Friday, September 23, 2011

Nirvana, grey/black/white and pasty legs-this is what I call a Northwestern inspired outfit. The dress underneath is by Evil Twin and has a giant cross down the front, but I usually layer over it. People in Portland sometimes scoff at you for being a Nirvana fan, but territorial hipsterism is inevitable, you can't let it stop you from liking whatever you want. I found the t-shirt at Red Light, my favorite for vintage! You can hardly tell, but my boots are some cheapy H&M chelsea boots with a heel and for what I paid and the quality, they're surprisingly my most comfortable pair and go with literally everything.

I've felt so busy lately, but by no means am I overworked. There's possibility that I'll be taking on some freelance work soon, so I'm eager to put in some creative effort and strengthen my skills.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Balmain FW11

I was instantly obsessed upon seeing the FW11 collection for Balmain, an on/off favorite of mine. As a die hard fan of glam rock, I've been daydreaming about the onesies, metallic shades and fur ever since. It's a no-brainer that this season was inspired by Ziggy Stardust, from the deep necklines and glitter, to the patterns and exaggerated shoulder accents-all Bowie. However, I'm not so thrilled about the choice of footwear, as I prefer clunky platforms, but I rarely like Balmain's scrawny-heeled, strappy shoes. My main complaint is that season after season, it all looks so similar in silhouette, but still, I usually appreciate the detailing and use of leather. Whether I like everything or not, this season stayed true to the label's aesthetic and managed to grab my attention for more than 5 minutes, so I'd consider it a job well done for Balmain.

Style recap of the past year

To kick off my new blog, I thought to start with how my personal taste has progressed in the last twelve months. Black is always a mainstay in my wardrobe, but lately I'm feeling bits of obnoxious color to punch up the dark palette. Last year was a bit rough, which I think reflected in my clothing choice at times, but this time around, I'm feeling less bogged down and not-so-simple.

I relied on fur vests, leather pants, maxi skirts, leopard print and western boots for far too long. Not to say I don't still love incorporating all of them in my closet, but it became predictable after awhile. I'm not one to stay within the lines often, but for whatever reason, I kept restricting myself from anything that wasn't black, wispy or animal hyde (okay, usually faux). I need to let the kook back in, already. Sometimes, you forget that your favorite "things", be it color, pattern, style, whatever, don't necessarily need to be the only focus.