Month: February 2009

thrift stars of the day: cheeky chic

two girls kissing
originally uploaded by ibruisered for wardrobe_remix

This photo gives me the giggles. I love how there are three cheeky characters in this photo: one girl in a pin-up pose giving us the eye, smooching girl with a jaunty scarf, and the wind getting fresh.

I’m off to San Francisco for the day and I hope it feels just like this!
Happy weekend!

How to Build a Designer Wardrobe on a Budget

Megan of Charade (go there now) came to me with this seriously smart contribution on building a designer wardrobe on a budget and it got me to thinking: Could I go cold turkey on my shopping habit in exchange for a few seriously well-made and fitted designer darlings? Could I possibly hold out on the thrill of the hunt and that buzz I get from the very first donning of the newly-acquired…?

It is something to consider. And according to the quick poll I made of some fashionable friends, there seems to be a few different schools of thought pertaining to the subject of wardrobe fortification on a budget:

  1. Wardrobe Bulimic – You consistently have buying binges at thrift stores and discount clothing joints. You have perhaps 10 things in your closet you’ve owned for more than 5 years. Your style changes as often as your underpants. Your most inspired outfit is the one you just bought.
  2. Practicality Rules – You stick with tried and true key pieces year after year, splurging on a some quality staples and supplementing with quirky vintage and Forever 21 for your trend fix.
  3. Quality Over Quantity – You have a keen eye for the classic, yet eye-catching, the well-made and tres cher. You know what you like enough to plan out your purchases on pieces that will rack up plenty of mileage. You have willpower to covet because your wardrobe is small and organized, cohesive and classic. You always look hella (apologies) put-together.

Me? I started out Practical but am now a full-on Wardrobe Bulimic. Which school do you belong to?? You may change your answer after reading Michelle’s post. She is very convincing. And probably looks hella put together.

Thanks so much, Megan!


by Megan Hayes

(Note before reading: If designer wear is not your thing, substitute it for ‘quality’ and you might be more impressed.)

So, I know Painfully Hip is all about thrifty fashion for the weak of wallet, but I’d hazard a guess that you (yes YOU mystery internet browser!) could potentially get your wallet working a lot harder. Your money is worth more than you give it credit for (pardon the pun…) if you look at it logically.

None of us want to be label whores, selling our souls to the big names but, equally, I think we would all agree that a little more quality in our wardrobes would be a plus. I’m certainly coming around to the idea of a wardrobe that doesn’t just give something back in the short term, but keeps on giving, perhaps even years into the future.

I want more from my wardrobe, do you?

It’s All About the Attitude
Firstly, you need to alter your attitude towards clothes and allow yourself the determination not to be seduced by all the little bargain buys that you currently can’t resist. This is the only way you’re going to build a budget strong enough to splash out on designer items. A particular bonus of spending more on single items is that we will really start to think about what we are purchasing and begin really considering its place in our wardrobe. No more buying on a whim and regretting it; you’re bound to appreciate any item all the more if attaining it pushed you beyond a mindless swipe of your credit card on a busy Saturday afternoon in Target. Every item in your wardrobe deserves this amount of appreciation.

Quantity vs. Quality
It looks to me like some ghastly corporate consumer type started a nasty rumour back in the 80’s that we must all own oodles of clothes, then along came the Carrie Bradshaw walk in wardrobe fantasy to fan the flames of the very same myth. Add to that our basic human impulse to hoard, hoard, hoard and we’ve ended up with quite the recipe for wardrobe meltdown. My question is: why are we all buying (literally) into it? All it spells to me is more clutter, more stress in the morning and a positively mish-mashed personal aesthetic.

Take Your Time
Nobody’s saying you can snap your fingers and, hey presto, have a capsule designer wardrobe in mere minutes. It. Will. Take. Time. But understand that this will be a positive process in which you will learn to harness your personal style as well as your finances. The best thing about making this change, other than the envy-inducing collection of clothes you’ll have at the end of it, is the self-restraint it’ll teach you in all areas of your life. To thrive, and in turn have a thriving wardrobe, we need to forget this magpie, must have, grab and go consumer complex and start thinking about what we really need, in this case a wardrobe that actually works for us as individuals, not as a heaving mass market.

Rethink Your Idea of Designer
Start thinking of each item you buy as a ‘piece’ in its own right, rather than an addition to the heap. This is made far easier when we start to reassess what we think of as designer. Someone has put creative energy into fabricating a garment that deserves to be cherished, that is an artwork in its own right – that’s what designer means. And you don’t necessarily have to stick to the big names, there are the emerging designers of tomorrow who are probably putting more creative energy into their pieces now than they ever will again – it’s your job to suss them out, assess the quality, and consider the spend.

Save Your Money, Save Yourself
All these points are supposed to add up to a whole new attitude towards clothes and shopping. Here’s an example situation where this new attitude will be necessary:

You walk into a high street store, your eye is caught by a glitteringly eye-grabbing dress, it’s only £40 and you have got that event coming up at the weekend. You’ll probably wear it again and you’re so bored of all your other dresses. The stitching is fraying slightly at the hem but you’ll get a few wears out of it and, really, for £40, who’s arguing?

This is the type of occasion where you need to stop and whip your attitude into shape. Is this a dress from your dreams? Does it suit you down to the ground? Does it deserve a place in your wardrobe? Is it actually worth that £40 price tag you’re so quick to dismiss as a bargain? Come the end of the month that £40 might not seem like such a steal, £40 is £40 after all.

If this happens to you, say, 3 times on the average spree, and you grant yourself 2-3 sprees a month, that’s up to £360 you could potentially be blowing each month on clothes you don’t really need, or perhaps even want… Can’t quite believe it? Well, you’d better. That ‘I have nothing to wear’ wardrobe has probably set you back a small fortune, easily enough to have netted you several designer items.

Your wardrobe, your clothes, are likely to be integral to the way you live, the way you project yourself out to the world, and the way you feel as a part of that world. So don’t we deserve to give our wardrobes, and subsequently ourselves, a little more respect?

Now for the fun bit…

Which Designers Could You Realistically Afford?
You need to suss the market for designer wear that you can really covet and that is in your potential price range. Check out this article on 10 Must-Watch Fashion Designers for Young People by College Fashion for inspiration

Or consider these examples:

vivian westwood dress

This Vivienne Westwood Dress is £300. Now, how much do you wish you could swap that entire drawer of thinning cotton band t-shirts at £20 a pop for this baby in your wardrobe? £300 is a price you can aim toward, by the above deductions it could be less than a months spending, and for a dress with such a classic shape and great colour – it’ll be making you smile for years to come.

miu miu clutch

This Miu Miu clutch is £205. Pricey for a clutch? Yes. Wearable with practically every outfit you own? Also yes. This is an investment, it’s a luxury addition to your wardrobe, and it’ll be a veritable fantasy to walk around with.

Marni Maryjanes

These Marni Mary Jane’s will set you back £196 but really, what are we getting for our money here? Effortless style? Check. Classic design? Check. The envy of all out friends? Triple check.

sonia rykiel sweater

This Sonia Rykiel number is more than a sweater, it’s a statement; it’s a little slice of your personality in 100% cotton form. £160 it may be, but I ask you this: will it ever stop appealing to you?

Total: £861 but, honestly, any would-be fashionista is likely to be spending close to, if not more than this in a year already without even realising it. And yeah, yeah, you’re thinking ‘four new items of clothing a year? Do me a favour…’ and I hear you, I really do. The emphasis here is on building a designer wardrobe, as in, brick by brick, piece by piece.
You will be making a sacrifice – you get four fabulous items like these over the course of a year instead of a whole heap of high street garb. It will perhaps take many years to get your wardrobe acting the way you want it to, but it will definitely be worth the process.

This idea is totally up for debate, so what do you think? Would you swap cheap for chic if it meant living by a ‘less is more’ mantra? Or does thrifting bring you far too much joy? Do you hate the high street? Or can’t you resist a bargain? Discuss!

raise your hand if your wardrobe is circus*-obsessed!

By Mary Catherine

*(“Circus” being loosely defined here, as you will see below…)

I don’t think I’ve professed my love for Flickr here on Painfully Hip, but let it be known: I love it. I love the street fashion groups so much and of those groups, I especially love the Wardrobe Remix group (which is where, incidentally, Amber and I first happened upon each other). Partially because of it’s size, it’s variety, I find it very inspiring. If you don’t somehow work in fashion, or know lots of people who share your clothes-related urges, your fashion-life can be a little more lonely. It’s not unusual to be the only one you know who likes the things you like. But, like Painfully Hip, on Flickr–you will undoubtedly come upon a slew of other girls (and some guys) who like what you like also. Super neat. I love it. And because of my love for it, I’ve become a regular contributor. And lately, I’ve gotten a (totally deserved) hilarious theme in the comments I’ve received. For example:

I was told this looked like I was inspired by vaudeville:

(Hat: vintage, thrifted; Bow: made myself!; Top: h&m; High-waisted jeans: UO clearance; Shoes: h&m)

I totes see that and while I did NOT consciously plan it, I have to say, I am thrilled with the comment/compliment! I love that idea! At this point, there are very few things that intrigue me in my artwork (and in my clothes, apparently) more than an old-fashioned circus. Especially if it happens to be a french circus…hmmm….

The day after the above outfit, I wore what you see below, which I was told looked like both a circus MC, and a lady lion-tamer on her day off. Maybe the best compliment ever?

(Bow: made by me!; Blouse: f21, tea-dyed; Bracelet: thrifted, vintage; Overalls: UO; Shoes: h&m)

And then today I was asked to put together some outfits using gingham for Violet Folklore–one of my favorite blogs run by two of the loveliest girls–which was no problem at all because I LOVE gingham. Especially of the black-and-white variety. And so I went to work making an outfit around my favorite gingham pants (which I happen to have made, btw. Holla.) And lo, another circus-y, mime-y look:

(Hat: vintage, thrifted with a pin sent to me from Francesca of the snail and the cyclops; Blouse: thrifted, but it’s Erin Featherstone for Target; Pants: did i mention i made them??; Purse: vintage; Black bow bracelet: h&m; White bakelite bracelet: vintage, thrifted; Lace socks: anthro clearance; Shoes: gift)

And–mind you–this recurring theme still hadn’t occurred to me UNTIL I put my outfit BACK ON that I was already. I then realized: It’s true. I am circus-obsessed. And today I’m a Carny….

(Velvet hair bow: made by me!; bird necklace: anthro clearance; shirt: h&m; suspenders: $3 at a cheap-o store; jeans: Kohl’s jr dept on sale; socks: Old Navy 874 years ago; shoes: h&m)

I guess the biggest difference is that I have all my teeth, but otherwise….

And hey–all you P-Hippers–we’ve just started a new Flickr group with this sort of thing in mind! It’s called “This Outfit Inspired By _______” and we’d simply love it if you came by, joined up, and showed us your outfits and what inspired them! You can find it here. We can’t wait to see you there!

Depeche Mode

Not only the name of a questionably awesome 80s not-quite-goth band, but also exactly the phrase I’d use to describe eDressme’s design department:

Crazy fast fashion. I loved Amy Adams’ choice of jewels, by the way. Downright quirky!

A few things:

-We’ve got a giveaway coming up! Feast your eyes on the prizes at Little Red Fox and let our very own Mary Catherine know which of her sweet, sweet wares you are craving the most!

-Speaking of Mary Catherine, her exclusive Watson Twins interview has been published in The Printed Blog! Thanks, The Printed Blog! Check out Issue 5 -The Fashion Issue when it comes out tomorrow (Wednesday)! Congrats to Mary Catherine and another big THANK YOU to Leigh and Chandra for their time and their ultimate awesomeness.

-I decided to give you guys a little extra incentive to leave us your precious feedback. From now on, your lovely names (and “follow” blog links, if you have them) will be posted on the front page!

-Sacramentans! Make sure not to miss eWomen Network’s Real Women, Real Fashion Show – especially awesome if you’re a small business person like me. You can don your fave cocktail wear, drink “glowtinis, ” see some sweet formal fashion, and network your little asses off all at the same time!

Ok, I believe there is more… but it’s 63 degrees outside and the sunshine is calling my name.

Enid Collins Has Me BeDazzled

by Jill Sherman

Darling Jill Sherman of Trend de la Creme has an amazing blog and is now our newest contributor! This post RULES, I’m glad I poached her!

Thanks so very much, Jill!


While many of you were buckled down to watch the Oscar’s last night, I was hunched over my computer with bated breath, hoping to finally score a vintage Enid Collins bag I’ve been following on eBay. From 1959 to 1970, designer Enid Collins churned out a variety of decorated bags, each hand-painted and hand-rhinestoned. (You could say she was the original ‘BeDazzler’ of sorts — although a lot more ‘artsy’ and a lot less ‘fartsy’.)  And to this day, I’ve remained particularly smitten with her wooden box bags, each finished with leather trim, mirrors, brass findings and fasteners.

For many years, her bags had a small cult following. But when Neiman Marcus placed an order, demand catapulted Enid into “it bag” stardom. In 1970, she sold her business with the copyrights to her designs to the Tandy Corporation. Since then, her original bags have become highly sought after collector’s items with price tags ranging between $50-$500, depending on the condition. She has also created a small but faithful following among Blythe doll collectors looking to accessorize their dolls with high-end duds.  (Liz Retros has about 15 of them up for sale on etsy this very moment.)

For your viewing enjoyment, I have collected a small sampling of her early bags, each with it’s own distinct personality.  (Can you see why I’ve fallen in love?)

Images courtesy of Glumpire and Xie Kitchen

thrift star of the day: classic in construction boots

timbaland boots outfit
originally uploaded by non no yes for wardrobe_remix

Remember when your grandparents would make you get dressed up for some crappy religious holiday and you’d throw a fit when the patent maryjanes came out because dammit, your ratty-ass hiking boots are just SO COMFY?
Your grandma had no idea how cool you were that you were actually ahead of your time, spearheading the grunge craze.

Beauty Icons of the Century: A Painfully Beauteous Photoblog (pt. deux)’s Beauty Icons feature is “a monthly look at the faces who have made history.” No doubt about it, these stunnahs will likely remain in our collective subconscious for years to come.
Here are some highlights.

Debbie Harry
debie harry hammock
debbie harry stephen sprouse

Steven Sprouse knew it takes a certain type of woman to rock Day-Glo and Velcro, his cutting-edge additions to eighties fashion. Luckily for him, that woman—Harry—lived next door. The pair met in 1975 when Sprouse moved into her apartment building on the Bowery. Blondie’s self-titled debut album dropped the following year, and Sprouse decked the group’s frontwoman in slashed T-shirts, mini jumpers, and neon headbands. The asymmetrical one-strap dress she worked in the video for “Heart of Glass” was a Sprouse original, designed from a photo he took of static lines on his TV. In Harry, Sprouse found a figure whose downtown vibe was the real deal (this was before the Bowery came with a Whole Foods), and his experiments with the peroxide blonde vaulted her to icon status. Of course, that voice—and those cheekbones—didn’t hurt either.

Depression-Era Beauties

josephine baker nude
Josephine Baker, a.k.a. La Baker, poses in her usual choice of attire for a Vanity Fair photo shoot in 1929.

claudette colbert
Claudette Colbert leaves little to the imagination as Empress Poppaea in The Sign of the Cross, directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1932. Her equally unclad companion rocks some old-school gladiators.

jean harlow
Jean Harlow, Hollywood’s original Blonde Bombshell, vamps it up for the camera and shows off her namesake flaxen curls in 1933. Rarrh.

Myrna Loy
“Queen of the Movies” Myrna Loy in the film that made her famous, 1934’s The Thin Man. Loyal fans later formed “Men Must Marry Myrna” clubs after Loy’s performance as “the perfect wife” in The Best Years of Our Lives. “Some perfect wife I am,” Loy said about similarities with her character. “I’ve been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can’t boil an egg.”

Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck, in 1937, gets ready to rumble in Breakfast for Two. Swing ’em, sister.

Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers glams up a soda fountain, in 1937. Bet you wish you were that straw, huh, gentlemen?

Carole Lombard
A timeless Carole Lombard, photographed in 1938, shows off her skeet-shooting style in frames to envy. Dick Cheney, watch your back.


Here I am. That was the only line uttered by Veruschka—famous enough in 1966 to play herself—in her classic scene from Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup. But here was a case where action—those three minutes of leggy writhing on the studio floor for David Hemmings’ Bailey-esque fashion photographer—truly spoke louder than words. Forty-odd years later, the enigmatic German supermodel still looms large over the zeitgeist. Outsize both in persona and physical person (vital stats: 6’1″, size 13 feet), she is now the subject of a limited-edition, cloth-bound monograph from Assouline that fully illuminates her career and impact on the fashion world.

Anita Pallenberg
Anita Pallenberg
mick jagger and Anita Pallenberg

When Harmony Korine was looking for an actress to play a Queen of England impersonator in his quirky new flick Mister Lonely, he settled on an unexpected but inspired choice: Anita Pallenberg. If ever there was a First Lady of Rock, it would be the hard-partying, Italian-born beauty who held court over the Rolling Stones’ entourage—where pretty girls were as disposable as guitar picks—for nearly two decades. “Anita is a Rolling Stone,” said Jo Bergman, the band’s one-time assistant. “Her influence has been profound. She keeps things crazy.”

Carolina Herrera
caroline herrera
carolina herrera

With her deep-set eyes and alabaster skin, Carolina Herrera—who will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America this June—could have stepped straight out of a Goya painting. Back in the sixties and seventies, as she jet-setted around the world with her second husband, Reinaldo, and a pack of high-profile pals like Mick Jagger and Jackie Onassis, she favored dramatic ensembles by then emerging Italian designers like Giorgio Armani and Valentino and French couturiers Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro. Dubbed “la bombe” by Diana Vreeland, Herrera’s patented blend of classic formality and Latin theatricality—heavy on the Latin theatricality—landed her in the International Best-Dressed List’s Hall of Fame.

Donyale Luna
Donyale Luna
Donyale Luna

“Back in Detroit I wasn’t considered beautiful or anything, but here I’m different,” Luna explained of her success. “They were looking for a new kind of model, a girl who is beautiful like you’ve never seen before.” With her spellbinding features, ultramarine contact lenses, and seemingly endless limbs (she was 6′ 2″), she certainly fit the bill. And at the height of her career, she charged a hefty day rate of $60 because, as she succinctly put it, “Being what I am, I can get what I ask.”
As much a child of the sixties as the face of it, Luna spent her off-hours partying at Andy Warhol’s Factory and canoodling with the likes of Rolling Stones rocker Brian Jones and sometime paramour Klaus Kinski.

More Beauty Icons including Clémence Poésy and Vivian Westwood after the jump.
Keep reading: Continue reading Beauty Icons of the Century: A Painfully Beauteous Photoblog (pt. deux)

thrift star of the day: Katie did it

originally uploaded by for wardrobe_remix

She somehow managed to appear effortless, sophisticated and demure… while wearing the full contents of Rainbow Brite’s closet.

Billie Goat Vintage

Painfully Hip interviews The Watson Twins: truly, achingly, painfully hip times two

by Mary Catherine

Do you love music? Really good, soulful, music that sometimes has a country spark and sprinkle of folk? Do you love looking at tall, gorgeous girls who are also cool enough to be your best friends? How about two of them? Do you like creative, utterly individual soul-inspiring fashion? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please read on…

the watson twins

Most of you probably already know of the Watson Twins and if you don’t, you can thank me in the comments section after you read this. This indie-folk identical twin twosome first started getting noticed by larger audiences as the striking back-up to Jenny Lewis on her Rabbit Fur Coat record and have since released two solo records, including last years “Fire Songs.” I say striking because let’s face it–two 6′ tall gorgeous brunettes with great style is really fun eye candy for anyone who happens to be human. Also because vocally they seem to have ESP, following one another seemingly by pure instinct, as well as pulling off a crazy range of styles from a 60s soul vibe to a Carter Family-like bluegrass harmonic feast. They really are that good. But you know what else will break your heart? They are two of the nicest, coolest, easiest-to-be-around girls you will ever meet. They know no strangers, and I should know: we’ve been friends most of our lives and I could think of no better examples of what Painfully Hip is about: real individual style, done creatively, smartly and on a budget we can all believe in.

So at the risk of doubling as a Watson Twins’ fan site (see Diana’s fabulous post from yesterday–total coincidence, by the way!), here is my brief interview with the chanteuses–they were so sweet to answer the questions and snap a few shots of each other while hanging out on their current tour in Tuscon. Thank you so crazy much, girls!

(Chandra– top/vest: thrifted; high-waisted jeans: BDG from Urban Outfitters; woven leather belt (unseen): from her Grandma Julia’s closet; steeple boots: thrifted)

Mary Catherine: So, to start, tell us a little about your individual looks. You both obviously look very similar physically, but always utterly cool and stylish. And you each do it differently. What would you say your differences/similarities are?
Leigh: We both love vintage and shopping thrift, but where we go from there is in different directions. I feel like my style is a little more glam maybe, I like lots of bling!! 🙂 Chandra rolls more of the bohemian vibe… but I am slowly showing her that a little bit of shine goes a long way.
Chandra: I am a practical lady at heart and one who likes to be comfy and stylish all at the same time, so when I shop, I am always looking for basic key pieces to build off of… a skirt, shirt, vest, etc. that has a great cut or color… then I’ll pair it with a funky scarf or boots. Soft materials and interesting patterns always catch my eye and I am beginning to learn the ways of accessorizing, thanks to Leigh ☺, it can be very fun.

MC: Do you treat dressing for stage or tours and dressing for everyday life

Leigh: Totally, I take a lot more risks in the real world. I have made too many on-stage mistakes.
Chandra: Lots of things come in to account when dressing for shows. I like to take in to consideration the space, event, type of show, etc. and when we’re on tour you are also limited to the amount of clothes/items you have in your suitcase, so you have to try and get creative with what you have.

(Leigh–nautical onesie: thrifted and hemmed to shorts; scarf: vintage/her aunt’s; boots: vintage/thrifted Men’s Florsheim)

MC: Who inspires you or who are your fashion role models?
Leigh: Mary Catherine Garrison, 70’s Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt etc., Sienna Miller, I think she always has a definitive look even when sometimes it doesn’t hit the perfect mark.
Chandra: Definitely some of those 70’s folk singers come to mind, after all music and fashion tend to go hand in hand.

MC: What are some of your favorite local places to shop?
Leigh: The best stuff I find is usually on the road. Chandra and I try and hit thrift and vintage in our travels. You just never know what the Goodwill in Eerie, PA might have to offer.
Chandra: It’s true, LA can be kinda tough cause there are lots of vintage boutiques… so the thrift stores are often quite picked over. Small towns/cities across the country don’t know what treasures they have! We buy across the country and carry these items back home… add to the madness of our closets and this makes us very happy. It’s also a great reminder of the places we’ve been.

MC: What is your absolute favorite item in your closet right now?
Leigh: Suspenders.
Chandra: Steeple boots.

(Chandra–sweater: thrifted years ago; white t-shirt: ??; skirt: vintage, thrifted and hemmed; tights: h&m; boots: thrifted)

MC: Do you have a favorite or unforgettable fashion moment in your life?
Leigh: I think one of my favorite dresses to date is the one I wore to the opening night of one of your (Mary Catherine’s) Broadway shows…the black number with the painted peacock on the shoulder. A one of a kind, half-baked idea someone made and sold to me at a yard sale.
Chandra: In 5th grade I wore a baby pink Izod, florescent pink knit sweater vest and plaid shorts.

MC: What’s happening in the fashion world right now that you absolutely love?
Leigh: High wasted pants. I know everyone has very strong views about this look, but for my six foot tall bod, I love.
Chandra: Cardigan Sweater Revival, love it.

MC: Worst fashion-move you’ve ever made?

Leigh: Red tights and black short shorts overalls…in theory it works. (see question #2)
Chandra: I think I have successfully blocked them all.

(Leigh–shirt: vintage henley; suspenders: present from Chandra; high-waisted jeans: silence+noise from Urban Outfitters; hat: h&m; boots she bought on tour in Denmark)

MC: Do you either of you have a current favorite outfit?
Leigh: Levis, suspenders and an old school Henley or thermal.
Chandra: Short black full skirt, t-shirt and cardigan sweater.

MC: Who are you listening to right now?
Leigh: Bon Iver. (Secretly obsessed)
Chandra: Bill Withers

MC: Best fashion accessory?

Leigh: Hats.
Chandra: Again… scarves… my obsession.

MC: Any fashion tips/short-cuts you’ve learned and want to share?
Leigh: ACCESORIZE! You can go from plain jane to chic with the right accoutrements.
Chandra: Ditto. Always buy things that are flattering to your shape, good cuts and great materials. Even a simple piece that fits well, something that can be seen as boring, is a great place to start and can be dressed/funked up once you throw on some accessories.

**You can visit the twins at their official site: to see which upcoming tour dates are near you; be their friend on Myspace ; follow them on Twitter and to read about their adventures in touring, in the kitchen, with some of their fabulous friends, and their lives in general, they have a blog here.

the hidden joys of moving all your belongings, or how the watson twins may have ended my search for the perfect swimsuit

by Diana Deaver

the watson twins played at one of my favorite clubs in tucson last night, and while i thought i would be attending the show, apparently reality and my lower back were pulling for a quiet friday night in.

guess who won?

note to anyone who might be planning to move all their belongings across town and then see the watson twins in the same 24-hour period: don’t bet on it.

so i did the next best thing.  i internet stalked them.  (duh.)  and while most of us have already formed our opinions on how great (or not, i suppose – we’re all allowed to form our own opinions…) the watson twins are, i’d like to share a juicy little tidbit i unearthed that you may not have formed an opinion on yet, because – like me – you were unaware of her existence.  this tidbit is jenny reyes, stylist, vintage connoisseur (or so i’ve read…) and creator of the brand new label, geronimo



according to the interweb, the lovely ms. reyes has done quite a bit of stylist work for cute indie band girls, including create the costumes the watson twins wore while on tour with jenny lewis.  even better, this spring she’s scheduled to make her talent accessible to those of us who may not necessarily need touring costumes, but know an adorable bathing costume when we see one.  she’s designed a line of vintage-inspired bathing suits and shorts, which will be coming out just in time for the warm weather.


i have yet to uncover the price tags that will attach themselves to these fancy little numbers, but i’m guessing from their perfect appearance and the rumored high-quality of their construction, it will be way out of my league.

that’s fine.  i’ll just create a visual pep-talk on my computer with all the pictures i’ve snagged from her website, as i ready myself to march bravely into my tenth summer of searching for that perfect vintage swimsuit…