Month: January 2010

Painfully Hipster of the Day: Granny Chic

granny chic

Vintage, Nordstroms Tights, Shirt via “LATE AUTUMN” by Megan Stewart.

I feel like Megan here pulled this outfit straight from my subconscious and made it even better than my imagination could fathom.

Argh! You win, Megan, you win.

Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2010-01-24

Painfully Hipster of the Day – Denim to Die For

vintage denim dress

Mega Thinker from My Mum via “Bye bye blue dress” by Mega Brinsmead.

Lately, only the slouchiest, dumpiest mini dresses do it for me. Something about the juxtaposition of slightly frumpy with sexy and short. Everything about this is perfect from the afterthought sleeves and perfectly-placed pockets to the whack of superfluous gold buttons. Dying.

Painfully Hipster of the Day: Horse Shit

vintage fur sweater, horse shirt, rose belt, vintage trousers, leopard tights

Vintage Pants, Leopard Tights, Horse Shirt from Horse Show, Vintage Fur Trimmed Sweater via “Horse Shit” by Megan Stewart.

An outfit with another name just wouldn’t smell the same.

The adorable Megan S. is a blackbelt in the art of thrift styling. Keen too. She got a girl boner when Goodwill Industries put her photo on their Facebook page in homage to that fact. Ah to be a Goodwill poster child for a day…

Painfully Hipster of the Day: if Diane Keaton had raised the Olson Twins

vintage fur, jacquard skirt, inspired by diane keaton

Vintage Fur Coat, School Girl Blazer, Polka Dot Jacquard Skirt via “Gossip girl..” by Fashion Infusion.

Let’s see. We’ve got “eccentric school teacher” on top and “Victoria Beckham goes grocery shopping” on the bottom. Its madness, and it works.

Painfully Hipster of the Day: Embellished

ankle boots, vintage belt

via “mrs. grumpy” by Angela D.

One foolproof concoction for an easy knockout is to assemble some flattering simplicity and frost it with statement accessories. Though the above knotted belt is designer, thrift stores are often rife with slightly obnoxious accessories like these (on my last roadtrip with Agent Ribbons, I must have picked up 12 amazing statement belts in a single thrift spree, 4 of them very similar to the one above and all under $2).

Confucius say: Accessories are a good babystep to putting a little more adventure in your garb and flourish in your manner. Load up!

Woah. Wha’ Happened?

Wait a minute, where were we?

It appears that in the midst of some majorly transformative personal time, 2009 ended in an anticlimactic fizzle and 2010 started out with a veritable atomic kaboom. Sorry for the unplanned hiatus, but I’ve been a busy thing. As of the new year, I am‘s new Budget Style Guide. Legitimately employed! I’d like to offer an obese thank you to all of you for your support.

What does this mean for Painfully Hip?

Only good things:

  • Daily links to my comprehensive articles. DIYs, How To’s, store reviews, Lists, blog posts, its going to be mental! My new About Budget Style website will be live next month.
  • The Painfully Hipster of the Week. Back by popular demand, Thrift Star of the Day will be resurrected using painfully underrated thrifted outfits from, Weardrobe and Chictopia.
  • Phasing out corporate ads! Many thanks to the wonderful BlogHerAds and Six Apart for making the last 2.5 years of my life possible! I love you! However, my goal has always been to make Painfully Hip’s sidebars a resource for wallet-friendly independent designers, vintage boutiques and exclusive online discounts.
  • The Usual Hip Shit. Still pumping out Painfully Hip Design Collective photo shoots, Check Me Outs, and Painfully Trip Travel stories from much more exotic locales. Painfully Hip will be nothing but pretty pictures, fashionable resources, foreign adventures, and hardcore fun, just like it was born to be.

PS Thank you to Lucky Magazine to choosing me as one of their new Alpha Shoppers and including me in your February and March issues!

Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2010-01-10

  • 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 #