New Year's Eve

In my mom's culture, it is customary on New Year's Eve to clean the whole house so that the new year is started on a good note. So tomorrow (well, later today), I'll be watching Footballer's Wives -- the ultimate guilty pleasure -- and cleaning up. Taking this tradition less literally though, I'm going to take tomorrow as a day to take care of myself: bubble bath, pampering -- the whole nine. Considering I'm not a girly girl in the least, this should be interesting...


Anyway, I wish all of you a Happy New Year. And if you'll be out popping bottles like I wish I'd be doing, do yourself a favor: be safe and call a cab to get home!

P.S. Thank you all for reading my blog. You guys make it all worth it! :)

P.P.S. I know I've been having a lot of short text-only posts. I promise I'll be back to my usual picture-heavy posts in the new year.

Le Grand Sigh.

Oh, pretty bags,





Why must you tempt me?

From top to bottom: Marni printed tote bag, Donna Karan Modern Aries bag, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato shoulder bag, Anya Hindmarch Bowery bag.

All photos from netaporter.com

Reunited...

and it feels so good.

My friend G brought my Alice Temperley x Target dress back. It's probably my favorite piece of clothing right now. So happy to have it back!

Pre-Fall Collections

Here are some looks from the Pre-Fall collections that I really liked.


Doo.Ri

There's something mesmerizing about this print. It's abstract, but it reminds me of a floral. I wish I could have this dress!


I hate the pants, but the sheer glittery camisole is tops. I can see this layered with another sheer top, or peeking out underneath a blazer.


Burberry Prorsum


I adore this look, from head to toe.


The only trench coat I've ever wanted. I think those are feathers...



This is the first time I've ever been interested in Burberry Prorsum. This collection has the perfect mix of edginess and wearability. I can honestly see myself wearing these looks head to toe, and I appreciate that. It's not that crazy looks don't have their place -- rather, they force you to expand the way you think about clothing -- but sometimes you just want a little "easy fashion."
Hey y'all,

Sorry I haven't updated lately. I've had a bit of writer's block, coupled with the fact that this week, I have two exams and then I'm taking the GRE. After this week though, I am freeeeeeeeee from school, so hopefully I can get some good posts out!

This should tell you how little time I have. I haven't even read other bloggers' posts! I feel so behind! But I miss writing, and I miss hearing from you, so I'll be back as soon as possible.

Also, I'm interested in exchanging links with people, so if you've commented on my blog before, you'll probably be getting a message from me soon about that.

I'll be in touch,

The Frocker

Note to self

STOP dressing like a boy!

:-\

I think they put ads on Bloglovin'. I understand they have to make money somehow, but... I can't even read Swedish! :(

Today's Outfit


Untitled by silentspring

Kind of a strange look for me today, but I like it. Nothing special though.

This one's far more interesting:


Whoa there... by silentspring

I wonder where this L.A.M.B. look came from...




Now, I'm not actually accusing L.A.M.B. of er, plagiarism (?), just pointing out the similarity between these shoes. In fact, every time I see the L.AM.B. shoe, I think it's Bally until I take another look.

Which do you like better? Voice your opinion on the poll to the right or in the comments!

Ramblings...

1. Never, ever, ever leave off doing your laundry and cleaning your room for three weeks. It's so not worth it. (I'm learning this the hard way right now.)

2. Does anyone else think that The Pickup Artist is a really dumb show? I mean, good for the guys that they have confidence, but I'd rather not watch a show about guys learning how to trick girls into banging them.

3. Is anyone else kind of anxious for the next batch of fashion shows? I crave something new!


4. I wish Joe Strummer were still alive. :(

Matthew Williamson for H&M

As I'm sure you all know, hot on the heels of Comme des Garcons, Matthew Williamson is going to design a summer collection for H&M. Well, they certainly picked the right season for him to design!

This...could be interesting.





Photos: www.style.com

Invoking Picasso...

I'd say I'm going through a blue period, but that would be every day of my life up till now... (har har har).

Inspired by this picture I found on
Le Blog de Betty (which I love, by the way),


I'm thinking of painting the heel of my Isaac Mizrahi for Target blue...or yellow...something bright. Does anyone know what will work? I should probably find out what kind of material the heel is made of, but I haven't the slightest idea right now, and I don't have the box anymore. Also, I'd like paint that won't scuff up when I go out (but I don't tend to scuff my shoes anyway), but that I can take off with maybe nail polish remover or water or something. Help!!

Photo: Le Blog de Betty

Kai Kuhne

I was just looking through Fall 2008 RTW collections for a little inspiration when I stumbled across Kai Kuhne*.









Unfortunately, I won't be dressing like that any time soon, but... a girl can only dream, right? I just love that buttery leather and those metallic wools. Plus, the structure of that first jacket is curiously cool. Love the quilted miniskirt as well.

* There are some accents in the name, but I just can't be arsed to figure out how to do it.

Photos: www.style.com

Topshop Finds

Just went browsing through their "New In" section and saw a couple of things that caught my eye. I hope the links work for a while (*crossing fingers*).

This bodycon dress by Alice McCall. Viscose, nylon and elastane with contrasting body panels of black, pink and gray. Seems to be short, but I can't really tell.

This frilled sweater reminds me of the Iceberg leggings I wrote about.

There is this feathered collar, but you could probably make that for less than $60.

Can somebody please tell me what "treggings" are??

Would You Wear These Leggings?

Style.com has this little article about leggings becoming a designer silhouette. They imply that leggings suck because Lindsay Lohan likes them -- but since designers have got their hands on them, it's okay to like them. (Yeah...okay.)

Would you wear these leggings?

They are, in order: AF Vandevorst, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Iceberg, Rad Hourani and Viktor & Rolf.

I would actually wear all of these. I think they're pretty nice. However, some of these are tights and some are leggings, so I think that style.com should have made more of a distinction between the two. They are NOT the same thing! (I will slap you if you go outside wearing tights as pants. But think of it as a loving slap, mmkay?)


Photos: style.com

Untitled by silentspring

Looks like I'm obsessed with nude colors, red and black. Too bad I own NOTHING in these colors!!!

Oh, the agony!!!

It's been eight months since I have gone shopping. I'm going stir-crazy. I need a job ASAP!!!

So of course, I'm going to torture myself with a list of things I want.

From Forever 21:










Well, according to this, it seems like my style is "Schoolgirl Gone Bad" or something. Oh boy, I'm going to get some weird Google search results with that phrase... Well, either that or Rihanna fans.

In the Nude

Looking around the blogosphere (I love that word), I've seen a lot of nude shoes. Inspired by Tokyobanhbao, I decided to look around for some nude shoes that weren't heels. Chiggedy-check it out.



nude shoes by silentspring


I soooooo want the pair to the left in the second row. My latest obsession is high-top anything.

*grumble grumble*

Yeah, I really love how it's not even 6 PM yet and it's pitch dark outside. Dear fall/winter, some things about you really really suck.

I suppose I should be happy I don't live in Sweden where it's dark out at like noon. Ugh, whatever!

Weekend Update

Went back to school for homecoming. Had an awesome weekend, left my temperley x target dress up there like a doofus.

Costumes seen: joker, joker nurse, mafia men, geisha, schoolgirls, palin, ann coulter, mccain, etc.

Good times!
Oh my God. I'm listening to "Une Autre Bricque Dans le Mur" by IAM. French rappers.

The song has a sample... of Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." I didn't think it was possible to be in love with a song. Jeeeeeeeeeeez.




The mind, it explodes.

In the future...

My newest DIY project has revealed itself... I was getting ready for class and discovered a HUGE hole in the armpit region of my GAP "grandpa" cardigan. When I say huge, I mean I could fit my arm through the hole without a problem... After getting over my initial disappointment, I figured: since the hole was pretty neat (the thread connecting the sleeve to the body had come undone), why shouldn't I remove the sleeves? And then I thought, "I'm definitely not going to wear a sweater vest, and I already have one... why don't I sew some furry material on the inside?"

So! I will be the owner of a furry vest/gilet-looking thing. As soon as I get/find a sewing machine.

Evolution of My Style

I can't quite remember what prompted me to think about my personal style. I think I was reading someone's blog. Anyway, I realized that I don't particularly have a style. I spent most of my life not thinking too deeply about what I wore, save for making sure that what I was wearing suited my body.

Like most kids, my mom bought my clothes without my input for quite a few years. Thankfully, she didn't dress me like a lunatic or anything, so I happily went along not really knowing or caring about "fashion," per se. (I still don't get how little kids know about fashion... like that one really young blogger. Isn't she like, 10?)

The first fashion magazine I ever read was Vogue, which I just grabbed to read on a break when I was at the library. That was about the 5th or 6th grade, and I continued to read Vogue for about a year. Still, I didn't think too much about clothing.

I suppose that all changed when I got to high school and I started reading magazines like Seventeen and Teen People. Thankfully, I never got any style ideas from those magazines (though, I have to say that Seventeen is getting better at branching out and being less preppy all the time), but I did find certain items that I wanted to, and eventually did, buy.

Finally, I studied abroad in London in my junior year of college, and that's what I would consider the turning point in my style. With plenty of free time, I could actually plan an outfit, try it on, see what it looked like, etc. Not to mention going to school with a bunch of arty folk, I saw a lot of "interesting" outfits. And by "interesting," I mean some batshit-crazy outfits and some really cool ones. Mostly strange ones, though. There, I stood out because I was dressed relatively "normally." Oh, but the best part about going to school there was that my classes were literally a 1 minute walk away, so I could wear heels. Score!

So what I do know for sure is this: I don't like to dress very femininely, and I have a definite skater-look influence. For instance, I love skater sneakers (Nike SBs, Vans, Supras, etc.), wearing my jeans rolled up to the ankle (which I promise doesn't look strange) , funky hoodies, etc. But I avoid wearing this stuff all together, so I don't look like a caricature. I also have this obsession with suede -- at one time, I had about 10 pairs of suede shoes, 2 suede jackets, suede gloves -- you get the picture. All in all, I think my clothes are mostly basics (either for layering, or with something strange about them so that they're not boring) and boyish/grunge (clunky sneakers and boots, plaid shirts).

In general though, I can't say there's something universal about how I dress from day to day. I started keeping a big "inspiration" picture folder on my computer to see what I like and figure out the similarities. So far, it's going pretty well, and I can definitely see that I like 1. dark colors 2. scarves (already knew that though) 3. miniskirts and opaque tights... Despite that though, I still feel like it's not quite me. So I'll keep looking and I'll keep clicking, and one day, I'll finally figure it out.

Inspiration from a Room

Lately, I redecorated my room to make it more warm and cozy. I painted the walls a terra cotta color and put in a purple bedspread and curtains along with my dark wood furniture. While my current decorating style at the time is a bit Southwestern, my dressing style is anything but.

So what would my room look like if it were an outfit? It'd have warm colors mixed with dark ones, sheer fabrics, wooden jewelry, and it'd definitely be nature inspired.

Maybe a little something like this...



Southwestern room by silentspring

If you want to be scandalized, go ahead and look at the prices. *cue pity moment* I can only afford one thing on that list right now. Oh, poverty. :(