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Catching Up: Wears/Wares

9.03.2022

Observe: 2 years-worth of catching up on the stuff I fill our apartment with and a couple amusing outfits.

Here are some wares\wears

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Rachel Comey made these flared fishnet pants. I'm pretty sure I have only ever worn them under dresses, especially in the summer when I wanna wear something that feels fall-adjacent but still has sweet, sweet airflow. Here I paired 'em with a Theyskens' Theory dress that I have own two colors

Know: I loooooooved Theyskens' Theory in college. Between 2010-2014 Olivier Theyskens took the lead designing these über cool, slick and perversely practical city girl-friendly collections under a sub-brand for Theory, and I have a nostalgic thing I can't let go of from clothes from that time. Everything felt sexy and dark.

 This dress is actually two pieces: an a-line shift with a wispy/smoky chiffon overlay, PLUS it has a hidden hoodie pocket under the overlay!! I mean!!!


Jevins surprised me with wall-mounted holders he made for my mezzaluna chopper collection this past year. These marbled enamel pie tin pans are from the late-1800s, sitting on our kitchen butcher block amongst other late-nineteenth century cooking ephemera that I have proudly found in my local thrift stores. The pie tins are good for cheese plate dinners at home.




A dreamy mother of pearl stamp holder that I jumped to buy from Everthine Antiques. I use it to preserve paper bits and collage cutouts,


A Grainne Morton necklace paired with my Bing Bang name plate. I wore these together shortly after my paternal grandmother, Carol, passed away this year. Geist is actually her maiden name, my dad changed it in her honor when he was in college.


Sai made this vase. I love her.


The living room. Always chaos. 
It doesn't look like this right now but this precarious stacking situation somehow didn't fall over for two years.


Grýla tucked underneath a rag quilt <3. 
We have been buying the flower print sheets from Spoonflower for a few years. They're nosebleed expensive but satisfy the look of the "flower bed" we wanted to create for ourselves.


I need more red hangers. When I go to thrift stores I often find and buy the antique hangers that folks overlook. Some of them are handmade or finished by hand! I put special stuff on this red lacquer number when I set things out to wear the night before an event.


Ephemera. An oversized Tom Ford shirt, my favorite denim duster and all kinds of bits 'n bobs jewelry.



God, I love our bathroom. It's my favorite room in our apartment for sure. Shoutout to Glasswing organics, who make the MOST delicious smelling jasmine oil. It's an incredible value for the quality and I stock up on it all the time. 


Obligatory obnoxious tabi photo. I get soles put on special shoes at Cesar's in Chelsea.


I had bleached hair for a hot second when I decided to grow my hair back after shaving it. 
It was a winter wherein I matched my outerwear to the hue of my hair.


My beloved jewel box vanity situation. I'm slowly collecting bottles from Kindred Black along with thrift store/antique porcelain that I have been truly accumulating for years.


Whadya think? 

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I'm Tired, So Wanna Pick Up Again

7.23.2022

trip to buffalo, 2021. I found this Janzen bathing suit from the 50's in an antique mall basement for $5. That's the shit of life right there.

I used to type "b" into my browser address field and it would bring up the blogger homepage that I stubbornly keep this thing hosted on. Because in my heart I'm still 15 and this is still 2009 and I'm futzing around the attic with hot lights for some stupid reason to help me pretend I know how to take a photo and set up a camera. Instead I check in with myself, and realize it's not the streets of Buffalo, New York outside my window anymore, where it smells like fireplaces and crispy, cold air. My world doesn't feel small and hopeful, or nearly as romantic as it did when I was a teenager. This happens to everyone, but y'know, now I'm writing about it.

lmao, but I miss her. 
2009, Buffalo

I'm 30 now. I turned 30 this year. I have a life I had no idea how I would "get to" as a teenager. I pay bills and work a job that is way beyond what I could have comprehended as a child and it humbles me every week (understatement). I question myself constantly and I'm just as hard on myself now as when I was looking down the barrel of taking the regents exam. I wonder if making money is satisfying enough. I have family members who have died now who I thought would live forever. 


My boyfriend Jevins and I having a discussion in front of "The Meeting" by Fragonard at The Frick last year. I was laid off earlier in March, 2021 after a company downsize and looking back, even though I had some ROUGH patches of professional fear, I think I was happier in some ways then than I am now because I had a break.

I'm a dime a dozen now, which I guess is its own comfort. Here's my check-in: I work in tech, I'm naive but creative, I'm satisfied by a sense of purpose and "fit" but I kinda lost my way. Still, I love trying to understand style anywhere I can, I like talking about why people want to express themselves a certain way. I love what Omondi's doing, her work is the closest thing I have to the feeling I would get after seeing someone shared a new blog post.

another one of my zillions of thrift store finds

Instagram sucks, I loathe TikTok, though I dig through Tumblr and Pinterest still, as this is where I can still fall down holes and remain a dinosaur of internet life comfortably. I miss magazines. I miss the feeling of waiting. I waited. If you are still reading this and had been in a position of waiting, welcome back. I hope I can satisfy something in us.



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Reversible Dress But Make it Vest

6.02.2021








Vintage dress, worn open
Reformation bralette top
Thrifted pants
Vintage Coach bag
Vintage belt
Dries Van Noten sandals

I recently nabbed this tan/plaid dress over at OPC in Ridgewood, and it was one of those thing I knew just at a glance I would wear often. Not only is the cotton fabric pristine, the whole thing is beatifully handmade and totally reversible, featuring a double breasted closure. Kinda hard to see from these shots alone, but the tan side has these cute little pockets with frilly edges and buttons. This now makes for two dresses I own that I prefer to wear open like a vest.

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After Years of Collecting: A Charm Bracelet's Worth of a Choker Necklace

4.24.2021







After a lifetime of collecting charms and I finally filled a bracelet! The sound this thing makes is divine, like what I'd imagine a jewel sparkling would sound like if such a thing were possible. I decided to turn this thing into a choker on a whim one day by attaching it to another chain I had laying around, and I was SUPER into it with my hair shaved! I'll continue to wear it like this with ratty T-shirts :)

Here's a tour of what we got

Adirondack chair for my childhood spent in Northbrook Lodge
A revolver with a spinning "chamber" just about the weirdest charm that came on a bracelet my mom found years ago, it was alongside the cup that says "baby" and a book that says "I Love You" on the same bracelet
Gum ball machine with retracting coin slot
A crown
A toilet with a seat that opens and closes because of course
A cup that says "BABY" no clue
A crate of oranges for my grandparents in Florida
A book that says "I LOVE YOU"
A cat that goes in and out of a trash can a Valentine's day present from Jevins in 2020
An egg that opens to reveal a yellow chick
A birdcage with a bird inside
An hourglass with white sand, 3 seconds
A soccer ball 
A moving (!!!) Punch and Judy puppet show, the back features a crank that allows them to beat each other up 
A pretzel for my lifelong New Yorker status
A cocktail shaker with a tiny devil inside
Milagro depicting a pair of eyes
A medallion that says "I'll never STOP loving you" on a stop sign


Got a whole lifetime left to fill up the other chain.
Also, not sure if you noticed, but yes, I do put blush on my neck- a Studio 54 kinda trick!

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Sundial

4.15.2021


 


Rachel Comey dress (second-hand)
American Apparel turtleneck bodysuit
Dries Van Noten sandals (second-hand)
Loeffler Randall Purse (sample)
Clyde sun hat
Vintage sunglasses via Maude's

A transitional winter to spring moment, inspired by dancers' bodysuits and how they cover the backs of their shoes with their leggings. The turtleneck bodysuit, though sometimes a pain in the ass to wear, is terribly useful in the winter when layering saves you from freezing from the commuting elements every day. Now, I haven't had to walk to work in a whole god damn year, but I still lounge around in one with a giant T-shirt every once in a while in quarantine. With this silk dress- which feels like it weighs nothing- it's not *too* warm. There's something a little 80s goth about it, which I'm totally into.

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Bits of Gold: A Minimal manicure and a Previously Permanent Bracelet

4.13.2021



gold c/o Catbird : Mignon rings (both are a size 3), Welded bracelet


I have gotten this manicure 3 times in a row now, just a couple of coats of a gel Nailglow dupe (my nail artist uses DND #441) and the tiniest gold accent I can get my hands on in the center of my nail bed. I have enjoyed how relatively simple it is, and when it grows out, it's not super duper obvious. To my delight, I noticed that Harriet Westmoreland (an amazing name) has shared a similar manicure. Her take is bit more delicate and earthy.




Also RIP to my welded Catbird bracelet :( After two and a half blissful years together, she ultimately met her fate after getting snagged on a basket

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