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new favorite shirt

29 Jul


Althea and I went to Ferdinand on Wednesday, and we immediately noticed a rack of new shirts: soft, perfectly cut tees tie-dyed in dark, mottled shades of purple, blue, and black and printed with constellations. Diane told us that she used an ink discharge screen printing process to create the ghostly image of the night sky over Portland on June 23. Each shirt is slightly different, and I chose the purplest one.

I also got these awesome shoes.


It’s harder than I expected to take pictures of my own feet.

UPDATE: Now my new favorite shirt is available online at Ferdinand’s Etsy store (now featuring my modeling and photography skills).

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free clothes!

25 Apr

Hey, do you want free awesome clothes from some of Portland’s most stylish people? Of course you do! And you’re in luck, because I’ve been helping a group of totally cool bloggers plan a huge clothing swap!

The swap is sponsored by Goodwill, and will be held at Head Games on 116 Free Street on May 21. At the door, you’ll receive a sweet tote bag that you can fill with clothes! If you drop off a bag of clean, undamaged clothing before May 21, you’ll get in for free. If you bring a bag of clothes to the swap, admission is $5. Even if you don’t bring anything, you can still fill a tote bag for only $10! There will also be coupons and other swag from some of our favorite local businesses.

We’re accepting good condition, clean clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women, so start hoarding now! I am bringing TONS of stuff in sizes 6 through 14, so if you want my clothes, come get them!

closet tour!

23 Nov

Tonight, Laura and Nate from Fore Front Fashion are coming to see my closet/craft space, which fills an entire spare bedroom. I’m so psyched to show it to them!

Here’s a picture of part of my desk… keep an eye on their site for more!

I need to write about how I ended up with a signed photograph of Jimmy Buffett

Halloween #1: when will we lead a normal life?

2 Nov

In the shower Friday morning, I decided to be an alien for work. Every year, I get so excited about Halloween. I love candy, crunchy leaves, and cheesy horror movies, but most of all, I love costumes. Every year, I come up with about 17 ideas about what I’m going to be. Every year, I change my mind at the last minute.

It wasn’t hard to find alien-appropriate attire in my room full of clothes. The hardest part was deciding between a kelly green lurex minidress or my suction-cup shirt. I figured I should be a modest alien at work, so I went with three layers of ripped tights in blue, green, and yellow for a scaly effect, a knee-length gold skirt from Find, and my suction-cup shirt. I’ve actually gotten a surprising amount of non-costume wear out of that shirt, which I got for $15 a decade ago when I worked at Filene’s Basement. It’s a nice black t-shirt with six suction cups (each of which are embossed with the words “KISS THE FUTURE!”) on the front and a detachable long right sleeve.

the suction cup shirt, not Halloween, 2009. photo stolen from Bryan Bruchman.

I wore rhinestone earrings that are so large that they have a post for the earlobe and a clip at the top, and fan out like little branches. I painted my face with a mixture of white foundation and shimmery purple and green eyeshadow, then added a shit ton of turquoise and green eyeshadow. I pinned a disposable camera flash to a sequined headband, slipped on some sensible shoes, and headed to work.

Nobody else was wearing a costume. Okay, sure, there was one lady with a pretty sweet sparkly witch hat, but I knew that thing would be crammed into her locker by lunchtime. This is not the first time this has happened to me.

Halloween at work, 2004

one other girl was wearing cat ears

All day long, despite my shimmering green face, people asked me if I was a flapper.

I mean, I know the headband is a classic Halloween-flapper thing, but come on! Green face! Suction cup shirt!

After work, I went to Ferdinand to visit Diane.

Diane

 

“Don’t you wish people dressed like this all the time?” she asked. I do! I totally do! Diane is the best.

Later that night, I greeted my boyfriend’s mother, Kristy, at our front door in my alien costume, then wiped off my makeup in the kitchen so we could go to dinner. We went to see Mike’s new band, Sunset Hearts, and his less new band, Huak, at Slainte. Kristy and I danced up front. It was a pretty great start to the Halloweekend.

adventures with Audrey

29 Oct

Audrey wrote another hilarious post about our continuing photography misadventures. You should totally read it.

Fortunately, despite all the photoshoot craziness, I have managed to update my Etsy store, so you should totally look at that, too.

Now with more goofy pictures of me!

What Would Light-Up Jesus Do?

9 Oct

Today, Beth and I went to Rise Photography‘s backyard vintage sale (which is still going on if you are reading this before 5pm on October ninth!). They’ve had these vintage sales before, but they always happen to be on days when I’m working, so I was happy to go shop and hang out with cool folks like Mandy and Diane and Hannah. Beth and I also checked out the bicycle tire taxidermy exhibit inside the gallery. All kinds of great stuff is happening there today!

When we first showed up, Mandy was trying on a gorgeous dress that fit her perfectly. I neglected to take a picture, but I did tell her that if she didn’t buy it, I would THROW UP.

Mandy took a picture of my outfit: Continue reading

Sena’s Outfit

12 Sep

My friend Sena was wearing an adorable outfit, so I tried to take her picture as she danced around her apartment.

She put on some boots and a sweet feathered hat.

I love how she’s dressed for cold weather, but looks like a lady, not a marshmallow. It’s hard to see her scarf in the pictures, but it’s got thin blue stripes and it’s the softest thing in the world. She got it for four bucks at Material Objects! I was jealous so I bought an orange one (mine was more expensive because I didn’t score a used one).

UPDATE: Derek took this picture of me dancing in my orange scarf.

You can see one of Sena’s lanky black cats lurking in the background. Eeeek!

prostitute laundry

9 Sep

Last week, I was mistaken for a prostitute. I will now use this as an excuse to post what I was wearing.

Continue reading

skirt

8 Sep

I got this awesome Gertrude Knickerbocker skirt at Picnic! I have actually wanted a skirt made from this fabric for a wicked long time, so I was totally psyched to find this skirt:

  • in my size!
  • long enough to wear to work!
  • with pockets!

Yaaaayyyy!

You can find some more cool Gertrude Knickerbocker stuff, great dirt cheap vintage, and records on Congress Street above Strange Maine (which I also recommend) at Moody Lords (where I bought a crop top because Audrey told me to)!

Purse Wall!

30 Aug

My friend Kate has a purse wall. It looks wicked cool and it’s a good way to store purses. I took some lousy cell phone pictures. Enjoy!

Kate works at one of my favorite local clothing stores, Club 21. When I was fifteen, I totally bought the world’s tiniest miniskirt from the five dollar bin, but she probably didn’t work there then. Anyway, I really liked her purse wall, so here you go.

soooo cuuuute