Sunday, January 23, 2011

something from nothing

Artist/Blogger extraordinaire Olivia Mew refrained from buying clothing for a month and created miniature felt versions of dresses she wanted and sewed them all together to make a wearable shift dress.

This project is so inspiring! Imagine how therapeutic it'd be to make a miniature version of a Miu Miu dress you could never afford in a lifetime.

Monday, January 17, 2011

WORN: Issue no. 11

When the lovely folks at Worn offered to send me their newest issue, I was bogged down by schoolwork and having one those weeks where you look into your closet and suddenly feel temptation to just give up and become a nudist. I felt like Ali Larter in that scene in Legally Blonde when she's in prison and Elle comes to her rescue by bringing her, among other things, "the bible" a.k.a. Cosmopolitan. Except Worn is basically the antithesis to every ridiculous, Cosmo-like rag I've ever read.

Worn provides intelligent commentary on fashion and its surrounding culture. You will not find articles like "How To Find the Perfect LBD That Will Make You Look Skinner, Younger, and Find You A Man In Just 15 Minutes!" The magazine discusses the historical and social influence of fashion from a feminist perspective and embraces personal style, with a voice that is funny and sincere. Not to mention that it's 44 pages of eye candy!

Some of my favorite parts of Issue 11 include:
+A look at the evolution of the airline "stewardess" uniform and culture.

+An excellent guide to buying vintage glasses frames, as well as a glossary of various styles throughout history. I wish I had this a few months ago, when I invested in a pair of gold vintage cateyes!

+An informative piece on textile conservation that made me scold my mom for storing vintage dresses in our damp basement.

+An editorial featuring a real live Zebra! The perfect antidote to every mainstream editorial featuring a designer's exact runway look against a beige background.

I cannot recommend Worn Journal enough. I have never encountered a magazine that made me wish that I could just play dress up and hangout with its staff.

For more info on Worn, go here! To subscribe, go here!

P.S. What do you guys think of my pom pom necklace? I made it hastily last night and I can't decide if it's cool or looks like I got into a knife fight with Fozzy Bear!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

i'm still here post 4 of 949

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I am alive and well! BECAUSE I KNOW YOU CARE. One month without blogging turns into four before you know it. Junior year is scary and frightening and every myth you heard about it is true. To quote Daria Morgendorffer, "If I had to do it all over again, I'd have started advanced placement classes in preschool so I could go from eighth grade straight to college."

I am working on some new projects, so stay tuned!