Sunday, February 26, 2012

To Market

I always wish I could take my dog to the farmer's market-- it would be so nice to be able to give her some exercise and socialization while I pick up the week's produce.  Unfortunately, having just two hands, it is nearly impossible to check out the goods, carry my purchases, and prevent her from stealing hunks of artisanal cheese.  Problem solved!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Inside Neko Case's Vermont Farmhouse

Is anyone else desperately hoping that Neko will invite them over for afternoon of horseback riding and perhaps an impromptu sing-a-long in the kitchen?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Imaginary Shopping Spree

Sometimes you just need to drop some cash, you know?  Unfortunately, all too often, you have already dropped said cash on lime green clog boots and other ridiculousness.  Therefore, I must console myself with an IMAGINARY SHOPPING SPREE (and some Tagalongs).  Oh, and in my imagination, I am inexplicably restricted to things that are navy blue.



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ruins of Detroit

Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies
and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.

The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at

some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires.
This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time :
being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.

Photography appeared to us as a modest way

to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.
- Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Marchand and Meffre spent 5 years photographing the ruins of Detroit to capture what they call the "remnants of the passing of a great Empire."  I got Matt their book for Valentine's Day (nothing says love like decay and destruction), and it is fantastic.  The images are haunting, beautiful, and repulsive all at the same time.  Not to mention that the book itself is huge and gorgeous, with a great picture of Michigan Central Station printed on a cloth cover.  I think just about anyone would be happy to get it as a gift- it is definitely not one of those books that seems to have been published solely to be artfully stacked on a coffee table.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Was This Really Necessary?

(No, not taking a dozen of pictures of my feet.  That was very necessary.)

But did I really need to replace the Swedish Hasbeens* I never wore with their garish cousins?

Answer: yes.

My reasons: The first pair was always just a smidge too tight.**  And even though these are a technically a less versatile color, I love them so much that I find myself inventing outfits around them.  Plus you would be amazed at how many people get a kick out of lime green clog boots (what, like they are unusual or something?) and want to chat about them.  I usually stick to sensible neutrals, but these have made me realize that it's good to really go for the gusto every once in awhile.

*My Laws of General Economy buyer has mysteriously disappeared, so if anyone would like to buy a pair of size 39 high jodhpur boots, let me know.
**If you are thinking of buying a pair, I'd recommend going up a size from the chart on the Swedish Hasbeens website (i.e. A 9 should buy a 40 rather than a 39). 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I Need Some New Friends

So that SOMEONE will invite me SOMEWHERE that I can wear this Les Prairies de Paris dress!
Somehow I think it would be a bit much at the corner bar.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I Wish I Was Here: The Blue Lagoon

A few years ago, shortly after the crash of the Icelandic krona, Icelandair was basically giving away flights and hotels.  Having always wanted to visit, I booked without hesitation (or any basic background research).  Once we got there, well, the hotel was on par with my freshman year dormitory and we quickly learned why winter was the slow season for Icelandic travel.  On the plus side, the tourist trap the Blue Lagoon was pretty much abandoned.  I would not exactly be crying if someone sent put me on a direct flight to Iceland and I spent my day paddling around a geothermal spa and getting silica mud treatments.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

You know I don't miss the Randolph Street Market.  Now, I have been successful there before, but this trip was on a whole 'nother level.  Jen and I were like a shopping SWAT team, searching and rescuing only the finest vintage goods.  

Our loot:
60s navy blue enamel necklace
just the thing to gussy up a rather blah A.P.C. dress

70s Gucci linen wrap skirt
perfect with just about everything (after a good ironing)

oh, NBD, you see one of these every day

And most importantly, the pièce de résistance...

my silk secretary dress!!!

The problem is, as Tim Gunn would say, "it's a lot of look."  Can I pull it off? 

Biscuit is skeptical.

Seriously guys, this print is beyond.  It would be a crime to allow this dress to languish in my closet.  Do I just wear it as is?  Remove the bow to tone the look down a little?  Or maybe layer it with a navy blazer?