im finally back with an outfit post! its been a superr hectic week, sorry for the unintentional blogging break. anyways, these jeans are like a new essential in my wardrobe. they're totally as a man once said "looking like i got attacked by a rabid raccoon", but isn't that what makes them awesome in the first place? i had the hardest time today finding a shirt that did them justice. i couldn't go for black because it was all too cliche with the gothic urban theme, and a graphic tee looked like i was trying to hard.. so i finally threw on a white shirt and almost called it quits until this lumberjack plaid button down jumped in my face. destiny? i totally agree. it brings me back to the days as a little kid in my dads flannel buttondowns.. oh how i miss those days. (lovenotes button down, urban vibe jeans, hollister belt, ariat boots, various necklaces thirfted and f21) okay, so today i bought tickets to LA! i need some fabulous dinner places, so if you guys have any reccommendations- totally let me know! ive been recommended a few places that ill definitely try out, and ill let you guys know what i think. im sure milk and open ceremony will be nothing short of perfection. and i heard a restaurant called asia de cuba (next door to sky bar of cindy crawford) was supposed to be amazing. after, i checked out the website and saw listed first thing, i quote, "nothing under $50" i decided to deposit a few more paychecks into my new LA fund.. should be worth it though. i promise to be back soon with more outfits! xx (always)alanna
so, im totally into this shredded motorcycle shirt look and have decided to try it out. jane at sea of shoes also inspired her mother judy to create one. but the idea of shredding originally came from camille at childhood flames (i also used her shredding technique to make a pair of jeans). but on this shirt, i didn't much feel like spending all that time and where i would have just cut slits with a pair of scissors, i bought this shirt with slits already in it. judy, mom of jane from sea of shoes, simply cut slits also. heres a picture of her creation: here's camille's crazy awesome shredding.. and here's mine... BEFORE (its black, i just took the picture really close to show you guys the rips and the flash discolored it a bit) AFTER
i bought the shirt from forever21 with slits cut in it, and i added slits to the back and studded the whole thing. i bought my studs from studsandspikes.com while they were on sale- they were WICKED CHEAP. i spent like $20 on about 350 or 400 studs. hope you guys enjoy! (always)alanna
(urbanvibe dress, urbanvibe skirt, bebe leather jacket, ariat boots, handmade ring) so, the basic inspiration for this outfit came straight from the new spread in W Magazine of Kate Moss- seriously, shes utterly perfect. today i had like th perfect day.. i aced my calc test, AND i signed up for my fashion design class next semester! im definitely going to hit you guys up with all the details ASAP as soon as i find them out. sorry all my outfits lately have looked similar, but this motorcycle/grunge trend has just totally overtaken my closet/mind and i cant seem to put on anything that isnt black and has studs or holes.. i promise i will get over this phase soon. xx (always)alanna
*heres a collection of a few awesome and obscure shopping places that dont get enough recognition. i could make this post pages and pages long because there are so many undiscovered places, but there's no way i would ever be able to get them all. but like on the big city must-eats, just let me know if you guys have any recommendations you'd like me to add, or any places you aren't sure about that you'd like me to research! p.s. i refuse to include large department stores and other very well known stores, so maybe i should more accurately label this post as "big city ecclectic and very unique must-shops" (except topshop.. but i love it too much not to include it)
NYC-Blue Gear Works A bewildering collection of evil-themed accessories and necrotic animal talismans, Blue's from a longtime EVillage local who culls his raw material from both squirrelish hoarders (junk peddlers, flea market collectors, etc) and the ultimate discard bin, Nature. Starting with junk-sourced goods, Blue peddles several cufflinks (mid-century dimes and antique coins, sterling silver skulls...) and timepiece-themed accessories, including a dime-sized pendant made from a vintage watch mechanism, and a silver-plated antique pocket watch refaced with voodoo-like charms, e.g., a tiger eye gem (for courage), an onyx stone (to ward off bad intentions), and a menacing, hand painted glass eye (to ward off The Last Action Hero). Animal-themed goods include brass-, silver-, and gold-plated pendants made from hummingbird skulls (found while rooting through leaves and deer remains in the woods), plus necklaces made from the skulls of Asian fruit bats -- besides the aforementioned Schwarzenegger the only known animal to paternally lactate.
NYC- TOPSHOP! located on broadway & broome http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=13052&catalogId=32051
NYC-Hotoveli 271 fourth st. (212)206-7722 (could get a pictures, but there's plenty on their website- http://www.hotoveli.com/) a dimply lit spot in the west village, its filled with interestingly cut pieces from some of the most progressive designers currently coming out of europe. against the shop's darkly romantic backdrop- dilapidated brink and unfinished cement walls, with old desk lamps hanging like spotlights from exposed copper pipes- the rockerish jewelry by Ugo Cacciatori, deconstructed jackets from Rick Owens, and Ilaria Nistri's beautiful lace dresses feel absolutely right.
venice, CA-Parker Pettit 1337 abbot kinney blvd. (310)399-0505 house in the last of the original bungalows left on Abbot Kinney Blvd., Parker Pettit is one of those shops that you just want to linger in for gours. Owners Jessica Parker and Kris Pettit- a stylist and a designer, respectively- have created an atmosphere that sums up the late '60s: equal parts laid-back hippie and outre Warholian socialite. floor-length indian caftans, amazing embellished pucci dresses, and braided satin belts are artfully arrayed against a psychedelic wall-size mural by local painter Christian Kasperkoviz. plue, be sure to seek out the shop's own small-but-stellar collection of apparel and accessories. and check out their blog
Miami- Ksubi Denim Available at Big Drop, Gansevoort South, 2321 Collins Ave, South Beach; 305.532.8800 Check out their sit- tobi.com Heres some fab. samples-
Atlanta-Astor & Black also located in new york, boston... and every other major city Owning a fine custom suit shouldn't be reserved for the idle rich -- after all, when you're that wealthy, you can go pretty much anywhere in a fur bomber hat and hilarious novelty boxers. Get custom suits at benevolent prices, from Astor & Black. Using fabrics from Scabal, Dormeuil, Loro Piana, and more, A&B offers fully canvassed, handmade suits, jackets, pants, and shirts equal or superior in quality to other custom shops -- but priced less than off-the-rack competitors, whose staffs couldn't be less interested in your happiness, or, more importantly, your handsomeness. Better yet, because you're incredibly busy, A&B will send an expert to fit you at your home or office; they've got representatives all over the country, so provided you actually have a home or office -- and it's not in Newfoundland -- you're golden.
To see how superlative product and surprising savings can live together as harmoniously as Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney, click here for four glorious wardrobe packages -- buy any of them, and they'll throw in a luxuriant, custom-made dress shirt for free. Because while your own novelty boxers are no doubt hilarious, going to work in them would leave you idly incarcerated.
make an appointment here- http://www.astorandblack.com/ ... and while you're at it, heres a custom tailor for any suits not custom done at astor & black.. New York- Enzo Sartori Custom Tailors 165 east 35th street 5th floor Helmed by a Wall Street youngun aiming to undercut his lewdly expensive competition, Enzo's a shadowy cabal of professional tailors who, lacking a storefront, peddle and fit their luxe fabrics in the comfort of your home/office, but at 50-80% off the retail price -- because every girl's crazy for a sharp-dressed, solvent man. Armed with briefcases bursting with top-of-the-line Italian wools (also used by Zegna, Valentino, Girgio Vallino, etc) running from 120 to 220 thread count, the tailors ensure precision with up to 16 measurements, or up to 20 if they simply can't believe a human head can be that big. Once sized up, you choose every possible suit detail, from single-/double-breasted, to lapel style (indented Gorge, pointy Peak...), to contrasting lining colors, to shoulder shape, e.g., extra slanted for large frames, or roped, in which the sleeve attaches higher on the shoulder to make smaller men look larger, kind of the haberdasher's version of a strategically placed zucchini.
Shopping's rife with danger, with the surging crowds, pushy salespeople, and everyone assuming you're a chick. Giving you a better way to buy: Nomatique.
Nomatique's an all-in-one, crazy-discounted shopping experience featuring 70+ brands from 30 ATL boutiques and independent designers, plus music, art, and more, all set in the 10,000sqft space of a former CompUSA, so there's precious little hope of keeping it on the download. Savings range up to 80% off all manner of gear, including Beta Unit's Times New Robot collection, stuff from Alife, BBC, Rock & Republic, Ice Cream, Creative Recreation, and G-Star, and dapper duds from from local shops including Bill Hallman, Fab'rik, Moda404, Standard, and Wish; Drew Lewis alone has corralled 20 brands, including button-ups, shorts, and polos from Paul Smith, and denim, woven shirts, and tees from Rag & Bone, also your patented pickup move, until it earned you a reputation as a jerk. There's loads more going on thanks to local players, including a lounge area decked with Staceage's bright, wet-metallic-finished Spit-Shined furniture (orderable on-site), a garden lounge with bonsai trees and cacti designed by Tokikata, free wi-fi beamed by C-Channel, Fri & Sat sets spun by DJ Rod Summers, art from David Rams and Art Department Gallery, and guest portraits shot by Matt Odom, who describes himself as a "Photographer/Designer/Pirate", although he's also taking classes to become an arrrrchitect.
NewYork-Artsee Eyewear: 863 Washington St, at 13th 212.414.0900 Out of where-else-but Hungary and just now in NY, Tipton's avant-girl'd latest splices 8, 16, and 35mm stills from 50s-70s stag films into vintage, mostly-hornrimmed sun- and eyeglass frames constructed entirely of acetate -- for the ironic rush of real boobs on plastic. The flicks are sourced entirely from cinema caches and weird old peoples' flea market stashes; select from already-spliced signature styles (the black, 50s-peepshow Damiano; the steel-grey Wilder with images from 1975's groundbreaking Swinging Cheerleaders), or email them and they'll provide a list of titles from which you can custom-select stills -- making them as amenable to new combinations as the nice ladies whose oeuvre they sample. With an eye toward preserving our shared cultural heritage, Tipton also digitizes every filmstrip they find, and provides buyers with a DVD copy of whatever's in their shades, preventing you from wearing your eyes out trying to scan the length of your stems really, really fast.
Tipton also hawks a crazy diverse range of less fleshy film-glasses, featuring 1940s boxing matches, communist newscasts from the 60s/70s, Soviet space missions, and cartoons Krazy Kat and Popeye -- who as an adolescent you tried to imagine sexually, only to be sidetracked by an inviting pair of combination locks.
ohh and something very cool! check these out- New York-Renthop Aiming "to be a better apartment finding alternative to Craigslist", Manhattan-only RentHop publishes available pads being marketed directly by landlords and mgmt companies, while excluding brokers entirely to avoid the spammy posts and bait-and-switch chicanery they've unleashed on Craig's and earlier sites. Their GMap filters by the usual criteria (price, beds, min/max rent) and nabe, and they'll also sort by ascending/descending price, and add listings to a favorites bin; click "Compare/Schedule" to see a faves list side-by-side w/ germane details (price, beds & baths, contact info) and the option to e-sched a viewing -- a great way to embark on a magical future of avoiding your landlord on the phone. Most entries are from larger landlords with multiple properties, but smaller fish can also post after Hop's vetted them by demanding direct contact info, a web site link to the mgmt co or building, and photos of the unit; they'll also call the poster and get them to swear they're not a broker, so the only hucksters likely to break through will be those diabolically cunning enough to say, "Uh, no, I'm not a broker".
Each month, Hop also publishes rent concessions from both management cos and individual buildings (three months free on 15-month lease, etc) -- if after all's said and done you need someone to vouch for your qualities as a tenant, you know who you have to blow.
Some people waywardly float through their professional lives, while others have known since birth that they're destined to be Urine Specimen Collectors. If you're unfortunate enough to lack that certainty, you need JobTitled. Conceived by a GA Tech & GSU-schooled computer science grad, JT gives a free overview of the directions a slew of careers tend to go, as determined by leveraging job boards, blogs, forums, and public databases for resumes, work histories, and other "historical data", still images of which will be slowly zoomed in on by Ken Burns. Just fill out a resume-like profile, and the site will display your "Career Trajectory", or what your education and professional accomplishments should get you -- so depending on his specs, an Account Exec can expect to hold that job for X amount of time, before spending X time as a Sales Manager, followed by X time as a Partner and, once he determines that despite the aforementioned ascent he's still miserable, X time as an independent biz Owner. If you're pondering a change, search out other jobs by title or degree likely to lead to them, and get a summary of the position, additional qualifications you'll need to advance (34.2% of CFOs have a Master's, 12% of those in finance), and a projected rate of betterment based on "a complex algorithm" -- though unless you're climbing the ranks as a Mathematical Statistician, that pretty much covers all all algorithms.
i went to the lil wayne concert with some friends last night in atlanta, and i threw on this outfit which is probably totally wrong considering the occassion, but its whatever. wish i had pictures from the concert, but i left my camera in the car! this post is so short, but im absolutely exhausted and im busy buying this new fabulous coat online. ill post pictures when it gets here! (21 top, AA bandeau, urbanvibe skirt, topshop pumps, michael kors watch)
i've decided that the lookbook for this falls runway is my favorite ever. the leather, the studs, the tassles, the shredding; it just never gets old. im just infatuated with the idea of being able to walk around like you rolled out of bed and actually look HOTT. its like, sheer perfection, and however many times i mention it still wont be enough, but we have mk&a to thank for this grunge trend they totally copyrighted a few years back. their style is my inspiration- its absolutely gorgeous! so i wish i had included the shoes but i was barefoot and standing on the table while trying to run out the door so i wasnt late to meet up with some friends last night; so i apologize. but i would have had my new tassel stilletos, which i promise i will showcase ASAP because they are like ohhhh.. myygoshh- indescribable. so, im on my way to see my brother whos finally come home for the weekend. muahhhh! (urbanvibe gray dress (worn underneath), evolution black dress, entourage ring) xx (always)alanna
(lush dress, anthropologie belt, charlotte russe flats) so today was my first day of school and this is what i wore. not too original as i just had to slip the dress on, but its definitely one of my favorite dresses. the first day was good. im taking a lot of hard classes so its gonna be interesting.. oh, public school
im aware of the horribly awful quality of these pictures, but i wanted to show off my new hair (following the last post) and these are the only pictures from right after.. i decided to do some taylor momsen bangs and i think they look pretty similar thanks to a fabulous melanie philpot at bob salon!- i like them alott! after that, me and mom went shopping to celebrate the weekend of the tax free clothing sales in georgia. i picked up a few things to update my "school appropriate wardrobe".. ugh, i know. and ive decided to only stray every other day (such an improvement from my remedial status of last year as the frequent dress code violator) haha. well, im off to get some chicken noodle soup even though its like sweltering here at 96 degrees. im just in the lazy soup mood today, i guess.. (ambiance tank, american eagle skirt, hand crafted colombian gold necklace, anthropologie belt, dive pumps)
need a back to school change? YES! and i recommend NEW hair! whether that be color, highlights, or a haircut.. it needs to be dramatic for people to notice (taking into account they havent seen you all summer). so i've compiled a few of my favorite transformations on a few of my favorite people.. i listed them in order of my favorites..
10. charlize theron 9. selma blair 8. cameron diaz 7. kerry washington 6. anne hathaway 5. gwenyth paltrow 4. taylor momsen 3. victoria beckham 2. christina ricci 1. katie holmes