Wednesday, March 30, 2011


"Wood appears as a portrait of the artist as a young Goth, albeit in high style—it’s a look that might be described as insane punk elegance. The severe black military jacket is, naturally, by Chanel, the bag by Miu Miu. Her iridescent red hair has been sublimated into two architecturally vertical, gravity-defiant ponytails; a smudge of kohl and bronze offer graphic contrast to Wood’s curiously opaque hazel eyes and alabaster skin; the dangerously spiky heels hanging off her feet look both stripper-ready and expensive. The overall effect makes her appear as an exotic manga character..."
-Matt Diehl for Black Book

I'm really going to geek-out as a writer here.  What inspired me to become a writer was my boredom with different magazines all printing basically the same story about an artist or a band.  Every once in a while, a good profile keeps me on my toes and inspires me.  One constant has been Luke Crisell's work in Nylon (I recently realized that I've admired his work since I was thirteen).  This profile of a very interesting young actress, Evan Rachel Wood, is now on my list of favorites.  Matt Diehl painted a picture of the complex starlet.  He peppered the article with semi-obscure literary references, and impressed me with the clever verb tense used in the above quote: "gravity defiant," not gravity defying.  Little tweaks like this keep me on my toes as a reader, and stay in my mind when I am writing.  More than anything, Diehl didn't seek to expose scandal in Wood's life; instead, he told her story.  Well done Matt Diehl, well done.

See more beautiful photos by Andrew MacPherson and read the entire article HERE.
I have to mention that I love the photos as much as the profiile.  MacPherson captured a very grown up, spectacularly beautiful Wood.  The photos have the aura of a classic film starlet.

An Old Favorite

Alison Mosshart is an old style favorite of mine.  My first blog post may have actually been about her.  She always looks natural, yet cool and rock n' roll.  I guess it's just in her blood.

Friday, March 25, 2011

imge from Atlantis Home

I don't know if I've just been feeling lazy, or I just need a change, but I miss wearing baggy jeans.  In middle school, I dressed quite gender neutral.  Unfashionably so.  I'd adopted the boyish perspective that clothes needed to make me decent and function for my skateboarding hobby.  Years later, when I started this blog, I started mixing men's and women's wear much more fashionably.  I thought skinny jeans would be my staple for the rest of my life.  They're slim, they don't drag on the ground and pick up icky germs, they can be worn with long flowing tops or band tee shirts, and quirkily (yet working) with a dress. 
 I remember my old baggy jeans with holes in the knees that my feet went through every time I got dressed.  They were so comfortable, so perfect. 
A few weekends ago I ventured to a thrift store to buy some loose jeans.  I've found that old Gap boot cut jeans work well.  They're boot cup and modern boot cut styles were nearly straight legged in the past.  Cutting a few inches off the bottom eliminates the flare.  Buying them a size up and cuffing them over my ankles haphazerdly, yet purposfully, makes for a very comfortable pair a jeans.  I can't wait to wear them with sandals and flats when Spring finally decides to come .

*Fun Fact - Thrift stores have been upping the prices on nicer mechandise.  They ought to hire a consultant (like me) to make sure that they catch the right brands.  At the store I went to, Banana Republic jeans were $18, AKA too much  .My Gap jeans were $6.50.  I luckily found a loose straight pair of Current Elliot jeans at the same place.  They were only $3.50. 

Sea of Shoes

Karla's Closet


by Milena Silvano

I've been gone for so long!  Work has been the keeper of my time.  Yet, I've been able to keep up my reading:

Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot - An interpretation of Tristan and Isolde that is much more interesting than the movie.

Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis - Celtic myths, of course, do not bear American storytelling templates. Each tale takes a turn, or turns, that I didn't imagine upon reading the first page. It's very exciting!

I'm also working on another Frank Peretti thriller. I bought a stack of his books second hand and I've only read 1 and 1/2.

Over the weekend, Spring decided to tease us North-East Coasters.  I woke up yesterday after working into the AM, sleeping little, yet over sleeping, and I still had work to finish.  Then I looked outside and saw that it snowed overnight...Let's just say I was a miserable, pouty, five year old until I had my lunch (I didn't have time for breakfast). 

I hope the rest of you are warm and enjoying the pleasure of early Spring.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Future DIY

1. and 2. Hysteric Glamour
3. Superfine (via here's the deal)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Whole Lotta Leather Love


-sea of shoes

-cosmic dust

-cosmic dust

-cosmic dust

I just felt like sharing a little bit of my love for leather.  Over the weekend I picked up a new bag of super soft scraps to play with.  I'll post the results later.

A Study in Bangles

Debra Rapaport on SyleLikeU

Sea of Shoes

Dries Van Noten

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Babe with Sick Ink

I haven't read or seen any part of the Girl With...series, but these shots from W look amazing.  The perfect grey sleeveless top, barbed wire bracelets, and black paneled trousers have an understated edge.  The styling, and Mara's demeanor, pull the character together.  She looks nothing sweet.  The above photo (with the stylist, Trish Summerville's, own t-shirt design) may be my favorite.  It off sets the hair, tattoos, and spikey jewelry perfectly.  Plus, I think tutus are just too fun.  I'm going to get to work on my own barbed wire bracelet now.

Down a Rabbit Hole

nicole kidman - w magazine


Thursday, March 3, 2011




Spring is coming!  It kind of makes me want to go to the beach. 

I never go to the beach...

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