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auralpoison
Whoa. I want pictures of said outfit, Hellotampon. I can be bold sartorially, but I don't think even I could pull off a turban. DAMN! You gots mojo!

I'd also like to add that Target's line with JP Gaultier has some really cute stuff. And their Liberty of London line launches in three days & looks to have some fun things for spring.
hellotampon
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/hel...on/DSCN1816.jpg

You can't really see the turban in the pic, but it looks like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/hel...on/DSCN4362.jpg

I got it from an antique store and it was hanging on a hook for years, probably, so it's kind of stuck in a weird shape and I've been trying to get it back to the way it's supposed to be.
auralpoison
OKAY! I was thinking crazy old lady turban! Now I gotcha.
nickclick
summa these old ladies rock the turban. otherwise they just rock.
epinephrine
Scored some sweet items on clearance at the WIN store the other day. Got two light, summery, embroidered cotton skirts, one brick red and just below the knee with a layered flounce hem, and a shorter black one without ruffles; a comfy pair of yoga pants; a long, black, stretchy tunic top; a black t-shirt with elastic ruffled trim, kind of like this; a retro sleeveless high-necked silver and black patterned top; and a really cool straw hat trimmed with black ribbon and with a big bow at the back. My new favourite outfit is the red skirt with the black ruffled top, black footless tights, these shoes in black, a wristful of thin silver bangles, and red polish and lipstick. It looks perfect with the hat, too.
sageykins
Ok, so I'm hunting for new jeans that fit, are comfortable, continue to fit throughout the day (meaning they don't get all loose and dumb), and look good. Thoughts?
Thanks ladies!
auralpoison
Preferences? $$$$$ to spend? Size? Lower rise or natural? Wash? Stretch or 100% cotton? Skinny, regular, bootcut, flare?

You may want to peruse the archives & see what those that have gone before have had to say.

Also, thrift stores can be a great resource for inexpensive jeans. Ad lawd knows you'll have a bajillion pairs to pick from!
sageykins
Good points AP. Yeah I was reall vague... I'm kinda out of it lately... The impending date for next wk w my crush from 20 yrs ago... It's kinda messed up my head. Oh and that work completely sucks and I am hating it. I am all over the place in my head- can't think clearly.
Um, size 10, lower rise but not so that i'm showing anything- like at my hips, I'd rather go with 100% cotton but I know they won't hold the fit as well without some stretch. Bootcut. And honestly, I'm willing to spend on these- I don't have jeans that fit really good and so for once I am willing to go a little bizerk. smile.gif I'll search smile.gif Thanks!
auralpoison
Oh, it's totally cool to be a bit discombobulated, no worries. That tiny bit o' extra info helps, though. And y'know, jeans are like shrinks & men: you gotta try a bunch that don't fit until you find the right fit.

I know that the jeans that have gotten the most praise around here have been 7 For All Mankind, but they aren't cheap. I've also heard good things about True Religion, Rock & Republic, Joe's Jeans & Paper Denim + Cloth on your higher end brands ($200).
epinephrine
Got the coolest black and white herringbone tweed cloche hat at Value Village today for the sweet sweet price of five dollars! They also had a cute black and white polka dot strapless dress which I almost bought, but somehow managed to put back on the rack. Still haven't decided if I regret that or not.

I've set my sights on a nice bathing suit for summer, something pinup-y to flatter my curves. I'm digging these:
bikini
one piece

So cute...and so out of my miserable student price range. Oh well. I can dream.
auralpoison
Very jealous of your cloche, Epi. Curse my gigantic head!

I also like the ModCloth swimsuits, but there is no way that the halter tops would flatter my boobs. Every year I look at at least a couple of their suits, but without a soft cup or something it'd be tits ahoy, I'm afraid!

What do we think of the burnout tee trend? I have a couple tanks I got last summer that I liked a lot, they were worn-in just so & very cool. I know Rachel Zoe (I DIE!) has been touting a like, scrillion dollar version ($115 for a fucking tee shirt!) & she offered this BDG tee from UO as a real world option. I ordered a couple of unisex Alternative Apparel ones from eBay & a couple white ones from Danskin as there is no way I could cram my boobies into one of the BDG ones from UO. I like.
sybarite
It's June, which means once again I have a wedding that I need a dress for. At a fairly advanced age I have still to master a workable occasion dress/shoes combo. Part of the problem is that I'm super picky about shoes, basically because I am bad with heels (even after the recommended practice for a week at home) so have problems finding heels formal enough.

I found a great dress (in the dark blue). It arrived today and actually fits, although it's a wee bit short. I'm hoping to wear my black cage heels with it, but am not sure they will work: they're patent leather and the dress is a flimsy polyester mix. (They're kind of like this, except with no mesh (ew) and with a wider heel.) Any advice appreciated...
starpiste
I can picture that dress and those kind of shoes sybarite. I'm super picky about matching shoes with things too.

I've been struggling over the last few months to develop my personal style. I feel everything I wear is kind of generic, and I'd really like to have more fun and really feel like myself in my clothes. I'm trying to get my make-up and hair situation out of a rut, but being on a budget, I'm finding it had not to buy just basics for clothes.

Any thoughts on getting out of a clothes rut?

auralpoison
QUOTE(sybarite @ Jun 4 2010, 03:37 PM) *
I found a great dress (in the dark blue). It arrived today and actually fits, although it's a wee bit short. I'm hoping to wear my black cage heels with it, but am not sure they will work: they're patent leather and the dress is a flimsy polyester mix.


Y'know, that dress, while being hella cute, Syb? Is *quite* short. Personally, I'd never wear anything shorter than knee length to a wedding (Weddings/funerals being the two affairs where I do bow to fashion convention!). It is the bride's day & if you have the gams to pull that dress off, you will certainly be distracting! Rowr!

I'd probably go with embellished flat sandals over heels. Something like these Guess sandals, these Moda Spana sandals or these Naughty Monkey sandals. I went with pewter/silver since black/blue seems so obvious (Even if the pairing is commonly viewed as verboten!), the color change kicks it all up a notch. I do like the way the blue stones on the NM ones would be picked up in the dress itself. Are you planning any kind of wrap or anything? A clutch perhaps?

QUOTE(starpiste @ Jun 4 2010, 04:32 PM) *
I've been struggling over the last few months to develop my personal style. I feel everything I wear is kind of generic, and I'd really like to have more fun and really feel like myself in my clothes. I'm trying to get my make-up and hair situation out of a rut, but being on a budget, I'm finding it had not to buy just basics for clothes.

Any thoughts on getting out of a clothes rut?


How do you feel about accessories, Starpiste? They are an inexpensive way to put your own personal flair on the basics; change things up by adding signature/statement jewelry, scarves, coloured/patterned tights, fun shoes/bags, the odd hat, etc. Thrift/second hand stores & places like H&M or Forever 21 have interesting baubles/accent pieces on the cheap.

Yesterday I wore a plain white burnout t from Alternative Apparel (eBay) & boyfriend jeans (Asos) with a cute b&W scarf on my head, a pair of cobra hoop earrings (Urban Outfitters), a molar pendant (Asos), a studded Betsey Johnson watch (eBay), a chunky black matte cube ring (Forever 21) & a pair of black "studded" flipflops (Old Navy). I topped it off with a purple 3/4 length sleeve cardi (Old Navy) & a black purse with silver accents (Alloy). I think I looked good without being too matchy-matchy.

Oh, & my nails were this fantastic pale, milky neutral. I love unexpected nails & a six dollar bottle of polish can make my whole week!
sybarite
Spot-on advice AP. I bypassed the edict of wedding attendance: It's Not About You. While I am fond of the dress I have had to accept that it's more suitable for a nighttime bash than a wedding. Good advice on the shoes too--over here it seems like everyone's pairing structured heels with short skirts, whereas I have long felt that heels with a short skirt can sometimes be a bit Vegas. In any case it turns out I can't go to the wedding after all--but i might invest in some sandals anyway. Cheers!

I have to say I am (so far) impressed by asos.com. Cute, trendy gear reasonably well-made and surprisingly flattering--and they deliver to me!
auralpoison
No problem, Syb. That dress is hawt & I know you're gonna work it! And SHOES!

While I am impressed with the gear I got from Asos? Fucking with them was a NIGHTMARE. Initially there was some kind of computer glitch that wouldn't accept certain US addresses properly. Although they assured me that they were working on it & would get back to me when the problem was resolved they never did. I politely bugged them for literally WEEKS. They finally figured it out & I got my stuff, but since they don't offer much in the way of package tracking I wasn't here the day they tried to deliver. I wound up hanging around for several days because it got handed off to UPS & I was then charged a brokerage fee of $44.19.
helenk579
QUOTE(epinephrine @ May 15 2010, 11:03 AM) *
Scored some sweet items on clearance at the WIN store the other day. Got two light, summery, embroidered cotton skirts, one brick red and just below the knee with a layered flounce hem, and a shorter black one without ruffles; a comfy pair of yoga pants; a long, black, stretchy tunic top; a black t-shirt with elastic ruffled trim, kind of like this; a retro sleeveless high-necked silver and black patterned top; and a really cool straw hat trimmed with black ribbon and with a big bow at the back. My new favourite outfit is the red skirt with the black ruffled top, black footless tights, these shoes in black, a wristful of thin silver bangles, and red polish and lipstick. It looks perfect with the hat, too.


Such a very amazing link!
Thanks you for the post.
auralpoison
Pssssst! Helenk79! Stop by our Newbies Thread & introduce yourself.
purplestain
Hey everyone, I lurk often but haven't posted in this thread before, but now I need some advice...

I want to buy pajamas or a nightgown. Preferably something silk or cotton - either way, really lightweight, because I live in a hot hot place - and preferably down to mid-thigh. I don't know where to go for sleepwear that's not dumpy (like the t-shirts I currently sleep in) or "sexy" (itchy lace, uncomfortably tight, underwire, bows, etc). My tastes skew towards deep, rich colors and vintage cuts with soft modern fabrics. I already checked ModCloth, because that was the only place I could think to look, but they don't seem to do sleepwear.

Where can I buy some classy, pretty, comfortable jammies? Is there even such a thing? All help is much appreciated!!
auralpoison
I sleep naked on good sheets, but then I live alone & have no modesty.

Are you wanting online retailers only? How much are you wanting to spend?

To get the ball rolling, Target/Liberty of London has some cute options: leaf print chemise, leaf print tank/cropped pant, two piece tap set, dunclaire print tank/crop pant set.

Fig Leaves offers a broad array of pj options at various prices.

GT was always our pj /intimates gal, perhaps you should peruse the archives, Purplestain.
epinephrine
Found a necklace with the coolest pendant in a sidewalk score tonight. I picked up a whole bunch of jewelry and beads, actually, including some cool vintage pieces, but this one really stands out. It's a creepy, subtle brass face that looks like it's melting or something...I can't really describe it, so I'll just post a pic later. I'm pretty excited about it. Gonna buy some memory wire to string the nicer beads onto - I like how memory wire bracelets can give the layered look without having to put on twelve different pieces of jewelry.
Persiflager
Hi purplestain!

How about buying white pyjamas or nightgown, and then dying to the colour you like? I mostly thought of that because the White Company have a sale on.

John Lewis are usually pretty classy - here's the sale page.
purplestain
Thanks auralpoison and persiflager! I found a couple of good options on the figleaves site. The Target site is down right now, but I'll check those out later. I don't really want to spend more than $60, and less is always better. I also prefer to sleep naked, but I'm trying to prepare for my bf's new roommate moving in; unfortunately, I won't be able to hang out in the living room in my panties anymore. I dislike wearing robes so nice jammies were the best option.
auralpoison
UK retailer ASOS is in the midst of their season clearance & the deals are NUTS! I got four tops, two dresses, & three accessories for $125. Use the code "asostreats" & get an extra 10% off!
epinephrine
Got a super cute calf-length black and white polka dotted skirt with a double flounce hem today for 5 bucks. It's a little loose in the waist and needs a new elastic. Those flounce hem skirts are so flattering on me, I've gotta get a pattern and just make a bunch with all the fabric I've got lying around. I absolutely cannot pull off the tucked-in shirt look, so I don't really need to worry about what the waistbands of my skirts look like because I never show them off anyway. Sloppy elastic waistbands work just fine for me.

Almost bought a black stretch-knit Sirens shirt with 3/4 sleeves, gathered sides and flounce ruffles down the front, also 5 bucks. It's just a tiny bit tight and I'm concerned about bulge. May just go back for it anyway, though.
epinephrine
So I put a new elastic into the waistband of my skirt and it helps, but I think from now on I'll give a little slack to the front and put a little more tension in the back, because it pooches out in front and looks a little sloppy. Otherwise, it was very simple and a great success. Now I can start making skirts from scratch! I've got such a sharp eye for bargains I'm starting to feel like it's hardly worth it to spend hours sewing my own clothes when I could just go out and find them for a buck or two, but if it's that simple, I might as well. I hear you can make a super easy pencil skirt out of a pillowcase - just slit the top and put in an elastic. Must try that next.

Saw a girl today in the cutest black and white sundress, shirred at the collar, sleeves and waist, and quite full at the skirt, hemmed with a little ruffle. I wonder if I could buy tops and dresses a couple sizes too big and just shirr them to fit. Gotta try it!
epinephrine
Wow, this is cute: vintage skirt as dress, from the fashion blog of Karen Cheng

I'm totally gonna cop that style! I've got a whole bunch of long skirts from my hippie days that are too pretty to give up but which I never seem to wear. I've really been bitten by the fashion bug this week. I spent my evening poring over my Threads magazines thinking of easy patternless projects to liven up my wardrobe a bit. So many outfits hinge on a wide belt or sash - I'll have to hit up the shops for one tomorrow.
sybarite
Ugh. I know it's probably still too early, but I keep running around online retailers for cute autumn sweaters and sweater dresses, and all I see are endless long shapeless cardigans in dull-ass colours. I am short and need tailored/somewhat fitted clothes or I look dumpy and these ubiquitous cardies do nothing for me. Also, they're boring.

All I want is a handful of cute, not too fitted knit dresses and sweaters in vivid colours--apparently too much to ask. (Or I suppose I could just wait a month or so...)
auralpoison
Girl, I do not know what to tell you. The shapes for fall are pretty much the boyfriend & the drape front in dark neutrals & the odd jewel tone.

A very cursory search yielded little in the way of what you are looking for. There were a handful of bright pointelle cardis in ON petites, but they are kind of . . . confectionary colours. Halogen offers some cute cardis through Nordstroms.
sybarite
I'm really starting to think Nordstroms is the way to go for basics, but then I grew up in the midwest; there's some nice colors there. (ON et al may ship to 50+ countries, but mine isn't one of them!)

I can get behind drape front; I'm just picky about sweater lengths. Too short and my long torso doesn't get covered; too long and I'm swamped. Also a fan of the jewel tones but am sick to death of endless neutrals.

Cheers, again, for the link/s! You know if I had the cash I'd just go ahead and hire you as a remote stylist...
auralpoison
Y'know if I was smart, I'd start a business!

I am champing at the bit for the A/W lines to be released in the beginning of September. I'm pretty much set, but I have my eye on a dark chocolate leather aviator coat that I absolutely must have. Of course, it's from an abroad retailer, so I have to be ready at four am to place my order before it sells out!
hellotampon
Tulle usually makes nice jewel-toned sweater dresses.
epinephrine
So I got a wide black belt, and it's totally revolutionized my wardrobe! And I've started collecting tailored blouses with short, gathered sleeves. I'm so out of the loop I couldn't tell you if they're a current trend or not, but ever since I started buying them for myself I've started noticing them on everyone, and they're so cute and versatile and easy to wear. They can look formal, casual, flirty, conservative, modern or retro depending on what you pair them with, and they're so flattering! I bought a cute pale yellow one with ruffled sleeves the other day, and just scored two more yesterday: a really nice pink one with little pleated inlays in the sleeves and a very retro brown and white patterned one. I'm wearing them with my new pillowcase skirts and the belt, and they look great tucked or untucked.
epinephrine
So while everyone else is getting clothes for fall, I'm preparing for my move to one of the hottest cities in China in two weeks. I'm not sure whether I should be buying clothes here or waiting till I get there, but I've been shopping nonetheless. Scored a super comfy black and white polka-dot halter top with the little twist embellishment in the front today, and an adorable rose coloured short-sleeve blouse that fits me perfectly. Both should pair nicely with flowy summer skirts. Now I just need to think about shoes...
sybarite
Epi, I've been to China and I would say stock up while at home as you probably won't recognise *any* of the brands/shops. Also, their sizes run quite small.
auralpoison
THIS. WANT. But sadly, my head? She is too big. Ginormous. I bought a new summer hat & had to stretch it out, thank god it was cheap.
auralpoison
I am curious as to how we feel about faux fur? AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THOSE WEIRD MONKEY FUR VESTS I KEEP SEEING EVERYWHERE! I ask because the latest Vogue has a variety of real fur styles that are tres fantastic, but they offered no cruelty-free options. I started picking up faux furs a couple years ago when Mizrahi had his line for Target & they offered a three quarter sleeve Persian that was to die for. I now have five of them & they are all wildly different & pretty funky. They make me feel like Joan Collins on Dynasty, sans shoulder pads.

I have this sapphire Persian, but find myself salivating over the Mad Men inspired chocolate mink, this snow lynx & this cream crushed jacket.

Of course, my personality, socio-economic status & edumacation bear all of this tackiness out. You bitches all know I'm really Paris Hilton! wink.gif

hoffbyhoff
I found a great dress (in the dark blue). It arrived today and actually fits, although it's a wee bit short. I'm hoping to wear my black cage heels with it, but am not sure they will work: they're patent leather and the dress is a flimsy polyester mix.
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