to the windy city

AWP took us to Chicago a few weeks ago. 
Wicker Park, the contemporary art museum, 
great vintage shops, uh-mazing pizza 
and the blue line will bring me back.


I love you, man.



These Kids

Lately I've been feeling old. Age is just a number, and youth is a feeling. I'm trying to remember.

Last night I devoured Patti Smith's "Just Kids". She absolutely grew up in a different time, a world that doesn't exist anymore. That may be my favorite part of the story, the little bits and details of a turn of the century upbringing, a  life that is gone with the wind. Romanticized, yes. Romantic anyway? Absolutely. Young, poor, in love, artistically driven, sentimental, eager, shy, conflicted, excited about life. Simple writing with little heart aching moments on every page.

I've also been obsessed with Portlandia lately (okay, as of yesterday...). The last clip is from their tour, watch full episodes on Netflix. 


For the sake of old time (feelings)

An always make you teary eyed song, sung by the cute little whipper snapper, Julia Topaz.

It's a beautiful day (in the 60's here, what?) and someone next door is playing cello, I can hear it clear through the wall.

So here's to 2012. Think it's gonna be a big one.


the lady behind the lens

Sweet and fun little interview with Jeana Sohn, the woman who started the blog we all wish we would have - - the utterly addicting Closet Visit. I'll go ahead and be a snob and say I've been frantically following this site since her very first visit with Heather Taylor, before the .com ever came to be. I waited anxiously every Sunday night/Monday morning for her latest addition to be posted. All of her success and talent have of course only lead to many more projects, all as great as the last, but damn, Jeana, I need my Closet Visits! Mondays were never so good... :)

Jeana is, aside from everything else, an incredible artists. Her photography on Closet Visit is as carefully curated as the characters and creatures in her paintings. I can't explain the feeling I get when I look at her work, but it's something like a summation of all the things I crave for when I think about beauty, or prettiness. Hmm, it's also a little like looking at Closet Visit. Her work seems sweet and incredibly thoughtful, and probably a lot of other things I'm failing to accentuate right now. Anyhow,

Interview here.

Jeana's Artwork, here.


The Golden Age of Radio

I hope this will always be my anthem.
                                                   Golden Age of Radio by Josh Ritter on Grooveshark


ahh, fall.



DIY: Metal Tipped Collar

I've been lusting after numerous metal tipped collars that I've seen all over the internetz and some that I've even had to handle and put the expensive tags on at my job. They're all so pricey, which really gets me down because they are also all pretty much sweatshop made, and I refuse to spend mass amounts of money on products where basically 0% of the profit goes to the person who made the garment. In this respect, designers (and the corporations who sell their brands )make me sick, but that's a tangent for another day.  Anyhow, a lovely little DIY from Cats & Rocking Chairs.

You'll need:
-Card Corners 
(Found at a craft or supply store, also used for photo edges in scrapbooking)
-Matching (or not) thread
-Sewing needle
-Any pointed collar blouse 
(I'm going to use one of the many silk ones I've thrifted over the years)

Good luck, friends!


Menswear in a Woman's World

errday, allday

Menswear, Menswear, Menswear!

Sick of me blogging about this yet?

ahhhhhhhhhhhh, fall.