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it’s moments like this I wish I had long skinny legs

Friday, January 27th, 2012

“Oh …hey …just hanging out looking fabulous in my pirate knee socks …pants-free is the way for me!”

I’m fine with my short strong legs.  I generally don’t have super model envy.  Short is adorable (and highly underestimated in a scrappy fight …I could head butt this lady in the stomach because that’s where my eye line would be …she literally wouldn’t see me coming: SURPRISE!).  But sometimes I see outfits that I know for a fact can only be pulled off with long lanky stems.  I’m not saying I’d strut around in the outfit above (or how about I totally would), but it would be nice to know the option is on the table.

It’d also be nice to be able to reach things in the kitchen cabinets without having to climb on the counters like a child trying to reach the cookies.  I’m a grownup (or so the numbers dictate) cookies should be easily accessible to me by now!  Sigh.

DIY Chanel laptop sleeve

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Truly a personalized laptop case

When I got the pretty new Macbook Pro, the first thing I wanted to do was find something to protect it.  Turns out all the cute ones (because it has to be cute) are really expensive!  Go figure.  So I took things into my own hands.  Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel/Fendi bigwig to those who aren’t into that sort of thing) designed a print that went something like this:

I’ve always liked it and thought about making my own t-shirt.  The laptop dilemma seemed like the right opportunity to use the idea.  I went on Amazon and looked up the cheapest sleeves with the best rating.  I came across a cool one that was black faux leather (not fancy, but I prefer to refer to it as “cruelty free”) and it’s made to look like a document folder (complete with red cable tie for a little bit of “pop” but has a Velcro closure if you are too lazy to use the cord).  It had a 4.5 rating and was $9.99.  Sold!  It has turned out to be perfect.  It’s sturdy, fits just right and has a felt interior to snuggle my computer as it deserves.  BUT, the sleeve is kinda boring if left as is.

I spent some time figuring out what would adhere to pleather (it hurts me to say the word) …turns out nothing really does, not completely.  It was better than my other option though.  See, most laptop sleeves are made of real leather (which I wouldn’t want to risk fucking up this early in my design endeavors) or most commonly: Neoprene.  Think wetsuit material.  It’s so porous, it doesn’t respond to anything!  So I went with the fake leather and got myself a large, white, OIL BASED paint Sharpie (you can grab one of those for under five bucks).  The fact that I didn’t know how the sleeve material would respond is why I decided this was the perfect project to use this design for.  It only requires one paint pen, nothing complex, and if it does get a bit messed up …it makes sense with the “punk” style of it.  Also, if it got too “punk” it seemed the easiest to touch up.

The final result is at top.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.  The bonus for me is how much ol’ Uncle Karl would crap his pants in a rage over how someone dared to copy the all-mighty Chanel.  Needless to say he’s very protective of the “brand” …even if his design is meant to be tongue and cheek grunge.  Heh!  Mine is REAL grunge.  I win!  How has it been holding up?  Pleasingly well.  The texture of the sleeve is coming through a lot (you need to go over the lettering at least twice …don’t forget to let the coats dry) and there is some cracking.  But like I said, it works with the design.  I’m glad I went with this and didn’t actually draw something.  It would not have held up.  My other advice would be to not try to replicate the original font exactly.  You’ll spend too much time worrying about being exact and it will turn out badly and rehearsed looking.  That defeats the purpose.  I know this from trying some test runs in my sketch book.  As you can see, an approximation is just fine.

As someone who changes up the bag I carry, sometimes I don’t carry one large enough to put the sleeve in.  Not that I take the beast out much, I couldn’t deal with it being stolen and I don’t feel the need to look oh-so important at a coffee shop (my home has great coffee …and it’s just better).  But for school purposes and having a place to keep the charger, etc. having a laptop bag is necessary.  That part was simply left to Betsey Johnson.  It’s interesting to look at and gets the job done (and, of course, it’s made out of Neoprene …so it should be safe if someone started a water balloon fight …because it happens, all the time).  Another tip? (since I’m at it) …always check Ross before anywhere else (even eBay …that’s just people who went to Ross and are now making a huge profit off the people who are too cool or dumb to go there themselves).  Mine? $19.99.  Most other places? $30-80. Yeeeeah. It’s not that great.

My MacBook is the safest MacBook there ever was …and the most snappily dressed.

a new take on “breakfast at tiffany’s”

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

THIS is what is hanging over my stove (har har …breakfast …kitchen …har)

And THIS is what I’m going to replace it with when the day comes.  Yesss!

Hanging something over your stove or sink …well, you have to do it with the understanding that its shelf life may be shorter than other parts of your home.  I don’t mind replacing my Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster knowing this is out in the world waiting to be hung up!  Perhaps I’ve shown too much of my dark sense of humor?  Nah.  I love Holly Golightly.  The movie version more so than the book (don’t hear that very often) …too much literal hookerdom …I found it harder to want to emulate.  I don’t actually want to see Cat attack her …but yeah, it’s pretty funny.

Most people find Banksy on the over-exposed side.  I think he’s successful for a reason.  It does sort of contradict the principles of street artists in certain ways, but whatever, I love most of what the man does.  Just assume you’ll be seeing more of his work here (and in my home …prints not originals …obviously, I’m not Daddy Warbucks, geez guys).

No, seriously, I love Holly Golightly …I own a replica of the sleep mask …and I’d be sad if a cat mauled it.

foot candy (steve madden L-wedge to be specific)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

LEOPARD foot candy! Delicious.

Every so often, a fashion piece comes along that truly rocks your world.  These shoes rock my world.  Height while still maintaining comfort? Yes please! (It’s almost unheard of in the shoe universe).  They do rub on the ankle a smidgen, but I’m not going to let that rain on my fancy feet parade.  I’m a big fan of instant statement pieces.  It’s almost fool proof to keep the outfit simple and then pick the right mind blowing accessory.  The beauty of these beauties is that they can be paired with another interesting pattern and it’s not too much (if you have the balls to mix patterns …I do).  You can effortlessly pair these with MOST things and it’s a chic result.

My fella seems to hate animal print.  That’s his loss.  For a while it was mine.  I’m ashamed to say, but for some time I refrained from buying animal print pieces because I wanted to wear things he thought I looked nice in.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice for someone you love.  But then I remembered something: I should wear what I like.  I have pretty great taste if I do say so myself.  Sometimes it isn’t executed properly and I look back with a little cringe -but that all comes with taking textile risks.  I’d rather risk being on a “don’t” list (and like what I’m wearing anyway) than be boring.  I picked up a cute cropped fake leopard print coat *complete* with hot pink lining when I was selecting pieces for my Edie Sedgwick (basically my style hero) Halloween costume a couple of years ago ….and the closet became liberated from there.

Anyway, I like to share things that excite me.  These excite me in that trivial materialistic way I quasi hate myself for indulging in …but to covet is human, right?  It’s a give and take balance (donate or sell older things to make room for the new …or simply new to me in most cases).

***HAPPY DANCE …tall and snazzy happy dance!***

super expensive shoes thrive in a poor economy

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

While many people are still hurting in this economy, Christian Louboutin is doing pretty well.

In fact, the shoemaker has experienced a growth in sales, particularly in China, which is why it’s no surprise to hear that he plans on opening as many as five stores in China within the next three years.

Says Louboutin, “China can still be considered as a new market, and definitely Brazil is an emerging country.”

But don’t start thinking he’s going to begin producing his heels in China, the designer is adamant about keeping that all in Italy.

Adds Christian, “I’m very obsessed with quality. I don’t want to triple production in a year. If you do too much production, you lose part of the quality.”

Overall, Louboutin will open 12 stores next year, two of which will be in China and another two in Japan, the Middle East, and the US. One store will also open in Brazil with three scheduled to open in Italy.

Go figure.