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My Beloved $4 Drugstore Dupe for Nail Glow

5.18.2019






assorted rings and permabracelet by Catbird (12345

I love Brucci- those $4 drugstore nail polishes with a bottle design that hasn't changed in like, 15 years. 

This Brucci Top Coat is a perfect dupe for Dior's Nail Glow (and for 30 bucks cheaper at that!)

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My Favorite Thrift Store Sections Are The Overlooked Ones

5.14.2019

If you take the time to go thrifting, whether it's weekly, bi-weekly, of, if you're a 65 year-old retired schoolteacher or engineer and love *~ThE ThriLl~* of hoarding things you'll eventually restore but never get around to and thus fill your garage (that's not to say people don't do these incredible restorations where they take $10 man cave trash with coffee mug ring stains and return it to its midcentury hardwood glory) you probably have your favorite thrift store locations because you always find something there.

We usually chalk it up to that particular location receiving incredible donations from retired(dead) eccentric heiresses or former thrift store and antique-hoarder hobbyists, and this might just be the case- however, I would like to posit that most of us just know where to look when we go thrifting. We'll hit up the sections of the store that always have something, and honestly that's all style aaaaaaaaand well, life! is really all about: knowing what you want.

So what do I usually want when I go thrifting? What is my intent?
I think on this and I hear myself saying: "usually it's just to find something *interesting*, I guess" but what does that even mean?
I suppose *interesting* just refers to those mundane, everyday objects of yore that are in fact well-conceived pieces of design that were likely taken for granted when they were first shoved onto store shelves and then touched by be-manicured housewives in polyester satin headscarves, who, in my mind, were smoking while shopping for canned green beans for some reason.
Okay, so that means household items and accessories from the 50s-70s. This is all a fantasy, but I think you get the idea?

Where I tend to find the kinda stuff I crave from a good thrift shift

1. Kitchenware!



My gOd, do I love a good enamelware bowl! I have a small collection of enamel bowls in different sizes for various kitchen vessel-ing needs. I also have a beautiful marbled robin's egg blue enamel pot. Enamelware is smooth, colorful and easy to separate and mix ingredients with. Sort of a "you can't beat the classics" kind of situation- these things are a delightful, abundant, useful and cheap thing to have a mis-matched collection of.



As for glass stuff, I tend to look for Pyrex or lab-grade glassware for keeping various things in.

Now, if you do happen to find a lab vial or two, please for the love of jeebus do not eat or drink from it unless you're a dumbass like me and occasionally keep your Tylenol in one after vigorously washing it. 


2. Hosiery!

There's always a weird bin or basket of hosiery in thrift stores, tucked alongside sewing pattern envelopes with illustrations of bridget doll lookalikes on 'em. This (as I have shared in my Instagram stories) is not a bin you should overlook, my friends.

I have found Mary Quant m'fkin tights (pictured here) for 25¢. I have found weird patterns and funky colors and puzzling decorations galore- and usually for suuuuuper cheap.
Now, you need to be careful of stale nylons and elastics getting worn out, and make sure to look at the size guide on packages before you throw them in your basket.

3. Bags and Luggage!

I love finding rattan baskets and beaded purses in thrift stores- I think that's a well documented move nowadays with folks filling their Depop shops with dainty little vintage purses made from natural materials from beads to grass weaving and even woven paper (as it was popular in the 90s).
I tend to seek out the 60s beaded bag or the top handle suitcases or rattan picnic baskets. Even as decor, a stack of old picnic baskets look really cool in an unoccupied corner in our apartment


4. Winterwear and Tulle underskirts
I'm not gonna talk about clothes at length, but I will say that knits and coats are the more surefire racks to find something really cool if you're into finding clothes that are designed to be valuable. Why? Think about it: when folks donate things to their local charity shops or thrift joints, they're getting rid of things they can't make money off quickly through resale and just need to make space. Coats and sweaters are, more likely than not, something folks will splurge on for their needs over a t-shirt or rayon dress, and so what they have will probably be relatively nice. Granted, the 90s Express Tricot dresses and Looney Tunes tees are valuable now, and they are thrift go-tos, but you already knew that.


Hell, you probably knew everything I'm bringing up here, but you know what? I could go on, so I did.



Now, go find something yourself something nice <3


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And Then The Sun Set

4.04.2019






Social Work sweater 
Vintage pants
Acne boots (thank you, eBay gods)
Vivienne Westwood x Cambridge Satchel Co bag 

The light in our bedroom is super weird when the sun sets- we have some linen curtains, which tend to shove the light in weird directions on our walls, and the placement of our windows is such that when the sun sets, the warm orange glow hangs out in the middle of the wall.  So if any of youse were wondering why I appear to have a tan in that last photo, that kinda lets you know why. Also, I'm just garbage at editing photos, so we'll just have to wait and see if I can improve...

So let's talk about this sweater: it's by Social Work, a brand founded by two Parsons Grads who aim for production transparency from stitch to send. Assembled overseas in China, their last collection was modeled by the factory workers who make their clothes. I really dig the collection this here piece came outta, built around the 60s-70s hipster shapes a la polyester suits and sweater vests. Pants are cropped with kick flares, collars are starchy, pointy, severe. Give their kickass instagram a peep: https://www.instagram.com/socialwork_studio

If I can wear six different kinds of plaid at once, I will. I threw these two plaids and Vivienne Westwood's famous toothy snake print via tiny satchel together. Perhaps a Bowie moment is what I was going for- who knows, this was back when I still had hair

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Return from Hiatus + Denim Duster

3.26.2019











Reformation dress (second-hand)
Madewell denim jacket 
Denim duster coat (thrifted)
Vintage DKNY cardigan via Watson
Vintage bead bag (thrifted)
Helmut Lang boots (sample sale snag 🙌)
Annika Inez earrings 

She's back! From outer space!
• Yep, I got a haircut (here's the IG reveal) - I love, love, love wearing big earrings, but like, especially now- I took these beauts off Annika's hands after a studio visit and social shoot.
• I got a promotion at work, which has not happened without panic attacks or a fleeting moment or two of imposter syndrome, so don't be me, but a happy start for spring! Lots of new work ahead!
• In any case, I took a hiatus from shooting or writing....anything... mostly because I wasn't feeling 100% myself, which, suffice to say, has been a little existentially challenging


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