Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2009-12-27

  • Now freshly employed by the New York Times! Associated Press pass, please! #
  • Thank you, Jeanette! RT @netscribe: @painfullyhip Congrats on your new gig as About Budget Style Guide. Awesome. #
  • will be impersonating Edie Sedgwick in the vicinity of the people who actually knew her – Angie Bowie, Billy Name and Holly Woodlawn. YIKES.
  • Hilarious prank, iPhone tarot app. You gave me The Hermit for my love card today. Burn! #
  • http://twitpic.com/vbfn4 – Testing123 #
  • http://twitpic.com/vbftk – Still thinking about last night's feast. In my face! #
  • At the hippest Belgian beer bar on the Haight. #
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Shoe-bang! Top 10 Fashion-Forward Ankle Boots Under $50

I’m terribly sorry for being mostly MIA these last coupla weeks, and not in a good way. I’ve been all over the map, burrowing my way through a glut of writing assignments, and completely and totally camera-less. This fact was especially stingy through my recent Agent Ribbons tour… Those ladies know how to DRESS. We took Farmington, MO by storm, I tell you what!

Of course, I have been thinking about fashion. Always. And lately I’ve been thinking about bondage-inspired ankle boots. About.com asked me to write a few pieces for them and here is my latest.

In past decades, le dépêche mode (fast fashion) was our enemy when investing in the trendiest boots. Who wants to adopt an expensive trend that might stale at any moment? Ankle boots, however, have been huge for the last several years and show no sign of being set free from their prominence. In fact, the latest ankle boot trends show the opposite sentiment: a tendency towards bondage. If you’d like to dabble in this “fetish” without breaking the bank, here are my top 10 picks that feature a plethora of buckles, harnesses, straps, grommets, laces, studs, cuffs, and even cages. Let’s get chic!

1. Strappy Buckle Bootie – Overdose on buckles! Why not? These easy-entry suede boots with a back zipper are only $26.40.

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GoJane.com, $26.40

2. Engineer Ankle Boots – Harness boots with a rustic flavor and unique gold studs.

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Forever21.com, $22.80

3. Leatherette zipper caged heel – This style walks the line between Yves St Laurent’s famed cage heel and Alexander McQueen’s motorcycle zipper bootie. Either way, you’ve got this trend under lock and key for only $25.20!

GoJane.com

GoJane.com

4. Black Patent Lace-Up Ankle Boots – Simultaneously practical and daring, these stunnahs are wearable, warm and only $44.

NewportNews.com, $44.60

NewportNews.com, $44.60

5. Bunny Ankle Boots – Paired with black skinny jeans and a shrunken leather jacket, anyone could pull off these exaggerated cuffs with aplomb.

Forever 21, $27.80

Forever 21, $27.80

6. Crinkle Leatherette Lace-up Bootie – Rugged styling with ultra feminine details, like tassels, macramé and a sky-high stiletto heel for a mere $29.40!

GoJane.com, $29.40

GoJane.com, $29.40

7. Multi Strap Platform Bootie – Edward Scissorhands himself might covet this boot, Just imagine how nicely they would toughen up that floral body-con dress you thrifted last week.

GoJane.com, $31.50

GoJane.com, $31.50

8. Greta Wedge Boot – These boots are probably my tamest choice, but only because the last pair whipped them into submission. I reckon these beauties will still be chic next year, so you’ll get your $32.80 worth and then some.

Forever21.com, $32.80

Forever21.com, $32.80

9. Finella Bootie – Wear this corseted peep toe with layers of tights to keep your toes warm in cooler climes.

Alloy.com, $44.90

Alloy.com, $44.90

10. Zipper Cuff Peep Toe Bootie – Like a motorcycle jacket for your feet! What’s not to love?

GoJane.com, $26.80

GoJane.com, $26.80

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Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2009-12-13

  • OK, Oklahoma, don't be too hokey, okey dokey? #
  • Just bought 4 pairs of underwear at a thrift store in Kansas. NWT, but also made from 83% modal?? Mysterious. #
  • Just scored a kickass pair of Zodiac boots for $3 in Ottawa, Kansas! #
  • Check out my new look "Factory" on LOOKBOOK.nu: http://lkbk.nu/look/343285 #
  • Eleven hours of driving today. Woo. I think my ass may be developing an Astrovan-patterned rash. At least we're heading due south! BRRR. #
  • Spotted near Amarillo, TX. Blessed Mary's Ameri-Tex-Mex Restaurant. IS NOTHING SACRED? How could anyone exploit mexican food in such a way? #
  • So we drove from Chicago to NM free of weather issues… et voila! BLIZZARDS all the way to Albequerque! Forced to take the LONG way to Phx! #
  • In spite of blizzards, @AgentRibbons will be rocking Trunkspace in Phoenix tonight!! 8pm! I've got Edie earrings for ya at the merch table! #
  • Soaking up the vitamin D on the beach at Santa Monica Pier, sucking down Guiness. Hello reset button, its been a while. #
  • Don't miss @AgentRibbons at the Bootleg in LA tonight! SO GOOD! Edie earrings, vintage belts & me at the merch table (the latter not 4 sale) #
  • Don't miss @AgentRibbons at the Bootleg in LA tonight! SO GOOD! Edie earrings, vintage belts & me at… http://schmap.it/RRqNmg – Please RT! #
  • In a room full of Beautiful People, Spandex and gold lame. #
  • Two words. SWEATY SUNDAYS. Seriously, do it. @SweatySundays #
  • Ended up getting into this mind-meltingly arresting dance performance. Plus endless sangria refills. Oh hell yes. #
  • Perfect show, @AgentRibbons ! Murdered. #
  • Double macchiato and thai red curry. #
  • L.A. is constipated and won't let us out. #
  • This joint ain't bad! Hip. Good taps. #
  • Soda Bar in San Diego tonight! #
  • Pretending to text in an awkward situation. #
  • Now freshly employed by the New York Times! Associated Press pass, please! #
  • Thank you, Jeanette! RT @netscribe: @painfullyhip Congrats on your new gig as About Budget Style Guide. Awesome. #
  • will be impersonating Edie Sedgwick in the vicinity of the people who actually knew her – Angie Bowie, Billy Name and Holly Woodlawn. YIKES.
  • Hilarious prank, iPhone tarot app. You gave me The Hermit for my love card today. Burn! #
  • http://twitpic.com/vbfn4 – Testing123 #
  • http://twitpic.com/vbftk – Still thinking about last night's feast. In my face! #
  • At the hippest Belgian beer bar on the Haight. #
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Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2009-12-06

  • Check out my new look "My heart stays here" on LOOKBOOK.nu: http://lkbk.nu/look/334577 #
  • Check out my new look "Edie on my mind in San Francisco" on LOOKBOOK.nu: http://lkbk.nu/look/335431 #
  • This is the CUTEST!
    Mary me? http://lkbk.nu/look/98075 #
  • Pretty sure I've got this thing NAILED. #
  • Christmas tree shopping in Chicago! Snow tomorrow. #
  • Current locale: behind the merch table, Farmington, MO. Woo! #
  • Headed to Kansas City where we're staying with millionaire restauranteurs. I suppose i've had enough Old Style for now… :) #
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A Painfully Pithy Roadtrip Update and the Links a la Mode for Dec 3

Well hello.
Jeez Louise. I’m terribly sorry for not getting to update more often – the destinations have been sparse and oddly lacking in internets. Alas, this week has been an avalanche of merrymaking and one helluva lot of driving, all punctuated with writing deadlines, a few small dashes of heartbreak and bliss, interesting weather and imperishable sunsets. However, the craziest of things are swirling around my immediate future, so stick with me!

A Painfully Pithy Roadtrip update follows.

Agent Ribbons whisked me away from my jampacked week in Chicago for a quick and lovely stop in Farmington, MO where we scored some pristine vintage frocks (thanks, Unique Ink!) and then worked our way over to our current location, Kansas City. They put on a SHOW last night at O’Dowd’s – if there had been a stage, we’d have surely seen a crowd-surfing violinist.

Tonight we’ll be at the 75th St Brewery in Kansas City. I have some gorgeous Wingflash earrings for sale at the merch table (including some doozies from the Edie Sedgwick shoot), so come kill 3 birds with one stone and do some Chistmas shopping and drink some delicious beer, while watching birthday girl, Natalie warble her delightful cabaret-infused ditties. See you there!

And here are the Links a la Mode from IFB!

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Links à la Stocking Stuffers

Edited by Fashion Pulse Daily

This week, as I’ve been getting geared up for the holiday season’s shopping ( both loving and dreading it) via Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I couldn’t help but compare the posts to stocking stuffers. Why? Because it felt like a nice, sentimental hodge podge of little items that although different, still fit together into the the bigger equation, hence my new phrase, “Links a la Stocking Stuffers!” Although I jest, I love the variety of posts this week, from how to style and what to wear including Retro Chick‘s guide to ’40s hair for holiday parties, CoolMamaStyle.com’s tuxedo jacket, The Coveted‘s adventures in Century 21 and What to Wear‘s Art Basel fashionable looks, to Prom Mafia‘s run in with Black Friday and SwaySwayAway‘s blissful tactics to keep your computer off on Cyber Monday.

As expected, there was a fabulous round-up of links in the forum as well, all worthy of your eyeballs!

Links à la Mode : December 3rd

  • 39th and Broadway – How zoning may save the fashion industry
  • Bonne Vie – talking about Knockoffs and why making accessible fashion isn’t a bad thing
  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Interview with Katie Mackay of What Katie Wore, as she reaches the end of her year-longstyle challenge, to wear something different every day!
  • CoolMamaStyle.com – Binge or Bargain: Black Tuxedo Jacket
  • Fashion Pulse Daily - Saks Fifth Avenue & Windows 7; an unlikely pairing for the holidays!
  • Fashion XK8 – Explores Fashion through local anthropology
  • Girl Friday – Mad About the Tote
  • Little Miss Makeup: Smoky Eyeshadow: A Timeless Makeup Trend
  • Oranges and Apples – Fashioning the Future: my favourites from the 2009 sustainable fashion awards
  • Painfully Hip - Edie Sedgwick takes San Francisco (she was born a California Girl, after all)!
  • Prom Mafia – Surviving Old Navy’s Black Friday Sales
  • Rags to Reverie - How Essie got me to embrace nail color once again
  • Retro Chick – A Step by Step Guide to Easy 40s Style Party Hair
  • Style Symmetry – Blog to Watch ~ My Mom, The Style Icon
  • SwaySwaySway -A short and humorous guide to beating those seductive Cyber Monday urges
  • [the 3st] - Interview with Hungarian Designer Dora Mojzes, recently featured at the Marie Claire Fashion Show,
  • The Art of Accessories - helps you find a gift for everyone on your list with the 2009 Winter Gift Guide
  • The Coveted – Finds designers at an old favorite discount department store, Century 21
  • The Door in My Wardrobe – A lengthy post about fabric weaves and fibers, helpful for vintage hunter
  • The Working Wardrobe - Check out these eco-friendly ties that work with your outfit and your office dress code.
  • What to Wear -Art Basel Miami Beach–the most important art show in the United States
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