Tuesday, April 23, 2013


..Better late than never, right? 

It's been a little over month since SXSW has left all of us Austinites (transplants) behind and I feel as though I'm still trying to recover. Throughout the seven days of the seemingly forever-long festival, I worked 45+hrs on one of the loudest and busiest streets of the fest, received less than four hours of sleep each night, never got home earlier than 3:30am, and walked over 10.2 miles in two days. It hurts my legs and makes my brain turn to mush thinking about how many miles I walked total that week. Needless to say, my legs felt like jello and my eyes felt like raisins for two weeks straight once South By ended.

Despite my body nearly failing me and being extremely exhausted, I did have a lot of fun. I was able to see the bands I wanted to see, hang out with friends I don't see near enough, ate free food and drank free drinks, discovered new bands while soaking up the sun like a cat, and somehow only managed to spend $3 total. I, too, am impressed.

Though the week had thousands of bands and events to offer, I was only able to catch a few. My week consisted of my ears and eyes being blessed by Solange, Charli XCX, Master P, Wild Cub, Jim James, Cirque du Soleil, Beach Fossils, Polyphonic Spree, The Orwells, Foxygen, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phosphorescent, The Rocketboys, The Wealthy West, and THE SPECIALS. Never in one hundred years would I have thought I'd have the chance to see The Specials! Despite my lack of exclamation marks, I was beyond excited.




THE SPECIALS (!!!!!!!!!!!)


* Please excuse my photo taking skills as I am not a professional photographer and was using an iPhone while drinking whiskey. *

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


IT'S MARCH. MARCH! My mind is blown on how fast February flew by and I'm so not prepared for anything that March has to offer! I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Spring. It just means Summer is that much closer (and let's be real, Texas summers are a big thumbs down) and it means that Austin will be over populated with an extra 50,000 people for at least a week. BUT! With SXSW coming up next week and Texas already hitting 90 degrees, what more of an excuse do you need to revamp your closet?! Spring is the second best season to shop for (Fall comes first). You finally have the chance to show your legs (sans stockings) in shorts and dresses, wear sunglasses almost 24/7 without looking like a tool, put bright colors on your lips, AND you have a last chance of wearing a leather jacket without yet sweating! So this is my March wishlist, full of my many lustworthy things I "need" for the season. What are your must-haves for Spring?


Two. Acne star leather ankle boots - Net-a-porter
Three. Cropped Riley biker jacket - AllSaints
Four. Floppy wide brimmed hat - Rag & Bone
Five. Apricot softcup bra - Lonely
Six. Verne Ashby jeans - AllSaints
Eight. Navy Dot Annie short - Rachel Antonoff
Nine. Black mary-jane flats - A.P.C
Ten. Lip stain in Spirited - Tarte
Eleven. Safari sunglasses - Zac Posen x Illesteva
Twelve. Marianna cut-out dress - Wren

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MY TOP 10 OF NYFW 2013

Leather toggle coats, jacquard capes, full petticoat skirts, knit dresses, knee highs, and hand-painted gingerbread and marzipan prints made the sister line of Valentino's collection both dreamy and whimsical.

Focusing on monochromatic hues with pops of red and violet made it easy for Wu to concentrate fully on shape and form. Sharply tailored outerwear with strong shoulders and small waists played key to his collection, adding along with sexily short hems. "Extreme femininity" said the show notes, made apparent by the structure and fabrics used in his collection: sheer stripes, flirty filmy skirts, exaggerated white collared button up shirts, peplum and leather detailing, and lace-printed clear plastic trenches.
Keeping the collection fun and youthful with pops of color and colorful clashing prints, the diffusion line seemed to take more of a "grown up" approach for its Fall/Winter collection. With strong influences from the 70s, Jacobs managed to show the elegant side of the genre using tailored separates, covered up dresses, and clean silhouettes. 

With images of Francoise Hardy wearing leather on a motorcycle being on Belstaff's chief creative officer, Martin Cooper's mood board, there was no surprise that the collection would be anything short of "cool". Being strongly influenced by a babe on a motorcycle, the collection revealed desirable, waxed cotton pieces, leather must-haves, both ankle and knee high leather boots, camel hued knits, and short swinging skirts made of bounded gabardine.

Subtly curved and molded silhouettes were the main theme in Proenza Schouler's Fall/Winter collection, making the models look soft, sophisticated, and feminine. Using a minimalistic color palette (black, white, grey, and rare use of pastel neutrals), it would make sense that the collection was inspired by the work of photographer John Divola, who had a series in the late 70s named Zuma, which "captured the slow decay of beachside structures". The boys behind the label created impersonalized tweed using woven leathers and woven tulle and used simple shapes giving the collection a twist on today's 60s modern.

Dramatic and plunging v-necks made a sexy statement at Alexander Wang's Fall/Winter show. After noticing that "everyone is kind of looking at the same things right now" (mentioned Wang during a preview of his fall collection talking about the fabric market), he strayed far away from Neoprene materials that now exemplify "modern" in materials technology. Wang kept with his theme of using minimal color and leather, but tried for something new using drop waist-line silhouettes and wide pleats. Though Wang stated he had his eyes on the 30s, 40s, and 50s, his collection was still edgy and aggressive with unexpected texture and proportions. Iridescent shine and woolen sweaters, knit skirts, fur, and ankle hemmed trousers kept the collection elegant.

Fitted and flared mini skirts, rubberized tweed jackets,  short sweater dresses, graphic a-line dresses, and quilted pants were just a few of the must-have and lustworthy items Rag & Bone had in their Fall/Winter collection. Using traditional english tailoring, the collection was clean, sleek, and modern showing very minimal layering. Modern shift dresses were worn over lovely ribbed knits, while menswear-inspired oversized and rugged jackets were paired with ultra minis. Plums, blues, and oranges played part of the collection, being balanced between black and olive hues making it easy on the eye and non-distracting.

It comes as no surprise that Phillip Lim is a genius when it comes to mixing materials together and layering the unthinkable. Lim named his collection Sono Mama, meaning "as you are" in Japanese, and was loosely inspired by the European Cafe Racer Culture, which was an underground sub-culture in the 60s. The phrase "cafe racer" was used describe racers parked outside of cafes and coffee shops. Cafe racers were into adjusting their rides into something more simple and minimal- the smaller the means of transportation, the better. Layering cognac leather, racer-back dresses, roomy shorts, long and oversized sweaters, and fur parkas, Lim achieved the ultimate neo-bohemian look that made every girl dream to become a road-tripping heroine. Each look had the right amount of structure and boldness without looking weighed down. Don't forget the unlined biker jacket and cross-body bags. *Swoon*

Fellow Michigander, Anna Sui, went with a psychedelic approach for her Fall/Winter collection. Sui paired together a skirt, waistcoat, and jacket for her first look worn by Karlie Kloss, and many were surprised to find out that the  whole outfit was actually a one piece that zipped up the back- just like in the 70s when girls who didn't have enough funds for separate pieces had to settle for the all-in-one cost-effective solution. Influenced and inspired by Anna Karina and Godard's films, Sui mixed textures, patterns, colors, and prints creating a French new wave feel. Graphic a-line dresses were layered over collared shirts and patterned sweaters while fun stockings were paired with printed frocks. Sui finished off her looks by pairing them with beaded neckties giving the feminine looks an androgynous touch.

"It's very simple, very straightforward, beautiful, and nice... Glamourous, but with a kind of sadness and melancholy. There's a romance to it." Marc Jacobs said about his Fall/Winter collection. Jacobs New York apartment was taken by Hurricane Sandy, influencing his collection on the forces of nature. The models walked not once, but twice down the runway. Inspired by Olafur Eliasson's "The Weather Project", Jacobs had the models first walk down the runway under a huge, fiery sun hanging from the ceiling. The sun's muddled and dim light removed all color, leaving the eye to only see in grays, blacks, and sepia tones. The second time around, the light changed to normal, this time leaving the eye to see the collection in full color. Sequins, mohair, sparkles, double-faced cashmeres and alpacas, and fur were some of the materials Jacobs used in his 40s meets 70s, yet modern looking collection. Layered sequins changed from navy to burgundy and from rose to gold, and slinky gowns were shown in liquid silver and gold and bronze. A-line jackets, high-waisted hot pants, and a soft and neutral color palette played a huge factor into the femininity of each look, while tailored and square-like jackets gave it just enough edge for the collection to be just perfect.

Monday, February 11, 2013


It's already February, which means it's almost Spring, which means it's almost "festival season", which means I'm totally not prepared. With  both SXSW + Coachella rolling around in just a few months, I find myself already stressing and pulling hair over trying to RSVP to as many parties as I can and trying to decide which bands I want to see over others. Thankfully, with festivals come tons of bands that are on tour; so if you miss one of your favorite bands or you're unable to attend said festival(s), fear not! You'll most likely have a chance to catch them in a city near yours.

One of those bands you shouldn't miss is The Rocketboys. The band begins their twenty-four day Spring tour this Friday (02.15) in Kansas city, MO and make their way throughout the Midwest + Northeast (with an Atlanta and New Orleans date too), and eventually end back in Texas just in time for SXSW. They'll be joined on the road by Mike Mains & The Branches and Dinner and a Suit. So if you're into clapping, dancing, and all things fun, I suggest you brave the blizzard storms and make your way to one of their gigs. Click here for full tour dates + the option to download a free tour ep!

Until then, if you live in or around the Austin area, come see The Rocketboys play after "Best New Artist" Fun.Stubb's this Tuesday (02.12) night. Click here for tickets.

And last, but not least - watch their 2013 Spring tour promo video shot by David Ruiz!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


One of my many new years resolutions was to start a new blog and keep up with it, so here I am.. once again.. with yet another blog. We'll see how long I can make this last!

I never know how to start a blog with its first post, but according to google, this is where I should share a little bit about myself. I'm a 22 year old Michigander currently residing in the heart of Texas. My life revolves around my lovely family + friends, my dog named Trousers, a sweet boyfriend named Josh, cupcakes, music, and fashion. I work at a local boutique called Parts + Labour where we only carry local artisans and designers. I collect magazines and gel pens. I have an etsy store called The Sun and The Moon where I sell vintage clothing and (at times) handmade goodies made by yours truly. I enjoy rainy weather and storms, record shopping, sketching and painting, scary movies, and trashy reality television. I wish Halloweentown and Hogwarts existed, and I believe that the world would be a better place if they did exist. I also wish I were a witch. I have a far from pretty voice, but karaoke is one of my most favorite activities. I have crooked teeth and I think that everyone looks like an asshole in a fedora.

With all that said and done, I'll leave you all with a photo of a freshly bathed Trousers.