Winter Break, Part I


So my friends in NYC called me over the weekend & were like, "The weather is absolutely lovely! It went up to 57ยบ on Saturaday!"
"Oh, really?"says I, huddling next to the radiator, watching 6 inches of snow come falling from the sky.

Yes, it is indeed winter break, and it sure as hell feels like it.
I spent my day finishing up the last pages in my wonderful new book on the Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) who famously declared, "I want to be a living work of art."

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(all photos except for middle one courtesy of Abrams Books)

She served as a muse for many artists in the early twentieth century, parading around Rome and Paris in the most amazing, extravagant ensembles accompanied by lavish exotic pets.

Remember Dior haute couture spring/summer 1998 and the autumn/winter 2008 Bal des Artistes haute couture collection for Dior? John Galliano has frequently quoted La Marchesa Casati as one of his main inspirations in his collections.

I loved this book by Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino. There was this wonderful introduction by Diane von Furstenberg that really captured my imagination. It's kind of amazing how this woman still continues to inspire artists in & out of the fashion world to this day. I highly suggest reading up on this wonderful woman.




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Vintage dress, F21 shawl, thrifted jacket, F21 heels, vintage sunglasses

please excuse the moody expressions, I totally didn't mean it :D
These vintage sunglasses are out.of.this.world. My dad found them in an antique shop, and they even come in the original case for the early part of the century.
I don't wear them very often however since they look kinda funky on me, but eh, today I figured what the hell

I'm off to work on my partay dress




I know what this means
this means I am no longer attached to the before-break high school papers, all of which I think should go rot in a frozen drippy well somewhere because I AM THROUGH WITH WORK!!
.......at least for a week, or so

today, I give you my normal,totally nothing special, pretty-much-everyday casual/school look:

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Deena & Ozzy Boots ,Boys' Fruit O' the Loom Tank , Thrifted Blazer, Fox Jeans

You might be wondering "Claire, do you really wear heels to school?"
Yeah, I do...surprisingly, though, I have yet to experience a foot injury :D
These particular boots from UO are great! They're pretty decent in snow, and they have good traction when I need to run to classes



..because I completely forgot that break started today, I just lounged around the house & made some wrap bracelets with some wonderfully gaudy thrifted crystal necklaces & spare leather straps

it's pretty easy to make, just wrap 'n wear basically


The white leather strap came off of a shoe, and I've added some Velcro to keep the ends together.
The red strap was severed from another piece of jewelry from the Gap

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To add to the crafting mayhem I was experiencing, I made a drawing of all of the shoes I wish I could afford


I'm a Hanukkah gal, and even though my holiday is over, I wish everyone a safe, wonderful, amazingly awesome holiday season!

Thank you everyone!


Snow Days & Gilt Invites


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Corpus romper, vintage Dior blazer, F21 buckle heels

Today we were struck with quite a few inches of snow, giving me time to sleep in & then lounge around the house in my nifty Corpus romper that I found on GiltFuse.com a few months back

So it was a pretty lazy day. I read a bit about the Marchesa Castati, watched vids from fashion week and drank absurd amounts of tea

By the way, I have both a Gilt & Gilt Fuse invite for you guys!:



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Blazer Wet Seal, Houndstooth Shorts/Floral Bustier Top F21, Wooden Wedges MIA, Glass Necklace Mom's, Lips NARS

A bit of mall shopping on this very lazy Sunday. I pretty much raided Forever 21, it's so hard to leave empty handed in a store that offers like, EVERYTHING

Oh, and did anyone catch SNL last night?



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