FASHION FRIDAY: Travel Chic

Hello, devoted Fashion Fridayers! Please accept my apologies for a long absence. What can I say? When business gets crazy, your own blog is the first to suffer. I’m working on that. ūüėČ

Tomorrow, I’ll take my third trip in as many months. I’ve got plane-wear down to a science–and I promise it’s not all Juicy Velour sweatpants and VS Pink hoodies.

Just in case it needs to be said, always build your travel outfit around your shoes.¬†I don’t know how many times I’ve shuffled past miserable women in the airport, tottering painfully on stiletto heels with their poor, raw toes hanging out like uncanned Vienna sausages. This pair of adorable, snappy lace-up flats from seller BangiShop is just the ticket.

Striped Leather Flats
Unlacing these leather sweat-sponges at the security checkpoint is gonna be a truly unpleasant experience.

High-quality yoga or palazzo pants are another good way to look like you’re not wearing your pajamas to tour the world, while totally wearing your pajamas to tour the world. I like this pair from seller OmBeautiful, who clearly has life figured out.

Yellow Palazzo Pants
What’s that? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you through all the Zen.

Definitely wear long sleeves on your travels. You can always push them up if you get hot, but you can never make your forearms warm without lighting them on fire. Or, you know, wearing a jacket. I’m digging this weirdo design from seller WoodenJacket.

Cowboy/Indian Shirt
Forever at war, on your chest!

The final thing you need to tie it all together, and trick your Starbucks-fueled fellow passengers into thinking you’ve got it all figured out, is a big ol’ piece of statement jewelry–like this honking cocktail ring from seller AtelierYumi. Just don’t forget to pick it up from the TSA’s little plastic bowl as you’re going through security.

Druzy Cocktail Ring
Punch uppity TSA officers in the teeth!

Wish me bon voyage!

FASHION FRIDAY: Comfortable Clothes for Creative People

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Happy Friday! It’s true–I’ve written a Fashion Friday post about being comfortable before. Okay, maybe more than once.

However, my quest for comfortable clothes continues. Here’s what I’ve discovered: It’s possible to look cute and/or professional without squeezing yourself into an outfit/shoe combo¬†that ruins your feet and/or your day.

Colorblock Top
You’ll never guess how expensive two pieces of silk can be once you sew them together.

Take, for example, this cute colorblock top from seller XSILK. Sure, since it’s sheer, you might have to wear something under it, thus doubling your effort–and since it’s silk, you couldn’t sweat or even sit down while wearing it–BUT you’d have enough room to release your stomach pooch. Take a deep breath and let it all hang out.

Pocket Shirtdress
Comfortably store all the nuts and seeds you need to make it through the winter!

If the last time you saw your ironing board was right before a wedding or a funeral, it might be better for you to stick to low-maintenance fabrics. This tentlike, cotton creation from seller deboy2000 is right up Not Really Trying Alley.

No one will be able to tell if you’re pregnant, or just impossibly chic!

Polka-Dot Sweater
Pantslessness is next to godliness.

Speaking of winter, that will be the perfect time to bust out this polka-dot¬†masterpiece from seller rockstreetvintage. People will be so enamored with your devil-may-care sweater style, they won’t even notice you’re not wearing pants.

Multi-strand Jersey Necklace
Kind of like a friendly, patriotic octopus.

Seller BaobabFabricArt made this necklace by drawing-and-quartering several thrift store sweaters, then gathering up their innards and having Rapunzel spin them into a sea creature. Whatever; I dig it.

Have a comfortable weekend!

FASHION FRIDAY: Gold on to Me

Fashion Friday #fashionfriday It’s a gloomy day in New Orleans today. You know what always helps with gloomy days? SPARKLY STUFF. Lucky for you, I sifted through a bunch of boring, low-quality gold stuff on Etsy for a few delicate, gorgeous pieces that you can actually all wear at once. How often does that happen? Let’s gold!

Gold Ear Cuff
What’s that, Legolas? You’re jealous of my jewelry?

First up, we have this magical ear cuff from seller knobbly, who may or may not be an elf princess. If you’ve always wanted an Industrial piercing, but you aren’t a fan of getting big, bloody holes punched through your cartilage (different strokes, different folks), you can try this less-permanent alternative on for style.

Gold Bar Necklace
Two inches long, made of gold, with a phoenix feather core. If you don’t get the reference, I don’t want to know you.

Barring complications, this necklace from seller bySiukwan should go with everything you own (unless everything you own is made of silver, in which case, here is my telephone number: (xxx) [REDACTED].

Gold Ring
Buy yourself a finger-hug.

Here’s a cute little gold ring from seller StefanieSheehan. Its open style would go perfectly with a light summer dress, or swollen, diabetic fingers.

Gold Bracelet
Murdered tree not included.

Finish your look with this hammered gold bangle by seller PointNoPointStudio. As usual, there’s one item about which I just can’t say anything bad. Look at this harmless little bangle. It has never experienced the horror of your wrist. This gold-themed post comes to you straight from an avowed brass-jewelry fanatic–but hey, I’m learning.

FASHION FRIDAY: Make Waves

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I’ve got the beach on my brain, y’all. Been trying to get out there for a few weeks, and somehow not succeeding (though the sandy white shores of Mississippi are less than two hours away).

Beach-cause I’m not there yet (sorry), I’ve created¬†my own beach style ahead of time with items carefully culled from Etsy.¬†I would appreciate you sending me all of them, stat.

Geometric Swimsuit
Insecure about that tiny sliver of flesh just below your boobs? No? Good.

I’ve long been obsessed with this high-waisted bathing suit by seller BOODWAH. It’s basically like, “Oh, you’re insecure about your belly? COVER IT UP WITH COLORS. Now go have an ice cream sandwich. Done.”

Giant Caftan
If your body is a giant rectangle, this is the muu-muu for you-you!

Going to and from the shore, you could cover up with this giant, tent-like caftan from seller SaudadeSun.¬†By the way that the model is standing on the railing, you can tell that this¬†garment¬†also gives you the power of flight, a la Rocky from “Rocky & Bullwinkle”.

Barefoot Sandals
Why go barefoot when you can be a fussy princess, right?

There are a LOT of “barefoot sandals” on Etsy. Apparently a ton of ladies (and gents; let’s not be exclusive) are getting married on the beach, wearing what amounts to a lacy thong for your toes.

Not to be left out, I’ve selected this perfect pair from seller FancyyFeets to make my feet feel, um, fancy–while they do absolutely nothing to protect me against scorching hot sand, glass shards, bottle caps, wayward crustaceans, etc.

Beach Tote
You too can spend $100 on a tote bag that looks like it’s made out of leftover sailboats!

When you’re done soaking up saltwater and skin damage for the day, throw all your junk into this tote from seller theAtlanticOcean (I didn’t know bodies of water could own Etsy shops. Let’s say it’s something I’ve never sean¬†before.)

…I’ll show myself out.

Are you going to the beach this summer? TAKE ME WITH YOU.

 

Fashion Friday SPECIAL EDITION: Interview with Amanda deLeon!

Today’s post is extra-special! Written by Megan Hargroder of Conversations LLC, this week’s Fashion Friday features fashion designer Amanda deLeon.¬†Amanda is known for her pieces’ structural focus, immaculate craftsmanship, and bold lines.

Megan asked Amanda how to wear capes–because honestly, none of us are doing that right (if we’re doing it at all).

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INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA DELEON

By Megan Hargroder

Amanda deLeon has captivated Southern fashion lovers with her clever, innovative, and yet wearable pieces since the very first New Orleans Fashion Week.

But it’s not just New Orleans giving her high praise! Amanda stole the scene as an emerging designer at last year’s New York Fashion Week.

Lucky fashionistas have been able to nab her pieces on her web store, as well as on Etsy, but we wouldn‚Äôt hold out too long to get your own Amanda deLeon original–this lady‚Äôs star is rising fast.

I sat down with Amanda this week (okay, it was an email interview) to find out more about her current Etsy collection of colorful capes and how we could go about rocking those IRL.

 

MEGAN HARGRODER: You’ve got 3 lovely capes on your Etsy store right now, and I’d love to tell people how to wear them! How would you, as the designer, pair each of these capes?

Orange Edwardian Cape by Amanda deLeon
Are you thinking of pumpkins yet?

AMANDA DELEON: I would wear that with a simple A-line dress that needs to be amped up, and a pair of modern sandals (for the summer). For a cooler climate, I would pair it with a women’s suit and some amazingly wicked shoes.

Mint Green Summer Cape by Amanda deLeon
Provides a gentle whisper of “I am way cooler than you, but you can talk to me anyway.”

AMANDA: I think this piece would be great with a classic pair of cigarette pants, patent leather pumps, and a pair of leather driving gloves.

Sheer Fuchsia Cape by Amanda deLeon
Everything’s coming up rosettes.

AMANDA: This, I see with a black satin fitted ball skirt with a mermaid flair, and a decorative bustier top…and a killer beehive.

 

MEGAN: What was your inspiration for creating this line of capes?

AMANDA: This Etsy shop is to sell my one-offs, runway samples, and random pieces created from collected fabrics. The capes were created due to what would work best with those beautiful fabrics. Also, capes need to make a serious comeback. They have an equal amount of power and femininity…dark and demure.

 MEGAN: What are you working on now? Could we get a sneak peek? (Even the tiniest little peek of a peek?)

AMANDA: My brand collection/work can be found at amandadeleon.com. As of this moment, I am finishing up a leather chest piece that is to be shipped to a customer in Germany.

This is the same chest piece that was sought out by Kat Von D. My crew and I are submitting the fashion film “R√©union de la M√©lancolie” to several short film outlets, as well as the¬†behind-the-scenes video of my show at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014, presented at the historic Algonquin Hotel.

Also, I am working on a few extra things that will be popping up into my online shop in the near future.

Rockstar status: Achieved.

Readers–have you ever rocked a cape? Pics or it didn’t happen.

 

FASHION FRIDAY: Go for a Romp(er)

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My friend Megan and I have been hung up on rompers lately. There’s something about the¬†freedom of having your shirt attached to your pants. You could do anything: climb a tree, do the can-can, drop-kick a hamster.

Obviously, it was time to find out what our Etsy romper options were. Here we go!

Clover Romper
Ken sold separately.

Here is a romper for those whose breasts defy gravity. Seller jordanderuiter clearly has a stockpile of lanky, doe-eyed brunettes just lying around to try on her designs.

Blue Jumpsuit
Mysteries of the universe: Where does her torso begin and end?

I don’t know why rompers are called jumpsuits once they have legs, but I guess we’re moving on to jumpsuits. Try this one from seller KSClothing on for size. I’m not sure, but I think it’s made out of blue raspberry cotton candy.

"Demure" Jumpsuit
If this is demure, I am a nun.

Then there’s this “demure” red option from seller ovonion. I suppose the fashion industry’s definition of demure has changed from “modest” or “concealed” to “only shows a little bit of nipple on its way to exposing your entire stomach”.

Black Jumpsuit
See that drop-waist? WINNING.

To finish on a high note, I’ll show you my favorite of all. This classy option from seller MDSewingAtelier¬†reminds me of a silky black blouse I once bought from America’s fine purveyor of fashion trends: Target.

The difference is that I wouldn’t leave this jumpsuit in the backseat of my car, bleaching in the sun for months while I pretended I was going to return it.

Do you own a romper/jumpsuit?? Can I try it on?

 

 

FASHION FRIDAY: Cony Lorm Fabian Com

Today I am wearing the most ridiculous sweater, which I got at a clothing sale full of stuff straight from Thailand.

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Why this face? I don’t have any others.

As you can see, my sweater is gray and a little bit too small for me. It’s also covered in zebras (some are colored, a la Yipes, the famous zebra of¬†Fruit Stripe gum fame).

Some of the zebras are saying something. It happens to be,

“Cony Lorm Fabian Com.”

This, dear friends, is the reason I bought the sweater. It makes no sense, and I love it unconditionally. So, in search of similarly lovable, nonsensical clothing items, I scoured the entrails of Etsy to bring you…

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Grammatically Incorrect Surprisingly Coordinated Fashion Friday!

Actually, I couldn’t find any clothing on Etsy that was grammar-related. And I’ve already done a zebra-themed post. So instead, here are some other things I like, in the random tradition of “Cony lorm fabian com.”

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Second grade-style. Look at that chunky heel.

How bout these lemon-and-stone sandals from seller AKIDILAV? I’m kind of a huge fan. They remind me of second grade, but in a way that says, “I am a dedicated second-grade receptionist. How many I direct your call?”

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YOU GUYS. THESE LOOK LIKE SO MUCH FUN.

You could pair those sandals with these tassel earrings from seller EPUU (I don’t know what is up with these all-caps seller names). There’s a bicycle handlebars joke in there somewhere, but I could never say anything sarcastic about these earrings, so let’s move on.

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Cherry blossoms! You know, because Japan.

Next, throw on this “tunic kimono blouse”e from seller wanderlustclothingHQ, which channels geisha style without going into the misogyny-and-lead-makeup-behind-the-scenes bummer deal. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, learn yoself.

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Sleek. And large. Which is, coincidentally, how my friends describe me.

Finally, this is the bag you shall carry to complete your ensemble. Seller Laroll clearly knows what’s up, because this bag comes in assortment of sizes–from “I’m a regular human being” to “Vastly pregnant and carrying my laptop, next week’s groceries, and all of my household pets too”.

Voila: Cony lorm fabian com! Seize the weekend!

FASHION FRIDAY: All of the Stripes

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In honor of my friend, Tory, who suggested I write about stripes today because we are both currently wearing stripes:

Here are some stripes.

Piano Dress?
TOO CHIC; CAN’T HANDLE

In the category of Things I Can’t Afford That Also Happen To Look Like Pianos, I give you this dress by seller iheartfink. It’s so impossibly chic, the seller even named it after Paris. Pretty sure you have to ask the fashion police permission before you put it on.

Urkel Shirt
Get picked out of your next lineup!

New for the Urkel in your life: this vintage shirt graciously offered us by seller ApplePickerVintage. It’s so hip, you can’t wear it into old folks’ homes because they get jealous.

Get it?

Okay, next.

Beach Hat
Doubles as a beach umbrella, backpack, and fruit basket.

Go nuts at the beach with this monogrammable giant striped beach hat from weirdly-named seller GladevilleFarmhouse. You’ll be glad it has your initials on it, when everyone else is wearing the same hat! Just kidding. That won’t ever happen.

80s Striped Knit
Killing it.

The last striped item is less about this striped knit shirt from seller VintageReBelle, and more about the fact that I would like this girl to be my best friend, please. Penetrating scowl? Check. Perfect bangs? Check. Portrait of sassy unicorn in immediate vicinity? Check, check, and check.

If you wear a lot of stripes–or you happen to be my new best friend above–holler at me in the comments!

FASHION FRIDAY: Peachy Keen

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Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I wrote Fashion Friday. Mea culpa. I’ve been exploring the realm of other topics–any and all other topics.

But today, everyone’s favorite rude Etsy round-up is back…and juicy.

Peach Bow
Let people know you’re a dimwit before you turn around!

We’ll start off simply with this little peach bow from seller myjustpeachyshop (wonder how they came up in search? Hmm). This seller offers a lot of hair bows, all of which are perfect for adding a darling dash of “I don’t know what I’m doing” to your boring workday outfits. Where are those reports? I don’t know; I have a bow in my hair. Who left pudding in the office sink? Wasn’t me! Look, I’m wearing a bow.

Peach Aragonite Necklace
This thing is struggling to break free and kill us all.

Then it gets a little more complicated. This “peach aragonite gold” necklace from seller friedasophie¬†looks like it has developed a life of its own. It will probably cut your throat while you’re wearing it, and I mean really cut it. But it’s so pretty, why not take a chance?

Peach Flats
Dance party! JK, you can’t afford these.

You knew some ballet flats had to make their way in here, and here they are. Seller thewhiteribbon knew exactly what I was coveting, and now I have to resist these suede-to-order shoes. Look how soft they are–like the outside of a peach, or a baby’s face right after it cries.

Peach Sundress
Bridal bitchface.

Last but not least, check out this serious chiffon sundress¬†from seller LYDRESS.¬†You may need to hire someone to stand behind you and hold it off the ground–and also to shield your modesty¬†from curious onlookers, because this dress looks sheer as hell. Anything for fashion.

Are you gearing up for summer with some juicy gear? Let me know.

FASHION FRIDAY: Navy + Black Leather

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Happy Fashion¬†Friday! Today we’re back to color combinations, because according to my eyes, too many of you are woefully ill-advised when it comes to which color goes with which.

Voila: navy blue + black leather. Simple, timeless, and really hard to mess up even if you have detached retinas.

Navy Blue + Black Clutch
Made from 50% blue cow.

Let’s begin with this clutch from seller JillyDesigns. Though I tend to stay away from strapless bags that demand you hold them like a small pet or underweight baby, I’d make an exception for this beauty. Notice how the blue complements the black. If you’re colorblind, send someone the link so they can notice for you.

Silk Panel Party Dress
Sass not included.

Next, I couldn’t resist this silk-paneled party dress from Australian seller ReverieAgain–despite knowing that no matter how dark the fabric color, I will always, always, sweat through silk. It’s like silk knows I am not classy enough to wear it, and turns my body against me.

Blue Resin Ring
Perfect for cocktail parties and breaking faces!

I’m slightly obsessed with this resin ring from seller metalsgirl. There are probably a¬†few¬†other things I would buy with my lottery winnings before dropping $110 on a ring, but you know, a girl can dream. And I definitely saw this ring in my dreams last night.

Leather Statement Necklace
Paint two black dots on your collarbone to complete the smiley face.

If that giant ring isn’t enough of a statement, try on this dominatrix-esque leather necklace from seller SartoJ. You don’t really need any other jewelry with this thing–and if you happen to get hungry, it’s right there to chew on.

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