People who I think are pretty much the greatest ever – Rant #1: Lissie

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Lissie is great. Her music is awesome and super unique, she cultivates a down-to-earth image that is actually real (I would know because I met her and it was amazing) and she has a super cool (albeit grungy) style that she rocks shamelessly. And so! Without further ado, here is a picture I took from the day I met her (alas, there is no photo evidence for the meet so you guys will have to take my word for it), and a video for quite possibly my favorite cover of any song ever.

Things I love, Episode 1.

Okay, so this is supposed to be a fashion blog. Soon, I’ll start posting pics of outfits, thrift finds and celeb inspirations. Today, however, I want to talk about 2 things: trends, and silver jewelry. To begin, I am completely with the attitude that everyone’s closets should be filled with classic items, trendy items, and also personality items. By personality items, I mean clothes/jewelry/accessories that aren’t necessarily completely on trend, but that hold a special story, are exceptionally flattering and/or say something about your personal style. For me, funky jewelry tends to act as the personality item in each of my outfits. I am a huge fan of vintage or antique jewelry, of both the silver and gold variety, although I wear these silver pieces more:

silver jewelryNotice that they are all relatively tarnished, and that the feather ring is missing some stones. This is because the necklace was actually a very inexpensive find at American Eagle Outfitters. The feather ring was my grandmother’s, and some of the Marcasite stones have fallen out. The black Onyx ring was a gift from my mother, and the swirly steel thumb ring belonged to my brother when he was very young. I also usually wear a dainty antique silver cuff from the 60’s, which isn’t pictured. I love jewelry that has a story, and especially when it comes to these rings, each are important to me for various reasons. Together, the jewelry forms sort of a bohemian rif-raff that won’t necessarily be trendy forever. Notice, for example, that the necklace isn’t a chunky statement collar necklace (which are super on trend right now, but completely hopeless for top heavy people). The long chained pendant style is much more flattering on me.

So! The moral of this story is that sometimes you have to wear things because they say something about YOU beyond an uncanny ability to flawlessly follow trends. Also, vintage jewelry rules.

A shameless music promotion

…for my boyfriend Trevor Sensor. BUT WAIT! Before you run away, scoffing at the indecency of it all, and assuming that I am only sharing his music because he takes me on dates sometimes and calls me pretty, give it a listen. I am a huge alternative and folk music junkie (evidenced by my 3,000 song iTunes library) and he is stupid-good. Because you all are new to my lingo, stupid-good essentially translates into insanely rad and pretty much the best thing ever! But seriously. He writes songs with amazing lyrics (we share that writing bug) and has a chilling voice. But don’t take my word for it! Check him out by clicking his photo below! Specifically I advise that you listen to “Without Some Direction,” “This House” and “The Birds and Planes.” If you regret it…well, you won’t.

Peace all. Sleep well.

Trevor Sensor on SoundCloud

How to Buy Clothes (Semi) Responsibly

I am not very good at that whole “not going shopping thing.” Sometimes all a person really needs is a new shirt. Or two. Or five. But as much as I love designers ranging from Marc Jacobs to Free People, God knows that us college type people can’t reasonable afford to spend 300 bucks on a shirt (or hell, 50 bucks on one), especially if you’re me and buy a new one of those almost every week. So! In order to maintain the shopping lifestyle to which my poor self has grown accustomed to, I have found many a fashion loophole and law to live by. These vary a bit, dependent on how irresponsible I’m feeling/ how much I NEED that pair of boots, but generally, they are as follows:

1) Ultimately, super cheap fabrics are worth even less than their single digit price tags. If clothes are made of super cheapo synthetic fabrics they will last for five minutes and wrinkle in less time than that. THEY AREN’T WORTH IT. I’m not going to name names, because I find that materials behave differently depending on how they’ve been implemented. However! If you try something on at a very low quality/low price store, trying sitting down in it for a minute to see if it immediately wrinkles (IT HAPPENS OKAY). Read and consider the washing directions. Think about other similar things you’ve purchased there, and how well they’ve held up. If you have doubts, don’t buy it.

2) The big “but” to point number 1 in this case is that sometimes those same stores carry items in perfectly recognizable and workable fabrics, e.g. cotton, spandex, etc! So! This leads into my second point, which is that a white 100% cotton tee is a white cotton tee. If you can find a great one for $4.50, it will get the job done just as well as a $40 dollar all-cotton tee.

3) Speaking of four dollars and fifty cents, do you guys know where else you can buy things for that cheap? THRIFT STORES! I am a huge advocate for thrifting. Whether you are hitting up slightly higher end consignment stores, Goodwill or hardcore Chicago thrift stores, you can find super rad unique things that a) no one else will have, b) can even be from your favorite designers for stupid cheap and c) DID I MENTION HOW MUCH MONEY YOU CAN SAVE?

4) Sale racks are synonymous with heaven in my life. I am obsessed with Anthropologie, but I cannot find it in me to spend $300 on jeans, even if they are the cutest ever. Enter, the clearance room. Beautiful high quality clothes for a fraction of the price. The secret here is being willing to shop slightly out of season. I buy cute cardigans in the summer and shorts in the late fall, but when you plan for items that are classic and will remain trendy, you can save bucketloads.

Okay I have more of these, but I’ll add them as they come. Stay fashionable all.

“Come on, vogue/ Let your body move to the music”

…or some other cheesy lyric about music and fashion. This is my blog, fueled by a passion for unique clothes, special books and rad music. Hopefully my fellow fashion junkies will find it relatable; moreover, I hope that there are at least some equally broke saps who are interested in witnessing my journey from a shopping-addict English major undergrad to (good Lord fingers crossed that I get in) equally shopping-obsessed English graduate student. This blog will contain my likely excessively whiny mediations on life, from the size of the Anthropologie sale rack (too small), to the struggles of a girl who can’t decide whether to waste every penny on music (but I NEED every song that Lissie has ever recorded ever), clothes or books. The majority, however, will consist of my (hopefully) more helpful/interesting fashion ideas, book reviews and playlists for basically every occasion ever. I’ll even throw in the occasional post about people that I find incredibly inspiring. So here we go friends. Let the blogging commence! (Photo of Madonna not my own.)

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