Tuesday, September 29, 2009

sunday, september 27th '09

last sunday as i was getting dressed watching the downpour through my window i thought up a haiku:

rain rain go away
so the Yankees play and win
clinch the A. L. East

haha, dorky i know. (they did end up winning though.)

back to what i was wearing...


some of you might remember the scarf i "made" (ok, not really, i just sewed two together to make a really long one) from last winter. took quite a bit of digging but i did find it. in the end i had to take it off, it was warmer than expected. it was also the debut of these cool $3.00 rings with latin sayings on them, which i purchased at the "marc jacobs store of random cheap accessories" on bleecker & perry in the village.

ITEMS (rollover mouse to view detailed picture)
extra long scarf made from two Portolano cashmere scarves (from Filene's Basement)
vintage tee (from unis in nolita)
Les Chiffoniers ankle-length pants (from last winter's Intermix warehouse sale)
Miu Miu motorcycle boots (old, from mytheresa.com)
vintage leather jacket (from eBay)
Marc Jacobs Latin rings (from Marc Jacobs accessories store in the Village)
Bliss Lau body harness (from blisslau.com)

Outfit Details

i went shopping for an ivory shrug for an upcoming black-tie event but didn't find exactly what i was looking for. i did pick up a couple of missoni pieces from filene's basement though. here i am in the dressing room, trying on a fabulous sweater that i ended up buying:

the missoni skirt so carelessly thrown on the floor also came home with me. (don't worry, i'm not one of those brats who leave messy rooms behind!)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

diy #1

so i was at intermix in soho one day and spotted a really cool t-shirt. it was a white, crew-neck cotton tee dotted with swarovski crystals. the price tag? $1400. why? because it had the letters B-A-L-M-A-I-N on the tag.

i'm not a big diy-er, mostly because i run out of patience easily. i'm ashamed to say i would rather fork over a couple of benjamins for a racquel allegra tee or martin margiela ripped leggings than shred things myself. for some unknown reason, perhaps it was the long labor day weekend where i stayed in the city, i got bit by the diy bug and decided to give it a try. also i think i was a little pissed off that someone out there was charging $1400 for a friggin t-shirt. it's not like there are 24k gold threads sewn into it or anything...

so here goes - i went over to my parents house to work on it because they've got a nice big dining room table. i also ended up leaving my bedazzler there, i was afraid i'd start bedazzling everything in sight if i brought it home with me.

first i had to pick a t-shirt. i knew that i didn't want it too tight and stretchy, especially around the bust, because the grid of sequins would no longer be orderly if it was all stretched out. i ended up buying a 100% cotton tee by organic by john patrick from barneys co-op. it has a great oversized fit and is very comfortable.

i knew the easiest way to apply the crystals was to first draw a grid then just drop the crystals at every intersection. however, i was too lazy to draw all those grid lines, didn't have a ruler long enough to cover the length of the oversized t-shirt, and was impatient to start bedazzling. so i only made a few lines forming a cross in the middle of the t-shirt.

using a quilting ruler, i spaced the crystals as evenly as i could 2-inches apart, using the few lines that i drew as a starting point then using that row as a marker for consecutive rows of crystals. i used three different colors of hot-fix crystals - black diamond, clear crystal, and silver shade, and the way the light plays off each is so nice, especially at night.

here is the final product, the picture doesn't do it justice because you can't really see it sparkle:

i was too lazy to do the back. the tee is so big it took me a lot longer to finish than i had originally estimated. do you think it's absolutely necessary to bedazzle the back as well? i'm kind of hoping the consensus is "no."

here's how i wore it today, i paired it with my LNA leggings that have zippers going down the entire length of the leg (love!), Alaia boots, and a Balenciaga boyfriend blazer:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

it's off to work i go

some recent work outfits...


i do get tired of wearing the same seven? eight? pairs of pants, but the weather is still too warm to add my wool pants to the rotation. i should really update my work wardrobe, but that's no fun, especially when there are boots! and cashmere sweaters! and jackets! to buy for fall...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

lazy sunday

had a much-needed quiet sunday. went to m&j trim to pick up supplies for upcoming diy projects (details to come)... walked over to b&h cameras to try and find a lomography camera (it was closed due to the Jewish holiday, my bad)... lunch on 9th ave... back home to watch the yankees (they lost)...


ITEMS (rollover mouse to view detailed picture):
Marni cotton tee (old, from Barneys clearance)
Rick Owens Lilies drawstring pants (old, from Century21)
Rick Owens Lilies "bandage" jacket (from Century21)
Furla modal scarf (old, from yoox)
Chanel studded T-strap flats (old, from Barneys clearance)
assorted silver-tone bracelets

Outfit Details

i hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

is it fall yet?

there's definitely a chill in the early morning air these days.

i remember falling in love with this DRKSHDW fur-lined, hooded sweatshirt last year but purchasing it at retail would have blown my entire budget for one season. century21 came through for me again, when last week i snatched it up, a rare size xs, for a quarter of the original price.

i can't wait until it's cold enough to wear it.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

may - august '09 summary

i thought it might be a good idea to start september off with a look back at the past four months' outfits, so here is the summary of the second third of the year. and since fall is around the corner, it might be fun to review my cold weather outfits from the first third of the year, shown here.