Second Hand

I was out and about today, trying to be good about shopping, but I caved. Painted Bird on Guerrero, is fast becoming my favorite shop, it’s nothing short of awesome. Thank god, it’s on the other side of town, so I have to make an effort to go there, but today I happened to be in the Mission, so I stopped in.

Black & White Tie Front Blouse….

Silk blouse.The photo doesn’t pick up on how vibrant the color is, it’s almost a neon pink with bright yellow and blue embroidery.

Marc Jacobs nude-colored silk skirt. This was a real find! I think it was like $30. I’m not sure if the beading was added at the factory or by it’s previous owner. But either way, I fell in love.

Cole Haan Espadrilles, these were $25 or something like that… practically new. I’m not a huge fan of rope shoes, but these are different, they’re just beautiful. Ok, I know, my apartment must be full of shoes, and let me tell you… it is.
The knee-hi socks are deadstock, and are fromVerUnica, on Hayes and Gough. Great Vintage shop! They also had some really great deadstock hosiery and dresses, but I was trying to be good, so I just got these because I could use some socks.

Two Skirts

As much as it sounds nice to be able to buy a new item of clothing every time there is some new event, the reality is that it’s bad for the bank account. Believe me, it is. So let’s take advantage of a few trends for ‘17, and that is, short and volume. I have two skirts that I love, that I’ve worn a million times. One is a black and white skirt from the Gap, purchased in spring 2014, and the other is an aubergine bubble skirt from H&M purchased in winter 2015. I still wear both the Gap & the H&M skirts, but I think they could be put to an even better use.

One thing I noticed is that my rib cage and my hips are about the same around. so pulling the skirts up to wear as a strapless dress (idea inspired from the Decades YSL dress/skirt). Some skirts will be to short, you can wear them as a blouse, Banana Republic has all these strapless tops. They are cute, but it can be done with what’s in my closet…

I’ve been wanting a bubble minidress for a while now… and it’s great to discover I’ve had it all along.

Good Jeans

The other day I was feeling blue, so I had the great idea to look for new jeans. Since for some strange reason, I’ve never really scoped out the new Bloomingdales, I went to see their jeans selection. All I wanted were high-waisted skinny jeans. Like the ones pictured above from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly… I didn’t find anything like this at Bloomingdales… but it was fun trying on a bunch of jeans.

Channeling Nan…

You may have remembered a few weeks back I posted about Nan Kempner. I’ve been very interested in her, being as my hero’s usually included Karen Walker from Will & Grace. And my grandmother who still even in her 80’s wears high heels and matching handbag. Women of classic style and quick wit intreauge me, so it was natural for me to post about Nan.

Well, guess what? The de Young Museum contacted me! They would like to use the image from my post, and asked if I could be involved with the exhibition. Mary Jo Bowling, from the museum has this idea to have a portion called “Channel Your Inner Fashionista” and have people submit their Nan Kempner-inspired portraits. So I think it would be fun to submit some more photos for the exhibition. Why not? It’s fun to dress up, and what better muse than Nan Kempner, the very definition of American Elegance.

I particularly find the way she mixed couture with regular clothing, the blazer and jeans are pretty much, corporate attire in California, but when she first did it, it was revolutionary.

‘Nothing can replace the cut, fit, and love that goes into a couture outfit: it has been made by an artist. And besides, it goes well with the Gap.’

So let’s play dress up! How about send in some pics of you in Nan Kempner attire, and we’ll post them up! Also, from here until the exhibition opening, I’m going to post a little quote and fact about Nan, to get you inspired.
: )

Screen Muse

Some time ago, I was reading Swan Diamond Rose’s post about Seduced & Abandoned a film by Italian director Pietro Germi the stills she picked are just stunning, and so inspirational, it’s probably the post I think about when linking film and fashion. I love film, it’s such a beautiful way to tell a story, so inspirational. I love the visual treats and escape from reality that I can only really get from sitting in the cinema watching a really great film.

Film has become a personal resource refining my visual language, particularly in recent times when Poiret is at the Met and Gatsby is on the runways. I guess, I could just take my inspiration from inspiration… if that makes any sense, or I could look straight to the source… Luckily, the 12th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival is happening this weekend. I love the film festivals at the Castro Theatre, like the Noir Film Fest in January… it’s required to see at least one per year. But I’ve never seen a silent film, only read about them, and seen stills. It would be nice to take a peek into an era long past. I mean, even my grandparents are too young to have watched silent films in the cinema (they were born in the mid-1920’s) And my great grandparents? They are long gone. So I guess, nothing really quite ignites the imagination than time and beauty. If you want to know what I’m doing this weekend, I’ll be at the Castro Theatre eating popcorn & diet coke for dinner.

What lies beneath

I’m sure many of you have felt the push/pull duality of the female sexual personae. Personally… I have. Trying to find the comfortable place where I can feel good about my feminine powers. It’s been a long hard journey. I was one of the girls who developed early, and was catapulted into womanhood. I think I spent a good deal time testing out various identities, slouching, dressing in clothes that looked like a potato sack, no make-up, super tight blouses, cleavage, turtle necks… etc.

Probably one of the biggest things I did was try to hide my intelligence by speaking like a valley girl (a habit, to this day, has not been broken). Oh well, I guess you just have to get to know me to realize I’m not a complete space cadet!

There are so many mixed messages about what is sexy for women. I for one, do not feel comfortable being anything other than my evolving self.. whether it’s a short-shorts hoochie mama, or suited-up corporate woman. It’s also refreshing to note that there are women who throw out the notion of a dualistic feminine nature create and own their own sexual personae. From a latex fetishwear company Atsuko Kudo to Locher’s not-so-nice embroidered shirts, to Japanese “not-so-slutty” garders. It’s very liberating and inspiring to be able to integrate more of these details and nuances in my attire, in such a subtle way…

For Frock’s Sake…

It’s hard to say if I’ve ever spent more time browsing through a vintage clothing website as I have on The Frock (sorry Cameron Silver!). Hours, and that’s the truth. It’s almost like visiting an online costume museum. Picking some pieces to show you were probably the hardest part, there was a Victorian mourning gown that I still can’t get out of my mind.

Living in a city where I can wear coats all year around, looking for a jacket or a coat that’s something beautiful to wear as well protects from the fog and wind. Honestly, I’m not into the trench… it’s ok, but I do love these flapper coats, the silk velvet and brocade opera coat, and the silvery brocade deco coat, simply gorgeous. (The flapper headdress is also on this site, was owned by the silent film star, Norma Talmadge).
Thanks Adian for showing me this lovely site! I just love it!

Inspiration Within

Where does personal style come from? How do you know whether you are a master or a slave to fashion?
I don’t know the answer to that. Fashion156 featured an interesting quote on style…

According to model booker Sandra Robbins, “a style icon is someone who relates to ‘her time’ and dresses ‘in fashion’ with a personal twist/signature.”

It lead me to ask, who inspires me, style-wise? Admittedly I don’t know much about fashion, I’m learning every single day who designs what, or even about models (I just can’t keep up). I spent the majority of the morning contemplating who I find to be the most stylish, who, I would like to aspire to be like. It’s very difficult for me to chose an actress, or a model, simply because I’m not sure if they are the ones who make the decisions. They may be beautiful, but are they visually literate? With celebrity stylists and personal shoppers, I can admire the outfits, but with today it’s hard to tell
what’s real and what’s styled and Photoshop. (Even, I am Photoshopped… eh… sometimes).

The one person who I imagined could take my breath away, is Georgia O’Keefe. From early 20th Century Stieglitz portraits through her old age, she’s stunning. If ever there were a campaign for growing old naturally, she’s it… as I ponder how I can scrape the funds to start a botox habit, O’Keefe, shows me that beauty and style comes from something we can’t see. It’s a presence that permeates every section of our being. Of course, visual literacy helps… but those are only details.

So, I’ve shared my inspiration… who is yours? And why?

Frau Now

I have always been a sucker for graphic design. I hate to say it, but I do judge books by their covers and even refused to read poorly set type. That’s why when I came across Frau Blau, an Israeli design duo I was smitten by their presentation of their winter line.

The collage/illustrations are just so wonderfully executed, and they give me enough of an idea of the cuts and textiles. I wonder if I were a designer I would try to have my look books illustrated, if anything but to stand out from the rest of the pack. Heck I fell for it. Besides, the dark whimsy kind of reminds me of Edward Gorey, one of the few people to delightfully make light rather grim stories (you know like The Gnashleycrumb Tinies).

New Year, New Zealand

I arrived in New Zealand on New Year’s Day. I did fly here but judging by the lack of posts, you may have thought I’d sailed here! We flew via San Francisco and stayed a few nights. San Francisco was freezing but fun and all a bit of a blur as we were recovering from jet lag and the big house move. I think I saw the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and some cute shopping areas such as Chestnut Street.

We arrived in Auckland and then began our road trip towards Wellington. The scenery was everything you imagine New Zealand to be. Blue skies, warm weather, sheep and vast open spaces! When we hit Wellington we found it to be stunning but it still had that urban feel. We decided to rent on the outskirts for awhile until we decide where to buy / work / find the place of our dreams!

I have lots to catch you up on and to share over the coming weeks like the shop in Wellington selling great second-hand jeans for $4 (I’m talking Abercrombie and Fitch), the place to buy organic, package free food and the best dark chocolate (organic, fair trade and lecithin-free). I also have to show you how I survived traveling on the ‘tiffin box diet’ to avoid plastic and fast food and I also have to show you how we are setting up house from scratch, the ethical way.

It definitely feels like the start of a new life in New Zealand. I’m excited to share some of the journey here on Green Lashes and Fashion.

BTW, here’s a book I found on the shelf of the place we are renting. Hope it’s a sign of things to come!

Tara x