So it turns out that I’ve had my head so far up my ass this month that I completely spaced on the fact that Painfully Hip had its one year anniversary along with its 400,000th visitor this month! Yay us! I can’t thank you all enough for visiting us and checking out our sponsors and just being generally positive and amazing all the time.
We’ll be in Chicago in a few weeks and are sort of planning a big, but not too big, last minute (head up my ass) Naked Lady Party / Clothing Swap for kids in that area. I can’t make any promises at this point, due to the limited time frame, but right now we’re trying to think of viable (and reasonable) venues for approximately 40-70 in that area so if anyone knows of one, comment s’il vous plait!
To my fellow bloggers… I am running a special on blog mastheads! Now through March 25th, I’m offering the ridiculously low price of $40 for a custom-designed header. You get to specify size, imagery and request unlimited drafts until you’re 100% stoked. Contact me at Painfully Hip Design if you’re interested.
In other news, I’m getting a puppy today! I had to leave my beautiful german shepherd, Malouk with her dad in Vancouver so there’s been a bit of a fuzzy hole in my heart ever since. So I’m off to the SPCA to save a life. Right after I go to the dreaded dentist. Wish me luck!
So serene. I want her to make me tea and offer me an afghan.
That wee jacket is exactly what i’ve been questing for, I just didn’t know it till now.
Also? Although those jeans come close, I don’t think there’s anything in the world more beautiful than 60’s Mick Jagger. Just saying.
Take one look at this lovely lass (and her amazing haircut) and you know you just want to buy out all the awesomeness at her Etsy vintage shop.
You just can’t go wrong with a bit of creative layering and some wicked vintage accessories.
Borderline frumpy choirgirl jumper, black tights and white pumps? Am I so jaded by fashion that I think this is completely awesomely hot in every way?
Even YOU could pull off cowboy boots and a track jacket with that piercing sneer. The uberhip haircut doesn’t hurt either.
Nevermind the Wonder Woman belt and the Jackie-O-licious shades, I want that car!
I can’t tell wear her tattoos end and her outfit begins. Love!
This is way too much gloriousness to keep track of (Feathers! Shoes! Luggage! COUCH!!).
I love the charm of the necktie and sweatervest, but the best accessory is the sleepy husband.
The silhouette is dreamy, but that newspaper clutch?? I want to take it to a posh art opening and just stand around like a nonchalant grampa all night.
I’m actually leaving to go camping in Joshua Tree National Park in about an hour, but i just had to throw on these pumps real quick for the sake of monochromity? monochromocrity? monochromicity? The shirt is a relic from my childhood that my dad designed for the tiny farming town we grew up in (it’s a painting of a cow and a sheep facing off, an illustration of healthy small town competition between Gardnerville and Minden, NV). The belt was thrifted for $1 and the flight bag was 25 cents (!) at a garage sale. So that makes the grand total for this outfit less than $8.
Have a great weekend folky ones. I’ll be back on monday night. enjoy the oscars (go p.t. anderson)!!
Wow, thanks for all the great feedback you guys! “Talented?” “Amazing job?” You’re just lucky you can’t see the inside of these. One word: Janky. I warned you there would be futzing! Seriously, I would do a tutorial but it would probably do you more harm than good. I literally just put them on inside out, pinned where I wanted to sew (my first mistake- i have pinpricks up and down my ankles now), and then just sewed them up in as straight a line as I could manage. That’s the beauty of altering cheap thrift finds, if you completely wreck it, what are your losses? …A bit of thread (more than I’d like to admit in my case) and a $2 pair of pants that you were never going wear anyway. So my advice is to just try to have fun with it and learn along the way. And remember not to punish your sewing machine for your sad lack of skills, it was only trying to help after all.
And although knitting is so frustrating for me that it makes using those giant needles to gouge out my eyes seem like a preferable experience, how HOT is it to see a guy with nimble fingers and excellent taste?
Fabulous. Maybe TOO fabulous (if you know what I mean).
My most favorite spring collection so far must be the indispensable Matthew Williamson. A joyous mix of MIA-licious tribal prints and splashy, feminine, citrus colours making me totally weak in the knees (images courtesy of Style.com).
So now, of course, i’m completely obsessed with smothering myself in a lovely, clashing mess of batik, chiffon and scarves. And although I think I’ll have much better luck altering some early 90s thrift store finds, there are a few lovely tribal-inspired treasures to be found online. Let’s go shopping, shall we?
If you know me at all (or can read the site description), you know that I’m mad about color, prints and audaciousness in general. But now that bright colors have been a trend for so long, classic black is seeming downright fresh. Here are a few international streetstyle picks demonstrating the impact of black and the magical way it shows off creative silhouettes and puts details and accessories in the foreground.
Hey everybody! Thanks very much for your well-wishings this week. My fever finally broke so I am definitely on the up and up and should be back to posting regularly by tomorrow. In the meantime, Sarah will end the hip famine with this inspiring little gem of a post. Thanks so much, Sarah!
What is it about street-style that makes people (like myself) compulsively check ten or more sites everyday? I believe it’s the quirk. The element you just do not expect to see. The new and innovative takes on a well-established tradition – which is what all fashion lovers adore most, is it not? Each season we wait with bated-breath to see the new collections put forth by our personal icons. Yet, all of this, this creativity and visual feasting, is now much more readily available on the internet. With daily updates from across the globe of real people taking sartorial matters into their own hands – who (for the love of fashion) could resist? Not I. Don’t get me wrong – there is still the art form that is high fashion and all the beautiful aesthetic outputs that results from it. But I can’t help noticing that girls on the street are inspiring just as many of the fashion forward these days as the runways. Perhaps these same girls are even inspiring runway looks. It’s those unexpected accoutrements and alterations – the dash of quirk – that makes street fashion absolutely perfect in its ‘imperfection’. And most of the modern designers considered significant use this element of the unexpected in their collections season after season. Case in point:
Moving in a zig-zag pattern from top to bottom and left to right: Miu Miu Carnival-esque, masquerader dress and a Reyjavik Looks’ girl’s seemingly DIY doll-face accessory . Suprisingly bright shoes with an otherwise somber look at Marc by Marc Jacobs and on Facehunter. And, lastly, inspired by the queen of sartorial-liberties Little Edie Beale, a look from John Galliano and yet another innovative Miss from Facehunter.
i’m really sorry i haven’t been up for posting very much this week, i don’t think i’ve ever been sicker than i am now. it hurts to type! i’ve been in solitary confinement in my bed with the plague, coughing up all types of critters since monday. but i ended up being able to open my eyes enough to watch the entire season of Project Runway Canada. it was really good. Iman was hilariously intimidating as the host. my favorite contestant was Marie-Genevieve, I’m sure you can see why when you see this clip (warning, spoilers):
“MG eez back in zee ‘ouse!!”
enjoy, you guys, I’ll be posting more as soon as I can lift my head.. and I’ll try not to die before then.