Friday, August 31, 2007
Fellow Fashionistas, stay tuned for ways to stay somewhat presentable when wearing a volunteer t-shirt 5 sizes too big and sweating for hours on end... well, actually, I can't make any promises. We'll try our best to have some intriguing photos up before the end of the holiday weekend.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I've mentioned it before (see post on evolve boutique), my big purchase of the summer (apart from the beloved Ibanez)....The Ashley Watson bag. It's chic, buttery soft, practical and fits so perfectly under my arm. I hope you don't mind me waxing poetic for a moment, but this is my first fashion splurge of my 20s. The Watson bags are really reasonably priced in the fashion world, but that is a world we glance at in Vogue and replicate through thrift finds and H&M.
When splurging on a purse, one might think classic, structure, demure, goes-with-everything... names like Hermes, Prada, Gucci float about. Again, apart from being grossly expensive, I didn't think one of those beautifully crafted bags would fit my lifestyle at the moment. I needed something I could wear to work and out-and-about, and something that would hold a good-sized book (I'm never without), my large wallet (full of receipts, not money--- understandably), camera, prettifying acoutrements, etc. And it couldn't be too huge. I think the oversized-bag trend does have it's place, but not on my 5ft3 (on-a-good-day) frame. This bag fits the bill in every way. Oh... and as all interesting things do, this bag has a past. It once was someone's black leather jacket that's been repurposed. The pockets now adorn the front of my Bag. See, what did I tell ya? Perfect in every way.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Yes, that's right, we're mentioning yet another Decatur gem! Art House is a local gallery run by two very inventive, creative SCAD lads. Not only do they attend art school fulltime, they also exhibit innovative, very accessible, interactive art in their "spare" time. Earlier this week the gallerinos were having a furniture sale and (surprise, surprise) I bought something. Cath looked at me skeptically, but I envisioned it as the perfect paint cart (it's got wheels!) - perfect for pushing around an easel and canvas. Right now it is a glorified Ikea pitcher pedestal, but I see great things ahead. Keep an eye on Art House- those guys always have something cooking....
Sunday, August 26, 2007
In both sets The Sartorialist image is on the left and Stockholm Street Style is on the right.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Faux leather bomber jacket from H&M, bottom tank from American Apparel, top tank from DressCodes, pants from Victoria's Secret and belt from Tarjay.
Friday, August 24, 2007
My first find was this black leather purse. It's the perfect size - not giant like last year's YSL knock-offs - and it doesn't have that weird thrift store smell that sometimes accompanies my Last Chance purchases. The "label" inside the purse says "Carpet Bags of America - made in China." I love it. So much happiness for only $2.
My second - and last - find was this navy blue belt. It's adjustable, so I plan to wear it around my waist with my navy blue American Apparel tunic. I've been looking for belts that can add a little je ne sais quoi to my outfits and this one might do the trick, oui? (apologies to those who can actually speak French)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
In a nutshell, Esperanza is fantastic: comfortable fashion, great design, love for Atlanta and social responsibility all rolled into one.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
After spending a terrifyingly large sum of money on last weekend's purchases you would have thought we'd have scared ourselves frugal. Unfortunately, as long as there's still money in the bank, I have found ways to successfully overcome the nauseating feeling of buyer's remorse. Hence a Saturday afternoon visit to the wonderful evolve boutique in search of the-bag-of-my-desire (evolve is the only boutique in the Southeast to carry the coveted Ashley Watson bags).
Here are just a few compelling reasons why you should high-tail it over to Emory Village:
• everything in the store has evolved (i.e. been recycled, re-purposed, reused), but with such ingenuity. You would never guess that lux leather purse you're holding used to be an oversized-80s jacket.
• the owner Joyce is one of the nicest, least pretentious boutique-owners we've met (though we find this is generally true of most Decatur-area shops)
• apart from being socially/environmentally aware, everything in the store is really gorgeous and not just trendy
• they carry one of our favorite ATL labels: Esperanza as well as the aforementioned Ashley Watson line
Sunday, August 19, 2007
DressCodes in Decatur is one of our favorite boutiques. The store carries labels that you can't find anywhere else in the city. The friendly store owners, cleverly placed kitsch-y Asian items and doggie bed in the storefront window make it a completely unpretentious, yet chic shop.
Where: The Star Bar (Little 5)
When: August 23 * 9pm
PETER, BJORN AND JOHN
Where: Variety Playhouse
When: September 12
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Every year the Swan Coach House hosts Atlanta's Paris Flea, a giant upscale market filled with clothing, furniture, trinkets and books donated by Atlanta's have-mores. Word on the street is that someone found a Chanel suit in mint condition there for $100!!! I can't believe I've never been to this market.
This year it's taking place on September 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and September 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. I can hardly wait!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It'll be interesting see how the quality of Simply Vera differs from that of the Go International Target lines. I'm a little skeptical about the cut and fit of each piece, but I like how the clothing has Vera Wang's signature feminine touches. I guess I'll just have to wait until the line available at stores on September 9th. The countdown begins!
Monday, August 13, 2007
We don't know if it's the oppressive heat, the thrill of back-to-school shopping (even though we're fully employed college graduates), or the huge Fall magazine issues stuffed into our mailbox, but we've caught the shopping bug. There's no cure that we know of (ok maybe a heavy dose of Adbusters and meditation, but we were too late). So how does one assuage the spending guilt? 1) Convince yourself your purchases are necessary (Didn't Coco Chanel say something about being naked if you didn't wear perfume? I can't walk around naked.) and 2) say it's all in the name of fashion-blog research!
So here's the damage (those not pictured here will, no doubt, show up in future blogs):
• Black Reebox hightops, Urban Outfitters (CL)
• Gold, anklet-boots with button detail, Bill Hallman, Little 5 Points (CL)
• Black cord Cheap Mondays, Bill Hallman, Little 5 Points (LL)
• L perfume by Gwen Stefani, Nordstorms, Phipps Plaza (LL)
• used Ibanez (guitar), Firehouse Guitars!!! (LL- very excited)
I did actually need perfume (Sweetpea body splash from bath and body works just wasn't cutting it), and part of what sold me on this brand new scent was the packaging- the design-eye approves.
yep- that's a man's bum, not mine. I promise i'll take a proper picture once it's cooled down a bit outside. Hot weather plus tight fitting cords- the taking-on-and-off process is not pretty- especially in those teeny tiny bill hallman fitting rooms.
oooo...ahhh...This was my big purchase for the weekend (possibly the year). I've only been taking lessons for about a year, but I thought it high time I had mine own guitar (I'd been borrowing an old german Jumbo for a while- a bit difficult to handle)- this Ibanez quite literally makes me drool (yes, bad for the satin finish on the solid top- got it), it's got a great sound- and i like the fact it's used and has a past....
Friday, August 10, 2007
Ahhhh, a little bit of Eastern European kitsch. Lauren has convinced me that every college student has seen this video and was shocked that I have never seen it.
I don't blame her! I can't believe I've been missing out. This Romanian trio sure knows how to make video. It has everything! Airplanes, suspenders, lip syncing, tight white jeans, comic book overtones...Needless to say, it's got style.
Not convinced? Well then take a look at the images below. They're from the September issue - completely saturated in color and other-worldliness. It's hard to beat.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I first learned about Persephone Books on Rita Konig's Girl About Town blog a few months ago. It's a charming bookstore in London that sells 72 reprinted classics. Their collection of novels, short stories, diaries and cook books are mostly written by women and each book is bound by a gray-colored jacket with fabric end paper.
I'd love to visit the shop one day. Until then, I'm grateful enough that Persephone books can be ordered from the store's website. So the only problem remains, which book do I choose?
Below are just three samples of the fabric used as end paper - reprinted classics, just like the books!
(All photos are from www.persephonebooks.co.uk)
Monday, August 6, 2007
We've been huge Wizard of Oz fans practically our entire lives (might explain our love of shoes). We sat down and watched the entire classic MGM version for the first time when we were 18-months old. Apparently, we didn't cry once, nor did we show any visible signs of fear towards the Winged Monkeys or The Wicked Witch of the West - it all made sense to us (this coming from the girls that got spooked from a Brady Bunch episode). I've never really connected my red Mossimo Target pumps with Dorothy- they are more Jessica Simpson that Judy Garland, but when my coworker mentioned they looked like the ruby slippers, I couldn't have been more pleased (considerably more pleased than looking like a rather vacuous entertainer). In this pic, Toto's stand-in is our Agnes Scott scottie- hence the purple beret and scarf.
As it so happens, I received this shirt as a gift yesterday (thanks, SA!): my new favorite tee.
We apologize for the brief hiatus. We've had a bit of a bumpy weekend, but Asiancajuns is back and well. Here are a few images from the new Elizabeth movie (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) due out in October. We loved the first Elizabeth movie and even though we know there is always a bit of fudging and muddling of history when Hollywood gets hold of the past, a larger-than-life biography of a strong, independent woman, we're always ready to support. The beauty of these stills helped to get us out of our funk- particularly the last one of Mr. Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh (bravo casting director).