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Not naked 3.6.10

“Duuude — the dress got pocks.”

… so says my face in this picture.

Got this dress for a steal at Buffalo. It’s obviously an older piece, probably an Amish school teacher dress with scissors taken to it. I was super psyched to wear it and put non-Amish friendly things in my Amish-friendly pockets. Think blackberry cell phones. Yesssss

However, the Amish dress took its revenge on my Rumspringa and when I retrieved it from the wash it had frayed and unravelled to an absurd degree because it had not been hemmed when the previous owner cut the length. And I naively thought it would be fine.

Le sigh.

Quick blog post, more posting later. I’m off to work out and chill by the pool with some hep cats.

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Not naked 2.27.10

I’ve been a bad blogger, but I’m still learning. I’m really good at collecting content every day, but I’m not so great at posting that content every day. It really makes no sense why I don’t just put in the hour of work or so to compose a blog post. It must stem with my Writer’s Block-inducing fears of taking words out of my head and putting them on a page! (Maybe that’s why I am most productive late at night … I’m too tired to feel inhibited.)

This was Wednesday’s outfit. Wednesday was a beautiful day. No work AND no classes! All morning UT classes were pre-emptively canceled due to ice fears. HA! Wednesday was a beautiful, sunny, spring day. Oh Texas …

I spent my free day down around 2nd street with Michelle as she applied for jobs. I visited the Cafe de Crepe (more on that later) while I waited.

Top: Savers — $5
Belt: Birdville High School Costume Closet!
Shorts: Wal-Mart — $12
Necklace: Hand me down?
Tights: Target — $3 on sale!
Boots: Forever 21 — $21.80

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Not naked on 2.25.10

She wore a raspberry beret
Kind that you find in the secondhand store
Raspberry beret
And when it was warm, she didn’t wear much more

I’ve come to realize that The Universe will not excuse my procrastination. I took an outfit photo in winter wear about 48 hours ago and now it’s spring (again?) in Austin. It looks kinda silly posting a picture of my snow outfit when I wore a sundress today!

Beret: Scarborough Faire! – $25
Jumper: Wet Seal – $12
Shirt: Target – $5
Tights: Forever 21 – $4.80
Rainboots: Forever 21 – $27.80
Necklace: Forever 21 – $7.80
Belt: Savers – $4

Tuesday was free pancake day at IHOP. Becky and I took the children (Travis, Debo, and Michael) to get pancakes down at the Cesar Chavez location. I gotta say — free pancake day is probably the only time I’d ever go to an IHOP in Austin. There’s just too many better breakfast establishments around here to visit instead! Although free pancakes aren’t actually free after tip, and a donation to the children’s hospital — it’s still fun to know that your dollars are going to a good cause instead of lining some pancake president’s pocket. (huzzah, hows THAT for alliteration??)

Oh and the host at IHOP? Totally greeted me by singing “Raspberry Beret.”

YES!

I was sort of hoping all day that someone would think of the song when they saw me. And when they called my party? “Raspberry — table of five.”

DOUBLE YES!

And when we returned back to MHD after the flapjacks?


This little tiny snowman was all that remained of the spontaneous snowstorm.

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Not naked on 1.27.10

Not too exciting of an outfit, only wore it to class. Tuesdays are my really loooong class days; I wouldn’t have time to do anything else even if I wanted to! I really like purple, can’t you tell?

T shirt : Target ($10)
Shorts: Dayna gave them to me
Leggings: Wal-mart ($12)
Sweater: Wal-mart ($10)
Boots: Delias ($25)

I should probably be embarrassed because of the amount of Wal-Mart in this outfit. Meh. It’s cheap and I think it looks cute. When I’m a famous performance and multimedia artist a la Miranda July, I’ll shop at classier venues.

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Retailers predict ’90s revival, vintage trends as season heats up

By Kayla Freeman

Daily Texan Staff

Although the calendar may say it’s still the middle of winter, the recent blessing of Texan sunshine and balmy temperatures shout spring’s awakening. It’s time to put away the cozy — but unflattering — uniform of sweatpants and UGG boots and explore the emerging fashion trends for the new season.

Malinda Ballard, a retail merchandising senior and employee at the Buffalo Exchange clothing store, predicted that heavy floral patterns as part of a ‘90s revival will gain popularity. Hemlines, as well as eyebrows, will raise while everything mini, including skirts and dresses, will remain staples of a fashionable wardrobe.

Students who are fond of the flower trend can find fashionable pieces like floral patterned Mary Jane slip-ons, tights and jumpers at close-to-campus locations like Urban Outfitters or American Apparel on the Drag. Because of their classic nature, shoppers can find miniature-length skirts and dresses of both solid and printed varieties in nearly every apparel store in every price range from Savers to SoLa.

When asked about her thoughts on the emerging ‘90s revival trend, Cathy Casias, a former UT student and sales associate at Cream Vintage on Guadalupe Street, said fashion is frequently inspired by popular bands, like Sonic Youth.

“Everyone will always be into the Kim Gordon style,” Casias said. “Especially girls with alternative tastes.”

Casias predicted sized-down vintage dresses will also be popular, referencing a green-and-blue floral print sleeveless dress that had been bought and altered by Cream Vintage to a shorter, more flattering silhouette.

“One-of-a-kind, reconstructed and redesigned pieces are cool,” she said.

To recreate an authentic 1990s look, you can visit vintage stores such as New Bohemia, located on South Congress Avenue, or Cream Vintage, which has an additional location there. These stores often feature authentic vintage clothing reconstructed to be more flattering and attuned to modern style. Not only are reworked fashion items one of a kind, they also become economical and environmentally friendly by reusing old clothing instead of throwing it away.

If you’re searching for a rewarding challenge, try shopping at thrift stores such as St. Vincent de Paul on South Congress Avenue or one of the various Goodwill locations located on Lamar Boulevard and in the Lake Austin area. With a little bit of time and effort, you can find a plethora of authentic ‘90s pieces donated from closets rivaling those of the kids on Melrose Place. Unlike the vintage boutiques with in-house design teams like New Bohemia and Cream, you must make any alterations yourself when vintage shopping at thrift stores. However, it is worth the extra effort because the prices at Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul are garage-sale cheap, and a portion of every purchase will be used to fund charitable causes in the Austin community.

Some of these trends have already been spotted around campus as the spring semester commences. Zephyr Jarmon, an international relations freshman, sported a blue floral mini dress over lace tights Monday that channeled Courtney Love circa 1991. When asked about which fashion trends she was most excited about for the upcoming season, Jarmon said, “I want to get some really light-washed baggy jeans from the ‘90s, turn them into shorts and then wear them with girly floral shirts.”

It’s a new decade, a new semester and a new season. Students in Austin are becoming inspired to be both creative and environmentally conscious as they recreate the 1990s fashion era of grunge-rock, acid wash and girly florals.

Photography by Mari Kang

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Not naked 1.25.10


Dress: Wet Seal $17
Tights: Target $5
Flats: Burlington Coat Factory $13
Scarf: Target $5
Total: $40

(Sorry for the gross picture. I hadn’t applied make-up until after I took this picture! gah!)

Today was a huge learning experience in the realm of fashion and fashion writing. I’ve probably spent more time today and last night on my blackberry and email then I have all semester. I’ve been in correspondence with The Daily Texan, the student newspaper on campus, because I’m writing a spring style predictions piece as a try out to become a staffer. The world of journalism is intense! I had a different phone call or voicemail every 10 minutes offering a new bit of information or instruction on the piece, with a deadline of less than 24 hours.

I made phone calls to resale shops while sitting at the Which Wich patio, camped outside vintage stores waiting for them to open so I could interview employees, typed up my article at a picnic table and finished just 15 minutes before the deadline. It’s crazy!

I think I work best under pressure though. It inspires me to work my ass off. I like the chaos.

Part of all that collaboration included getting together with a Daily Texan photographer, (the amazingly talented Mari Kang), and taking our model, Zephyr, to back alley record shops, little pastel houses, octopi grafitti, and parking garage with amazing shadows for the photo shoot.

It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the company of those two classy, artsy ladies. We talked music (hipster slowdance! ha!), the importance of personal style, and our love for Austin.

Later, I got a phone call from the Life and Arts editor, Ben, asking me to come to the office. We went over edits together. He was pleased and had little he wanted to change — only structural and style stuff (journalism-y things I never knew of before!) Honestly, I learned more about journalism and fashion writing in that 30 minutes than I ever have in my life. So cool.

Ben was just so chill about everything, I was almost convinced I mis heard him when he said he was going to run my piece in the DOM SPOT. See, you’re probably wondering what the dom spot is. I did too until he showed me. We’re talking front page, center. Woot woot! Not sure if that will actually happen, but I guess tomorrow when I wake up I’ll just have to check the news kiosk myself and see.

I hope to get permission from Mari to post some of the pics of Zephyr up here so you can see her beautiful work and how we spent the day. It was really amazing.

But on a tangent: As I’m gaining writing experience and personal confidence, I wanted to make an even greater effort to make this blog successful! It’s only been 2 weeks or so since I’ve really started working on Austin Etc, and it makes me feel really good and creatively stimulated in a way I feel like I’ve been missing for a while. Please be patient as I, little Bambi, try to stand up on this slippery ice. Give me some time and I’ll make this something you can wait to get your little paws on and comment, subscribe, interact, and ENJOY. Optimism!

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Not naked on 1.23.10

Friday was Alejandra’s 22nd Birthday Party! She cooked a delicious meal (baked chicken, stuffed tomatoes, french green beans, acorn squash risotto and a 3 tiered funfetti cake in the shape of a heart with pink strawberry icing!) for all of us and we ate, drank, and were merry. It was masquerade theme, and being a broke, crafty college kid — I made my own mask out of a piece of cardboard, markers, a knitting needle and duct tape. It was classy. I wore my vintage green frock from Cream vintage in 2007 for the first time! I’ve had it for a while but never had the guts to wear it. I got a lot of compliments and had an amazing time. Afterward some of us went to Spiderhouse and played cards.

Close up of the epic eye shadow


Dress: $18 – Cream Vintage
Shoes: $25 – Delias
Necklace: Vintage from my Grandmother
Belt: Stolen from the Birdville Costume Shop!

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