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Jewel Stripes

3.30.2013

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ADAM sweatshirt, Free People blouse, vintage pants, Cheap Monday sandals , Rebecca Minkoff bag, Jenny Bird open serpentine ring

 Some serious ease on a Thursday afternoon, this past week was lovely!
This sweatshirt has been a prized possession of mine for a few years now, I love breaking it out the second the weather gets warmer in the spring. Adam Lippes, the main man behind ADAM, grew up in Buffalo, New York, not too far from where my family moved. When he held a social media/blogger event back in 2011, he gave me this piece and it's been close to my heart ever since.

You have to keep it simple when you wear something so bejeweled, so I added basic pieces and minimal jewelry (obsessed with Jenny Bird's serpent ring, I've been wearing it on my thumb). these Cheap Monday sandals are going to be on regular roation on here, mark my words! They're blocky and low, perfect for walking around the city all day.

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Oh, Want

3.29.2013

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Asos Collection Portobello heels in white/black/burgundy velvet

I like these. They're gewd.
Always appreciate a monochrome shoe. The white ones have a nurse-y appeal, methinks they're calling my name.

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Pared

3.28.2013

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Theyskens' Theory short romper, vintage sweater, boots and cardigan, Coach satchel, Vanessa Mooney bodychain, random scarf

I couldn't believe I finally managed to spend a day without a jacket, heavens above was that lovely.
Just threw on some layers, different textures and knits over a really beautiful silk romper that I can't wait to break out during the summer on its own. I'm surprised I haven't been able to get this VM bodychain up on here yet because I've been wearing it at least once a week! I love throwing it over a plain tee to add some structure and edge.
The cut-out boots were a total steal on Etsy, I normally don't gor for 80's/90's shoes because they lengthen my already kinda big feet, but these are too cool for school. You know I loves me a pop of red here and there.

I was up for a good 2 hours editing my closet last night after getting seriously inspired by the latest in-houe project by La Garconne, which is a site I've been perusing for years for whenever I've needed styling inspiration, but this time around I finally got around to really thinking about what it is that I love to wear. So, accordingly, after all that site perusing, I got around to raking out the pieces I don't absolutely love to wear. Everything you own should be a joy to have, something you're thankful to have around, and that is ever more true when it comes to the clothes you wear on your back. So from now on, it's quality over quantity, throughtfulness over trendiness.

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Ann-Sofie Back A/W '13

3.25.2013

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Some selections: Ann-Sofie Back, A/W 2013

Holy HELL this collection is great. Back designed her A/W pieces around notions of construction, utlititarianism, sportswear, and neo-punk streetwear. It's a little all over the place, but I feel likeann it keeps you on your toes and heightens your sense of curiosity when it comes to layering.

See the whole collection here
Runway show here

PS- Please bear with appearances. Still working on the theme, trying to move comments section, remove some superfluous links and align everything...

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Braced

3.22.2013

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Bella Dahl blouse (c/o), vintage sweater/belt/blazer/boots, Buffalo by David Bitton jeans (c/o, ripped knee was my doing), Asos hat, Stella and Bow bracelets (c/o, I, II)

I bought this belt in a Toronto-based vintage leather goods store last year and just the other day I realized it was long enough to wrap into a harness-esque stituation, which I've been experimenting with on-and-off for a few days. I love how simple 'n edgy it looks, even if it breaks up an ensemble a little awkwardly, it keeps things interesting.

So what's going on here? Western-grunge? I dunno either, but a recent viewing of Born to Lose: The Last Rock 'N Roll Movie via The Cast's blog has me ridiculously inspired by the punk/glam rock scene in NYC during the late 60's-early 70's. Seeing that movie after going to 1993: Experimental jet Set, Trash and No Star at the New Museum has me on this underground NYC kick. I've been ripping my jeans and piling on a bunch of randomness. If you haven't seen the documentary, I highly suggest you get on that.

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14

De Lune's Got a New Face

3.20.2013

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Things look different around here, no?
I'm still in the process of tweaking and adding a few things (like my header...), but please let me know how you guys feel so far! I'll be moving things around and editing in-between my classes today. Should be where I want it to be soon...

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Warm Around the Corner

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Ugh, you guys I'm really over this winter weather business. You guys in NYC know exactly what I'm talking about, this past week has been fairly miserable (rain and snow this far, and lots of it). Thankfully Spring is right around the corner!

I've been yearning for those afternoons where you can just throw on a vintage dress and hit the pavement -er, foliage.

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This Week's Tuck

3.18.2013

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Theyskens' Theory dress, Vintage hoodie/vest/blazer, Tucked Jeffrey Campbell boots, Clare Vivier leather pouch

It's that time y'all!
>>Head on over to Tucked-in to see what I scooped up this week>>

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Deceivingly Sinister

3.17.2013

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This piece is so intensely awesome it hurts. Literally.
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I've been on Etsy a bit too much lately, but my constant search for oddities proves fruitful every once in a while when I find soemthing like this guy, which I bought from Angel Court, a line I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. You can see their full collections of new and appropriated pieces here.

This piece is a vintage pin knife pendant that conceals not one, but two blades that fold into its circular body. I'm like, losng my mind over how cool it is because it's so subtly sinister. In its original context, I'm sure it wasn't intended to be a piece of jewelry, probably just a decorative yet useful keychain. How useful is it now that it is a piece of jewelry, you ask? What if I told you I've already cut an apple with this thing? I've also scraped up candle wax and ripped a pair of jeans with the hooked knife, so I'd say we're going to get along just fine.

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3.15.2013

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J.W. Anderson x Topshop shirtdress, vintage leather jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, BDG jeans, Elizabeth and James wedges (via Bib + Tuck), Lookmatic sunglasses and although you can't really see it, Pour la Victoire backpack

Threw a bunch of awkward layers together et voila!
Asymmetry kind of rules my universe, thrrowing together pieces that have a little something off-kilter just makes things more fun to look at. This shirt dress brilliant, but I might have to take it to a tailor before I can wear it as an actual dress because it's a bit too big. For now, I've been wearing it under sweaters like this to get a boxy-billowy extra layer.

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Found It

3.13.2013

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Cheap Monday dress (c/o), vintage boots found in Amsterdam, vintage jacket, All Saints cardigan

It's leather love! (not that kind)
I've been loooking for a good leather biker jacket for months. After a good number of weeks of saving up exclusively for the elusive jacket, I was ready for the hunt, but I quickly found that sometimes it's not you who picks the jacket, it is the jacket that picks you. I feel this way about a lot of things like glasses, a great perfume, your ultimate wristwatch... think it's safe to say anything you'll want to have forever never comes easy.

I knew I could never afford say, a Golden Goose or Acne biker, but I knew a decent vintage jacket would probably been made just as well and would have those little delicious lived-in details. I wanted inside-pockets and buckles and good hardware and yadda yadda yadda... but I wasn't able to find anything in my favorite higher-end vintage shops or online that I could see myself living in. Men's jackets were aplenty, but they looked too boxy or had too much shoulder padding. Then, finally, miraculously, I wandered into No Relation to just kill some time, and there she was, peeking out from the absolute darkest corner of the store. It's still a little bit big on me, but it's exactly what I was looking for, complete with a small pocket on the bottom left for a tube of lipstick or something. It's love dudes, it's love.

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Some Notes on Rings

3.11.2013

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I could talk about the importance of rings for days.
Rings are probably my favorite kind of jewelry, partially because they enhance your hand gestures and sound cool when you move your hands around, but also because they are particularly ancient as far as the history of design goes. At the end of the day, what is a ring? It is an enclosed circle, no beginning, no end. Accross cultures, the circle is a divine symbol of eternity and endlessness. We wear rings as signs of promises because a ring in itself is never ending, and so, wearing a ring became a gesture of remembering an eternal promise. Now, of course, not all rings worn are signs of promises, and and you can tell from this post, not all rings are rings, but they still have a dimension of importance, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites with a little break-down in layering.

In order of photos presented:
(Worn with Stella & Bow's Tori Amos bangle and "Tina Turner" bracelet and string from a recent gift from a loved one, which I have yet to take off)

(1) My Datter eye ring and Verameat chihuahua ring:
I wear these two every day on my left hand. As longtime readers may already know, I'm particularly fond of eyes and wearing extra ones for good luck. The Datter ring was made in London and I find its slightly alchemical design really beautiful and simple. The chihuahua ring honors my childhood pet, Mitchell, who passed away a few weeks ago. I miss him, but this way I always have a reminder of how he was an important part of my adolesence. I should note that I am particularly fond of bronze rings because, like silver, the more you wear them, the more the natural oils in your hands keep them polished. It's an intersting connection to the material that I really enjoy.

(2) Three chain rings (found on ebay here, or search "thin chain ring") and Madelyn Jade connect ring:
This is a suite I like to wear together when I need "filler" on my other hand. The chain link rings are totally amazing. I really pay attention to the types of chain used in jewelry and these look so chic and clean against anything, totally opulent but only if you look closely. The MJ link ring is amazingly priced, I was looking for soemthing like this ring for the longest time and she came to my rescue. There's something really great about a double ring, it makes your fingers look extra long and elegant but also kind of bionic.

(3) Plukka bullet ring, Cheap Monday triangle ring worn with a vintage art deco ring, vintage onyx ring:
Lots of witchy love here. The Plukka has been a solid piece in my rotation of rings for a bit, I've worn it enough times to almost wear down the (very sharp) points on either end. Made of tungsten and silver, it's nearly a men's ring, which is so cool. The Cheap Monday triangle piece is a great departure from the 'enclosed circle' thing I was discussing earlier, I usually layer it with other rings, which brings me to my lovely lady in the dress ring, which I purchased along with the onyx ring from this woman who only sells vintage rings on the street near the NYU campus for a few weeks in the early summer. She's got the greatest collection I've ever seen, hopefully I'll catch her this year in time to do a post.

(4) Karen London  "Piper" and "Stand Back" rings with ebay chains and onyx:
Loooooves me some KL. Karen London's process is so personal and inspiring, how could I not wear these all the time? I've had the Piper a bit longer, and it looks so ancient and awesome when worn with something a little newer. The Stand Back is supposed to look more like a talon, but I take it more for a standard triangle, which represents stability. I like to think it's a nice gesture to wear it when I'm not feeling too strong.

(5) Vintage Afghan tri-jewel ring worn with a copper Cheap Monday triangle stacker:
Have you ever seen Afghan jewelry? Take a look here, notice how these tend to jut out into space and leave the hand? I looooove this notion of freedom and lush use of materials. This particular find has three stones, two green and one red, and they look really great in the light when you can look right into them. I've worn this with the CM stacker to echo the shape of the three points and reinforce that notion of stability. Stacking is always something to play around with and see what works for your hand,  I always see what fills spaces that the other ring might not. These two tend to go solo on my hand.

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Park Saturday

3.06.2013

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Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent top (c/o), Brandy Mellville bra, vintage Levi's cutoffs, Vintage boots, jacket & cardigan

Shot a little with Bryant over the weekend in Prospect Park before chillin' at his spot in Brooklyn. He's so lucky to live just a few blocks away from the park, it's such a lovely place to explore despite the unfortunate reminders of Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction (the occasional giant uprooted tree). I loved going to Prospect Park as a kid because you got to run around for a while and always run into something new. Speaking of running around, here's a Vine Bryant made of me being...well...normal. I should also note, smack dab in the park is the amazing Imagination Playground, which looks like something out of Beetlejuice plus a giant bronze statue of a dragon. So boss.

Help preserve Prospect park! Visit hurr to learn more and donate.

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