The site is just (I find, thus far) a really easy and clean way of compiling products.

Trends!: Like I mentioned, I find the site interesting because it helps me see what I’m into. I can look at the bulk of the stuff I’ve picked and maybe I’ll notice that I’ve added out a surprisingly similar grouping of skirts or something. Even if I wasn’t consciously aware of being interested in a certain style. The site is intriguing because you can see what other people are liking and latching onto… to a degree. I can imagine going forward that it could be even better.

With things like say, tagging, as I suggested previously, you could get a really clear picture on what type of shoes (for example) people are liking. Conceivably when it’s still pretty under the radar. Before people even have really processed their liking such things. I imagine going forward the site could be optimized by being able to track this info and offer it up as reports to companies. For the people using the site, it would just be an even better way of finding exactly what you’re hankering for, and it could be useful information to others. On not just what people are buying, but what they WANT to buy. It has the opportunity to be an even more fascinating look into what people are interested in and an opportunity for things to be made to fulfill those needs.

Those are just a few loose ideas. But I had to get them out, because thinking about how to make the site even better kept me up at night with excitement.

Feel free to check out my page here. Feel free to sign up and follow along if you are so inclined. :)

 

‘Round Town

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I usually have my “real” digital camera on me, but there’s just something so magical about having a camera phone. You see, I can pull it out and somewhat quickly and surreptitiously (hopefully) capture some of the interesting things my fellow city dwellers do and wear (like the super amazing nouveau 90’s type look the young fellow up above is rocking) . They’re usually not terribly perfect, since I find myself trailing behind them, or close enough that I try to pretend that I’m doing something other than taking their picture…. so I have the phone held up at a strange angle and I tap on the frame while I’m positioning it so it looks likely I’m texting someone (or, just looking really strange). Would it be easier if I went up and asked people to take their picture? Sure. But I haven’t mustered up the courage to halt most of the super duper in a hurry New Yorkers and say “Gee, do you mind if I take a picture of that really crazy thing you have going on with your hair?”

And so, with my recently downloaded Instagram app, I made them all look lovely and swell

I love how it looks like tiny pieces of fabric all tied up in her hair. Kind of a fun idea, though don’t know if would look quite the same on me…

 

I LOVE how deceptively simple this lady’s hair looks. I did a double take when I looked and grabbed my phone quick as lightening to capture it. Dare I say, I think my hair might actually be too long for this look – that is, if I ever figured out quite how to make it happen.

 

So, I was walking behind this teen and all of the sudden I realized Hey! That’s a necklace around her hair/bun thing!. It looks very pretty and classic in my humble opinion. Much more delicate than a big headband contraption.

 

Of course, there were the fun and interesting prints/color combos that grabbed me:

Only so many people would don this fantastic and incredibly bold bold bold Africa-inspired print. It’s quite lovely and interesting combined with the 60’s silhouette.

 

I know, I know, it’s the same girl. But I like how the pattern really pops in a way that’s more subtle (but, you know, not since that pattern soooo isn’t quiet)…. I’m betting the dress could be a hit if done in a palette more people would deem wearable. But, who wants something everyone has anyway? Anyway, in my head I’d love it in reds and purples, maybe with a little blue. At least, I’d wear it that way (I don’t know if I can pull of those yellows and greens).

 

LOVE the bold skirt. And how this look is a great example of mixing a super bright and bold pattern with some classics and neutrals and making it entirely wearable. Go lady!

 

Just love how opposite the patterns are. Painty slightly abstracted flower shapes in an olive-y taupe mixed with this very geometric “ethnic”-print influenced blue and white bag.

I saw a few interesting back details:

Ok. Just beautiful. Interesting and unique but class/y/ic at the same time.

 

I was so proud to see a man wearing such a fabulous look. In pinks and reds no less. And it looks really good. And I love the combo of fabrics and textures that totally gel and look organic. It looks like the little stripes just drip and expand down the back. loovveeeee it.

Ok, this isn’t technically a “back detail”, but it’s the craziest backpack I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen this guy a few times and I was super jazzed to finally be able to grab a pic of this… contraption. One of these days, maybe I’ll ask what on earth is up with that, and where did he get it, and it’s awesomely bizarre. And I do adore awesomely bizarre things. I feel like calling it future steampunk….or something, ha.

A few other interesting details/concepts:

I dig the double skinny belts combined with the multiple bangles. Nicely cohesive. I’ve done double belts, usually of the slightly wider variety, but I’ve been craving skinny belts more lately. And they do look nice layered.

 

I really like the combo of the dually muted pea-esque green and lavender. I found them so interesting I broke out my newly downloaded Pantone app and tried to make a little palette. I wouldn’t suggest following the color codes, because when I had them email me the palette the colors reflected differently. So I did a screen shot of the layout within the program. Still, the brown isn’t quite right, but I just wanted to play a little bit, not obsess and be super duper precise. But let me know if you’re dying me to find the right ones :). It is fun and a definite help in seeing how colors can work together, though.

 

And of course, I couldn’t leave you without…… Mr. Gaga

Gotta admire a man in fishnets, short short and platforms in broad daylight.

And with that, over and out! :)

Having fun with: Virtual Dress Up

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I don’t remember exactly how, but the other week I somehow stumbled upon Couturious (lady on the left)  and after a bit of fiddling began to really enjoy their virtual dress up set-up. You can pick a model, and then dress them up using a large array of fashions, from a variety of brands on the high to low spectrum. It was just when I was about to write this post, and was trying to look up more on the site that I stumbled upon Looklet (lady on the right), which has a similar idea and looks like it came around first. Looklet has a bit more of a high fashion look, and enables you to give your looks different effects. It looks a bit more true to life, and has a lot more in terms of some avant garde looks. I like Couturious, because a lot of things had options to be worn different ways and it was sometimes a bit easier to layer items then in Looklet (I’m still working out their system).

On the page of a particular look, Couturious  give a picture break down of all the items used from which you can then shop should you so choose.

Looklet breaks it down right on the “looks” page, listing each item used and its designer. It definitely gives of a magazine-y type vibe.

Both sites enable other users to “like” and comment on your looks, and to have follower and friends of your profile. So far, Looklet seems to have a definite social networking aspect to it, with a wall feed reminiscent of Facebook. It looks like its been around longer and has a large cache or user worldwide (from my brief toying with the site thus far, the US seems to be a minority)((which makes for an interesting look at tastes around the world). Couturious has grown and evolved even though I’ve only been playing with it for about a week, so I’m betting more features will continuously be added.

What’s fun about these sites is the idea of playing with a multitude of different styles and seeing how things can be layered and work together. It’s a fun exercise in stretching your style: you can be as safe or as daring as you want and you can easily explore different styles that you may never think of wearing yourself. You may even find it interesting the styles you end up liking, and the pieces you pair together. I know I certainly was.

So go ahead, check them out and let your inner stylist play! :)

My pages on each if you feel like checking out more of my styling adventures:
Looklet
Couturious

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Victorians in togas

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Ladies and gents, I’ve fallen for John William Godward‘s lovely ladies. The Victorian Neo-classicist lived from 1861-1922, and was widely acclaimed until the works of painters such as Picasso grew in favor. Godward painstakingly studied the details in the architecture and dress of Greek and Roman antiquity, his favored time period, and most of his work depicts beautiful women in classical dress. In the stunning, colorfully rendered, romanticized world Godward produced in his paintings  he was often criticized for creating a world of ‘Victorians in togas’.

Some may consider it a criticism, but frankly, I like them that way. Considering the prevalence of modern mash-ups of, well, everything, I find the works gorgeous (hell, in fashion the past has always been an influence). The sumptuous beautiful draping of fabric we all associate with the Greeks and Romans along with an unexpected degree of color and color combos (especially considering how often we see clothing from this period depicted in white), mixed with ladies who do feel, to me, rather “Victorian” is most definitely eye-candy to this fashion/costume history/color lover.

It’s not hard to spot a great deal of draping, wrapping and other sorts of Greek and Roman influences in fashion right now. And these colors, to me, just feel so right. I’ve been into these colors. I’ve always been a bright colored kind of girl, but I love how these are chilled out and grayed down a bit, but they still pop in their unique and unexpected color combinations. They’re very rich, and romantic, and dreamy, and spicy and bold and delicate in the most perfect kinds of ways.

So, I picked a few of his works, and plucked some colors out from them hoping to give some color inspiration. And also, hoping to inspire you to take your fashion into your own hands. It’s pretty easy and fun to take a piece of fabric and just wrap and knot it it around yourself. It’s not too difficult and you can get a lot of use out of a single piece of fabric.

Also, I freaking love their hair. It’s a look I always sort of go for. Pretty pretty pretty (all of it).

It really is a terrible pity that Godward committed suicide after proclaiming that “the world was not big enough” for him and a Picasso.

All images from here. Do check out more if you like them.

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Daily Pixels

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Stumbled upon Jacob Zanella‘s project My Daily Color Palette the other day and just had to share because it’s such a lovely concept. It’s like a personal Kris’s Color-Stripes & Wear Palettes with a touch of science and pixel-ly goodness tossed in. It certainly makes for an interesting presentation! Jacob describes his method as:

I’m divided into 100 parts (100 little squares), each representing a color I’m wearing (skin included). So it goes from bottom to top (bottom being shoes and top being hair, hat, etc). If you see a large block of one color (which is common because my clothes are mainly one color only) it means I was wearing a solid-color sweater or a solid-color jacket, for instance…[I] reproduce that observation digitally, through RGB combinations. No software or programming is involved in the making of the graphs.

Lovely, no? Makes me wonder what my daily color palettes would look like, since I’m so often super colorful. Hmm.

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