Bayou Salvage is an etsy boutique from Keri Fitts with fantastic "Southern Gothic" looks and true charm. Per her etsy store announcement - her work will be shown at "Anthropologie's new flagship store in New Orleans come September."
This week's links bound across time as we go from the first incarnations of the handbag, to both the glamour and reality of the mid-20th Century and the modern phenomenon of online shopping. And when, in all this, will women be happy with their bodies? Debenhams may now be using unretouched images alongside the photoshopped, but the Daily Mail and the UK's new equalities minister have decreed a new, and for a lot of us unattainable, body shape for us to aim for.
Links à la Mode: July 29th
Amanda Lee: How to Do More With the Clothes You Have [Instead of Buying More]
This is the 21st in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.
Discovering Your Style, Question #21: What look or style have you always wanted to try but have never had the nerve?
Menswear. I've always been a bit of a girly girl, but have also really liked menswear type looks on other gals. I like pinstripes, vests, yet re-tailored for a woman's body, the whole feminine-masculine tug of war. It's just a look I've never been managed to work for myself.
Some great examples are:
Ashley Olsen doing the menswear look with killer heels
Söfft has come up with an absolutely gorgeous dark wine coloured patent leather shoes that have the feeling of a vintage bootie, but have a very modern heel. The suede laces dyed to match are the perfect touch. I loved these once I saw them online- not to mention the fact that they come in a large size range from 4 to 12! I ended up trying on a pair in a size 5 at a local Nordstrom's, but am waiting for a 5 1/2 to come in the mail to see which suits me best.
UPDATE: I mulled over the 5 and 5 1/2. For some reason I seem to be ideally between the 2 - not like Sofft makes 5 1/4! Sadly I realize it's best for me to return both lest I risk pinched toes or wobbly heels. Try them on for yourself though! I still think they are gorgeous.
I tried this one on at the San Francisco store (about 2 of them were in the sale section yesterday). I thought it was a very pretty and well-made in person. Not a scratchy $10 straw hat - it was clear this was high quality. The fact the brim curves in would make it excellent for shielding the sun from your face. However, I thought it did tend to be a bit on the larger side for my own head and even from the catalogue photo I realize it does tend to sit rather low.
Verdict: Since it didn't fit me perfectly, I wouldn't fork over $60, but try it on yourself.
Edited by: Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista
Whatever your thoughts are about fashion bloggers, this week's links a'la mode reads were quite evocative. Hardly does an article leave me questioning my own thoughts or ideals, especially when talking fashion. I may be moved to buy, but deeper? (sans any type of societal injustice) These bloggers brought more to the table, as Vogue Gone Rogue did with her declaration of the coexistence of feminism and fashion. Yet, I was proud to be an entrepreneur after glimpsing into the world of a bridal consultants leap into fashion design.In a world where a new fashion blog is born everyday and everyone is a critic. Confessions of a Fashion Editor interviews an outspoken blogger critic while The Vintages ponders if we should even care what others say. Whether you read because of the pretty pictures, fun reads, or fashion tips, know your authors are more than fashion bloggers.
365 Fashion Rehab- The Cost/Quality Conundrum. Three tops in three different price ranges: How do you really know if the quality of a garment matches its price tag?
A La Modest- Thrifting Down the Mainstream: "With this new wave rave for vintage, even Goodwill is raising their prices because the more affluent kids are ransacking their racks for one-of-a-kind retro rompers and sixties sandals."
Bachmans Sparrow- Transform your basic tanks into beautiful, statement pieces with just a little lace. Check it out in my easy DIY tutorial!
Cuffington- The Tale of the Tape- A chance encounter with an old handmade mix tape cover (crafted nine years ago from a page torn from an issue of W) takes me back to the very moment when I truly became interested in fashion, and what fashion was capable of.
The Haute Hoosier- Supermodels are Dead: Introducing the Catwalk Queens You've Never Heard Of- A round up of some of today's hottest catwalk queens.
The Vintages Contemplations on caring about public opinion and considering the potential success of the typical blog - one with a blogger who is not particularly glamorous, rich, or thrifty, only average, as most of us are.
Vogue and Vintage When the day is going bad just hop on your bike and ride out into the sunset. Your worry's will melt away as the sun sets! Let the wind blow all the cares away! And do it in style of course!
J'Adore Dior. In a total splurge, I got a pair of Dior sunglasses from my optometrist's office. I wanted a pair of nonprescription sunglasses with Crizal Sun coating to get rid of the glare from driving around in the California sun. Plus, they look adorable!
I used to think investing in sunglasses was silly when you can easily get a pair for $10. Then, I realized you get what you pay for. $10 sunglasses will last a few months, or even weeks, before breaking and are usually not fitted properly since they are usually not custom adjusted by a professional.
My personal preference is not for a too-obvious logo sunglass and I prefer oversized glasses for the look and the larger area of UV protection.
Tiered Ruffles. I know this dress has been considered too precious by many, but frankly I'm a sucker for bows, ruffles, and all sweet pretty girly things. I bought this in a 4P (this dress does run a good bit on the small and short side - so I sized up even though it was petites. It's definitely to be worn at miniskirt length!)
Sassy Characters. Matilda Sturridge as Frances in Poirot: The Third Girl has a fantastic look throughout the film. Not to mention it's great to see how another relatively baby-faced gal, can be transformed by makeup, costume and hair to a vampy, artistic-looking Frances. And, I want that lipstick!
I loved the nautical pins and styling when I first saw this blazer. However, I would say that there are 2 issues with it: 1) It's too large for petites and 2) the clasp used to keep it together seemed to be a bit loose.
Verdict: Great for taller/bigger gals. If you're petite, you may want to consider sizing down to see if it can work for you that way.
Couture: clothes painstakingly custom-made from the finest materials; alternatively, something Juicy - or even Filthy. It's hard not to chafe at the degradation of the term, which is technically reserved for members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (houses that create made-to-order pieces for private clients, amongst other criteria). Looking at creations recently sent down the runways, it's sad to think artisanal techniques like hand beading may not survive in a world of rhinestoned terry sweatsuits. But in fact, the handmade movement is ever gaining steam with the support of many bloggers. "Couture" may be associated with impossibly high prices, but in your own hands it's an affordable way to obtain one-of-a-kind style. This week, review Couture Week round ups from The Well-Appointed Catwalk, La Chanelfile and more - then become your own private client, with tips from Fashion Butter, The Fashion Planner, and Twitch Vintage.
This is the 19th in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.
Discovering Your Style, Question #19: When you were a little girl, who did you dream of looking like? Did you try to copy the style of anyone in particular?
Like many little girls, I would often try to copy my mother and what she would do to dress herself. Oddly I always thought Chibi Maruko Chan (a famous Japanese cartoon character) and her mother, Sumire Sakura, reminded me a good bit of myself, a mischievous little girl, and my own mother.
A really nice shirt dress with a bit of a vintage feel to it. I loved the colour, which is really more of a coral pink. Fit true to size and hits me right below the knee at 5 ft 1. Very pretty look and colour.
Verdict: I already bought a shirt dress from Anthropologie in an orange/red so I passed on buying another one. However, I thought the pink was much prettier than the lavender (light greyish purple) in person if you are debating.
This jacket is cut pretty much identical to the Tabitha Short and Sweet jacket from Fall/Winter, but just done in eyelet instead. Even the hook and eye closure is identical. It's quite pretty, however I would say it did look a slightest bit bulky in the video over the dress and might be better suited over pants. Fit true to size and works for petites.
Verdict: A pretty choice if you want a light weight cotton jacket for summer. If I didn't already have the Short and Sweet jacket, I would probably get this.
This is such a beautiful blouse with the ruffles, little buttons and cut work. Also it's nice to finally see pastels at Anthropologie again! I tried on a size 2 since that was the smallest available in store and thought it was a little bit on the big/long side and probably would stay with a 0 if I were to buy.
Verdict: A size 0 is definitely going on my wishlist!
Separately I also tried on a pair of Elevenses wide leg white pants which no longer appear to be available online. The smallest available in store was a 4S (size 4 short) but they were still very large on me. Normally I would wear a 0 or 2 in pants.
I don't think this blazer suits petites well as I felt it ran large and rather long on me. You'll see in the video. However, the fabric eyelet is very pretty in person - just wish they made a cropped version.
Verdict: Wouldn't buy for petites. The fabric is beautiful though.
Out of all 3 pieces I thought this fit best. The 0 felt true to size and the use of silk was a nice touch and is quite affordably sale priced. However, I just didn't think the skirt popped on me particularly.
The shirt looked quite pretty on the rack but was very long and big on me - even though I grabbed an xs. You can see in the video that I had to tuck it in but it was still very large. Also the material was very sheer and ideally you would need to wear a camisole underneath.
Verdict: Probably best for tall girls.
And on to the video. This time I also took footage of the care and materials tags for additional reference.
Jeremy's recently sent out a sale newsletter announcing new arrivals which include several Anthropologie dresses from prior season(s) in case you are looking for them and as much information as I can remember about them.
Update: Thanks to goldenmeans I now have the full names and links for all these dresses!
They say the only dumb question is one you don't ask, and these days the questions keep coming and the answers? Well, we try. In the fashion world... Lady Gaga, is she really doing it for the girls? What does working with Terry Richardson do for/against her cred? Should we question the ethnic headdress trend? Has fashion blogging become overloaded and narcissistic? What's the real price of our clothing? And more importantly what should we wear to a movie date!?! Oh man, the questions they keep coming. Luckily this week's roundup has some answers.
I thought the layers on the skirt were just lovely and liked the use of linen. But the skirt was very shiny in person and more suited towards an evening cocktail party as opposed to daytime wear. The waist does run bit on the snug side - so you may want to try a size up as well. Also I would say the skirt isn't quite a pencil skirt shape - it's a bit looser but obviously not an a-line skirt either.
Verdict: If you're looking for an evening skirt for a warm climate this may work - but not really sure it works for day.