American Apparel shirt and socks, Miu Miu collar, Zac Posen x Target skirt, Sonia Rykiel x H&M hat, Jessica Simpson platforms, Orbit Cinnamint gum [photo by Julia]

Wanted a little good clean fun for my birthday and went bowling with a few friends. Love it when they turn on the blacklight, fog machine and oldies for “Xtreme” bowling. So sexy, so middle school.

The Miu Miu collar was a birthday gift from Sean – pretty sweet. A little SS10 keepsake I probably wouldn’t have bought myself. The rest of the outfit is just begging for pedophiles and I’m pretty sure there were a few lurking the lanes. They must have been good luck though because I finally broke 100!

Happy Birthday to all you fellow Taurians!


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Altered H&M striped maxi dress, DIY bracelet, random sock garters and OTK socks, Jessica Simpson platforms, rings: Pamela Love, F21, vintage, Made Her Think, Orbit Maui Melon Mint gum

Orbit reached out to a handful of bloggers – including myself – to help reveal their new line of product packaging. I accepted the partnership because I actually DO chew their gum (sugar-free spearmint, baby), I love their ad campaigns (seriously, this is one of my favorite commercials ever) and they gave me creative license to show off the new packaging however I want.

There are like 30 new packages in crazy colors and patterns that aim to go beyond traditional “branding” and venture into accessorizing. Pretty cool. So I’ll be revealing my 5 favorite new packages in the coming weeks. Think of it as fun product placement that shouldn’t otherwise interrupt your (ir)regularly scheduled programming.

Onto the outfit –  I snagged this maxi dress at H&M the other day, but standing just 5 feet tall means every maxi dress is super long (and generally unflattering) on me. So I cut it up the front for a different effect. Now my goal is to get the “train” as scuffed up and worn in as possible, which shouldn’t take long. The sock garters have been sitting in my closet for a while and I decided to pull them out as a gum-holster (gum holster, get it!?). More on my DIY bracelet soon, and the hat is Sean’s. He never wears it, so I decided to.

The photos are at F&S fabrics where I was picking up some odds & ends and my nails (trying out rounded nails) are by the amazing and hilarious David at CT Nails #9! Resident L.A. airbrush nail king.


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From experience I can say a R29 sale is not to be missed. Amazing clothes for a steal. A good portion of my favorites have come from their NY Save Fashion sales. Welcome to L.A. Refinery 29!

more sale details here

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Alexander Wang Spring 2010 look via tFS, Shirley of Hollywood sheer pajama pants, Lace Sleep Shorts, varsity letter patch, Asos baseball jacket

I really love these sheer Wang pants but despite some fantastic detailing, I can’t bring myself to shell out $500 for something easily found in a Fredrick’s catalogue or my Grandmother’s pajama drawer. The whole varsity/athletic runway look isn’t totally “me” right now but I do think the pants are perfect – and surprisingly versatile. Really. I just bought this rando Shirley of Hollywood “Sexy” (ha) sheer PJ set and I’m really pumped about it.

Planning a quick nip/tuck at the ankles, add black shorts, a side-braid for good measure and ta-da! Watch out now. Will post photos when they get here but couldn’t resist sharing now.

(Tip: search for sheer/chiffon/silk lounge pants on eBay – I’ve seen a few good options recently)


Will be compiling lists like this regularly – sharing things I love that wouldn’t necessarily warrant their own posts otherwise.


  • Sneak Peek: Me in my new stripper boots last night (the ones that hilariously came in “discreet” packaging). I swear my Gaga shoe complex existed before Gaga, though she has worn a version of these well on numerous occasions. Still test-driving them with various ensembles as to not look like an actual stripper, but after seeing them styled fantastically in this Oyster mag spread yesterday – I have no doubt I can do it.

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  • Getting excited for Industrie magazine – the magazine about behind the scenes. BoF got a peek inside.
  • And if you’ll allow me to hog the mic for another minute, I also did a recent Q&A with Hellz Bellz! They make some bad-ass clothes, so check it out.
  • My current mantra:

“One breath at a time is an acceptable plan” – Ani DiFranco, Tamburitza Lingua

A typical job-hunt scenario with an empowering twist. I know this has happened to me too many times to count: You’re qualified enough to land an interview, conquer the interview, complete the requisite edit-test, sweat it out for days with no response, follow-up, wait weeks, still nothing. Crickets. Wind. Tumbleweeds. Nada. You get left in the dust and eventually, take a hint. We know you’re busy, but in the wise words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”  Given the time the job-seeker puts into this relationship a simple “thanks but no thanks” wouldn’t hurt. I love Neil having the guts to take a – albeit totally unprofessional – stand on the e-snub:

Back in the good old days, people used to duck your phone calls. Or just not return them. But in this, the electronic era, a whole new brand of disdain has come into vogue. The age of the e-snub is upon us. I have grown weary of this kind of “dissing.” People who seem to go blind, mute and limp when all you are seeking are a few keystrokes in reply. Prospective employers whose computers appear to crash when asked to give something resembling a definitive answer, one way or the other.

Annoying e-mail messages plague all of us, but those of a more legitimate nature are surely deserving of a simple reply. Unfortunately, basic e-courtesy is in short supply. So, having been burned in the past by e-boors, I decided that enough was enough. The magazine had left me in limbo. I was going to have my revenge…

  • AnOther‘s list of Most Commonly Used Adjectives & Expressions in Fashion Magazines. As a writer, I know it’s easy to go on auto-pilot and use the most cliché of fashion terms. Ok, so this list isn’t that great BUT it is good enough to consult next time you get the urge to say “boho-chic” in your heds & deks.

“Stylists had a season off. [They] just used the entire collection for one editorial.”

Well said, as much as I continue to love & lust over this collection.

“Nice guys finish last” are fighting words to me and clearly Shankman, too. The classic Wintour/Coddington dichotomy if you will. Of course it’s not as simple as that, and any successful person will embody a bit of both, but this is a rant I’ve been meaning to write for a while and a great read.

  • Camille‘s Mega Hose mesh leggings by Complex Geometries. I’ve had these bookmarked since I saw them. Really hoping a certain someone saw them and made a birthday note… (my birthday is May 9th! Mother’s Day!)

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  • Beyoncé’s new video for “Why Don’t You Love Me?” Seriously. Who. Styled. This. Video!? Hated the song at first, but it’s growing on me. Visually, completely and totally my steez. In love.
  • This video tour of Milk Studios Los Angeles. One of the best places to work (or party) in L.A.
  • Another from Milk, this recap of Fashion Week Fall 2010. Great video with lots of very familiar faces.

Alrighty, going to end here. The longer I have this post sitting in my ‘drafts’ the more shit I keep adding… Have at it.

Favorites on the list? Anything you’ve seen lately worth sharing?