Monday, December 31, 2012


I'm not 100% sold on dressing up tonight (it's going to be cold, my feet will hurt, etc.) but luckily I don't have very much in the way of shining metallics and sequins, so the selection process will likely be not that difficult.

In the meantime, I dredged up some looks from New Years' past. That 2010 looks is SO painfully 2010.

2010: Zara shirt, vintage bandage skirt and bag
2011: Vintage dress, belt, necklace, J. Crew headband
2012: Anthropologie pants, Madewell blouse, vintage shoes

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

santa tracker

IMGP7455 IMGP7468 IMGP7479IMGP7474 IMGP7471 wearing J. Crew dress, Uniqlo tights, Banana Republic jacket (super, super old), infinity scarf from Ross (no label), vintage necklace and bangles, Pixie Market shoes

It's the most wonderful time of the year--unless there's a tornado ripping through your local high school. No tornadoes here in California, just a rainy-ass day that bothered me not one bit because I spent it in my pajamas by the fire with my family and boyfriend and Kobe. Got some nice things too, including a Clarisonic (aka a Sonicare for your face) that I can just tell is going to do wonders on my winter-ravaged skin. Later I'll be making pot du creme and stopping by a friend's house for a Christmas birthday celebration. And tomorrow, it's Boxing day! Which means I get to eat Trifle and wear a paper crown. It's not a bad life. Hope yours is chugging along in the same vein.

Friday, December 21, 2012


 wearing Insight jeans, Uniqlo white shirt, J. Crew sweater, kid's motorcycle jacket from biker store, and introducing...Sergio Rossi laser cut brogues!

As per usual, I'm not yet done Christmas shopping but I've still managed to pay homage to the #1 most important person in my life (me) by completing my yearly Barney's sale purchase. These babies are giving me major menswear vibes because they're the actual proper shape of a man's shoe instead of some round-toed, bastardized ladies' version. The laser cutouts remind me of those tissue paper Mexican banner thingies they use on Cinco de Mayo. Can't wait to wear them with colored socks.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


I became acquainted with the work of photographer Flo Fox after watching 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'. Joan meets her while delivering a Thanksgiving meal as part of her volunteer work for God's Love, We Deliver. Flo is legally blind and wheelchair bound from symptoms of MS, and started taking photos with an auto-focus camera in the late 70s after failing eyesight made it impossible to continue working as a costume designer.  She has taken, by her estimation, over 100,000 photographs of life in New York since the late 70's. She shows Joan a series of photos she took of the same drugstore for 25 years, documenting the rise in the price of cigarettes. "Check me out," she says, before saying, very slowly and deliberately, "Flo-Fox-Dot-Com."

Her photos are moody, subtle, and always somehow shot through with a pang of raw humor (police blockades creating an accidental Star of David, man in assless leather chaps eating alone at a diner). Also, lots of dick pics, which she's been compiling for her yet-to-be-published tome, 'Dicthology'. She claims every man who has entered her apartment since the mid-70's has posed for the book. 'Atta girl.

In spite of some obsessive internet detective work, I wasn't able to find very many of her photographs online. Her website features a few, but sadly looks like it hasn't been updated since 1999, and hardly does them justice. She has created only one self-published book of her work, 'Asphalt Gardens: 69 Photographs by Flo Fox,' but it is long out-of-print (ps if you can find me one, I'll send you a puppy).

My favorite series is one she self-photographed for Playboy magazine. She was already nearly legally blind when these photos were taken. There's some nudity so I've hidden them after the jump.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Back home from New Orleans minus a kidney and half of my soul. Tried to bottle up some of that Laissez les bon temps roule but all I came home with was some kind of swamp sickness and a nasty hangover. Typical.
IMGP6984 IMGP6913IMGP6911
One of my favorite stores in the French Quarter, Dauphine St. Books is filled to the rafters with used books and has an amazing selection of vintage maps and prints IMGP6995
Above-ground mausoleums at the Greenwood Cemetery in Metairie
Architectural details walking around the French Quarter IMGP6992
My sister with her prized rooster, Gregory Peck.
-1 -2
Sunset on the Bayou, cypress trees draped in spanish mossIMGP6975

Sunday, December 2, 2012

festive threads

IMGP6842 IMGP6849 IMGP6864 IMGP6858 IMGP6855
pants via Anthropologie, vintage shell top, Mossimo turtleneck, Sigerson Morrison heels, vintage Bally bag, vintage Monet enameled chain link bracelet, J. Crew headband

With holiday party season in full swing, it's wise to have a few sparkly and/or gilded items hanging around in case you're ever in need of a last-minute cocktail party outfit. This leaves more time for actually celebrating and less time spent in stockings harrumphing over the fact that you have nothing to wear. Also, this headband thingy has become my favorite updo tool and go-to hairstyle for holiday parties. Instructions on how to create this style can be found here. The best part? There are no pins needed. I swears.

Friday, November 23, 2012

black friday sticker shock

1. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel color block silk top, was $460 now $322
2. Diane Von Furstenburg Laurel wool blend boucle coat, was $695, now $417
3. Kenzo textured knit sweater, was $260, now $130
4. Yves Saint Laurent Charlotte glossed-leather and metal loafers, were $6745, now $472
5. Acne best lux wool crepe pants, were $500, now $200
6. Preen Rombus silk crepe de chine top, was $905, now $543
7. Maje smart stretch leather leggings, were $1120, now $560
8. Jonathan Saunders Benedict cropped printed silk-gazar top, was $960, now $480
9. Jonathan Saunders Belle printed silk-gazar midi-skirt, was $1585, now $792
10. Yves Saint Laurent Tan large Chyc tote bag, was $2150, now $1720
11. Marc Jacobs stud ankle boots, were $895, now $626
12. Miu Miu Bow-embellished snake-effect leather ankle boots, were $895, now $537
13. Richard Nicoll leather mini dress, was $1355, now $678
14. Emilio Pucci amethyst and glass ring, was $275, now $192
15. Alexander Wang Nikola mule heels, were $525, now $368

The grand total for these items, were I to become momentarily insane and buy them all, would come to $8,037.00. Now I don't know about you, but even with a generous offer of free shipping, this is skewing a little bit steep for me.

Did you get anything good on the internetz for black Friday? Do tell! It will help make up for my empty virtual shopping cart.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

happy thanksgiving

Y'all know the drill. It's the time of year to really stop bitching about traffic, stress at work, those studded boots you missed out on at the Gilt sale, and the eternal fight over national politics. It's time to pardon turkeys, slaughter many, many more turkeys, wear clothing with forgiving waistbands, and camp out in front of appliance stores. In other words, it's decorative gourd season, motherfuckers!

Monday, November 12, 2012

gone country

IMGP6605 IMGP6602 IMGP6585 IMGP6597 IMGP6608 IMGP6618 wearing vintage shirt, UO jeans, Pixie Market shoes, Faulenciaga bag

Cowboy shirts: so much less offensive than Native American war princess headdresses. Yeesh. You'd think people would know better by now. You'd also think I'd know better than to wear a wool gabardine shirt to go wedding dress shopping with a friend, but apparently I don't know the meaning of wool gabardine. Anyway, FYI, it's quite warm.

Special photobomb appearance by my friend Annie, who obviously didn't take note of the fact that I was posing and walked right into my photoshoot. Probably because I pose a lot sans camera.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

everything in life is just for a while


Thinking back on my trip to Fargo and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota this summer and the freak thunderstorm that came out of nowhere one evening when we were staying at the lake. For about 20 minutes thunder pealed, lightning struck, and the wind howled. Then as soon as it had started, it was over and the sun came back out and drenched everything in a garish orange light which gave way to one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen. Reminds me that everything is temporary in life, including of course life itself.

If you don't like the story line, give it 5 minutes. Something is bound to change.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

you've got to climb mt. everest to reach the valley of the dolls

Spent Halloween in a slowly increasing state of dishevelment as Anne Welles from Valley of the Dolls (which was a terrible book before it was a terrible movie...I highly recommend reading it). For work I played the more put-together polished version, and by nightfall I was a smeared mess, 'dolls' in hand.

The day before Halloween we had the world-famous pumpkin carver Shawn Feeney in our office to work his magic on a pumpkin, which we streamed live. This guy is seriously talented. Check out more of his work here.

More hot mess action. It rained really hard on my way to the party, which added to the overall affect:

The party was a 'Hotel California' theme, complete with a creepy butler (hired on Craigslist), a reception desk, and room keys as souvenirs:

The bathroom was delightfully reminiscent of a murder scene:

And finally, we all know it's not a real holiday without pictures of dogs looking distressed in adorable costumes. L to R: Quasi as the horse + headless horseman, Kobe as a mod, and Gus as a dinosaur (begging for cheese cubes):

Hope you all had a fun and fantastic Hallow's Eve!