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. :(

In Memoriam

According to the Style File on style.com, the Danish company backing Camilla Staerk has said that they will "cease all activities concerning the brand," which really sucks because I quite like Staerk. There was something very quirky about the clothing, but maybe that's what didn't translate to buyers?



Staerk is gone :( by silentspring

You shall be sorely missed, indeed.
One summer, my mom, my best friend and I went on a trip to Caribbean island. And, as everyone knows, one of the best things about traveling is duty-free shopping. My mom told me that I could pick out whatever perfume I wanted and she would pay for it.

I came back with this:


Apparently, it has notes of "citrus honey, amber, and magnolia," which sounds about right to me. It's pretty flowery, and you can definitely smell the citrus. I think it also has a hint of a baby powder smell to it, but that may be from one of the flowers that's in it. Anyway, back to the story.

My mom looks at the bottle, laughs and says, "I used to wear this when I was your age." Peas in a pod.

Filler post alert!! Filler post alert!!

I'm a little bored and don't feel like making a fashion post, so how about... a music post? Here's a playlist of my favorite songs at the moment, the ones that I play over and over and over and over...

"Everything is Everything" Phoenix
"Rich Girls" The Virgins
"She Said, I Said" NLT
"Chopped & Screwed" Ludacris ft. T-Pain
"Take You Down" Chris Brown
"Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat" Coralie Clement
"I Want to Be Evil" Eartha Kitt
"Revolution 909" Daft Punk
"Anti Matter" N.E.R.D.
"Violet Hill" Coldplay

Feeling Dark?

Lately, I've been making a bigger effort to look nice when I go out. I used to save an "outfit" for when I was going somewhere, but I've realized that I feel a lot better when I put something together a little more carefully. I mean, it's not like I was going out all mismatched, but now I've been injecting a little style into what I wear.

Speaking of what I wear, I'm finding that I'm attracted to a lot of black, blue, gray and white. Very bland for me, and very surprising, considering that I love neons and bright colors (hate pastels, btw), but it's just the way I'm going and I'm not going to fight it.

Here's what I wore today to visit one of my best and oldest friends:



Black and blue by silentspring

I am OBSESSED with my new Vans. They're the most comfortable shoes I own right now and I FINALLY, finally have a pair of shoes that I can wear in the rain... though they definitely have little holes on the sides. The sole is really thick though, so I should be fine as long as I don't go stomping through any huge puddles.

Spaz if you want to...



What I wore Monday night to a N.E.R.D. and Common concert.

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I'm still freaking out over it. It was AWESOME! If you ever get a chance to see N.E.R.D. in concert, go. Their music is the perfect blend of hip-hop and rock, and I don't mean in that Limp Bizkit/Linkin Park way.

Let me put it this way: when I go to concerts, I usually just sit there and listen and sway to the music. When N.E.R.D. started playing, I lost my mind. I was jumping around, singing along at the top of my lungs, dancing, etc. The poor guy in front of me... I hit him in the head like 3 times. Eventually, I just stopped apologizing.

Probably no more posts this week -- I've got THREE EXAMS in two days next week. :(
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Highlights of Paris Fashion Week

CelineOh God, I want this coat.









Doesn't the designer look awesome?

Christian DiorI thought this was a pretty strange collection, coming from Dior. I do see the tribal elements, so at least he followed through on his vision, but it's still not sitting quite right with me... hmm.





Dries Van Noten
I love this outfit. In fact, it just gave me an idea for a vest I'm making. Woo hoo!







A perfect skirt for any occasion, day and night... the sequins save it from being another boring pencil skirt, while adding texture.



GivenchyOh, yes. Oh, yes. (hahaha)






"Western bondage," indeed.

Tischi, I could kiss you. But that would probably result in a stint in a holding cell and a restraining order...

Hussein Chalayan
Windshield wiper heels.

Hair like you stuck your head out of the window at Indy 500.

Maison Martin MargielaI won't lie. I don't get it.

Is he saying it's all about presentation?


Viktor & Rolf
Looooooooooooooooooooooooove.







Vivienne Westwood

Yves Saint Laurent

















YSL has turned out to be one of my favorites, but that's not too surprising.

Photos from style.com.