i am happy to say that i am on the slightest, fringy outskirts of a community that embraces and supports creative writing in its purest and strangest forms. labeled as “alt lit” and most prominent within various forms of social media, it is the most supportive and boosted groups to be a part of. that being said, the alt lit world has been blown into the mainstream by one of its pioneers, tao lin.
i had previously owned/read/borrowed several of his books, including Eeeeeeeeee (i am not sure how many E’s there are tbqh) shoplifting from american apparel (ironic because i now work there, [actually is it ironic even?]) and obviously, richard yates (obviously if u know tao lin duh)
it was these books that really exposed me to a world outside of traditional literature and i think tao lin really sets a precedent for the strangely strange writing scheme.
anyways, we were all REALLY REALLY excited for lin’s HOTTLY ANTICIPATED third novel, tai pei and not only because the cover was described as “shiny”
as i have not yet read this book (lit. is basically what i AM reading, for those who are [not really] interested) i cannot describe the plot or give a valid review (but i probably couldn’t even do that post-reading i guess either) but i can say that i am stookeedddd and also i hope the words are shiny too…>
remember that time i promised to show you guys a not-so-elusive glimpse at my belly? remember that other time i wrote about sporty chic? hot damn you guys this post is just a hybrid of all kinds of trends!!!
anyways, i am 99.999999% sure this is the most narcissistic photoset i have put up yet. it paractically SCREAMS “i think i am hot shit” but like, seriously, i just have no control over my face. and i am going to prove this to you by revealing that i am pretty sure i just allowed my dog to fart-poo on my lap. and there we go, i just said poo. honestly, i don’t know how this collage of sorts came to be, i can only half use photoshop.
besides the point, i am really into the whole “sporty chic” trend. and by that i mean i just wear whatever and then wear my $10 my-mom-bought-this-from-urban-outfitters-cuz-she-is-pretty-hip baseball cap and call it a day. (basically) the “chic” part is me wearing a maxi skirt, which is as modest as i can get. of course, this maxi skirt is actually an american apparel (surprise surprise) viscose maxi DRESS that i tie the top because i am all about manipulation. feels weirdly right to wear things when it’s not their intentional purpose. i wish american apparel made a viscose maxi dress. i am all about the viscose.
handy fact: this entire outfit was MADE IN THE USA. i am not even american and proud of that.
work has been good but busy, and hopefully things are lining up in my favour… hopefully. if you are a for realz fan of the blog check out the facebook page (in the reach part of the toolbar) and expect more posts soooon!
Hat: Urban Outfitters; Skirt: American Apparel; Top: American Apparel>
My general approach to getting dressed in the mornings are to put on the least amount of clothing possible and still look societally acceptable (aka not naked) it’s called my “least amount of clothes, most amount of body” rule, and has been working out pretty well because i can get ready to go in ~13 minutes now, and my hair takes up most of that time. this is currently the best non-american apparel/non-work option that answers to that intrisic need because it also follows some of my other summer guidelines including:
- the most non-colourful colours possible
- incorporate my apc x nike air maxes (yes!!! they came!!!)
- a non-bra bra (favourite/afforable from urban outfiters with lace detailing) showing slightly on the side to remind everyone that i will never have a boyfriend.
of course it also makes me wear brandy melville, which just opened in montreal. i like some of the stuff there but such basic bitches wear it that i cannot bring myself to buy all the things that i want, negative connotations you know. i am a terrible person. also i am wearing 2 watches. but only because i am trying to maximize my swag or something.
Top: Brandy Melville; Bra: Urban Outfitters; Shorts: Urban Outfitters; Shoes: APC x Nike;>
recently acquired this american apparel body suit in ‘martini blue’. at first thought “hey that would be a great basic” but suddenly remembered that layering blues on blues on blues is a huge trend this spring! so damn is this moving to the front of the closet! that + the ever present daisy chain maxi skirt (daisy chain anything) is really on my watch-list. i must have it ALL. definitely love pairing this almost-shirt with a super long maxi skirt to feign a sense of modesty. then setting it all off balance with a… leather harness! i am unsure what direction this outfit is taking. but i am definitely wearing it to work tomorrow (sans the leather harness though) what do you think people of the internet: better with or without the harness? respond on facebook! (and ‘like’ the page while you’re at it!)
p.s. why does my head look so big in this?
pps. is it just me or has the writing gone downhill on the blog? the writing and my face. it’s all gone to shit hasn’t it.>
i love leandra medine. especially since she hold a very strong “man repelling” vibe. and like her, my ultimate goal in picking our outfits is to take sexual innuendos and make boyz cringe (hollah) - bustiers? lace? LEATHER HARNESSES? let’s just take it and make it so abhorrent to guys. (hi boyz i’m single~~~~~~ [duh, i’m creepy as hell])
the trend I have especially been digging is the whole leather harness trend - which i first realized was a real THING when i saw it all over the BCBG spring 2013 runway… and i am all about putting leather on as many parts of my body as possible (i don’t even mean that in a nasty S&M kind of way - and also what does S&M stand for?) leather overalls and harnesses are just two ways i get to harness (haha) that passion.
my friend and fellow blogger, marissa of style and stufff (three f’s people) did a cute look book on our mutual bcbg white leather harness (we have the same one because we are twins or wtv) you could check that out, i am still thinking of ways to wear it so that it doesn’t just look like a frame for my boobs (as the lovable name twin ever so slyly pointed out)
i think that adding a leather harness to any outfit makes it edgier, so definitely pair it with something more mature looking, like maybe a maxi skirt or a pair of trousers? fetishized elegance is the key here. like wearing stilettos with a pair of boyfriend jeans does. there is also tons of shapes and it can be worn in so many different ways that you can’t really go wrong - strappy or simple it could even look like high end suspenders!
prices definitely range from the $50s to the $1000s i guess it depends on how many dollar bills you have lying around for accessories. (obviously i am hella cheap and paid ~$70 for mine) i am excited to wear mine out though. that is, if i go out anytime in the near future.
now. here is the sexiest song i know to go with the sexiest accessory…
*photos were taken from fashiontoast, style.com and i-D’s exhibitionist issue*>
one of my favourite campaigns of the s/s 2013 season - starring one of my favourite male actors from my favourite show. it’s beautifully shot and i think it captures the essence of the brand really well: free loving and spontaneous and all the good things about being young (don’t get me started on f21)
christopher abbott has left girls (we don’t need reminding) but he recently starred in this amazing video lookbook for free people that epitomizes everything that is perfect in imperfect love. sure, we are supposed to focus on the clothes and the starring actress looks damn good but the true spotlight is cast on christopher abbott isn’t it? (or is that just me?) in turn the marketing does seem to kind of work seeing as i now feel the need to buy everything she is wearing in search of my own charlie. hardly makes up for him leaving our beloved marnie but what can you do? loop it i guess…>